Download Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me! by Lisa Pulitzer, Karen Gravano PDF

By Lisa Pulitzer, Karen Gravano

ISBN-10: 1250003059

ISBN-13: 9781250003058

From Karen Gravano, a celeb of the hit VH1 fact express Mob other halves, comes a revealing memoir of a mafia adolescence, the place love and relations come hand-in-hand with homicide and betrayal.

Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, as soon as one of many mafia's so much feared hit males. With nineteen confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime relatives underboss—and John Gotti’s right-hand man—is the top score gangster ever to show State’s proof and testify opposed to individuals of his high-profile crime family. 

But to Karen, Sammy Gravano used to be a occasionally elusive yet continually loving father determine.  He was once ever-present on the head of the dinner table.  He made a dwelling operating a building company and a number of other nightclubs.  He stayed out past due, and occasionally he didn’t come domestic at all.  He hosted “secret” conferences at their apartment, and had numerous whispered conversations with “business associates.” through the age of twelve, Karen knew he used to be a gangster.  And as she grew up, whereas her friends anxious approximately outfits and schoolwork, she was once coming face-to-face with crime and murder.  Gravano used to be nineteen years outdated when her father grew to become his again at the mob and cooperated with the Feds.  the cloth of her family members used to be ripped aside, they usually were instantly rejected via the communities they grew up in.

This is the tale of a daughter’s fight to reconcile the picture of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and the way, in therapeutic the rift among the two, she was once capable of forge a brand new life.

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Download A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers by Will Friedwald PDF

By Will Friedwald

ISBN-10: 0307379892

ISBN-13: 9780307379894

Will Friedwald’s illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, humorous, and personal—on the lives and careers of greater than 300 singers anatomize the paintings of an important jazz and well known performers of the 20th century. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney, they've got created a physique of labor that maintains to thrill and encourage. this is the main vast biographical and significant survey of those singers ever written, in addition to a necessary advisor to the good American Songbook and those that formed how it has been sung.

The song crosses from jazz to pop and again back, from the songs of Irving Berlin and W. C. convenient via Stephen Sondheim and past, bringing jointly ordinary jazz and pa singers (Billie vacation, Perry Como); hybrid artists who moved between genres and mixed them (Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé); the prime women and men of Broadway and Hollywood (Ethel Merman, Al Jolson); yesterday’s vaudeville and radio stars (Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor); and today’s cabaret artists and hit-makers (Diana Krall, Michael Bublé). Friedwald has additionally written prolonged items at the so much consultant artists of 5 major genres that lie open air the songbook: Bessie Smith (blues), Mahalia Jackson (gospel), Hank Williams (country and western), Elvis Presley (rock ’n’ roll), and Bob Dylan (folk-rock).

Friedwald reconsiders the non-public tales successes and screw ups of these kind of artists, their songs, and their performances, appraising either the singers and their tune via balancing his critiques with these of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics.

This magisterial reference book—ten years within the making—will satisfaction and tell someone with a keenness for the long-lasting song of the United States, which maintains to resonate all through our pop culture.

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By Katie Nicholl

ISBN-10: 1602862273

ISBN-13: 9781602862272

Katie Nicholl, bestselling writer and royal correspondent for The Mail on Sunday, supplies an within inspect the lifetime of the longer term Queen of britain, Kate Middleton. for the reason that turning into Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton has captivated royals lovers worldwide and now, Nicholl grants the tale of her adolescence, first romances, and love with Prince William. Nicholl will demonstrate new info on Middleton’s initiation into royal lifestyles and, in fact, her first being pregnant.

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Download L'uomo piĆ¹ strano del mondo by Graham Farmelo PDF

By Graham Farmelo

ISBN-10: 8860305691

ISBN-13: 9788860305695

Paul Dirac (1902-1984), detto “il taciturno”, period una figura dalle mille contraddizioni, che dovevano fare di lui l’uomo più strano del secolo: impacciato nella conversazione e mirabile nell’esposizione scientifica, timido con le donne e insieme capace di lasciarsi attrarre dal fascino femminile, rigoroso con colleghi e studenti e intanto appassionato di Topolino, freddo “come un ghiacciolo”, ma anche pronto a battersi fino all’ultimo in difesa dei propri amici. Questo period “il fisico più bizzarro del mondo”, colui che ha ricostruito l’intero edificio della meccanica quantistica, ha “inventato” l’antimateria prima di qualsiasi conferma sperimentale, ha ripensato insieme l. a. fisica del molto grande e del molto piccolo aprendo nuovi orizzonti nella comprensione dell’Universo. E tutto ciò, come lui stesso amava ripetere, “lasciandomi prendere in keeping with mano dalla matematica”

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Download The Complete ABBA by Simon Sheridan PDF

By Simon Sheridan

ISBN-10: 1781164983

ISBN-13: 9781781164983

For 4 many years ABBA - the mixed abilities of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - has been an international track phenomenon, clocking up list revenues of over 360 million.

For the first actual time the whole ABBA compiles the entire Swedish supergroup's singles, albums, television specials, excursions and flicks. starting with their 1972 debut unmarried humans desire Love, the e-book chronicles the band's magnificent tale all through to Björn and Benny's successful thanks for the Musictribute live performance held in London in 2009, and past, to 2012, the band's fortieth anniversary.

This is the entire ABBA you'll ever want!

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Download Titanic Lives: Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew by Richard Davenport-Hines PDF

By Richard Davenport-Hines

ISBN-10: 0007321651

ISBN-13: 9780007321650

Marking the centenary of the great catastrophe, ‘Titanic Lives’ is an completely compelling exploration of the lives of the passengers and team on board the main recognized send in history.

The RMS colossal used to be outfitted as one of many world's greatest and most magnificent liners. A marine Ritz, it was once a 45,000-tonne resort of skinny metal plates, vacationing at a velocity of 21 knots around the North Atlantic.

On the evening of 14 April 1912, halfway via her maiden voyage, the likely unsinkable send hit an iceberg, maintaining a 300-feet gash as six booths have been wrenched open to the ocean. In little over hours, the palatial huge nose-dived to the ground of the sea. Over 1,500 humans perished within the freezing waters.

Who have been the folks who by way of a merciless accident occurred to be traveling at the send? during this unique and well timed ebook, Richard Davenport-Hines perspectives the nice liner as a paradigm of Edwardian society. on the backside of the send was once the steering type, choked with emigrants hoping for a greater lifestyles within the New global. Above them have been countless numbers of second-class passengers buoyed up by way of their wealthy respectability. at the top decks have been the hereditary wealthy and people of not possible wealth – american citizens like John Jacob Astor IV, who used to be discovered with £2000 and $4000 in sodden notes in his pockets.

Bringing jointly over 2,000 passengers and workforce from each category and each continent, ‘Titanic Lives’ tells their tales, re-creating the complexities, disparities and tensions of existence 100 years in the past.

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Download Sinatra: The Chairman by James Kaplan PDF

By James Kaplan

ISBN-10: 0385535406

ISBN-13: 9780385535403

In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in wealthy, detailed, compulsively readable prose, informed the tale of Frank Sinatra's meteoric upward thrust to popularity, next mess ups, and reinvention as a celebrity of concert and reveal. the tale of "Ol' Blue Eyes" keeps with Sinatra: The Chairman, choosing up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself because the best recording artist in song. Frank's lifestyles post-Oscar was once quite dense: in among recording albums and singles, he frequently shot 4 or 5 video clips a 12 months; did television express and nightclub appearances; begun his personal label, Reprise; and juggled his massive advertisement ventures (movie construction, the eating place company, even prizefighter administration) along his recognized and infrequently infamous social actions and commitments.

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Download In the Lion's Court: Power, Ambition and Sudden Death in the by Derek Wilson PDF

By Derek Wilson

ISBN-10: 0753551306

ISBN-13: 9780753551301

Derek Wilson examines a collection of relationships which illustrate simply how risky lifestyles used to be within the court docket of the Tudor lion. He tells the interlocking tales of six males - all, apparently, known as Thomas - whose targets and rules introduced them nose to nose with violent dying. Thomas Wolsey was once an accused traitor on his method to the block while a kinder demise intervened. Thomas extra and Thomas Cromwell, whose convictions and regulations may perhaps scarcely were extra diversified, either perished underneath the headman's awl. Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, may have met an identical finish had the king's personal loss of life no longer introduced him an eleventh-hour reprieve. Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, although outliving the monarch, perished due to that struggle of pursuits and ideologies which rumbled on after 1547. Wriothesley succumbed to poison of both physique or brain within the aftermath of a failed coup. Cranmer went to the stake as a heretic on the insistence of Mary Tudor, who was once greatly the daughter of the daddy she hated. within the Lion's courtroom is an illuminating exam of the careers of the six Thomases, whose lives are defined in parallel - their kin and social origins, their pathways to the royal Council chamber, their occupancy of the siege perilous, and the tragedies which, one after the other, crushed them. by means of displaying how occasions formed and have been formed through relationships and private destinies, Derek Wilson bargains a clean method of the political narrative of a tumultuous reign.

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Download A Curious Friendship: The Story of a Bluestocking and a by Anna Thomasson PDF

By Anna Thomasson

ISBN-10: 1447245539

ISBN-13: 9781447245537

The wintry weather of 1924: Edith Olivier, by myself for the 1st time on the age of fifty-one, concept her lifestyles had come to an finish. For Rex Whistler, a nineteen-year-old paintings scholar, lifestyles was once simply starting. jointly, they launched into an intimate and not going friendship that might remodel their lives. steadily Edith's international unfolded and she or he turned a author. Her domestic, the Daye condominium, in a wooded nook of the Wilton property, turned a sanctuary for Whistler and the opposite really good and gorgeous more youthful males of her circle: between them Siegfried Sassoon, Stephen Tennant, William Walton, John Betjeman, the Sitwells and Cecil Beaton - for whom she was once 'all the muses'.

Set opposed to a backdrop of the madcap events of the Twenties, the sophistication of the Nineteen Thirties and the drama and austerity of the second one global conflict and with a rare forged of pals and neighbors, Anna Thomasson brings to existence, for the 1st time, the interesting, and curious, friendship of a bluestocking and a shiny younger factor.

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Download Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950's by Marijane Meaker PDF

By Marijane Meaker

ISBN-10: 1573441716

ISBN-13: 9781573441711

Patricia Highsmith, writer of such classics as The gifted Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train, used to be a author who defied uncomplicated categorization. Gore Vidal referred to as her: "One of the best modernist writers." The Cleveland simple Dealer rightly commented: "Patricia Highsmith is frequently known as a secret or crime author, that's similar to calling Picasso a draftsman."

To younger novelist Marijane Meaker, although, Highsmith used to be greater than a job version. presently after the 2 met in a brand new York urban lesbian bar, they grew to become fanatics and launched into a 12 months romance amidst the bohemian set of Greenwich Village and the literary crowd of fireside Island. There, the pair navigated the underground lesbian scene, lunched with literary stars like Janet Flanner, shared intimacies, and gossiped with abandon. Written with wit and brassy candor, Highsmith: A Romance of 1950s is a revealing examine the arguable icon of well known American fiction.

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