Biographies & Memoirs

The Diary of J. J. Grandville and the Missouri Album: The Life of an Opposition Caricaturist and Romantic Book Illustrator in Paris Under the July Monarchy

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09As a result of fabricated accounts endlessly repeated since his death, the first nineteenth-century French satirist, J. J.Grandville (180347), can often be perceived as being as bizarre as his inventive protosurrealist imagery. With the recent bicentennial of his birth, the time is right for a reassessment on this seminal artist depending on primary sources. The Diary of J. J. Grandville as well as the Missouri Album: The Life of the Opposition Caricaturist and Romantic Book Illustrator in Paris underneath the July Monarchy by Clive F. Getty does that. This first major study in English of Grandville allows him to dicuss for himself by using a careful examination of his diary, fragments ones are to be seen in a previously unexamined album of drawings within the Special Collections from the University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries.An introductory biography situates the artist from the political, social,and cultural climate of France in the Romantic era as well as the July Monarchy of Louis-Philippe. The main body from the book consists connected with an annotated catalog in the albums drawings. Since the majority are derived from his diaries, they supply valuable new insights into Grandville’s life and work, particularly during those years most extensively represented: 1830, 1833, and 1846. An epilogue explores the genesis in the Missouri Album. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation

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08The office of rabbi is easily the most visible symbol of power and prestige in Jewish communities. Rabbis both interpret with their congregations certain requirements of Jewish life and instruct congregants in how to live this life.

Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation documents a monumental improvement in Jewish life as eighteen lesbian rabbis think on their experiences as trailblazers in Judaism’s journey into an extremely multicultural world. In frank and revealing essays, the contributors discuss their decisions to be rabbis and describe their experiences both for the seminaries along with their rabbinical positions. They also think of the dilemma getting in touch with conceal or reveal their sexual identities for their congregants and superiors, or even serve specifically gay and lesbian congregations. The contributors look at the tensions between lesbian identity and Jewish identity, and inquire whether you will find particularly “lesbian” readings of traditional texts. Read the rest of this entry »

The Memories: A Doo-Wop Journey

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07The Memories: A Doo-Wop Journey, explores the exciting good reputation for a young professional singing group using their company beginning as USO performers at military clubs thus to their signing using a national record label and performing throughout the United States. When Lou Martin joined the doo-wop group referred to as the Bobolinks-later referred to as Memories-he had no idea who’s was the start a lifelong journey into your world of pop music. He chronicles the highs and lows felt by the group because they made their way by way of a fifty-five-year career of performing with a few of the most recognizable celebrities with the fifties and sixties doo-wop era. The story begins during the summer of 1957 and revolves around a little daughter man named Lou Martin, who aspires in order to meet and sing having a group of teenage boys through the southeast portion of Washington, DC, referred to as the Bobolinks. He eventually joins the group and starts to learn how to sing harmony and lead. Read the rest of this entry »

The Healer-Prophet, William Marrion Branham: A Study of the Prophetic in American Pentecostalism

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06If you have ever searched into reading material for the late William M. Branham, you simply won’t be frustrated. What might lift up your ire may be the lack of material with no apologetic interest: the article author is usually a disciple or even a former follower.

While he might preach no more, the legacy William Branham still provokes two responses: adulation or revulsion. As the other reviewers show, Branham’s words still the power to spark.

Weaver’s analysis does several significant things:
1) Contextualizes Branham within American Pentecostalism: As one other reviewer shows, followers may bristle at any claims that produce Branham to a historical type (Pentecostal, Healer, etc.). But such analysis is essential to understand Branham’s claims plus the culture by which he arises.
2) Traces developments within Branham’s teachings: Branham’s tenuous relationship for the mainstream is the reason for an increasingly eccentric body of teachings. Weaver shows how adjustments to culture, economics, and demographics led (simply) to Branham’s increasingly apocalyptic visions, his late aspersions towards denominations, plus a legion of would-be successors. Read the rest of this entry »

Goat: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

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05Muhammad Ali is amongst the most remarkable personalities of our lives and the greatest sportsman ever simply to walk the earth. To honor this living legend, this publisher has produced a work that is certainly indeed epic in scale and hoping to be as unique because the man himself. A worthy tribute to his life should reflect the dimensions of his achievements, and “GOAT – Greatest of All Time” sets seem to meet that task. Four years inside making, as well as the most comprehensive study of Ali as of yet, GOAT tips the scales at 34 kgs (75 lbs) which is 50 cm x 50 cm (20″ x 20″) in proportions. Nearly 800 pages of archival and original photographs, graphic artwork, articles and essays – many previously unpublished – chronicle six decades of his life in stunning detail. Read the rest of this entry »

A Fine Romance

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In the follow-up to Knock Wood—her bestselling “engaging, intelligent, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography” (The New York Times)—Candice Bergen shares the large events: her marriage to your famous French director, the birth of her daughter, Murphy Brown, widowhood, falling in love again, and watching her daughter blossom.

A Fine Romance starts off with Bergen’s charming first husband, French director Louis Malle, whose huge appetite forever broadened her horizons and whose occasional darkness never diminished their adoration for each other. But her real romance begins when she discovers overpowering adoration for her daughter after a period of ambivalence about motherhood. As Chloe matures, Bergen finds her comic genius inside the biggest TV role from the 80s, Murphy Brown, and makes unwanted headlines when Dan Quayle pulls her to the 1992 presidential campaign.

Fifteen years inside their marriage, Malle is diagnosed with cancer Read the rest of this entry »

Reagan: The Life

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From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the definitive biography of any visionary and transformative president.

In his magisterial new biography, H. W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as the two great presidents with the twentieth century, a real peer to Franklin Roosevelt. Reagan conveys with sweep and vigor what sort of confident force of Reagan’s personality plus the unwavering nature of his beliefs enabled him to engineer a conservative revolution in American politics and play an important role in ending communism inside the Soviet Union. Reagan de-activate the chronilogical age of liberalism, Brands shows, and ushered inside age of Reagan, whose defining principles continue to be powerfully felt today.
Reagan follows young Ronald Reagan as his ambition permanently larger stages compelled him to go away behind small-town Illinois for being first a radio announcer and that quintessential public figure of recent America, your favorite shows star. Read the rest of this entry »