Biography & Autobiography

At My Mother's Knee...

Author: Paul O'Grady

Publisher: Random House


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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Paul O'Grady is one of Britain's very best loved entertainers. He is known and adored by millions, whether as the creator of the acid-tongued Blonde Bombsite, Lily Savage, the presenter of the fantastically successful, award-winning Paul O'Grady Show on Channel 4 or the massive hit ITV show, For the Love of Dogs. Now, in his own unique voice, Paul O'Grady tells story of his early life in Irish Catholic Birkenhead that started him on the long and winding road from mischievous altar boy to national treasure. It is a brilliantly evoked, hilarious and often moving tale of gossip in the back yard, bragging in the corner shop and slanging matches on the front doorstep, populated by larger-than-life characters with hearts of gold and tongues as sharp as razors. At My Mother's Knee features an unforgettable cast of rogues, rascals, lovers, fighters, saints and sinners - and one iconic bus conductress. It's a book which really does have something for everyone and which reminds us that, when all's said and done, there's a bit of savage in all of us...

Recipes I Learned at My Mother's Knee and Other Joints

Author: Don Speen

Publisher: Inkwell Productions


Category: Cooking

Page: 98

View: 755

Recipes I Learned at My Mother's Knee and Other Joints is a collection of old school vintage recipes that reflect the traditions of the Speen Family handed down from several generations. The flavors emanating from the Papa Don's kitchen were always followed by sumptuous Italian feasts. Papa Don's enticing Italian recipes hits the spot every time.Don's parents moved from West Virginia before he was born so what that meant was he spent all his summer vacations visiting his Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in West (by God) Virginia. Don thinks it was given that name because of the fertile soil it possesses. The gardens that were created were beyond beautiful, originally gardens were what helped poor people survive but Don's family took it to a different art form. You can't imagine how large the plants grew and how tasty the vegetables were. It was from these gardens that a number of these recipes were born. Tomatoes, Peppers, Zucchini, Cucumbers, you will recognize this in the recipes. Herbs like Basil, Rosemary, Parsley, Oregano, were abundant. Don's family was financially poor but rich in imagination and culinary skills.


Author: Jack Dunsmoor




Page: 610

View: 805

OK2BG is narrative nonfiction, a Memoir about a guy who wants to be a Mentor preferably to a teenager, so they can have a decent & meaningful conversation about stuff & preferably with a kid at-risk, or just otherwise lost, in order to help both the teenager as well as the determined subject of this story realize their unique potential & find or reinforce their place in the world. Overall, a chronicle about the author’s attempt over several years to understand the question of ‘why do I want to be a Mentor’ which eventually helps him become a more insightful person. Subsequently in September, 2010 after a plague of teen suicides, Jack turns his attention to researching gay biographies into optimistically appropriate groups of books for gay kids at-risk, from bullying. After 5 years Jack has categorized 2,000+ books in the form of Memoirs, Biographies & Autobiographies written by or about 1,000+ allegedly gay men. The primary message in OK2BG is to read & reassess before you run asunder!
Biography & Autobiography

Dean Acheson

Author: Robert Beisner

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 800

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Dean Acheson was one of the most influential Secretaries of State in U.S. history, presiding over American foreign policy during a pivotal era - the decade after World War II when the American Century slipped into high gear. During his vastly influential career, Acheson spearheaded the greatest foreign policy achievements in modern times, ranging from the Marshall Plan to the establishment of NATO. Now, in this monumental biography, Robert L. Beisner paints an indelible portrait of one of the key figures of the last half-century. In a book filled with insight based on research in government archives, memoirs, letters, and diaries, Beisner illuminates Acheson's policy-making, describing how he led the state department and managed his relationship with Truman, all to illuminate the vital policies he initiated in his years at State. The book examines Acheson's major triumphs, including the highly underrated achievement of converting West Germany and Japan from mortal enemiesto prized allies, and does not shy away from examining his missteps. But underlying all his actions, Beisner shows, was a tough-minded determination to outmatch the strength of the Soviet bloc - indeed, to defeat the Soviet Union at every turn. The emotional center of the book focuses on Acheson's friendship with Truman. No pair seemed so poorly matched - one, a bourbon-drinking mid-Westerner with a homespun disposition, the other, a mustachioed Connecticut dandy who preferred perfect martinis - yet no such team ever worked better together. Acheson's unstinting dedication to an often unpopular president was reciprocated with deep gratitude and loyalty. Together, they redrew the map of the post-war world. Over six foot tall, with steel blue, "merry, searching eyes" and a "wolfish" grin, Dean Acheson was an unforgettable character - intellectually brilliant, always debonair, and tough as tempered steel. This lustrous portrait of an immensely accomplished and colorful life is the epitome of the biographer's art.

The Chill

Author: Ross Macdonald

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard


Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In The Chill a distraught young man hires private investigator Lew Archer to track down his runaway bride. But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer finds himself entangled in two murders, one twenty years old, the other so recent that the blood is still wet. What ensues is a detective novel of nerve-racking suspense, desperately believable characters, and one of the most intricate plots ever spun by an American crime writer.

The World's Most Difficult Quiz

Author: Patrick Cullen

Publisher: Liverpool University Press


Category: Reference

Page: 317

View: 799

Which US president did Washington Irving once unflatteringly refer to as a “withered little apple-john?” What reduplicative word refers to a Siamese three-wheeled taxi? In which city is Charlemagne's octagon? These and other fiendishly difficult questions have stumped pupils at King William's College as part of its annual General Knowledge Papers for more than a century—along with Guardian readers, for whom the test has been reprinted in its entirety since 1951. Here, for the first time, is a compendium of the wonderfully obscure questions—and their often unexpected answers—that have appeared on the test over the past thirty years. Guaranteed to challenge even the most ardent trivia enthusiast, this exhaustive compilation is organized thematically and chronologically and includes a set of previously unpublished questions by current quizmaster Pat Cullen. For history hotshots, fountains of fact, and perennial powerhouses of pub trivia, The World's Most Difficult Quiz lives every bit up to its superlative name, offering an addictive assortment of intriguing questions.

American popular entertainment

Author: Myron Matlaw

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group


Category: Music

Page: 338

View: 316

Explores often neglected forms of entertainment such as vaudeville, burlesque, minstrel shows, and circuses, noting their contribution to America's cultural tradition
Biography & Autobiography

Plain speaking

Author: Merle Miller



Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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The Penguin guide to jazz on CD

Author: Richard Cook

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)


Category: Music

Page: 1725

View: 528

Now fully updated comes the critically acclaimed guide to the world of jazz on CD. Leading critics Cook and Morton provide musical and biographical details of performers and listings for more than 10,000 discs.