Leonard Bernstein


Humphrey Burton, “Leonard Bernstein”
Charles W. Sasser, Joseph Kapacziewski, “Back In The Fight: The Explosive Memoir Of A Special Operator Who Never Gave Up”
Little House in the Hollywood Hillls: A Bad Girl’s Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X, and Me by Charlotte Stewart, Andy Demsky
Miracle of Love: Stories about Neem Karoli Baba by Ram Dass
A Brief History of Oversharing: One Ginger’s Anthology of Humiliation by Shawn Hitchins

Humphrey Burton, “Leonard Bernstein”

ISBN: 0571337937, 0385423454 | 2017 | EPUB | 608 pages | 12 MB

Composer, pianist, author, television teacher, Harvard lecturer, cultural icon, humanist and conductor without peer, Leonard Bernstein’s versatility was legendary. He captivated Broadway with such hits as On the Town and West Side Story and introduced middle America to classical music with his Young People’s Concerts on television. He composed three symphonies and a full-length opera, and he inspired the world’s leading orchestras to give some of the most memorable performances of the twentieth century.
Humphrey Burton was given exclusive access to Bernstein’s rich legacy of letters and papers, and the book draws on hundreds of interviews with family, friends and colleagues to reveal Bernstein’s fascinating and complex personality. His compelling narrative captures Bernstein’s high-spirited vitality on the page, providing a frank account of his homosexuality and his marriage and chronicling the lifelong conflict between the rival claims of Bernstein’s conducting and composing careers.
*’Humphrey Burton has written a very detailed and candid account of his friend … The mass of material is superbly handled … *Sunday Telegraph

Charles W. Sasser, Joseph Kapacziewski, “Back In The Fight: The Explosive Memoir Of A Special Operator Who Never Gave Up”

ISBN: 1250010616, 1250048621 | 2013 | EPUB | 304 pages | 529 KB

The inspiring and thrilling combat memoir of the only Army Ranger serving in direct combat operations with a prosthetic limb.
On October 3, 2005, Kapacziewski and his soldiers were coming to the end of their tour in Northern Iraq when their convoy was attacked by enemy fighters. A grenade fell through the gunner’s hatch and exploded, shattering Kapacziewski’s right leg below the knee, damaging his right hip, and severing a nerve and artery in his right arm.
He endured more than forty surgeries, but his right leg still wasn’t healing as he had hoped, so in March 2007, Kapacziewski chose to have it amputated with one goal in mind: to return to the line and serve alongside his fellow Rangers. One year after his surgery, Kapacziewski accomplished his goal: he was put back on the line, as a squad leader of his Army Ranger Regiment.
On April 19, 2010, during his ninth combat deployment (and fifth after losing his leg), Kapacziewski’s patrol ran into an ambush outside a village in eastern Afghanistan. After a fellow Ranger fell to withering enemy fire, shot through the belly, Sergeant Kap and another soldier dragged him seventy-five yards to safety and administered first aid that saved his life while heavy machineguns tried to kill them. His actions earned him an Army Commendation Medal with “V” for Valor. He had previously been awarded a Bronze Star for Valor—and a total of three Purple Hearts for combat wounds.
Back in the Fight is an inspiring and thrilling tale readers will never forget.

Little House in the Hollywood Hillls: A Bad Girl’s Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X, and Me by Charlotte Stewart, Andy Demsky

English | June 7th, 2016 | ASIN: B01GSQLSUA, ISBN: 159393906X, 1593939078 | 294 pages | EPUB | 5.95 MB

Charlotte Stewart is known by millions of fans worldwide for her role as the beloved schoolteacher, Miss Beadle, on the iconic TV show, Little House on the Prairie, currently broadcast in syndication in more than 100 countries around the world.
Here for the first time an adult cast member writes about the experience of making the show –the challenges, the joys, and the sometimes-turbulent behind-the-scenes relationships. Charlotte, with Andy Demsky, reveals fifty years in film and television offering a backstage pass to Hollywood’s cocaine-fueled 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, including Charlotte’s celebrated work as Mary X in David Lynch’s cult classic film, Eraserhead, as well as her later work as Betty Briggs in the highly-rated television series, Twin Peaks.
Charlotte recounts stories of working with leading men from Jimmy Stewart and Elvis Presley to Kevin Bacon and Kyle MacLachlan. She details off-stage friendships with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, as well as relationships and flings with some of TV, film, and music’s biggest names, including Jon Voight, Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Considine, Bill Murray, Jim Morrison, and more.

Ultimately, Charlotte’s story is that of a survivor. Six years after her career-making role onLittle House on the Prairie, she lost everything. Yet through the darkest periods of her life – divorce, drug-use, cancer, financial ruin, the death of a spouse, and alcoholism – she never lost her humanity or sense of humor.

Charlotte’s story is far from over. She is set to reprise her role of Betty Briggs in the new Twin Peaks series to be seen on Showtime in 2017. Throughout the year, she is a featured celebrity in fan events and festivals for Little House on the Prairie and Twin Peaks both in the U.S. and abroad.

Co-author Andy Demsky is a writer and journalist, whose work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times magazine and Better Homes & Gardens, and he co-wrote Doug Shafer’s critically acclaimed memoir, A Vineyard in Napa.

Miracle of Love: Stories about Neem Karoli Baba by Ram Dass

English | September 15th, 2014 | ASIN: B00NMWC0C4, ISBN: 1887474005 | 331 pages | EPUB | 11.50 MB

“In 1967 I met Neem Karoli Baba, a meeting which changed the course of my life. In the depth of his compassion, wisdom, humor, power and love I found human possibility never before imagined…an extraordinary integration of spirit and form. I was with him only briefly for he left his body in 1973, still he entered my heart as living truth, and his presence continues to enrich and guide my life.” – Ram Dass
“There can be no biography of him. Facts are few, stories many. He seems to have been known by different names in many parts of India, appearing and disappearing through the years. His western devotees of recent years knew him as ‘Neem Karoli Baba,’ but mostly as ‘Maharajii’–a nickname so commonplace in India that one can often hear a tea vendor addressed thus. Just as he said, he was ‘Nobody.’ He gave no discourses; the briefest, simplest stories were his teachings. Usually he sat or lay on a wooden bench wrapped in a plaid blanket while a few devotees sat around him. Visitors came and went; they were given food, a few words, a nod, a slap on the head or back, and they were sent away. There was gossip and laughter for he loved to joke. Orders for running the ashram were given, usually in a piercing yell across the compound. Sometimes he sat in silence, absorbed in another world to which we could not follow, but bliss and peace poured down on us. Who he was was no more than the experience of him, the nectar of his presence, the totality of his absence–enveloping us now like his plaid blanket.” – Anjani

A Brief History of Oversharing: One Ginger’s Anthology of Humiliation by Shawn Hitchins

English | September 5, 2017 | ISBN: 177041326X, ASIN: B06ZZPPT8F | AZW3 | 240 pages | 0.9 MB

Comedian Shawn Hitchins explores his irreverent nature in this debut collection of essays. Hitchins doesn’t shy away from his failures or celebrate his mild successes ― he sacrifices them for an audience’s amusement. He roasts his younger self, the effeminate ginger-haired kid with a competitive streak. The ups and downs of being a sperm donor to a lesbian couple. Then the fiery redhead professes his love for actress Shelley Long, declares his hatred of musical theatre, and recounts a summer spent in Provincetown working as a drag queen.
Nothing is sacred. His first major break-up, how his mother plotted the murder of the family cat, his difficult relationship with his father, becoming an unintentional spokesperson for all redheads, and mandy moore many more.
Blunt, awkward, emotional, ribald, this anthology of humiliation culminates in a greater understanding of love, work, and family. Like the final scene in a Murder She Wrote episode, A Brief History of Oversharing promises everyone the A-ha! moment Oprah tells us to experience. Paired with bourbon, Scottish wool, and Humpty Dumpty Party Mix, this journey is best read through a lens of schadenfreude.

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