Powell needs something to break the monotony of her life. So, she invents a deranged assignment: She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and cook all 524 recipes in the span of just one year.
From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In "iSteve: The Book of Jobs," Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, "iSteve" is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America-and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of events worthy of the most exciting cloak-and-dagger fiction, he defected to the United States, where he quickly became known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. This is his story, told in his own inimitable voice.
Written with the full cooperation of Carter family descendants, this book beautifully captures the harsh realities and the romantic longings that informed not only the songs the Carters made famous, but their personal lives as well. 42 photos.
Gill had all the trappings of success--money, possessions, a prestigious job--and then lost it all. This story of how he is finally redeemed by his new job at Starbucks focuses on the lessons learned, and the value of hard work.
The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban's backyard Anyone who despairs of the individual's power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan's treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools?especially for girls?that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson's quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, "Three Cups of Tea" combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.
By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this memoir is both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes that finds similar satisfaction in distance running.
A behind-the-scenes look at morticians and funeral directors' most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death's door.
Last Train to Memphis was hailed on publication as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. Peter Guralnick's acclaimed book is the first to set aside the myths and focus on Elvis' humanity, as it traces Elvis' early years, from humble beginnings to unprecedented success. At the heart of the story is Elvis himself, a poor boy of great ambition and fiery musical passions, who connected with his audience and the age in a way that has yet to be duplicated.
This award-winning book, now available in paperback, is the first solid appraisal of the legendary career of the eminent Hungarian-born conductor Fritz Reiner (1888-1963). Personally enigmatic and often described as difficult to work with, he was nevertheless renowned for the dynamic galvanization of the orchestras he led, a nearly unrivaled technical ability, and high professional standards. Reiner's influence in the United States began in the early 1920s and lasted until his death. Reiner was also deeply committed to serious music in American life, especially through the promotion of new scores. In Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet, Kenneth Morgan paints a very real portrait of a man who was both his own worst enemy and one of the true titans of his profession.
During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion. Little is known, however, about her own spiritual heights or her struggles. This collection of letters she wrote to her spiritual advisors over decades sheds light on Mother Teresa's interior life.
Nearly 300 letters reveal Chopin as both man and artist and illuminate his fascinating world -- Europe of the 1830s and 1840s. "delightful gossip . . . merry rather than malicious . . . engagingly witty." -- "Books." Preface. Index.
Eight-time national chess champion and internationally renowned martial artist Waitzkin lays out his battle-tested principles of learning and performance to help readers achieve success in any endeavor.