Since his untimely death from prostate cancer in 1993, the legend of iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa has continued to grow. The years following his passing have seen the publication of numerous books, both sacred and profane, which examine his life and work, but the best, and only, up-close-and-personal account of the man and his music remains the original: Nigey Lennon's Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa. Musician/author Lennon maintained a personal and professional relationship with Zappa during the period which is generally agreed to have been the composer's most creative, and she invests her recollections with considerable musical and emotional insight. The fact that Lennon is an accomplished musician and composer in her own right enables her to perceptively analyze Zappa's complex music, and her previous experience as a biographer of Mark Twain and Alfred Jarry is evident as she examines the complex conditions of Zappa's turbulent life. But above all, Being Frank is simply a great read: filled with wry humor, poignancy, and, of course, a plethora of the juicy road stories that Zappa himself didn't dare to include in his own autobiography. The e-book edition of Being Frank is certain to find a new audience for this classic title, which has been in great demand since its third print run sold out several years ago. "Irreplaceable...is the word to describe Being Frank...[Lennon's] memoir is both spiky and musically literate...Lennon's previous books were on Mark Twain and Alfred Jarry, which indicates the kind of cultural perspective required to get a grip on Zappa: something brighter than rock-journo pedantry.a -Ben Watson, author of Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play
Frank follows the motto, "Honesty is the best policy." He tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Frank never lies to his schoolmates, he always tells the truth to adults, and he’s always honest with police officers. The balancing act of finding tact, that fine line between telling the truth and telling too much truth, is the main theme of this story, and it's very funny—although not necessarily to his friend Dotti whose freckles remind Frank of the Big Dipper, or to the teacher who hears that her breath smells like onions, or to the principal who is told that his toupee looks like a weasel. No one is quite as impressed with Frank’s honesty as he thinks they should be. He is sweet and straightforward, and, well, very frank, but with everyone annoyed at him, Frank is now honestly unhappy. He decides to visit his confidante and pal, Grandpa Ernest, who has a history of frankness himself. With a few lessons from Grandpa, Frank begins to understand that the truth is important, but so is not being hurtful. With amusing characters and expressive artwork, this story tells the powerful message of finding the good in everything—a lesson that sends compassion and understanding to take the place of rudeness in the complex concept of truth.
Frank D'Angelo is an intrepid entrepreneur, singer, restaurateur, and the James Bond of the Canadian beverage world. At least one of his products can be found in almost every convenience store in Canada under the brands D'Angelo or Arizona, and he has raised thousands of dollars for charities through his music. Born to Sicilian parents in Toronto, Frank nurtured his keen business sense as a boy by buying and consolidating paper routes, and then contracting them out. He flipped his first house at age twenty. Six years later, he mortgaged his house to buy $150,000 worth of apple juice, which he used to start a multi-million dollar business empire from his truck. Frank appears in lots of his TV commercials, in various incarnations, and his inimitable "Eye-talian" style is arguably as famous as his drinks. You need only mention the catchphrase, "I Cheetah all the time," and the infamous Ben Johnson Cheetah energy drink commercial springs to mind. Frank D'Angelo doesn't just push the envelope-he pushes the entire post office; and in so doing, revolutionizes the very idea of merchandising. With a raw wit and seasoned debonair, Frank now hosts his own Friday night variety talk show, the Being Frank Show, with A-list guests and an assortment of comedy skits and live music. Despite his huge successes and achievements, Frank D'Angelo is probably best known for just... Being Frank!
This time he was not disappointed. As she passed the box, adrenaline kicked in, he could smell the salt from the sweat underneath his armpits. A humming, drowning noise coming from inside the walls of the café lasted for several minutes; John gulped and held his breath as the object of his first project walked passed her destiny. She was less than six, no five feet away from her fate. The next time would be her last, the next time would be his first. Definitely dark, mean and thought-provoking, The Secret to Being Frank has that extra middle finger of Hannibal Lector right on the pulse of the reader’s guilty pleasure. This rollercoaster of a novel has ignored all the ground rules as it careers down the track towards the evil beyond insanity. In-depth character profiling enables the reader to enter the dark tunnel of the psychotic brain and believe. Authentic and nerve-fraying writing graphically depicts dark, harrowing scenes and spine-chilling moments. The scream machine is launched into mid-air in Wales during the middle of the 20th century, when an inexperienced, belligerent detective Frank Macleod encounters Samuel John, a mission-orientated serial killer. Even with the hereditary gift of damashealladh, second sight, Macleod, headstrong, unorthodox and carrying his own psychological baggage, appears totally out of his depth against John. Can he stop this death drive and prevent the body count from spiralling out of control? Will he take up the challenge, and can he control his relentless sexual appetite? Look out for the banked curve, the unusual death-defying twists and conflict in the plot. Hold onto your sanity or you could be the next victim. The Secret to Being Frank has been inspired by novels that balance a fine line between a psychological thriller and a horror, including those by Jo Nesbo, SJ Bolton and Karin Fossum.
Franklin Benjamin Sanborn was born December 15, 1831, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. In 1850, Sanborn studied Greek with a private tutor then entered Phillips Exeter Academy and, after, entered Harvard, from which he graduated in 1855. Sanborn moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he taught school. Active in politics as a member of the Free Soil Party in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, in 1856 Sanborn became Secretary of the Massachusetts Kansas Commission, where he came into contact with John Brown. Sanborn was one of “The Secret Six,” who knew in advance of Brown’s impending raid on Harper's Ferry in October 1859. On the night of April 3, 1860, five federal marshals from Virginia arrived at Sanborn's Concord home, handcuffed him, and attempted to wrestle him into a waiting coach in order to take him to Washington, DC, to answer questions before the Senate regarding his entanglements with John Brown. Some 150 townspeople rushed to his defense. Louisa May Alcott wrote a friend, "Sanborn was nearly kidnapped. Great ferment in town. Annie Whiting immortalized herself by getting into the kidnapper's carriage so that they could not put the long legged martyr in." Though Sanborn would disavow his having had any advance knowledge of John Brown’s attack, he would defend Brown’s actions to the end of his life, assisting in the support of his widow and children and making periodic pilgrimages in later years to John Brown's grave. He would not only write a biography of John Brown but also of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Samuel Gridley Howe, and others. From 1863 to 1867 Sanborn was editor of the Boston Commonwealth, from 1867 to 1897 editor of the Journal of Social Science, and from 1868 to 1914 a correspondent of the Springfield Republican. He was associated with the National Conference of Charities, the National Prison Association, the Massachusetts Infant Asylum, and the Clarke School for the Deaf. In 1863, he became secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Charities. He was secretary from 1863 to 1868 and again from 1874 to 1876. In 1865, he was one of the founders of the American Social Science Association and was its secretary from 1865 to 1897. In 1879 he became state inspector of Massachusetts Charities under a new board and helped reorganize the entire charities system, focusing especially on the care of children and insane persons. He served as chairman until 1888. Sanborn was twice married. In 1854, he married Ariana Walker, who died just eight days later. Sanborn courted the nineteen-year-old daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edith Emerson, proposing to her in 1861. He was rejected. In 1862, Sanborn married his cousin Louisa Leavitt, who had worked as a schoolteacher at the Concord school Sanborn had founded. They would have three sons. In the end, Sanborn was revered as a relic from a golden age gone by “a tall and venerable figure moving picturesquely through Boston and Concord.” He died on February 24, 1917, after being struck by a railway baggage cart during a visit to his son Francis in New Jersey. He was buried at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, near the graves of his friends and mentors Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, Ellery Channing, and Henry Thoreau. Concord's flags were flown at half-mast for three days. At the end of the month, February 1917, just prior to America's entering World War I, the Massachusetts House of Representatives recognized Sanborn’s “dedication to the unfortunate, the diseased, and the despised."
Frank Endacott was the longest serving, and most successful, Kiwis rugby league coach, and only the second New Zealander after Graham Lowe to have coached at international level as well as in the Australian and British professional competitions. During his term, he lifted the kiwis into a second place in the international rankings above Great Britain, and beat Australia in one-off tests over three consecutive seasons. But it was far from plain sailing. Endacott was sacked when the Lowe-Boyle-Tainui group took over the Warriors in late 1998, and sacked from Wigan in 2001, soon after signing a new two-year contract and despite taking the club to the British Grand Final and being chosen as Coach of the Year in his first season. He speaks out on all these events for the first time. Previously, Endacott had lifted Canterbury to top ranking in New Zealand after decades of Auckland dominance, and coached the Junior Kiwis to their first win over their Australian counterparts. This work is the biography of this celebrated coach.
Being Frank with Anne reflects on the entries in Anne Frank's diary, bringing us all to the core of her emotions and thoughts as her world changed forever. Let this interpretation of Anne's diary bring a deeper understanding of her world as she lived hidden from view.
Being Frank with Anne is a poetic interpretation of Anne Frank's diary. It can be used as a companion to the diary and has chronological dates that correspond with Anne's diary entries. It has been used by classrooms studying the Holocaust. Reviewed by Buddy Elias, Anne's first cousin, this book was also requested by Miep Gies before her passing at age 100. It follows the moods and emotions felt by Anne while hidden from view in the Secret Annexe.
The Charm of Confrontation shows how mastering the skill of confrontation-which is simply a situation of opposing parties-can open doors to your success in relationships and your career. Different than most self-help books, The Charm of Confrontation uses my spiritual journey and background in theater to give you tools as a framework for your confrontations. And you don't have to be an actor or a Christian to use these tools. Anyone who wants to get better at confrontation can use them! This is not an expert-telling-you-what-to-do kind of self-help book, but the kind where I'm helping myself by writing it. I'm reminding myself of what I've learned on the subject, sharing it and continuing to practice my own confrontations. For a free audio version go to www.TheCharmofConfrontation.com!