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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.