The number-one Sunday Times bestseller Her mum wanted her to be a nurse so that is what Julie did. But in her heart she had always wanted to be an actress and soon she was on stage at the local theatre in Liverpool. Her career snowballed with highlights that include Educating Rita, Billy Elliot, Harry Potter, Acorn Antiques, Dinner Ladies and Mamma Mia! She has been nominated for two Oscars, been awarded multiple BAFTAs and a Golden Globe, plus been honoured with a DBE. This is the heart-warming and funny story of that journey.
Long-time Sag Harborites writer Alexandra Eames and painter Whitney Hansen have collaborated on this eloquent portrait in words and images of the 300-year-old village of Sag Harbor, NY. From its beginnings as a leading whaling port in the nineteenth century Sag Harbor developed into an industrial center in the twentieth century. Today, the village is a center of art and literary culture for the East End of Long Island—and a major tourist destination. Sag Harbor offers an environment that is diverse, respectful of tradition, and at the same time tolerant of strangers and new ideas. Eames’s insightful interviews with dozens of old-timers combine with Hansen’s evocative paintings of the varied Sag Harbor landscape to present a unique portrait of this remarkable village. With 75 full-color reproductions of Whitney Hansen's paintings.
It began as a simple exercise in a writing class. And yet over the course of several years, it would become a meaningful journey. As Marcella Ann Stapor collected scraps of memories from her long and rich life - a colorful story here, a chance encounter there - a vivid arc came into view. Born in an era in which women were not afforded the career advantages of men, Marcella drew strength from her buoyant spirit and bottomless optimism, ultimately becoming a respected attorney and avid world traveler. In this thoughtful and uplifting memoir, Marcella recalls the indelible events that shaped her extraordinary life, from losing her father at a young age, to confronting gender bias as the only woman in her Brooklyn law school class, to embracing her senior years with the passion and curiosity that have become her trademark. "I believe in karma," Marcella reflects. "I think life should be lived by a moral and ethical code, and I am comfortable knowing where I stand in that regard. In fact, I am looking for my next challenge right now."
This book is about a lifetime of lessons chosen to learn by me and other lessons that the universe felt I had to learn through my eyes. It is really a brief outline and examples of situations in my life and how I best dealt with them in the interest that maybe one day someone has to go through similar if not easier situations and know that they are not the only ones and they may have like a manual on how to go through it or not to in some cases. I wrote this book for my children to see what struggles I had to go through to get to where we are and why without having to tell them directly. I would hope that after reading the book they can come away with their own interpretation and anyone that reads it can be inspired to go through life trying what it is they truly would like to do without the feeling that they may or may not do something that society may class as being right. - GJ Sydney
When old Count Rory, patriarch of d'Armand Automatons, begins to lose his grip on reality and retreat into a fantasy world, it threatens his company, his noble house, and his family. Is he just a senile but harmless old man, or a danger to himself and others? And what, if anything, can be done about it?
A firsthand look at the way Combat Search and Rescue was conducted when it really came into its own during the Vietnam War, as seen through the eyes of a fixed-wing pilot who volunteered for the job of employing and supporting the Jolly Green Rescue helicopters in their efforts. And since not every day resulted in a shoot down of friendly aircrews, a look at how the rest of the one year tour of duty was occupied when rescues were not imminent, plus some of the more entertaining diversions fighter pilots can conjure up when allowed to exercise their innate talents for such.
In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories is the new collection of sixteen fantastic, ironic tales by Terry Bisson. Terry Bisson uses the fantastic genres as do Kurt Vonnegut or Harlan Ellison, and like them, he is one of the strikingly original voices in short fiction today, with an audience that transcends genre. "Particularly delightful," said The Christian Science Monitor of his first collection. Bisson writes entertaining and moving stories in a strong and unique voice. They are sharp, witty, subversive, and stylish. For instance: An Office Romance: a story of the private lives of icons on a computer desktop. First Fire: a scientist discovers a way to date burning flame's and tries it on one in an ancient temple, with astonishing results. Macs: clones of murderous criminals, with no human rights, are sent to be the property of their victims' families. From the author of "Bears Discover Fire," one of the most anthologized American short stories of the last decade, this is a collection of stories that originally appeared in sources as diverse as Asimov's SF, Playboy, Southern Exposure, and Crank! They are clever, slick, memorable, occasionally profound, and always surprising. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.