Madness Mayhem and Motherhood

Madness  Mayhem and Motherhood
Author: Nikki McWatters
Publsiher: Univ. of Queensland Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-06-27
ISBN: 0702261491
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Madness Mayhem and Motherhood Book Excerpt:

A wild roller-coaster ride through the ups and downs of motherhood and mental illnessAt 26, Nikki found herself knocking on her best friend’s door with a suitcase, a jar of coins and two little boys – all she had in the world. Madness, Mayhem and Motherhood is her funny, sad and brutally candid account of her life through poverty, homelessness, child-rearing, friendships, lust, love and loss.Whether she was cleaning the houses of millionaires to put food on the table, falling hard for The Wiggles, drowning in cask wine, living in a tent or dealing with predatory landlords, Nikki refused to go under and tethered her survival to her love for her children, which pulled her through the darkest days.In Madness, Mayhem and Motherhood, the struggles are raw but the laughs are loud and the love is palpable. Being a poor, mad mother has its challenges but Nikki McWatters humanises the face of poverty, while arm-wrestling her mental illness into submission and packing school lunches like a boss. Madness, Mayhem and Motherhood is a powerful, touching and wildly entertaining story of maternal endurance.

The Selling Sound

The Selling Sound
Author: Diane Pecknold
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2007-10-17
ISBN: 0822390302
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Selling Sound Book Excerpt:

Few expressions of popular culture have been shaped as profoundly by the relationship between commercialism and authenticity as country music has. While its apparent realism, sincerity, and frank depictions of everyday life are country’s most obvious stylistic hallmarks, Diane Pecknold demonstrates that commercialism has been just as powerful a cultural narrative in its development. Listeners have long been deeply invested in the “business side” of country. When fans complained in the mid-1950s about elite control of the mass media, or when they expressed their gratitude that the Country Music Hall of Fame served as a physical symbol of the industry’s power, they engaged directly with the commercial apparatus surrounding country music, not with particular songs or stars. In The Selling Sound, Pecknold explores how country music’s commercialism, widely acknowledged but largely unexamined, has affected the way it is produced, the way it is received by fans and critics, and the way it is valued within the American cultural hierarchy. Pecknold draws on sources as diverse as radio advertising journals, fan magazines, Hollywood films, and interviews with industry insiders. Her sweeping social history encompasses the genre’s early days as an adjunct of radio advertising in the 1920s, the friction between Billboard and more genre-oriented trade papers over generating the rankings that shaped radio play lists, the establishment of the Country Music Association, and the influence of rock ‘n’ roll on the trend toward single-genre radio stations. Tracing the rise of a large and influential network of country fan clubs, Pecknold highlights the significant promotional responsibilities assumed by club organizers until the early 1970s, when many of their tasks were taken over by professional publicists.

So You Think You Know Me

So You Think You Know Me
Author: Allan Weaver
Publsiher: Waterside Press
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2008
ISBN: 190438045X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

So You Think You Know Me Book Excerpt:

This is the autobiography of an ex-offender and two-time prison inmate who is now a social work team-leader in his native Scotland. Author Allan Weaver took no prisoners in his youth. Neither does he in this compelling work in which he describes an early life of increasingly violent episodes, in which teachers, social workers, and others never sought to get to know him or what his offending was about. Hence, a never-ending escalation of his violent activities, creating tensions for his family, friends, and often dubious associates in the seaside town where he grew up. So You Think You Know Me? is infused with contradictions in which the Allan Weaver who commits sometimes unspeakable acts of mayhem and aggression is not the Allan Weaver telling the story from inside his own head: an often vulnerable, sensitive, articulate and (if somewhat crazily) balanced individual to whom his own actions never seem to make any sense beyond a misguided insistence on living up to his tough guy image and reputation. It is remarkable that there can be any tidy ending to this gritty true account of a life spent in residential homes, prison, and — always at a respectful distance from — the police and other authority figures. Weaver comments on the present-day criminal justice system that he believes is still failing young people for reasons which are given in the book. So You Think You Know Me? is essential reading for anyone involved with serious young offenders, especially those of a violent disposition.

Why Docudrama

Why Docudrama
Author: Alan Rosenthal
Publsiher: SIU Press
Total Pages: 387
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780809321872
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Docudrama Book Excerpt:

Rosenthal notes that docudrama wields more influence than the documentary and that ""reality-based stories taken from topical journalism are the most popular drama genre on US and British television today"". This collection of essays addresses the dominant questions and controversies of the genre.

The Rorschach in Multimethod Forensic Assessment

The Rorschach in Multimethod Forensic Assessment
Author: Robert E. Erard,F. Barton Evans
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 342
Release: 2016-12-01
ISBN: 1317404653
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rorschach in Multimethod Forensic Assessment Book Excerpt:

This volume demonstrates how multimethod forensic assessment with the Rorschach adds incremental validity, insight, and practical value. Case discussions by leading forensic psychologists illustrate the integration of contemporary Rorschach assessment with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF, the PAI, and the HCR-20. This text addresses a wide range of forensic applications including child custody, psychological trauma, personal injury, psychotic offenders, competency evaluations, immigration cases, and impression management. It also shows how the recently developed Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) effectively enhances the use of the Rorschach in forensic cases, while offering guidance for Comprehensive System users as well.

A Kept Secret

A Kept Secret
Author: Sasha Maxwell
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2013-03-18
ISBN: 1481712128
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Kept Secret Book Excerpt:

“A Kept Secret” tells her story in her own voice. She shares how she had to go through some mess in order to get to extravagance. Peer in the pages and journey to the dark side of spiritual leaders. You will discover how they handle marriage, separation and divorce. One man is described as a preacher in the pulpit. And the second man is described as a player in the streets, but secretly is a minister. Get your eyes set to witness the unscrupulous escapades of two ruthless men who have nothing but greed, conquest and manipulation on their minds. Prepare yourself for a dastardly adventure.

Chaucer s Pardoner s Prologue and Tale

Chaucer s Pardoner s Prologue and Tale
Author: Marilyn Sutton
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 445
Release: 2000
ISBN: 0802047440
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chaucer s Pardoner s Prologue and Tale Book Excerpt:

The Chaucer Bibliography series aims to provide annotated bibliographies for all of Chaucer's work. This book summarizes 20th-century commentaries on Chaucer's .Pardoner's Prologue. and .Tale..

The Wicked Boy

The Wicked Boy
Author: Kate Summerscale
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-05-05
ISBN: 140885113X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wicked Boy Book Excerpt:

Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2017 The gripping, fascinating account of a shocking murder case that sent late Victorian Britain into a frenzy, by the number one bestselling, multi-award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher 'Her research is needle-sharp and her period detail richly atmospheric, but what is most heartening about this truly remarkable book is the story of real-life redemption that it brings to light' John Carey, Sunday Times Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow brick terraced house in east London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, leaving the boys and their mother at home for the summer. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning family valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. During this time nobody saw or heard from their mother, though the boys told neighbours she was visiting relatives. As the sun beat down on the Coombes house, an awful smell began to emanate from the building. When the police were finally called to investigate, what they found in one of the bedrooms sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read. In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality – it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.

Not All Diamonds and Ros

Not All Diamonds and Ros
Author: Dave Quinn
Publsiher: Andy Cohen Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-10-19
ISBN: 125076579X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Not All Diamonds and Ros Book Excerpt:

THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! “I like to think of Not All Diamonds and Rosé as the ultimate reunion. I know readers will be surprised, entertained, and even shocked at what’s in store." - Andy Cohen Dave Quinn's Not All Diamonds and Rosé is the definitive oral history of the hit television franchise, from its unlikely start in the gated communities of Orange County to the pop culture behemoth it has become—spanning nine cities, hundreds of cast members, and millions of fans. What is it really like to be a housewife? We all want to know, but only the women we love to watch and the people who make the show have the whole story. Well, listen in close, because they’re about to tell all. Nearly all the wives, producers, and network executives, as well as Andy Cohen himself, are on the record, unfiltered and unvarnished about what it really takes to have a tagline. This is your VIP pass to the lives behind the glam squads, testimonials, and tabloid feuds. Life’s not all diamonds and rosé, but the truth is so much better, isn’t it? Includes Color Photographs

World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014

World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014
Author: Sarah Janssen
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 1008
Release: 2013-12-04
ISBN: 1600571832
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014 Book Excerpt:

Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this updated resource. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2014 edition of The World Almanac reviews the events of 2013 and will be your go-to source for any questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a “treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information” by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.

The King s Baker

The King s Baker
Author: Rollin Woodruff
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 557
Release: 2013-02-18
ISBN: 1479748978
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The King s Baker Book Excerpt:

My days are numbered, and so I want you to know youre neither too bad nor bad enough to receive what some folks may have had planned for you. Some folks participate in control and use violence, oppression and the law of man to do criminal things to usually the innocent and/or those put in a defenceless position. They use their positions of authority to kill, maim and torture people who stray and for recourse swim in the blood of indifference. So, I wrote many books that puts their taboo on a short leash. So here we are toe to toe. Ive smoked packages of cigarettes a day far almost 40 years and have come to the conclusion that those whose mercy and trusting nature need a little more understanding because the fraud of the spiritually blind only meet out bogus control which when endured like a mouse is their cooperation. They cheat, they steal, they lie and they kill for this. So, enjoy it, this small fragment of unwavering hard core discipline that isnt afraid of neither anything nor anyone besides Christ Jesus when he is furious.

The Royal Throne of Mercy and British Culture in the Victorian Age

The Royal Throne of Mercy and British Culture in the Victorian Age
Author: James Gregory
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-10-01
ISBN: 135014245X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Royal Throne of Mercy and British Culture in the Victorian Age Book Excerpt:

In the first detailed study of its kind, James Gregory's book takes a historical approach to mercy by focusing on widespread and varied discussions about the quality, virtue or feeling of mercy in the British world during Victoria's reign. Gregory covers an impressive range of themes from the gendered discourses of 'emotional' appeal surrounding Queen Victoria to the exercise and withholding of royal mercy in the wake of colonial rebellion throughout the British empire. Against the backdrop of major events and their historical significance, a masterful synthesis of rich source material is analysed, including visual depictions (paintings and cartoons in periodicals and popular literature) and literary ones (in sermons, novels, plays and poetry). Gregory's sophisticated analysis of the multiple meanings, uses and operations of royal mercy duly emphasise its significance as a major theme in British cultural history during the 'long 19th century'. This will be essential reading for those interested in the history of mercy, the history of gender, British social and cultural history and the legacy of Queen Victoria's reign.

The Poetry and the Politics

The Poetry and the Politics
Author: Gregory James,James Gregory
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-10-10
ISBN: 0857724959
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Poetry and the Politics Book Excerpt:

The nineteenth century was a time of 'movements' - political, social, moral reform causes - which drew on the energies of men and women across Britain. This book studies radical reform at the margins of early Victorian society, focusing on decades of particular social, political and technological ferment: when foreign and British promoters of extravagant technologically assisted utopias could attract many hundreds of supporters of limited means, persuaded to escape grim conditions by emigration to South America; when pioneers of vegetarianism joined the ranks of the temperance movement; and when working-class Chartists, reviving a struggle for political reform, seemed to threaten the State for a brief moment in April 1848. Through the forgotten figure of James Elmslie Duncan, 'shabby genteel' poet and self-proclaimed 'Apostle of the Messiahdom', The Poetry and the Politics considers themes including poetry's place in radical culture, the response of pantomime to the Chartist challenge to law and order, and associations between madness and revolution.Duncan became a promoter of the technological fantasies of John Adolphus Etzler, a poet of science who prophesied a future free from drudgery, through machinery powered by natural forces. Etzler dreamed of crystal palaces: Duncan's public freedom was to end dramatically in 1851 just as a real crystal palace opened to an astonished world. In addition to Duncan, James Gregory also introduces a cast of other poets, earnest reformers and agitators, such as William Thom the weaver poet of Inverury, whose metropolitan feting would end in tragedy; John Goodwyn Barmby, bearded Pontiffarch of the Communist Church; a lunatic 'Invisible Poet' of Cremorne pleasure gardens; the hatter from Reading who challenged the 'feudal' restrictions of the Game Laws by tract, trespass and stuffed jay birds; and foreign exotics such as the German-born Conrad Stollmeyer, escaping the sinking of an experimental Naval Automaton in Margate to build a fortune as theAsphalt King of Trinidad.Combining these figures with the biography of a man whose literary career was eccentric and whose public antics were capitalised upon by critics of Chartist agitation, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in radical reform and popular political movements in Victorian Britain.

Chai and Biscuits with 1001 Haikus

Chai and Biscuits with 1001 Haikus
Author: Usha Meenakshi
Publsiher: Notion Press
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2017-01-09
ISBN: 1946390496
Category: Poetry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chai and Biscuits with 1001 Haikus Book Excerpt:

Words are but the voice Of the soul; sap that reveals Self in the flower! From the realm of nature to that of inner self; from the dark recesses of mind to the straining, exploding emotions; from the simplicity of children to the complexity of the technology, these modern Haikus touch and savor them all. If you are looking for the ephemeral beauty of youth and the empyreal charm of the landscape, then you see it here. If it is the crazy expression of mankind-the proof of his ingenuity, then you find it here. If it is the smile that curves your lips and the warmth of love that touches your heart or the pain that you feel wrenching in your soul, then you find that too reflected here. Clichéd ideas have a beauty in that they connect with every thinking soul. Words inside may be of the writer's but then they are universal in theme as man has been the same since stone age. Take each one at your pace. Start from anyplace and finish somewhere and pick up from wherever, you will find them touching a special chord of your heart and mind every time.

Martha s Vineyard Fish Tales

Martha s Vineyard Fish Tales
Author: Nelson Sigelman
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-02-01
ISBN: 0811768058
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Martha s Vineyard Fish Tales Book Excerpt:

The focus is on Martha’s Vineyard but the information, fishing tips, and stories about Island characters—Bob “Hawkeye” Jacobs jumping off Memorial Wharf to unsnag an albie he hooked—will sound familiar to anyone who has spent time in a community of fishermen. This informative and fun read answers the questions asked in local tackle shops, including the best spots to catch a striped bass on a fly rod—Lobsterville Beach—and rigging tackle for blues, fluke, black sea bass, false albacore, and bonito. Spin fishing, bottom fishing, and fly fishing are all covered. This book follows the island fishing seasons: rods appear on island trucks in April, a sign that schoolies have arrived, and they do not begin to disappear until the venerable Bass and Bluefish Derby, five weeks of single-minded pursuit of fish, ends in October. And there are tips on looking and talking the part . . . “handy phrases include any reference to a falling or rising tide and a rock, any rock, as long as you refer to it with a sense of authority so that the other person is unwilling to ask which rock for fear of seeming like a novice.” Martha’s Vineyard Fish Tales is a “how to” book that flows with the character and personality of a fishing-obsessed island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Funland

Funland
Author: David White
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 418
Release: 2009-01-05
ISBN: 1469108240
Category: Poetry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Funland Book Excerpt:

Words have their own lives independent from their function as describers of ‘real’ worlds. They hold time and place but also can help us imagine new worlds. They preserve our experience against the dismantling force of death ... This is why I’m fascinated with words. As well as a writer, I am a painter and a poet. I teach college art and film classes and work at a variety of tasks looking for satisfaction.

Killing Strangers

Killing Strangers
Author: T. K. Wilson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-09-02
ISBN: 0192608754
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Killing Strangers Book Excerpt:

A bewildering feature of so much contemporary political violence is its stunning impersonality. Every major city centre becomes a potential shooting gallery; and every metro system a potential bomb alley. Victims just happen, as the saying goes, to 'be in the wrong place at the wrong time'. We accept this contemporary reality - at least to some degree. But we rarely ask: where has it come from historically? Killing Strangers tackles this question head on. It examines how such violence became 'unchained' from inter-personal relationships. It traces the rise of such impersonal violence by examining violence in conjunction with changing social and political realities. In particular, it traces both 'push' and 'pull' - the ability of modern states to force the violence of their challengers into niche forms: and the disturbing new opportunities that technological changes offer to cause mayhem in fresh and original ways. Killing Strangers therefore aims to highlight the very strangeness of contemporary experience when it is viewed against a long-term perspective. Atrocities regularly capture media attention - and just as quickly fade from public view. That is both tragic - and utterly predictable. Deep down we expect no different. And that is why such atrocities must be repeated if our attention is to be re-engaged. Deep down we expect that, too. So Killing Strangers deliberately asks the very simplest of questions. How on earth did we get here?

The Quest For the Holy Veil

The Quest For the Holy Veil
Author: Kimberly Llewellyn
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2007-03-06
ISBN: 9781440623264
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quest For the Holy Veil Book Excerpt:

Lucy Ladelle has big dreams—bigger than the tiny island in Boston Harbor where she’s lived her entire life. But first she needs some moolah. So when a matchmaking service hires her as date bait, she jumps at the chance. She’ll meet a few men, flatter their egos, and give them a sense of hope so they’ll sign on as clients. It’s only temporary . . . and, anyway, this counts as acting, right? But Lucy’s first “date” goes down the tubes when she’s caught on tape by a sting-operation TV exposé on the sketchy matchmaking firm. And Lucy’s name—and fetching new sandals—are dragged through the mud. They practically accuse her of turning tricks. The only bright spot comes when, in the ladies’ room, she meets a larger-than-life woman who offers her a chance to audition for an actual Broadway show. Of course, the offer comes with a price. And before she knows it Lucy is juggling a surprising new romance and the professional chance of a lifetime—not to mention some very strange adventures.

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly
Author: Peter FitzSimons
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 848
Release: 2015-11-05
ISBN: 1473510783
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ned Kelly Book Excerpt:

Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his Gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers’ ploughs. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy’s brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka? Peter FitzSimons, bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of Australian history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly’s early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly Gang, to Ned’s appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim ‘He is the devil!’ and ‘He is the bunyip!’. FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his Gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria
Author: Michael Ledger-Lomas
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2021-04-08
ISBN: 0191068004
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Queen Victoria Book Excerpt:

This biography evokes the pervasive importance of religion to Queen Victoria's life but also that life's centrality to the religion of Victorians around the globe. The first comprehensive exploration of Victoria's religiosity, it shows how moments in her life—from her accession to her marriage and her successive bereavements—enlarged how she defined and lived her faith. It portrays a woman who had simple convictions but a complex identity that suited her multinational Kingdom: a determined Anglican who preferred Presbyterian Scotland; an ardent Protestant who revered her husband's Lutheran homeland but became sympathetic towards Roman Catholicism and Islam; a moralizing believer in the religion of the home who scorned Sabbatarianism. Drawing on a systematic reading of her journals and a rich selection of manuscripts from British and German archives, Michael Ledger-Lomas sheds new light not just on Victoria's private beliefs but also on her activity as a monarch, who wielded her powers energetically in questions of church and state. Unlike a conventional biography, this book interweaves its account of Victoria's life with a panoramic survey of what religious communities made of it. It shows how different churches and world religions expressed an emotional identification with their Queen and Empress, turning her into an embodiment of their different and often rival conceptions of what her Empire ought to be. The result is a fresh vision of a familiar life, which also explains why monarchy and religion remained close allies in the nineteenth-century British world.