Insomniac City

Author: Bill Hayes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620404958

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

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Amazon's Best Biographies and Memoirs of the Year List A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks. "A beautifully written once-in-a-lifetime book, about love, about life, soul, and the wonderful loving genius Oliver Sacks, and New York, and laughter and all of creation."--Anne Lamott Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera. And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance--"I don't so much fear death as I do wasting life," he tells Hayes early on--is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015). Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life. Filled with Hayes's distinctive street photos of everyday New Yorkers, the book is a love song to the city and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.

The Language of Loss

Author: Barbara Abercrombie

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608686957

Category: Self-Help

Page: 228

View: 1653

When Barbara Abercrombie's husband died, she found the language of condolence irritating, no matter how well intended. "My husband had not gone to a better place as if he were off on a holiday. He had not passed like clouds overhead, nor was he my late husband as if he'd missed a train. I had not lost him as if I'd been careless, and for sure, none of it was for the best." She yearned instead for words that acknowledged the reality of death, spoke about the sorrow and loneliness (and perhaps even guilt and anger), and might even point the way toward hope and healing. She found those words in the writings gathered here. The Language of Loss is a book to dip into and read slowly, a collection of poems and prose to lead you through the phases of grief. The selections follow an arc that mirrors the path of many mourners — from abject loss and feeling unmoored, to glimmers of promise and possibility, through to gratitude for the love they knew. These writings, which express what often feels ineffable, will accompany those who grieve, offering understanding and solace.

A Macabre Myth of a Moth-Man

Author: Brad Fear

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1438902646

Category: Fiction

Page: 258

View: 7801

WATCH OUT... THIS AIN'T GONNA BE PRETTY... Meet Moth: he's half his namesake and half social misfit. Moth's been pretty ticked off. A year ago sciencey people locked him in a lab, stuck needles in him and shone lights in his eyes. He wasn't very happy about this, so now him and his mate 'Ozzy' (a quite unpleasant chap of green skin, yellow eyes and lots of teeth) are out for good ol' fashioned retribution. Meet Nina. She's a barmaid and wants to work with animals. Nina's been roped into helping some friends with their amateur 'Moth-man' documentary. Of course, she doesn't believe in such silly myths, but she needs something to take her mind off her ex-boyfriend. Unluckily for Nina, her world is about to be blown apart by the ugly-as-sin truth... Looks like Moth and Nina have got enough on their plates... and that's not including the gas-mask wearing cult, the ticking, blade-fingered robot or the old man with the crows flying around him... 'A MACABRE MYTH OF A MOTH-MAN' is the debut novel of author Brad Fear: a union of urban fantasy and noir, chronicling the tale of a seemingly clueless insect detective.


Author: Robert Antoni

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 1555845932

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 4020

The Commonwealth Prize-winning author of Divina Trace “has boldly recast Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises as a harrowing tale” set in the West Indies (Booklist, starred review). Robert Antoni has established himself as one of the most innovative voices to emerge from the Caribbean and the Americas. His novel Carnival—”easily his most engrossing, direct work to date”—takes readers on a journey from contemporary New York City to the glitter of Trinidadian Carnival, and deep into the island’s mountainous interior (Miami Herald). Aspiring novelist William Fletcher has come to New York to escape his affluent West Indian roots, but a chance meeting reunites him with two of his childhood companions: Laurence, who escaped poverty to become a scholar and poet, and Rachel, William’s second cousin and first love. Making good on a liquor-soaked pledge to return to Trinidad for Carnival, they soon find themselves sliding into a fog of ganja, alcohol, and sensual rhythm. But their hedonistic homecoming has also brought them face to face with the demons of history, prejudice, and violence they’ve spent their lives trying to forget. “Carnival is an appropriately heady and wild novel, in which the air is suffused with dope smoke, calypso drumming and menace” (Independent on Sunday).

America Latina

Author: Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir

Publisher: Editions Assouline


Category: Social Science

Page: 237

View: 3747

"The cultural essence of Latin America is captured, with all of its brilliant diversity, in this compelling portrait of its various regions and people. More than 20 different countries make up Latin America today, and each has its own distinct and special nature. From the Pampas to the Amazon, from the Incas to El Che, from the Virgin of Guadalupe to Evita to the Buena Vista Social Club, this insightful book portrays the qualities and images that have contributed to the mysterious allure of America Latina throughout history. Drawing on the worlds of art, music, dance, literature, and film, the book explores the complex and intriguing nautre of this fascinating and intriguing mix of cultures."--Amazon.

Significant (M)others

Author: Susan Dorothy Martin

Publisher: N.A



Page: 482

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Author: Gordon W. McLachlan

Publisher: Prentice Hall Travel


Category: Berlin (Germany)

Page: 757

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