Download E-books The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution PDF

By Helen Azar

The First English Translation of the Wartime Diaries of the Eldest Daughter of Nicholas II, the final Tsar of Russia, with extra records of the Period

In August 1914, Russia entered global battle I, and with it, the imperial kin of Tsar Nicholas II was once thrust right into a clash they wouldn't continue to exist. His eldest baby, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had all started a diary in 1905 whilst she used to be ten years outdated and stored writing her concepts and impressions of daily lifestyles as a grand duchess until eventually without warning finishing her entries whilst her father abdicated his throne in March 1917. Held on the country records of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga’s diaries through the wartime interval have by no means been translated into English till this quantity. on the outset of the battle, Olga and her sister Tatiana labored as nurses in an army health facility besides their mom, Tsarina Alexandra. Olga’s more youthful sisters, Maria and Anastasia, visited the infirmaries to assist increase the morale of the wounded and ailing infantrymen. the stress was once certainly nice, as Olga files her impressions of tending to the officials who have been injured and maimed within the battling at the Russian entrance. matters approximately her sickly brother, Aleksei, abound, besides these for her father, who's visible trying to deal with the continuing warfare. Gregori Rasputin looks in entries, too, in an affectionate demeanour as one may count on of a relatives good friend. whereas the diaries mirror the pursuits of a tender lady, her tone grows more and more critical because the Russian military suffers setbacks, Rasputin is finally murdered, and a favored flow opposed to her family members starts off to develop. on the aspect Olga ends her writing in 1917, the writer keeps the tale through translating letters and impressions from family members intimates, reminiscent of Anna Vyrubova, in addition to the diary stored via Nicholas II himself. ultimately, as soon as the imperial kinfolk has been positioned below condominium arrest through the revolutionaries, we keep on with occasions via observations by way of Alexander Kerensky, head of the preliminary Provisional govt, those too in English translation for the 1st time. Olga would supply no extra own writings, as she and the remainder of her kinfolk have been crowded into the basement of a home within the Urals and shot to demise in July 1918.
The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution, translated and brought by way of scientist and librarian Helen Azar, and supplemented with extra fundamental resource fabric, is a notable record of a tender girl who didn't decide to be a part of a royal relatives and not exploited her personal place, yet misplaced her lifestyles just because of what her family members represented.

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Download E-books Relish: My Life in the Kitchen PDF

By Lucy Knisley

A manhattan occasions BESTSELLER

Lucy Knisley loves nutrients. The daughter of a chef and a connoisseur, this gifted younger cartoonist comes by way of her obsession truthfully. In her forthright, considerate, and humorous memoir, Lucy lines key episodes in her lifestyles so far, framed by way of what she used to be consuming on the time and classes realized approximately foodstuff, cooking, and lifestyles. every one bankruptcy is bookended with an illustrated recipe―many of them precious relatives dishes, and some of them Lucy's unique innovations.

A welcome learn for someone who ever felt extra ardour for a sandwich than is precisely conversing right, Relish is a photograph novel for our time: it invitations the reader to rejoice nutrients as a connection to bodies and a connection to the earth, instead of an enemy, a compulsion, or a shopper product.

A Publishers Weekly most sensible kid's publication of 2013
An NPR top e-book of 2013

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Download E-books Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace PDF

By Jim Newton

The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the protection secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence conflict that killed Bin Laden, among many vital roles in a mythical career

It will be acknowledged that Leon Panetta has had of the so much consequential careers of any American public servant long ago fifty years. His first career, starting as a military intelligence officer and together with a unusual run as one of Congress’s strongest and revered members, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational position as Clinton’s finances czar and White apartment leader of employees. He then “retired” to determine the Panetta Institute together with his spouse of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve at the Iraq research Group; and to guard his loved California sea coast. But in 2009, he accredited what many acknowledged used to be a thankless task: returning to public workplace because the director of the CIA, taking it from a nation of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and relocating it again to the very important middle of America’s battle opposed to Al Qaeda, including the crusade that ended in the killing of Osama bin encumbered. after which, within the wake of bin Laden’s dying, Panetta grew to become the U.S. secretary of safety, inheriting afflicted wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.

Like his occupation, Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta’s values. it's imbued with the frank, grounded, and infrequently really humorous spirit of a man who by no means misplaced contact with the place he got here from: his family’s walnut farm in appealing Carmel Valley, California. it's also a testomony to a misplaced sort of political management, which favors development and duty to nation over partisanship. Panetta is a Democrat who driven for balanced budgets whereas also expanding deal with the aged and ailing; a devout Catholic who opposes the demise penalty yet had to weigh each drone strike from 2009 through 2011. all through his profession, Panetta’s polestar has been his trust public servant’s actual selection is between management or situation. issues continually come about via no fault of one’s personal, yet so much can be avoided with braveness and foresight.

As continually, Panetta calls them as he sees them in Worthy Fights. Suffused with its author’s decency and obdurate good judgment, the e-book is an epic American luck tale, an excellent political memoir, and a revelatory view onto a number of the great figures and occasions of our time.

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Download E-books The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee PDF

By Sarah Silverman

From the outrageously filthy and oddly blameless comedienne and superstar of the robust 2015 movie I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is right now shockingly own, unusually poignant, and nonetheless pee-in-your-pants humorous. in case you like Sarah’s tv express The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs similar to Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too fats to Fish, you’ll love The Bedwetter.

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Download E-books The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 3: 1939-1944 PDF

By Anaïs Nin

Nin's years of fight and ultimate triumph as an writer in the USA. "Transcending mere self-revelation... the diary examines human character with a intensity and realizing seldom exceeded due to the fact Proust...dream and truth are balanced and...in their becoming a member of lie the weather of masterpiece" (Washington Post). Edited and with a Preface through Gunther Stuhlmann; Index.

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Download E-books Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods PDF

By Christine Byl

A energetic and lyrical account of 1 woman’s not going apprenticeship on a national-park path workforce and what she discovers approximately nature, gender, and the worth of challenging work
 
Christine Byl first encountered the nationwide parks the best way so much people do: on holiday. yet after she graduated from university, broke and prepared for a brand new problem, she joined a Glacier nationwide Park path team as a seasonal “traildog” protecting mountain trails for the hundreds of thousands of holiday makers Glacier attracts each year. Byl first considered the task as a paycheck, a summer time diversion, a welcome holiday from “the genuine global” earlier than occurring to graduate college. She got here to determine that paintings within the woods on a path team was once extra hard, extra rewarding—more real—than she ever imagined.
 
in the course of her first season, Byl embraces the backbreaking hassle of the paintings, studying tips to transparent timber, circulate boulders, and construct stairs within the backcountry. Her first mentors are the colourful characters with whom she works—the packers, sawyers, and traildogs from all walks of life—along with the instruments in her palms: awl, shovel, chainsaw, rock bar. As she invests herself deeply in new paintings, the mountains, rivers, animals, and climate turn into academics in addition. whereas Byl anticipated that her tenure on the parks will be transitority, she finally ends up turning this summer time gig right into a decades-long activity, relocating from Montana to Alaska, breaking expectations—including her own—that she may stick to a “professional” profession direction.
 
Returning season after season, she finally leads her personal crews, mentoring different path canines alongside the best way. In Dirt Work, Byl probes universal assumptions in regards to the department among psychological and actual exertions, “women’s paintings” and “men’s work,” white collars and blue collars. The supposedly basic paintings of digging holes, losing timber, and blasting snowdrifts in truth deals her an schooling of the fingers and the head, in addition to club in an completely designated tradition. Dirt Work is a contemplative yet unsentimental examine the pleasures of work, the demanding situations of apprenticeship, and how a spot turns into a home.
 

 

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Download E-books River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.) PDF

By Peter Hessler

A New York Times amazing Book

Winner of the Kiriyama ebook Prize

In the guts of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the distant city of Fuling. Like many different small towns during this ever-evolving kingdom, Fuling is heading down a brand new course of switch and development, which got here into remarkably sharp concentration while Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the 1st time in additional than part a century that the town had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature on the neighborhood collage, however it used to be his scholars who taught him in regards to the complicated methods of realizing that ensue whilst one is immersed in a greatly varied society.

Poignant, considerate, humorous, and greatly compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a urban that's looking to comprehend either what it used to be and what it sometime will be.

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Download E-books Bang Bang: My Life in Ink PDF

The superstar tattoo artist takes lovers on a travel via his existence and paintings, combining appealing vignettes and tales with multiple hundred colour photos.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, and lots of extra of the most well liked celebrities on the earth were visible at the crimson carpet, on live performance levels, and in journal spreads donning beautiful ink created by means of Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, the main in-demand tattoo artist within the leisure global. Bang Bang’s paintings has taken him around the nation and worldwide, to any and each locale a celeb customer might request. From Rihanna’s arguable gun tattoos, to inking Justin Bieber at 40,000 feet—a record—each of Bang Bang’s tattoos comes with its personal epic tale. Now, this inventive genius invitations readers alongside on his adventures, sharing extraordinary stories from his existence and career.

Named for the duel weapons tattooed on his neck, Bang Bang begun his occupation in his mom’s tiny Delaware kitchen. Self-taught, he practiced with a equipment from an paintings shop prior to finally relocating to long island. during the last decade, Bang Bang’s expertise and imaginative and prescient propelled his upward thrust into the highlight, and this day, his clean, available aesthetic attracts women and men, tattoo vets and rookies alike desirous to event his ultra-fluid and reasonable designs created with the best needles and inks. Bang Bang’s visible kind transcends the clichés of the tattoo global; he creates a very varied kind of art.

Filled with enticing own tales and awesome images that convey his daring, bright designs into aspect, Bang Bang is a must have for Bang Bang lovers and tattoo enthusiasts everywhere.

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