A Bunch of Amateurs

Author: Ian Hislop,Nick Newman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780573113734

Category: Drama

Page: 126

View: 9447

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford - only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear! "terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue... plenty of twists and turns" ***** Whatsonstage "Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare...a laugh-a-minute" **** Mail on Sunday

Bunch of Amateurs

A Search for the American Character

Author: Jack Hitt

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307955184

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

View: 4564

WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA AND THE IDENTITY OF ITS PEOPLE? ACCLAIMED WRITER AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO THIS AMERICAN LIFE JACK HITT THINKS IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE ALL A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. America’s self-invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages—fiddling with everything from solar-powered cars to space elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a number of different garages and has written a fascinating book that looks at America’s current batch of amateurs and their pursuits. From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish’s glow-in-the-dark gene into common yogurt (all done in her kitchen using salad spinners) to a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home, Hitt not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America’s history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surges. Beginning with Ben Franklin’s kite and leading all the way to the current TV hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation’s love of self-invented obsessives has always driven the country to rediscover the true heart of the American dream. Amateur pursuits are typically lamented as a world that just passed until a Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg steps out of his garage (or dorm room) with the rare but crucial success story. In Bunch of Amateurs, Hitt argues that America is now poised to pioneer at another frontier that will lead, one more time, to the newest version of the American dream.

THE AMATEURS - Wer zuletzt stirbt

Author: Sara Shepard

Publisher: cbt Verlag

ISBN: 3641178878

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3562

Die Wahrheit ist zum Sterben schön... Aerin Kelly war elf, als ihre ältere Schwester Helena verschwand. Fünf Jahre später wird Helenas Leiche gefunden. Sechs Jahre später legt die Polizei den Fall zu den Akten, ohne einen Spur vom Mörder. Aerin macht sich auf eigene Faust auf die Suche. Über die Website Case Not Closed nimmt sie Kontakt zu zwei Teenagern auf, Seneca und Maddox, die ebenfalls Angehörige verloren haben. Gemeinsam versuchen sie, den Fall Helena zu lösen. Doch als ihre Nachforschungen voranschreiten, schwant ihnen, dass ihre Zusammenarbeit kein Zufall ist. Und dass etwas – oder jemand – alle drei Fälle verbindet ...

Stirb ewig

Thriller

Author: Peter James

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104026025

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9080

Holen Sie tief Luft. Gleich wird sie knapp. Seit Tagen ist Michael spurlos verschwunden. Lebendig begraben. Auf irgendeinem gottverlassenen Acker. Ein kleiner Spaß seiner Freunde beim Junggesellenabschied. Die sich diesen Scherz erlaubt haben, sind tot. Seine Braut und sein bester Freund außer sich vor Verzweiflung: Sie wissen von nichts. Wirklich?, fragt sich Inspektor Roy Grace. Ein haarsträubender, nervenaufreibender Thriller, den man einfach bis zum Ende gelesen haben muss.

Bel Canto

Roman

Author: Ann Patchett

Publisher: Piper Schicksalsvoll

ISBN: 3492983006

Category: Fiction

Page: 377

View: 5091

Der Champagner fließt, die wundervolle Stimme einer Weltklasse Sopranistin erfüllt den Palazzo – die politische Elite feiert ausgelassen. Plötzlich fallen Schüsse. Eine Bande von Terroristen stürmt den Raum und nimmt die ganze Gesellschaft in Geiselhaft. Es gibt keinen Ausweg. Und noch ahnt niemand, was die verzaubernde, einende Kraft der Musik in dieser lebensbedrohlichen Situation auszurichten vermag.

Outlaws

Author: George V. Higgins

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

ISBN: 034580466X

Category: Fiction

Page: 364

View: 4392

Gripping and entertaining, George V. Higgins delivers a compelling and uncomfortably realistic account of the way society and the law really function. It’s been a decade since the turbulent 60s and policeman John Richards still has to deal with a handful of leftover student radicals who continue to terrorize the Boston streets. In an effort to convict them once and for all, he liaises with ambitious lawyer Terry Gleason. Matters culminate one crisp Sunday morning when the students decide to rob the Friary, a pub in downtown Boston well-established as a site of drug-trafficking. Seven civilians are left dead in what comes to be called the Friary massacre. The trial proves nightmarish and unpredictable, not unlike the decade it took Richards and Gleason to apprehend the culprits in the first place. In a heart-stopping rendition of cops and robbers, Outlaws proves that in the Boston demimonde nothing is as it seems.

In the Shadow of FDR

From Harry Truman to Barack Obama

Author: William E. Leuchtenburg

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801462576

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 8934

A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and an appreciation of his continuing influence remains essential to understanding the contemporary presidency. This new edition of In the Shadow of FDR has been updated to examine the presidency of George W. Bush and the first 100 days of the presidency of Barack Obama. The Obama presidency is evidence not just of the continuing relevance of FDR for assessing executive power but also of the salience of FDR's name in party politics and policy formulation.

The Sound of Musicals

Author: Ruth Leon

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433127

Category: Music

Page: 96

View: 1123

The world of musicals is beautiful, complex, hilarious, hard-headed, and improbable. It is as hard to make a great musical as it is to fly a spaceship to the moon and there are at least as many moving parts. Why is a great musical as significant a theatrical achievement as, say, King Lear?In this entertaining new title in Oberon Masters Series, Ruth Leon tells all about the composers, the lyricists, the directors and the pioneers of the stage musical on both sides of the Atlantic while trying to reveal the truth behind the eternal question - what are musicals and why do we love them? ‘A whirlwind tour through musical theatre history... This book may be small but, like all the great shows about which Leon writes, it is perfectly formed’ - Jewish Chronicle ‘A slim and succinct account of the handful of 20th century musicals which, in Leon’s very well informed and experienced opinion, have changed the genre forever... I learned a great deal. Buy it.’ – The Stage ‘Light-hearted but informative... with an air of authority... is also beautifully bound: a slim, smart, slightly old-fashioned looking hardback.’ - What’s on stage.com ‘Ruth Leon has the ability to capture the essence of each musical, which is the real strength of pocket-sized hardback... a lovely little volume that will delight any devotee of this genre’ - British Theatre Guide ‘A must for any performing arts or drama student.’ - Ink Pellet

Woman on the Edge of Time

A Novel

Author: Marge Piercy

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307756394

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 9508

Hailed as a classic of speculative fiction, Marge Piercy’s landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures—and what it takes to will one or the other into reality. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time speaks to a new generation on whom these choices weigh more heavily than ever before. Connie Ramos is a Mexican American woman living on the streets of New York. Once ambitious and proud, she has lost her child, her husband, her dignity—and now they want to take her sanity. After being unjustly committed to a mental institution, Connie is contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, who shows her a time of sexual and racial equality, environmental purity, and unprecedented self-actualization. But Connie also bears witness to another potential outcome: a society of grotesque exploitation in which the barrier between person and commodity has finally been eroded. One will become our world. And Connie herself may strike the decisive blow. Praise for Woman on the Edge of Time “This is one of those rare novels that leave us different people at the end than we were at the beginning. Whether you are reading Marge Piercy’s great work again or for the first time, it will remind you that we are creating the future with every choice we make.”—Gloria Steinem “An ambitious, unusual novel about the possibilities for moral courage in contemporary society.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “A stunning, even astonishing novel . . . marvelous and compelling.”—Publishers Weekly “Connie Ramos’s world is cuttingly real.”—Newsweek “Absorbing and exciting.”—The New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.

9/11 and the Canyons of Fire

Author: B. Burnett Brown

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479730777

Category: History

Page: 277

View: 6662

The 9/11 tragedy is foreseen by a former Viet Nam era prisoner of war, working in the Twin Towers for a prestigious Wall Street firm. He struggles to save his friends and himself from a coming disaster he doesnt understandand to simply keep a job that is becoming more and more ethically challenging. His struggle becomes infinitely more complicated as beings from his distant, forgotten past re-emerge in his life some requesting help, some to help, and some to confound and destroy. Ultimately, modern conceptions of time, reality, human feeling and economics also find themselves under attack.

America’s Culture of Professionalism

Past, Present, and Prospects

Author: D. Brown

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113733715X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 195

View: 6118

America's Culture of Professionalism proves an emerging culture of interdependence is possible if and when enough professionals and laypersons refashion their roles and relationships having both something to contribute and something to learn from each other.

The Boss's Daughter

Author: Leigh Michaels

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460365666

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 716

Being the boss's daughter was tough—especially when Amy found herself temporarily in charge of the company! Worse, her "assistant" was the extremely handsome, dynamic Dylan Copeland. He was so insistent on keeping an eye on her that Amy began to wonder exactly who was in charge! But was Dylan getting so close to Amy for professional or personal reasons? The man gave nothing away and Amy wasn't sure if it was ambition or seduction on his mind! And, working side by side, things were reaching boiling point….

The Third Day, The Frost

Author: John Marsden

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0857388762

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1989

Ellie and her friends have achieved more than they ever thought possible as an unarmed bunch of amateur teenage fighters. But it's not enough. The war wages on, their families are in captivity and their country is on its knees. Hiding back in Hell, the friends face a big question: what to do next? The gang have another success when they manage to rescue Kevin. He returns to them equipped with a new knowledge of explosives. Suddenly the question of what to do next becomes clear - launch an attack on the major enemy target of Cobblers' Bay. Can Ellie, Homer, Fi, Robin, Lee and Kevin really stage a major military attack on the enemy? And in their attempt to pull it off, what will they have to sacrifice? They have already lost Corrie and Chris; who else will the group have to lose in their desperation to defend their country? The Third Day, The Frost, draws the reader deeper into the struggle of these ordinary teens attempting to survive in extraordinary times. A tense and moving read that will stay with you forever.

Cognitive Surplus

How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators

Author: Clay Shirky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101434724

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 9377

The author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybody reveals how new technology is changing us for the better. In his bestselling Here Comes Everybody, Internet guru Clay Shirky provided readers with a much-needed primer for the digital age. Now, with Cognitive Surplus, he reveals how new digital technology is unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world. For the first time, people are embracing new media that allow them to pool their efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range from mind-expanding reference tools like Wikipedia to life-saving Web sites like Ushahidi.com, which allows Kenyans to report acts of violence in real time. Cognitive Surplus explores what's possible when people unite to use their intellect, energy, and time for the greater good.

Hello Again

Nine decades of radio voices

Author: Simon Elmes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448136822

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 3428

It’s now ninety years since the BBC made its first broadcast and the British love affair with radio began. This book is a journey through that fascinating history and a celebration of the many wonderful voices that were part of it: Marion Cran, who pioneered the first gardening programme in the 1920s; The Goons and Kenneth Horne, comedy greats of the 1950s; John Peel, Alan Freeman, Kenny Everett and other heroes of the pirate stations; all the way up to Eddie Mair, Fi Glover and Danny Baker, the much-loved voices of today. A delightful blend of insight, history and nostalgia, Hello Again will appeal to any radio aficionado.

K.O.R.

Author: Jan Józef Lipski

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520052437

Category: Political Science

Page: 561

View: 4773


Bamboo Heart

Author: Ann Bennett

Publisher: Monsoon Books

ISBN: 9814423742

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

View: 2089

Thailand, 1943: Thomas Ellis, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore, is a prisoner-of-war on the Death Railway. In stifling heat he endures endless days of clearing jungle, breaking stone and lugging wood. He must stay alive, although he is struck down by disease and tortured by Japanese guards, and he must stay strong, although he is starving and exhausted. For Tom has made himself a promise: to return home. Not to the grey streets of London, where he once lived, but to Penang, where he found paradise and love. London, 1986: Laura Ellis, a successful City lawyer, turns her back on her yuppie existence and travels to Southeast Asia. In Thailand and Malaysia she retraces her father’s past and discovers the truths he has refused to tell her. And in the place where her father once suffered and survived, she will finally find out how he got his Bamboo Heart. In a blend of stirring fiction and heart-wrenching history, Ann Bennett narrates the story of a soldier’s strength and survival in the bleakest of times and a daughter’s journey of discovery about her father and herself. Bamboo Heart is volume one in a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy that includes Bamboo Island and Bamboo Road.