To get a sense of the kind of prestige that Claude Monet's reputation has within the art world, one need only learn that his Le Bassin Aux Nympheás (1919) - from his series of paintings featuring water lilies - sold for the equivalent of more than $70 million. This is an incredibly staggering price, especially considering that early in his life, Monet had been so poor and debt-ridden that some of his paintings were taken from him by creditors.
"Ambition is like the balloonist. To some extent, the rise is nice and he does enjoy a splendid view and a vast landscape. But when he rises more, vertigo occurs, the air becomes thin and the risk of a big fall increases." With this parable, the Austrian Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg inadvertently predicted the destiny to which he would bravely ride, despite the warnings and the sweet talkers. In any case, he followed his heart's mandate. And Charlotte, the princess, was "one of the most cultured and beautiful" in Europe.
Gerald D. Hines stands at the top of the international real estate investment and development world. A Purdue graduate with a degree in engineering, Hines may have arrived in Houston in 1948 for a nine-to-five job at a heating and air conditioning company, but before long he was making the deals that would transform Houston's skyline. Later, with his revolutionary idea that great architecture was good business, he was reshaping the skylines of the world.
In this book, you will learn the inspirational story of one of football's premier quarterbacks, Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck entered the league as one of the most promising prospects in recent league history. Some analysts said he was the best prospect they had ever scouted. To date, he has lived up to much of his hype.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna "Jo" Gaines, with Mark Dagostino, is the true tale of how the husband-and-wife team, stars of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, built a life together in Waco, Texas. Starting with their first date, which was about 15 years before the book's publication in 2016, the couple traces the development of their romantic relationship and their home renovation business, Magnolia Homes.
Hi there, my name is Joey. Today I'm just another 30-something-year-old guy, living the suburban dream in southern California. But there's something my neighbors don't know about me. Something you'd never guess about me. Something, that up until these past couple of weeks, I'd never dream about telling you. Something you wouldn't believe.
A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
"A Good Dog? The BEST Dog!!!"
An excerpt from the forthcoming audiobook collection, Psychobabble: A Collection of Short Stories About Serial Killers.
A memoir in short stories, Starting from Loomis chronicles the life of accomplished writer, playwright, poet, and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. In this dynamic portrait of an aging writer trying to remember himself as a younger man, Kashiwagi recalls and reflects upon the moments, people, forces, mysteries, and choices - the things in his life that he cannot forget - that have made him who he is.
This is a true story of inspiration and determination. How do you deal with blindness, kidney failure, discrimination and a guide dog that tries to kill you? These are just some of the stories Pervez relates about his eventful life with a combination of tear jerking moments and hilarious real life events.
In the opening of Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, Monica Wesolowska gives birth to her first child, a healthy-seeming boy who is taken from her arms for "observation" when he won't stop crying. Within days, Monica and her husband have been given the grimmest of prognoses for Silvan, and they must make a choice about his life. The story that follows is not a story of typical maternal heroism. There is no medical miracle here. Instead, we find the strangest of hopes.
The butcher of the Alamo and Goliad. The traitor who sold half of Mexico. The Napoleon of the West. Mr. Fifteen Nails. The Mother Country's seducer. Almost 150 years after his death, a lot of name-calling is still being directed towards Antonio López de Santa Anna, president of Mexico 11 times in the 19th century, and today, the vast majority of his compatriots consider him the greatest traitor in history.
Danny Kelly speaks with Brian Barwick about his life in administering both some of the most popular sports amd sporting clubs in England. Formerly Chief Executive of the Football Association and since January 2013 Chairman of the Rugby Football League. Brian also held the role of Controller of Sport at ITV and was responsible for the delivery of the 1998 FIFA World Cup which at the time delivered record numbers for the channel. Brian shares his thoughts on sport in the UK.
This is the story of Harry Marsden and the abuse he and many others suffered during their childhoods at the hands of the Catholic Church in St Mary's children's home. This book tracks the young Harry Marsden from a four-year-old being abandoned by his mother, through the savage treatment he and many others endured from the strict and brutal regime of the Sisters of Charity, to his rise to the top of the crime world, and then his turnaround to becoming a top boxing coach honored with award after award.
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This is an incredible story of adventure, human ingenuity, persistence, and resilience that shows firsthand what it is to adventure as a woman in the most dangerous of circumstance, what it is to be truly alone in the wild, and why someone would challenge themselves with an expedition others would call crazy. For Marquis, her story is about freedom, being alive and wild by nature.
"A good book but .....read before purchasing"
In 1887 Nellie Bly had herself committed to the notorious Blackwell's Island insane asylum in New York City with the goal of discovering what life was like for its patients. While there, Bly experienced firsthand the shocking abuse and neglect of its inmates, from inedible food to horrifyingly unsanitary conditions. Ten Days in a Mad-House is Bly's exposé of the asylum.
Mao Zedong's labor reform camps were notoriously brutal; modeled after the Soviet gulag, their inmates were subject to backbreaking labor, malnutrition, and vindictive wardens. They were thought to be impossible to escape - but one man did. Xu Hongci, a young medical student, was a loyal member of the Communist Party until he fell victim to Mao Zedong's Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957. After posting a criticism of the party, he spent the next 14 years in the labor camps.
When Sheila Kohler was 37, she received the heart-stopping news that her sister Maxine, only two years older, was killed when her husband drove them off a deserted road in Johannesburg. Stunned by the news, she immediately flew back to the country where she was born, determined to find answers and forced to reckon with his history of violence and the lingering effects of their most unusual childhood - one marked by death and the misguided love of their mother.
You can witness Klaus Kinski have a mood swing within a minute, within a sentence, as his mind conveys him from an infuriating image to a soothing one to a humorous one. If you watch his face while he speaks, you will see it become a mask of ire, his glance menacing as he spits out words of contempt and outrage. Then suddenly, there'll be a smile of such gentleness that something will constrict in your chest.