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American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie St...
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Ranging from the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture. Here is a series of deeply involving portraits of American artists and innovators who have helped to shape the country in the modern age. Claudia Roth Pierpont expertly mixes biography and criticism, history and reportage, to bring these portraits to life and to link them in surprising ways. It isn't far from Wharton's brave new women to F. Scott Fitzgerald's giddy flappers and on to the big-screen command of Katharine Hepburn and the dangerous dames of Dashiell Hammett's hard-boiled world. The improvisatory jazziness of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue has its counterpart in the great jazz baby of the New York skyline, the Chrysler Building. Questions of an American acting style are traced from Orson Welles to Marlon Brando while the new American painting emerges in the gallery of Peggy Guggenheim. And we trace the arc of racial progress from Bert Williams' blackface performances to James Baldwin's warning of the fire next time, however slow and bitter and anguished this progress may be. American Rhapsody offers a history of 20th-century American invention and genius. It is about the joy and profit of being a heterogeneous people and the immense difficulty of this human experiment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pilar Witherspoon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009460/bk_reco_009460_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Jackson Family
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The Jackson family is an African American family of musicians who originated in Gary, Indiana and later relocated to Encino, California. Performing as members of The Jackson 5 and as solo artists, the children of Joseph Walter and Katherine Esther Jackson influenced and shaped the sound of popular music. As a group, the eldest sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael, set the family on a path of musical success that spread among siblings Rebbie, La Toya, Randy, and Janet. The acclaim of The Jackson 5 led the group to become known as the "First Family of Soul", the continued success of Michael and Janet's careers as solo artists led the Jacksons to become known as the "Royal Family of Pop".Eight of the nine Jackson siblings (excluding La Toya) have gold records to their credits.

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The Color Inside a Melon
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'John Domini enters the world of African immigrants in Naples living on the edge of the law, in a gripping, noir-ish thriller written in prose that somehow manages to be both elegant and hard-boiled. An absorbing read.' - Salman Rushdie “ The Color Inside a Melon is about a man consumed by secrets and lies in a city on the edge. Disguised as a murder mystery, it twists, turns, then coils into a scorpion’s sting.' —Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings 'A dark, brisk-paced, and intriguing—if sometimes slightly ungainly—hybrid. ... A dark, buzzing, sometimes-chaotic literary noir written in lively and often elegant prose with an intriguing meditation on immigration and assimilation at its center.' --Kirkus Reviews 'A brisk, literary mystery that marries art and the investigation of a murder with questions of immigration, race, and class. Domini is at the top of his game in what may be the surprise hit of the summer.' --The Nervous Breakdown “What a dazzling cast of desperate characters Domini serves up in his post-earthquake depiction of Naples, an international maelstrom of refugees, criminals, and artists. Lawless ambition threatens to destroy the life of this city, but like the best authors and the best men, Domini fights to make room for justice and human dignity.' —Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist and author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters “Domini tells the story of Risto, a Somali orphan now become a successful gallerist in Naples, in the process producing a compelling portrait of African immigrants and refugees in Italy while reinvigorating the murder mystery genre and illuminating the complexities of a twenty-first century marriage. In so doing, he draws his Neapolitan trilogy to a close, with the poetic compression and painterly verve that has become a hallmark of his impressive oeuvre.' —John Keene, MacArthur Fellow and author of Counternarratives “An ambitiously conceived, utterly original novel. This book is a puzzle—all the elements from the knife-edged prose to the absorbing plot are intricately linked in service of a larger narrative. Risto’s quest to find his countryman’s murderer is also his quest to reconcile his dual identities as a Naples resident and businessman and a refugee of war-torn Somalia. But more than this, this book examines the formation of self and the sacrifices required to find a place called home.' —Allison Amend, author of Enchanted Islands 'Part literary noir, part detective story and set in Domini's beloved Naples, The Color Inside a Melon addresses the issues of our age head on: race, class, and violence. The real mystery being unwound in the piazzas and dark underbelly of old Italy is humanity's true nature and bottomless capacity to love and hate one another..' - WriteLiving “At once an erudite and urbane detective story, an unlikely love story, a mordant cultural history of today’s Naples, a gritty and compassionate portrait of both its demimonde and its new immigrant underclass, and a meditation on the resourcefulness with which outsiders, in their high-wire attempts to thrive, can push back on the very machinery that betrays them.' —Jim Shepard, National Book Award finalist for Like You’d Understand, Anyway ' The Color Inside a Melon is a barbed and scintillating take on Naples at its margins, a noirish journey through a world not just glimpsed from outside but enlivened from within with remarkable brio.' -Zachary Lazar, author of Vengeance and Sway 'What a timely novel John Domini has delivered. More importantly, what a magnificent work of art The Color Inside a Melon is--an absolute tour de force with life bursting from each line. These pages don't speak. They sing.' -Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World and The Realm of Last Chances 'One of those rare novels full of secrets and mystery that will keep you thinking long after you're finished turning the pages. Full of rich humor, the novel follows Risto's adventures as he tries to uncoil a murder that too

Anbieter: Orell Fuessli CH
Stand: 27.02.2020
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Stella Adler On Ibsen Strindberg
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An original member of the famed Group Theater, Stella Adler was one of the most influential artists to come out of the American theater. As a Stanislavsky disciple and founder of her own highly esteemed acting conservatory, the extravagant actress was also an eminent acting teacher, training her students--among them Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro--in the art of script interpretation. The classic lectures collected here, delivered over a period of forty years, bring to life the plays of the three fathers of modern drama: Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, and Anton Chekhov. With passionate conviction and shrewd insight, Adler explains how their plays forever changed the world of dramaturgy while offering enduring insights on society, class, culture, and the role of the actor. She explores the struggles of Ibsen's characters to free themselves from societal convention, the mortal conflicts that trap Strindberg's men and women, and the pain of loss and transition lyrically evoked by Chekhov. A majestic volume, Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov allows us to experience the work of these masters 'as if to see, hear and feel their genius for the first time.' (William H. Gass)

Anbieter: Thalia AT
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The Color Inside a Melon
15,99 € *
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'John Domini enters the world of African immigrants in Naples living on the edge of the law, in a gripping, noir-ish thriller written in prose that somehow manages to be both elegant and hard-boiled. An absorbing read.' - Salman Rushdie “ The Color Inside a Melon is about a man consumed by secrets and lies in a city on the edge. Disguised as a murder mystery, it twists, turns, then coils into a scorpion’s sting.' —Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings 'A dark, brisk-paced, and intriguing—if sometimes slightly ungainly—hybrid. ... A dark, buzzing, sometimes-chaotic literary noir written in lively and often elegant prose with an intriguing meditation on immigration and assimilation at its center.' --Kirkus Reviews 'A brisk, literary mystery that marries art and the investigation of a murder with questions of immigration, race, and class. Domini is at the top of his game in what may be the surprise hit of the summer.' --The Nervous Breakdown “What a dazzling cast of desperate characters Domini serves up in his post-earthquake depiction of Naples, an international maelstrom of refugees, criminals, and artists. Lawless ambition threatens to destroy the life of this city, but like the best authors and the best men, Domini fights to make room for justice and human dignity.' —Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist and author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters “Domini tells the story of Risto, a Somali orphan now become a successful gallerist in Naples, in the process producing a compelling portrait of African immigrants and refugees in Italy while reinvigorating the murder mystery genre and illuminating the complexities of a twenty-first century marriage. In so doing, he draws his Neapolitan trilogy to a close, with the poetic compression and painterly verve that has become a hallmark of his impressive oeuvre.' —John Keene, MacArthur Fellow and author of Counternarratives “An ambitiously conceived, utterly original novel. This book is a puzzle—all the elements from the knife-edged prose to the absorbing plot are intricately linked in service of a larger narrative. Risto’s quest to find his countryman’s murderer is also his quest to reconcile his dual identities as a Naples resident and businessman and a refugee of war-torn Somalia. But more than this, this book examines the formation of self and the sacrifices required to find a place called home.' —Allison Amend, author of Enchanted Islands 'Part literary noir, part detective story and set in Domini's beloved Naples, The Color Inside a Melon addresses the issues of our age head on: race, class, and violence. The real mystery being unwound in the piazzas and dark underbelly of old Italy is humanity's true nature and bottomless capacity to love and hate one another..' - WriteLiving “At once an erudite and urbane detective story, an unlikely love story, a mordant cultural history of today’s Naples, a gritty and compassionate portrait of both its demimonde and its new immigrant underclass, and a meditation on the resourcefulness with which outsiders, in their high-wire attempts to thrive, can push back on the very machinery that betrays them.' —Jim Shepard, National Book Award finalist for Like You’d Understand, Anyway ' The Color Inside a Melon is a barbed and scintillating take on Naples at its margins, a noirish journey through a world not just glimpsed from outside but enlivened from within with remarkable brio.' -Zachary Lazar, author of Vengeance and Sway 'What a timely novel John Domini has delivered. More importantly, what a magnificent work of art The Color Inside a Melon is--an absolute tour de force with life bursting from each line. These pages don't speak. They sing.' -Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World and The Realm of Last Chances 'One of those rare novels full of secrets and mystery that will keep you thinking long after you're finished turning the pages. Full of rich humor, the novel follows Risto's adventures as he tries to uncoil a murder that too

Anbieter: Thalia AT
Stand: 27.02.2020
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