Alice Kaplan takes readers into the lives, hopes and ambitions of three young women who would become American icons, tracing their paths to Paris and tracking the discoveries, intellectual adventures, friendships and loves that they found there. For Jacqueline Kennedy, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis, France was far from a passing fancy; rather, the year abroad would influence them for the rest of their lives.
After her mother's death and the end of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed impulsively decided to hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — alone.
An assessment of the decades before Ernest Hemingway's suicide reveals the key life moments that occurred onboard his beloved boat, Pilar, from celebrations with friends and romantic liaisons to the dissolutions of marriages and alcohol-marked withdrawals from society. By the author of the National Book Critics Circle-winning Sons of Mississippi.
Sinclair's latest work mourns the ways in which the 2012 Olympic games are prompting redevelopment at the cost of local history, exploring the roots of new constructions while citing the losses of private establishments, public parks and casual diversity.
A preadolescent runaway describes the violence and trauma that marked her early life before the unexpected kindness of a teacher helped her get off the streets. She went on to pursue a master's degree and now dedicates herself to helping other at-risk youth.
Piecing together common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, a major media personality in the U.K. sheds new light on feminism, discussing the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues for both women and society itself.
A few years back, journalist Sally Koslow was settling into an empty nest. Her two 20-something sons had been launched out of the house and into the wider world. Then, suddenly and unexpectedly, her sons landed back home and she found herself parenting two dependent adult children. She was startled to learn that her family was part of a much larger trend; according to the Pew Research Center, one-fifth of young adults ages 25 to 34 live in multigenerational households. In Slouching Toward Adulthood, Koslow draws on interviews with other parents and their grown children to assess the employment, monetary and social aspects of prolonged dependency — a phase that she calls "adultescence."
In 1966, a military coup overthrew Ghana's first president. At the time, John Dramani Mahama was 7 years old and his father, a minister in the government, disappeared and was imprisoned for more than a year. Today, Mahama is the vice president of Ghana. Mahama's memoir recounts his urban life with his father and his rural experiences in his mother's village.
The life and career of the most recognized and beloved folk musician of the twentieth century are recalled here, with details of his hobo days as well as his marriage, his "subversive" activities, and his eventual death from Huntingdon's Disease. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
David McGlynn reflects on the unsolved murder of his closest friend and high school teammate, an event that shattered their peers and led the author into the radical world of evangelical Christianity. A second swimming-related tragedy and the prospect of fatherhood caused McGlynn to question his beliefs.