'A formidable free-style book that isn't straight biography but a mix of history, street-level investigative reporting, hagiography, Deep South sociology, music criticism, memoir and some fiery preaching' Rolling Stone magazine A Guardian best music book of 2016 The music of James Brown was almost a genre in its own right, and he was one of the biggest and most influential cultural figures of the twentieth century. But the singer known as the 'Hardest Working Man in Show Business' was also an immensely troubled, misunderstood and complicated man. Award-winning writer James McBride, himself a professional musician, has undertaken a journey of discovery in search of the 'real' James Brown, delving into the heartbreaking saga of Brown's childhood and destroyed estate, and uncovering the hidden history of Brown's early years.
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One of The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017 “A pinball machine zinging with sharp dialogue, breathtaking plot twists and naughty humor... McBride at his brave and joyous best.” —New York Times Book Review Exciting new fiction from James McBride, the first since his National Book Award–winning novel The Good Lord Bird. The stories in Five-Carat Soul—none of them ever published before—spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge. They’re funny and poignant, insightful and unpredictable, imaginative and authentic—all told with McBride’s unrivaled storytelling skill and meticulous eye for character and detail. McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives. As McBride did in his National Book award-winning The Good Lord Bird and his bestselling The Color of Water, he writes with humor and insight about how we struggle to understand who we are in a world we don’t fully comprehend. The result is a surprising, perceptive, and evocative collection of stories that is also a moving exploration of our human condition.
As a boy in Brooklyn's Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she'd simply say 'I'm light-skinned.' Later he wondered if he was different too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. 'You're a human being,' she snapped. 'Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!' And when James asked what colour God was, she said 'God is the colour of water.' As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story - the story of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college.
One of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year" Oprah's Book Club Pick Named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and TIME Magazine A Washington Post Notable Novel From the author of the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird and the bestselling modern classic The Color of Water, comes one of the most celebrated novels of the year. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and, in front of everybody, shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride’s funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters—caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York—overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us.
- Author : Anonim
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1854
- Genre : Uncategorized
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : OXFORD:555026653
Soon to be a Showtime limited series starring Ethan Hawke Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year From the bestselling author of The Color of Water, Song Yet Sung, Five-Carat Soul, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography, comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
In their own picturesque speech, an older generation of men and women in North Carolina paint a vivid image of home and family life in the southern Appalachian mountains around the turn of the century. Dozens of contributors share their wisdom and memories in stories of country hospitality, blackgum toothbrushes, foxhunting, candy stews, jerk coffee, hangings, feuds, and mountain philosophy. A final chapter is devoted to mountain tales and ghost stories. Illustrated by J. L. Osborne, Jr. and originally published in 1982. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.
It's a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back…and he's got helpers. As The Pretender's disciples perpetrate their sick homages—stretching police and the FBI dangerously thin—Taylor tries desperately to prepare for their inevitable showdown. And she must do it alone. To be close to her is to be in mortal danger, and she won't risk losing anyone she loves. But the isolation, the self-doubt and the rising body count are taking their toll—she's beside herself and ready to snap. The brilliant psychopath who both adores and despises her is drawing close. Close enough to touch….
Do your children make you insane? Does your husband seem deranged? Do you have a friend who drives you crazy? In Couldn't We Just Kill'em And Tell God They Died?, popular author and women's minister Cathy Lechner helps you love the impossible people in your life. "Some family and friends you choose yourself," says Cathy, "but others are simply thrust upon you. Because you don't always get to choose who to love and when to love them, you sometimes feel like strangling some of them (well, maybe not quite!)." In the same popular style of her best-seller I'm Trying To Sit At His Feet, But Who's Going To Cook Dinner?, Cathy's anointed words will minister hope and healing to your troubled relationships. With hilarious anecdotes, side-splitting stories and candid insight, Cathy will have you laughing with those people who often make you cry.
The first hit is free, and then there's no turning back. Ten tales of horror and suspense from bestselling author Scott Nicholson. A boy learns the true and terrible price of love. A man learns that fast cars and fast women don't mix, even when they're dead. An artist has an unhealthy obsession with his latest masterpiece. Collected from the pages of Cemetery Dance, Northern Horror, Book of All Flesh, and other publications. Includes the exclusive afterword "One Sick Puppy" and bonus contributions from British horror and dark fantasy legend Tim Lebbon and prominent Australian horror writer, Shane Jiraiya Cummings. Contents: Timing Chains of the Heart In The Family Fallow Work in Progress Sung Li The Devil's Doormen Skin The Hounds of Love Bonus tales by overseas horror legends Tim Lebbon and Shane Jiraiya Cummings. ----------------- keywords: suspense stories, Google Play book, mystery stories, horror short stories, Stephen King, psychological horror, thriller, action, dark fiction anthology, horror story collection, Bentley Little
The Ticket of Leave Mans Wife Or Six Years After A Drama in Three Acts Being a Continuation of Mr Tom Taylor s Drama of the Ticket of Leave Man
- Author : Charles Smith Cheltnam
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1875
- Genre : Uncategorized
- Pages : 72
- ISBN : BL:A0024367942
Elena is a dreamer and a witch, neither fitting well into the mining town of Glynarien. John is a collier, born out-of-place. Together they find love or something that passes for it.
Includes the decisions of the Supreme Courts of Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas, and Court of Appeals of Kentucky; Aug./Dec. 1886-May/Aug. 1892, Court of Appeals of Texas; Aug. 1892/Feb. 1893-Jan./Feb. 1928, Courts of Civil and Criminal Appeals of Texas; Apr./June 1896-Aug./Nov. 1907, Court of Appeals of Indian Territory; May/June 1927-Jan./Feb. 1928, Courts of Appeals of Missouri and Commission of Appeals of Texas.
Presents a collection of first-hand accounts of sightings, historical reports, and native folklore surrounding bigfoot/sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.