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Mentored By A Madman The William Burroughs Experiment

Author : A.J. Lees
ISBN : 9781910749388
Genre : Medical
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A fascinating account by one of the world's leading neurologists of the profound influence of William Burroughs on his medical career. Lees relates how Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, inspired him to discover a ground-breaking treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Lees journeys to the Amazonian rainforest in search of cures, and through self-experimentation seeks to find the answers his patients crave. He enters a powerful plea for the return of imagination to medical research.
Category: Medical

Brazil That Never Was

Author : A. J. Lees
ISBN : 1912559218
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A famed British neurologist embarks on an expedition in Brazil to follow the trail of Percy Fawcett, an occult-obsessed explorer who went missing in the Amazon rainforest and was the subject of the 2016 film The Lost City of Z. As a boy growing up near Liverpool in the 1950s, Andrew Lees would visit the docks with his father to watch the ships from Brazil unload their exotic cargo of coffee, cotton bales, molasses, cocoa -- the ships' names and goods noted down in loving detail in his exercise book. One day, his father gave him a dog-eared book called Exploration Fawcett. The book told the true story of Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who in 1925 had gone in search of a lost city in the Amazon, and never returned. The riveting story of Fawcett's encounters with deadly animals and hostile tribes, his mission to discover an Atlantean civilization, and the many who lost their own lives when they went in search of him, inspired the young Lees to believe that there were still earthly places where one could 'fall off the edge'. Years later, after becoming a successful neurologist, Lees set off in search of the mysterious figure of Fawcett. What he found exceeded his wildest imaginings. With access to the cache of 'Secret Papers' Lees discovered that Fawcett's quest was far stranger than searching for a lost city. There was a 'greater mission', one that involved the occult, and a belief in a community of evolved beings living in a hidden parallel plane in the Mato Grosso. Lees travelled to Manaus in Fawcett's footsteps. After a time-bending psychedelic experience in the forest, he understood that his yearning for the imaginary Brazil of his boyhood, like Fawcett's search for an earthly paradise, was a nostalgia for what never was. Part travelogue, part memoir, Lees paints a portrait of an elusive Brazil, and a flawed explorer whose doomed mission ruined lives.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Every Third Thought

Author : Robert McCrum
ISBN : 9781509815319
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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As read on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 'Moving, intellectual and unsentimental. I think it will become a classic' Melvyn Bragg 'Thoughtful, subtle, elegantly clever and oddly joyous, Every Third Thought is beautiful' Kate Mosse In 1995, at the age of forty-two, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near-fatal stroke. Since that life-changing event, McCrum has lived in the shadow of death, unavoidably aware of his own mortality. And now, in his sixties, he is noticing a change: his friends are joining him there. Death has become his contemporaries’ every third thought. And so, with the words of McCrum’s favourite authors as travel companions, Every Third Thought takes us on a journey towards death itself. This is a deeply personal book of reflection and conversation – with brain surgeons, psychologists, hospice workers and patients, writers and poets, and it confronts an existential question: in a world where we have learnt to live well at all costs, can we make peace with dying?
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Best Travel Writing Volume 11

Author : James O'Reilly
ISBN : 9781609521189
Genre : Travel
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The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11 is the latest in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisines and cultures. Includes winners from the annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing. Introduction by Rolf Potts In The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11, readers will: Piece together the puzzle of life in rural Cambodia Reawaken the joy of travel on a bus ride through Mexico Reexamine war memories with former soldiers in Vietnam Learn the ropes and the art of sailing with a "good captain" on the Pacific Find a true soul sister in the highlands of Ecuador Follow Vincent van Gogh's footsteps in France Survive (or not) a home invasion in Brazil...and much more
Category: Travel

The Witness

Author : Robert Borelli
ISBN : 1499108524
Genre : Fiction
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Raised in the heart of an aging Brooklyn neighborhood, Robert was a small but fiery, attention-deprived Italian boy, drawn to the flashy lifestyle of neighborhood wiseguys. His early years ushered in the opportunity to become a part of that world, as he began running errands and selling illegal goods for these same men. Simultaneously, his reputation as a fierce fighter grew, and by the time he was a young adult, he had made an impression on influential members of the Gambino crime family. After beating a murder rap, he was on his way to Mafia stardom, mentored and protected by one of the most prominent wise guys In New York City. While the pleasure of notoriety was fulfilling, a powerful addiction to drugs soon overrode it, negating Robert's credibility among his mobster brothers. Even the bond of fatherhood wasn't enough to draw him out of his chemically-dependent prison. In his mind, the situation left him with only two possible conclusions; either he will die overdosing, or the men to whom he swore allegiance will silence him before the drugs have a chance.The Witness is the compelling account of the hard and fast life of an "up-and-coming star" within the Mafia ranks, the downward spiral created by his addiction to drugs, and his spiritual rebirth spurred by the heart-wrenching plea of his little girl.
Category: Fiction

How A Dog Girl Turned Rocker

Author : Dee Dee Rivera
ISBN : 9781312964747
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Between the years 2005 to 2007, Ms. Rivera kept an online blog at MSN. Most pronounced are her innermost thoughts about the men of the rock group INXS. Also included are her experiences with breeding chihuahuas, showing, evil show breeders, other INXS fans, and Rockstar: INXS. The story begins in April of 2005, when the diary began, and a short-lived battle she had with a contemptible teenager named Serena Weiner, who first came to Ms. Rivera in 2003, hoping to learn how to breed chihuahuas the right way, but yet could not handle the truth. Read about Dee's trip to LA to meet her favorite band, INXS with a woman named Danna Ballswinger. Read about her struggles to keep her kennel together. Read about how she conquered her nemesis, Catsredrum, and also how she got out of breeding after the loss of her favorite dog, Groucho. Also included within the entries are follow-up paragraphs that describe in further detail what she was thinking when she wrote each blog entry.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Leadership Wisdom Of Solomon

Author : Pat Williams
ISBN : 9780784721285
Genre : Religion
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King Solomon transformed the tiny tribal nation of Israel into an economic and military superpower. His brilliance as an international financier made Israel the wealthiest nation of the ancient world. He led Israel into its Golden Age. And he did it with integrity. King Solomon left us twenty-eight profound leadership strategies--as valid today as when the proverbs were written. The same extraordinary wisdom that transformed Solomon's world can revolutionize every aspect of leadership for any CEO, manager, pastor, coach, military strategist, or government leader. In The Leadership Wisdom of Solomon, Pat Williams, senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic, applies Solomon's ancient insights to the high-speed world in which we live. The study sections promote discussion and prompt immediate action.
Category: Religion

The Executioner S Game

Author : Gary Hardwick
ISBN : 9780060575854
Genre : Fiction
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Two government assassins meet head on in this knuckle-biting tale of intrigue, betrayal, and survival written by "the Elmore Leonard of black mystery writers" ("Seattle Times") Targeted print ads.
Category: Fiction

Shakespearean Criticism

Author : Laurie Lanzen Harris
ISBN : 0810389487
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The plays, theme or focus of this volume includes: Antony and Cleopatra A Midsummer Night's Dream Two Noble Kinsmen Richard II

Retreat House

ISBN : 1945181524
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An overnight youth group outing on Pine Cliff Island turns deadly when one of the teenagers is attacked. Most resident snowbirds have flown south, cell phone service is zilch, and a madman lies in wait. Group leader Holly gathers the kids while her combat vet boyfriend unexpectedly shows up to surprise her. The race to survive depends on teamwork.