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Notes On A Banana

Author : David Leite
ISBN : 9780062414397
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria—a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity. Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his mother endearingly called him, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door just like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of manic depression. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in learning about food, watching Julia Child, and cooking for others. Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to “turn straight” through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-four-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David’s readers as “The One,” which began with (what else?) food. Throughout the journey, David returns to his stoves and tables, and those of his family, as a way of grounding himself. A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirs by Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banana is a feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Plant Breeding Reviews

Author : Jules Janick
ISBN : 0471437751
Genre : Science
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Plant Breeding Reviews presents state-of-the-art reviews on plant genetics and the breeding of all types of crops by both traditional means and molecular methods. Many of the crops widely grown today stem from a very narrow genetic base; understanding and preserving crop genetic resources is vital to the security of food systems worldwide. The emphasis of the series is on methodology, a fundamental understanding of crop genetics, and applications to major crops.
Category: Science

Notes On A Cowardly Lion

Author : John Lahr
ISBN : 9781453288740
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Lahr’s stunning and complex biography of his father, the legendary actor and comedian Bert Lahr Notes on a Cowardly Lion is John Lahr’s masterwork: an all-encompassing biography of his father, the comedian and performer Bert Lahr. Best known as the Cowardly Lion in MGM’s classic The Wizard of Oz, Lahr was a consummate artist whose career spanned burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Hollywood. While he could be equally raucous and polished in public, Lahr was painfully insecure and self-absorbed in private, keeping his family at arm’s length as he quietly battled his inner demons. Told with an impressive objectivity and keen understanding of the construction—and destruction—of the performer, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is more than one man’s quest to understand his father; it is an extraordinary examination of a life in American show business.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Sticky Notes On The Wall

Author : Uma Ramani
ISBN : 9781645873327
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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You know how sometimes you read a book and it just instantly feels like it's your story as well? This is it!! -How does it feel to be tray-trapped on a long flight? -Why do we buy cheap trinkets and souvenirs at exorbitant unreasonable rates when holidaying? -Why do some people stay away from Facebook? -Should the modern complexly designed user unfriendly taps come with instruction manuals? Uma Ramani addresses these and many such interesting questions in this thought provoking and lively book. With a generous amount of subtle humour she paints the ordinary events of our everyday life with vibrant colours and make them utterly fascinating. So pick up the book, grab a cup of coffee, fit your butt in a comfy chair and warn your folks to ignore you if you are smirking at your coffee cup.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Notes On A Life

Author : Eleanor Coppola
ISBN : 9780385526838
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Eleanor Coppola shares her extraordinary life as an artist, filmmaker, wife, and mother in a book that captures the glamour and grit of Hollywood and reveals the private tragedies and joys that tested and strengthened her over the past twenty years. Her first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, was hailed as “one of the most revealing of all first hand looks at the movies” (Los Angeles Herald Examiner). And now the author brings the same honesty, insight, and wit to this absorbing account of the next chapters in her life. In this new work we travel back and forth with her from the swirling center of the film world to the intimate heart of her family. She offers a fascinating look at the vision that drives her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, and describes her daughter Sofia’s rise to fame with the film Lost in Translation. Even as she visits faraway movie sets and attends parties, she is pulled back to pursue her own art, but is always focused on keeping her family safe. The death of their son Gio in a boating accident in 1986 and her struggle to cope with her grief and anger leads to a moving exploration of her deepest feelings as a woman and a mother. Written with a quiet strength, Eleanor Coppola’s powerful portrait of the conflicting demands of family, love and art is at once very personal and universally resonant.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Adventures Of Apple And Banana

Author : D.J. Mincy
ISBN : 9781432767334
Genre : Fiction
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In this second adventure Apple and Banana along with their friends Peach and Orange go to the mysterious Ebenezer Grapefruit's house. Once inside the mysterious house Ebenezer tells them of an incredible adventure that he and his friends went on over fifty years ago! Ebenezer's adventure went terribly wrong and some of his friends disappeared on that fateful day. Ebenezer needs the four brave adventurers to help him locate his missing friends. Will the four friends except Ebenezer's request?
Category: Fiction

Notes On The Way Of St James

Author : Stephan Groborsch
ISBN : 9783732297450
Genre : Travel
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“Notes on the Way of St. James” is his account of that journey which began in the early Spring of 2011.The book chronicles the various stages of the adventure from its uncertain beginning through a doubt plagued stretch in Switzerland where Stephan wondered where he would ever find the fortitude to finish the pilgrimage. This doubt never fully left him until his arrival at the Spanish city of Santa Domingo de la Calzada. A rejuvenated Stephan ended his journey in late June 2011 at Santiago de Compostela, “the end of the world”, where he finally appreciated the full meaning of the words that a millennia of pilgrims before him had also realized: “The way gives you what you need”. Now fully recovered, Stephan is planning his next adventure, a hike from his home in Bavaria to Rome along the Via Francigena.
Category: Travel

The Banana Men

Author : Lester D. Langley
ISBN : 9780813145976
Genre : Nature
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From the moment Daniel Boone first "gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and...beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below," generations of Kentuckians have developed rich and enduring relationships with the land that surrounds them. Of Woods & Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader is filled with loving tributes, written across the Commonwealth's two centuries, offered in celebration of Kentucky's widely varied environmental wonders that nurture both life and art. Ron Ellis, an outdoors enthusiast and noted writer, has gathered art, fiction, personal essays and poetry from many of Kentucky's best-known authors for this comprehensive collection. The anthology begins with famed illustrator John James Audubon's eloquent account of extracting catfish from the Ohio River and progresses through over fifty contributions by both established and emerging writers. Covering two hundred years of hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, hiking, and canoeing in Kentucky's woods and waters, these classic and original works show how writers have, as celebrated Kentucky historian Thomas D. Clark suggests, "fallen under the spell of the land." Of Woods & Waters does not merely recount fond memories. Many authors presented in this collection echo the sentiments of the award-winning novelist and essayist Barbara Kingsolver, who writes, "Much of what I know about life, and almost everything I believe about the way I want to live, was formed in those woods" adjacent to her birthplace in Nicholas County, Kentucky. The works collected in Of Woods & Waters serve to honor and defend what many recognize as a sadly declining way of life, one born out of genuine reverence for the beauty and bounty of nature. The contributions of Wendell Berry, Janice Holt Giles, Bobbie Ann Mason, Jesse Stuart, James Still, Robert Penn Warren, James Baker Hall, Silas House, and other esteemed authors examine the delicate balances that must be struck between humanity and nature, between progress and sustainable living. While raising these crucial questions, these writings center on connections among friends and family in Kentucky's beautiful natural surroundings. The authors spin tales of the whistling wings of ducks overhead, the heart-pounding excitement of a white-tailed buck's sudden appearance, the joy of childhood plunges into cold lake waters after hours of climbing trees, and the thrill of watching sons and daughters catch their first fish. In these writings, the bountiful Kentucky wilderness that first captivated frontier settlers remains vibrantly alive.
Category: Nature

One Foot On A Banana Peel

Author : Jane Harber
ISBN : 9781591606956
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Category: Family & Relationships