The Heroes of Europe:A biographical outline of European history A. D. 700 to A. D. 1700 Henry Gay Hewlett
A best book of 2017: Time NPR People Elle The Washington Post The Los Angeles Times The Chicago Tribune Newsday St. Louis Post-Dispatch PopSugar BookRiot Library Journal Booklist Kirkus Reviews Shelf Awareness New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as ´´wildly undisciplined,´´ Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn´t yet been told but needs to be.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. ´´I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.´´ In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as ´´wildly undisciplined,´´ Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved-in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.
Soon to be a motion picture starring Russell Crowe, this memoir charts Garrard Conley´s experiences in a religiously-charged ´gay cure´ camp, with Conley finding the strength to reject the ideas he was being fixed with there and break away from the strictures of his religious upbringing.
´One of the year´s most important books on transgender identity´ Gay Times What does it mean to be transgender? How do we discuss the subject? In this eye-opening book, CN Lester, academic and activist, takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing issues concerning the trans debate: from pronouns to Caitlyn Jenner; from feminist and LGBTQ activists, to the rise in referrals for gender variant children - all by way of insightful and moving passages about the author´s own experience. Trans Like Me shows us how to strive for authenticity in a world which often seeks to limit us by way of labels. ´I finished with more insight and knowledge than I ever expected´ Stylist ´An important, timely book´ Juliet Jacques ´A moving, learned and essential voice at the razor edge of gender politics´ Laurie Penny
Was bleibt, wenn einem alles genommen, wenn sogar die Identität ausradiert werden soll? Wie erinnert man sich an die Zeit, in der man ausgelöscht werden sollte? 2004 in Arkansas im sogenannten Bible Belt der USA: Ein Bekannter outet den neunzehnjährigen Garrard Conley gegen seinen Willen vor den Eltern als homosexuell. Seit Jahren schon kämpft Conley gegen die Scham, die ihm als einzigem Sohn eines Baptistenpredigers eingeimpft ist. Er selbst ist tief verwurzelt in einer christlich-fundamentalistischen Gemeinde, in einer Gesellschaft, die die Bibel beim Wort nimmt, in der nichts geduldet wird, was nicht der unabänderlichen Norm entspricht. Unvermittelt steht er vor der Entscheidung seines Lebens: Stimmt er einer Konversionstherapie zu, einem kirchlichen Programm, das ihn in zwölf Schritten von seiner Homosexualität ´heilen´, von unreinen Trieben säubern, seinen Glauben festigen und aus ihm einen ex-gay machen soll, oder riskiert er, seine Familie, seine Freunde und den Gott, zu dem er an jedem Tag seines Lebens gebetet hat, zu verlieren? Soll er sein äußeres Leben auslöschen oder sein Inneres? Garrard Conley spürt den komplexen Beziehungen von Familie, Glauben und Gemeinschaft nach und zeichnet dabei ein Bild von einem Amerika, mit dem wir heute mehr denn je konfrontiert sind. Doch Conley versucht dabei auch stets jene zu verstehen, die ihm aus gutem Glauben heraus so viel Schmerz zugefügt haben. Dieser Lebensbericht lässt einen frieren angesichts der Kalte, mit der Fundamentalisten in den USA anderen ihre Ideologie überstülpen. Aber Boy Erased ist auch ein Zeugnis der Liebe, die trotzdem überleben kann.
Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she´s a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn´t changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called ´´flyover country´´ rather than moving to the liberal coasts. In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: ´´Something gay every day.´´ Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more. Capturing profound cultural shifts underway in unexpected places and revealing a national network of chosen family fighting for a better world, Real Queer America is a treasure trove of uplifting stories and a much-needed source of hope and inspiration in these divided times.
Inspiring the film starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and directed by Stephen Frears, Philomena is the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. With a foreword by Judi Dench, Martin Sixsmith´s book is a compelling and deeply moving narrative of human love and loss, both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive. When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic. Philomena´s son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he had to conceal not only his sexuality but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDS. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved.
A New York Times bestselling, riotously funny collection of boozy misadventures from the creator of the YouTube series, ´´You Deserve a Drink.´´ Mamrie Hart is a drinking star with a Youtube problem. With over a million subscribers to her cult-hit video series ´´You Deserve a Drink,´´ Hart has been entertaining viewers with a combination of tasty libations and raunchy puns since 2011. Hart also co-wrote/co-starred in Dirty Thirty and Camp Takota with Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart. Finally, Hart has compiled her best drinking stories-and worst hangovers-into one hilarious volume. From the spring break where she and her girlfriends avoided tan lines by staying at an all-male gay nudist resort, to the bachelorette party where she accidentally hired a sixty-year-old meth head to teach the group pole dancing (not to mention the time she lit herself on fire during a Flaming Lips concert), Hart accompanies each story with an original cocktail recipe, ensuring that You Deserve a Drink is as educational as it is entertaining. With cameos from familiar friends from the YouTube scene and a foreword by Grace Helbig, this glimpse into Hart´s life brings warmth and humor to the woman fans know and love. And for readers who haven´t met Mamrie yet-take a warm-up shot and break out the cocktail shaker: you´re going to need a drink. ´´Hart is a pull-no-punches comedian with a talent for self-deprecation in the guise of self-aggrandizement, a winning formula.´´-The New York Times