A candid and moving memoir from the critically acclaimed singer and songwriter. For 30 years as a musician, Rosanne Cash has enjoyed both critical and commercial success, releasing a series of albums that are as notable for their lyrical intelligence as for their musical excellence. Now, in her memoir, Cash writes compellingly about her upbringing in Southern California as the child of country legend Johnny Cash, and of her relationship with her mother and her famous stepmother, June Carter Cash. In her account of her development as an artist, she shares memories of a hilarious stint as a 20-year-old working for Columbia Records in London; recording her own first album on a German label; working her way to success; her marriage to Rodney Crowell, a union that made them Nashville´s premier couple; her relationship with the country music establishment; and taking a new direction in her music and leaving Nashville to move to New York. She also discusses motherhood; dealing with the deaths of her parents, in part through music; the process of songwriting; and the fulfillment she has found with her current husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal. Cash has written an unconventional and compelling memoir that, in the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher´s The Gastronomical Me and Frank Conroy´s Stop-Time, is a series of linked pieces that combine to form a luminous and brilliant whole. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosanne Cash. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001555/bk_peng_001555_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
2017 Audie Award Finalist for Autobiography/Memoir Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson reads her inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her families - the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life´s challenges, and of her mother, who survived violence both in the home and on DC´s volatile streets. Here, too, she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but she saw as a gift. Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor´s memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor´s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Taraji P. Henson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007631/bk_sans_007631_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this absorbing and surprising memoir, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood - the star of Alfred Hitchcock´s The Birds and Marnie - tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the sets of some of the biggest cult films of all time. For decades Tippi Hedren´s luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood´s elite - beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren´s story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend as one of the most famous Hitchcock girls, as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter. For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and finding the courage she needed to break away. Hedren´s incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets - including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made - and the struggles of being a single mother balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter and her commitment to helping animals. Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman´s remarkable life no celebrity afici 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tippi Hedren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005541/bk_harp_005541_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bill Belichick: ´´Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals.´´ Tom Brady: ´´It´s a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian.´´ The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog kid who was always doubted to becoming one of the most reliable and inspiring players in the NFL. When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn´t only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback Tom Brady - or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong. Whether it was in Pop Warner football, where his Redwood City, California, team won a national championship; in high school, where he went from a four-foot-ten, 95-pound freshman running back to quarterback for an undefeated Woodside High team; or college, where he rewrote records at Kent State as a dual-threat quarterback, Edelman far exceeded everyone´s expectations. Everyone´s expectations, that is, except his own and those of his father, who took extreme and unorthodox measures to drive Edelman to quiet the doubters with ferocious competitiveness. When he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round, the five-foot-ten college quarterback was asked to field punts and play wide receiver, though he´d never done either. But gradually, under the tutelage of a demanding coaching staff and countless hours of off-season training with Tom Brady, he became one of the NFL´s most dynamic punt returners and top receivers who can deliver in the biggest games. Relentless is the story of Edelman´s rise, and the continuing d 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Abbey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003522/bk_hach_003522_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation´s heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup championship. Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women´s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. She has become a heavily requested speaker to a wide a range of audiences, from college students to executives at Fortune 500 companies. In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, and losses and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world-class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach´s book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling with universal questions about how we can live our best lives and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Abby Wambach. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005437/bk_harp_005437_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The colorful, sentimental, funny, affectionate, cantankerous memoir by the most colorful, funniest, most cantankerous-- and probably the most revered-- sportswriter of the last fifty years. Dan Jenkins is accepted as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) golf writer of all time, wrote beloved bestselling novels and abused more corporate expense accounts than anyone who ever lived. It´s a touching, laugh-out-loud tribute to the romanticism of old-time sportswriting-- and the glory days of sports. As Dan Jenkins says in the first few pages of his memoir: ´´Sometimes, I envy my own childhood.´´ A lot of us can say that about Dan´s entire life. He grew up in the Great Depression, but he doesn´t seem ever to have been depressed. He was too busy having fun and enjoying life. In His Ownself, we now get to share in the fun. Dan takes us back to his youth in Texas and his eccentric, wealthy mother-- with whom he never lived; he lived with his grandparents while his mother flitted in and out of his life-- and his sports fan father, whom he barely knew. We see Dan´s growth as a sportswriter-- from his high school paper through to his first job at the Fort Worth Press-- and we understand what it was like to be a sports fan in Texas (it basically meant understanding a lot about passion, religion, heroes, and drinking). And then it´s on to the glory days of Sports Illustrated, the most entertaining and most star-studded pages in the book. Dan was one of the handful of writers who made SI what it was for so many decades-- the most important sports magazine ever. Not coincidentally, Dan was also at the center of New York night life in those days-- hanging out at Elaine´s while swapping stories with politicians and movie stars and New York´s best writers and best bartenders. Above all, this is a sports nostalgia fan´s dream book. And, in particular, a golfer´s dream book. There are two chapters on Ben Hogan, whom Dan knew well-enough to 1. Language: English. Narrator: Henry Strozier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/007586/bk_reco_007586_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For more than four decades, Jim Maxwell has called the cricket for the ABC. Since 1973 he has covered 285 Test matches, including over 50 Ashes Tests, six tours to the West Indies, seven to the subcontinent, and five World Cups. His distinctive voice, dryly understated humour and immense knowledge of the game have been part of the fabric of Australian cricket for generations of listeners. It´s not too much to say that Jim has been the sound of our summer. In his long-awaited memoir he reflects on his life and career, on key cricket moments that he´s witnessed, and on the many and varied characters he´s met along the way. The Sound of Summer is a deep insight into one of our best-loved commentators, and a fascinating, warm, nostalgic and uniquely informed view of the game he loves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Maxwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/004582/bk_howe_004582_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The untold story of a New York City legend´s education in creativity and style.For Bill Cunningham, New York City was the land of freedom, glamour, and above all, style. Growing up in a lace-curtain Irish suburb of Boston, secretly trying on his sister´s dresses and spending his evenings after school in the city´s chicest boutiques, Bill dreamed of a life dedicated to fashion. But his desires were a source of shame for his family, and after dropping out of Harvard, he had to fight them tooth and nail to pursue his love. When he arrived in New York, he reveled in people-watching. He spent his nights at opera openings and gate-crashing extravagant balls, where he would take note of the styles, new and old, watching how the gowns moved, how the jewels hung, how the hair laid on each head. This was his education and the birth of the democratic and exuberant taste he came to be famous for as a photographer for The New York Times. After two style mavens took Bill under their wing, his creativity thrived and he made a name for himself as a designer. Taking on the alias William J. - because designing under his family´s name would have been a disgrace to his parents - Bill became one of the era´s most outlandish and celebrated hat designers, catering to movie stars, heiresses, and artists alike. Bill´s mission was to bring happiness to the world by making women an inspiration to themselves and everyone who saw them. These were halcyon days when fashion was all he ate and drank. When he was broke and hungry, he´d stroll past the store windows on Fifth Avenue and feed himself on beautiful things.Fashion Climbing is the story of a young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original. But although he was one of the city´s most recognized and treasured figures, Bill was also one of its most guarded. Written with his infectious joy and one-of-a-kind voice, this memoir was polished, neatly typewritten, and safel 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/004167/bk_peng_004167_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Boy in the Water, written and read by Tom Gregory. Eltham, South London. 1984: the hot fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to swim but not yet wanting to take his foot off the bottom. Fast-forward four years. Photographers and family wait on the shingle beach as a boy in a bright orange hat and grease-smeared goggles swims the last few metres from France to England. He has been in the water for 12 agonising hours, encouraged at each stroke by his coach, John Bullet, who has become a second father. This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a coach and a boy, and a love letter to the intensity and freedom of childhood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Gregory. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/001805/bk_pauk_001805_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.