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Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage

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John Cage, whose pieces dazzled and confounded audiences for six decades, hardly seems the easiest of subjects for the biographer, but this is a well-researched, coherent, quite readable account of the composer and his work. What comes across is a man who was ferociously driven to create music and to promote it to those who could most effectively advance it. Cage was an iconoclast, yet he developed relationships—often symbiotic—with some of the iconic artists of the past century, including Arnold Schoenberg, Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp, Buckminster Fuller, Pierre Boulez, Robert Rauschenberg, and longtime companion Merce Cunningham. What also comes across is a humanity and openness that served Cage well in his personal life and his work, personified in his advice to young percussion student Cunningham: “You were playing everything absolutely perfectly. Now go a little further and make a few mistakes.” –Alan Moores

Review

“Excellent, thoroughly researched . . . The first in-depth, detailed account of Cage’s rich and colorful life . . . Silverman’s prose is lively and occasionally mirrors Cage’s own wit.” –_Library Journal (starred review)_

“Since his death almost two decades ago, Cage’s influence has increased to the point where he is now seen as one of the major creative spirits of his age. This marvelous biography brings into focus the many elusive facets of his music, and situates them against the background of his personal life and the seething cultural currents of the era.” —John Ashbery

“Silverman’s artful narrative lays bare Cage’s compositional processes, aesthetic posturing and the cross-cultural philosophical underpinnings to his work with a clarity that musicologists and art historians have yet to achieve. Not just an exemplary biography, but a significant contribution to the cultural history of American music.”—_Kirkus,_ starred review

“John Cage, whose pieces dazzled and confounded audiences for six decades, hardly seems the easiest of subjects for the biographer, but this is a well-researched, coherent, quite readable account of the composer and his work.” —Alan Moores, Booklist


“John Cage, a master of musical modernism, meets Kenneth Silverman, a master of the biographical art. Cage, the most innovative composer of recent times, comes freshly alive in Kenneth Silverman’s magisterial biography. Silverman distills an astonishing amount of information in an engaging, fluid narrative that brings alive every facet of John Cage’s life—his loves, his friendships, his career, and his path-blazing experiments with sound. Cage expanded music, and Silverman considerably expands our knowledge of Cage by interweaving fascinating new details of his everyday life with insightful accounts of his musical maturation. A gripping, ceaselessly revelatory biography.” —David S. Reynolds, author of Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson and Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography.


“_Begin Again_ is a glittering manifestation of the biographer’s craft. With impeccable aim and pitch-perfect tone, Kenneth Silverman has curated the crowded, cacophonous, frenetic and fractured details of modernist master John Cage’s life into a witty and sensuous literary exhibition. Readers will feel privileged to attend the gala opening of this cosmopolitan show—performance art between two covers!” —Neil Baldwin, author of Man Ray: American Artist
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Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

From Publishers Weekly

The territory Evans covers in her debut collection may be small, but she owns it. Her main characters are almost all teen girls and young women who struggle with disorder, and the reader is given close access to each one’s interior, from which the muted plots originate. “Jellyfish,” one of the better stories, starts out with the plight of middle-aged William, whose roof has just collapsed, before settling on his adult daughter, Eva, and examining her life. The two friends in “Virgins,” the opening and best story, maneuver unsteadily through the minefield of casually predatory men and boys. “Snakes” looks back on a consequential summer in the lives of two little girls. “The King of a Vast Empire” is the biggest departure from form and is narrated by good son Terrence, who frustratedly tells the story of his free-spirited sister, Liddie. The stories are beautifully observed, though their similarities in theme and voice make them better read individually than together. Evans has some great chops that would really shine with a little more narrative breadth.
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Evans’ first collection of short stories deals thoughtfully and incisively with considerations of class, race, and coming-of-age. That six of the stories are told in their female or male protagonists’ first-person voices brings them immediacy and emotional resonance. Sometimes, though, this device results in narrative voices that sound too much alike while the stories they tell lack thematic originality. Interestingly, two of the best stories—“Someone Ought to Tell Her There’s Nowhere to Go,” about a deeply troubled veteran of the Iraq War, and “Jellyfish,” about the fraught relationship of a young woman and her father—are told in third person. Yet, whether told in first or third person, what all of the stories share is a demonstration of the profound influence of the past on the present-day lives of their characters and the intricacies of relationships among African American, white, Hispanic, and mixed-race young people. Clearly, Evans lives up to her reputation as an important new voice in literary fiction. –Michael Cart

Before You Know Kindness

Amazon.com Review

If you imagine most writer’s bathrooms (and this is probably a mistake) you’d picture damp towels in a clump on the floor, hair in the soap, a few mildewed paperbacks stacked on the counter. But it’s impossible to picture Chris Bohjalian’s bathroom as anything but an Architectural Digest centerfold: polished counters, not a stray thread on the plush towels, the modulated colors sparked to life by fresh flowers from a neighbor’s garden.

Bohjalian’s eighth novel, Before You Know Kindness, is a beautifully observed, delicately balanced portrait of a family that could only come from the hands of a tireless craftsman who keeps reaching into his story to straighten the tulips or tuck in a shirttail. It begins with two EMTs leaning over animal rights’ activist Spencer McCullough’s gushing shotgun wound and winds back through the ordinary days leading up to the extraordinary accident, and then forward again as Spencer and his family come to terms with what has happened. As ambitious as other Bohjalian novels, Before You Know Kindness spirals out to encompass the larger issues of Spencer’s political loyalties and the heartless, passionate world of political spin. Some readers may find Bohjalian’s style too smooth. Others will relish the completeness of his vision and his obvious tenderness for even the most difficult of his characters. –Regina Marler

From Publishers Weekly

Bohjalian’s new novel begins with a literal bang: a bullet from a hunting rifle accidentally strikes Spencer McCullough, an extreme advocate for animal rights, leaving him seriously wounded. The weapon—owned by his brother-in-law, John, and shot by his 12-year-old daughter, Charlotte—becomes the center of a lawsuit and media circus led by Spencer’s employer, FERAL (Federation for Animal Liberation), a dead ringer for PETA. The many-faceted satire Bohjalian (_Midwives_, etc.) crafts out of these events revolves around Spencer and Jon’s families, but also involves a host of secondary figures. Bohjalian excels at getting inside each character’s head with shifts of diction and perspective, though he makes it difficult for readers to connect with any one in particular. This is in part because his portraits are often unsympathetic; the characters are allowed to hoist themselves on their own petards. While some are credibly flawed—Spencer is both a loving father and an obnoxious activist—others are cartoonishly mocked with their own thoughts, like high-powered attorney Paige, who mourns the loss of her leather chairs and briefcases, hidden away for as long as FERAL is a lucrative client. If there is a grounded center to this work, it is 10-year-old Willow, Spencer’s niece, who distinguishes herself from this baggy ensemble by always trying to do the right thing. She alone is spared the narrator’s irony, and it is Willow, years after the accident, who has the last word. Bohjalian’s skewering of the animal rights movement gets the better of his domestic drama, but his skillful storytelling will engage readers.
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Before I Fall

SUMMARY: ‘They say that when you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me’ Sam Kingston is dead. Except she isn’t. On a rainy February night, eighteen-year-old Sam is killed in a horrific car crash. But then the impossible happens: she wakes up in her own bed, on the morning of the day that she died. Forced to live over and over the last day of her life ‘ the drive to school, skipping class, the fateful party ‘ she desperately struggles to alter the outcome, but every morning she wakes up on the day of the crash. This is a story of a girl who dies young, but in the process learns how to live. And who falls in love . . . a little too late. BEFORE I FALL is a brave and complex novel about the territory between life and death. As astonishing as The Lovely Bonesand as luminous as Jenny Downham’s Before I Die, it will make you want to live every day as if it were your last.

Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Erotic Fairy Tales

Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Erotic Fairy Tales by Jean Johnson
** All-new! Fairy tales retold with an erotic edge, by the national bestselling author of the Sons of Destiny series. **
Jean Johnson sneaks between the covers of such classic fairy tales as *Beauty and the Beast, Puss n’ Boots*, and *Sleeping Beauty*, and refashions them into bedtime stories for adults only. With clever gender twists, hot fetishistic turns, other-worldly desires, and explorations into forbidden territories, *Bedtime Stories* reveals a veritable garden of sensual delights that gives new meaning to the term “happy ending.”

Bedding the Enemy

Bedding the Enemy by Mary Wine
Laird Keir McQuade is a newcomer to his title, and has much work before him to restore the McQuade honor. Finding a wife is an excellent start. He’s duty-bound to go to court and swear homage to his king anyway, a perfect opportunity—were not court women trussed in stupid fashions and corrupted with false mannerisms. Of course, not every lady hides behind a powdered face. . .
Helena Knyvett may be a daughter of the aristocracy, but in truth she is little but a pawn in her brother’s ploys for power. Her smallest acts of defiance carry a heavy price. But one honorable man among a crowd of dandies could give her all she needs to change her fortunes—and set her free. . .
Among the ruthless ambitions of England’s powerful, love at first sight is a dangerous game. But the treachery, scandal, and treason that follow can unleash as much passion as it does adventure. . .
“Sweeps you into the time period without taking a thing away from delightful characters and a charming romance. . .definitely a must-read.” —Heather Graham on *In Bed with a Stranger*

Beauty’s Release

Beauty’s Release (Sleeping Beauty Series #3) by Anne Rice, A. N. Roquelaure
**From Anne Rice, author of *Beauty’s Kingdom, *the final book in the erotic *Sleeping Beauty* series**
Before E.L. James’ *Fifty Shades of Grey* and Sylvia Day’s *Bared to You*, there was Anne Rice’s provocative take on the timeless fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty. “ In the final volume of Anne Rice’s deliciously tantalizing erotic series, Beauty’s adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. As this voluptuous adult fairy tale moves toward conclusion, all Beauty’s encounters with the myriad variations of sexual fantasy are presented in a sensuous, rich prose that intensifies this exquisite rendition of Love’s secret world, and makes the Beauty series and incomparable study of erotica. In it, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, makes the forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart.

Beauty’s Punishment

SUMMARY: This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice’s elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the castle. Once again Rice’s fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart.

Beauty’s Punishment

**The delicious and erotically charged sequel to *The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty*, from the author of*Beauty’s Kingdom*.** This sequel to *The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty*, the first of Anne Rice’s (writing as A.N. Roquelaure) elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of the village, as her education in love, cruelty, dominance, submission, and tenderness is turned over to the brazenly handsome Captain of the Guard. And once again Rice’s fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart. Preceding the visceral eroticism of E.L. James *Fifty Shades of Grey* and Sylvia Day’s *Bared to You***, ** and even more haunting than her own novel *Belinda*, this second installment in the Sleeping Beauty series is not to be missed.
**Recensie(s)**

* One of the most wonderful, erotic, sensual books ever written – Sting on INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. * a literary odyssey into a world of forbidden lust…the same kind of skillful writing that brought respectability into the works of Henry Miller, Anais Nin and D.H. Lawrence – UPI * One of the most wonderful, erotic, sensual books ever written – Sting on INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. * a literary odyssey into a world of forbidden lust…the same kind of skillful writing that brought respectability into the works of Henry Miller, Anais Nin and D.H. Lawrence – UPI
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Beauty and the Feast

Beauty and the Feast: Third Place Winner in the Short Contemporary Category, 4th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest, 2009.Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who’s all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts such a creature exists.When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the startup. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Gabriel Abbott finds himself seduced by her voice and the sensual flavors and textures of her food and his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. He’s not alone. Once Eva hears Gabe’s voice and spends time in his home in the Napa Valley, she begins to wonder about the real man and her dreams of him are so hot they could ignite a barbecue.When Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?

Beautiful María of My Soul

EDITORIAL REVIEW: *The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love* is a Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary American classic, a book that still captivates and inspires readers twenty years after its first publication. Now, in ***Beautiful Maria of My Soul***, Oscar Hijuelos returns to this indelible story, to tell it from the point of view of its beloved heroine, Maria. She’s the great Cuban beauty who stole musician Nestor Castillo’s heart and broke it, inspiring him to write the Mambo Kings’ biggest hit, ”Beautiful Maria of My Soul.” Now in her sixties and living in Miami with her pediatrician daughter, Teresa, Maria remains a beauty, still capable of turning heads. But she has never forgotten Nestor, and as she thinks back to her days–and nights–in Havana, an entirely new perspective on the Mambo Kings story unfolds.

Beautiful Creatures

SUMMARY: Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end? Beautiful Creatures, a beautiful new young adult book by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .There is a girl.Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.There is a curse.On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised.And no one can stop it.In the end, there is a grave.Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.Ethan never even saw it coming.Web site: beautifulcreaturesthebook.com

Beautiful Assassin

SUMMARY: A breathtaking tale of love, loyalty, and intrigue set in the early days of World War II from the acclaimed “New York Times” Notable Book author of “Soul Catcher,” which “USA Today” hailed as “a marvelous historical novel” World War II threatens to engulf the globe. The beleaguered Soviets, struggling to hold back the rising German tide, face despair and defeat daily. Yet just as all seems lost, a fearless female sniper named Tat’yana Levchenko gains fame in the Battle of Sevastopol with her remarkable composure and stunning skill. Offering hope in her nation’s darkest moments, she becomes a Soviet hero, and word of her beauty and prowess eventually reaches Washington, D.C. Soon, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt invites Tat’yana to visit America and tour the country with her. For the Soviets, Tat’yana’s newfound friendship with the wife of the most powerful man in the world is an opportunity to garner public support for a much-needed second front in the war–but it’s also a chance to gather information about President Roosevelt’s plans. Surrounded by those who would exploit her position, Tat’yana becomes a pawn in a battle for information, and she is forced to question the motivations of everyone she knows, including the American captain who has been assigned as her translator. But as quickly as she rises to fame, Tat’yana vanishes. Did she defect? Was she silenced–and if so, by whom? Decades later, a clever journalist will discover Tat’yana’s story . . . and reveal the truth. In “Beautiful Assassin,” Michael White delivers a heartrending story of war, betrayal, and a mother’s love that can never be extinguished. Lyrical, evocative, and powerfully moving, this is a tale you will not soon forget.

Beat the reaper: a novel

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan’s worst hospital, with a talent for medicine, a shift from hell, and a past he’d prefer to keep hidden. Whether it’s a blocked circumflex artery or a plan to land a massive malpractice suit, he knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwna is a hitman for the mob, with a genius for violence, a well-earned fear of sharks, and an overly close relationship with the Federal Witness Relocation Program. More likely to leave a trail of dead gangsters than a molecule of evidence, he’s the last person you want to see in your hospital room. Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, is Dr. Brown’s new patient, with three months to live and a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwa might-just might-be the same person … Now, with the mob, the government, and death itself descending on the hospital, Peter has to buy time and do whatever it takes to keep his patients, himself, and his last shot at redemption alive. To get through the next eight hours-and somehow beat the reaper. Spattered in adrenaline-fueled action and bone-saw-sharp dialogue, BEAT THE REAPER is a debut thriller so utterly original you won’t be able to guess what happens next, and so shockingly entertaining you won’t be able to put it down.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer’s *Be Careful What You Wish For* opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?
When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the *MV Buckingham*.
Back in London, Harry and Emma’s adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica’s future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.
Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle’s first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
*Be Careful What You Wish For* showcases the master storyteller’s talent as never before – when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.
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Bay of the Dead

EDITORIAL REVIEW: When the city sleeps, the dead start to walk! Something has sealed off Cardiff, and living corpses are stalking the streets, leaving a trail of half-eaten bodies. Animals are butchered. A young couple in their car never reach home. A stolen tugboat is brought back to shore, carrying only human remains. And a couple of girls heading back from the pub watch the mysterious drivers of a big black SUV take over a crime scene. Torchwood must now contend with the intangible barrier surrounding Cardiff, and some unidentified space debris that seems to be regenerating itself. Plus, of course, the all-night zombie horror show! Featuring Captain Jack Harkness as played by John Barrowman, with Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones as played by Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd, in the hit series created by Russell T. Davies for BBC Television.