Rant - chuck palahniuk
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Rant - chuck palahniuk
VANISHED SMILE: THE MYSTERIOUS THEFT OF MONA LISA - R.A. SCOTTI
In Paris at the start of a radically new century, the most famous face in the history of art stepped out of her frame and into a sensational mystery.
On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened—Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than twenty-four hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art. As French detectives using the latest methods of criminology, including fingerprinting, tried to trace the thieves, a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heist.
No story captured the imagination of the world quite like this one. Thousands flocked to the Louvre to see the empty space where the painting had hung. They mourned as if Mona Lisa were a lost loved one, left flowers and notes, and set new attendance records. For more than two years, Mona Lisa’s absence haunted the art world, provoking the question: Was she lost forever? A century later, questions still linger.
Part love story, part mystery, Vanished Smile reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ever committed. R. A. Scotti’s riveting, ingeniously realized account is itself a masterly portrait of a world in transition. Combining her skills as a historian and a novelist, Scotti turns the tantalizing clues into a story of the painting’s transformation into the most familiar and lasting icon of all time.
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
HOW I LEARNED HOW TO SNAP - KIRK READ
A HILARIOUS AND DELIGHTFULLY CANDID MEMOIR ABOUT GROWING UP GAY IN THE REAGAN-ERA SOUTH
IN HIS SALTY, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD MEMOIR, gay and precocious Kirk Read will show you how it's done. Read comes of age in Pat Robertson's hometown as the youngest son in a large military family. Even at his most rebellious, he keeps both his tart sense of humor and dignity intact while embracing sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. How I learned to Snap is as much a hilarious call to action as it is a touching call to acceptance.
5th Avenue 5am by Sam Wasson.
Nov 28, 2012 12:44 PM
A bit on the fluffy side for a book snob. Although the charms of this cult film have slowly faded since my last viewing, and I've lost count for how many times, I still have a soft spot for audrey hepburn. The author was wise enough to frame the story on its muse, prefaced by a short but wonderful bio of the actress, how she met Givenchy, and offers anecdotes on hepburn as a kind person from people she worked with, but mostly as a cagy mother. The rest tells the making of the movie. Wasson is a good storyteller, but he tries too hard sometimes to invoke a scholarly tone to a simple, if not fluffy, subject. A gem for the hepburn fans.
The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed it. - Scott Patterson.
the memory palace mira bartok,interesting
restless soul the sharon tate story alisa statman and brie tate
i have no idea how gory this event was.terrible and disturbing to say the least
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 by Mark Thompson.
This book illustrates the origin, the dealings, the movements, the battles and the aftermath of the Italian participation of WWI.
Very enlightening. Educational and interesting.
40 Sleep Hacks: The Geek's Guide to Optimizing Sleep
Have you guys tried reading Pacific Rims? It's very well-written, and engaging--even for a non-basketball fan like me!
Africa United is also a great book about football (proper football, not the American kind) in the same vein as Pacific Rims
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
Not the first time I read it, but I got more in this reading than in my first time many years ago
When Broken Glass Floats by Chnrithy Him
The author's story about her experiences and hardships under the Khmer Rouge government.
It is heart-rending but has a triumphal end.
^There's a book compiled by Dith Pran (popular from the movie Killing Fields) called Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields. It's a bunch of short memoirs of children survivors during the Khmer Rogue. Most of it are pretty straight forward and short, some are kinda literary artistic in writing (both accidental and purposely).
It's a good read,
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