Will marche dans Clapham Road. Il doit absolument se procurer sa dose quotidienne d'héroïne avant d'aller travailler. Et il n'a que 57 pence en poche. Nous sommes à Londres, le 6 mai 1986.
Ainsi commence cet extraordinaire récit autobiographique, qui relate cinq moments clés de la vie de son auteur. Car Will, c'est Will Self, éternel enfant terrible d'une littérature britannique qu'il ne cesse de perturber depuis son premier roman, Vice-Versa, jusqu'à sa trilogie «?moderniste?», Parapluie, Requin, Phone.
Qu'est-ce qui pousse cet écrivain, l'un des plus doués de sa génération, à revisiter sa jeunesse?? La nostalgie?? Certainement pas. La honte d'avoir été un junky?? C'est peu probable. À l'instar de Joyce écrivant l'admirable Portrait de l'artiste en jeune homme, Will Self revient à la source même de son oeuvre : la crise existentielle d'où jailliront plus tard des romans pleins d'une énergie sauvage.
Brillant, comique, émouvant, ce livre est un feu d'artifice littéraire unique en son genre.
Un beau jour d'octobre 1949, la new-yorkaise Helene Hanff écrit à la librairie Marks & Co., au 84, Charing Cross Road à Londres. Passionnée, un peu fauchée, extravagante, Miss Hanff réclame au libraire Frank Doel des livres pour assouvir son insatiable soif de découvertes. Très vite, leurs échanges laissent place aux confidences et à une relation unique...
L'histoire vraie, émouvante et inoubliable de deux êtres que rapproche l'amour des lettres.
Il est arrivé qu'un écrivain devienne femme de ménage. Pour vivre de l'intérieur une condition sociale qui n'était pas la sienne, et pouvoir témoigner, dénoncer les conditions de travail indignes, les horaires inhumains, mettre sa plume au service de celles que personne n'écoute. Ce fut le cas de Florence Aubenas, et de Barbara Ehrenreich qui signe la préface de ce livre. Mais il arrive - plus rarement - que ce soit l'inverse. Qu'une femme de ménage devienne écrivain. Au début de ce récit, Stéphanie Land est seule et mère d'une petite fille de 2 ans et, pour (sur) vivre et leur procurer un toit, elle nettoie les maisons auxquelles elle s'amuse à donner des noms romanesques : la Maison du Clown, la Maison Porno, la Maison Triste, la Maison de la Femme qui Entasse... Elle explore ainsi le ventre de l'Amérique depuis sa classe moyenne supérieure à la réalité de ceux qui la servent. À la fin de son récit, sa fille a 7 ans et s'apprête à lui sauter au cou pour la féliciter : Stéphanie va recevoir son diplôme de création littéraire de l'Université de Missoula. Montana. Suivi en cours du soir à distance. Entre les deux, Stéphanie a briqué, balayé, frotté, rangé, et vu l'envers du décor de l'Amérique triomphante. Elle a aspiré la poussière chez les autres, et aspiré à devenir quelqu'un d'autre. Elle raconte.
B>Now in paperback--the intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States, featuring a new introduction by Michelle Obama, a letter from the author to her younger self, and a book club guide with 20 discussion questions and a 5-question Q&A/b>br> br>b>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WATCH THE EMMY-NOMINATED NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY OPRAHS BOOK CLUB PICK NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER/b> b> ONE OF ESSENCES 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS/b>br>br>In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America--the first African American to serve in that role--she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.br> br>In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her--from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the worlds most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it--in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations--and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Fêtez Sa Majesté la reine Elizabeth II avec cette fabuleuse histoire photographique de sa vie privée et publique. Foisonnant de tradition, d'histoire, d'élégance et de culture, cet album retrace ses tournées internationales, ses fonctions officielles, les mariages royaux et les jubilés et met en lumière les portraits royaux réalisés par des sommités comme David Bailey, Yousuf Karsh, Harry Benson, Nick Knight, Patrick Lichfield et bien d'autres.
Three bicycles. Seven ghosts. A crumbling apartment block on the hill. Fame. Tenderness. The statue of Peter Pan. Silk. Melancholy. The banana tree. A Pandemic. A love story.''br>From one of the great thinkers and writers of our time, comes the highly anticipated final instalment in Deborah Levy''s critically acclaimed ''Living Autobiography''br>''I can''t think of any writer aside from Virginia Woolf who writes better about what it is to be a woman'' Observer on The Cost of Livingbr>Following the international critical acclaim of The Cost of Living, this final volume of Deborah Levy''s ''Living Autobiography'' is an exhilarating, thought-provoking and boldly intimate meditation on home and the spectres that haunt it.br>''I began to wonder what myself and all unwritten and unseen women would possess in their property portfolios at the end of their lives. Literally, her physical property and possessions, and then everything else she valued, though it might not be valued by society. What might she claim, own, discard and bequeath? Or is she the real estate, owned by patriarchy? In this sense, Real Estate is a tricky business. We rent it and buy it, sell and inherit it - but we must also knock it down.'' br>''Wise, subtle and ironic, Levy''s every sentence is a masterpiece of clarity and poise... A brilliant writer'' Daily Telegraph on The Cost of Livingbr>''Extraordinary and beautiful, suffused with wit and razor-sharp insights'' Financial Times on The Cost of Living>
A devastating essay on loss and the people we love from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun .
''Grief is a cruel kind of education. You learn how ungentle mourning can be, how full of anger. You learn how glib condolences can feel. You learn how much grief is about language, the failure of language and the grasping for language'' On 10 June 2020, the scholar James Nwoye Adichie died suddenly in Nigeria.
In this tender and powerful essay, expanded from the original New Yorker text, his daughter, a self-confessed daddy''s girl, remembers her beloved father. Notes on Grief is at once a tribute to a long life of grace and wisdom, the story of a daughter''s fierce love for a parent, and a revealing examination of the layers of loss and the nature of grief.
Ce livre constitue la biographie de référence sur Eileen Gray, l'une des premières femmes à atteindre la célébrité dans un monde du design alors largement dominé par les hommes. Le texte rédigé par Peter Adam, ami intime de Eileen Gray, fait ici l'objet d'une nouvelle traduction française et d'une mise à jour.
A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time. A Mouth Full of Blood is a powerful, erudite and essential gathering of ideas that speaks to us all.
The bestselling author of Find Me and Call Me by Your Name returns to the essay form with this collection of thoughts on time, the creative mind, and great lives and works. The irrealis mood knows no boundaries between what is and what isn''t, between what happened and what won''t. In more ways than one, the essay about the artists, writers, and great minds gathered in this volume have nothing to do with who I am, or who they were, and my reading of them may be entirely erroneous. But I misread them the better to read myself. From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street, to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, Constantine Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, eric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa, and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection of the imagination''s power to shape our memories under time''s seemingly intractable hold.
With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
Andrew Robert s is a biographer and historian of international renown whose books include Salisbury: Victorian Titan (winner of the Wolfson Prize for History), Masters and Commanders (winner of the Emery Reves Award) and The Storm of War (winner of the British Army Book Prize). His most recent book was Napoleon the Great (2014), which won the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon and the Los Angeles Times Biography Prize. Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Societies of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, and a Trustee of the International Churchill Society. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Dept of War Studies at King's College, London, and the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His website is www.andrew-roberts.net
A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ''Irreverently funny ... kept me giggling all week.'' Scotland on Sunday "Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?" Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms. Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don''t understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.
From one of America's iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life -- in good times and bad -- that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. A stunning book of electric honesty and passion.
Tells the story of a life's work to find happiness. This book includes stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a tyrant in place of a mother, who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the duster drawer, waiting for Armageddon; and, about the Universe as a Cosmic Dustbin.
WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him. Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away. A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up. Born a Crime is a must read.
From one of our most iconic and influential writers: twelve pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of this legendary figure. Mostly drawn from the earliest part of her astonishing five-decade career, Didion writes about a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, a visit to William Randolph Hearst''s castle at San Simeon, a reunion of WWII veterans in Las Vegas, and about topics ranging from Nancy Reagan to Robert Mapplethorpe, Martha Stewart and Ernest Hemingway. With an Introduction by Hilton Als, this stunning collection reveals what would become her subjects: the press, politics, California robber barons, women, the act of writing, and her own self-doubt. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.
''Ravishingly beautiful'' Observer ''Excruciatingly honest and yet vibrantly creative'' Irish Times ''Provocative and rich'' Economist ''Daring, chilling, and unlike anything else you''ve ever read'' Esquire ''An absolute must-read for 2020'' Stylist In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado''s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.