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Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge

Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
Editor: Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN: 0374717729
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A remarkably candid biography of the remarkably candid—and brilliant—Carrie Fisher In her 2008 bestseller, Girls Like Us, Sheila Weller—with heart and a profound feeling for the times—gave us a surprisingly intimate portrait of three icons: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. Now she turns her focus to one of the most loved, brilliant, and iconoclastic women of our time: the actress, writer, daughter, and mother Carrie Fisher. Weller traces Fisher’s life from her Hollywood royalty roots to her untimely and shattering death after Christmas 2016. Her mother was the spunky and adorable Debbie Reynolds; her father, the heartthrob crooner Eddie Fisher. When Eddie ran off with Elizabeth Taylor, the scandal thrust little Carrie Frances into a bizarre spotlight, gifting her with an irony and an aplomb that would resonate throughout her life. We follow Fisher’s acting career, from her debut in Shampoo, the hit movie that defined mid-1970s Hollywood, to her seizing of the plum female role in Star Wars, which catapulted her to instant fame. We explore her long, complex relationship with Paul Simon and her relatively peaceful years with the talent agent Bryan Lourd. We witness her startling leap—on the heels of a near-fatal overdose—from actress to highly praised, bestselling author, the Dorothy Parker of her place and time. Weller sympathetically reveals the conditions that Fisher lived with: serious bipolar disorder and an inherited drug addiction. Still, despite crises and overdoses, her life’s work—as an actor, a novelist and memoirist, a script doctor, a hostess, and a friend—was prodigious and unique. As one of her best friends said, “I almost wish the expression ‘one of a kind’ didn’t exist, because it applies to Carrie in a deeper way than it applies to others.” Sourced by friends, colleagues, and witnesses to all stages of Fisher’s life, Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge is an empathic and even-handed portrayal of a woman who—as Princess Leia, but mostly as herself—was a feminist heroine, one who died at a time when we need her blazing, healing honesty more than ever.

Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James C. Dobson
Editor: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 1414355688
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As a young adult, you will face crucial questions about identity, education, marriage, career, God's will, and much more. Some of the most dramatic and permanent changes in life will occur during the “critical decade”—those ten years between 16 and 26. Are you prepared to make the right choices? You can be. Like a trusted friend who understands, Dr. James Dobson candidly addresses the issues that today's young adults face. In his warm, conversational style, he reveals principles to help you make right choices and get the direction you need in order to look forward to a bright and successful future.


Later Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Paul Lisicky
Editor: Graywolf Press
ISBN: 1644451158
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A stunning portrait of community, identity, and sexuality by the critically acclaimed author of The Narrow Door When Paul Lisicky arrived in Provincetown in the early 1990s, he was leaving behind a history of family trauma to live in a place outside of time, known for its values of inclusion, acceptance, and art. In this idyllic haven, Lisicky searches for love and connection and comes into his own as he finds a sense of belonging. At the same time, the center of this community is consumed by the AIDS crisis, and the very structure of town life is being rewired out of necessity: What might this utopia look like during a time of dystopia? Later dramatizes a spectacular yet ravaged place and a unique era when more fully becoming one’s self collided with the realization that ongoingness couldn’t be taken for granted, and staying alive from moment to moment exacted absolute attention. Following the success of his acclaimed memoir, The Narrow Door, Lisicky fearlessly explores the body, queerness, love, illness, community, and belonging in this masterful, ingenious new book.

How to Live on the Edge

How to Live on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Editor: Millbrook Press
ISBN: 1541590597
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Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she'll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping off cliffs with her boyfriend. When Cayenne receives a series of video messages her mother made for her before dying, she isn't sure she wants them. Her aunt Tee has been her true mother figure. But then Aunt Tee tests positive for a BRCA gene mutation—the one that doomed Cayenne's mom—and decides to get a mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing cancer. As Cayenne helps her aunt prepare for the surgery, she finds herself drawn to her mother's messages, with their musings on life, love, and perseverance. For the first time, Cayenne starts to question what it truly means to live life to the fullest, even when death might be written into her DNA.

Life at the Edge of Sight

Life at the Edge of Sight Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Scott Chimileski,Roberto Kolter
Editor: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674982487
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This stunning photographic essay opens a new frontier for readers to explore through words and images. Microbial studies have clarified life’s origins on Earth, explained the functioning of ecosystems, and improved both crop yields and human health. Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter are expert guides to an invisible world waiting in plain sight.

Life's Edge

Life's Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carl Zimmer
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0593182723
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“Carl Zimmer is one of the best science writers we have today.” —Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world—from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses—the harder they find it is to locate life’s edge. Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word? If we can’t answer that question here on earth, how will we know when and if we discover alien life on other worlds? The question hangs over some of society’s most charged conflicts—whether a fertilized egg is a living person, for example, and when we ought to declare a person legally dead. Life's Edge is an utterly fascinating investigation that no one but one of the most celebrated science writers of our generation could craft. Zimmer journeys through the strange experiments that have attempted to re-create life. Literally hundreds of definitions of what that should look like now exist, but none has yet emerged as an obvious winner. Lists of what living things have in common do not add up to a theory of life. It's never clear why some items on the list are essential and others not. Coronaviruses have altered the course of history, and yet many scientists maintain they are not alive. Chemists are creating droplets that can swarm, sense their environment, and multiply. Have they made life in the lab? Whether he is handling pythons in Alabama or searching for hibernating bats in the Adirondacks, Zimmer revels in astounding examples of life at its most bizarre. He tries his own hand at evolving life in a test tube with unnerving results. Charting the obsession with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and how Coleridge came to believe the whole universe was alive, Zimmer leads us all the way into the labs and minds of researchers working on engineering life from the ground up.

Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jay-Jay Harvey
Editor: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1952535026
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Jay-Jay Harvey has been at The Edge radio station since it started 22 years ago, helping it to become New Zealand's most popular radio station with nearly 700,000 listeners. She has been paint balled, pierced, shaved bald, hypnotised, and whatever else was required - all to entertain her listeners. She has married complete strangers (who are all still together), fundraised while sleeping in a shopping mall, interviewed huge stars like Tom Cruise, Lady Gaga & Oprah, danced her way to fourth place on Dancing with the Stars, and been naked in public too many times to count! She takes us behind the scenes of some of the craziest stuff she has done for ratings and lets us peek into her personal journey in radio that includes dobbing in a workmate, numerous job offers, making out at work, changing her name twice, losing a co-host to suicide, working with her husband and fighting depression with a smile on her face. Jay-Jay truly has lived life on The Edge.

Soldiering: A Life on the Edge

Soldiering: A Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: P S GOTHRA
Editor: Notion Press
ISBN: 1642497355
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“Sir, I have reached the ambush site. I can see we have lost Lance Havildar Sajjan and Sepoy Ashok, the enemy has beheaded Ashok and taken his head along, Roger so far” “Roger” “I can see a blood trail going down the nallah. I am taking my party to search for enemy in the nallah, over” “Be deliberate, there may be another ambush. You will not, repeat, not cross the Line of Control, over” All four enemy soldiers were standing in the killing area of the mines laid to target them. There was a big blast as Bharat detonated the mines. Bharat and his party moved closer to observe the damage. They could see four lifeless bodies lying in blood. He signalled Thapa to move. Thapa took out his Khukhri to sever the heads of the enemy soldiers

Life on the Cutting Edge

Life on the Cutting Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sal Rachele
Editor: Light Technology Publishing
ISBN: 1622338065
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Are you tired of the same old stuff (S.O.S)? Have you heard enough about the “New Age”? Do you long for something fresh and exciting? Then perhaps this book is for you. It’s not about the same old tired reality that’s been talked about for decades. It’s not a sugar-coated, love and light routine. And it’s not another “feel-good” manual or “how to succeed without really trying” rehash. It’s not psycho babble, quick fix therapy, preaching or lamenting a cause. This book takes a no-nonsense look at what is really happening — behind the scenes, above the scenes and beyond the scenes. It addresses the issues you and I are facing right now and will be facing for a long time to come. It uses the past only as a springboard for stepping into the unknown, into the big picture. It exposes the lies, coverups, deceit, control and manipulation that have kept the people of Earth locked into rigid systems of dogma and despair. But it also offers real solutions that are timely, and yet, timeless. It gives you ideas that can help you put the pieces of the cosmic jigsaw together. And practical advice that can stimulate your creative juices. Get out your surfboard and ride the cutting edge!

Life on the Ground Floor

Life on the Ground Floor Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dr. James Maskalyk
Editor: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 0385674031
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*Canada Reads 2019 Longlist *Winner of the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Do no harm is our most important rule, but we break it all the time trying to do good. In this deeply personal book, winner of the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, humanitarian doctor and activist James Maskalyk reflects upon his extensive experience in emergency medicine. Splitting his time between a trauma centre in Toronto's inner city and the largest teaching hospital in Addis Ababa, he discovers that though the cultures, resources and medical challenges of the hospitals may differ, they are linked indelibly by the ground floor: the location of their emergency rooms. Here, on the ground floor, is where Maskalyk confronts his fears and doubts about medicine, and witnesses our mourning and laughter, tragedies and hopes, the frailty of being and the resilience of the human spirit. Yet, he is swept most intimately into this story of "human aliveness" not as a physician, but as a grandson carrying for his grandfather, now in his nineties. Masterfully written and artfully structured, Life on the Ground Floor is more than just an emergency doctor's memoir—it's a meditation on health and sickness, on when to hang on tight, and when to let go.

Elizabeth Macarthur

Elizabeth Macarthur Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michelle Scott Tucker
Editor: Text Publishing
ISBN: 1925626466
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‘An intimate portrait of a woman who changed herself and Australia...Michelle Scott Tucker makes Elizabeth Macarthur step off the page.’ David Hunt , Author of Girt In 1788 a young gentlewoman raised in the vicarage of an English village married a handsome, haughty and penniless army officer. In any Austen novel that would be the end of the story, but for the real-life woman who became an Australian farming entrepreneur, it was just the beginning. John Macarthur took credit for establishing the Australian wool industry and would feature on the two-dollar note, but it was practical Elizabeth who managed their holdings—while dealing with the results of John’s manias: duels, quarrels, court cases, a military coup, long absences overseas, grandiose construction projects and, finally, his descent into certified insanity. Michelle Scott Tucker shines a light on an often-overlooked aspect of Australia’s history in this fascinating story of a remarkable woman. Michelle Scott Tucker owns and operates a management consulting company, and lives on a small farm in regional Victoria with her husband and children. Elizabeth Macarthur is her first book. ‘Tucker’s great achievement is to have scraped back the familiar historical material to uncover a fresh and compelling portrait of Elizabeth Macarthur in her own words and the words of those who knew her.’ Australian ‘In writing this lively, entertaining and profoundly empathetic biography, [Tucker] has also brought other colonial women out of the shaows and told their story too...There are not many biographies or histories of Australia that are unputdownable, but this one is. Highly recommended!’ ANZ LitLovers 'The triumphs and trials of Elizabeth Macarthur, a capable business woman and dedicated wife and mother, are given their due in this impressively researched biography.’ Brenda Niall ‘This carefully researched history is a highly interesting read that highlights the importance of women in the settlement of New South Wales.’ Otago Daily Times 'Finally, Elizabeth Macarthur steps out from the long shadow of her infamous, entrepreneurial husband. In Michelle Scott Tucker’s devoted hands, Elizabeth emerges as a canny businesswoman, charming diplomat, loving mother and indefatigable survivor. A fascinating, faithful portrait of a remarkable woman and the young, volatile colony she helped to build.’ Clare Wright ‘A nourishing, fascinating, and eye-opening read.’ Alpha Reader ‘Tucker expertly details the trials, tragedies and triumphs of the early settlement of NSW...This book is an important historical memoir documenting the incredible life of an Australian pioneer and her role as the matriarch of one of Australia’s first agricultural dynasties.’ Countryman ‘Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World is a great read. It crafts a compulsive story with good research, giving a convincing look into colonial New South Wales. It offers the pleasures of fine biography in tracing one person’s life in all its seasons, through its successes and failures, joys and miseries.’ NathanHobby blog ‘A stunning and intimate look at Elizabeth [Macarthur] and the family’s lives...Should be required reading in schools...An informative and learned look at colonial history.’ AU Review

Life On The Edge

Life On The Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rajeev Pundir
Editor: Author\'s Ink India
ISBN: 819382718X
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Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Johnjoe McFadden,Jim Al-Khalili
Editor: Crown
ISBN: 0307986837
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New York Times bestseller • Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics through the use of quantum mechanics. Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be? Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Using first-hand experience at the cutting edge of science, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal that missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, each chapter in Life on the Edge illustrates one of life's puzzles: How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes copy themselves with such precision? Life on the Edge accessibly reveals how quantum mechanics can answer these probing questions of the universe. Guiding the reader through the rapidly unfolding discoveries of the last few years, Al-Khalili and McFadden describe the explosive new field of quantum biology and its potentially revolutionary applications, while offering insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life? As they brilliantly demonstrate in these groundbreaking pages, life exists on the quantum edge. Winner, Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Martin Dillon
Editor: Merrion Press
ISBN: 1785371320
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In Crossing the Line, former BBC journalist and best-selling author Martin Dillon recalls his courageous journalistic career spent ‘on the edge’ during the worst years of the modern Troubles. Following his childhood on Belfast’s Falls Road and his wandering teenage years, Dillon’s move into the world of journalism was soon to lead him down paths of extreme danger, putting himself in harm’s way to reveal the shocking truths of the emerging conflict in his native city. His extraordinary story reveals encounters with a roll-call of major political figures, paramilitaries, and Irish literary greats. Dillon’s memoir is as compelling as it is incisive; a riot of revelations on the political and sectarian conflict that rocked Belfast during the 1970s and ’80s. Dillon’s aptitude and ambition gave him unparalleled access to the worlds of politics, sectarian violence, literature and media – Crossing the Line exposes the complex and oftentimes devastating thread that joins them.

Living Life on the Edge

Living Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gene Burgess
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 1532078153
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Gene Burgess says, “My childhood ‘crimes’ never landed me in jail. However, it was on my travels to third world countries where I kept getting into trouble and could have landed in jail many times.” This book chronicles the real-life experiences of a Memphis pharmacist who faces danger and forces of darkness as he travels to preach the gospel in out-of-the-way places around the globe.

Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stephany Francisca
Editor: Inspiring Voices
ISBN: 1462410189
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In Life on the Edge, author Stephany Francisca chronicles her path to finding a formula for a true life that has enabled her to meet and exceed her own objectives. As she recounts her personal memories and experiences from childhood to adulthood, she synthesizes the patterns that she followed to accomplish her life goals. To her, the pattern is clear: You do because you don’t know better (ages 4–5). You do because you want to change the undesired outcome to a desired one (ages 6–10). You dare yourself to do more and push your boundaries each time you succeed (ages 14–15). You keep daring but with pre-damage control you take bigger risks (ages 19-22). Author Francisca definitely took the road less traveled as she challenged everything from eating broccoli at six to being allowed to live on her own at fifteen. She talks about the challenges of fighting conventional wisdom, and of determining her own fate as opposed to letting her fate be dictated by others. Life on the Edge is about following your dreams and living life to the fullest—on your own terms—by creating your own path in life and then following it!

Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Brother John of Taize
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1532617933
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Is the Christian faith something that can peacefully exist alongside all the other aspects of an ordinary human life, or does it by its very nature turn that life into something else? The author of this book, a member of a monastic community for over forty years, obviously has a vested interest in the answer. But even for believers caught up in the day-to-day life of society, work, and family, the question is an important one, at least if they are seeking a measure of consistency in the life they are living. And does not the very fact that the question of the importance and urgency of faith needs to be asked witness to the eclipse of an eschatological outlook among Christians, at any rate in the mainstream Churches? Could this oversight not explain why an eschatological understanding of faith, one which sees it as a radical, world-changing reality, has been forced to take refuge, often deformed to the point of being unrecognizable, in small “fanatical” groups on the margins of the Christian world?

Incredible Navy Divers: Life On The Edge

Incredible Navy Divers: Life On The Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gregor Salmon
Editor: Random House Australia
ISBN: 0857980815
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Rising out of the Second World War, the Royal Australian Navy clearance diver has become one of the most respected and versatile operators in the military world. Life on the Edge is just one thrilling episode in their remarkable and courageous history. This incredible true-life adventure story, taken from the highly acclaimed Navy Divers by Gregor Salmon, looks at the early training for the divers in the mid-1950s, when Australia had its first navy clearance diving team. From the eighteen starters, six had withdrawn during the gruelling course and one had deserted the navy altogether. The success of the unit had become the collective cause of the eleven newly qualified clearance divers. Read more Incredible Navy Divers military adventure stories by Gregor Salmon.

Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Andrene Low
Editor: Squabbling Sparrows Press
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Have you ever wondered what happened to those characters that appear briefly in a series, only to then be left alone to get on with their lives? HEELS AND A TIARA Ever wondered what Brenda was up to before she joined forces with Sam and Jennie in Friday Night Fever? She was busy working as a bikini-clad Gold Coast Meter Maid. It’s only a stepping stone, but a big one. OUT OF BOUNDS We revisit Janey and Maria, those good Italian girls who helped Sam deal to ‘Salami Boy’ in Friday Night Fever. And with major consequences if their mama finds out the cops are after them. MAID IN CHELSEA Get to know Vivienne and find out why an intelligent woman is stuck working as a general dogsbody and nanny to a spoiled purple poodle. She’d have to be on the run from something truly terrible, wouldn’t she? GOLD DIGGER Join Stef as she puts all that training from Eadie to good use. Lucky for this strapping Cockney girl, she strikes it rich in more ways than one. And of course she takes care of her old mentor in the process. TRIGGER WARNING: Set in the seventies, the book contains swearing, drinking, and bad behaviour. Please do not read this novel if this will upset you and cause an adverse reaction. Although part of a series, the stories in this book can be read as standalones. Comes with Book Club Questions and Extras

High Diver

High Diver Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Orlando Duque
ISBN: 3710550076
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Orlando Duque, the Colombian with the characteristic ponytail, is the most successful cliff diver in the world. The 13-time world champion from Colombia looks back on his childhood growing up in Cali and takes us on an adventurous journey around the world: from leaping as a burning torch at an adventure park to the heights of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, 27 metres above the water – a feat that leaves no room for error. "Only seconds lie between all these different worlds; the nervous concentration, standing above the crowds, the moment of push off, falling, the precision, the noise, submersion, the silence, the relief, only a dive can give such a condensed world of experiences." Orlando Duque