The Happy Bottom Riding Club

The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes

Author: Lauren Kessler

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 030776964X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 346

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Pancho Barnes was a force of nature, a woman who lived a big, messy, colorful, unconventional life. She ran through three fortunes, four husbands, and countless lovers. She outflew Amelia Earhart, outsmarted Howard Hughes, outdrank the Mexican Army, and out- maneuvered the U.S. government. In The Happy Bottom Riding Club, award-winning author Lauren Kessler tells the story of a high-spirited, headstrong woman who was proud of her successes, unabashed by her failures, and the architect of her own legend. Florence "Pancho" Barnes was a California heiress who inherited a love of flying from her grandfather, a pioneer balloonist in the Civil War. Faced with a future of domesticity and upper-crust pretensions, she ran away from her responsibilities as wife and mother to create her own life. She cruised South America. She trekked through Mexico astride a burro. She hitchhiked halfway across the United States. Then, in the late 1920s, she took to the skies, one of a handful of female pilots. She was a barnstormer, a racer, a cross-country flier, and a Hollywood stunt pilot. She was, for a time, "the fastest woman on earth," flying the fastest civilian airplane in the world. She was an intimate of movie stars, a script doctor for the great director Erich von Stroheim, and, later in life, a drinking buddy of the supersonic jet jockey Chuck Yeager. She ran a wild and wildly successful desert watering hole known as the Happy Bottom Riding Club, the raucous bar and grill depicted in The Right Stuff. In The Happy Bottom Riding Club, Lauren Kessler presents a portrait, both authoritative and affectionate, of a woman who didn't play by women's rules, a woman of large appetites--emotional, financial, and sexual--who called herself "the greatest conversation piece that ever existed." From the Hardcover edition.

Encyclopedia of Women in the American West

Author: Gordon Moris Bakken,Brenda Farrington

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452265267

Category: History

Page: 408

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The Encyclopedia of Women of the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid-1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women profiled for the first time, the encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the public.

Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection [4 volumes]

Author: Peg A. Lamphier,Rosanne Welch

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610696034

Category: Social Science

Page: 1828

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This four-volume set documents the complexity and richness of women's contributions to American history and culture, empowering all students by demonstrating a more populist approach to the past. • Provides significantly more detail than typical reference works on women's history and culture, enabling readers to better appreciate the contributions of women of all socio-cultural statuses • Covers the astounding range of American women's experience, including women of various economic and racial statuses, religious affiliations, political and ideological identifications, and sexualities • Includes a significant selection of primary documents, thereby combining the educational power of secondary and primary literature to create a richer learning experience for users

Women Aviators

26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys

Author: Karen Bush Gibson

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613745400

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 234

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Profiles the lives and careers of twenty-six women who were pioneers in the field of aviation.

Contemporary Authors

New Revision Series: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Televi

Author: Pamela Dear

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787646066

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 450

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pIn response to the escalating need for up-to-date information on writers, IContemporary Authors New Revision /I Series brings researchers the most recent data on the world's most-popular authors. These exciting and unique author profiles are essential to your holdings because sketches are entirely revised and up-to-date, and completely replace the original IContemporary Authors /I entries. pFor your convenience, a soft-cover cumulative index is sent biannually.

Amelia Earhart

A Biography

Author: Doris L. Rich

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1588343820

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record—among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a double career as a fighter for women's rights and a tireless crusader for commercial air travel. Doris L. Rich's exhaustively researched biography downplays the “What Happened to Amelia Earhart?” myth by disclosing who Amelia Earhart really was: a woman of three centuries, born in the nineteenth, pioneering in the twentieth, and advocating ideals and dreams relevant to the twenty-first.

Around Boron

Author: Barbara J. Pratt,Twenty Mule Team Museum

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439623082

Category: History

Page: 128

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In the late 1920s, this high desert area with little water and unproductive soil held no attraction for most people, but the small community of Amargo provided a grocery store, gas station, and of course a saloon for the convenience of tenacious gold and borax prospectors. In 1938, after the large deposit of borax was discovered and mining had begun, a town hall meeting was called and Le Roy Osborne, supervisor of Pacific Coast Borax Company, suggested changing the name from Amargo to Boron. Boron is the fifth element on the periodic table and combines with other nonmetallic minerals to form a family of related minerals called borates; after this was explained to those gathered at the town hall meeting, Boron was unanimously chosen as its new name and the community was forever linked to the borax mining industry.

Clever Girl

Elizabeth Bentley, the Spy Who Ushered in the McCarthy Era

Author: Lauren Kessler

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061740473

Category: History

Page: 400

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Communists vilified her as a raging neurotic. Leftists dismissed her as a confused idealist. Her family pitied her as an exploited lover. Some said she was a traitor, a stooge, a mercenary and a grandstander. To others she was a true American heroine—fearless, principled, bold and resolute. Congressional committees loved her. The FBI hailed her as an avenging angel. The Catholics embraced her. But the fact is, more than half a century after she captured the headlines as the "Red Spy Queen," Elizabeth Bentley remains a mystery. New England-born, conservatively raised, and Vassar-educated, Bentley was groomed for a quiet life, a small life, which she explored briefly in the 1920s as a teacher, instructing well-heeled young women on the beauty of Romance languages at an east coast boarding school. But in her mid-twenties, she rejected both past and future and set herself on an entirely new course. In the 1930s she embraced communism and fell in love with an undercover KGB agent who initiated her into the world of espionage. By the time America plunged into WWII, Elizabeth Bentley was directing the operations of the two largest spy rings in America. Eventually, she had eighty people in her secret apparatus, half of them employees of the federal government. Her sources were everywhere: in the departments of Treasury and Commerce, in New Deal agencies, in the top-secret OSS (the precursor to the CIA), on Congressional committees, even in the Oval Office. When she defected in 1945 and told her story—first to the FBI and then at a series of public hearings and trials—she was catapulted to tabloid fame as the "Red Spy Queen," ushering in, almost single-handedly, the McCarthy Era. She was the government’s star witness, the FBI’s most important informer, and the darling of the Catholic anti-Communist movement. Her disclosures and accusations put a halt to Russian spying for years and helped to set the tone of American postwar political life. But who was she? A smart, independent woman who made her choices freely, right and wrong, and had the strength of character to see them through? Or was she used and manipulated by others? Clever Girl is the definitive biography of a conflicted American woman and her controversial legacy. Set against the backdrop of the political drama that defined mid-twentieth century America, it explores the spy case whose explosive domestic and foreign policy repercussions have been debated for decades but not fully revealed—until now.

When Words Collide

A Journalist's Guide to Grammar and Style

Author: Lauren Kessler

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: English language

Page: 228

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Believe Me

Mein Leben zwischen Liebe, Tod und Jazzhühnern

Author: Eddie Izzard

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843715815

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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»Eddie Izzard ist der Jedi unter den Stand-Up-Comedians. Inspirierend, surreal, universal, visionär.« Michael Mittermeier Er liebt High Heels und lackierte Fingernägel. Er lief 27 Marathons an 27 Tagen, um an die Inhaftierung Mandelas zu erinnern. Er gilt als witzigster Mann Großbritanniens und trifft auch weltweit den Lachnerv — mit Gags über Hitler, Hunde, Darth Vader in der Todesstern-Kantine und Fische, die mit Fischen reden. Eddie Izzard, Humorgenie und Cross-Dresser, erzählt sein bewegtes Leben. In seiner Autobiographie »Believe Me« schildert der Entertainer lakonische, ergreifende und schreiend komische Episoden aus seinem Leben: von einer verlustreichen Kindheit, vom Entdecken einer komplizierten Sexualität, von ersten Comedy-Versuchen auf den Straßen Londons — und von seinem Plan, die Briten eines Tages zurück in die EU zu führen.

Lieber Freund, aus meinem Leben schreibe ich dir in deines

Author: Yiyun Li

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446259775

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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„Was für ein langer Weg es ist von einem Leben zu einem anderen: Doch warum schreiben, wenn nicht wegen dieser Distanz.“ Yiyun Li schreibt – ohne je das Wort zu verwenden – über ihren Selbstmordversuch, über das, was es bedeutet, an der Grenze zwischen Leben und Tod zu stehen. Sie kam als Immunologin von China nach Amerika und entdeckte erst dort, dass das Schreiben eine Form des Widerstands gegen die existenzielle Leere sein kann. In diesem zutiefst bewegenden Buch erzählt Yiyun Li von ihren Depressionen und von jenen Büchern von Stefan Zweig, Elizabeth Bishop und William Trevor, die sie aus ihrer Einsamkeit herausgerissen haben. Ein Buch über die lebensspendende Kraft der Literatur.

Falling in love

Die Liebe kommt ganz unverhofft

Author: Susane Colasanti

Publisher: Arena Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3401802046

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 360

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Sara hat in den Sommerferien vergeblich gehofft, dass sich Dave bei ihr meldet. Als es dann endlich zwischen den beiden knistert, stellt sie ziemlich schnell fest, was Dave wirklich von ihr will. Tobey weiß das schon lange. Er ist fest davon überzeugt, dass er der Richtige für Sara ist. Aber wie kann er sie für sich gewinnen? Nach einer Achterbahnfahrt der Gefühle wissen beide: Die Liebe kommt ganz unverhofft!

See der Träume

Roman

Author: Kim Edwards

Publisher: Aufbau Digital

ISBN: 3841203213

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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„Dieses Buch strahlt.“ Bookreporter Kurz vor ihrem 30. Geburtstag ist die Weltenbummlerin Lucy Jarrett beruflich und emotional an einem Tiefpunkt angelangt. Kurzfristig beschließt sie, in ihre Heimat nach Upstate New York zu fahren. Doch zu Hause empfangen sie unerwartete und schmerzliche Konflikte. Nie hat Lucy den ungeklärten Tod ihres Vaters verwunden, und plötzlich stößt sie auf ein lange verschüttetes Familiengeheimnis, das immer mehr in die Gegenwart hineinwirkt. Nach ihrem internationalen Bestseller „Die Tochter des Fotografen“ erzählt Kim Edwards in ihrem neuen Roman über Liebe, Verrat und Verlust. Mit Autoreninterview und –porträt

Das blaue Buch

Roman

Author: A.L. Kennedy

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446240667

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Elizabeth Barber überquert den Atlantik auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff mit ihrem mehr als vorbildlichen Freund Derek. Ihrer großen Liebe Arthur hat sie den Rücken gekehrt - und damit auch ihrem Leben als Betrügerin. Auf Séancen hatten die beiden vorgegeben, Kontakt zu Verstorbenen aufzunehmen, und dabei reiche Klienten erleichtert. Mit Derek will sie nun den Weg in ein geregeltes Leben finden. Doch während er seekrank im Bett liegt, taucht plötzlich Arthur auf. Wird sie sich seinem Bann entziehen können? Die Antwort steht im „Blauen Buch“, das Elizabeth ihm schenkt und das eine magische Geschichte erzählt, die wahrhafter ist als alle Wirklichkeit. A. L. Kennedy wagt sich mit ihrem neuen Roman an das höchste der Gefühle. Ein buchstäblich zauberhaftes Buch.

Stubborn Twig

Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family

Author: Lauren Kessler

Publisher: Oregon Historical Society Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 308

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In 1903, Masuo Yasui came to America and eventually became a successful orchardist and father of eight children. But the "relocation" of Japanese Americans during World War II caused Yasui to take his own life. The Yasui family opened its records and memories to Lauren Kessler, who writes a social history that rings with truth and drama. Photographs.

Jäger

Roman

Author: James Salter

Publisher: eBook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827077494

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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»Die Jäger, 1957 erschienen, ist der erste Roman von Salter und zugleich einer der prägnantesten Nachweise seines Talents. Der Roman ist autobiographisch und stützt sich auf Salters Erfahrungen als Kampfflieger im Koreakrieg. Während auf dem Boden ein schwerer Bürgerkrieg herrscht, wetteifern die Piloten in der Luft in ihren Kampfeinsätzen um die begehrten fünf Kills - den gültigen Nachweis dafür, dass man ein >As