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Dar­ing: My Pas­sages, A Memoir

{ By Gail Sheehy. } Can­did, in­sight­ful, and pow­er­ful, Dar­ing: My Pas­sages is the story of the un­con­ven­tional life of a writer who dared to walk New York City streets with hook­ers and pimps to ex­pose vi­o­lent pros­ti­tu­tion; to march with civil rights protesters in North­ern Ire­land as Bri­tish para­troop­ers opened fire; to seek out Egypt’s pres­i­dent An­war Sa­dat when he was tar­geted for death af­ter mak­ing peace with Is­rael. Al­ways on the cut­ting edge of so­cial is­sues, Sheehy re­veals the ob­sta­cles and op­por­tu­ni­ties en­coun­tered when she dared to blaze a trail in a ‘man’s world’. Dar­ing is also a be­guil­ing love story of Sheehy’s tem­pes­tu­ous ro­mance with and even­tual happy mar­riage to Clay Felker, the charis­matic cre­ator of New York mag­a­zine.

The Song of the Shirt: Cheap Clothes Across Con­ti­nents and Cen­turies

{ By Jeremy Seabrook. } Labour in Bangladesh flows like its rivers in ex­cess of what is re­quired. Of­ten, both take a huge toll. Labour that costs $1.66 an hour in China and 52 cents in In­dia, can be had for a song in Bangladesh, at 18 cents. It is mostly women and chil­dren work­ing in frag­ile, flammable build­ings who bring in 70% of the coun­try’s for­eign ex­change. Bangladesh to­day does not clothe the naked­ness of the world, but pro­vides it with lim­it­less cheap gar­ments through Pri­mark, Wal­mart, Benet­ton and Gap. In ele­giac prose, Jeremy Seabrook dwells upon the dis­pro­por­tion­ate sac­ri­fices de­manded by the man­u­fac­ture of such throw­away items as base­ball caps.

Ce­cil Beaton - Por­traits and Pro­files {

Edited by Hugo Vick­ers. Por­traits by Beaton: Pho­to­graphs and Di­aries com­bines Beaton’s pho­to­graphic and pen por­traits. His im­ages of­ten flat­tered but his di­aries and jour­nals didn’t nec­es­sar­ily fol­low suit; he was de­scribed by Jean Cocteau as ‘Mal­ice in Won­der­land’. Grouped to­gether chrono­log­i­cally in chap­ters on Bright Young Things, The War Years, High So­ci­ety, Hol­ly­wood Roy­alty and The Pea­cock Revo­lu­tion, Beaton’s por­traits of­fer in­sight, beauty, witty ob­ser­va­tions and a fas­ci­nat­ing glimpse into his world.

Re­vival {

By Stephen King. } In a small New Eng­land town, over half a cen­tury ago, a shadow falls over a small boy play­ing with his toy sol­diers. Jamie Mor­ton looks up to see a strik­ing man, the new min­is­ter. Charles Ja­cobs, along with his beau­ti­ful wife, will trans­form the lo­cal church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Ja­cobs; the women and girls feel the same about Rev­erend Ja­cobs -- in­clud­ing Jamie’s mother and beloved sis­ter, Claire. With Jamie, the Rev­erend shares a deeper bond based on a se­cret ob­ses­sion. When tragedy strikes the Ja­cobs fam­ily, this charis­matic preacher curses God, mocks all re­li­gious belief, and is ban­ished from the shocked town. Jamie has de­mons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thir­teen, he plays in bands across the coun­try, liv­ing the no­madic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while flee­ing from his fam­ily’s hor­rific loss. In his midthir­ties -- ad­dicted to heroin, stranded, des­per­ate -- Jamie meets Charles Ja­cobs again, with pro­found con­se­quences for both men. Their bond be­comes a pact be­yond even the Devil’s de­vis­ing, and Jamie dis­cov­ers that re­vival has many mean­ings. This rich and dis­turb­ing novel spans five decades on its way to the most ter­ri­fy­ing con­clu­sion Stephen King has ever writ­ten.

The Se­lected Po­etry of Pier Paolo Pa­solini: A Bilin­gual Edi­tion

{ Edited and trans­lated by Stephen Sartarelli.} Most peo­ple out­side Italy know Pier Paolo Pa­solini for his films, many of which be­gan as literary works—ara­bian Nights, The Gospel Ac­cord­ing to Matthew, The De­cameron, and The Can­ter­bury Tales among them. What most peo­ple are not aware of is that he was pri­mar­ily a poet, pub­lish­ing nine­teen books of po­ems dur­ing his life­time, as well as a vis­ual artist, nov­el­ist, play­wright, and jour­nal­ist. Half a dozen of these books have been ex­cerpted and pub­lished in English over the years. Stephen Sartarelli has cho­sen po­ems from ev­ery pe­riod of Pa­solini’s poetic oeu­vre. In do­ing so, he gives English-lan­guage read­ers a more com­plete pic­ture of the poet, whose verse ranged from short lyrics to longer po­ems and ex­tended se­quences, and whose themes touched moral, spir­i­tual and so­cial spheres. Pier Paolo Pa­solini was “a poet of the cin­ema,” as James Ivory says in the book’s fore­word, who “left a trove of words on pa­per that can live on, as the fast-de­te­ri­o­rat­ing im­ages he cre­ated on cel­lu­loid can­not.”

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Like many of his con­tem­po­raries, Joseph stud­ied art at INTV (L’in­sti­tut Tech­nique du Van­u­atu), un­der the tute­lage of Jackie Bour­din, a man who inspired a whole gen­er­a­tion of artists and nur­tured some of the best-known names in the coun­try. “Jackie showed us how to see be­yond the im­me­di­ate form of any­thing. Dur­ing the classes, he would di­rect us to look at an ob­ject, such as a piece of wood, and ask what else did we see in there,” Joseph ex­plains. Joseph’s first ex­hi­bi­tion took place at the Es­pace Cul­ture Français in Port Vila, at the end of his stud­ies, back in 1983. He sold most of the ex­hibit work, over 30 paint­ings. It was not too much later that he, to­gether with artists Juli­ette Pita, Sero Kuau­tonga, Em­manuel Watt and Hardy Leo formed the Nawita As­so­ci­a­tion. Thirty years on, Joseph’s work can be en­joyed in dif­fer­ent forms and media. As an il­lus­tra­tor, Joseph has worked on chil­dren books around the re­gion. In Van­u­atu, his gen­tle hand can be seen in the Na­banga Pikinini se­ries of chil­dren’s books. In New Cale­do­nia, he won the ‘Con­cours Meilleur Il­lus­tra­teur’ in 2014 for his il­lus­tra­tions in the

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