Combining history with discussions of dramatic cinema, Based on a True Story: Latin American History at the Movies examines how film has portrayed Latin America from the late fifteenth century to the present. The book opens with an introduction on the visual presentation of the past in the movies, while the rest of the book consists of essays that explore the best feature films on Latin America from the professional historian's perspective.
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Have you experienced the deepest point of your life where you have nothing but your unwavering faith in God? For twenty-three-year-old Jagada Chambers, life took a turn for the worst when he, under the influence of alcohol, made a grave mistake during Spring Break vacation in Florida. He hit rock bottom facing twenty-plus years in prison and a violent-felony conviction. He was confronted with the reality of being stripped of his freedom and doomed to adjust to life behind bars. If you were fac
It might not have happened precisely that way... Fresh out of rehab, badly behaved diva Augusta Price has one last chance to turn her life around. Her memoir, Based on a True Story, has become an unlikely hit, and she's going to use that fame to start afresh. But Augusta is her own worst enemy. Augusta discovers that her former lover is planning a tell-all book of his own. Enraged - and concerned that perhaps her version of events may not have been the most accurate - Augusta decides to ensure that her story is the only one that will see the light of day. Aided and abetted by Frances, her newly employed ghostwriter, Augusta finds her way back to California, and to her lost love. It's time to face up to her past: something that will be the making - or breaking - of Augusta Price. Hilarious, honest, and unforgettable, Augusta will find her way into your heart - and steal it, and all your vodka.
The international sensation that sold half a million copies in France and the subject of a new film by Roman Polanski: a chilling story about a friendship gone terrifyingly toxic. Winner of Le Prix Renaudot 2015 Winner of Le Prix Goncourt des Lycéens 2015 Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L., who embodies everything Delphine has always secretly admired; she is a glittering image of feminine sophistication and spontaneity and she has an uncanny knack of always saying the right thing. Unusually intuitive, L. senses Delphine's vulnerability and slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer's life. However, as L. makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. As their lives become more and more entwined, L. threatens Delphine's identity, both as a writer and as an individual. This sophisticated psychological thriller skillfully blurs the line between fact and fiction, reality and artifice. Delphine de Vigan has crafted a terrifying, insidious, metafictional thriller; a haunting vision of seduction and betrayal; a book which in its hungering for truth implicates the reader, too-even as it holds us in its thrall.
Goliath, an oversized Doberman pinscher, and his owner working on construction need to find a place to live in Long Island. This would not be an easy task considering the dogs fierce and vicious appearance, not too many people were willing to rent their apartments out to a man with a dog like that. Throughout their journey the pair meet different people who all had the same answer-no. Finally, a ray of hope was found in a little Puerto Rican lady from suburban Port Jefferson, Long Island who agrees to take Goliath in also in exchange for some help on her aging house that was in dire need of repair. With their newly found ray of hope, they knew little of the never ending, twisting, and turning road into a deeper madness awaiting them.
Julie Patterson is a former Miss Mississippi with a successful husband, two wonderful children, and the lavish life that many can only dream about. Her life becomes even better when her husband receives a long-awaited promotion and the family moves to a neighborhood near Washington DC. Julie quickly makes friends with neighbors, except for the woman who lives behind her, who simply stares without acknowledgment of Julie. After a while, though, the woman, Lynn, warms up to Julie, and the two form a fast friendship. But this friendship quickly turns strange as Julie learns of Lynn's propensity to lie for attention. She and her family also notice that Lynn has gotten the same car as Julie, has begun to dress like Julie, is getting a pool just like Julie, and is consistently attempting to one-up Julie. At first everyone brushes it off, but when one lie threatens Julie's family, she begins to realize Lynn has some unknown agenda, and Julie is her target. No one else takes it seriously, and many neighbors side with Lynn, even as the situation begins to spiral out of control, until one is found on the stand for attempted murder. Is Lynn a False Victim, or could Julie be guilty? Is there an end to the madness? Will the story end happily? You'll be on the edge of your seat as you await the answers in this gripping, psychological thriller based on a true story.
"Catalina is the story of Catalina d'Erauso, the 'Lieutenant Nun'. When Catalina's beloved older brother Miguel is sent to the New World to see to the family's fortunes, Catalina has only one wish: to follow him. She begins her quest by earning her education in a convent. And then, one day, she leaves. She cuts her hair, dresses in men's clothing, and becomes Francisco. Catalina develops and internalizes her new identity as a man so thoroughly that she convinces not only everyone around her - including her lovers - but eventually even herself. Her path leads her from San Sebastian to New Spain, Chile and Peru. It is the story of a despairing quest for the other - and for one's self."--BOOK JACKET.
When you grow up being hurt when does it become too much? A story that follows a young girl in shock who escapes the darkness and finds her will to live.
Imagine a world where everyone lives in harmony. A world where square miles of farmland are given to settlers in exchange for them agreeing to move there. A world of freedom, laws, and opportunity. That world is Canada, then and now. Unknown to the world and its citizens, that same government waged a genocidal war against its Indigenous peoples—never granting them ownership of land they freely gave to European settlers. A war that was fought in residential schools as they stripped Indigenous peoples of their language, culture, and pride. So successful was this method that Adolf Hitler used it as the model for his own concentration camps in Nazi Germany. This is the story of a young boy growing up in that world, determined to be a man in a system that only saw him as an Indian. Migizi’s story. Based on the truth.
Journey is the true story of Tomas Mateo Castellano and the secret hes kept from his family his entire life. Its 1946 in Francos fascist Spain. Tomas is 17 years old, living on the remote Canary Islands, where they are still recovering from three years of bloody civil war. Torn between the family he loves and the desire to be free from tyranny, Tomas makes a life changing decision that alters not only his life forever, but also everyone he cares most about in the world. Tomas plans his escape in the middle of the night stealing a sailboat and setting sail across the Atlantic to America in search of freedom and the life hes been dreaming about leaving behind everything he knows and loves. This story follows his extraordinary adventure, and the suffering a family goes through after waking up one morning to find their son has disappeared not knowing whether he is alive or dead.
Based on true events of seven children who endured the experience of being taken away from their home and placed in temporary care at St. Pettington's Orphanage and Forster Homes, as seen through the eyes of a four to seven-year-old child.The names of the children, the author, the church, the representatives, and the locations have been changed for legal reasons and to protect the identity of the children and their families.
As the children arrive on the first day of a new school year, Rubric, a bright green Amazon Parrot, is ready to greet them. With his cheery and fun loving ways, the little bird teaches the children the importance of friendship, how to make friends and how to be a good friend!
What were once just boys' games become matters of life and death as Petros and his older brother Zola each wonder if, like their resistance-fighter cousin, they too can make a difference in a Nazi-occupied Greece.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "Driving, wild and hilarious" (The Washington Post), here is the incredible "memoir" of the actor, gambler, raconteur, and Saturday Night Live veteran. When Norm Macdonald, one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, was approached to write a celebrity memoir, he flatly refused, calling the genre "one step below instruction manuals." Norm then promptly took a two-year hiatus from stand-up comedy to live on a farm in northern Canada. When he emerged he had under his arm a manuscript, a genre-smashing book about comedy, tragedy, love, loss, war, and redemption. When asked if this was the celebrity memoir, Norm replied, "Call it anything you damn like." Praise for Based on a True Story "Dostoyevsky by way of 30 Rockefeller Center . . . the best new book I've read this year or last."--The Wall Street Journal "This book is absurd fiction. . . . Scathing and funny."--The New York Times "Hilarious and filled with turns of phrase and hidden beauty like only a collection of Norm Macdonald stories could be."--Esquire "Raucous . . . a hilarious, innovative work."--A.V. Club "Part personal history and part meta riff on celebrity memoirs, the book, it quickly becomes clear, is also just partly true (and all hilarious)."--Vulture "Very, very, very funny! Thanks, Norm, for letting me be part of this Booker Prize-for-literature-quality effort."--David Letterman "Norm is brilliant and thoughtful and there is sensitivity and creative insight in his observations and stories. A lot of comics over the years have been compared to Mark Twain, but I think Norm is the only one who actually matches the guy in terms of his voice and ability. I seriously f**king love Norm Macdonald. Please buy his book. He probably needs the cash. He's really bad with money."--Louis C.K., from the foreword "Norm is one of my all-time favorites, and this book was such a great read I forgot how lonely I was for a while."--Amy Schumer "I always thought Normie's stand-up was the fu
A farm boy meets his hero, Colonel Charles Lindbergh, when he lands his bi-plane in a field near Canton, Mississippi, in 1929.
Life is never a bed of roses and for Belinda ups and downs while growing up in the small town of Walvis Bay raised by foster parents, hers was a roller coaster ride that one point saw her in the comfort of her own biological mother only to wake up one day to find she is gone.Heavens smiled down at her and she found a loving family that almost made her feel of how a family should be, but then unfortunately as if a bad omen was part of her life she woke up in the intensive care unit of a hospital fighting for her life.This is a real life story inspired by real life drama of the life of Belinda whose episodes unleashed like a holy grail. You have to read the rest of this exhilarating account of Belinda to know more.All characters in this book are based on fiction and do not relate to any live characters who might be used for namesakes
Sullivan's Hollow lies in the heart of Smith County along the piney woods of south central Mississippi called “the baddest lands on earth” by Life Magazine. Bruce Sullivan is a direct descendant of the notorious Irish clan that once thrived there. He has lived to tell the tale of the reflections in his life that were eerily similar to his own people.With an alcoholic father moving his family around the country in a desperate effort to make ends meet, Sullivan learned at an early age that life would not be easy. Strong family bonds disrupted by episodes of violence made home life difficult and Sullivan struggled to achieve in school. Bruce Sullivan shows that his Irish grit is bigger than the ugly circumstances metered out by life. He never blames others for his difficulties, choosing rather to focus on improving circumstances through his own efforts. Up from the Ruins is a poignant portrayal of one boy's journey whose adult life is mirrored by his life as a child. The main character descends downward and spirals upward stretching the emotional elasticity of the human limits decidedly proving that there is value to human effort.
From the associate producer of Alpha Dog starring Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, and Sharon Stone with a Foreword by Nick Cassavetes, director of Alpha Dog, The Notebook, and John Q "If there was ever a true-life drama tailor-made for a celluloid adaptation, it's this one." -Matthew Singer, VCReporter In the privileged neighborhoods of Southern California, bored teenagers search for their next thrill-totally unaware of the dangers of living life without consequences. When pot dealer Mickey Youngblood kidnaps the kid brother of his hated nemesis, everyone's fate becomes sealed. Youngblood convinces his gang to hold young Bobby Leblanc "for ransom," but Bobby gets caught up in their world of drinking, drugs, and partying. Everyone forgets Bobby is a hostage-until the party turns bad and the rogue crew must face the tragic conclusion they never saw coming. Based on a true story still being played out in the California criminal court system and captivating nationwide audiences, author and screenwriter Michael Mehas brings us Stolen Boy, a gripping novel resulting from his unprecedented research and access to confidential case files.
'Outstanding' SUNDAY TIMES 'A stunning debut thriller . . . utterly terrifying . . . absolutely riveting' DAILY MAIL 'Fascinating . . . fearsome' FREDERICK FORSYTH 'Enthralling' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Thrilling . . . compelling' SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE 1961. Hidden deep within central Soviet Russia is a place that doesn't appear on any map: a city called Arzamas-16. Here dedicated scientists and technicians are building the most powerful nuclear device the world will ever see - three thousand times more powerful than Hiroshima. But days before the bomb is to be tested, a young physicist is found dead. His body contains enough radioactive poison to kill thousands. The authorities believe it is suicide - they want the corpse disposed of, the incident filed and forgotten. But Moscow is alarmed by what's going on in this strange, isolated place. And so KGB major Alexander Vasin is sent to Arzamas to investigate. What he finds there is unlike anything he's experienced before. His wits will be tested against some of the Soviet Union's most brilliant minds - eccentrics, patriots and dissidents who, because their work is considered to be of such vital importance, have been granted the freedom to think and act, live and love as they wish. For in Arzamas, nothing can be allowed to get in the way of the project. Not even murder . . . Intricately researched, cunningly plotted and brilliantly told, Black Sun is a fast-paced and timely thriller set at the height - and in the heart - of Soviet power from the acclaimed author of An Impeccable Spy. What readers are saying: 'Woven around real events, people and places, it's genuinely terrifying stuff' ***** 'The twists and turns and intrigue kept me on tenterhooks' ***** 'Brings alive one of the most fascinating periods of Soviet history' *****