Moved by an article about the plight of orphans of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, Knobler and his wife adopted a five-year-old boy from Ethiopia. The energetic and free-spirited Nate quickly brought change to the dynamic of their quiet Jewish family that included their biological son and daughter. In this heartwarming memoir, Nobler weaves moving stories such as meeting Nate’s dying mother in Ethiopia with the hilarious tales of Nate’s adjustment to his new life.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Mississippi Flood during Prohibition in rural Mississippi, Tilted World tells the story of a bootlegger, her shady husband, an orphan baby, and two federal investigating agents and how their lives become entwined. Weeks of constant rain and the impending natural disaster adds tension to this atmospheric story filled with murder and moonshine. The strong-willed Dixie Clay who is mourning the recent death of her baby and decent, blues-loving agent Ted Ingersoll are drawn to each other in their mutual attachment to the orphan baby and thei
James Bowen and Bob are back with this moving sequel to the New York Times bestseller Street Cat Named Bob. In the continuing tale of their life together Bowen is now living in his own apartment but is still selling the Big Issue magazine on the street. He writes with brutal honesty of his struggles as recovering addict barely making ends meet. Bob is at his side and James shares the many ways the ginger tom cat has been his guardian angel through hardship, serious illness and threatening danger. As the book draws to a close James writes humbly about the publicatio
Lillian Leitzel and Alfredo Codona were famed circus artists and the biggest stars of the Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1920’s. It was the heyday of the big top when circus performers were celebrities and household names. Leitzel, born to a circus family, became a famous acrobat known for her open-air one arm rope trick. Codona fell for her at 16 when he was just a circus extra and she a rising star. When they married twenty years later he had become an accomplished trapeze artist, the first to master the triple somersault. The marriage was tempestuous
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable as children in their Calcutta neighborhood growing up in the 1960s. Even so, they are opposites and in their twenties their paths diverge. Charismatic Udayan is drawn to politics and a radical communist movement in India.
In this delightful memoir Rebecca Eaton shares the story of her twenty-five years as executive producer of Masterpiece Theater. She has overseen the program from its golden age of elaborate British costume drama to more contemporary gritty fare with the addition of the popular offshoot Mystery. Iconic names such as Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Firth and Judi Dench spill off the pages. Little know facts about colorful hosts including Alistair Cook and Diana Rigg are revealed. The author also tells of how she almost turned down the now wild