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The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
  • Author : Susannah Cahalan
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  • Release Date :2019-11-05
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 1538715260
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Summary : "One of America's most courageous young journalists" and the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Brain on Fire investigates the shocking mystery behind the dramatic experiment that revolutionized modern medicine (NPR). Doctors have struggled for centuries to define insanity--how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, healthy, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows in this real-life detective story, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors?

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
  • Author : Sean O'Hagan
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2019-03
  • Total pages :144
  • ISBN : 9781787392588
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Summary : Beloved for his unequalled showmanship, Freddie Mercury's death left the world mourning. This colorful, official volume, filled with rare images and insightful text, recounts all aspects of Mercury's colorful life. It follows his childhood in Zanzibar, his fame as Queen's lead singer, his solo career, and beyond. The photographs come from the private collections of his parents, bandmate Brian May, and many notable contemporary photographers.

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
  • Author : Millenia Black
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2005
  • Total pages :287
  • ISBN : 9780451216489
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Summary : A modern-day family begins to unravel thanks to the discovery of one man's double life and its repercussions for everyone involved. A first novel. Original.

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
  • Author : Theo Jansen
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2007
  • Total pages :239
  • ISBN : 9064506302
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Summary : In "The Great Pretender," kinetic artist Theo Jansen shows that the concept of 'I' is merely a tool in our evolution. We need this tool to be selfish. There can be no selfishness without the I-fantasy. Since 1990, Theo Jansen has been engaged in creating new forms of life: beach animals made from yellow plastic tubing. Skeletons made from these tubes are able to walk, deriving their nutrition from the wind. They evolved over many generations, becoming increasingly adept at surviving storms and water from the sea. Theo Jansen's ultimate wish is to release herds of these animals on the shore. In reenacting Genesis, so to speak, he hopes to become wiser in his dealings with the existing nature by encountering problems the 'creator' had to face. "The Great Pretender" is a account of Jansen's experiences as God.

Pedro, the Great Pretender

Pedro, the Great Pretender
  • Author : Miguel de Cervantes
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2016-08-01
  • Total pages :126
  • ISBN : 1783192445
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Summary : The plot of this play revolves around a lovable trickster who aims to be helpful in order to be liked. His journey to find his identity ends with him finding his true vocation on the stage. Pedro, The Great Pretender opened at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in September 2004.

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
  • Author : Cynthia Thomas
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2016-07-07
  • Total pages :60
  • ISBN : 9781535169332
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Summary : A young girl's true story of her tumultuous life growing up in the 1960's at the hand of her pedophile father and grandfather. Her courage and strength to endure and the tragic set of circumstances that led to a new inescapable life of abuse.

The Great Pretenders

The Great Pretenders
  • Author : Laura Kalpakian
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2019-04-16
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 1101990198
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Summary : The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Roxanne Granville is used to getting what she wants—even if she has to break the rules. But after a falling-out with her grandfather, a powerful movie mogul, she has to face life on her own for the first time.… Roxanne forges a career unique for women in the 1950s, becoming an agent for hungry young screenwriters. She struggles to be taken seriously by the men who rule Hollywood and who often assume that sexual favors are just a part of doing business. When she sells a script by a blacklisted writer under the name of a willing front man, more exiled writers seek her help. Roxanne wades into a world murky with duplicity and deception, and she can’t afford any more risks. Then she meets Terrence Dexter, a compelling African American journalist unlike anyone she’s ever known. Roxanne again breaks the rules, and is quickly swept up in a passionate relationship with very real dangers that could destroy everything she’s carefully built. Roxanne Granville is a woman who bravely defies convention. She won’t let men make all the rules, and won’t let skin color determine whom she can love. The Great Pretenders is a riveting, emotional novel that resonates in today’s world, and reminds us that some things are worth fighting for.

Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen
  • Author : Theo Jansen
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2017-08-22
  • Total pages :264
  • ISBN : 9789462083448
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Summary : Since 1990 kinetic artist Theo Jansen has been engaged in creating new forms of life: beach animals. These are not made of protein like the existing life-forms but from another basic stuff, yellow plastic tubing. Skeletons made from these tubes are able to walk. They get their energy from the wind, so they don't have to eat like regular animals. They evolved over many generations, becoming increasingly adept at surviving storms and water from the sea. Theo Jansen's ultimate wish is to release herds of these animals on the shore. In redoing the Creation, so to speak, he hopes to become wiser in his dealings with the existing nature by encountering problems the Real Creator had to face. 0'The Great Pretender' is a testimonial to his experiences as God. It's not easy being God; there are plenty of disappointments along the way. But on the few occasions that things work out, being God is the most wonderful thing in the world.

Michael Elphick

Michael Elphick
  • Author : Kate Elphick,Nigel Denison
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2013-10-01
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 0750951648
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Summary : Michael Elphick was a young electrician working at the Chichester Theatre when he was discovered by Laurence Olivier, who arranged for him to join the Central School of Drama. It was here where he met Bruce Robinson, who would later cast him in one of the most popular British films of all time – Withnail and I. Elphick’s illustrious career also included major supporting roles in films such as Quadrophenia, The Elephant Man, Gorky Park and Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills. On television, there was Private Schultz and Boon, which gave his acolyte and friend, Neil Morrissey, his first starring role. One of his characters’ owned houses in Coronation Street whilst another wooed Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders. However, Elphick’s private life was every bit as varied as his acting career. Racked by alcoholism and devastated by the early death of his partner, Julia, Elphick died at the age of 55. And yet, his friends and family will always remember his hugely humorous personality, and everyone he met was left with a ‘Mike Elphick story’...

Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness

Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness
  • Author : Susannah Cahalan
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2012-11-13
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 0141975350
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Summary : 'My first serious blackout marked the line between sanity and insanity. Though I would have moments of lucidity over the coming days and weeks, I would never again be the same person ...' Susannah Cahalan was a happy, clever, healthy twenty-four-year old. Then one day she woke up in hospital, with no memory of what had happened or how she had got there. Within weeks, she would be transformed into someone unrecognizable, descending into a state of acute psychosis, undergoing rages and convulsions, hallucinating that her father had murdered his wife; that she could control time with her mind. Everything she had taken for granted about her life, and who she was, was wiped out. Brain on Fire is Susannah's story of her terrifying descent into madness and the desperate hunt for a diagnosis, as, after dozens of tests and scans, baffled doctors concluded she should be confined in a psychiatric ward. It is also the story of how one brilliant man, Syria-born Dr Najar, finally proved - using a simple pen and paper - that Susannah's psychotic behaviour was caused by a rare autoimmune disease attacking her brain. His diagnosis of this little-known condition, thought to have been the real cause of devil-possessions through history, saved her life, and possibly the lives of many others. Cahalan takes readers inside this newly-discovered disease through the progress of her own harrowing journey, piecing it together using memories, journals, hospital videos and records. Written with passionate honesty and intelligence, Brain on Fire is a searingly personal yet universal book, which asks what happens when your identity is suddenly destroyed, and how you get it back. 'With eagle-eye precision and brutal honesty, Susannah Cahalan turns her journalistic gaze on herself as she bravely looks back on one of the most harrowing and unimaginable experiences one could ever face: the loss of mind, body and self. Brain on Fire is a mesmerizing story' -Mira Bartók, New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Palace Susannah Cahalan is a reporter on the New York Post, and the recipient of the 2010 Silurian Award of Excellence in Journalism for Feature Writing. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, and is frequently picked up by the Daily Mail, Gawker, Gothamist, AOL and Yahoo among other news aggregrator sites.

The Platters

The Platters
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :1993
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN :
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Rex Zero, the Great Pretender

Rex Zero, the Great Pretender
  • Author : Tim Wynne-Jones
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2009-09-01
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 1554982227
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Summary : Commended, Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books: Historical Fiction It's September 1963 when Rex is blindsided by some unexpected news. His family is moving again -- just to the other side of the city, as it turns out, but it might as well be the other side of the moon as far as Rex is concerned. In desperation, he secretly starts taking public transit back to his old school -- a plan that works just fine until he runs out of money. When his sister Annie catches him stealing change from his mum's purse, sisterly blackmail becomes another problem. Not only that, but Rex has got on the bad side of Spew, the hockey thug bully from his old school, and Spew and his sidekicks Puke and Dribble are out to get Rex -- and they know where he lives. Rex ends up using his wits and lively imagination to get himself out of his pickle, with some sobering and surprising consequences.

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
  • Author : Cesar Perez
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2017-02-14
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9780692820582
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Summary : Nathan Berkley had the best childhood money could buy, but it didn't make him happy. His father, a world-renowned atheist and philosopher, traveled the world vehemently arguing against Christianity. Nathan grew up understanding his father's point of view but still feeling emotionally hollow and confused. The one bright point of his life comes with Kate Johnson. As soon as the two meet in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, Nathan is smitten. Kate is brilliant, assertive, and exceptional. She is also a devout Christian. Now, Nathan will have to reexamine everything he was taught by his father. As Nathan slowly begins to question his belief system, Kate finds comfort in hers. It hurts her that Nathan does not share the same beliefs as her family and that his father made his living challenging Christian thought, but she also treats her boyfriend with patience and love. Nathan slowly gets to know Kate's gentle and devout family, who keep their faith during heartbreaking circumstances. Nathan's doubts, however, keep stopping the two from being truly honest with each other. In this inspirational love story, follow Nathan as he begins to reconcile his beliefs and discover what life and love truly have to offer him.

Lupus: The Great Pretender

Lupus: The Great Pretender
  • Author : N.A
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  • Release Date :
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN : 1933644222
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The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
  • Author : Sarah Hadley Brook
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2017-06-24
  • Total pages :35
  • ISBN : 1634864182
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Summary : Rock ‘n roll is sweeping the nation and the drive-ins are full of greasers, jocks, and girls in poodle skirts. Recently graduated from college, Billy Hadley is eager to change the direction his life is heading, although crashing his car wasn’t exactly how he planned on doing it. Tall, sexy mechanic, Gene Milgram, rides to the rescue on his motorcycle. Billy takes one look at him and can’t fight the immediate attraction. Will these two take a chance on each other and find love?

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
  • Author : Nick Perry
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2019-05-09
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9781846974700
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Summary : 'Give me three years and we'll be millionaires,' Nick challenged his long-suffering family in 1980, when cash was king. 'I've got an idea that's going to take us to the top.'Tinkering with alchemy in an old stable he shared with a Shire horse, Nick discovered how to create the most convincing antique replicas ever made. He started by selling a few of his netsukes on a market stall at the Birmingham Rag Market and met extraordinary and eccentric people, the risk-taking gamblers with fast tongues. Each had their own money-spinning ideas; you name it, he replicated it for the wheeler-dealers chasing the dream. When Nick and his crew reached the rarefied circles of the London art world he realised he could be dangerously out of his depth.This is the unlikely and often hilarious story of where nothing but enthusiasm and self-belief can take you.

Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender

Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender
  • Author : Carrie Jones
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2014-01-01
  • Total pages :32
  • ISBN : 146774221X
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Summary : Sarah Emma Edmonds started pretending at a very early age. Her father only wanted sons, so Sarah pretended to be one. Unlike most kids, though, Sarah never really stopped pretending. In 1861, during the U.S. Civil War, Sarah pretended her way into the Union Army, becoming a male nurse named Frank Thompson. Being a nurse didn't quite satisfy "Frank," though. She wanted to keep her fellow soldiers from getting hurt. So when the Union Army needed a spy, she leapt at the chance. While still pretending to be Frank, Sarah also pretended to be a male African American slave, a female Irish peddler, and a female African American laundress. She slipped behind enemy lines time after time, spied on the Confederate Army, and brought back valuable intelligence to the Union. Sarah was not only good at pretending; she was also very brave. Later in life, Sarah Emma Edmonds wrote a book to tell her story. She explained, "I am naturally fond of adventure, a little ambitious, and a good deal romantic." She was also truly a great pretender.

Rex Zero, the Great Pretender

Rex Zero, the Great Pretender
  • Author : Tim Wynne-Jones
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2009-07-27
  • Total pages :192
  • ISBN : 0888999461
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Summary : Commended, Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books: Historical Fiction It's September 1963 when Rex is blindsided by some unexpected news. His family is moving again — just to the other side of the city, as it turns out, but it might as well be the other side of the moon as far as Rex is concerned. In desperation, he secretly starts taking public transit back to his old school — a plan that works just fine until he runs out of money. When his sister Annie catches him stealing change from his mum's purse, sisterly blackmail becomes another problem. Not only that, but Rex has got on the bad side of Spew, the hockey thug bully from his old school, and Spew and his sidekicks Puke and Dribble are out to get Rex — and they know where he lives. Rex ends up using his wits and lively imagination to get himself out of his pickle, with some sobering and surprising consequences.

Oh Yes, I'm the Great Pretender!

Oh Yes, I'm the Great Pretender!
  • Author : Lisa Gomez
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2009-05-18
  • Total pages :32
  • ISBN : 1434993256
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The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
  • Author : Tim Wynne-Jones
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2009
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9780888999467
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Reckless

Reckless
  • Author : Chrissie Hynde
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2015-09-08
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 0385540620
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Summary : Chrissie Hynde, for nearly four decades the singer/songwriter/ undisputed leader of the Pretenders, is a justly legendary figure. Few other rock stars have managed to combine her swagger, sexiness, stage presence, knack for putting words to music, gorgeous voice and just all-around kick-assedness into such a potent and alluring package. From “Tatooed Love Boys” and “Brass in Pocket” to “Talk of the Town” and “Back on the Chain Gang,” her signature songs project a unique mixture of toughness and vulnerability that millions of men and women have related to. A kind of one- woman secret tunnel linking punk and new wave to classic guitar rock, she is one of the great luminaries in rock history. Now, in her no-holds-barred memoir Reckless, Chrissie Hynde tells, with all the fearless candor, sharp humor and depth of feeling we’ve come to expect, exactly where she came from and what her crooked, winding path to stardom entailed. Her All-American upbringing in Akron, Ohio, a child of postwar power and prosperity. Her soul capture, along with tens of millions of her generation, by the gods of sixties rock who came through Cleveland—Mitch Ryder, David Bowie, Jeff Back, Paul Butterfield and Iggy Pop among them. Her shocked witness in 1970 to the horrific shooting of student antiwar protestors at Kent State. Her weakness for the sorts of men she calls “the heavy bikers” and “the get-down boys.” Her flight from Ohio to London in 1973 essentially to escape the former and pursue the latter. Her scuffling years as a brash reviewer for New Musical Express, shop girl at the Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood boutique 'Craft Must Wear Clothes But The Truth Loves To Go Naked', first-hand witness to the birth of the punk movement, and serial band aspirant. And then ,at almost the last possible moment, her meeting of the three musicians who comprised the original line-up of The Pretenders, their work on the indelible first album “The Pretenders,” and the rocket ride to “Instant” stardom, with all the disorientation and hazards that involved. The it all comes crashing back down to earth with the deaths of lead guitarist James Honeyman Scott and bassist Peter Farndon, leaving her bruised and saddened, but far from beaten. Because Chrissie Hynde is, among other things, one of rock’s great survivors. We are lucky to be living in a golden age of great rock memoirs. In the aptly titled Reckless, Chrissie Hynde has given us one of the very best we have. Her mesmerizing presence radiates from every line and page of this book.