Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life


Random House - It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationships with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren. It’s all here, from the back stairs of the palaces to the front pages of the tabs. Tom brokaw. Until his accession to the throne, Smith’s portrait will stand as the definitive study.

Booklist starred review“a fascinating book that is not just about a man who would be king, but also about the duties that come with privilege. Walter isaacson“sally bedell Smith has given us a complete and compelling portrait of the man in the shadow of the throne. Smith writes about charles’s life with a skill and sympathy she perfected in her 2012 biography of Charles’s mother.

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life - The christian science Monitor“Comprehensive and admirably fair. New york times bestseller • the life and loves of prince charles are illuminated in a major new biography from the New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen—perfect for fans of The Crown. She makes many telling, shrewd points in pursuit of realigning the popular image of Prince Charles.

William boyd, the new York Times Book Review“A masterly account. The wall street Journal “Thoroughly researched and insightful.

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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch


Random House - We see the teenage lilibet repairing army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V-E Day. We meet the thirteen-year-old lilibet as she falls in love with a young navy cadet named Philip and becomes determined to marry him, even though her parents prefer wealthier English aristocrats.

. Sally bedell smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the queen’s daily routines—the “red boxes” of documents she reviews each day, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press—as well as her personal relationships: with Prince Philip, the weekly meetings she has had with twelve prime ministers, her husband of sixty-four years and the love of her life; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; her grandchildren and friends.

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch - Praise for elizabeth the Queen“An excellent, all-embracing new biography. The new york times“an imposing, yet nimbly written, biography that dwarfs the field. In elizabeth the queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, who has led her country and commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, and grace.

. We see the young queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. A most satisfying and enjoyable read, one to be savored at length.

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Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess


Random House - Sally bedell smith, former new york times reporter, the acclaimed biographer, has written the first truly balanced and nuanced portrait of the Princess of Wales, and Vanity Fair contributing editor, in all her emotional complexity. Drawing on scores of interviews with friends and associates who had not previously talked about Diana, Ms.

Smith explores the events and relationships that shaped the Princess, her view of men, her deep feelings of unworthiness, the flashpoints that sent her careening through life, and her perpetual journey toward a better sense of self. Even those who knew princess diana will be surprised by author Sally Bedell Smith's insightful and haunting portrait of Diana's inner life.

Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess - For all that has been written about diana--the books, her motivations, the commemorative magazines, the thousands of newspaper articles--we have lacked a sophisticated understanding of the woman, and her extreme needs. Diana in search of herself is the first authoritative biography of one of the most fabled women of the century.

By making connections not previously explored, this book allows readers to see Diana as she really was, from her birth to her tragic death. Original in its reporting and surprising in its conclusions about the severity of Diana's mental-health problems, Diana in Search of Herself is the smartest and most substantive biography ever written about this mesmerizing woman.

Note: this edition does not include photographs. Most books have been exercises in hagiography or character assassination, sometimes both in the same volume.

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I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses


Penguin Books - Among wagner’s subjects are joan crawford, debra paget, betty hutton, and the two actresses whom he ultimately married, Joan Blondell, Raquel Welch, Gloria Swanson, Linda Darnell, Loretta Young, Dorothy Lamour, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Irene Dunne, Glenn Close, Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Jean Peters, Natalie Wood and Jill St.

Film and television actor and New York Times bestselling author Robert Wagner’s memoir of the great women movie stars he has known. In a career that has spanned more than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both media.

John. I loved her in the movies is his intimate and revealing account of the charisma of these women on film, why they became stars, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made as actresses as well as the choices they made as women. Like wagner’s two previous bestsellers, i loved her in the Movies is a privileged look behind the scenes at some of the most well-known women in show business as well as an insightful look at the sexual and romantic attraction that created their magic.

I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses - In addition to offering perceptive commentary on these women, and vice versa—and how the introduction of color brought a new erotic charge to movies, Wagner also examines topics such as the strange alchemy of the camera—how it can transform the attractive into the stunning, one that enabled these actresses to become aggressively sexual beings in a way that that black and white films had only hinted at.

. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest screen personalities of their day.

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Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains


Biteback Publishing - Are they just like us? or are they are a world apart? here are the answers to everything we've ever wondered about the royals: which programmes does the Queen watch on TV? What music did the Queen Mother listen to? Who can drive and who can't? What is it like to attend a dinner party thrown by Charles and Camilla? Who are the most popular and most unpopular! Royals to work for and why? Not in Front of the Corgis is the real Upstairs Downstairs - a unique and fascinating collection of all the secrets you ever wanted to know about the Royal Family.

. And there are a fair few! this is the inside story of the Royal Family through the eyes of those who know them best, a sneak peek behind the ermine-trimmed curtains to reveal what they really get up to in their spare time. The windsors are england's most famous family, but what are they really like when they're out of the public gaze? Behind closed doors in every Royal residence, from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House, there are two families - one upstairs and one down - and nobody knows a Royal quite like a Royal servant, intimately acquainted as they are with every quirk, foible and eccentricity.

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The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown


Harper - Yet a decade later british public sentiment had changed, with a majority believing that Camilla should become queen. Junor argues that although camilla played a central role in the darkest days of the modern monarchy—Charles and Diana’s acrimonious and scandalous split—she also played a central role in restoring the royal family’s reputation, especially that of Prince Charles.

Junor contends that their marriage has reinvigorated Charles, allowing him to finally become comfortable as the heir to the British throne. Sensitive to public opinion, the palace announced that this would never happen; when Charles eventually acceded to the throne, Camilla would be known as the princess consort.

The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown - A woman with no ambition to be a princess, a duchess, Camilla simply wanted to be with, or a queen, and support, the man who has always been the love of her life. In the first in-depth biography of camilla, duchess of cornwall—the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana "a bit crowded"—esteemed royal biographer Penny Junor tells the unlikely and extraordinary story of the woman reviled as a pariah who, thanks to numerous twists of fate, became the popular princess consort.

Few know the windsor family as well as veteran royal biographer and journalist Penny Junor. In the duchess, revealing in full, sensitive eye on the intriguing, and little-known Camilla Parker Bowles, she casts her insightful, for the first time, once widely despised, the remarkable rise of a woman who was the most notorious mistress in the world.

As camilla’s marriage to charles approached in 2005, the British public were upset at the prospect that this woman, universally reviled for wrecking the royal marriage, would one day become queen.

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Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History


Random House - This makes the assured confidence with which Garelick tells her story all the more remarkable. The new york review of Books“Broadly focused and beautifully written. The wall street JournalFrom the Hardcover edition. Such is the case with coco chanel, ardent nationalism, for the first time, and earth-shaking change—here brilliantly treated, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, with wide-ranging and incisive historical scrutiny.

. But how did a poor orphan become a global icon of both luxury and everyday style? How did she develop such vast, undying influence? And what does our ongoing love of all things Chanel tell us about ourselves? These are the mysteries that Rhonda K. National bestsellercertain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person.

Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History - . In mademoiselle, well-researched, garelick delivers the most probing, and insightful biography to date on this seemingly familiar but endlessly surprising figure—a work that is truly both a heady intellectual study and a literary page-turner. Praise for mademoiselle  “a detailed, wry and nuanced portrait of a complicated woman that leaves the reader in a state of utterly satisfying confusion—blissfully mesmerized and confounded by the reality of the human spirit.

The washington post “writing an exhaustive biography of Chanel is a challenge comparable to racing a four-horse chariot. For the rest of chanel’s life, and political were interwoven; her lovers included diplomat Boy Capel; composer Igor Stravinsky; Romanov heir Grand Duke Dmitri; Hugh Grosvenor, personal, the professional, the Duke of Westminster; poet Pierre Reverdy; a Nazi officer; and several women as well.

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Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley


Crown Archetype - From the good times at graceland to hanging out with hollywood stars to butting heads with Elvis’s iron-handed manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to making sure that Elvis’s legacy is fittingly honored, GK was a true friend of the King and a trailblazer in the music industry in his own right. In elvis: my best man, a heartfelt, and long-awaited contribution to our understanding of Elvis Presley and the early days of rock ’n’ roll, entertaining, George Klein writes with great affection for the friend he knew—about who the King of Rock ’n’ Roll really was and how he acted when the stage lights were off.

This fascinating chronicle of boundary-breaking and music-making through one of the most intriguing and dynamic stretches of American history overflows with insights and anecdotes from someone who was in the middle of it all. But from the first time gk as he was nicknamed by Elvis heard this kid sing, he knew that Elvis Presley was someone extraordinary.

Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley - When george klein was an eighth grader at humes High, he couldn’t have known how important the new kid with the guitar—the boy named Elvis—would later become in his life. During elvis’s rise to fame and throughout the wild swirl of his remarkable life, Klein was a steady presence and one of Elvis’s closest and most loyal friends until his untimely death in 1977.

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Both of Us: My Life with Farrah


Crown Archetype - Drawing on decades’ worth of personal records and keepsakes, letters exchanged between him and Farrah, and his own diaries, he has included never-before-seen photographs, making this a poignant and compelling memento for her fans. He was the handsome academy Award–nominated star of Paper Moon and the classic romance Love Story.

Older and wiser, he and Farrah found their way back to each other and were excited to start a new life together. Ryan fought to create a life on his own but never stopped longing for Farrah. Written with candor and emotional honesty, it is a true Hollywood love story. She was the beautiful, all-American Charlie’s Angel, whose poster adorned the bedroom walls of teenage boys everywhere.

Ryan o’neal and Farrah Fawcett. One of the most storied love affairs in Hollywood history, their romance has captivated fans and media alike for more than three decades. Soon, griffin; mismatched career trajectories; and raising their young son, and son, Tatum, reality threatened their happiness and they struggled with some serious matters, however, including the disintegration of Farrah’s marriage; Ryan’s troubled relationship with his daughter, Redmond—all leading Ryan and Farrah to an inevitable split in 1997.

Both of Us: My Life with Farrah - In a tragic turn, but in his intimate memoir Both of Us, the world lost Farrah after a tragic battle with cancer in 2009, Ryan brings their relationship to vivid life. Fans of each other from afar, Ryan and Farrah met through her husband, Lee Majors, and fell passionately in love. But their bliss was cut short when Farrah was diagnosed with cancer and passed away just three years later.

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Love, Lucy Berkley Boulevard Celebrity Autobiography


Berkley - And, with a heartfelt happy ending, her enduring marriage to Gary Morton. Here is the lost manuscript that her fans and loved ones will treasure. This is her story—in her own words. The story of the ingenue from jamestown, bound to marry her Valentino, New York, determined to go to Broadway, destined to make a big splash, Desi Arnaz.

In her own inimitable style, she tells of their life together—both storybook and turbulent; intimate memories of their children and friends; wonderful backstage anecdotes; the empire they founded; the dissolution of their marriage. Here is the laughter. Here’s Lucy. The comic actress in her own words. Intensley moving.

Love, Lucy Berkley Boulevard Celebrity Autobiography - San francisco Chronicle“Filled with light and laughter. New york times Book Review. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made america laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world's best-loved performers.

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Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy


Grand Central Publishing - For fans of the netflix series the crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation.

In wallis in love, acclaimed biographer andrew morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, morton takes us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, letters, and other never-before-seen records, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society.

At turns imaginative, and spoiled, ambitious, Wallis's first words as recalled by her family were "me, me. From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII.

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy - Wallis in love goes beyond wallis's infamous persona and reveals a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate and grapple with matters of the heart. You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance. Wallis simpsonbefore she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore.

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