Suggested Reading List
Frank: The Voice
Author: James Kaplan
Description: Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twentieth centuryinfinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. Now James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatras humble beginning in Hoboken to his fall from grace and Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatraas man, as musician, as tortured genius.
Frank Sinatra: An American Legend
Author: Nancy Sinatra
Description: Singer Nancy Sinatra calls her father "a maverick who lives by rigid codes. A winner who feels connected to losers," and this unabashedly affectionate tribute is a moving portrait of an individualist both as man and as artist. Frank Sinatra's recording, performing, acting and personal activities unfold here month by month, year by year, in diary-like, dated entries decked out with some 400 color and b&w photographs, including many from the family's private archives. Interviews with or quotes from the 79-year-old himself, memorabilia, letters, insets and recollections by friends, lovers, co-stars (Sammy Davis Jr., Burt Lancaster, Mitch Miller, Sammy Cahn, ex-wives Mia Farrow and Ava Gardner, etc.) round out this album. Included is an illustrated, heavily annotated filmography of his 50-year screen career.
Author: Miranda Seymour
Description: She was the daughter of pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and radical philosopher William Godwin, both reviled for their unconventional views. She ran away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley when she was 16 and wrote Frankenstein when she was 19. Three of her four children died in infancy; her husband drowned before she turned 25. Yet Mary Shelley (1797-1851) persevered to write other novels (none so famous as her first), to nurture her husband's literary status (decidedly shaky at the time of his death), and to support her son and acquire a devoted daughter-in-law who was partly responsible for her rather dull posthumous reputation as the quintessential devoted widow. British novelist and biographer Miranda Seymour paints a more nuanced portrait of Mary as a sharply intelligent, sometimes cantankerous woman who did not always graciously suffer Percy's blithe impetuousness and principled infidelities (possibly including one with her stepsister). Guilt at being the innocent cause of her mother's death may have played a part in the genesis of Frankenstein, Seymour acknowledges, but so did Mary's views on slavery, the landscape of Scotland, and the tales she heard there as a teenager of disastrous Arctic expeditions. The story of how Frankenstein came to be written while the Shelleys were vacationing in Switzerland with Byron is well known, but Seymour retells it well. Her strong account of how Mary's character was formed in conflict, first with an unloved stepmother and then with a difficult husband, makes the subsequent 30 years of her life more understandable and almost as interesting as the first quarter century. Drawing on feminist scholarship of the last 30 years but written for the general public, Seymour's lucid biography captures the whole woman, not just the author of Frankenstein or the grieving widow of Percy Shelley.
Author: Mary Shelley
Description: Few creatures of horror have seized readers' imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Shelley's Frankenstein. The story of Victor Frankenstein's monstrous creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense.
Author: DK Publishing
Description: Sausage guides the reader on a country-by-country tour of sausage, describing and explaining the different types of sausage found in each region, how they're made, how they're used, and if they're fresh, dried, semi-dried, part-cooked, or cooked. Famous sausages from each region are celebrated, and classic recipes such as fabada and cassoulet are included so home cooks can expand their repertoire. Sausage tells you everything you need to know about the different types and flavors of sausage, and how to buy, store, and serve them. For real aficionados, there is even direction on how to make your own salamis and sausages, and how to salt your own bacon. This is a perfect book for foodies, cooks, eaters, kitchen experimenters, backyard BBQ masters, and anyone who'd like to elevate their knowledge and appreciation of tube steaks the world over.