In this intimate biography of the Prince of Soul, David Ritz provides a candid look at a star and a friend. Ritz had been collaborating with Marvin Gaye on his story for several years before the singer´s tragic death and had conducted a series of extraordinary interviews in which Gaye discussed his deepest secrets. What emerges is a full-scale portrait of a charming but tortured artist, a brilliant singer with a divided soul. Here is Marvin´s story, from his early years in the slums of Washington, D.C. to his rise to the top of the Motown industry, his fall from grace, his comeback, and finally his sudden, shocking end at the hands of his own father. It is also the story of his glorious music and the music of black America over the past fifty years, an epic tale whose cast of characters includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordie, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002741/bk_blak_002741_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Forty years ago, two women´s movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The legacy of that rift is still evident today in American politics and social policies. Gloria Steinem was quoted in 2015 (The New Yorker) as saying the National Women´s Conference in 1977 ´´may take the prize as the most important event nobody knows about.´´ After the United Nations established International Women´s Year (IWY) in 1975, Congress mandated and funded state conferences to elect delegates to attend the National Women´s Conference in Houston in 1977. At that conference, Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, and other feminists adopted a National Plan of Action, endorsing the hot-button issues of abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights - then a new issue in national politics. Across town, Phyllis Schlafly, Lottie Beth Hobbs, and the conservative women´s movement held a massive rally to protest federally funded feminism and launch a pro-family movement. Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. Divided We Stand reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women´s rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values. The women´s rights movement and the conservative women´s movement have irrevocably affected the course of modern American history. We cannot fully understand the present without appreciating the pivotal events that transpired in Houston and thereafter. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029497/bk_adbl_029497_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A world of violent passions and inhuman hungers explodes as ancient taboos and primal desires collide. Wolf Were Alpha Sylvan Mir wants nothing more than to keep her pregnant mate Drake safe in their secluded stronghold, deep in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, but enemies, political and praetern, force her into battle. Sylvan must confront the Vampire Chancellor Francesca, a one-time lover, about her part in a recent attack on Mir Laboratories—a confrontation that will test Sylvan’s alliance with the Vampires and lead to war. Francesca’s enforcer Michel, with a secret sexual conquest in Sylvan’s Pack and a Were centuri newly-turned Vampire, Lara under her command, may have divided loyalties, too. Lara, born to fight in service to the Were alpha, finds herself caught between two worlds, belonging to neither, and her unexpected obsession with an enemy Alpha puts ancient loyalties to the test. In a world where humans and praeterns conspire for the ultimate power, violence is a way of life...and death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maxine Mitchell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013413/bk_adbl_013413_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One regular guy who happens to be a preacher....Reverend Dr. Gabe Samson doesn’t think he’s better than any of the people in his church, so please don’t put him on a pedestal. While he’s never hidden the fact that he identifies as bisexual, he’s never acted on it either. Gabe isn’t happy to learn that the sole reason he was hired to pastor the LGBT-friendly church was that the ruling elders wanted a safe poster child for inclusivity - in other words, they wanted the rainbow flag without letting it fly. Plus one easygoing, new-age kinda guy....Seth Thomas owns Holistic Healing, a metaphysical shop and yoga studio. He’s never really been a relationship kinda guy, but only because he hasn’t met the right man yet. Seth is laid back and goes with the flow. When fate drops a hot preacher in his lap, why wouldn’t he accept the gift? Equals a pair of men who click from the start. The two men find it almost too easy to get together, especially Gabe, who is fully embracing his bi side for the first time. Nothing in life is simple though. While Gabe and Seth are busy falling in love, they face an anti-gay hate group, a divided church, and a ruling elder who is hell-bent on sowing discord. Between Gabe’s patient wisdom and Seth’s snark, the pair fight the growing drama with the strongest weapons in their arsenal: love and humor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Pauley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145844/bk_acx0_145844_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Episcopal priest Gene Robinson of New Hampshire on this edition of Fresh Air. He is on the brink of becoming the world´s first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church. He was elected by the Diocese of New Hampshire, but the appointment must be approved at the Church´s national general convention next week. His nomination has divided the church. 56-year-old Robinson was married for 13 years. He continues to be close to his ex-wife and two daughters. For the last 15 years he´s been in a relationship with another man. (Broadcast Date: July 24, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030724/rt_whyy_030724_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this provocative book, Mugambi Jouet describes why Americans are far more divided than other Westerners over basic issues, including wealth inequality, health care, climate change, evolution, gender roles, abortion, gay rights, sex, gun control, mass incarceration, the death penalty, torture, human rights, and war. Raised in Paris by a French mother and Kenyan father, Jouet then lived in the Bible Belt, Manhattan, and beyond. Drawing inspiration from Alexis de Tocqueville, he wields his multicultural sensibility to parse how the intense polarization of US conservatives and liberals has become a key dimension of American exceptionalism - an idea widely misunderstood as American superiority. While exceptionalism once was a source of strength, it may now spell decline, as unique features of US history, politics, law, culture, religion, and race relations foster grave conflicts. They also shed light on the intriguing ideological evolution of American conservatism, which long predated Trumpism. Anti-intellectualism, conspiracy-mongering, a visceral suspicion of government, and Christian fundamentalism are far more common in America than the rest of the Western world - Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mirron Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008876/bk_tant_008876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The very best ´´Talking Bollocks´´ from season three of ´´Sowerby & Luff´s Big Squeeze´´. In this series, Brian and Georgina waffle about Golden Grahams, zero divided by zero, ´´getting to third base´´, eating chickens´ feet, kissing with confidence, the Fifth Amendment, space simulators, laser eye surgery, girl weds dog, ´´folding the corner over´´, ´´What´s the Question Triv´´, and much, much more. Plus special bonus track: Sowerby & Luff´s Christmas single ´´Gloopy Love´´. The Big Squeeze is taped in the ´´Gay Legs´´ pub in Crouch End, and contains strong language and nudity. And you can play this at home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sowerby, Luff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/ffuk/000010/bk_ffuk_000010_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1995, journalist Frank Owen began researching Special K, a new designer drug that fueled the club scene. He went to sample the drug at the internationally notorious Limelight, a decrepit church converted into a Manhattan disco, where pulse-pounding music, gender-bending dancers, and uninhibited sideshows attracted long lines of hopefuls. Clubland is Owen´s six-year journey behind the velvet ropes into the clubs where any transformation was possible. Four men divided the scene, outsiders who saw Clubland as the chance to escape their pasts and reinvent themselves. Peter Gatien rose from a Canadian milltown to become the most powerful club operator in America; Michael Alig, a gay misfit from the Midwest, won a legion of fashion-and-drug enamored followers; Lord Michael Caruso left the rave parties of England and returned as Clubland´s leading drug dealer and techno music pioneer; and Chris Paciello, a brutal Bensonhurst gang member, recast himself as the prince of Miami Beach, partying with Madonna and Jennifer Lopez at his exclusive nightspots. Each had secrets that led him over the edge, and when Clubland fell, it left behind tragic human consequences. A tour de force of investigative journalism, Clubland offers a dramatic exposé of a world built on illusion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gerard Doyle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000288/bk_aren_000288_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A transgender reporter´s narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states, offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America.Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she´s a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn´t changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called ´´flyover country´´ rather than moving to the liberal coasts. In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: ´´Something gay every day.´´ Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more.Capturing profound cultural shifts underway in unexpected places and revealing a national network of chosen family fighting for a better world, Real Queer America is a treasure trove of uplifting stories and a much-needed source of hope and inspiration in these divided times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Samantha Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/005046/bk_hach_005046_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.