Biographies

I saw these biographies and decided to share them with you.  Everyone has a story and even these two people have lead an interesting life.

Bio

Steve McQueen  The Salvation of an American Icon

Join Greg Laurie as he takes a cross-country drive in his 1968 Highland Green Ford Mustang 390 GT through the canyons of Malibu, the alleys of Hollywood, the wide and open roads of the Midwest, the streets of New York, as he traces the wooly geography of actor Steve McQueen’s life, relationships, career and spiritual journey. This iconic muscle car was the vehicle McQueen drove in his most raucous and enduring film, Bullitt.

In the 1960s, McQueen was, according to box office receipts, the biggest movie star of his generation and one of the coolest men to ever walk the planet. Greg Laurie was a teen at the time and an ardent fan of ”The King of Cool,” first mesmerized by McQueen in 1963’s The Great Escape. Like millions of cinema fans, Greg developed a lifelong fascination with the actor. Now he has a chance to tell McQueen’s story.

McQueen was a complex, contradictory man who lived the same way he drove his motorcycles and cars: fearlessly, ruthlessly and at top speed. After a lifetime of fast cars, women and drugs, McQueen took a surprising detour.

In this book, Laurie thoughtfully interviews members of Steve McQueen’s family, friends, co-stars, associates, widow and pastor to tell of the dramatic life-change for the actor in the spring of 1979 – six months before McQueen was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

What were the critical steps that led McQueen to make such a life-altering decision? Perhaps more importantly, why is that part of his story so rarely told? This book answers these questions.

Greg Laurie will follow the seeds of Christianity that were sown throughout McQueen’s improbable life where a Light finally shone into the darkness of his troubled life. These seeds miraculously germinated, allowing McQueen to see that redemption through Jesus Christ is a lasting truth more glittering and real than any magic of the entertainment industry.

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Defiance  The extraordinary life of Lady Anne Barnard

The first major biography of eighteenth-century writer and socialite Lady Anne Barnard.

Born in Scotland in 1772, Lady Anne Barnard lived at the heart of Georgian society. She wrote one of the most popular ballads of her day, captivated Sir Walter Scott with her poetry, rubbed shoulders with the Prince of Wales, and dazzled Samuel Johnson with her repartee. Lady Anne’s charisma and talent were undeniable; she was well known as both a beauty and a wit. However, she was also seen as an eccentric―an artist defined by her defiance of convention.

Lady Anne had romantic affairs with several prominent men, but she married none of them. She preferred to live independently―even traveling alone to Paris during the upheaval of the French Revolution. When she did marry, it was to an impoverished army officer many years her junior. The pairing scandalized polite society. Hounded by gossip, the couple escaped to the Cape Colony―England’s first African possession―where Lady Anne painted the vibrant landscapes and penned her memoirs. An indefatigable diarist, she proved herself one of the extraordinary chroniclers of the era.

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Collecting stuff

Do you collect anything?

If so what is it?

Why do you collect?

These questions run through my mind today as I wonder why people collect.

When I was younger I collected rocks and seashells!  It was an adventure to go out and find these treasures.  The reason I collected them it’s because they were magical to me.  I still think rocks and seashells are rather unique.  To me both show you the beauty of nature.   Of course I thought I would be rich finding precious rocks and yield magical powers from them.    Everyone had magical dreams when they were a kid, didn’t you?

I did go through a phase of collecting stickers but that did not last long.  Did you collect stickers?  If you did what kind did you collect?

I admit I used to collect Cherished Teddy figures and Charming Tail figures and then I stopped.  The reason I collected them was because they were cute and unique.   Then at one point I decided I did not want them anymore. I donated them to the resale shop. I do have to admit that I kept a few that were fairytale related.

90s – The beanie baby craze.  Yes I did collect some of those and now my children play with them.  I may have to purge some of those.

I did go on a binge of collecting Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel magazines, some comics and trading cards.  I still have the stash but not sure what I am going to do with them yet.   I do have the dvd set and one book about BTVS. Those two shows are amazing.  I could do a whole blog post on these two shows.  Ooh an idea for another time!  (Anything by Joss Wheadon is epic!)

After that I did not collect anything for a long time.  I would say within the last year or so, I started to collect antique cameras.  What drew me to cameras, vintage cameras is how they were made and where and who made them.  My imagination wondered of what kind of people used the cameras.  I love the look and design of vintage cameras as well.   I do have an interest in photography and modeling.

I usually tackle estate sales for my collection when I have a bit of free time.

Other thoughts that come to mind are:   I also collect moments of my children’s life with photography and some school papers or events they are in.

I love to collect and research my family history.

As you know I do read tons of books.  Do I save every single book that I read?  No.   The ones that I do keep is either autographed or due to the fact that the stories have a sweet spot in my heart!

I do admit I have one Funko Pop  which is She-Ra.  Yes I watched the cartoon back in the day but sadly it did not have closed captions.  I would love to get the dvd with subtitles or CC on it.   Trying to lipread cartoons isn’t easy at all.

Tell me what what you do you collect?

Current Song stuck in my head :  Lindsey Stirling – Shatter Me

More of I spy some books at the library

Some books I saw on the shelf that looked very fascinating to me.  Check them out.

HIRED

Hired Girl
Laura Amy Schlitz
400 pages
Sept. 8, 2015 by Candlewick Press

Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to—that I will write in it with truth and refinement…But who could be refined living at Steeple Farm?

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future.

ITS
It’s a Wonderful Death
Sarah J. Schmitt
320 pages
October 6, 2015 by Sky Pony Press

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

MAD

Mad Love
Suzanne Selfors
326 pages
January 4, 2011 by Walker Childrens

When you’re the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can’t write it. Alice needs a story for her mother-and she needs one fast.

That’s when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol’s voice in her head and see things she can’t explain, she must face the truth-that she’s either inherited her mother’s madness, or Errol is for real.

Any of these strike your fancy?  I may have to pick up all of these after I get done reading Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Forged in Ice.      By the way, I have read Suzanne Selfors’ Coffeehouse Angel  which is an adorable book.

Current Snack: Popcorn
Current song stuck in my head: Let it go – Soundtrack Frozen