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David Blaine White is an American illusionist, endurance artist, and extreme performer. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance and has set and broken several world records.
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A Hunger Artist
Franz Kafka - Jun 22, 2016 (first published in 1924)
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The last book published during Kafka's lifetime, A Hunger Artist (1924) explores many of the themes that were close to him: spiritual poverty, asceticism, futility, and the alienation of the modern artist. He edited the manuscript just before his death, and these four stories are some of his best known and most powerful work, marking his maturity a...
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - Jun 01, 2006 (first published in 1946)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
David Blaine
One of my favorite books.     source
American Prometheus
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird - May 01, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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American Prometheus is the first full-scale biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, "father of the atomic bomb," the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the awesome fire of the sun for his country in time of war. Immediately after Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generation-one of the iconic figures of th...
David Blaine
One of the more fascinating men that I’ve read about.     source
The Macrobiotic Way
The Definitive Guide to Macrobiotic Living
Michio Kushi - Mar 08, 2004 (first published in 1984)
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If This Is a Man and The Truce
Primo Levi - Jul 04, 2003 (first published in 1947)
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'With the moral stamina and intellectual poise of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, dutiful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the m...
David Blaine
Amazing.     source
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Naked
David Sedaris - Jun 01, 1998 (first published in 1997)
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Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview—a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of...
David Blaine
It’s hilarious.     source
Cervantès
Jean Canavaggio - Sep 17, 1997 (first published in 1986)
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On n'en finirait pas de dénombrer les ouvrages inspirés par la vie et l'oeuvre de Cervantès. A eux seuls, ils constituent un monde en soi, une véritable bibliothèque de Babel. Pourtant, cette abondance ne saurait masquer une réalité plus troublante: aujourd'hui encore, le " mystère Cervantès " reste entier. De larges pans de sa vie nous demeurent o...
David Blaine
The book that blows me away beyond anything.     source