Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt Summary

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

Lawyer Games

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Lawyer Games by Dep Kirkland Summary

In the early morning of May 2, 1981, Danny Hansford was shot dead by James Williams with a World War II vintage Luger in a historic Savannah mansion. For the next eight-and-a-half years, through four murder trials and intrigue which reached the highest levels of Georgia politics—including a former governor and the Georgia Supreme Court—lawyers battled over whether the 50-year-old Williams shot the 21-year-old Hansford in self-defense. The case inspired a best-selling book and a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Dep Kirkland, who arrived at the scene when Hansford’s body was still on the floor, Lawyer Games is the true story of this remarkable case. Kirkland, the Chief Assistant DA at the time, made the decision to arrest Williams and tried the first of four murder trials alongside the district attorney. His firsthand knowledge allows him not only to deeply analyze the murder case but also to expose the legal mischief spawned when a defendant facing unshakable physical evidence possesses almost unlimited funds. True crime aficionados will be drawn to the two stories told in the book: The riveting story of the case, its evidence (including facts never heard in the courtroom), trials and results, and the incredible eight-year campaign to beat a murder rap no matter what, with a look behind the curtain at a darker side of the American criminal justice system.

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Marilyn J. Bardsley Summary

The #1 Wall Street Journal ebook bestseller about the murder that shocked Savannah society and inspired the blockbuster film. As a premier antiques dealer in Savannah, Jim Williams had it all: style, culture, charisma, and sophistication. But three decades of hard work came crashing down the night he shot Danny Hansford, his wild young lover. Jim Williams stood trial four times over the next decade for premeditated murder. While Clint Eastwood’s movie—starring Kevin Spacey and Jude Law—and the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, exotic characters, they missed the surprising dark side of Jim Williams himself. He was a smooth predator whose crimes could have put him behind bars long before the death of Danny Hansford. After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is Marilyn Bardsley’s continuation of the story, which includes crucial testimony recreating the courtroom drama between a gifted prosecutor and a brilliant defense attorney as they battle over the future of a self-made aristocrat. More than forty photos and revealing insider interviews bring new life to the vivid cast of characters in this unique southern crime story. “[A] provocative summer read.” —Savannahnow.com

Midnight in Savannah

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Midnight in Savannah by Darwin Porter Summary

An artfully brutal saga of corruption, greed, sexual tension and murder, highlighted by the eccentrics of the deep South make this a compulsive read. By the best-selling author of Butterflies In Heat.

Hiding My Candy

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Hiding My Candy by The lady Chablis,Theodore Bouloukos Summary

The personal story of the famous drag queen from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" describes an abuse-marked childhood, character development, rise to stardom, and secrets of survival

"What's Your Favorite Song?"

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If you enjoyed reading about “The Lady of 6,000 Songs” in the best seller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” you will love going behind the scenes to learn more about how the remarkable entertainer and her husband successfully juggled their marriage, her Hall of Fame music career, his sign business, and at the same time, raise ten children. Though Emma Kelly was mostly known as the piano player who could seemingly play any song ever written, the close friend and collaborator of songwriter Johnny Mercer is revealed in “What’s Your Favorite Song?” to have achieved even greater accomplishments as a wife and mother. Learn how she and her husband overcame challenges and hardships through the Great Depression, a World War, and through the baby boom years to raise ten children who would become an integral part of her musical performances and, later, successful college-educated adults. Author Ross Kelly chronicles a firsthand account of a nonstop, whirlwind family music fest that will border on feeling out of control, only in the end to reveal a loving, close-knit family guided by their commitment to one another, their love of music, and a foundation of principles employed by his parents to guide and shape his life and the lives of his nine brothers and sisters. Far beyond being about a large musical family growing up in South Georgia in the 1960s, “What’s Your Favorite Song?” could almost serve as a guide for how families of any size, anywhere, can successfully manage their own challenges of juggling relationships, careers, and children. “Emma Kelly was known as ‘The Lady of Six Thousand Songs,’ but she could also have been called the Lady of Six Million Fans, among whom I enthusiastically include myself. Read this affectionate tribute by her son Ross, and you will understand why.” John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. What makes the Kellys such an intriguing family? On the surface, it was thought that it was simply the musical genius and celebrity of Emma Kelly, the famed ‘Lady of 6,000 Songs.’ But there seemed to be more, much more. Was it the added dimension of how she and her husband together raised ten children, each of whom was an active participant in the Kelly family music shows performed around south Georgia during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s? Or was it the unusual, but seemingly highly effective formula George and Emma Kelly employed to balance their two careers, their marriage, and raise each of their children to become college educated and successful adults, and instill an almost unheard of closeness between each of them that continues to this day? Or is it that the family legacy that George and Emma Kelly left, today now numbers close to 100 members, all of whom carry on that same tradition of a devotion to music and family that began almost eighty years ago. Perhaps it is all of those factors... and even more.

Portrait d'un fumeur de crack en jeune homme

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Bill Clegg est un jeune et talentueux agent littéraire à New York. Ce livre est le récit de sa descente dans l'enfer du crack en même temps que la mise au jour d'une fêlure d'enfance. Un récit autobiographique poignant, une oeuvre littéraire saisissante.

Dans le jardin de la bête

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Dans le jardin de la bête by Erik LARSON Summary

N°1 des ventes dès sa sortie aux États-Unis, le nouveau chef-d'œuvre de l'auteur du Diable dans la Ville Blanche. " Un écrivain exceptionnel. " The New York Times " Un livre remarquable et captivant. Il mérite vraiment d'être lu par le plus grand nombre. " The Washington Post Après Le Diable dans la Ville blanche, Erik Larson nous offre un superbe thriller politique et d'espionnage, fondé sur des événements réels et peu connus qui se sont déroulés en Allemagne pendant l'accession au pouvoir d'Adolf Hitler. 1933. Berlin. William E. Dodd devient le premier ambassadeur américain en Allemagne nazie. Sa fille, la flamboyante Martha, est vite séduite par les leaders du parti nazi et leur volonté de redonner au pays un rôle de tout premier plan sur la scène mondiale. Elle devient ainsi la maîtresse de plusieurs d'entre eux, en particulier de Rudolf Diels, premier chef de la Gestapo, alors que son père, très vite alerté des premiers projets de persécutions envers les Juifs, essaie de prévenir le département d'État américain, qui fait la sourde oreille. Lorsque Martha tombe éperdument amoureuse de Boris Winogradov, un espion russe établi à Berlin, celui-ci ne tarde pas à la convaincre d'employer ses charmes et ses talents au profit de l'Union soviétique. Tous les protagonistes de l'histoire vont alors se livrer un jeu mortel, qui culminera lors de la fameuse " Nuit des longs couteaux ". " Un document sidérant qui se lit vraiment comme un thriller. J'ai été tellement captivé et surpris par sa lecture que je me suis arrêté plusieurs fois pour vérifier que les événements qu'il dépeint ont réellement eu lieu. C'est le cas – et c'est incroyable. Cette histoire est en effet tellement fabuleuse qu'on ne pourrait même pas en faire un roman : on aurait du mal à vous croire tant la réalité dépasse la fiction. " Philippe Kerr

Nancy Hillis: The Vamp of Savannah

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Filled with intrigue and juicy stories, The Vamp of Savannah tells the story of one of Savannah's most colorful characters, Ms. Nancy Hillis. Now with ALS, Miss Hillis is telling the real story of Mandy Nichols, her character in the best selling book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. From her partnership with the piano playing, loving scoundrel Joe Odom in Sweet Georgia Browns, the hot jazz club in Savannah, Georgia; to her escapades with Minerva, the Voodoo Priestess; to her reign as a national beauty queen; and her heartbreaking dealings with the molestation of her son; Nancy tells it all--the good and not so good. You will laugh, cry and be amazed to read the story of this remarkable woman whose motto is "never, never, never give up."

Une petite fille trop gâtée

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Une petite fille trop gâtée by Ann Rule Summary

Ann Rule a opéré une véritable révolution dans le thriller. Sur ses photos de mariage, la frêle Pat pose au côté de Tom telle une ravissante Scarlett. Elle rêve de plantations, de jardins de roses et de réceptions chics dans les résidences huppées d'Atlanta. Deux mois plus tard, tous ses espoirs sont réduits à néant : son bel époux est accusé d'avoir sauvagement assassiné ses propres parents. Ce roman d'Ann Rule est un véritable tour de force : un tourbillon d'amour insatisfait, de passions et de désirs incontrôlables, une série de crimes brillamment orchestrés, et au centre de cette spirale mortelle, une jeune femme habituée à ce qu'on lui passe tous ses caprices.

Avril enchanté

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Avril enchanté by N.A Summary

Quatre dames anglaises sérieuses décident de sortir de leurs quotidiens. Elles entreprennent un voyage en Italie pour découvrir l'enchantement de la nature. Les brillants dialogues, la drôlerie constante des situations et des personnages, réussissent par une sorte de pudeur à faire presque oublier que ce roman exempt de gravité est aussi un des plus beaux textes que la littérature du vingtième siècle ait consacré à l'Italie. L'auteur, au sommet de son art, vous fais ressentir l'Italie, sa fraicheur, ses couleurs et sa lumière. Roman de la maturité d'une Elizabeth von Arnim, Avril enchanté, paru en 1922, fut le plus grand succès public de l'auteur.

Dining in the Garden of Good Eats

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Dining in the Garden of Good Eats by Deborah Sullivan,Shane Sullivan Summary

Dining in the Garden of Good Eats offers recipes from award winning Savannah restaurants, cafes, inns, the NOGS (those that choose to stay North of Gaston Street), The Married Women's Card Club and many other purveyors of our famous cuisine. So, you can now take the flavor of Savannah home with you to enjoy forever.A valuable guide to entertaining, this book allows you to serve the recipes of celebrated Savannah chefs, making you a success with your own guests. Some of the participating restaurants included in the book are: Lady and Sons featuring Paula Deen of The Food Network, Elizabeth's on 37th Street, Clary's - a local favorite, and two of Savannah's oldest and most famous restaurants, The Pirates' House and Mrs Wilkes Boarding House.Also, the book serves as a handy visitors' guide as you walk the historic streets where local points of interest are highlighted on a convenient tour map. Hear about historic Savannah, Georgia along with the Savannahian traditions, such as the history of “The Birdgirl Statue,” the former centerpiece of the Trosdal family plot in the legendary Bonaventure Cemetery. This cookbook features many fun facts and trivia taken from the bestselling book and motion picture, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt, which influenced the publishing of this fine cookbook.The authors compile highlights from top “Midnight attractions and present creative ideas for your own “Midnight” theme party. This treasure even records ghostly sightings reported by many visitors of the most haunted places in Savannah. As a recent customer said, “it's like a mini- sequel to “Midnight.” The cookbook is a must read for those who love good food and are interested in the history of one of the beautiful Early American cities in the country

Midnight in the Garden Centre of Good and Evil

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Midnight in the Garden Centre of Good and Evil by Colin Sinclair Summary

Miller, fresh from too many pampered years at university, has managed to lose a PhD, a girlfriend, and her father's car. With parents now committed to a regime of find-your-own-way tough love, he's fallen off the fast track to success, and finds himself working in a shabby garden centre on the edge of nowhere. The staff are a collection of dropouts and oddballs, the boss is very shady, and Miller's not sure half the stuff they sell is legal. Still, he's learning to get on with things and make do, finding a brand new path through life, but... an alien invasion disguised as a bright and shiny big-box store from out of town? That really isn't helping. If Miller wants to protect his job and save the world, he's going to have to dig deep and get his hands dirty.

An Innocent Abroad

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An Innocent Abroad by John Berendt,Dave Eggers,Pico Iyer,Alexander McCall Smith,Richard Ford,Jane Smiley Summary

More than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives. Contributors include Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Smiley. About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

After Midnight in Savannah

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After Midnight in Savannah by B. Forrest Spink Summary

Convicted of murdering his mother in Savannah, Georgia, in 1991, Jim Martin still maintains that it was his female-impersonator drug supplier who actually killed her. Martin's aunt claims that the Nazarene-minister mother and rebellious homosexual son were doomed to a showdown.

Hunger Games : La ballade du serpent et de l'oiseau chanteur

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Hunger Games : La ballade du serpent et de l'oiseau chanteur by Suzanne COLLINS Summary

​Dévoré d'ambition Poussé par la compétition Il va découvrir que la soif de pouvoir a un prix C'est le matin de la Moisson qui doit ouvrir la dixième édition annuelle des Hunger Games. Au Capitole, Coriolanus Snow, dix-huit ans, se prépare à devenir pour la première fois mentor aux Jeux. L'avenir de la maison Snow, qui a connu des jours meilleurs, est désormais suspendu aux maigres chances de Coriolanus. Il devra faire preuve de charme, d'astuce et d'inventivité pour faire gagner sa candidate. Mais le sort s'acharne. Honte suprême, on lui a confié le plus misérable des tributs : une fille du district Douze. Leurs destins sont désormais liés. Chaque décision peut les conduire à la réussite ou à l'échec, au triomphe ou à la ruine. Dans l'arène, ce sera un combat à mort. Pour assouvir son ambition, Coriolanus parviendra-t-il à réprimer l'affection grandissante qu'il ressent pour sa candidate, condamnée d'avance ?

Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood by Clint Eastwood Summary

Interviews with the Oscar-winning director of Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby