A tour diary of life on the road with one of Minnesota’s greatest bands - with nearly 100 never-before-seen photographs´´Don’t bore us, get to the chorus” is Bill Sullivan’s motto, which will come as no surprise to anyone who opens Lemon Jail. A raucous tour diary of rock ’n’ roll in the 1980s, Sullivan’s book puts us in the van with the Replacements in the early years. Barreling down the highway to the next show through quiet nights and hightailing it out of scandalized college towns, Sullivan - the young and reckless roadie - is in the middle of the joy and chaos, trying to get the band on stage and the crowd off it and knowing when to jump in and cover Alice Cooper. Lemon Jail shows what it’s like to keep the band on the road and the wheels on the van—and when to just close your eyes and hit the gas. That first van, dubbed the Lemon Jail by Bill, takes the now legendary Replacements from a south Minneapolis basement to dive bars and iconic rock clubs to college parties and eventually an international stage. It’s not a straight shot or a smooth ride, and there’s never a dull moment, whether Bob Stinson is setting a record for the quickest ejection from CBGB in NYC or hiding White Castle sliders around a hotel room or whether Paul Westerberg is sneaking gear out of a hostile venue or saving Bill’s life at a brothel in New Jersey. With growing fame (and new vans) come tours with REM and X (what happens when the audience isn’t allowed to stand?), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Violent Femmes (against their will), and Saturday Night Live, where the band’s televised antics earn the edict You’ll never play on NBC again. Fast forward: You’ll never play Washington, D.C., again. Or Moorhead.Hiding in fans’ backyards while the police search the streets and pelted with canned goods at a Kent State food drive, the Replacements hit rough patches along with sweet spots, and Lemon 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Sullivan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152687/bk_acx0_152687_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Now you can go where no one has been before: deep inside a mind with high-functioning autism. In his roller coaster of a life, Dylan Volk (aka Dielawn) has lived all over the country, tried to fit in with many different crowds, and been in jail a few times. Now he has written a tell-all book to give you all the juicy details. Don´t listen to this book before you go to sleep - you may be up all night! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dylan Volk. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152177/bk_acx0_152177_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A devastatingly frank memoir that tears open the past to examine how circumstances - and the choices we make - dictate the people we become. Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent life of Yasuko Thanh, from early childhood in the closest thing Victoria, BC, has to a slum, to teen years as a sex worker and, finally, to her emergence as an award-winning author. As a child, Thanh embraced evangelical religion, only to rebel against it and her equally rigid parents, cutting herself, smoking, and shoplifting. At 15, the honour-roll runaway develops a taste for drugs and alcohol. After a stint in jail at 16, feeling utterly abandoned by her family, school, and society, Thanh meets the man who would become her pimp and falls in love. The next chapter of her life takes Thanh to the streets of Vancouver, where she endures beatings, arrests, crack cocaine, and an unwanted pregnancy. The act of writing ultimately becomes a solace from her suffering. Leaving the sex trade, but refusing to settle on any one thing, Thanh forges a new life for herself, from dealing drugs in four languages to motherhood and a complicated marriage, and emerges as a successful writer. But even as publication and awards bolster her, she remains haunted by her past. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Moon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031947/bk_adbl_031947_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bowling for the Mob is the story of a man considered by many to be the greatest bowler that ever lived, yet his life became a struggle to conquer his inner demons. By age 12, Bob Purzycki was one of the best bowlers in the country. He was set to compete at the World´s Fair in 1964 in Queens. Two days before, a neighborhood kid hit Bob in the face with a mallet and crushed the side of his head causing permanent loss of vision in his left eye. Despite everyone telling him to give up, Bob trained to bowl with one eye. By his 18th birthday, his game had improved to a 220 average - a score that was unheard of in 1970. He joined the Professional Bowlers Association at 19 and won Bowler of the Year in 1973 and 1974. Then Bob got involved with the underworld as the mob began making bets on his tournaments, which started a downhill spiral. After getting involved with the mafia, a viscous battle with drug abuse and doing jail time, he redeemed himself and went on to play in the Super Bowl High Roller in Vegas. He won the grand prize beating the best bowlers in the world and became champion at 47. An amazing story of one man´s mistakes and accomplishments, Purzycki says it best ´´I was either going to kill somebody, kill myself or end up in an insane asylum.´´ 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/real/000248/bk_real_000248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alyssa K is the ´´It´´ girl in town, loving her life as a successful erotica author and BDSM enthusiast. She says yes to life and all it has to offer, never afraid to see what happens next. Darrius is the town´s playboy sheriff, a lifestyle dominant and confirmed bachelor with a perpetually empty jail at his disposal. He´s never short of adventuresome sex partners who want to walk on the wild side. The paths of Alyssa and Darrius were bound to cross eventually, but neither would have guessed that the impetus for that meeting would come in the form of a suicide attempt. When the town´s resident angry drunk rolls her wheelchair into traffic, Alyssa saves her life...against the woman´s will. Fascinated by her anger at being rescued, and the woman herself, Alyssa quickly goes into reporter mode but Darrius blocks her at every turn, a state of affairs neither finds themselves minding whatsoever. Darrius has been thinking about something more serious and, as she tumbles down a whole new rabbit hole, Alyssa finds herself wondering if she might not be ready for something more meaningful as well. The real question is what sort of relationship, and with whom? Alyssa soon learns that there are different forms of love, the raw, physical earthly kind and the deeper, more spiritual type. The one could easily be found with the delightfully obstinate sheriff if she´s willing to give up all her other playmates. The other may be hidden deep within the life she saved...if she can break through the walls of rage and regret. Torn between two very powerful, very different lovers and lost in a sea of secrets, Alyssa finds herself pushed to the limit. She thought she knew everything there was to know about kinky sex, but when true feelings arise she learns that she´s only begun to scratch the surface. She´s submitted her body and mind to many, but now she must submit the most precious part of herself to the whims of fate. Is she destined for happiness or heartbreak? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kalinda Little. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084104/bk_acx0_084104_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Charles Staunton was a good cop. Until he got sacked from the police force and sent to jail for refusing to inform on his mates. On both sides of the law that loyalty makes Charlie a ´good bloke´. And in a world of shadows, where trust is the highest currency, a good bloke is worth his weight in gold. Charlie becomes a private detective and Mr Fix-It in Sydney´s underworld. His associates are colourful, their adventures hair-raising. The good times roll the good bloke around the world, into fancy hotels and fast-lane living...then smack-bang into the Pacific Mariner Cartel. Cool under pressure and handy in a gunfight, Charlie becomes ´The Prince´ - a master of disguise and mythic smuggler of millions to all corners of the earth. Until the DEA kicks down the door and arrests him in one of the biggest drug busts in history. Busted but unbroken, Charlie´s troubles are only just beginning. Stuck in Canada´s toughest prison, between two fiercely warring bikie gangs, Charlie must use all his street smarts to stay alive. After all, there´s a double-date with Madonna and a beer with The Godfather to get to.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Staunton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mcau/000053/bk_mcau_000053_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Quirky Private Investigator Sage McGuire can´t seem to stay out of trouble in Love Me. Badass Sergeant Carter Morgan of the Portland Police Department takes risks for a living - but he´d never risked his heart before. From the first flirty look Sage flashes, he is hooked, and it has been a roller-coaster ride ever since.With Carter´s conniving ex-girlfriend, FBI Special Agent Mia Williams, in the looney bin, things finally seem to be settling back to normal, until Mr. Smithfield, Sage´s old boss, appears in her dreams asking for help to avenge his death. Knowing full well it could lead to another trip to the emergency room, Sage agrees to help. Even with Carter trailing her every move, Sage solves Mr. Smithfield´s murder and helps put her ex-boss´ wicked bride in jail. With all the excitement, Sage forgets to buy Carter a Valentine´s Day gift, unless you count the edible strawberry-flavored panties and banana-flavored massage gel. Carter, on the other hand, hits it out of the park with a cupcake topped with a very special sparkling surprise. Can Carter keep Sage safe and out of trouble long enough to get her down the aisle? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carly Kincaid. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/146610/bk_acx0_146610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s 1983. Scott Savitt, one of the first American exchange students in Beijing, picks up his guitar and begins strumming Blackbird. He´s soon surrounded by Chinese students who know every word to every Beatles song he plays. Scott stays on in Beijing, working as a reporter for Asiaweek Magazine. The city´s first nightclubs open; rock ´n´ roll promises democracy. Promoted to foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times then United Press International, Scott finds himself drawn into China´s political heart. Later, at 25 years old, Scott is the youngest accredited foreign correspondent in China with an intimate knowledge of Beijing´s backstreets. But as the seven-week occupation of Tiananmen Square ends in bloodshed on June 4, 1989, his greatest asset is his flame-red 500 cc. Honda motorcycle - giving Scott the freedom to witness first-hand what the Chinese government still denies ever took place. After Tiananmen, Scott founds the first independent English-language newspaper in China, Beijing Scene. He knows that it´s only a matter of time before the authorities move in, and sure enough, in 2000 he´s arrested, flung into solitary confinement and, after a month in jail, deported. Scott Savitt´s memoir turns this complex political-historical subject into an extraordinary adventure story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Chen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029814/bk_adbl_029814_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.