Category: Autobiography

  • Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

    By Jennifer Pharr Davis

    After graduating from university, Jennifer is not certain what she desires to do along with her lifestyles. She is attracted to the Appalachian path, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. notwithstanding her family and friends imagine she's loopy, she units out by myself to hike the path, hoping it's going to provide her time to consider what she desires to do subsequent. the subsequent 4 months are the main bodily and emotionally hard of her existence. She fast discovers that thru-hiking is tougher than she had imagined: dealing with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she consists of; dozing at the difficult wooden flooring of path shelters; mountaineering via never-ending torrents of rain or even a snow fall. With each step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident university graduate to a scholar of the path, braving events she by no means imagined sooner than her thru-hike. the path is stuffed with unforeseen kindness, generosity, and humor. And while tragedy moves, she learns that she will be able to rely on people to aid her in occasions of desire.
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  • Dusty: Reflections of Wrestling's American Dream

    By Dusty Rhodes

    For over 20 years of professional wrestling, Dusty “the American Dream” Rhodes ruled the hoop. identified for his jaw-dropping antics and bone-crunching talents, Rhodes turned one in all wrestling’s first superstars. during this riveting narrative, Rhodes chronicles his trip via an plagued with political infighting, grasping promoters, damaging personalities, multi-millionaires, and nice leaders.
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  • Happy Birthday or Whatever: Track Suits, Kim Chee, and Other Family Disasters

    By Annie Choi

    Meet Annie Choi. She fears cable autos and refuses to consume whatever that casts a shadow. Her brother thinks poultry is a vegetable. Her father sometimes starts off fires at paintings. Her mom collects Jesus buying and selling playing cards and wears plaid like it is a task. irrespective of how demanding Annie and her family members try and comprehend each other, they typically arise hilariously brief.

    But in the middle of a kinfolk challenge, Annie involves notice that the one strategy to live on each other is to stay jointly . . . as tough as that will be. Annie Choi's Happy Birthday or Whatever is a sidesplitting, eye-opening, and transcendent story of dealing with an infuriating, not easy, yet finally loving Korean family.

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  • Bit of a Blur: The Autobiography

    For Alex James, tune had constantly been a door to a extra intriguing life—a approach to go back and forth, meet new humans, and, with a bit of luck, choose up women. yet as bass participant of Blur—one of the main profitable British bands of all time—his trip used to be extra interesting and severe than he may well ever have estimated. luck catapulted him from a slug-infested squat in Camberwell to a global of personal jets and world-class eating places. As "the moment drunkest member of the world’s drunkest band" Alex James's existence used to be consistently chaotic, yet he retained a boundless enthusiasm and interest at odds along with his hedonistic way of life. From nights within the Groucho with Damien Hirst, to dancing to Sister Sledge with Björk, to being bitten at the nostril via the lead singer of Iron Maiden, he deals a desirable and hilarious perception into the realm of superstar. At its center, however, this is the picaresque story of 1 man’s seek to discover that means and happiness in an more and more surreal international. Pleasingly unrepentant yet still a reformed guy, Alex James is the best chronicler of his generation—witty, frank and brimming with joie de vivre. A little bit of a Blur is as fascinating, humorous, and deliciously disreputable as its author.
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  • Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together

    Jim Morrison… we all know the tales, yet does an individual understand the genuine guy? when you don’t comprehend the place the reality ends and the fiction starts off, you’re no longer by myself. Lies, myths, rumors and tall stories unfold by way of those who didn’t comprehend him have masked Jim Morrison and clouded what he accomplished.

    Fearing that the unique, real actual Jim might develop into hopelessly misplaced, Frank Lisciandro, Jim’s good friend and movie collaborator, amassed jointly greater than a dozen of Morrison’s acquaintances for a sequence of conversations and interviews. within the transcripts of those talks Jim Morrison is candidly dropped at gentle through the folks who knew him, who have been his friends, colleagues, mentors and fans. Jim Morrison: acquaintances amassed Together confronts and sweeps away the myth to light up a rare guy and talented artistic artist.

    A quote from the book:
    "To name him a rock celebrity is simply a complete insult to him and his intelligence and his understanding and this philosophy that used to be within him. His lifestyles used to be a philosophy. He didn’t inform humans what they need to do, he simply did it himself. He simply positioned all of it out there."– Ron Alan

    The conversations coated a mess of subject matters and occasions. the folks who percentage their tales have been themselves lively members within the West Coast song scene: musicians, live performance promoters, publicists and band managers. Readers will detect humorous tales, secrets and techniques published and truths extra marvelous than the fabrications released in the course of and after Morrison’s life.

    Another quote from the book:
    “I enjoyed Jim whilst he could get an idea, he'd say, ‘Uh oh, i believe i am getting a cerebral erection’. after which he'd carry his arms to his head simply because he had a brand new thought for a poem or music after which snigger approximately it. It used to be the laughter that that was once wonderful.”– Leon Barnard

    From his first 12 months in highschool and his scholar days at UCLA to the formation of The doorways and his upward push to reputation, this publication weaves an awesome tapestry of sincere information regarding Morrison the poet, the bright lyricist, and the long-lasting singer and performer of The doorways. The ebook is a deal with for Jim’s lovers around the world and for curious readers who need to know the genuine Jim Morrison tale. The conversations additionally provide a special oral historical past of the stressed and turbulent Sixties while L.A.’s sundown Strip was once the point of interest of a cultural renaissance and musical revolution.

    The publication comprises greater than 50 unique Frank Lisciandro photos, many by no means released before.

    More rates from the book:
    "Jim used to be absolutely no longer drawn to the industrial point of his occupation. I by no means met anyone like Jim. He used to be probably disconnected with the which means of cash. He really had little interest in actual possessions." – invoice Siddons

    “The biographers appear to have misplaced Jim’s humorousness. I can’t provoke upon you adequate that it used to be regularly there….He used to be the funniest individual I ever met. easily that, the funniest man or woman I ever met.” – Fud Ford

    "A few weeks prior to he left for Paris, I equipped a (touch) soccer online game. Jim was once relentless in his pursuit of my brother, who used to be the opposing quarterback. Jim may move diving after him and hit the floor, and wake up and chase him back. I take into account him going, ‘Boy, that guy’s fairly squirmy, isn’t he?’ I have in mind Jim’s enthusiasm that day. He simply didn’t quit.” .” – wealthy Linnell

    "Sometimes while i used to be typing his poems, I’d encounter a be aware and I’d ask him, 'What does this mean?’ And he may supply me the historical past of the note. What used to be the antecedents of that observe, epistemology. So i might have an idea what that be aware intended in time and house. He had that sort of knowledge.” – Kathy Lisciandro

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  • After Daniel: A Suicide Survivor's Tale

    By Moira Farr

    Moira Farr stumbled on Daniel Jones' physique on Valentine's Day, 1994. suffering from deep melancholy, he had killed himself utilizing a mode sincerely defined within the bestselling booklet, ultimate go out. Six years later, in an account either deeply own and thoughtfully political, Farr displays on Daniel's suicide and its effects. After Daniel isn't really a sensational tell-all, a self-help e-book on grieving, or an instructional overview of suicide theories. it really is one woman's story—beautifully, lyrically told—of her personal studies and her consciousness that solutions come either from inside of and from taking a look at suicide in a much wider social context. After Daniel reaches past suicide survivors to all those that embody the sacredness of lifestyles and love.
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  • Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past

    By Peter Balakian

    The first-born son of his new release, Peter Balakian grew up in a detailed, , sheltered by means of Nineteen Fifties and '60s New Jersey suburbia and immersed in an all-American boyhood outlined by way of rock 'n' roll, adolescent pranks, and a keenness for the hot York Yankees that he shared along with his loved grandmother. yet underneath this sunny international lay the darkish specter of the trauma his family members and ancestors had experienced--the Turkish government's extermination of greater than one million Armenians in 1915, together with a lot of Balakian's family, within the century's first genocide.

    In stylish, relocating prose, Black puppy of destiny charts Balakian's development and private awakening to the evidence of his family's background and the scary aftermath of the Turkish government's persisted crusade to hide up one of many worst crimes ever dedicated opposed to humanity. In unearthing the secrets and techniques of a family's previous and the way they impact its current, Black puppy of destiny provides clean intending to the tale of what it capacity to be an American.
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  • The Three Count: My Life in Stripes as a WWE Referee

    By Jimmy Korderas

    "The 3 count number highlights the triumphs and tragedies Jimmy Korderas skilled over his storied occupation as a WWE referee -- from humble beginnings with Jack Tunney in Toronto to being part of the most occasion with side and the Undertaker at WrestleMania. For the 1st time, Korderas talks concerning the harrowing adventure of being within the ring in the course of Owen Hart's twist of fate and concerning the bad results of the Chris Benoit tragedy -- the main tricky moments of his existence in wrestling"--P. [4] of cover.
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  • The Closer: My Story

    By Wayne Coffey, Mariano Rivera

    The best reduction pitcher of all time stocks his amazing tale of survival, love, and baseball.

    Mariano Rivera, the fellow who intimidated hundreds of thousands of batters purely by means of establishing a bullpen door, begun his tremendous trip because the son of a bad Panamanian fisherman. whilst first scouted by means of the Yankees, he didn't even personal his personal glove. He idea he may possibly make an excellent mechanic. while found, he had by no means flown in an aircraft, had by no means heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't think Tampa, town the place he used to be headed to start a profession that will turn into considered one of baseball's such a lot iconic. What he did understand: that he enjoyed his relatives and his then female friend, Clara, that he may well belief within the Lord to lead him, and that he might throw a baseball precisely the place he desired to, each time.

    With staggering candor, Rivera tells the tale of the championships, the bosses (including The Boss), the rivalries, and the struggles of being a Latino baseball participant within the usa and of holding Christian values in specialist athletics. The thirteen-time All-Star discusses his force to win; the secrets and techniques at the back of his mythical composure; the tale of the way he chanced on his minimize fastball; the untold, pitch-by-pitch account of the 9th inning of online game 7 within the 2001 global sequence; and why the bottom second of his occupation turned considered one of his maximum blessings.

    In The nearer, Rivera takes readers into the yank clubhouse, the place his teammates are his brothers. yet he additionally takes us on that jog from the bullpen to the mound, the place the sport -- or the season -- rests squarely on his shoulders. We come to appreciate the laserlike concentration that's his hallmark, and the way his religion and his kin stored his toes firmly at the pitching rubber. a number of the instruments he used so continually and gracefully got here from what was once within him for a long time -- his deep ardour for all times; his enduring dedication to Clara, whom he met in kindergarten; and his innate feel for purchasing out of a jam.

    When Rivera retired, the total global watched -- and cheered. within the nearer, we come to a fair larger appreciation of a legend outfitted from the floor up.
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  • Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived

    By Amarillo Slim Preston, Greg Dinkin

    Amarillo slender Preston has received $300,000 from Willie Neslon enjoying dominoes and $2 million from Larry Flynt enjoying poker. He has shuffled, dealt, and bluffed with a few of twentieth-century's most renowned figures. He beat Minnesota fat at pool with a brush, Bobby Riggs at desk tennis with a skillet, and Evel Knievel at golfing with a carpenter's hammer. Amarillo narrow has gambled with 'em all, and left such a lot of them wishing they hadn't.

    The memoirs of a dwelling American icon, Amarillo slender in an international jam-packed with fats humans is the tale of lifestyles as a Texas street gambler and the invention of the Wild West. it is also the tale of the way narrow gained the realm sequence of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe, turned a global big name, and taken poker from smoky backrooms to mainstream the USA. simply allow him inform it:

    "If there is something i'm going to argue approximately, i will both guess on it or close up. and because it isn't very changing into for a cowboy to be arguing, i have made a number of wagers in my day. yet in my humble opinion, i am no traditional hustler. you notice, neighbor, I by no means go searching for a sucker. i glance for a champion and make a sucker out of him ..."

    "I'm solving to inform you a couple of issues that i have been holding to myself for many years. if you are now not cautious, you simply may how one can get wealthy with no ever having a job."

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