Category: Memoir

  • Slash

    By Slash

    From one of many maximum rock guitarists of our period comes a memoir that redefines intercourse, medications, and rock 'n' roll.

    For the 1st time ever, scale down tells the story that has but to learn from the interior: how the mythical band weapons N' Roses got here jointly, how they wrote the tune that outlined an period, how they survived insane, endless excursions, how they survived themselves, and, finally, the way it all fell aside. Slash is a window into the area of the notoriously deepest guitarist and a entrance seat at the roller-coaster journey that was once one in every of history's maximum rock 'n' roll machines, regularly at the fringe of self-destruction, even on the top of its good fortune. Slash is every thing lower is: humorous, sincere, inventive, inspiring, jaw-dropping . . . and, in a observe, excessive.

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  • Outrageous Fortune: Growing Up at Leeds Castle

    By Anthony Russell

    In his lovely memoir, Outrageous Fortune, Anthony Russell takes us inside of his adolescence starting to be up at Leeds citadel, with luxurious and opulence few can think, and the way he came upon his approach in a altering society.

    "I used to be fortunate with lineage. cash, and many it, seemed to develop on bushes, in particular these which decorated the Leeds fort parkland. Ancestors with gleaming titles and notable accomplishments stuffed the heritage books, yet there will be effects for being passed every little thing of a fabric nature on a plate, with out transparent indication of what one will be anticipated to do with such stable fortune."

    Leeds citadel has lengthy been hailed because the most adorable fortress on the planet. initially in-built the 12th century as a Norman stronghold, the citadel as soon as housed Kings and Queens, yet fell into disrepair for almost a century, till Anthony Russell's grandmother, girl Baillie, bought it in 1926 and restored the fort to its former glory. It used to be within the castle's fairytale environment, surrounded by way of a moat and acres of sprawling grounds, that Anthony spent his formative years within the 1950s.

    It used to be a lifetime of awesome good looks and privilege, yet for a shy boy frequently lonely and fraught with the phobia of breaking a few unwritten rule of the fort approach. As Anthony unearths in his terribly vibrant and frank memoir, any such early life was once probably now not the simplest practise for contemporary existence past the castle's partitions. by way of the top of the Sixties, the well mannered reserve of the citadel manner was once beginning to collapse to unconventional track, manners, and social freedom-simultaneously desirable and alarming to a tender guy who had grown up in most appropriate isolation in an international that will quickly be gone.

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  • Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System

    By Michael Saag

    A Memoir and a Manifesto

    Positive lines the lifetime of Michael S. Saag, MD, an the world over recognized professional at the virus that reasons AIDS, however the ebook is greater than a memoir: via his tale, Dr. Saag additionally shines a mild at the dysfunctional US healthcare procedure, featuring confident but sensible treatments drawn from his uncommon scientific career.

    Mike Saag started his clinical residency in 1981, inside days of the facilities for affliction Control's first record of a mysterious ''gay cancer'' killing younger males. quickly, the younger doctor's occupation was once yoked to the epidemic. His life's paintings grew to become turning the main lethal virus in human historical past right into a continual, practicable disease.

    within the lab on the college of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Saag and co-workers made seminal early discoveries in regards to the elusive virus. And on the AIDS sanatorium he based, Dr. Saag met humans whose struggle opposed to a digital loss of life sentence touched his middle and encouraged him to paintings even tougher. As his profession stretched throughout 3 a long time, Dr. Saag stumbled on himself scuffling with one other foe, this one virtually as pernicious as AIDS itself: a damaged healthcare process formed extra by means of politicians, insurers, and lobbyists than via sufferers' needs.

    Positive is Dr. Saag's tribute to the unforgettable sufferers he has identified and an pressing name to create a complete, compassionate, obtainable healthcare process within the identify of these we will shop today.

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  • Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader's Circle)

    By Ruth Reichl


    At an early age, Ruth Reichl came across that "food can be a means of constructing experience of the realm. . . . in the event you watched humans as they ate, you'll find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender on the Bone, is the tale of a existence made up our minds, more suitable, and outlined in equivalent degree by way of a keenness for nutrients, unforgettable humans, and the affection of stories good told.  Beginning with Reichl's mom, the infamous food-poisoner referred to as the Queen of mould, Reichl introduces us to the interesting characters who formed her global and her tastes, from the connoisseur Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to these at her politically right desk in Berkeley who championed the natural nutrition revolution within the 1970s.  Spiced with Reichl's infectious humor and sprinkled together with her favourite recipes, Tender on the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age.
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  • I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays

    By Sloane Crosley

    From the writer of the bestselling novel, The Clasp, hailed via Michael Chabon, Heidi Julavits, and J. Courtney Sullivan.

    Wry, hilarious, and profoundly real, this debut number of literary essays from Sloane Crosley is a party of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. New York Times bestseller.

    From despoiling an show on the normal background Museum to frightening the ire of her first boss to siccing the law enforcement officials on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no correct regardless of the simplest of intentions -- or even as a result of them. jointly, those essays create a startlingly humorous and revealing portrait of a fancy and totally recognizable personality who goals for the celebrities yet hits the ceiling, and the inimitable urban that has contributed to shaping who she is. I was once informed There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly unique voice, chronicling the struggles and unforeseen great thing about smooth city life.

    Sloane Crosley can be the writer of How Did You Get This quantity, The Clasp and the ebook Up The Down Volcano.
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  • The Year of the Boat: Beauty, Imperfections, and the Art of Doing It Yourself

    By Lawrence W. Cheek

    Lawrence Cheek made up our minds that he needed to construct a ship. not only any boat, yet a stunning wood sailboat. This even though he slightly knew easy methods to sail and that he used to be the grasp of so few woodworking abilities that it was once scary. The yr of the Boat is a memoir approximately what whilst on in that suburban garage—a roiling means of measuring, slicing, gluing and sanding that was once punctuated with best delight, utter frustration, and simple bewilderment. From knowing the right way to truly learn a collection of marine blueprints to studying the wonderful paintings of making use of epoxy to getting the mast to face up immediately, this can be a alluring experience into the barren region of doing it your self. the writer tacks an intelligently digressive path as he touches on such themes because the invention of the retractable keel, the esteemed culture of storage agencies (think Hewlett Packard), the Platonic perfect sailboat, the hegemonic upward push of fiberglass, and the unique form of a rudder. development a ship seems to be the antidote for persistent perfectionism (hence the boat’s identify, faraway from Perfect).
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  • Son of a Gun: A Memoir

    By Justin St. Germain

    NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr by means of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    In the culture of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a beautiful memoir of a mother-son dating that also is the searing, unflinching account of a homicide and its aftermath

    Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s dying, it sounds as if by the hands of her 5th husband, is a passing interest. “A real-life outdated West homicide mystery,” the neighborhood television announcers intone, whereas barroom gossips snigger cruelly. yet for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the road that separates his international into before and after.
    Distancing himself from the mythical city of his formative years, Justin makes one other lifestyles an international away in San Francisco and achieves the entire floor successes that may have stuffed his mom with delight. but years later he’s nonetheless snoozing with a loaded rifle below his mattress. eventually, he's pulled again to the barren region panorama of his formative years on a seek to make feel of the unfathomable. What made his mom, a onetime military paratrooper, the kind of lady who might face up to any guy other than the lads she was once in love with? What led her to maneuver from position to put, guy to guy, activity to task, until eventually ultimately she discovered herself in a determined and deteriorating state of affairs, residing on an remoted patch of wasteland with an risky ex-cop?
    Justin’s trip takes him again to the ghost city of Wyatt Earp, to the trailers he and Debbie shared, to the string of stepfathers who have been a relentless, occasionally threatening presence in his existence, to a harsh global at the margins jam-packed with women and men all suffering to outline what kinfolk capacity. He makes a decision to confront humans from his prior and delve into the police files in an try and make experience of his mother’s lifestyles and demise. all of the whereas he attempts to be the kind of guy she may have sought after him to be.
    Praise for Son of a Gun
    “[A] amazing memoir . . . calls to brain others of the earlier decade: J. R. Moehringer’s Tender Bar and Nick Flynn’s Another Bull____ evening in Suck City. All 3 are approximately boys changing into males in a damaged global. . . . [What] could have been . . . within the arms of a lesser author, the book’s major aspect . . . [is] amplified from a story of non-public loss and grief right into a parable for our time and our state. . . . If the brilliance of Son of a Gun lies in its restraint, its value lies within the generosity of the author’s insights.”—Alexandra Fuller, The long island occasions booklet Review

    “[A] gritty, mesmerizing new memoir . . . St. Germain has created a piece of austere, luminous attractiveness. . . . In his understated, eloquent means, St. Germain makes you are feeling the warmth, style the dirt, see these shimmering streets. via the top of the ebook, you recognize his mom, although you by no means met her. and prefer the writer, you'll mourn her forever.”NPR
    “If St. Germain had stopped at reading his mother’s psycho-social hazard elements and the way her homicide affected him, this might nonetheless be a great, relocating memoir. yet it’s his additional probing—into the tradition of weapons, violence, and manhood that knowledgeable their lives in his fatherland, Tombstone, Ariz.—that transforms the publication, raising the stakes from own soreness to bigger, very important questions of what ails our society.”The Boston Globe
    “A visceral, compelling portrait of [St. Germain’s] mom and the violent tradition that claimed her.”Entertainment Weekly
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  • Blind Man's Bluff

    By Aidan Higgins

    Perversely, yet probably thoroughly, Aidan Higgins—one of the few modern writers priceless of comparability with Beckett and Joyce, now celebrating his eighty fifth year-—has selected to attend until eventually his sight has approximately left him to collect this choice of visible treats. A normal publication of anecdotes and cartoons—the latter by no means prior to released, even though frequent to all of Higgins's correspondents from the margins of his letters and postcards—Blind Man's Bluff is a compendium of tart and comedian insights into sight itself, in addition to different different indignities: own, historic, and literary.
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  • My Heart Is a Drunken Compass: A Memoir

    By Domingo Martinez

    With his trademark tragic-comical voice and arresting storytelling, Domingo Martinez once more gives you a deeply own memoir jam-packed with wry asides and poignant, considerate reflections in his new ebook My center Is a Drunken Compass. His first e-book shockingly ended together with his fiancé Stephanie plummeting off the aspect of an overpass in Seattle, after having a seizure whereas using. He now chronicles this painful episode in his existence, with flashbacks to their tenuous romantic courting, and the way her twist of fate and next coma eventually factors him to solve emotionally. This pivotal second, which started with an alarming name in the course of the evening, parallels one other gut-wrenching event from the prior while his youngest brother’s lifestyles hangs within the balance.
                Martinez once more brilliantly examines the complex connections among relatives, buddies, and family. Feeling estranged from his relatives in Texas through the years, remoted and by myself in Seattle, he turns to writing as a healing device. The underlying topics of dependancy and restoration and their robust impression on relations dynamics additionally emerge in the narrative, as he struggles along with his internal demons. those demanding lifestyles occasions truly deliver Martinez toward the family members that he has in lots of methods spend years attempting to deny, strengthening their bonds and therapeutic previous wounds. while Martinez falls aside thoroughly, he unearths his relatives, his redemption, and a brand new starting with the affection of his existence, who encourages him to jot down his manner out of the soreness with the intention to shop his personal life.
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  • The Face That Changed It All: A Memoir

    A revelatory and redemptive memoir from Beverly Johnson, the 1st black twiglet to grace the canopy of Vogue, and who, over journal covers later, is still the most profitable glamour ladies ever.

    In The Face that modified It All, Beverly Johnson brings her personal passionate and deeply sincere voice to the web page to chronicle her early life transforming into up as a studious, and infrequently bullied, bookworm through the socially wakeful, racially charged ’60s. before everything interested in a occupation in legislations as a result of the large impression the Civil Rights flow had on her existence, Beverly ultimately made her mark because the first black conceal version of yank fashion in 1974. A profitable three-decade profession in modeling followed.

    Offering glamorous stories in regards to the challenging partying of the Seventies and Hollywood in the course of the ’80s and early ’90s, Johnson information her many encounters and engaging friendships with the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Halston, Calvin Klein, and Andy Warhol, in addition to stars equivalent to Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Keith Richards, and Warren Beatty. yet no longer every thing that glitters is gold, and Johnson’s memoir unearths the numerous demons she wrestled with over the process her storied occupation. She brings us into the guts of her struggles with racism, drug habit, divorce, and a protracted baby custody conflict over her daughter that verified her fortitude and sanity. She stocks for the 1st time intimate information surrounding her love affair with the past due tennis icon Arthur Ashe, giving little recognized perception into the guts, brain, and spirit of the respected tennis legend. She additionally can pay homage to her mentor, the past due Naomi Sims, whereas lifting the veil off the advanced, catty, and sometimes instances stressful relationships among black versions in the course of her type heyday. ordinary names from the catwalk, corresponding to Pat Cleveland and Iman, seem usually in her tale, illustrating how every one needed to struggle a variety of battles to outlive not only the method at huge, yet every one other.

    Featuring stunning, never-before-seen photographs from Johnson’s adolescence and modeling days, The Face that modified It All provides a no-holds-barred examine the lives of the wealthy, incredible, and recognized. it's also a narrative of failure and good fortune within the higher echelons of the style global, and the way Beverly Johnson emerged from her struggles smarter, happier, and greater than ever.
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