Category: Memoir

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

    By Robert M. Pirsig

    One of crucial and influential books written long ago half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the paintings of bike Maintenance is a strong, relocating, and penetrating exam of ways we are living . . . and a wide ranging meditation on the best way to dwell larger. here's the ebook that remodeled a iteration: an unforgettable narration of a summer time motorbike journey throughout America's Northwest, undertaken through a father and his younger son. a narrative of affection and worry -- of development, discovery, and attractiveness -- that turns into a profound own and philosophical odyssey into life's primary questions, this uniquely exhilarating sleek vintage is either touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of lifestyles . . . and the small, crucial triumphs that propel us forward.

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  • Hammered: Heavy Tales from the Hard-Rock Highway

    By Kirk Blows

    As a rock journalist and ex-editor of Metal Hammer journal, Kirk Blows turned absorbed into an atmosphere during which hedonistic conduct, exaggerated egos and behind the scenes bust-ups are par for the direction, whereas self-indulgence and extra usually are not simply philosophies yet a lifestyle.

    Whether being threatened by means of individuals of Motörhead, sipping soup with Ozzy Osbourne, sharing a degree with Metallica, ingesting with unidentified flying object or having fun with candid dialog with Queen, veteran journo Blows offers a set of attractive stories that offer a frequently hilarious, regularly specified perception into an exhilarating and mostly unseen world.

    Packed with over 2 hundred adventures and anecdotes that span a twenty-year interval, Hammered: Heavy stories from the Hard-Rock Highway captures the mind's eye of somebody who’s ever questioned what their favourite bands wake up to while the degree lighting pass up and the viewers is going domestic.
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  • Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted

    By Eric Nuzum

    At as soon as hilarious and quite relocating, Giving Up the Ghost is a memoir of misplaced love and moment probabilities, and a ghost tale like no other.
    Eric Nuzum is frightened of the supernatural, and for reliable cause: As a highschool oddball in Canton, Ohio, in the course of the early Eighties, he turned confident that he used to be being haunted by means of the ghost of a bit woman in a blue costume who lived in his mom and dad’ attic. it all started as a peculiar premonition in the course of his goals, anything that his quick diminishing circle of neighbors chalked up in order to get realization. It ended with Eric in a psychological ward, having it sounds as if destroyed his existence prior to it actually all started. the single factor that stored him from the threshold: his friendship with a lady named Laura, a classmate who used to be equivalent elements dedicated pal and enigmatic overwhelm. With the type of unusual connection you could merely forge whilst you’re younger, Laura walked Eric again to “normal”—only to develop into a ghost herself in a sad twist of fate.
    Years later, an absolutely functioning member of society with a good activity and kinfolk, Eric nonetheless can’t stand to have any close doorways in his condominium for worry of what’s at the different part. as a way to ultimately confront his phobia, he enlists a few associates on a trip to America’s so much haunted areas. yet deep down he is aware it’s basically while he digs up the ghosts of his prior, in particular Laura, that he’ll locate the peace he’s trying to find.
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  • My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud

    By Kevin Clash, Gary Brozek

    Meet Kevin conflict, the guy in the back of the Muppet and the unassuming middle and soul of Elmo. finally, the puppeteer who has played Elmo for almost 20 years comes out from in the back of the degree to proportion his tale. Weaving jointly his stories of transforming into up with the lifestyles classes received from his hairy pink regulate ego, Kevin finds himself to be as being concerned, and as wanting to develop and study and love, because the very certain personality he brings to life.

    You will detect how younger Kevin honed his expertise unique the youngsters in his mother’s domestic day care with puppets he made up of slippers and coat liners; how, as a suffering younger artist, he discovered his dream to fulfill after which paintings for his idol, Muppet writer Jim Henson; and the way each day of acting Elmo reinforces for him what's most crucial in life.

    As Kevin has been encouraged by way of Elmo, now we will be able to all research from his hairy crimson methods. Kevin’s (and Elmo’s) suggestions on love, creativity, friendship, and optimism remind us of life’s uncomplicated truths and eventually motivate us all to be somewhat extra like Elmo–to dwell with pleasure, to like extra simply, and to chuckle extra usually.
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  • Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President

    By Dan Emmett

    A infrequent inside of examine the key provider from an agent who supplied defense around the globe for President George H. W. Bush, President William Clinton, and President George W. Bush

    Dan Emmett was once simply 8 years previous while President John F. Kennedy used to be assassinated. The occasions surrounding the President's demise formed the process younger Emmett's lifestyles as he set a objective of operating within the White condo as a US mystery carrier agent-one of a unique team of individuals keen to alternate their lives for that of the President, if important.

    Within Arm's Length is a revealing and compelling within examine the key carrier and the elite Presidential protecting department (PPD). With tales from a number of the author's extra high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of provider, the place he supplied arm's size safety around the world for the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush, either as a member of the PPD and the Counter attack workforce, Dan Emmett describes the pro, actual and emotional demanding situations confronted through mystery provider brokers. integrated are by no means ahead of mentioned issues similar to the advanced courting among presidents, first women and their brokers, the internal workings of mystery provider protecting operations in addition to the seldom-mentioned demanding situations of the advanced mystery carrier cultural matters confronted through an agent's relatives. Within Arm's Length additionally stocks firsthand information about engaging in presidential advances, facing the media, using the President in a bullet-proof limousine, working along him during the streets of Washington, and flying with him on Air strength One.

    Within Arm's Length is the basic publication at the usa mystery carrier. This revealing and compelling within examine the Presidential protecting department, besides spellbinding tales from the author's occupation, provides the reader an extraordinary glance in to the lifestyles and occupation of an agent in America's so much elite legislation enforcement agency.

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  • El libertino de calidad

    By Conde de Mirabeau

    Las falsas memorias que el conde de Mirabeau novela en El libertino de calidad trazan l. a. intensa vida de un seductor que, salido de los angeles aristocracia y cargado de cinismo, va a utilizar sus poderes amatorios para conseguir dinero; los angeles ironía que el autor presta al relato distancia al lector de ese personaje dedicado a los angeles depredación amatoria. Como Don Juan, busca el placer a cualquier precio para convertirse en ejemplo de una situación apenas descrita en l. a. literatura de los angeles época: l. a. prostitución masculina. los angeles habilidad narrativa de Mirabeau pone el foco de manera especial en episodios concretos, iluminándolos de una forma tan intensiva que sugieren y muestran con todo detalle una serie de momentos de placer extremado, sin renegar del lenguaje que realmente utiliza el erotismo ni convertirlo en tabú. Escrita en l. a. prisión de Vincennes, Mirabeau intentaba, a través de su personaje, persuadir, divertir, sorprender, provocar, utilizando una prosa enérgica, llena de colorido, que más tarde le serviría para desarrollar los angeles oratoria que le mereció el sobrenombre de «Tribuno de l. a. Libertad».
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  • My Salinger Year

    By Joanna Rakoff

    Poignant, keenly saw, and irresistibly humorous: a memoir approximately literary manhattan within the overdue nineties, a pre-digital global at the cusp of vanishing, the place a tender lady unearths herself entangled with one of many final nice figures of the century.

    At twenty-three, after leaving graduate institution to pursue her goals of turning into a poet, Joanna Rakoff strikes to long island urban and takes a role as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a luxurious, wood-paneled place of work, the place Dictaphones and typewriters nonetheless reign and old-time brokers doze at their desks after martini lunches. At evening she is going domestic to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg condominium she stocks together with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced among glamour and poverty, surrounded through big personalities, and suffering to belief her personal creative intuition, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. yet as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers all over the world, she reveals herself not able to variety out the agency’s decades-old shape reaction. as a substitute, drawn inexorably into the emotional international of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and starts off writing again. Over the process the yr, she unearths her personal voice by way of performing as Salinger’s, on her personal harmful and releasing phrases.

    Rakoff paints a colourful portrait of a shiny, hungry younger girl navigating a heady and longed-for international, attempting to sq. romantic aspirations with burgeoning self-awareness, the belief of a lifestyles with existence itself. fascinating and deeply relocating, choked with electrifying glimpses of an American literary icon, My Salinger Year is the coming-of-age tale of a skilled author. peculiarly, it's a testomony to the common strength of books to form our lives and wake up our actual selves. 
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  • Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

    The New York occasions bestseller concerning the ancient dealings among Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill—“A great tribute to the ignored artwork of compromise” (Daily information (New York)).

    Tip and the Gipper is an “entertaining and insightful” (The Wall highway Journal) heritage of a time while nice political rivals served jointly for the good thing about the rustic. Chris Matthews used to be an eyewitness to this tale as best aide to Speaker of the home Tip O’Neill, who waged a principled conflict of political beliefs with President Ronald Reagan from 1980 to 1986. jointly, the 2 males grew to become one in all history’s such a lot celebrated political pairings—the epitome of the way ideological opposites can get issues done.

    When Reagan was once elected to the presidency in a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter, Speaker O’Neill was once thrust into the nationwide highlight because the highest-ranking chief of the Democratic Party—the such a lot obvious and revered challenger to President Reagan’s time table of slicing the scale of presidency courses and reducing tax premiums. jointly, the 2 leaders fought over the key problems with the day—welfare, taxes, covert army operations, and social security—but stumbled on their method to agreements that reformed taxes, kept Social defense, and, their universal reason, set a direction toward peace in Northern eire. via all of it they maintained recognize for every other’s positions and labored to boost the rustic instead of hinder progress.

    At the time of congressional gridlock, Tip and the Gipper stands as version habit valuable of analysis by way of reporters, teachers, and scholars of the political method for future years. “This e-book is a call for participation to hitch Tip and the Gipper in tall stories approximately how grand it used to be within the outdated nation” (The Washington Post).
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  • Jailing: The Prison Memoirs of 00040: AKA Author Clifford Irving

    By Clifford Irving

    While the Nixon management dealt Clifford Irving a 2 ½ yr criminal sentence for committing the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax, the 41-year-old writer was once surprised . . . and unprepared to serve time. In criminal, he realized the right way to penal complex and be successful. yet then he used to be stuck with contraband, moved to a three-star reformatory, and later accused of inciting a revolt and conspiring to kill the warden.
    This is the real and penetrating tale of the way Irving survived and received the conflict for his freedom.
    After his magazine was once excerpted in Playboy, the entire memoir hasn't been to be had till this distinctive new for 2012 publication edition.

    The conceal photograph of the writer used to be taken at Alcatraz in July 1979. whereas on a voluntary stopover at!
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  • Another Life: A Memoir of Other People

    By Michael Korda

    From international leaders to Mafia dons, from Hollywood stars to the literary world's so much eccentric writers, the striking and infamous alike have entrusted their life's paintings to Simon & Schuster's preeminent editor, Michael Korda. during this masterful memoir, Korda finds the unforgettable solid of characters and outrageous anecdotes at the back of 4 many years of blockbuster publishing, bringing us face-to-face with dozens of larger-than-life figures: Richard Nixon, who maintained his "presidential" character lengthy after his public lifestyles used to be over; Joan Crawford, whose autobiography mirrored a lifestyles she could have loved to have lived yet didn't; Joseph Bonanno, the retired Mafia don who'd do something to maintain from being killed by means of the reviewers.

    And in a revelatory account that reads as compulsively as fiction, Another Life paints a shiny photograph of publishing's glitterati, together with Jacqueline Susann, who liberated women's fiction--and terrorized a publishing apartment, and Tennessee Williams, who nourished his genius on four-course vodka lunches. A veritable who is Who of degree, reveal, and letters, Another Life is the deft interweaving of publishing at it such a lot fascinating--and storytelling at its most interesting.
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