Category: Memoir

  • Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past

    By Eric Spitznagel

    [b]Foreword by means of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy

    "Memories are way more indelible while married to the actual international, and Spitznagel proves the purpose during this bright booklet. we adore vinyl files simply because they mix the tactile, the visible, the seeable results of age and care and carelessless. whilst he searches for the files he misplaced and sold, Spitznagel is trying to come back to a tangible earlier, and he information that approach with nice sensitivity and impact."
    —Dave Eggers, writer of [i]The Circle


    High constancy meets Killing your self to Live during this memoirof one man's look for his misplaced checklist assortment. As he unearths himself inside spitting distance of middle-age, journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely the loss of…something. Freedom? might be. Coolness? might be. The documents he offered in a monetary pinch? certainly. to determine needless to say, he units out on a quest to find  the unique vinyl artifacts from his previous. not only copies. the very same documents: The Bon Jovi record together with his first girlfriend's mobilephone quantity scrawled at the entrance sleeve. The KISS Alive II he as soon as shared together with his little brother. The Replacements Let It Be he’s beautiful yes, twenty years later, may nonetheless odor like weed.

    As he embarks on his hero's trip, he reminisces concerning the real files, the track, and the folk he listened to it with—old girlfriends, his highschool friends, and, so much poignantly, his father and his younger son. He explores the magic of song and reminiscence as he interweaves his adventures in checklist- tradition with questions about our connection to our prior, no matter if we will be able to ever recapture it, and no matter if we'd are looking to if shall we.
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  • The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours: A Memoir of the Second World War

    By Lilka Croydon-Trzcinska

    Contributor note: ahead by way of Norman Davies
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    Lilka Trzcinska used to be fourteen years outdated whilst the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. The daughter of an architect, Lilka was once a highschool pupil on the time. while faculties have been closed by way of the occupier, she, with her siblings, persevered their schooling in mystery periods, and joined the Polish domestic military- the key resistance force.

    Lilka and her family members have been arrested by way of the Gestapo in 1943 and despatched to the political felony Pawiak, then to Auschwitz. There, Lilka's mom died and her more youthful sister was once despatched off to a different camp. the remainder of the kin used to be placed to paintings within the camp development places of work. After being transported to a few different camps (in one example by means of a fashion of a three-day march), the 3 sisters have been reunited in 1945, and soon thereafter liberated by means of the British. Lilka later went to Italy to proceed her schooling, relocating to Canada in 1948.

    The Labyrinth of risky Hours is the memoir of a survivor. Lilka Trzcinska-Croydon narrates her early life and that of her sisters and brother in a fashion that binds poetry and historical past jointly seamlessly. It describes the power of the kin ties and unity that aid them emerge from their bad ordeal with their dignity intact.

    As many as 150,000 Polish political prisoners have been taken throughout the conflict, 1/2 whom died within the camps. This memoir is a testomony to their fight.
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  • Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me

    By Jerry McGill

    The notion to write down to you was once now not a simple one.
    The scar from the place the bullet entered my again remains to be there.
     
    Jerry McGill was once 13 years outdated, jogging domestic throughout the initiatives of Manhattan’s decrease East part, whilst he was once shot within the again by way of a stranger. Jerry survived, wheelchair-bound for all times; his assailant used to be by no means stuck. Thirty years later, Jerry desires to say anything to the fellow who shot him.
     
    I have made up our minds to offer you a name.
    I am going to name you Marcus.
     
    With profound grace, brutal honesty, and devastating humor, Jerry McGill takes us on a dramatic and encouraging journey—from the streets of Eighties manhattan, the place poverty and violence have been a part of turning out to be up, to the demanding situations of dwelling with a incapacity and studying to aid and encourage others, to the lengthy, tricky street to recognition, forgiveness, and, eventually, triumph.
     
    I didn’t write this ebook for you, Marcus. I wrote this if you happen to endure.
    Those who deal with. people who find themselves made up our minds to maneuver on.
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  • The Pope's Bookbinder: A Memoir

    "Entertaining, relocating, informative, intelligently hopeful: i do know of few different books like this one to hot the cockles of a booklover's heart." —Alberto Manguel

    "For someone who loves books too well—who lusts after them, lives in them, mainlines them—David Mason’s memoir could be a repair from heaven. Heartful, cantankerous, droll, his stories of honour and obsession within the alternate gratify the very book-love they painting. An impossible to resist read." —Dennis Lee

    "An atmospheric, informative memoir via a Canadian vendor of used and infrequent books ... Gossipy, rambling and mesmerizing, alive with Mason’s love for books of each variety."—Kirkus Reviews

    From his drug-hazy, book-happy years close to the Beat resort in Paris and all through his occupation as antiquarian ebook broker, David Mason brings us a storied existence. He discovers his love of literature in a bath at age 11, thumbing via stacks of lurid Signet paperbacks. At fifteen he’s expelled from tuition. For the following decade and a part, he'll paintings ordinary jobs, greenback all authority, purchase books extra usually than meals, and glide round Europe. He’ll support gild a quantity in white morocco for Pope John XXIII. after which, on the age of 30, after returning domestic to Canada and apprenticing with Joseph Patrick Books, David Mason will locate his calling.

    Over the process what's now a mythical foreign profession, Mason indicates unerring instincts for the good judgment of the alternate. He makes reliable funds from Canadian variations, either valid and pirated (turns out Canadian piracies so incensed Mark Twain that he moved to Montreal for 6 months to achieve copyright protection). He outfoxes the cousins of L.M. Montgomery at public sale and blackmails the pinnacle of the Royal Ontario Museum. He excoriates the bureaucratic pettiness that obstructs public acquisitions, he trumpets the ingenuity of creditors and scouts, and in data all over the world he appraises heritage in its unsifted and so much relocating kinds. principally, notwithstanding, David Mason boldly campaigns for what he feels is the ethical accountability of the antiquarian exchange: to maintain the heritage and traditions of all international locations, and to claim with out compromise that such histories have worth.

    Sly, glowing, and endearingly gruff, The Pope's Bookbinder is an engrossing memoir by way of an immense within the ebook trade—whose infectious enthusiasm, human perception, advertisement shrewdness, and deadpan humour will satisfaction bibliophiles for many years to come.
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  • Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative

    By Jedediah Bila

    "I've had adequate of the hypocrisy, political correctness, and cry-baby syndrome of a few at the left as they name you no matter what, at any time when, notwithstanding with out blinking an eye fixed. that incorporates any and all who suppose persecuted via my correct to an opinion."--From Jedediah Bila's OUTNUMBERED

    Known for her "call-it-like-you-see-it" tv, radio, and print statement, Jedediah kicks it up a notch with OUTNUMBERED. entire with unforgettable encounters, musings, and private tales, OUTNUMBERED exposes the real face of the Left via comings and goings in liberal ny. prepare for an unconventional trip that reminds us of the truths you'll be able to realize via lifestyle.
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  • Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife

    Regardless of her decades of providing dating suggestion as a syndicated columnist—not to say her pedigree because the daughter of the girl the area respected as Ann Landers— Margo Howard needed to stroll down the aisle 4 occasions ahead of getting it right.

    Now the outspoken and witty Howard stocks the occasionally rueful, constantly confident tale of her adventures in pursuit of the suitable mate. Eat Drink and Remarry is the candid, humorous no-holds-barred memoir of Howard's enduring trust in marriage as an institution—despite the customarily opposite facts of her personal event. As she chronicles the courtships, marriages, dalliances and divorces that formed her maturity, she remembers humans and occasions that left their mark on her existence, together with her well-known (and frank) mom her childrens and a bunch of fellow workers, from prize-winning newshounds and scientists to Hollywood stars.

    Eat, Drink and Remarry is an endearing publication approximately moment (and 3rd and fourth) percentages, concerning the occasionally cockeyed optimism of affection and approximately discovering what is correct for you—no topic how lengthy it takes.
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  • A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless

    By Danielle Steel

    In her strong memoir His vivid Light, no 1 New York Times bestselling writer Danielle metal opened her center to proportion the devastating tale of the lack of her cherished son. In A reward of Hope, she exhibits us how she reworked that ache right into a crusade of carrier that enriched her existence past what she might imagine.
     
    For 11 years, Danielle metal took to the streets with a small crew to aid the homeless of San Francisco. She labored anonymously, traveling the “cribs” of the city’s so much weak electorate lower than disguise of darkness, dispensing foodstuff, garments, bedding, instruments, and toiletries. She sought no exposure for her efforts and remained nameless all through. Now she is chatting with carry realization to their plight.
     
    during this unflinchingly sincere and deeply relocating memoir, the famously inner most writer speaks out publicly for the 1st time approximately her paintings one of the so much determined individuals of our society. She deals achingly acute pics of the folks she met alongside the way—and concerns a heartfelt demand more desirable motion to assist this huge, disadvantaged inhabitants. made up our minds to provide the homeless with the elemental prerequisites to maintain them alive, she finally ends up giving them anything way more strong: a voice.
     
    via turns candid and inspirational, Danielle Steel’s A reward of Hope is a real act of advocacy and love.

    Praise for A present of Hope

    “[A] relocating demand action.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “Moving . . . The mega-selling, notoriously inner most writer . . . is candid and sincere approximately her personal inner most existence in a fashion we’ve by no means noticeable before.”—Books for higher Living

    “Most imagine that Steel’s lifestyles is as glamorous as her fiction. . . . the true metal is a little more complicated.”—San Francisco Chronicle


    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Fillets of Plaice

    By Gerald Durrell

    Durrell's hilarious and hot My family members and different Animals (1957) begun a trio of memories of his existence starting to be up with a touch dotty family members the overbearing and omniscient Larry; the affectionate and loving siblings, Margot and Leslie; and, in fact, the overburdened and sufferer mom at the island of Corfu within the Thirties, while a pound may well purchase a villa and lifestyles was once carried out as a sequence of riotously excessive (and occasionally low) adventures. yet what shines via those 5 vignettes is the author's engagement with and substantial affection for animals in all their varieties. From fish to chook, from lizards to little water fleas (daphnia), Durrell's eye is acute and his prose is tart. you could learn this publication for the humor by myself (for he did understand his relations as a few infrequent and rarefied species), yet among the strains you could parent the makings of a world-class naturalist and a cultivated and fascinating author.
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  • One Bird's Choice: A Year in the Life of an Overeducated, Underemployed Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home

    Meet Iain Reid: an overeducated, underemployed twenty-something, dwelling within the great urban in a bug-filled basement residence and suffering to make ends meet. while Iain lands a task at a radio station close to his youth domestic, he comes to a decision to take it. however the paintings is simply half time, so he's compelled to maneuver again in together with his adorable yet eccentric mom and dad on their pastime farm. What begins out as a short lived association becomes a year-long prolonged remain, during which Iain unearths himself struggling with with the farm poultry, taking type suggestion from the aged, fattening up on a gluttonous fare of home-cooked nutrients, and finally easing (perhaps a bit too conveniently) into the semi-retired, rural way of life. A hilarious and heartwarming comedian memoir approximately nutrition, family members, and at last starting to be up, One Bird’s Choice marks the arriving of a humorous, unique, and clean new voice.
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