Category «Autobiography»

An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of by Richard Davenport-Hines

By Richard Davenport-Hines

Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Profumo scandal, An English Affair is a sharp-focused picture of a country near to social revolution. Britain in 1963 – Harold Macmillan was once the top Minister of a Conservative executive, devoted to culture, hierarchy and, specifically, outdated morality. yet a breakdown of social barriers observed nightclub hostesses blending with aristocrats, and middle-class execs dabbling in illegal activity. in the meantime, chilly conflict paranoia gripped the general public mind's eye. The Profumo Affair used to be an ideal hurricane, and while it broke it rocked the institution. In 'An English Affair', the writer of the critically-acclaimed 'Titainic Lives' Richard Davenport-Hines brings Swinging London to existence. the solid of gamers comprises the regular – louche health care provider Stephen Ward, good-time ladies Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, and Secretary for struggle John Profumo himself. yet we additionally come upon the tabloid hacks, estate builders and hangers-on whose roles have, before, by no means been absolutely printed. intercourse, medications, category, race, chequebook journalism and the felony underworld – the Profumo Affair had all of it. this can be the tale of the way Sixties England do away with respectability and fell in love with scandal.

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Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business by Paul Downs

By Paul Downs

**A Forbes most sensible company booklet of the yr, 2015**
**Winner of the 2015 800-CEO-READ company publication Award in Entrepreneurship**
When columnist Paul Downs was once approached by way of the hot York instances to write down for his or her "You're the Boss" weblog, he were working his customized furnishings company for 24 years powerful. or often powerful. Now, in his first e-book, Downs paints a decent portrait of a true enterprise, with a true boss, a true set of staff, and the true demanding situations they face.
Fresh out of school in 1986, Downs opened his first enterprise, a small corporation that builds customized furnishings. In 1987, he employed his first worker. That's whilst issues bought complex. As his firm started to develop, he needed to know about administration, money circulate, taxes, and a lot more. yet regardless of any stumbling blocks, Downs continuously remained keenly acutely aware that each small enterprise, irrespective of the product it makes or the provider it offers, begins with humans. He writes with large perception approximately hiring staff, delivering motivation to get the simplest out of them, and the tough judgements he's made to enable a few of them pass. Downs additionally seems to be outward, to his dealings with owners and to delivering each one patron with exemplary customer support from first revenues pitch to ultimate supply. With honesty and conviction, he tells the genuine tale in the back of development and maintaining a winning corporation in an ever-evolving economic system, usually airing his personal disasters and shortcomings to bare the problems that come up from being a chairman and a businessperson. numerous staff have instructed the tale in their event with managers—Boss existence tells the opposite facet of that story.
From the Hardcover variation.

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Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir by Kambri Crews

By Kambri Crews

In this robust, affecting, and unflinching memoir, a daughter seems again on her unconventional early life with deaf mom and dad in rural Texas whereas attempting to reconcile it to her current life—one during which her father is serving a twenty-year sentence in a maximum-security prison.
 
As a baby, Kambri Crews wanted that she’d been born deaf in order that she, too, may possibly totally belong to the tight-knit Deaf group that embraced her mom and dad. Her appealing mom was once a saint who could speedily right anyone’s proposal that deaf equaled dumb. Her good-looking father, however, used to be likely to be stumbled on striking out with the sinners. robust, gregarious, and hardworking, he controlled to show a wild plot of land right into a family members domicile whole with operating water and electrical energy. To Kambri, he used to be Daniel Boone, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ben Franklin, and Elvis Presley all rolled into one.
 
But if Kambri’s dad was once Superman, then the listening to international was once his kryptonite. The isolation that followed his deafness unlocked a fierce temper—a rage teenage Kambri witnessed while he attacked her mom, and that culminated fourteen years later in his conviction for an additional violent crime. 
 
With a wise mixture of brutal honesty and blunt humor, Kambri Crews explores her advanced bond along with her father—which starts off with adoration, strikes to worry, and eventually arrives at understanding—as she attempts to forge a brand new connection among them whereas he lives at the back of bars. Burn Down the Ground is an excellent portrait of dwelling in worlds—one listening to, the opposite deaf; one lower than the laid-back Texas sunlight, the opposite in the vigorous pulse of latest York urban; one mired in violence, the opposite rife with possibility—and heralds the coming of a charming new voice.

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Pot Farm by Matthew Gavin Frank

By Matthew Gavin Frank

After 8 months in his adolescence domestic aiding his mom via her bout with melanoma, Matthew Frank and his spouse have been themselves determined for convenience. they discovered sanctuary within the impossible place—amid a set of outcasts and eccentrics on a plot of land miles outdoor their convenience area: a “mostly medical” marijuana farm in California.

Pot Farm information the unusual, elegant, and occasionally risky goings-on at Weckman Farm, a spot with hidden politics and social hierarchies, populated via getting better drug addicts, replacement healers, pseudo-hippie childrens, and clinical marijuana clients seeking to provide again. there's additionally woman Wanda, the big, elusive, prosperous, and seriously armed businesswoman who owns the farm and runs it from underneath a housedress and a hat of peacock feathers. Frank explores many of the roles that let this to work—from box pickers to tractor drivers, chefs to yoga teachers, managers to snipers, unlawful immigrants to felony revisionists, and the supply staff to the hospice staff at the different finish. His publication additionally appears on the blurry laws regulating the marijuana in addition to the daily logistics of operating such an operation and the entire relationships that brings into play.

Through firsthand observations and reports (some motivated by means of the farm’s money crop), interviews, and study, Pot Farm exposes a thriving yet unsung faction of up to date American tradition.

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Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the by Matt Lewis

By Matt Lewis

"A sinister model of the ideal hurricane . . . Thrilling." —Sunday occasions (UK)
For readers of The ideal Storm, Between a Rock and a difficult Place, and Into the Wild
There's not anything that armchair experience fans take pleasure in greater than a gripping actual tale of catastrophe and heroism, and Last guy Off promises all that opposed to a wide ranging backdrop of icebergs and killer whales. On June 6, 1998, twenty-three-year-old Matt Lewis had simply began his dream activity as a systematic observer aboard a deep-sea fishing boat within the waters off Antarctica. because the group haul within the line for the day, a hurricane starts off to brew. whilst the captain vanishes and they're compelled to desert send, Lewis leads the break out onto 3 lifestyles rafts, the place the conflict for survival begins.
From the alternate Paperback edition.

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Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

By Augustine of Hippo

Garry Wills is an extremely talented translator and one in all our greatest writers on faith this present day. His bestselling translations of person chapters of Saint Augustine's Confessions have obtained common and gleaming experiences. Now for the 1st time, Wills's translation of the complete paintings is being released as a Penguin Classics Deluxe version. got rid of by way of time and position yet no longer by means of non secular relevance, Augustine's Confessions maintains to steer modern faith, language, and idea. studying with clean, prepared eyes, Wills brings his incredible presents of research and perception to this bold translation of the complete e-book.

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Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with by Dolly Freed

By Dolly Freed

Within the Nineteen Seventies Dolly Freed lived of the land airborne dirt and dust affordable and plum effortless. residing of their personal residence on a half-acre lot open air of Philadelphia for nearly 5 years, Dolly and her father produced their very own foods and drinks and spent approximately $700 each one in keeping with yr. Thirty years later Dolly Freed's Possum Living is as attention-grabbing and pertinent because it was once in 1978. Tin home is reissuing the survivalist vintage with a foreword by way of David Gates and an afterword by means of the writer. After discussing the reason why you might want to or shouldn't quit your task, Possum Living grants information about the most affordable methods with the easiest effects to shop for and preserve your place, costume good, do something about the legislations, remain fit, and sustain a middle-class facade — even if you reside within the urban, within the suburbs, or in a small city. In a pleasant, effortless kind Dolly Freed explains tips to be lazy, proud, miserly, and sincere, reside good and revel in relaxation. She stocks her wisdom for what you doneed — your house, for instance — and what you don't desire — reminiscent of medical professionals, attorneys, and assurance. via her personal instance, Dolly hopes to encourage you to perform a little self sufficient considering how economics impact the process your existence now and should accomplish that within the coming "age of shortages." should you ever questioned what it might be prefer to be in larger keep watch over of your personal existence, Possum Living will express you — and assist you do it for your self.

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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

The memoirs of an excellent and loved Founding Father Printer, writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, revolutionary—arguably no American lifestyles has been extra amazing than Benjamin Franklin's.Penned among 1771 and 1790 and released after his dying, the unfinished Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is essentially the most acclaimed and extensively learn own histories ever written. From his adolescence as a printer's assistant operating for his brother's Boston newspaper via his personal publishing, writing, and army careers, his medical experiments and world wide travels, his grand triumphs and heartbreaking tragedies, Franklin tells his tale with aplomb, bringing to existence the flesh-and-blood guy in the back of the yank icon.This publication has been professionally proofread to make sure accuracy and clarity on all units.

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The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir by Nick Fynn

By Nick Fynn

"A appealing, clever e-book that renders ache either traditional and impressive into art."—Susanna Sonnenberg, San Francisco Chronicle

In 2007, in the course of the months sooner than Nick Flynn's daughter's beginning, his starting to be outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by way of the Abu Ghraib photos, led him to Istanbul to fulfill the various Iraqi males depicted in these pictures. Haunted by means of a background of dependancy, a courting along with his unsteady father, and a longing to hook up with his mom who dedicated suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves during this memoir passages from his early life, his relationships with girls, and his becoming obsession—a wondering of terror, torture, and the political crimes we will neither see nor comprehend in post-9/11 American lifestyles. The time bomb of the name turns into an not likely metaphor and automobile for exploring the fears and joys of changing into a father. here's a memoir of profound self-discovery—of being misplaced and located, of painful relations thoughts and losses, of the necessity to run from love, and of the power to include it back.

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You Don't Know Me, But...: A Footballer's Life by Clarke Carlisle

By Clarke Carlisle

In the summertime of 2012, Clarke Carlisle, after 15 years as a certified footballer, used to be with out a agreement and brooding about if he nonetheless had a destiny within the video game. With a starting to be media profile, due to his appearances on query Time and an acclaimed documentary on racism in soccer, there have been lots of different possibilities, yet he was firm to provide it one other move. before everything signing for York urban ahead of relocating to Northampton city, Carlisle was once quickly again within the thick of the action.

As the occasions of the yr opened up, Carlisle regarded again at his profession, from his early days taking part in for England Under-21s, via career-threatening accidents and a conflict with alcohol difficulties, to a overdue arrival on the best point with Burnley. As chairman of the PFA, Carlisle is a much-respected determine within the video game; his uncooked honesty and penetrating insights will make readers view the sport, and people who play it, in an entire new gentle.

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