Category «Autobiography»

Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal by Mick Foley

By Mick Foley

The undisputed king of the literary ring is again with one other handwritten, hardcore domestic run. disregard the ghost author and the pc keyboard - this enthralling memoir is directly from the pen and pc paper of the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley, chronicling the heart-pounding build-up to "Lockdown", probably the most very important fits of his lengthy and storied occupation. Foley's each restrict is confirmed, as he battles again the ambitious tag-team of dad Time and mom Nature - overcoming a number of accidents and critical self-doubts to come again within the ring with considered one of his all-time favourite foes. together with his trademark mix of wit and knowledge, wildness and heat, Foley dishes formerly untold tales from his outstanding lifestyles, together with his transition from WWE to TNA, his ill-fated stint as a tv commentator, his tumultuous courting with Vince McMahon, his concepts on functionality bettering elements in activities, the troubling record of wrestlers death method too younger, and his soul saving paintings in Sierra Leone.

Raw, dynamic, and unabashedly sincere, COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN charts Foley's wrestling rebirth, and upward push to heights that his lovers inspiration he might by no means see back.

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This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett

By Carol Burnett

A touching and hilarious memoir through the writer of Carrie and Me: A mom Daughter Love Story, This Time Together is 100% Carol Burnett -- humorous, irreverent, and irresistible.

Carol Burnett is among the such a lot liked and respected actresses and performers in the USA. The Carol Burnett Show used to be obvious each one week via thousands of adoring enthusiasts and received twenty-five Emmys in its outstanding eleven-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol quite shall we her hair down and tells one humorous or touching or memorable tale after one other -- examining it seems like sitting down with an outdated pal who has excellent stories to inform.

In enticing anecdotes, Carol discusses her extraordinary friendships with stars such at Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary supply, and Julie Andrews; the heritage at the back of well-known scenes, just like the second she swept down the steps in her curtain-rod costume within the mythical "Went With the Wind" skit; and issues that will take place simply to Carol -- the prank with Julie Andrews that went incorrect in entrance of the 1st girl; the recognized Tarzan Yell that stored her in the course of a mugging; and the time she faked a wood leg to get served in a well-known ice cream emporium. This poignant glance again permits us to cry with the actress in the course of her sorrows, have fun in her successes, and at last, constantly, to laugh.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Lady Sings the Blues (50th Anniversary Edition) by Billie Holiday, William Dufty

By Billie Holiday, William Dufty

Initially published via Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the booklet with the fiftieth-anniversary version of Billie Holiday's unforgettable and undying memoir. up-to-date with an insightful creation and a revised discography, either written through celebrated song author David Ritz.

Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely sincere, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie vacation, the mythical jazz, swing, and criteria making a song sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving trip from Holiday's rough-and-tumble Baltimore formative years (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in trade for the opportunity to hear Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith albums), to her emergence on Harlem's membership scene, to sold-out performances with the count number Basie Orchestra and with Artie Shaw and his band, this revelatory memoir is extraordinary for its trenchant observations at the racism that darkened Billie's lifestyles and the heroin dependancy that ended it too quickly. we're along with her in the course of the spell binding debut of "Strange Fruit"; together with her as she rubs shoulders with the largest motion picture stars and musicians of the day (Bob desire, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Benny Goodman, Lester younger, Coleman Hawkins, and more); and together with her in the course of the scrapes with Jim Crow, spats with Sarah Vaughan, ignominious jailings, and tragic decline. All of this can be informed in Holiday's tart, streetwise type and hip patois that makes it learn as though it have been written the previous day.

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Our Time of Day by Kika Markham

By Kika Markham

Our Time of Day used to be encouraged through Corin Redgrave’s revelation that once discomfort mind harm he may perhaps bear in mind little of his marriage – although for over thirty chuffed, passionate and turbulent years he and spouse Kika Markham had shared their love of performing, kinfolk and left-wing politics with ceaseless power and commitment.

With nice empathy and wit, Kika files their lives off and on level – nice actors from theatrical households. She attracts upon intimate files of the suggestions and emotions they had either expressed in own diaries, writing with frequently brutal honesty. ultimately she charts the poignant trajectory of Corin’s affliction, from the instant he suffered a near-fatal middle assault in the course of a speech on behalf of the Dale Farm gypsies, to serious reminiscence loss, melanoma and his eventual loss of life from an aneurysm within the mind. all through those years either endured performing in performs and movies, in addition to strenuously pursuing the human rights reasons they held so dear.

"Stamped by way of an unflinching and humane candour... an affecting evocation of affection in addition to of loss." - The Spectator

"Riveting stuff." - Simon Callow, Guardian

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Billy Connolly by Pamela Stephenson

By Pamela Stephenson

The interior tale of the single of the main winning British stand-up comedians, as advised by means of the individual most sensible certified to bare all in regards to the guy in the back of the comedian, his spouse of over two decades – Pamela Stephenson.

Once in an entire life, there strides upon the level somebody who can actually be referred to as a legend. this kind of individual is the inimitable, undying genius who's Billy Connolly. His easily depraved whimsy has entranced, enthralled – and cut up the edges of – millions upon millions of adoring audiences.

And whilst he isn't doing that...he's delivering award-winning performances on movie and television.

He's the fellow who wishes no advent, and but he's the final word enigma. From a bothered and desperately negative formative years within the docklands of Glasgow he's now the intimate of family names the realm over.

How did this take place, who's the genuine Billy Connolly? just one individual can resolution that query: his spouse, Pamela Stephenson. Pamela's writing combines the very own with a frank objectivity that makes for a compelling, relocating and highly exciting biography. this is often the true Billy Connolly.

This genre-defining booklet is now published as an e-book for a brand new new release of comedy enthusiasts, with a brand new Foreword from the writer. Pamela's imaginative and prescient of Billy is as precise now because it ever was once – as groundbreaking, as relocating and as laugh-out-loud humorous – and right here she brings the ebook totally into its context, as the most influential biographies ever written.

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Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid by Simon Pegg

By Simon Pegg

The original existence tale of 1 of the main gifted and artistic comedians, superstar of Shaun of the lifeless, sizzling Fuzz, and Star Trek.

Zombies in North London, dying cults within the West kingdom, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comic, author and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing a few extraordinary furrows lately. Having landed at the U.S. motion picture scene within the shock cult hit Shaun of the Dead, his enduring allure and upward thrust to celeb with a devoted following has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, yet as a rule simply simple great.

From his youth (and as a result grownup) obsession with technology fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up comedy which begun together with his commonplace Monday morning fit in entrance of his twelve-year-old classmates, Simon has continually had a critical and unsafe case of the funnies.

even if recounting his adventure operating as a lifeguard on the urban pool, going to Comic-Con for the 1st time and confessing to Carrie Fisher that he used to kiss her photo each evening earlier than he went to sleep, or assembly and dealing with heroes that come with Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino, Pegg bargains a hilarious examine the adventure to changing into a world famous person, dotted with a solid of memorable characters, and you're rooting for him all of the way.

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A Song Flung Up to Heaven by Maya Angelou

By Maya Angelou

The fruits of a distinct fulfillment in glossy American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that all started greater than thirty years in the past with the looks of I be aware of Why the Caged chook Sings.

A track Flung as much as Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the USA to paintings with Malcolm X. yet first she has to trip to California to be reunited along with her mom and brother. No quicker does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated.

Devastated, she attempts to place her lifestyles again jointly, engaged on the degree in neighborhood theaters or even carrying out a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a rebellion she describes firsthand.

Subsequently, on a visit to manhattan, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to develop into his coordinator within the North, and she or he visits black church buildings far and wide the United States to assist help King’s bad People’s March.

But once more tragedy moves. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou thoroughly withdraws from the realm, not able to accommodate this terrible occasion. eventually, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party—where the belief for writing I understand Why the Caged chook Sings is born. in truth, A track Flung as much as Heavenends as Maya Angelou starts off to write down the 1st sentences of Caged Bird.

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Casey Stoner: Pushing the Limits by Casey Stoner

By Casey Stoner

The bestselling autobiography of Casey Stoner, Australia's two-time MotoGP Champion.

'If you by no means quit, whatever can happen'. Casey Stoner

Showing whatever is feasible while choice meets expertise, two-time global MotoGP champion Casey Stoner stocks his inspirational trip from Queensland boy or girl, with a rare skill on a bike, to his selection to retire at twenty-seven with not anything left to prove.

For the 1st time, he tells of his early relations existence, the advance of his using abilities and why his mom and dad made up our minds to promote every thing and trip from Australia to Europe to chase the dream and aid his goal to develop into international Champion whilst he used to be in simple terms fourteen years old.

As fearless together with his reviews as he's at the racetrack, Casey contains all of the highs and lows of his existence up to now: the true cause he left for Europe so younger, his innovations on racing because it stands at the present time, the riders' hierarchy, the politics of racing, the significance of kinfolk, his conflict with sickness and why he determined to show his again on a multimillion-dollar agreement whilst he used to be nonetheless profitable. And he'll allow us to in on the various new objectives he has set for himself.

Pushing the bounds is a different and noteworthy account of self-sacrifice and backbone to be triumphant opposed to the chances, the inspiring tale of a tender Australian who took at the global on his phrases, his manner. . . and received.

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John Marshall: The Chief Justice Who Saved the Nation by Harlow G. Unger

By Harlow G. Unger

A hero in America's struggle opposed to British tyranny, John Marshall along with his heroics as leader Justice grew to become the perfect courtroom right into a bulwark opposed to presidential and congressional tyranny and kept American democracy.

In this startling biography, award-winning writer Harlow Giles Unger unearths how Virginia-born John Marshall emerged from the progressive War's bloodiest battlefields to turn into one of many nation's most crucial Founding Fathers: America's maximum leader Justice. Marshall served his kingdom as an officer, Congressman, diplomat, and Secretary of kingdom sooner than President John Adams named him the nation's fourth leader Justice, the longest-serving in American heritage. Marshall remodeled the best court docket from an inappropriate appeals courtroom right into a strong department of government—and provoked the ire of hundreds of thousands of usa citizens who, like thousands this present day, accused him and the courtroom of issuing judgements that have been tantamount to new legislation and Constitutional amendments.

And the Court's critics have been correct! Marshall admitted as much.

With 9 judgements that surprised the kingdom, John Marshall and his courtroom assumed powers to strike down legislation it deemed unconstitutional. In doing so, Marshall's court docket acted with no Constitutional authority, yet its judgements stored American liberty by way of maintaining person rights and the rights of personal company opposed to tyranny through federal, kingdom, and native executive.

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