Category «Memoirs»

What Else But Home: Seven Boys and an American Journey by Michael Rosen

By Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen’s seven-year-old son Ripton someday made up our minds to hitch a pick-up video game of baseball with a few older youngsters within the park. on the finish of the sport Ripton requested his new buddies in the event that they desired to get back to his residence for snacks and Nintendo. through the years, 5 of the boys—all black and Hispanic, from the impoverished local around the park—became a fixture within the Rosens’ domestic and at last all started pertaining to Michael and his spouse Leslie as their mom and dad. the lads started to see the Rosens as greater than simply an arcade of middle-class creature comforts; the Rosens started to study the total tales of the men’ fractured lives.Soon Michael and Leslie made up our minds that their accountability, like that of oldsters all over the place, was once to assist all their boys get a commence in existence. So all started a turbulent studying adventure all around, fantastically and movingly depicted in What Else yet domestic. It’s a quest to flee the formerly inevitable, a attempt of the resilience of a newly assembled relatives, a love tale not like the other, and a party of the truth that, no matter what our adjustments, baseball and dedication will help us bridge them.

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Men in Prison by Victor Serge; Richard Greeman (transl.)

By Victor Serge; Richard Greeman (transl.)

Startlingly human and unflinchingly sincere, this thinly veiled fictionalized firsthand account of proficient political author Victor Serge’s time in criminal is a vital addition to the canon of criminal writing in addition to an unfiltered view of humanity within the early twentieth century. Rejecting the chance to give political propaganda, Serge’s portrayal of imprisonment is as a substitute an insightful and emotionally wrought story of repression. The depraving brutality that Serge skilled at the back of bars is without delay a replicate of a society at warfare and a deeply own query of objective. initially released in 1930 and translated from the French by way of Richard Greeman in 1977, this reprint makes a desirable and compelling novel on hand back with a brand new creation by way of Greeman that situates the paintings within the context of Serge’s lifestyles.

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Frogspawn and Floor Polish: Upstairs and Downstairs in a by Mary Mackie

By Mary Mackie

'I've by no means forgotten the photographer who got here in as white as a sheet and stated he hadn't realised the fence used to be electrified. till he used to be astride it. Nasty.' sign up for Mary Mackie and husband Chris as they revisit Felbrigg corridor, the stately domestic they lived and labored in for numerous years. in the back of the great thing about the gardens, resplendent with apple blossom and wisteria, and past the implementing majesty of the seventeenth-century structure, a continuing conflict is waged opposed to mold and fungus, over-zealous conservationists, and flooring on the point of collapse...Mary unearths the quirks and quagmires of residing during this great Norfolk nationwide belief apartment.

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Scraping by in the big eighties by Natalia Rachel Singer

By Natalia Rachel Singer

Natalia Singer's plan, while she headed for Seattle in 1979, was once to get laid off, cross on unemployment, and develop into laid again. in the meantime she could teach herself to turn into a author. Rejecting the avid materialism of her iteration and the violence of yank tradition, she vowed to enclose herself with average good looks, steer clear of her mentally sick mom, and give a contribution not anything to the fluorescent-lit, acronym-ridden, anesthetizing military-industrial complicated. Her quest, which she was hoping could convey her peace, protection, and inventive achievement, truly positioned her more and more in harm's method. It has, in spite of the fact that, paid huge, immense dividends for readers who the following have the perverse but beautiful excitement of following Singer's in your price range look for a bohemian haven over the past gasp of the chilly war.Singer's tortuous direction, chronicled with self-deprecating wit and disconcerting candor, leads her to a duplex in Seattle, a Buddhist monastery within the Catskills, a ghost city at the Olympic Peninsula, a seashore hut in Mexico, graduate institution in western Massachusetts, or even a Left financial institution convent, however it by no means frees her from her identification and responsibilities as an American, both at domestic or in another country. Singer blends memoir with cultural historical past to critique Reaganomics, army buildups within the face of eroding social courses and turning out to be nationwide debt, the hypocrisy of so-called family members values, and her personal complicity in it all. Scraping by means of within the vast Eighties is, greater than something, approximately taking politics individually. Lyrical, meditative, sometimes heartbreaking, and infrequently darkly comedian, this publication approximately errors blithely made in many years prior is still nonetheless well timed this present day.

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Susie, Sadly, and the Black Torpedo of Doom by John S. Littell

By John S. Littell

In his "charmingly similar" (Publishers Weekly) ebook French Impressions, John Littell chronicled his family's hilarious adventures in another country. Now, Susie, unfortunately, and the Black Torpedo of Doom reveals the Littells again on U.S. soil-and firmly planted within the peaceable Fifties big apple suburbs. Or at the least they have been peaceable until eventually John's more youthful sister, Susie, was once born...

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A Life Less Ordinary: A Memoir by Baby Halder

By Baby Halder

Whilst she used to be very younger, child Halder was once deserted by way of her mom and left with a merciless, abusive father. She used to be married off at twelve to a guy two times her age who beat her. At fourteen, she was once a mom herself. Her adolescence was once marked by way of overwhelming demanding situations and heartbreak till, exhausted and determined, she fled together with her 3 childrens to Delhi, to paintings as a maid in the various city's wealthiest houses. anticipated to serve her employers' each call for, she confronted a marvelous workload that frequently left her no time to take care of her personal teenagers. yet she by no means complained, for such is the lot of the bad in modern day India. Written with out a hint of self-pity, A existence much less usual is a surprising glance deep inside of an international of poverty and subjugation that few outsiders be aware of about—and an inspiring precise tale of 1 amazing woman's power, braveness, and backbone to bounce above her situations.

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William Lilly's History of His Life and Times From the Year by William Lilly

By William Lilly

Written via himself within the sixty-sixth yr of his age, to his invaluable good friend, Elias Ashmole. released from the unique manuscript London, 1715. the writer calculates nativities, casts figures, predicts occasions, and different appendages of astrology. He relates many anecdotes of the pretenders to predict occasions, bring up spirits, and different impostures, with such seeming candor, and with such an artless simplicity of fashion. contains unique heritage of medical professional Dee, health care provider Forman, Booker, Winder, Kelly, Evans, the recognized William Poole, and Captain Bubb Fiske, Sarah Shelborne, and so on. Illustrated.

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Soulmates From the Pages of History: From Mythical to by Jack Adler

By Jack Adler

Featuring sketches of people like Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony, Adam Smith and David Hume, Charles Baudelaire and Edouard Manet, David Henry Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Vladimir Horowitz — even Al Capone and Johnny Torrio — the writer indicates how contrasting in addition to related personalities, characters and temperaments can help and enhance one another, and he explores the variety of ties which may effect an individual in the course of one part of existence or may perhaps turn into the heart of one’s lifestyles altogether. The ebook examines the bizarre energy of the bonds of friendship and gives illuminating information on how significant friendships all through historical past emerged and built — or fell aside. every one friendship, and the respective personalities of the pairings or teams, is punctiliously positioned within the context of its ancient interval. the cloth is actual and written in an easy-to-read kind. Illustrations of the personalities, and plenty of in their fees, enhance the textual content.

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