Category Archives: Memoir

Download E-books Pagan Time: An American Childhood PDF

By Micah Perks

With little greater than a run-down Jeep and their infant child in tow, writer Micah Perks' mom and dad set out in 1963 to construct a faculty and a utopian group within the mountains. the college might turn into referred to as a spot to ship youngsters with drug addictions and emotional difficulties, young ones with whom Micah and her sister could develop up.

This complicated memoir mixes a relocating social gathering of the utopian spirit and its hope for neighborhood and freedom with a lacerating critique of the results of these wishes — specially for the kids concerned. How may the crusade for an ideal domestic and family members create such confusion and destruction? The '60s, for lots of, turned a laboratory of desire and chaos, as younger idealists demonstrated the boundaries of possibility.

Micah Perks has solid her unflinching and specific eye on her personal background and has illuminated not just these years of her adolescence, yet a wide-open second that marked our tradition for all time.

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Download E-books The Alice Behind Wonderland PDF

By Simon Winchester

On a summer's day in 1858, in a backyard at the back of Christ Church university in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in arithmetic, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the varsity dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding digicam, lately bought in London.

Simon Winchester deftly makes use of the ensuing image--as unsettling because it is known, and the topic of bottomless speculation--as the motor vehicle for a quick day trip in the back of the lens, a focus at the origins of a vintage paintings of English literature. Dodgson's love of images framed his view of the area and was once partially liable for reworking a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of many world's best-loved observers of adolescence. Little ask yourself that there's extra to "Alice Liddell because the Beggar Maid" than meets the attention. utilizing Dodgson's released writings, deepest diaries, and naturally his photographic graphics, Winchester lightly exposes the improvement of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

Acclaim for Simon Winchester

"An tremendously enticing advisor at domestic all over, prepared for whatever, jam-packed with gusto and likely omnivorous curiosity."
--Pico Iyer, The manhattan occasions e-book Review

"A grasp at telling a posh tale compellingly and lucidly."
--USA Today

"Extraordinarily graceful."

"Winchester is a good looking author and a deft anecdoteur."
--Christopher Buckley

"A lyrical author and an indefatigable researcher."

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Download E-books Sleepaway School: Stories from a Boy's Life: A Memoir PDF

By Lee Stringer

Like his brother prior to him, Stringer used to be surrendered to foster care, presently after delivery, by means of his unwed and underemployed mother—a universal perform for single ladies in mid-century the United States. much less universal was once that she lower back six years later to reclaim her kids. instead of resulting in a cheerful finishing, although, this is often the place Stringer's tale starts. The conflict of being bad and black in an prosperous, mostly white ny suburb starts to foment ache and rage which erupts, normally, while he's in class. One violent episode ends up in his expulsion from the 6th grade and his next three-year stint at Hawthorne, the "sleepaway institution" of the title.

What follows is an intensely own, American trip: a common tale of formative years the place youth universals are absent. We adventure how a toddler models his lifestyles out of the fabrics given to him, in spite of the fact that threadbare. this can be a "boy-meets-world" tale, the chronicle of 1 child’s fight just to be.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska PDF

By Miranda Weiss

"Miranda Weiss's Tide, Feather, Snow is fantastically poetic, her observations are expansive, and the speed and rhythm during which she writes are perfect.” — Lynne Cox, writer of Grayson and Swimming to Antarctica

"Tide, Feather, Snow is ready the resplendence and subtleties of coastal Alaska, and approximately one woman’s try and be totally found in them. Weiss serves as a talented and poetic witness to a spot present process incessant change." — Anthony Doerr, writer of The Shell Collector

A memoir of relocating to Alaska—and staying—by a author whose reward for writing approximately position and normal good looks is akin to John McPhee (Coming into the Country) and Jonathan Raban (Passage to Juneau).

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Download E-books The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl PDF

The tale of a strange couple-a British army historian and the Tawny Owl with whom he lived for fifteen years

Martin Windrow used to be a warfare historian with little adventure with pets whilst he followed an owl the scale of a corncob. lovely yet with knife-sharp talons, Mumble turned Windrow's closest, if from time to time unpredictable, spouse, first in a South London flat and later within the extra owl-friendly Sussex nation-state. In The Owl Who beloved Sitting on Caesar, Windrow remembers with wry humor their finer moments in addition to the reactions of incredulous friends, the awkwardness of shopping for Mumble unskinned rabbit at Harrods nutrients corridor, and the grievous experience of loss while Mumble approximately escapes.
As Windrow writes: "Mumble was once quite a bit part of my existence in these days that the oddity of our dating seldom happened to me, and that i in basic terms considered it while confronted with different people's astonishment. while new associates discovered that they have been chatting with a publication editor who shared a seventh-floor flat in a South London tower block with a Tawny Owl, a few tended to side away, particularly thoughtfully . . . i attempted to reply to patiently, yet i discovered it demanding to return up with a brief respond to the direct query 'Yes, yet . . . why?'; my top resolution was once easily 'Why not?'"
Windrow deals a poignant and unforgettable memory of his charmed years along with his inconceivable puppy, in addition to an unforeseen schooling within the paleontology, zoology, and sociology of owls.

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Download E-books The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life PDF

By Andy Miller

An editor and writer's vivaciously enjoyable, and sometimes relocating, chronicle of his year-long event with fifty nice books (and not-so-great ones)—a actual tale approximately studying that reminds us why we should always all make time in our lives for books.

Nearing his 40th birthday, writer and critic Andy Miller discovered he isn't approximately in addition learn as he'd prefer to be. A religious booklet lover who one way or the other fell out of the behavior of studying, he started to give some thought to the facility of books to alter a person life—including his own—and to the outline this type of individual he want to be. starting with a replica of Bulgakov's Master and Margarita that he occurs to discover someday in a bookshop, he embarks on a literary odyssey of conscious interpreting and wry introspection. From Middlemarch to Anna Karenina to A Confederacy of Dunces, those are books Miller felt he should still learn; books he'd regularly desired to learn; books he'd formerly all started yet hadn't complete; and books he'd lied approximately having learn to provoke people.

Combining memoir and literary feedback, The yr of analyzing Dangerously is Miller's heartfelt, funny, and sincere exam of what it ability to be a reader. Passionately believing that books should be learn, loved, and debated within the actual global, Miller files his studying reports and the way they resonated in his lifestyle and eventually his very feel of self. the result's a witty and insightful trip of discovery and soul-searching that celebrates the abiding miracle of the e-book and the ability of reading.

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Download E-books Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life PDF

By Leonard Mlodinow

A few of the brightest minds in technology have gone through the halls of the California Institute of know-how. within the early Eighties, Leonard Mlodinow joined their ranks to start a postdoctoral fellowship. Afraid he used to be now not shrewdpermanent adequate to be there, regardless of his groundbreaking Ph.D. thesis, he took his insecurities to Richard Feynman, Caltech’s intimidating resident genius and iconoclast. So all started a pivotal yr in a tender man’s lifestyles. even though a sequence of attention-grabbing exchanges, Mlodinow and Feynman delve into the character of technology, creativity, love arithmetic, happiness, God, artwork, pleasures and ambition, generating a relocating portrait of a friendship and an affecting account of Feynman’s ultimate inventive years.

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Download E-books Boys in the Trees: A Memoir PDF

By Carly Simon

The immediate number one New York Times Bestseller

A humans journal most sensible Ten ebook of the Year!

"Intelligent and fascinating. do not leave out it." - People Magazine

"One of the easiest superstar memoirs of the year." -The Hollywood Reporter

Rock megastar. Composer and Lyricist. Feminist Icon. Survivor.

Simon's memoir finds her striking lifestyles, starting together with her storied adolescence because the 3rd daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing large Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half The Simon Sisters appearing folks songs along with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo occupation that might bring about thirteen most sensible forty hits, together with the number 1 music "You're So Vain." She used to be the 1st artist in historical past to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her track "Let the River Run" from the motion picture Working Girl.

The memoir remembers a formative years enriched via tune and tradition, but additionally one shrouded in secrets and techniques that might ultimately tear her kinfolk aside. Simon brilliantly captures moments of artistic proposal, the sparks of songs, and the tales in the back of writing "Anticipation" and "We haven't any secrets and techniques" between many others. Romantic entanglements with essentially the most recognized males of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, in addition to the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.

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