Category Archives: Memoir

Download E-books Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy of Loss PDF

By Mindy Weisel

Daughters of Absence is a suite of twelve essays written by way of daughters of Holocaust survivors. each one bankruptcy is a contribution from a feminine writer, poet, artist, musician, filmmaker, comedienne, playwright, and so forth. The authors not just inform approximately their very own own reports as daughters of Holocaust survivors, yet many essays additionally contain money owed from their mom and dad of bad reviews in the course of the Holocaust.

Despite the original pressures of being the daughters of "survivors," the participants have thrived and made the main in their lives, yet now not in stereotypical methods. as an alternative, they selected ways in which mix compassion with braveness, and luck with party. the result's an uplifting and extremely inspiring e-book from a bunch of very inspiring women.

The individuals contain editor Mindy Weisel, an artist whose works are on demonstrate at museums world wide; Helen Epstein, writer of Children of the Holocaust; Aviva Kempner, manufacturer of the movies The Partisans of Vilna and The existence and instances of Hank Greenberg; Lily Brett, the one author who has gained Australia's optimum awards for fiction and poetry; photographer Vera Loeffler; poet Miram Morsel Nathan; and Hadassah Lieberman, spouse of Senator Joe Lieberman. The advent is via Eva Fogelman, writer of Conscience & braveness: Rescuers of Jews in the course of the Holocaust.

This ebook has been utilized in the school room and at seminars and meetings. formerly on hand in simple terms in a difficult disguise version, it's now to be had in alternate paperback and booklet variants. hugely urged as a result of its certain viewpoint at the Holocaust and since each one bankruptcy demonstrates the power of the human spirit.

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Download E-books Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley PDF

By Jerry Schilling, Chuck Crisafulli

On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered right into a Memphis contact soccer online game, purely to find that his workforce was once quarterbacked by means of a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the neighborhood youngster whose first checklist, "That’s All Right," had simply debuted on Memphis radio. the 2 turned speedy buddies, at the same time Elvis changed into the world’s greatest big name. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to paintings for him as a part of his "Memphis Mafia," and Jerry quickly came across himself dwelling with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his personal room at Graceland. Over the subsequent 13 years Jerry might paintings for Elvis in a variety of capacities — from bodyguard to picture double to co-executive manufacturer on a karate movie. yet greater than the rest he was once Elvis’s shut good friend and confidant: Elvis depended on Jerry with keeping his lifestyles while he got loss of life threats, he requested Jerry to force him and Priscilla to the sanatorium the day Lisa Marie used to be born and to accompany him in the course of the recognized "lost weekend" while he traveled to fulfill President Nixon on the White residence. Me and a man Named Elvis appears to be like at Presley from a friend’s standpoint, providing readers the fellow instead of the icon — together with insights into the inventive frustrations that bring about Elvis’s abuse of prescription medication and his tragic demise. Jerry bargains never-before-told tales approximately lifestyles inside of Elvis’s internal circle and an emotional recounting of the good occasions, difficult instances, and designated instances he and Elvis shared. those vibrant stories can be valuable to Elvis’s thousands of fanatics, and the compelling tale will fascinate an excellent wider viewers.

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Download E-books The Light of the World: A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Biography Finalist) PDF

By Elizabeth Alexander


New York occasions Bestseller
First woman Michelle Obama's favourite e-book of 2015
A New Yorker, NPR, Boston Globe, Publisher's Weekly, Newsday, Library magazine,, Shelf information, The Root, and St. Louis Dispact Best booklet of 2015 Pick
New York occasions ebook assessment Editor's Choice
An Amazon's top publication of the Month, April 2015
IndieBound Indie subsequent number one choose, could 2015
A deeply resonant memoir for a person who has enjoyed and misplaced, from acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander.

In the sunshine OF the area, Elizabeth Alexander unearths herself at an existential crossroads after the surprising loss of life of her husband. Channeling her poetic sensibilities right into a wealthy, lucid rate, Alexander tells a love tale that's, itself, a narrative of loss. As she displays at the fantastic thing about her married existence, the trauma because of her husband's demise, and the solace present in taking good care of her teenage sons, Alexander universalizes a truly own quest for which means and recognition within the wake of loss.
THE gentle OF the area is immediately an forever compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation at the advantages of affection, family members, paintings, and group. it's also a lyrical social gathering of a existence well-lived and a paean to the valuable present of human companionship. if you have enjoyed and misplaced, or for somebody who cares what concerns such a lot, the sunshine OF the area is needed reading.

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Download E-books Little Failure: A Memoir PDF

By Gary Shteyngart


NAMED one of many TEN top BOOKS OF THE 12 months via MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE long island TIMES • NAMED one of many TEN most sensible NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE 12 months by means of TIME
NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr by means of greater than forty five guides, INCLUDING
The long island instances booklet evaluate • The Washington put up • NPR • the hot Yorker • San Francisco Chronicle • The Economist • The Atlantic • Newsday • Salon • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The parent • Esquire (UK) • GQ (UK)

Little Failure is the all too precise tale of an immigrant relatives having a bet its destiny on the US, as instructed through a lifelong misfit who eventually unearths a spot for himself on this planet via books and phrases. In 1979, a bit boy dragging a ginormous fur hat and an overcoat made of the outside of a few Soviet forest creature steps off the airplane at New York’s JFK overseas Airport and into his new American existence. His problems are only starting. For the previous Igor Shteyngart, coming to the us from the Soviet Union is like stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and touchdown in a pool of Technicolor. Careening among his Soviet domestic existence and his American aspirations, he unearths himself residing in contradictory worlds, wishing for a true domestic in a single. He turns into so unusual to his mom and dad that his mom stops bickering along with his father lengthy adequate to coin the word failurchka—“little failure”—which she applies to her once-promising son. With affection. generally. From the terrors of Hebrew university to a crash direction in old flame to a go back stopover at to the native land that's not domestic, Gary Shteyngart has crafted a ruthlessly courageous and humorous memoir of looking for all kinds of love—family, romantic, and of the self.

Praise for Little Failure

“Hilarious and relocating . . . the military of readers who love Gary Shteyngart is ready to get bigger.”The New York instances ebook Review
“A memoir for the a long time . . . remarkable and unflinching.”—Mary Karr
“Dazzling . . . a wealthy, nuanced memoir . . . It’s an immigrant tale, a coming-of-age tale, a becoming-a-writer tale, and a becoming-a-mensch tale, and in most of these methods it really is, unambivalently, a success.”—Meg Wolitzer, NPR
“Literary gold . . .  [a] bruisingly humorous memoir.”Vogue
“A sizeable success.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[Little Failure] finds the fragile stability among sidesplitting and heartbreaking.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Should turn into a vintage of the immigrant narrative genre.”—The Miami Herald
“As bright, unique and humorous as any that modern U.S. literature has to offer.”—Los Angeles Times
“The best possible memoirs completely toe the road among heartbreak and humor, and Shteyngart does simply that.”—Esquire
“Touching, insightful . . . [Shteyngart] nimbly achieves the noble Nabokovian objective of letting sentiment in with no ever turning into sentimental.”—The Washington Post
“[Shteyngart is] a successor to a minimum of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.”—The Christian technology Monitor

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Download E-books The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust: A Memoir PDF

By Noam Chayut

“She took from me the assumption that absolute evil exists during this international, and the idea that i used to be avenging it and combating opposed to it. For that woman, I embodied absolute evil ... for the reason that then i've been left with out my Holocaust, and because then every thing in my existence has assumed a brand new which means: belongingness is blurred, delight is missing, trust is faltering, contrition is heightening, forgiveness is being born.”

The lady Who Stole My Holocaust is the deeply relocating memoir of Chayut’s trip from keen Zionist conscript at the entrance line of Operation shielding protect to prime campaigner opposed to the Israeli career. As he makes an attempt to make experience of his personal existence in addition to his position in the wider clash round him, he slowly starts off to query his soldier’s calling, Israel’s justifications for invasion, and the ever present challenge of ancient victimhood.

Noam Chayut’s exploration of a tender soldier’s lifestyles is without doubt one of the so much compelling memoirs to emerge from Israel for a very long time.

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Download E-books Daybook, Turn, Prospect: The Journey of an Artist PDF

By Anne Truitt

All 3 of Anne Truitt’s artist’s journals in a single e-volume, the illuminating, inspiring checklist of a woman’s reconciliation of the decision of artistic paintings with the calls for of day-by-day life—with a brand new creation by way of Audrey Niffenegger.

Anne Truitt saved a magazine all through her grownup lifestyles, from her early years as one of many infrequent, celebrated ladies artists within the early 60s, via her midlife as a longtime artist, and into older age whilst she was once, for a time, the director of Yaddo, the top-rated artists’ retreat in Saratoga. She used to be consistently a deep, astute reader, and a girl who grappled with a variety of issues—moral, highbrow, sensual, emotional, and religious. whereas operating intensely on her paintings, she watches her personal daughters trip into marriage and motherhood, meditates on feedback and solitude, and struggles to discover a stability in existence. “Balance now not balance is the resource of security,” she says. Anne Truitt re-creates a existence during which family actions and the desires of kids and acquaintances are continually juxtaposed opposed to the realm of colour and summary geometry to which she is drawn in her artwork.

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Download E-books College of One (Neversink) PDF

The relocating tale of ways F. Scott Fitzgerald—washed up, alcoholic and ill—dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt path in literature for the girl he loved.

In 1937, at the evening of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a celebration in Hollywood. Graham, a British-born journalist, broke off her engagement, and till Fitzgerald had a deadly center assault in her residence in 1940, the 2 writers lived the fervid, occasionally violent affair that's memorialized the following with remarkable intimacy.

When they met, Fitzgerald’s repute had waned. He battled crippling alcoholism whereas writing screenplays to aid his daughter and institutionalized spouse. Graham’s superstar, despite the fact that, used to be emerging, to the purpose the place she turned Hollywood’s highest-paid, best-read gossip columnist. but when Fitzgerald had lived out his “crack-up” in public, Graham stored her demons secret—such as that she believed herself to be “a interesting faux who pulled the wool over Hollywood’s eyes.’’

Most poignantly, she keenly felt her loss of schooling, and Fitzgerald rose to the get together. He turned her passionate coach, guiding her via a curriculum of his personal layout: a school of 1. Graham enjoyed him the extra for it, writing the publication as a tribute. As she defined, “An strange man’s principles on what constituted an schooling needed to be preserved. it's a new bankruptcy so as to add to what's already identified approximately an writer who has been microscopically investigated in all of the different parts of his life.”

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Download E-books I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny PDF

By Bob Newhart

The first e-book ever from an icon of yank comedy--a hilarious mixture of news from his profession and observations approximately life

That stammer. these basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There hasn't ever been one other comic like Bob Newhart. His comedy albums, video clips, and hit tv sequence have made him a countrywide treasure and put him firmly within the pantheon of comedy legends. Who else has a consuming online game named after him And now, finally, Newhart places his wonderful and hysterical international view on paper.

Never a punch-line comedian, consistently extra of a storyteller, he tells anecdotes from all through his lifestyles and occupation, together with his beginnings as an accountant and the groundbreaking good fortune of his comedy albums and The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, which gave him fifteen years on primetime tv. And he additionally offers his wry, comedic twist to a mess of issues, together with golfing, ingesting, and kinfolk holidays.

Today, Newhart looks on Desperate Housewives, in hit videos similar to Elf, and in theaters round the kingdom. Reruns of his indicates air always on Nick at Nite--have lately been published with nice good fortune for the 1st time ever on DVD. With this e-book, Bob Newhart provides his hundreds of thousands of fanatics a primary ever chance to pattern his particular model of humor--including excerpts from a few of his vintage routines--on the published web page.

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Download E-books It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership PDF

By Tony Koltz, Colin Powell

It labored for Me is stuffed with shiny stories and classes discovered that experience formed the mythical public carrier occupation of the four-star common and previous Secretary of kingdom Colin Powell. At its middle are Powell's "Thirteen Rules"—notes he amassed through the years and that now shape the root of his management shows given through the global. Powell's brief yet candy rules—among them, "Get mad, then recover from it" and "Share credit"—are illustrated through revealing own tales that introduce and extend upon his rules for potent management: conviction, labor, and, mainly, admire for others. In paintings and in lifestyles, Powell writes, "it's approximately how we contact and are touched via the folks we meet. It's all in regards to the people."

A normal storyteller, Powell bargains hot and fascinating parables with clever suggestion on succeeding within the office and past. "Trust your people," he counsels as he delegates presidential briefing obligations to 2 junior country division table officials. "Do your best—someone is watching," he advises these simply beginning out, recalling his personal teenage summer season task mopping flooring in a soda-bottling factory.

Powell combines the insights he has won serving within the best ranks of the army and in 4 presidential administrations with the teachings he's realized from his immigrant-family upbringing within the Bronx, his education within the ROTC, and his progress as a military officer. the result's a strong portrait of a pacesetter who's reflective, self-effacing, and thankful for the contributions of each person he works with.

Colin Powell's It labored for Me is certain to encourage, stream, and shock readers. considerate and revealing, it's a terrific and unique blueprint for leadership.

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Download E-books The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 PDF

By Ned Rorem

Ned Rorem is well known as one in all America's maximum residing composers. His diary of his early years, The Paris Diary and the recent York Diary, used to be generally acclaimed. The Later Diaries maintains some of the most sustained efforts within the intimate magazine shape ever undertaken and gives candid insights into his amazing lifestyles, occupation, paintings, friendships, and love. In those years, Lions, pass over Julie, and Poems of affection and the Rain have been composed and so much of his books written; he additionally persevered to satisfy the well-known and notorious and to jot down of them with the appeal that Janet Flanner characterised as "worldly, clever, licentious, hugely indiscreet."

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