Category: Memoir

Hungarian Goulash: A Historical Memoir

By Robert Hajdu

This paintings of literary nonfiction recollects the lifetime of an earthly Jewish boy who used to be born in Budapest in the course of global warfare II, grew up below Communist rule and escaped together with his relations to the USA through the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Estranged from his personal previous for part a century, after his father’s loss of life the memoirist returns to the rustic of his delivery to work out what's nonetheless there for him to reclaim. because he's a historian, he recovers no matter what he can of that boy’s lifestyles and units the fragments in quite a few historic contexts, from the main instant to the broadest. And so the private tale is woven including engagingly instructed debts of, and historic reflections on, the Revolution itself, the Holocaust in Hungary, Communism as a faith, human migrations, the chilly struggle, Jewish lifestyles in Hungary in the course of the centuries, and the variations among the outdated global and the hot. in spite of everything, the most characters of Hungarian Goulash, a piece as a lot background as memoir, become not only the memoirist’s mom and dad but in addition Budapest, all of Hungary and its humans, or even the USA.

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A Three Dog Life

By Abigail Thomas

When Abigail Thomas’s husband, wealthy, was once hit through a vehicle, his mind shattered. topic to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, he needs to reside the remainder of his existence in an institu­tion. He has no reminiscence of what he did the hour, the day, the yr prior to. This tragedy is the floor on which Abigail needed to construct a brand new existence. How she equipped that existence is a narrative of significant braveness and nice switch, of relocating to a small state city, of a brand new kin composed of 3 canines, knitting, and friendship, of dealing with down guilt and learning gratitude. it's also approximately her dating with wealthy, a guy who lives within the everlasting current, and the eerie poetry of his frequently uncanny perceptions. This clever, plainspoken, appealing ebook enacts the reality Abigail found within the 5 years because the acci­dent: chances are you'll now not locate which means in catastrophe, yet chances are you'll, with attempt, make anything precious of it.

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Cairo: My City, Our Revolution

During the last few months i've got introduced lectures, shows and interviews at the Egyptian Revolution. i've got had overflowing homes in every single place, been stopped through outdated women on the street and had my hand shaken through a variety of taxi drivers and shopkeepers. And all simply because i am Egyptian and the glitter of Tahrir is upon me. They sought after me to speak to them, to inform them tales approximately it, to inform them how, at the twenty eighth of January once we took the sq. and the folks torched the headquarters of the hated ruling nationwide Democratic get together, The (same) humans shaped a human chain to guard the Antiquities Museum and demanded an respectable handover to the army; to inform them how, on Wednesday, February 2d, because the humans defended themselves opposed to the invading thug militias and fought pitched battles on the front to the sq. within the shadow of the Antiquities Museum, The (same) humans on the centre of the sq. debated political constructions and laughed at stand-up comics and dispensed sandwiches and water; to inform them of the chants and the poetry and the songs, of the way we danced and waved on the F16s that our President flew over us. humans in all places intend to make this Revolution their very own, and we in Egypt are looking to percentage it. Ahdaf Soueif - novelist, commentator, activist - navigates her heritage of Cairo and her trip in the course of the Revolution that is redrawing its destiny. via a map of reports drawn from inner most heritage and public list Soueif charts a narrative of the Revolution that's either in detail hers and publicly Egyptian. Ahdaf Soueif used to be born and taken up in Cairo. while the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 erupted on January twenty fifth, she, besides millions of others, known as Tahrir sq. domestic for eighteen days. She said for the world's media and did - like each person else - no matter what she may well.

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Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist

By Mike Farrell

“Mike Farrell made an uncompromising dedication to his fiercest passion—a love of worldwide equity, collaboration, and civility. this can be a interesting account of that journey.”—Governor Mario Cuomo

With a brand new advent by means of Martin Sheen, Mike Farrell deals inspirational and infrequently funny reflections on his route to repute and innovative activism in his memoir, which grew to become a Los Angeles Times bestseller and drew large nationwide media attention.

Best identified for his 8 years on M*A*S*H and 5 seasons on Providence, Mike Farrell can also be a author, director, and manufacturer. He has served on human rights and peace delegations to nations world wide. As president of loss of life Penalty concentration, he speaks, writes, and coordinates eff orts to prevent executions.

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Lucky: A Memoir

By Alice Sebold

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold finds how her lifestyles used to be totally reworked while, as an eighteen-year-old collage freshman, she was once brutally raped and crushed in a park close to campus. What propels this chronicle of her restoration is Sebold's indomitable spirit-as she struggles for figuring out ("After telling the not easy evidence to someone, from lover to good friend, i've got replaced of their eyes"); as her dazed friends and family occasionally bungle their efforts to supply convenience and aid; and as, finally, she triumphs, dealing with via grit and accident to assist safe her attacker's arrest and conviction. In a story by means of turns annoying, exciting, and encouraging, Alice Sebold illuminates the event of trauma sufferers at the same time she imparts knowledge profoundly hard-won: "You store your self otherwise you stay unsaved."

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Fear of Fifty

By Erica Jong

Seducing the Demon has brought Erica Jong to readers who hadn't been born whilst Fear of Flying was once released in 1973. Now one in every of her best works of nonfiction -and a New York Times bestseller-is again in print with a brand new afterword.

In Fear of Fifty, a New York Times bestseller whilst first released in 1994, Erica Jong appears to be like to the second one half her lifestyles and "goes correct to the jugular of the ladies who lived wildly and vicariously via worry of Flying" (Publishers Weekly), supplying hugely wonderful tales and provocative insights on intercourse, marriage, getting older, feminism, and motherhood. "What Jong calls a midlife memoir is a slice of autobiography that ranks in honesty, self-perception and knowledge with [works through] Simone de Beauvoir and Mary McCarthy," wrote the Sunday instances (U.K.). "Although Jong's memoir of a Jewish American princess is wittier than either."

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One Bird's Choice: A Year in the Life of an Overeducated, Underemployed Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home

Meet Iain Reid: an overeducated, underemployed twenty-something, dwelling within the vast urban in a bug-filled basement condo and suffering to make ends meet. while Iain lands a task at a radio station close to his early life domestic, he comes to a decision to take it. however the paintings is just half time, so he's compelled to maneuver again in together with his lovely yet eccentric mom and dad on their pastime farm. What begins out as a brief association becomes a year-long prolonged remain, within which Iain reveals himself battling with the farm poultry, taking model recommendation from the aged, fattening up on a gluttonous fare of home-cooked meals, and finally easing (perhaps a bit too with ease) into the semi-retired, rural way of life. A hilarious and heartwarming comedian memoir approximately foodstuff, kinfolk, and eventually transforming into up, One Bird’s Choice marks the arriving of a humorous, unique, and clean new voice.

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My Hollywood Stories

My Hollywood tales is a set of informative, historic, academic, humorous, interesting, exciting, attractive, stunning, and tragic tales and anecdotes approximately recognized and not-so-famous Hollywood people--actors, administrators, manufacturers, writers, and studio moguls. whereas it's not a publication approximately appearing, it truly is written by way of an actor with contributions from quite a few actors, all of whom are writing approximately different actors. Older readers will make a journey down reminiscence lane, remembering a number of the celebrities pointed out, whereas more youthful readers will realize Hollywood historical past from its prior years to the current. they'll find out about the folks who have been a part of the development blocks of the movie undefined: the highs, the lows, the successes, the mess ups, and the tragedies.

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Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey

By Patricia Harman

In this prequel to the hugely praised The Blue Cotton costume, Patricia Harman reaches again to her younger experiments in dwelling a completely sustainable and traditional lifestyles within the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s in rural Minnesota and on a commune in Ohio, forming alliances with the eco-minded and antiwar counterculture. From these riveting days as a self-taught midwife, providing infants in cabins and on farms, occasionally in harrowing situations, Patsy takes us into the current day, the place she faces the demanding situations of operating a women’s overall healthiness medical institution together with her husband, mothering grownup sons, and maintaining precise to her ideas and passions within the twenty-first century.

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La conciencia uncida a la carne: Diarios de madurez 1964-1980

El segundo de los tres volúmenes de los diarios de Susan Sontag arranca donde acaba Renacida: a mediados de los años sesenta. Estos diarios trazan y documentan l. a. evolución de los angeles autora de principiante en el mundo artístico e intelectual de Nueva York a influyente crítica mundialmente reconocida con los angeles publicación de Contra los angeles interpretación en 1966. los angeles conciencia uncida a los angeles carne sigue a Sontag durante los turbulentos años de l. a. década de los sesenta -sus viajes a Hanoi en el punto álgido de los angeles guerra de Vietnam y a Suecia para rodar largometrajes-, hasta los ochenta y el inicio de l. a. period Reagan. Este libro es un registro de incalculable valor de los mecanismos internos, emocionales, espirituales e intelectuales de una de las pensadoras más incisivas y analíticas del siglo XX en pleno apogeo de sus facultades, además de una ventana al despertar político y ethical del individuo.

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