Category: Memoir

The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network

By Katherine Losse

Kate Losse was once a grad university refugee whilst she joined fb as worker #51 in 2005. employed to reply to person questions reminiscent of "What is a poke?" and "Why cannot I entry my ex-girlfriend's profile?" her early days on the corporation have been characterised through a feeling of camaraderie, promise, and ambition: right here was once a gaggle of scrappy younger upstarts on a challenge to rock Silicon Valley and alter the area.
Over time, this feeling of venture turned so extreme that operating for fb felt like greater than only a task; it implied a wholehearted commitment to "the cause." staff have been incentivized to dwell inside one mile of the workplace, summers have been spent carousing on the corporation pool apartment, and feminine staff have been advised to put on T-shirts with founder Mark Zuckerberg's profile photograph on his birthday. Losse began to ask yourself what this new medium intended for real-life relationships: could fb increase our social interactions? Or could all of us simply adapt our habit to the behavior and ideas of those fabulous yet socially awkward net savants who've develop into latest youngest strength gamers? more and more skeptical, Losse graduated from customer support to the internationalization team--tasked with rolling out fb to the remainder of the world-- eventually touchdown a seat correct open air Zuckerberg's place of work as his own ghostwriter, the voice of the boy king.
This booklet takes us for the 1st time into the guts of this fast-growing details empire, inviting us to high-level conferences with Zuckerberg; lifting the veil on lengthy nights of relentless hacking and trolling; taking us behind the curtain of raucous corporation events; and introducing us to the personalities, values, and mystery targets of the floppy-haired boy wonders who're redefining the best way we are living, love, and paintings. by way of revealing the following what is rather riding either the enterprise and the tradition of the social community, Losse solutions the most important query of all: what sort of international is fb attempting to construct, and is it the realm we wish to reside in?
"Logging directly to fb that first day, on reflection, was once the second one, and to this point the final, time that any know-how has captured my mind's eye. the 1st used to be whilst Apple marketed the 1st computer, the PowerBook, within the 1990s--with the phrases, 'What's in your PowerBook?'
"'World domination, ' my teenaged self- responded instinctively. that is what those units have been made for, i presumed: so small and but so strong, so in a position to linking speedy to and among every little thing else on the planet. From the computing device, i'll write and distribute details swifter than ever sooner than. It used to be intoxicating to visualize, and Facebook's surprising, devoted rendering in 2004 of the actual global into the digital felt an identical. What may you do, now that you can see and fix to each person and every little thing, immediately?
"But what, additionally, may be lowered by means of such easy access? within the realm of principles, it appeared effortless: Who would not are looking to distribute and speak about principles largely? besides the fact that, within the realm of the non-public, it appeared extra complex. What was once the good thing about doing every little thing in public? Is details itself impartial, or do kinds of info have various values, various degrees of expectation of privateness, various implications for distribution and intake? may still all details be shared both speedy and with no regard to my dating to it? And, eventually, and most vital, as we ask at any time when we commence a brand new dating with whatever, could this be reliable for me?"
"-- From the creation "

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Cop Out - The End Of My Brilliant Career In The NZ Police (The Laughing Policeman Series Book 2)

By Glenn Wood

Following the luck of The guffawing Policeman, Glenn wooden completes the tale of his relatively undistinguished occupation within the New Zealand Police.

Constable wooden used to be a catastrophe ready to take place. He was once this kind of cop who was once happier aiding little outdated women around the road (even once they have been really content material the place they have been) than pursuing the perpetrators of dreadful deeds.

But if he didn't strike worry into the hearts of the felony underworld, his superiors had a true challenge on their arms. by no means earlier than had they been compelled to accommodate one of these well-meaning yet accident-prone officer and so they was hoping, fervently, by no means to determine his like again.

From his early encounters with a less-than-impressed public, throughout the terrifying days of the Springbok travel riots, to the slow realisation that maybe he wasn’t minimize out for all times at the beat, this can be the hilarious tale of a tender cop who created a serious disturbance within the strength.

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The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society (Lemons Trilogy)

The great existence is going on at El Valero. end up guffawing out loud as Chris is steered via his daughter on neighborhood teenage mores; bluffs his manner in artwork heritage to millionaire Bostonians; is rescued off a snowy height by way of the Guardia Civil; and joins an Almond Blossom Appreciation Society. you are going to recoil with Chris as he attempts his hand at paperwork in an immigrants' suggestion centre in Granada, spurred into motion via the coming of 4 destitute younger Moroccans at El Valero. and you may by no means see olive oil in fairly an analogous approach again...In this sequel to 'Lemons' and 'Parrot', Chris Stewart's optimism and zest for all times is as infectious as ever.

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Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter

By Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn’s vintage memoir tells the tale of her youth in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and her extraordinary upward thrust to the head of the track industry.
Born into deep poverty, married at 13, mom of six, and a grandmother by the point she was once twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went directly to develop into probably the most prolific and influential songwriters and singers in sleek kingdom tune. the following we see the choice and skill that ended in her trailblazing profession and made her the 1st girl to be named Entertainer of the yr through the rustic track organization and the 1st lady to obtain a gold list in state tune.

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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time

By Rob Sheffield

Mix tapes: Stick one right into a deck and you’re  transported to a different time on your existence. For Rob Sheffield, writer of Turn round brilliant Eyes that point used to be considered one of impressive love and insufferable grief. A time that spanned seven years, it began whilst he met the woman of his goals, and ended while he watched her die

in his palms. utilizing the listings of fifteen of his favourite combine tapes, Rob exhibits that the facility of tune to construct a bridge among humans is superior than dying. You’ll learn those phrases, might be strangely, with pleasure on your middle and a tune on your head—the one who involves brain in the event you ponder the affection of your life.

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Summer at Tiffany

By Marjorie Hart

New York urban, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her ally, Marty Garrett, arrive clean from the Kappa condo on the college of Iowa hoping to discover summer season positions as shopgirls. grew to become clear of the head department shops, they miraculously locate jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., changing into the 1st ladies to ever paintings at the revenues flooring, a diamond-filled day activity replete with Tiffany-blue shirtwaist attire from Bonwit Teller's—and the envy of all their friends.

Looking again on that magical time in her lifestyles, Marjorie takes us again to whilst she and Marty rubbed elbows with the wealthy and recognized, pinched pennies to consume on the Automat, skilled nightlife at l. a. Martinique, and danced away their weekends with rushing midshipmen. among being dazzled via Judy Garland's honeymoon stopover at to Tiffany, celebrating VJ Day in instances sq., and mingling with Café society, she fell in love, realized unforgettable classes, made very important judgements that will swap her destiny, and created the awesome stories she now stocks with we all.

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Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

By Dorothy Allison

Bastard Out of Carolina, nominated for the 1992 nationwide e-book Award for fiction, brought Dorothy Allison as probably the most passionate and proficient writers of her new release. Now, in Two or 3 issues i do know for Sure, she takes a probing examine her family's background to provide us a lyrical, complicated memoir that explores how the gossip of 1 new release can turn into legends for the next.

Illustrated with photos from the author's own assortment, Two or 3 issues i do know for Sure tells the tale of the Gibson girls -- sisters, cousins, daughters, and aunts -- and the males who enjoyed them, usually abused them, and, still, shared their destinies. With luminous readability, Allison explores how wish surprises and what energy sounds like to a tender lady as she confronts abuse.

As constantly, Dorothy Allison is provocative, confrontational, and brutally sincere. Two or 3 issues i do know for Sure, steeped within the hard-won knowledge of expertise, expresses the energy of her certain imaginative and prescient with good looks and eloquence.

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Silver Like Dust: One Family's Story of America's Japanese Internment

The poignant tale of a Japanese-American woman’s trip via probably the most shameful chapters in American history.

Kimi’s Obaachan, her grandmother, had continuously been a silent presence all through her youth.  Sipping tea via the fireplace, getting ready sushi for the family members, or indulgently hearing Ojichan’s (grandfather’s) tales for the thousandth time, Obaachan was once a lacking hyperlink to Kimi’s jap historical past, whatever she had had a combined dating with all her life.  transforming into up in rural Pennsylvania, all Kimi ever desired to do was once slot in, spurning conventional jap tradition and her grandfather’s makes an attempt to coach her the language.           

But there has been one a part of Obaachan’s existence that involved and haunted Kimi―her light but proud Obaachan used to be a prisoner, in addition to 112,000 eastern americans, for greater than 5 years of her life.  Obaachan by no means talked about these years, and Kimi’s personal mom merely referred to it in whispers.  It used to be a resource of haji, or shame.  yet what fairly occurred to Obaachan, then a tender lady, and the millions of alternative males, ladies, and youngsters like her? 

From the turmoil, racism, and paranoia that sprang up after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to the terrifying educate experience to middle Mountain, Silver Like Dust captures a necessary bankruptcy the Japanese-American event in the course of the trip of 1 amazing girl and the iconic bonds of family.

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The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present

By Duncan Wall

The striking tale of a tender man’s plunge into the original and lovely global of the circus—taking readers deep into circus heritage and its renaissance as a latest paintings shape, and at the back of the (tented) partitions of France’s such a lot prestigious circus university.

whilst Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a faculty pupil in Paris, every thing approximately it—the monochromatic costumes, the acrobat making a song Simon and Garfunkel, the juggler reciting Proust—was appealing. quickly he used to be ready open air degree doorways, eagerly talking to the celebs, and attending circuses or 3 nights per week. So nice used to be his enthusiasm 12 months later he utilized on a whim to the learning software on the École Nationale des Arts du Cirque—and was once, to his shock, accepted.

occasionally frightening and sometimes humorous, The traditional Acrobat follows the (occasionally literal) collision of 1 American beginner and a number of proficient overseas scholars in a rigorous routine of tumbling, trapeze, juggling, and clowning. alongside the best way, Wall introduces readers to all of the ambition, good looks, and thrills of the circus’s lengthy historical past: from hardscrabble beginnings to Gilded Age treasures, and from twentieth-century creative and fiscal struggles to its extraordinary reemergence within the type of modern circus (most prominently via Cirque du Soleil). Readers meet figures past—the father of the circus, Philip Astley; the larger-than-life P. T. Barnum—and current, as Wall seeks classes from cutting edge masters together with juggler Jérôme Thomas and clown André Riot-Sarcey. As Wall learns, now not everyone seems to be destined to run away with the circus—but the establishment fascinates simply the same.

            Brimming with surprises, oversized personalities, and lots of allure, The traditional Acrobat can provide the entire pleasure and enjoyment of the circus ring itself.

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Boys in the Trees: A Memoir

By Carly Simon

The rapid number one New York Times Bestseller

A humans journal best Ten e-book of the Year!

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

"One of the simplest famous person memoirs of the year." -The Hollywood Reporter

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

Simon's memoir unearths her amazing lifestyles, starting together with her storied adolescence because the 3rd daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing tremendous Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as 1/2 The Simon Sisters appearing people songs along with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo profession that might bring about thirteen best forty hits, together with the number one tune "You're So Vain." She used to be the 1st artist in heritage 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 early life enriched by way of song and tradition, but additionally one shrouded in secrets and techniques that will finally tear her family members aside. Simon brilliantly captures moments of inventive idea, 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 one of the most well-known males of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, in addition to the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.

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