Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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BOOK OF DAVID HELFGOTT, Eley, Beverley
101 Eley, Beverley BOOK OF DAVID HELFGOTT
Harpercollins Publisher 1997 0207191050 / 9780207191053 Paperback Near Fine 

Price: 700.00 JPY
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DON'T COME BACK!, Elliott, Reiko
102 Elliott, Reiko DON'T COME BACK!
Horizon Press 2003 0958244855 / 9780958244855 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Don't Come Back! is the remarkable true story of Reiko Elliott, a courageou s and multi-talented Japanese woman born into a famous family who meets a N ew Zealand businessman and leaves Japan to embark on a new adventure in a W estern land. Her father was Japan's most successful international movie star, and a coll eague of Charlie Chaplin's during the silent film era. Reiko trained as an actress herself, but later developed a career as an artist and singer. Her intimate story vividly illustrates the pressures faced by an international family in everyday life. Her fierce pride in the strength of family, couple d with a determination to achieve perfection in everything she did reflects the best of Japanese culture. Reiko's husband Robert was a senior executive in New Zealand's motor indust ry, and made a total of 93 visits to Japan in that capacity. They were marr ied for 24 years until Reiko's untimely death from leukemia in May 2000. Th is is the story of a woman of great character and indomitable spirit, who s ucceeded in building a new life in a new country, despite seemingly overwhe lming difficulties. It is also a love story about two people from vastly di fferent cultures who were determined to succeed together. Non-fiction (cross-cultural memoir) with color and B/W illust 
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HILLIKER CURSE: MY PURSUIT OF WOMEN, Ellroy, James
103 Ellroy, James HILLIKER CURSE: MY PURSUIT OF WOMEN
Windmill 2011 0099537850 / 9780099537854 Paperback Very Good 
America's greatest living crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memo ir-as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels-about his obsessi ve search for "atonement in women." The year was 1958.Jean Hilliker had div orced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name.Her son , James, was ten years old.He hated and lusted for his mother and "summoned her dead." She was murdered three months later. The Hilliker Curse is a pr edator's confession, a treatise on guilt and the power of malediction, and above all a cri de c÷ur. Ellroy unsparingly describes his shatte red childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her. A layered narra tive of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest, The Hilliker Curse is a brilliant, soul-baring revelation of self.It is un like any memoir you have ever read. 
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104 Epstein, Jason BOOK BUSINESS: PUBLISHING: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
W. W. Norton & Company 2001 0393049841 / 9780393049848 1st Edition Hardcover F/F 
A wonderful tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscri ptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. As editor-publisher to some of the 20th-century's greatest writers (Edmund Wilson, Vladimir Nabokov, Jane Jacobs) as well as the virtual inventor of the trade paperback (meaning the "quality" type, as opposed to the drugstore mass-market), Jason Epstein is one of those rare publishing-world types who is as invested in the editorial creation of a good book as in its marketing and sales. It is that dual perspective that has guided his half-century-long publishing career and that makes this compact yet expansive professional memoir such a lively, illuminating read for anyone curious how current trade publishing--basically popular general-interest fiction and nonfiction--became obsessed with a narrow pool of quickie bestsellers to the neglect of the far greater mass of slow-burners (known in the biz as "midlist") or of the perennial sellers from years past ("backlist"). But, Epstein follows up with great enthusiasm, the time is not long before the book biz will morph into a new cyberversion of the quirky, intimate "cottage industry" that it was in its precorporate era. 
Price: 1300.00 JPY
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A FORTUNATE LIFE, Facey, A.B.
105 Facey, A.B. A FORTUNATE LIFE
Penguin Random House Austral 2005 0143003542 / 9780143003540 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression, and spent 60 years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full--the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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ISLAND WIFE: LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WILD, Fairbairns, Judy
106 Fairbairns, Judy ISLAND WIFE: LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WILD
Two Roads 2013 1444759604 / 9781444759600 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. A memoir of a woman's life on a remote Scottish island: from young girl to wife to mother of five, hotelier, and domestic miracle worker. Funny and tender, this is a book of endless horizons and a breath of fresh air. Island Wife tells the story of Judy who, at 19, met her Wild Pioneer. He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island. Along the way she bears five children, learns how to run a rocky hill farm, a hotel, a recording studio, and the first whale watching business in the UK-all the while inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts things back together. Judy tells her story in a clear and unique voice, in turns funny, unforgettable, and intensely moving. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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STEPHEN HAWKING: QUEST FOR A THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Ferguson, Kitty
107 Ferguson, Kitty STEPHEN HAWKING: QUEST FOR A THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Bantam Books 1992 0553405071 / 9780553405071 Paperback Very Good 
This is the story of one of the most remarkable figures of the late 20th ce ntury - Professor Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge genius who has earned an i nternational reputation as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since E instein. His book, "A Brief History of Time", has sold eight million copies worldwide and familiarized a whole generation with complex but exciting sc ientific theories. When Kitty Ferguson approached Stephen Hawking with the idea of writing a book about him and asked him to help her make certain she understood his theories, he agreed to do so and also supplied her with mat erial about his childhood and life. It is not a biography per se. It is rat her the story of one man's quest to find the "theory of everything". In the se pages you will encounter a multitude of amazing paradoxes: Beginnings ma y be endings. Two great scientific theories taken together seem to give us nonsense. Empty space isn't empty. Black holes aren't black. Cruel circumst ances can lead to happiness, although fame and success may not, and a man w hose appearance inspires shock and pity takes us laughing to where the boun daries of space and time ought to be - but are not. 
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108 Fest, Joachim HITLER
Harcourt 1974 0151416508 / 9780151416509 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A best-seller in its original German edition and subsequently translated in to more than a dozen languages, Joachim Fest's Hitler has become a classic portrait of a man, a nation, and an era. 
Price: 2000.00 JPY
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THE MUSIC ROOM, Fiennes, William
109 Fiennes, William THE MUSIC ROOM
Picador USA 2010 0330444417 / 9780330444415 Paperback As New 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Just after Fiennes (Snow Geese) was born, his family moved into a medieval English estate that included a castle surrounded by a moat. The estate was an inheritance passed down from his father's ancestors since the 14th century. The castle in particular proves to be the book's most evocative metaphor for how every man is and is not an island. The book is part memoir, part journalistic profile and philosophical digression, all revolving around Richard, Fiennes eldest brother, who suffered from extreme epilepsy. In taut and exacting prose that profits grandly from vivid descriptions of the estate grounds and the working-class people who care for it, Fiennes recounts life alone in a home that was mostly only semiprivate. It was often used by TV and film crews as a backdrop. His older twin brother and sister went to boarding school while Richard convalesced in an insane asylum. Fiennes recalls the trials of familial love punctuated by a brother's violent seizures and outbursts (once scalding their mother's face with a hot cast-iron pan). His portrayal of Richard, moreover, is at once affectionate and brazenly honest. Fiennes allows him to come off as sick, magical yet somewhat boring (he talks incessantly about his favorite soccer team). The book feels fluffed up at times with asides on the history of epilepsy, but more often than not these serve the greater purpose of evoking a sense of continuity and reflection. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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MY NAME IS ROSS: AN ALCOHOLIC'S JOURNEY, Fitzgerald, Ross
110 Fitzgerald, Ross MY NAME IS ROSS: AN ALCOHOLIC'S JOURNEY
University of New South Wale 2010 1742231020 / 9781742231020 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Brutally honest and inspiring, this narrative tells the story of a well-known writer's life as an alcoholic and his struggle to become-and stay-sober. Beginning with his first drink at the age of 14, this unique account traces the author's relationship with alcohol, taking readers on a journey from substance abuse and despair to hope and courage. Both heart-wrenching and enlightening, this chronicle is a strong personal story of triumph over substance abuse that will grip readers from the start. 
Price: 1900.00 JPY
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111 Flannery, Sarah IN CODE: A MATHEMATICAL ADVENTURE
Profile Books Ltd 2000 1861972229 / 9781861972224 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A tight clean first edition, protected in a new brodart wrapper: At the age of 16 Sarah Flannery won the prestigious 1999 Ireland Young Scientist of the Year award for original work in the area of cryptography (the science of codes). This enjoyable book is an account of her life and work which has so far led to a series of international science prizes, plus some of the mathematics thrown in for good measure. The unusual combination of a maths puzzle book, a primer in the maths behind codes, a story so exciting it could easily be fiction, and an insightful biography of a child prodigy, ensures you don't have to be a maths geek to enjoy this. This charming story is unashamedly frank about the innocence and down-to-earth enthusiasm of an earnest 15-year-old girl from a small village in the Irish countryside, and about how her genius and her hard work led her to important mathematical discoveries which soon attracted the interest of eminent academics and high technology companies around the world. Cryptography is usually associated with spies and counter-intelligence, but today it is large banks and corporations, keen to protect their transactions and information from prying outsiders, who are at the cutting edge of cryptography. Despite the antiquated image of the 'enigma'-cracking boffins at Bletchley Park, codes are what the internet is founded on, and its future depends upon continued developments in this sometimes overlooked area of science. Sarah Flannery's story has been hyped by a media that cannot resist the combination of an obscure country teenager who outfoxes the older brains in the business to achieve internation 
Price: 1500.00 JPY
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MOTHERHOOD DEFERRED, Fleming, Anne Taylor
112 Fleming, Anne Taylor MOTHERHOOD DEFERRED
Putnam Adult 1994 0399137408 / 9780399137402 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
When journalist Fleming finally felt ready to have a baby at the age of 37, she discovered that she was unable to conceive. Her desire to become pregn ant was strong, so she ultimately tried the various fixes modern fertility experts offer. As she pursued this elusive quest, she found herself reviewi ng the events of her life that had led her to postpone childbearing until i t was too late. Each chapter alternates between Fleming's earlier years, wh ich were shaped by the feminist writings of the 1960s, and her later experi ences with various medical procedures. Although the author's stream-of-cons ciousness style does not do justice to her interesting journey, many women will undoubtedly recognize themselves in this book. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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113 Fonda, Jane MY LIFE SO FAR + 1 DVD
Random House Trade Paperback 2006 0812975766 / 9780812975765 Paperback Fine 
One of the most recognizable women of our time, America knows Jane Fonda as actress, activist, feminist, wife, and workout guru. In her extraordinary memoir, Fonda divides her life into three acts: her childhood, early films , and first marriage make up act one; her growing career in film, marriage to Ted Turner, and involvement in the Vietnam War belong to act two; and th e third act belongs to the future, in which she hopes to "begin living con sciously," and inspire others who can learn from her experiences. Fonda rev eals intimate details and universal truths that she hopes "can provide a l ens through which others can see their lives and how they can live them a l ittle differently." 
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LIFE AND MAJOR WRITINGS OF THOMAS PAINE, Foner, Philip Sheldon
114 Foner, Philip Sheldon LIFE AND MAJOR WRITINGS OF THOMAS PAINE
Kensington 1974 0806504145 / 9780806504148 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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115 Foran, Charles MORDECAI: THE LIFE AND TIMES BY CHARLES FORAN (2010, HARDCOVER): THE LIFE A ND TIMES
Knopf Canada 2010 0676979637 / 9780676979633 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A crisp clean first edition (as stated)no markings throughout, not an ex-li b. 
Price: 2800.00 JPY
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116 Forster, Margaret DAPHNE DU MAURIER
Chatto and Windus 1993 0701136995 / 9780701136994 Paperback Near Fine 
A behind-the-scenes look at Daphne du Maurier, author of "Rebecca", "French man's Creek" and "My Cousin Rachel". This biography explores, amongst other things, her stifling relationship with her father, actor-manager Gerald du Maurier, her troubled marriage and her secret wartime love affair. 
Price: 1600.00 JPY
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117 Fox, Michael J. LUCKY MAN: A MEMOIR
Hyperion 2002 0786867647 / 9780786867646 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, protected in a new brodart wrapper; Michael J. Fox begins his memoir by talking about the first signs of what he would discover to be Parkinson's disease. In a direct, conversational style Fox gives listeners a glimpse of his heady Hollywood life, starting with his early success of "Family Ties" and Back to the Future. The self-indulgent days as a young star through his denial and hiding of his illness to his final acceptance and then advocacy for Parkinson's sufferers make a fascinating story. His narrative and sentiment are heartfelt, although Fox does read rather than tell the story, and occasionally rushes. His emotional energy emerges best when he reflects on the support from his wife and family. 
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118 Frame, Janet AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE
Century Hutchinson 1987 0091569117 / 9780091569112 Paperback Very Good+ 
The second volume of an autobiographical trilogy by the New Zealand novelis t. 
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119 Frame, Janet THE ENVOI FROM MIRROR CITY.
Hutchinson 1985 0091648017 / 9780091648015 Paperback Very Good+ 

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TO THE IS-LAND : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY / JANET FRAME., Frame, Janet
120 Frame, Janet TO THE IS-LAND : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY / JANET FRAME.
The Women's Press in associa 1984 0091568919 / 9780091568917 Paperback Very Good+ 
New Zealandís pre-eminent writer Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraor dinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections. A child hood and adolescence spent in a poor but intellectually vibrant railway fam ily, life as a student, and years of incarceration in mental hospitals, are eventually followed by her entry into the saving world of writers. Frameís journey of self-discovery, from New Zealand to London, Paris, and Barcelon a, and then home again, is a heartfelt and courageous account of a writerís beginnings as well as one womanís personal struggle to survive. To the Is- land is the first volume of Frameís acclaimed autobiography. 
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