Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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101 Fox, Michael J. LUCKY MAN: A MEMOIR
Hyperion 2002 0786867647 / 9780786867646 First 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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102 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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103 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
104 Frame, Janet TO THE IS-LAND : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY / JANET FRAME
The Women's Press in associa 1984 0091568919 / 9780091568917 Paperback Very Good+ 
New Zealand's 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. Frame's 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 writer's beginnings as well as one woman's personal struggle to survive. To the Is- land is the first volume of Frame's acclaimed autobiography. 
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THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION, Frank, Anne
105 Frank, Anne THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION
Bantam 1997 0553577123 / 9780553577129 Mass Market Pa Good 
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic--a powerful remi nder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short. 
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AMERICAN SOLDIER, Franks, Tommy
106 Franks, Tommy AMERICAN SOLDIER
Regan Books 2004 0060731583 / 9780060731588 First Hardcover Very Good/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. Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command from July 2000 through July 2003, Tommy Franks led the American and Coalition forces to victory in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Unsurprisingly, the portions of American Soldier covering these wars are the most interesting because they combine military maneuvers, political wrangling, and lots of action and commentary. This does not mean, however, that the rest of his autobiography is dull. General Franks's writing is clear and engaging and his insider's perspective is informative and interesting, particularly when he explains how the military moved into the 21st century by emphasizing speed, agility, and better cooperation among the various branches--a significant shift from the first Persian Gulf war just a decade earlier. 
Price: 900.00 JPY
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MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY, Fraser, Antonia
107 Fraser, Antonia MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY
Doubleday 2001 038548948X / 9780385489485 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Never before has the life of Marie Antoinette been told so intimately and w ith such authority as in Antonia Fraser's newest work, Marie Antoinette: Th e Journey. Famously known as the eighteenth-century French queen whose exce sses have become legend, Marie Antoinette was blamed for instigating the Fr ench Revolution. But the story of her journey begun as a fourteen-year-old sent from Vienna to marry the future Louis XVI to her courageous defense be fore she was sent to the guillotine reveals a woman of greater complexity a nd character than we have previously understood. We stand beside Marie Anto inette and witness the drama of her life as she becomes a scapegoat of the Ancien Regime when her faults were minor in comparison to the punishments i nflicted on her. The youngest daughter, fifteenth out of sixteen children, of Austrian empress Maria Teresa and Francis I, Marie Antoinette was sent on a literal journey by her mother from Vienna to Versailles with the expectation that she would further Austrian interests at all times. Yet, Marie Antoinette was by nature far from interested in state affairs and much more inclined to exert a gracious, philanthropic role, patronizing the arts especially music, as royalty would come to behave in the nineteenth century. Despite this the French accused her of political interference and wrote scandalous tracts against her, mocking her lack of sophistication. Meanwhile, longing for a family and the birth of an heir who would have cemented the Franco-Austro alliance, the French queen had to endure more than eight years of public humiliation for her barren marriage before the delivery of her fi. 
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FAMILY, Frazier, Ian
108 Frazier, Ian FAMILY
Picador 2002 0312420595 / 9780312420598 Paperback Fine 
Frazier, author of the best-selling Great Plains (Farrar, 1989), illuminate s the recent history of this country by crisscrossing the nation to track d own the names and stories of relatives as far back as his great-grandparent s. Though at first the past seems as orderly as the listing of such simple details as births, marriages, and occupations, we soon move past now-peacef ul graveyards to the roiled accounts of what real life was like for the peo ple who joined the westward migration, fought in the Civil War, prospered i n the oil boom, and suffered the untoward effects of progress. By weaving i n his own circumstances as a young lad growing up heir to hardworking, piou s traditions, Frazier converts what could have been merely a hearty retelli ng of popular history into a searching tale of parallels that solder togeth er 130 years like links in the chain of life. This entrancing saga will res onate powerfully for readers reaching their middle years as the 20th centur y ends. 
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A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, Frey, James
109 Frey, James A MILLION LITTLE PIECES
John Murray Publishers Ltd 2004 0719561027 / 9780719561023 Paperback Good 
James Frey wakes up on a plane, with no memory of the preceding two weeks. His face is cut and his body is covered with bruises. He has no wallet and no idea of his destination. He has abused alcohol and every drug he can lay his hands on for a decade - and he is aged only twenty-three. What happens next is one of the most powerful and extreme stories ever told. His family takes him to a rehabilitation centre. And James Frey starts his perilous j ourney back to the world of the drug and alcohol-free living. His lack of s elf-pity is unflinching and searing. A Million Little Pieces is a dazzling account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed. It is also the introd uction of a bold and talented literary voice. 
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A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, Frey, James
110 Frey, James A MILLION LITTLE PIECES
Anchor 2005 0307276902 / 9780307276902 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. At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey's acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab. 
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MY FRIEND LEONARD, Frey, James
111 Frey, James MY FRIEND LEONARD
Riverhead Hardcover 2005 1573223158 / 9781573223157 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) w ho helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcoh ol addiction-and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate. James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated , broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes ba ck into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his "son" lucrativ e-if illegal and slightly dangerous-employment. He teaches James to enjoy l ife, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of "living bold ly," pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life togeth er. Both Leonard's and James's careers flourish . . . but then Leonard vani shes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways. My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges-displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity-without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human. 
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HALF-ASSED: A WEIGHT-LOSS MEMOIR, Fulda, Jennette
112 Fulda, Jennette HALF-ASSED: A WEIGHT-LOSS MEMOIR
Seal Press 2008 1580052339 / 9781580052337 Paperback Fine 
A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: After undergoing gall bladder surgery at age twenty-three, Jennette Fulda d ecided it was time to lose some weight. Actually, more like half her weight . At the time, Jennette weighed 372 pounds. Jennette was not born fat. But, by fifth grade, her response to a school qu estionnaire asking ?what would you change about your appearance" was ?I wou ld be thinner." Sound familiar? Half-Assed is the captivating and incredibly honest story of Jennette's journey to get in shape, lose weight, and change her life. From the beginning-dusting off her never-used treadmill and steering clear of the donut shop-to the end with her goal weight in sight, Jennette wows readers with her determined persistence to shed pounds and the ability to maintain her ever-present sense of self. 
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DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT: AN AFRICAN CHILDHOOD, Fuller, Alexandra
113 Fuller, Alexandra DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT: AN AFRICAN CHILDHOOD
Random House Trade Paperback 2003 0375758992 / 9780375758997 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood. Born in England and now living in Wyoming, Fuller was conceived and bred on African soil during the Rhodesian civil war (1971-1979), a world where children over five "learn[ed] how to load an FN rifle magazine, strip and clean all the guns in the house, and ultimately, shoot-to-kill." With a unique and subtle sensitivity to racial issues, Fuller describes her parents' racism and the wartime relationships between blacks and whites through a child's watchful eyes. Curfews and war, mosquitoes, land mines, ambushes and "an abundance of leopards" are the stuff of this childhood. "Dad has to go out into the bush... and find terrorists and fight them"; Mum saves the family from an Egyptian spitting cobra; they both fight "to keep one country in Africa white-run." The "A" schools ("with the best teachers and facilities") are for white children; "B" schools serve "children who are neither black nor white"; and "C" schools are for black children. Fuller's world is marked by sudden, drastic changes: the farm is taken away for "land redistribution"; one term at school, five white students are "left in the boarding house... among two hundred African students"; three of her four siblings die in infancy; the family constantly sets up house in hostile, desolate environments as they move from Rhodesia to Zambia to Malawi and back to Zambia. But Fuller's remarkable affection for her parents (who are racists) and her homeland (brutal under white and black rule) shines throug. 
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114 Garrow, David J. RISING STAR: THE MAKING OF BARACK OBAMA
Harper Collins 2017 0008229406 / 9780008229405 Paperback Very Good 
Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years tha t made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United Stat es-from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four yea rs later as America's first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of a life little understood, until now. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obam a's tumultuous upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-whit e, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively b y his white grandparents. After recounting Obama's college years in Califor nia and New York, Garrow charts Obama's time as a Chicago community organiz er, working in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legisla ture and then as a candidate for the United States Senate. Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama's 2004 speech , a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party's "rising star," Garrow al so chronicles Obama's four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on vari ous issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his t hrilling run for the White House in 2008. In Rising Star, David J. Garrow has created a vivid portrait. 
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115 Gary, Amy IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM: THE BRILLIANT AND BOLD LIFE OF MARGARET WISE BROWN
Flatiron Books 2017 1250065364 / 9781250065360 Hardcover Very Good/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. For decades children and their parents around the world have cuddled togeth er to read Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. While the lulling words of the se stories have formed nighttime rituals for millions, few know that these classic works were part of a publishing revolution led by Margaret Wise Bro wn, who was renowned not only for her prolific writing and creative genius, but also for her stunning beauty and thirst for adventure. In 1990, author Amy Gary discovered unpublished manuscripts, songs, persona l letters, and diaries from Margaret tucked away in a trunk in the attic of Margaret's sister's barn. Since then, Gary has pored over these works and with this unique insight in to Margaret's world she chronicles her rise in the literary world. Clever, quirky, and wildly imaginative, Margaret embrac ed life with passion, threw wild parties, attended rabbit hunts, and lived extravagantly off of her royalties. She carried on long and troubled love a ffairs with both men and women, including the ex-wife of John Barrymore, an d was engaged to a younger man (who was the son of a Carnegie and a Rockefe ller) when she died unexpectedly at the age of 42. In the Great Green Room captures the exceptional spirit of Margaret whose unrivaled talent breathed new life in to the literary world. 
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ONE MAN'S MEDICINE, Gibson, Morris
116 Gibson, Morris ONE MAN'S MEDICINE
Fawcett 1984 0449204529 / 9780449204528 Paperback Very Good 
A tight clean copy, no markings throughout. 
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COMMITTED, Gilbert, Elizabeth
117 Gilbert, Elizabeth COMMITTED
Penguin Lcc Us 0143118994 / 9780143118992 Mass Market Pa Very Good 
The author of the best-selling Eat, Pray, Love chronicles how the U .S. government gave her and her Brazilian-born lover, Felipe, an ultimatum- -marry or Felipe cannot enter the country again--and how she tackled her fe ars of marriage by trying to discover through historical research, intervie ws and personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution ac tually is. Simultaneous. 
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118 Gill, Derek L. TOM SULLIVAN'S ADVENTURES IN DARKNESS
New Amer Library 1977 0451076982 / 9780451076984 Paperback Very Good 
A biography of the singer and television entertainer who has been blind fro m birth. 
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DAMAGED: THE HEARTBREAKING TRUE STORY OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD, Glass, Cathy
119 Glass, Cathy DAMAGED: THE HEARTBREAKING TRUE STORY OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD
Harper Element 2007 0007236360 / 9780007236367 Paperback Very Good 
The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Although Jodie is only eigh t years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numer ous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass... Cathy, an experienced foster carer, is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months but Cathy decides to take her on to protect her from being placed in an institution. Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on he r face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face. As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with chil dish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sicken ing paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what sh ould have been obvious signs. It's clear that Josie needs psychiatric therapy, but instead Social Services take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what - her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable. 
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A MAN OF MISCONCEPTIONS: THE LIFE OF AN ECCENTRIC IN AN AGE OF CHANGE, Glassie, John
120 Glassie, John A MAN OF MISCONCEPTIONS: THE LIFE OF AN ECCENTRIC IN AN AGE OF CHANGE
Riverhead Books 2013 1594631891 / 9781594631894 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. The "fascinating" (The New Yorker) story of Athanasius Kircher, the eccentr ic scholar-inventor who was either a great genius or a crackpot . . . or a bit of both. The interests of Athanasius Kircher, the legendary seventeenth-century prie st-scientist, knew no bounds. From optics to music to magnetism to medicine , he offered up inventions and theories for everything, and they made him f amous across Europe. His celebrated museum in Rome featured magic lanterns, speaking statues, the tail of a mermaid, and a brick from the Tower of Bab el. Holy Roman Emperors were his patrons, popes were his friends, and in hi s spare time he collaborated with the Baroque master Bernini. But Kircher lived during an era of radical transformation, in which the old approach to knowledge-what he called the "art of knowing"- was giving way to the scientific method and modern thought. A Man of Misconceptions traces the rise, success, and eventual fall of this fascinating character as he a ttempted to come to terms with a changing world. With humor and insight, John Glassie returns Kircher to his rightful place as one of history's most unforgettable figures. 
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