Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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ISLAND WIFE: LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WILD, Fairbairns, Judy
101 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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102 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
103 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
104 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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105 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
106 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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107 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." 
Price: 1200.00 JPY
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LIFE AND MAJOR WRITINGS OF THOMAS PAINE, Foner, Philip Sheldon
108 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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109 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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110 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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111 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. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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112 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. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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113 Frame, Janet THE ENVOI FROM MIRROR CITY.
Hutchinson 1985 0091648017 / 9780091648015 Paperback Very Good+ 

Price: 500.00 JPY
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TO THE IS-LAND : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY / JANET FRAME., Frame, Janet
114 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. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION, Frank, Anne
115 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. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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AMERICAN SOLDIER, Franks, Tommy
116 Franks, Tommy AMERICAN SOLDIER
Regan Books 2004 0060731583 / 9780060731588 1st Edition 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
117 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
118 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. 
Price: 850.00 JPY
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A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, Frey, James
119 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. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, Frey, James
120 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. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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