Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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121 Gibson, Gregory GONE BOY: A WALKABOUT
Kodansha America 1999 1568362927 / 9781568362922 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, protected in a new brodart wra pper. The recent rash of school shootings makes Gibson's heartbreaking book as timely as it is good. Shortly before Christmas in 1992, an alienated, angry student named Wayne Lo went on a shooting rampage at Simon's Rock College in western Massachusetts, wounding four people and killing two, one of whom was Gibson's 18-year-old son, Galen. While grieving, Gibson embarked on what he calls a "walkabout," a search for the truth about his son's death: "I would concentrate on the details, the facts, and trust that their greater meaning would emerge, of its own accord, in the end. It never occurred to me to doubt that there was a greater meaning." At first, there was Lo's trial to occupy him, followed by a civil suit against the college. Gibson writes honestly about the rage that consumed him for the first few years after Galen's death. In a remarkable chapter, he describes a conversation with Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, which owns Simon's Rock, in which he realized that assigning blame would serve no practical or spiritual purpose. Not that human fallibility didn't play a huge role in Galen's death: Gibson makes a compelling argument that Simon's Rock administrators had more than enough warning signs to prevent the tragedy. Lo's high-school teachers knew he was troubled. So did his college teachers. And his college friends and administrators knew he had a gun and ammunition. What makes this book special, and what distinguishes it from the blizzard of 30-second explanations and 800-word op-ed pieces on teen violence, is the way in which 
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ONE MAN'S MEDICINE, Gibson, Morris
122 Gibson, Morris ONE MAN'S MEDICINE
Fawcett 1984 0449204529 / 9780449204528 Paperback Very Good 
A tight clean copy, no markings throughout. 
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123 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
124 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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125 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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GENIUS: RICHARD FEYNMAN AND MODERN PHYSICS, GLEICK, JAMES
126 GLEICK, JAMES GENIUS: RICHARD FEYNMAN AND MODERN PHYSICS
Abacus 1994 0349105324 / 9780349105321 Paperback Very Good 
A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: Richard Feynman was the most brilliant and influential physicist of our time. Architect of quantum theories, enfant terrible of the atomic bomb project, caustic inquisitor on the space shuttle commission, ebullient bongo-player and storyteller - Feynman played a bewildering assortment of roles in the science of the post-war era. A brilliant interweaving of Richard Feynman's colourful life and a detailed and accessible account of his theories and experiments. 
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GENIUS: THE LIFE AND SCIENCE OF RICHARD FEYNMAN, GLEICK, JAMES
127 GLEICK, JAMES GENIUS: THE LIFE AND SCIENCE OF RICHARD FEYNMAN
Vintage 1993 0679747044 / 9780679747048 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. From the author of the national bestseller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that "not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science" (The New York Times). 16 pages of photos. 
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MUKIWA: A WHITE BOY IN AFRICA, Godwin, Peter
128 Godwin, Peter MUKIWA: A WHITE BOY IN AFRICA
Grove Press 2004 0802141927 / 9780802141927 Paperback Very Good 
Mukiwa opens with Peter Godwin, six years old, describing the murder of his neighbor by African guerillas, in 1964, pre-war Rhodesia. Godwin's parents are liberal whites, his mother a governement-employed doctor, his father a n engineer. Through his innocent, young eyes, the story of the beginning of the end of white rule in Africa unfolds. The memoir follows Godwin's perso nal journey from the eve of war in Rhodesia to his experience fighting in t he civil war that he detests to his adventures as a journalist in the new s tate of Zimbabwe, covering the bloody return to Black rule. With each trans ition Godwin's voice develops, from that of a boy to a young man to an adul t returning to his homeland. This tale of the savage struggle between black s and whites as the British Colonial period comes to an end is set against the vividly painted background of the myserious world of South Africa. 
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WHEN A CROCODILE EATS THE SUN: A MEMOIR OF AFRICA, Godwin, Peter
129 Godwin, Peter WHEN A CROCODILE EATS THE SUN: A MEMOIR OF AFRICA
Back Bay Books 2008 0316018716 / 9780316018715 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. Hailed by reviewers as "powerful," "haunting" and "a tour de force of perso nal journalism," When A Crocodile Eats the Sun is the unforgettable story o f one man's struggle to discover his past and come to terms with his presen t. Award winning author and journalist Peter Godwin writes with pathos and intimacy about Zimbabwe's spiral into chaos and, along with it, his family' s steady collapse. This dramatic memoir is a searing portrait of unspeakabl e tragedy and exile, but it is also vivid proof of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love. "In the tradition of Rian Malan and Philip Gourevitch, a deeply moving book about the unknowability of an Africa at once thrilling and grotesque. In e legant, elegiac prose, Godwin describes his father's illness and death in Z imbabwe against the backdrop of Mugabe's descent into tyranny. His parent's waning and the country's deterioration are entwined so that personal and p olitical tragedy become inseparable, each more profound for the presence of the other" -- Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon "A fascinating, heartbreaking, deeply illuminating memoir that has the shape and feel of a superb novel." -Kurt Anderson, author of Heydey 
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130 Gold, Jacqueline GOOD VIBRATIONS: THE TRUE STORY OF ANN SUMMERS
Trafalgar Square 1996 1857937422 / 9781857937428 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 

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131 Gombrowicz, Witold DIARY VOLUME TWO
Northwestern Univ Pr 1989 0810107163 / 9780810107168 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
This is the first English translation of Witold Gombrowicz's Diary, the mos t Polish and the most universal of his works. Volume Two explores a more pe rsonal and intimate side of Gombrowicz in his adopted country of Argentina. Gombrowicz takes the readers into salons, homes, encounters in restaurants and theaters, dramatizing and self-dramatizing, turning the Diary into a w ork blending techniques of fiction and theater. 
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THE FITZGERALDS AND THE KENNEDYS: AN AMERICAN SAGA, Goodwin, Doris Kearns
132 Goodwin, Doris Kearns THE FITZGERALDS AND THE KENNEDYS: AN AMERICAN SAGA
Simon & Schuster 2001 0743201752 / 9780743201759 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 Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys" is the sweeping history of two immigrant families, their rise to become potent political dynasties, and the marriage that brought the two together to found the most powerful family in America. Drawing on unprecedented access to the family and its private papers, Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian Doris Kearns Goodwin takes readers from John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald's baptism in 1863 through his reign as mayor of Boston, to the inauguration of his grandson as president ninety-eight years later. Each character emerges unforgettably: the young, shrewdly political Rose Fitzgerald; her powerful, manipulative husband, Joseph P. Kennedy; and the "Golden Trio" of Kennedy children -- Joe Jr., Kathleen, and Jack -- whose promise was eclipsed by the family's legacy of tragedy. Through the prism of two self-made families, Goodwin reveals the ambitions and the hopes that form the fabric of the American nation. 
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THE ESSENTIAL GESTURE : WRITING, POLITICS AND PLACES, Gordimer, Nadine
133 Gordimer, Nadine THE ESSENTIAL GESTURE : WRITING, POLITICS AND PLACES
Penguin 1989 0140122125 / 9780140122121 Paperback Very Good 
Collected here are 23 biographical and autobiographical pieces, reviews, tr avelogues and analytical essays on writing, censorship and South African po litics. They date from an article written in 1963, in which Gordimer recall s how her writing career began, to one from 1985 which includes her assessm ent of the states of mind and ways of life in today's South Africa. From th ese essays emerges a history of changing life under apartheid, the transfor mations in Gordimer's sense of identity as well as the constancy of her con viction and approach, the reality and ambiguity of her marginality, the dai ly compromises and contradictions in her situation, her quest for a wholene ss of vision. These pieces are eloquent testimony to the fact that, over th e last three decades, this fine novelist and short-story writer has been at the center of developments in her homeland"a writer working through the po litical implications of her writing, writing about the implications of poli tics." 
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LIVES LIKE LOADED GUNS: EMILY DICKINSON AND HER FAMILY'S FEUDS, Gordon, Lyndall
134 Gordon, Lyndall LIVES LIKE LOADED GUNS: EMILY DICKINSON AND HER FAMILY'S FEUDS
Viking 2010 0670021938 / 9780670021932 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. In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. Lyndall Gordon, an award-winning biographer, tells the riveting story of the Dickinsons, and reveals Emily as a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination. Thanks to unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, Gordon digs deep into the life and work of Emily Dickinson, to reveal the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, and presents a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual sustenance, and immortality all on her own terms. An enthralling story of creative genius, filled with illicit passion and betrayal, Lives Like Loaded Guns is sure to cause a stir among Dickinson's many devoted readers and scholars. 
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135 Grant, Elizabeth MEMOIRS OF A HIGHLAND LADY (CANONGATE CLASSIC)
Canongate Books 1993 0862413966 / 9780862413965 Paperback Fine 
Memoirs of a Highland Lady: Complete Edition, Vol. 2 
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THE HIGHLAND LADY IN IRELAND: JOURNALS 1840-50 (CANONGATE CLASSICS, NO. 41), Grant, Elizabeth
136 Grant, Elizabeth THE HIGHLAND LADY IN IRELAND: JOURNALS 1840-50 (CANONGATE CLASSICS, NO. 41)
Canongate Books 1992 0862413613 / 9780862413613 Paperback Fine 
The early life of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus, so memorably recorded i n her Memoirs of a Highland Lady has had an avid readership since the book' s first publication in 1898. This volume takes up the story after she arriv es in Ireland, following her marriage to Colonel Smith of Baltiboys. 
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SORT OF LIFE, Greene, Graham
137 Greene, Graham SORT OF LIFE
Penguin UK 1974 0140034951 / 9780140034950 Paperback Good 
Graham Greene's autobiographical account of schooldays and Oxford; encounte rs with adolescence, psychoanalysis and Russian roulette, his marriage and conversion to Catholicism and how he rashly resigned from the Times when hi s first novel was published. 
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138 Greenlaw, Linda THE HUNGRY OCEAN: A SWORDBOAT CAPTAIN'S JOURNEY
Hyperion 1999 0786864516 / 9780786864515 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A crisp clean first edition/printing (as stated) protected in a new brodart wrapper: She's smart, hard-working and good at what she does, though sometimes she wishes she had a life. Greenlaw is captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, the sword-fishing boat whose disappearance was described with agonizing verisimilitude in Sebastian Junger's bestseller, The Perfect Storm. Greenlaw tells a comparatively quotidian tale, "the true story of a real, and typical, sword-fishing trip, from leaving the dock to returning." Not trying to compete with Junger's operatic tale of death on the high seas, Greenlaw deals with stormy personalities rather than with bad weather. She rounds out the story with her gimlet-eyed description of a captain's biggest headache after nature itself: the crew. Racism, drug use, baffling illnesses: these are all elements of a 30-day journey for six people crammed aboard a 100-ft. boat designed less for human comfort than to carry the 50,000 pounds or more of fish it will eventually take on. But Greenlaw picks her sailors carefully and, through her own example, inspires a fierce loyalty among the menAsuch as the one who extracted his own abscessed tooth rather than return to shore ("In my experience," she notes, "very few men are willing to pull their own teeth"). Greenlaw's narrative should foster an abiding respect in anyone who has tossed a swordfish steak on the grill, and it is certain to induce jaw-dropping admiration among personnel managers everywhere. 
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COMING INTO THE END ZONE: A MEMOIR, Grumbach, Doris
139 Grumbach, Doris COMING INTO THE END ZONE: A MEMOIR
W W Norton & Co Inc 1993 0393309444 / 9780393309447 Paperback Good 
Started on the eve of the author's seventieth birthday, this year-long jour nal records the process of slowly slipping into old age, including coming t o terms with losses and with powerful memories. 
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EXTRA INNINGS: A MEMOIR, Grumbach, Doris
140 Grumbach, Doris EXTRA INNINGS: A MEMOIR
W. W. Norton & Company 1995 0393313204 / 9780393313208 Paperback Good 
As in Doris Grumbach's widely praised day book, Coming into the End Zone, E xtra Innings offers an immense, sometimes funny, sometimes tart, and someti mes very moving account of a closely examined life. It records an eventful and quotidian year crowded with literary pleasures and pains, the natural b eauties and social particulars of life in coastal Maine, the mingled joys a nd affronts of travel to New York, Washington, Mexico, and the looming pres ence of illness and mortality. It is, finally, a book about the successful search for home and for inward peace. 
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