Biographies & Memoirs

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TO THE IS-LAND : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY / JANET FRAME., Frame, Janet
121 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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THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION, Frank, Anne
122 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
123 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. 
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MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY, Fraser, Antonia
124 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
125 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
126 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
127 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
128 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
129 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
130 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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131 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
132 Gibson, Morris ONE MAN'S MEDICINE
Fawcett 1984 0449204529 / 9780449204528 Paperback Very Good 
A tight clean copy, no markings throughout. 
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133 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
134 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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GENIUS: RICHARD FEYNMAN AND MODERN PHYSICS, GLEICK, JAMES
135 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
136 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
137 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
138 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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139 Gold, Jacqueline GOOD VIBRATIONS: THE TRUE STORY OF ANN SUMMERS
Trafalgar Square 1996 1857937422 / 9781857937428 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 

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140 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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