Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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LIFE IN A DAY, Grumbach, Doris
141 Grumbach, Doris LIFE IN A DAY
Beacon Press 1996 0807070882 / 9780807070888 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
In this extraordinary new book, acclaimed novelist, essayist, and critic Do ris Grumbach transforms a single day into a rich world enlivened by memory, intellect, and imagination. Illustrated with images ranging from a Duchamp painting to a postcard-perfect Scottish abbey, this book is a meditation o n age and memory. 
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THE LAST SINGLE WOMAN IN AMERICA, Guidry, Cindy
142 Guidry, Cindy THE LAST SINGLE WOMAN IN AMERICA
Dutton Adult 2008 0525950524 / 9780525950523 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A crisp clean first edition, no markings throughout, not an ex-lib: Realizing she is the only single woman during the bouquet toss at her frien d's wedding, Guidry, a former Hollywood film executive, deems herself The L ast Single Woman in America. Along with being 40-something and unwed, she h ad just lost her job and her boyfriend; however, she remains in good humor and believes that with a handful of Dave Matthews CDs she'll be okay. Guidr y offers her view on men (feminism has encouraged women to be easy, therefo re men no longer appreciate the value of women), the perks of knowledge (wh y take advanced yoga when you know all the moves in the beginning course) a nd her take on the Internet (the overconnected Web population is limiting f ace-to-face contact with such tools as Internet dating), all the while hurd ling the obstacles facing single women. If 40 is the new 20, Guidry does a good job portraying this by exhibiting the maturity level of someone half h er age, making it hard to believe her anecdotes. At one point, she attacks her mother at a dinner party by questioning whether she slept with a leprec haun to produce her son, Guidry's always lucky brother. While amusing, Guid ry barely offers deeper insight than thoughts on bikini waxes and acupunctu re sessions for her pet. (Feb.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "Labeled a memoir, this is really a collection of essays born from adversity. Guidry struggles to redefine herself while making the transition from film executive to unemployed Hollywood individual, and she continually encounters resistance in a lan 
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143 Hague WELLINGTON: TRIUMPHS, POLITICS AND PASSIONS
National Portrait Gallery Pu 2015 1855144999 / 9781855144996 Paperback Very Good 
This new book about the 1st Duke of Wellington provides a novel take on the traditional biography in that it explores the life of this complex man thr ough portraits of Wellington himself, his friends, family and associates, a s well as his political and military allies and opponents. There are exampl es of painted portraits by Goya and Thomas Lawrence, several caricatures th at illustrate Wellingtons political career, and a watercolour by George Chi nnery that shows the future duke as a young Major-General at the Chepauk Pa lace, Madras being received by Azim al-Daula, Nawab of the Carnatic, in Feb ruary 1805. Also reproduced is a rare photograph, a Daguerreotype, made by Antoine Claudet on the occasion of Wellington's seventy-fifth birthday in 1 844, and sections of a sixty-six-foot roll from the Collection of the Natio nal Portr ait Gallery depicting his entire funeral procession. Paul Cox exp lores Wellington's military career and the battle of Waterloo, which remain central to his story, but also examines his personal relationships, his le gacy and his enduring place in the popu lar imagination. Finally, a narrati ve chronology presents a useful overview of Wellington's life and times. 
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SHAKESPEARE (LITERARY LIVES SERIES), Halliday, F. E.
144 Halliday, F. E. SHAKESPEARE (LITERARY LIVES SERIES)
Thames & Hudson 1998 0500260214 / 9780500260210 Paperback Very Good 
Minimum wear, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: F. E. Halliday presents in vivid detail what we know about Shakespeare's life after three centuries of discovery, and illuminates and animates the story with illustrations of Elizabethan personalities, pages from the early folios, maps, and photographs of Stratford-upon-Avon. Much of the great playwright's biography is mysterious, but Halliday (an authority on Elizabethan and Jacobean literature, and especially on Shakespeare) documents the Bard's life and work -- reassuring us, incidentally, that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon really was the author of the plays attributed to him. 
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145 Hamalian, Linda LIFE OF KENNETH REXROTH
W W Norton & Co Inc 1991 0393029441 / 9780393029444 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Poet-essayist Rexroth (1905-1982)--high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Co mmunist, pacifist, anarchist, bigamist, rock-climber, critic and translator , the presiding spirit of San Francisco's Beat scene--is captured in all hi s flaws and greatness in this definitive, moving biography. Although he bel ieved marriage was a sacrament and wrote exquisitely tender love poems to h is wives, Rexroth had many affairs during his four marriages and subjected his wives to constant directives, jealous rages, verbal and intermittent ph ysical abuse. Hamalian, professor of English at William Paterson College in New Jersey, portrays the poet as a spiritual seeker who explored monastici sm, Eastern philosophy and communion with nature, a man who was wise in spi te of himself and a writer who struggled to unite art and politics in a "po etry of responsibility" that would enlarge human experience. 
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146 Hamilton, Nigel BILL CLINTON : AN AMERICAN JOURNEY
Gardners Books 2003 1844132080 / 9781844132089 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, protected in a new br odart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Hamilton, who took on the early years of John F. Kennedy in Reckless Youth (1992), now looks at the life of Bill Clinton from birth through his ascendancy to the presidency, with a second volume to follow. Similar to Reckless Youth in style, this is as much a psychological portrait and picture of an era as it is an examination of the facts and motivations of Clinton's life. In some cases, facts seem as mutable as motivations: Hamilton convincingly speculates that William Blythe was not Clinton's father. While relying heavily on works such as David Marannis' First in His Class (1995) and Gennifer Flowers' explicit Passion and Betrayal (1996), Hamilton bolsters his secondary sources with numerous interviews, though most are not with familiar names. His premise, though not new, is intriguingly spun: Clinton, the classic pulled-himself-up-by-his-bootstraps kid, the child of an alcoholic home, a chronic people pleaser, had a fatal flaw--his ambition overrode his morality. And yet, in spite of his premise, Hamilton is surprisingly sympathetic to his subject, placing Clinton's foibles against America's culture wars. (Would the Clintons' companionate marriage have raised eyebrows in Europe? he asks.) Hamilton's fleshed-out picture shows how easily Bill Clinton could charm, empathize, manipulate, and disappoint. A very readable addition to the growing Clinton bookshelf. 
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ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14: ONE MAN'S REMARKABLE ODYSSEY FROM NORTH KOREA TO FREED OM IN THE WEST, Harden, Blaine
147 Harden, Blaine ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14: ONE MAN'S REMARKABLE ODYSSEY FROM NORTH KOREA TO FREED OM IN THE WEST
Penguin Books 2013 0143122916 / 9780143122913 Paperback Very Good 
With a New Foreword The heartwrenching New York Times bestseller about the only known person bo rn inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped. Blaine Harden's lates t book, King of Spies, will be available from Viking in Fall 2017. North Korea's political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin's Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk. In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world's mo st repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin's shocking impri sonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existenc e--he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a sn itch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother. The late "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il was recognized throughout the world, but his country remains sealed as his third son and chosen heir, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates power. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans a re able to leave. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear w eapons. It is also a human rights catastrophe. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people work as slaves in its political prison camps. These camps are clearl y visible in satellite photographs, yet North Korea's government denies the y exist. Harden's harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14 offers an unequalled inside account of one of the world's 
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MATCHED PAIR - THE ELYS OF EMBASSY ROW, Harriman, Jarvis
148 Harriman, Jarvis MATCHED PAIR - THE ELYS OF EMBASSY ROW
Pooh Stix Press 2000 0963432311 / 9780963432315 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. A biography of Albert H. Ely and his wife, Constance J. Ely, that covers the 20th century and includes stories of the ancestors' part in building the USA since 1600's. In 1956, the Mayor of Sesto San Giovanni replied to Mrs Ely,"If God can change rich people,I don't have to shoot them." In 1964 Japanese leaders of all walks of life sent a telegram to Mr Ely's funeral, "Your husband was the hinge on which the history of Japan changed." 
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149 Hattersley, Roy GOODBYE TO YORKSHIRE
Penguin Books Ltd 1978 0140045864 / 9780140045864 Paperback Very Good 
A series of essays on different aspects of Yorkshire. 
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150 Hawke, Robert J. L THE HAWKE MEMOIRS
Heinemann Australia 1994 0855615028 / 9780855615024 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 595-604) and index. 
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151 Hays, David MY OLD MAN AND THE SEA: A FATHER AND SON SAIL AROUND CAPE HORN
Algonquin Books 1995 1565121023 / 9781565121027 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
As a child, David Hays regarded sailing around Cape Horn as the ultimate ad venture. Now, in middle age, he makes the voyage with his 24-year-old son, hoping to regain a youthful perspective on life. Daniel, just out of colleg e, wanted time to think about commitment to a career. Together, they built a 25-foot sloop, Sparrow, and set out across the Caribbean, navigating by c ompass and sextant. Sparrow carried neither motor nor radar, only a two-way , short-range radio. Father and son take turns giving their accounts of the 17,000-mile voyage. Their course was through the Panama Canal, then south by way of the Galapagos and Easter Islands. On day 179, they passed the Hor n, having made 230 miles in 36 hours without being able to search the sky f or sights because of the weather; in return for that feat of navigation, Da n became the captain. It is an engaging adventure, and a remarkable story o f a father-son relationship. 
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152 Hempel, Amy MORTIFICATION: WRITER'S STORIES OF THEIR PUBLIC SHAME
Fourth Estate 2003 0007171374 / 9780007171378 1st Edition Hardcover F/NF 
A wonderful tight clean copy,a first edition protected in a new brodart wra pper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE /BOMC edition. A writer's public life is not -- as is often thought -- a round of glamorou s parties, prize-acceptance speeches, and triumphant readings to amphitheat res full of loyal, cheering fans; it is, in fact, a grim treadmill of humil iation and neglect. Mortification sets the record straight, once and for al l. A collection of seventy specially commissioned contributions -- true sto ries of public indignity by some of our finest living writers -- this is a celebration of defeat, and a chance to indulge in that most malicious of pl easures: schadenfreude. You will read about dashed hopes and collapsing bowels, thwarted desire and unimpeded drinking; of fans queuing up for Stephen King's blood; Margaret Drabble bidding at a mock slave auction in Dallas; Louis de Bernières and the S&M prostitute; A. L. Kennedy's disintegrating trousers; William Boyd endorsing Shake 'n' Vac; Margaret Atwood's on-air brush with the Colostomy Association; about an author wanting to kill a member of her audience or another succeeding (accidentally) in killing his host's beloved pet. 
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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, Herriot, James
153 Herriot, James ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
Collier-Macmillan 1974 0029766605 / 9780029766606 Hardcover Good/Good 

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IF ONLY THEY COULD TALK, Herriot, James
154 Herriot, James IF ONLY THEY COULD TALK
Pan Books 2006 0330447084 / 9780330447089 Paperback Good 
When newly qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire villa ge of Darrowby, he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? Herriot's books form the basis of the popular BBC TV series "All Creatures Great and Small". 
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NAPOLEON: HIS WIVES AND WOMEN, Hibbert, Christopher
155 Hibbert, Christopher NAPOLEON: HIS WIVES AND WOMEN
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2003 0006531466 / 9780006531463 Paperback Very Good 
A masterly biography of Napoleon, concentrating on his private life, by the historian described by Stella Tillyard as `a master portraitist of great m en's private lives' and by Amanda Foreman as `one of England's greatest liv ing historical writers'.Modern history has produced one single myth on a he roic scale to rival those of Alexander and Caesar - that of Napoleon. The c ontinuing fascination of this astonishingly gifted man is reflected in the number of books published each year on various aspects of the Napoleonic le gend: some 250,000 volumes in all since Napoleon's mysterious death in 1821 .What is still needed is now provided by Christopher Hibbert: an authoritat ive up-to-date account of Napoleon's private life at all stages of his deve loping and extraordinary career, based on the fruits of modern research, hi s character, interests and tastes, his friendships, enmities and love affai rs, his relations with the members of his remarkable family, the impression s he made on his contemporaries away from the council chamber and the battl efield, his personal life at war, in exile and as emperor in peacetime, the mystery surrounding his death: in short, the man revealed behind the soldi er, statesman and legend. 
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156 Hill, Gregg ON THE RUN: A MAFIA CHILDHOOD
Grand Central Publishing 2005 0446615935 / 9780446615938 Paperback Very Good 
The children of notorious Mafia "wiseguy" turncoat Henry Hill--subject of t he film "Goodfellas"--tell their own story of danger, hurt, and family in t his extraordinary account of what it is like to grow up in the federal witn ess protection program. Includes a new Afterword by the authors. 
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BE MY GUEST, HILTON, CONRAD N.
157 HILTON, CONRAD N. BE MY GUEST
Fireside 1957 0671761749 / 9780671761745 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. Business corporate history and Management of Hilton Hotel Chain. Hospitality Industry 
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MORTALITY, Hitchens, Christopher
158 Hitchens, Christopher MORTALITY
Twelve 2012 145552347X / 9781455523474 Paperback Near Fine 
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. Christopher Hitchens was on a book tour for his memoir Hitch-22 when he dis covered he had cancer of the esophagus, an episode described with character istic wit and candor in a series of articles he wrote for Vanity Fair. In t hese essays, for which Hitchens was given the National Magazine Award, he d escribes his struggle not only with the disease but with its meaning to his friends and supporters, as well as his critics and detractors. "Both elegant and moving, these columns display insight and bravery," wrote the National Magazine Award judges. "Christopher Hitchens is the best writer in the worst of times, and we are grateful for him." 
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159 Hitchens, Christopher THOMAS JEFFERSON: AUTHOR OF AMERICA (EMINENT LIVES)
Eminent Lives 2005 0060598964 / 9780060598969 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 this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative inter pretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within the context of America's evolution and tracing his legacy over the past two hundred years , Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life as a man of his time a nd also as a symbolic figure beyond it. Conflicted by power, Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and ac ted as Minister to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. Predicting that slavery would shape the future of America's de velopment, this professed proponent of emancipation elided the issue in the Declaration and continued to own human property. An eloquent writer, he wa s an awkward public speaker; a reluctant candidate, he left an indelible pr esidential legacy. Jefferson's statesmanship enabled him to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase w ith France, doubling the size of the nation, and he authorized the Lewis an d Clark expedition, opening up the American frontier for exploration and se ttlement. Hitchens also analyzes Jefferson's handling of the Barbary War, a lesser-known chapter of his political career, when his attempt to end the kidnapping and bribery of Americans by the Barbary states, and the subseque nt war with Tripoli, led to the building of the U.S. navy and the fortifica tion of America's reputation regarding national defense. In the background of this sophistica 
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MENCKEN: A LIFE, Hobson, Fred
160 Hobson, Fred MENCKEN: A LIFE
Random House 1994 0394563298 / 9780394563299 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Using material available for the first time--including letters, diaries, an d personal papers--the author of Serpent in Eden: H. L. Mencken and the Sou th offers a candid portrait of the American literary legend. 20,000 first p rinting. Tour. 
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