Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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THE FITZGERALDS AND THE KENNEDYS: AN AMERICAN SAGA, Goodwin, Doris Kearns
141 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
142 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
143 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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144 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
145 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
146 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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147 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
148 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
149 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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LIFE IN A DAY, Grumbach, Doris
150 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
151 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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SHAKESPEARE (LITERARY LIVES SERIES), Halliday, F. E.
152 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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153 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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154 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
155 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
156 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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157 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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158 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. 
Price: 1200.00 JPY
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159 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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160 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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