Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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RIDING THE WHITE HORSE HOME: A WESTERN FAMILY ALBUM, Jordan, Teresa
181 Jordan, Teresa RIDING THE WHITE HORSE HOME: A WESTERN FAMILY ALBUM
Vintage 1994 0679751351 / 9780679751359 Paperback As New 
Through four generations Jordan's family lived on a ranch in southeastern W yoming. When it was sold, she felt she had lost a way of life. She attempts to resolve that loss in this charming memoir, recalling incidents in her c hildhood and examining the lives of female family members. We meet Jordan's paternal grandmother ("a difficult woman"), her mother and her great-aunt- -all women who had to accept difficult lives that included hard physical la bor and its attendant dangers. Noting the decline of the family farm, Jorda n regrets that our culture teaches us to value a professional life more tha n one tied to the land. Her community, Iron Mountain, numbers 30 today, dow n from a population of 2000 a century ago. 
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182 Josey, Alex LEE KUAN YEW: THE CRUCIAL YEARS
Times Books International 1980 9812044485 / 9789812044488 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Includes index. 
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A LIFE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: INNOCENT BEGINNINGS, 1917-1950, Jr., Arthur M. Schlesinger
183 Jr., Arthur M. Schlesinger A LIFE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: INNOCENT BEGINNINGS, 1917-1950
Mariner Books 2002 0618219250 / 9780618219254 Paperback Very Good 
Book Description From America's most celebrated living historian comes this "sprightly, stra ightforward account of the first third of an active and charmed life" (New York Times). Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. turns a studied eye on a personal past and reconstructs the history that has made him such an iconic figure for g enerations of readers. A LIFE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY offers rare and reve aling access to both the private world of a great American writer and the f ine-grained texture of the American century. Ranging from a fondly remembered childhood in the Midwest to a fascinating, storied academic and political life, this volume is an important addition to Schlesinger's body of work, "every bit as well written as anything Schle singer has done" (Providence Sunday Journal) and "sure to be used by studen ts of the times for years to come" (Boston Globe). "With style and humor an d a master historian's deft blending of personal detail with epic events" ( Wall Street Journal), Schlesinger evokes the struggles, the questions, the paradoxes, and the triumphs that shaped our era as only he can do. Editorial Reviews 
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184 Kapuscinski, Ryszard ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE (PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS)
Penguin Books, Limited (UK) 2010 014118678X / 9780141186788 Paperback Very Good 
'This is a very personal book, about being alone and lost'. In 1975 Kapusci nski's employers sent him to Angola to cover the civil war that had broken out after independence. For months he watched as Luanda and then the rest o f the country collapsed into a civil war that was in the author's words 'sl oppy, dogged and cruel'. In his account, Kapuscinski demonstrates an extrao rdinary capacity to describe and to explain the individual meaning of grand political abstractions. 
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THE GREEN FOOL, Kavanagh, Patrick
185 Kavanagh, Patrick THE GREEN FOOL
Penguin 2001 0141184205 / 9780141184203 Paperback Very Good 
Time hardly mattered in the village of Mucker, the birthplace of poet and w riter Patrick Kavanagh. Full of wry humour, Kavanagh's unsentimental and ev ocative account of his Irish rural upbringing describes a patriarchal socie ty surviving on the edge of poverty, sustained by the land and an insatiabl e love of gossip. There are tales of schoolboy skirmishes, blackberrying an d night-time salmon-poaching; of country-weddings and fairs, of political b anditry and religious pilgrimages; and of farm-work in the fields and kicki ng mares. Kavanagh's experiences inspired him to write poetry which immortalized a fast-disappearing way of life and brought him recognition as one of Ireland's great poets. 
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LETTERS FROM BURMA, Keane, Fergal
186 Keane, Fergal LETTERS FROM BURMA
Penguin 1998 0140264035 / 9780140264036 Paperback Good 
Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of the struggle for human rights and democra cy in Burma. In 1990 she was awarded the Thorolf Rafto Prize for Human Righ ts in Norway and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament and in 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She is the au thor of several Penguin books, including FREEDOM FROM FEAR and THE VOICE OF HOPE. 
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187 Kendal, Felicity WHITE CARGO: A MEMOIR
Michael Joseph Ltd 1998 0718143116 / 9780718143114 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-libra ry or a book of the month club edition. Felicity Kendal was brought up in India, touring the country as part of a troupe of actors managed by her father. Aged 17, she came to England for the first time. This book describes that exotic upbringing in India and explains what an unusual effect it has had on the rest of her life. 
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188 Keneally, Tom SEARCHING FOR SCHINDLER: A MEMOIR
Knopf 2007 1740512014 / 9781740512015 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A crisp clean first edition, no markings throughout, no an ex-lib: This book is ostensibily a documentary about how Tom Keneally discovered the remarkable story of Oscar Schindler and then his research across three continents to piece together testimonials from survivors of the Holocast. These testimonials came from people who knew and were saved from certain death at the hands of the Nazis during World War 2. From the research came the book Schindlers List which in turn lead to the Oscar winning movie of the same name. 
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PROFILES IN COURAGE (PERENNIAL CLASSICS), Kennedy, John Fitzgerald
189 Kennedy, John Fitzgerald PROFILES IN COURAGE (PERENNIAL CLASSICS)
Perennial 2000 0060955449 / 9780060955441 Paperback Very Good 
"This is a book about the most admirable of human virtues--courage. 'Grace under pressure,' Ernest Hemingway defined it. And these are the stories of the pressures experienced by eight United States Senators and the grace wit h which they endured them." -- John F. Kennedy During 1954-55, John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. Senator, chose eight of his hi storical coleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. These heroes include John Quincy Adams, D aniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benson, and Robert A. Taft. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1956, Profiles in Courage resounds with timeless lessons on themost cherished of virtues and is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. It is, as Robert Kennedy states in the foreword, "not just stories of the past but a book of hope and confidence for the future. What happens to the country, to the world, depends on what we do with what others have left us. 
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BRILLIANT MOON: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DILGO KHYENTSE, Khyentse, Dilgo
190 Khyentse, Dilgo BRILLIANT MOON: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DILGO KHYENTSE
Shambhala 2008 1590302842 / 9781590302842 Hardcover As New 
"Who could ever forget Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche if they had ever seen him? B oth in his spiritual realization and in his physical appearance and build, he was larger than life. In every sense there was something universal, even superhuman, about him."-Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Liv ing and Dying "Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was the perfect example of how a teacher can be a source of inspiration. By reading the life story of such a great teacher, w e can gain some understanding about what we could achieve if we were to fol low such a teacher, receive his instructions, and practice the way he did. What inspired me most in Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is the beauty of his inner freedom; no matter what happened around him."-Shechen Rabjam, author of Th e Great Medicine That Conquers Clinging to the Notion of Reality "He was a great leader, and just like a majestic American Indian chief or a distinguished samurai general, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was never affected by chaotic or difficult circumstances, however tumultuous. He always remained quite still, like a mountain, effortlessly exuding an all-pervasive confidence that evoked confidence in those around him, and an absolute, unshakeable equanimity."-Dzongsar Khyentse, author of What Makes You Not a Buddhist 
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THE DANCE OF THE DISSIDENT DAUGHTER, Kidd, Sue Monk
191 Kidd, Sue Monk THE DANCE OF THE DISSIDENT DAUGHTER
HarperSanFrancisco 1996 006064589X / 9780060645892 Paperback Fine 
The author's journey to capture her feminine soul and to live authentically from that soul makes a fascinating, well-researched and well-written story . Kidd's successful pilgrimage from her Southern Baptist roots and away fro m the patriarchal and fundamentalist Christian religious systems surroundin g her is an account of anger turned to courage, creativity and love. A mid- career realization that she had lived without "real inner authority" and wi th "a fear of dissension, confrontation, backlash, a fear of not pleasing, not living up to sanctioned models of femininity" produced in Kidd the new mindset that made her journey possible. Additionally, her extensive knowled ge of many subjects, including theology, mythology and the arts, made possi ble the copious references and cross-references that will prove invaluable for readers who wish to follow her in this same search. While Kidd cautions that each woman's path will be unique, there is no question but that many women will find in her book a mirror of their own present conditions and a hopeful call to self-discovery. 
Price: 850.00 JPY
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MONASH, Kieza, Grantlee
192 Kieza, Grantlee MONASH
ABC Books 2015 0733333540 / 9780733333545 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. Stunning trade paperback edition of Grantlee Kieza's bestselling biography of Australia's greatest general It's December 1918 and the world war is over. General Sir John Monash attends a glittering banquet to dine with the King of England and the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling. Just four months earlier, the commander of the Australian Corps had been knighted in a battlefield, a long way from the streets of Melbourne where this son of a long line of Polish rabbis had grown up. Field Marshal Montgomery would declare decades later that Monash was the best general to serve on the Western Front. How had this notorious ladies' man, who harboured private thoughts about the futility of war and had never fired a shot in anger, come to be feted by the British establishment as well as his countrymen back home? In this essential biography of a most unlikely folk hero, Grantlee Kieza paints a lively portrait of an outsider who shaped modern Australia through his energy, drive and ambition, his military brilliance and his vision. 
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THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACE (VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES), Kingston, Maxine Hong
193 Kingston, Maxine Hong THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACE (VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES)
Vintage 2004 0679760636 / 9780679760634 Paperback Fine 
Revered memoirist, fiction writer, and "woman warrior" Kingston's long-awai ted new book begins in 1991 when she and her family perform fire rites for her recently deceased father on the same day that a forest fire consumes he r Oakland home, taking with it the only copy of the manuscript of a novel t itled The Fourth Book of Peace, which was inspired by the ancient Chinese t ale of three legendary Books of Peace deliberately burned by the powers-tha t-be. The Fifth Book of Peace, a radiant quartet of discrete sections rich in myth, metaphysics, social critique, and story, grew out of Kingston's st ruggle to come to terms with her daunting losses, and to transform her suff ering into a new understanding of the suffering of everyone who survives vi olent upheaval and tragedy, especially in war. "Fire" is an intense report on the inferno. "Paper" recounts her search for the original Books of Peace . "Water" is a compelling and piquant novel about a Chinese American draft resister who leaves Berkeley for Hawaii during the Vietnam War. And "Earth" is a profoundly moving chronicle of the writing workshops Kingston organiz es for war veterans. Wise, warm, empathic, and spellbinding, Kingston grapp les with the spiritual toll of war and the elusiveness of peace in this man y-faceted and involving spiritual meditation on the healing power of story and the challenge of acting on one's beliefs. 
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194 Kingston, Maxine Hong WOMAN WARRIOR, THE
Picador 1977 0330264001 / 9780330264006 Paperback Good 
`A brilliant memoir . . . it is about being Chinese in the way A Portrait o f the Artist is about being Irish; it is an investigation of soul, not land scape, its sources are dream and memory, myth and desire; its crises are th e crises of a heart in exile from roots that bind and terrorize it . . . Ma xine Hong Kingston writes with bitter and relentless love. Her voice, now, is as clear as the voice of Ts'ai Yen, who sang her sad, angry songs of Chi na to the barbarians. It is as fierce as a warrior's voice, and as eloquent as any artist's' Jane Kramer, New York Times Book Review `This is a deligh tful book . . . tells more than I ever imagined about the strangeness of be ing Chinese and a woman; it also gives a superb account of what it's like s imply to be alive' Victoria Radin, New Society `A strange, enchanting book . . . As a manual of self-discovery through the channels and terrors of one 's own rejected communal memory, it is unbeatable' Clancy Sigal, Guardian ` As a dream - of the "female avenger" - it is dizzying, elemental, a poem tu rned into a sword . . . reimagining the past with such dark beauty, such pr ecision and anger that you feel you have saddled the Tao dragon and see all through the fiery eye of God' John Leonard, New York Times `A book of fier ce clarity and originality' Newsweek 
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195 Kondracke, Morton SAVING MILLY: LOVE, POLITICS, AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE
PublicAffairs 2001 1586480375 / 9781586480370 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible, tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition The author, formerly a panelist on The McLaughlin Group and currently a columnist for Fox News, has written a deeply personal and bracingly honest account of how he and his wife, Milly, have coped with her diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. 
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THE RED LEATHER DIARY: RECLAIMING A LIFE THROUGH THE PAGES OF A LOST JOURNA L, Koppel, Lily
196 Koppel, Lily THE RED LEATHER DIARY: RECLAIMING A LIFE THROUGH THE PAGES OF A LOST JOURNA L
Harper Perennial 2009 0061256781 / 9780061256783 Paperback Very Good 
For more than half a century, the red leather diary languished inside a ste amer trunk. Rescued from a Dumpster on Manhattan's Upper West Side, it foun d its way to Lily Koppel, a young writer, who opened its tarnished brass lo ck and journeyed into an enthralling past. The diary painted a breathtaking portrait of a bygone New York-of glamorous nights at El Morocco and elegan t teas at Schrafft's during the 1920s and '30s-and of the headstrong, endea ring teenager who filled its pages with her hopes, heartaches, and vivid re collections. Intrigued, Koppel followed her only clue, a frontispiece inscr iption, to its now ninety-year-old owner, Florence Wolfson, and was enchant ed as Florence, reunited with her diary, rediscovered a lost younger self b urning with artistic fervor. Joining intimate interviews with original diary entries, The Red Leather Diary re-creates the romance and promise of a remarkable era and brings to life the true story of a daring, precocious young dreamer. 
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197 Kramer, Rita MARIA MONTESSORI
Montessori International Pub 1997 0948496460 / 9780948496462 Paperback Fine 

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CRASHING THROUGH: A TRUE STORY OF RISK, ADVENTURE, AND THE MAN WHO DARED TO SEE, Kurson, Robert
198 Kurson, Robert CRASHING THROUGH: A TRUE STORY OF RISK, ADVENTURE, AND THE MAN WHO DARED TO SEE
Random House 2007 1400063353 / 9781400063352 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 his critically acclaimed bestseller Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson explore d the depths of history, friendship, and compulsion. Now Kurson returns wit h another thrilling adventure-the stunning true story of one man's heroic o dyssey from blindness into sight. Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied e xpectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary s tem cell transplant surgery could restore May's vision. It would allow him to drive, to read, to see his children's faces. He began to contemplate an astonishing new world: Would music still sound the same? Would sex be diffe rent? Would he recognize himself in the mirror? Would his marriage survive? Would he still be Mike May? The procedure was filled with risks, some of them deadly, others beyond May 's wildest dreams. Even if the surgery worked, history was against him. Few er than twenty cases were known worldwide in which a person gained vision a fter a lifetime of blindness. Each of those people suffered desperate conse quences we can scarcely imagine. There were countless reasons for May to pass on vision. He could think of o nly a single reason to go forward. Whatever his decision, he knew it would change his life. Beautifully written and thrillingly told, Crashing Through is a journey of suspens 
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199 Lahr, John PRICK UP YOUR EARS: BIOGRAPHY OF JOE ORTON
Penguin Books Ltd 1980 014004924X / 9780140049244 Paperback Very Good 

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PRICK UP YOUR EARS: THE BIOGRAPHY OF JOE ORTON, Lahr, John
200 Lahr, John PRICK UP YOUR EARS: THE BIOGRAPHY OF JOE ORTON
Penguin Putnam~trade 1980 0140100679 / 9780140100679 Paperback Good 
John Lahr, New Yorker critic, novelist, and biographer reconstructs both th e life and death of Joe Orton, an extraordinary and anarchic playwright, wh ose plays scandalised and delighted the public, and whose indecisive loyalt y to a friend caused his tragic and untimely death. 'I have high hopes of d ying in my prime,' Joe Orton confided to his diary in July, 1967. Less than one month later, Britain's most promising comic playwright was murdered by his lover in the London flat they had shared for fifteen years. In PRICK U P YOUR EARS, originally chosen Book of the Year by Truman Capote and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Patrick White when it first appeared in 1978, Lahr c hronicles Orton's working-class childhood and stage struck adolescence, the scandals and disasters of his early professional years, and the brief, gli ttering success of his blistering comedies, ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE, LOOT, and WHAT THE BUTLER SAW. 
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