Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS: A MEMOIR OF GOING HOME, Janzen, Rhoda
181 Janzen, Rhoda MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS: A MEMOIR OF GOING HOME
St. Martin's Griffin 2010 0805092250 / 9780805092257 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Starred Review. At first, the worst week of Janzen's life--she gets into a debilitating car wreck right after her husband leaves her for a guy he met on the Internet and saddles her with a mortgage she can't afford--seems to come out of nowhere, but the disaster's long buildup becomes clearer as she opens herself up. Her 15-year relationship with Nick had always been punctuated by manic outbursts and verbally abusive behavior, so recognizing her co-dependent role in their marriage becomes an important part of Janzen's recovery (even as she tweaks the 12 steps just a bit). The healing is further assisted by her decision to move back in with her Mennonite parents, prompting her to look at her childhood religion with fresh, twinkling eyes. (She provides an appendix for those unfamiliar with Mennonite culture, as well as a list of shame-based foods from hot potato salad to borscht.) Janzen is always ready to gently turn the humor back on herself, though, and women will immediately warm to the self-deprecating honesty with which she describes the efforts of friends and family to help her re-establish her emotional well-being. 
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PILGRIMAGE TO INDIA: A WOMAN REVISITS HER HOMELAND, Jayapal, Pramila
182 Jayapal, Pramila PILGRIMAGE TO INDIA: A WOMAN REVISITS HER HOMELAND
Seal Press 2001 1580050522 / 9781580050524 Paperback Near Fine 
Born in India, raised in Indonesia and Singapore and educated at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Jayapal received a grant from the Institut e of Current World Affairs to revisit her native country and write about he r observations on contemporary Indian society. Jayapal, who holds an MBA an d has experience both in the private and nonprofit banking sectors, is most enlightening in this collection of essays when combining her professional expertise and personal observation in order to comment on the theory and pr ogress of development in India. For example, in Kerala, which has been long hailed as a successful model of development, Jayapal explains that the sam e forces of unemployment, corruption and gender discrimination are at work as in other "less developed" states, just in less obvious ways. Jayapal has a fine ear for listening to others and supplies impressive examples of bot h successful and unsuccessful development efforts by organizations and vill ages. "Development groups often installed technologies without explaining t o villagers what they were or how to maintain them," charges Jayapal at one point, then continues, "I became increasingly convinced that the most impo rtant factor in any development effort is listening to those who will live with the consequences." Less intriguing are her more personal remarks, whic h are bloated with dull truisms, such as "Little is black and white in Indi a" and "One is challenged every day to look at life not in absolutes but in relatives." These blemishes aside, those interested in economic and social development--particularly women's issues--would be well served in taking u 
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ONE TEACHER IN 10, SECOND EDITION, Jennings, Kevin
183 Jennings, Kevin ONE TEACHER IN 10, SECOND EDITION
Alyson Books 2005 1555838693 / 9781555838690 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. From the director of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) c omes a new collection of accounts by openly gay and lesbian teachers who te ll about their struggles and victories as they have put their own careers o n the line to fight for justice. Kevin Jennings is the founder and executive director of GLSEN. He lives in New York City. 
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184 Johnson, Mark Andrew ROBERT DUNCAN (TWAYNE'S UNITED STATES AUTHORS SERIES)
MacMillan Publishing Company 1988 0805775110 / 9780805775112 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A wonderful tight clean copy, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this i s not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. 
Price: 1500.00 JPY
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SEMI-DETACHED, Jones, Griff Rhys
185 Jones, Griff Rhys SEMI-DETACHED
Penguin Books Ltd 2007 0141012870 / 9780141012872 Paperback Good 
A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout: Semi-detached Griff relives freezing bus journeys to school and the impulsive stealing of that half-a-crown from Charlie Hume's money box; sitting outside Butlins at Clacton (longing to be inside and on the Waltzer instead of stranded on the pebbles with his dad); hazy summer afternoons spent with feral gangs in the woods, or storming the mud flats singing extracts from the Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band. The memories are like Mivvis, frozen and fuzzy at the edges, but a sweet jam of pure recollected goo at the centre. From birth to the BBC, this is a story of a confident middle child. Griff's devoted parents Gwynneth and Elwyn gave him love, security and plenty of asparagus soup from a fake wicker vacuum flask with a plastic top. Griff's father Elwyn, a retiring hospital doctor with a penchant for sweeties and ice-cream, loathed the tedium of English social ritual and hid behind his family and woodwork.From tree houses to boats, puppets to tables, he sawed and hammered his way into his family's affections. Griff left the bosom of his loving, irascible, eccentric, solid, all engulfing family for the firm embrace of real life; via the Upminster Fun Gang, the Direct Grant System and Party Sevens, losing his virginity down the back of a bunk in a twenty nine foot yacht, discovering the romantic advantages of shared babysitting engagements and the drawbacks of infatuation with identical twins. If he hadn't moved around so much as a child, would Griff have felt less like a voyeur, looking in on the lighted window across the square, the Georgian house glowing in the sun, the clink of gla 
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CONVERSATIONS WITH ERICA JONG, Jong, Erica
186 Jong, Erica CONVERSATIONS WITH ERICA JONG
University Press of Mississi 2002 1578065100 / 9781578065103 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Rarely is sex discussed so often and so explicitly in author interviews as it is here in this piquant collection of conversations with the bright, aud acious, and pioneering Jong, poet, novelist, and critic who will always be remembered for Fear of Flying, her shocking and liberating 1973 surprise be st-seller (12 millions copies and counting), a publishing milestone that ma de her a media darling. Jong's celebrity status overshadowed her considerab le literary skills and artistic intentions, an image problem the adventurou s and talented writer has had to contend with ever since. This "polarizatio n," as Templin terms it in her excellent introduction, makes for especially lively, far-ranging, and provocative interviews as Jong, whip smart and de fiant, speaks with unfailing fluency about the often vituperative criticism leveled against women who write frankly about women's sexuality. Jong, who also writes discerningly about the "destructiveness of romanticism for wom en," is a keenly satirical writer with a passion for history and a sharp se nse of humor that spices her fascinating conversations with Playboy, Susie Bright, and such serious literary thinkers as Templin. Donna Seaman Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Product Description In Conversations with Erica Jong one of the most popular and controversial of contemporary writers has her say. She was already an established poet wh en she published Fear of Flying (1973), but the novel's sensational recepti on came to overshadow all her work. In interviews 
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SEDUCING THE DEMON: WRITING FOR MY LIFE, Jong, Erica
187 Jong, Erica SEDUCING THE DEMON: WRITING FOR MY LIFE
Tarcher 2006 1585424447 / 9781585424443 Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: In four discursive essays and an introduction, Jong (Fear of Flying; Any Woman's Blues) ruminates on the elements of her writer's life. Most notable is sexuality: pursuit of the muse has often meant pursuit of a demon lover, a man utterly wrong for her. She walks away from Ted Hughes in the 1970s, but not from many other wrong men. Jong has had four husbands, one child and 20 books in the past four decades. Now in her 60s, she's well-read, well-traveled, therapized, happily married and sexually satisfied. Her memoir in vignettes asserts that without writing, Jong would go crazy, drink well beyond the excesses of her past and be miserable. Writing has propelled her forward into a fulfilled life. There is a fine section on women writers who pursued death (Plath, Sexton, Woolf); Jong explains why she refused to be one of them. These chatty, gossipy essays are just serious enough to count as literary. Jong, however, shrugs off the immense economic privilege that allowed her to write and travel from adolescence and meet famous people who influenced her writing early. 
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THE DEVIL AT LARGE: ERICA JONG ON HENRY MILLER, Jong, Erica
188 Jong, Erica THE DEVIL AT LARGE: ERICA JONG ON HENRY MILLER
Grove Press 1994 0802133916 / 9780802133915 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Jong's biographical tribute to Henry Miller provides an occasion for her wider reflections on sex and literature. 
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RIDING THE WHITE HORSE HOME: A WESTERN FAMILY ALBUM, Jordan, Teresa
189 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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190 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
191 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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ROBERT KENNEDY AND HIS TIMES, Jr., Arthur Schlesinger
192 Jr., Arthur Schlesinger ROBERT KENNEDY AND HIS TIMES
Ballantine Books 1985 0345325478 / 9780345325471 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. Schlesinger, historian and friend of Bobby Kennedy, has had access for the first time to private papers, letters, and journals which make possible a fresh look at both personal relationships and public events. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award for Biography. 
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193 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
194 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
195 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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196 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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197 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
198 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
199 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
200 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. 
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