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Biographies & Memoirs

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CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND: AN UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY - INTERNATIO NAL EDITION, Barris, Chuck
21 Barris, Chuck CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND: AN UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY - INTERNATIO NAL EDITION
Miramax Books 2003 0786890630 / 9780786890637 Paperback Near Fine 

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22 Bayley, John ELEGY FOR IRIS
St Martins Pr 1999 0312198647 / 9780312198640 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-library or a book of the month club edition; In one of literary history's ghastlier ironies, Iris Murdoch, the author of such highly intellectual and philosophical novels as A Severed Head and Under the Net, was diagnosed in 1994 with Alzheimer's disease, which slowly destroys reasoning powers, memory, even the ability to speak coherently. Her husband, English literary critic John Bayley, unsparingly depicts his wife's affliction in prose as elegant and accessible as hers always was. Readers may wince at the spectacle of Murdoch glued to the TV watching the Teletubbies program, unable to perform tasks as simple as dressing herself and prey to devastating anxiety as the world becomes less and less comprehensible to her. We understand Bayley's occasional fits of rage when his caretaking chores overwhelm him. Yet in the end his memoir is touching, even inspiring. 
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IRIS A MEMOIR OF IRIS MURDOCH, Bayley, John
23 Bayley, John IRIS A MEMOIR OF IRIS MURDOCH
Abacus Uk 1999 0349112150 / 9780349112152 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: John Bayley's account of his long and loving marriage to the great novelist Iris Murdoch takes us on a journey, from their love affair's comically inauspicious beginnings in the Oxford of the early fifties (Bayley courted Iris on account of her unchallenging plain looks and their first date consisted of a revolting dinner followed by a disastrous dance when Iris sprained her ankle) to its slow and painful closure when the onset of Alzheimer's more than forty years later, which should be devastating. Yet as Bayley charts the gradual dissolution of Iris's remarkable intellect side by side with the detail of their gloriously eccentric and profoundly satisfying life together, what emerges is the complex portrait of an enigmatic and brilliant woman and of a marriage of quite extraordinary, unforced happiness, and some remarkable insight into the richly mysterious symbolism of Iris Murdoch's novels. Wry, intelligent, and unexpectedly hilarious, IRIS is an unforgettable inquiry into the nature of love and identity and a uniquely moving articulation of loss. 
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IRIS AND THE FRIENDS B, Bayley, John
24 Bayley, John IRIS AND THE FRIENDS B
Abacus 2000 0349113106 / 9780349113104 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: After more than three years of suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch died in January 1999. Early that month she was taken to a home for the terminally ill, and she remained radiant and calm for the last weeks of her life. The last year or so of Iris Murdoch's life provides the framework for IRIS AND THE FRIENDS, but within this structure John Bayley returns repeatedly to memories of his own earlier life, and of more than forty years of marriage to Iris. Alzheimer's is a lonely predicament for the carer, and Bayley describes how he copes with the ordeal of watching his wife become terminally ill by forming a growing dependency on memory as a stand-by, consolation and friend. In the final chapters, Bayley describes his wife's death which was an entirely serene one. He writes of how he is learning to cope with the loss of Iris, and how he is creating a new life for himself. Partly an autobiography, partly the biography of a marriage, IRIS AND THE FRIENDS provides a sensitive and, at times, a gently humourous lesson in the uses of adversity and will enthrall those fans of IRIS who wanted to know more about Bayley himself. 
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IRIS: A MEMOIR OF IRIS MURDOCH, Bayley, John
25 Bayley, John IRIS: A MEMOIR OF IRIS MURDOCH
Abacus 2001 0349114293 / 9780349114293 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. John Bayley's account of his long and loving marriage to the great novelist Iris Murdoch takes us on a journey, from their love affair's comically ina uspicious beginnings in the Oxford of the early fifties (Bayley courted Iri s on account of her unchallenging plain looks and their first date consiste d of a revolting dinner followed by a disastrous dance when Iris sprained h er ankle) to its slow and painful closure when the onset of Alzheimer's mor e than forty years later, which should be devastating. Yet as Bayley charts the gradual dissolution of Iris's remarkable intellect side by side with t he detail of their gloriously eccentric and profoundly satisfying life toge ther, what emerges is the complex portrait of an enigmatic and brilliant wo man and of a marriage of quite extraordinary, unforced happiness, and some remarkable insight into the richly mysterious symbolism of Iris Murdoch's n ovels. Wry, intelligent, and unexpectedly hilarious, IRIS is an unforgettable inquiry into the nature of love and identity and a uniquely moving articulation of loss. 
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ENOCH SOAMES, Beerbohm, Max
26 Beerbohm, Max ENOCH SOAMES
Kessinger Pub Co 2004 1419117939 / 9781419117930 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. It occurs to you that he was a fool? It didn't to me. I was young, and had not the clarity of judgment that Rothenstein already had. Soames was quite five or six years older than either of us. Also--he had written a book. It was wonderful to have written a book. 
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ELECTROBOY: A MEMOIR OF MANIA, Behrman, Andy
27 Behrman, Andy ELECTROBOY: A MEMOIR OF MANIA
Penguin Books Ltd 2003 0140288856 / 9780140288858 Paperback Good 
Andy Behrman was Superman. He slept three hours a day. He learned new langu ages in a week. He was a dealer, a hustler and an art forger who made milli ons. He flew from Geneva to Anguilla then back again to balance out the hot and cold. He gave strangers spontaneous gifts of thousands of dollars from the cash he kept in a refrigerator. Then he was arrested for art forgery, went to prison and soon after that found out he was mad. Following intensiv e bouts of electric shock therapy, he was cured. No longer Superman, but El ectroboy. This is his story. 
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28 Beiles, Yudel YUDKE
Baltos lankos 2002 9955429801 / 9789955429807 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 

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ADVENTURES OF AN ACCIDENTAL SOCIOLOGIST: HOW TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD WITHOUT B ECOMING A BORE, Berger, Peter L.
29 Berger, Peter L. ADVENTURES OF AN ACCIDENTAL SOCIOLOGIST: HOW TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD WITHOUT B ECOMING A BORE
Prometheus Books 2011 1616143894 / 9781616143893 Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
Peter L. Berger is arguably the best-known American sociologist living toda y. Since the 1960s he has been publishing books on many facets of the Ameri can social scene, and several are now considered classics. So it may be har d to believe Professor Berger's description of himself as an "accidental so ciologist." But that in fact accurately describes how he stumbled into soci ology. In this witty, intellectually stimulating memoir, Berger explains no t only how he became a social scientist, but the many adventures that this calling has led to. Rather than writing an autobiography, he focuses on the main intellectual i ssues that motivated his work and the various people and situations he enco untered in the course of his career. Full of memorable vignettes and colorf ul characters depicted in a lively narrative often laced with humor, Berger 's memoir conveys the excitement that a study of social life can bring. The first part of the book describes Berger's initiation into sociology throug h the New School for Social Research, "a European enclave in the midst of G reenwich Village bohemia." Berger was first a student at the New School and later a young professor amidst a clique of like-minded individuals. There he published The Social Construction of Reality (with colleague Thomas Luck mann), one of his most successful books, followed by The Sacred Canopy on t he sociology of religion, also still widely cited. The book covers Berger's experience as a "globe-trekking sociologist" including trips to Mexico, where he studied approaches to Third World poverty; to East Asia, where he discovered the potential of capitalism to improve soci 
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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING CRITIC: MY EXCELLENT ADVENTURE IN WEIGHT LOSS: 75 POUNDS AND COUNTING..., Bernard, Jami
30 Bernard, Jami THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING CRITIC: MY EXCELLENT ADVENTURE IN WEIGHT LOSS: 75 POUNDS AND COUNTING...
Avery 2007 1583332847 / 9781583332849 Paperback Near Fine 
A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: Every extra pound tells a story . . . At five four and 230 pounds, film cri tic Jami Bernard took the plunge into what she half-jokingly calls "the hea rt of darkness"- her innermost self, where, by confronting a past both funn y and painful, she was able to let go of those pounds, one by one, week aft er week. At the end of this intensely personal, bitterly humorous journey, she had lost seventy-five of them. Jami chronicled her weight loss in the New York Daily News, where she was a film critic for thirteen years. This book goes behind the scenes to tell t he unvarnished truth of what it's like to live large in a body-obsessed cul ture that takes no prisoners. Here is the reality of weight loss: a stock-m arket chart of crazy gains and losses, a crumb trail of doomed relationship s, the terrors of pleasure, and the best pizza this side of Naples. With a sharp wit and the confident, easy style that makes her a nationally known c ritic and champion of women's issues, Jami candidly explores the secret wor ld of fat people-their fears, bodies, clothing; their forbidden love affair with food; and what it's like to leave that all behind and emerge thin aga in on the other side. Moving, sometimes shocking, and always mordantly funny, The Incredible Shrinking Critic takes it all off-seventy-five pounds and counting. 
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THE REICHMANNS: FAMILY, FAITH, FORTUNE, AND THE EMPIRE OF OLYMPIA & YORK, Bianco, Anthony
31 Bianco, Anthony THE REICHMANNS: FAMILY, FAITH, FORTUNE, AND THE EMPIRE OF OLYMPIA & YORK
Random House International 1998 0812930630 / 9780812930634 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 epic rise and spectacular fall of the devoutly religious and secretive family that was one of the ten richest of the world. The Reichmanns is filled with fascinating characters, epic scope, and an illuminating look at the world of the ultra-orthodox. 
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DAISY BATES IN THE DESERT, Blackburn, Julia
32 Blackburn, Julia DAISY BATES IN THE DESERT
Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd 1994 0436201119 / 9780436201110 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A crisp clean hardcover, no markings throughout: Irish-born Bates dedicated the greatest portion of her life to living with and studying the Aborigines of Australia. In this book, Blackburn explores the life and work of this extraordinary woman. The first part presents information gained through the author's scholarly research, interviews, and travels; the second is a lengthy account of Bates's day-to-day life written from the perspective of Bates herself. The latter section is no doubt the most rewarding portion of the book, as it is well written and draws the reader into the absorbing re-creation of a long-term desert experience. In addition to Bates's personal life, the book addresses many topics relating to life in the early 1900s in Australia. Recommended as an informative, entertaining, and descriptive addition to general travel and anthropology collections. 
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33 Bleser, ( Editor) Carol SECRET AND SACRED
Oxford Univ Pr 1989 0195061632 / 9780195061635 Paperback Very Good 
Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond, a Southern Slavehold er 
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34 Bloom, Harold SHAKESPEARE: THE INVENTION OF THE HUMAN
Riverhead Hardcover 1998 1573221201 / 9781573221207 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Near Fine 
A highly collectible first edition, protected in a new brodart wrapper "Personality, in our sense, is a Shakespearean invention, and is not only S hakespeare's greatest originality but also the authentic cause of his perpe tual pervasiveness." So Harold Bloom opines in his outrageously ambitious S hakespeare: The Invention of the Human. This is a titanic claim. But then t his is a titanic book, wrought by a latter-day critical colossus--and befor e Bloom is done with us, he has made us wonder whether his vision of Shakes peare's influence on the whole of our lives might not be simply the sober t ruth. Shakespeare is a feast of arguments and insights, written with engagi ng frankness and affecting immediacy. Bloom ranges through the Bard's plays in the probable order of their composition, relating play to play and char acter to character, maintaining all the while a shrewd grasp of Shakespeare 's own burgeoning sensibility. It is a long and fascinating itinerary, and one littered with thousands of sharp insights. Listen to Bloom on Romeo and Juliet: "The Nurse and Mercutio, both of them audience favorites, are nevertheless bad news, in different but complementary ways." On The Merchant of Venice: "To reduce him to contemporary theatrical terms, Shylock would be an Arthur Miller protagonist displaced into a Cole Porter musical, Willy Loman wandering about in Kiss Me Kate." On As You Like It: "Rosalind is unique in Shakespeare, perhaps indeed in Western drama, because it is so difficult to achieve a perspective upon her that she herself does not anticipate and share." Bloom even offers some belated vocational counseling to Falstaff, 
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GWEILO: MEMORIES OF A HONG KONG CHILDHOOD, Booth, Martin
35 Booth, Martin GWEILO: MEMORIES OF A HONG KONG CHILDHOOD
Bantam Press 2005 0553816721 / 9780553816723 Paperback Very Good 
Evocative, funny and full of life, this is a beautifully observed childhood memoir of growing up in colonial Hong Kong in the 1950s. As an inquisitive seven-year-old, Martin Booth found himself with the whole of Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in the early 195 0s. Unrestricted by parental control, he had free access to hidden corners of the colony normally closed to a Gweilo, a "pale fellow" like him. Befrie nding rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, he learned Cantonese, sample d delicacies such as boiled water beetles and one-hundred-year-old eggs, an d participated in colourful festivals. He even entered the forbidden Kowloo n Walled City, wandered into the secret lair of the Triads and visited an o pium den. Along the way he encountered a colourful array of people, from th e plink plonk man with his dancing monkey to Nagasaki Jim, a drunken child molester, and the Queen of Kowloon, the crazed tramp who may have been a me mber of the Romanov family. Shadowed by the unhappiness of his warring parents, a broad-minded mother who, like her son, was keen to embrace all things Chinese, and a bigoted father who was enraged by his family's interest in "going native," Martin Booth's compelling memoir is a journey into Chinese culture and an extinct colonial way of life that glows with infectious curiosity and humour. 
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A SECOND WIND: THE TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED THE MOTION PICTURE THE INTOUCHA BLES, Borgo, Philippe Pozzo di
36 Borgo, Philippe Pozzo di A SECOND WIND: THE TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED THE MOTION PICTURE THE INTOUCHA BLES
Atria 2012 145169704X / 9781451697049 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. 
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37 Bourdain, Anthony KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: ADVENTURES IN THE CULINARY UNDERBELLY
Ecco/Harper Collins 2000 0060934913 / 9780060934910 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. 
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THE LOVE STORY OF W.B. YEATS AND MAUD GONNE, Brady, Margery
38 Brady, Margery THE LOVE STORY OF W.B. YEATS AND MAUD GONNE
Mercier Press 2004 0853429359 / 9780853429357 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: A dramatic and compelling story of the great love of W. B. Yeats for Maud Gonne, the woman he immortalised in his poems. Set in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this romantic tale unfolds against a backdrop of political unrest and tenant agitation in Ireland. The poet W. B. Yeats was a central figure in the Irish literary revival while Maud Gonne, a political activist, was passionately involved in the struggle for Irish independence. 
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ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN', Bragg, Rick
39 Bragg, Rick ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN'
Pantheon 1997 0679442588 / 9780679442585 Hardcover (no Very Good 
One reason Rick Bragg won a Pulitzer Prize for his feature articles at the New York Times is that he never forgets his roots. When he writes about dea th and violence in urban slums, Bragg draws on firsthand knowledge of how p overty deforms lives and on his personal belief in the dignity of poor peop le. His memoir of a hardscrabble Southern youth pays moving tribute to his indomitable mother and struggles to forgive his drunken father. All Over bu t the Shoutin' is beautifully achieved on both these counts--and many more. 
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LOSING MY VIRGINITY: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Branson, Sir Richard
40 Branson, Sir Richard LOSING MY VIRGINITY: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Virgin Books 2002 0753506483 / 9780753506486 Paperback Good 
On its first publication, Richard Branson's bestselling autobiography was h ailed as 'compelling' by the Sunday Times, and 'candid and humorous' by the Times. Now in this newly revised edition. Richard Branson adds to that ama zing memoir, bringing both his - and Virgin's - story up to date. From the highs and lows of both his personal as well as business life, Richard Brans on bares his soul. 
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