Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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41 Brinkley, David DAVID BRINKLEY: A MEMOIR
BALLANTINE 0345374029 / 9780345374028 Paperback Near Fine 

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RICHARD BRANSON: THE INSIDE STORY, BROWN, MICK
42 BROWN, MICK RICHARD BRANSON: THE INSIDE STORY
Headline 1994 0747232164 / 9780747232162 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Mick Brown has revised this book to take into account Richard Branson's latest business interests, the Virgin rail service and a new bid to run the National Lottery. 
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LENNY BRUCE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY : HOW TO TALK DIRTY AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE, Bruce, Lenny
43 Bruce, Lenny LENNY BRUCE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY : HOW TO TALK DIRTY AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
Ams Pr Inc 1965 0404199275 / 9780404199272 Hardcover 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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ADAM SMITH AND THE PURSUIT OF LIBERTY, Buchan, James
44 Buchan, James ADAM SMITH AND THE PURSUIT OF LIBERTY
Profile Books 2006 1861979053 / 9781861979056 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. 
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MICHELANGELO: A BIOGRAPHY, Bull, George
45 Bull, George MICHELANGELO: A BIOGRAPHY
Viking 1995 0670811157 / 9780670811151 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was a sculptor, architect, and painter of genius and a poet and writer of great accomplishment. He was born in Cap rese, where his father, a Florentine nobleman, was the visiting magistrate. He was apprenticed in Florence to the painter Ghirlandaio in 1488, and the reafter learned the elements of fresco technique and developed a lifelong i nterest in sculpture. His talent brought him to the attention of Lorenzo de ' Medici and other patrons in Florence and Rome. In his lifetime he was rec ognized as the greatest living artist, and created a succession of masterpi eces of sculpture, fresco painting, and architecture. In all his work, Mich elangelo impressed his contemporaries as a forceful personality, a divine g enius endowed with terribilita, or intense emotional power. Often portrayed as a solitary and austere figure, he in fact enjoyed a remarkable range of friendships, and those he loved and hated, served or resisted, are present ed here, from his family and fellow artists to the popes, nobles, and ruler s of Europe. In this new life of Michelangelo, George Bull places him firml y in the context of his time. He worked during three-quarters of a century of tremendous change in European society, and as an artist was supremely re sponsive to the hopes, fears, and values of his culture, which he both exem plified and defied. 
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EDUCATION OF A FELON: A MEMOIR, Bunker, Edward
46 Bunker, Edward EDUCATION OF A FELON: A MEMOIR
St. Martin's Griffin 2001 0312280769 / 9780312280765 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. In Education of a Felon, the reigning champion of prison novelists finally tells his own story. The son of an alcoholic stagehand father and a Busby B erkeley chorus girl, Bunker was--at seventeen--the youngest inmate ever in San Quentin. His hard-won experiences on L.A.'s meanest streets and in and out of prison gave him the material to write some of the grittiest and most affecting novels of our time. From smoking a joint in the gas chamber to leaving fingerprints on a knife connected to a serial kiler, from Hollywood's steamy undersde to swimming in the Neptune pool at San Simeon, Bunker delivers a memoir as colorful as any of his novels and as compelling as the life he's lead. 
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ROOSEVELT: SOLDIER OF FREEDOM: VOLUME 2, 1940-1945, Burns, James MacGregor
47 Burns, James MacGregor ROOSEVELT: SOLDIER OF FREEDOM: VOLUME 2, 1940-1945
Mariner Books 2002 0156027577 / 9780156027571 Paperback Near Fine 
This award-winning companion volume to Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox conc ludes the first and most acclaimed complete biography of Franklin Delano Ro osevelt. Undoubtedly the most comprehensive study of one of America's most acclaimed presidents, this classic biography is unparalleled in its depth, accuracy, and accomplishment. 
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48 Burroughs, Augusten RUNNING WITH SCISSORS: A MEMOIR
St. Martin's Paperbacks 2006 0312938853 / 9780312938857 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: There is a passage early in Augusten Burroughs's harrowing and highly entertaining memoir, Running with Scissors, that speaks volumes about the author. While going to the garbage dump with his father, young Augusten spots a chipped, glass-top coffee table that he longs to bring home. "I knew I could hide the chip by fanning a display of magazines on the surface, like in a doctor's office," he writes, "And it certainly wouldn't be dirty after I polished it with Windex for three hours." There were certainly numerous chips in the childhood Burroughs describes: an alcoholic father, an unstable mother who gives him up for adoption to her therapist, and an adolescence spent as part of the therapist's eccentric extended family, gobbling prescription meds and fooling around with both an old electroshock machine and a pedophile who lives in a shed out back. But just as he dreamed of doing with that old table, Burroughs employs a vigorous program of decoration and fervent polishing to a life that many would have simply thrown in a landfill. Despite her abandonment, he never gives up on his increasingly unbalanced mother. And rather than despair about his lot, he glamorizes it: planning a "beauty empire" and performing an a capella version of "You Light Up My Life" at a local mental ward. Burroughs's perspective achieves a crucial balance for a memoir: emotional but not self-involved, observant but not clinical, funny but not deliberately comic. And it's ultimately a feel-good story: as he steers through a challenging childhood, there's always a sense that Burroughs's survivor mentalit 
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KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR: THE PATH TO A BETTER WAY OF DEATH, Butler, Katy
49 Butler, Katy KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR: THE PATH TO A BETTER WAY OF DEATH
Scribner 2013 1451641974 / 9781451641974 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 visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine story, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents' desires f or "Good Deaths" and the forces within medicine that stood in the way. Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-relian t parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy -nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Trage dy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregivin g, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd par ents through their final declines. Then doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker, keeping his heart going but doing nothing to prevent his six-year slide into dementia, near-blindn ess, and misery. When he told his exhausted wife, "I'm living too long," mo ther and daughter were forced to confront a series of wrenching moral quest ions. When does death stop being a curse and become a blessing? Where is th e line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? When do you say to a d octor, "Let my loved one go?" When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker, condemning her father to a p rolonged and agonizing death, Butler set out to understand why. Her quest h ad barely begun when her mother took another path. Faced with her own grave illness, she rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and met death head-on. With a reporter's skill and a daughter's love, Butler explores what ha 
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SLEEPERS, CARCATERRA, LORENZO
50 CARCATERRA, LORENZO SLEEPERS
Ballantine Books 1996 0345404114 / 9780345404114 Paperback Good 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For fans of Game of Silence, Sleepers is the ex traordinary true story of four men who take the law into their own hands. This is the story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, f un-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential i s unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New Yo rk City's Hell's Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the den izens of the street. They never get caught. And they know they never will. Until one disastrous summer afternoon. On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horrible wrong. And the four find themselves facing a year's imprisonment in the Wilkinson Home for Boys. The oldest of them is fifteen, the youngest twelve. What happens to them over the course of that year--brutal beatings, unimaginable humiliatio n--will change their lives forever. Years later, one has become a lawyer. One a reporter. And two have grown up to be murderers, professional hit men. For all of them, the pain and fear of Wilkinson still rages within. Only one thing can erase it. Revenge. 
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THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON, VOL. 2: MEANS OF ASCENT, Caro, Robert A
51 Caro, Robert A THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON, VOL. 2: MEANS OF ASCENT
Bodley Head Limited 1990 0370314905 / 9780370314907 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 "Means of Ascent", Caro covers the years 1941-48, years in the wilderness for Johnson, who had been devastatingly defeated for the Senate in 1941, but years of fascination for the biographer and for anyone interested in the more extreme grotesqueries of American politics. For this is the period when Lyndon Johnson and his wife Ladybird made themselves rich, Texas-style rich. And it is the period when Johnson won his first seat in the US Senate, in an election whose corruption was legendary even by Texas standards. Caro has tried to expose the details of Johnson's financial dealings, so long shrouded in secrecy, and the almost incredible true story of the 1948 Senate contest, a tale of local bosses, controlled votes, and stuffed and stolen ballot boxes. What he shows us is at once funny, horrifying and inevitable. 
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J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A BIOGRAPHY, Carpenter, Humphrey
52 Carpenter, Humphrey J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A BIOGRAPHY
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 1987 0049280708 / 9780049280700 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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WEST OF THE DIVIDE: VOICES FROM A RANCH, Carrier, Jim
53 Carrier, Jim WEST OF THE DIVIDE: VOICES FROM A RANCH
Fulcrum Publishing 1992 1555910939 / 9781555910938 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
The collection of pieces from Jim Carrier who spent three months in the spr ing with the Spann family on their ranch and three in the fall with the Kni ght family on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in Colorado. 
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54 Carroll, Jim THE BASKETBALL DIARIES: THE CLASSIC ABOUT GROWING UP HIP ON NEW YORK'S MEAN STREETS
Penguin Books 1987 0140100180 / 9780140100181 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 urban classic coming-of-age story about sex, drugs, and basketball Jim Carroll grew up to become a renowned poet and punk rocker. But in this memoir of the mid-1960s, set during his coming-of-age from 12 to 15, he was a rebellious teenager making a place and a name for himself on the unforgi ving streets of New York City. During these years, he chronicled his experi ences, and the result is a diary of unparalleled candor that conveys his al ternately hilarious and terrifying teenage existence. Here is Carroll prowl ing New York City--playing basketball, hustling, stealing, getting high, ge tting hooked, and searching for something pure. The Basketball Diaries was the basis for the film of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio. "I met him in 1970, and already he was pretty much universally recognized as the best poet of his generation. . . . The work was sophisticated and elegant. He had beauty." -- Patti Smith 
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THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE, Carter, Forrest
55 Carter, Forrest THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE
Univ. Of New Mexico Press 1976 0826308791 / 9780826308795 Paperback Very Good 

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56 Carter, Morris ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER AND FENWAY COURT
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUS 1972 Hardcover Near Fine/Very Good 
A highly collectible copy, third edition, protected in a new brodart wrappe r, not price clipped, or an ex-lib edition.Illus. by G. Peabody Gardner. 
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57 Chablis, The lady HIDING MY CANDY
Atria 1997 0671520954 / 9780671520953 Paperback Near Fine 
"Chablis is a full-time transvestite. In clinical terms, she is a preoperat ive transsexual," John Berendt explains in his introduction. Chablis takes it from there, presenting a sassy, tongue-in-cheek version of her life stor y, which she began as Benjamin Edward Knox in 1957. She recounts growing up in Florida as a self-confessed "sissy-child"; recalls being abandoned by b oth her mother and father and being raised by her classy grandmother; and n otes the problems she and her family had coming to terms with her sexuality . She tells of her imprisonment for shoplifting; her debut on stage as a fe male impersonator in Atlanta in the mid-1970s; taking hormones to grow brea sts; and the high cost of electrolysis. After winning the Miss Gay World Pa geant, Chablis moved on to Savannah, where she changed her act to include s tand-up comedy. Writing with freelancer Bouloukos, Chablis presents a good- natured biography that covers the gamut from sexual adventures with unsuspe cting straight males to beauty tips and a listing of her favorite recipes. 
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MAO: THE UNKNOWN STORY, Chang, Jung
58 Chang, Jung MAO: THE UNKNOWN STORY
Vintage Books USA 2007 0099507374 / 9780099507376 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. In the epilogue to her biography of Mao Tse-tung, Jung Chang and her husband and cowriter Jon Halliday lament that, "Today, Mao's portrait and his corpse still dominate Tiananmen Square in the heart of the Chinese capital." For Chang, author of Wild Swans, this fact is an affront, not just to history, but to decency. Mao: The Unknown Story does not contain a formal dedication, but it is clear that Chang is writing to honor the millions of Chinese who fell victim to Mao's drive for absolute power in his 50-plus-year struggle to dominate China and the 20th-century political landscape. From the outset, Chang and Halliday are determined to shatter the "myth" of Mao, and they succeed with the force, not just of moral outrage, but of facts. The result is a book, more indictment than portrait, that paints Mao as a brutal totalitarian, a thug, who unleashed Stalin-like purges of millions with relish and without compunction, all for his personal gain. Through the authors' unrelenting lens even his would-be heroism as the leader of the Long March and father of modern China is exposed as reckless opportunism, subjecting his charges to months of unnecessary hardship in order to maintain the upper hand over his rival, Chang Kuo-tao, an experienced military commander. 
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WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA, Chang, Jung
59 Chang, Jung WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA
Flamingo 1993 0006374921 / 9780006374923 Paperback Very Good 
In Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, and insistentl y gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in t he political maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmothe r was a warlord's concubine. Her gently raised mother struggled with hardsh ips in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched, worked, and breathed for Mao u ntil doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies and purges. Born just a few decades apart, their lives overlap with the end of the warlords' reg ime and overthrow of the Japanese occupation, violent struggles between the Kuomintang and the Communists to carve up China, and, most poignant for th e author, the vicious cycle of purges orchestrated by Chairman Mao that dis credited and crushed millions of people, including her parents. 
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WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA, Chang, Jung
60 Chang, Jung WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA
Flamingo 1992 0006545998 / 9780006545996 Paperback Good 
Through the lives of three different women - grandmother, mother and daught er - this book tells the story of 20th-century China. At times scarcely cre dible in the details it reveals of the suffering of millions of ordinary Ch inese people, it is an unforgettable record of tyranny, hope and ultimate s urvival under conditions of extreme harshness. In 1924, at the age of 15, t he author's grandmother became the concubine of a powerful warlord, whom sh e was seldom to see during the 10 years of their "marriage". Her daughter, born in 1931, experienced the horrors of Japanese occupation in Manchuria a s a schoolgirl, and after their surrender joined the Communist-led undergro und fighting Chiang Kai-Shek's Kuomintang. She rose to be a senior Communis t official, but was imprisoned three times. Her husband, also a high offici al and one of the very first to join the Communists, was relentlessly perse cuted, imprisoned and finally sent to a labour camp where, physically broke n and disillusioned, he lost his sanity. The author herself grew up during the Cultural Revolution, at the time of the personality cult of Mao and the worst excesses of the Gang of Four. She joined the Red Guard but after Mao 's death she was to become one of the first Chinese students to study abroa d. 
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