Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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41 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
42 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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43 Calvert, James F. SILENT RUNNING: MY YEARS ON A WORLD WAR II ATTACK SUBMARINE
Wiley 1997 0471127787 / 9780471127789 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine by James F. Cal vert, Patricia Calvert "The boat was eerily quiet and hot as an oven. Shirts came off and men were either in skivvy shirts or bare from the waist up. Every body glistened wi th sweat--some from the heat and some from just raw fear. Click . . . BANG! Click . . . BANG! Two more [depth charges], still very close. A couple of lightbulbs shattered. . . ." In this riveting personal account, an authentic American hero relives the p erils and triumphs of eight harrowing patrols aboard one of America's most successful World War II submarines. Courageous deeds and terror-filled mome nts--as well as the endless hard work of maintaining and operating a combat sub--are vividly recalled in James Calvert's candid portrait. From rigorou s training and shakedown cruises off the coast of New England, to tense pat rols within shouting distance of Japan's major cities, the progress of the newly commissioned USS Jack parallels Calvert's own growth from callow ensi gn to charter member of one of the sharpest attack teams in the fleet. In June 1943, the Jack made its first patrol into Japanese waters, and Calvert began to build a reputation as a crack TDC operator--the crew member who set the torpedo's course based on the approach officer's readings. With Calvert at the TDC and his much admired skipper Tommy Dykers at the periscope, the Jack had five hits and four confirmed kills on its first patrol. The Jack's fame grew. Despite recurring engine trouble, and the notorious failure of American torpedo detonators early in the war, the sub continued to take its toll on enemy. 
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44 Caputo, Philip MEANS OF ESCAPE: A WAR CORRESPONDENT'S MEMOIR OF LIFE AND DEATH IN AFGHANIS TAN, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND VIETNAM
Lyons Press 2002 1585747378 / 9781585747375 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 author of A Rumor of War recounts his harrowing tales of life as a foreign correspondent. 
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SLEEPERS, CARCATERRA, LORENZO
45 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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WEST OF THE DIVIDE: VOICES FROM A RANCH, Carrier, Jim
46 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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THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE, Carter, Forrest
47 Carter, Forrest THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE
Univ. Of New Mexico Press 1976 0826308791 / 9780826308795 Paperback Very Good 

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48 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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49 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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50 Chang, Jung WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA
Touchstone 2003 0743246985 / 9780743246989 Paperback Very Good 
Minimum wear,no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: Blending the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness histo ry, Wild Swans has become a bestselling classic in thirty languages, with m ore than ten million copies sold. The story of three generations in twentie th-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao's impact on China, an u nusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspirin g tale of courage and love. Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother's struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents' experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving -- and ultimately uplifting -- detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history. 
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WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA, Chang, Jung
51 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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KEROUAC: A BIOGRAPHY, Charters, Ann
52 Charters, Ann KEROUAC: A BIOGRAPHY
Warner Books 1974 0446794503 / 9780446794503 Paperback Good 
Now that Kerouac's major novel, On the Road is accepted as an American clas sic, academic critics are slowly beginning to catch up with his experimenta l literary methods and examine the dozen books comprising what he called 't he legend of Duluoz.' Nearly all of his books have been in print internatio nally since his death in 1969, and his writing has been discovered and enjo yed by new readers throughout the world. Kerouac's view of the promise of A merica, the seductive and lovely vision of the beckoning open spaces of our continent, has never been expressed better by subsequent writers, perhaps because Kerouac was our last writer to believe in America's promise--and es sential innocence--as the legacy he would explore in his autobiographical f iction. 
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LIFE AND DEATH IN SHANGHAI, Cheng, Nien
53 Cheng, Nien LIFE AND DEATH IN SHANGHAI
Penguin 1988 014010870X / 9780140108705 Paperback Good 
Here is the haunting, inspirational account of Nien Cheng's six-and-a-half years as a political prisoner during Communist China's Cultural Revolution. "A moving affirmation of the capacity for human endurance."--Los Angeles T imes. 
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LIFE AND DEATH IN SHANGHAI, Cheng, Nien
54 Cheng, Nien LIFE AND DEATH IN SHANGHAI
Flamingo 1987 0586071156 / 9780586071151 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Originally published in 1986, a memoir in which the author recounts the horrors of China's Cultural Revolution, during which she was falsely accused of being a British spy and was jailed for 6 years. 
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AN AMERICAN BRIDE IN KABUL: A MEMOIR, Chesler, Phyllis
55 Chesler, Phyllis AN AMERICAN BRIDE IN KABUL: A MEMOIR
St. Martin's Griffin 2014 1137279400 / 9781137279408 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. "Engrossing...Chesler adroitly blends her personal narrative with a riveting account of Afghanistan's troubled history, the ongoing Islamic/Islamist terrorism against Muslim civilians and the West, and the continuing struggle and courage of Afghan feminists."--Publishers Weekly. 
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THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND THE POLITICS OF POWER, Chessman, C. Wallace
56 Chessman, C. Wallace THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND THE POLITICS OF POWER
Waveland Press 1994 0881337951 / 9780881337952 Paperback Very Good 
Some minor highlighting throughout. Poised at a strategic point in the emergence of modern America, Theodore Roosevelt entered the White House just as the twentieth century opened. Following a succession of weak presidents who proved themselves incapable of dealing seriously with the novel problems and responsibilities created by industrialization within the country and by imperialism in the world outside its boundaries, Roosevelt was uniquely qualified by training and personality to reverse the trend. His patrician background, his education, and his grasp of the national and international situations set him apart from the men he succeeded in Washington. His vigorous, colorful, forceful personality attracted widespread public attention and deep affection. As a result, he was able to face problems that his predecessors had avoided. In matters like labor and conservation, Roosevelt established fruitful precedents for the country. In others, diplomacy for instance, he made false starts. But in any case, he illuminated the questions with which his successors would have to deal. Legend, or near legend, Roosevelt dominated an era in American life. An examination of his multiple careers throws light on the problems of transition of the U.S. from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. 
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57 Child, Julia MY LIFE IN FRANCE (MOVIE TIE-IN EDITION)
Anchor 2009 0307475018 / 9780307475015 Mass Market Pa Very Good 
Julia Child single handedly awakened America to the pleasures of good cooki ng with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she d idn't know the first thing about cooking when she landed in France. Indeed, when she first arrived in 1948 with her husband, Paul, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever. Julia's unforgettable story unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as as a cook and teacher and writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years. 
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58 Chloe, Mistress DOMINATRIX: THE MAKING OF MISTRESS CHLOE
Headline Book Publishing Ltd 2002 0755310136 / 9780755310135 First Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. For over 15 years, Mistress Chloe has been Queen of London's fetish scene. As a professional dominatrix she has seen it all - famous footballers, pop stars and politicians have all sought out her service. But Chloe was a shy adolescent who only found her vocation when her then-boyfriend took her to a fetish party in 1985. Since then she has been submerged in an underworld most people don't even know exists. These memoirs of Mistress Chloe provide an insight into what really goes on in a dominatrix's dungeon. 
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59 Chong, Denise THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF VIETNAM'S MOST FAMOUS CASU ALTY
Simon & Schuster Ltd 2000 0743208471 / 9780743208475 First Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A crisp clean first edition, protected in a new brodart wrapper, not an ex- lib, no markings throughout: Kim Phuc was nine years old in 1972. Severely burned by napalm, she ran fro m her burning village and was captured on film. Denise Chong relates Kim's experience and recovery in this astonishing biography and history of Americ a's shameful war. The photograph of Kim, seen around the world, was one of many to turn public opinion against the war in Vietnam. This is the story o f how the picture came to be and also what happened to Kim after it was tak en. It provides an insight into the country Vietnam became after the US arm y left, and explains why Kim finally had to flee to Canada, where she now l ives. About the Author DENISE CHONG is the author of the spellbinding memoir THE CONCUBINE'S CHILDREN: PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY DIVIDED. This book won numerous awards and was on the Canadian bestseller list for 100 weeks. Denise lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children. KIM PHUC is now happily married with two children and lives in Ajax, Canada. She is a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO to 'spread the message of the need for reconciliation, mutual understanding, dialogue and negotiation to replace confrontation and violence'. She is also the founder of the Chicago-based Kim Phuc Foundation to help child victims of war. 
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60 Clapp, Susannah WITH CHATWIN: PORTRAIT OF A WRITER
Knopf 1997 0679410333 / 9780679410331 First Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A crisp clean first edition (as stated), no markings throughout, no an ex-l ib: With Chatwin is a charming exploration of the life of beloved writer Bruce Chatwin. Chatwin--both high-brow and low-, both collector and nomad--was a man of contradictions. His writing "hovered teasingly between fact and fiction," and he was fascinated by paradoxical subjects: a private art collection in a Communist country; a publicity-loving woman who lives alone in the desert. For Chatwin, being on the road was an obsession. He "was an inventive and adventurous traveller," an itinerant who got writer's block at home and who believed that people are happiest when on the move. "Travel does not merely broaden the mind," he once said. "It makes the mind." 
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