Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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61 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
62 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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WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA, Chang, Jung
63 Chang, Jung WILD SWANS: THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA
Anchor 1992 0385425473 / 9780385425476 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: "This is a powerful, moving, at times shocking account of three generations of Chinese women, as compelling as Amy Tan." --Mary Morris. "An evocative, often astonishing view of life in a changing China." -- The New York Times 
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64 Chang, Leslie BEYOND THE NARROW GATE
Plume 2000 0452277612 / 9780452277618 Paperback Very Good 
A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: Beyond the Narrow Gate is the brave and moving story of four Chinese girls--Dolores, Suzanne, Margaret, and Mary--from their ultimate passage through the "narrow gate" in Communist China to America and their decades-long friendship. Leslie Chang, an American-born journalist and the daughter of Mary, lifts the veils of secrecy, shame, and loss that have for so long hung over the "bamboo generation." What Chang discovers is that the passage from one culture to another came at a great price, both to the women who had undergone it and to the children who were born into its legacy. Beyond the Narrow Gate weaves sagas of friendship and love, sacrifice and success, marriage and loss, as it illuminates one of America's least-documented immigrant experiences. At the same time, this is a deeply personal book: a daughter's discovery of her own history in her mother's past. 
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PAPILLON. WITH AN INTROD. BY JEAN-PIERRE CASTELNAU, Charrière, Henri
65 Charrière, Henri PAPILLON. WITH AN INTROD. BY JEAN-PIERRE CASTELNAU
Morrow 1970 Good+ 

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KEROUAC: A BIOGRAPHY, Charters, Ann
66 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
67 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
68 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
69 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
70 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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71 Chloe, Mistress DOMINATRIX: THE MAKING OF MISTRESS CHLOE
Headline Book Publishing Ltd 2002 0755310136 / 9780755310135 1st Edition 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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72 Chong, Denise THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF VIETNAM'S MOST FAMOUS CASU ALTY
Simon & Schuster Ltd 2000 0743208471 / 9780743208475 1st Edition 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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73 Clapp, Susannah WITH CHATWIN: PORTRAIT OF A WRITER
Knopf 1997 0679410333 / 9780679410331 1st Edition 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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LIVING HISTORY, Clinton, Hillary Rodham
74 Clinton, Hillary Rodham LIVING HISTORY
Simon & Schuster 2003 0743222245 / 9780743222242 Hardcover Very Good/Good 
The author chronicles her eight years as First Lady of the United States, l ooking back on her husband's two administrations, the challenges she faced during the period, the impeachment crisis, and her own political work. 
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75 Cobbald, Jane VIKTOR SCHAUBERGER: A LIFE OF LEARNING FROM NATURE
Floris Books 2007 0863155693 / 9780863155697 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. A concise introduction to Schauberger's life and thinking. Viktor Schauberger's knowledge of natural energies led to inventions which, if properly harnessed, could solve the world's energy crisis. Unfortunately most people still find his ideas difficult to understand or accept. Jane Cobbald first became interested in Schauberger's theories when she realised that using a copper trowel in her garden greatly increased her potato harvest. In this book, she does not aim to provide a definitive explanation of his ideas. Instead, she takes a biographical approach and teases out the different strands of his thinking, presenting them in his own words. She shows how his approach developed over the course of his eventful life (which included both World Wars) and takes the reader on a journey through his discoveries, interspersed with lively anecdotes which illustrate how his mind worked. She asks the questions Schauberger asked. What energy do trouts use to stay almost motionless in fast-flowing mountain streams, or to climb waterfalls? How does a tall tree draw the water from its roots all the way to the top? Viktor Schauberger's insights into natural energies are here explained in a clear, unassuming and entertaining way. His remarkable inventions, the author argues, could be the much-needed solutions to our energy, transport and health issues. Includes an exclusive interview with Ingeborg Schauberger, Viktor's daughter-in-law. 
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CANDY GIRL: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF AN UNLIKELY STRIPPER, Cody, Diablo
76 Cody, Diablo CANDY GIRL: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF AN UNLIKELY STRIPPER
Gotham 2006 1592402739 / 9781592402731 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. Decreed by David Letterman (tongue in cheek) on CBS TV?s The Late Show to b e the pick of ?Dave?s Book Club 2006,? Candy Girl is the story of a young w riter who dared to bare it all as a stripper. At the age of twenty-four, Di ablo Cody decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad ag ency. She soon managed to find inspiration from a most unlikely source- ama teur night at the seedy Skyway Lounge. While she doesn?t take home the priz e that night, Diablo discovers to her surprise the act of stripping is an a bsolute thrill. This is Diablo?s captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side, from quiet gentlemen?s clubs to multilevel sex palaces and glassed-in peep shows. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer?s keen eye, chronicling her descent into the skin trade and the effect it had on her self-image and her relationship with her now husband. 
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77 Coles, Joanna THE THREE OF US: A NEW LIFE IN NEW YORK
St. Martin's Press 2000 0312266677 / 9780312266677 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Coles and Godwin, both accomplished writers, offer insightful and amusing a lternating first-person accounts of the nine-month period of awaiting paren thood. What makes their account especially appealing is the running comment ary on life in New York, viewed from the perspective of two Brits. Godwin s tarts off dealing with a cancer scare that has provoked writer's block, and then Coles faces the prospect of pregnancy at age 36, when she's just gott en settled as a correspondent for a British newspaper. Early on, in search of a gynecologist, Coles observes that primary-care physicians are dedicate d to preventing patients from seeing specialists and thereby saving the HMO some money. Godwin is fearful that Coles will use pregnancy "as an all-pur pose excuse for bad behaviour," even as he scouts for "digestives known as graham crackers" to ease morning sickness. They comment on "voicemail hell, " California king-sized mattresses, and the American obsession with pills f or every tick, twitch, and pain. Their British humor and perspective provid e refreshing insights into pregnancy and American culture. 
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SONG OF SURVIVAL, Colijn, Helen
78 Colijn, Helen SONG OF SURVIVAL
Headline Book Publishing 1997 0747257965 / 9780747257967 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Helen Colijn was a 20-year-old Dutch woman living with her parents on a small island near Borneo when the Japanese invaded in 1941. Shipwrecked, she and her two younger sisters were captured by Japanese soldiers and shuffled from concentration camp to concentration camp for the duration of World War II. This book chronicles their personal travails and the horrible sufferings of the British and Dutch women with whom they were interned. Perhaps more significantly, it tells the remarkable story of Margaret Dryburgh, a Presbyterian missionary who gave her fellow prisoners a means to survive spiritually: the vocal orchestra. Working from memory, she reconstructed the "Largo" from Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, and works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Ravel, and Grainger--and taught them to a chorus of prisoners. Even the often-brutal Japanese guards were moved by the concerts, Colijn reports. Although this book often glosses over the horrors, it is a moving account of some remarkable women and the music that sustained them. 
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THE FOREMOST GOOD FORTUNE, Conley, Susan
79 Conley, Susan THE FOREMOST GOOD FORTUNE
Knopf 2011 0307594068 / 9780307594068 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their f riends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apar tment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new exper iences that such a move entails. But Susan can't predict just how much thei r lives will change. While her husband is consumed with his job, Susan works on finishing her no vel and confronting the challenges of day-to-day life in an utterly foreign country: determining the proper way to buy apples at a Chinese megamarket; bribing her little boys to ride the school bus; fielding invitations to my sterious "sweater parties" and tracking down the faux-purse empire of the i nfamous Bag Lady; and getting stuck in an elevator, unable to call for help in Mandarin. Despite the distractions, there are many occasions for joy. From road trips to the Great Wall and bartering for a "starter Buddha" at the raucous flea market to lighting fireworks in the streets for the Chinese New Year and f easting on the world's best dumplings in back-alley restaurants, they gradu ally turn their unfamiliar environs into a true home. Then Susan learns she has cancer. After undergoing treatment in Boston, she returns to Beijing, again as a foreigner-but this time, it's her own body in which she feels a stranger. Set against the eternally fascinating backdrop of modern China and full of insight into the trickiest questions of motherhood-How do you talk to children about death? When is it okay to lie?-this wry and poignant memoir is a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging. 
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NEWJACK: GUARDING SING SING, Conover, Ted
80 Conover, Ted NEWJACK: GUARDING SING SING
Random House 2000 0375501770 / 9780375501777 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Ted Conover, the intrepid author of Coyotes, about the world of illegal Mex ican immigrants, spent a year as a prison guard at Sing Sing. Newjack, his account of that experience, is a milestone in American journalism: a book t hat casts new and unexpected light on this nation's prison crisis and sets a new standard for courageous, in-depth reporting. At the infamous Sing Sing, once a model prison but now New York State's mos t troubled maximum-security facility, Conover goes to work as a gallery off icer, working shifts in which he alone must supervise scores of violent inn er-city felons. He soon learns the impossibility of doing his job by the bo ok. What should he do when he feels the hair-raising tingle that tells him a fight is about to break out? When he loses a key in a tussle? When a pris oner punches him in the head? Little by little, he learns to walk the fine line between leniency and tyranny that distinguishes a good guard. Along the way, we meet a cast of characters that includes a tough but appea ling supervisor named Mama Cradle; a range of mentally ill prisoners, or "b ugs"; some of the jail's more flamboyant transvestites; and a philosophical , charismatic inmate who points out to Conover that the United States is bu ilding new prisons for future felons who are now only four and five years o ld. Conover also gives us a history of Sing Sing (it was built by inmates, and for decades was the nation's capital of capital punishment) in a chapte r that serves as a brilliant short course in America's penal system. With empathy and insight, Newjack tells the story of a harsh, hidden world and dramatizes the conflict betwee 
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