Category: Memoir

The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir

By Louis Althusser

The long run Lasts endlessly is the recognized French thinker Louis Althusser's memoir written in the course of his years of confinement in a psychological health center after murdering his spouse. Reminiscent to many readers of Strindberg's Diary of a Madman and Styron's Darkness seen, the longer term Lasts eternally is a profound but refined workout in documenting insanity from the interior. This paperback version additionally comprises Althusser's past autobiographical essay "The Facts," in addition to a preface through Douglas Johnson, Emeritus Professor of French at London collage.

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Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

By Avi Steinberg

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to wait Harvard, he has not anything yet a senior thesis on insects Bunny to teach for himself. whereas his acquaintances and classmates develop on this planet, Steinberg continues to be caught at a crossroads, his “romantic” lifestyles as a contract obituary author now not slicing it.
Seeking course (and dental coverage) Steinberg takes a task operating the library counter at a Boston criminal. he's fast drawn into the group of outcasts that varieties between his bookshelves—an collection of quirky regulars, together with con males, pimps, minor prophets, even ghosts—all trying to find the appropriate ebook and a connection to the surface international. Steinberg recounts their day-by-day dramas with heartbreak and humor during this exclusive memoir—a piercing exploration of legal tradition and an wonderful story of 1 younger man’s earnest try and locate his position within the world.

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Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead

By Bill Kreutzmann, Benjy Eisen

The thankful useless are might be the main mythical American rock band of all time. For thirty years, starting within the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they have been a musical establishment, the unique jam band that broke new floor in such a lot of methods. From the song to their reside live performance sound platforms and fan recordings, they have been forward-thinking champions of creative keep an eye on and outlaw artists who marched to the beat in their personal drums.

In Deal, invoice Kreutzmann, one among their founding contributors and drummer for each one in every of their over 2,300 live shows has written an unflinching and wild account of enjoying within the maximum improvisational band of all time. every little thing a rock track fan may count on is right here, yet what units this aside is Bill's really good lifetime of experience that used to be on the center of the thankful useless adventure. This was once a band that knew no limits and invoice lived lifestyles to the fullest, pushing the limits of gear, drums and excessive occasions, via devastating tragedy and memorable triumph.

But at this book's beating middle is the music--theirs and others. a number of the maximum musicians and live shows have been part of the thankful Dead's profession, from sharing the level with Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and The Who, to taking part in within the Acid checks, The Monterey Pop pageant, Woodstock and Altamont. Bill's existence is a chronicle of yankee track and dad tradition historical past and his epic own trip is one among sonic discovery and exciting experiences.

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You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness

By Heather Sellers

A "poignant" (Boston Globe) family members memoir that provides new aspiring to hindsight, perception, and forgiveness

Heather is face-blind—that is, she has prosopagnosia, a unprecedented neurological that describes the lack to acknowledge faces. turning out to be up, blind to the cause of her perpetual confusion and anxiousness, she took what cues she may from speech, coiffure, and gait. the reality used to be published 20 years later while Heather took the guy she may marry domestic to fulfill her mom and dad and found the outstanding fact approximately her kin, herself, and dwelling with psychological ailment. during this uplifting memoir, illuminates a deeper fact: that even within the so much chaotic and heartbreaking of households, love could be obvious and felt.

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Townie: A Memoir

By Andre Dubus III

Won ebook of the 12 months grownup Non-Fiction―2012 Indie selection Awards
Amazon top booklet of the Month February 2011

"Dubus relives, absent self-pity or blame, a existence formed through bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness."―Vanity Fair

After their mom and dad divorced within the Nineteen Seventies, Andre Dubus III and his 3 siblings grew up with their overworked mom in a depressed Massachusetts mill city saturated with medications and daily violence. within reach, his father, an eminent writer, taught on a school campus and took the youngsters out on Sundays. The conflict among city and dress, among the challenging ingesting, drugging, and battling of "townies" and the targets of scholars debating books and concepts, couldn’t were extra stark. during this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Dubus indicates us how he escaped the cycle of violence and located empathy in channeling the tales of others―bridging, within the procedure, the rift among his father and himself.

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Lopsided: How Having Breast Cancer Can Be Really Distracting

By Meredith Norton

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A hilarious and wickedly irreverent examine existence with melanoma. - - ''Lopsided'' isn't your traditional melanoma memoir. Meredith Norton monitors the razor-sharp wit of a masterful stand-up comedian as she chronicles her adventure, from the 1st visual appeal of her strange indicators whereas she used to be dwelling in Paris to relocating to California to reside along with her compulsive mom and dad and their 5 tv units. in addition to hilarious and harrowing portrait of her remedies, she deals both fun thoughts of her offbeat lifestyles, rants approximately well-meaning friends and family, and rails opposed to self-pity. humorous, irreverent, and down-to-earth, Norton's memoir brings a fresh burst of angle to a tricky adventure she refuses to be intimidated by means of.

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Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

By Maxine Kumin

"Here is a unique tale of survival, a mundane miracle wrought by means of family members devotion, gardens, horses, guts. A compelling read."―Carolyn Heilbrun

In July 1998, while Maxine Kumin's horse bolted at a carriage-driving hospital, she used to be now not anticipated to dwell. but, below a 12 months later, her development said a miracle through her medical professionals, she used to be at paintings in this magazine of her awesome restoration. She tells of her time "inside the halo," the near-medieval gadget that saved her head motionless in the course of weeks of in depth care and rehabilitation, of the lasting "rehab" friendships, and of the loving kinfolk who constantly believed she may heal. "[S]he resonates knowledge whereas asserting a triumph of physique and soul."―Anne Roiphe, New York instances booklet Review "Maxine Kumin brings the sensitivity and mind's eye of a poet to her impressive ordeal."―Richard Selzer, writer of Mortal classes: Notes at the artwork of Surgery "From a novel adventure she has created a lesson that's common, which, it kind of feels to me, is the essence of being a poet."―Abraham Verghese, writer of The Tennis Partner

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Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota

By Chuck Klosterman

Empirically proving that—no topic the place you are—kids wanna rock, this is often Chuck Klosterman's hilrious memoir of transforming into up as a shameless metalhead in Wyndmere, North Dakotoa (population: 498).

With a voice like Ace Frehley's guitar, Klosterman hacks his approach via hair-band background, starting with that fateful day in 1983 while his older brother introduced domestic Mötley Crüe's Shout on the Devil. The fifth-grade Chuck wasn't fairly able to rock—his hair was once too brief and his farm used to be too quiet—but he nonetheless chanced on the way to bang his nappy little head. ahead of the adventure was once over, he could slow-dance to Poison, sleep innocently underneath satanic pentagrams, lust for Lita Ford, and get ridiculously highbrow approximately weapons N' Roses. C'mon and suppose his noize.

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