Category: Memoirs

Capital Punishment. An Indictment by a Death-Row Survivor by Billy Wayne Sinclair

By Billy Wayne Sinclair

An impassioned, well-researched file on the most burning matters dealing with us at the present time: the dying penalty. Billy Wayne Sinclair used to be merely 21 while he heard the Louisiana pass judgement on pronounce those phrases: "I hereby sentence you to demise within the electrical chair." It used to be the fruits of a botched holdup devoted the 12 months sooner than within which Billy had by chance shot and killed a guy. Billy spent the following forty years in Angola felony, one of many country's worst, six of these years on demise row. while in 1972 the ultimate court docket struck down the dying penalty as arbitrary and capricious, Billy used to be re-sentenced to lifestyles with out parole. ultimately published in 2006, he now examines the demise penalty in nice element, from historic history—an eye for a watch and a enamel for a tooth—to the current. expert by means of his personal event and his decades-long experiences, this ebook bargains vital information regarding, and insights into, an issue that's as heated and debatable this present day because it ever was once.

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Where Is Joe Merchant? A Novel Tale by Jimmy Buffett

By Jimmy Buffett

The place is Joe service provider? that is what his sister, Trevor Kane, the hemorrhoid-ointment heiress, desires to recognize. For Desdemona, service provider is the lacking hyperlink in her ongoing communications with house extraterrestrial beings. Tabloid journalist Rudy Breno simply cares that service provider will get greater headlines than Elvis. And for renegade seaplane pilot Frank Bama, the secret of the presumed-dead-but-often-sighted rock megastar is popping his existence upside down.
In his debut novel, Jimmy Buffett chefs up an impossible to resist gumbo of dreamers, wackos, pirates, and sharks, as he leads Trevor and Frank on a wild chase in the course of the Caribbean Islands to a spot the place something can occur . . . and every thing does.

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The Fate of Holocaust Memories: Transmission and Family by Chaya H. Roth

By Chaya H. Roth

This newly revised 2013 version of Roth’s booklet files the compassionately-told tale of a father crushed to demise within the Sachsenhausen focus camp, and the following flight of a mom and her daughters from Berlin to Belgium, France and Italy. The e-book additionally charts their break out to Palestine in 1945, assisted through infantrymen of the Jewish Brigade. components II and III of the ebook ingeniously use interviews, diary entries and mental research to bare how every one new release has handed on thoughts of the battle and the Shoah to the following. Readers might be transported via the bright old account of fleeing the Nazis: scrambling taking walks up the Alps, hiding in primitive stone cavas and dwelling as shadows in empty residences. Psychology scholars and lovers will achieve a useful standpoint at the intergenerational transmission of hectic stories. Roth asserts that Holocaust thoughts engender values, beliefs, and ideology, simply as trauma can engender energy and desire. these studying concerning the Holocaust will locate during this ebook either an intimate depiction of the trauma persisted by way of Jews in the course of global struggle II, and its ramifications right this moment. ultimately, this paintings speaks to the rest survivor generations who fight with problems with Holocaust transmission, puzzling over concerning the worth, necessity and demeanour during which Holocaust stories are passed down. formerly released by means of educational writer Palgrave Macmillan, this newly revised 2013 version makes The destiny of Holocaust thoughts to be had for the 1st time in an affordably-priced caliber paperback structure.

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Vet in a Spin by James Herriot

By James Herriot

James Herriot, strapped into the cockpit of a Tiger Moth coach, feels fairly misplaced, yet he hasn't came across a brand new career and it absolutely will not be lengthy prior to the RAF come around to his perspective. James Herriot's 6th quantity of unforgettable memoirs sees him dreaming of the day whilst he can rejoin his spouse, Helen, little son, Jimmy, veterinary companion, Siegfried, the everlasting pupil Tristan - and all of the previous Darrowby crows, either two-legged and 4. 'He can inform an outstanding tale opposed to himself, and his excitement within the great thing about the nation-state within which he works is infectious', observes "The day-by-day Telegraph". 'Full of heat, knowledge and wit' - "The Field". 'It is a excitement to be in James Herriot's corporation' - "Observer".

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From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream by Bob Avakian

By Bob Avakian

Spanning probably the most tumultuous and storied a long time of yankee heritage, this account of 1 man's political lifestyles touches on what it takes to guide a revolution and the way this kind of chief is made. Bob Avakian, radical activist and communist chief, takes readers into his Nineteen Fifties, middle-class earlier with stories of attending an built-in highschool, an event that profoundly altered his worldview. From there, he strains his course into the heady whirl of Nineteen Sixties Berkeley, the place he engaged with revolutionaries of all stripes. Revealing insights won from politics, song, activities, learn, and late-night bull-sessions, this dissection of the reports that shaped and proficient Avakian seems again at a galvanizing historical past, and ahead to a potential way forward for progressive swap. His tale bargains an extraordinary photograph of what it truly is prefer to lead a innovative social gathering within the strongest nation on the planet.

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Hellfire and Herring: A Childhood Remembered by Simon Cox

By Simon Cox

“A sparkling and gorgeous memoir.”— The Mail on Sunday

“A supremely appealing ebook that spins its specific tale to inform a common one.”— The Sunday occasions

“Writing that sings with large descriptive richness.”— The Scotsman

Woven into the material of kin existence, village characters, church, and faculty, Christopher Rush writes of folklore and fishing, fathers and sons, motherly love, and the inescapability of youth affects some distance into grownup lifestyles. Hellfire and Herring is a relocating account of the author’s formative years within the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties within the Scottish fishing village of St. Monans.

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To the Castle and Back by Vaclav Havel

By Vaclav Havel

This is often the paperback version of the intimate ultimate memoirs from the nice dissident-turned-politician who, besides Walesa and Gorbachev, will consistently be an icon of the outstanding, cold cave in of Soviet Bloc Communism.As president first of Czechoslovakia after which of the nascent Czech Republic, Havel led important Europe out of communism and into the twenty-first century earlier than stepping down five years in the past, in February 2003. during this illuminating memoir, he remembers his 13 years at Prague fortress in this pivotal interval, writing with wit, attraction and candour in regards to the ordinary lifetime of a statesman and his loss of readiness for the surreal demanding situations of governing a tender democracy, in addition to reflecting at the way forward for the european and the succeed in of the yankee superpower, and explaining why he has come to think the struggle in Iraq is a fiasco. after which there are the non-public revelations, as he speaks for the 1st time approximately his conflict with lung melanoma, the demise of his first spouse, Olga, and the talk that has dogged his dating along with his moment spouse. Infused with attribute humour, "To the fortress and again" is a fascinating self-portrait of 1 of crucial figures of our time.

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What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas

By Abigail Thomas

From the bestselling writer of A 3 puppy Life, which “shines with sincere intelligence” (Elizabeth Gilbert): a clean, exhilarating, beautifully written memoir approximately getting older, family members, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life.

What comes subsequent? What comes after the devastating lack of Abigail's husband, a strategy either surprising and gradual? What shape does her lifelong platonic friendship take after a undeniable line is crossed? how you can deal with her daughter’s clinically determined affliction? Or the loss of life of her liked puppy? Is lifestyles worthy dwelling with out 3 cocktails earlier than dinner? How do you paint the sea on a sheet of glass?

And the best way to love it? find out how to settle for, savour, take pleasure in? who're our such a lot depended on, important partners and what is going to we do for them? rather than portray an ocean, paint a wooded area, flip it over, scrape the skin, and presto: there's the sea. while you’ve given up, in case you least anticipate it, there it is.

What Comes subsequent and the way to love It is an awfully relocating memoir approximately many stuff, yet on the heart is a steadfast friendship among Abigail Thomas and a guy she met thirty-five years in the past. via marriages, child-raising, the vicissitudes and tragedies of lifestyles, it's this deep, wealthy bond that has sustained her. Readers who enjoyed “the completely honed observations of a clear-eyed and witty author” (Newsweek) in Thomas’s “spare, striking” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir, A 3 puppy Life, will have fun with this pretty exam of her lifestyles today—often solitary, yet wealthy and fascinating, with young children, grandchildren, canines, a number of suitors, and her longtime ally.

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