Biography and Autobiography
Inventing the Truth
The Art and Craft of Memoir
Paperback ISBN: 0395901502
In this perfect companion for anyone beguiled by memoirs or embarking on writing one, nine distinguished authors -- Russell Baker, Jill Ker Conway, Annie Dillard, Ian Frazier, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alfred Kazin, Frank McCourt, Toni Morrison, and Eileen Simpson -- reflect on the writing process.
Lucille Ball FAQ
Everything Left to Know About America's Favorite Redhead
Paperback ISBN: 1617740829
A behind-the-scenes portrait of the iconic actress's life goes beyond popularized character profiles, sharing anecdotal information on such topics as her various home residences, the entertainment projects that never materialized and her off-camera romantic attachments. Original.
The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
Paperback ISBN: 0062355910
A candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt. The daughter of one of New York’s most influential families, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt witnessed some of the most remarkable decades in modern history, as America transitioned from the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, and the Depression to World War II and the Cold War. A champion of the downtrodden, Eleanor drew on her experience and used her role as First Lady to help those in need. Intimately involved in her husband’s political life, from the governorship of New York to the White House, Eleanor would eventually become a powerful force of her own, heading women’s organizations and youth movements, and battling for consumer rights, civil rights, and improved housing. In the years after FDR’s death, this inspiring, controversial, and outspoken leader would become a U.N. Delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, a newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat devoted to the ideas of liberty and human rights. This single volume biography brings her into focus through her own words, illuminating the vanished world she grew up, her life with her political husband, and the post-war years when she worked to broaden cooperation and understanding at home and abroad. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt includes 16 pages of black-and-white photos.
My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope
Paperback ISBN: 1250293774
Now a Los Angeles Times Bestseller The New York Times Book Review: "Awdish's book is the one I wished we were given as assigned reading our first year of medical school, alongside our white coats and stethoscopes...dramatic, engaging and instructive." A riveting first-hand account of a physician who's suddenly a dying patient and her revelation of the horribly misguided standard of care in the medical world Dr. Rana Awdish never imagined that an emergency trip to the hospital would result in hemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn first child. But after her first visit, Dr. Awdish spent months fighting for her life, enduring consecutive major surgeries and experiencing multiple overlapping organ failures. At each step of the recovery process, Awdish was faced with something even more unexpected: repeated cavalier behavior from her fellow physicians
Paperback ISBN: 0762455969
Originally published in France in 2012, Pascal Mérigeau’s definitive biography of legendary film director Jean Renoir is a landmark work?the winner of a Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary achievement. Now available in the English language for the first time, Jean Renoir: A Biography, is the definitive study of one of the most fascinating and creative artistic figures of the twentieth century. The life of the French filmmaker is divided between his native France and California, where he lived from 1941 until his death in 1979. Renoir was both an eyewitness and active player of his times: he was wounded in 1915 during World War I; became a director out of a love for film; attached his fortunes to the Communist Party in 1936; was hosted by Fascist Italy in 1940; and then went to Hollywood to make films and become an American citizen. He made movies in France, America, India, and Italy and became a writer during the last part of his life. An estimated 75 percent of the book details previously unknown information about the filmmaker, including: ?Renoir’s close affiliation with Communism in the ’30s, when he was the Party’s official director ?His previously uncredited Hollywood film, The Amazing Mrs. Holiday ?His desire to become an ?American director
A Memoir from Anywhere but Here
Paperback ISBN: 1555977464
An award-winning collection of essays on place, young love and crime reflects on the author's upbringing on the banks of the Kankakee River in rural Indiana, where annual floods shaped community dreams and her love for a boy who was sentenced to prison for life for murder. Original.
The Song Poet
A Memoir of My Father
Paperback ISBN: 125013188x
From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children's future in America In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes. Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American's Secret War. Bee lost his father as a young boy and keenly felt his orphanhood. As his mother searched the village gathering herbal remedies and his older siblings worked the fields, he would wander from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other. Alone and lonely, he whispered the words to himself at night until, one day, a song was born. Bee sings the life of his people from his Laos home, through the war-torn jungle and a Thai refugee camp. But the songs fall away in the cold, bitter world of a Minneapolis housing project and on the factory floor until, with the death of Bee's mother, the songs leave him for good. But before they do, Bee, with his songs, has polished a life of poverty for his children, burnished their grim reality so that they might shine, even as he is cut off from his tradition and breathes the air of dying generation. Written with the exquisite beauty for which Kao Kalia Yang is renowned, The Song Poet is a tribute to the father and the poetry that sheltered the Yang family from the harshness of their lives. It is, above all, a love story -- of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.
A Family Tragicomic
Paperback ISBN: 0618871713
An unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. Reprint.