Category: Autobiography

  • Download E-books Two Lives of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics) PDF

    By Einhard

    Two revealingly assorted money owed of the lifetime of an important determine of the Roman Empire

    Charlemage ?known because the father of Europe?was some of the most strong and dynamic of all medieval rulers. The biographies introduced jointly right here offer a wealthy and sundry portrait of the king from views: that of Einhard, an in depth buddy and adviser, and of Notker, a monastic student and musician writing fifty years after Charlemagne?s loss of life.
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  • Download E-books My Home Is Far Away: An Autobiographical Novel PDF

    By Dawn Powell

    My house is a ways Away is the main accurately autobiographical of Powell’s fifteen novels. during this kin chronicle set in early 20th century Ohio, younger Marcia Willard’ s kin struggles to maintain with the quickly altering occasions, and Marcia endures disillusionment, cruelty, and betrayal to forge a survivor’s feel of independence. John Updike has in comparison Powell with Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, “and these different Midwestern writers who felt anything epic within the nationwide shift from rural to city, from provincial sequestration to metropolitan liberation.” by way of 1941, while Powell started working on My house is far-off, she used to be higher identified for the clever, boozy, bawdy, hilarious send-ups of ny low and high lifestyles. She had started to realize a name for top sophistication and not anything can be much less “sophisticated” – within the glittering, all-knowing, furiously present-tense, big-city demeanour Powell had perfected – than My house is a long way Away.

    This was once the month of cherries and peaches, of eco-friendly apples past the grape arbor, of little dandelion ghosts within the grass, of bitter grass and four-leaf clovers, of nonetheless dry warmth protecting the scent of nasturtiums and death lilacs. This used to be the simplest month of all and the simplest day. It was once now not birthday, Easter, Christmas, or picnic, yet most of these issues and whatever else, whatever superb, whatever totally unknown. the 2 little women in embroidered white Sunday clothes knew no method to show their mystery pleasure yet via whirling one another dizzily over the garden crying, “We’re relocating, we’re relocating! We’re relocating to London Junction!”

    My house is a ways Away is among the only a few examples of a publication written for adults, with an grownup command of the language, that keeps the vantage element of a hungry, critical baby all through. it'd be likened to a memoir that has been penned no longer with the standard tranquility of distance yet particularly with the feel that every little thing taking place to the characters is going on instantly, with none promise of eventual get away, with none coverage that youth, too, shall move away.
    My house is a long way Away were out of print for sixty years whilst Steerforth reissued it in 1995. It got quick frequent acclaim, and was once featured at the disguise of the New York instances publication Review.
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  • Download E-books How I Escaped from Gilligan's Island: And Other Misadventures of a Hollywood Writer-Producer (Ray and Pat Browne Book) PDF

    By William Froug

        In the early Fifties writers have been leaving radio en masse to aim their hand at one other promising medium—television. William Froug used to be within the thick of that exodus, a tender guy choked with rules in a Hollywood bursting with possibilities. In his forty-year occupation Froug may write and/or produce a number of the indicates that the US has grown up with. From the drama of Playhouse 90 and the mind-bending premises of The Twilight Zone to the escapist situations of Adventures in Paradise, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, and Charlie’s Angels, Froug performed a task in shaping his exchange. He crossed paths with a number of the memorable personalities within the undefined, together with Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Agnes Moorehead, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Blake, Rod Serling, Gene Roddenberry, Aaron Spelling, and Sherwood Schwartz.

        Froug finds a post-WWII the USA giddy with the luck of its most recent medium—yet sobered at moments via moves and union politics, McCarthyism and anti-Semitism. It used to be a global of swiftly written scripts, unexpected firings, thwarted creativity, and fickle tastes. And but, whereas sincerely exasperated with many points of Hollywood, Froug used to be a guy totally in his point, his frustration with the eventually eclipsed by means of his commitment to his craft.

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  • Download E-books Dreamgirl and Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme PDF

    By Mary Wilson

    Greater than forty years in the past, 3 women from the Detroit initiatives made the area 'Stop!' and take realize in their clean harmonies and fashionable sort. Cultivated via the Motown megastar desktop, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Florence Ballard popped onto the charts with hits like "Baby Love" and "Where Did Our Love pass" and made the Supremes not just a loved ones identify, yet rock and roll legends. the tale in their trip to status is one who fairy stories are made of―complete with battles, tragedies, and triumphs. it is a tale that just one of the founders of this gifted trio is in a position or keen to percentage with the realm.
    In Dreamgirls & perfect religion: My lifestyles as a Supreme, Supremes' co-founder Mary Wilson boldly brings to existence all of the intimate information of the group's fight to best the charts. this can be the 1st publication to inform the entire tale of Mary's brave lifestyles from adolescence in the course of the top of the Supremes, to the flip of the century. this pretty paperback version combines the best-selling Dreamgirls with the sequel, excellent religion: sometime we will Be jointly, for the 1st time in a single quantity. the recent afterword brings Mary's exciting tale brand new with information on. . .
    · The tragic vehicle coincidence that claimed her son's life
    · The loss of life of her mom, Johnnie Mae, and her expensive buddy, Mary Wells
    · turning into a grandmother
    · Making her peace with Berry Gordy and Diana Ross
    · Being inducted into the Rock and Roll corridor of reputation and receiving a celebrity at the Hollywood stroll of Fame
    The Supremes terrific tune is not the simply factor to stay within the public's brain. Diana Ross' push for dominance within the trio has turn into mythical. Mary Wilson speaks candidly approximately Ross' strategies to latch onto Berry Gordy, and strength her will at the group's actions. for instance, whereas at the early excursions, Diana could threaten to name Gordy from the line if the boys at the bus did not behave to her approval. She additionally overtly driven for Flo's elimination from the crowd. Wilson additionally brazenly stocks her ideas on . . .The group's endless b
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  • Download E-books A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945 PDF

    By Vasily Grossman

    Whilst the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman turned a unique correspondent for the Red Star, the Soviet Army's newspaper, and suggested from the frontlines of the struggle. A author at War depicts in vibrant aspect the crushing stipulations at the japanese entrance, and the lives and deaths of infantrymen and civilians alike. Witnessing one of the most savage battling of the battle, Grossman observed firsthand the repeated early defeats of the purple military, the brutal road scuffling with in Stalingrad, the conflict of Kursk (the biggest tank engagement in history), the security of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine, the atrocities at Treblinka, and masses extra.

    Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova have taken Grossman's uncooked notebooks, and shaped them right into a gripping narrative supplying some of the most even-handed descriptions --at as soon as unflinching and delicate -- we've got ever had of what Grossman known as “the ruthless fact of war.”
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  • Download E-books Sniper PDF

    By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice

    "Chris Kyle hat Dinge gesehen und getan, über die nicht nur künftige Generationen amerikanischer Militärangehöriger sprechen werden, sondern auch jene, die uns in der Schlacht gegenüberstanden und die außergewöhnliche Treffsicherheit des besten Scharfschützen der Welt miterlebten." (Marcus Luttrell, ehemaliger military SEAL )

    "Sniper gibt Aufschluss darüber, wie es ist, den Krieg hautnah mitzuerleben. Chris Kyle schreibt offen über die Missionen, persönlichen Hindernisse und schweren Entscheidungen, die zum Alltag eines jedes SEAL-Scharfschützen gehören." (Richard Marcinko, erster kommandierender Offizier des SEAL group 6 )

    Über den Autor:
    Chris Kyle leitete das SEAL crew three der US military und leistete vier Langzeiteinsätze im Irakkrieg. Für seinen Heldenmut wurde er mit verschiedenen Verdienstmedaillen der US military und des US Marine Corps ausgezeichnet. Nach dem Ende seiner aktiven Zeit wurde er Chefausbilder für Scharfschützen bei der US army. Heute betreibt er ein privates Sicherheitsunternehmen und lebt mit seiner Familie in Texas.
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  • Download E-books iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It PDF

    By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith

    "iWoz? lines the existence and instances of a super, gifted... person whose contributions to the clinical, company and cultural geographical regions are extensive."―?Bookpage

    sooner than slender laptops that healthy into briefcases, desktops seemed like unusual, alien merchandising machines. yet in "the such a lot awesome burst of technical invention by way of a unmarried individual in high-tech historical past" (?BusinessWeek?) Steve Wozniak invented the 1st actual pc. Wozniak teamed up with Steve Jobs, and Apple computing device used to be born, igniting the pc revolution and reworking the area. right here, thirty years later, the mischievous genius with the low profile treats readers to a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of his life―for as soon as, within the voice of the wizard himself.
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  • Download E-books Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2010 PDF

    By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    This long-awaited quantity offers a breathtaking portrait of artwork and lifestyles around the 20th century, from Mexico to Morocco, Paris to Rome, and beyond.

    Over the process an adventured-filled lifestyles, now in its 10th decade, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been many stuff: a poet, painter, pacifist, writer, brave defender of loose speech, and proprietor of San Francisco’s mythical urban lighting fixtures bookshop. Now the guy whose A Coney Island of the brain turned a generational vintage finds yet one more side of his manifold abilities, featuring right here his shuttle journals, spanning over sixty years. chosen from an enormous trove of as a rule unpublished, handwritten notebooks, and edited via Giada Diano and Matthew Gleeson, Writing around the panorama turns into a transformative paintings of social, cultural, and literary history.

    Beginning with Ferlinghetti's account of serving as a commanding officer on a military sub-chaser in the course of D-Day, Writing around the panorama dramatically traverses the latter 1/2 the 20 th century. For these in basic terms accustomed to his poetry, those pages current a Lawrence Ferlinghetti by no means sooner than encountered, a sublime prose stylist and tireless political activist who used to be caution opposed to the pernicious sins of our ever-expansive company tradition lengthy prior to such ideas ever seeped into mainstream consciousness.

    Yet initially we see an inquisitive wanderer whose firsthand debts of individuals and locations are full of smelly descriptions that animate the landscapes and cultures he encounters. Evoking every one trip with a mix of travelogue and poetry in addition to his personal hand-drawn sketches, Ferlinghetti adopts the position of an American bard, delivering panoramic perspectives of the Cuban Revolution in Havana, 1960, and a visit via Haiti, the place voodoo and Catholicism conflict in cathedrals "filled with ulcerous children's toes working from Baron Hunger." Reminding us that poverty is not just to be discovered in another country, Ferlinghetti narrates a Steinbeck-like journey via California's Salton Sea, a tragic but exquisitely melodic odyssey from lodge to inn, experiencing the existence "between cocktails, among filling stations, among buses, trains, cities, eating places, videos, highways prime over horizons to a different relaxation Stop…Sad desire of all their trips to Nowhere and again in darkish Eternity."

    Particularly memorable is his trip around the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1957, which becomes a Kafkaesque nightmare during which he, missing a formal visa, is faraway from a Japan-bound freighter and compelled again around the Russian steppe to Moscow, encountering a geographical region extra Tolstoy than Khrushchev, whereas approximately loss of life within the strategy. Readers also are taken care of to glimpses of Ezra Pound, "looking like an outdated chinese language sage," whom Ferlinghetti espies in Italy, in addition to fellow Beat legends Allen Ginsberg and a dyspeptic William S. Burroughs, immured along with his cats in a grotto-like condominium in London.

    Embedded with facsimile manuscript pages and an array of poems, many by no means prior to released, Writing around the panorama revives an period while political activism coursed in the course of the land and refashions Lawrence Ferlinghetti, not just as a seminal poet yet as an old and singular American voice.
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  • Download E-books Half a Life: A Memoir PDF

    By Darin Strauss

    In this robust, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching results of the tragic second that has shadowed his complete existence. In his final month of highschool, he was once in the back of the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, using with neighbors, keeping off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in entrance of his motor vehicle. The collision led to her loss of life. With piercing perception and stark prose, Darin Strauss leads us on a deeply own, quick, and emotional journey—graduating highschool, going away to varsity, beginning his writing occupation, falling in love along with his destiny spouse, turning into a father. alongside the way in which, he's taking a difficult examine loss and guilt, adulthood and responsibility, desire and, finally, recognition. the result's a magnificent, uplifting travel de force.

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  • Download E-books Bicycling Home, My Journey to Find God PDF

    By Virginia Mudd

    Desirous to be freed from a terrifying nutrition dependancy and pushed via a poor longing to discover God, whomever and no matter what that intended, Virginia started a ten-year trip that lined greater than 10,000 miles through bicycle and numerous internal miles of self-discovery and transformation. Her seek takes her from a well-ordered, satisfied married existence into divorce, chaos, confusion and despair--and finally to the unforeseen and profound resolution to her quest. This tale follows a modern day seeker as she bicycles her approach by myself on again roads and in lengthy distance races--all the way in which domestic, the place she reveals herself as she unearths the God she is looking for.
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