Category: Memoir

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)

By Peter Hessler

A New York Times outstanding Book

Winner of the Kiriyama e-book Prize

In the center of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the distant city of Fuling. Like many different small towns during this ever-evolving state, Fuling is heading down a brand new course of swap and progress, which got here into remarkably sharp concentration whilst Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the 1st time in additional than part a century that the town had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature on the neighborhood university, however it was once his scholars who taught him concerning the advanced methods of realizing that occur while one is immersed in a significantly diversified society.

Poignant, considerate, humorous, and significantly compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a urban that's looking to comprehend either what it used to be and what it sometime will be.

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A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal

For one zero one days Asne Seierstad labored as a reporter in Baghdad. regularly looking for a narrative a ways much less visible than the yankee army invasion, Seierstad brings to lifestyles the realm at the back of the headlines during this compelling- and heartbreaking-account of her time one of the humans of Iraq. From the instant she first arrived in Baghdad on a ten-day visa, she was firm to unearth the trendy secrets and techniques of an old position and to determine how the Iraqi humans particularly stay. What do humans omit so much while their international adjustments in a single day? What do they decide to say once they can all at once say what they prefer? Seierstad unearths what existence is like for daily humans less than the consistent chance of assault- first from the Iraqi executive and later from American bombs. showing the novelist's eye and lyrical storytelling that experience gained her awards all over the world, Seierstad the following brings to existence an unforgettable solid of characters, from international press apparatchik Uday, to Zahra, a mom of 3, to Aliya, the consultant and translator who turns into a pal. placing their belief in a ecu lady without seen time table, those and different Iraqis converse for themselves, to inform the tales we by no means see at the night news.

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Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir

In this eye-opening memoir, Lisa Crystal Carver recollects her remarkable formative years and charts the late-80s, early-90s punk lifestyle that she contributed to shaping. She recounts how her band Suckdog used to be born in 1987 and the wild occasions that undefined: leaving small-town New Hampshire to journey Europe at 18, changing into an adolescent writer of fanzines, a young person bride, and a teenager prostitute. Spin has known as Suckdog's album Drugs Are Nice the most effective of the '90s, and the booklet contains pictures of notorious ecu indicates. but the e-book additionally tells of ways Lisa observed the necessity for swap in 1994, while her child used to be born with a chromosomal deletion and his father turned violent. With lasting lightness and spectacular gravity, Drugs Are Nice is a definitive account of the new release that desired to holiday each rule, but additionally a narrative of an artist and a mom changing into an grownup on her personal terms.

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Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving (New York)

Bestselling writer Iyanla Vanzant has had an grand and hard lifestyles -- one choked with nice demanding situations that experience unmasked her amazing presents and resulted in the knowledge she has received. during this uncomplicated ebook, she makes use of her personal reviews to teach how life's hardships should be relanguaged and re-visioned to turn into classes that train us as we develop, heal, and learn how to love. Iyanla Vanzant is an instance of ways yesterday's tears turn into the seeds of modern day wish, renewal, and energy.

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Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

By Tom Robbins

Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins supplies the lengthy awaited story of his wild existence and occasions, either at domestic and round the globe.

Tom Robbins hot, clever, and fantastically bizarre novels together with Still existence With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume,and Fierce Invalids domestic From sizzling Climates offer an entryway into the frontier of his singular mind's eye. Madcap yet honest, pulsating with powerful social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have brought numerous readers to common born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and challenging redheads.

In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that remarkable literary sensibility inward, sewing jointly tales of his unconventional lifestyles, from his Appalachian youth to his globetrotting adventures --told in his specified voice-- that mixes the candy and sly, the religious and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins might turn into over the process part a century a poet-interruptus, an air strength weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, top a lifestyles as not likely, magical, and weird as these of his quixotic characters.

Robbins bargains intimate snapshots of Appalachia in the course of the nice melancholy, the West Coast in the course of the Sixties psychedelic revolution, overseas roving prior to place of origin defense monitored our travels, and manhattan publishing whilst it nonetheless trusted timber. Written with the big-hearted comedy and enthralling linguistic invention for which he's identified, Tibetan Peach Pie is a call for participation into the personal international of a literary legend.

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This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone

By Melissa Coleman

“Lyrical and down-to-earth, wry and heartbreaking, This existence Is on your palms is a desirable and robust memoir. Melissa Coleman doesn’t simply inform the tale of her family’s courageous test and personal tragedy; she brings to existence a huge and underappreciated bankruptcy of our contemporary history.” —Tom Perrotta 

In a piece of energy and wonder such as Tobias Wolff, Jeannette partitions, and Dave Eggers, Melissa Coleman can provide a luminous, evocative formative years memoir exploring the wish and fight at the back of her family's look for a sustainable way of life. With echoes of The Liars’ membership and Don’t Let’s visit the canines Tonight, Coleman’s searing chronicle tells the genuine tale of her upbringing on communes and sustainable farms alongside the rugged Maine sea coast within the 1970’s, embedded inside a relocating, own quest for fact that her reports produced.

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Shoulda Robbed a Bank

By Hugh Yonn

An insider's hilarious stories from the marijuana trade.

If you're contemplating a marijuana offense to elevate funds, rob a financial institution in its place. The time spent in felony could be less. against the law regarding marijuana is a ‘very severe offense.’

These are stories of event concerning a number of smuggling operations. a few profitable, a few no longer. stories of the proper off-loads related to multi-tons of the evil weed. stories of mishaps, entire with misplaced plane, misplaced pot, and shut calls with the notorious DEA.

The tale of a wild social gathering that lasted fourteen years until eventually the scary: “They acquired us!”
No one was once hurt—no one was once injured—no one was once killed—there have been no victims.
Then why did they placed those men in prison?

If you're interested by the real tale of the marijuana smuggling enterprise, right here it is—and it’s damned humorous. reliable instances have been had by way of all—until prison.

That was once now not a lot enjoyable.

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Motorcycles I've Loved: A Memoir

By Lily Brooks-Dalton

“What the PCT is to Cheryl Strayed, the open street is to Brooks-Dalton.”—Cosmopolitan 

A strong memoir a few younger girl whose ardour for bikes leads her down a highway all her own.

At twenty-one-years-old, Lily Brooks-Dalton is feeling misplaced; returning to New England after 3 and a part years touring in another country, she reveals herself unsettled, unattached, and with out the force to maneuver ahead. whilst a pal mentions deciding to buy a bike, Brooks-Dalton is intrigued and encouraged. earlier than lengthy she is diving headlong into the area of gearheads, reconsidering her atmosphere during the visor of a bike helmet, and starting a research of movement that would aid her comprehend her personal trajectory. Her love for those robust machines starts off as a diversion, yet as she maintains driving and retaining her personal bikes, she rediscovers herself, her historical past, and her momentum.

Forced to confront her limitations—new and outdated, actual and imagined—Brooks-Dalton learns concentration, endurance, and the way to navigate existence at the street. As she builds self assurance, either on her motorbike and rancid, she starts to discover her manner, finally venture an formidable journey that leaves her reinforced, revitalized, and ready for no matter what comes next.

Honest and lyrical, uncooked and thoughtful, Motorcycles I’ve Loved is a daring portrait of 1 younger woman’s empowering trip of independence and resolution.

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My Cross to Bear

By Gregg Allman

For the 1st time, rock tune icon Gregg Allman, one of many founding participants of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the entire tale of his lifestyles and occupation in My pass to Bear. No topic is taboo, as one of many actual giants of rock ’n’ roll opens up approximately his Georgia formative years, his lengthy fight with substance abuse, his string of undesirable marriages (including his short union with famous person Cher), the tragic dying of  brother Duane Allman, and existence at the street in a single of rock’s such a lot mythical bands.

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Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

By Theresa Brown

“Among the entire contemporary books on drugs, Critical Care stands alone.“ — Pauline Chen, writer of Final Exam

“A needs to learn for a person who desires to comprehend healthcare. Extraordinary.” — Elizabeth Cohen, MPH, CNN Senior scientific Correspondent

Critical Care is the robust and soaking up memoir of Theresa Brown—a common contributor to the New York Times weblog “Well”—about her reviews through the first 12 months at the task as an oncology nurse; within the strategy, Brown sheds outstanding mild on problems with mortality and that means in our lives.

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