Category: Memoirs

  • Download E-books Quentin Crisp: The Profession of Being. A Biography PDF

    By Nigel Kelly

    English author and raconteur Quentin Crisp (1908-1999) turned a star and homosexual icon on the age of 60 with the booklet and televising of his 1968 memoir, The bare Civil Servant. Unapologetically unconventional, he crammed books and articles along with his witticisms and reviews on pop culture, and packed theaters around the world along with his one-man convey a night with Quentin Crisp. This biography chronicles Crisp's lifestyles, together with his delivery in pre-World struggle I England; his existence as a homosexual formative years at the streets of London; his early makes an attempt at writing and job-seeking; his access into the realm of modeling; and his surprising luck past due in existence. With this definitive chronicle, Quentin Crisp and his distinct worldview are once more on demonstrate.
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  • Download E-books A Blessing and a Curse: Autism and Me PDF

    Transforming into up in Australia within the Nineteen Seventies, Caiseal Mor used to be labelled 'retarded' and 'an fool' and his mom and dad have been ended in think that actual punishment might treatment his autism. during this brave and beautiful autobiography, Mor vividly captures his early reports of dissociation from his actual lifestyles - a standard response by way of youngsters being affected by repeated abuse - and a few of the personas in which he lived via in his youth and early maturity - the Mahjee, Charles P. Puddlejumper, Marco Polo and Chameleon Feeble. The rocky course in the direction of gaining knowledge of his real id and at last accepting himself takes him on a religious pilgrimage through a number of diverse nations, as soon as approximately getting stuck unwittingly sporting medicines over the Moroccan border; forming relationships with humans he meets yet quite often misjudges; to the revelation - the awakening - of affection and reputation.
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  • Download E-books The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again PDF

    By Gerald Ratner

    In 1991, Gerald Ratner made a landmark speech to the Institute of Directors

    After over 25 years within the jewelry exchange, Gerald Ratner was once probably the most recognized and winning shops of his iteration. He had outfitted up a hugely ecocnomic, multi-million pound overseas company, together with family names like Ratners, H Samuel, Ernest Jones, Watches of Switzerland, in addition to over a thousand shops within the US. Being requested to provide the keynote deal with on the Institute of administrators' annual convention on the Royal Albert corridor was once a very good honour and will were the of entirety on twenty years of empire building.

    Gerald's speech was once seized upon by means of the media after he incorporated jokes in regards to the caliber of a few of the department stores' items. however the far-reaching effect that those jokes might don't have any you can have predicted.

    "Even although I had as soon as had my identify above hundreds of thousands of retailers up and down the rustic, it had develop into extra recognized as a byword for crap. It took numerous years to grasp simply what an influence the speech had had on each point of my life."

    Press insurance of hardback version:

    "... a rollicking sturdy read"
    Michael Skapinker, The FT

    "Most company autobiographies are so overlaid with ghost-writerly blandness that the nature of the topic is misplaced. Mr Ratner had support with this one, yet thankfully he's nonetheless there: obsessive, humorous and a little bit a scoundrel - the final mitigated through how good he is familiar with it."
    The FT

    "self-effacing, revealing and human"
    Luke Johnson, FT enterprise Life

    "A few ill-chosen phrases to a well-heeled viewers sixteen years in the past diminished Britain's largest jeweller to poverty. Now he unearths how he bounced back"
    Jewish Chronicle

    "...contains classes for us all"
    Management Today

    "...worth its weight in gold"
    The Independent

    Amazon reviews

    "Everyone is familiar with the tale of Gerald's upward push and fall - what an awesome tale and really worth reading.... i could not placed it down, completely gripping and encouraging stuff, you actually could not see this coming from such an lively, passionate man"

    "I have learn many bio's from company leaders and so much are uninteresting 'how to get wealthy' or 'let me inform you a protracted checklist of now not very attention-grabbing tales with all of the solid bits overlooked out'. Gerald's publication is particularly diversified it's a nice learn, i couldn't placed it down"

    "Sobering and enlightening even as. an outstanding learn and a morality story of our time."

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  • Download E-books Sober Stick Figure: A Memoir PDF

    By Amber Tozer

    Sober Stick Figure is a memoir from humorist Amber Tozer, chronicling her lifestyles as an alcoholic and her eventual restoration— beginning along with her first drink on the age of seven—all instructed with assistance from childlike stick figures. Amber writes and illustrates the loopy and cruel truths of being raised via alcoholics, turning into one herself, stagnating in denial for years, and at last getting sober.

    As undefined, Amber is an overachieving scholar athlete who copes together with her family’s alcoholic tragedies through concentrating on her achievements. It quick takes a humorous and darkish flip whilst she begins to test with booze and ignores the indicators of alcoholism. via blackouts, cringe-worthy embarrassments, and pounding hangovers, she convinces herself that she “just loves to party.” She leaves her homeland of Pueblo, Colorado to keep on with her desires, and leads to ny urban, spending plenty of time binge consuming, passing out on trains, and telling jokes on level. She then strikes to la, pondering sunshine and convey company will shop her. ultimately hitting all-time low, she has a second of readability, and is aware she has to forestall ingesting. It’s now been seven years due to the fact that final drink, and she’s able to inform her tale. Sober Stick Figure is adventurous, hilarious, unhappy, candy, tragic—and eventually inspiring.

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  • Download E-books Crossing Borders, Making Homes: Stories of Resilient Women PDF

    Conflict, terrorism and discrimination have an effect on the lives of girls and their households around the globe. it's always as much as ladies to create and re-create secure houses inside themselves, households and groups. Crossing Borders, Making houses: tales of Resilient ladies is a set of narratives that illustrate the resilience, get to the bottom of and energy of ladies. The members are a racially and ethnically various crew of foreign and native-born girls who've crossed literal and figurative borders of their fight for empowerment, social justice and peace. an enormous a part of every one woman’s tale is the dedication to creating confident switch in neighborhood and worldwide groups. The women’s resilience and their dedication to social justice serves as thought to readers all over the place.
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  • Download E-books Gravity Hill: A Memoir PDF

    By Maximilian Werner

    “The sound of parenthood is the sigh.” So starts off Gravity Hill, written from the point of view of a brand new father looking desire, attractiveness, and which means in an doubtful international. Many memoirs recount the author’s reviews of becoming up and being affected by demons; Werner’s indicates how previous demons occasionally go back at the heels of whatever as attractive as young children. Werner’s memoir is set becoming up, aging, on reflection, and puzzling over what lies ahead—a approach that turns into all of the extra complex and excessive whilst parenting is concerned. relocating from side to side among prior, current, and destiny, Gravity Hill doesn't delineate time rather a lot as cave in it.

    Werner narrates his fight growing to be up in suburban Utah as anon-Mormon and what it took for him, his siblings, and his acquaintances to consider like they belonged. Bonding in separation, they indulged in one another, in ordinary and concrete landscapes, and occasionally within the damaging behaviors which are the local lodge of outsidersincluding promiscuous and infrequently violent sexual behavior—and for a few, paths to loss of life and suicide. Gravity Hill is the tale of the author’s descent into and eventual emergence from his disorder and right into a newfound lifestyles. Infused with humor, honesty, and mirrored image, this literary memoir will resonate with readers younger and old.

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  • Download E-books In the Dark on the Sunny Side: A Memoir of an Out-of-Sight Mathematician (Spectrum) PDF

    Misfortune struck one June day in 1944, while a five-year-old boy used to be eternally blinded following an coincidence he suffered with a paring knife. Few humans turn into across the world well-known examine mathematicians and famously winning collage professors of that erudite topic, and never unusually a minuscule variety of these few are visually impaired. in the dead of night at the Sunny aspect tells the tale of 1 such person. Larry Baggett used to be main-streamed at school lengthy sooner than main-streaming was once in any respect universal. On virtually each social gathering he used to be the 1st blind individual considering no matter what was once occurring the 1st blind pupil enrolled within the Orlando Public college method, the 1st blind pupil admitted to Davidson collage, and the 1st blind doctoral pupil in arithmetic on the college of Washington. along with describing a few of the successes and screw ups Baggett skilled dwelling at the hours of darkness at the sunny aspect, he screens during this quantity his love of math and tune by way of interspersing brief musings on either subject matters, resembling discussing how you can work out what number dominoes are in a collection, the intricacies of jazz chord progressions, and the mysterious Comma of Pythagoras.
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  • Download E-books The Journals of Charles W. Chesnutt PDF

    By Charles W. Chesnutt

    Born at the eve of the Civil struggle, Charles W. Chesnutt grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a county seat of 4 or 5 thousand humans, a once-bustling advertisement middle slipping into postwar decline. negative, black, and made up our minds to outstrip his modest beginnings and forlorn atmosphere, Chesnutt saved an in depth list of his recommendations, observations, and actions from his 16th via his twenty-fourth 12 months (1874-1882). those journals, published right here for the 1st time, are outstanding for his or her intimate account of a proficient younger black man's dawning experience of himself as a author within the 19th century.
    Though he accomplished literary good fortune in his time, Chesnutt has only in the near past been rediscovered and his contribution to American literature given its due. the one identified inner most diary from a nineteenth-century African American writer, those pages provide a desirable glimpse into Chesnutt's daily adventure as he struggled to win the products of schooling on this planet of the post-Civil warfare South. a unprecedented portrait of the self-made guy beset via the urgencies and problems of self-improvement in a racially discriminatory society, Chesnutt's journals spread a richly exact neighborhood historical past of postwar North Carolina. in addition they convey with nice strength how the area of the postwar South obstructed--and, all at once, assisted--a black guy of using highbrow ambitions.
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  • Download E-books Amelia's Destiny: Finding My Way PDF

    By D.G. Torrens, Casey Turner, Audible Studios

    A lifetime of ache and abuse. Can Amelia ever get away?

    In Amelia's Story, D.G. Torrens captivated listeners with the heart-wrenching tale of a tender woman imperiled via a sad lifetime of abuse. Now undefined, likely freed from the earlier, Amelia struggles to discover happiness in an overpowering international. With many stumbling blocks positioned in her direction, this simply serves to make her trip an laborious one. battling for all times and for romance, will the brave younger woman seize carry of her desires and observe her future?

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