• Grand Central Winter: Stories from the Street

    By Lee Stringer

    Even if Lee Stringer is describing "God's nook" as he calls forty second road, or his buddy Suzy, a hooker and "past due vacationer" whose baby baby he occasionally babysits, no matter if he's recounting his stories at road information, the place he all started hawking the newspaper for a residing salary, then wrote articles, and served for a time as muckraking senior editor, if it is his adventures in New York's notorious Tombs prison, or appearing neighborhood carrier, or dozing within the tunnels under Grand vital Station by means of evening and amassing cans by way of day, it is a e-book wealthy with small acts of kindness, humor or even heroism along the anticipated violence and desperation of lifestyles in the street. there's continuously room, Stringer writes, "amid the gown" jewel glitter...for yet another diamond within the rough."
    Two occasions upward thrust over Grand vital wintry weather like sentinels: Stringer's discovery of crack cocaine and his catching the writing computer virus. among those very various but oddly related actions, Lee's existence unwound itself, throughout the Eighties, and took the form of an odyssey, an epic fight to discover which means and happiness in arid occasions. He finally beat the 1st dependancy with aid from a remedy software. the second one dependancy, writing, has carry of him still.
    Among the numerous accomplishments of this e-book is that Stringer is ready to show anything of the power and complexity of a down—and—out existence. The reader walks clear of it buzzing its melody, one who is extra clever than despairing, much less in regards to the disgrace we suppose whilst faced with an image of these much less lucky, and extra concerning the pleasure we consider after we adventure our shared humanity.

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  • Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split

    By Laurie Perry

    If you've ever been dumped, duped, or 3 mins from loopy, you'll love loopy Aunt Purl. Side-splittingly humorous and profoundly relocating, under the influence of alcohol, Divorced, and coated in Cat Hair is the true-life misadventures of Laurie Perry, aka loopy Aunt Purl, a marginally neurotic, displaced Southerner attempting to create a brand new existence after her husband leaves her to 'get his creativity back.' (Whatever that means.) yet will she get her groove again in a tiny rented house, with a mountain of bins, seen panty traces, and a moderate wine-and-Cheetos problem?

    "I was once a thirty-something girl residing on my own with 4 cats. i used to be most likely going to be divorced. i used to be at the brief bus to silly. I pictured my grandmother making hoop-skirted yarn cozies for the lavatory paper. I pictured myself making doilies for furnishings that i didn't personal. I observed my cats donning knitted hats with lace appliqués. From my vantage element, knitting looked like one hundred pc of a few highway i didn't are looking to stroll down."

    Yet, unusually, it's knitting that saves her and emboldens her to turn into totally engaged in lifestyles again--to detect new buddies; to take hazards, notwithstanding frightening; and to navigate the bits and bobs of the fashionable courting scene.

    "Dating has replaced in a decade. Now there's a larger probability of assembly a person who has an online porn habit than a person who has a role. In la, your dinner better half may have served time in Pelican Bay or run a meth lab. Or, worst of all, he could spend all evening speaking approximately his agent, his craft, and what it potential to develop as an actor. Then he'll ask you to learn his screenplay."

    And such is existence during this quirky, irreverent memoir, a spin-off of the web publication phenomenon, www.crazyauntpurl.com, probably the most profitable on-line diaries in historical past, exploding to a world fan base of enthusiastic readers. yet don't fear, you don't need to knit to like Aunt Purl. you simply need to comprehend what it sounds like to have enjoyed, to have misplaced, or to have taken a jump of religion. We've all been there: cross the wine.

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  • The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation

    By Melissa Rivers

    Joan Rivers used to be identified all around the world—from the Palace Theater to Buckingham Palace, from the brilliant lighting of Las Vegas to the footlights of Broadway, from the times of talkies to internet hosting speak exhibits. yet there has been just one one who knew Joan in detail, one one who the professionals could name while she acquired a bit out of hand.  Her daughter and ally, Melissa.
     
    Joan and Melissa Rivers had probably the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time.  if you happen to imagine Joan acknowledged a few outrageous issues to her audiences as a comic, you won’t think what she stated and did in deepest. Her love for her daughter knew no bounds—or barriers, it seems that. ("Melissa, I recognize that you've barriers. I simply decide to now not appreciate them.") In The publication of Joan: stories of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa stocks tales (like whilst she used to be 9 months previous and her mom and dad added her to Johnny Carson as a birthday gift), bon mots (“Missy, is there something greater than seeing a truly reliable taking a look couple pushing a toddler that appears like a Sasquatch who obtained stuck in a home fire?”), and lifestyles classes from turning out to be up within the Rosenberg-Rivers loved ones (“I can do suggestions and discount rates and determine the variety of homosexual males in an viewers to make it a superb show. That’s all of the math you’ll ever need.”). those have been simply the top of the iceberg whilst it got here to existence within the relations that Melissa describes as extra Addams than Cleaver. And on the middle of all of it was once a tiny blond strength of nature.
     
    In The ebook of Joan: stories of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa Rivers relates humorous, poignant and irreverent observations, innovations, and stories concerning the girl who raised her which explains she considers valium one of many 4 simple nutrients teams.

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  • You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness

    By Heather Sellers

    A "poignant" (Boston Globe) kin memoir that offers new aspiring to hindsight, perception, and forgiveness

    Heather is face-blind—that is, she has prosopagnosia, an extraordinary neurological situation that describes the lack to acknowledge faces. transforming into up, blind to the cause of her perpetual confusion and anxiousness, she took what cues she may possibly from speech, coiffure, and gait. the reality used to be published twenty years later while Heather took the fellow she might marry domestic to satisfy her mom and dad and came across the stunning fact approximately her family members, herself, and residing with psychological disorder. during this uplifting memoir, dealers illuminates a deeper fact: that even within the so much chaotic and heartbreaking of households, love might be noticeable and felt.

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  • Memorias de antes del exilio (Clásica)

    Coincidiendo con los angeles conmemoración de 2011 como Año Ruso, Alba recupera las memorias del hombre que mató a Rasputín. El príncipe Félix F. Yusúpov, que en su momento fue el hombre más rico de Rusia retrata l. a. caída del régimen zarista a los angeles vez que compone una crónica social de los grandes fastos que rodearon su vida. Un elocuente retrato de l. a. vida aristocrática en l. a. antigua Rusia y de los angeles caída del imperio del Zar.

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  • Bad Dog: (A Love Story)

    By Martin Kihn

    Meet Hola. She's a nightmare. yet she’s stunning.
     
    Hola could be the most pretty Bernese mountain puppy on the earth, yet she's by no means been knowledgeable, so it is not her fault if she tackles strangers, chews on furnishings, and runs after buses. That honor falls to Marty, Hola's intended grasp, who's a high-functioning alcoholic. A television author became administration advisor, Marty's in debt and out of form; he is approximately to lose his task, and his spouse, too, if he cannot get his life--and his dog--under regulate. Desperately attempting to store his marriage, Marty throws himself headlong into the area of aggressive puppy education. regrettably, he is aware even below Hola, the single puppy ever to be expelled from her dog preschool twice.

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  • Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat

    By Dan Hampton

    Action-packed and breathtakingly real, Viper Pilot is the electrifying memoir of 1 of the main embellished F-16 pilots in American background: U.S. Air strength Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton, who served for two decades, flying missions within the Iraq struggle, the Kosovo clash, and the 1st Gulf War.

    Both an extraordinary inspect the elite international of fighter pilots and an exciting first-person account of up to date air wrestle, Viper Pilot soars—a precise tale of braveness, ability, and dedication that may thrill U.S. detailed Forces buffs, aviation and armed forces heritage aficionados, and lovers of the novels of Tom Clancy and Dale Brown.

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  • Murder in the Kitchen (Penguin Great Food)

    By Alice B. Toklas

    During this memoir-turned-cookbook, Alice B. Toklas describes her lifestyles with companion Gertrude Stein and their famed Paris salon, which entertained the good avant-garde and literary figures in their day.

    With dry wit and attribute understatement Toklas ponders the ethics of killing a carp in her kitchen earlier than stuffing it with chestnuts; adorning a fish to amuse Picasso at lunch; and traveling throughout France in the course of the First global warfare in an outdated supply truck, accumulating neighborhood recipes alongside the best way. She incorporates a friend's playful recipe for 'Haschiche Fudge', which grants 'brilliant storms of laughter and ecstatic reveries', very like her book.

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  • Jailing: The Prison Memoirs of 00040: AKA Author Clifford Irving

    By Clifford Irving

    Whilst the Nixon management dealt Clifford Irving a 2 ½ 12 months legal sentence for committing the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax, the 41-year-old writer was once stunned . . . and unprepared to serve time. In legal, he realized tips on how to penitentiary and be triumphant. yet then he used to be stuck with contraband, moved to a three-star detention center, and later accused of inciting a rebellion and conspiring to kill the warden.
    This is the real and penetrating tale of the way Irving survived and gained the conflict for his freedom.
    After his magazine was once excerpted in Playboy, the total memoir hasn't been on hand until eventually this detailed new for 2012 publication edition.

    The disguise picture of the writer was once taken at Alcatraz in July 1979. whereas on a voluntary stopover at!

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  • Chin Up Head Down: A Mother’s Journey of Madness and Grief

    By Helena Tym

    “Chin up, head down.” those are the final phrases that Helena Tym ever acquired from her son, Cyrus, on the finish of the ultimate letter he wrote to her. On June 2, 2009, males knocked on her door and educated her that Cyrus, a nineteen-year-old solder within the united kingdom militia, had been killed that morning through an explosive when serving with 2 Rifles in Afghanistan. In an attempt either to deal with this incomprehensible information and to catch the thoughts of her son, Tym wrote this booklet, and a element of the proceeds is going in the direction of the warriors, Sailors, Airmen and households organization (SSAFA) Forces support organization.
     
    A heartrending account of a mother’s loss, Chin Up, Head Down will resonate with an individual with a family member serving within the military or facing a life-altering grief.

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