• Working for Peace and Justice: Memoirs of an Activist Intellectual (Legacies of War)

    By Lawrence S. Wittner

    A longtime agitator opposed to struggle and social injustice, Lawrence Wittner has been tear-gassed, threatened via police with drawn weapons, charged by way of infantrymen with mounted bayonets, spied upon by way of the united states govt, arrested, and purged from his activity for political -reasons. To say that this teacher-historian-activist has led an engaging lifestyles is a substantial understatement.
        during this soaking up memoir, Wittner strains the dramatic process a lifestyles and profession that took him from a Brooklyn boyhood within the Forties and ’50s to an schooling at Columbia college and the collage of Wisconsin to front traces of peace activism, the struggle for racial equality, and the struggles of the hard work stream. He info his kinfolk heritage, which incorporated the bloody anti-Semitic pogroms of late-nineteenth-century japanese Europe, and chronicles his lengthy instructing occupation, which comprised positions at a small black collage in Virginia, an elite women’s liberal arts university north of latest York urban, and eventually an enduring domestic on the Albany campus of the nation college of big apple. all through, he packs the narrative with colourful vignettes describing such actions as combating racism in Louisiana and Mississippi in the course of the early Nineteen Sixties, participating with peace-oriented intellectuals in Gorbachev’s Soviet Union, and major hundreds of thousands of antinuclear demonstrators throughout the streets of Hiroshima. because the e-book additionally finds, Wittner’s paintings as an activist was once matched via scholarly achievements that made him one of many world’s most efficient specialists on the background of the peace and nuclear disarmament movements—a learn uniqueness that ended in revealing encounters with such varied figures as Norman Thomas, the Unabomber, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Caspar Weinberger, and David Horowitz.
        A tenured professor and well known writer who has however lived in rigidity with the wider currents of his society, Lawrence Wittner tells a fascinating own tale that incorporates probably the most turbulent and important occasions of contemporary history.

    Lawrence S. Wittner, emeritus professor of historical past on the college at Albany, SUNY, is the writer of diverse scholarly works, together with the award-winning three-volume Struggle opposed to the Bomb. between different awards and honors, he has bought significant promises or fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the arts, the yank Council of realized Societies, the Aspen Institute, the USA Institute of Peace, and the toilet D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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  • Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir

    By Jennette Fulda

    After present process gall bladder surgical procedure at age twenty-three, Jennette Fulda determined it was once time to lose a few weight. really, extra like part her weight. on the time, Jennette weighed 372 pounds.

    Jennette was once now not born fats. yet, by means of 5th grade, her reaction to a faculty questionnaire asking “what might you alter approximately your visual appeal” used to be “I will be thinner.” Sound familiar?

    Half-Assed is the desirable and awfully sincere tale of Jennette’s trip to get healthy, drop a few pounds, and alter her existence. From the beginning—dusting off her never-used treadmill and steerage away from the donut shop—to the top along with her aim weight in sight, Jennette wows readers along with her made up our minds patience to shed extra pounds and the facility to keep up her ever-present experience of self.

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  • Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain (Discovering America)

    By Kate Shindle

    For approximately 100 years, younger ladies have competed for the identify of pass over America—although what it capacity to put on the crown and be our "ideal" has replaced dramatically through the years. The omit the US festival all started as a washing attractiveness contest in Nineteen Twenties Atlantic urban, New Jersey, backed by means of businessmen attempting to expand the vacationer season past exertions Day. within the post–World warfare II years, the festival developed right into a nationwide coronation of an idealized "girl subsequent door," as lovely and decorous as she used to be infrequently prone to communicate her brain on problems with substance. because the cultural upheavals of the Nineteen Sixties, the festival has struggled to discover a stability among attractiveness and brains because it attempts to stay appropriate to girls who aspire to turn into leaders in the neighborhood, now not scorching babes in swimsuits.

    In Being pass over America, Kate Shindle interweaves an engrossing, witty memoir of her yr as omit the US 1998 with a desirable and insightful heritage of the festival. She explores what it skill to tackle the mantle of America's "ideal," in particular contemplating the evolution of the yankee girl identification because the pageant's inception. Shindle profiles winners and association leaders and recounts very important moments within the pageant's tale, with a unique specialize in omit America's iconoclasts, together with Bess Myerson (1945), the one Jewish pass over the USA; Yolande Betbeze (1951), who crusaded opposed to the pageant's pinup photograph; and Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (1987), a working-class lady from Michigan who desired to merge her recognized name together with her paintings as an oncology nurse. Shindle's personal account of her paintings as an AIDS activist—and discovering how one can steer clear of the "gown and crown" stereotypes of leave out the US that allows you to speak in truth with highschool scholars approximately more secure sex—illuminates either the demanding situations and the possibilities that maintain younger women competing to develop into omit America.

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  • Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir

    By Kenny Rogers

    A residing legend of kingdom song and a global song icon, star Kenny Rogers has loved a desirable 5 a long time in convey enterprise, and he tells the complete tale of his impressive lifestyles and occupation in Luck or whatever Like It. From his days with hit workforce the 1st version to his sterling solo paintings, the artist who "knows whilst to carry 'em and is familiar with whilst to fold 'em" is familiar with the best way to inform an enthralling lifestyles tale as well–bringing a golden period of nation track to lifestyles as he recounts his awesome upward push to the pinnacle of the charts. a decent, relocating, eye-opening view of a musician's existence at the street, Luck or whatever Like It is the definitive tune memoir–a behind the curtain move to fifty years of acting and recording provided through the only and basically Kenny Rogers, one of many bestselling artists ever.

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  • NYPD Green: A Memoir

    During this gritty, occasionally hilarious, yet constantly brutally sincere memoir, Irish immigrant and retired NYPD murder detective Luke Waters stocks the darker and more durable part of the police strength that “will make you sit up straight, stay awake, and retain examining” (Edward Conlon, writer of Blue Blood).

    Growing up within the tough outskirts of northern Dublin at a time while becoming a member of the guards, the military, or the civil provider used to be the peak of most fogeys’ targets for his or her young ones, Luke Waters knew he used to be destined for a occupation in a few type of legislations enforcement. Dreaming of changing into a police officer, Waters immigrated to the U.S. looking for higher employment possibilities and joined the NYPD.

    Despite a winning occupation with essentially the most bold and respected police forces on the planet, Waters’s fact as a cop in big apple was once a miles cry from his delusion of serving and preserving his group. Over the process a occupation spanning greater than twenty years—from rookie to guide investigator, within which time he observed ny rework from the crack epidemic of the ’90s to the low crime stats of today—Waters chanced on that either side of the legislations have been entrenched in crooked culture.

    In NYPD Green Waters bargains a gripping and engaging account packed with information from actual legal situations related to homicide, robbery, gang violence, and extra, and takes you into the thick of the risk and scandal of existence as a brand new York cop—both off and on the beat. Balanced with wit and humor, Waters’s account paints a bright photograph of the colourful characters at the strength and at the streets and gives an unflinching—often critical—look on the corruption and negligence within the justice method installed position to guard us, exhibiting the hidden facet of police paintings the place many officials are influenced now not only via the will to serve the neighborhood, yet fairly via the “green” earned in additional time, costs, and allowances.

    A multifaceted and fascinating narrative in regards to the immigrant event in the United States, Waters’s tale can also be considered one of own progress, good fortune, and disillusionment—a rollicking trip during the daily within the manhattan Police division.

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  • Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World

    By Lynne Martin

    "Nearly each web page has a few crack piece of shuttle knowledge ... an obtainable, inspiring journey." -Kirkus

    The Sell-Your-House, See-the-World Life!

    Reunited after thirty-five years and wrestling a significant case of wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin determined to promote their residence and possessions and dwell in a foreign country full-time. they have by no means seemed again. With simply suitcases, desktops, and every different, the Martins embark on a world experience, taking readers from sky-high pyramids in Mexico to Turkish bazaars to studying the touch game of Italian grocery buying. yet while they embody their new home-free way of life, the Martins grapple with its demanding situations, together with hilarious language boundaries, discovering monetary balance, and lacking the kin they left at the back of. jointly, they the way to reside a life-and love-without borders.

    From glittering Georgian mansions in eire to the windswept coasts of Portugal, this euphoric, inspiring memoir is greater than a story of moment probabilities. lately featured on NPR's right here and Now, in addition to within the New York Times, Home candy Anywhere is a street map for an individual who goals of turning the belief of lifestyles out of the country right into a reality.

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  • Blind Man's Bluff

    By Aidan Higgins

    Perversely, yet probably effectively, Aidan Higgins—one of the few modern writers useful of comparability with Beckett and Joyce, now celebrating his eighty fifth year-—has selected to attend till his sight has approximately left him to collect this number of visible treats. A average e-book of anecdotes and cartoons—the latter by no means sooner than released, notwithstanding typical to all of Higgins's correspondents from the margins of his letters and postcards—Blind Man's Bluff is a compendium of tart and comedian insights into sight itself, in addition to different diverse indignities: own, historic, and literary.

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  • How It Was: A Memoir of Samuel Beckett

    By Anne Atik

    2006 marks the a centesimal anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s start. To such a lot, he used to be a super artist who shied clear of famous person and photographers, yet to the prestigious painter Avigdor Arikha and his spouse, writer Anne Atik, Beckett was once the shut pal with whom they shared numerous beverages, nutrients, and wealthy conversations. As intimates and artists, they interacted with him numerous instances per week for over 4 many years. In 1970, Atik started jotting down notes on her courting with Beckett. “After fifteen years of memorable conversations with Beckett,” she writes, “I learned that i couldn't rely on my reminiscence. The unforgettable used to be turning into the irretrievable.” the 3 may possibly simply as simply speak about their own lives as consider the nation of paintings. This e-book records not just Beckett’s passions, yet is stuffed with drawings via Arikha, snapshots, and letters. There also are drafts in Beckett’s personal handwriting that may ultimately turn into a part of his ambitious canon, masking the breadth of his wisdom of literature by means of detailing his reviews and affects. An intimate college, How It Was bargains a different insider’s portrait and provides the reader an opportunity to sit with one of many nice literary masters of the 20th century.

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  • Nothing Was the Same

    By Kay Redfield Jamison

    Kay Redfield Jamison, award-winning professor and author, replaced the way in which we expect approximately moods and insanity. Now Jamison makes use of her attribute honesty, wit and eloquence to appear again at her courting together with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a well known scientist who died of melanoma. Nothing was once the Same is a penetrating mental research of grief seen from deep contained in the adventure itself.

    From the booklet edition.

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  • A Language Older Than Words

    By Derrick Jensen

    At as soon as a superbly poetic memoir and an exploration of some of the methods we are living within the world, A Language Older Than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches each element of our lives and certainly impacts all features of existence on the earth. This chronicle of a tender man's force to go beyond family abuse bargains a demanding examine our all over the world experience of group and the way we will be able to make issues better.

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