Category: Autobiography

  • Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad

    By Firoozeh Dumas

    Within the bestselling memoir humorous in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas mentioned her adventures turning out to be up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she back mines her wealthy Persian historical past in guffawing with no an accessory, sharing tales either delicate and funny on being a citizen of the area, on her well-meaning kin, and on fun cultural conundrums, all advised with insights into the universality of the human . (Hint: it could possibly need to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

    With dry wit and a daring spirit, Dumas places her personal detailed mark at the topics of family members, group, and culture. She braves the unusual palate of her French-born husband and learns the nuances of getting her publication translated for Persian audiences (the censors edit out all references to ham). And alongside the best way, she reconciles her cherished Iranian customs along with her Western ideals.

    Explaining crossover cultural foodstuff fare, Dumas says, “The most eldritch American culinary marriage is yams with melted marshmallows. I don’t understand who considered this Thanksgiving culture, yet I’m guessing a hyperactive, toothless three-year-old.” On Iranian marriage ceremony anniversaries: “It simply firstly appeared atypical to have fun the day that ‘our households determined we must always marry even supposing I had by no means met you, and albeit, it’s no longer figuring out so well.’” On attempting to slot in together with her American friends: “At the time, my father drove a Buick LeSabre, a complicated French notice which means ‘OPEC thank you you.’”

    Dumas additionally files her first 12 months as a brand new mom, the familial chaos that ensues after she gets rid of the tv set from the home, the event of taking fifty-one relatives on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a highway journey to Iowa with an American as soon as held hostage in Iran.

    Droll, relocating, and correct, giggling with out an accessory indicates how our transformations can unite us–and presents indelible evidence that Firoozeh Dumas is a stand-up comedian of the top order.
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  • The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women

    By James Ellroy

    The mythical crime author supplies us a uncooked, brutally candid memoir--as excessive depth and as riveting as any of his novels--about his obsessive look for "atonement in women."

    The yr was once 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden identify. Her son, James, was once ten years outdated. He hated and lusted after his mom and "summoned her dead." She used to be murdered 3 months later.

    The Hilliker Curse is a predator's confession, a treatise on guilt and at the energy of malediction, and mainly, a cri de cœur. James Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered early life, his antisocial children, his writing existence, his amorous affairs and marriages, his anxious breakdown, and the start of a courting with a unprecedented lady who may be the long-sought Her.

    A layered narrative of time and position, emotion and perception, sexuality and religious quest, The Hilliker Curse is an excellent, soul-baring revelation of self. it really is in contrast to any memoir you've ever read.

    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Tales from the Cancer Ward

    By Paul Cox

    'To be weak is to live.'

    In stories from the melanoma Ward popular filmmaker Paul Cox celebrates the sweetness and fragility of lifestyles. The unforeseen message of sickness that he's introduced leaves him feeling totally on my own and with out substitute yet to confront his personal mortality, to question the separation of the spirit and the physique, and to navigate what's really crucial during this international. As John Larkin writes in his advent, Paul Cox's tale 'demonstrates the resilience of the human physique and spirit, the facility of confident concept over worry, what's attainable, even if the percentages look virtually most unlikely, and the life-saving advantages of recent medicine.' now and then darkish, from time to time severe, this can be eventually a ebook full of gentle, and desire, and lifestyles. The go back message that Cox has written to himself and his readers is a invaluable resolution, a real homecoming.
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  • A Fighter's Heart: One man's journey through the world of fighting

    By Sam Sheridan

    After a sequence of adventurous jobs worldwide, Sam Sheridan stumbled on himself in Australia, cash-rich and with time on his arms to spend it. It happened to him that he may perhaps eventually discover a long-held obsession: combating. inside a yr, he was once in Bangkok education with Thailand's maximum kickboxing champion and stepping during the ropes for his first specialist bout. yet one struggle wasn't adequate, and Sheridan got down to attempt himself on an epic trip into how and why we struggle, dealing with Olympic boxers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu stars, and supreme battling champions.
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  • Speak, Memory (Everyman's Library)

    By Vladimir Nabokov


    From one of many twentieth century's nice writers comes one of many most interesting autobiographies of our time. Speak, Memory used to be first released through Vladimir Nabokov in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence after which assiduously revised and republished in 1966. The Everyman's Library variation contains, for the 1st time, the formerly unpublished "Chapter 16"–the most important unpublished piece of writing by means of the grasp, newly published by means of the Nabokov estate–which supplied a rare perception into Speak, Memory.


    Nabokov's memoir is a relocating account of a loving, civilized kin, of adolescent awakenings, flight from Bolshevik terror, schooling in England, and émigré lifestyles in Paris and Berlin. The Nabokovs have been eccentric, liberal aristocrats, who lived a existence immersed in politics and literature on appropriate nation estates until eventually their global was once swept away via the Russian revolution whilst the writer was once eighteen years outdated. Speak, Memory vividly inspires a vanished earlier within the inimitable prose of Nabokov at his best.

    (Book Jacket prestige: Jacketed)

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  • Palimpsest: A Memoir

    By Gore Vidal

    This explosively exciting memoir abounds in gossip, satire, ancient apercus, and trenchant observations. Vidal's compelling narrative weaves from side to side in time, supplying an entire view of the author's celebrated existence, from his beginning in 1925 to at the present time, and contours a solid of memorable characters—including the Kennedy relatives, Marlon Brando, Anais Nin, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
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  • A Jewish Life on Three Continents: The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and C)

    This impressive memoir by means of Menachem Mendel Frieden illuminates Jewish event in all 3 of the main major facilities of Jewish lifestyles through the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. It chronicles Frieden's early years in jap Europe, his next migration to the us, and, ultimately, his payment in Palestine in 1921. The memoir seems to be the following translated from its unique Hebrew, edited and annotated by means of Frieden's grandson, the historian Lee Shai Weissbach.

    Frieden's tale offers a window onto Jewish existence in an period that observed the encroachment of contemporary principles right into a conventional society, nice streams of migration, and the venture of Jewish state construction in Palestine. The memoir follows Frieden's scholar lifestyles within the yeshivas of jap Europe, the practices of peddlers within the American South, and the complexities of British coverage in Palestine among the 2 global Wars. This first-hand account calls awareness to a couple frequently overlooked elements of the trendy Jewish adventure and offers beneficial perception into the historical past of the time.
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  • Fear Drive My Feet (Text Classics)

    By Peter Ryan

    "Australia's most interesting warfare memoir."—Peter Pierce

    At age eighteen, Peter Ryan used to be an intelligence operative, patrolling remoted areas of latest Guinea in the course of global struggle II.

    Isolated, with jap forces ultimate in, he persisted the hardships of the jungle with out sufficient offers, a radio, or perhaps a right map. His very survival trusted forging relationships with the neighborhood tribes, and each selection could lead on to disaster. For his paintings, Ryan was once presented the army Medal and pointed out in dispatches.

    Ryan's gripping account has develop into a vintage memoir of the conflict within the Pacific, infrequently out of print in 40 years.

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