Category: Autobiography

  • Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

    By Gene Wilder

    Gene Wilder is among the nice comedian actors who outlined the 1970's and 1980's in video clips. From his early paintings with Woody Allen to the wealthy staff of films he made with Mel Brooks to his partnership on reveal with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are nonetheless mentioned and celebrated at the present time. Kiss Me Like A Stranger is an intimate glimpse of the fellow in the back of the picture at the monitor. during this ebook, Wilder talks approximately every thing from his studies in psychoanalysis to why he acquired into performing (and later comedy-his first objective was once to be a Shakespearean actor) to how a midwestern early life with a unwell mom replaced him. He writes concerning the artistic procedure on level and on reveal, and reveals moments from existence at the units of the the most iconic video clips of our time. He additionally opens up approximately his amorous affairs and marriages, together with his marriage to comic Gilda Radner. however the middle of Kiss Me Like A Stranger is an actor's look for fact and a considerate research of why the alternatives he made-some of them so serendipitous they have been essentially accidental-changed the process his existence.
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  • Stranger to History: A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands

    By Aatish Taseer

    "Indispensable studying for somebody who desires a much broader knowing of the Islamic global, of its background and its politics." ―Financial Times

    Aatish Taseer's fractured upbringing left him with many questions about his personal id. Raised by way of his Sikh mom in Delhi, his father, a Pakistani Muslim, remained determine. Stranger to background is the tale of the adventure he made to attempt to appreciate what it potential to be Muslim within the twenty-firstcentury. ranging from Istanbul, Islam's as soon as maximum urban, he travels to Mecca, its such a lot holy, after which domestic via Iran and Pakistan. finishing in Lahore, at his estranged father's domestic, at the evening Benazir Bhutto used to be killed, it's also the tale of Taseer's divided kinfolk over the last fifty years. contemporary occasions have additional a coda to Stranger to History, as his father was once murdered through a political murderer. a brand new creation via the writer displays on how this occasion alterations the influence of the booklet, and why its message is extra correct than ever.

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  • Foggy: The Explosive Autobiography

    By Carl Fogarty, Neil Bramwell

    In his autobiography he recounts a life of thrills and spills off and on the racing circuit.In a global the place it's turning into more and more tricky to take care of a dominance in any wearing self-discipline, Fogarty has gained the realm Superbike Championship no fewer than 4 times.

    He has come a ways because the early Eighties whilst he used to commute to circuits as far-off as Finland in a clapped-out previous horsebox. yet these early days have been additionally wild and stress-free instances. stories of hell-raising abound: extraordinary domestic at 5 within the morning earlier than the Isle of guy TT was once essentially no longer the simplest practise for probably the most risky races within the world.

    This risk used to be skilled by means of Fogarty in very actual phrases in 1986 while, after a very serious crash, his compound fracture of the leg turned contaminated round a traction pin and snapped back in a later race. He describes the opposite accidents he has suffered, talks in regards to the tragedies that he has witnessed and exposes the sport’s reckless riders.

    In such an octane-fuelled game as Superbikes there are certain to be disagreements and Fogarty has had greater than so much. actually, he in general doesn’t get on together with his fellow riders and isn't afraid to assert so. clear of the hype notwithstanding, Fogarty is especially a lot the laid-back kinfolk guy. His tale is a compelling story of a regular operating category lad made stable in a single of the main risky and glamorous arenas in global recreation.
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  • Coreyography: A Memoir

    By Corey Feldman

    "Spares no details." ―Starred Publishers Weekly Review

    "An extraordinary read." ―Richard Donner, Director

    "People regularly inquire from me approximately lifestyles after adolescence stardom. What could I say to oldsters of youngsters within the undefined? My merely recommendation, truthfully, is to get those teenagers out of Hollywood and allow them to lead basic lives." ―Corey Feldman

    A deeply own and revealing Hollywood-survival story.

    Lovable baby megastar by way of age ten, overseas teenager idol through fifteen, and to this present day a perennial pop-culture staple, Corey Feldman has not just spent the whole lot of his existence within the highlight, he is turn into simply as recognized for his off-screen exploits as for his roles in such vintage movies as Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand through Me. he is been associated with a slew of Hollywood starlets (including Drew Barrymore, Vanessa Marcil, and grownup entertainer Ginger Lynn), shared a hugely publicized friendship with Michael Jackson, and along with his widespread costar Corey Haim loved immeasurable good fortune as one half the wildly well known duo "The Coreys," spawning seven motion pictures, a 1-900 quantity, and "Coreymania" within the approach. What baby of the eighties did not have a Corey Feldman poster striking in her bed room, or a pile of Tiger Beats stashed in his closet?

    Now, during this courageous and relocating memoir, Corey is revealing the reality approximately what his existence used to be like backstage: His is a prior that integrated actual, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional relatives from which he used to be emancipated at age fifteen, 3 high-profile arrests for drug ownership, a nine-month stint in rehab, and an extended, sluggish move slowly again to the head of the field office.

    While Corey has controlled to beat the traps that ensnared such a lot of different entertainers of his generation―he's nonetheless appearing, is a traveling musician, and is a proud father to his son, Zen―many of these closest to him have not been so fortunate. within the span of 1 yr, he mourned the passing of 7 family and friends participants, together with Corey Haim and Michael Jackson. within the wake of these tragedies, he is spoken publicly concerning the darkish aspect of reputation, lobbied for laws affording higher protections for kids within the leisure undefined, and lifted the lid off of what he calls Hollywood's greatest secret.

    Coreyography is his remarkable account of survival and redemption.

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  • Dancing in the Light

    Now, at a turning aspect in her lifestyles, comes her  most revealing and fascinating booklet but. Outspoken,  controversial, gifted, and perceptive Shirley  MacLaine now takes us on an intimate and fascinating  personal odyssey. In 1984 she gained an Oscar, starred  on Broadway, wrote the best-selling Out on  a Limb -- and grew to become fifty years outdated. At  this specific time, during this specific yr, she was  now able to resume the non secular trip she had  begun in her early forties. In Dancing in  the Light, Shirley MacLaine bares her  innermost self and explores the lives, either previous and  present, which touched and affected her personal. She  sheds new mild on her loves, her losses, her  childhood, her passions, and her internal drives and  ambitions. She asks poignant questions and finds  surprising solutions. She asks poignant questions and  finds striking solutions. She demanding situations her beliefs  and confronts her conflicts. eventually, she takes  us along with her via a life-altering experience  that offers a gorgeous new imaginative and prescient of herself, her  future... and the destiny of our international.
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  • Fighting for Life (New York Review Books Classics)

    By S. Josephine Baker

    New York’s decrease East facet used to be acknowledged to be the main densely populated sq. mile in the world within the Nineties. well-being inspectors referred to as the local “the suicide ward.” Diarrhea epidemics raged each one summer season, killing hundreds of thousands of youngsters. Sweatshop infants with smallpox and typhus dozed in garment tons destined for trendy retailers. determined moms paced the streets to assuage their feverish kids and white mourning cloths hung from each development. a 3rd of the youngsters dwelling there died ahead of their 5th birthday.

    By 1911, the kid dying expense had fallen sharply and The ny Times hailed town because the healthiest in the world. during this witty and hugely own autobiography, public well-being crusader Dr. S. Josephine Baker explains how this modification was once completed. by the point she retired in 1923, Baker was once recognized all over the world for saving the lives of 90,000 young children. The courses she constructed, many nonetheless in use this present day, have stored the lives of thousands extra. She fought for women’s suffrage, toured Russia within the Thirties, and captured “Typhoid” Mary Mallon, two times. She was once additionally an astute observer of her instances, and Fighting for Life is among the such a lot sincere, compassionate memoirs of yankee drugs ever written.
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  • Who I Am: A Memoir

    By Pete Townshend

    From the voice of a generation:

    ...smashed his first guitar onstage, in 1964, via accident.
    ...heard the voice of God on a vibrating mattress in rural Illinois.
    ...invented the Marshall stack, suggestions, and the concept that album.
    ...stole his windmill guitar-playing from Keith Richards.
    ...detached from his physique in an aircraft, on LSD, and approximately died.
    ...has a few explaining to do.
    ...is the main literary and literate musician of the final fifty years.
    ...planned to write down his memoir whilst he used to be 21.
    ...published this ebook at 67.

    One of rock music's such a lot clever and literary performers, Pete Townshend—guitarist, songwriter, editor—tells his closest-held tales concerning the origins of the preeminent twentieth-century band The Who, his personal profession as an artist and performer, and his stressed existence out and in of the general public eye during this candid autobiography, Who I Am.

    With eloquence, fierce intelligence, and brutal honesty, Pete Townshend has written a deeply own ebook that still stands as a first-rate resource for well known music's maximum epoch. Readers could be faced by way of a guy laying naked who he's, an artist who has requested for almost sixty years: who're you?

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  • From Night Flak to Hijack: It's a Small World

    This is the autobiography of Reginald Levy, a British pilot who reached a complete of 25,090 flying hours in over forty years of civil, army, and advertisement aviation. He recounts his education and army operations as an RAF pilot throughout the moment international conflict. He flies forty four different types of plane among 1941 and 1981. he's taking half within the Berlin Airlift, and in 1952 joins Sabena airline. In 1972, he's hijacked through Black September terrorists, and performs a heroic half due to his professionalism and coaching. not just does the booklet provide an perception into the hardships and camaraderie of the warfare and of the chilly battle, it additionally provides a first-hand record of a Palestinian terrorist try out. of the Israeli commandos who freed the hostages might cross directly to turn into major Ministers of Israel—Barak and Netenyahu! The epilogue is equipped by means of his youngest grandson.
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  • Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption

    By William Cope Moyers, Katherine Ketcham

    Not like a few well known memoirs that experience fictionalized and romanticized the degradations of drug dependancy, Broken is a true-life story of restoration that stuns and evokes with nearly each web page. The eldest son of journalist invoice Moyers, William Cope Moyers relates with unforgettable readability the tale of the way a tender guy with each virtue chanced on himself spiraling right into a love affair with crack cocaine that led him to the edge of death-and how a deep spirituality allowed him to beat his disgrace, rework his lifestyles, and devote himself to altering America's politics of dependancy.
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  • Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition (Harlem Moon Classics)

    By Billie Holiday

    Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely sincere, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie vacation, the mythical jazz, swing, and criteria making a song sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving trip from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore early life (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in alternate for the opportunity to hear Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith albums), to her emergence on Harlem’s membership scene, to sold-out performances with the count number Basie Orchestra and with Artie Shaw and his band, this revelatory memoir is outstanding for its trenchant observations at the racism that darkened Billie’s lifestyles and the heroin dependancy that ended it too quickly. we're together with her in the course of the enthralling debut of “Strange Fruit”; together with her as she rubs shoulders with the largest motion picture stars and musicians of the day (Bob wish, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Benny Goodman, Lester younger, Coleman Hawkins, and more); and along with her throughout the scrapes with Jim Crow, spats with Sarah Vaughan, ignominious jailings, and tragic decline. All of this can be informed in Holiday’s tart, streetwise sort and hip patois that makes it learn as though it have been written the day before today.
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