Monthly Archives: October 2016

Download E-books Descent: A Memoir of Madness (Kindle Single) PDF

By David Guterson

From the best-selling writer of Snow Falling on Cedars: a poignant, looking out memoir approximately one man's fall into melancholy within the wake of a countrywide tragedy, and his courageous fight to come to normalcy.
     Like many of the state and the area, David Guterson awakened on Tuesday, September eleventh, 2001, now not considering historical past was once approximately to alter. He was once in Washington, D.C., with a gaggle of fellow writers, comparing furnish functions for the nationwide Endowment of the humanities. yet sooner than their paintings day had even began, the Pentagon used to be bombed; the dual Towers have been down in ny urban; and havoc used to be wreaked irrevocably on our collective feel of happiness, protection, and nationwide satisfaction. Scrambling to get out of the town and again domestic any means he may, David, in addition to fellow writers, rented a vehicle and drove 2,600 miles around the state to Seattle.  however the assaults caused whatever inside of him, a pervasive feeling of hopelessness, worry, despair--a scientific melancholy that that will no longer depart. He misplaced curiosity in his paintings, kin, friends--his existence. encouraged by way of William Styron's masterful Darkness Visible, Guterson's Descent is the searing account of 1 man's envelopment by way of the darkest of human feelings, and his tunneling out. robust, excessive, and deeply felt, it really is right now own and universally illuminating--a confession from a very good literary brain who takes us on a trip of what it seems like, and skill, to lose one's snatch at the world--and to discover it once again, no matter if via fumbling at the hours of darkness.

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Download E-books When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine PDF

By Monica Wood

Winner of the 2012 Sarton Memoir Award

“Every few years, a memoir comes alongside that revitalizes the form…With beneficiant, particular, and unsentimental prose, Monica wooden brilliantly achieves this . . . When We have been the Kennedys is a deeply relocating gem!”—Andre Dubus III, writer of House of Sand and Fog and Townie

Mexico, Maine, 1963: The wooden relations is way like its shut, Catholic, immigrant acquaintances, all depending on the fathers’ wages from the Oxford Paper corporation. but if Dad unexpectedly dies on his approach to paintings, Mum and the 4 deeply attached wooden ladies are set adrift. When We have been the Kennedys is the tale of ways a kinfolk, a city, after which a country mourns and unearths the power to maneuver on.

“On her personal phrases, wry and empathetic, wooden locates the melodies within the aftershock of surprising loss.”—Boston Globe

“[A] surprise of storytelling, layered and wealthy. it's, via turns, a chronicle of the popular paper mill that was once either delight and poison to a number of generations of a city; a tribute to the ethnic stew of immigrant households that grew and prospered there; and an account of 1 family’s grief, love, and resilience.”—Maine Sunday Telegram

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Download E-books Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI's Secret from Postwar Japan PDF

By Terese Svoboda

After her Uncle's suicide, Terese Svoboda investigates his gorgeous declare that MPs could have carried out their very own males through the career of Japan after global battle II

[Our captain] recommended us for being sturdy squaddies and doing our task good and having at least difficulties. Then he dropped a bomb. He acknowledged the criminal was once getting overcrowded, extraordinarily overcrowded.

As a baby Terese Svoboda considered her uncle as Superman, with "Black Clark Kent glasses, grapefruit-sized biceps." At 80, he may perhaps nonetheless boast a washboard abdominal, yet in March 2004, he grew to become heavily depressed. Svoboda investigates his terrifying tale of what occurred in the course of his time as an MP, interviewing dozens of aged ex-GIs and traveling Japan to aim to find the truth.

In Black Glasses Like Clark Kent, winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, Svoboda deals a awesome and thoroughly wrought own account of a frequently painful look for info. She intersperses excerpts of her uncle's recordings and letters to his spouse together with her personal examine, and exhibits how the vagaries of army justice can let the worst to take place after which be buried by way of time and protocol

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Download E-books "What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious Character PDF

By Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton

The New York Times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

one of many maximum physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for experience and an exceptional skill to inform the tales of his lifestyles. "What Do You Care What other folks Think?" is Feynman’s final literary legacy, ready along with his good friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton. between its many tales―some humorous, others intensely moving―we meet Feynman’s first spouse, Arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible secret as she lay death in a sanatorium mattress whereas he labored close by at the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. we're additionally given a desirable narrative of the research of the distance shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the instant whilst Feynman printed the disaster’s reason by way of a chic scan: shedding a hoop of rubber right into a glass of chilly water and pulling it out, misshapen.

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Download E-books Dancing with Myself PDF

By Billy Idol

Selected by way of Rolling Stone as one of many 10 most sensible song Books of 2014

“That’s what I’m conversing about…Of these kind of memoirs, Dancing With Myself was once the single person who influenced my envy—made me are looking to be Billy Idol for 5 minutes….He’s a real romantic, writing in a type of overheated journalese approximately his London punk rock roots…and then falling head over heels for the USA” (James Parker, The manhattan occasions e-book Review).

An early architect of punk rock’s sound, variety, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping character vaulted him into pop’s mainstream as one in every of MTV’s first megastars, Billy Idol is still, to at the present time, a real rock ‘n’ roll icon.

Now, in his New York Times bestselling autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol promises an electrical, “refreshingly sincere” (Daily information, New York) account of his trip to fame—from his early days as entrance guy of the pioneering united kingdom punk band iteration X to the decadent existence atop the dance-rock state he ruled—delivered with an analogous in-your-face angle and hearth his enthusiasts have embraced for many years. past including his uniquely certified viewpoint to the tale of the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, vigorous chronicler of his personal career.

A survivor’s story at its middle, this occasionally chilling and continuously riveting account of 1 man’s inventive force becoming a member of forces with unbridled human hope is unmistakably literary in its personality and courageous in its sheer willingness to inform. With it, Billy Idol is destined to come to be one of many nice writers between his musical peers.

“I am hopelessly divided among the darkish and the great, the insurgent and the saint, the intercourse maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest, the demagogue and the populist. Pen to paper, I’ve placed all of it down, each piece from the center. I’m occurring out a limb right here, so watch my back.” —Billy Idol

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Download E-books Madame Curie: A Biography PDF

By Eve Curie

Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867–1934) used to be the 1st lady scientist to win around the globe acclaim and used to be, certainly, one of many nice scientists of the 20th century. Written by means of Curie’s daughter, the well known overseas activist Eve Curie, this biography chronicles Curie’s mythical achievements in technological know-how, together with her pioneering efforts within the research of radioactivity and her Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry. It additionally spotlights her amazing lifestyles, from her formative years in Poland, to her storybook Parisian marriage to fellow scientist Pierre Curie, to her tragic demise from the very radium that introduced her popularity. Now up-to-date with an eloquent, rousing advent via best-selling writer Natalie Angier, this undying biography celebrates an fantastic brain and a amazing woman’s life.

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Download E-books Nobody's Child PDF

By Michael Seed, Noel Botham

Michael Seed's adolescence was once a regular ordeal of unspeakable forget, distress, and abuse from an alcoholic father whose tyranny ruined his son’s adolescence and drove his spouse to suicide. every day either Michael and his mom might fall less than the man’s wrath, and one lousy evening Michael’s father started sexually abusing his son, a development that may proceed for years. Worse nonetheless, the abuse didn't cease at domestic. as soon as he started university, Michael fell sufferer to bad bullying and a instructor who violated him many times. regardless of the horror of those years, Michael was once eventually kept by way of his personal will to reside, which impressed him to hunt a greater lifestyles as a friar. this can be the extraordinary tale of someone who, opposed to the entire odds, controlled to maintain his personal dignity and at last get away the horrors of a stolen childhood.

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Download E-books Confessions (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

In his Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the tale of his lifestyles, from the formative adventure of his humble formative years in Geneva, in the course of the success of foreign repute as novelist and thinker in Paris, to his wanderings as an exile, persecuted through governments and alienated from the realm of recent civilization. In attempting to clarify who he was once and the way he got here to be the item of others' admiration and abuse, Rousseau analyses with special perception the connection among an elusive yet crucial internal self and the diversity of social identities he used to be resulted in undertake. The publication vividly illustrates the combination of moods and reasons that underlie the writing of autobiography: defiance and vulnerability, self-exploration and denial, ardour, puzzlement, and detachment. exceptionally, Confessions is Rousseau's seek, via each source of language, to exhibit what he despairs of placing into phrases: the own caliber of one's personal existence.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from world wide. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative necessary gains, together with specialist introductions by means of best specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for additional research, and lots more and plenty more.

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Download E-books Life and Death in Shanghai PDF

A first-hand account of China's cultural revolution. Nien Cheng, an anglophile and fluent English-speaker who labored for Shell in Shanghai less than Mao, was once placed lower than residence arrest through crimson Guards in 1966 and as a consequence jailed. All makes an attempt to make her confess to the costs of being a British secret agent failed; all efforts to indoctrinate her have been met through a steadfast and fearless refusal to simply accept the phrases provided by means of her interrogators. while she was once published from legal she used to be advised that her daughter had devoted suicide. actually Meiping were crushed to dying by means of Maoist revolutionaries.

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