Category «Memoir»

Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay

By Matt McGinn

With a foreword via the band and unique images by way of their bassist, this backstage, on-the-road account of Matt McGinn's existence as a roadie describes touring with Coldplay, a band on the top in their success

Stuffed with insightful and authoritative journey tales approximately day-by-day roadie tasks, this is an insider's advisor to what it capacity to reside and paintings with worldwide superstars on the planet of rock 'n' roll. This memoir covers the task, the line, the gigs, the band, the relationships, the celebrity, the failing gear, and the chilly beers after an outstanding exhibit. As Coldplay strikes from membership gigs to arenas and stadiums all over the world, Matt is going with them; faking it as a band member on U.S. talk shows, flirting with Kylie, saving a existence on a French dual carriageway, or even pitching in with the strange guitar riff within the studio. stories of hurricanes and warmth waves, helicopter chases and personal jets, plectrum hunters and projectiles all come jointly as Matt explains in his specified way—and whatever the mountain (and apparatus) to move—that the exhibit should always move on.

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Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F. (True Stories)

By Christiane F

In 1978 Christiane F. testified opposed to a guy who had traded heroin for intercourse with teenage ladies at Berlin’s infamous Zoo Station. during that trial, Christiane F. grew to become hooked up with newshounds, and over the years they helped to show her story—which starts off with a dysfunctional yet another way relatively general childhood—into an acclaimed bestseller. Christiane F.’s quick descent into heroin abuse and prostitution is stunning, however the boredom, the eager for attractiveness, the exciting hazards, or even the musical obsessions that fill out the remainder of Christiane’s lifestyles could be regular to each reader. Christiane F.’s Berlin is a wierd and sometimes terrifying position, yet it’s additionally a spot that is still nearer than we would think….

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Sleep Talkin' Man

“Talking on your sleep used to be by no means so humorous. . . . [Adam Lennard’s] night alter-ego is impolite and crude and positively sounds insane.”— ABC information (online) at the Sleep Talkin’ guy blog

Karen Slavick met Adam Lennard in 1991 on a Kibbutz in Israel, the place he declared his love for her by means of passing out in her mattress whereas he waited for her to come back from a nighttime swim. Understandably, she by no means forgot him. Over a decade later, they rekindled their romance and married—but then he fell asleep back, and all hell broke unfastened. even though he’s a romantic and mild-mannered Englishman through day, Adam quick morphs into the uproariously foul-mouthed, vegetarian-hating, wildlife-obsessed personality loved by means of hundreds of thousands as Sleep Talkin’ guy. And Karen has the audio tapes to end up it. Sleep Talkin’ Man collects the easiest of his questionable knowledge in addition to stories from web publication readers, and tales of ways love can bloom—even whilst your loved one is a nocturnal maniac. by means of turns crude and captivating, Sleep Talkin’ Man is a hilariously candid trip into one man’s dreamland.

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Known and Unknown: A Memoir

By Donald Rumsfeld

Few american citizens have spent extra time close to the heart of energy than Donald Rumsfeld, whose largely commented-on memoir bargains many formerly undisclosed information about his provider with 4 U.S. presidents. We keep on with his upward push from a middle-class adolescence to the army to a seat within the U.S. Congress at age thirty, and his reviews there through the Vietnam struggle and the Civil Rights period. We additionally get his particular point of view as a cabinet-level member of the Nixon and Ford administrations, as CEO of 2 Fortune 500 businesses, and as a different envoy to the center East for President Reagan.
Rumsfeld additionally addresses the demanding situations and controversies of his time as Secretary of safeguard through the 9-11 assaults by way of al-Qaida and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He contains candid observations at the alterations of perspectives in the Pentagon and with different individuals of President George W. Bush’s nationwide defense Council.
In a well-known press briefing, Rumsfeld as soon as acknowledged that “There also are unknown unknowns . . . issues we don't comprehend we don’t know.” His ebook makes us become aware of simply how a lot we didn’t understand.

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The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions

By Rick Moody

In his early 20s, a life of extra left Rick Moody by surprise stranded in a melancholy so profound that he feared for his existence. A remain in a psychiatric clinic used to be simply step one out of psychological sickness. during this astonishingly artistic e-book, Moody tells the tale of his cave in and restoration in an encouraged trip via what it potential to be younger and pressured, older and burdened, in charge, misplaced, and healed. Woven via his personal tale, Moody additionally strains his familys paternal line, searching for clues to his personal melancholyin specific to 1 ancestor, Reverend Joseph Moody, approximately whom Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote an archetypal tale of disgrace referred to as The Ministers Black Veil. In a super exhibit that's at least a literary travel de strength, Moody ties earlier and current, relations legend, and critical scholarship right into a ebook that may draw comparisons not only to fresh memoirs through Dave Eggers and Martin Amis yet to forebears like Nabokovs converse, reminiscence.

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By Carolyn Jessop

The dramatic first-person account of lifestyles inside of an ultra-fundamentalist American non secular sect, and one woman’s brave flight to freedom along with her 8 children.

When she was once eighteen years outdated, Carolyn Jessop used to be coerced into an prepared marriage with a complete stranger: a guy thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had 3 other halves. yet prepared plural marriages have been a vital part of Carolyn’s historical past: She was once born into and raised within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the novel offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small groups alongside the Arizona-Utah border. Over the following fifteen years, Carolyn had 8 youngsters and withstood her husband’s mental abuse and the watchful eyes of his different other halves who have been locked in a relentless conflict for supremacy.

Carolyn’s each movement was once dictated by means of her husband’s whims. He determined the place she lived and the way her little ones will be taken care of. He managed the money she earned as a college instructor. He selected after they had intercourse; Carolyn may in basic terms refuse—at her peril. For within the FLDS, a wife’s compliance together with her husband made up our minds how a lot prestige either she and her teenagers held within the kinfolk. Carolyn used to be depressing for years and sought after out, yet she knew that if she attempted to go away and obtained stuck, her young ones will be taken clear of her. No girl within the state had ever escaped from the FLDS and controlled to get her little ones out, too. yet in 2003, Carolyn selected freedom over worry and fled her domestic together with her 8 little ones. She had $20 to her name.

Escape exposes a global tantamount to a jail camp, created by way of non secular enthusiasts who, within the identify of God, deprive their fans the proper to make offerings, strength ladies to be absolutely subservient to males, and brainwash young ones in church-run colleges. in contrast history, Carolyn Jessop’s flight takes on a unprecedented, inspiring strength. not just did she deal with a bold get away from a brutal atmosphere, she grew to become the 1st lady ever granted complete custody of her young ones in a contested swimsuit concerning the FLDS. And in 2006, her reviews to the Utah legal professional basic on church abuses shaped a vital a part of the case that resulted in the arrest in their infamous chief, Warren Jeffs.

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Dawn: A Novel (The Night Trilogy, Book 2)

By Élie Wiesel

Elisha is a tender Jewish guy, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he'll homicide at sunrise in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long look ahead to morning and loss of life offers sunrise, Elie Wiesel's ever extra well timed novel, with its harrowingly taut, hour-by-hour narrative. stuck among the manifold horrors of the earlier and the troubling dilemmas of the current, Elisha wrestles with guilt, ghosts, and finally God as he waits for the appointed hour and his act of assassination. sunrise is an eloquent meditation at the compromises, justifications, and sacrifices that humans make after they homicide different humans.

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Beyond the Bear: How I Learned to Live and Love Again after Being Blinded by a Bear

By Dan Bigley, Debra McKinney

A 25-year-old backcountry wanderer, a guy happiest exploring wild locations together with his puppy, Dan Bigley awakened one midsummer morning to an afternoon packed with promise. sooner than it was once over, after a stellar day of salmon fishing alongside Alaska’s Kenai and Russian rivers, a grizzly got here tearing round a nook within the path. Dan slightly had time for “bear charging” to check in earlier than it had him at the flooring, changing his lifestyles forever.


“Upper nostril, eyes, brow anatomy unrecognizable,” because the medevac document placed it.


Until then, something after one other had fallen into position in Dan’s existence. He had a role he enjoyed taking bothered young children on open air tours. He had simply acquired a cabin excessive within the Chugach Mountains with a view that went on perpetually. He used to be newly in love. After a yr of being intrigued through a lady named Amber, they'd simply spent their first evening jointly. All of this was once shattered through the mauling that almost killed him, that left him blind and disfigured.


Facing paralyzing ache and unimaginable loss, Dan was once in no form to be in a dating. He and Amber permit one another move. 5 surgical procedures later, partway into his lengthy therapeutic trip, they discovered their as far back as one another. The couple’s unforgettable tale is certainly one of braveness, tenacious will, and the facility of affection to guide the best way out of darkness. Dan Bigley’s overcome tragedy is a testomony to the power of the human spirit to beat actual and emotional devastation, to decide on not only to reside, yet to reside totally. stopover at Dan Bigley's web site or past the Bear.

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Say Her Name: A Novel

By Francisco Goldman

In 2005, celebrated novelist Francisco Goldman married a stunning younger author named charisma Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda. The month prior to their moment anniversary, in the course of a long-awaited vacation, charisma broke her neck whereas physique browsing. Francisco, blamed for Aura’s demise through her relatives and blaming himself, desired to die, too. as an alternative, he wrote Say Her Name, a singular chronicling his nice love and unspeakable loss, monitoring the levels of grief whilst natural love provides approach to bottomless pain.

Suddenly a widower, Goldman collects every little thing he can approximately his spouse, hungry to maintain charisma alive with each reminiscence. From her early life and collage days in Mexico urban along with her fiercely dedicated mom to her experiences at Columbia collage, via their newlywed years in manhattan urban and travels to Mexico and Europe—and constantly during the prism of her talented writings—Goldman seeks her essence and grieves her loss. Humor leavens the ache as he lives throughout the insanity of grief and creates a residing portrait of a love as joyous because it is deep and profound.

Say Her identify is a love tale, a daring inquiry into future and responsibility, and a tribute to air of secrecy, who she used to be and who she would've been.

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Summer at Tiffany

By Marjorie Hart

New York urban, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her ally, Marty Garrett, arrive clean from the Kappa apartment on the college of Iowa hoping to discover summer time positions as shopgirls. became clear of the head shops, they miraculously locate jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., changing into the 1st girls to ever paintings at the revenues flooring, a diamond-filled day activity replete with Tiffany-blue shirtwaist clothes from Bonwit Teller's—and the envy of all their friends.

Looking again on that magical time in her lifestyles, Marjorie takes us again to whilst she and Marty rubbed elbows with the wealthy and recognized, pinched pennies to devour on the Automat, skilled nightlife at l. a. Martinique, and danced away their weekends with rushing midshipmen. among being dazzled by way of Judy Garland's honeymoon stopover at to Tiffany, celebrating VJ Day in occasions sq., and mingling with Café society, she fell in love, realized unforgettable classes, made very important judgements that may switch her destiny, and created the extraordinary stories she now stocks with we all.

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