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The relocating tale of the way F. Scott Fitzgerald—washed up, alcoholic and ill—dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt path in literature for the lady he loved.

In 1937, at the evening of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a celebration in Hollywood. Graham, a British-born journalist, broke off her engagement, and till Fitzgerald had a deadly center assault in her house in 1940, the 2 writers lived the fervid, occasionally violent affair that's memorialized right here with remarkable intimacy.

When they met, Fitzgerald’s repute had waned. He battled crippling alcoholism whereas writing screenplays to aid his daughter and institutionalized spouse. Graham’s big name, despite the fact that, was once emerging, to the purpose the place she grew to become Hollywood’s highest-paid, best-read gossip columnist. but when Fitzgerald had lived out his “crack-up” in public, Graham saved her demons secret—such as that she believed herself to be “a interesting pretend who pulled the wool over Hollywood’s eyes.’’

Most poignantly, she keenly felt her loss of schooling, and Fitzgerald rose to the party. He turned her passionate show, guiding her via a curriculum of his personal layout: a faculty of 1. Graham enjoyed him the extra for it, writing the booklet as a tribute. As she defined, “An strange man’s rules on what constituted an schooling needed to be preserved. it's a new bankruptcy so as to add to what's already recognized approximately an writer who has been microscopically investigated in the entire different components of his life.”

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Download E-books The Last Days of Dorothy Parker: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendship (A Penguin Classics Special) PDF

By Marion Meade

Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade stocks perception into the final days within the lifetime of Dorothy Parker—the terrible and the hilarious—including her colourful friendship with Lillian Hellman, and the weird afterlife of Parker’s is still from a dossier cupboard on Wall highway to a small burial website through the NAACP place of work in Baltimore.

The Volney was once a dignified place of abode resort, preferred via older girls and their canine, on Manhattan’s top East aspect. Dorothy Parker died there, of a center assault, on June 7, 1967. She was once seventy-three and have been recognized for nearly part a century. As befitted a much-loved stand-up comedian, poet, and storywriter, the New York occasions announced her go out in a front-page obituary. This was once via a star-studded memorial carrier, additionally suggested within the paper, which was once attended by way of a few a hundred and fifty of her neighbors and admirers. greater than two decades later, on October 20, 1988, Parker was once buried in Baltimore, in a memorial backyard on the nationwide headquarters of the NAACP. Why did it take greater than 20 years for Dorothy Parker to get a good burial? What bills for her macabre Edgar Allan Poe–style finishing, arguably the most ghoulish in sleek literary heritage? And simply what occurred to her in the course of these twenty-one years?

Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade attracts from new examine to painting Parker in her final years and final days, with an emphasis on her posthumous lifestyles. the tale additionally positive factors Parker’s enduring friendship of over thirty years with playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman, in addition to different awesome figures in Parker’s circle, together with Dashiell Hammett and John O’Hara. continually riotous and sometimes ghastly, The final Days is totally and entirely Dorothy Parker.

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By Joshua Slocum

"The vintage of its kind." —Travel World
"One of the main readable books within the complete library of adventure." —Sports Illustrated
"The best single-handed event tale but written." —Seafarer
Challenged by way of a professional who stated it could not be performed, Joshua Slocum, an indomitable New England sea captain, set out in April of 1895 to turn out guy might sail on my own worldwide. 46,000 miles and a bit over three years later, the evidence was once whole: Captain Slocum had played the epic "first" single-handedly in a trusty 34-foot sloop known as the "Spray." this is often Slocum's personal account of his amazing adventures in the course of the historical voyage.
Slocum writes in a fast paced, exhilarating type. His virtually matter-of-fact descriptions of damaging episodes and his colourful, frequently witty observations make this booklet probably the main pleasant and soaking up event story in background. around the Atlantic he sailed, yet chased via Moorish pirates off Gibraltar, he determined to circle Cape Horn as a substitute and cross world wide the wrong way! He tells of perils on stormy seas and of various harrowing occasions: his get away from a fleet of antagonistic canoes; an come across with Black Pedro, "the worst assassin in Tierra del Fuego"; foiling a nocturnal assault by means of savages by way of strewing carpet tacks at the "Spray's" deck; submerged via a very good wave off the Patagonian coast; the "rain of blood" in Australia; dodging coral reefs within the South Seas. In Samoa, he used to be visited through Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson; in South Africa, he talked congenially with Stanley of "Stanley and Livingstone" status, and met "Oom Paul" Kruger, President of the Transvaal republic. Kruger was once incensed whilst one among his officers defined Slocum's voyage as "around the world," due to the fact that his spiritual ideals confident him that the area used to be flat!
This strong vintage of the ocean has been extensively learn ever on the grounds that its first ebook in 1900. it's been reprinted numerous instances and has even been required interpreting in lots of faculties. This version (complete with the entire unique Thomas Fogarty illustrations) of Captain Slocum's tale will end up as stress-free and exciting to the current iteration of american citizens because it was once to our fathers and grandfathers.

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Download E-books An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner PDF

For the earlier 40 years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has labored as a surrogate companion, aiding consumers to confront, ponder, and eventually settle for their sexuality. during this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene stocks a few of her such a lot relocating situations, and likewise finds her personal sexual coming-of-age. starting with a inflexible Catholic upbringing within the Nineteen Fifties, the place she used to be taught to imagine intercourse and sexual wants have been unnatural and incorrect, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity.

An Intimate Life bargains a candid check out the private lifetime of a surrogate accomplice, analyzing the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing whatever most folk don't instantly understand.

The memoir opens with Cohen Greene's paintings with Berkeley-based poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, whose essay "On Seeing A intercourse Surrogate" used to be tailored right into a significant movie titled "The Sessions," which was once published national in October 2012.

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Download E-books I Am Charlie Wilson PDF

By Charlie Wilson

The long-awaited New York Times bestselling memoir of seven-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson, the enduring R&B and Funk singer-songwriter-producer and previous lead singer of the distance Band—interwoven together with his memories of participating with fellow artists comparable to Stevie ask yourself, Kanye West, and Snoop Dogg.

Recognized across the world for his exact voice and undying hits spanning a profession of approximately part a century, Charlie Wilson is likely one of the so much celebrated musicians of his iteration. So it took family and friends all at once while he checked into rehab and printed that he have been not just homeless, but in addition helpless.

Here is the riveting tale of the way love and religion carried him via not just his habit, but in addition prostate melanoma. right here, too, is the tale of his paintings within the song enterprise, together with a profession resurgence that observed collaborations with one of the most sought-after artists of this present day, together with Pharrell and Justin Timberlake.

Now over two decades sober, Wilson recounts a existence packed with vertiginous highs and heartbreaking lows. His is a narrative of overcome adversity, braveness within the face of utmost trouble, and love while all else is misplaced. it's a story of the final sixty years in social and pa tradition heritage, and one who will stick with you for future years.

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Download E-books We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Showbiz Saga PDF

By Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer—born and bred track junkie and longtime chief of David Letterman’s Late Show band—opens up during this candid, endearing, hilarious, and star-studded memoir.  From taking part in seedy strip joints in Toronto, to being the 1st musical director of Saturday evening Live and supporting to shape the Blues Brothers, to being onstage each evening with David Letterman and twiddling with the best musicians of our time, Shaffer has lived the last word showbiz life.  Now—dishing on all people from John Belushi and Jerry Lewis to Mel Gibson and Britney Spears—Paul provides us the total behind-the-scenes tale of his existence, from banging out pop tunes at the piano on the age of twelve to top the band each evening on the Sullivan Theater.

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Download E-books To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story PDF

By Mary C. Neal

A kayak twist of fate in the course of a South American experience takes one lady to heaven — the place she skilled God’s peace, pleasure, and angels — and again to existence back.
In 1999 within the Los Rios sector of southern Chile, orthopedic health professional, dedicated spouse, and loving mom Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak coincidence. whereas cascading down a waterfall, her kayak turned pinned on the backside and he or she used to be instantly and entirely submerged. regardless of the rescue efforts of her partners, Mary was once underwater for too lengthy, and accordingly, died.
To Heaven and Back is Mary’s impressive tale of her life’s religious trip and what occurred as she moved from existence to demise to everlasting lifestyles, and again back. Detailing her emotions and atmosphere in heaven, her verbal exchange with angels, and her deep feel of disappointment whilst she discovered it wasn’t her time, Mary stocks the appealing event of her modern day miracle.
Mary’s lifestyles has been eternally replaced by way of her newfound realizing of her objective in the world, her expertise of God, her nearer dating with Jesus, and her own non secular trip by surprise improved through a first-hand event in heaven.  To Heaven and Back will reacquaint you with the desire, ask yourself, and promise of heaven, whereas enriching you personal religion and stroll with God.

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By J. R. Moehringer

The New York Times bestseller and one of many a hundred so much striking Books of 2005. within the culture of This Boy's Life and The Liar's Club, a raucous, poignant, luminously written memoir a couple of boy striving to develop into a guy, and his romance with a bar.

J.R. Moehringer grew up captivated by way of a voice. It was once the voice of his father, a brand new York urban disc jockey who vanished sooner than J.R. spoke his first be aware. Sitting at the droop, urgent an ear to the radio, J.R. could pressure to listen to in that plummy baritone the secrets and techniques of masculinity and identification. although J.R.'s mom was once his global, his rock, he craved whatever extra, anything faintly and hauntingly audible merely within the Voice.

At 8 years outdated, without notice not able to discover The Voice at the radio, J.R. became in desperation to the bar at the nook, the place he came upon a rousing refrain of latest voices. The alphas alongside the bar--including J.R.'s Uncle Charlie, a Humphrey Bogart look-alike; Colt, a Yogi undergo sound-alike; and Joey D, a softhearted brawler--took J.R. to the seashore, to ballgames, and eventually into their circle. They taught J.R., tended him, and supplied a type of fathering-by-committee. Torn among the stirring instance of his mom and the lurid romance of the bar, J.R. attempted to forge a self someplace within the heart. but if it was once time for J.R. to depart domestic, the bar grew to become an more and more seductive sanctuary, a spot to come back and regroup in the course of his picaresque trips. many times the bar provided safeguard from failure, rejection, heartbreak--and finally from reality.

within the grand culture of landmark memoirs, The gentle Bar is suspenseful, wrenching, and achingly humorous. A vintage American tale of self-invention and break out, of the fierce love among a unmarried mom and an in basic terms son, it is also a relocating portrait of 1 boy's fight to turn into a guy, and an unforgettable depiction of the way males stay, at middle, misplaced boys.

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Download E-books Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (New York Review Books (Paperback)) PDF

By Alexander Berkman

In 1892, Alexander Berkman, Russian émigré, anarchist, and lover of Emma Goldman, tried to assassinate industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The act used to be meant either as retribution for the bloodbath of staff within the domicile strike and as an incitement to revolution. Captured and sentenced to serve a jail time period of 22 years, Berkman struggled to make experience of the shadowy and brutalized international of the prison—one that barely conformed to innovative expectation.

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