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Angela's ashes : a memoir

by:McCourt, Frank

"My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and I was born. Instead, they returned to Ireland when I was four ... When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." So begins the memoir of Frank McCourt, raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland in the 1930s and 40s. The author chronicles his impoverished childhood and early experiences in the Catholic church, and describes his father's alcoholism and talent for storytelling, as well as the challenges and tragedies his mother faced, balancing painful memories with humor.

Editions:311  Date:1199 - 2018  Genre(s):Biography, Autobiographies, Movie novels, Biographies, Biographies


Wind, sand and stars

by:Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de, 1900-1944

English translation of "Terre des hommes". Autobiographical account of air travel, captures the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight.

Editions:642  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Biography, Biographies, Biographies, Autobiographies, Autobiographies


The life of Charlotte Brontë

by:Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn

Presents the 1857 version of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of her fellow author Charlotte Brontë, and includes a critical introduction, and notes on subsequent variations.

Editions:464  Date:1844 - 2018  Genre(s):Biographies, Biography, Biographies

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On writing : a memoir of the craft

by:King, Stephen, 1947-

This volume "really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists", written by American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy, Stephen King (b. 1947). The first third of the book contains King's memoir, which includes heartfelt tidbits about his brother, mother and his long battles with alcohol and drug addiction. The second part of the book, "On Writing," is where aspiring novelists might find inspiration. King describes the symbolism in many of his novels and offers writers common sense advice. He presents his taboos of writing: adverbs (especially those in dialog) and the passive voice. He describes his writer's toolbox, including examples of both good and bad writing, sometimes taken from his own work, sometimes taken from other writers. He also describes his approach to research. King concludes by including a list of nearly a hundred novels that he considers the best that he's read in the last three or four years.

Editions:116  Date:2000 - 2018  Genre(s):Biography, Autobiographies, Biographies, Biographies


The year of magical thinking

by:Didion, Joan (1934- )

[In this book, the author] explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage - and a life, in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later - the night before New Year's Eve - the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This ... book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness ... about marriage and children and memory ... about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself."--Jacket.

Editions:97  Date:2005 - 2018  Genre(s):Biography, Biographies, Biographies, Biography


The zookeeper's wife

by:Ackerman, Diane, 1948-

The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina ¿abi¿ski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the ¿abi¿skis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants--otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes--and keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her.

Editions:81  Date:2007 - 2018  Genre(s):Case studies, Biographies, Biographies, War fiction, War fiction


John Barleycorn

by:London, Jack, 1876-1916

Semi-autobiographical, drawing on the author's recollections of alcoholism.

Editions:238  Date:1911 - 2019  Genre(s):Biography, Biographies, Biographies

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Boy : tales of childhood

by:Dahl, Roald, 1916-1990

Presents humorous anecdotes from the author's childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school.

Editions:165  Date:1884 - 2016  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Biography, Juvenile works, Biographies, Biographies, Humorous fiction


Living to tell the tale

by:García Márquez, Gabriel, 1927-2014

Publisher's description: In this long-awaited first volume of a planned trilogy, the most acclaimed and revered living Nobel laureate begins to tell us the story of his life. Like all his work, Living to Tell the Tale is a magnificent piece of writing. It spans Gabriel Garca Mr̀quez's life from his birth in 1927 through the start of his career as a writer to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to the woman who would become his wife. It has the shape, the quality, and the vividness of a conversation with the reader--a tale of people, places, and events as they occur to him: the colorful stories of his eccentric family members; the great influence of his mother and maternal grandfather; his consuming career in journalism, and the friends and mentors who encouraged him; the myths and mysteries of his beloved Colombia; personal details, undisclosed until now, that would appear later, transmuted and transposed, in his fiction; and, above all, his fervent desire to become a writer. And, as in his fiction, the narrator here is an inspired observer of the physical world, able to make clear the emotions and passions that lie at the heart of a life--in this instance, his own.

Editions:158  Date:2002 - 2015  Genre(s):Biography, Biographies, Biographies, Autobiographies, Autobiographies


The education of Little Tree

by:Carter, Forrest

The autobiographical remembrances of the author's Indian boyhood with his eastern Cherokee hill country grandparents during the Great Depression.

Editions:138  Date:1976 - 2014  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Biographies


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