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Roots

by:Haley, Alex

This poignant and powerful narrative tells the dramatic story of Kunta Kinte, snatched from freedom in Africa and brought by ship to America and slavery, and his descendants. Drawing on the oral traditions handed down in his family for generations, the author traces his origins back to the seventeen-year-old Kunta Kinte, who was abducted from his home in Gambia and transported as a slave to colonial America. In this account Haley provides an imaginative rendering of the lives of seven generations of black men and women.

Editions:220  Date:1973 - 2018  Genre(s):Biography, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Nonfiction novels, Novels

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

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A personal record

by:Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924

"A Personal Record (1912) both documents and fictionalizes Joseph Conrad's early life and the opening stages of his careers as a writer and as a seaman. It is also an artistic and political manifesto. The introduction traces Conrad's sources and gives the history of writing and reception. The essay on the text and the apparatus set out the textual history. The notes explain literary and historical references, identify places, and gloss foreign terms. Four maps and a genealogical table supplement this explanatory material. This edition of A Personal Record, established through modern textual scholarship, presents Conrad's reminiscences and the volume's two prefaces in forms more authoritative than any so far printed."--Jacket.

Editions:203  Date:1908 - 2018  Genre(s):Biography

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

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The life of Charlotte Brontë

by:Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865

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

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Lassie come-home

by:Knight, Eric, 1897-1943

A collie undertakes a thousand-mile journey in order to once again meet her former master at the school gate.

Editions:294  Date:1900 - 2019  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Biography, Action and adventure fiction

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A child's Christmas in Wales

by:Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a child.

Editions:152  Date:1954 - 2018  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Biography, Autobiographies, Literature, Christmas stories, Juvenile works

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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 - 2017  Genre(s):Biography, Horror fiction, Autobiographies, Biographies, Biographies

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The year of magical thinking

by:Didion, Joan

[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." -Dust jacket.

Editions:99  Date:2005 - 2018  Genre(s):Biography, Biographies, Biographies, Biography

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Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by:Strayed, Cheryl, 1968-

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State -- and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Editions:76  Date:2012 - 2019  Genre(s):Biography, Autobiographies, Autobiographies, Movie novels

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