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Memoirs are structured differently from formal autobiographies which tend to encompass the writer's entire life span, focusing on the development of his/her personality. The chronological scope of memoir is determined by the work's context and is...more
by Robert Stephen Parry (Goodreads Author)
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A unique blend of fact and fiction brings the Elizabethan court and its inhabitants to life in an evocative series of biographical sketches that will inform and entertain in equal measure. [close]
by Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll (Goodreads Author)
"She lay curled up on the floor as the blood pooled a…more
"She lay curled up on the floor as the blood pooled around her. She hugged her knees to her chest as the blows continued to fall. She looked down at her white eyelet lace maternity shirt and wondered if it be red forever now. Her heart pounded as her tears fell and her body cried for release.
She risked a glance up at him and her reward was another slap to the face. She said calmly, "Why are you doing this? This isn't you. John, you shouldn't do this. This isn't like you."
He kicked her in the back and looked coldly into her eyes. "It is me. I'm the one doing it, ain't I?"
It was then that she realized that he meant to kill her. " [close]
by Kristin Battista-Frazee (Goodreads Author)
by David W. Berner (Goodreads Author)
by Louis Zamperini, David Rensin (Goodreads Author)
Louis Zamperini's struggle to survive the unimaginable--brought to life in his autobiography Devil at My Heels and in Laura Hillenbrand's #1 New York Times bestseller and its film adaptation, Unbroken--elevated him to his rightful place among our country's greatest heroes. Now, Zamperini reveals the wisdom he learned along his incredible journey.
Faced with one misfortune after another--a plane crash, the shark-filled waters of the Pacific, a brutal Japanese prisoner of war camp--Zamperini could have given up a thousand times. Instead, he chose to see every hardship as a challenge that he was determined to overcome. Enduring the perils of World War II, Zamperini continued to find adventure at every turn--from crashing weddings to facing down Frank Sinatra in a fight to getting mixed up in a bank robbery. Until his death at 97 he remained undaunted; happy, sharp-minded, and healthy, and continued to engage life to its fullest.
In Don't Give Up, Don't Give In, he offers never-before told tales that embody his simple, yet essential secrets of success: how his relationship with God, his ever-positive attitude, his constant pursuit of accomplishment--and a healthy dose of mischief--have helped him lead a long and fulfilled life, lessons we can all use to transform our own. [close]
by Jenny Jaeckel (Goodreads Author)
by Joe Perry, David Ritz
“An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists. Strap yoursel…more
“An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists. Strap yourself in.” —Slash
“Rocking Joe Perry ‘rocks’ again!” —Jimmy Page
Before the platinum records or the Super Bowl half-time show or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe Perry was a boy growing up in small-town Massachusetts. He idolized Jacques Cousteau and built his own diving rig that he used to explore a local lake. He dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. But Perry’s neighbors had teenage sons, and those sons had electric guitars, and the noise he heard when they started playing would change his life.
The guitar became his passion, an object of lust, an outlet for his restlessness and his rebellious soul. That passion quickly blossomed into an obsession, and he got a band together. One night after a performance he met a brash young musician named Steven Tyler; before long, Aerosmith was born. What happened over the next forty-five years has become the stuff of legend: the knockdown, drag-out, band-splintering fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the packed arenas and timeless hits; the reconciliations and the comebacks.
Rocks is an unusually searching memoir of a life that spans from the top of the world to the bottom of the barrel—several times. It is a study of endurance and brotherhood, with Perry providing remarkable candor about Tyler, as well as new insights into their powerful but troubled relationship. It is an insider’s portrait of the rock and roll family, featuring everyone from Jimmy Page to Alice Cooper, Bette Midler to Chuck Berry, John Belushi to Al Hirschfeld. It takes us behind the scenes at unbelievable moments such as Joe and Steven’s appearance in the movie of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (they act out the murders of Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees).
Full of humor, insight, and brutal honesty about life in and out of one of the biggest bands in the world, Rocks is the ultimate rock-and-roll epic. In Perry’s own words, it tells the whole story: "the loner’s story, the band’s story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, and the post-destructive rebirth story." [close]
by Scott Berkun (Goodreads Author)
The Ghost of My Father is about his failed re…more
The Ghost of My Father is about his failed relationship with his father, and how his family was torn apart in 2012. Through intimate personal stories the book explores the meaning of family and how he worked to understand himself as an adult in the wake of a distant parent and a broken family.
This is an achingly personal memoir of loss, love and the hope of transformation by understanding the past. This story is for anyone struggling with their identity in their family and seeking a bright path through dark times.
50% of the profits from this edition will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit that helps children in need find supportive adult mentors.
Scott Berkun is the author of five popular books and his work as a writer and speaker has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, NPR and MSNBC. Join his mailing list for his latest essays, lectures and projects at scottberkun.com. [close]
by Richard Gilbert (Goodreads Author)
They're charmed by the region's quirky character and untamed beauty, and thrilled to learn there are still places in America that haven't been homogenized. But they suffer culture shock as they try to put down roots. They go broke rebuilding a house; mysterious illnesses plague their new sheep flock; injuries bedevil the novice shepherd; he's fleeced buying equipment. And, haunted by his father's loss of his boyhood farm, struggles to earn money in sustainable agriculture.
Slowly, an unlikely mentor emerges from among the flock: Freckles, a small but hearty sheep whose mothering ability epitomizes the hidden beauty of her humble species. As Gilbert becomes a respected agrarian and supplier of breeding stock, he questions whether he was suited to commercial-scale farming; he endorses the trend toward hobby and artisanal farming that’s once again sweeping America. He tries to make peace with himself, his family’s legacy, and his own romantic dream. [close]
by Jolene Lavine (Goodreads Author)
by Dave Cicirelli (Goodreads Author)
This month also marks five years since I started Fakebook—the original social media 'fake-cation' that is the subject of my memoir.
To commemorate these two important anniversaries, I’ve created a limited run of Fake Banksy Edition copies of Fakebook.
This is an original piece of art—a hand painted book jacket that wraps a copy of Fakebook. Each jacket is signed and numbered.
I'm giving away 5 of the 25 total books exclusively here on Goodreads. For other special offers and to check out the artwork , visit: www.fakebookfriends.com
Good luck and thanks for checking this out!
by I. Leigh Private (Goodreads Author)
Are a woman.
Are a twin or have twins.
Want to take a peek inside Hollywood or the ad business.
Are a woman.
Are a twin or have twins.
Want to take a peek inside Hollywood or the ad business.
Cherish your girlfriends.
Thought Fifty Shades of Grey was a book about photography.
Ever lost someone you loved.
Are dealing with the whole aging thing.
LOVE TO LAUGH.
PS: Men can read this too but be warned: nice cars get damaged. [close]
by James Pinnick (Goodreads Author)
"One of the most profound, captivating, inspirational…more
"One of the most profound, captivating, inspirational books that I have read to date." –Amazon Verified Reader
"I don't know when I've been so affected by a book of any kind." –Amazon Verified Reader
"Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down." –Amazon Verified Reader
"I would and have recommended this book to anyone who has lost someone they love." –Amazon Verified Reader
“A moving story, very well written, engaging and full of meaning.” -Amazon Verified Reader
“Between the tears and laughter, this is a definite must read!” -Amazon Verified Reader
When a ventilator prevented her from speaking during her final hours, Jennifer started writing. After her death, her husband turns to those pages to tell her story of courage and faith.
James had just walked through the door after a day’s work when Jennifer told him the news that changed everything: it was cancer. In the following two years they would lose their sense of normalcy and their dreams for the future. But along the way, they would gain something even greater than their loss.
Told through the eyes of a grieving husband is this true story of a young woman’s fight for her life. Jennifer’s final words, penned by hand when a ventilator prevented her from speaking, provide a powerful backdrop to this journey of faith and hope.
A memoir that also offers a practical pathway for those struggling with loss, The Last Seven Pages is a testimony of a God who is present in our darkest moments, and who turned a devastating illness into a life-changing promise.
by Amanda Palmer
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first cen…more
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.
"This is the kind of book that makes you want to call the author up at midnight to whisper, 'My God. I thought I was the only one.'"— Jenny Lawson
"Gradually, as you read along, a doorway opens up in your heart, and you realize, 'I want to live in a world exactly like hers.'" - Elizabeth Gilbert
"She's capable of anything, incapable of telling anything but the truth." - Bono [close]
by Tim Brown
DESCRIPTION: JUMPING INTO THE PARADE is an inspirational memoir from a successful business ex…more
DESCRIPTION: JUMPING INTO THE PARADE is an inspirational memoir from a successful business executive about finding hope and faith when you believe all is lost and finding joy and meaning in your life again or for the first time. [close]
by Garth Callaghan
Garth has now been diagnosed with cancer four times and been given an 8 percent chance to live long enough to watch Emma graduate from high school. Yet rather than dwell on the dire facts, he takes each day as a gift and a chance to connect with those he loves. And he promised to write 826 napkins so that Emma will have one every day until she graduates from high school—no matter what happens.
In the pages of this book, Garth continues his mission, spurring readers to appreciate life and the relationships they have through the simple act of composing a handwritten note to a loved one. A reflection on what it means to be a father, what we want to leave behind once we’re gone, but mainly a celebration of the human spirit, Napkin Notes is a reminder of the power we all hold to make every moment count. [close]
by J.E. Ellington (Goodreads Author)
Slippery When Wet: One Woman's Journey Through t…more
Slippery When Wet: One Woman's Journey Through the Mystery of Sex is a mix of cutting edge insight from the science of sex and candid life stories from reproductive physiologist Dr. Joanna Ellington (“Dr. E”). Called a “must-read for anyone who wants good sex," this book is part kitchen table talk with a trusted Aunt, part fascinating lecture into the newest research on creating great sex. Dr. E chronicles the stages of sexual discovery from puberty to mature adulthood. Candid and sincere, she can help readers feel at ease with themselves, as well as understand better how to find the fulfillment they deserve.
Sex impacts everyone every day. But many are hesitant to talk about what is really going on in their sex lives, especially during those times when they feel unsure or out of sync with their lover.
Slippery When Wet takes on the controversial topics of today.
What is the best way to talk to teens about sex?
Is it weird to masturbate if happily married?
If sexual desire fades can it be found again?
Dr. E tackles these tough questions, and more, with the unique perspective of her specialty in andrology (the study of sexuality in men). She is an internationally recognized and award-winning scientist with over 75 publications in sexual medicine and sperm physiology. Her expertise has been highlighted on National Public Radio, in USA Today and in international documentaries, including National Geographic Channel’s Sizing Up Sperm and The Great Sperm Race. Dr. E reviews and summarizes the latest science on sex, reproduction and intimacy at her website SexScienceandNature.com. She has been a featured blogger at BlogHer.com and a guest contributor to Cosmopolitan magazine. [close]
by Marie Mutsuki Mockett (Goodreads Author)
How does one cope with overwhelming grief?
Marie Mutsuki Mockett's family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels prohibited the burial of her Japanese grandfather's bones. As Japan mourned thousands of people lost in the disaster, Mockett also grieved for her American father, who had died unexpectedly.
Seeking consolation, Mockett is guided by a colorful cast of Zen priests and ordinary Japanese who perform rituals that disturb, haunt, and finally uplift her. Her journey leads her into the radiation zone in an intricate white hazmat suit; to Eiheiji, a school for Zen Buddhist monks; on a visit to a Crab Lady and Fuzzy-Headed Priest’s temple on Mount Doom; and into the "thick dark" of the subterranean labyrinth under Kiyomizu temple, among other twists and turns. From the ecstasy of a cherry blossom festival in the radiation zone to the ghosts inhabiting chopsticks, Mockett writes of both the earthly and the sublime with extraordinary sensitivity. Her unpretentious and engaging voice makes her the kind of companion a reader wants to stay with wherever she goes, even into the heart of grief itself. [close]
by Maria V. Ciletti (Goodreads Author)
by Cathie Borrie AUTHOR (Goodreads Author)
The Long Hello explores the emo…more
The Long Hello explores the emotional rewards and challenges that Cathie Borrie experienced in caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, for seven years. Between the two, a wondrously poetic dialogue develops, which Ms. Borrie further illuminates with childhood memories of her family, and her struggle to maintain a life outside her caregiving responsibilities. The Long Hello demonstrates how caregiving creates an opportunity to experience the change in a relationship that illness necessitates, one in which joy, meaning, and profound intimacy can flourish.
Written in spare, beautiful prose, largely in the form of a dialogue, The Long Hello exquisitely captures the intricacies and nuances of a daughter’s relationship with her mother. [close]
by Diana R. Zimmerman (Goodreads Author)
by J. Ivy
Grammy and Peabody award winning poet, J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who has bridged the worlds of hip-hop and poetry through hi…more
Grammy and Peabody award winning poet, J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who has bridged the worlds of hip-hop and poetry through his appearances on HBO's Def Poetry and his collaboration with Kanye West and Jay-Z. But throughout his success, he carried with him the pain of being abandoned by his father and growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side.
So he sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how—through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions.
Fused with his raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy's memoir shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression. [close]
by Kathleen K. (Goodreads Author)
Kathleen K. reintroduces her non-fiction se…more
Kathleen K. reintroduces her non-fiction sexotic cult favorite to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the phone sex business that inspired it:
This is a tell-all chronicle of tele-erotic sex, way back before the web, in the crazy ‘80’s when your phone was in your home, it might be in your car. It was not in your pocket let alone miniaturized for your ear.
Sweet Talkers qualifies as a genuine counter-culture oddity, a bedside reader for the adult mind. Operator training tips, re-created encounters, Top Ten Fantasies, business details. Forthright and frank, deliciously explicit narration by manager/operator “Jamie” tells it like it was.
“This is definitely one of those rarified sex-books that somehow blurs the line between fiction and fact and creates its own small genre.”
“If you enjoy eavesdropping on explicit conversations about sex...this book is for you.”
Kathleen K. introduces her diverse collection of Private Publications at KathleenKBooks.com, showcasing all-age family life fiction in Joody (A Case Study in Post Dramatic Stress Disorder) and The Lent Hand (Adventures in Beach Town Towing), contrasted with her adults-only bedside readers: The Lunarium (One Man’s Memories of the Watchers and the Watched) and Stoner with a boner (It’s a Long Story).
Kathleen K. delivers captivating narrative fiction, the most familiar form of make-believe storytelling. Well-drawn characters are wrapped in rich prose, voiced with sharp dialog, making it easy to read but hard to forget.
by Gerald Hughes, Frieda Hughes
Containing a great many unique and never-before seen family photographs of Ted Hughes, as well as unpublished material, this extraordinary memoir is an achingly poignant tale of childhood and youth and togetherness; the tenderness of brotherly love and the development of a poetic mind as Hughes went into the air force, on to Cambridge where he published his first poems and met Sylvia Plath, before settling in Devon with Sylvia, where their children were born. Ted and I also features a foreword by Gerald's niece Frieda Hughes, the daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and herself a well-known painter and poet. [close]
by Pierre Van Blommestein (Goodreads Author)
One reviewer, Peter Chapman, writes:
"One could be forgiven for assuming that a chaplain’s war would be somewhat mundane and less glamorous or dangerous to experience than that of the more familiar combat soldier, but let me start by saying that, without exception, this is one of the very best personal accounts of military service in the SADF that I have been privileged to read. It is the story of a remarkable soldier, whose service and outlook on that service are as unusual and unique as any I have read previously, and filled with surprises throughout." [close]
by Heather Scavetta
by Maz Jobrani
When he first started out in show business, Maz Jobrani endured suggestions that he spice up his stand-up act by wearing “the outfit,” fielded questions about rising gas prices, and got called an F’in Eye-ranian for being involved in the Iran hostage crisis even though he was only eight years old at the time—in fact, these things happened so often that he began to wonder: Could I be a terrorist without even knowing it?
Having emigrated with his family to the US during the Iranian Revolution, Maz spent most of his youth desperately trying to fit in with his adopted culture—whether that meant learning to play baseball or religiously watching Dallas with his female relatives. But none of his attempts at assimilation made a difference to casting directors, who only auditioned him for the role of kebab-eating, bomb-toting, extremist psychopath.
In this laugh-out-loud memoir, Maz shares his struggle to build an acting career in post-9/11 Hollywood—from playing a terrorist on 24 to playing a terrorist opposite Chuck Norris to his mother asking, “Vhy you alvays terrorist?!” (Followed by, “Vhy you couldn’t be doctor?!”) But finally, through patience, determination, and only the occasional unequivocal compromising of his principles, he found a path to stardom. And he also learned the proper way to die like a bad guy on TV. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Im-... [close]
by Milt Kogan
A young doctor ventures to Hollywood to search for a dream girlfriend. Instead, he falls in love with…more
A young doctor ventures to Hollywood to search for a dream girlfriend. Instead, he falls in love with the art of Acting. After much struggle, he discovers show business success in Hollywood films, TV and commercials. However, he feels a void in his daily life, which he finds he can only fill by using his medical talents. So, he works both careers at the same time in Hollywood until he marries a wonderful woman, has two children and decides the time has come for him to "give back". He drags his young family to further adventures in service with the United States Peace Corps in West Africa. [close]
by Angela Doll Carlson (Goodreads Author)
On being a modern woman in an ancient tradition
From Catholic schoolgirl to punk rocker to emergent church planter, Angela Doll Carlson traveled a spiritual path that in many ways mirrors that of a whole generation. She takes us with her on a deep and revealing exploration of the forces that drove her toward Orthodoxy and the challenges that long kept her from fully entering in.
About the Author:
Angela Doll Carlson is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Burnside Writer’s Collective, Image Journal’s “Good Letters,” St. Katherine Review, Rock & Sling Journal, Ruminate Magazine’s blog, and Art House America. You can also find her writing online at Mrsmetaphor.com, NearlyOrthodox.com, and DoxaSoma.com.
Angela and her husband, David, currently raise their four chaos-makers in the wilds of Chicago with some measurable success.
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