But at nineteen, she became ill. Beset by pain and sadness, she decided to “write herself into being”—one novel after another. Giving up the ghost, is her dazzling memoir of a career blighted by physical pain in which her singular imagination supplied compensation for the life her body was denied. Selected by the new york times as one of the 50 best memoirs of the Past 50 Years“The story of my own childhood is a complicated sentence that I am always trying to finish, to finish and put behind me.
Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir John MacRae Books #ad - In postwar rural england, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most extraordinary feats were within her grasp.
Fierce Attachments: A Memoir FSG ClassicsFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Unsparing, fierce attachments is one of the most remarkable documents of family feeling that has been written, deeply courageous, a classic that helped start the memoir boom and remains one of the most moving examples of the genre. Gornick stares unflinchingly at all that is hidden, strange, claustral closeness of mothers and daughters…Fierce Attachments is a portrait of the artist as she finds a language—original, difficult, unresolvable in herself and others—at loneliness, sexual malice and the devouring, allergic to euphemism and therapeutic banalities—worthy of the women that raised her.
The new york Times. Next door lives nettie, an attractive widow whose calculating sensuality appeals greatly to Vivian. Vivian gornick’s fierce attachments—hailed by the new york times for the renowned feminist author’s “mesmerizing, thrilling” truths within its pages—has been selected by the publication’s book critics as the #1 Best Memoir of the Past 50 Years.
In this deeply etched and haunting memoir, Vivian Gornick tells the story of her lifelong battle with her mother for independence. Gornick’s groundbreaking book confronts what Edna O’Brien has called “the prinicpal crux of female despair”: the unacknowledged Oedipal nature of the mother-daughter bond.
Fierce Attachments: A Memoir FSG Classics #ad - Born and raised in the bronx, the daughter of “urban peasants, ” Gornick grows up in a household dominated by her intelligent but uneducated mother’s romantic depression over the early death of her husband. These women with their opposing models of femininity continue, well into adulthood, to affect Gornick’s struggle to find herself in love and in work.
As gornick walks with her aged mother through the streets of new york, for her courage and tenacity in really talking to her mother about the most basic issues of their lives, arguing and remembering the past, each wins the reader’s admiration: the caustic and clear-thinking daughter, and the still powerful and intuitively-wise old woman, who again and again proves herself her daughter’s mother.
Lives Other Than My Own: A MemoirMetropolitan Books #ad - Present at both events, emmanuel Carrère sets out to tell the story of two families—shattered and ultimately restored. In france, a young woman succumbs to illness, leaving her husband and small children bereft. What he accomplishes is nothing short of a literary miracle: a heartrending narrative of endless love, a meditation on courage and decency in the face of adversity, an intimate and reverent look at the extraordinary beauty and nobility of ordinary lives.
Precise, as full of twists and turns as any novel, and suspenseful, sober, carrère himself, lives other than my own confronts terrifying catastrophes to illuminate the astonishing richness of human connection: a grandfather who thought he had found paradise—too soon—and now devotes himself to helping his neighbors rebuild their village; a husband so in love with his ailing wife that he carries her in his arms like a knight does his princess; and finally, longtime chronicler of the tormented self, who unexpectedly finds consolation and even joy as he immerses himself in the lives of others.
Moving…carrère’s prose is precise and measured…Through interviews with friends and relatives of both families, he creates powerful portraits that celebrate ordinary lives. The new yorker“you begin this memoir thinking it will be about one thing, and it turns into something else altogether—a book at once more ordinary and more extraordinary than any first impressions might allow.
Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir #ad - The new york Times. From the acclaimed award-winning author emmanuel carrère, Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir is an act of generous imagination that unflinchingly records devastating loss and, equally vividly, the wealth of human solace that follows in its wake. Selected by the new york times as one of the 50 best Memoirs of the Past 50 YearsIn Sri Lanka, a tsunami sweeps a child out to sea, her grand-father helpless against the onrushing water.
Palimpsest: A MemoirPenguin Books #ad - This explosively entertaining memoir abounds in gossip, historical apercus, satire, and trenchant observations. Vidal's compelling narrative weaves back and forth in time, anais Nin, and features a cast of memorable characters—including the Kennedy family, providing a whole view of the author's celebrated life, from his birth in 1925 to today, Marlon Brando, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Country Girl: A MemoirLittle, Brown and Company #ad - O'brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Country girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation. Starting with o'brien's birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, the wild parties of the '60s in London, and encounters with Hollywood giants, divorce, pop stars, her story moves through convent school to elopement, single-motherhood, and literary titans.
Country girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, emotions, people, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime. Country girl is edna o'brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life. National public radio when edna o'brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest.
Country Girl: A Memoir #ad - There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton.
The Liars' Club: A MemoirPenguin Books #ad - Wickedly funny and always movingly illuminating, thanks to kick-ass storytelling and a poet's ear. Oprah. Com the new york times bestselling, hilarious tale of Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood that Oprah. Com calls the best memoir of a generation. The liars’ club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, bringing about a dramatic revival of the form.
Salinger’s—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at age twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Karr’s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. This unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as “funny, lively, and un-put-downable” USA Today today as it ever was.
Patrimony: A True StoryOdyssey Editions #ad - The son, and dread, and, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father’s long, full of love, as he does so, anxiety, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, stubborn engagement with life. Philip roth is hailed by many as the reigning king of American fiction.
Patrimony is roth’s elegy to his father, written with piercing observation and wit at the height of his literary prowess. Roth watches as his eight-six-year-old father—famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections—battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. Winner of the national book critics circle Award, survival and memory is one of his most intimate books, this memoir about love, but also one of his most intellectually vigorous.
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Hitch-22: A MemoirTwelve #ad - And he believes the personal is political. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U. S. In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes.
War against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide. Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He sees all sides of an argument.
Hitch-22: A Memoir #ad - This is the story of his life, lived large.
A Change of Climate: A NovelHolt Paperbacks #ad - But when ralph falls into an affair, their faith, and thirty years of repressed rage and grief explode, destroying not only a marriage but also their love, Anna finds no forgiveness in her heart, and everything they thought they were. Thirty years ago as missionaries in Africa, the worst that could happen did.
Shattered by their encounter with inexplicable evil, they returned to England, never to speak of it again. A new york times notable bookRalph and Anna Eldred are an exemplary couple, devoting themselves to doing good.
Beyond Black: A NovelHenry Holt and Co. #ad - After a sobering, do-it-yourself divorce, Colette is at a loss for what to do next. Hailed as a "writer of subtlety and depth, " hilary mantel turns her dark genius on the world of psychics in this smart, unsettling novel Joyce Carol OatesA paragon of efficiency, Colette took the next natural step after finishing secretarial school by marrying a man who would do just fine.
She cannot escape the dead who speak to her, least of all the constant presence of Morris, her low-life spiritual guide. It is not long before Alison's connection to the place beyond black threatens to uproot their lives forever. Convinced that she is due an out-of-hand, she strays into the realm of psychics and clairvoyants, life-affirming revelation, hungry for a whisper to set her off in the right direction.
This is hilary mantel at her finest- insightful, unorthodox, darkly comic, and thrilling to read. At a psychic fair in Windsor she meets the charismatic Alison. Alison, beleaguered during her childhood by the pressures of her connection to the spiritual world, the daughter of a prostitute, lives in a different kind of solitude.
Beyond Black: A Novel #ad - An expansive presence onstage, Alison at once feels her bond with Colette, inviting her to join her on the road as her personal assistant and companion. Troubles spiral out of control when the pair moves to a suburban wasteland in what was once the English countryside and take up with a spirit guide and his drowned therapist.
Men We Reaped: A MemoirBloomsbury USA #ad - Dealing with these losses, made jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, one after another, she realized the truth-and it took her breath away. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends.
Named one of the best books of the century by new york magazinetwo-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward Salvage the Bones, Unburied, Sing, Sing contends with the deaths of five young men dear to her, and the risk of being a black man in the rural South. We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.
Men We Reaped: A Memoir #ad - Harriet tubmanin five years, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, accidents, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life-to drugs, particularly black men. A brutal world rendered beautifully, jesmyn ward's memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying, Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity.
Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it.