Another Life: A Memoir of Other People by Michael Korda

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By Michael Korda

From international leaders to Mafia dons, from Hollywood stars to the literary world's so much eccentric writers, the outstanding and infamous alike have entrusted their life's paintings to Simon & Schuster's preeminent editor, Michael Korda. during this masterful memoir, Korda unearths the unforgettable forged of characters and outrageous anecdotes in the back of 4 a long time of blockbuster publishing, bringing us face-to-face with dozens of larger-than-life figures: Richard Nixon, who maintained his "presidential" personality lengthy after his public lifestyles was once over; Joan Crawford, whose autobiography mirrored a existence she may have cherished to have lived yet didn't; Joseph Bonanno, the retired Mafia don who'd do whatever to maintain from being killed by means of the reviewers.

And in a revelatory account that reads as compulsively as fiction, Another Life paints a shiny photograph of publishing's glitterati, together with Jacqueline Susann, who liberated women's fiction--and terrorized a publishing condominium, and Tennessee Williams, who nourished his genius on four-course vodka lunches. A veritable Who's Who of degree, display, and letters, Another Life is the deft interweaving of publishing at it such a lot fascinating--and storytelling at its best.

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She rose unsteadily and looked about her, then drank a little water before stumbling off to the spot by the radiator where she liked to sleep. I watched her through the day. Did she always sleep this long? Did her stomach look swollen, or was that just because it was shaved? ) Shouldn’t she be drinking more? I was used to sick people. All through my teens my mother and grandfather took turns trooping in and out of the hospital like the allegorical figures in those clocks you see looming over town squares all over Germany.

I hoped it didn’t read like an ultimatum, but of course that’s what it was. ~~~ Here are some of the places I’ve seen her sleep: On the frayed red modular sofa in the living room, beside the remote control I’d left there the night before. Stirring, she’d knock it to the floor, and the soft thump of its impact would wake her. She wouldn’t be startled. She’d only open her eyes, turn her head to see what the noise was, maybe going so 0738215266-text_Layout 1 8/24/12 10:06 AM Page 49 Another Insane Devotion 49 far as to roll onto her back and let her head loll over the edge of the seat cushion until she saw the control lying on the rug.

She looked offended. “No, not revenge—I wasn’t that kind of kid. ” She saw my incomprehension. “To give the girls. Those girls were always talking about how they wanted Beatle dolls. Everybody wanted them back then; it was the year of Beatle dolls. ’” Her smile had a child’s guilelessness. Just so a child might offer you a bouquet of wildflowers she’d picked from the side 0738215266-text_Layout 1 8/24/12 10:06 AM Page 24 24 P ETER T RACHTENBERG of the road. ” I know I reached for her, meaning to stroke her cheek.

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