The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson

By Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson’s so much eccentric ebook in a brand new, restricted edition...
The Curse of Lono is to Hawaii what worry and Loathing was once to Las Vegas: the loopy stories of a journalist’s "coverage" of a information occasion that finally ends up being a wild journey to the darkish aspect of Americana. initially released in 1983, Curse gains the entire zany, hallucinogenic wordplay and feral paintings for which the Hunter S. Thompson/Ralph Steadman duo became identified and enjoyed. This curious e-book, thought of an oddity between Hunter’s oeuvre, has been lengthy out of print, prompting creditors to look low and high for an unique reproduction.

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American Gypsy: A Memoir by Oksana Marafioti

By Oksana Marafioti

A vibrant and humorous memoir approximately growing to be up Gypsy and turning into American

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. this implies traveling with the relatives band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It capacity getting your hair lower in “the Lioness.” It additionally ability enduring sneering racism from each phase of Soviet society. Her father is set that his ladies lead a greater, freer lifestyles. In the USA! additionally, he desires to play guitar with B. B. King. And therapy melanoma together with his own magnetism. All of this he confides to the girl on the American embassy, who inexplicably permits the relations access. quickly they're residing at the sketchier facet of Hollywood.

What little Oksana and her sister, Roxy, recognize of the us they’ve realized from MTV, subcategory George Michael. It doesn’t rather arrange them for the demanding situations of immigration. Why are the glamorous Kraft Singles separately wrapped? Are the little soaps within the lodges rather unfastened? How do you shield your great new boyfriend out of your opinionated father, who wishes you to marry decently, in the clan?

In this affecting, hilarious memoir, Marafioti cracks open the secretive international of the Roma and brings the absurdities, miscommunications, and unpredictable victories of the immigrant adventure to lifestyles. With unsentimentally excellent pitch, American Gypsy reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new lifestyles in the US, one slice of processed cheese at a time.

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Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

By Felipe Fernández-Armesto

In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released an international map with a brand new continent on it which he referred to as "America," after the explorer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The map used to be a gorgeous luck and while Mercator`s 1538 international map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the recent identify was once safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly learned he had picked the inaccurate guy.

this is often the tale of the way one part of the area got here to be named now not after its discoverer Christopher Columbus, yet after his buddy and rival Amerigo Vespucci. Born in Florence in 1454, Vespucci had spent his adolescence as a broker or agent for the good Medici relations. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci persevered as a Florentine agent, but additionally helped Columbus get his ships prepared for his moment and 3rd voyages. even supposing Amerigo himself later sailed on not less than voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled particularly at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant go back and forth writings bought far better than these of Columbus. He turned Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in international heritage to lifestyles with brilliant descriptions of the folks and occasions that formed North the United States.

Praise for Amerigo:

"Amerigo Vespucci received his identify wear a number of continents in keeping with letters he may well by no means have written. however, he particularly was once a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and company agent for the Medici." --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist Magazine.</em>

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The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma

By Alice Ozma

While Alice Ozma used to be in 4th grade, she and her father determined to determine if he may learn aloud to her for a hundred consecutive nights. at the hundreth evening, they shared pancakes to have fun, however it quickly grew to become obtrusive that neither desired to allow pass in their storytelling ritual. so that they determined to proceed what they referred to as "The Streak." Alice's father learn aloud to her each evening with out fail till the day she left for school.

Alice ways her ebook as a sequence of vignettes approximately her courting along with her father and the existence classes discovered from the books he learn to her.

Books integrated within the Streak have been: Great Expectations by means of Charles Dickens, the oz. books by means of L. Frank Baum, Harry Potter via J. okay. Rowling, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by way of Lewis Carroll, and Shakespeare's performs.

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A Childhood In Malabar: A Memoir (Penguin Modern Classics) by Kamala Das

By Kamala Das

It's the moment global warfare And Kamala And Her Brother Are faraway from Their mom and dad domestic In Calcutta To The more secure Environs in their Village In Northern Kerala. instantaneously an interloper And a vital part Of Her Ancestral domestic, Kamala Struggles To Fathom The Intricacies of sophistication, Caste And Language. yet Surrounded via humans Like Her Adoring Ammamma, The Servant Sankaran Who offers to coach Her The Crow-Language, And Valli Who Tells Her tales Of Yakshis Whose Breasts Are As monstrous As Jackfruits, Kamala quickly Discovers the thrill Of starting to be Up because the Centre Of every person S Universe. As Calcutta Fades From Her brain Like An outdated Dream, whereas The Thudding Of The Drums on the Para pageant, The Roar Of The Velichappadu As He turns into Possessed And The Songs Of The Parayankaali Dancers turn into Absolute Realities Of lifestyles.

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Life Without Armour by Alan Sillitoe

By Alan Sillitoe

Out of print for a few years, and republished during this new version, this can be the autobiography of the early life of 1 of our most interesting writers. Alan Sillitoe has been significantly acclaimed for his many novels and brief tales, together with the bestsellers 'Saturday evening and Sunday Morning' and 'The Loneliness of the lengthy Distance Runner'. Sillitoe's early years of council-house penury in Nottingham, via evacuation, lifestyles within the military, tuberculosis, his rebirth as a polemical offended younger guy, and the book of his first books are informed with emotion and dexterity. The powerful feel of position, no matter if the Malayan jungle or seedy post-war England, is vibrant and enduring, and the tale of his lifestyles is informed in a masterful and poignant but unsentimental prose. Sillitoe used to be defined through the 'Observer' as a 'master storyteller', and this can be the evocative and noteworthy telling of the actual and psychological coming of age of 1 of our best and such a lot enduring authors.

"A marvellous get away tale. during the publication, Sillitoe is in a nation of continuing pleasure and impatience for all times to begin"
NEW STATESMAN & SOCIETY

"A modest, unassuming and first rate ebook, most sensible the place it tells self-mockingly of Sillitoe's early literary efforts yet chilling additionally in its short account of his childhood."
ROBERT NYE, 'Scotsman Weekender'

"Few writers have come particularly to this point on such uncompromising gas. An soaking up e-book, not just for its portrait of a pre-Welfare kingdom slum youth, yet for its attitude at the place of operating type writers."
D J TAYLOR, 'Independent Weekend'

"Sillitoe's autobiography is the extra remarkable for being advised in easy, nearly biblical voice: the voice he used to be looking for all these years, trimmed to the essence and especially his own.”
OBSERVER

"A cheery tale, whatever infrequent in any kind of biographical writing nowadays."
SUNDAY TIMES

"'Life with out Armour' is certainly a rare book."
MAIL ON SUNDAY

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Try to Tell the Story: A Memoir by David Thomson

By David Thomson

From one in every of our so much celebrated movie critics and historians now comes a superbly written memoir approximately his first eighteen years, transforming into up as an in basic terms baby in south London within the midforties and past due fifties. informed with beauty and discretion, partially from the perspective of a kid, in part from that of an grownup, it's the tale of a lonely, stammering boy cared for by way of a matriarchy of his mom, grandmother, and an upstairs tenant, pass over Davis, to which he provides an imaginary sister, Sally. on the middle of this tale is David Thomson’s profound unhappiness at being deserted via a chilly and far-off father who visits purely on weekends and retains, as Thomson later discovers, one other household.

Thomson provides a vibrant photo of London within the aftermath of the struggle, if it is his grandmother bringing him to a highway nook to determine Churchill or the bombed-out homes that also smelled of acrid smoke the place, although forbidden, he performed. videos grew to become his nice break out, and the worlds printed in Henry V, pink River, The 3rd guy, and Citizen Kane have been a part of his wealthy innovative lifestyles, person who received him a scholarship to public and at last movie university. And notwithstanding his father may possibly by no means inform his son he enjoyed him, he spent the 1st a part of holidays with him and he got here again so much weekends, taking Thomson to every little thing from boxing to cricket suits. yet as Thomson admits, “I am nonetheless, years after his dying, bewildered and pained by means of my father, and attempting to love him—or locate his love for me.”

Try to inform the Story is a haunting and unsentimental examine the fragility of relatives relationships, a memoir of transforming into up within the absence of a full-time father, with videos and activities heroes as one’s simply touchstones.

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Naked in Dangerous Places: The Chronicles of a Hungry, by Cash Peters

By Cash Peters

Eventually, after years as a suffering radio host, money Peters has been given his personal television experience convey on a big-time shuttle community. the belief is straightforward: “Let’s unload him in an unusual tradition in a far flung land without cash and no position to stick, and notice what happens.”

Unfortunately, there's one serious problem: money doesn’t are looking to move. not just is he now not the adventurous kind, he's scared of approximately every thing and horribly allergic to the remaining.

Bottom line: they’ve given the convey to the incorrect guy.

Naked in harmful areas is the tale of 1 man’s efforts to stay sane in an insane international. instructed with wit and shameless honesty, it files a yearlong trip via unique lands, from Kenya to Cambodia, Morocco to Dubai, as money drops in on interesting cultures, consuming, consuming, even slumbering in cow-dung huts with the locals, and at last proving the reality of the outdated announcing “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” notwithstanding, to be sincere, killing you is much more likely.

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White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

By Tim Wise

With a brand new preface and up-to-date chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay assortment. it's a own exam of how during which racial privilege shapes the day-by-day lives of white american citizens in each realm: employment, schooling, housing, legal justice, and elsewhere.

Using tales from his personal lifestyles, Tim clever demonstrates the ways that racism not just burdens humans of colour, but additionally advantages, in relative phrases, people who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can damage whites in the end and make revolutionary social switch much less most likely. He explores the ways that whites can problem their unjust privileges, and explains in transparent and convincing language why it really is within the most sensible curiosity of whites themselves to take action. utilizing anecdotes rather than stale records, clever weaves a story that's right away readable and but scholarly, analytical and but accessible.

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Lovey by Mary MacCracken

By Mary MacCracken

This deeply relocating memoir tells the tale of Hannah: a baby who has been overwhelmed and abused; a lady filled with loneliness and rage; a scholar nobody yet studying disabilities instructor Mary MacCracken may perhaps reach.

Mary had reservations approximately eight-year-old Hannah becoming a member of her type. the 3 emotionally disturbed boys she used to be at present taking care of were making regular development, and Hannah, who had a name for being a withdrawn and really afflicted baby, could in basic terms be a disruptive influence.

For the 1st fortnight Hannah retired to a cabinet and refused to come back out. Howling nearly continuous she was once exhibiting the worst indicators that Mary had ever seen.How may possibly Mary support a baby who were close up in closets and taken care of like an animal? What may she say to a baby who have been locked out of her own residence, and overwhelmed through either her brother and her father? How may possibly she achieve this misplaced girl?

This is the striking tale of Hannah and Mary’s trip jointly. Deep inside Hannah, Mary recognises an awesome power. And with love, ability and endurance, she progressively begins to make a distinction. It’s a protracted street to restoration, yet Mary by no means supplies up.As this relocating real tale unfolds, we consider Mary’s pleasure, we proportion her desire and, in time, her religion that Hannah can be okay.
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