Please Enjoy Your Happiness

Author: Paul Brinkley-Rogers
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1509806059
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Please Enjoy Your Happiness is a beautifully written coming-of-age memoir based on the English author's summer-long love affair with a remarkable older Japanese woman. Whilst serving as a seaman at the age of nineteen, Paul Brinkley-Rogers met Kaji Yukiko, a sophisticated, highly intellectual Japanese woman, who was on the run from her vicious gangster boyfriend, a member of Japan's brutal crime syndicate the yakuza. Trying to create a perfect experience of purity, she took him under her wing, sharing their love of poetry, cinema and music and many an afternoon at the Mozart Café. Brinkley-Rogers, now in his seventies, re-reads Yukiko's letters and finally recognizes her as the love of his life, receiving at last the gifts she tried to bestow on him. Reaching across time and continents, Brinkley-Rogers shows us how to reclaim a lost love, inviting us all to celebrate those loves of our lives that never do end.

Please Enjoy Your Happiness

Author: Paul Brinkley-Rogers
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501151274
Format: PDF, ePub
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A beautiful and evocative memoir based on the author’s summer-long love affair with a remarkable older Japanese woman in the wake of World War II—“the most romantic memoir you’re likely to read in a lifetime” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand). Pulitzer Prize–winning war correspondent Paul Brinkley‑Rogers has lived an adventurous life all over the world. But there is one story he cannot forget: that of his haunting love affair with a mysterious older Japanese woman in 1959. Paul was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri‑La that long‑ago summer when he met Kaji Yukiko in the seaport of Yokosuka. A fierce intellectual, Yukiko shared her astonishing knowledge of literature, film, and poetry with Paul and encouraged, even demanded, that he use his gifts to become the writer he is today. But theirs was not a quiet love story. When a member of the yakuza, Japan’s brutal crime syndicate, attempted to kidnap Yukiko, Paul realized that there was much more to her—and to Japan in the devastating wake of World War II—than he saw at first glance. Through the searing letters that Yukiko wrote to him and Paul’s vivid telling of a history made all the more powerful and poignant by the weight of time, Please Enjoy Your Happiness reaches across decades and continents, inviting us all to revisit those loves of our lives that never truly end.

Happiness

Author: Heather Harpham
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 178607138X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Reese Witherspoon's Book Club Pick 2018 An Amazon Best Memoir of the Month One of Elle Magazine's Best Books of 2017 Goodreads Best of the Month Daily Beast, “Books I Can’t Live Without” Good Housekeeping, Best New Books for Summer Book Riot, 100 Must Read Books about Happiness A page-turning, shirt-grabbing true story that follows a one-of-a-kind family required to make nearly unimaginable choices How to Build a Family Out of Love and Spare Parts starts out as a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, an out-going, theatre-performing California girl, and Brian, an intellectual New Yorker with an unwavering writing routine. But when Heather falls pregnant, their magical interlude abruptly ends—Brian loves her, only he doesn’t want kids. So Heather decides to have their baby alone. Mere hours after Gracie’s arrival, Heather’s bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, 'Get dressed, your baby is in trouble.' This is not how Heather had imagined motherhood. As concerns for her health grow, Brian and Heather begin a cautious return to each other. How to Build a Family Out of Love and Spare Parts transforms heartbreak and parental fears into a lyrical meditation on love and happiness, in all their crooked configurations.

LOVE PLEASE

Author: SUSANA HAYMAN-CHAFFEY
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1481703374
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Love, Please is a memoir of a timeless love story between a man and a woman from opposite sides of the world. They meet in Tokyo when she is there on tour, and each immediately realizes they are soul-mates. Their story unfolds over a period of seventeen years, from the mid seventies to the early nineties, chronicling the extraordinary adventure of their lives together. Satoru Oishi is a architect and sculptor who works with Jasper Johns and Phillip Johnson. Susana Hayman-Chaffey is a soloist with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The backdrop is their Manhattan loft, from which they travel around the world making a living any way they can, and learning about life through dramatic, often humorous, ups and downs. It is a voyage of love between two people, their families, friends and children. It encourages and inspires us to keep faith in the midst of what seems to be an impossible life journey, proving that, with courage and determination, anything can be accomplished. It is a human story told simply and honestly about life and love.

I ll Never Write My Memoirs

Author: Grace Jones
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471135241
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Born in 1948 into a family of ministers in Kingston, Jamaica, the statuesque and strikingly beautiful Grace Jones lived with her family in Syracuse, NY, before launching a career as a model in New York City. Gaining fame as the cover girl for such publications as Vogue and Elle, Jones's flamboyant look proved to be a hit on the New York City nightclub circuit and she became a darling of the disco scene, which led to a recording contract and a substantial following among gay men. With her sexually charged, outrageous live shows, Grace soon earned the title of 'Queen of the Gay Discos'. When she moved to Paris in 1970, the French fashion scene embraced her unusual, androgynous looks and, in addition to cover work, she dominated the runways of designers like Yves St. Laurent and befriended the likes of Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld. While there, she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange and became artist Jean-Paul Goude's muse - he also fathered her son Paulo. (Grace was married twice - to a producer and a bodyguard - and she dated Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren for four years.) But with the dawn of the '80s came a massive anti-disco movement across the U.S., leading to Grace Jones focusing on more new wave and experimental-based work, putting her 2½ octave voice to good use. She is as known for her unique look as she is for her music and has influenced the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Annie Lennox. In the book, Grace takes us on a journey from her religious upbringing in Jamaica to her heyday in Paris and New York in the 70s and 80s, all the way to present-day London, where she is working on a new album.

Out of Egypt

Author: André Aciman
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312426552
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The son of a flamboyant Jewish clan recounts his family's move to turn-of-the-century Alexandria, the family's many colorful members, its pursuit of wealth and happiness, and its struggles with anti-Semitic and anti-Western nationalism. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

The Only Girl in the World

Author: Maude Julien
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1786071363
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Maude still remembers the sound of the lock when the gate closed on their new home. She was three years old when she and her parents moved into that secluded manor, and she would only be allowed out again a handful of times. Here the young Maude endured a strict 'training' regime of home schooling and tough manual labour. She had to learn to hold an electric fence without flinching, master ten instruments, act sober while intoxicated and move objects with her mind. Her freemason father’s mission was to make her a super human who would preserve his legacy - and save the world. Alone, Maude had no other children to play with. Instead, she found solace in the heroes of the books she read, in the pets she kept and, eventually, in the kindness of strangers who engineered her escape. Now a successful child psychologist, Maude's story is both heart-breaking and heart-warming, and shows the resilience of the human spirit to overcome suffering.

Let s Pretend This Never Happened

Author: Jenny Lawson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101573082
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The #1 New York Times bestselling (mostly true) memoir from the hilarious author of Furiously Happy. “Gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate.”—O, The Oprah Magazine When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it. In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives. Readers Guide Inside

Will the Real John Callahan Please Stand Up

Author: John Callahan
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
ISBN: 9780688133399
Format: PDF, ePub
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The author presents an autobiographical scrapbook of reminiscences; fan letters and hate letters from Bill Clinton, Richard Pryor, and others; and a selection of cartoons

So Happiness to Meet You

Author: Karin Esterhammer
Publisher: Prospect Park Books
ISBN: 9781938849978
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A captivatingly funny travel memoir about an LA family that moves to Vietnam to ride out the Great Recession.