The Clancys of Queens

Author: Tara Clancy
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 1101903139
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Fifth-generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-generation author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working-class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend. From scheming and gambling with her force-of-nature grandmother, to brawling with eleven-year-old girls on the concrete recess battle yard of MS 172, to hours lounging on Adirondack chairs next to an immaculate croquet lawn, to holding court beside Joey O'Dirt, Goiter Eddy, and Roger the Dodger at her dad's local bar, Tara leapfrogs across these varied spheres, delivering stories from each world with originality, grit, and outrageous humor. Chock-full of characters who escape the popular imaginings of New York City, it offers a bold portrait of real people, whose stories are largely absent from our shelves. Most crucially, it captures--an inimitable prose--the rarely heard voices of New York's working-class women. --

This Time Together

Author: Carol Burnett
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 030746119X
Format: PDF
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The comedic actress best known for The Carol Burnett Show reveals a life filled with ups, downs and an undying love for making people laugh. By the author of One More Time: A Memoir. Reprint. A best-selling book.

The Rules Do Not Apply

Author: Ariel Levy
ISBN: 0812996933
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When Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.

Slow Love

Author: Dominique Browning
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101543728
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"In burnished, exquisite prose, Browning describes her feelings of being set adrift until she gradually transforms her helter-skelter days into a deliberate, contemplative way of life." -The Boston Globe In late 2007, Dominique Browning, the editor-in-chief of Conde Nast's House & Garden, was informed that the magazine had folded-and she was out of a job. Suddenly divested of the income and sense of purpose that had driven her for most of her adult life, Browning panicked. But freed of the incessant pressure to multi-task and perform, she unexpectedly discovered a more meaningful way to live. Browning's witty and thoughtful memoir has already touched a chord with reviewers and readers alike. While untold millions are feeling the stress of modern life, Slow Love eloquently reminds us to appreciate what we have-a timely message that we all need to hear.

After Long Silence

Author: Helen Fremont
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 0307804658
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"To this day, I don't even know what my mother's real name is." Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish--Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. In this powerful memoir, Helen Fremont delves into the secrets that held her family in a bond of silence for more than four decades, recounting with heartbreaking clarity a remarkable tale of survival, as vivid as fiction but with the resonance of truth. Driven to uncover their roots, Fremont and her sister pieced together an astonishing story: of Siberian Gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives. After Long Silence is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take, foolish or wise, to protect ourselves and our loved ones. No one who reads this book can be unmoved, or fail to understand the seductive, damaging power of secrets. What Fremont and her sister discover is an astonishing story: one of Siberian gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives. AFTER LONG SILENCE is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take, foolish or wise, to protect ourselves and our loved ones. No one who reads this book can be unmoved, or fail to understand the seductive, damaging power of secrets. --> From the Trade Paperback edition.

Soul of a Dog

Author: Jon Katz
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 0812977734
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Explores the question of whether animals have souls, sharing stories about the author's border collie and other pet and farm animals he lives with to consider their spiritual characters and seemingly moral or amoral choices.

Mister Owita s Guide to Gardening

Author: Carol Wall
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698150988
Format: PDF
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"In this profoundly moving memoir, Owita teaches Wall how to find grace amid heartbreak and to accept that beauty exists because it is fleeting—as in her garden, as in life." —People, 4 stars "A perfect spring awakening." —Good Housekeeping A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing—and ultimately everything—in common. Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he’s very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

Blue Genes

Author: Christopher Lukas
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385528434
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Christopher (Kit) Lukas’s mother committed suicide when he was a boy. He and his brother, Tony, were not told how she died. No one spoke of the family’s history of depression and bipolar disorder. The brothers grew up to achieve remarkable success; Tony as a gifted journalist (and author of the classic book, Common Ground), Kit as an accomplished television producer and director. After suffering bouts of depression, Kit was able to confront his family’s troubled past, but Tony never seemed to find the contentment Kit had attained–he killed himself in 1997. Written with heartrending honesty, Blue Genes captures the devastation of this family legacy of depression and details the strength and hope that can provide a way of escaping its grasp. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Later Chapters of My Life

Author: Queen Marie (consort of Ferdinand I, King of Romania)
Publisher: History PressLtd
ISBN: 9780750936910
Format: PDF
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The granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Queen Marie of Romania was one of the most brilliant monarchs of the 20th century. This recently discovered last volume of her memoirs covers the period following the First World War, and the new political configuration in united Romania.

Remembering Oz

Author: Christianna Rickard
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1616630205
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'My life is loving people. It's a difficult kind of world to live in, but it's a great world, because I get satisfaction and I don't have any hang-ups about it! I belong to the people. As long as I can send them home saying, 'Gee, he made me feel happy, ' well, that's my life! That's what I work for, to give people joy.' Ray Bolger The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved movies of all time, and the Scarecrow is one of its most revered characters. Behind the character was a man of great spirit who guided his niece, Christianna Rickard, down the Yellow Brick Road of life. The unforgettable Ray Bolger taught her lessons that gave her courage and direction when a twister nearly blew her life off course. Great challenges swirl around all of us today on the unpredictable journey through life. In Remembering Oz: My Journey with the Scarecrow, the author shares vivid memories of her uncle and creates a vision of wholeness to remind us of our most essential bond that of being human. Her uncle, the Scarecrow, dances again in this uplifting memoir about the classic American story that mysteriously unites us all.