The Center of the Universe

Author: Nancy Bachrach
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307455416
Format: PDF, Mobi
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After the accidental death of her father, Nancy Bachrach, joins her sister and brother as they keep a vigil at the bedside of her mother who lies in a coma, as she reflects on her past relationships with her siblings and with her difficult mother.

Rwanda Means the Universe

Author: Louise Mushikiwabo
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429907316
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Mushikiwabo is a Rwandan working as a translator in Washington when she learns that most of her family back home has been killed in a conspiracy meticulously planned by the state. First comes shock, then aftershock, three months of it, during which her worst fears are confirmed: The same state apparatus has duped millions of Rwandans into butchering nearly a million of their neighbors. Years earlier, her brother Lando wrote her a letter she never got until now. Urged on by it, she rummages into their farm childhood, and into family corners alternately dark, loving, and humorous. She searches for stray mementos of the lost, then for their roots. What she finds is that and more---hints, roots, of the 1994 crime that killed her family. Her narrative takes the reader on a journey from the days the world and Rwanda discovered each other back to colonial period when pseudoscientific ideas about race put the nation on a highway bound for the 1994 genocide. Seven years of full-time collaboration by two writers---and the faith of family and friends---went into this emotionally charged work. Rwanda Means the Universe is at once a celebration of the lives of the lost and homage to their past, but it's no comfortable tribute. It's an expression of dogged hope in the face of modern evil.

Nights at Rizzoli

Author: Felice Picano
Publisher: OR Books
ISBN: 1939293685
Format: PDF, ePub
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Salvador Dalí, Jerome Robbins, Jackie Onassis. Gregory Peck, Mick Jagger—S. J. Perelman—I. M. Pei. Philip Johnson, Josephine Baker, John Lennon: they, and so many more who made New York City the center of the universe in the 1970s, all had one thing in common besides their adopted hometown—they shopped at a legendary palace of books, music and art: Rizzoli Books at 712 Fifth Avenue. There, Kennedys and Rockefellers mingled with tourists and “regular” customers under the watchful gaze of sophisticated employees, themselves a multi-talented, international collection of artists, scholars and rogues. Nights at Rizzoli is the memoir of Felice Picano, an aspiring but near-starving young writer who in 1971 lucked into a part-time job at the stunningly elegant store via a friend. It metamorphosed into a life-changing experience, one that exposed him to some of the brightest lights in the world’s cultural capital. At the store, he himself became a key player on a stage that opened every night to a new drama that often featured romance, at times violence, and of course always the books and their readers. And when his shift was over, in this post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS era, the handsome young bookstore manager stepped from one world into another, prowling the piers, bars and very private clubs of a different New York City.

Lady Mathematician In This Strange Universe A Memoirs

Author: Choquet-bruhat Yvonne
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9813231645
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In A Lady Mathematician, the distinguished mathematician and physicist, Yvonne Choquet–Bruhat, at the urging of her children, recounts and reflects upon various key events and people from her life — first childhood memories of France, then schooling, followed by graduate studies, and finally her continuous research in the mathematics of General Relativity and other fundamental physical fields. She recalls conversations, collaborations and even arguments shared with many great scientists, including her experiences with Albert Einstein. She also describes some of her numerous trips around the world, spurred by a passion for travel, beauty and mathematics. At once reflective, enlightening and bittersweet, this book allows readers a look into the life and thought processes of an esteemed female academic. Contents: PrologueAncestorsGood Daddy, Aunt Mary, Mame and TontonMy ParentsChildhood and AdolescenceYouth 1940–1944Disaster 1944–1946Life in MontaigneA New Life, AmericaMarseille 1953–1955Transitions 1957–1964First Years in Antony 1965–1968After the Reform 1968–1979Academician 1979Life Continues 1979–1990Retirement 1990–2003A I'I.H.E.S 2003–?Far Away TravelsOur House in DammartinEpilogue Readership: The general public, academics and students with a specific interest in the life of Yvonne Choquet–Bruhat and/or a general interest in the life of an accomplished mathematician and theoretical physicist. Keywords: Autobiography;Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat;Mathematics;Physics;General Relativity;Einstein;Field Equations;Research;TravelReview:0

The Center of the Universe

Author: Anita Liberty
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416957898
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An angst-ridden fictional memoir of Anita Liberty's last two years in high school is presented through diary entries, poems, sarcastic advice, scorecards of parental infractions, and definitions of SAT vocabulary words.

Free to Be a Memoir of an Examined Life

Author: Jane Hamil
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491796324
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Jane Hamils life has been a journey of self-discovery, after she learned early in life that her vision of who she was and how she saw the world was different from her family. From her roots in the Mormon Church, she followed a path that led her to a career in social work and professional caregiving, in settings ranging from family counseling to college instruction and geriatric consulting. Along the way she successfully raised four children, who continue to draw strength and comfort from their family connection. Her curiosity for experiencing other cultures took her around the globe, where she has cultivated enduring friendships. The life lessons shared in Janes book deal with raising children, divorce, excommunication, the importance of family structure, and cultivating racial awareness. A confident, natural storyteller, she shares what she has learned about thoughtful decision making and caring for others while finding balance in ones own life.

Memoirs of a Sleepless Mind

Author: J. Smith
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595277284
Format: PDF
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Here's that "different" book you've been searching for. From a perspective reminiscent of Andy Rooney and Bill Maher, it offers observations and opinions about our world. For some of the world's problems, it suggests some unique solutions, like the eight day week, the metric clock, and the Mackay Mobile. This book asks creative questions, like: have you ever tried to make a raisin? It's "just" a dried grape. Have you ever considered a war in the 1700's ranging from Boston to South Carolina? That's a three-day drive on today's highways. How could the people fighting that war keep track of it? Memoirs ponders such things. It's good for reading while waiting in a doctor's office, or other limited time frames, as it occupies the mind without lengthy involvement. The varied subjects included are not generally connected to each other, so it need not be read in any particular order. The reader of Memoirs will find it provocative and humorous. He'll think the author insightful or crazy. He'll be fascinated or dumbfounded. Maybe he'll wonder, "If I soak a raisin, will I get a grape?" If you've been looking for something really different, your search has ended.

Total Access

Author: Rich Eisen
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429922579
Format: PDF, ePub
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Rich Eisen always wanted to write a book, not only because he has a lot of fun, interesting stories he's been dying to share with everyone, but also because he's interviewed hundreds of athletes--many of whom like to refer to themselves in the third person. In his eleven years as a national television sportscaster, Rich Eisen has been envious of those athletes because Rich Eisen has never been able to do that on his job, so the host of NFL Network decided to write a book and use it as an admittedly feeble excuse to go third-person on everybody. Not throughout the whole book, of course. That may get quite exhausting for the reader. But for an entire book jacket? Well, Rich Eisen was all over that. That's the why behind this book. As for the how, Rich Eisen just took it one sentence at a time and hoped for the best. You know, start with a few words and turn those words into sentences which turned into paragraphs and chapters and, eventually, into this book. Rich Eisen didn't worry about the big picture and just kept focusing on the things that he could control--the keyboard, the ON/OFF button on his computer, his dictionary, his thesaurus, and last--but certainly not least--the spell-check on his word processing program. One day, when it's all over, only then will Rich Eisen look back on his career and try to put it all in perspective, but right now Rich Eisen absolutely knows he would not be where he is today without his spell-check. By now you must be wondering: What's this book about? It's about a journey. It's about eating, living, and breathing the most popular sport in the history of America. The passion. The pageantry. The pigskin. Thanks to his role as host of the NFL Network's signature program, NFL Total Access, Rich Eisen gets to go to virtually every event on the NFL Calendar---the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, the Scouting Combine, the NFL Draft, and the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. You name it, Rich Eisen is there. And thanks to this book, you can go along for the ride with him--in front of the camera interviewing league MVPs and former presidents of the United States or behind the scenes with some of the game's all-time greats like Deion Sanders, Ray Lewis, and Brett Favre, just to name a few. I mean, Rich Eisen doesn't want to name-drop. In all seriousness, Rich Eisen doesn't have an ego problem. At any rate, if you love the NFL (and who doesn't), then this book is for you. If you're curious what it would be like to live the sport year-round, this book is for you. You see, it's not all about Rich Eisen. It's about you reading this book and enjoying it to its fullest. At least Rich Eisen hopes you will. Advance Praise for Total Access: "I've always admired Rich Eisen's work, so it's no surprise to me that his book is very entertaining. What is a surprise is that he's somehow found time to write it in between the NFL Network's 6,347 hours of coverage of weak-side linebackers who could be draft-sleepers. That sort of programming and this book about it are both genuine public services." ---Bob Costas "A lot of things in our lives are far less than as advertised, but this book advertises Total Access and gives you Total Access. That's right. Total Access! I'm not kidding. I liked this book and I'm not a reader." ---Tony Kornheiser, columnist for The Washington Post and co-host for ESPN's Pardon the Interruption "Rich uses his great sense of humor to detail the life of an on-air NFL personality. It is a world I know well, but still I couldn't stop turning the pages. It is a great read---a must for anyone who loves television and Pro Football." ---Joe Buck, Fox Sports

Memoirs Found in a Bathtub

Author: Stanislaw Lem
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0544080084
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The absurdly brilliant far-future satire from “the Borges of scientific culture” (Time). The year is 3149, and a vast paper destroying blight—papyralysis—has obliterated much of the planet’s written history. Fortunately, these rare memoirs, preserved for centuries in a volcanic rock, record the strange life of a man trapped in a hermetically sealed underground community . . . From the Kafka Prize–winning author of Solaris, this is an entertaining and thought-provoking blend of politics, philosophy, humor, and science fiction. Translated by Michael Kandel and Christine Rose

Memoirs of a Jewish Vampire

Author: Russell Andresen
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
ISBN: 1681814412
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Imagine being an immortal and knowing that you had to share your 6,000-year existence with your mother and grandmother. Imagine if you were forced to watch the follies of humanity while causing problems of your own with famous figures from history. Welcome to the world of Isidore Glassman, Izzy to his friends, in this politically incorrect romp through history, as seen from the perspective of a Jewish vampire. Yes, a Jewish vampire. Sometimes intellectual, often irreverent, and constantly hilarious, this story will make you rethink the way you look at vampires. Memoirs of a Jewish Vampire: 6,000 Years of Kvetching projects a full-frontal assault on political correctness. Meet Izzy’s best friends, Jerry and Shlomo, his mother who is frequently drunk and always embarrassing, and his beloved grandmother, Bubbe.