My Friend Leonard

Author : James Frey
ISBN : 9781848542280
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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While in rehab, James Frey finds a father figure in a shady mafia boss called Leonard. When Leonard returns to his dubious, prosperous life in the criminal underworld of Las Vegas, he promises James his support on the outside. Tragedy strikes the day James is released and his world seems set to implode. Unsure where to turn, he calls Leonard. Paradoxically, it is in Leonard's lawless underworld that James discovers the courage and humanity needed to rebuild his life.
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My Friend Leonard

Author : Ahacan Kanat
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Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcohol addiction-and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate. James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes back into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his "son" lucrative-if illegal and slightly dangerous-employment. He teaches James to enjoy life, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of "living boldly," pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life together. Both Leonard's and James's careers flourish . . . but then Leonard vanishes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways. My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges-displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity-without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human. Amazon.com Review In the bold and heartbreaking My Friend Leonard, James Frey picks up the story of his extraordinary life pretty much where things left off in his breakout bestseller and Amazon.com Best Book of 2003, A Million Little Pieces, the fierce, in-your-face memoir about Frey's kamikaze run of self-destruction and his days in rehab. Fresh from a stint in jail from pre-rehab-related charges ("On my first day in jail, a three hundred pound man named Porterhouse hit me in the back of the head with a metal tray."), clean-living Frey returns to Chicago and gets sucker-punched with a cruel blow that will leave readers ducking for cover in anticipation of the blinding bender that's sure to come. But then the titular Leonard, the larger-than-life Vegas mobster ("West Coast Director of a large Italian finance firm") whom James befriended in rehab, steps into the story and serves equal parts unlikely life coach, guardian angel, and father figure for the grief-stricken author, adopting him as his "son" and schooling him in the fine art of "living boldly": Be not bold, be f-cking BOLD. Every time you meet someone, make a f-cking impression. Make them think you're the hottest shit in the world. Make them think they're gonna lose their job if they don't give you one. Look 'em in the eye, and never look away. Be confident and calm, be f-cking bold. Hurricane Leonard storms into James's life, showering his young charge with multi-course feasts at steakhouses and Italian restaurants, courtside seats at Bulls' games, Cuban cigars, and an elaborate Super Bowl party in Los Angeles, all the while doling out wisdom on life and love and motivating James to stick to his burgeoning writing career. James even has a brief stint as an employee of Leonard's, though occupational hazards--like having a nine millimeter shoved in his face--prove too much for the novice bag man (though he does make enough to invest his earnings in a Picasso drawing). When Leonard drops out of sight for an extended period, his absence leaves readers aching to hear the familiar refrain of "My Son!" just one more time. Frey sticks to the taut, staccato style that shot through A Million Little Pieces with such raw electricity. Surprisingly, the tone feels equally at home with this book's focus on friendship and extreme loyalty, and works to intensify the always-looming, adrenaline-rush threat of violence and the lure of the Fury that courses like a riptide throughout the book. Ultimately, it's a sense of hope, and humor even, that prevails and makes My Friend Leonard a stand-alone success. Despite his shady pedigree, you'll long to have a friend like Leonard just a phone call away. --Brad Thomas Parsons James Frey's List of Books You Should Read Paris Spleen Tropic of Cancer The Great Santini See more recommendations from James Frey Amazon.com's Significant Seven James Frey graciously agreed to answer the questions we like to ask every author: the Amazon.com Significant Seven. Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life? A: Tao te Ching by Lao Tsu. Completely changed how I think, behave, live my life. Nothing else comes close. Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they? A: The book would be the Tao te Ching, the CD would be some compilation of love songs from the 70’s and 80’s, and the DVD would be highlights from the history of the Cleveland Browns. Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told? A: No way I can answer that. Q: Describe the perfect writing environment. A: I've been working at the same desk since I started writing. It's old and beaten-up and black. The rest of my workroom is empty, except for some crazy sh-- on the wall in front of me: pictures of people I admire, reproductions of artwork I dig, sayings that motivate me, things like--bare your soul, be bold, page a day motherfu--er page a day. I listen to music while I work, have a pile of nicotine gum and a couple cans of diet coke. My dogs are usually a couple feet away from me. I've always worked this way, probably always will. Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? A: "Loved, lost, laughed, left." Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with? A: Winston Churchill Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? A: Immortality. From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Frey achieves another stylistic coup as he develops a narrative thread begun in 2003's A Million Little Pieces. He chronicles his journey out of the terrifying darkness of addiction, and the friend he meets along the way, Leonard. A gangster, raconteur and mentor, Leonard was introduced in Pieces as one of Frey's new rehab friends. Here, he pushes Frey out into the world, pampering him one moment, giving him tough love the next. As in Pieces, Frey's style throughout is loose, untraditional yet perfectly crafted: "[Leonard] offered me his hand and said good, I'm fucked up too, and I like fucked-up people, let's sit and eat and see if we can be friends. I took his hand and I shook it and we sat down and we ate together and we became friends." There's something mesmerizing about the endless tumble of words, the nonstop spilling out of Frey's troubles and triumphs. In the hands of a less capable writer, all of this cool, tight narration might numb the reader and distance the experience. Instead, this book packs a full-body emotional wallop. Frey's eye is keen for detail: the inside of a county lockup; the flat, gray Chicago winter; an out-of-control Super Bowl party in Los Angeles; the grind of living day to day—all come alive in his sparse, powerful prose. At its core, this is an examination of a friendship. Frey's extraordinary relationship with Leonard is alive, a flesh-and-blood bond forged in the agony of rehab and sustained through honesty and trust. Agent, Kassie Evashevski at Brillstein/Grey Entertainment. (June) Product Details Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (June 16, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1573223158 ASIN: B000QUUTOQ Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (416 customer reviews) Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Did we miss any relevant features for this product? Tell us what we missed. Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price? Customer Reviews 3.9 out of 5 stars (416) 3.9 out of 5 stars 5 star 237 4 star 63 3 star 23 2 star 21 1 star 72 See all 416 customer reviews “ James Frey's new book, "My Friend Leonard" is every bit as good if not better than "A Million Little Pieces". ” Margareeta J. Everett | 139 reviewers made a similar statement “ The thing I love about James Frey's writing is that it is simple, but oh so moving...I laughed and cried while reading this book. ” Marianne Stoltz | 75 reviewers made a similar statement “ I lose interest in his loves he can't get it up with his beautiful new girlfriend he won't tell her why he still misses Lilly cries buys flowers cries. ” Jason Smith | 9 reviewers made a similar statement Most Helpful Customer Reviews 38 of 47 people found the following review helpful 2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, this book makes the first book less believable. December 2, 2005 By Jason Smith Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase Like many others, I found out about James Frey through Oprah and her book club. I read A Million Little Pieces quickly and intensely. I didn't question it at the time. I just wanted to finish it and see what happened to all the interesting characters. I immediately bought the follow-up and had it delivered with the 2 day option. I couldn't wait for the book to arrive. Then, I started thinking more about AMLP and wondering how true some of the parts might be, like the part where they have the boxing match and the authorities leave and they are allowed to bet and eat as much as they want from a catered company. I started to realize there might be some over-elaboration from Frey. Maybe he made some of it up, maybe a lot more than some of it. Then MFL arrives and I read it quickly. It lends itself to being read quickly because it is so repetitive. I agree with other reviews that say his style works much better as an addict than as a person who is distanced from that addiction. This style becomes difficult and tedious. I tire of it I take a break from reading I care less about what happens to the characters get a cold tasty cola. Skip a few pages. The writing becomes a parody of itself at times. It worked before but it doesn't in this book. In the "real world" Leonard becomes a much less believable character to me. Snapper is one dimensional at best. I lose interest in his loves he can't get it up with his beautiful new girlfriend he won't tell her why he still misses Lilly cries buys flowers cries. We hug. We seperate. We order steak, creamed spinach and a nice cold tasty cola. OK, you get it. I'm disappointed I hoped for better I feel like it was made up makes the first book less believable stop now stop stop. 1 Comment | Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 46 of 58 people found the following review helpful 1.0 out of 5 stars Heartbroken, Dismayed, and Deceived January 19, 2006 By Spencer MacKenzie Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase I bought this book wanting to know more about Mr. Frey's life after "Pieces." Unfortunately, before I had a chance to pick the book up, the lies he told were revealed by The Smoking Gun. (Note: I have read "Pieces" was first pitched to publishers as a novel with no takers - it was the suggestion of his shameless agent to classify it as a memoir instead.) I opened this book and after a few pages I had to put it back down - everything I'd read dealt with his experiences in jail - everything was a lie. I felt literally sickened with doubt with each paragraph I read, knowing if something as crucial to his story as his jail time never happened, was there going to be any truth to the rest of this book? Did larger-than-life Leonard from the first book even exist? And how in the world did broken and pitiful Lilly commit suicide after his five hour release from jail... in the figments of the newly wealthy Mr. Frey's mind? Furthermore, according to "Pieces" both characters/people died; there is no way to substantiate their existance unless some long-lost relatives or friends of the deceased come forward to defend Mr. Frey (unlikely because Leonard conveniently had mob ties, and Lilly's grandmother passed away). I couldn't bring myself to continue on with the book - a first for me - not when every sentence read would now be construed with suspicion and doubt. It suddenly wasn't worth the effort. I've always finished the books I've started, knowing there would be at least some merit to them by the end... or else they wouldn't have been published in the first place. Or so I naively thought. (Time for me to grow up a little??) In this case I believe this book was published for the simple reason it would make money for the publisher, Mr. Frey, and his agent - readers be damned. 1 Comment | Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 46 of 58 people found the following review helpful 1.0 out of 5 stars More Lies January 16, 2006 By P. Carter Format:Hardcover More lies from someone who should be listed as a very poor fiction writer. Comment | Was this review helpful to you? Yes No › See all 416 customer reviews (newest first) Write a customer review Most Recent Customer Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars Life Loved the way James Frey pulled my heart into the story. I cried when it was sad and smiled when it was happy. Read more Published 3 days ago by Jamie Stone 5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Product that was received was as advertised and it was received quickly. I will make purchases from this seller again. Published 5 days ago by Meladee Noble-Carbajal 4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it as a gift My boyfriend loves James Frey and he really likes this book. If you liked his first book I'm sure you'll like this one too. Published 6 days ago by SeaWolfz 5.0 out of 5 stars great! amazing read i recommend it to anyone especially if you fell that life is tough. james frey holds nothing back. Published 10 days ago by ilse 5.0 out of 5 stars love this book! I read this book in two days. I read A Million Little Pieces and loved it and I was so excited when I saw My Friend Leonard was a sequel to the story. Read more Published 17 days ago by soderdome 2.0 out of 5 stars My Friend Leonard Once I found out it was all a lie it took away the realism for me. It was suppose to be a memoir which it really wasn't. Published 25 days ago by Lillian Feldman 4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read This book was a surprisingly enjoyable read. After being bitterly disappointed with A Million Little Pieces, I threw caution to the wind and read MFL. Read more Published 26 days ago by Rebecca L. McGregor 4.0 out of 5 stars Frey fan! If "A Million Little Pieces" left you wanting to read more about James, Lilly, and Leonard order this book. Read more Published 28 days ago by lindzweb 4.0 out of 5 stars Best ever Better then the first. I love the way he makes the words flow together. The stream of consciousness is perfect. Published 1 month ago by rptm 5.0 out of 5 stars My friend Leonard. James Frey Absolutely incredible book. You can literally feel his life and everything that happens to him. So glad that he made it through recovery. Hope that he is still doing well. Read more Published 2 months ago by L. 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Meine Geniale Freundin

Author : Elena Ferrante
ISBN : 9783518747971
Genre : Fiction
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Sie könnten unterschiedlicher kaum sein und sind doch unzertrennlich, Lila und Elena, schon als junge Mädchen beste Freundinnen. Und sie werden es ihr ganzes Leben lang bleiben, über sechs Jahrzehnte hinweg, bis die eine spurlos verschwindet und die andere auf alles Gemeinsame zurückblickt, um hinter das Rätsel dieses Verschwindens zu kommen. Im Neapel der fünfziger Jahre wachsen sie auf, in einem armen, überbordenden, volkstümlichen Viertel, derbes Fluchen auf den Straßen, Familien, die sich seit Generationen befehden, das Silvesterfeuerwerk artet in eine Schießerei aus. Hier gehen sie in die Schule, die unangepasste, draufgängerische Schustertochter Lila und die schüchterne, beflissene Elena, Tochter eines Pförtners, beide darum wetteifernd, besser zu sein als die andere. Bis Lilas Vater seine noch junge Tochter zwingt, dauerhaft in der Schusterei mitzuarbeiten, und Elena mit dem bohrenden Verdacht zurückbleibt, eine Gelegenheit zu nutzen, die eigentlich ihrer Freundin zugestanden hätte. Ihre Wege trennen sich, die eine geht fort und studiert und wird Schriftstellerin, die andere wird Neapel nie verlassen, und trotzdem bleiben Elena und Lila sich nahe, sie begleiten einander durch erste Liebesaffären, Ehen, die Erfahrung von Mutterschaft, durch Jahre der Arbeit und Episoden politischer Bewusstwerdung, zwei eigensinnige, unnachgiebige Frauen, die sich nicht zuletzt gegen die Zumutungen einer brutalen, von Männern beherrschten Welt behaupten müssen. Sie bleiben einander nahe, aber es ist stets eine zwiespältige Nähe: aus Befremden und Zuneigung, aus Rivalität und Innigkeit, aus Missgunst und etwas, das größer und stiller ist als Lieben. Liegt hier das Geheimnis von Lilas Verschwinden? Elena Ferrante hat ein literarisches Meisterwerk von unermesslicher Strahlkraft geschrieben, ein von hinreißenden Figuren bevölkertes Sittengemälde und ein zupackend aufrichtiges Epos – über die rettende und zerstörerische, die weltverändernde Kraft einer Freundschaft, die ein ganzes langes Leben währt.
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Straights

Author : James Joseph Dean
ISBN : 9780814789414
Genre : Social Science
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Since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the politics of sexual identity in America have drastically transformed. It’s almost old news that recent generations of Americans have grown up in a culture more accepting of out lesbians and gay men, seen the proliferation of LGBTQ media representation, and witnessed the attainment of a range of legal rights for same-sex couples. But the changes wrought by a so-called “post-closeted culture” have not just affected the queer community—heterosexuals are also in the midst of a sea change in how their sexuality plays out in everyday life. In Straights, James Joseph Dean argues that heterosexuals can neither assume the invisibility of gays and lesbians, nor count on the assumption that their own heterosexuality will go unchallenged. The presumption that we are all heterosexual, or that there is such a thing as ‘compulsory heterosexuality,’ he claims, has vanished. Based on 60 in-depth interviews with a diverse group of straight men and women, Straights explores how straight Americans make sense of their sexual and gendered selves in this new landscape, particularly with an understanding of how race does and does not play a role in these conceptions. Dean provides a historical understanding of heterosexuality and how it was first established, then moves on to examine the changing nature of masculinity and femininity and, most importantly, the emergence of a new kind of heterosexuality—notably, for men, the metrosexual, and for women, the emergence of a more fluid sexuality. The book also documents the way heterosexuals interact and form relationships with their LGBTQ family members, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. Although homophobia persists among straight individuals, Dean shows that being gay-friendly or against homophobic expressions is also increasingly common among straight Americans. A fascinating study, Straights provides an in-depth look at the changing nature of sexual expression in America. Instructors: PowerPoint slides for each chapter are available by clicking on the files below. Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6
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And You Thought Accounting Was Boring

Author : Edward Gotbetter, CPA
ISBN : 9781462035373
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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It was a labor of love to create my memoirs of my experiences as a Certified Public Accountant. I wanted my children, grandchildren and hopefully future great grandchildren to have a record of my life and the trials, tribulations and joys that I have had during my lifetime. They already have a record of my experiences during the Second World War and this memoir should fill in any of the gaps in my life. Included in my memoir are a number of my clients experiences and my relationship with them. I have genuinely enjoyed my chosen profession, including the few bumps along the road that I have included in this memoir. I feel proud that I had the guts to quit ajob and branch out on my own with my wife and family by my side.
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Caring Enough To Lead

Author : Leonard O. Pellicer
ISBN : 9781452280769
Genre : Education
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Discover the meaning of caring leadership and bring your school to a new level of excellence! The author examines what it means to be an effective, caring leader who develops meaningful bonds with staff members to establish common core values. This updated edition of a bestseller demonstrates the relationship between caring leadership and moral and ethical choices and expands on the power of caring leadership to transform schools. This revised edition provides veteran and aspiring leaders with: Two new chapters on the art of caring leadership Real-world examples that illustrate what leaders encounter each day Expanded reflective exercises in each chapter
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Lincoln S Forgotten Friend Leonard Swett

Author : Robert S. Eckley
ISBN : 9780809332069
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1849, while traveling as an attorney on the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln befriended Leonard Swett (1825–89), a fellow attorney sixteen years his junior. Despite this age difference, the two men built an enduring friendship that continued until Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. Until now, no historian has explored Swett’s life or his remarkable relationship with the sixteenth president. In this welcome volume, Robert S. Eckley provides the first biography of Swett, crafting an intimate portrait of his experiences as a loyal member of Lincoln’s inner circle. Eckley chronicles Swett’s early life and the part he played in Lincoln’s political campaigns, including his role as an essential member of the team behind Lincoln’s two nominations and elections for the presidency. Swett counseled Lincoln during the formation of his cabinet and served as an unofficial advisor and sounding board during Lincoln’s time in office. Throughout his life, Swett wrote a great deal on Lincoln, and planned to write a biography about him, but Swett’s death preempted the project. His eloquent and interesting writings about Lincoln are described and reproduced in this volume, some for the first time. With Lincoln’s Forgotten Friend, Eckley removes Swett from the shadows of history and sheds new light on Lincoln’s personal relationships and their valuable contributions to his career. Superior Achievement from the Illinois State Historical Society, 2013
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Strahlend Sch Ner Morgen

Author : James Frey
ISBN : 9783550920035
Genre : Fiction
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Old Man Joe, der Trinker, das Ausreißerpärchen Dylan und Maddie, Amberton, der Filmstar, der heimlich Männer liebt, und die behütete Einwanderertochter Esperanza - sie sind die Hauptfiguren in diesem großen amerikanischen Gegenwartsroman über die Mega-City L.A. In ihren Geschichten entfaltet sich ein Kosmos urbanen Lebens, ein Kaleidoskop aus grellen und dynamischen Bildern, aus Sehnsüchten und zerstörten Träumen. Dylan liebt Maddie und ist mit ihr unterwegs nach L.A., Stadt der Hoffnung so vieler Menschen auf eine bessere Zukunft. Die Filmstars Amberton und Casey sind nur zur Tarnung miteinander verheiratet und ständig auf der Suche nach Sex und Bewunderung. Esperanza aus Mexiko verdient ihr Geld im Haushalt einer tyrannischen Lady und verliebt sich in deren Sohn. Der Obdachlose Old Man Joe entdeckt seine Mitmenschlichkeit, als er ein drogensüchtiges Mädchen zusammengeschlagen hinter einer Mülltonne findet. Sie und viele andere Figuren, die im Vorübergehen den Weg des Lesers kreuzen, ergeben das fesselnde Bild einer sich ständig wandelnden Metropole, seit Generationen Verheißung und Moloch zugleich. In L.A., der eigentlichen Hauptfigur, spiegeln Fakten und Fiktion einander im Rhythmus von Geschichte und Gegenwart, von Illusion, Liebe und Gewalt. Ein fulminant komponierter Roman über den unzerstörbaren American Dream. Entdecken Sie auch das Hörbuch zu diesem Titel! Filmmaterial zu James Frey und 'Strahlend schöner Morgen' finden Sie hier. Fotos zur Lesereise mit Daniel Haas und Fritzi Haberlandt finden Sie hier.
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