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One Of These Things First

Author : Steven Gaines
ISBN : 9781504039475
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From New York Times–bestselling author Steven Gaines comes a wry and touching memoir of his trials as a gay teen at the famed Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. One of These Things First is a poignant reminiscence of a fifteen-year-old gay Jewish boy’s unexpected trajectory from a life behind a rack of dresses in his grandmother’s Brooklyn bra-and-girdle store to Manhattan’s infamous Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, whose alumni includes writers, poets, and madmen, as well as Marilyn Monroe and bestselling author Steven Gaines. With a gimlet eye and a true gift for storytelling, Gaines captures his childhood shtetl in Brooklyn, and all its drama and secrets, like an Edward Hopper tableau: his philandering grandfather with his fleet of Cadillacs and Corvettes; a giant, empty movie theater, his portal to the outside world; a shirtless teenage boy pushing a lawnmower; and a pair of tormenting bullies whose taunts drive Gaines to a suicide attempt. Gaines also takes the reader behind the walls of Payne Whitney—the “Harvard of psychiatric clinics,” as Time magazine called it—populated by a captivating group of neurasthenics who affect his life in unexpected ways. The cast of characters includes a famous Broadway producer who becomes his unlikely mentor; an elegant woman who claims to be the ex-mistress of newly elected president John F. Kennedy; a snooty, suicidal architect; and a seductive young contessa. At the center of the story is a brilliant young psychiatrist who promises to cure a young boy of his homosexuality and give him the normalcy he so longs for. For readers who love stories of self-transformation, One of These Things First is a fascinating memoir in the vain of Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted and Augusten Burroughs’s Running with Scissors. With its novelistic texture and unflagging narrative, this book is destined to become one of the great, indelible works of the memoir genre.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Gordon Bunshaft And Som

Author : Nicholas Adams
ISBN : 9780300227475
Genre : Architecture
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A nuanced portrait of the 20th-century architect whose work defined the built aesthetic of corporate America Gordon Bunshaft's (1909-1990) landmark 1952 design for Lever House reshaped the Manhattan skyline and elevated the reputation of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the firm where he would spend more than 40 years as a partner. Although this enigmatic architect left behind few records, his legacy endures in the corporate headquarters, museums, and libraries that were built in his distinctive modernist style. Bunshaft's career was marked by shifts in material. Glass and steel structures of the 1950s, such as New York's Chase Manhattan Bank, gave way to revolutionary designs in concrete, such as the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and the doughnut-shaped Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. Bunshaft's collaborations with artists, including Isamu Noguchi, Jean Dubuffet, and Henry Moore, were of paramount importance throughout his career. Nicholas Adams explores the contested line between Bunshaft's ambition for acclaim as a singular artistic genius and the collaborative structure of SOM's architectural partnership. Bunshaft received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1988 and remains the only SOM partner to have achieved this distinction. Adams counters Bunshaft's maxim that "the building speaks for itself" with necessary critical context about this modernist moment at a time when the future of Bunshaft's iconic works is very much in question.
Category: Architecture

Memoir Of The Life Of Elizabeth Fry

Author : Elizabeth Fry
ISBN : 9781108030359
Genre : History
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This memoir of philanthropist, prison reformer and Quaker Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was published by her daughters in 1847.
Category: History

Memoirs Of A Wartime Romance

Author : Jane Siegel Whitmore
ISBN : 9781466911994
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Co-Author: Andrea Siegel Feinberg Mister Bops and Miss Boo is a true love story. It unfolds through the letters, journal entries, and dictated memoirs of a doctor and a nurse during World War II, as they struggle for their love in the face of family resistance, separation, religious prejudice, and their army service. Through their words, you will experience their passion, patriotism, and a unique perspective of army life. It is an emotional page-turner with a dramatic historical ending.
Category: Family & Relationships

In Times Like These

Author : Robert Meyjes
ISBN : 9781477141021
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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We live in interesting times. In our times we know many facts but lack faith. We know so much about medicine but enjoy little health. We ask many questions but receive few answers. Living in a broken world, in times where wrong is considered right and right is considered wrong, we question the reality of the existence of God. Yet wherever we look, we see battered, scarred, bruised, maimed, and broken people crying for Him. God is always present. He is never caught off guard or taken by surprise. The problems and heartaches we face are a result of sin. The solution to sin is Jesus Christ the Creator, Savior, Sustainer, and Answer to all our questionings. By accepting Him, beholding His love and mercy, and studying His Word, our lives are transformed into His likeness. We become new creations. Jesus left the splendor of heaven to come and die for us on a cruel cross at Calvary for the sins He did not commit. He would have come and died for us if we were the only sinner in the whole universe. In Times Like These is about Jesus and His love for lost humanity. In times like these, we need Him every nanosecond of the day and night. He is coming back soon to take His children home. A home where there is no pain, cancer, disease, tears of sorrow, or disappointment. Will you go with Him to Paradise? Now is the time to get ready.
Category: Biography & Autobiography