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We Burn On Friday

Author : Richard Manieri
ISBN : 9781772360127
Genre : Business & Economics
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We Burn on Friday is Richard Manieri's account of growing up in the Italian-American community of Philadelphia, with hilarious tales of learning his way around a boxing ring, getting through weekly confession at his Catholic church (name and serial number only), and taking that frightening walk to meet a girl across the dance floor. His story extends to his determined but often stymied journey into broadcast journalism -- including his first job at a radio station, where he learned, after he was hired, that his work included burning the station's trash every Friday. And all of it is told through the prism of his deep and abiding love for his father, who, one way or the other, was with him every step of the way. -- Richard Manieri
Category: Business & Economics

Roughhouse Friday

Author : Jaed Coffin
ISBN : 9780374720391
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A beautifully crafted memoir about fathers and sons, masculinity, and the lengths we sometimes go to in order to confront our past While lifting weights in the Seldon Jackson College gymnasium on a rainy autumn night, Jaed Coffin heard the distinctive whacking sound of sparring boxers down the hall. A year out of college, he had been biding his time as a tutor at a local high school in Sitka, Alaska, without any particular life plan. That evening, Coffin joined a ragtag boxing club. For the first time, he felt like he fit in. Coffin washed up in Alaska after a forty-day solo kayaking journey. Born to an American father and a Thai mother who had met during the Vietnam War, Coffin never felt particularly comfortable growing up in his rural Vermont town. Following his parents’ prickly divorce and a childhood spent drifting between his father’s new white family and his mother’s Thai roots, Coffin didn’t know who he was, much less what path his life should follow. His father’s notions about what it meant to be a man—formed by King Arthur legends and calcified in the military—did nothing to help. After college, he took to the road, working odd jobs and sleeping in his car before heading north. Despite feeling initially terrified, Coffin learns to fight. His coach, Victor “the Savage,” invites him to participate in the monthly Roughhouse Friday competition, where men contend for the title of best boxer in southeast Alaska. With every successive match, Coffin realizes that he isn’t just fighting for the championship belt; he is also learning to confront the anger he feels about a past he never knew how to make sense of. Deeply honest and vulnerable, Roughhouse Friday is a meditation on violence and abandonment, masculinity, and our inescapable longing for love. It suggests that sometimes the truth of what’s inside you comes only if you push yourself to the extreme.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Burning Of Byron S Memoirs

Author : Peter Cochran
ISBN : 9781443874007
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Burning of Byron’s Memoirs is a collection of new and uncollected essays, and papers given at many conferences over a two-decade period. They cover many aspects of Byron’s life and work, including his relationship with his parents, his library, his attitude to Shakespeare, his borrowings from other writers, and his feelings about women and men. Two essays centre on his close friends Hobhouse and Kinnaird. All are informed by first-hand acquaintance with primary texts. The title essay has been hailed as the best-ever documentation of the disgraceful way in which Byron’s Memoirs were destroyed within days of his death being announced. For anyone interested in Byron either as a man, a poet, or as a cultural phenomenon, The Burning of Byron’s Memoirs is essential reading.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Works Of Robert Burns

Author : Robert Burns
ISBN : UOM:39015005706182
Genre : Scottish poetry
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Burning Fence

Author : Craig Lesley
ISBN : 9781466860988
Genre : Family & Relationships
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In Burning Fence, acclaimed novelist Craig Lesley turns his keen eye toward two difficult fathers and an alcohol-damaged Indian foster child, Craig's own "son," Wade. Abandoned by his shell-shocked father, Rudell, Craig grew up with his stepfather, Vern, a tough, controlling railroader. When events turned nasty, Craig, his mother, and his baby sister fled on the night train and arrived at an Indian reservation where his mother found work. Decades later, convinced he would be a better father than Rudell or Vern, Craig takes in the troubled Wade. But desperation over Wade's violent acts motivates Craig to seek out Rudell in remote Monument, Oregon. Craig hopes his father, a reclusive coyote trapper and poacher, will help raise his disturbed grandson. There Craig meets his colorful half-brother, Ormand, a would-be East Coast hit man, now "born again." Skillfully capturing the rural humor, rugged characters, and hardscrabble life of Eastern Oregon, Burning Fence presents a searing reflection on fatherhood and offers remarkable insight into the landscape of the Western heart.
Category: Family & Relationships


Author : Shane Feldman
ISBN : 9781412021883
Genre : Psychology
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The author, Shane Feldman, is a college-aged person suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar. In this memoir he allows the reader to observe actual thoughts and behaviors exhibited as a manic episode occurred in a real-time journal. He allows the reader to follow him on an intimate descent and recovery from a manic episode along with providing a prologue detailing his relatively normal life and high level of functionality in the absence of devastating psychological symptoms. After the episode, Shane added a series of insightful postdated footnotes strategically located to aid the reader in fully understanding the complexity of his mind frame. The memoir is far from being simply a documentation of a disease as Shane demonstrates his poetic and perceptive brilliance in a series of satires about the relationships between religion, society, and government. Though Mr. Feldman has suffered serious psychological illness for a small percent of his life... he is one-hundred percent a writer and has written and published a wide variety of works.
Category: Psychology

More Than A Memoir

ISBN : 9781469114408
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this unusual autobiography you will find the full story of a life spanning much of the twentieth century. Selective reading will disclose How a teacher/scientist may develop The importance of focus and integrity The fascination of doing chemical and biochemical research with students and colleagues The excitement of discovery and of facing new challenges Personal details about family life and friendships Career choices and diversions Plus In the 23 (!) appendices, you will find details concerning Other activities attendant upon a career in science The influence of conferences, symposia, and international scientific connections The coworkers who built the reputation of the author
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Stories For Boys A Memoir

Author : Gregory Martin
ISBN : 9780983850465
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this memoir of fathers and sons, Gregory Martin struggles to reconcile the father he thought he knew with a man who has just survived a suicide attempt; a man who had been having anonymous affairs with men throughout his thirty-nine years of marriage; and who now must begin his life as a gay man. At a tipping point in our national conversation about gender and sexuality, rights and acceptance, Stories for Boys is about a father and a son finding a way to build a new relationship with one another after years of suppression and denial are given air and light. Martin’s memoir is quirky and compelling with its amateur photos and grab-bag social science and literary analyses. Gregory Martin explores the impact his father’s lifelong secrets have upon his life now as a husband and father of two young boys with humor and bracing candor. Stories for Boys is resonant with conflicting emotions and the complexities of family sympathy, and asks the questions: How well do we know the people that we think we know the best? And how much do we have to know in order to keep loving them?
Category: Biography & Autobiography

My Father S Places

Author : Aeronwy Thomas
ISBN : 9781620876596
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The poet’s daughter tells of growing up with him in 1940s Wales, and “portrays a chaotic childhood with unsentimental grace” (TheNew York Times). When Aeronwy was six, her parents, Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, moved to a boathouse at the edge of the small Welsh village of Laugharne. In this “enthralling [and] funny” memoir, she recreates those years, revealing from a child’s point of view the chaos and joy of living with Dylan Thomas while the poet was at the height of his creative powers, composing Under Milk Wood (The Washington Times). Through a series of beautifully evocative episodes, the author paints a picture of village and family life, and a new portrait emerges of Dylan Thomas. Along with never-before-published photos, My Father’s Places features personalities like artist Augustus John and historian A. J. P. Taylor—as well as the villagers who would eventually be transformed into the characters from Llareggub. “Clear-eyed, Laurie Lee-like memories of mudflats and sandbanks, picnics, swimming and going cockling . . . This enchanted but unsentimental book . . . of her wonderfully vivid childhood is profoundly moving.” —Daily Mail “Highly evocative, moving and melancholy.” —The Sunday Times “An enchanting book on every level, Aeronwy Thomas is not just her father’s daughter but a skilled author in her own right.” —Jennifer Worth, author of Call the Midwife
Category: Biography & Autobiography