Category: Memoir

Brahms and His World: Revised Edition (The Bard Music Festival)

Since its first book in 1990, Brahms and His World has turn into a key textual content for listeners, performers, and students drawn to the existence, paintings, and instances of 1 of the 19th century's such a lot celebrated composers. during this considerably revised and enlarged version, the editors stay just about the imaginative and prescient in the back of the unique booklet whereas updating its contents to mirror new views on Brahms that experience constructed over the last twenty years. To this finish, the unique essays by means of prime specialists are retained and revised, and supplemented by way of contributions from a brand new iteration of Brahms students. jointly, they give thought to such themes as Brahms's courting with Clara and Robert Schumann, his musical interactions with the "New German tuition" of Wagner and Liszt, his effect upon Arnold Schoenberg and different younger composers, his method of appearing his personal track, and his effective interactions with visible artists.

The essays are complemented by means of a brand new number of feedback and analyses of Brahms's works released through the composer's contemporaries, documenting the ways that Brahms's tune used to be understood via 19th- and early twentieth-century audiences in Europe and North the United States. a brand new number of memoirs through Brahms's pals, scholars, and early admirers offers intimate glimpses into the composer's operating tools and character. And a catalog of the tune, literature, and visible arts devoted to Brahms files the breadth of impact exerted by means of the composer upon his contemporaries.

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Two Years Before the Mast

Born right into a cozy and prosperous New England relatives, Richard Henry Dana (who as soon as studied less than the nice Ralph Waldo Emerson) disconcertingly took to the excessive seas in 1834 as a typical sailor, an event that might colour his vintage memoir Years prior to the Mast. regardless of his failing imaginative and prescient because of a youth disorder, Dana served onboard a service provider vessel, touring from Massachusetts southward, with stops alongside South the US and in California. a desirable learn for maritime fans or fans of heritage, Dana’s ahead of the Mast is a lively account of a lifestyles at sea within the nineteenth century.

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Growing Up Amish: A Memoir

New York Times e-book bestseller!
One fateful starless evening, 17-year-old Ira Wagler received up at 2 AM, left a scribbled notice lower than his pillow, packed all of his earthly property into in a bit black duffel bag, and walked clear of his domestic within the Amish cost of Bloomfield, Iowa. Now, during this heartwarming memoir, Ira paints a brilliant portrait of Amish life―from his early life days at the relatives farm, his Rumspringa ceremony of passage at age sixteen, to his final choice to go away the Amish Church for stable at age 26. Growing Up Amish is the real tale of 1 man’s quest to find who he's and the place he belongs. Readers will chuckle, cry, and be encouraged through this captivating but poignant coming of age tale set amidst the backdrop of 1 of the main enigmatic cultures in the US today―the previous Order Amish.

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The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

By Mark Vonnegut

The Eden exhibit describes from the interior Mark Vonnegut’s adventure within the overdue ’60s and early ’70s—a contemporary university grad; in love; dwelling communally on a farm, with a well-known and doting father, adored puppy, and prized jalopy—and then the worried breakdowns in all their slow-motion intimacy, the style of mortality and chance for humor they supplied, and the bleak melancholy they afforded besides. That he emerged to jot down this humorous and actual booklet after which moved directly to locate the significant existence that for your time had appeared past achieve is what finally occurs within the Eden convey. however the actual tale this is that all through his harrowing adventure his humorousness permit him see the humanity of what he was once facing, and his reward of language permit him describe it in the sort of relocating manner that others may possibly start to think either its utter ordinariness in addition to the insanity all of us proportion.

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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

By Daniel B. Smith

In the insightful narrative culture of Oliver Sacks, Monkey brain is an uplifting, shrewdpermanent, and extremely humorous memoir of existence with anxiety—America’s commonest mental criticism.

Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the beautiful articulation of what it truly is wish to reside with anxiousness. As he travels via anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the affliction with nice humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful inner coherence. Aaron Beck, the main influential health professional in glossy psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for nervousness what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.”

Neurologist and bestselling author Oliver Sacks says, “I learn Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity….I broke out into explosive laughter back and again.” right here, eventually, comes reduction and popularity to all those that wish somebody to place what they suppose, or what their household consider, into phrases.

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The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

By A. J. Jacobs

Half memoir and half schooling (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and possible very unlikely quest to learn the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z.

33,000 PAGES
forty four MILLION WORDS
10 BILLION YEARS OF HISTORY
1 OBSESSED MAN

To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League schooling, A.J. Jacobs units for himself the daunting job of examining all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His spouse, Julie, tells him it is a waste of time, his neighbors think he's wasting his brain, and his father, a super lawyer who had as soon as tried an identical feat and give up someplace round Borneo, is encouraging yet unconvinced.

With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recounts the unforeseen and comically disruptive results Operation Encyclopedia has on all the things of Jacobs's existence -- from his newly minted marriage to his complex dating along with his father and the remainder of his charmingly eccentric long island relations to his day activity as an editor at Esquire. Jacobs's undertaking assessments the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to discover the genuine which means of intelligence as he endeavors to hitch Mensa, win a place on Jeopardy!, and soak up 33,000 pages of studying. On his trip he stumbles upon a number of the strangest, funniest, and so much profound proof approximately each subject below the sunlight, all whereas combating fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing worry that attends his first real-life accountability -- the approaching start of his first child.

The Know-It-All is an inventive, mightily wonderful memoir of 1 man's mind, neuroses, and obsessions, and a fight among the all-consuming quest for real wisdom and the indisputable present of hard-won knowledge.

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My Friend Leonard

By James Frey

Possibly the main unconventional and actually breathtaking father-son tale you will ever learn, My buddy Leonard pulls you instantly and deeply right into a dating as strange because it is inspiring.

The father determine is Leonard, the high-living, recuperating coke addict "West Coast Director of a big Italian-American finance company" (read: mobster) who helped to maintain James Frey fresh in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, after all, James, broken might be past fix by way of years of crack and alcohol addiction-and by way of quite a lot of merciless tips of fate.

James embarks on his post-rehab life in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get just about people. yet then Leonard comes again into his existence, and every little thing alterations. Leonard bargains his "son" lucrative—if unlawful and just a little dangerous—employment. He teaches James to take pleasure in existence, sober, for the 1st time. He instructs him within the artwork of "living boldly," pushes him to pursue his ardour for writing, and gives a watchful and supportive veil of safeguard lower than which James can get his lifestyles jointly. either Leonard's and James's careers flourish…but then Leonard vanishes. whilst the explanations in the back of his mysterious absence are printed, the ebook opens up in unforeseen emotional ways.

My buddy Leonard showcases an excellent and full of life younger author emerging to big new challenges—displaying magnificent heat, humor, and maturity—without wasting his depth. This publication proves that the most provocative literary voices of his new release is usually the most emphatically human.

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Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.

By Cathy Glass

From the Sunday occasions and big apple instances bestselling writer comes the poignant and surprising memoir of Cathy’s contemporary dating with Tayo, a tender boy she fosters whose reliable behaviour and well mannered manners cover a bad past.

Tayo arrives at Cathy’s with purely the garments he stands up in. He has been delivered to her by way of the police, yet he's calm, well mannered, and extremely good spoken, and never in any respect just like the childrens she in most cases fosters. The social employee offers Cathy the kinds which should still comprise Tayo’s background, yet except his identify and age, it truly is clean. Tayo has no past.

Tayo is an 'invisible' baby, abducted from his loving father in Nigeria and taken illegally to the united kingdom via his drink and medicine established prostitute mom, the place he's placed to paintings in a sweat store in principal London. while he sustains an damage and isn't any longer incomes, he's solid out.

When Cathy takes Tayo to college he issues out a dozen diversified addresses the place he has stayed within the final six months, usually being left on my own. Tayo lies, and manipulates events to his personal virtue and Cathy should be constantly on protect. Tayo’s social employee searches all desktop databases yet there's no checklist of Tayo – he has purely attended tuition for three phrases and hasn't ever visible a physician. He and his mom were evading the gurus through dwelling ‘underground’.

With his mom lately published from felony, Tayo is eager to dwell along with his father in Nigeria, yet not anyone can song him down or maybe turn out that he exists.

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Boone

First printing of the 1st variation. Neff B224. Pickens was once CEO of Mesa Petroleum, and for a time anyone of nationwide stature within the company global. The ebook is expounded to be a whitewash of 1 of the main disliked males within the oil undefined. (Neff). Illustrated through images.

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