Professional Idiot: A Memoir by Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, David Peisner

By Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, David Peisner

"Glover proves himself to be an enticing storyteller, ripping via his bumpy, trouble-filled adolescence, his upward push to semi-fame and his descent to drug and alcohol habit with a train-without-brakes momentum...Steve-O additionally will get issues for truth-telling, describing his incessant undesirable habit with unflinching honesty, and he eventually comes throughout as a humorous, cute, sometimes embarrassing goofball cousin." --Kirkus
Fame will be addictive. From his early days videotaping loopy skateboard stunts to starring within the blockbuster Jackass franchise, there has been little that Stephen "Steve-O" Glover wouldn't do for realization. no matter if it was once stapling his nutsack to his leg, diving right into a pool choked with elephant crap, or regularly risking loss of life invading the non-public lives of sharks, lions, tigers, and bears, virtually not anything used to be out of bounds. because the stunts received crazier, his lifestyles saved velocity. He built a crippling dependancy to medications and alcohol, and an obsession along with his personal star that proved approximately as risky.
Steve-O has been a guy looking for a focus virtually on account that delivery. becoming up around the globe, due to his father's occupation as a company govt, he used to be the child who'd drink handfuls of salt which will make neighbors. After he stole a video digicam from his dad as undefined, his destiny direction used to be kind of sealed. pictures of himself skateboarding quickly gave strategy to photos of himself atmosphere his hair on hearth or doing again flips off condominium structures into shallow swimming pools. After detours to numerous hospitals, a few jails, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown university, he landed, fairly obviously, on MTV's Jackass, in 2000. He took to reputation love it was once the very factor lacking from his lifestyles, however it was once by no means adequate. He crammed the void with booze and medication, and shortly begun treating his complete reasonable it was once one big--and supremely risky--stunt.
In 2008, Steve-O holed up in his West Hollywood condominium, the place he drank, snorted, smoked, huffed, and swallowed medicinal drugs round the clock--and begun broadcasting his downward spiral on the web. eventually, his Jackass comrade Johnny Knoxville and 7 different neighbors staged an intervention and compelled him right into a psychiatric ward opposed to his will, eventually saving his lifestyles. at the present time he has been fresh and sober for greater than 3 years.
Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug dependancy and the trail to restoration and redemption with a similar bravado and humor that experience endeared Steve-O to such a lot of. Hilarious, harrowing, and encouraging by surprise, Professional Idiot will entertain these who've been with him on his many wild rides, in addition to shock and intrigue those that understand him in simple terms because the man keen to do anything--no topic how painful--for fun.
"...enjoy Steven `Steve-O' Glover's hilarious and alarming story of `Jackass' mayhem, yet don't stick to his instance and you'll maintain your grey cells intact."
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"If you suggestion you had noticeable and heard all of it, it is a entire new model [of] thoroughly uncensored."
--Miami Living

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Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power by Junius Williams

By Junius Williams

Unfinished schedule deals an within examine the Black strength stream that emerged throughout the Civil Rights stream of the sixties. A political memoir that teaches grass-roots politics and conjures up organizing for actual switch within the Age of Obama, this publication will entice readers of black heritage, Occupy Wall highway organizers, and armchair political advocates.

Based on notes, interviews, and articles from the Nineteen Fifties to provide day, Junius Williams's inspiring memoir describes his trip from younger black boy dealing with prejudice within the Nineteen Fifties segregated South to his climb to neighborhood and political energy as a black legal professional within the Nineteen Seventies and 80s in Newark, New Jersey. observed by means of twenty-two compelling images highlighting key existence occasions, Unfinished time table chronicles the turbulent instances through the Civil Rights circulation and Williams's participation each step of how together with his stories at the entrance traces of racial riots in Newark and the ancient insurrection in Montgomery, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Williams speaks of his many possibilities and experiences--beginning along with his schooling at Amherst university and Yale legislations university, his go back and forth to Uganda and Kenya, and dealing in Harlem. His ardour for scuffling with racism eventually led him to a long time of provider in politics in Newark, New Jersey as a neighborhood organizer and chief. Williams advocates for renewed group organizing and balloting for a revolutionary social gathering to hold out the "Unfinished Agenda" the Black energy circulate defined in the USA in the course of the 60s and early 70s for empowerment of the people.

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I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing But True Story by Diana Joseph

By Diana Joseph

An leisure Weekly "must"-"It's challenging to remember one other selection of essays, or a memoir, with extra usual charm."

Surrounded by means of dysfunctional men-from her fourteen-year-old son to her high-maintenance boss-Diana Joseph did what she needed to do: continue to exist. I'm Sorry you are feeling That means is a good, hilarious, and immediately recognizable memoir of a very smooth lady. humorous, fearless, and warmhearted, it's a portrait of a lady in all her never-ending complexities and contradictions, and of the folk she has come to like in spite of-or quite simply because of-theirs.

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Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

By Oliver Sacks

"My fundamental feeling is one in every of gratitude. i've got enjoyed and been enjoyed. i've been given a lot and i've given anything in go back. primarily, i've been a sentient being, a pondering animal, in this attractive planet, and that during itself has been a tremendous privilege and adventure."
--Oliver Sacks

No author has succeeded in taking pictures the clinical and human drama of disease as truthfully and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks.

During the previous few months of his existence, he wrote a collection of essays within which he movingly explored his emotions approximately finishing a existence and coming to phrases along with his personal death.

"It is the destiny of each human being," Sacks writes, "to be a special person, to discover his personal course, to reside his personal existence, to die his personal death."

Together, those 4 essays shape an ode to the individuality of every person and to gratitude for the present of life.

"Oliver Sacks used to be like no different clinician, or author. He was once attracted to the houses of the ill, the associations of the main frail and disabled, the corporate of the bizarre and the 'abnormal.' He desired to see humanity in its many variations and to take action in his personal, virtually anachronistic way--face to stand, through the years, clear of our burgeoning gear of desktops and algorithms. And, via his writing, he confirmed us what he saw."
--Atul Gawande, writer of Being Mortal

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Bullies: A Friendship by Alex Abramovich

By Alex Abramovich

The strong account of 1 writer's not likely friendship together with his early life bully, now the president of a bike membership in a single of America's most deadly cities.

Once upon a time, Alex Abramovich and Trevor Latham have been mortal enemies: miniature outlaws in a protracted Island common university, ceaselessly at every one other's throats. Then they misplaced tune of one another. a long time later, after they met back, Abramovich was once a author and Latham had turn into President of the East Bay Rats, a motorbike membership in Oakland.

In 2010, Abramovich moved to California to immerse himself in Latham's international - certainly one of struggle golf equipment, booze-filled nights, and beat-downs at the city's streets. yet harmful, dysfunctional Oakland used to be additionally changing into considered one of America's such a lot quickly gentrifying towns, and the questions Abramovich had arrived with have been thrown into brutal aid: How will we dwell with the weight of violence? How will we conquer it? Do we conquer it?

As Trevor, the Rats, and town they stay in careen among crises and moments of renaissance, Abramovich explores problems with friendship, relations, heritage, and future - and appears at what occurs while these issues fail. Bullies is instantly a shiny, visceral narrative of an strange friendship and an incisive portrait of a pretty, negative urban.

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Finding Jim by Susan Oakey-Baker

By Susan Oakey-Baker

Discovering Jim describes Susan Oakey-Bakers fight to confront the realities of lifestyles after the dying of her husband, well known mountain consultant Jim Haberl, the 1st Canadian to summit the main tricky mountain on the earth: K2. For fifteen years that they had frolicked adventuring jointly world wide: snowboarding the Himalaya, rafting in Nepal and mountain climbing in North the USA. In time, they obtained married, solidified a house for themselves in Whistler, British Columbia, and deliberate on beginning a family members. however the destiny Susan had imagined used to be no longer intended to be, and whilst Jim used to be killed in an avalanche within the collage diversity of Wrangell-St. Elias nationwide Park in Alaska, she used to be confronted with a loss more than whatever she ever can have expected.

After Jims loss of life, Susan frolicked retracing the adventures they took jointly, in a determined and obsessive try to assemble and carry directly to as many stories of him as she may perhaps. She travelled to where in Alaska the place he misplaced his lifestyles; searched the Queen Charlotte Islands the place they'd first met; trekked to the head of Mount Kilimanjaro the place they'd journeyed the 12 months earlier than his loss of life; and scoured the hills round their Whistler domestic for strains of the guy she had anticipated to spend the remainder of her lifestyles with.

In the spirit of books like Joan Didions The 12 months of Magical considering and Maria Coffeys Fragile aspect, Susan Oakey-Baker writes eloquently of her efforts to relive and reanalyze her husband's dying, to defy the ache that this sort of loss explanations and include the therapeutic energy of mountains, experience and barren region as she reimagines her new existence.

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5,742 Days: A Mother's Journey Through Loss by Anne-Marie Cockburn

By Anne-Marie Cockburn

On twentieth July 2013 15-year-old Oxford schoolgirl Martha Fernback died without warning after swallowing part a gram of MDMA powder, extra widely recognized as ecstasy. inside of hours her mom, Anne-Marie Cockburn, started to write down her emotions for you to channel her surprise and take a look at to make feel of the tragic lack of her in simple terms baby. From an early age Anne-Marie has used writing to aim to make feel of her existence. This contemporary tragedy propelled her out of the shadows and gave her the boldness to proportion her writing with the area. during this e-book we sign up for her in genuine time on her surprising and agonising trip, as she offers with the impractical calls for put upon a grieving unmarried father or mother, starts off to deal with the realities of lifestyles on her personal and faces as much as a destiny she may by no means have envisioned.

From the instant Martha died, Anne-Marie acknowledged that she nonetheless had a destiny, a lifestyles to dwell. This revealing, emotional and, finally, uplifting ebook exhibits how she used the artwork of writing, mixed with made up our minds self-belief, to steer her in this negative time.

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Sky of Stone: A Memoir by Homer Hickam

By Homer Hickam

In the summertime of ‘61, Homer “Sonny” Hickam, a yr of faculty in the back of him, was once dreaming of sandy shores and rocket ships. yet sooner than Sonny might achieve the seashore fixer-upper the place his mom used to be spending the summer time, a mobilephone name sends him again to where he proposal he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining city of Coalwood, West Virginia. There, Sonny’s father, the mine’s superintendent, has been accused of negligence in a man’s death—and the townspeople are in clash over the way forward for the town.

Sonny’s mom, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer season in Coalwood to help his father. yet inside of hours, Sonny realizes issues: His father, continually cool and far away together with his moment son, doesn’t wish him there ... and his parents’ marriage has all started to resolve. For Sonny, so starts off a summer season of discovery—of love, betrayal, and so much of all, of a brooding secret that threatens to smash his father and his city.

Cut off from his collage cash via his father, Sonny reveals himself doing the incredible: taking a task as a “track-laying man,” the hardest within the mine. relocating out to stay one of the miners, Sonny is quickly dazzled by way of a gorgeous older lady who desires to be the mine’s first woman engineer.

And because the days of summer time develop shorter, Sonny unearths himself altering in unbelievable methods, taking the 1st actual steps towards maturity. yet it’s a trip he could make merely through peering into the mysterious middle of Coalwood itself, and such a lot of all, by way of unraveling the tale of a man’s loss of life and a father’s secret.

In Sky of Stone, Homer Hickam appears down the corridors of his earlier with love, humor, and forgiveness, brilliantly evoking a close-knit group the place we all know every little thing approximately each one other’s lives—except the issues that subject so much. Sky of Stone is a memoir that reads like a unique, enthralling us with wealthy language, narrative force, and sheer storytelling genius.

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Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark by Amy Thomas

By Amy Thomas

"From the hot York cupcake wars to the best Parisian macaron, Thomas's ardour is palpable, her candy teeth, unstoppable."—Elizabeth Bard, bestselling writer of Lunch in Paris

without end a lady passionate about all issues French, candy freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as wealthy because the purest darkish chocolate: go away new york for Paris to put in writing advert replica for Louis Vuitton. engaged on the Champs-Élysées, jogging the fascinating streets, and exploring the easiest patisseries and boulangeries, Amy marveled on the beauty of the town of Light.

yet does falling in love with one urban suggest turning your again on one other? up to Amy loved Paris, there has been a part of her that felt like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macarons. PARIS, MY candy explores how the hunt for happiness might be as fleeting as a salted caramel souffle's upward push, as intensely fulfilling as molten chocolate cake, and approximately how the lifestyles you're intended to reside doesn't consistently flavor just like the one you envisioned.

half love letter to Paris, half love letter to ny, and overall devotion to all issues sweet, PARIS, MY SWEET is a treasure map for a person with a starvation for life.

"Like a delectable Parisian bonbon, this publication is full of candy surprises."—David Lebovitz, New York Times bestselling writer of The candy lifestyles in Paris

"Amy Thomas seduces us within the comparable demeanour that Paris seduced her —one beautiful morsel at a time."—Nichole Robertson, writer of Paris in Color

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Beggars of Life: A Hobo Autobiography by Jim Tully, Mark Dawidziak, Paul J. Bauer

By Jim Tully, Mark Dawidziak, Paul J. Bauer

Author note: creation through Paul J. Bauer and Mark Dawidziak
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1924
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Jim Tully left his native land of St. Marys, Ohio, in 1901, spending so much of his teenage years within the corporation of hoboes. Drifting around the nation as a "road kid," he spent these years scrambling into boxcars, slumbering in hobo jungles, averting railroad law enforcement officials, begging foodstuff from again doorways, and haunting public libraries.

Tully crafted those thoughts right into a darkish and incredible chronicle of the yank underclass—especially in his moment e-book, Beggars of lifestyles, an autobiographical novel released in 1924. Tully observed all of it, from a church baptism within the Mississippi River to election day in Chicago. And in Beggars of existence, he captures an the US mostly hidden from view.

This novelistic memoir inspired readers and reviewers with its awesome power and honesty. Tully's devotion to Mark Twain and Jack London taught him the significance of giving the reader a feeling of position, and this he does brilliantly, repeatedly, all through Beggars of Life.

From the hole dialog on a railroad trestle, Beggars of Life rattles alongside just like the quick Flyer Virginia that Tully forums halfway in the course of the booklet. this can be the e-book that outlined Tully's hard-boiled variety and set the development for the twelve books that over the following twenty years. Startling in its originality and depth, Beggars of Life is a breakneck trip made whereas clinging to the bottom rungs of the social ladder.

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