Fear of Fifty

By Erica Jong

Seducing the Demon has brought Erica Jong to readers who hadn't been born while Fear of Flying used to be released in 1973. Now one in every of her most interesting works of nonfiction -and a New York Times bestseller-is again in print with a brand new afterword.

In Fear of Fifty, a New York Times bestseller while first released in 1994, Erica Jong seems to the second one 1/2 her existence and "goes correct to the jugular of the ladies who lived wildly and vicariously via worry of Flying" (Publishers Weekly), supplying hugely exciting tales and provocative insights on intercourse, marriage, getting older, feminism, and motherhood. "What Jong calls a midlife memoir is a slice of autobiography that ranks in honesty, self-perception and knowledge with [works via] Simone de Beauvoir and Mary McCarthy," wrote the Sunday instances (U.K.). "Although Jong's memoir of a Jewish American princess is wittier than either."

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Marlene Dietrich's ABC: Wit, Wisdom, & Recipes

By Marlene Dietrich

An A-to-Z investigate the brain of an leisure legend
From the splendidly assorted and witty brain of Marlene Dietrich comes an alphabetized choice of her so much zany, sincere, and heartfelt recommendations. supplying her tackle a variety of principles, humans, and goods, Marlene Dietrich’s ABC is an unheard of glimpse into one in all history’s brightest and such a lot enigmatic stars. not anything is simply too small or grand for Dietrich’s designated eye. From her access for store—“I’d quite visit a ironmongery shop than to the opera”—to her access for egocentric—“If he's an artistic artist, forgive him”—she transforms either the mundane and the mysterious into snapshots of her personal spirit. entire with images from her gigantic occupation, Marlene Dietrich’s ABC is an unforeseen and addicting deal with.

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Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris

By Ann Mah

The memoir of a tender diplomat’s spouse who needs to reinvent her dream of dwelling in Paris—one dish at a time

When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year task in Paris, Ann is extremely joyful. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she instantly starts off plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is termed away to Iraq on a year-long post—alone. abruptly, Ann’s imaginative and prescient of a romantic sojourn within the urban of sunshine is grew to become upside down.

So, now not not like one other diplomatic spouse, Julia baby, Ann needs to discover a existence for herself in a brand new city.  travelling via Paris and the encircling areas of France, Ann combats her loneliness by way of looking for the suitable soreness au chocolat and studying the way in which the andouillette sausage is admittedly made. She explores the heritage and flavor of every thing from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes. And someplace among Paris and the south of France, she uncovers some of life’s truths.

Like Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French and Julie Powell’s New York Times bestseller Julie and Julia, learning the paintings of French Eating is interwoven with the vigorous characters Ann meets and the normal recipes she samples. either humorous and clever, this can be a tale approximately love—of meals, kin, and France.

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Something Spectacular: The True Story of One Rockette's Battle with Bulimia

By Greta Gleissner

Greta Gleissner, an established expert dancer, dreamed her entire lifetime of changing into a Rockette. Then she grew to become one—and she fell into the grips of a robust consuming ailment that begun poison her lifestyles from the interior out.

Something Spectacular is Gleissner’s uncooked, own chronicle of the devastating results bulimia exacts upon her existence in the course of her time as a Rockette. As her disease takes over, she starts off to steer a twin existence: happy-go-lucky at the outdoors; tortured by means of obsessive, self-destructive voices at the inside of. Immersed in an atmosphere during which even expertise is secondary to visual appeal, Gleissner hides her sickness in anyway necessary—lying, dishonest, and stealing with out regard for the results of her actions—until she hits all-time low and is compelled to stand the truths at the back of her affliction. Her extensive odyssey of self-discovery finally supplies her the energy to reshape her self-image, include her sexuality, and separate from of the malignant carry bulimia has on her life.

The first publication to provide voice to the pervasive yet frequently unaddressed challenge of consuming issues within the dance undefined, Something Spectacular is a gripping exposé of the insidious nature of eating-related diseases—and a profound account of 1 woman’s trip towards self-acceptance and recovery.

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

By Bill Bryson

From one of many world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling writer of One Summer, a brilliant, nostalgic, and completely hilarious memoir of growing to be up within the 1950s

Bill Bryson used to be born in the midst of the yankee century—1951—in the center of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the center of the biggest iteration in American history—the child boomers. As the best and funniest writers alive, he's completely situated to mine his stories of a unconditionally all-American formative years for 24-carat memoir gold. Like hundreds of thousands of his generational friends, invoice Bryson grew up with a wealthy myth lifestyles as a superhero. In his case, he ran round his condo and local with an previous soccer jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel approximately his neck that served as his cape, jumping tall constructions in one certain and vanquishing lousy evildoers (and morons)—in his head—as "The Thunderbolt Kid."

Using this personality as a springboard, invoice Bryson re-creates the lifetime of his kinfolk and his local urban within the Nineteen Fifties in all its transcendent normality—a lifestyles instantaneously thoroughly standard to us all and as distant and unreachable as one other galaxy. It was once, he reminds us, a cheerful time, whilst vehicles and televisions and home equipment (not to say nuclear guns) grew better and extra a number of with every one passing 12 months, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric checking out have been thought of risk free or perhaps best for you. He brings us into the lifetime of his loving yet eccentric kin, together with affectionate pictures of his father, a talented sportswriter for the neighborhood paper and committed practitioner of isometric routines, and OF his mom, whose activity because the domestic furnishing editor for a similar paper left her little time for working towards the household arts at domestic. the numerous readers of invoice Bryson’s prior vintage, A stroll within the Woods, will greet the reappearance in those pages of the immortal Stephen Katz, visible hijacking actually boxcar a great deal of beer. he's joined within the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by means of the demonically shrewdpermanent Willoughby brothers, who follow their clinical talents and can-do perspective to gleefully damaging ends.

Warm and laugh-out-loud humorous, and entire of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The existence and instances of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous a e-book as invoice Bryson has ever written. it is going to enchant somebody who has ever been younger.

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My Father and Myself (Nyrb Classics S)

By J.R. Ackerley

While his father died, J. R. Ackerley used to be surprised to find that he had led a mystery existence. And after Ackerley himself died, he left a shock of his own—this coolly thought of, unsparingly sincere account of his quest to determine the full fact in regards to the guy who had continuously eluded him in lifestyles. yet Ackerley's pursuit of his father is additionally an exploration of the self, making My Father and Myself a pioneering checklist, instantaneously sexually specific and emotionally charged, of lifestyles as a homosexual guy. This witty, sorrowful, and lovely booklet is a vintage of twentieth-century memoir.

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Sea Room: An Island Life in the Hebrides

By Adam Nicolson

In 1937, Adam Nicolson's father replied a newspaper ad—"Uninhabited islands on the market. Outer Hebrides, six hundred acres. . . . Puffins and seals. Apply."—and hence discovered the Shiants. With a reputation that means "holy or enchanted islands," the Shiants for millennia have been a haven for these looking solitude, yet their wealthy, occasionally violent heritage of human habitation contains even more. whilst he used to be twenty-one, Nicolson inherited this virtually indescribably attractive estate: a panorama, soaked in centuries-old stories of stressed ghosts and Bronze Age gold, that cradles the historical past of a once-vibrant global of farmers and fishermen.

In Sea Room, Nicolson describes and relives his love affair with the 3 tiny islands and their unusual and colourful background in passionate, keenly distinct prose—sharing with us the best reward an island bestows on its population: a deep engagement with the usual world.

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Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

By M.E. Thomas

A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY better of 2013 employees PICK

As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your pals, your coworkers, and particularly in all probability the folk closest to you: enthusiasts, kin, buddies. Our risk-seeking habit and common fearlessness are exciting, our glibness and grace attractive. Our frequently fast wit and outside-the-box considering make us seem intelligent—even wonderful. We climb the company ladder speedier than the remainder, and seem to have unlimited self-confidence.  who're we? we're hugely profitable, noncriminal sociopaths and we contain four percent of the yankee population.”
Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, half primer for the curious—takes readers on a trip into the brain of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick whereas debunking myths approximately sociopathy and delivering a highway map for facing the sociopaths on your existence. M. E. Thomas attracts from her own stories as a clinically determined sociopath; her well known web publication, Sociopathworld.com; and clinical literature to unveil for the first actual time those women and men who're “hiding in simple sight.”

Now with additional Libris fabric, together with a reader’s advisor and bonus content material

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Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

By Ingrid Betancourt

"Betancourt's riveting account...is an unforgettable epic of ethical braveness and human endurance." -Los Angeles Times

In the midst of her crusade for the Colombian presidency in 2002, Ingrid Betancourt traveled right into a military-controlled sector, the place she was once kidnapped via the FARC, a brutal terrorist guerrilla association in clash with the govt.. She may spend the following six and a part years captive within the depths of the Colombian jungle. Even Silence Has an End is her deeply relocating and private account of that point. The evidence of her tale are stunning, however it is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this very specific narrative-an intensely clever, considerate, and compassionate mirrored image on what it quite ability to be human.

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