The book he wrote is a literate and exceedingly humane document. On the streets, he clung to a kind of dignity. He refused to beg or steal. Day after day I could aspire, within reason, to nothing more than survival. Although the planets wandered among the stars and the moon waxed and waned, the identical naked barrenness of existence was exposed to me, day in and day out.
Or maybe it only seems rich with incident because of an old maxim that still holds: Stories happen only to people who can tell them. Like Mary Karr, Mann as a child was a scrappy, troublemaking tomboy, one who grew into a scrappy, troublemaking, impossible-to-ignore young woman and artist. She was raised in Virginia by sophisticated, lettered parents. This book is heavily illustrated, and traces her growth as an artist.
Her anecdotes have snap. She dropped acid with her psychiatrist, R. Richard Burton and Marlon Brando tried to get her into bed. This earthy and evocative book also traces her youth and her development as a writer. Her small family was religious. Her father was a farmer who drank and gambled; her mother was a former maid. She moved to Dublin, where she worked in a drugstore while studying at the Pharmaceutical College at night. Why was it only in books that I could find the utter outlet for my emotions? At the age of 6, Marjane Satrapi privately declared herself the last prophet of Islam.
Jefferson writes of the punishing psychic burden of growing up feeling that she was a representative for her race and, later, of nagging, terrifying suicidal impulses. So much glory, banality, honor and betrayal? This shape-shifting, form-shattering book carves one path forward. Viv Albertine participated in the birth of punk in the mids. She was in a band with Sid Vicious before he joined the Sex Pistols. She dated Mick Jones while he was putting together his new band, the Clash.
She could barely play guitar, yet she became the lead guitarist for the Slits. Her memoir is wiry and fearless. Her life up to the breakup of the Slits occupies only half of the book. Throughout, this account has an honest, lo-fi grace. The Los Angeles-born glamour girl, bohemian, artist, muse, sensualist, wit and pioneering foodie Eve Babitz writes prose that reads like Nora Ephron by way of Joan Didion, albeit with more lust and drugs and tequila. You can feel the wind in your hair. The book quickly became a beloved best seller when it was published, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for biography.
Baker was born into poverty in Virginia in He was 5 years old when his father, then 33, fell into a diabetic coma and died. Anatole Broyard, a longtime book critic and essayist for The New York Times, died in of prostate cancer. What he had finished of this memoir before his death mostly concerned his time living in the West Village after World War II. Joan Didion, so long an exemplar of cool, of brilliant aloofness, showed us her unraveling in this memoir about the sudden death of her husband of 40 years, the writer John Gregory Dunne, and the frightening illness of her daughter, Quintana.
This account of a lifelong surfing obsession won the Pulitzer Prize in biography. William Finnegan, a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, recalls his childhood in California and Hawaii, his many surfing buddies through the years and his taste for a kind of danger that approaches the sublime.
In his 20s, he traveled through Asia and Africa and the South Pacific in search of waves, living in tents and cars and cheap apartments. Her autobiography covers her life from childhood to her command of a towering journalistic institution in a deeply male-dominated industry. Her tone throughout is frank, self-critical, modest and justifiably proud.
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She had radical surgery to remove half of her jaw, and years of radiation and chemotherapy, and recovered. She then endured a sense of disfigurement and isolation from other children. She became an accomplished poet and essayist before dying at 39 in Although entitled to self-pity, Grealy was not given to it. This memoir is a moving meditation on ugliness and beauty. Alma Guillermoprieto was a year-old dance student in , when Merce Cunningham offered to recommend her for a teaching job at the National Schools of the Arts in Havana.
This memoir is her account of the six months she spent there, a frustrating and fascinating time that opened her eyes to the world beyond dance. Eventually, political turmoil, piled on top of loneliness, youthful angst and assorted romantic troubles, led the author to the edge of a nervous breakdown. This remembrance is a pleasure to read, full of humanity, sly humor, curiosity and knowledge.
Joyce Johnson was 21 and not long out of Barnard College when, in the winter of , Allen Ginsberg set her up on a blind date with Jack Kerouac, who was 34 and still largely unknown. The book, consistently alive with feeling, is written with elastic style. Obsessed with birds of prey since she was a girl, Macdonald was already an experienced falconer.
She unplugged her telephone. She told her friends to leave her alone. Nearly every paragraph she writes about the experience is strange in the best way, and injected with unexpected meaning. His parents had immigrated to New York, where McCourt was born, but soon moved back to Ireland, where they hoped relatives could help them with their four children. Having returned, they experienced crushing poverty. The book did perhaps more than any other to cement the s boom in memoir writing — and reading. It is a compendium of unspeakable crimes and horrifically inventive sadism, delivered in an even, unwavering tone.
He spares none of his thoughts, good and bad, about Mick Jagger. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. The son of an acclaimed historian, Schlesinger was born into great privilege.
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He went on a yearlong trip around the world between graduating from prep school and attending Harvard. This book has incisive things to say about the large themes of world history, including isolationism and interventionism, and about many other subjects besides, including the films of the s. But these seemingly narrow-focus, time-hopping slices add up to a robust autobiography. In a quiet way she is one of the great horror mothers of English-language literature.
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The device of the trapped young person saved by books is a hoary one, but Winterson makes it seem new, and sulfurous. He was a painter, photographer, performance artist, AIDS activist and more — including writer. This work of hard-living autobiography is written in a flood of run-on sentences, and in a tone of almost hallucinatory incandescence.
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Site Navigation Site Mobile Navigation. Knopf, Hitch Christopher Hitchens Twelve, Palimpsest Gore Vidal Random House, Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange. Harcourt, Boyhood J. Coetzee Viking, Wave Sonali Deraniyagala Alfred A. Persepolis Marjane Satrapi. Pantheon, Negroland Margo Jefferson Pantheon, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. Knopf, The Los Angeles-born glamour girl, bohemian, artist, muse, sensualist, wit and pioneering foodie Eve Babitz writes prose that reads like Nora Ephron by way of Joan Didion, albeit with more lust and drugs and tequila.
Knopf, Joan Didion, so long an exemplar of cool, of brilliant aloofness, showed us her unraveling in this memoir about the sudden death of her husband of 40 years, the writer John Gregory Dunne, and the frightening illness of her daughter, Quintana. Dancing With Cuba Alma Guillermoprieto.
Translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen. Pantheon, Alma Guillermoprieto was a year-old dance student in , when Merce Cunningham offered to recommend her for a teaching job at the National Schools of the Arts in Havana. Minor Characters Joyce Johnson Houghton Mifflin, Joyce Johnson was 21 and not long out of Barnard College when, in the winter of , Allen Ginsberg set her up on a blind date with Jack Kerouac, who was 34 and still largely unknown. Even if it destroys her.
Okay, hang on to something, because this is where Alice really falls down the rabbit hole. Some of these books are so dark they have stuck to me like scotch tape. Until her romantic trip to Mexico with said boyfriend turns into a nightmare when Tess is stolen. And the man in whose hands she finds herself, the man who calls himself only Q? This freaking series. I swear. This is the first of three books in the Dark Duet series, and it is something. Caleb is a man intent on revenge.
His own past has been one of slavery and mistreatment, so he has no qualms about inflicting the same on someone else for the sake of his vengeance. Olivia Ruiz is just a beautiful, easy target. But when Caleb finds himself irresistibly attracted to his captive, all those carefully laid plans for revenge slowly start to come apart. Nora Leston has been stolen, and she now belongs to a man who is both beautiful and ruthless, tender and cruel.
He controls her life entirely and she belongs to him.
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To Julian. As you may have noticed by now, captivity is a recurring theme in a lot of these novels, because it allows the authors to explore complex concepts like Stockholm Syndrome and consent. Or lack thereof. Eden was bred and born for a chance to unleash death and destruction on the world. Her thoughts, her words, everything she is was created for evil.
Which is probably why the group that call themselves the Se7en tried to kill her. When the leader of the Se7en took her prisoner, he told her it was simply a matter of killing one to save a million. The only just solution. Why does Eden find herself in the arms of the man who was meant to kill her, as he tries to save her instead? Until Sarai.
Then end up on the run together, growing closer even as their enemies draw near. As far as dark and twisty goes, this book take the cake. Never before have I read a book where I was just one giant cringe for most of the pages. I think I actually screamed at my Kindle near the end. This is not a book about a stolen girl falling in love with her master.
The romantic lead in the Dollar series is Elder, the man who rescues her…if you can really call it a rescue. Remember that thing I said about revenge plots being a recurring feature in dark romances? Lake Monroe is a senior in High School, ands she should be worrying about the things that normal seniors about.
Not the fact that her childhood tormentor of 10 years, Kieran Masters, is going to be released from juvi and rejoining the class for their final year. Emily Vargas is being held captive. All she knows is that, like it or not, that beautiful monster is slowly conditioning her to be whatever it is he wants her to be. Oh, Wanderlust. Just thinking about this book makes me want to swear.
Wanderlust is the story of Evie, who is finally going to get away from her life and see the world. Need more mob in your dark romance? Here you go. Ruthless People follows the marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan; a marriage arranged by their fathers to end generations of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.
They were both bred to rule, both bred to be ruthless masters of all they survey.