The Lights of Pointe-Noire: A Memoir

Alain Mabanckou left Congo in 1989, on the age of 22, to not go back till 1 / 4 of a century later. whilst he eventually got here again to Pointe-Noire, a bustling port city on Congo’s southeastern coast, he chanced on a rustic that during many ways had replaced past acceptance: the cinema the place, as a toddler, Mabanckou gorged on glamorous American tradition had turn into a Pentecostal temple, and his secondary tuition has been renamed in honor of a formerly despised colonial ruler.

But many stuff stay unchanged, no longer least the swirling mythology of Congolese tradition that also informs lifestyle in Pointe-Noire. Now a adorned author and an esteemed professor at UCLA, Mabanckou unearths he can in simple terms glance on as an intruder within the position the place he grew up. As he delves into his formative years, into the lifetime of his departed mom, and into the unusual mixture of belonging and shortage that informs his go back to Congo, his paintings recollects the writing of V.S. Naipaul and André Aciman, supplying a startlingly clean standpoint at the discomfort of exile, the ghosts of reminiscence, and the trails we take again home.

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The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year

By Matt McCarthy

In scientific institution, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a special form of doctor—the kind of legendary, unflappable surgeon who may possibly achieve unreachable sufferers. yet when a new admission to the serious care unit virtually died his first evening on name, he came across himself scrambling. Visions of mastery fast gave approach to hopes of easily surviving sanatorium lifestyles, the place self assurance was once demanding to come back by way of and no volume of med college education might dispel the fear of dealing with real patients.

This humorous, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern 12 months at a brand new York health facility offers a scorchingly frank examine how medical professionals are made, taking readers into sufferers’ rooms and medical professionals’ meetings to witness a physician's trip from ineptitude to competence. McCarthy's one stroke of success paired him with a super second-year adviser he referred to as “Baio” (owing to his resemblance to the Charles in Charge star), who proved to be a amazing instructor with a depraved humorousness. McCarthy might study much more from the folk he cared for, together with a guy named Benny, who used to be dwelling within the health center for months at a time expecting a middle transplant. yet no instructor might support McCarthy while an coincidence placed his personal health and wellbeing in danger, and confirmed him all too painfully the skinny line among general practitioner and patient.

The actual health professional Will See You Shortly
deals a window directly to health center existence that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness whereas emphasizing the black-comic paradox of turning into a physician: How do you learn how to shop lives in a role the place there's no practice?

From the Hardcover edition.

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Mercury and Me

By Jim Hutton

The connection among Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton advanced over numerous months in 1984 and 1985. even if they first slept jointly Button had no notion who Mercury was once, and while the big name advised him his identify it intended not anything to him. Hutton labored as a barber on the Savoy inn and retained his task and his accommodations in Sutton, Surrey, for 2 years after relocating in with Mercury, after which labored as his gardener. He was once by no means absolutely assimilated into Mercury's jet-setting way of life, nor did he are looking to be, yet from 1985 till Mercury's loss of life in 1991 he used to be toward him than someone and knew all Mercury's closest associates: the opposite individuals of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, Phil Collins to call a number of. Ever current on the numerous Sunday lunch gatherings and luxurious events, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes approximately in addition to a deep figuring out of, Mercury's existence. He additionally nursed Mercury via his terminal affliction, usually held him in the course of the evening in his ultimate weeks, and was once with him as he died. not anyone can inform the tale of the previous few years of Mercury's deepest lifestyles - the ecstasies and the agonies - extra properly or in truth than Jim Hutton.

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Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living

By Bailey White

Welcome to the original global of Bailey White. Her aunt Belle may perhaps take you to determine her bellowing puppy alligator. Her uncle Jimbuddy may well appall you along with his knack for wasting items of himself. so much of all, you could succumb totally to the charms of Bailey’s mama, who will take you to a juke joint so raunchy it scared Ernest Hemingway or tuck you into her old visitor mattress that has the disconcerting behavior of folding up on humans whereas they sleep.

White’s indelible vignettes of Southern eccentricity have entranced thousands who've heard her learn them on NPR. Mama Makes Up Her Mind is as sweetly intoxicating as a mint julep and as invigorating as a stroll in White’s personal overgrown garden.

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Little Failure: A Memoir

By Gary Shteyngart

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • nationwide e-book CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

NAMED one of many TEN most sensible BOOKS OF THE yr by means of MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE ny TIMES • NAMED one of many TEN most sensible NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE yr by means of TIME
 
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr via greater than forty five guides, INCLUDING
The ny instances publication overview • The Washington submit • NPR • the hot Yorker • San Francisco Chronicle • The Economist • The Atlantic • Newsday • Salon • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The parent • Esquire (UK) • GQ (UK)

Little Failure is the all too actual tale of an immigrant relations having a bet its destiny on the USA, as informed by way of a lifelong misfit who ultimately reveals a spot for himself on the planet via books and phrases. In 1979, a bit boy dragging a ginormous fur hat and an overcoat made up of the outside of a few Soviet wooded area creature steps off the airplane at New York’s JFK overseas Airport and into his new American lifestyles. His problems are only starting. For the previous Igor Shteyngart, coming to the us from the Soviet Union is like stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and touchdown in a pool of Technicolor. Careening among his Soviet domestic lifestyles and his American aspirations, he unearths himself dwelling in contradictory worlds, wishing for a true domestic in a single. He turns into so unusual to his mom and dad that his mom stops bickering together with his father lengthy sufficient to coin the word failurchka—“little failure”—which she applies to her once-promising son. With affection. as a rule. From the terrors of Hebrew college to a crash direction in old flame to a go back stopover at to the native land that's not domestic, Gary Shteyngart has crafted a ruthlessly courageous and humorous memoir of attempting to find all types of love—family, romantic, and of the self.

Praise for Little Failure

“Hilarious and relocating . . . the military of readers who love Gary Shteyngart is ready to get bigger.”The New York occasions ebook Review
 
“A memoir for the a while . . . significant and unflinching.”—Mary Karr
 
“Dazzling . . . a wealthy, nuanced memoir . . . It’s an immigrant tale, a coming-of-age tale, a becoming-a-writer tale, and a becoming-a-mensch tale, and in these types of methods it really is, unambivalently, a success.”—Meg Wolitzer, NPR
 
“Literary gold . . .  [a] bruisingly humorous memoir.”Vogue
 
“A massive success.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“[Little Failure] finds the fragile stability among sidesplitting and heartbreaking.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“Should turn into a vintage of the immigrant narrative genre.”—The Miami Herald
 
“As brilliant, unique and humorous as any that modern U.S. literature has to offer.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“The best possible memoirs completely toe the road among heartbreak and humor, and Shteyngart does simply that.”—Esquire
 
“Touching, insightful . . . [Shteyngart] nimbly achieves the noble Nabokovian aim of letting sentiment in with out ever turning into sentimental.”—The Washington Post
 
“[Shteyngart is] a successor to at the very least Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.”—The Christian technology Monitor

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Vietnam Stories: A Judge's Memoir

By Jack Crouchet

Complicated tales of war-time bravery, brutality, compassion, and futility are available in Vietnam tales: A Fudge's Memoir. Jack Crouchet, retired U.S. military Colonel and previous army pass judgement on, brings to existence a arguable photograph of american citizens and Vietnamese in Vietnam through the warfare years of 1968-1969. Crouchet's specific place as army pass judgement on made him aware about the tales and lives of yankee squaddies, Vietnamese humans, and the U.S. non-military citizens who seemed earlier than his court docket. although no longer a e-book of warfare tales according to se, Vietnam tales offers a distinct assessment of that ancient time and contains the author's reflections at the politics of the Vietnam war.
A unusual tradition used to be created via the struggle in Vietnam. whereas twelve percentage of army body of workers have been interested in genuine strive against, many civilians and high-ranking army individuals lived in luxurious in Saigon. They have been offered with airconditioned villas, flats, and inns; ate in beautiful French eating places; and traveled in convenience. The Vietnam event of younger American strive against infantrymen used to be certainly one of consistent risk in addition to disagreement with occasions that many have been unprepared to house. Well-armed and sometimes immature, the warriors occasionally made judgements which resulted in tragedy. eventually, there have been the farmers of Vietnam, who sought after not anything greater than to stay of their fields close to the tombs in their ancestors.
"Those who've served in or have visited Vietnam will locate a lot of their studies to narrate to within the pages of Vietnam Stories". -- Eugene F. Murrett, U.S. courtroom of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

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Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years

When Michael Collins makes a decision to turn into a general practitioner, he's absolutely unprepared for the chaotic lifetime of a resident at an immense medical institution. A ordinary overachiever, Collins' luck, in collage and clinical tuition resulted in a surgical residency at the most revered clinical facilities on the planet, the famed Mayo sanatorium. yet in comparison to his fellow citizens Collins feels insufficient and unprepared. All too quickly, the euphoria of starting his profession as an orthopedic resident supplies option to the sensation he's a counterfeit, an imposter who has infiltrated a society of remarkable surgeons.

This tale of Collins' four-year surgical residency lines his upward push from an keen yet clueless first-year resident to entire leader Resident in his ultimate yr. With exceptional humor, he recounts the disparity among people's perceptions of a doctor's glamorous existence and the genuine factor: a succession of run down vehicles which are towed to the junk backyard, lengthy weekends moonlighting at rural hospitals, a family members that grows greater each year, and a laughable income.

Collins' solid nature is helping him over a few of the tough spots yet can't spare him the cruel truth of a doctor's lifestyles. each day he's faced with judgements that might swap people's lives-or finish them-forever. a tender boy's leg is mangled by way of a tractor: hazard the boy's existence to avoid wasting his leg, or amputate instantly? a lady clinically determined with bone melanoma injures her hip: battle through a painful hip operation even if she has merely months to stay? Like a jolt to the method, he's confronted with the truth of discomfort and dying as he struggles to reconcile his idealism and aspiration to heal with the popularity of his personal boundaries and imperfections.

Unflinching and deeply attractive, Hot lighting, chilly Steel is a humane and passionate reminder that medical professionals are humans too. it is a gripping memoir, from time to time devastating, others victorious, yet continuously compulsively readable.

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Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

By Rachel Dratch

The former SNL megastar recounts the adventures and unforeseen pleasure of courting and changing into a mother while she least anticipated it—at the age of forty-four.

Anyone who observed an episode of Saturday evening stay among 1999 and 2006 is aware Rachel Dratch. She was once hilarious! So what occurred to her? After a misbegotten half as Jenna at the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was once basically getting provided roles as “Lesbians. Secretaries. occasionally secretaries who're lesbians.”

Her occupation as a feminine comic at a low element, she abruptly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, studying Spanish—and courting. Dratch unearths the thrill and terrors of placing herself in the market in a quest to discover love after which changing into a mom in an undreamed-of method. With riotous humor, she recounts breaking the scoop to her bewildered mom and dad, the awe of her unmarried acquaintances, and romance and coparenting together with her baby-daddy, John.

Filled with nice behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch’s time on SNL, Girl Walks right into a Bar . . . is a humorous booklet with a clean model of the happily-ever-after tale, filled with sensitivity, candor, and many comedian aid, as basically Rachel Dratch can inform it.

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Now

By Lauren Bacall

"CANDID AND HONEST...A philosophical looking-backward and forward--an inquiry into the query 'Is that each one there is?' "
--Liz Smith
manhattan Newsday
"FRANK AND AMUSING...[AND] BRIMMING WITH CONFESSIONS...Part profession memoir and half meditation on what it truly is wish to be a unmarried girl of lingering glamour, enduring energy and advancing age...The booklet has the Bacall voice at the back of it. Her writing echoes her deep, sardonic, no-nonsense timbre and jazzy tempo....Bacall is at her most sensible whilst speaking approximately associates she has enjoyed and watched die. Bernstein, she says, used to be greater than a bit seductive; Huston, greater than a bit distant; Olivier, a survivor to the end."
--Chicago Sun-Times
"HER PROSE IS SPARE AND HONEST....A kaleidoscope of innovations and ideas on loneliness, getting older, and primarily, surviving...There also are poignant memories of the golden years of Hollywood and lots of of its top creators."
--The Washington submit booklet World
"SHE REMINDS US of a few normal TRUTHS worthy getting to. . . .What she's writing approximately, Ms. Bacall explains, is 'life' and certainly her musings approximately aging, approximately intimations of mortality, approximately dwelling solo, approximately letting pass of one's childrens will resonate with girls who, like her, are of a undeniable age."
--The big apple instances ebook Review
"ENGROSSING. . .POIGNANT."
--People

From the Paperback edition.

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Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple

By Deborah Layton

Instructed by way of a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) tale of ways one lady was once seduced by means of essentially the most infamous cults in contemporary reminiscence and the way she stumbled on her as far back as sanity.

From Waco to Heaven's Gate, the prior decade has obvious its percentage of cult tragedies. yet none has been fairly so dramatic or compelling because the Jonestown bloodbath of 1978, within which the Reverend Jim Jones and 913 of his disciples perished. Deborah Layton were a member of the Peoples Temple for seven years whilst she departed for Jonestown, Guyana, the promised land nestled deep within the South American jungle. while she arrived, besides the fact that, Layton observed that whatever used to be heavily improper. Jones consistently referred to a innovative mass suicide, and Layton knew purely too good that he had adequate regulate over the minds of the Jonestown citizens to hold it out. yet her pleas for help--and her sworn affidavit to the U.S. government--fell on skeptical ears. during this very own account, Layton opens up the shadowy international of cults and exhibits how someone can fall less than their spell. Seductive Poison is either an unflinching old record and a riveting tale of intrigue, strength, and homicide.

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