Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise

By Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton hasn't ever been one to take the normal route to luck. regardless of early stardom via his adolescence function within the movie "Stand by way of Me", and growing to be up on tv as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: the subsequent Generation", Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, objective, and a conceivable technique of paying the debts. within the oddest of locations, Topeka, Kansas, Wil stumbled on that regardless of his claims to status, he used to be at middle Just a Geek.

In this bestselling ebook, Wil stocks his deeply own and hard trip to discover himself. you are going to comprehend the pains, and joys, of Wil's rediscovering of himself, as he involves phrases with what it ability to be well-known, or, sarcastically, well-known for as soon as having been recognized. Writing with honesty and disarming humanity, Wil touches at the frustrations linked to his appearing occupation, his lack of ability to distance himself from Ensign Crusher within the public's eyes, the release of his highly profitable website, wilwheaton.net, and the enjoyment he is present in writing. via all of this, Wil stocks the ups and downs he encountered alongside the adventure, besides the aid and love he stumbled on from his pals and family.

The tales in Just a Geek include:

  • Wil's plunge from youngster big name to suffering actor
  • Discovering the fun of HTML, running a blog, Linux, and net design
  • The fight among Wesley Crusher, Starfleet ensign, and Wil Wheaton, writer and blogger
  • Gut-wrenching reactions to the Sept. 11 disaster
  • Moving stories of Wil's relationships together with his spouse, step-children, and prolonged family
  • The transition from a B-list actor to an A-list author

Wil Wheaton--celebrity, blogger, and geek--writes for the geek in we all. enticing, witty, and pleasantly self-deprecating, Just a Geek will shock you and make you laugh.

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A Fucked Up Life In Books

By BookCunt

The main fucked up memoir you’ll ever read.

A foul-mouthed memoir a couple of dysfunctional life.

Each bankruptcy recounts a key second within the author’s existence in the course of the books she was once interpreting on the time including:

• Howard’s finish, the single textual content she had learn when undertaking sexual intercourse.
• the key Diary of Adrian Mole, which she had in her bag whereas on vacation in Tangier whilst a industry dealer provided her to shop for her from her mom for 30 camels.
• Angela’s Ashes, her selected studying fabric in the course of her breast aid surgery.
• Wild Swans, the publication she learn the day she made up our minds to don't have anything extra to do together with her mother.

It is humorous, it really is surprising, it really is heartbreaking, it's very impolite and it's absolutely unforgettable.

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Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast

By Curtis Gillespie

Gullane is a small city of some thousand humans a dozen miles east of Edinburgh. Gullane Hill stands proud proud and solitary - in line with locals, it used to be positioned there by means of God so it may be used for golfing and not anything yet. this can be an account of a 12 months the writer and his kin spent there.

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Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

“Have mercy on me, Lord, i'm Cuban.” In 1962, Carlos ireland was once considered one of 14,000 young ones airlifted out of Havana—exiled from his family members, his state, and his personal adolescence through Fidel Castro’s revolution. Winner of the nationwide publication Award, this wonderful memoir is a colourful and evocative examine Latin the USA from a child’s unforgettable experience.

Waiting for Snow in Havana is either an exorcism and an ode to a paradise misplaced. For the Cuba of Carlos’s youth—with its lizards and turquoise seas and sun-drenched siestas—becomes an island of condemnation as soon as a cigar-smoking guerrilla named Fidel Castro ousts President Batista on January 1, 1959. all at once the song within the streets feels like gunfire. Christmas is made unlawful, political dissent results in imprisonment, and too a lot of Carlos’s acquaintances are leaving Cuba for a spot as distant and unthinkable because the usa. Carlos will prove there, too, and satisfy his mother’s goals by way of turning into a contemporary American man—even if his soul is still within the state he left behind.

Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is a eulogy for a local land and a loving testomony to the collective spirit of Cubans all over the place.

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Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter

By Phoebe Damrosch

Warning: may well comprise fabric offensive to vegans, pharmaceutical lobbyists, and people on a low-sodium nutrition. Animals have been harmed in the course of the writing of this book.

While Phoebe Damrosch used to be awaiting existence to occur, she supported herself through operating as a waitress. sooner than lengthy she was once the single woman captain on the four-star manhattan urban eating place in step with Se in the course of its first yr. Service Included is the tale of her obsession with nutrition, her love affair with a sommelier, and her fun, eye-opening, and infrequently surprising studies within the interesting, frenetic, hugely aggressive international of excellent dining.

Sitting down at a restaurant desk is not really the same.

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Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes

By Deana Martin, Wendy Holden

Fascinating, debonair, and impeccably attired in a black tuxedo, Dean Martin used to be coolness incarnate. His track supplied the soundtrack of romance, and his picture captivated motion picture and tv audiences for greater than fifty years. His daughter Deana used to be between his such a lot dedicated lovers, yet she additionally knew an aspect of him that few others ever glimpsed.

In this heartfelt memoir, Deana recollects the consistently altering combined relations that marked her formative years, in addition to the unforeseen moments of silliness and tenderness that this strange Hollywood relatives shared. She candidly unearths the effect of Dean’s popularity and attribute aloofness, yet delights in sharing fabulous, never-before-told tales approximately her father and his pallies referred to as the Rat Pack. This spell binding account of lifestyles because the daughter of 1 of Hollywood’s sexiest icons will go away you entertained, overjoyed, and sentimental for a time passed by.

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Things I Didn't Know: A Memoir

By Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes has expert his severe eye on many major subjects: from Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Goya) to the town of Barcelona (Barcelona) to the historical past of his local Australia (The deadly Shore) to trendy American mores and values (The Culture of Complaint). Now he turns that eye on possibly his so much attention-grabbing topic: himself and the area that shaped him.

Things I Didn’t Know is a memoir in contrast to the other simply because Hughes is a author in contrast to the other. He analyzes his reports the way in which he may possibly learn a Van Gogh or a Picasso: he describes the skin that allows you to photo the result, then he peels away the layers and scratches beneath that floor that allows you to comprehend all of the attractiveness and tragedy and fervour and background that lie less than. So whilst Hughes describes his dating together with his stern and far-off father, an Australian Air strength hero of the 1st global conflict, we’re no longer easily easily informed of standard father/son issues, we see the exciting exploits of a WWI pilot, find out about the character of heroism, get the historical past of contemporary conflict — from the air and from the trenches — and we develop into acutely aware how all of this pertains to the wars we’re struggling with at the present time, and we know how Hughes’s marvelous anti-war diatribe comes from either the guts and an knowing of the horrors of strive against. a similar excessive criteria follow all through as Hughes explores, with razor  sharpness and lyrical depth, his Catholic upbringing and Catholic tuition years; his improvement as an artist and author and the honing of his severe talents; his starting to be appreciation of paintings; his excitement at leaving Australia to find a brand new lifestyles in Italy after which in “swinging 60’s” London. In each example, we aren't simply taken on a journey of Bob Hughes’s existence, we're taken on a journey of his brain — and prefer the correct travel, it truly is academic, humorous, expansive and really unique, by no means veering into sentimental thoughts, constantly on reflection with the precise sharpness of objectivity and perception to envision a rebellious interval in paintings, politics and sex.

One of the intense points of this ebook is that Hughes permits his observations of the realm round him to be its point of interest instead of the main points of his previous. he's capable of regale us with anecdotes of unknown abilities and eccentrics in addition to recognized names resembling Irwin Shaw, Robert Rauschenberg, Cyril Connolly, Kenneth Tynan, Marcel Duchamp, etc. He revels within the joys of sensuality and the agony of damaged relationships. He appreciates genius and craft and deplores waste and stupidity. The booklet can leap with excitement and power in addition to drag us into nearly insufferable pain.

Perhaps the main startling element of Things I Didn’t Know is available in the very beginning, whilst Hughes describes his close to deadly motor vehicle crash of numerous years in the past. He indicates not only how he survived and altered — but additionally how he refused to melt or weaken whilst dealing with mortality. He starts off by means of facing what was once nearly the tip of existence, after which is going on from there to teach us the price of lifestyles, particularly the worth of exploring and celebrating one particular and outstanding existence.

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Two Years Before the Mast

Born right into a cozy and prosperous New England kinfolk, Richard Henry Dana (who as soon as studied lower than the nice Ralph Waldo Emerson) disconcertingly took to the excessive seas in 1834 as a standard sailor, an event that might colour his vintage memoir Years prior to the Mast. regardless of his failing imaginative and prescient because of a formative years ailment, 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 enthusiasts of historical past, Dana’s prior to the Mast is a full of life account of a lifestyles at sea within the nineteenth century.

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Finding Dad: From "Love Child" to Daughter

By Kara Sundlun

"Think what her father may have overlooked if Kara hadn't been tenacious adequate to pursue, not only her personal identification, yet his as well."—Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC's Morning Joe

Kara Hewes had by no means visible her father, Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun, until eventually one transformational second while she woke up in the course of the evening as a television information anchor introduced his candidacy. One examine his photograph and he or she knew she had to locate him.

Her letters and speak to calls went unanswered, so at seventeen, Kara employed a legal professional and introduced her paternity swimsuit sooner than a packed press convention. in the course of the media frenzy, Governor Sundlun did the unforeseen and invited Kara to return reside with him so he may perhaps get to understand her better.

Kara knew that during order to maneuver ahead together with her father, she needed to make the alternative to forgive the earlier. It used to be her unconditional love that broke down the limitations setting apart father and daughter.

Kara Sundlun is an Emmy Award–winning tv journalist. She anchors the scoop for WFSB-TV, the CBS associate in Connecticut, and hosts shows—the well known daylight hours speak exhibit Better Connecticut and Kara's Cures, a consultant to healthiness and spirituality. Kara is additionally a contributor for the Huffington Post. She was once named "Best Reporter" through Hartford Magazine and "Top forty lower than forty" from Hartford enterprise Journal and Connecticut Magazine. She and her husband, fellow information anchor Dennis condominium, dwell in Hartford, Connecticut, with their children.

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The Fifth Book of Peace

By Maxine Hong Kingston

Many years in the past in China, there existed 3 Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers they'd them burned. decades later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth booklet of Peace, however it too used to be burned--in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills hearth of 1991, a hearth that coincided with the loss of life of her father. Now during this visionary and redemptive paintings, Kingston completes her interrupted exertions, weaving fiction and memoir right into a luminous meditation on battle and peace, devastation and renewal.

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