Category: Memoir

Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit

"Ma famille incarne ce que los angeles joie a de plus bruyant, de plus spectaculaire, l'écho inlassable des morts, et le retentissement du désastre. Aujourd'hui, je sais aussi qu'elle illustre, comme tant d'autres familles, le pouvoir de destruction du verbe, et celui du silence."

Après No et Moi et Les Heures souterraines, Delphine de Vigan nous suggest une plongée bouleversante au cœur de l. a. mémoire familiale, où les souvenirs les plus lumineux côtoient les secrets and techniques les plus enfouis. Ce sont toutes nos failles et nos blessures qu'elle déroule ici avec strength.

Marianne Epin réussit cette functionality de donner autant d'intensité aux souvenirs lumineux qu'évoque Delphine de Vigan que de profondeur aux silences qui les entourent, et peut-être en dénoncent l'éclat trompeur.

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Down and Out in Paris and London

By George Orwell

This strange fictional account, in solid half autobiographical, narrates with out self-pity and infrequently with humor the adventures of a penniless British author one of the down-and-out of 2 nice towns. within the stories of either towns we study a few sobering Orwellian truths approximately poverty and society.

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The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network

By Katherine Losse

Kate Losse used to be a grad tuition refugee while she joined fb as worker #51 in 2005. employed to respond to consumer questions resembling "What is a poke?" and "Why cannot I entry my ex-girlfriend's profile?" her early days on the corporation have been characterised via a feeling of camaraderie, promise, and ambition: the following was once a bunch of scrappy younger upstarts on a undertaking to rock Silicon Valley and alter the area.
Over time, this feeling of challenge grew to become so excessive that operating for fb felt like greater than only a activity; it implied a wholehearted commitment to "the cause." staff have been incentivized to reside inside of one mile of the place of work, summers have been spent carousing on the corporation pool condominium, and feminine staff have been instructed to put on T-shirts with founder Mark Zuckerberg's profile photograph on his birthday. Losse began to ask yourself what this new medium intended for real-life relationships: might fb enhance our social interactions? Or may all of us simply adapt our habit to the behavior and ideas of those significant yet socially awkward net savants who've turn into modern youngest energy gamers? more and more skeptical, Losse graduated from customer support to the internationalization team--tasked with rolling out fb to the remainder of the world-- ultimately touchdown a seat correct open air Zuckerberg's place of work as his own ghostwriter, the voice of the boy king.
This booklet takes us for the 1st time into the center of this fast-growing details empire, inviting us to high-level conferences with Zuckerberg; lifting the veil on lengthy nights of relentless hacking and trolling; taking us backstage of raucous corporation events; and introducing us to the personalities, values, and mystery goals of the floppy-haired boy wonders who're redefining the best way we are living, love, and paintings. via revealing right here what is rather using either the enterprise and the tradition of the social community, Losse solutions the most important query of all: what sort of international is fb attempting to construct, and is it the realm we wish to stay in?
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"Logging directly to fb that first day, looking back, was once the second one, and to this point the final, time that any know-how has captured my mind's eye. the 1st used to be while Apple marketed the 1st computer, the PowerBook, within the 1990s--with the phrases, 'What's in your PowerBook?'
"'World domination, ' my teenaged self- replied instinctively. that is what those units have been made for, i assumed: so small and but so robust, so in a position to linking fast to and among every little thing else on the planet. From the machine, i may write and distribute details quicker than ever prior to. It was once intoxicating to visualize, and Facebook's unexpected, devoted rendering in 2004 of the actual international into the digital felt an analogous. What may you do, now that you may see and fix to every person and every little thing, immediately?
"But what, additionally, might be lowered by means of such easy access? within the realm of principles, it appeared effortless: Who would not are looking to distribute and speak about principles generally? even though, within the realm of the non-public, it appeared extra complex. What used to be the good thing about doing every little thing in public? Is info itself impartial, or do varieties of info have assorted values, diverse degrees of expectation of privateness, diversified implications for distribution and intake? may still all info be shared both quick and with out regard to my dating to it? And, eventually, and most crucial, as we ask at any time when we start a brand new dating with whatever, could this be sturdy for me?"
"-- From the advent "

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Breathing Machine, A Memoir of Computers

By Leigh Alexander

What if there have been a global larger than the only you could touch?

Leigh Alexander recounts a stormy early life along the mysterious early web. From the surrealism of early games to uncooked connections remodeled primitive newsgroups, from intercourse bots to Sailor Moon, Alexander in detail captures a dismal frontier age.

Leigh Alexander writes approximately games, interactive leisure, and diverse different issues. As longtime editor-at-large for online game website Gamasutra, she contributes editorial, feedback, pattern research and interviews with builders. Her per month column in facet journal bargains with cultural concerns surrounding the enterprise of video games and the folks who play them. Her column at Kotaku is more strange. In a great way, probably.

Her positive aspects seem at Polygon and Boing Boing, and he or she loves to write approximately emotions and social media at idea Catalog. She was NYLON men’ video games editor, did a biweekly column at Vice’s Creators venture all for neat developments in self sustaining online game improvement, and has contributed to Slate, the recent Inquiry, stressed, the recent Statesman, The parent, the Columbia Journalism evaluate, Paste, Rock Paper Shotgun, and various others.

She usually speaks at meetings with specific awareness to video games for social stable, feminism and elevated variety in tech areas, the place she frequently talks with an way over velocity. She swears it’s pushed via enthusiasm. again within the day she as soon as led a complete convention summit on avatar-based interplay in digital spaces.

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Nothing Was the Same

By Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Redfield Jamison, award-winning professor and author, replaced the best way we predict approximately moods and insanity. Now Jamison makes use of her attribute honesty, wit and eloquence to appear again at her dating along with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a popular scientist who died of melanoma. Nothing was once the Same is a penetrating mental learn of grief seen from deep contained in the event itself.

From the e-book edition.

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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir

By Leslie Marmon Silko

Profound reflections on kin and the traditional world-from the mythical local American writer.

With the book of Ceremony in 1978, Leslie Marmon Silko proven herself as a storyteller of targeted strength and brilliance. Now, in her first paintings of nonfiction, Silko combines memoir with relatives heritage and observations at the creatures and wasteland landscapes that command her cognizance and tell her imaginative and prescient of the international. formidable in scope and whole of splendidly plainspoken and evocative lyricism, The Turquoise Ledge is either an exploration of Silko's event and a relocating and deeply own contemplation of the large religious energy of the typical world.

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Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons

By Peter Trachtenberg

From “a actual American Dostoevsky” (The Washington Post): a blinding, humorous, bittersweet exploration of the mysteries of courting, either human and animal.

When his favourite cat Biscuit is going lacking, Peter Trachtenberg units out to discover her. the adventure takes him seven-hundred miles and plenty of years into his past-- into the historical past of his relationships with cats and the background of his dating along with his spouse F., who may perhaps herself be at the verge of disappearing. What ensues is a piece that remembers trip narratives from The terrific trip to W. G. Sebald’s The jewelry of Saturn. Trachtenberg ponders the mysteries of pussycat intelligence (why do cats rating worse on a few assessments than pigeons?), the origins in their domestication, their bad remedy in the course of the heart a long time. He additionally appears on the riddle of why any folks loves whom we like and the entire unexpected areas to which that devotion leads us.

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The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences...and hysteria

By Simon Doonan

After approximately an entire life spent within the undefined, writer and style insider Simon Doonan is able to allow you to in on a bit mystery: his friends during this multibillion-dollar are only as nutty because the denizens of your neighborhood loony bin. In The Asylum, an unabashedly hilarious selection of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the inventive ambassador for Barneys ny, tells the real-life tales of glamorous insanity and classy madness.  

Doonan has witnessed types not able to paintings for worry of ghosts, long past deep-sea fishing with a couturier buddy and his jailbird better half, and watched Anna Wintour stay completely calm whereas the ceiling fell—literally—in the center of favor Week. when you begin having a look, he says, you’ll detect telltale indicators of lunacy all over. kind insiders see styles and developments in every thing; they be afflicted by outsize character problems and delusions of grandeur; and naturally, they've got a predilection for theatrical make-up and artfully destroyed garments. not anyone is extra fitted to the asylum than the really die-hard fashionista—after all, eccentricity and extremism are the principles of serious style.

With his gimlet eye for the absurd and a love for eccentricity, Doonan’s own tales by no means fail to entertain. “The David Sedaris of the fashion universe” (The Boston Globe) offers us the news at the kooky, cutthroat—but continually fabulous—fashion international, and proves himself one of many sharpest humorists writing at the present time.

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The Coalwood Way: A Memoir

By Homer Hickam

From the number 1 bestselling writer of October Sky comes this wealthy, unforgettable story. With an analogous unbelievable storytelling that unique his first memoir, Homer Hickam takes us deeper into the soul of his West Virginia place of birth at a second whilst its detailed lifestyle is buffeted by way of forces of time and alter.

It is fall 1959. Homer “Sonny” Hickam and his fellow Rocket Boys are of their senior 12 months at huge Creek excessive, and the city of Coalwood unearths itself at a painful crossroads.

The traces may be felt in the Hickam domestic, the place Homer Sr. struggles to avoid wasting the mine, and his spouse, Elsie, is feeling more and more remoted from either her relations and the townspeople. Sonny, regardless of a blossoming courting with an area woman, unearths his personal temper darkened by means of an unexplainable unhappiness.

Then, with the vacations drawing close, hassle on the mine and the arriving of an attractive younger outsider convey unforeseen alterations in either the Hickam family members and the city of Coalwood ... as this luminous memoir strikes towards its poignant end.

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My Hollywood Stories

My Hollywood tales is a suite of informative, old, academic, humorous, fascinating, unique, attractive, stunning, and tragic tales and anecdotes approximately well-known and not-so-famous Hollywood people--actors, administrators, manufacturers, writers, and studio moguls. whereas it's not a publication approximately appearing, it's written through an actor with contributions from numerous actors, all of whom are writing approximately different actors. Older readers will make a journey down reminiscence lane, remembering the various celebrities pointed out, whereas more youthful readers will realize Hollywood historical past from its previous years to the current. they are going to find out about the folk who have been a part of the development blocks of the movie undefined: the highs, the lows, the successes, the disasters, and the tragedies.

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