Half a Life

Half a Life Author Darin Strauss
ISBN-10 9780679643821
Year 2011-05-31
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Random House
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In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death. With piercing insight and stark prose, Darin Strauss leads us on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey—graduating high school, going away to college, starting his writing career, falling in love with his future wife, becoming a father. Along the way, he takes a hard look at loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and, at last, acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force. Look for special features inside, including an interview with Colum McCann. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com From the Trade Paperback edition.

Half a Life

Half a Life Author V. S. Naipaul
ISBN-10 9781447209379
Year 2012-03-22
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Pan Macmillan
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In Half a Life we are introduced to the compelling figure of Willie Chandran. Springing from the unhappy union of a low-caste mother and a father constantly at odds with life, Willie is naively eager to find something that will place him both in and apart from the world. Drawn to England, and to the immigrant and bohemian communities of post-war London, it is only in his first experience of love that he finally senses the possibility of fulfilment. In its humorous and sensitive vision of the half-lives quietly lived out at the centre of our world, V.S. Naipaul’s graceful novel brings its own unique illumination to essential aspects of our shared history. ‘The best novel I have read this year . . . the prose is crystalline and seductively so – you hardly realize that you are consuming a work of genius until you are plunged deep into a dramatic story which stretches across three continents’ Antonia Fraser, Irish Times ‘Brilliant . . . Writing with a degree of wit and subtlety beyond the grasp of most writers, Naipaul has built a bleak world of discomfort and yearning from which, paradoxically, the reader will not want to escape’ Daily Mail ‘Parts are as sly and funny as anything Naipaul has written. Nobody who enjoys seeing English beautifully controlled should miss this novel’ John Carey, Sunday Times

Half a Life

Half a Life Author Jill Ciment
ISBN-10 9781101905487
Year 2015-06-17
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Crown
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Jill Ciment weaves an unforgettable tale of survival, compassion, and courage, in this haunting recollection of a child surrounded by confusion and madness, and her struggle to find an identity. Half a Life traces Jill Ciment's family from Toronto to the California desert - -a landscape and culture so alien to her father that the last vestiges of sanity leave him. As madness engulfs him he becomes increasingly brutal and the family, grasping at survival, throws him out the door. Having no understanding that he has done anything wrong, he first lives in his car at the end of the driveway, waiting to be invited back in, before exiting completely from their lives. Poor and fatherless, Ciment spends the years from age fourteen to seventeen, as a gang girl, a professional forger, a stripper, a corporate spy, and finally, a high school dropout who by age eighteen has seduced her art teacher, a man nearly three decades her senior and bluffed her way into college in an effort to shape a future. Ciment is cutting, insightful and clearly unapologetic as she details the confusion and bravado of a child heroine whose dreams and tenacity allow her finally, to create the life she has been so desperately seeking.

Becoming a Man

Becoming a Man Author Paul Monette
ISBN-10 9781480473867
Year 2014-03-25
Pages 278
Language en
Publisher Open Road Media
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Paul Monette’s National Book Award–winning memoir hailed as a classic coming-out story Paul Monette grew up all-American, Catholic, overachieving . . . and closeted. As a child of the 1950s, a time when a kid suspected of being a “homo” would routinely be beaten up, Monette kept his secret throughout his adolescence. He wrestled with his sexuality for the first thirty years of his life, priding himself on his ability to “pass” for straight. The story of his journey to adulthood and to self-acceptance with grace and honesty, this intimate portrait of a young man’s struggle with his own desires is witty, humorous, and deeply felt. Before his death of complications from AIDS in 1995, Monette was an outspoken activist crusading for gay rights. Becoming a Man shows his courageous path to stand up for his own right to love and be loved. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

Half a Wife

Half a Wife Author Gaby Hinsliff
ISBN-10 9781448130184
Year 2012-01-05
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Random House
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For most families, it remains the ultimate dilemma: how to balance a happy, healthy family life with the demands and rewards of work. When Gaby Hinsliff realised that she couldn't continue to work 60-hour weeks, spend time with her child and expect to stay happily married, there was only one solution. She quit, and decided to start again from scratch. Half a Wife is her guide for guilt-torn parents who are teetering on the edge.

Half a Life Time Ago

Half a Life Time Ago Author Elizabeth Gaskell
ISBN-10 9781609772895
Year 2014-02-07
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Susan and Michael were to be married in April. He had already gone to take possession of his new farm, three or four miles away from Yew Nook--but that is neighbouring, according to the acceptation of the word in that thinly-populated district, --when William Dixon fell ill. He came home one evening, complaining of head-ache and pains in his limbs.

Half a Life

Half a Life Author George Webbe Dasent
ISBN-10 0559260059
Year 2008-10
Pages 312
Language en
Publisher BiblioBazaar, LLC
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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

Life in Half a Second

Life in Half a Second Author Matthew Michalewicz
ISBN-10 1925000206
Year 2013
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher
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If we shrink our planet's 4500-million-year history into a period of one year, your entire life lasts only half a second.Come along with Matthew Michalewicz, an esteemed entrepreneur, business leader and author of highly praised Winning Credibility, for a walk through his innovative 'five doors of success' to turn your short half a second of planet-time into a long story of success. -The First Door leads you to clarity of your goals in career, business or personal life.-Align your goals with your desire to achieve and you are through the Second Door. -The Third Door is belief - belief that defines your real environment.-Knowledge is power; invest in yourself and you are at the Fourth Door. -Conquer your fear of failure and you will walk through the Fifth Door unhindered. Infused with insight and information, Life in Half a Second is undoubtedly the book for you if you want to succeed. Don't you? About the AuthorMatthew Michalewicz has 20 years of hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, innovation, and success psychology. He has established boards that include former heads of state, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and Fortune 500 CEOs, and has a track record of starting businesses from scratch and selling them for tens of millions of dollars. His most recent venture became the third fastest growing company in the nation, reaching almost 180 employees and $20 million in revenue before being sold to Schneider Electric. Matthew's business achievements have been recognized by countless publications, including Time Magazine, New York Times, Newsweek, and Forbes, along with numerous television appearances. He was named the Pearcey Foundation "Entrepreneur of the Year", Business Journal "40 under 40" list of accomplished business leaders, and Ernst and Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" finalist. Matthew lives in Australia with his wife and two children.