memoir

We Were Brothers by Barry Moser

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ISBN: 9781616204136
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - October 20th, 2015

When the last surviving member of a family writes a memoir, that person has license to say what he wants to say, with little resistance from others. Barry Moser, the incomparable book print maker and illustrator who has created vivid and memorable illustrations for classic books ranging from The Holy Bible to Alice in Wonderland, has written a lovely tribute to his now-deceased brother, their family and the Southern world they all lived in. While he worries that his recollections are one-sided, I can say with confidence that his family would approve of We Were Brothers, which is set at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Chattanooga, Tennessee during the last century. While Moser's illustrations are black and white, with rendered realism bordering on the photographic, this book is written in vivid color. Moser and his older brother Tommy are typical of brothers growing up in the same household who, on the way to independent adulthood, fail to truly connect with each other. Their differences continue to grow and when the two men finally engage, both wanting some resolution before they are dead, the cultural and social differences between them create an emotional chasm that they struggle to cross. The message here is clear: do not wait until a loved one dies to make amends. – Rob Eckman

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Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland By Barry Moser Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936524020
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Published: Bookpartners, LLC - February 24th, 2011

My History by Antonia Fraser

Fraser’s earliest days were spent in an aristocratic family in pre-World War II Britain. Her parents were both deeply involved in politics, while Antonia was mesmerized by history; it was the one constant in her life, and she researched and wrote one magnificent historical biography after another including Mary, Queen of Scots, The Wives of Henry VIII, and Faith and Treason. This memoir is a lyrical celebration of a time and place that has largely disappeared, and a great companion to the memoir she wrote on her marriage and partnership with Harold Pinter (Must You Go?). – Barbara Hoagland

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Mary Queen of Scots By Antonia Fraser Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780385311298
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Published: Delta - September 1st, 1993

The Wives of Henry VIII By Antonia Fraser Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780679730019
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Published: Vintage - November 30th, 1993

Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot By Antonia Fraser Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385471909
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Published: Anchor - October 13th, 1997

Must You Go?: My LIfe With Harold Pinter By Lady Antonia Fraser Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307475572
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Published: Anchor - October 4th, 2011

Home Is Burning: A Memoir by Dan Marshall

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ISBN: 9781250068828
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2015

For those who grew up in Holladay as a non-Mormon, this tale of coming of age in Utah in the '80s, which is intertwined with the painful reality of coping with the death of a parent, will resonate in ways that might make you flinch or cry but will also make you laugh. Uproariously. Dan grew up with a pack of siblings in a sprawling house in Holladay set squarely in the center of a heavily Mormon neighborhood. His father was a prominent newspaper figure and was not Mormon. Nor was Dan’s mother. She was, however, fierce, to put it mildly. Her stratagem for coping with disapproving neighbors? Open all the windows and drop among many other expletives, the f-bomb—at the top of her voice. Her big boisterous family gleefully followed her example. When the book opens Dan, who is in LA working in PR, learns that his beloved father has ALS and that his mother is again battling recurrent cancer. Dan goes home, and the ensuing tale of fart jokes, profanity and death, laced with hilarity and howling pain, is raw, honest and profound. Had Dan never moved away, the anger which is part of growing up as an outsider here might have dissipated at least in part. Salt Lake has changed as we all know. But he left and his memories evoke a time that may have passed but which we all remember. His mixing of those cultural memories with family pain and family hostility and family love hits home. Ouch. – Betsy Burton