Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 25 Sep 14

Dying: A Father and Son Talk about Life, Regrets and Making up Lost Time

by John H. Clark III

As John Henry Clark notes in his book, Dying, as we get older we start to think about our own mortality. Those thoughts become even stronger as our parents age. It’s usually around this time we realize that time is no longer on our side, and if we really want to know more about our parents and the legacy they want to leave, we need to talk to them. Now.

That’s exactly what Clark decided to do. Now in his fifties – with his father in his seventies – he sets out to record his father’s memories and his conversations with him and to put them into this touching slice-of-life memoir.

Clark already has regrets, particularly not making the time to get to know his mother better before she passed away several years earlier. He’s determined not to make the same mistake with his father.

In Dying, Clark shares stories, anecdotes, memories and photographs both of and with his father, learning more about not just his family history, but himself along the way.

Clark’s family may hail from small-town Texas, but the universal themes of love, hate, fear, estrangement and reconciliation are all present here as a grown man seeks to understand how his father chose to live in the world.

American Legends: The Life of Robert Mitchum

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

“I never take any notice of reviews – unless a critic has thought up some new way of describing me. That old one about my lizard eyes and anteater nose and the way I sleep my way through pictures is so hackneyed now.” – Robert Mitchum

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

If one assembled a list of the most iconic actors of the film noir genre, Robert Mitchum would surely rank at the top of the list. With his deadpan façade and slow, monotone verbal delivery, Mitchum encapsulated the disillusioned hero of the postwar crime genre. In many of his most famous movies from the postwar era, including Out of the Past (1947) and Angel Face (1952), Mitchum plays anti-heroes who are victims of circumstance, but even as he is placed in situations beyond his control, he maintains a cool, if dispassionate countenance. Mitchum was, in short, neither a hero nor a villain but someone who seemed to defy the often-simplistic distinctions between protagonist and antagonist, hero and villain.

Even so, for someone who put on such a cool façade, Mitchum certainly experienced a great deal of hardship. From the death of his father, James, to his rough adolescenceâ??much of which was spent traveling on railcars during the throes of the Great Depressionâ??Robert Mitchum lived the part of the hard-luck antiheroes he portrayed onscreen. Up until his adult life, there was little indication that he would grow up to become anything more than a working-class factory worker, let alone a world-famous movie star. It is telling that Mitchum remained within the confines of the gritty noir and western genres; to imagine him acting in a romantic comedy would be antithetical to the reputation that he built. Mitchum was, to be sure, one of the premier A-list stars of the 1940s and 1950s, but he was a leading man in the hypermasculine mold of Humphrey Bogart rather than the more diverse skill set of Henry Fonda or Jimmy Stewart. In any event, one of the great mysteries of Robert Mitchum’s career is that for all the poor luck that his characters experienced, he still was able to affect a debonair sensibility that made him identifiable-a man to which viewers were irresistibly attracted, even if his characters did not necessarily warrant such a response.

This biography looks at the process that led from Robert Mitchum rising from impoverished Depression-era youth to leading Hollywood celebrity. Mitchum’s harsh childhood, including the premature death of his father and his dangerous life on the road, are discussed, as well as the process that saw him ascend through the acting industry. Important themes from Mitchum’s films are discussed (including postwar masculinity and the role of the antihero), as is the cultural climate in which he worked, which was to a large degree responsible for facilitating his rise to fame.

American Legends: The Life of Robert Mitchum looks at the life and career of one of America’s most famous film noir actors. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Robert Mitchum like never before, in no time at all.

On My Way: The View from the Ninth Decade

by Daniel Hertzler

This book is one part theological reflection, one part memoir, one part critique of American transportation plus various other observations on this and that.

“Daniel Hertzler’s deep wisdom and dry wit shine through in this delightful book as he reflects upon his thoughtfully lived life. The reader is freed to look at life in fresh ways through this respected church leader’s astute analysis of his own life, the culture around him, and the Bible as it relates to present realities.” â??Donna Mast, Conference Minister, Allegheny Mennonite Conference

“Those who have read Hertzler’s provocative editorials and articles over the years have come to expect reasoned arguments, sharp wit, candor, biblical studies, and prophetic edge. This memoir does not disappoint.” â??John Sharp, Author, A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College, 1909-2009

“For decades Dan Hertzler was the dean of Mennonite journalism. Now, with vision undimmed and prose still deft and spare, he looks back on the coordinates of a life well-livedâ??faith . . . hearth . . . gardening . . . even the value of an inherited shovel.” â??Wally Kroeker, Editor, The Marketplace

“Dan has once again offered us words that are modest, truthful, engaging, and wise.” â??David B. Miller,Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, in the Foreword

At Powerline and Diamond Hill: Unexpected Intersections of Life and Work

by Lee Snyder

How does a Mennonite farm girl, whose “closed” Oregon community prescribed a limited role for women and distrusted education, end up a university president? Journey with Lee Snyder in At Powerline and Diamond Hill as she explores the surprising and unexpected paths that opened her doors to education and leadership.

“Lee Snyder’s witty, readable, memoir is both humble and elegant at the same timeâ??revealing a college president who knows how to fold laundry, chop onions, savor T. S. Eliot, and draw inspiration from a well-worn Bible. The searching intelligence, honesty, and sense of humor bestowed on this Oregon farm girl comes through on every page, as she demonstrates how the pursuit of higher education, a heartfelt response to the arts, and a deep commitment to service can enhance a life grounded in a strong sense of place, identity, and faith. By sharing selected moments of her own story, Snyder encourages readers to consider what grace can arise when the unexpected intersects with their own lives.”
–Ann Hostetler, Professor of English, Goshen, College, Author, Empty Room with Light; and Editor, A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry

Ted Bundy – Serial Killers Uncensored (Deluxe Edition with Videos)

by T.J. Carlson

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“I love this book, it’s easy to comprehend and read. More books please!” – Tessa Sheppard

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This books one of a kind. We bring you the fun, the dirt, the back story, videos, quizzes and more. The content makes this series a best buy. You will get a great insight that you might have thought you knew a lot about.

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Iconic Voices

by W A Harbinson

ICONIC VOICES is a fictionalized autobiographical text about five famous artists: Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Norman Mailer, John Lennon, and Andy Warhol. The lives and works of these five celebrities were interconnected in intriguing ways. All of these people are now dead.

ICONIC VOICES is based on the conceit that all five are lost in the Afterlife, not quite knowing if they are dead or alive, but each remorselessly going over, in the first-person narratives, the highs and lows of their colourful, often shocking lives. Between them, they give a detailed, if blackly satirical, picture of the turbulent times they lived through – from the rock ‘n’ roll exposion of the 1950s (Presley), to the rebelliousness of the 1960s (Presley and Brando), the social upheavals of the 1970s (Brando, Mailer and Lennon), and the ruthless commercialization of the arts in the 1980s (Warhol). In other words, a comprehensive, hugely entertaining picture of the past five decades and their growing obsession with ‘celebrity’ culture.

ICONIC VOICES… The most outrageous of all ‘celebrity’ books in the Age of Celebrity!

Olive Drab Blues

by B.J.K. Brown

A humorous look at life as a military dependent from the perspective of those who have actually lived it.

The Book of Sex Confessions: Sex Stories Collection for Adult

by Erotic Dysfunction

The Ultimate Sex Confessions Book

Real people, real stories.

Maybe your sex life isn’t that crazy after all.

JRR Tolkien – Writers Unauthorized & Uncensored (All Ages Deluxe Edition with Videos)

by Karen Woods

*** Deluxe Edition with Videos ***

People Love Reading JRR Tolkien Unauthorized & Uncensored

“Great facts, I love Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings. Glad you made this fun book, keep it up!” – Chris Falle

“Easy to read and comprehend, I love it!” – Lisa Anne McKay

This books one of a kind. We bring you the fun, the dirt, the back story, videos, quizzes and more. The content makes this series a best buy. You will get a great insight on your favorite entertainer that you might have thought you knew a lot about.

We have created a layout that not only educates, but also entertains the readers. This makes learning finding about your favorite star fun.

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A Tyneside Childhood: 1905 to 1919

by John Deans

Jack was born into a poor family in the north east of England in the early days of the 20th century. One of 10 children, only 4 of whom survived, he tells both amusing and harrowing stories of his early days – when children in his family were to speak only when spoken to and who were considered to be the inevitable and unfortunate results of being married. Constantly getting into scrapes and trouble, his indomitable spirit and enterprise shine through and his account vividly brings to life his upbringing a century ago.

Behind The Walls

by Joel Hodnett

Based on a true story. The life of a secret informant working with the Latin Kings and the State of Connecticut Correctional prison system. An arrangement gone bad.

Security Through Absurdity: The 28 Pages

by Rachael L. McIntosh

Almost two decades ago, I worked for a defense contractor during the day and made paintings at night. Half of me wanted to go back to Boston, where I had been illegally living in an old tuxedo factory making music (or more correctly noise), installation art, zines, and huge abstract oil paintings. The other half wanted to adapt and fit in with my new environment, to have money and live like those ordinary Americans you see on TV.

Connecticut was supposed to be my shot at adulthood. And because it seemed like it might be a decent mix, I ended up becoming the Urban Artists Initiative coordinator for the cities of New London and Norwich. I would attend artists’ meetings after work or on the weekends, teeter-tottering back and forth between the cool artist I had been when I lived in Boston and whatever the equivalent might be as a defense contractor. As much as I tried, I was never able to fully reconcile these two realities. Oil and water. At some point, I guess I took the easy way out and just accepted the defense contractor thing as a theatrical role in order to get my head around it.

Now, as I see the stuff that I was living through making the news and people becoming alarmed by it, I realize that what I experienced during my six-year stint may be an important document in some way. It was a time of technical transition and national transformation. Living through this with one foot in a paint-splattered combat boot and the other in a sensible heel is what compelled me to write this book.

Of course, everything in this book has been fictionalized, meaning names have been changed and locations skewed. But some of what you will read is true and informs the next books in this series, which were developed in exactly the same way. Security Through Absurdity contains a string of moments saved in such a way that people might enjoy consuming this information while feeling safe to share it.

Please note that these are excerpts from the book “Security Through Absurdity.” This book “Security Through Absurdity: 28 Pages” was released for promotional reasons only.

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