My Friend Leonard

Author: James Frey

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848542283

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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While in rehab, James Frey finds a father figure in a shady mafia boss called Leonard. When Leonard returns to his dubious, prosperous life in the criminal underworld of Las Vegas, he promises James his support on the outside. Tragedy strikes the day James is released and his world seems set to implode. Unsure where to turn, he calls Leonard. Paradoxically, it is in Leonard's lawless underworld that James discovers the courage and humanity needed to rebuild his life.

Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction

Author: Geoff Hamilton,Brian Jones

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438116942

Category: Fiction

Page: 412

View: 7715

Covers contemporary authors and works that have enjoyed commercial success in the United States but are typically neglected by more "literary" guides. Provides high school and college students with everything they need to know to understand the authors and works of American popular fiction.

Hollywood Crows

Author: Joseph Wambaugh

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316032344

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 4043

In a super follow-up to Hollywood Station, Wambaugh returns to the beat he knows best, taking readers on a darkly funny ride-along with a cast of flawed LAPD cops and eccentric lowlifes you won't forget. When LAPD cops Hollywood Nate and Bix Rumstead find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they're just having some fun. But in Hollywood, nothing is ever what it seems. To them, Margot is a harmless socialite, stuck in the middle of an ugly divorce from the nefarious nightclub-owner Ali Aziz. What Nate and Bix don't know is that Margot's no helpless victim: the femme fatale is setting them both up. But Ms. Aziz isn't the only one with a deadly plan.

The Life and Loves of Anda

Author: Halina A. Kensler

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1463438257

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 77

View: 3177

This is my story - My name is Anda. My husbands name is Stanley. We have three children. A boy and two girls who are almost grown. We live in Krakow, Poland. We own a leather tanning factory. This is a seasonal business. July and August is vacation time at the factory. We pay our workers to take a vacation. For the last year or so I have been raising my family and managing the business by myself. It has been very hard for me. I never get any rest. It seems like I am always busy taking care of the children or taking care of the business. It was not always like this. There use to be a time when my husband ran the business and was very proud of his family and was a very good father. My husband was very proud the day his son was born. We named him Sebastian. One day my husband took some seeds and planted an oak tree in front of our factory. After he planted the seeds he said, I want my son to be as tall and strong as an oak tree. When the business was lax my husband would sit outside and watch the tree grow. Today the tree is still there and very tall and strong. This is beautiful token of remembrance for my son, who is also tall. My husband had become less and less interested in the business. He has become obsessed with gambling and playing cards and partying with friends. My husband has lost quite a bit of money playing cards. He also spends a lot of money playing toto-lotto. One day my husband won the lotto and won back the money he had lost. To be honest, I believe my husband has lost interest in our marriage. As for me, all I have are my children and our business.

Second Hand Scott

Author: G.A. Milnthorpe

Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing

ISBN: 1782284397

Category: Fiction

Page: 174

View: 9044

Scott Logan, better known as Second Hand Scott, specialises in picking up girls who have just been dumped, jilted or otherwise broken-hearted. But he isn’t your stereotypical romantic cad and bounder; swooping in to take advantage of vulnerable girls - whether they be a saucy old aged pensioner or a middle aged divorcee with an irritating personality. No; he actually thinks he’s being helpful. But when Scott meets a nice girl, a girl who seems to like him for who he is rather than what he can provide, Scott is forced to confront his attitude, his past, his parents and the spectre of Sally Paxton; his first girlfriend – now deceased. Scott needs to decide whether he will forever be Second Hand Scott or whether he might, for once in his life, follow his heart. Book reviews online: PublishedBestsellers website.

The Harmony of Illusions

Author: Allan Young

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400821932

Category: Psychology

Page: 338

View: 7782

As far back as we know, there have been individuals incapacitated by memories that have filled them with sadness and remorse, fright and horror, or a sense of irreparable loss. Only recently, however, have people tormented with such recollections been diagnosed as suffering from "post-traumatic stress disorder." Here Allan Young traces this malady, particularly as it is suffered by Vietnam veterans, to its beginnings in the emergence of ideas about the unconscious mind and to earlier manifestations of traumatic memory like shell shock or traumatic hysteria. In Young's view, PTSD is not a timeless or universal phenomenon newly discovered. Rather, it is a "harmony of illusions," a cultural product gradually put together by the practices, technologies, and narratives with which it is diagnosed, studied, and treated and by the various interests, institutions, and moral arguments mobilizing these efforts. This book is part history and part ethnography, and it includes a detailed account of everyday life in the treatment of Vietnam veterans with PTSD. To illustrate his points, Young presents a number of fascinating transcripts of the group therapy and diagnostic sessions that he observed firsthand over a period of two years. Through his comments and the transcripts themselves, the reader becomes familiar with the individual hospital personnel and clients and their struggle to make sense of life after a tragic war. One observes that everyone on the unit is heavily invested in the PTSD diagnosis: boundaries between therapist and patient are as unclear as were the distinctions between victim and victimizer in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

Che Inglés

Author: Kenelm G.D. Murray

Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing

ISBN: 1839757582

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 285

View: 7977

Born in Argentina, Kenelm Murray tells the story of four Anglo-Argentines who volunteered in WWII to support the Allies. Three of those, like hundreds of others, never returned. Growing up on the pampas, the author chronicles experiences in the Argentine army, he recounts cycling across Argentina and Uruguay in the 1960s, and tells of his life on three continents, with its many twists and turns, and talks about the life and times of his extraordinary family in Europe, Chile and Argentina. His career in microelectronics in the UK, culminating with eight years as a Design Engineering Manager in Silicon Valley, is portrayed with some amusing moments, with an account of a sudden medical crisis and stories which tell of moments of euphoria when visited, fortunately, by a great deal of success.