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The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women

The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
by James Ellroy
Published 2010 by Knopf Publishing Group
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780307593504

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From "one of the great American writers of our time" "(Los Angeles Times Book Review)" comes a raw, explicit memoir as high-intensity and riveting as any of Ellroy's novels. He unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, and a nervous breakdown, in this brilliant, soul-baring revelation. The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir--as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels--about his obsessive search for "atonement in women."

The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and "summoned her dead." She was murdered three months later.

"The Hilliker Curse" is a predator's confession, a treatise on guilt and on the power of malediction, and above all, a cri de coeur." "James" "Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought "Her."

A layered narrative of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest, "The Hilliker Curse "is a brilliant, soul-baring revelation of self. It is unlike any memoir you have ever read.

White House Diary

White House Diary
by Jimmy Carter
Published 2010 by Farrar Straus Giroux
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780374280994

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The edited, annotated diary of President Carter--filled with his relationships with friends and foes, and his lasting impact on issues that still preoccupy America and the world--presents an astonishingly intimate view of his presidency. The edited, annotated diary of President Jimmy Carter—filled with insights into his presidency, his relationships with friends and foes, and his lasting impact on issues that still preoccupy America and the world.

Each day during his presidency, Jimmy Carter made several entries in a private diary, recording his thoughts, impressions, delights, and frustrations. He offered unvarnished assessments of cabinet members, congressmen, and foreign leaders; he narrated the progress of secret negotiations such as those that led to the Camp David Accords. When his four-year term came to an end in early 1981, the diary amounted to more than five thousand pages. But this extraordinary document has never been made public—until now.

By carefully selecting the most illuminating and relevant entries, Carter has provided us with an astonishingly intimate view of his presidency. Day by day, we see his forceful advocacy for nuclear containment, sustainable energy, human rights, and peace in the Middle East. We witness his interactions with such complex personalities as Ted Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Joe Biden, Anwar Sadat, and Menachem Begin. We get the inside story of his so-called “malaise speech,” his bruising battle for the 1980 Democratic nomination, and the Iranian hostage crisis. Remarkably, we also get Carter’s retrospective comments on these topics and more: thirty years after the fact, he has annotated the diary with his candid reflections on the people and events that shaped his presidency, and on the many lessons learned.

Carter is now widely seen as one of the truly wise men of our time. Offering an unprecedented look at both the man and his tenure, this fascinating book will stand as a unique contribution to the history of the American presidency.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great
by Rick Meyerowitz
Published 2010 by ABRAMS
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780810988484

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From its first issue in April, 1970, the "National Lampoon" blazed like a comet, defining comedy as it is known today. To create "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead," former "Lampoon" illustrator Meyerowitz selected the funniest material from the magazine and its most revealing and outrageous stories.

From its first issue in April, 1970, the "National Lampoon "blazed like a comet, defining comedy as we know it today. To create "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, "former "Lampoon "illustrator Rick Meyerowitz selected the funniest material from the magazine and sought out the survivors of its first electrifying decade to gather their most revealing and outrageous stories. The result is a mind-boggling tour through the early days of an institution whose alumni left their fingerprints all over popular culture: "Animal House," "Caddyshack," "Saturday Night Live," "Ghostbusters," "SCTV," "Spinal Tap," "In Living Color," "Ren & Stimpy," "The Simpsons"--even "Sesame Street "counts a few Lampooners among its ranks. Long before there was "The Onion "and Comedy Central news shows, there was the "National Lampoon, "setting the bar in comedy impossibly high!

Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer

Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer
by Nancy G Brinker
Published 2010 by Crown Archetype
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780307718129

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Nancy Brinker shares how her sister's struggle with--and death from--breast cancer led her to promise to raise money for scientific research in the hopes of one day curing the disease.Today, Brinker has made Susan G. Komen for the Cure the most influential health charity in the country and arguably the world. Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Not college, not marriage, not miles. Then Suzy got sick. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at thirty-six, she died.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. The Goodman girls were raised in postwar Peoria, Illinois, by parents who believed that small acts of charity could change the world. Suzy was the big sister--the homecoming queen with an infectious enthusiasm and a generous heart. Nancy was the little sister--the tomboy with an outsized sense of justice who wanted to right all wrongs. The sisters shared makeup tips, dating secrets, plans for glamorous fantasy careers. They spent one memorable summer in Europe discovering a big world far from Peoria. They imagined a long life together--one in which they'd grow old together surrounded by children and grandchildren.

Suzy's diagnosis shattered that dream.

In 1977, breast cancer was still shrouded in stigma and shame. Nobody talked about early detection and mammograms. Nobody could even say the words "breast" and "cancer" together in polite company, let alone on television news broadcasts. With Nancy at her side, Suzy endured the many indignities of cancer treatment, from the grim, soul-killing waiting rooms to the mistakes of well-meaning but misinformed doctors. That's when Suzy began to ask Nancy to promise. To promise to end the silence. To promise to raise money for scientific research. To promise to one day cure breast cancer for good. Big, shoot-for-the-moon promises that Nancy never dreamed she could fulfill. But she promised because this was her beloved sister.

"I promise, Suzy. . . . Even if it takes the rest of my life."

Suzy's death--both shocking and senseless--created a deep pain in Nancy that never fully went away. But she soon found a useful outlet for her grief and outrage. Armed only with a shoebox filled with the names of potential donors, Nancy put her formidable fund-raising talents to work and quickly discovered a groundswell of grassroots support. She was aided in her mission by the loving tutelage of her husband, restaurant magnate Norman Brinker, whose dynamic approach to entrepreneurship became Nancy's model for running her foundation. Her account of how she and Norman met, fell in love, and managed to achieve the elusive "true marriage of equals" is one of the great grown-up love stories among recent memoirs.

Nancy's mission to change the way the world talked about and treated breast cancer took on added urgency when she was herself diagnosed with the disease in 1984, a terrifying chapter in her life that she had long feared. Unlike her sister, Nancy survived and went on to make Susan G. Komen for the Cure into the most influential health charity in the country and arguably the world. A pioneering force in cause-related marketing, SGK turned the pink ribbon into a symbol of hope everywhere. Each year, millions of people worldwide take part in SGK Race for the Cure events. And thanks to the more than $1.5 billion spent by SGK for cutting-edge research and community programs, a breast cancer diagnosis today is no longer a death sentence. In fact, in the time since Suzy's death, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer has risen from 74 percent to 98 percent.

"Promise Me" is a deeply moving story of family and sisterhood, the dramatic "30,000-foot view" of the democratization of a disease, and a soaring affirmative to the question: Can one person truly make a difference?