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House of Nails

House of Nails Book
Author : Lenny Dykstra
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2016-06-28
ISBN : 0062407384
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I've ever read. It comes from the heart." —Stephen King Eclipsing the traditional sports memoir, House of Nails, by former world champion, multimillionaire entrepreneur, and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra, spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a relentlessly entertaining American epic that careens between the heights and the abyss. Nicknamed "Nails" for his hustle and grit, Lenny approached the game of baseball -- and life -- with mythic intensity. During his decade in the majors as a center fielder for the legendary 1980s Mets and the 1990s Phillies, he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era. An overachiever known for his clutch hits, high on-base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified by his former minor-league roommate Billy Beane as the prototypical "Moneyball" player in Michael Lewis's bestseller. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered, and booze-and-drug-fueled, Nails also defined a notorious era of excess in baseball. Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure: After retiring, Dykstra became a celebrated business mogul and investment guru. Touted as "one of the great ones" by CNBC's Jim Cramer, he became "baseball's most improbable post-career success story" (The New Yorker), purchasing a $17.5-million mansion and traveling the world by private jet. But when the economy imploded in 2008, Lenny lost everything. Then the feds moved in: convicted of bankruptcy fraud (unjustly, he contends), Lenny served two and a half harrowing years in prison, where he was the victim of a savage beating by prison guards that knocked out his front teeth. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, channeling the bewildered fascination of many observers, declared that Lenny's outrageous rise and spectactular fall was "the greatest story that I have ever seen in my lifetime." Now, for the first time, Lenny tells all about his tumultuous career, from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction, to a life of indulgence and excess, then, an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption. Was Lenny's hard-charging, risk-it-all nature responsible for his success in baseball and business and his precipitous fall from grace? What lessons, if any, has he learned now that he has had time to think and reflect? Hilarious, unflinchingly honest, and irresistibly readable, House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid.

Macho Row

Macho Row Book
Author : William C. Kashatus
Publisher : University of Nebraska Press
Release : 2019-04-01
ISBN : 1496214080
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Colorful, shaggy, and unkempt, misfits and outlaws, the 1993 Phillies played hard and partied hard. Led by Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra, and Mitch Williams, it was a team the fans loved and continue to love today. Focusing on six key members of the team, Macho Row follows the remarkable season with an up-close look at the players’ lives, the team’s triumphs and failures, and what made this group so unique and so successful. With a throwback mentality, the team adhered to baseball’s Code. Designed to preserve the moral fabric of the game, the Code’s unwritten rules formed the bedrock of this diehard team whose players paid homage and respect to the game at all times. Trusting one another and avoiding any notions of superstardom, they consistently rubbed the opposition the wrong way and didn’t care. William C. Kashatus pulls back the covers on this old-school band of brothers, depicting the highs and lows and their brash style while also digging into the suspected steroid use of players on the team. Macho Row is a story of winning and losing, success and failure, and the emotional highs and lows that accompany them.

Nails the Inside Story of an Amazin Season

Nails  the Inside Story of an Amazin  Season Book
Author : Lenny Dykstra,Marty Noble
Publisher : Doubleday Books
Release : 1987
ISBN : 9780385242530
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The outspoken center fielder of the New York Mets tells the inside story of the team's '86 season, with details on their victories in the playoffs and the World Series and insights into the team's off-the-field controversies

Songs of Life and Grace

Songs of Life and Grace Book
Author : Linda Scott DeRosier
Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
Release : 2021-12-14
ISBN : 0813194075
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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On a muggy, late August afternoon in 1936, somewhere along the banks of Greasy Creek, Life found Grace—walking the dusty mile between work and home in a brand new pair of leather kitten-heeled pumps, blond curls bouncing in the sun. Two weeks later, Lifie Jay Preston and Grace Mollette married, a union that lasted until their deaths fifty-eight years later. There was something about them, their daughter Linda would discover, a kind of radiance and love of living that would mark them in the memories of every person they encountered—a song that resonates years after their passing. Songs of Life and Grace is their story, told by the daughter whose own life grew out of their loving ministries and Appalachian sensibilities. Linda Scott DeRosier, the celebrated author of Creeker: A Woman's Journey, draws on family letters and lore, interviews, and her own recollections to reach a better understanding of her parents and the families that formed them both. Along the way, she introduces an unforgettable cast of characters: the formidable Grandma Emmy; Uncle Burns, an infamous ladies' man; helpless and simple Aunt Jo; and gentle Pop Pop, who could peel an apple in one long, unbroken spiral. A stirring, honest look at Appalachia and a tribute to the unbreakable bonds of family, Songs of Life and Grace establishes DeRosier as one of the most vital and exciting new voices of the American South.

The Complete Works of Mark Twain Novels Short Stories Memoirs Travel Books Letters More Illustrated

The Complete Works of Mark Twain  Novels  Short Stories  Memoirs  Travel Books  Letters   More  Illustrated  Book
Author : Mark Twain
Publisher : e-artnow
Release : 2017-11-15
ISBN : 8027230314
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Contents: Novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Gilded Age The Prince and the Pauper A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court The American Claimant Tom Sawyer Abroad Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Pudd'nhead Wilson Tom Sawyer, Detective A Horse's Tale The Mysterious Stranger Novelettes A Double Barrelled Detective Story Those Extraordinary Twins The Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut The Stolen White Elephant The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven Short Story Collections The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance Sketches New and Old Merry Tales The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches Alonzo Fitz, and Other Stories Mark Twain's Library of Humor Other Stories Essays, Satires & Articles How to Tell a Story, and Other Essays What Is Man? And Other Essays Editorial Wild Oats Letters from the Earth Concerning the Jews To the Person Sitting in Darkness To My Missionary Critics Christian Science Queen Victoria's Jubilee Essays on Paul Bourget The Czar's Soliloquy King Leopold's Soliloquy Adam's Soliloquy Essays on Copyrights Other Essays Travel Books The Innocents Abroad A Tramp Abroad Roughing It Old Times on the Mississippi Life on the Mississippi Following the Equator Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion Down the Rhône The Lost Napoleon Mark Twain's Notebook The Complete Speeches The Complete Letters Autobiography Biographies... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer.

The Fact of a Body

The Fact of a Body Book
Author : Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Publisher : Flatiron Books
Release : 2017-05-16
ISBN : 1250080568
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Complex and challenging... push[es] the boundaries of writing about trauma." —The New York Times “A True Crime Masterpiece” – Vogue Entertainment Weekly "Must" List and Best Books of the Year So Far Real Simple's Best New Books Guardian Best Book of the Year Lambda Literary Award Winner Chautauqua Prize Winner "The Fact of a Body is one of the best books I've read this year. It's just astounding." — Paula Hawkins, author of Into the Water and The Girl on the Train "This book is a marvel. The Fact of a Body is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth." — Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestselling Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere Before Alex Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, they think their position is clear. The child of two lawyers, they are staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as they review old tapes—the moment they hear him speak of his crimes -- they are overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by their reaction, they dig deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alex pores over the facts of the murder, they find themself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, they are forced to face their own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors their view of Ricky's crime. But another surprise awaits: They weren’t the only one who saw their life in Ricky’s. An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed -- but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe -- and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

One Mans Walk Through Life

One Mans Walk Through Life Book
Author : Fred Bull
Publisher : iUniverse
Release : 2007-08-20
ISBN : 0595884156
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This moving memoir recounts the story of a life well lived. With a positive attitude and an optimistic view, Fred Bull tells of his difficult upbringing in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. After running away from home at the age of sixteen, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He and his friends enjoyed traveling to different continents, serving their country in uniform in Korea, and constantly trying to adhere to their upbringing. Along the way, he became a husband and father, a musician and entertainer, and a cancer survivor. Honest and heartwarming, One Man's Walk through Life highlights some of the foundations of American society through the eyes of a hardworking man.

Memoirs of a Shape Shifter

Memoirs of a Shape Shifter Book
Author : Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield
Publisher : Kepler Press
Release : 2010-06-12
ISBN : 0971377014
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Memoirs of a Shape Shifter book written by Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

The Edge of Life

The Edge of Life Book
Author : Pierre Victor Lagayette
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1978
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download The Edge of Life book written by Pierre Victor Lagayette, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony Book
Author : George Francis Dow
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Release : 2012-08-09
ISBN : 0486157857
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Comprehensive, reliable account of 17th-century life in one of the country's earliest settlements. Contemporary records, over 100 historically valuable pictures vividly describe early dwellings, furnishings, medicinal aids, wardrobes, trade, crimes, more.

Detroit Hustle

Detroit Hustle Book
Author : Amy Haimerl
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2016-05-03
ISBN : 0762457449
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Journalist Amy Haimerl and her husband had been priced out of their Brooklyn neighborhood. Seeing this as a great opportunity to start over again, they decide to cash in their savings and buy an abandoned house for 35,000 in Detroit, the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy. As she and her husband restore the 1914 Georgian Revival, a stately brick house with no plumbing, no heat, and no electricity, Amy finds a community of Detroiters who, like herself, aren't afraid of a little hard work or things that are a little rough around the edges. Filled with amusing and touching anecdotes about navigating a real-estate market that is rife with scams, finding a contractor who is a lover of C.S. Lewis and willing to quote him liberally, and neighbors who either get teary-eyed at the sight of newcomers or urge Amy and her husband to get out while they can, Amy writes evocatively about the charms and challenges of finding her footing in a city whose future is in question. Detroit Hustle is a memoir that is both a meditation on what it takes to make a house a home, and a love letter to a much-derided city.

Life in a Mountain Town mayhill New Mexico

Life in a Mountain Town  mayhill  New Mexico  Book
Author : Deloris Kay Curtis Ward
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2013-07
ISBN : 1481766198
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The memories of a by-gone era of a town full of loving Christian people. The good and wonderful times and the hard and sad times of the 40's and the depression era when it was a tough struggle to line. The story continues into the 50's and 60's when times were somewhat better. It was also a time when there were good morals and most all of America believed in god and trusted in Him, and showed their love and devotion to God and their neighbors where a hand shake was their contract. Children were taught to mind and had to suffer the consequences of a bad behavior, and they were made to work the same as adults if they expected to eat. We were not abused but taught how to survive in a tough world. There were days of laughter and days for tears that close family and friends shared, and the ways that children entertained themselves in the days of no television, and not much in the way of toys. Some call them the "good ole days" and others call it "down and out" hard times, but whatever those days were to others they are embedded in a mountain girls memories as something wonderful to remember, cherish, and share.

Remembering Strawberry Fields A Memoir

Remembering Strawberry Fields  A Memoir Book
Author : Mary E. Matury Gibson
Publisher : Wheatmark, Inc.
Release : 2014-12-11
ISBN : 1627872310
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Mary E. Matury Gibson's debut memoir depicts the life of a first-generation American coming of age in a small rural town. In a world before the Beatles and the computer age life was very different. It was a time of innocence before history would form us and affect us in ways we could have never imagined.

Below the Edge of Darkness

Below the Edge of Darkness Book
Author : Edith Widder, Ph.D
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2021-07-27
ISBN : 0525509259
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A pioneering marine biologist takes us down into the deep ocean to understand bioluminescence—the language of light that helps life communicate in the darkness—and what it tells us about the future of life on Earth. “Edith Widder’s story is one of hardscrabble optimism, two-fisted exploration, and groundbreaking research. She’s done things I dream of doing.”—James Cameron Edith Widder’s childhood dream of becoming a marine biologist was almost derailed in college, when complications from a surgery gone wrong caused temporary blindness. A new reality of shifting shadows drew her fascination to the power of light—as well as the importance of optimism. As her vision cleared, Widder found the intersection of her two passions in oceanic bioluminescence, a little-explored scientific field within Earth’s last great unknown frontier: the deep ocean. With little promise of funding or employment, she leaped at the first opportunity to train as a submersible pilot and dove into the darkness. Widder’s first journey into the deep ocean, in a diving suit that resembled a suit of armor, took her to a depth of eight hundred feet. She turned off the lights and witnessed breathtaking underwater fireworks: explosions of bioluminescent activity. Concerns about her future career vanished. She only wanted to know one thing: Why was there so much light down there? Below the Edge of Darkness takes readers deep into our planet’s oceans as Widder pursues her questions about one of the most important and widely used forms of communication in nature. In the process, she reveals hidden worlds and a dazzling menagerie of behaviors and animals, from microbes to leviathans, many never before seen or, like the legendary giant squid, never before filmed in their deep-sea lairs. Alongside Widder, we experience life-and-death equipment malfunctions and witness breakthroughs in technology and understanding, all set against a growing awareness of the deteriorating health of our largest and least understood ecosystem. A thrilling adventure story as well as a scientific revelation, Below the Edge of Darkness reckons with the complicated and sometimes dangerous realities of exploration. Widder shows us how when we push our boundaries and expand our worlds, discovery and wonder follow. These are the ultimate keys to the ocean’s salvation—and thus to our future on this planet.

The Outer Edge of Ulster

The Outer Edge of Ulster Book
Author : Hugh Dorian
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2001
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In the 1890s, Hugh Dorian (1834-1914), a native of Fanaid on the Atlantic coast of north Donegal, completed a remarkable memoir which he entitled 'Donegal Sixty Years Ago'. This fascinating text, although intended by Dorian for publication, is seeing the light of day only now, a century later. The author, an impoverished school-teacher and writing clerk, wrote with confidence and passion about the world of his childhood and the powerful alien forces that had destroyed that world. Dorian provides extraordinary insights into the sectarian tensions between Catholics and Protestants in what was a remote corner of Ulster, and also illuminates the social and political fissures within Catholic society in a period of rapid cultural change. Chapters in The Outer Edge of Ulster are devoted to strikingly frank discussions of the social position of craftsmen and musicians; local systems of land holding; the experience of famine; smallholder relationships with landlords and bailiffs; the rival systems of teaching in hedge-schools and the new national schools; the ritualized debates between community leaders at 'nightly meetings'; the place of the poitÃ-n industry; and a broad array of popular beliefs, customs and practices.

Trail of an Artist Naturalist The Autobiography of Ernest Thompson Seton

Trail of an Artist Naturalist   The Autobiography of Ernest Thompson Seton Book
Author : Ernest Thompson Seton
Publisher : Read Books Ltd
Release : 2020-07-14
ISBN : 1528767144
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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“Trail of an Artist-Naturalist” is the 1940 Autobiography of Ernest Thompson Seton. Ernest Thompson Seton (1860 – 1946) was an English author and wildlife artist who founded the Woodcraft Indians in 1902. He was also among the founding members of the Boy Scouts of America, established in 1910. He wrote profusely on this subject, the most notable of his scouting literature including “The Birch Bark Roll” and the “Boy Scout Handbook”. Seton was also an early pioneer of animal fiction writing, and he is fondly remembered for his charming book “Wild Animals I Have Known” (1898). This volume constitutes a fascinating look into the life of a person who played an important role in the environmental and naturalist movement of a young North America, and it is not to be missed by those with an interest in the history of American Scouting. Other notable works by this author include: “Lobo, Rag and Vixen” (1899), “Two Little Savages” (1903), and “Animal Heroes” (1911). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

Back From The Edge Of Hell

Back From The Edge Of Hell Book
Author : Pinklon Thomas
Publisher : Digital 1 Publishing
Release : 2018-11-13
ISBN : 1495639444
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Back from the Edge of Hell is Pinklon Thomas’ amazing true story. Born into a stable family unit with loving, hard working, God fearing parents, Pinklon allows himself to be lured into the gangster lifestyle and becomes a heroin addict at age twelve. When fifteen, he quits school, commits armed robberies, steals from a drug lord and is hunted by hired killers. Boxing offers him a way out and he wins a world heavyweight title, but remains in the clutches of drug addiction. What will happen to Pinklon? The answer comes in an unexpected way.

Staring at Lakes A Memoir of Love Melancholy and Magical Thinking

Staring at Lakes  A Memoir of Love  Melancholy and Magical Thinking Book
Author : Michael Harding
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2013-02-01
ISBN : 1444743511
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Throughout his life, Michael Harding has lived with a sense of emptiness - through faith, marriage, fatherhood and his career as a writer, a pervading sense of darkness and unease remained. When he was fifty-eight, he became physically ill and found himself in the grip of a deep melancholy. Here, in this beautifully written memoir, he talks with openness and honesty about his journey: leaving the priesthood when he was in his thirties, settling in Leitrim with his artist wife, the depression that eventually overwhelmed him, and how, ultimately, he found a way out of the dark, by accepting the fragility of love and the importance of now. Staring at Lakes started out as a book about depression. And then became a story about growing old, the essence of love and marriage - and sitting in cars, staring at lakes.

The Village Carpenter

The Village Carpenter Book
Author : Walter Rose
Publisher : Linden Publishing
Release : 2012-07-17
ISBN : 1610351886
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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First published in 1937, this woodworking classic reveals a fascinating look into the social structure of a 19th-century English town and a carpenter's place in it. Encapsulating a time prior to power tools and mass production, when woodworkers made virtually everything, Walter Rose writes eloquently on a number of topics, including running a country business; the carpenter's shop; working on a farm, new home, and windmill; undertaking; and furniture repairs. Manifesting the importance of skill and the attitudes of the craftsman to his tools and work, this book will be of great interest to any carpenter or woodworker with an appreciation for the history of their craft.