My Life And Hard Times

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Author: James Thurber
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060933089
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My Life And Hard Times by James Thurber

Original Title: My Life And Hard Times

Widely hailed as one of the finest humorist of the twentieth century, James Thurber looks back at his own life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, with the same humor and sharp wit that defined his famous sketches and writings. In My Life and Hard times, first published in 1933, he recounts the delightful chaos and frustrations of family, boyhood, youth odd dogs, recalcitrant machinery, and the foibles of human nature.

Confessions Of A Spoilsport

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Author: William C. Dowling
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 0271032936
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Confessions Of A Spoilsport by William C. Dowling

Original Title: Confessions Of A Spoilsport

The author recounts his failed efforts, along with other professors, students and alumni, to get Rutgers University out of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A during the mid-1990s, maintaining the colleges today sacrifice academics in order to build nationally competitive athletic programs.

Foul Ball

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Author: Jim Bouton
Publisher: Lyons Press
ISBN: 9781592288670
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Foul Ball by Jim Bouton

Original Title: Foul Ball

In his first diary since Ball Four, Jim Bouton recounts his amazing adventure trying to save an historic ballpark in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Host to organized baseball since 1892, Wahconah Park was soon to be abandoned by the owner of the Pittsfield Mets who would move his team to a new stadium in another town---an all too familiar story. Enter Bouton and his partners with the best deal ever offered to a community---a locally owned professional baseball team and a privately restored city owned ballpark at no cost to the taxpayers. It was a dream come true for the vast majority of the people of Pittsfield. But Bouton’s plan was opposed by an elite group of power brokers who wanted to build a new $18.5 million baseball stadium---a stadium that the people had voted against three different times! In what one reviewer called "that same humane, sarcastic voice," Bouton unmasks a mayor who brags that "the fix is in," a newspaper that lies to its readers, and a city government that operates out of a bar. And that’s just Part l. Part ll is the even more amazing story of what happened after this book as self published---a story in itself---in hardcover. Invited back to Pittsfield by newly elected city officials, Bouton and his partners raise $1.2 million, help uncover a document that dates Pittsfield’s baseball origins to 1791, and stage a vintage baseball game that is broadcast live on national television. Who could have guessed what would happen next? And that this time it would involve the Massachusetts Attorney General.

My Life And Very Hard Times With Lousy Doctors

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Author: Alan Scott
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 151447879X
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My Life And Very Hard Times With Lousy Doctors by Alan Scott

Original Title: My Life And Very Hard Times With Lousy Doctors

It was Alan Scott's mother who emphasized the notion that doctors were the same as God; one healed the body and the other the mind and soul. Believing that until he got older, he soon came to realize that some in the medical profession were vacant of honesty, sense, warmth, or understanding. This was learned through unnecessary pain, poor diagnosis, poorly mannered doctors and staff members. We are being over-medicated and over-tested. When the public sees ads about medications (especially new ones) that are more negative than positive, why is the FDA passing them through in the first place? You will find many of the problems and complaints in this book as well as what people can do to counteract them.

Across The Wire

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Author: Luis Urrea
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307773746
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Across The Wire by Luis Urrea

Original Title: Across The Wire

Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire offers a compelling and unprecedented look at what life is like for those refugees living on the Mexican side of the border—a world that is only some twenty miles from San Diego, but that few have seen. Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and "official translator" of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana. His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey "across the wire" into the United States. More than just an expose, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a people who have learned to survive against the most impossible odds, and returns to these forgotten people their pride and their identity. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Life And Hard Times Of A Korean Shaman

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Author: Laurel Kendall
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824811457
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The Life And Hard Times Of A Korean Shaman by Laurel Kendall

Original Title: The Life And Hard Times Of A Korean Shaman

"Kendall's study of a female shaman interweaves the voices of anthropologist and the shaman into one.... An excellent example of the recent attempts by anthropologists to give expression to the words and lives of respondents and to detail the context in which they are acquired." --Choice "Although the book is a very personal account of one shaman's life, [it] also provides a window into the ways and means of the Korean culture and society of the time." --Korean Quarterly, Spring 2001

Brown Eyed Handsome Man

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Author: Bruce Pegg
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113535684X
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Brown Eyed Handsome Man by Bruce Pegg

Original Title: Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry draws on dozens of interviews done by the author himself and voluminous public records to paint a complete picture of this complicated figure. This biography uncovers the real Berry and provides us with a stirring, unvarnished portrait of both the man and the artist. Berry has long been one of pop music's most enigmatic personalities. Growing up in a middle-class, black neighborhood in St. Louis, his first major hit song, "Maybellene," was an adaptation of a white country song, wedded to a black-influenced beat. Thereafter came a string of brilliant songs celebrating teenage life in the '50s, including "School Day," "Johnny B. Goode," and "Sweet Little Sixteen." Berry's career rise was meteoric; but his fall came equally quickly, when his relations with an underage girl led to his conviction. It was not his first (nor his last) run in with the law. He scored his biggest hit in the early '70s with the comical (and some would say decidedly lightweight) song "My Ding-a-Ling." The following decades brought hundreds of nights of tours, with little attention from the recording industry. Bruce Pegg offers the definitive, though not always pretty, portrait of one of the greatest stars of rock and roll, a story that will appeal to all fans of American popular music.

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