Memoir

A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor

By Truman Capote

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These three works, considered by many to be the author's finest short stories, tell of childhood encounters with his estranged father, the school bully, and an eccentric old maid cousin. A Christmas Memory is also avaliable on video.

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A Child's Christmas in Wales

By Dylan Thomas

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A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a child. Also available as a video and an audio book.

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Decision Points

By George W. Bush

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"...President Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor’s Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century." (From the publisher's description)

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Report from Ground Zero

By Dennis Smith

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Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan's Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending to the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York's devastated fire and police departments. This is Smith's vivid account of the rescue efforts by the fire and police departments and emergency medical teams as they rushed to face a disaster that would claim thousands of lives. Smith takes readers inside the minds and lives of the rescuers at Ground Zero as he shares stories about these heroic individuals and the effect their loss had on their families and their companies. (Publisher's description)

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Love, Greg and Lauren

By Greg Manning

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A loving husband chronicles his wife's return from the brink of death following the attack the World Trade Center. Mr. Manning shares details of his family's struggles, giving a personal perspective to these acts of terrorism.

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Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, & What I Learned

By Judd Winick

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In graphic art format, describes the friendship between two roommates on the MTV show "Real World," one of whom died of AIDS at the age of twenty-two.

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Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

By Anthony Swofford

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When the Marines--or "jarheads" as they call themselves--are sent to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford is there, with a 100-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands. In this powerful memoir, he weaves his war experience with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the Marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.

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Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

By William Manchester

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The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had happened to the three decades since he had laid down his arms."

To find out, Manchester visited those places in the Pacific where as a young Marine he fought the Japanese, and in this book examines his experiences in the line with his fellow soldiers (his "brothers"). He gives us an honest and unabashedly emotional account of his part in the war in the Pacific.

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The One That Got Away: A Memoir

By Howell Raines

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In this sequel to Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis, Howell Raines talks entertainingly about life and fishing.

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