A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly humorous account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s suggest streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and low attractiveness that lies within catastrophe.

In the aftermath of Sep 11 Kevin Hazzard felt that anything used to be lacking from his life—his days have been too secure, too regimen. A failed salesman became neighborhood reporter, he desired to try out himself, see how he may well reply to strain and probability. He signed up for emergency clinical education and have become, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT operating calls within the worst sections of Atlanta. His lifestyles entered a distinct realm—one of blood, violence, and awesome grace.

completely intimidated at the beginning and often terrified, he skilled on a nightly foundation the adrenaline rush of strolling into chaos. yet in his downtime, Kevin mirrored on how people’s facades drop away whilst disaster moves. As his hours at the task piled up, he discovered he used to be commencing to see into the reality of items. there's no pretense 5 beats right into a chest compression, or in an alley subsequent to a crack den, or on a dimly lit road the place automobiles have collided. ultimately, what had before everything appeared very unlikely occurred: Kevin bought mastery. And within the procedure he was once capable of parent the pro transformations among his freewheeling friends, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.”

Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile attractiveness with laugh-out-loud moments that hold us smiling in the course of the worst, A Thousand bare Strangers is an soaking up examine one man’s trip of self-discovery—a journey that still teaches us approximately ourselves.

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Little Failure: A Memoir

By Gary Shteyngart

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • nationwide e-book CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

NAMED one of many TEN top BOOKS OF THE yr by way of MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE big apple TIMES • NAMED one of many TEN most sensible NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE 12 months through TIME
 
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by means of greater than forty five courses, INCLUDING
The long island instances e-book evaluate • The Washington publish • NPR • the recent Yorker • San Francisco Chronicle • The Economist • The Atlantic • Newsday • Salon • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The dad or mum • Esquire (UK) • GQ (UK)

Little Failure is the all too real tale of an immigrant kinfolk making a bet its destiny on the United States, as informed through a lifelong misfit who eventually reveals a spot for himself on the planet via books and phrases. In 1979, a bit boy dragging a ginormous fur hat and an overcoat made up of the outside of a few Soviet forest creature steps off the aircraft at New York’s JFK overseas Airport and into his new American lifestyles. His problems are only starting. For the previous Igor Shteyngart, coming to the us from the Soviet Union is like stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and touchdown in a pool of Technicolor. Careening among his Soviet domestic lifestyles and his American aspirations, he reveals himself dwelling in contradictory worlds, wishing for a true domestic in a single. He turns into so unusual to his mom and dad that his mom stops bickering along with his father lengthy sufficient to coin the word failurchka—“little failure”—which she applies to her once-promising son. With affection. in most cases. From the terrors of Hebrew university to a crash direction in old flame to a go back stopover at to the place of origin that's now not domestic, Gary Shteyngart has crafted a ruthlessly courageous and humorous memoir of attempting to find all types of love—family, romantic, and of the self.

Praise for Little Failure

“Hilarious and relocating . . . the military of readers who love Gary Shteyngart is ready to get bigger.”The New York instances booklet Review
 
“A memoir for the a while . . . superb and unflinching.”—Mary Karr
 
“Dazzling . . . a wealthy, nuanced memoir . . . It’s an immigrant tale, a coming-of-age tale, a becoming-a-writer tale, and a becoming-a-mensch tale, and in a majority of these methods it really is, unambivalently, a success.”—Meg Wolitzer, NPR
 
“Literary gold . . .  [a] bruisingly humorous memoir.”Vogue
 
“A significant success.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“[Little Failure] finds the fragile stability among sidesplitting and heartbreaking.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“Should turn into a vintage of the immigrant narrative genre.”—The Miami Herald
 
“As bright, unique and humorous as any that modern U.S. literature has to offer.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“The absolute best memoirs completely toe the road among heartbreak and humor, and Shteyngart does simply that.”—Esquire
 
“Touching, insightful . . . [Shteyngart] nimbly achieves the noble Nabokovian aim of letting sentiment in with no ever turning into sentimental.”—The Washington Post
 
“[Shteyngart is] a successor to at the very least Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.”—The Christian technology Monitor

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Liberace: An American Boy

By Darden Asbury Pyron

Extra humans watched his nationally syndicated tv convey among 1953 and 1955 than i admire Lucy. Even a decade after his dying, the attendance documents he set at Madison sq. backyard, the Hollywood Bowl, and Radio urban tune corridor nonetheless stand. Arguably the most well-liked entertainer of the 20 th century, this very public determine still saved various secrets and techniques. Darden Asbury Pyron, writer of the acclaimed and bestselling Southern Daughter: The lifetime of Margaret Mitchell, leads us throughout the lifetime of America's most appropriate showman together with his clean, provocative, and definitive portrait of Liberace, an American boy.

Liberace's occupation follows the trajectory of the vintage American dream. Born within the Midwest to Polish-Italian immigrant mom and dad, he was once a baby prodigy who, by means of the age of twenty, had played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. leaving behind the live performance level for the profitable and glittery international of nightclubs, celebrities, and tv, Liberace grew to become America's preferred entertainer. whereas wildly profitable and reliable natured outwardly, Liberace, Pyron unearths, was once a sophisticated guy whose political, social, and spiritual conservativism existed side-by-side with a life of secretive homosexuality. in spite of this, his swishy character belied an internal lifetime of ferocious aggression and ambition. Pyron relates this inner most guy to his public character and areas this impressive lifestyles within the quickly altering cultural panorama of twentieth-century America.

Pyron provides Liberace's existence as a metaphor, for either solid and unwell, of yank tradition, with its procuring department shops and insatiable starvation for superstar. during this interesting biography, Pyron complicates and celebrates our photograph of the fellow for whom the streets have been paved with gold lamé.

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Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

By Marya Hornbacher

Why might a skilled younger lady input right into a torrid affair with starvation, medicinal drugs, intercourse, and loss of life? via 5 long health facility remains, never-ending treatment, and the lack of relations, associates, jobs, and all feel of what it potential to be "normal," Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia -- till a very frightening bout with the illness in collage placed the romance of losing away to relaxation endlessly. A bright, sincere, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the tale of 1 woman's travels to reality's darker part -- and her choice to discover her long ago on her personal terms.

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Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Ayn Rand is healthier referred to as the writer of the perennially bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Altogether, greater than 12 million copies of the 2 novels were bought within the usa. The books have attracted 3 generations of readers, formed the origin of the Libertarian flow, and encouraged White condo fiscal rules through the Reagan years and past. A passionate suggest of laissez-faire capitalism and person rights, Rand is still a robust strength within the political perceptions of usa citizens this day. but twenty-five years after her dying, her readers be aware of little approximately her life.

In this seminal biography, Anne C. Heller strains the debatable author’s lifestyles from her early life in Russia throughout the Bolshevik Revolution to her years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the ebook of her blockbuster novels, and the increase and fall of the cult that shaped round her within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties. all through, Heller finds formerly unknown proof approximately Rand’s heritage and appears at Rand with new examine and a clean viewpoint.

Based on unique examine in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rand’s friends and previous acolytes, and formerly unexamined documents of tapes and letters, AYN RAND AND the area SHE MADE is a complete and eye-opening portrait of 1 of the main major and inconceivable figures of the 20th century.

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Oscar Wilde: A Certain Genius

By Barbara Belford

During this based and affectionate biography of 1 of the main debatable personalities of the 19th century, Barbara Belford breaks new flooring within the evocation of Oscar Wilde's own existence and in our figuring out of the alternatives he made for his paintings. released for the centenary of Wilde's demise, here's a clean, full-scale exam of the writer of the significance of Being Earnest and the image of Dorian grey, a determine not just packed with himself yet having fun with lifestyles to the fullest.

Based on wide learn of unique resources and lively all through by means of historic aspect, anecdote, and perception, the narrative lines Wilde's development from his early life in an highbrow Irish family to his adulthood as a London writer to the years of his ecu exile. this is Wilde the Oxford Aesthete turning into the debate of London, going off to travel the United States, lecturing at the craftsmanship of Cellini to the silver miners of Colorado, condemning the ugliness of cast iron stoves to the women of Boston. this is the family Wilde, construction sandcastles along with his sons, and the beneficiant Wilde, underwriting the ebook of poets, lending and spending with out considered the next day to come. And this is the romantic Wilde, enthralled with Lord Alfred Douglas in an affair that thrived on laughter, smitten with Florence Balcombe, flirting with Violet Hunt, passionate about Lillie Langtry, loving Constance, his wife.

Vividly evoked are the theatres, golf equipment, eating places, and haunts that Wilde made well-known. greater than earlier money owed, Belford's biography evaluates Wilde's homosexuality as not only a personal subject yet one attached to the politics and tradition of the Nineties. Wilde's undying observations, which make him the main quoted playwright after Shakespeare, are seamlessly woven into the lifestyles, revealing a guy of outstanding mind, power, and warmth.

Too usually portrayed as a sad figure--persecuted, imprisoned, despatched into exile, and shunned--Wilde emerges from this intuitive portrait as totally human and fallible, a guy who, figuring out that his inventive years have been at the back of him, dedicated himself to a lifetime of sexual freedom, which he insisted used to be the privilege of each artist.

Even now, we've got but to meet up with the fellow who exhibited a number of the extra distinguishing features of the 20th century's preoccupation with popularity and zeal for self-advertisement. Wilde's character formed an period, and his recognition as a wit and a dramatist hasn't ever ebbed.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac

By Joyce Johnson

A groundbreaking portrait of Kerouac as a tender artist—from the award-winning writer of Minor Characters

In The Voice is All, Joyce Johnson, writer of her vintage memoir, Door broad Open, approximately her dating with Jack Kerouac, brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to teach how, stuck among cultures and languages, he solid a voice to comprise his dualities.  taking a look extra deeply than earlier biographers into how Kerouac’s French Canadian heritage enriched his prose and gave him a different outsider’s imaginative and prescient of the USA, she  tracks his improvement from boyhood during the out of the ordinary breakthroughs of 1951 that ended in the composition of On the Road, through Visions of Cody. through illuminating Kerouac’s early option to sacrifice every thing to his paintings, The Voice Is All bargains with him on his personal phrases and places the tragic contradictions of his nature and his advanced relationships into point of view.

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Gazza: My Story

By Paul Gascoigne

Virtually once Gazza burst directly to the scene at Newcastle United, the younger Geordie used to be the centre of awareness: Vinnie Jones's infamous ball-handling confirmed the lengths humans might visit try and cease him. Then, with England at the verge of almost certainly achieving the realm Cup ultimate in 1990, got here Gazza's tears - the instant that introduced a complete new viewers to the game and helped set the soccer growth of the Nineties on its manner. yet then got here a career-threatening harm, psychological illnesses, self-confessed alcoholism and relations disputes, as lifestyles within the complete glare of the media highlight grew to become an excessive amount of. Now, on the finish of his top-flight enjoying profession, Gazza is able to confront his demons. the result's readily the main amazing footballing tale you will ever learn: what it truly is like being Paul Gascoigne, in his personal phrases.

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Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

By Johnny Ramone

Raised in Queens, manhattan, Johnny Ramone based probably the most influential rock bands of all time, yet he by no means strayed from his blue-collar roots and angle. He used to be actually imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that may symbolize his character either off and on degree. via all of it, Johnny saved the band centred and relocating ahead, eventually securing their position in song heritage via inventing punk rock. The Ramones have been inducted into the Rock and Roll corridor of reputation in 2002—two years later, Johnny died of melanoma, having outlived different founding individuals. Revealing, inspiring, and instructed on his personal phrases, this hugely designed memoir additionally positive aspects Johnny’s evaluation of the Ramones’ albums; a few eccentric best Ten lists; infrequent ancient artifacts; and rankings of private images, lots of that have by no means ahead of been published.

Praise for Commando:
“Amazing ebook . . . dense and throbbing with character—enough to carry this departed long island icon barking again to life.” —New York day-by-day News

"Johnny's pleasant, unfortunately posthumous autobiography, Commando, is rather like its author—as punk because it gets." —Wall highway Journal
“Ramone memoir unearths captivating, grumpy punk icon.” —Reuters
“There's no grand confessional to finish Commando, only a nod of gratitude towards relatives, neighbors, and lovers. Its attribute succinctness jewelry genuine.” —Austin Chronicle

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