The Accidental Memoir

This beautifully illustrated book is filled with inventive and accessible writing prompts, as well as tips for anyone wanting to document their lives and explore their creativity.

Author: Eve Makis

Publisher: Fourth Estate

ISBN: 000832929X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 128

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The Accidental Memoir takes you on a journey of self-discovery. This beautifully illustrated book is filled with inventive and accessible writing prompts, as well as tips for anyone wanting to document their lives and explore their creativity. The Accidental Memoir will show you how to: Write a memoir Flex your writing muscles Exorcise your demons Relive moments of magic Make sense of life Reminisce Create social media content Become your own therapist Reduce stress Have fun Leave a lasting legacy This innovative concept was developed as an Arts Council project to help people tap into their own lives. Working with diverse groups from refugees to the elderly and prisoners, it has been a resounding success in unearthing stories that otherwise may never have been told.

An Accidental Memoir

In this collection of deliberately fragmented essays, a talented documentary filmmaker points the lens at herself and explores a succession of personal tragedies.

Author: Wendy Reed

Publisher: NewSouth Books

ISBN: 9781588382856

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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In this collection of deliberately fragmented essays, a talented documentary filmmaker points the lens at herself and explores a succession of personal tragedies. Told from unusual perspectives and in highly figurative language, the essays draw on the Southern Gothic tradition of Flannery O'Connor and feature dark humor, flawed people, disastrous events, and moments of spiritual grace. Taken together they become a meditation on subjects such as death, work, family responsibilities, and raising a child.

Are You Somebody

Nuala O'Faolain attracted a huge amount of critical praise and a wide audience with the literary debut of Are You Somebody?

Author: Nuala O'Faolain

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0805056645

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 215

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An Irish journalist offers her autobiography in a work that includes columns that originally appeared in "The Irish Times"

The Accidental Anthropologist

He excells at the intensely personal and captivates with this masterful work. The Accidental Anthropologist is a challenging and magnificent memoir; much of it is spellbinding, astute and disquieting.

Author: Michael Jackson

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781775531760

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 348

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Journeys through the Congo, Sierra Leone and Outback Australia in an inventive memoir by a Commonwealth Poetry Prize-winning ethnographer. The Accidental Anthropologist is a fascinating, impeccably written memoir, or more accurately, a series of fragments. Compelling and absorbing as well as intense and insightful, Jackson writes a far from classically autobiographical text. There is nothing predictable about the mode or incidents he has chosen to write about: this is literary memoir at its best and most inventive. Jackson has a fascination with the concept of personal metamorphosis, the idea that a life can be dismantled and reassembled in a different country and set of relationships. And throughout the story the author makes a pretty good fist of living the theory. Jackson's experiences begin with his earnest portrayal of young adulthood in Wellington where he associates on the fringes with many of the literary figures of the early 1960s: Bob Lowry, Fleur Adcock, James K. Baxter, R.A.K. Mason and the artist McCahon. Jackson finds himself homeless in London where he's drawn to help the poor and eventually finds his way to Cambridge, where he stumbles upon anthropology. His subsequent ethnographic fieldwork takes him to the Congo, Sierra Leone, and outback Australia. Jackson makes it clear that our lives are barely our own, they belong as much to the people, the landscapes, the influences of thought and ideology that absorb us. He excells at the intensely personal and captivates with this masterful work. The Accidental Anthropologist is a challenging and magnificent memoir; much of it is spellbinding, astute and disquieting.

The Accidental President of Brazil

It is gloriously ungovernable, irrepressibly attractive, and home to the family, friends and extraordinary life of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This is his story and his love song to his country.

Author: Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781586485962

Category: History

Page: 320

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso received a phone call in the middle of the night asking him to be the new Finance Minister of Brazil. As he put the phone down and stared into the darkness of his hotel room, he feared he'd been handed a political death sentence. The year was 1993, and he would be responsible for an economy that had had seven different currencies in the previous eight years to cope with inflation that had run at 3000 percent a year. Brazil had a habit of chewing up finance ministers with the ferocity of an Amazon piranha. This was just one of the turns in a largely unscripted and sometimes unwanted political career. In exile during the harshest period of the junta that ruled Brazil for twenty years, Cardoso started his political life with a tentative run for the Federal Senate in 1978. Within fifteen years, and despite himself, this former sociologist was running the country. And what a country! Brazil, it is often said, is on the edge of modernity, striding with one foot in mid-air towards the future, the other still rooted deep in a traditional past. It is a land of sophisticated music and brutal gold-digging, of the next global superpower and the last old-time coffee plantations. It is gloriously ungovernable, irrepressibly attractive, and home to the family, friends and extraordinary life of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This is his story and his love song to his country.

The Accidental Adventurer

The memoir of Barbara Washburn, wife of mountaineer Bradford Washburn, and the first woman to climb Mt. McKinley

Author: Barbara Washburn

Publisher: Epicenter Press

ISBN: 0945397917

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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The memoir of Barbara Washburn, wife of mountaineer Bradford Washburn, and the first woman to climb Mt. McKinley

The Accidental Life

That dinner is this book.”

Author: Terry McDonell

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101946725

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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An Amazon Best Book of 2016 A celebration of the writing and editing life, as well as a look behind the scenes at some of the most influential magazines in America (and the writers who made them what they are). You might not know Terry McDonell, but you certainly know his work. Among the magazines he has top-edited: Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. In this revealing memoir, McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking (or drinks on the bar). His stories about the people and personalities he’s known are both heartbreaking and bitingly funny—playing “acid golf” with Hunter S. Thompson, practicing brinksmanship with David Carr and Steve Jobs, working the European fashion scene with Liz Tilberis, pitching TV pilots with Richard Price. Here, too, is an expert’s practical advice on how to recruit—and keep—high-profile talent; what makes a compelling lede; how to grow online traffic that translates into dollars; and how, in whatever format, on whatever platform, a good editor really works, and what it takes to write well. Taking us from the raucous days of New Journalism to today’s digital landscape, McDonell argues that the need for clear storytelling from trustworthy news sources has never been stronger. Says Jeffrey Eugenides: “Every time I run into Terry, I think how great it would be to have dinner with him. Hear about the writers he's known and edited over the years, what the magazine business was like back then, how it's changed and where it's going, inside info about Edward Abbey, Jim Harrison, Annie Proulx, old New York, and the Swimsuit issue. That dinner is this book.”

An Accidental Memoir

J.P. Lachs relates the story of her Polish family history in this educational and insightful memoir covering the First and Second World War and the effect of Communist rule on Poland.

Author: J.P. Lachs

Publisher:

ISBN: 1784653225

Category:

Page: 276

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J.P. Lachs relates the story of her Polish family history in this educational and insightful memoir covering the First and Second World War and the effect of Communist rule on Poland. As she journeys through her moving and emotional past, from childhood to adulthood, Lachs unearths long buried secrets shaped by a struggling country and the need to survive, all deeply ingrained in her past and the secrets kept by her beloved grandmother. A compelling account of family relationships, war and historic prejudices, 'An Accidental Memoir' is unflinching in its approach to depict the history of the Polish people, and demonstrates how events have shaped families and lives to this day. J.P. Lachs delves into her family tree and uncovers mysteries she never thought possible as she explores her background and origins.

And the War Came

On the day of the terrorist attacks, a man begins writing down things said by his family and friends. The trauma appears to have marooned diarist David Wyatt in a shell-shocked present tense.

Author: David Wyatt

Publisher: Terrace Books

ISBN: 0299201708

Category: History

Page: 303

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The prevailing mood of my early and Ann’s mid-fifties has been one of the sense of an ending, surely, but more than that, of a gathering urgency. . . . Fewer of the moments between us feel rehearsed, or forced. And now, just as we had begun to glimpse something like wisdom, glimmering over the horizon, the world smacks the hell out of us. I am strangely grateful, even so, if only for the felt return, in recent days, of the possibility of strong emotion. On the day of the terrorist attacks, a man begins writing down things said by his family and friends. The trauma appears to have marooned diarist David Wyatt in a shell-shocked present tense. But as he experiences all of the emotions of that fall, he is visited by deep memories that transform his daily journal-keeping into an "accidental memoir," a narrative that reaches a surprising and moving conclusion on Thanksgiving Day. Juggling the roles of English professor, restaurant owner, husband, father, son, and friend, Wyatt finds sustenance at the core of ordinary American life, resources at once so available and so elusive. Passionate about people, books, food, and landscapes present and lost—and absolutely unheroic—the voices summoned here counter the sanctimonious and the sentimental. Wyatt’s elegantly understated memoir reveals how the events of September 11 affected ordinary people and presents this anthology of thoughts, feelings, and interactions in a frank and immediate voice.

Trials of the Monkey

" Trials of the Monkey combines travel writing and reportage, as Chapman records his encounters in the South, with history and the accidental memoir of a man full of mid-life doubts in a genre-breaking first book that is darkly funny, ...

Author: Matthew Chapman

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781429971843

Category: Travel

Page: 352

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"When Darwin called his second book The Descent of Man instead of The Ascent of Man he was thinking of his progeny." So declares Darwin's great-great grandson Matthew Chapman as he leaves behind his stressful career as a Hollywood screenwriter and travels to Dayton, Tennessee where in 1925 creationist opposition to the teaching of evolution in schools was played out in a famous legal drama, the Scopes Trial. The purpose of this journey is to see if opinions have changed in the seventy- five intervening years. A defiant atheist, Chapman is confronted not only by the fundamentalist beliefs that continue to banish the theory of evolution but by his own spiritual malaise as the outward journey becomes an inward quest, a tragicomic "accidental memoir". "First there was Charles Darwin, two yards long and nobody's fool. Then there was his son, my great-grandfather, Sir Francis Darwin, an eminent botanist. Then came my grandmother Frances, a modest poet who spent a considerable amount of time in rest-homes for depression From her issued my beloved mother, Clare, who was extremely short, failed to complete medical school, and eventually became an alcoholic. Then we get down to me. I'm in the movie business." Trials of the Monkey combines travel writing and reportage, as Chapman records his encounters in the South, with history and the accidental memoir of a man full of mid-life doubts in a genre-breaking first book that is darkly funny, provocative and poignant.

The Accidental Activist

Author: Candace Gingrich

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

ISBN: STANFORD:36105018378161

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 254

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The half-sister of Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich describes the often painful process of revealing her lesbianism and discusses her conflicting feelings about her brother and his conservative politics

An Accidental Autobiography

He left (or was left by) a number of girlfriends and he fathered five children along the way.

Author: Gregory Corso

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811215350

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 444

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He left (or was left by) a number of girlfriends and he fathered five children along the way. He was apt to raise a bit of a ruckus at poetry readings and other public events. No one could be sure what he might do next except that he would write poetry and get published and that it would be widely read.".

The Accidental Caregiver Part Ii

After publishing his memoir about caring for Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann during the last three years of her life, actor Gregor Collins thought that was the end of the story.

Author: Gregor Collins

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781982246297

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 202

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After publishing his memoir about caring for Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann during the last three years of her life, actor Gregor Collins thought that was the end of the story. Little did he know, losing Maria and sharing her with the world through his book was just the beginning. The Accidental Caregiver, Part 2 chronicles a new journey, one that Collins embarked on just as accidentally as he did the first. With his unplanned sequel, he shares with readers how his life was once again transformed—but this time, without Maria. With the same candor, grace, and raw vulnerability, Collins charts his course to far away lands like Australia and Mexico where he introduces Maria to other Holocaust survivors, then on a cross-country trek to New York, where he finds himself a caregiver once again, this time to Maria’s cousin Ruth, while he presents his book as a stage play to packed audiences. With each vivid new tale, Collins offers readers a fearless glimpse into his mind, which, though sometimes dark, is always honest. In the end, with Maria as his muse, Collins says yes to life and love in a way he could never have predicted—and wouldn’t have had any other way.

An Accidental Soldier

"--Jorge Mariscal, University of California, San Diego This is a forthright and piercing account of one soldier's participation in the war in Vietnam.

Author: Manny Garcia

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826330134

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

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"I was born in a log cabin just like Abe Lincoln, except our cabin was a rental." Starting with this account of his humble origins, Manny Garcia, who describes himself as "a left-handed, rather contrary Mestizo-American," has written a memoir that begins in late 1947 in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado and takes him to Utah and a stint as a Mormon and ultimately to Vietnam. In late 1965, a cocky, naive, alienated teen-ager, Garcia joined the army almost accidentally, enlisting for three years. At eighteen he became an Airborne Ranger, a combat infantryman with the crack First Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. His book shows you the war from the point man position, up close and personal, at eye level. "I returned to the body and checked for booby traps. I noticed the guerilla's small bare leathery feet. I rolled the body over and realized the corpse at my feet was an old woman. Her hair was pulled back and tied in a bun, like how my grandmother used to wear her own hair. This was my first kill. I killed a woman before I made love to one. I killed a woman before I was old enough to vote. I killed a woman before I bought my first car. I killed a woman and I was an Eagle Scout. I killed a woman while I was on probation to the Juvenile Court. I killed a woman before I knew she was a woman. I killed a woman while working for the United States Army in South Vietnam. I had killed before I had lived. The afternoon in the jungle was bright and hot. I stood there sweating, bewildered, dumfounded, and completely absorbed by the power."--from An Accidental Soldier "A valuable contribution to the growing list of Viet Nam narratives told from communities whose histories have yet to be fully recognized."--Jorge Mariscal, University of California, San Diego

Accidental Preacher

The lively, inspiring memoir of an eminent Christian preacher and leader In this book one of today’s best-known Christian leaders recounts—with his signature wit and humor—memorable moments from his rich and full preaching life.

Author: Will Willimon

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467457453

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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The lively, inspiring memoir of an eminent Christian preacher and leader In this book one of today’s best-known Christian leaders recounts—with his signature wit and humor—memorable moments from his rich and full preaching life. A personal and vocational memoir, Will Willimon’s Accidental Preacher portrays the adventure of a life caught up in the purposes of a God who calls unlikely people to engage in work greater than themselves. Beginning with his childhood in a segregated South and moving through his student years, Willimon gives candid, inspiring, and humorous testimony to his experiences as a seminary professor, rural pastor, globe-trotting preacher, bishop, and popular theologian and writer. Above all, he shows how God has constantly had a call on his life. By turns poignant, hilarious, and thought-provoking—but always irresistibly engaging—Accidental Preacher is sure to join the well-remembered, classic memoir of our time.

The Accidental Secretary

After college, Marsha Brandsdorfer hoped to get a job in publishing as an entry level editor, but with limited job experience, and no marketable skills, an attorney hired Marsha to work in his law firm as a file clerk.

Author: Marsha Brandsdorfer

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462802111

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 279

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After college, Marsha Brandsdorfer hoped to get a job in publishing as an entry level editor, but with limited job experience, and no marketable skills, an attorney hired Marsha to work in his law firm as a file clerk. So began her career for over two decades working in legal field in various positions, mostly as a legal assistant. Marsha has had a variety of experiences with different law firms and companies. She shares her experiences in her book, “The Accidental Secretary."

An Accidental Engineer

Within this book is a revealing truth about a kid from the bush who never had a life plan but always enjoyed the journey.

Author: David Jellie

Publisher:

ISBN: 1743057539

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 408

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Within this book is a revealing truth about a kid from the bush who never had a life plan but always enjoyed the journey. Following WW2, Australia was throwing off the shackles of austerity with the expansion of the road network in which Jellie was involved. Afterwards, he worked on projects in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and the Middle East.

Take the Next Step

The story of the oldest American to attempt to summit Mt. Everest.

Author: James Geiger

Publisher:

ISBN: 0976269724

Category:

Page: 322

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The story of the oldest American to attempt to summit Mt. Everest.

My Thoughts in Orbit

When Josh Givens finally sat down to make that collection, he never knew that going back over his old newspaper column pieces would evoke so many emotions and memories.

Author: Josh Givens

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1548817805

Category:

Page: 196

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He always knew that one day he would want to make a collection of his work. When Josh Givens finally sat down to make that collection, he never knew that going back over his old newspaper column pieces would evoke so many emotions and memories. What started as a simple collection of work, turned into a thought provoking and inspiring look back at his journey through life, that every human with a heartbeat can relate to.

The Accidental Tour Guide

Mary Moody’s bestselling memoirs about her adventures in France, Au Revoir and Last Tango in Toulouse, inspired thousands of women. The Accidental Tour Guide completes the circle by sharing another major turning point in her life.

Author: Mary Moody

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781925791365

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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The Year of Magical Thinking meets Salvation Creek in a powerful memoir of love, loss and discovery – the third act in an extraordinary life. Mary Moody’s bestselling memoirs about her adventures in France, Au Revoir and Last Tango in Toulouse, inspired thousands of women. The Accidental Tour Guide completes the circle by sharing another major turning point in her life. When Mary loses her beloved husband, her world is turned upside down. Part of her journey to reignite her passion for living is to boldly go where she has never been before – in her travels and in her everyday life. A powerful, moving and inspiring true story about how to rebuild your life without the people who matter most.