"...Russell Baker's story of growing up in America between the world wars -- in the backwoods mountains of Virginia, in a New Jersey commuter town, and finally in the Depression-shadowed urban landscape of Baltimore."
The story of a millwright without formal education whose love of the stars and ideal of perfection led him to make lenses and astronomical instruments that were the equal of the best in the world. The book was completed by his friends after his death.
The narator of Civilization writes about growing up in Edwardian England. The second sentence of his book reads "My parents belonged to a section of society known as 'the idle rich', and, although in that golden age many people were richer, there can be few who were idler". It just gets better.
It took the author's son, Alan, two years to persuade his father to write this eagerly awaited sequal.
"Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W. E. F. Du Bois and Paul Robeson."
The author tells us about growing up with his father and his maternal grandmother after the death of his mother.
The author reconstructs his life with his father and mother, who had died on his sixth birthday. The letters upon which this reconstruction was based had been written by his mother to her brother while he was serving in the Navy aboard the USS Ault.
Donald Hall "reflects on the meaning of work, solitude, and love."
"Incisive and witty as ever, Sir Peter describes his life and times in richly andecdotal style... " "extremely funny"
This boy "who seemed foredoomed to live and die as an obscure, pitifully thwarted Wisconsin farmer" escaped to become a famous and beloved naturalist.You can read about the rest of John Muir's life in The Life of John Muir, by Linnie Marsh Wolfe.
"A dignified, admirably old-fashioned book, written by a man who treats the language with respect and who grants the same to all the people who appear in this album of his life>"
A somewhat autobiographical novel by a woman doctor who was once the director general of health education in the Ministry of Health in Cairo.
A neurologist, Dr. Sacks describes his own despair, his frustration, and the crucial role of music in his recovery from a severe neurological injury. The book"casts a profound illumination on the experience of patienthood, the inner nature of sickness and health, and, finally, the physical basis of identity." Required reading for premedical students.
Growing up in Cambridge, MA, during the first decades of this century.
"Her tales of childhood in rural Ireland hark back to a timeless past, to a world lost but ever and fondly remembered." The biggest bestseller in Ireland's history.
"Another Alice Taylor masterpiece..."
"... the third in [her] trilogy, and will, I believe, be acknowledged to be the best ..."
"Flora Thompson's trilogy Lark Rise to Candleford is one of the best-loved of all books in the English language. It was published forty years ago , and the past it describes is now a century away. Yet it remains perhaps the most vivid, detailed and immediate portrait of country life ever written."
"Flora Thompson was herself a cottage child, born in 1878 and brought up in poverty in the tiny Oxfordshire hamlet of Juniper. (Juniper is renamed Lark Rise in the book, and Flora calls herself Laura.) From the age of five to when she left school at twelve, she and her brothers and sisters walked each day the three miles to Cottisford (Fordlow), where her teacher, Miss Holmes, used to say, 'Oh, Laura! What a dunce you are!'. But Miss Holmes was wrong, for Laura possessed the literary gifts, the eye and memory for everyday detail and the intimacies of experience, which would one day combine to produce this gentle masterpiece."
"In the 1880s the countryside was on the brink of unalterable change, and the march of progress would soon wipe away the unique idiosyncracies of a centuries-old way of life. But Flora Thompson was born in time to capture it before it vanished forever, with her unforgettable gallery of characters -- Old Sally, Miss Lane the postmistress, Sir Timothy, Miss Macey and the rest -- and her unsentimental but deeply affectionate account of the humble details of the life she knew."
"A gypsy once told the fortune of Laura (as Flora Thompson called herself ...) 'You are going to be loved by people you've never seen and never will see'." You, too, will love Laura.
Available as a Penguin Book, ISBN 01401.1756 3, and as an abridged and illustrated edition, ISBN 0-7126-0110-4. The illustrated edition is beautifully done and contains more than a dozen of Helen Allingham's rural scenes.
I have given away more copies of this book than any other. It is one of my all-time favorites.
"My Own Country" is a medical journey into the heart of a community. Walker Percy once called a character 'an old-fashioned physician of the soul.' Dr. Verghese could claim that title as his own. This is a startling and disturbing book, yet as fine and lyrical as anything I've read in a great while." Kaye Gibbons
"Eudora Welty creates more than a memoir ... this is a gentle reflective book, full of insights into the nature of memories." Sylvia Clayton
"... Geoffrey Wolfe unravels the enigma of this Gatsbyesque figure, a bad man who somehow was also a very good father, an inveterate liar who falsified everything but love."
"Lucid, bitter, precise, terribly sad..." Geoffrey's brother, Toby, tells his story.