Losing Mum and Pup
It doesn't matter what your political views are. This book is a
personal memoir by Christopher Buckley who lost both his parents in
one year. Christopher, an only child, was 55-years-old
at the time - not your usual vision of an orphan, but, technically,
that he had just become.
And his parents were not your everyday folks. His father, William F.
Buckley Jr., was the founder of the conservative "National Review"
and founder and host of "Firing
Line," the American
television public affairs show (1966-1999).
He also wrote over 50 books.
Christopher's mother, a New York socialite and sometimes viper,
provides never-ending wit and vehemence in the book.
She was originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Christopher remembers them and all their foibles with touching
stories filled with humor, sarcasm, and reverence. His parents hung
out with celebrities of all types: Henry Kissinger, David Niven,
Ronald and Nancy Regan, Walter Cronkite, and Truman Capote.... among
thousands of others.
It's a great read.
The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
227 pp. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. $23.95. ISBN
Winner of The National Book
The Film Club
The perfect book for all film buffs...
You will experience a nostalgia
for all the best films you've ever seen,
and you will discover some you
may have inadvertently missed.
- Portraits of Power
by Evelyn Huang and Lawrence Jeffery
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
With formal, posed portraits by Lord Snowdon, this book presents the
lives Hong Kong's elite leaders. Twenty-six interviews present
exceptional people - how they became who they are, and what
they thought would happen after the transition to Chinese rule in
The book appeared before the 1997 change of power.
A Doctor's Initiation
by Sandeep Jauhar
Dr. Sandeep Jauhar writes about his residency at New York Hospital.
What is interesting about the book is that Jauhar writes about his
weaknesses as well as his strengths. He explains his feelings
about being a medical student in an honest and straightforward way.
This helps the reader to understand more clearly what is involved
with being a medical doctor in a large hospital. Not everything goes
well, and not all patients can be cured.
The doctor also has a lot to learn from his patients.
Sometimes it's the patients who cure themselves, and the doctor
merely assists in facilitating this.
Jauhar survived his early years as a medical student and is now
of Heart Failure, Long Island Jewish
Drama: An Actor's Education
by John Lithgow
An excellent read - following the development
of a very talented actor - spanning many decades,
from a small-town banker in "Terms of Endearment"
to a very creepy serial killer in "Dexter."
The characters he creates take him everywhere.
In one film, he's a transsexual, in another, he's a football player.
Before the End of the Day:
Stories from a Doctor's Journal
by Michael Malus
Finalist for The
QSPELL Prize for Non-Fiction in 1995
years, from five to seven each morning, Michael
Malus wrote in his journal – the only time he
had before his ‘real day’ began as a family
doctor working in many different places: rural
Quebec, Great Slave Lake with the Dogrib
Indians, the Inuit on the Hudson Bay coast
and the Apache in New Mexico.
Still a family doctor, Michael
Malus lives in Montreal with his wife and two children.
He teaches Family Medicine at the Herzl
Family Practice Centre at the Jewish General Hospital
in Montreal and at McGill University.
He continues to work with the Inuit in
Hudson Bay communities on a regular basis.
Downtown: My Manhattan
by Peter Hamill
The Man Who Loves A City
by Jerry Tallmer
The Seventeen Traditions
by Ralph Nader
Nader grew up in a small town in Connecticut. He writes about the
influence his parents had on him and his siblings and how the
restaurant his father owned became a gathering place for talk about
politics and government. Thinking, questioning and reading was
a central part of his childhood, as well attending town meetings.
These early impressions forced upon him the importance of having a
say in how
one's city is run.
Look Me in the Eye
My Life with Asperger's
by John Elder
A must-read for anyone who is interested in this variety of Autism
that victimizes very smart people who can't relate to others.
Their world is one of confusion, and they are constantly made fun of
John Elder Robison gives an honest look into his life with
Asperger's and how he has dealt with it. He designed
light-emitting and smoking guitars for Kiss, worked on video games
and is now a successful small business owner repairing
His brother is Augusten
Burroughs, author of the bestselling memoir
Running with Scissors
A biography of William James Sidis
The story of a boy genius gone wrong.
His controlling parents destroy his life.
A victim of media hype, Sidis drops out
to take a series of menial jobs.
He doesn't like pressure. And he doesn't like
being a genius in the eyes of the press.
Amy Wallace is the daughter of best-selling novelist
Born on a Blue Day
A Memoir of Asperger's and An Extraordinary Mind
It difficult to imagine what it's really like having Asperger's.
Daniel Tammet gives the reader a look inside his high-functioning
He describes numbers as colors and how these visions are special and
pleasurable for him.
His unusual ability to remember numbers in order is beyond what we
Tammet set a European record in 2004 when he recited
the famous mathematical constant Pi (3.141...)
to 22,514 decimal places from memory in 5 hours, 9 minutes.
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