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Barefoot To Avalon

Author : David Payne
ISBN : 9780802191847
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An Amazon Best Book of 2015, A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2015 “A brave book with beautiful sentences on every page.”—New York Times “Piercing...a tour de force.”—Los Angeles Times In 2000, while moving his household from Vermont to North Carolina, David Payne watched from his rearview mirror as his younger brother, George A., driving behind him in a two-man convoy of rental trucks, lost control of his vehicle, fishtailed, flipped over in the road, and died instantly. Soon thereafter, David’s life hit a downward spiral. His career came to a standstill, his marriage disintegrated, and his drinking went from a cocktail-hour indulgence to a full-blown addiction. He found himself haunted not only by George A.’s death, but also by his brother’s manic depression, a hereditary illness that overlaid a dark family history whose roots now gripped David. Barefoot to Avalon is Payne’s earnest and unflinching account of George A. and their boyhood footrace that lasted long into their adulthood, defining their relationship and their lives. As universal as it is intimate, this is an exceptional memoir of brotherhood, of sibling rivalries and sibling love, and of the torments a family can hold silent and carry across generations.

Barefoot To Avalon

Author : David Payne
ISBN : 0802123546
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"A defining voice for his generation...Payne is extraordinarily gifted--Boston Globe In 2000, while moving his household from Vermont to North Carolina, author David Payne watched from his rearview mirror as his younger brother, George A., driving behind him in a two-man convoy of rental trucks, lost control of his vehicle, fishtailed and flipped over in the road. David’s life hit a downward spiral. From a cocktail hour indulgence, his drinking became a full-blown addiction. His career entered a standstill. His marriage disintegrated. He found himself haunted not only by George A.’s death, but also by his brother’s manic depression, a condition that overlaid a dark family history of mental illness, alcoholism and suicide, an inherited past that now threatened David’s and his children’s futures. The only way out, he found, was to write about his brother. Barefoot to Avalon is Payne’s earnest and unflinching account of George A. and their boyhood footrace that lasted long into their adulthood, defining their relationship and their lives. As universal as it is intimate, this is an exceptional memoir of brotherhood, of sibling rivalries and sibling love, and of the torments a family can hold silent and carry across generations. Barefoot to Avalon is a brave and beautifully wrought gift, a true story of survival in the face of adversity.

Ruin Creek

Author : David Payne
ISBN : 0452282810
Genre : Fiction
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In North Carolina in 1954, sweethearts May Tilley and Jimmy Madden, who wed when May gets pregnant, cope with the hardships of parenthood and medical school, as they find life changing them in unexpected and divisive ways. Reprint.

Confessions Of A Taoist On Wall Street

Author : David Payne
ISBN : 0345410386
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From the tranquility of an Oriental monastery to the tumult of the New York Stock Exchange, the hero of this amazing novel embarks on a quest for a father, a fortune, and the ultimate essence of the universe. The illegitimate son of a Chinese woman and an American officer, he was reared as an orphan by Taoist monks. When he learns that his father may be a wealthy Wall Street entrepreneur, he feels compelled to go to New York. His efforts to reconcile his two lives -- to find the Tao in the Dow -- make a story rich in character, wit, and insight.

Local Souls

Author : Allan Gurganus
ISBN : 9780871407276
Genre : Fiction
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“This book underscores what we have long known—Gurganus stands among the best writers of our time.” —Ann Patchett Through memorable language and bawdy humor, Gurganus returns to his mythological Falls, North Carolina, home of Widow. This first work in a decade offers three novellas mirroring today’s face-lifted South, a zone revolutionized around freer sexuality, looser family ties, and superior telecommunications, yet it celebrates those locals who have chosen to stay local. In doing so, Local Souls uncovers certain old habits—adultery, incest, obsession—still very much alive in our New South, a "Winesburg, Ohio" with high-speed Internet. Wells Tower says of Gurganus, "No living writer knows more about how humans matter to each other." Such ties of love produce hilarious, if wrenching, complications: "Fear Not" gives us a banker's daughter seeking the child she was forced to surrender when barely fifteen, only to find an adult rescuer she might have invented. In "Saints Have Mothers," a beloved high school valedictorian disappears during a trip to Africa, granting her ambitious mother a postponed fame that turns against her. And in a dramatic "Decoy," the doctor-patient friendship between two married men breaks toward desire just as a biblical flood shatters their neighborhood and rearranges their fates. Gurganus finds fresh pathos in ancient tensions: between marriage and Eros, parenthood and personal fulfillment. He writes about erotic hunger and social embarrassment with Twain's knife-edged glee. By loving Falls, Gurganus dramatizes the passing of Hawthorne’s small-town nation into those Twitter-nourished lives we now expect and relish. Four decades ago, John Cheever pronounced Allan Gurganus "the most technically gifted and morally responsive writer of his generation." Local Souls confirms Cheever’s prescient faith. It deepens the luster of Gurganus’s reputation for compassion and laughter. His black comedy leaves us with lasting affection for his characters and the aching aftermath of human consequences. Here is a universal work about a village.

Run Brother Run

Author : David Berg
ISBN : 9781476717050
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A memoir of a wild boyhood in Texas that led to the murder of the author's brother, Alan, in 1968 shares details about the author's striving Jewish family and the miscarriage of justice when Alan's murderer went unpunished.

Just Punishment

Author : David R Payne
ISBN : 1682898083
Genre : Fiction
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Everything was perfect for the Tyler family until their beloved Amanda disappeared on a cold Texas night. Her older brother was charged with the responsibility of protecting her and he failed. Forced to embrace questionable means of investigation in an effort to find her, the oath taken by Zeb Tyler when he became an assistant district attorney is tested beyond limits. Courtroom confrontations pit proponents of victim's rights against anti-death penalty advocates, and Zeb is hailed as the messiah for victims across America. His world detonates as he faces Jackie Lincoln, a Yale-educated liberal who holds the Constitution as her hammer and touts its protection for all, even those who rape and murder the innocent. She is beautiful, relentless, and backed by Rector, Lehman and Kirkpatrick, DC's most formidable attorneys who receive a perpetual stream of cash from the Hollywood elite and a myriad of greed-filled corporations with no face or moral compass, all of whom have made the abolishment of the ultimate penalty their primary objective. These gladiators of justice quickly find themselves in the national spotlight fueled by innuendo and courtroom gossip and a fevered desire to advance their causes. Unlikely alliances are formed, the lines of justice are tested, and the law suddenly becomes a faded gray line as they ultimately search for and find just punishment.

The Splendid Things We Planned A Family Portrait

Author : Blake Bailey
ISBN : 9780393239577
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This darkly humorous account of growing up in a prosperous, eccentric family with an older brother whose erratic and increasingly dangerous behavior threatens them all was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Lord Fear

Author : Lucas Mann
ISBN : 9781101870259
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Lucas Mann was only thirteen years old when his brother Josh—charismatic and ambitious, funny and sadistic, violent and vulnerable—died of a heroin overdose. Although his brief life is ultimately unknowable, Josh is both a presence and an absence in the author’s life that will not remain unclaimed. As Josh’s story is told in kaleidoscopic shards of memories assembled from interviews with his friends and family, as well as from the raw material of his journals, a revealing, startling portrait unfolds. At the same time, Mann pulls back to examine his own complicated feelings and motives for recovering memories of his brother’s life, searching for a balance between the tension of inevitability and the what ifs that beg to be asked. Through his investigation, Mann also comes to redefine his own place in a family whose narrative is bisected by the tragic loss. Unstinting in its honesty, captivating in its form, and profound in its conclusions, Lord Fear more than confirms the promise of Mann’s earlier book, Class A; with it, he is poised to enter the ranks of the best young writers of his generation. From the Hardcover edition.

The Four Of Us

Author : Elizabeth Swados
ISBN : 9781429921916
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The moving story of the author's talented family, which is haunted by the tragedy of the first child's schizophrenia. Four essays, one for each family member's story, combine to create a complex and resonant picture of the four sides of a family rectangle.

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