This Boy

A Memoir of a Childhood

Author: Alan Johnson

Publisher: Corgi

ISBN: 9780552167017

Category: Politicians

Page: 296

View: 5581

The extraordinary 1950s London childhood of one of Britain's best-loved politicians. Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all. This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together and out of care when she herself was still only a child. Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, the story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging 60s, to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father whilst still in his teens. This Boy is one man's story, but it is also a story of England and the West London slums which are so hard to imagine in the capital today. No matter how harsh the details, Alan Johnson writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openness which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of miseries.
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This Boy

Author: Alan Johnson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0593069641

Category: Great Britain

Page: 297

View: 2748

The extraordinary 1950s London childhood of one of Britain's best-loved politicians. Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all. This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together and out of care when she herself was still only a child. Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, the story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging 60s, to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father whilst still in his teens. This Boy is one man's story, but it is also a story of England and the West London slums which are so hard to imagine in the capital today. No matter how harsh the details, Alan Johnson writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openness which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of miseries.
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This Boy

Author: Alan Johnson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448110483

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all... This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together and out of care when she herself was still only a child. Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, the story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging 60s, to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father whilst still in his teens. This Boy is one man’s story, but it is also a story of England and the West London slums which are so hard to imagine in the capital today. No matter how harsh the details, Alan Johnson writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openness which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of miseries.
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This Boy's Life

A Memoir

Author: Tobias Wolff

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780802198600

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes - running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars - lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.
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Beware This Boy

Author: Maureen Jennings

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Limited

ISBN: 0771043198

Category: Fiction

Page: 307

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Detective Inspector Tom Tyler is sent to investigate a factory bombing in 1940, he finds that tensions between the owners and workers are growing with the fear of communist infiltration and a young soldier who has gone AWOL.
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Love That Boy

What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parent's Expectations

Author: Ron Fournier

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0804140502

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 374

Love That Boyis a multilayered story about one father's journey to acceptance. Ron Fournier's son has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that makes Tyler socially awkward. With a stiff nudge from his wife, Ron traveled the country with Tyler to various presidential sites and visited with former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, in a series of oguilto trips that help him appreciate Tyler for who he is, rather than what he wanted him to be. On a broader level, it's a story about every parent's stratospheric expectations for their children-where and why the dreams are made, how these aspirations distort childhood, and what ways they can be properly channeled. When a parent's expectations come from the wrong place and are pressed into service of the wrong goals, kids get hurt. While a parent's love is unconditional, a parent's pride comes with caveats. Ron discovered both late in his job as a father, which he shares in this compelling and honest look at the universal pitfalls of modern parenting.
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This Boy's Life

Author: Paul Dixey

Publisher: Vivlia Limited

ISBN: 1909833223

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Autobiography of my life from earliest childhood memories to my upbringing in the Cameroons. From Soldier to bricklayer and finally to oil rig worker.
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This Boy's Faith

Notes from a Southern Baptist Upbringing

Author: Hamilton Cain

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307463966

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9333

An unforgettable memoir about growing up Southern, grappling with faith, and confronting a childhood colored by religion, Bible Belt culture, and a mother who minces words better than a food processor A child stumbles upon a vintage photograph and glimpses salvation. A young girl vanishes in a famous cavern when she runs away from her tour group. A hijacked plane circles overhead, its passengers’ lives in jeopardy. A mystical stranger, a refugee from the Holocaust, seals off her secrets behind an elusive smile. From simple blessings to historical tragedies to random twists of fate, This Boy’s Faith plumbs the uncanny mysteries and surprising revelations at the heart of a Southern Baptist childhood. Hamilton Cain came to Jesus on a trampoline, or as his devout parents described it, “He just jumped and bounced his way to the Lord.” Growing up in Tennessee in the 1970s and ’80s, he set himself on the path to becoming the best Baptist boy he could be. The veil between the concrete and the magical shimmered all around him, nourishing his soul. Religion was a map to help him navigate his life, to steer away from the reefs of temptation. Yet as he grew older, Hamilton began to notice fractures and cracks in a world that had once promised sanctuary and transcendence, perils threatening to shatter the protective shell of family and community. Like an escape artist, he cut himself free from his evangelical milieu, and eventually gravitated north, to cosmopolitan New York. Twenty years later, the smooth flow of Hamilton’s life reversed itself yet again when his first child was born with a grave genetic disease. Thrown into a chasm of confusion and despair, he found the primal voices of his original culture reaching out to him. He picked up that faded, half-forgotten script to see what values, if any, could steady him in the here and now. The result is a story of growing up Baptist, and then growing up. Haunting, evocative, and gorgeously written, Hamilton Cain’s debut will resonate with fans of poignant personal memoir, readers interested in faith and spirituality, and anyone who has known what it’s like to engage the complexities and contradictions of one’s past. From the Hardcover edition.
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This Boy This Man/A Suicide Note

Author: Gregory Spillman

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 145836416X

Category:

Page: 306

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A deeply disturbing true account of existence trapped inside addiction and mental illness, This Boy...This Man paints a profoundly vivid portrait of a pitch black world of delusions, suicidal fixation, and alcoholic destruction. Twisted and labryhtine, Gregory George Spillman's excruciating journey into madness screams for acknowledgement and begs for understanding. You cannot rise, though, if you have never fallen. Step by agonizing step he would commit to the treatments that led him to the faith that salvaged him. Often darkly humorous and often painfully poignant, this is the enlightening truth of his tale.
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Cambridge Checkpoints VCE Text Guides: This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff

Author: Nick Konstantatos

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139948776

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

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Cambridge Checkpoints VCE Text Guides are an invaluable digital resource for all students of senior English. This guide for Area of Study 1 will help you develop the confidence you need to write essays throughout the year, and to build your skills in reading and responding in readiness for the end of year exam. Cambridge Checkpoints VCE Text Guides for Area of Study 1 offer you: ; Detailed character analysis ; Discussion of themes, ideas and values ; A focus on the language features and conventions of your text ; Revision questions ; Sample topics ; Practice essays and essay writing tips ; Comprehensive reference lists
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That Boy

Author: Jillian Dodd

Publisher: Jillian Dodd

ISBN: 0615408982

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: N.A

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You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible. Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth. Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me. And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no. One boy will give me my very first kiss. One boy will teach me to make out. One boy will take me to prom. And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him. They will both be my best friends. But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with. Only one of them is that boy. Romance, Family Life, Contemporary Romance, Friendship Books, Sweet Romance, Sports Romance, Romance Drama, Love Story Books, Books Love Stories, Romance Contemporary, Sports Romance Books, Coming of Age Romance, Football Romance, New Adult, Literary Romance, College Football Romance, Love That Boy, New Adult Romance Books, That Boy Jillian Dodd, Jillian Dodd Love, Contemporary Romance Fiction, Jillian Dodd, Jillian Dodd That Boy, That Boy Series, Love hat Boy Book, Jillian Dodd Kindle Books, Teen and Young Adult Romance, Wholesome Romance, Family Saga Romance, Sweet Romances, Friend to Lover, The Boy Next Door, Boy Next Door, Friend to Lovers Romance, Neighbor Romance, The Boy Next Door Romance, Contemporary Adult Romance, Small Town Series Romance, The Boy who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window, Literature and Fiction, Contemporary, New Adult and College, Hot Neighbor, Boy Best Friends, Best Friends Since Childhood, Books by Jillian Dodd, Jillian Dodd Love, Sagas, Literary Fiction, Friendship, Best Friend Romance, Football, Family Life, Friends to Lovers, Boy Next Door, New Adult, Boy Next Door Romance, Lighthearted Romance, Light Romance, Heartwarming, Hear-warming, Family, Quick Read, Romance Fiction Books, Contemporary Crush, Series, USA Today, USA Today Bestseller, Romance Series, Romance Books, Hot Guy, Love, Love Books, Kissing Books, Long Series, Long Romance Series, Swoon, Loyalty, Rich, Serial, Story, Stories, Love Story, Romance Love
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If You See This Boy

Author: K. Parry

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781499396461

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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It took little time for four year old Harry Styles, and the new kid on the block, six year old Louis Tomlinson, to become the best of friends. The boys spent most of their days together until a tragic mishap a few days before Louis' seventh birthday tears the boys apart in a manner that no one expected. Louis Tomlinson had been kidnapped and the only thing left of him from that day he had spent with Harry was his red knit hat discovered in the snowbanks days after his disappearance. The event shook up the town of Cheshire and rattled Harry Styles for most of his youth. He wondered if he would ever see his best friend again? Would anyone ever see him again for that matter or would Louis remain the boy on the milk cartons and the posters?
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The Boy & the Book

[a wordless story]

Author: David Michael Slater

Publisher: Charlesbridge

ISBN: 1607347555

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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In this wordless story, a library book tries desperately to evade the destructive clutches of a little boy. What drives the Boy, however, is enthusiasm and love—not malice—and the Book eventually responds in kind, accepting his rough but worthy fate.
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This Boy

Author: F. Mark Granato

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537721408

Category:

Page: 502

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FROM CAMELOT TO DESPAIR IN A SINGLE DECADE In an instant, young Danny Logan fell in love with a girl and a career. Only one was faithful. Growing up on the streets of Hartford, Connecticut's South End in the tumultuous 1960's was a challenge in itself. For Logan, it meant having sharp wits, rock solid values and pride. But when he meets a girl who captures his heart with a single glance, he is torn between the neighborhood he knows - the place where he belongs - and a world of wealth beyond his dreams in a mansion at Fenwick on the shores of Long Island Sound. When disloyalty crushes his fantasy, he finds a new life as a newspaperman covering the violence and divisiveness of racial unrest in the City and the bloody Vietnam conflict. His journey as a reporter and editor takes him through the headlines that mark the worst of the 60's and 70's, and harden him to the harsh realities of a new world.
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My Princess Boy

Author: Cheryl Kilodavis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 144243063X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

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Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy. Inspired by the author's son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book about unconditional love and one remarkable family. It is also a call for tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. The world is a brighter place when we accept everyone for who they are.
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Eye Can Write

A memoir of a child’s silent soul emerging

Author: Jonathan Bryan

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911600796

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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Can you imagine not being able to speak or communicate? The silence, the loneliness, the pain. But, inside you disappear to magical places, and even meet your best friend there. However, most of the time you remain imprisoned within the isolation. Waiting, longing, hoping. Until someone realises your potential and discovers your key, so your unlocking can begin. Now you are free, flying like a wild bird in the open sky. A voice for the voiceless. Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known. In Eye can Write, we read of his intense passion for life, his mischievous sense of fun, his hopes, his fears and what it's like to be him. This is a powerful book from an incredible young writer whose writing ability defies age or physical disability - a truly inspirational figure. Foreword by Sir Michael Morpurgo A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Jonathan Bryan's charity, Teach Us Too. http://www.teachustoo.org.uk/
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Lucky Boy

Author: Shanthi Sekaran

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110198225X

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy. "Sekaran has written a page-turner that’s touching and all too real." —People “A fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love.”—Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans Eighteen years old and fizzing with optimism, Solimar Castro-Valdez embarks on a perilous journey across the Mexican border. Weeks later, she arrives in Berkeley, California, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. Undocumented and unmoored, Soli discovers that her son, Ignacio, can become her touchstone, and motherhood her identity in a world where she’s otherwise invisible. Kavya Reddy has created a beautiful life in Berkeley, but then she can’t get pregnant and that beautiful life seems suddenly empty. When Soli is placed in immigrant detention and Ignacio comes under Kavya’s care, Kavya finally gets to be the singing, story-telling kind of mother she dreamed of being. But she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child. “Nacho” to Soli, and “Iggy” to Kavya, the boy is steeped in love, but his destiny and that of his two mothers teeters between two worlds as Soli fights to get back to him. Lucky Boy is a moving and revelatory ode to the ever-changing borders of love.
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