The Accidental Life

An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers
Author: Terry McDonell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101946725
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 Life


Author: Pamela Binnings Ewen
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 0805464328
Category: Fiction
Page: 357
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A New Orleans senior district attorney and his lawyer wife are caught up in a faith-testing courtroom battle involving the rights of infants born alive during abortions.

An Accidental Life


Author: Harold Drayton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910553459
Category: Education
Page: 912
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An Accidental Life is a portrait of a man who played a significant role in the history of education and health in the Caribbean. Harold Drayton's passionate and meticulous memoir offers, first, a precious account of colonial British Guiana. He maps the impacton him of his home, into which his birth was an accident, the influence of his working-class autodidact stepfather, of his schools, and of war and politics in the 1940s.

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson


Author: Paige Toon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471118797
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 336
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Meet Jessie, small-town girl turned wild child . . . Jessie has never known her real dad, and when her mum dies she thinks any hope of finding him is gone. As she goes goes off the rails, her stepdad announces that her father is Johnny Jefferson - legendary rockstar and former hell-raiser. Still dealing with her loss, and now the daughter of a superstar, Jessie is sucked into the LA lifestyle - paparazzi, parties and hot guitar-wielding boys included. But is Johnny up to the job? And, more importantly, is Jessie? 'Fun and flirty, Jessie Jefferson is a top notch series YA fans should grab ASAP' Maximum Pop! Praise for Paige Toon: 'If you want escapism, Paige Toon is perfect' Cosmopolitan 'Brilliant' Heat 'Witty and sexy - perfect holiday reading material' Closer

No Lifeguard on Duty

The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel
Author: Janice Dickinson
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061750840
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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No Lifeguard on Duty is the ultimate memoir of sex, drugs, rock & roll, and redemption from modeling icon Janice Dickinson. From her supermodel glory days with Gia Carangi and Christie Brinkley to nights with Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Sylvester Stallone; from a dizzying drug and alcohol habit to three failed marriages; from cavorting around the globe to struggling to make it in Los Angeles as a working mom on America’s Next Top Model and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, Janice tells all.

The Accidental Life of Greg Millar


Author: Aimee Alexander
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
ISBN: 9781503934184
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Lucy Arigho's first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material. But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming part of Greg's world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won't accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they're stuck in a heat wave that won't let up. And then there's Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker--and whether she knows him at all.

The Accidental Life

An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers
Author: Terry McDonell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101970510
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
View: 6247

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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."

The Accidental Masterpiece

On the Art of Life and Vice Versa
Author: Michael Kimmelman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101666943
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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A New York Times bestseller—a dazzling and inspirational survey of how art can be found and appreciated in everyday life Michael Kimmelman, the prominent New York Times writer and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, is known as a deep and graceful writer across the disciplines of art and music and also as a pianist who understands something about the artist's sensibility from the inside. Readers have come to expect him not only to fill in their knowledge about art but also to inspire them to think about connections between art and the larger world - which is to say, to think more like an artist. Kimmelman's many years of contemplating and writing about art have brought him to this wise, wide-ranging, and long-awaited book. It explores art as life's great passion, revealing what we can learn of life through pictures and sculptures and the people who make them. It assures us that art - points of contact with the exceptional that are linked straight to the heart - can be found almost anywhere and everywhere if only our eyes are opened enough to recognize it. Kimmelman regards art, like all serious human endeavors, as a passage through which a larger view of life may come more clearly into focus. His book is a kind of adventure or journey. It carries the message that many of us may not yet have learned how to recognize the art in our own lives. To do so is something of an art itself. A few of the characters Kimmelman describes, like Bonnard and Chardin, are great artists. But others are explorers and obscure obsessives, paint-by-numbers enthusiasts, amateur shutterbugs, and collectors of strange odds and ends. Yet others, like Charlotte Solomon, a girl whom no one considered much of an artist but who secretly created a masterpiece about the world before her death in Auschwitz, have reserved spots for themselves in history, or not, with a single work that encapsulates a whole life. Kimmelman reminds us of the Wunderkammer, the cabinet of wonders - the rage in seventeenth-century Europe and a metaphor for the art of life. Each drawer of the cabinet promises something curious and exotic, instructive and beautiful, the cabinet being a kind of ideal, self-contained universe that makes order out of the chaos of the world. The Accidental Masterpiece is a kind of literary Wunderkammer, filled with lively surprises and philosophical musings. It will inspire readers to imagine their own personal cabinet of wonders.

The Accidental Truth


Author: Lauri Taylor
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1590792742
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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Lauri Taylor was just your average suburban PTA mom and marketing exec. Then tragedy struck. When her mother is found dead in Mexico, Lauri finds herself embarking on a journey of discovery. She strives to uncover the identity of her mother’s murderer while struggling against the unbearable guilt of having been powerless to prevent her murder—but what she finds isn’t what she was expecting. Lauri Taylor’s memoir The Accidental Truth: What my mother’s murder investigation taught me about life tells the true story of a woman’s quest as she seeks understanding and atonement. With the help of famed FBI profiler Candice DeLong, Lauri begins her transformation into a skilled and unrelenting investigator, earning the praise of even the most seasoned cold-case detectives. As she works to unearth the secrets buried in her mother’s life and death, key evidence comes to light and a shocking revelation unfolds. The Accidental Truth is a profound narrative of true crime, family bonds, and the grief of sudden death. Lauri Taylor’s achingly intimate story chronicles her personal journey as she empowers herself with truth, finds the courage and compassion to forgive her mother and herself, and eventually learns to let go.

The Accidental


Author: Ali Smith
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307279758
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Filled with Ali Smith's trademark wordplay and inventive storytelling, here is the dizzyingly entertaining, wickedly humorous story of a mysterious stranger whose sudden appearance during a family’s summer holiday transforms four variously unhappy people. Each of the Smarts—parents Eve and Michael, son Magnus, and the youngest, daughter Astrid—encounter Amber in his or her own solipsistic way, but somehow her presence allows them to see their lives (and their life together) in a new light. Smith’s narrative freedom and exhilarating facility with language propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.

The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden


Author: Emma Trevayne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 144249882X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 256
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At age twelve, grave robber Thomas Marsden discovers a boy who looks just like him in an unmarked grave and begins a journey of discovery as he learns of faeries trapped in London and their hope that he can return them to their realm.

An Accidental Life


Author: Titia Sutherland
Publisher: Severn House Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780727822796
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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Accident or suicide? On a stark and cold January day, Philip Stavely, successful actor, screenwriter and family man, was killed during a shooting party, leaving behind his wife and three children. The inquest brought a verdict of accidental death and a legacy of doubt for Philip's widow, Ellie, who could not shake the feeling that her husband's death was suicide. They had always enjoyed a close relationship even throughout the difficult periods on their marriage, but in the months leading up to his death, Ellie had felt Philip growing away from her, becoming a stranger. Ellie believes that the truth behind the accident lies in understanding the changes in Philip's behaviour, and she begins to discover who Philip had become, knowing that coming to terms with the past will be the only way to face the future..

The Accidental Tourist


Author: Anne Tyler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143196332
Category: Fiction
Page: 355
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life. Praise for The Accidental Tourist “Poignant . . . funny . . . The Accidental Tourist is one of her best. . . . [Tyler] has never been stronger.”—The New York Times “Bittersweet . . . evocative . . . It’s easy to forget this is the warm lull of fiction; you half-expect to run into her characters at the dry cleaners. . . . Tyler [is] a writer of great compassion.”—The Boston Globe “Tyler has given us an endlessly diverting book whose strength gathers gradually to become a genuinely thrilling one.”—Los Angeles Times “A delight . . . a graceful comic novel about getting through life.”—The Wall Street Journal “A rarely equaled richness and depth . . . Delicious humor . . . Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place.”—Newday “Incandescent, heartbreaking, exhilarating . . . One cannot reasonably expect fiction to be much better than this."—The Washington Post From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Accidental Teacher

Life Lessons from My Silent Son : an Autism Memoir
Author: Annie Lubliner Lehmann
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472050745
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 159
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The creators ofJazz ABZare back for an encore!With infectious rhythm and rhyme, musical master Wynton Marsalis opens kids' ears to the sounds around us.

The Accidental Millionaire

How to Succeed in Life Without Really Trying
Author: Gary Fong
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1933771917
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 264
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The memoir of Gary Fong,the would-be slacker who revolutionised wedding photography, inventor of popular photography aids, entrepreneur, contrarian, bon vivant and man who really, really didn't want to become a doctor. A first generation Chinese-American, Fong dealt in his own quirky and funny way with the burdens of poverty, crime and his parents' aspirations. At turns hilarious, insightful and instructive, this book turns the traditional self-help principles upside down, disdaining the goal-oriented approaches of conventional self-help philosophies.

The Accidental Executive

Lessons on Business, Faith, and Calling from the Life of Joseph
Author: Albert M. Erisman
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN: 1619707195
Category: Religion
Page: 202
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For people in the workplace, there is a great deal to learn from Joseph in the book of Genesis. He spent time both at the top and at the bottom—as a leader and as a slave in Egypt. In this new book about faith and work, author Albert M. Erisman shares lessons learned from the frontlines of business, government, and education, and how they connect to Joseph’s life. Through the author’s own work experiences and interviews with business leaders across the world, you’ll learn that Joseph dealt with issues that are still common in the business world today. Studying his life can offer guidance and encouragement in any workplace.

The Accidental Creative

How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice
Author: Todd Henry
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101516973
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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Have better ideas, faster, without the stress and burnout. It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us-even the accountants-have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. Born out of his consultancy and his popular podcast, Henry has created a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm. He focuses on five key elements: •Focus: Begin with your end goal in mind. •Relationships: Build stimulating relationships and ideas will follow. •Energy: Manage it as your most valuable resource. • Stimuli: Structure the right "inputs" to maximize creative output. •Hours: Focus on effectiveness, not efficiency. This is a guide for staying inspired and experiencing greater creative productivity than you ever imagined possible. From the Hardcover edition.

The Accidental Anarchist

From the Diaries of Jacob Marateck
Author: Bryna Kranzler
Publisher: Bryna Kranzer
ISBN: 0984556303
Category: Jewish soldiers
Page: 338
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At 25, Jacob Marateck was a Jewish officer in the notoriously anti-Semitic Russian army during the Russo-Japanese War. After avoiding a firing squad for a third time, he escaped from a Siberian forced labor camp with Warsaw's colorful "King of Thieves." This is the remarkable, true story of an ordinary man made extraordinary by participating in the history-making events of the 1900s in Russia and Poland.

Camp Austen

My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan
Author: Ted Scheinman
Publisher: FSG Originals
ISBN: 086547821X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 176
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One of the Chicago Reader's Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018 A raucous tour through the world of Mr. Darcy imitations, tailored gowns, and tipsy ballroom dancing The son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, Ted Scheinman spent his childhood eating Yorkshire pudding, singing in an Anglican choir, and watching Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. Determined to leave his mother’s world behind, he nonetheless found himself in grad school organizing the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that sits somewhere between an academic conference and superfan extravaganza. While the long tradition of Austen devotees includes the likes of Henry James and E. M. Forster, it is at the conferences and reenactments where Janeism truly lives. In Camp Austen, Scheinman tells the story of his indoctrination into this enthusiastic world and his struggle to shake his mother’s influence while navigating hasty theatrical adaptations, undaunted scholars in cravats, and unseemly petticoat fittings. In a haze of morning crumpets and restrictive tights, Scheinman delivers a hilarious and poignant survey of one of the most enduring and passionate literary coteries in history. Combining clandestine journalism with frank memoir, academic savvy with insider knowledge, Camp Austen is perhaps the most comprehensive study of Austen that can also be read in a single sitting. Brimming with stockings, culinary etiquette, and scandalous dance partners, this is summer camp like you’ve never seen it before.

The Accidental Book Club


Author: Jennifer Scott
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0451418824
Category: Fiction
Page: 342
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"Jean Vison never expected to run a book club, but then her life took an unexpected turn. Now, with Jean's husband gone, what began as an off-the-cuff idea has grown into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, for wine and laughter--and for books. So when Jean's family starts unraveling again--her daughter forced into rehab and her troubled teen granddaughter, Bailey, coming to live with her in the interim--she turns to the book club for comfort and support. And together, they all, even Bailey, discover that family is what you make of it, especially the family you choose..."--