Another Life: A Memoir of Other People by Michael Korda

By Michael Korda

From international leaders to Mafia dons, from Hollywood stars to the literary world's so much eccentric writers, the impressive and infamous alike have entrusted their life's paintings to Simon & Schuster's preeminent editor, Michael Korda. during this masterful memoir, Korda unearths the unforgettable solid of characters and outrageous anecdotes at the back of 4 a long time of blockbuster publishing, bringing us face-to-face with dozens of larger-than-life figures: Richard Nixon, who maintained his "presidential" personality lengthy after his public existence was once over; Joan Crawford, whose autobiography mirrored a existence she may have cherished to have lived yet didn't; Joseph Bonanno, the retired Mafia don who'd do whatever to maintain from being killed by way of the reviewers.

And in a revelatory account that reads as compulsively as fiction, Another Life paints a brilliant photograph of publishing's glitterati, together with Jacqueline Susann, who liberated women's fiction--and terrorized a publishing condominium, and Tennessee Williams, who nourished his genius on four-course vodka lunches. A veritable Who's Who of level, display, and letters, Another Life is the deft interweaving of publishing at it such a lot fascinating--and storytelling at its best.

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Plans to show Amber around Bear Valley were made around a bonfire. ” After slapping it on my head, I poured Maya a bowl of Eukanuba for breakfast, then rummaged through the cupboards for snacks to toss into my pack. I paused a moment and leaned against the kitchen counter as my night with Amber replayed in my head. It was out of character for me to look forward to a day of fishing being over before it had begun, but I couldn’t wait to see her again. ” John shouted from below. I washed down the thought with my last gulp of coffee, threw on my pack, and clomped down the steps in cargo pants, a T-shirt, and the Chaco sandals I wore everywhere, preferring them to boots on backpacking trips until moving to Alaska, where sandal-friendly terrain is in short supply.

All he heard were dogs barking off in the distance and the river flowing by. I had passed out, and the bear had wandered off a few paces to wait and watch, as bears do when neutralizing a threat, real or perceived. Thinking the bear had gone, John called out. “Dan! DAN! ” He could barely make it out but he heard me moan. The bear heard me, too. It returned, and the roaring and thrashing and shrieking started all over again. Suddenly, I felt the ground rushing by beneath me, my head bouncing over jagged roots and rocks, one clocking me so hard I lost consciousness.

I yanked, setting the hook. ” The sockeye hit the gas. Anglers on either side of me reeled in their lines full-tilt and backed out of the river to make room. “Woo! Oooh, yeah. Yep, there’s fish in there,” I hollered. “Damn! ” John shouted. ” Adrenalin pumping, I reeled as fast as I could before my fish could bolt downriver into the current of no return. I reeled and reeled and reeled. Despite its vigorous protest, I dragged it closer and closer to shore, then steered it toward the bank with the tip of my rod.

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