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Memoir (Book 1)

Stephen Fry

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From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor

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In 1948, when I was five, my Gran took me to see three films in one day. I’d never seen a movie before, and I was hooked right away. We saw Joan of Arc, The Glass Mountain, and a Marx Brothers movie, ...
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"John Cleese's memoir is just about everything one would expect of its author-smart, thoughtful, provocative and above all funny. . . . A picture, if you will, of the artist as a young man."-The Washington Post

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I MADE MY first public appearance on the stairs up to the school nurse’s room, at St Peter’s Preparatory School, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, on 13 September 1948. I was eight and five-sixths...
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When he arrived at Cambridge he was a convicted thief, an addict, and a failed suicide, convinced that he would be expelled. Instead, university life offered him love and the chance to entertain.

He befriended bright young things like Hugh Laurie, no... View details

After all the storm-tossed derangement of my teenage years — love, shame, theft, scandal, expulsion, attempted suicide, fraud, arrest, imprisonment and sentencing — I finally seemed to have found some...
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Best known for his academy award-winning role as Dith Pran in "The Killing Fields", for Haing Ngor his greatest performance was not in Hollywood but in the rice paddies and labour camps of war-torn Cambodia.

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My earliest memory is standing at the back door of my parents’ house and gazing at the rice fields. The fields fascinated me. Low earthen dikes divided them into a pattern like irregular chequerboards...
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Do you ever wish your life was just a little bit more dangerous?

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Do you look in the mirror and think mean thoughts about your face?

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My parents would later point to these two small moments and tell me that was when they knew I would be a performer. Honestly, I don’t think I had a burning desire to act at that young age. Back then, ...
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"Izzard is one of the funniest people alive, a talented actor, a sharp cross-dresser, an experienced marathon runner, and a great writer. You will have to read this if only to find out what a jazz chicken is."-The Philad... View details

Because Mummy is ill, we have been told by Auntie Trudy that we have to knock on her door before entering. Which we do. We don’t realize we are supposed to wait for an answer before rushing in and jum...
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In the end, love is more important than everything and it will conquer and overcome anything. Or that's how Damon saw it, anyway. Damon wanted a book that talked a lot about love.Damon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool's Day. In this tribut... View details

Damon died in the third week after Pinatubo, a small, unknown volcano in the Philippines, started to belch smoke and spew ash, pushing smoke higher and higher into the stratosphere where the great up-...
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Spirited and whip-smart, these laugh-out-loud autobiographical essays are "a masterpiece" from the Emmy Award-winning actress and comedy writer known for 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and SNL" (Sunday Telegraph).

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As I nauseously perused “How Shall I Tell My Daughter?” I started to suspect that my mom had not actually read the pamphlet before handing it off to me. Here is a real quote from the actual 1981 editi...
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"One of the great reporters of our time and probably the greatest biographer." -The Sunday Times (London)

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid... View details

People are always asking me why I chose Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson to write about. Well, I must say I never thought of my books as the stories of Moses or Johnson. I never had the slightest inter...
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From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny.

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My guess is that when something is so easy, so greatly rewarded, and bears so few negative consequences, it's a recipe for addiction. From that moment on, everything I did was in search of that rush. ...
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