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By Michael Korda

From global leaders to Mafia dons, from Hollywood stars to the literary world's so much eccentric writers, the remarkable 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 forged of characters and outrageous anecdotes in 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" character lengthy after his public lifestyles was once over; Joan Crawford, whose autobiography mirrored a lifestyles she could have beloved to have lived yet didn't; Joseph Bonanno, the retired Mafia don who'd do whatever to maintain from being killed via the reviewers.

And in a revelatory account that reads as compulsively as fiction, Another Life paints a shiny photo of publishing's glitterati, together with Jacqueline Susann, who liberated women's fiction--and terrorized a publishing apartment, and Tennessee Williams, who nourished his genius on four-course vodka lunches. A veritable Who's Who of level, reveal, 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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The bottle was empty. His mother – who immigrated from the Ukraine as a teenager with her five brothers and a father who died in an accident 62 MY PARENTS /63 shortly after arriving in America – went to the cabinet. She stood up on a chair and reached for the jar of emergency change. “I was never more ashamed of myself,” my dad recalled. “How dare I ask for more? ” “Yes, you do,” said his mother. ” My dad shakes his head when he tells the story. ” My mother didn’t grow up that poor, but money was not plentiful either.

The activities that engaged Alex were limited, and Nanette would feel frustrated and bored. She was riddled with self-doubts. The advice of family and friends was to put him in a playpen or in his room. “He needs to learn how to entertain himself,” our parents would say. ” Intellectually that made sense, but something about it did not sit right with us. People argued we were soft and indulgent, but our gut feelings were that the advice was wrong. We tried it; sometimes for extended periods, but it failed to work.

5 Daycare – I t quickly became apparent that any notion I had of finishing my dissertation while being home with Alex was ludicrous. Even if he had been a typical child it would probably have been impossible. I resigned myself to an extra year of graduate school, but we had to come up with a more workable childcare arrangement. Nanette was doing statistical work for an agency monitoring the Medicaid program in Wisconsin and bringing in the only real paycheck. I was teaching a night course on labor economics at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, which involved commuting over an hour in each direction.

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