BRILLIANT, MOTIVATED, AND FIERCELY fabulous, activist Eddie Ndopu tells the story of his journeys: South Africa to Canada to Oxford to his role on the world’s most glittering stages speaking out for the rights of people with disabilities. B PLUS
#otd 30 Jan. 1649 Charles I was executed. For Alice Thornton, looking back on this c.1669, Charles I was a 'martyr' who was 'cruelly murdered by the hands of blasphemous rebels, his own subjects, at Whitehall, London' (Book 1). https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2023-01-27-last-days-charlesI/
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AN EXTRAVAGANTLY THEATRICAL LIFE, onstage and off—the playwright and incomparable diva Charles Busch’s memoir is witty and full of love for his family, friends, mentors, and muses, but most of all for the glamour of acting. B PLUS
We have a new most read post for 2023! Thank you for counting down to 2024 with Alice Thornton's Books, and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Our most read blog post is my 'A House Divided', about the Restoration of Charles II and a domestic quarrel. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2022-09-12-a-house-divided/ #BritishCivilWars #17thcentury #Memoirs #LifeWriting @litodons @histodons @histodon #WomensHistory
We're down to our top two most read blog posts as we count down to 2024! Last year, my piece about finding two missing Alice Thornton manuscripts was in the very top spot. This year it's at number 2. Find out where the Alice Thornton's Books project all began. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2022-06-23-two-missing-thornton-manuscripts/
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As we look over our top 5 blog posts, what better time to dip into the world of Alice Thornton (1626-1707). We'll keep you reading about the #17thC till the Eve of 2024. At no. 4, project postdoc Jo Edge brought us 'Alice Thornton, Memory and Middleham Castle'. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/posts/blog/2022-07-25-alice-thornton-middleham-castle/
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A VISIONARY, KALEIDOSCOPIC MEMOIR combines tales from the writer’s life with legends from her Japanese, Okinawan, and Taiwanese heritage. Touching and insightful; beautifully illustrated by the author’s sister. A MINUS
THE OPPRESSION OF THE UYGHUR PEOPLE explored in heartbreaking detail through an exiled poet and filmmaker’s memoir. Beautiful writing about a horrifying topic brings stories of the imprisoned and murdered into the light. A MINUS
Insha Allah, guess who's going to rev up her Substack with ...
A #Hajj 2024 / 1445 preparation log!
ALL kinds of prep will be grist for the mill, not just nerdy gear buys or struggles with the Nusuk app. Photos and pictures will abound, Insha Allah.
And I'll be excerpting and commenting on other Hajj #Memoirs, Insha Allah. They're often fascinating and beautifully written.
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Check out version v1.3.0 of our #Digital edition of Alice Thornton's Books. We have a new search function for people and places. Links that go to our partial release are live (others show up but are currently disabled). We also have some sample bios up for the 14 people named in the first 22 pages of her 'Book of Remembrances'. https://thornton.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/entities/
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A FAMILY’S DEEPEST SECRETS are brought to light in this ambitious, poetic memoir. In a mix of recollection and recreation, the author uses her uncle’s conviction for art forgery as the lens through which to examine a family in flight from truth. B PLUS
BARBRA STREISAND’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY is as unique as its subject and her remarkable career. Lots of candor about her childhood and her professional life, very little gossip about her romantic life, a strong throughline of moral and artistic clarity. A MINUS
Aphrodite A Memoir of the Senses
New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende celebrates the pleasures of the sensual life in this rich, joyful and slyly humorous book, a combination of personal narrative and treasury of erotic lore.
BRITNEY SPEARS’S LONG-AWAITED memoir is unsparingly candid and surprisingly sweet. There’s grief here, but little grievance in this thoughtful look at the truth behind an overwhelmingly hyped image. A MINUS
Man Is Wolf to Man
In 1941 Janusz Bardach's death sentence was commuted to ten years' hard labor and he was sent to Kolyma—the harshest, coldest, and most deadly prison in Joseph Stalin's labor camp system—the Siberia of Siberias. The only English-language memoir since the fall of communism to chronicle the atrocities committed during the Stalinist regime, Bardach's gripping testimony explores the darkest corners of the human condition.
A MEDITATION ON FAMILY, HERITAGE, identity, and self-creation by a writer who is an enrolled member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe of the Pacific Northwest. Insightful observations weave deftly with personal reimagining of Indigenous myths. B PLUS
A SHIMMERING TAPESTRY OF ESSAYS, poetic and direct, woven from stories about life and love, illness and health, connection and loss. B PLUS