Counting My Chickens...: And Other Home Thoughts by Deborah Cavendish

By Deborah Cavendish

Edited by means of Sophia Topley and Susan Hill. advent via Tom Stoppard.

A particular window on a rare lifestyles lived with large zest, discrimination, and intelligence.

The Duchess of Devonshire is the youngest of the Mitford siblings, the recognized brood that comes with the writers Nancy and Jessica. Like them, she has lived an surprisingly complete and memorable lifestyles, and prefer them she has an inimitable expressive reward. In Counting My Chickens, she has collected extracts from her diaries and different writings to create a multifaceted portrait of her lifestyles at Chatsworth, the house of the Dukes of Devonshire, that's pithy, hilarious, clever, and continually richly rewarding.

Under the Duchess's encouraged supervision, Chatsworth has develop into one among England's most often visited nice homes, welcoming over 400,000 viewers a 12 months. The Duchess finds what it takes to maintain such an institution alive and prospering, tells of transporting a goat by means of teach from the Scottish island of Mull to London, discusses having her portrait painted through Lucian Freud, and gives wealthy reminisces of turning out to be up a Mitford--along with telling anecdotes approximately buddies from Evelyn Waugh to John F. Kennedy. From Tom Stoppard's adoring creation to the author's meditation at the great thing about Elvis Presley's voice, COUNTING MY CHICKENS bargains non-stop shock and pleasure.

Show description

Read or Download Counting My Chickens...: And Other Home Thoughts PDF

Best memoir books

Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story

An introspective and gorgeous twin memoir via the number one long island occasions bestselling novelist and her daughter

Sue Monk Kidd has touched thousands of readers together with her novels the key lifetime of Bees and The Mermaid Chair and along with her acclaimed nonfiction. during this intimate twin memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, provide unique views as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each one on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover every one other.

Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann trip all through Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with getting older, stuck in an inventive vacuum, longing to reconnect together with her grown daughter, struggles to magnify a imaginative and prescient of swarming bees right into a novel. Ann, simply graduated from university, heartbroken and benumbed by means of the vintage query approximately what to do together with her lifestyles, grapples with a painful melancholy. As this modern day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and private that means of an array of inspiring figures and websites, in addition they every one provide voice to that the majority protean of connections: the bond of mom and daughter.

A clever and related to e-book approximately female thresholds, non secular development, and renewal, touring with Pomegranates is either a revealing self-portrait through a loved writer and her daughter, a author within the making, and a momentous tale that might resonate with girls in every single place.

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

Whilst Alice Ozma was once in 4th grade, she and her father made up our minds to determine if he may possibly learn aloud to her for a hundred consecutive nights. at the hundreth evening, they shared pancakes to have a good time, however it quickly grew to become glaring that neither desired to permit pass in their storytelling ritual. in order that they determined to proceed what they referred to as "The Streak.

Son of a Gun: A Memoir

Within the culture of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a gorgeous memoir of a mother-son courting that also is the searing, unflinching account of a homicide and its aftermath

Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s loss of life, it appears by the hands of her 5th husband, is a passing interest. “A real-life outdated West homicide mystery,” the neighborhood television announcers intone, whereas barroom gossips snigger cruelly. yet for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the road that separates his global into earlier than and after.

Distancing himself from the mythical city of his formative years, Justin makes one other lifestyles a global away in San Francisco and achieves all of the floor successes that may have crammed his mom with satisfaction. but years later he’s nonetheless slumbering with a loaded rifle less than his mattress. eventually, he's pulled again to the wilderness panorama of his formative years on a seek to make feel of the unfathomable. What made his mom, a onetime military paratrooper, the kind of girl who might withstand any guy other than the boys she used to be in love with? What led her to maneuver from position to put, guy to guy, task to activity, until eventually ultimately she stumbled on herself in a determined and deteriorating state of affairs, dwelling on an remoted patch of wilderness with an volatile ex-cop?

Justin’s trip takes him again to the ghost city of Wyatt Earp, to the trailers he and Debbie shared, to the string of stepfathers who have been a continuing, occasionally threatening presence in his existence, to a harsh international at the margins choked with women and men all suffering to outline what kinfolk capacity. He comes to a decision to confront humans from his prior and delve into the police documents in an try to make feel of his mother’s existence and loss of life. all of the whereas he attempts to be the kind of guy she could have sought after him to be.

China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution

A candid memoir approximately turning out to be up throughout the chinese language Cultural Revolution, tailored by way of the writer from his shades of the Mountain, released by means of Random House.

Da Chen was once born in China in 1962. The grandson of a landlord, he and his kinfolk have been taken care of as outcasts in Communist China. at school, Da used to be an exceptional pupil till a instructor informed him that, due to his “family’s crimes,” he may perhaps by no means be greater than a negative farmer. Feeling his destiny was once hopeless, Da spoke back via throwing in the towel and putting round with a gang. despite the fact that, after Mao’s dying, Da learned that an schooling and faculty could be attainable, yet he needed to make up for the time he’d wasted. He started to study–all day and into the evening. His complete relatives rallied to assist him prevail, operating lengthy hours within the rice fields and going into debt to make sure that Da could have an schooling. while the ultimate examination effects have been published, he had one of many optimum ratings within the quarter and had earned a spot on the prestigious Beijing college. Now his family’s earlier wouldn't damage their future.

From the Hardcover version.

Extra resources for Counting My Chickens...: And Other Home Thoughts

Sample text

Howell worked undercover and in the shadows, but that wasn’t my style. indd 30 4/7/11 8:16:45 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine One of my first moves was to discontinue the INS agents’ meetings with Benny Ong. The intelligence had dropped off dramatically, and the meetings were a paperwork nightmare. It was not standard FBI practice to interview the principal subject of the investigation first. Had I approached Klegmeir right away, he would have only denied the allegations, and I wouldn’t have had anything to confront him with.

The interviews would have been worthless except that we got bank account information from all of them. indd 34 4/7/11 8:16:46 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine to Rudy’s office, requesting even more subpoenas. Giuliani was getting impatient, and so was I. So far, thousands of man-hours had been expended with no real results. Kuriansky handled some of the paperwork. When I explained to him what was happening, he gave me the 12 or so subpoenas I needed. The bank records showed a very unusual pattern. Not one of these immigrants had a checking account, but all of them had savings.

The interviews would have been worthless except that we got bank account information from all of them. indd 34 4/7/11 8:16:46 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine to Rudy’s office, requesting even more subpoenas. Giuliani was getting impatient, and so was I. So far, thousands of man-hours had been expended with no real results. Kuriansky handled some of the paperwork. When I explained to him what was happening, he gave me the 12 or so subpoenas I needed. The bank records showed a very unusual pattern. Not one of these immigrants had a checking account, but all of them had savings.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.26 of 5 – based on 16 votes