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 extraordinary and infamous alike have entrusted their life's paintings to Simon & Schuster's preeminent editor, Michael Korda. during this masterful memoir, Korda finds the unforgettable forged of characters and outrageous anecdotes at the back of 4 many years 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 used to be over; Joan Crawford, whose autobiography mirrored a existence she may have beloved to have lived yet didn't; Joseph Bonanno, the retired Mafia don who'd do something to maintain from being killed via the reviewers.

And in a revelatory account that reads as compulsively as fiction, Another Life paints a vibrant 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 so much fascinating--and storytelling at its most interesting.

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It was hard to believe what she was saying. Her daughter, a girl just like me, was sick with tuberculosis. I had never known anybody who was really sick, and it hadn't occurred to me that a girl just eleven years old and our neighbor could actually be bedridden with tuberculosis. I swallowed hard and thought I Page 30 should say I was sorry or something, but the words just stuck in my throat. If I had to go to see Annie Laurie, and I supposed I would, what would I talk about to a girl my age and sick in bed?

The air was so cold my breath froze and floated away like a misty cloud; but in the dry atmosphere the cold didn't penetrate my flannel gown, and I hardly noticed it. As I started back up the steps, my ear caught that first clear bugle note, the sound of reveille out at Fort Bliss. Quick as a flash I tucked the folded paper under my arm, turned around, and ran out to the edge of the street.  . Every child in the neighborhood knew those words. I tapped my blue felt bedroom slipper in time and repeated the words to myself: Coffee, coffee, coffee, Sugar never seen, Page 4 Bacon, bacon, bacon, And nota streak of lean.

Most of the patients out there were veterans and didn't have a lot of visitors, so the Toonerville didn't have many passengers and only ran on the hour. Anyway, the motorman, Mr. Gibbs, looked out for us. When he saw us coming down hill he clanged his bell bloody murder, but he knew we'd have trouble stopping, and at the last minute after all the clanging he would bring the little trolley to a stop right at the pavement's edge, giving us a friendly wave and the right-of-way. When we were skating downhill, once we jumped our skates over the Toonerville track, it was clear coasting on to Dyer Street at the bottom of the hill.

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