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release date: May 25, 1999
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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy—exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling—does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.

Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.

Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.
release date: Aug 28, 2000
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'Tis: A Memoir
A #1 New York Times bestseller and the eagerly anticipated sequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning Angela’s Ashes, this masterpiece from Frank McCourt tells of his American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur.

Frank McCourt’s glorious childhood memoir, Angela’s Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

And now we have ’Tis, the story of Frank’s American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this “classless country,” and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank’s incomparable voice—his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue—that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should “stick to their own kind” once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach—and to write—that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela’s Ashes comes of age.

As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela’s Ashes, “It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best.” Frank McCourt's ’Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.
release date: Sep 19, 2006
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Teacher Man: A Memoir
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, mega-bestselling author who wore his celebrity with extraordinary grace comes a magnificently appealing book about teaching and about how one great storyteller found his voice.

Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York.

Now, here at last is McCourt's long-awaited book about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and compelling honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faced in the classroom. Teacher Man shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as, five days a week, five periods per day, he worked to gain the attention and respect of unruly, hormonally charged or indifferent adolescents.

For McCourt, storytelling itself is the source of salvation, and in Teacher Man the journey to redemption -- and literary fame -- is an exhilarating adventure.
release date: Jul 14, 2020
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Angela's Ashes by McCourt, Frank (1996) Hardcover
Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for holiday dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors-yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compasison, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. As Mary Breasted, author of Why Should You Doubt Me Now said: "Frank McCourt's book is deeply moving, for his searing story is ture." No one has ever written about poverty or childhood like this. That he could create out of such squalor and misery a flawless masterpiece is nothing short of miraculous.
release date: Jun 16, 2013
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A Couple of Blaguards
This two-man show is a bubbling stew of humor with a dash of poignancy to sharpen the flavor. A grand crowd pleaser whenever performed, the Blaguards is a story of immigration, triumph over hardship and the love of a family.
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release date: Sep 04, 2006
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Teacher Man: A Memoir
A third memoir from the author of the huge international bestsellers Angela's Ashes and `Tis. In Teacher Man, Frank McCourt details his illustrious, amusing, and sometimes rather bumpy long years as an English teacher in the public high schools of New York City...Frank McCourt arrived in New York as a young, impoverished and idealistic Irish boy - but one who crucially had an American passport, having been born in Brooklyn. He didn't know what he wanted except to stop being hungry and to better himself. On the subway he watched students carrying books. He saw how they read and underlined and wrote things in the margin and he liked the look of this very much. He joined the New York Public Library and every night when he came back from his hotel work he would sit up reading the great novels.Building his confidence and his determination, he talked his way into NYU and gained a literature degree and so began a teaching career that was to last 30 years, working in New York's public high schools. Frank estimates that he probably taught 12,000 children during this time and it is on this relationship between teacher and student that he reflects in `Teacher Man', the third in his series of memoirs.The New York high school is a restless, noisy and unpredictable place and Frank believes that it was his attempts to control and cajole these thousands of children into learning and achieving something for themselves that turned him into a writer. At least once a day someone would put up their hand and shout 'Mr. McCourt, Mr. McCourt, tell us about Ireland, tell us about how poor you were ...' Through sharing his own life with these kids he learnt the power of narrative storytelling, and out of the invaluable experience of holding 12,000 people's attention came `Angela's Ashes'.Frank McCourt was a legend in such schools as Stuyvesant High School - long before he became the figure he is now he would receive letters from former students telling him how much his teaching influenced and inspired them - and now in `Teacher Man' he shares his reminiscences of those 30 years and reveals how they led to his own success with `Angela's Ashes' and `'Tis'.
release date: Mar 15, 2016
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1,001 Pearls of Teachers' Wisdom: Quotations on Life and Learning
1,001 Pearls of Teachers’ Wisdom is a fun and inspirational book packed with words of wisdom on the art of teaching. With more than three thousand entries, it includes thoughts on the art of teaching from hundreds of teachers, professors, authors, and politicians.

Quotes are drawn from a wide variety of sources, from the ancient to the modern. Among the contributors are Aristotle, the Buddha, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, Helen Keller, Freud, Albert Einstein, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and John Lennon. The late Frank McCourt, celebrated author of Angela’s Ashes and a veteran educator, provides an inspiring introduction.

Now in paperback, this portable treasure trove will make a perfect gift for a teaching school graduate, a favorite teacher, or anyone with a passion for learning and education.
release date: May 06, 2011
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101 Curling Excuses
Arm yourself with the tools you need to survive the curling season. The ideal gift for curlers of all levels and all ages! The perfect bonspiel prize! Get it for your teammates, get it for your skip! Don't let your friends or family face the ice without it! It all started one cold, dark, wintry night in the northern reaches of Canada. Indoors on a sheet of ice 146 feet long and 14 feet wide were 16 granite rocks and two teams of four players each. The sport of the great white north ... CURLING ... David and Frank met on the curling ice in Canada. Yup, that was the birthplace of 101 Excuses. Here’s how it started. Curling is a sport that requires extraordinary teamwork and skill in order to be played well. Being the ultimate team sport, it’s also a very social game. One of the first things you notice when you take up curling is that no matter what happens on the ice, it’s not your fault. It could be the broom's fault, the rock, the ice, whatever, but "excuses" are flying around all over the place. Suddenly it came to them. Someone needed to assemble these excuses in order to arm curlers, both new and experienced, with the tools they need to survive the curling season. David and Frank got to work. Of course, the two of them had plenty of excuses as to why they couldn't do the book, but in the end they realized it was their mission. The rest, my friends, is history.
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release date: Nov 01, 2000
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The Angela's Ashes/'Tis Boxed Set
Quite possibly the most perfect holiday gift -- a beautiful boxed collection of two prizewinning, perennial bestselling modern classics: Angela's Ashes and 'Tis. With almost 8 million copies of Frank McCourt's books in print, fans just can't get enough of their favorite author. From the heartwrenchi
release date: Jun 29, 2010
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Write for Life, Revised and Updated Edition: Healing Body, Mind & Spirit Through Journal Writing
A simple, sure-fire method to improve health and well-being
Can writing help to heal the sick? Will it cure not just emotional wounds, but physical ones as well? Yes, says Dr. Sheppard Kominars emphatically. For anyone suffering from hypertension, chronic pain, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer, writing can reduce the physical symptoms of many diseases. For those who have endured psychological trauma in their lives, writing can improve their overall well-being, lower their blood pressure, and improve their immune function.
In Write for Life, Dr. Kominars reveals a host of powerful insights and journaling techniques that can improve health. It could not be simpler: pick up a pen and embark on a lifelong adventure to healthier and happier living. Written with specific instructions on how to use journal writing to deal with medical crises and healing, Write for Life is a valuable and useful tool for people with serious or chronic illnesses, as well as for the doctors and nurses who treat them. The pen just might be mightier than the scalpel!
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