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Download and read online True Tales of American Life in PDF and EPUB Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the twentieth century. The requirement for selection was that each of the stories should be true, and each of the writers should not have been previously published. The collection that has emerged provides a richly varied and authentic voice for the American people, whose lives, loves, griefs, regrets, joys and sense of humour are vividly and honestly recounted throughout, and adeptly organised by Auster into themed sections. The section composed of war stories stretches as far back as the Civil War, still the defining moment in American history; while the sequence of 'Meditations' conclude the volume with a true and abiding sense of transcendence. The resultant anthology is both an enduring hymn to the strange everyday of contemporary American life and a masterclass in the art of storytelling.
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Download and read online My Father s Poems in PDF and EPUB Born in Tipton, Staffordshire on 21st August 1903, Leonard was the second of the six children of Thomas Chalstrey and his wife Ann Maria. Throughout his long life, Leonard Chalstrey intermittently wrote romantic rhyming poetry. The earliest recorded poem "Eventide" was written when he was almost seventeen and the last one, "Orison" was probably written shortly before his death in 1991.