Father Joe

Author: Tony Hendra
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781588363817
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A key comic writer of the past three decades has created his most heartfelt and hard-hitting book. Father Joe is Tony Hendra’s inspiring true story of finding faith, friendship, and family through the decades-long influence of a surpassingly wise Benedictine monk named Father Joseph Warrillow. Like everything human, it started with sex. In 1955, fourteen-year-old Tony found himself entangled with a married Catholic woman. In Cold War England, where Catholicism was the subject of news stories and Graham Greene bestsellers, Tony was whisked off by the woman’s husband to see a priest and be saved. Yet what he found was a far cry from the priests he’d known at Catholic school, where boys were beaten with belts or set upon by dogs. Instead, he met Father Joe, a gentle, stammering, ungainly Benedictine who never used the words “wrong” or “guilt,” who believed that God was in everyone and that “the only sin was selfishness.” During the next forty years, as his life and career drastically ebbed and flowed, Tony discovered that his visits to Father Joe remained the one constant in his life—the relationship that, in the most serious sense, saved it. From the fifties and his adolescent desire to join an abbey himself; to the sixties, when attending Cambridge and seeing the satire of Beyond the Fringe convinced him to change the world with laughter, not prayer; to the seventies and successful stints as an original editor of National Lampoon and a writer of Lemmings, the off-Broadway smash that introduced John Belushi and Chevy Chase; to professional disaster after co-creating the legendary English series Spitting Image; from drinking to drugs, from a failed first marriage to a successful second and the miracle of parenthood—the years only deepened Tony’s need for the wisdom of his other and more real father, creating a bond that could not be broken, even by death. A startling departure for this acclaimed satirist, Father Joe is a sincere account of how Tony Hendra learned to love. It’s the story of a whole generation looking for a way back from mockery and irony, looking for its own Father Joe, and a testament to one of the most charismatic mentors in modern literature.

Father Joe

Author: Tony Hendra
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 0812972341
Size: 45.57 MB
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The author recounts his friendship with a Benedictine monk, from the first encounter between troubled teen and counselor, through years of perfunctory contact, to the renewal of their bond at the end of Father Joe's life.

How To Cook Your Daughter

Author: Jessica Hendra
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061974816
Size: 52.17 MB
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How does a little girl find her way in a world where nothing is sacred? In 2004, Tony Hendra's memoir Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul, spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The book detailed his life as a comedian who helped launch the careers of John Belushi and Chevy Chase, wrote for and edited The National Lampoon, and performed in such cult classics as This Is Spinal Tap, even as he overindulged in alcohol and drugs. But there was a glaring omission in his supposed tell-all confessional: the sexual abuse of his daughter Jessica. After more than thirty years of silence, Jessica faced a harrowing choice. In this powerful book, she reveals how she came to the decision to publicly confront her father, sacrificing any hope of reconciling with him and setting into motion a New York Times investigation that shocked the literary world when it broke the story of abuse. But Jessica's account is neither a minor footnote nor an angry response to her dad's bestseller. How to Cook Your Daughter -- titled after a satirical piece her father wrote only a few months before the abuse began -- is an unflinching and unsentimental look at a childhood that never was, set in a time and place straight from the pages of the outrageous magazine that her father helped to create. Against the backdrop of the 1970s New York comedy scene, the memoir traces Jessica's journey from a lost and abused child to a young woman struggling with bulimia and anorexia to the mother of two who becomes convinced that challenging her father is the only way to reclaim a life that never seemed her own.

Going Too Far

Author: Tony Hendra
Publisher: Dolphin Books
ISBN:
Size: 40.92 MB
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Chronicles the history of "Boomer Humor," from its beginnings with Lenny Bruce and Jules Feiffer, through the sixties and the work of Richard Pryor and Woody Allen, to its contemporary expression in "Saturday Night Live"

Self Abuse

Author: Jonathan Self
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451604467
Size: 72.62 MB
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From the age of three Jonathan Self had only one ambition: not to be like his father. Despite his determination to be a better man -- and a better parent than his own had been -- Jonathan was a twice-divorced father of three and, at age thirty-five, spiraling. Self Abuse is the story of Jonathan's efforts to break free from the cycle of despair and dysfunction that characterized his youth. A brilliantly rendered, unapologetic memoir about the pain and joy of parenthood, Jonathan's story is as heartbreaking, redemptive, and unforgettable as it is true.

Father And Son

Author: Edmund Gosse
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1625580347
Size: 11.66 MB
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Edmund Gosse wrote of his account of his life, "This book is the record of a struggle between two temperaments, two consciences and almost two epochs." Father and Son remains one of English literature's seminal autobiographies. In it, Edmund Gosse recounts, with humor and pathos, his childhood as a member of a Victorian Protestant sect and his struggles to forge his own identity despite the loving control of his father. His work is a key document of the crisis of faith and doubt and a penetrating exploration of the impact of evolutionary science. An astute, well-observed, and moving portrait of the tensions of family life, Father and Son remains a classic of twentieth-century literature.

Miracle Of The Rose

Author: Jean Genet
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802194265
Size: 19.62 MB
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“One of the greatest achievements of modern literature.”—Richard Howard “A major achievement . . . . Genet transforms experiences of degradation into spiri­tual exercises and hoodlums into bearers of the majesty of love.”—Saturday Review “Genet can use a brutal phraseology that makes prison life specific and immediate. Yet through his singular sensibility, these elements are transmuted into something fragile, rare, beautiful.”—The New York Times “This book recreates for the reader Genet’s magic world, one of dazzling beauty charged with novelty and excitement.”—Bettina Knapp “Genet would have deserved international standing for this novel alone. . . . He succeeds to an amazing degree in creating poetry from the profoundest degradation.”—The Times (London)

The Book Of Bad Virtues

Author: Tony Hendra
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780671519285
Size: 58.10 MB
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A hilarious parody of the wisdom of the ages presents a primer on being bad that offers poems, proverbs, classic tales, and irresponsible stories encouraging such behaviors as heedless hypocrisy, blatant laziness, unbridled lust, and flagrant disloyalty. Original.

Redeemed

Author: Heather King
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101202866
Size: 48.19 MB
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After decades of living on the edge, Heather King settled into sobriety, marriage, and a financially lucrative but unfulfilling career as an upwardly mobile lawyer. As someone who had reached middle age "never believing in much of anything,"she found herself in the last place she thought she'd end up: the Catholic Church. An unforgettable, fervent, darkly funny tale of an ongoing, stumbling conversion, Redeemed will appeal to fans of Lauren Winner's Girl Meets God and Anne Lamott's writing. King's refreshing sense of humor, mesmerizing voice, and piercing honesty will touch readers whatever their beliefs.

Lessons From The Crossroads

Author: Ed Poole
Publisher: Lessons for Your Journey, I
ISBN: 9780972074018
Size: 61.19 MB
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Lessons from the Crossroads is full of stories and tales Ed has heard from others, tales that are now part of his life. The story of any one of us is, in part, the story of all of us. By telling the story of his experiences of reclaiming his authentic path, Ed inspires his readers as they discover humor, joy, laughter, personal meaning in their own lives, some sadness, but most of all, a sense of hope, love, forgiveness and personal excitement for the times their lessons are learned from their own crossroads experiences. While reading this book, you will become aware of the changes Ed experienced in his life which will provide insight into the many changes you have created in yours as your journey led you to your different crossroads. Ed shares his feeling about many of his struggles, concepts and relationships as he share his insights throughout Lessons form the Crossroads. Ed also has the unique ability to share his growth from the beginning of this manuscript to the end, and you will rejoice in his transformation as well as receive inspiration and courage to continue yours. It is the joy of sharing these stories as you write your own that will create a heartfelt connection to Ed and his wisdom for years to come.