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From “the Kid” on the Varsity Blues football team to “the Chief” at Osgoode Hall, R. Roy McMurtry has had a remarkably varied and influential career. As reformist attorney general of Ontario, one of the architects of the agreement that brought about the patriation of the Canadian Constitution, high commissioner to the United Kingdom, and chief justice of Ontario, he made a large and enduring contribution to Canadian law, politics, and life. These memoirs cover all these facets of his remarkable career, as well as his law practice, his work on various commissions of inquiry, and his reflections on family, sport, and art. This volume is both an account of his life in public service and a portrait of a humane, humorous, still optimistic, and always decent man.
Evgeny Igorevitch Kissin is a Russian-British-Israeli classical pianist. He first came to international fame as a child prodigy. He has been a British citizen since 2002 and an Israeli citizen since 2013. He has a wide repertoire and is especially known for his interpretations of the works of the Romantic era, particularly those of Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Franz Liszt. The first two parts describe Kissin's childhood in Russia and his family's decision to live abroad after the attempted putsch at the Moscow White House. The third part consists mostly of his views of other pianists and conductors, as well as memories of people he met during his early years and career. Kissin writes about his parents, his sister, his grandparents and his teachers with tender affection and touching detail that gives his memoirs the transparency of water. Here are the things and the people and events that formed him, nurtured and challenged him, and the individuals who made him feel gratitude, amazement and awe. And, of course, it is infused with his lifelong engagement with making music, an obsessive love that captured him when he was young. The book throws a good deal of light on the life and attitudes of the mainly Russian Jewish intelligentsia, the problems of visas to America, Britain and other countries, and his views on performance of music, his own compositions in music and verse, and his personal approach to concerts. It also offers Kissin's philosophy of life and his understanding of human nature derived from meetings with learned people, books and his own day-to-day experience. He does not indulge in false modesty, but takes a realistic view of who he is in the eyes of the world.
Smedes was once asked as a child what did you want to be? His answer: “I wanted to be part of our family business after attending college. I also wanted to attend and play basketball for North Carolina State University.” He did both. Smedes grew up with Raleigh. He saw the city evolve from a small state capital with legislative and educational institutions to the vibrant metropolitan community that it is today. The Smedeses and the Yorks put their mark on the community through education and construction. And Smedes followed their example. In these conversations he gives us his perspective on what they gave him as well as what the community gave in return. Growing up in Raleigh in the 1940s and ’50s, he also reflects on how foreign the sensibilities of those years are to us today.
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In his autobiography, the late historian Frank Eyck recounts the story of his remarkable life, from his time in Nazi Germany as a Jewish schoolboy to his rise as an international authority on both British and German history. Having escaped to Great Britain with his family prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the British military when hostilities began. After the war, he worked with the British in occupied Germany and finally achieved his British citizenship. He continued his education at the University of Liverpool and Oxford. Frank eventually immigrated to Canada and became one of the pillars of the University of Calgary, where he continued his academic work until a few weeks before his death. Throughout his life Frank was on a spiritual pilgrimage. He grew up in a liberal Jewish family, but as a soldier he converted to Christianity. Later he gradually moved towards Catholicism, while at the same time appreciating his Jewish roots and the rich spiritual heritage of Judaism.
I love America, but America don't love me (Memoirs and Reflections) is a collection of experiences in a 64-year span. Having grown up in an era strife with racial overtones and undertones, Eddie Byirt has endured one episode after another. He has been able to live a decent life with empathy, love, and morals. It is his hope that America can adopt these values as well.

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