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FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 12)

James Stack | Posted 11.01.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I let my pants drop to the floor and stepped out of them as I wrapped my towel around my waist and slid out of my boxers. I looked over to my right and there was a man with a big smile on his face. I was screwed. Even the adults were going to laugh at me.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 11)

James Stack | Posted 10.26.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"How would you like a beer?" Daddy asked Gee. Then, before she could answer, he said, "Well, if you want one we'll have to stop 'cause there aren't any." Here he was, one minute being belligerent and the next being Mr. Nice Guy now that he needed someone to provide him with alcohol.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 10)

James Stack | Posted 10.25.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Gee had kept her eyes on Daddy, who was now smiling and licking his lips. It hadn't taken his nose long to smell alcohol. In fact, not too far from the United States Pavilion was, of all things, the Canadian Brewer's Pavilion. Daddy had a nose for hops because he started off in that direction. Gee motioned for us to follow.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 9)

James Stack | Posted 10.19.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

While we were in the United States pavilion, I would look over at Daddy and see him grinning and looking at me. It was his silly grin -- at least, I always thought it made him look silly. I knew he hadn't had anything to drink, so I suppose he was trying to see all the things in the pavilion through my eyes.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 8)

James Stack | Posted 10.18.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

We had to make sure Daddy didn't get drunk and belligerent and abusive because then the fun would end. So we had to decide who would be in charge of him. Would we take turns? Was I old enough to have such a delicate responsibility thrust upon me? At the tender age of 15 should I have had to be my daddy's keeper?

How Do You Stay in a Story?

Rachael Berkey | Posted 10.14.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Next time you're feeling yourself pulled out of a novel for whatever reason, give another medium a shot. You may find a new way to read in the process.

What Makes a Memoir 'Great?'

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

How can you make your memoir compelling? Find something unique about your narrative and focus the book around that instead of navel gazing about your first dog, your last lover, etc.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 7)

James Stack | Posted 10.12.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

One thing was clear: Daddy shouldn't drive. He wasn't acting mad about anything, but he did say something about World War II, which he sometimes did when he'd had too much to drink. It was up to us to be the adults and do the grownup things.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 6)

James Stack | Posted 10.11.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Gee shot me an All About Eve glance that said, "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night." She had discovered that Daddy had already been drinking. His morning alcohol consumption had made him docile. But now he was getting fidgety because he wanted more.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 5)

James Stack | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

As the night dragged on, Dan kept refilling Daddy's glass. I wanted to get away, to go to the camper and into the bed, to my safe place. There was no telling what Daddy might do if he drank too much. And here Dan was, plying him and Bunnie Ann with alcohol.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 4)

James Stack | Posted 10.04.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When Daddy found out there was no liquor in the camper, he wasn't angry at first. Instead, he acted confused. He turned to Gee and the twins with squinty eyes and furrowed brow and asked, "Did ya'll see any of the whisky bottles I packed?"

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 3)

James Stack | Posted 09.28.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When I was eight, and Momma and I were home alone, she grabbed me out of the house and dragged me to where the woman who worked in Daddy's office as the receptionist lived. Momma told me to stay in the car and not to get out no matter who I saw or what happened.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 2)

James Stack | Posted 09.27.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Whenever anyone asked, "Who is the best EENT doctor in Spartanburg?" they were told, "Dr. Stack." When they asked, "Who is the second best EENT doctor in Spartanburg?" they were told, "Dr. Stack drunk." That was my daddy.

9 Awesome Books By Female Olympians

Tres Sugar | Posted 07.24.2012 | Women

With the opening ceremonies approaching this Friday, we're celebrating the 2012 Olympics with must reads by some of our favorite female athletes. Insi...

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 1)

James Stack | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

'World's Fair' is the raw and witty true story of a dysfunctional Southern family's harrowing motor-home roadtrip from South Carolina to the Montreal World's Fair in 1967 (aka "The Summer of Love"). Told from the point of view of the author -- who was 15 at the time -- this intimate coming-of-age story shines a bright light on the issues of alcoholism, adolescent sexual confusion, family violence and the universal need to love those who hurt us, despite their frailties.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Prologue, Part 2)

James Stack | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

'World's Fair' is the raw and witty true story of a dysfunctional Southern family's harrowing motor-home roadtrip from South Carolina to the Montreal World's Fair in 1967 (aka "The Summer of Love"). Told from the point of view of the author -- who was 15 at the time -- this intimate coming-of-age story shines a bright light on the issues of alcoholism, adolescent sexual confusion, family violence and the universal need to love those who hurt us, despite their frailties.

The Most Important Summer Read for Women: 'How A Person Should Be'

Toni Nagy | Posted 09.12.2012 | Books
Toni Nagy

How a Person Should Be is centered around Sheila Heti's quest to uncover this philosophical riddle: who am I really? And is that the person I should be? It is one of these rare gems that every woman should read.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Prologue, Part 1)

James Stack | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

'World's Fair' is the raw and witty true story of a dysfunctional Southern family's harrowing motor-home roadtrip from South Carolina to the Montreal World's Fair in 1967 (aka "The Summer of Love"). Told from the point of view of the author -- who was 15 at the time -- this intimate coming-of-age story shines a bright light on the issues of alcoholism, adolescent sexual confusion, family violence and the universal need to love those who hurt us, despite their frailties.

Jay-Z Sued For Stealing Parts Of His Own Memoir

Madame Noire | Posted 06.19.2012 | Black Voices

Did Jay-Z plagiarize parts of his best-selling book “Decoded”? That’s what Patrick White is alleging in a lawsuit he filed against the supers...

In Memoriam et Gloriam: Katherine Russell Rich

Michael Solomon | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Solomon

I think people have this idea that cancer calls for a type of unattainable, comic-book fearlessness -- the ultimate cognitive dissonance, if you will -- whereas people who are flawed and anti-heroic and who embrace their fears prove to be the most courageous and inspirational of all.

The Book We're Talking About: 'Hotels, Hospitals and Jails: A Memoir' By Anthony Swofford

Posted 06.04.2012 | Books

“Hotels, Hospitals and Jails: A Memoir” By Anthony Swofford Twelve Books, $26.99 Published June 5th What is it? “Jarhead” author Swoff...

The Man With The Golden Voice: Going From Homeless To Famous

Posted 05.18.2012 | Books

The following is excerpted from Ted Williams's memoir (co-written with Bret Witter) "The Golden Voice." The book recounts Williams's youth, his battle...

"You Picked The Wrong Girl": How One Woman Took Back Her Life

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 05.15.2012 | Women

At 22, Jennifer Gilbert was attacked in the hallway of a New York City apartment building and stabbed multiple times. She survived, told very few peop...

I Could Write a Book About My Book Ordeal!

Dave Astor | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Celebrity entertainers and politicians have no problem getting their memoirs published. So a book partly about celebrity entertainers and politicians should have had no problem getting published, right?

Why I Wrote My First Memoir, Along the Way, With a Guy Named Martin Sheen

Emilio Estevez | Posted 07.04.2012 | Books
Emilio Estevez

What could you possibly glean from a book about two men who've been in the public eye for over fifty years, where everything there is to know about them can be uncovered by the click of keyboard? Well, it turns out, plenty.