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Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London's Jazz Age - The Bright Young People, a voraciously pleasure-seeking band of bohemian party-givers and blue-blooded socialites who romped through the gossip columns of 1920s London. Evelyn Waugh immortalized their slang, their pranks, and their tragedies in his novels, and over the next half century, many—from Cecil Beaton to Nancy Mitford and John Betjeman—would become household names. But beneath the veneer of hedonism and practical jokes was a tormen by D. J. Taylor

The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars - A gentle and tender memoir of childhood summers spent almost entirely on the beach. Disfunctional parents are described lovingly and with affection, and their disjointed relationships are treated with compassion despite being, at the time, probably quite difficult to cope with. An interesting insight into an otherwise apparently 'normal' British family between two World Wars. by Emma Smith

The Ten Pains of Death - 'Gavin Maxwell first went to Sicily in I953 to try to discover the truth about the life and mysterious death of the outlaw Salvatore Giuliano, and, in his own words, 'became horrified and fascinated by Western Sicily'. From then until 1957 he spent several months of each year in the poverty-stricken north-west of the island, and formed the conclusion that Sicily's fantastically high crime rate had its true roots in a degree of destitution and oppression not easy for a northern Europ by Gavin Maxwell

The Oaken Heart - Margery Allingham was an English crime writer. Her American publisher was very impressed by the short accounts she gave in her letters of wartime life in Tolleshunt D'Arcy. He commissioned her to write a book for her American readers, citizens of a country that had not yet entered the war. The Oaken Heart is not sensational, but it is strikingly honest. It tells of things that were happening all the time in small communities all over England. The story is universal - only no one else has t by Margery Allingham

Tea That Burns: A Family Memoir of Chinatown - Bruce Hall uses the story of his family, early emigrants from a tiny village in southern China, to trace the changing fortunes of New York's Chinatown. From its founding in the worst slum of the city (the only place open to the exotic and often reviled newcomers in the mid-nineteenth century), through its rise as a refuge for a people consistently persecuted by American officialdom, to its status today as the largest Chinese community outside China, Chinatown h by Bruce Edward Hall

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman

MY SEVERAL WORLDS - born in the US, raised in China, tells us about her life abroad and at home. Her missionary parents took her to China as a small child, and she traveled the world later. She only hints at very personal and painful events: the birth of her daughter with PKU and a divorce as well. We do learn about the founding of her Amerasian orphan adoption agency, placing the unwanted children of Korean women and American soldiers, about her Nobel Prize for 'The Good Earth', and about life in China fro by Pearl S. Buck

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