A mother's love. A daughter's battle. A family's journey. What would you do if your child stopped eating? Dancing with a Demon is the true story of a mother searching for answers through the labyrinth of her daughter's struggle with an often fatal and perpetually mysterious disease. When author Valerie Foster's teen-aged daughter, Jenna, plunges into the dark world of anorexia nervosa, Valerie has to fight against a demon that threatens her daughter's life and her own mental health. Her riveting narrative, along with Jenna's revealing journal entries, explores the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship and how this disease affects one's entire family. For psychologists, educators, teens and parents everywhere, Dancing with a Demon provides hope, understanding, and enlightenment.
Discover the beauty, strength and timeless allure of the South's crown jewel.
Foreword by New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Alice Monroe.
This is a different kind of Charleston book. It is a collection of stunning images, essays and stories written by business leaders, writers, artists, musicians and those who have their family trees deeply rooted in soil tended by generations of Charlestonians.
Travel through these page and experience Charleston as you've never seen it. The history, the events and the sheer beauty that continues to shape all who come into contact with her.
Explore the city's historical homes and cobblestone streets, listen for the rhythm of the tides, and paddle past the crash grass fora view of the city's waterfront.
Her historical past gives way to today, still growing and still awe-inspiring.
Charleston Salt and Iron is what this city is about - turn the pages and enjoy the journey.
1986…Hollywood, at the peak of the cocaine-fueled, hair-band era that swept through the ‘80s like a screeching guitar solo on a double-necked custom Gibson. Taking a gig as the first Check-In Girl at Guitar Center on the Sunset Strip, journalist Taylor Van Arsdale was given a front row seat to the parade of dreamers, druggies and misfits that came flocking to the iconic LA store. But in this world of — yes — sex drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll, lies the story of a young girl discovering herself, making mistakes, falling in and out of love, and becoming a woman. Part fiction / part memoir—Cocaine To Bain snorts and grinds its way through sexual dalliances and love triangles, through celebrity encounters and mental breakdowns and does so during the unexpected corporate handover of Guitar Center.
Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman—that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed.
Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her—the people she called My Everyone. She kept them informed and reminded all to 'hug everyone you know' at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor.
This joyful travel memoir by a couple well-beyond youth proves that age is no barrier to delicious fun, unexpected adventure, gentle wanderings and the dazzling beauty of our lovely planet Earth.
Entertaining, informative, filled with wit and wonder, this day-by-day sightseeing memoir is an easy and enjoyable read.
When Al and Sunny Lockwood registered for a 12-day Mediterranean cruise, they envisioned wandering narrow stone streets in Venice, standing on the Acropolis watching morning sun paint its marble columns gold, listening to the Muslim call to prayer chanted from Turkish minarets.
Their travel experience surpassed by far their expectations.
In 2008 Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up their B&B Villa I Due Padroni. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. Now Stef shares his experiences in a collection of 60 witty short stories.
The book treats the trials and tribulations of an emigration: what it was like to buy and renovate a house, to import a car, to gain residency, and much more. The reader is introduced to a full range of Italian characters, from the trustworthy to the rogue, from the gentle to the shameless, flesh and blood Italians. Some are stereotype, others unexpectedly original. Yet they never fail to amuse and entertain.
Tears in My Gumbo, The Caregiver's Recipe for Resilience is a heartfelt manuscript that speaks personally and passionately to the 44 million caregivers caught up in the silver tsunami sweeping this country and for all of the people who care about the caregiver. The book inspires and supports caregivers as well as the family unit involved in the loved one s care. Through a series of caregiver stories, the book illustrates the ingredients needed for caregivers to maintain resilience and create a soul nurturing gumbo of care. Artfully written by caregiver coach and consultant, Nadine Roberts Cornish, CSA, the book shares her personal experience as a caregiver for her mother, which transformed her life as she becomes a care consultant, care manager, and caregiver coach.
A native of New Orleans, Nadine shares her rich family heritage simmered in the traditions of gumbo preparation, steeped in love and community, seasoned with wisdom, humor and healing, much like a heaping bowl of Louisiana Seafood Gumbo. This book inspires and supports caregivers as well as the family unit involved in the loved ones'care. Through a series of inspirational stories, the book illustrates the ingredients needed for caregivers to maintain resilience and create a soul nurturing gumbo of care. Each story teaches a different lesson, demonstrates varying degrees of know how and courage
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For the first time, Meghan Hansen, a dual-citizen of the United States and Ireland, tells the story of how she met a senior government official from a Middle Eastern country during a horseback riding vacation in Italy in February 2006. She spent a week trying to convince him to allow the United States access to Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan in exchange for aid. Their conversation took the road less traveled covering the Bay of Pigs and President Kennedy’s assassination, the Bush family’s ties to the bin Ladens, the Carlyle Group, 9/11 and the war over oil in the Middle East, and even MK ULTRA mind-programmed murders, before she convinced him that the US could send a sniper to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and avoid killing innocent civilians in Pakistan. These talks ended peacefully in a handshake deal, which was impossible to implement by international laws at that time, but was eventually carried through by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On May 2, 2011, finally, New York saw justice served. Always Face the Hounds is a short walk through the negotiation, highlighting a few of the shocking points that arose, and illuminating several hair-raising questions that are still left unanswered by our own government in the United States of America.
"FISHING WITH HYENAS" is a love story between girlie girl Theresa and commercial fisherman Captain Bart, who convinces her to crew on a ninety-two-foot tuna boat plying the North Pacific Ocean. Trading cashmere and high heels for raingear and rubber boots, she becomes a deckhand, confined for three months at a time, thousands of miles from anywhere. Bart's tight group of fishermen--the Hyenas--become her extended family, but no one explains what appalling weather and hauling thousands of pounds of tuna would do to her hands. Or to her heart. Or to her mind.
After nine months on the water, Theresa returns to life on land. But when Bart finds another tuna boat, he heads back out to Mother Ocean." See you soon," are the last words he says to her. Three days later, Bart dies of a massive heart attack.
Grief, financial devastation, and a lawsuit follow, but it is the family of Hyenas who help her pull through. "FISHING WITH HYENAS" is the true story of how it all started and the tale of what happened next.
This is an enthralling book that takes one on an emotional roller-coaster. Celeste the main character in the book is from the countryside of St. Thomas, Jamaica West Indies. She migrated to the city to access her tertiary studies where she met and fell in love with Steven. After almost 13 years of being in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship, she found out that Steven was a con-artiste and that the life she lived was a conned one.
Celeste had two children for Steven. These children were registered with the fictitious name given by Steven. They knew of no other relatives from Steven's side but at his funeral would learn that they had upwards of 20 brothers and sisters. Celeste is now back and forth at the family court to have the children's name changed.
Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I was tucked warm and safe in my bed with a loving family to protect me. In the blink of an eye it all changed before my pretty baby blues. The grim reality of a mentally ill mother and a dying brother had become my nightmare. The reality that ripped my family apart and sent my distraught father running, leaving me to deal with my mother’s mania. Left alone with my psychotic mother, I was forced to deal with the horrors that lay before me. I was a scared and confused little girl that had to learn how to survive many tragedies and overcome countless acts of abuse. This is a gripping tale of my childhood. I had to pull deep from within my soul to muster up the strength and courage to survive, with only blind faith and loss of innocence to lead the way. I was only six when my world came crashing down around me. Read my harrowing story, from a child’s point of view; it promises to keep you emotionally invested from start to finish.
As the days got longer, Number 10 was sure that Anna would have extra time for him. However, increasing numbers of after-school activities kept her from coming home on time. He watched from his cage as the yellow bus rumbled down the road without stopping. But where was Anna? He didn't understand that she was a teenager now, and her friends were progressively more important. Her girlfriends came over to the house to visit more often. They loved playing with the pup and tossing the ball, but it didn't take long until they all went giggling into the house leaving him alone again. Of course, Anna still loved him, but when she did arrive home, she had her friends over, her homework to get done, her mother to help with dinner, and her chores to finish. To get Anna's attention and have a good time, Number 10 learned to grab the broom's wiry bristles as a new game of play. Anna would laugh which pleased him so he continued his attacks. But, this pastime was short-lived, and after getting a bit of dry kibble, he was once again alone.
In a tale of sand, songs, survival and untimely erections, it takes a trek along the Australian coastline for Benjamin Allmon to find himself, and the true key to happiness.
It is 2006. After more than a decade trying to make it in the music industry, singer-songwriter Ben is getting desperate. As his former bandmates settle into sensible careers he gives it one last shot and records his debut album. The only problem – how to promote it?
In homage to the Deep South bluesmen who walked and played their way to Chicago, he decides to trek 1000 kilometres of Australian coastline. Kissing his girlfriend goodbye, he sets off with a guitar, a sleeping bag and a heroic miscalculation of what he’s getting into.
Beset by bushfires, dingoes, and septuagenarian nudists, fame seems to forever be over the horizon. Penniless and lost, the tour soon becomes a matter of survival instead of climbing the charts. Through his encounters with the people you only meet when walking slow and sleeping rough, Ben realises that what he wanted at the outset has changed enormously.
In this moving and lyrical coming-of-age story, Julius, a troubled kid from the south side of Chicago, battles haunting demons, both perceived and real, in his search for love and acceptance. Throughout his journey, he struggles at his core to find the meaning of love, and what it takes to be open, vulnerable, and present. Follow him through years of seeking connection, failed relationships, and depression, until at long last, his journey brings him face to face with himself and God.
Life in a middle-class Italian American-Catholic neighborhood in the 1950s Bronx was not supposed to include divorce, Judaism, classical music, political discourse, or poverty in the social construct. So, in the absence of friends, young Barbara takes comfort in the minutiae, the small details available to her in her everyday life that seem to be overlooked by others. But that appreciation for the inanimate world leads her on a path to the acquisition of objects and a quest for identity that dominates her choices—from her marriage and family life to her constant striving for more and more.
Barbara’s chosen nursing career offers validation and some affirmation, but falls short of providing her what’s most elusive—self–esteem—until finally, at age fifty, she abruptly abandons her conventional role of mother, wife, nurse, and neighbor to attempt a three-hundred-mile bike ride from Boston to New York. Poorly prepared, she takes only what she needs to flee her life, and a fierce determination that finally allows her to discover her place in the world—and to find true belonging.
My Family, My Friends, My Life: These Lifted Me Up Along the Way
Despite seemingly endless roadblocks in her own life, author Isabell von der Waldesruh never gave up. More than anything else, that is the message she wants to convey in her moving memoir My Family, My Friends, My Life: These Lifted Me Up Along the Way. Suffering from chronic illness and feeling spiritually deficient, von der Waldesruh found herself moving between life's mountains and valleys her whole life, expressing a sense of yearning for wholeness to fulfill her hopes and dreams. Through My Family, My Friends, My Life, she offers comfort to readers: you can fight the good fight, you can finish the race, you can keep the faith.
Patrice Johnson weaves a powerful account of her son’s life as a fugitive of the US government. Her creative nonfiction work shows the price of living in a post-9/11 world and the limitations of law and order. It reveals the degradations of homelessness and the resilience of the human spirit.
Tyler Johnson has a bright future ahead of him. Major scientific journals have published his research in quantum physics and in artificial intelligence, and he has recently graduated from Caltech. He has a position in a doctoral program at the University of New Mexico waiting for him, but before he can arrive at the school, everything changes.
Tyler and his friend Danny Blair plan to affix bumper stickers in protest of gas guzzling vehicles at SUV dealerships in California. The evening of binge drinking spins out of control, and a Hummer catches on fire.
Suddenly, Tyler, a brilliant presidential merit scholar, is labeled an environmental extremist, a domestic terrorist. He has two choices. He can come forward and risk spending the rest of his years in prison, or he can run for his life with the woman he loves.
A true story of a lifelong passion to live up to the practical utopian ideas of Buckminster Fuller, the genius Steve Jobs called "the Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century." This heartfelt, bravely honest and sometimes funny memoir with a resounding call to action on climate change gives readers a charming introduction to the iconic Bucky, inventor of Synergetic Geometry and the geodesic dome. Fuller's revolutionary ideas and unswerving faith in humanity sweep the author off her feet, first as a young girl, and again as an aspiring journalist in 1982 Chicago. His "urgent warnings for humanity" and common sense prescriptions for humanity's success are woven through an epic journey of discovery and awakening against a changing America.
Carol Anderson grows up in a fundamentalist Christian home in the 60s, a time when being gay was in opposition to all social and religious mores and against the law in most states. Fearing the rejection of her parents, she hides the truth about her love orientation, creating emotional distance from them for years, as she desperately struggles to harness her powerful attractions to women while pursuing false efforts to be with men.
The watershed point in Carol's journey comes when she returns to graduate school and discovers the feminist movement, which emboldens her sense of personal power and the freedom to love whom she chooses. But this sense of self-possession comes too late for honesty with her father. His unexpected death before she can tell him the truth brings the full cost of Carol's secret crashing in compelling her to come out to her mother before it is too late. Candid and poignant, You Can't Buy Love Like That reveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive, and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one's courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.
What does a father write to his wife and young children when he's gone to war? Does he explain why he left them? How does he answer their constant questions about his return? Which of his experiences does he relate, and which does he pass over? Should he describe his feelings of separation and loneliness? These questions are as relevant today as they were over 150 years ago, when David Brainard Griffin, a corporal in Company F of the 2nd Minnesota Regiment of Volunteers, wrote to those he left behind on the family's Minnesota prairie homestead while he fought to preserve the Union. His letters cover the period from his enlistment at Minnesota's Fort Snelling in September 1861, to his death in Georgia during the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. One hundred of them were preserved and passed down in his family.
A window into the ancestors of anyone of Scot-Irish descent
Clans and Castles is the first book in the Checkmate Series
In 1608, William Neely left Wigtownshire, Scotland for Ulster. He was looking for his place in the world but what he found was the adventure of a lifetime.
Surrounded by powerful clans that had ruled Ulster for more than a thousand years, he came to know some of the most mighty chieftains of the time, including the formidable Cahir O’Doherty, who launched O’Doherty’s Rebellion with the burning of Derry and the killing of Sir George Paulet of His Majesty King James’ service. It would put in motion a chain of events that would transform Ireland and it would mark Cahir O’Doherty as the Last Gaelic Irish King in Ireland.
Whether attending decidedly awkward dinner parties or hayseed weddings complete with karaoke and inebriated attendants, or risking life and limb to aid the impoverished in Belize and Peru (with near-drastic results of misspoken Spanish), there’s a story for everyone in this third installment of Dr. Carroll James’s series of rollicking and touching memoirs.
And Nothing but the Tooth offers up a continuation of bizarre episodes during Dr. James’s forty-plus years of dental practice—including perhaps the worst hires in employment history. On the personal side, we catch a glimpse of some questionable family lineage, a hilarious first ski trip, amateur sheep herding, and a soggy camping trip sure to test a marriage. As always, we get to tag along with young Carroll as he gets into summer mischief with his cousins at his grandparents’ home in the backwoods of Nealy Ridge, VA, this time toying with a treasure chest of found explosives and almost—but not quite—getting away with it.
With only half a canteen of water and one baby bottle, a family of eight fought for their lives in the killing fields and land mines of Cambodia. Heroes emerge in the most unlikely places, under the most dangerous conditions. They are often the most ordinary of people facing extraordinary times. Surrounded by unimaginable adverse forces, one woman would ultimately lead her entire family to survive. Beautiful Hero is an autobiographical narrative told from a daughter’s perspective. The story centers around Meiyeng, the eponymous Beautiful Hero, and her innate ability to sustain everyone in her family. Meiyeng’s acumen in solving problems under extreme circumstances is thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. She shepherded her entire family through starvation, diseases, slavery and massacres in war-torn Cambodia to forge a new life in America. Over two million people—a third of the country’s population—fell victim to a devastating genocide in Cambodia. The rise of the Khmer Rouge posed not merely a single challenge to survival, but rather a series of nightmarish obstacles that required constant circumvention, outmaneuvering, and exceptional fortitude from those few who would survive the regime intact. Beautiful Hero suspensefully unravels the layers of atrocity and evil unleashed upon the people, providing a clear view of this horrific and violent time of the Cambodian revolution. The story highlights the most basic impulses of man: good vs. evil, individual vs. group, democracy vs. tyranny, and life vs. death. It is the ultimate story of love, sacrifice, survival, and redemption. It reaffirms the good in humanity by showing how one family lived and survived with grace and dignity despite being pushed to the limits.
Written by Twylia G. Reid, Broken Wings is a true story of a mother's unwavering love and courage for her son in the aftermath of a car accident. Main character, Mylon, was in all respects a bright young man on track towards the future he imagined when his life changed forever. Reid walks readers through accounts of emotional struggle and moments of despair following the accident. She shares the pain of her son's TBI diagnosis; and her commitment to support him through recovery and learning to live anew. Like Reid's family, many families have been hit with unexpected events leading to the question, "... What just happened?" According to the CDC, "Approximately 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability and the consequences of severe TBI can affect all aspects of an individual's life. This can include relationships with family and friends, as well as their ability to work or be employed, do household tasks, drive, and/or participate in other activities of daily living." Despite being a non-fiction, Broken Wings is memorable. It has all the elements of an inspiring read from gripping truths and descriptive imagery to finding hope. This is a story that will leave an unforgettable mark on the minds of readers.