Set in postwar california, this is the story of a girl who tried to make sense of her parents’ unpredictable actions—from being left to lie in her own blood-soaked diaper while her Christian Scientist mother prayed, refusing to get medical help to watching her father writhe on his bed in the detox ward, his hands and feet tethered with leather straps—by immersing herself in the beauty and solitude of the wilderness around her.
Boot Language: A Memoir #ad - But life for vanya and her family turned dark when ghosts from her father’s service on a Pacific destroyer in World War II tore her family apart. It was only decades later, when memories began to haunt her, that Vanya was able to look back with unflinching honesty and tender compassion for her family and herself.
In this elegant, often disturbing, haunting narrative, Erickson invites us to witness it all—from the gripping, truths of her childhood to her ultimate survival.
The Promise Between UsLake Union Publishing #ad - Despite longing for maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return. But when she and maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. This is an eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness—a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center.
Jodi picoult, new york times bestselling author of Small Great ThingsMetal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Katie has the power to help, accept the possibility of love, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.
The Promise Between Us #ad - . Worse, maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, North Carolina, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art.
A Father's BetrayalClink Street Publishing #ad - Muna and her three sisters were happy children, growing up in Newport South Wales with their English mother and Arabic father. But in 1972 her mother disappeared, setting in motion a chain of events which would forever shatter her seemingly loving family.
Wholly Unraveled: A MemoirLittle A #ad - Sometimes all that it takes to start over is the courage to say you will. In kathleen’s home, red jeans were a sin. Growing up in a catholic cult, kathleen knew from an early age that if she were to survive, under the unforgiving eye of her abusive father, she’d have to do it on her own. But when the time came to escape, she found herself in a damaging spiral of self-destruction.
. Instead, with her demons quieted, an empowering new purpose, she emerged with a fresh understanding of self, and a sense of worthiness that she would never let be challenged again. Wholly unraveled is keele burgin’s gripping and inspiring journey of self-discovery and of finally finding her voice against nearly insurmountable odds.
Wholly Unraveled: A Memoir #ad - Parties were punishable with violence. At rock bottom, and with nowhere to go, Kathleen stepped off a bus in the last place she ever thought she’d find peace: a remote community in rural Canada. Spending a year in almost complete silence, Kathleen feared this experience would prove to be just another step in her unraveling.
Fear was part of the daily norm.
Just Another KidWilliam Morrow Impulse #ad - Just Another Kid #ad - Just another Kid is not just another book. This remarkable teacher's memoir reminds us that love takes many forms. The new york timesfrom the bestselling author of One Child comes the true story of six children impossible to reach and the amazing teacher who embraced them all. Torey hayden faced six emotionally troubled kids no other teacher could handle—three recent arrivals from battle-torn Northern Ireland, aggressive and sexually precocious at the age of eight; and seven-year-old Leslie, perhaps the most hopeless of all, who only knew of life inside an institution; excitable Mariana, badly traumatized by the horrors of war; eleven-year-old Dirkie, unresponsive and unable to speak.
With compassion, and masterful storytelling, rare insight, teacher Torey Hayden once again touches our hearts with her account of the miracles that can happen in her class of “special” children.
The Dream: A MemoirBallantine Books #ad - Dreams played an important part in our lives in those early days in England. It is their romance that will finally bring the peace and happiness that Harry’s mother always dreamed was possible. With a compelling cast and evocative settings, Harry Bernstein’s extraordinary account of his hardscrabble youth in Depression-era Chicago and New York will grip you from the very first page.
Skeletons in the family closet come to light, mafiosi darken their doorstep, family members are lost, and dreams are shattered. In the face of so much loss, Harry and his mother must make a fateful decision–one that will change their lives forever. Harry is mesmerized by the city: the cars, the skyscrapers, and the gorgeous vistas of Lake Michigan.
Our mother invented them for us to make up for all the things we lacked and to give us some hope for the future. During the hard and bitter years of his youth in England, Harry Bernstein’s selfless mother struggles to keep her six children fed and clothed. Then, one miraculous day when Harry is twelve years old, steamships tickets arrive in the mail, sent by an anonymous benefactor.
The Dream: A Memoir #ad - Suddenly, a new life full of the promise of prosperity seems possible–and the family sets sail for America, meeting relatives in Chicago. But she never stops dreaming of a better life in America, no matter how unlikely. And though he has struggled for so long, there is an incredible bounty waiting for Harry in New York: his future wife, Ruby.
The Speckled PeopleFourth Estate #ad - His father, while his mother, a sometimes brutal Irish nationalist, demands his children speak Gaelic, a softly spoken German emigrant who has been marked by the Nazi past, speaks to them in German. It is a journey that ends in liberation, but not before he uncovers the long-buried secrets that lie at the bottom of his parents wardrobe.
In one of the finest books to have emerged from ireland in many years, the acclaimed novelist Hugo Hamilton has finally written his own story – a deeply moving memoir about a whole family's homesickness for a country they can call their own. English is, after all, what the other children in Dublin speak.
The Speckled People #ad - He himself wants to speak English. English is what they use when they hunt him down in the streets and dub him Eichmann, as they bring him to trial and sentence him to death at a mock seaside court. Out of this fear and guilt and often comical cultural entanglements, he tries to understand the differences between Irish history and German history and turn the twisted logic of what he is told into truth.
. This is the most gripping book I've read in ages … It is beautifully written, fascinating, disturbing and often very funny. Roddy doylethe childhood world of Hugo Hamilton, born and brought up in Dublin, is a confused place.
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A MemoirHarper Wave #ad - But, giulia had another breakdown, soon after Jonas was born, and then a third a few years after that. International bestsellera heart-wrenching, yet hopeful, memoir of a young marriage that is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of love. Mark and giulia’s life together began as a storybook romance.
One day she was vibrant and well-adjusted; the next she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe. When giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. Eventually, giulia fully recovered, and the couple had a son.
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir #ad - A story of the fragility of the mind, radiant with compassion, my lovely wife in the psych ward is, and the tenacity of the human spirit, Lukach’s is an intensely personal odyssey through the harrowing years of his wife’s mental illness, and written with dazzling lyricism, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we care for the people we love? What and who do we live for? Breathtaking in its candor, anchored by an abiding devotion to family that will affirm readers’ faith in the power of love.
They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended.
This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try AnythingGallery Books #ad - Along the way, an unexpected romance, and most importantly, radical medical treatment, she discovers a world of cultural mayhem, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing. When Amy B. Amy scher is a brave warrior and a wonderful writer" - Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love.
The true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journey that takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of her ultimate salvation. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago.
Knowing the risks, amy packed her bags anyway and flew across the world hoping to find the ultimate cure. This is how i save my life is a powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination for anyone who believes in--or doubts--the existence of miracles and the infinite power of self-healing when it seems like all hope is lost.
This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try Anything #ad - After exhausting all of her options in the us, she discovered a possible cure--but it was highly experimental, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal.
On the Black Hill: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - Benjamin is gentler, a cook whose favorite task is delivering baby lambs, and even in his old age, he remains devoted to the memory of his mother. . Winner of the james tait black memorial prize and the whitbread literary award, and written in the tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Mayor of Casterbridge, this entry on the list of “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die” is an all-time classic from the author of bestsellers such as In Patagonia and The Songlines.
The unusual twins have seen a country change and an empire fall, and in their shared memory lies an epic story of the century that remade Britain. Famed travel author bruce chatwin brings his unique understanding of landscape and culture to his debut novel, an intense examination of a little patch of Wales.
Whitbread award winner: a novel by the author of In Patagonia, about a pair of twins and their long, remarkable lives in the farmlands of Wales. For forty-two years, identical twins Lewis and Benjamin Jones have shared a bed, a farm, and a life. Lewis is sturdy, still strong enough at eighty to wield an ax all day, and though he’s hardly ever ventured outside his little village on the English border, he dreams of far-off lands.
On the Black Hill: A Novel #ad - But the world has scarred and warped them each in different ways. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Chatwin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate. From the stories of their father’s youth to their own dotage, there is nothing these farmers haven’t seen—or heard.
Unraveling AnneLake Union Publishing #ad - So how is it possible that such a woman could die in squalor, yet tragic, an alcoholic street person brutally murdered in a burnt-out West Hollywood building? In searching for answers to the heartbreaking trajectory of her mother’s life, writer Laurel Saville plumbed the depths of Anne’s troubled past and her own eccentric childhood to untangle the truth of an exceptional, existence.
What she discovered was a woman who was beautiful, well-educated, and talented—yet tormented by internal demons and no match for the hedonistic culture of Southern California in the 1960s and 70s. Most importantly, saville explores how what we bring forward from previous generations can shape our own lives, and how compassion and love for a difficult parent can be a person’s bridge to a better life.
Unraveling Anne #ad - After all, this is my mother we’re talking about. I don’t have her anymore, but I still have her story. In 1950s los angeles, anne ford was the epitome of the California golden girl, a former beauty queen and model-turned-fashion designer whose success and charm were legendary. As her daughter, i belonged to her; as my mother, she also belongs to me.
With unflinching honesty and stirring compassion, Saville struggles to reconcile the two faces her mother presented the world: the glamour-girl-about-town the public saw and the unpredictable, bitter alcoholic her children knew.