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Rethinking Possible
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 330

Rethinking Possible

Becky Galli was born into a family that valued the power of having a plan. With a pastor father and a stay-at-home mother, her 1960s southern upbringing was bucolic—even enviable. But when her brother, only seventeen, died in a waterskiing accident, the slow unraveling of her perfect family began. Though grief overwhelmed the family, twenty-year-old Galli forged onward with her life plans—marriage, career, and raising a family of her own—one she hoped would be as idyllic as the family she once knew. But life had less than ideal plans in store. There was her son’s degenerative, undiagnosed disease and subsequent death; followed by her daughter’s autism diagnosis; her separation; and...

Sit Down God... I'm Angry
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 155

Sit Down God... I'm Angry

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1997
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  • Publisher: Unknown

'In this book, R. F. Smith entrusts us with his experience--the profoundly painful loss of a child. R. F. does not give spiritualized answers but honest emotion and reflection, not what to do next but the witness of his own life. From him I learned about generosity, humor, love, and ultimately, faith. 'Sit Down, God' gives courage and comfort for the big and small crisis we all face.' -- Laura Alden, author and friend

Thanks For Leaving Me
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 194

Thanks For Leaving Me

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-09-22
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  • Publisher: FriesenPress

Just as Emma and her husband, Peter, began settling in to what should have been the golden years of their retirement, everything fell apart. Peter decided to suddenly leave their marriage of forty-one years, turning Emma’s world upside-down. Hurt and confused, Emma found herself living alone for the first time in her life, at sixty-five years of age. She abruptly had significant choices to make, new skills to learn, and countless tears to shed. In a relatively short time she and Peter divided their belongings, sold their home, and legally separated. Discovering her own strength and independence, Emma began a new existence. Refusing to surrender herself to a life of self-pity and loneliness, she took charge of her own future and her own happiness. Over time, despair and sadness were replaced with joy and gratitude for her new life, which eventually led her to a new love. Though it was disguised as trauma, Emma realized her first husband had given her the gift of a lifetime, to which she could only answer, “Thanks for leaving me.”

One Good Egg
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

One Good Egg

'Suzy Becker is a wonderful writer, hilarious, touching, and sweet.' - Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Operating Instructions

Room 23
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Room 23

Kavita Basi had a wonderful life—a job she enjoyed, a wonderful family, and seemingly perfect health. Then an unexpected event took place and turned her entire world upside down. In Room 23, Basi chronicles her time suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage—bleeding in the area of the skull surrounding the brain. With this diagnosis, Basi went from being healthy and happy to battling a condition with a 50 percent mortality rate. Following her challenging journey through near death and recovery, this memoir takes an exciting, interactive approach, using QR codes within the chapters so readers can transport themselves to the timeline of what Basi was doing at each moment of her experience, either linking to an Instagram post or video blog—bringing her struggles, and ultimate triumph, alive. 10% of profits will be donated to the Brain & Spine Foundation .

A Better Place
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

A Better Place

Pati Navalta Poblete's world is shattered when her 23-year-old son, Robby, is violently killed. She blames God, gun violence and the town where he was born and died, even herself. Two years later, she shares how Robby's death was transformative for her and many others -- including their family and friends, and even the first journalist on the scene. The Bay Area native takes the reader on a raw, heartbreaking journey from the scene of the crime, to a Buddhist monastery in Northern California, to Asia where she travels for work, to Robby's favorite beach in Hawaii to mark the first anniversary of his death -- everywhere she goes trying to make sense of what has happened. Along the way, she offers glimpses into her and Robby's lives, underscoring what makes his loss so tragic and why every loss such as his matters.

Conscience: A Novel
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Conscience: A Novel

A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year Acclaimed author Alice Mattison’s new novel explores the hard choices a young woman and her friends made decades earlier at the height of the Vietnam War. Decades ago in Brooklyn, three girls demonstrated against the Vietnam War, and each followed a distinct path into adulthood. Helen became a violent revolutionary. Val wrote a controversial book, Bright Morning of Pain, which was essentially a novelization of Helen’s all-too-short but vibrant life. And Olive became an editor and writer, now comfortably settled with her husband, Griff, in modern-day New Haven. When Olive is asked to write an essay about Val’s book, a work that attracts and rep...

You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-10-14
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  • Publisher: Penguin

An unusual and uncommonly moving family memoir, with a twist that give new meaning to hindsight, insight, and forgiveness. Heather Sellers is face-blind-that is, she has prosopagnosia, a rare neurological condition that prevents her from reliably recognizing people's faces. Growing up, unaware of the reason for her perpetual confusion and anxiety, she took what cues she could from speech, hairstyle, and gait. But she sometimes kissed a stranger, thinking he was her boyfriend, or failed to recognize even her own father and mother. She feared she must be crazy. Yet it was her mother who nailed windows shut and covered them with blankets, made her daughter walk on her knees to spare the carpeti...

To The Stars Through Difficulties
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

To The Stars Through Difficulties

Andrew Carnegie funded fifty-nine public libraries in Kansas in the early 20th century—but it was frontier women who organized waffle suppers, minstrel shows, and women's baseball games to buy books to fill them. Now, a century later, Angelina returns to her father's hometown of New Hope to complete her dissertation on the Carnegie libraries, just as Traci and Gayle arrive in town—Traci as an artist-in-residence at the renovated Carnegie Arts Center and Gayle as a refugee whose neighboring town, Prairie Hill, has just been destroyed by a tornado. The discovery of an old journal inspires the women to create a library and arts center as the first act of rebuilding Prairie Hill after the to...

Ephemeral Blooms
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 356

Ephemeral Blooms

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-08-15
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  • Publisher: Unknown

In Ephemeral Blooms, the narrator seeks meaning as the final Bloom, the last person living in her immediate family. She struggles to understand her mother's ghosts and comes to terms with her entrepreneurial, workaholic father. The memoir reveals the lives of her two brothers, Marshall, a radical left activist and closeted gay man; and Alan, a Goldwater conservative, addicted to alcohol and a Playboy perspective on life. When the younger committed suicide at 25 and the older at 52, the narrator reflects on their deaths and the meaning of their loss. She examines childhood memories and life in middle-class Jewish Denver, Colorado in the '40s and '50s. Leaving Colorado for other places, primarily Philadelphia, the narrator guides the reader through the struggles and fortunate changes that occur throughout the following decades to shift the trajectory of her life.