All Happy Families

All Happy Families
Author: Hervé Le Tellier
Publsiher: Other Press, LLC
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-03-26
ISBN: 1590519388
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All Happy Families Book Excerpt:

New York Times Bestselling and Goncourt Prize-Winning Author of The Anomaly A prominent French writer delves into his own history in this eloquent reflection on dysfunctional family relationships. Hervé Le Tellier did not consider himself to have been an unhappy child—he was not deprived, or beaten, or abused. And yet he understood from a young age that something was wrong, and longed to leave. Children sometimes have only the option of escaping, driven by their even greater love of life. Having reached a certain emotional distance at sixty years old, and with his father and stepfather dead and his mother suffering from late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, Le Tellier finally felt able to write the story of his family. Abandoned early by his father and raised in part by his grandparents, he was profoundly affected by his relationship with his mother, a troubled woman with damaging views on love. In this perceptive, deeply personal account, Le Tellier attempts to look back on trying times without anger or regret, and sometimes even with humor.

Make Me a Mother A Memoir

Make Me a Mother  A Memoir
Author: Susanne Antonetta
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-02-17
ISBN: 039324265X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Make Me a Mother A Memoir Book Excerpt:

A woman unexpectedly finds her best self through a sleepy bundle handed over at the airport in this heartfelt and surprising memoir. In Make Me a Mother, acclaimed memoirist Susanne Antonetta adopts an infant from Seoul, South Korea. After meeting their six-month-old son, Jin, at the airport—an incident made memorable when Susanne, so eager to meet her son, is chased down by security—Susanne and her husband learn lessons common to all parents, such as the lack of sleep and the worry and joy of loving a child. They also learn lessons particular to their own family: not just how another being can take over your life but how to let an entire culture in, how to discuss birth parents who gave up a child, and the tricky steps required to navigate race in America. In the end, her relationship with her son teaches Susanne to understand her own troubled childhood and to forgive and care for her own aging parents. Susanne comes to realize how, time and time again, all families have to learn to adopt one another.

A New York Memoir

A New York Memoir
Author: Richard Goodman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 189
Release: 2017-07-12
ISBN: 1351534785
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A New York Memoir Book Excerpt:

A New York Memoir is about a life lived in New York City over a period of thirty years. The memoir begins in 1975, with author Richard Goodman's arrival in New York, an intimidated newcomer. It follows him through the years as he encounters some of the remarkable people one meets in New York, while harkening back to the inspiration the city provides, especially for artists and young writers. The memoir follows the author as he witnesses tragedies and then ruminates on growing old in New York. It tells of the joys and the difficulties of living in this remarkable city. A New York Memoir is, essentially, a long love letter to the city. Like all great loves, this volume reflects passion, promise, hope, pain, regret and, ultimately, the author's pride. This includes true stories of love, work, marriage, raising a child, becoming a writer, death, and friendship. Most of the stories in this effort take place there; those that do not are highly influenced by New York. The author has seen New York at its best and at its worst, when was it rich and freewheeling and when it fell on hard times and almost collapsed. He's seen it grievously wounded, and seen it pick itself back up again with the help of the entire world and with its own limitless moxie. This is a very personal story set against the backdrop of a massive city of unmatchable energy and of sheer, brute authority and inspiration. The book ends with a long remembrance of the author's mother who came to New York after many travails and was rescued by the city. This is the story of Richard Goodman's encounter with New York. **See Richard Goodman read an excerpt from A New York Memoir titled, "Elegy for an English Bike," here. "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS9sMJXJ1L8"

Conversations with Sam Shepard

Conversations with Sam Shepard
Author: Jackson R. Bryer,Robert M. Dowling,Mary C. Hartig
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 326
Release: 2021-10-15
ISBN: 1496837118
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conversations with Sam Shepard Book Excerpt:

A prolific playwright, Sam Shepard (1943–2017) wrote fifty-six produced plays, for which he won many awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. He was also a compelling, Oscar-nominated film actor, appearing in scores of films. Shepard also published eight books of prose and poetry and was a director (directing the premiere productions of ten of his plays as well as two films); a musician (a drummer in three rock bands); a horseman; and a plain-spoken intellectual. The famously private Shepard gave a significant number of interviews over the course of his public life, and the interviewers who respected his boundaries found him to be generous with his time and forthcoming on a wide range of topics. The selected interviews in Conversations with Sam Shepard begin in 1969 when Shepard, already a multiple Obie winner, was twenty-six and end in 2016, eighteen months before his death from complications of ALS at age seventy-three. In the interim, the voice, the writer, and the man evolved, but there are themes that echo throughout these conversations: the indelibility of family; his respect for stage acting versus what he saw as far easier film acting; and the importance of music to his work. He also speaks candidly of his youth in California, his early days as a playwright in New York City, his professionally formative time in London, his interests and influences, the mythology of the American Dream, his own plays, and more. In Conversations with Sam Shepard, the playwright reveals himself in his own words.

A Memoir in C minor

A Memoir in C minor
Author: Agnes Karpathi
Publsiher: Dorrance Publishing
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2010-03
ISBN: 143490492X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Memoir in C minor Book Excerpt:

Moms Don t Have Time to Have Kids

Moms Don t Have Time to Have Kids
Author: Zibby Owens
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-11-02
ISBN: 1510766405
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Moms Don t Have Time to Have Kids Book Excerpt:

53 SHORT ESSAYS FOR BUSY PEOPLE . . . BY 49 AMAZING AUTHORS. Too tired to think? No time to read books? Zibby Owens gets it. Award-winning podcaster of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books and mother of four (ages six to fourteen) compiled fifty-three essays by forty-nine authors to help the rest of us feel understood, inspired, and less alone. The authors, all previous guests on her podcast (go listen!), include fifteen New York Times bestselling authors, five national bestsellers, and twenty-nine award-winning/notable/critically acclaimed writers. The super short essays were inspired by a few other things moms don't have time to do: sleep, get sick, write, lose weight, and see friends. Read one a week and you'll finish the whole book in a year: accomplishment! Topics range from taking care of an aging grandmother, mourning the loss of a family member, battling insomnia, wrestling with body image, coping with chronic illness, navigating writer's block, the power of women's friendship, and more juicy stuff. You'll laugh, cry, think, and feel like you just had coffee with a close friend. If that best friend were a world-renowned author. Contributors include: Aimee Agresti, Esther Amini, Chandler Baker, Adrienne Bankert, Andrea Buchanan, Terri Cheney, Jeanine Cummins, Stephanie Danler, KJ Dell'Antonia, Lydia Fenet, Michael Frank, Elyssa Friedland, Melissa Gould, Nicola Harrison, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Joanna Hershon, Angela Himsel, Richie Jackson, Shelli Johannes, Lily King, Jean Kwok, Heather Land, Brooke Adams Law, Caroline Leavitt, Jenny Lee, Shannon Lee, Elizabeth Lesser, Gigi Levangie, Emily Liebert, Lynda Loigman, Abby Maslin, Sarah McColl, Jeanne McCulloch, Malcolm Mitchell, Arden Myrin, Carla Naumburg, Rex Ogle, Zibby Owens, Camille Pagán, Elizabeth Passarella, Allison Pataki, Lindsay Powers, Susie Orman Schnall, Susan Shapiro, Melissa T. Shultz, Claire Bidwell Smith, Rev. Lydia Sohn, Laura Tremaine, and Cecily von Ziegesar.

The Story of Bug A Memoir of Resilience

The Story of Bug  A Memoir of Resilience
Author: Jane Aylor Fretz
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2017-04-26
ISBN: 1483467236
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Story of Bug A Memoir of Resilience Book Excerpt:

The Story of Bug is a rich, evocative memoir about growing up in southern West Virginia, where the author's dramatic, mercurial mother's violent outbursts keep her family on edge. As a young child, Bug longs for love from the one woman who means the most to her. She feels her aching heart is being kept on a leash, tied to the mother she never really knows. A plucky, imaginative and resilient little girl, Bug defends the weak, cares for the wounded, and faces down danger. As she watches her mother peel back layers of rage, the warring between her parents increases. Finding herself in the unique position of having to parent her parents. Bug learns to care for herself as she monitors the violence and her mother's downward spiral. Written after the deaths of her parents, this moving memoir reckons with the author's difficult past and is an act of both resurrection and reconciliation.

Let Me Count the Ways

Let Me Count the Ways
Author: Tomás Q. Morín
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2022-03
ISBN: 1496226496
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Let Me Count the Ways Book Excerpt:

Let Me Count the Ways is Tomás Q. Morín’s memoir of a journey into obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mechanism to survive a childhood filled with pain, violence, and unpredictability that eventually became a prison he would struggle for decades to escape.

Life Stories A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs Autobiographies and Diaries

Life Stories  A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs  Autobiographies  and Diaries
Author: Maureen O'Connor
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 723
Release: 2011-08-23
ISBN: 1610691466
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Stories A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs Autobiographies and Diaries Book Excerpt:

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

The Handy Literature Answer Book

The Handy Literature Answer Book
Author: Daniel S. Burt,Deborah G. Felder
Publsiher: Visible Ink Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2018-07-01
ISBN: 1578596785
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Handy Literature Answer Book Book Excerpt:

From the epic of Gilgamesh to Aristotle and Cicero, and from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to Wuthering Heights, War and Peace, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Nobel-winning lyrics of Bob Dylan, the world of literature is an integral part of our lives. Great literature can shape and form thoughts and opinions as well as influence politics and predict the future. Reading can truly enrich our lives, but it can sometimes be daunting to get the most out of a great work of literature. The Handy Literature Answer Book: Understand and Enjoy Meanings, Symbolism, and Signs in Great Works is an engaging, easy-to-read look at literature basics such as themes, symbols, context, and other literary devices. Different literary forms, including novels, poems, plays, short stories, memoirs, and literary nonfiction are analyzed. Hundreds of important stories and great works are used as illustrative examples. Learn about the five basic questions for any work of literature, including “What is the significance of a title?” “What is conflict?” “What is character development?” “What is point of view?” “How does a setting affect a story?” “What are the different schools of literary criticism?” and many more. Bringing the most out of the reading experience, The Handy Literature Answer Book deciphers and analyzes stories, novels, and verses through insightful in-depth answers to nearly 400 common questions. You will also read about such fascinating tidbits as ... • What are the key components of literature? • How is reading literature different from other kinds of reading? • Why is artful reading so hard? • What do poems do? • How should a poem be read for its comparisons—metaphors and similes? • What, according to Poe, should be the method of the short story writer? • How do you recognize the difference between story and plot in a short story? • How can you recognize a symbol? • What are the defining characteristics of the novel? • How did the novel evolve from a popular literary entertainment to the modern novel? • What is the difference between drama and theater? • What is the best way to understand and appreciate Shakespearean drama? • What approaches should you take in reading an essay? • What are characteristics of a memoir? This handy primer also includes a glossary of essential literary terms, a timeline, a helpful bibliography, and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness. Making reading more enriching, rewarding, and enjoyable, The Handy Literature Answer Book is a wonderful, eye-opening read!

Freshman vs Self Memoirs from the Ninth Grade

Freshman vs  Self  Memoirs from the Ninth Grade
Author: Alexa Garvoille,Kaitlin Medlin
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 694
Release: 2012
ISBN: 1300303808
Category: High school freshmen
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Freshman vs Self Memoirs from the Ninth Grade Book Excerpt:

First Loves

First Loves
Author: Ted Solotaroff
Publsiher: Seven Stories Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-01-04
ISBN: 1609802144
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

First Loves Book Excerpt:

Solotaroff was one of the notable intellectuals of his generation, the founder of the New American Review, editor and friend of Philip Roth, and editor-in-chief at HarperCollins. Solotaroff reveals himself here as a thinking man with a big heart and gaping wounds of love that are not disconnected from the contributions he has made to American culture throughout his career. Solotaroff turns back to the earliest pages of his romance with Lynn, remembering his first sighting of her emerging from the water as if from a dream. Yet the image, as he penetrates the intervening layers of sorrow and disappointment, is almost impossibly distant, fragile. First Loves reenacts the blurring of a perfect conception in the mind of a man who would devote his life to precision of thought and word. This opposition, of romantic and intellectual passion, drives the narrative and eventually brings it to crisis. First Loves could be described as a very private feat of honesty from a public intellectual. Solotaroff’s willingness to admit the failures, personal and professional, alongside the triumphs of his career gives a three-dimensional intensity to the emotions on the page. Working with all of the gritty and romantic elements of his storied life, Solotaroff manages to avoid a tone too heroic or honey-dipped; he manages simply to tell the tale.

Sunday s Child

Sunday s Child
Author: Robert Ayres Carter
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2005-03-21
ISBN: 1413473261
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sunday s Child Book Excerpt:

"Carter has written a memoir that captures the quintessential America that now seems to be slipping away from us. A real treat." --John Tebbel, author, A History of Book Publishing in the United States "Deeply moving.The book is a delight, and, of course, you write like a dream.Your introductory comments on the subject of memoirs are interesting.Congratulations on what I believe we used to call a great read, and more than that, a deeply affecting record." --Ellen Feldman, author, Lucy "Robert Carter has that rare quality in a writer whose prose is transparent: nothing apparently stands between the reader and the world of the 1930s and early 1940s. That world is portrayed as essentially an unflinchingly revealed emotional one; there is a heartbreaking account of his mother's death--an event that drives his subsequent relations." James Scanlon, Professor Emeritus of History, Randolph-Macon College

Brothers

Brothers
Author: Andrew Blauner
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2010-04-19
ISBN: 0470599642
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brothers Book Excerpt:

"The next best thing to not having a brother (as I do not) is to have Brothers." —Gay Talese Here is a tapestry of stories about the complex and unique relationship that exists between brothers. In this book, some of our finest authors take an unvarnished look at how brothers admire and admonish, revere and revile, connect and compete, love and war with each other. With hearts and minds wide open, and, in some cases, with laugh-out-loud humor, the writers tackle a topic that is as old as the Bible and yet has been, heretofore, overlooked. Contributors range in age from twenty-four to eighty-four, and their stories from comic to tragic. Brothers examines and explores the experiences of love and loyalty and loss, of altruism and anger, of competition and compassion—the confluence of things that conspire to form the unique nature of what it is to be and to have a brother. “Brother.” One of our eternal and quintessential terms of endearment. Tobias Wolff writes, “The good luck of having a brother is partly the luck of having stories to tell.” David Kaczynski, brother of “The Unabomber”: “I’ll start with the premise that a brother shows you who you are—and also who you are not. He’s an image of the self, at one remove . . . You are a ‘we’ with your brother before you are a ‘we’ with any other.” Mikal Gilmore refers to brotherhood as a “fidelity born of blood.” We’ve heard that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But where do the apples fall in relation to each other? And are we, in fact, our brothers’ keepers, after all? These stories address those questions and more, and are, like the relationships, full of intimacy and pain, joy and rage, burdens and blessings, humor and humanity.

Bequest and Betrayal

Bequest and Betrayal
Author: Nancy K. Miller
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780253213792
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bequest and Betrayal Book Excerpt:

Sometimes, we find what we didn't know we needed.

Memoirs of a Dipper

Memoirs of a Dipper
Author: Nell Leyshon
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-06-04
ISBN: 0241971462
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memoirs of a Dipper Book Excerpt:

'A reading experience that hums with an electric energy that never gets boring and feels shockingly, painfully real.' - The Times 'There's different ways to do it: I can slowly move closer step by step, or I can do it in one movement and bump into them. Easiest is in a pub then I can put my drink too close to theirs. Move my stool near theirs. Anything to cross the line.' Gary is a dipper, a burglar, a thief. He is still at junior school when his father first takes him out on the rob, and proves a fast learner: not much more than a child the first time he gets caught, he is a career criminal as soon as he is out again. But Gary is also fiercely intelligent - he often knows more about the antique furniture he is stealing than the people who own it, and is confident in his ability to trick his way out of any situation, always one step ahead. But all that changes when he falls for Mandy...

Make Me a Mother A Memoir

Make Me a Mother  A Memoir
Author: Susanne Antonetta
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-02-17
ISBN: 039306817X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Make Me a Mother A Memoir Book Excerpt:

Relates how the author and her husband adopted a six-month-old boy from South Korea and the lessons they had to learn as parents, including how to incorporate aspects of another culture and how to discuss birth parents with their son.

Monday Morning Quarterback

Monday Morning Quarterback
Author: Jonathan Yardley
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2000-02-09
ISBN: 9780847697403
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Monday Morning Quarterback Book Excerpt:

In Monday Morning Quarterback, Washington D.C.'s best known columnist offers his wit and wisdom on America in the 1990s, from politics and culture to sports and literature.

Journey Through the White Terror

Journey Through the White Terror
Author: Kang-i Sun Chang
Publsiher: 國立臺灣大學出版中心
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2013-02-01
ISBN: 9860359725
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Journey Through the White Terror Book Excerpt:

Kang-i Sun Chang is Malcolm G. Chace ’56 Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. In her memoir, Journey Through the White Terror, she tells the powerful story of her father Paul Sun (1919-2007). Along with numerous others, Sun was imprisoned more than 60 years ago during the “White Terror”, the decade following the withdrawal of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist government from Mainland China to Taiwan in mid-December 1949. During this time, the Nationalist government implemented a policy of “better to kill ten thousand by mistake than to set one free by oversight,” and as a result, many innocent civilians such as the author’s father became victims of ferocious searches and persecutions. At the time of her father’s arrest, Prof. Chang was not quite six years old; when her father returned home, she was almost sixteen. Having witnessed the injustice of her father’s imprisonment and the freedom their family later enjoyed in America, she felt compelled to write this story. Prof. Chang’s account of how the family survived the White Terror makes her book one of the most intense and thrilling works on the subject. But the book is also about soul-searching and the healing of a childhood trauma. It is a true story about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Love and religion in such circumstances prove to be the ultimate deliverance. All this is described in considerable detail in this extraordinary memoir.

Shadow Daughter

Shadow Daughter
Author: Harriet Brown
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-11-06
ISBN: 0738234540
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shadow Daughter Book Excerpt:

A riveting, provocative, and ultimately hopeful exploration of mother-daughter estrangement, woven with research and anecdotes, from an award-winning journalist. The day of her mother's funeral, Harriet Brown was five thousand miles away. For years they'd gone through cycles of estrangement and connection, drastic blow-ups and equally dramatic reconciliations. By the time her mother died at seventy-six, they hadn't spoken at all in several years. Her mother's death sent Brown on a journey of exploration, one that considered guilt and trauma, rage and betrayal, and forgiveness. Shadow Daughter tackles a subject we rarely discuss as a culture. Family estrangements -- between parents and children, siblings, multiple generations -- are surprisingly common, and even families that aren't officially estranged often have some experience of deep conflicts. Despite the fact that the issue touches most people one way or another, estrangement is still shrouded in secrecy, stigma, and shame. We simply don't talk about it, and that silence can make an already difficult situation even harder. Brown tells her story with clear-eyed honesty and hard-won wisdom; she also shared interviews with others who are estranged, as well as the most recent research on this taboo topic. Ultimately, Shadow Daughter is a thoughtful, provocative, and deeply researched exploration of the ties that bind and break, forgiveness, reconciliation, and what family really means.