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The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames

Author : Justine Cowan
Publisher : Harper
Release : 2021-01-12
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 0062991019

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A riveting family drama evocative of Angela's Ashes and The Glass Castle, about a woman who discovers the shocking secret at the center of her mother's life. Justine had always been told that her mother came from royal blood. The proof could be found in her mother's elegance, in the uppercrust London accent she had never shed--and in a cryptic letter hinting at her claim to a country estate. But beneath the polished veneer lay a fearsome, unpredictable temper that drove Justine from home the moment she was old enough to escape. Years later, when her mother sent her an envelope filled with secrets from a past that had never been spoken about, Justine buried it in the back of an old filing cabinet. After her mother's death, overcome with grief, Justine found herself drawn back to that envelope. Its contents revealed a mystery that would stretch back to the early years of World War II and lead her across the Atlantic Ocean to discover a truth she could scarcely imagine. Her mother did not grow up among London's elite, but had been raised in the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children, commonly known as the Foundling Hospital. Established in the eighteenth century to raise "bastard" children to clean chamber pots for England's ruling class, the Foundling Hospital was tied to some of the most influential historical figures and events. From its role in the development of solitary confinement and human medical experimentation to the creation of the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts, the Hospital's impact on Western culture continues to reverberate. It was also the environment that shaped a young girl then known as Dorothy Soames, who bravely withstood years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a sadistic headmistress--a resilient child who dreamed of escape as German bombers reigned death from the skies, unaware that her own mother was fighting to get her back. Heartbreaking, surprising, and unforgettable, The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is the true story of one woman's quest to understand the secrets that had poisoned her mother's mind, and her startling discovery that her family's fate had been sealed centuries before. --Christina Baker Kline, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train

American Daughter

Author : Stephanie Plymale
Publisher : Greenleaf Book Group
Release : 2020-02-11
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781632992536

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"American Daughter–in the tradition of classics like The Glass Castle, LA Diaries and White Oleander–explores in unsparing details the complex interplay between intimate family ties, generational abuse and cataclysmic losses." – Gina Frangello, Author of ‘Every Kind of Wanting’ and ‘A Life in Men’ Editor of The Coachella Review For 50 years, Stephanie Thornton Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. No one outside her immediate family would ever have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and ongoing sexual abuse. Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood. ​American Daughter is at once the deeply moving memoir of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on trauma, resilience, transcendence, and redemption. Stephanie's story is unique but its messages are universal, offering insight into what it means to survive, to rise above, to heal, and to forgive.

London Street

Author : Jane E. Griffioen
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2020-05-25
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781725267558

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Within a Dutch enclave already removed from the larger world, Janie’s family is further isolated and odd. Janie struggles within the tight-knit community to understand the secrets and events involving her family. She knows the line her father draws between the holy and the sinful. His boundaries and rigid belief system nearly destroy the very family they were meant to protect. Persistent rumors and shunning by church members add to Janie’s heartache and confusion. Her endurance to preserve a loving relationship with her family is an intimate story of triumph over community bigotry and religious zeal gone too far.

Blood Brother

Author : Susan Keller
Publisher : TouchPoint Press
Release : 2021-08-17
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : PKEY:6610000304806

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Johnny’s bone marrow could save my life, but he’d vanished thirty years ago. As an athletic, fifty-five-year-old professional woman, I had it all—or thought I did—until the fatal lymphoma. On the day of my shocking diagnosis, I was warned I might not survive the night. After months of punishing chemotherapy, I needed a Bone Marrow Transplant to survive. But there was one only person in the world I could turn to for that bone marrow: my brother, Johnny, who’d vanished thirty years before. Blood Brother is the story of curing an incurable cancer and of the enigmatic events that led to finding a man who never wanted to be found. It also explores acceptance of what can and cannot be changed and discovering what it means to forgive. Advance Praise “A beautiful story of the strength of the human spirit and fierce determination to live. I hope that others who have been faced with a cancer diagnosis will also find inspiration, healing, and closure in reading this most compelling memoir.... This book is insightful and illuminating. I highly recommend it to all readers.”—Joanna Mimi Choi, M.D. “Thanks, and praise to Susan Keller for her extraordinary medical memoir, Blood Brother. Though facing a potentially fatal illness can be terrifying, it’s also a priceless opportunity to learn, reconnect, and heal. Susan captures and shares these major life changes in a truly accessible way.—Amy Ewing, M.D. “I spent all [day] and most of the night reading Blood Brother and forced myself to stop at 3 AM (I just could not put it down!) It is truly an eye opener to see the whole illness process through Susan’s memories and feelings, and to learn of her family story. My older son, who is captivated by medicine, is reading it and loving it too. This is a great book for anyone who treats patients, and for the patients and their families as well. It brings the Patient Journey into clear and dramatic focus.”—Natalia Greyz, M.D. “From the first few engrossing pages, I was right there sharing Susan’s extraordinary experiences with her. Blood Brother is a must read for oncologists and other providers who believe their only responsibility is to treat the patient’s medical symptoms. It will inform and enrich the professional lives of those across the healthcare spectrum, adding depth, meaning to their days, and producing better outcomes for patients. Blood Brother gives hope to those who’ve lost theirs, patients as well as practitioners. There are happy endings after all!”—Meryl Luallin, CEO, SullivanLuallin Group

Memoir of a Nobody

Author : Steve Bluestein
Publisher : BearManor Media
Release : 2018-04-03
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 8210379456XXX

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Steve Bluestein is articulate, and funny, and incredibly insightful. You will laugh as you completely identify reading this book. – Henry Winkler, Actor best know as Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days Steve Bluestein has always been able to make me laugh out loud, and now his book… Memoir of a Nobody has that same magical power. It makes me laugh. – Cindy Williams, Actress best known for her role in Laverne & Shirley and author of Shirley, I Jest! Steve Bluestein’s Memoir of a Nobody is one of the most entertaining books you will ever read. While you are laughing non-stop you will marvel at how he is able to turn every bad day into one of the funniest stories you’ve ever heard. It’s a true gift that comes right out of his amazing humor and perfectly skewed view of the world. You will laugh and cry, and when you are done you will feel like you have a new best friend. – Elayne Boosler, stand up comedian, activist, TV personality

Bastards: A Memoir

Author : Mary Anna King
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Release : 2015-06-22
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780393248012

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"Searing . . . explores how identity forms love, and love, identity. Written in engrossing, intimate prose, it makes us rethink how blood’s deep connections relate to the attachments of proximity."—Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree In the early 1980s, Mary Hall is a little girl growing up in poverty in Camden, New Jersey, with her older brother Jacob and parents who, in her words, were "great at making babies, but not so great at holding on to them." After her father leaves the family, she is raised among a commune of mothers in a low-income housing complex. Then, no longer able to care for the only daughter she has left at home, Mary's mother sends Mary away to Oklahoma to live with her maternal grandparents, who have also been raising her younger sister, Rebecca. When Mary is legally adopted by her grandparents, the result is a family story like no other. Because Mary was adopted by her grandparents, Mary’s mother, Peggy, is legally her sister, while her brother, Jacob, is legally her nephew. Living in Oklahoma with her maternal grandfather, Mary gets a new name and a new life. But she's haunted by the past: by the baby girls she’s sure will come looking for her someday, by the mother she left behind, by the father who left her. Mary is a college student when her sisters start to get back in touch. With each subsequent reunion, her family becomes closer to whole again. Moving, haunting, and at times wickedly funny, Bastards is about finding one's family and oneself.

The Light of Days

Author : Judy Batalion
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2021-04-06
Category : History
ISBN : 9780062874238

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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Also on the USA Today, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Globe and Mail, Publishers Weekly, and Indie bestseller lists. One of the most important stories of World War II, already optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture: a spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters—a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now. Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of marmalade, and helped build systems of underground bunkers. They flirted with German soldiers, bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cooking, used their Aryan looks to seduce them, and shot and killed them. They bombed German train lines and blew up a town’s water supply. They also nursed the sick, taught children, and hid families. Yet the exploits of these courageous resistance fighters have remained virtually unknown. As propulsive and thrilling as Hidden Figures, In the Garden of Beasts, and Band of Brothers, The Light of Days at last tells the true story of these incredible women whose courageous yet little-known feats have been eclipsed by time. Judy Batalion—the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors—takes us back to 1939 and introduces us to Renia Kukielka, a weapons smuggler and messenger who risked death traveling across occupied Poland on foot and by train. Joining Renia are other women who served as couriers, armed fighters, intelligence agents, and saboteurs, all who put their lives in mortal danger to carry out their missions. Batalion follows these women through the savage destruction of the ghettos, arrest and internment in Gestapo prisons and concentration camps, and for a lucky few—like Renia, who orchestrated her own audacious escape from a brutal Nazi jail—into the late 20th century and beyond. Powerful and inspiring, featuring twenty black-and-white photographs, The Light of Days is an unforgettable true tale of war, the fight for freedom, exceptional bravery, female friendship, and survival in the face of staggering odds.

Wish You Were Here

Author : Nick Webb
Publisher : Ballantine Books
Release : 2005-03-29
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780345481887

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“This amusing, sad, and heartfelt look at [Adams’s] lifeis a true gift.”—New York Post It all started when Douglas Adams demolished planet Earth in order to make way for an intergalactic expressway—and then invited everyone to thumb a ride on a comical cosmic road trip in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Adams made the universe a much funnier place to inhabit and forever changed the way we think about towels, extraterrestrial poetry, and especially the number 42. And then, too soon, he was gone. In Wish You Were Here, Nick Webb, a longtime friend of the author, reveals the many sides, quirks, and contradictions of Douglas Adams. A summation as celebration, it is a look back at a life well worth the vicarious reliving, as studded with anecdote, droll comic incident, and heartfelt insight as its subject’s own unforgettable tales of cosmic wanderlust. Praise for Wish You Were Here “Webb’s tale brims with affection and humour; every page is a delight.”—The Daily Mail “It’s perhaps the ultimate credit to Webb that he can be just as funny as Adams in his writing. With many of the same veins of humour that Adams had running throughout this biography, it’s as if the great hitchhiker has never really left.”—The Leeds Guide

The Sergeant’s Daughter

Author : Teressa Shelton
Publisher : She Writes Press
Release : 2020-08-11
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781631527227

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As a little girl, Teressa’s father dotes on her and little sister, Karen, while mercilessly mocking her older sister, Debbie. Teressa thinks its Debbie’s fault—until she gets a little older and he begins tormenting her, too. Soon enough, his verbal abuse turns physical. Her sergeant father brings his military life home, meeting each of his daughters’ infractions with extreme punishment for them all. Meanwhile, their mother watches silently, never defending her daughters and never subjected to physical abuse herself. Terrified to be at home and terrified to tell anyone, Teressa seeks solace in books, music, and the family she can find outside of her home: a best friend, a kind neighbor, and a doting grandfather. At first cowed by her father’s abuse and desperate to believe that maybe, one day, things will change, Teressa ultimately grows into a young woman who understands that if she wants a better life, she’ll have to build it for herself—so she does.

I Had My Underwear on the Entire Time

Author : Michael Blair,Amy Blair
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2020-11-13
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 0578806126

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One day when he was eighteen, Michael Blair was lounging on the living room sofa when his mother shut off the vacuum and turned his world upside down. "Craig is not your real dad," she suddenly told him.Stunned by the news, Michael discovered that this was a secret his entire family had kept from him.Two years later Michael began the search for his biological father. Wading through years of untruths and talking to people who were not forthcoming, Michael spent the next twenty-five years following clues and leads, all resulting in more questions and dead end roads. Finally, as with many adoptees, science caught up with the impossible and Michael was able to use a home DNA test to uncover the identity of his biological father. He quickly realized that the answer he had searched for came with many consequences. Finding his biological father was not the end of his journey, like he had hoped. Instead, he discovered that it was just the beginning.I Had My Underwear On the Entire Time is a book about secrets. It's the story about a forty-five-year-old mystery that gets unearthed and the aftermath that follows. This book is for those who carry secrets and also for those who are the keepers of secrets. It is also for the few who seek answers to their own mysteries. I Had My Underwear On The Entire Time can serve as a guide to those on a quest and it showcases the author's successes and missteps along the way. This book may motivate people who find themselves in a similar situation and may prove that they are not alone.

Book of the Truth Behind the Story

Author : Ltd Publications International
Publisher : Publications International, Limited
Release : 2017-04
Category : Reference
ISBN : 1680227556

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What She Said & What I Heard

Author : Stuart Watson
Publisher : Spark Publications
Release : 2020-10
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 1943070989

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Stuart Watson spent his first career earning a living by talking. His whole identity was wrapped up in being a Peabody-award-winning investigative reporter. Then he turned 55 and got fired. He began to doubt himself. He flirted with suicide. To escape such dark thoughts, he began a five-year odyssey conducting dozens and dozens of interviews for a podcast, a book, and a film. Increasingly, those interview subjects were women. But all too often, Stuart interrupted or "mansplained" or flat-out argued. It didn't work. So gradually he learned how to stop talking over women and really listen to them. The result is this book and a podcast called ManListening, in which Stuart elevates the stories of a diverse group of strong women who bounced back. What She Said & What I Heard is a memoir told through a series of profound moments where a woman said something that Stuart actually heard. He shifted and changed because in a moment, he really listened. This book is for broken people and the people who don't know how to hear them. If you're still reading, you're one of us.

The Last Foundling

Author : Tom H. Mackenzie
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Release : 2014-03-13
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781447253297

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When she fell pregnant in London in 1938, Jean knew that she couldn't keep her baby. The unmarried daughter of an elder in the Church of Scotland, she would shame her family if she returned to the north in such a condition. Scared and alone in a city on the brink of war, she begged the Foundling Hospital to give her baby the start in life that she could not. The institution, which had been providing care for deserted infants since the eighteenth century, allowed Jean to nurse her son for nine weeks, leaving her heartbroken when the time came to let him go. But little Tom knew nothing of her love as he grew up in the Foundling Hospital - which, during years of the Second World War, was more like a prison than a children's home. Locked in and subject to public canings and the sadistic whims of the older boys, there was no one to give him a hug, no one to wipe away his tears. A true story of desertion and neglect, this is also a moving account of survival from one of the very last foundlings. It stands as a testament to the love that ultimately led a family back together.

Sound

Author : Bella Bathurst
Publisher : Greystone Books Ltd
Release : 2018-10-02
Category : Health & Fitness
ISBN : 9781771643832

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Book Sound Description/Summary:

“A moving and fascinating book about sound and what it means to be human” from the Somerset Maugham Award–winning author of The Lighthouse Stevensons (Financial Times). In this surprising and moving book, award-winning writer Bella Bathurst shares the extraordinary true story of how she lost her hearing and eventually regained it and what she learned from her twelve years of deafness. Diving into a wide-ranging exploration of silence and noise, she interviews psychologists, ear surgeons, and professors to uncover fascinating insights about the science of sound. But she also speaks with ordinary people who are deaf or have lost their hearing, including musicians, war veterans, and factory workers, to offer a perceptive, thought-provoking look at what sound means to us. If sight gives us the world, then hearing—or our ability to listen—gives us our connections with other people. But, as this smart, funny, and profoundly honest examination reveals, our relationship with sound is both more personal and far more complex than we might expect. “Bathurst is a restless, curious writer . . . After reading this book, I found myself listening in a richer and more interested way.” —The Guardian “A hymn to the faculty of hearing by someone who had it, lost it and then found it again, written with passion and intelligence . . . terrifying, absorbing and ultimately uplifting.” —Literary Review “Bathurst’s affecting memoir will enlighten and educate.” —Publishers Weekly “A memoir of hearing loss and what the author learned . . . through her unexpected recovery from it. A good writer knows material when it presents itself, and Bathurst is a very good writer.” —Kirkus Reviews

Permission to Fly: A Memoir of Love, Crushing Loss, and Triumph

Author : Layng Martine Jr
Publisher : Layng Martine Jr.
Release : 2019-06-11
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1732011710

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Book Permission to Fly: A Memoir of Love, Crushing Loss, and Triumph Description/Summary:

PERMISSION TO FLY tells the true story of a boy born into a kind and happy family who grows to realize the executive world his father inhabits may not be his destiny. Thanks to his remarkable mother, Layng is given "permission to fly" early on as he begins his amazing journey of many painful-but-educational steps, and missteps, and love.

The Girls Who Went Away

Author : Ann Fessler
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2007-06-26
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781101644294

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In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.

An Affair with My Mother

Author : Caitríona Palmer
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2016-03-03
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780241971727

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'Incredibly moving' --Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize An Affair with My Mother by Caitriona Palmer: a moving and gripping story of love, denial and a daughter's quest for the truth. Caitriona Palmer had a happy childhood in Dublin, raised by loving adoptive parents. But when she was in her late twenties, she realized that she had a strong need to know the woman who had given birth to her. She was able to locate her birth mother, Sarah, and they developed a strong attachment. But Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous new relationship: she wished to keep it - to keep Caitriona - secret from her family, from her friends, from everyone. Who was Sarah, and why did she want to preserve a decades-old secret? An Affair with My Mother tells the story of Caitriona's quest to answer these questions, and of the intense, furtive 'affair' she and her mother conducted in carefully chosen locations around Dublin. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, An Affair with My Mother is a searing portrait of the social and familial forces that left Sarah - and so many other unwed Irish mothers of her generation - frightened, traumatized and bereft. It is also a beautifully written account of a remarkable relationship. 'Caitriona Palmer has called out the false shame of her origins, with a kind of anguished courage that is incredibly moving. An Affair With My Mother is a forensic account of how it feels to be - in the interests of Catholic "respectability" - excluded from the facts of your own life. In its commitment to family love, to joy and truth, it is a gift.' Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize

Jumpstart Your Future

Author : Ben Lampron
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2021-01-29
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 1948382172

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You have graduated and are entering the workforce for the first time. Congratulations to you for earning your diploma. A job well done! The question you might be asking yourself is, "Now what?" Our schools teach us amazing things about science, mathematics, and the arts, but do they really give us the knowledge we need to hit the ground running once we walk out their doors? Jumpstart Your Future will give you tools and a roadmap for life, developed from lessons learned by Ben Lampron, a twenty-six-year veteran of business, father of three, and avid liver of life. By starting strong early and having life-long discipline, you'll have great advantage over your peers and set yourself up for years of success. You'll gain confidence in your ability to dominate your first job, have tools to begin building wealth at a young age, and understand the importance of creating meaningful relationships throughout your world. You have one life ahead of you; there's no time to waste. Each passing year is a lost opportunity. Take the right steps now to jumpstart your future!

Zigzag

Author : Nicholas Booth
Publisher : Piatkus
Release : 2017-04-06
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780349417301

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Eddie Chapman was a womaniser, blackmailer and safecracker. He was also a great hero - the most remarkable double agent of the Second World War. Chapman became the only British national ever to be awarded an Iron Cross for his work for the Reich. He was also the only German spy ever to be parachuted into Britain twice. But it was all an illusion: Eddie fooled the Germans in the same way he conned his victims in civilian life. He was working for the British all along. Until now, the full story of Eddie Chapman's extraordinary exploits has never been told, thwarted by the Official Secrets Act. Now at last all the evidence has been released, including Eddie's M15 files, and a complete account of what he achieved is told in this enthralling book.