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My Father's Wake

By Kevin Toolis
  • ISBN Code: : 0306921456
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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An intimate, lyrical look at the ancient rite of the Irish wake--and the Irish way of overcoming our fear of death Death is a whisper for most of us. Instinctively we feel we should dim the lights, pull the curtains, and speak softly. But on a remote island off the coast of Ireland's County Mayo, death has a louder voice. Each day, along with reports of incoming Atlantic storms, the local radio runs a daily roll call of the recently departed. The islanders go in great numbers, young and old alike, to be with their dead. They keep vigil with the corpse and the bereaved company through the long hours of the night. They dig the grave with their own hands and carry the coffin on their own shoulders. The islanders cherish the dead--and amid the sorrow, they celebrate life, too. In My Father's Wake, acclaimed author and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Toolis unforgettably describes his own father's wake and explores the wider history and significance of this ancient and eternal Irish ritual. Perhaps we, too, can all find a better way to deal with our mortality--by living and loving as the Irish do.

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 191
  • Pdf File: toward-camden.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In Toward Camden, Mercy Romero writes about the relationships that make and sustain the largely African American and Puerto Rican Cramer Hill neighborhood in New Jersey where she grew up. She walks the city and writes outdoors to think about the collapse and transformation of property. She revisits lost and empty houses—her family's house, the Walt Whitman House, and the landscape of a vacant lot. Throughout, Romero engages with the aesthetics of fragment and ruin; her writing juts against idioms of redevelopment. She resists narratives of the city that are inextricable from crime and decline and witnesses everyday lives lived at the intersection of spatial and Puerto Rican diasporic memory. Toward Camden travels between what official reports say and what the city's vacant lots withhold. Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award recipient

Smile

By Sarah Ruhl
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1982150963
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 998
  • Pdf File: smile.pdf

Book Short Summary:

* A People Best Book of the Year * Time and The Washington Post’s Most Anticipated List * Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence * From the MacArthur genius, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and playwright, this “captivating, insightful memoir” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is “a beautiful meditation on identity and how we see ourselves” (Real Simple). With a play opening on Broadway, and every reason to smile, Sarah Ruhl has just survived a high-risk pregnancy when she discovers the left side of her face is completely paralyzed. She is assured that 90 percent of Bell’s palsy patients experience a full recovery—like Ruhl’s own mother. But Sarah is in the unlucky ten percent. And for a woman, wife, mother, and artist working in theater, the paralysis and the disconnect between the interior and exterior brings significant and specific challenges. So Ruhl begins an intense decade-long search for a cure while simultaneously grappling with the reality of her new face—one that, while recognizably her own—is incapable of accurately communicating feelings or intentions. In a series of piercing, profound, and lucid meditations, Ruhl chronicles her journey as a patient, wife, mother, and artist. She explores the struggle of a body yearning to match its inner landscape, the pain of postpartum depression, the story of a marriage, being a playwright and working mom to three small children, and the desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness. An intimate and “stunning” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) examination of loss and reconciliation, “Ruhl reminds us that a smile is not just a smile but a vital form of communication, of bonding, of what makes us human” (The Washington Post). Brimming with insight, humility, and levity, Smile is a triumph by one of America’s leading playwrights.

When Fathers Were Gods and Children Ruled

By Shelley W. Jeffcoat
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781469114774
  • Total of Pages : 242
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 395
  • Pdf File: when-fathers-were-gods-and-children-ruled.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Hyacinth Redgrove and Mother Wilson, the Wilson and Redgrove Distillery heiresss are in big trouble. Hyacinths son is still missing, her husband is in prison, and Rodney, the man she hired to help find her blackmailer is dead. Ten years after someone attempted to kill her, and on the eve of her husbands release from prison, the press is still mutilating the Wilson and Redgrove name and reputation. Residents of Jamaican high society like most any other countries pounce on scandal. Hyacinths only chance to plant a seed and regain control is to work with Mother Wilson, the highly regarded matriarch and her flirtatious daughter Samand present the opportunity of a lifetime to a hungry writer to rewrite history and give them an alibi.

The Secret Life of Sleep

By Kat Duff
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1476753288
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Health & Fitness
  • Members : 139
  • Pdf File: the-secret-life-of-sleep.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Unlock the astonishing facts, myths, and benefits of one of the most endangered human resources—sleep. It has become increasingly clear that our sleep shapes who we are as much as, if not more than, we shape it. While most sleep research hasn’t ven­tured far beyond research labs and treatment clinics, The Secret Life of Sleep taps into the enormous reservoir of human experiences to illuminate the complexities of a world where sleep has become a dwindling resource. With a sense of infectious curiosity, award winning author Kat Duff mixes cutting-edge research with insightful narratives, surpris­ing insights, and timely questions to help us better understand what we’re losing before it’s too late. The Secret Life of Sleep tackles the full breadth of what sleep means to people the world over. Embark on an exploration of what lies behind and beyond our eyelids when we surrender to the secret life of sleep.

My Father’s Shadow

By P. M. Smith
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1973622130
  • Total of Pages : 294
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 298
  • Pdf File: my-father-s-shadow.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Vanessa Collins has known her life’s destiny since she was a child. Now as an adult Vanessa is on the verge of fulfiling the very purpose for which she was created. Before she can carry out this purpose God creates events that cause her to deal with her deceased father’s ideologies, her older brother’s huge sense of entitlement and the biggest test of all, facing her own faults and insecurities.

Bruce Dern

By Bruce Dern
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 081314714X
  • Total of Pages : 322
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 194
  • Pdf File: bruce-dern.pdf

Book Short Summary:

One of Hollywood's biggest personalities, Bruce Dern is not afraid to say what he thinks. He has left an indelible mark on numerous projects, from critically acclaimed films to made-for-TV movies and television series. His notable credits include The Great Gatsby (1974), The 'Burbs (1989), Monster (2003), Django Unchained (2012), and Nebraska (2013), for which he won the Best Actor award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He also earned Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in Coming Home (1978) and for Best Actor in Nebraska (2013). In Bruce Dern: A Memoir, Christopher Fryer and Robert Crane help the outspoken star frame the fascinating tale of his life in Hollywood. Dern details the challenges he faced as an artist in a cutthroat business, his struggle against typecasting, and his thoughts on and relationships with other big names in the industry, including Elia Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Bob Dylan, Matt Damon, Jane Fonda, John Wayne, and Tom Hanks. He also explores the impact of his fame on his family and discusses his unique relationship with his daughter, actress Laura Dern. Edgy and uncensored, this memoir takes readers on a wild ride, offering an insider's view of the last fifty years in Hollywood.

Love's Bloody Sacrifice

By Joe Grady “JG Champ Gold”
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1483648826
  • Total of Pages : 172
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 483
  • Pdf File: love-s-bloody-sacrifice.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Marcus Anderson aged 29 of Austin Texas Moved to Detroit Michigan shortly after his divorce. He was nearly penniless after the divorce but was destine to start a new life. He finds a dead end Job with a recycle plant and a one bedroom shack apartment. His only excitement was the Links bar every weekend on the dot. Until one evening he meets the beautiful and infamous Diana Webster who changes his life forever. Suddenly people he know start dropping around him like flies. He becomes the prime suspect in the matter with a trail of clues leading back to him. Now on the run can he prove his innocents while his heart’s still

My Father, Taken

By Suesan Bentley
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1796090425
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 180
  • Pdf File: my-father-taken.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Guardianship is golden, in more ways than one. It is more supreme than a power of attorney. A power of attorney seems to be the correct way to assure your end of life accountings are in order. Majority of people complete the preparation for when their time comes. Some of us know little about guardianship. You either learn from others or find yourself in an actual unfortunate experience. Power of Attorney and guardianship are similar; someone has control. However, there is one huge difference if you have siblings and sometimes other family members in the picture. Once they are plagued with greed, they can change EVERYTHING. Our experience is a good example.

Hope Burned

By Brent LaPorte
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  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Book Code : 1554908108
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 740
  • Pdf File: hope-burned.pdf

Book Short Summary:

?You sit down at the weathered harvest table to write a letter to your son. You need to explain the horrific events of the night, the circumstances that stained your hands with so much blood the horrors that led you to take the lives of your own father and grandfather. You journey back through darkness, deliberately, tentatively, to recover your own childhood. You compose your captivity, your torture, and the brutality of the men you ve just killed. This was life on the farm: the strange and unspeakable things that went on. And still, hope burned. By the very same

Sudden Death Beautiful Life

By Jaime Alvarez
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1524646601
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 440
  • Pdf File: sudden-death-beautiful-life.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to die and the effect it would have on your loved ones? Have you wondered what happens to your spirit when life leaves your body? Sudden Death, Beautiful Life is the true story of one mans death and visit to the after-life region. On June 27, 2015, at 7:15 a.m., Jaime Alvarez died physically but not spiritually. Immediately after dying a sudden death from cardiac arrest, his being was transported away from his dead corpse and into a realm that human words struggle to describe. In this new dimension, fear and anxiety did not exist. Time was no longer relevant, and there was no need for choice! From Jaimes vantage point, he could clearly see the life-and-death struggle to try to save his discarded physical body. I encourage you to read Sudden Death Beautiful Life and see why we do not have to fear dying.

Home is Here

By Yin Xzi Ho
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  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Book Code : 1039106293
  • Total of Pages : 196
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 215
  • Pdf File: home-is-here.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Where do you come from? Where do you call home? Why? Often, when we think about belonging, we associate it with our country of birth, or the country we are raised in. This stems from the common belief that the place of one’s origin is the place one should know best. However, this easy version of belonging is complicated by increasing rates of global migration. For Yin Xzi Ho, the phenomenon of belonging is one she has navigated for most of her life. Growing up, she has travelled between Malaysia and China while being educated at an American international school. She has spent years unlearning the notion that her identity is based on what she is not (i.e. not Asian enough for her home country, not culturally White enough for her schools), in order to define for herself where she belongs. Rooted in feminist and human geography, as well as cultural anthropology and sociology, Home Is Here is a moving collection of poetry and prose filled with delicious food, wondrous sights, lasting friendships, and immense wisdom. Yin Xzi Ho takes us on a journey through China, Malaysia, Canada, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Australia as she discovers what it means to be home and what it feels like to belong.

Sara Coleridge

By J. Barbeau
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137430850
  • Total of Pages : 227
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 717
  • Pdf File: sara-coleridge.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Known as the daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sara Coleridge's manuscripts, letters, and other writings reveal an original thinker in dialogue with major literary and cultural figures of nineteenth-century England. Here, her writings on beauty, education, and faith uncover aspects of Romantic and Victorian literature, philosophy, and theology.