My Dad's a Policeman (Quick Reads)

By Cathy Glass

The moment novel, and primary quickly learn name, from Sunday occasions and long island occasions bestselling writer Cathy Glass.

My Dad's a Policeman is a dramatic and interesting tale of a tender boy with an alcoholic mom. Lonely, bullied and determined for a lifetime of happiness and defense he tells every person he meets his dad's a policeman.

Fast-paced and compelling, this brief tale from Cathy Glass follows the reports of a Ryan, a small and lonely 12-year-old boy who struggles to slot in. In an try and make buddies, and discourage the varsity bullies from settling on on him, Ryan tells his friends that his dad is a policeman. whilst the police truly take place on Ryan's doorstep, to take him clear of his alcoholic mom and positioned him in care, his existence crumbles.

It's now not lengthy earlier than Ryan has run away, taking an extended bus trip again around the urban, desirous to come again to the inner-city existence he is aware. maintaining a low profile, and sneaking in to his top friend's condo overdue an evening for take care of, he quickly discovers that he is no longer the single one that seems to be stretching the reality concerning the happiness of his domestic life.

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Liberation: Diaries: 1970-1983

By Christopher Isherwood

Candid and revealing, the ultimate quantity of Christopher Isherwood's diaries brings jointly his options on existence, love, and dying. starting within the interval of his existence while he wrote Kathleen and Frank, his first intensely own ebook, Liberation: Diaries 1970–1983 in detail and wittily documents Isherwood's immersion within the Nineteen Seventies artwork scene in l. a., big apple, and London—a international peopled via the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney, in addition to his Broadway writing occupation, which introduced him involved with John Huston, service provider and Ivory, John Travolta, John Voight, Elton John, David Bowie, Joan Didion, and Armistead Maupin. With a preface through Edmund White, Liberation is a wealthy and fascinating ultimate memoir through probably the most celebrated writers of his generation.

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The Bronte Myth

By Lucasta Miller

In an excellent blend of biography, literary feedback, and historical past, The Bronté Myth indicates how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronté grew to become cultural icons whose ever-changing reputations mirrored the obsessions of assorted eras.

When literary London realized that Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights have been written through younger rural spinsters, the Brontés immediately grew to become as recognized as their shockingly passionate books. quickly after their deaths, their first biographer spun the sisters right into a picturesque delusion of relations tragedies and Yorkshire moors. Ever when you consider that, those enigmatic figures have tempted generations of readers–Victorian, Freudian, feminist–to reinterpret them, casting them as every thing from family saints to sex-starved hysterics. In her bewitching “metabiography,” Lucasta Miller follows the twists and turns of the phenomenon of Bront-mania and rescues those 3 fiercely unique geniuses from the distortions of legend.

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Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir

By Margaux Fragoso

A Washington Post amazing Nonfiction publication for 2011
A Globe and Mail most sensible Books of the yr 2011 Title
Tiger, Tiger is a Publishers Weekly most sensible Nonfiction name for 2011
A Kirkus Reviews most sensible Nonfiction of 2011 identify

One summer season day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran on the local swimming pool, they usually start to play. She is seven; he's fifty-one. while Peter invitations her and her mom to his condo, the little lady unearths a kid's paradise of unique pets and an problematic yard backyard. Her mom, beset via psychological affliction and crushed through taking care of Margaux, is thankful for the eye Peter lavishes on her, and he creates an imaginitive universe for her, a lot as Lewis Carroll did for his real-life Alice.

In time, he insidiously takes at the function of Margaux's playmate, father, and lover. captivating and manipulative, Peter burrows into each element of Margaux's existence and transforms her from a baby fizzing with mind's eye and affection right into a brainwashed younger lady at the verge of suicide. but if she is twenty-two, it really is Peter―ill, and wracked with guilt―who kills himself, on the age of sixty-six.

Told with lyricism, intensity, and enthralling readability, Tiger, Tiger vividly illustrates the therapeutic strength of reminiscence and disclosure. This remarkable memoir is an remarkable glimpse into the psyche of a tender woman in unfastened fall and conveys to readers―including mom and dad and survivors of abuse―just how thoroughly a pedophile enchants his sufferer and binds her to him.

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Autumn's Colours

Nick Holloway’s nursing occupation used to be spent operating in care houses in South Wales. His many reports, unhappy, surprising, harrowing, uplifting, miserable and fun, encouraged him to write down Autumn’s shades, his first novel. This light-hearted tale is decided in an imaginary care domestic within the Dorset city of Dorchester, England, town during which Nick educated as a nurse. the folk and occasions within the e-book are dependent heavily on genuine care houses, actual humans and genuine cities. They squabble, chat, fall out, banter, make associates and try and seduce one another – similar to humans within the outdoor global. The occasions defined within the publication should be everyday to somebody who works in a care domestic, or who visits anyone in a single.

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Vietnam Stories: A Judge's Memoir

By Jack Crouchet

Advanced tales of war-time bravery, brutality, compassion, and futility are available in Vietnam tales: A Fudge's Memoir. Jack Crouchet, retired U.S. military Colonel and previous army pass judgement on, brings to existence a debatable photo of american citizens and Vietnamese in Vietnam in the course of the struggle years of 1968-1969. Crouchet's particular place as army pass judgement on made him aware of the tales and lives of yankee infantrymen, Vietnamese humans, and the U.S. non-military citizens who seemed earlier than his courtroom. although now not a ebook of warfare tales according to se, Vietnam tales presents a different evaluation of that old time and contains the author's reflections at the politics of the Vietnam war.
A unusual tradition used to be created by means of the battle in Vietnam. whereas twelve percentage of army team of workers have been considering genuine wrestle, many civilians and high-ranking army individuals lived in luxurious in Saigon. They have been provided with airconditioned villas, flats, and resorts; ate in beautiful French eating places; and traveled in convenience. The Vietnam adventure of younger American wrestle infantrymen used to be one in every of consistent probability in addition to disagreement with occasions that many have been unprepared to accommodate. Well-armed and infrequently immature, the warriors occasionally made judgements which resulted in tragedy. ultimately, there have been the farmers of Vietnam, who sought after not anything greater than to stay of their fields close to the tombs in their ancestors.
"Those who've served in or have visited Vietnam will locate a lot of their reports to narrate to within the pages of Vietnam Stories". -- Eugene F. Murrett, U.S. courtroom of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

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Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

By Donia Bijan

For Donia Bijan’s relations, foodstuff has been the language they use to inform their tales and to speak their love. In 1978, while the Islamic revolution in Iran threatened their defense, they fled to California’s Bay zone, the place the everyday flavors of Bijan’s mother’s cooking shaped a bridge to the existence they left at the back of. Now, during the prism of meals, award-winning chef Donia Bijan unwinds her personal tale, discovering that on the middle of all of it is her mom, whose love and aid enabled Bijan to achieve her dreams.

From the Persian global of her formative years to the yank existence she embraced as to her years at Le sous-chef in Paris (studying less than the notorious Madame Brassart) to apprenticeships in France’s three-star kitchens and at last again to San Francisco, the place she opened her personal celebrated bistro, Bijan inspires a colourful kaleidoscope of cultures and cuisines. and he or she stocks thirty encouraged recipes from her adolescence (Saffron Yogurt Rice with fowl and Eggplant and Orange Cardamom Cookies), her French education (Ratatouille with Black Olives and Fried Bread and pink Plum Skillet Tart), and her cooking profession (Roast Duck Legs with Dates and hot Lentil Salad and Rose Petal Ice Cream).

a thrilling, heartfelt memoir, Maman’s Homesick Pie is additionally a reminder of the ladies who inspire us to shine.

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Les désorientés

By Amin Maalouf

« Dans Les désorientés, je m'inspire très largement de ma propre jeunesse. Je l'ai passée avec des amis qui croyaient en un monde meilleur. Et même si aucun des personnages de ce livre ne correspond à une personne réelle, aucun n'est entièrement imaginaire.

J'ai puisé dans mes rêves, dans mes fantasmes, dans mes remords, autant que dans mes souvenirs.

Les protagonistes du roman avaient été inséparables dans leur jeunesse, puis ils s'étaient dispersés, brouillés, perdus de vue. Ils se retrouvent à l'occasion de los angeles mort de l'un deux. Les uns n'ont jamais voulu quitter leur will pay natal, d'autres ont émigré vers les États-Unis, le Brésil ou l. a. France. Et les voies qu'ils ont suivies les ont menés dans les instructions les plus diverses.

Qu'ont encore en commun l'hôtelière libertine, l'entrepreneur qui a fait fortune, ou le moine qui s'est retiré du monde pour se consacrer à los angeles méditation ? Quelques réminiscences partagées, et une nostalgie incurable pour le monde d'avant. »
A. M.

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Call of the Litany Bird

By Susan Gibbs

As a proficient nurse, newly married to the son of the Governor of Rhodesia throughout the UDI years, Susan writes compellingly approximately mentioning a family members on their farm in Matabeleland in the course of the unfolding terror and becoming variety of atrocities. especially it's a human tale. occasionally surprising and consistently relocating, there's additionally heat and humour as Susan creates a gripping photograph of the clash and tells of her family's survival whilst a lot of her associates and neighbouring farmers did not. The booklet is a testomony to the braveness displayed through such a lot of those that have been proven every day by means of virtually incredible horrors. The Litany fowl is the preferred identify of the Nightjar, a mostly nocturnal fowl discovered all through southern Africa. Its haunting name seems like 'Good Lord, carry Us.'

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The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

By Melanie Thernstrom

Each people will recognize actual soreness in our lives, yet none folks is aware while it is going to come or how lengthy it is going to remain. at the present time up to 10 percentage of the inhabitants of the USA suffers from continual ache. it's extra frequent, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any significant affliction. whereas fresh study has proven that discomfort produces pathological adjustments to the mind and spinal twine, many medical professionals and sufferers nonetheless hard work below erroneous cultural notions and outmoded clinical dogmas that hinder right remedy, to devastating effect.

In The discomfort Chronicles, a unique and deeply humane paintings, Melanie Thernstrom lines conceptions of ache in the course of the ages—from historical Babylonian pain-banishing spells to trendy mind imaging—to demonstrate the elusive, mysterious nature of soreness itself. Interweaving first-person reflections on her personal conflict with continual soreness, incisive reportage from modern ache clinics and scientific learn, and insights from a variety of disciplines—science, heritage, faith, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and art—Thernstrom indicates that once facing discomfort we're neither as complicated as we think nor as helpless as we could fear.

Both a private meditation and an highbrow exploration, The discomfort Chronicles illuminates and is smart of the all-too-human adventure of pain—and confronts with notable grace and empathy its ordinary features, its harrowing results, and its numerous antidotes.

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