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Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
by Adrienne Brodeur

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>“Exquisite and harrowing.” </b>—<b><i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><b>“This electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word.” —<i>People</i><br /><br /> NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2019 BY </b><i><b>NPR * Slate * </b></i><b>Chicago Public Library * </b><i><b>Real Simple * Library Journal * Washington Post * </b></i><b>Amazon</b><br /><b>A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.</b><br /><br /> On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: <i>Ben Souther just kissed me.</i> <br />  <br /> Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life—and her mother—on her own terms.  <br /><br /><i>Wild Game</i> is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are s...
by Rachel Hollis

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<p><strong>#1 <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: <em>that’s a lie</em>.</strong></p><p>As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.</p><p>With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.</p><p>With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, <em>Girl, Wash Your Face</em> shows you how to live with passion and hustle--and how to give yourself grace without giving up.</p>
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Yo...
by Ali Wong

Language

English

Pages

219

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.</b><br /><br /><b>“Fierce, feminist, and packed with funny anecdotes.”—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Time </i>• <i>Variety </i>• <i>Chicago Tribune </i>• <i>Glamour</i></b><br /><br /> In her hit Netflix comedy special <i>Baby Cobra</i>, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.<br /><br /> The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong’s letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Dear Girls</i><br /></b><br /> “[Wong] spins a volume whose pages simultaneously shock and satisfy. . . . <i>Dear Girls </i>is not so much a real-talk handbook as it is a myth-puncturing manifesto.”<b><i>—Vogue</i></b><br />  <br /> “[A] refreshing, hilarious, and honest account of making a career in a male-dominated field, dating, being a mom, growing up, and so much more…Yes, this book is addressed to Wong’s daughters, but every reader will find nuggets of wisdom and inspiration and, most important, something to laugh at.”<b>—<i>Bustle<br /></i></b>
Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a ...
by Mitch Albom

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><strong>"</strong><strong>Mitch Albom has done it again with this moving memoir of love and loss. You can’t help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will no doubt become a classic.” --Mary Karr, author of <em>The Liars’ Club</em> and <em>The Art of Memoir</em></strong></p><p><strong>From the #1 <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Tuesdays With Morrie</em> comes Mitch Albom’s most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. </strong></p><p>Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.<br /> <br /> With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”<br /> <br /> Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.<br /> <br /> Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed—a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.</p>
From Doctor to Patient: Healing Cancer through Mind, Body and Spi...
by Diva Nagula

Language

English

Pages

130

Publication Date

December 03, 2019

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When you’re first diagnosed with cancer—or you have a loved one who is—you can’t help but feel lost and afraid. Your waking hours are met with confusion, anxiety, and a slew of questions for which you can’t find a suitable answer. You have qualified doctors on your side, but every visit with them just leads to a greater sense of uncertainty. <BR><BR>What you need is a confidante, someone who knows what you’re going through, because they’ve been there and can answer the tough questions you have. <BR><BR><B>Dr. Diva Nagula</B> wants to be that source of clarity and strength for you. <BR><BR>A physician who was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014, Dr. Nagula integrated a holistic approach to his traditional treatment regimen that ultimately led him to remission. In From Doctor to Patient, Dr. Nagula takes you inside his journey and discusses the importance of balancing the mind, body, and spirit for optimal health. His story paints a picture of hope that’ll empower you to take back the control of your life that you’ve lost since your diagnosis.
Calypso
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.<br /><br /></b>If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with <i>Calypso.</i> You'd be wrong. <br /><br />When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.<br /><br />With <i>Calypso,</i> Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.<br /><br />This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. <i>Calypso</i> is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.<br />
Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Lif...
by Nir Eyal

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>"<i>Indistractable</i> provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results."</b><br />- James Clear, author of <i>Atomic Habits</i><br /><br />You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you're about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold.<br /><br />What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to become "indistractable?"<br /><br />International bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley's handbook for making technology habit-forming. Five years after publishing <i>Hooked</i>, Eyal reveals distraction's Achilles' heel in his groundbreaking new book.<br /><br />In <i>Indistractable</i>, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more.<br /><br />Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. <i>Indistractable </i>reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.<br /><br />Inside, Eyal overturns conventional wisdom and reveals:<br /><ul><li>Why distraction at work is a symptom of a dysfunctional company culture--and how to fix it</li><br /><li>What really drives human behavior and why "time management is pain management"</li><br /><li>Why your relationships (and your sex life) depend on you becoming indistractable</li><br /><li>How to raise indistractable children in an increasingly distracting world</li></ul>Empowering and optimistic, <i>Indistractable </i>provides practical, novel techniques to control your time and attention--helping you live the life you really want.
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Sec...
by , Al Switzler

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

September 16, 2011

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</p> <p>The first edition of <i>Crucial Conversations</i> exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to:</p> <ul> <li>Prepare for high-stakes situations</li> <li>Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue</li> <li>Make it safe to talk about almost anything</li> <li>Be persuasive, not abrasive</li> </ul>
A Thread So Fine
by Susan Welch

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

May 01, 2019

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From Publishers Weekly: <br />"Irish twins navigate late-1940s Minnesota and their turbulent relationship in debut author Welch’s genuine story of family loyalty, misfortune, and potential. Welch steadily traces the two young women’s desire to forge their own lives, often hindered by shame, silence, guilt, and the stifling confines of societal expectations. Readers will be inspired by Shannon and Eliza’s persistence and heart." <br /><br />"In A Thread So Fine, Susan Welch has written a beautiful story of sisters, history and love." Tara Conklin, NYT Bestselling author of 'The Last Romantics'<br /><br />St. Paul, Minnesota, 1946: Introspective Shannon Malone and her more popular sister Eliza are Irish twins and best friends. As little girls, they relied on each other for companionship and affection as their mother remained distant, beating back the demons of her own mysterious childhood. As womanhood approaches, both look forward to promising--though different--futures. But when tragedy rocks the Malone family, secrets bloom and one sister leaves, possibly forever. The other, physically and emotionally scarred, vows to hold the invisible thread that runs deeply between them. In the course of her journey, she discoveres a child with a hidden past, the love of a good man, and the true meaning of family. But is it enough to bring her sister home?
In the Dream House: A Memoir
by Carmen Maria Machado

Language

English

Pages

247

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><b>A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of <i>Her Body and Other Parties</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><i>In the Dream House</i> is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.</p><p>And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope—the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.</p><p>Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, <i>Star Trek</i>, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.</p>

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