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Destiny of Choice: I was beaten as a slave by my father, I escape...
by Mary Jordan

Language

English

Pages

207

Publication Date

June 13, 2014

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At just twelve years of age, Ionna has already experienced a life filled with unimaginable horrors. After years of savage beatings and severe emotional abuse, she has finally left her parents’ house behind. But life on the streets can be cruel—especially for a young, beautiful girl. With her newfound freedom, Ionna discovers that new dangers lurk around every corner. <br /><br />This includes the thriving human trafficking trade—a multibillion dollar industry surviving on the exploitation of children and women all over the world. Vulnerable, starving, and struggling for survival, Ionna is just the type to get ensnared in the flesh trade’s despicable practices—and as she wades through the seedy underworld of organized crime, the future begins to look even more bleak.<br /><br />Inspired by a true story, the award-winning author Mary Jordan pens a dark and compelling narrative that gives a voice to the millions of victims of the human trafficking trade. In partnership with several organizations, Jordan has pledged 50 percent of this book’s royalties to ending forced prostitution.<br /><br /><br />KIRKUS REVIEWS - One of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book industry writes:<br />"Ionna never had a very peaceful childhood: “My father was particularly inventive in his punishments and in his beatings had no equal.” She ran away from home after suffering “things that would make your hair stand on end,” and eventually falls in with a young criminal named Krasi and his gang of miscreants. They steal from foreigners in seaside resorts, and their operation is small but very successful. However, the waves of excitement and spending come to an abrupt standstill when Krasi kills someone and must flee the country. After refusing to go with him, Ionna is left with limited money and a broken heart. She eventually finds herself part of a sex trafficking ring and becomes a prostitute in an upscale hotel catering to wealthy, foreign men. Her work is often painful and grotesque (“Even the memory of what that pervert did to me makes me feel ashamed”). How will Ionna survive such an existence? Jordan provides insight into the types of traps that might face a girl like Ionna, but although the young woman’s actions are clear, much of her interior life remains opaque. Occasional flashes of personality offer captivating details (such as when Ionna encounters a videocassette recorder: “…soon the film was beginning. It was called ‘Ghost’, a marvellous story about love, death and human morality”), but she can feel, at times, like any other girl stuck in hard times. The book succeeds in illuminating a broad picture of shady dealings and the people swept up in them"
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are s...
by Rachel Hollis

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<p><strong>With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.</strong></p><p>Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.</p><p>Each chapter of <em>Girl, Wash Your Face</em> begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.</p><p>From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.</p>
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready
by Meaghan O'Connell

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<div><b>One of the most anticipated books of 2018 </b><b>-- <i>Esquire, Elle, Nylon, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, GoodReads, The Millions, BookRiot, Bustle, The Week.</i></b></div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b>"Smart, funny, and true in all the best ways, this book made me ache with recognition." -- Cheryl Strayed</b></div><div><br /></div><b>A <strong>raw, funny, and fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up.</strong></b><br /><br />When Meaghan O'Connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed -- a brutally honest, agenda-free reckoning with the emotional and existential impact of motherhood -- didn't exist. So she decided to write it herself.<div><br /></div><div><i>And Now We Have Everything</i> is O'Connell's exploration of the cataclysmic, impossible-to-prepare-for experience of becoming a mother. With her dark humor and hair-trigger B.S. detector, O'Connell addresses the pervasive imposter syndrome that comes with unplanned pregnancy, the fantasies of a "natural" birth experience that erode maternal self-esteem, post-partum body and sex issues, and the fascinating strangeness of stepping into a new, not-yet-comfortable identity. <br /><br /> Channeling fears and anxieties that are still taboo and often unspoken, <i>And Now We Have Everything</i> is an unflinchingly frank, funny, and visceral motherhood story for our times, about having a baby and staying, for better or worse, exactly yourself. </div>
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, ...
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<b>Bestselling author of <i>Nickel and Dimed</i>, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better.</b><div><b><br /></b><div>A razor-sharp polemic which offers an entirely new understanding of our bodies, ourselves, and our place in the universe, NATURAL CAUSES describes how we over-prepare and worry way too much about what is inevitable. One by one, Ehrenreich topples the shibboleths that guide our attempts to live a long, healthy life -- from the importance of preventive medical screenings to the concepts of wellness and mindfulness, from dietary fads to fitness culture.</div><div><br />But NATURAL CAUSES goes deeper -- into the fundamental unreliability of our bodies and even our "mind-bodies," to use the fashionable term. Starting with the mysterious and seldom-acknowledged tendency of our own immune cells to promote deadly cancers, Ehrenreich looks into the cellular basis of aging, and shows how little control we actually have over it. We tend to believe we have agency over our bodies, our minds, and even over the manner of our deaths. But the latest science shows that the microscopic subunits of our bodies make their own "decisions," and not always in our favor.<br /><br />We may buy expensive anti-aging products or cosmetic surgery, get preventive screenings and eat more kale, or throw ourselves into meditation and spirituality. But all these things offer only the illusion of control. How to live well, even joyously, while accepting our mortality -- that is the vitally important philosophical challenge of this book.<br /><br />Drawing on varied sources, from personal experience and sociological trends to pop culture and current scientific literature, NATURAL CAUSES examines the ways in which we obsess over death, our bodies, and our health. Both funny and caustic, Ehrenreich then tackles the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we might better prepare ourselves for the end -- while still reveling in the lives that remain to us.<br /><br /> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; min-height: 14.0px} </style></div></div>
Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When t...
by Wendy Mogel

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<b>Renowned speaker, parenting expert, and <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Dr. Wendy Mogel offers an essential guide to the new art of talking to children, showing how a change in tone and demeanor can transform the relationship between parent and child.</b><BR><BR>Most parents are perfectly fine communicators—unless they’re talking to their children. Then, too often, their pitch rises and they come across as pleading, indignant, wounded, outraged. In tone and body language they signal, <i>I can’t handle it when you act like a child.</i><BR> <BR>Dr. Wendy Mogel saw this pattern time and again in her clinical practice. In response, she developed a remarkably effective series of “voice lessons,” which she shared with parents who were struggling with their kids. The results were immediate: a shift in vocal style led to children who were calmer, listened more attentively, and communicated with more warmth, respect, and sincerity.<BR> <BR>In <i>Voice Lessons for Parents</i>, Mogel elaborates on her novel clinical approach, revealing how each age and stage of a child’s life brings new opportunities to connect through language. Drawing from sources as diverse as neuroscience, fairy tales, and anthropology, Mogel offers specific guidance for talking to children across the expanse of childhood and adolescence. She also explains the best ways to talk <i>about</i> your child to partners, exes, and grandparents, as well as to teachers, coaches, and caretakers. Throughout the book, Mogel addresses an obstacle that bedevils even the most seasoned and confident parent: the distraction of digital devices, how they impact our connection with our families, and what we can do about it.<BR> <BR>Mogel’s now classic book, <i>The Blessing of a Skinned Knee</i>, is a beloved resource for a generation of parents. <i>Voice Lessons for Parents</i> brings her unique brand of practical wisdom to harried parents eager to deepen their relationships with their kids. “Children will lead you on an incredible journey,” writes Mogel, “if they trust you, if you take the time, and if you’re willing to follow.”
You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession
by Piper Weiss

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<p><strong>"Unflinching, rich and revelatory."—MEGAN ABBOTT</strong></p><p><strong>“Gorgeous, moody, and evocative . . . half coming-of-age story and half exhaustively researched true crime.” </strong>—<strong><em>VANITY FAIR</em></strong></p><p><strong>“Bracingly honest and extremely discomfiting, this book is like a riveting episode of <em>Law & Order: SVU</em> set at a Manhattan prep school with the U.S. Open as a backdrop.”—<em>MARIE CLAIRE</em></strong></p><p><p>A riveting blend of true crime and coming-of-age memoir— <em>The Stranger Beside Me</em> meets <em>Prep</em>—that presents an intimate and thought-provoking portrait of girlhood within Manhattan’s exclusive private-school scene in the early 1990s, and a thoughtful meditation on adolescent obsession and the vulnerability of youth.</p><p>Piper Weiss was fourteen years old when her middle-aged tennis coach, Gary Wilensky, one of New York City’s most prestigious private instructors, killed himself after a failed attempt to kidnap one of his teenage students. In the aftermath, authorities discovered that this well-known figure among the Upper East Side tennis crowd was actually a frightening child predator who had built a secret torture chamber—a "Cabin of Horrors"—in his secluded rental in the Adirondacks.</p><p>Before the shocking scandal broke, Piper had been thrilled to be one of "Gary’s Girls." "Grandpa Gary," as he was known among his students, was different from other adults—he treated Piper like a grown-up, taking her to dinners, engaging in long intimate conversations with her, and sending her special valentines. As reporters swarmed her private community in the wake of Wilensky’s death, Piper learned that her mentor was a predator with a sordid history of child stalking and sexual fetish. But why did she still feel protective of Gary, and why was she disappointed that he hadn’t chosen her?</p><p>Now, twenty years later, Piper examines the event as both a teenage eyewitness and a dispassionate investigative reporter, hoping to understand and exorcise the childhood memories that haunt her to this day. Combining research, interviews, and personal records, <em>You All Grow Up and Leave Me</em> explores the psychological manipulation by child predators—their ability to charm their way into seemingly protected worlds—and the far-reaching effects their actions have on those who trust them most.</p><p></p>
When Eternity is Not Forever: A Devotional for the LDS Divorced
by Cydney Hatch

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English

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Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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In a faith that's centered almost exclusively around marriage and family, where the highest level of heaven is reserved for the married and where “singledom” carries not just a social but spiritual stigma, it can be easy to feel like you are lost after divorce.<br /><br />Whether you are 20 years divorced, separated or newly divorced, “When Eternity is Not Forever” is an easy-to-read devotional that discusses the serious feelings that divorced LDS members face as they deal with being single again.<br /><br />Author Cydney Hatch uses her own life experience to support individuals going through separation and divorce:<br />-Rebuild their lives and sense of self<br />-Redefine their relationship with God<br />-Help with the healing process<br />-Find beauty in the journey<br />-Create a sense of hope and faith in the future through her written word.<br /><br />Some of the issues explored in this LDS devotional include:<br /><br />-Redefining your relationships with the church community, the Temple, and God.<br />-Knowing and embracing your self-worth in the single scene<br />-Dealing with the divorce process temporally, emotionally and spiritually<br />-Embracing the reality of  LDS divorce and moving past negative stigmas<br />-Outlining Temple Sealing Cancellations and Clearances<br />-Accepting the grieving process<br /><br />There's nothing like finding an escape in a good book, especially when going through a transitional time such as this! Enjoy a thought-provoking book, with additional journal pages, that can help you or a loved one through their healing process. 
What to Expect When You're Expecting
by Heidi Murkoff

Language

English

Pages

656

Publication Date

May 31, 2016

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<DIV><B>A completely revised and updated edition of America’s pregnancy bible, the longest-running <I>New York Times</I> bestseller ever.</B><BR /><BR /> With 18.5 million copies in print, <I>What to Expect When You’re Expecting</I> is read by 93% of women who read a pregnancy book and was named one of the “Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years” by <I>USA Today.</I><BR /><BR /> This cover-to-cover (including the cover!) new edition is filled with must-have information, advice, insight, and tips for a new generation of moms and dads. With <I>What to Expect</I>’s trademark warmth, empathy, and humor, it answers every conceivable question expecting parents could have, including dozens of new ones based on the ever-changing pregnancy and birthing practices and choices they face. Advice for dads is fully integrated throughout the book. All medical coverage is completely updated, including the latest on Zika virus, prenatal screening, and the safety of medications during pregnancy, as well as a brand-new section on postpartum birth control. Current lifestyle trends are incorporated, too: juice bars, raw diets, e-cigarettes, push presents, baby bump posting, the lowdown on omega-3 fatty acids, grass-fed and organic, health food fads, and GMOs. Plus expanded coverage of IVF pregnancy, multiple pregnancies, breastfeeding while pregnant, water and home births, and cesarean trends (including VBACs and “gentle cesareans”).<BR /><BR />  </DIV>
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>
THE BEAST I LOVED: A Battered Woman's Desperate Struggle To Survi...
by Robert Davidson

Language

English

Pages

390

Publication Date

March 13, 2018

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Before domestic violence hot lines and safe houses were widespread, June Briand shot four bullets into her husband’s head and was sentenced to fifteen years to life. This is the shocking true story of survival—and the intense bond June shared with her pathologically violent husband, a monster who physically and sexually tortured, degraded and dominated her so relentlessly that she refused to believe he was dead even after she killed him.<br /><br />What kind of woman would slay her own husband? What kind of man would drive her to do it? Why didn’t she just leave him? Based on hundreds of hours interviewing June Briand, speaking with her lawyers, and poring over countless pages of court transcripts, police and hospital records, and interviews with virtually every key person involved with this case, the author explores those difficult questions while exposing the twisted dynamics of a relationship that enslaves a woman—and drives her to kill the beast she loved when she was finally out of hope, out of time, and out of her mind. <br /><br />At once terrifying and maddening, heartrending and ultimately exhilarating—including an unforgettable glimpse inside a maximum security prison—THE BEAST I LOVED is a book you won’t soon forget.

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