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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Ow...
by Shonda Rhimes

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

November 10, 2015

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The mega-talented creator of <i>Grey’s Anatomy</i> and <i>Scandal</i> and executive producer of <i>How to Get Away With Murder</i> chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.<BR><BR>With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.<BR> <BR>And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.<BR> <BR>Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In <i>Year of Yes</i>, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.
The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Fami...
by , Wendy Sunshine

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

March 16, 2007

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<p><b>"An extremely useful parenting handbook... truly outstanding ... strongly recommended."<br /><br />--Library Journal (starred review)</b></p><br /><br /><p><b>"A tremendous resource for parents and professionals alike."<br /><br />--Thomas Atwood, president and CEO, National Council for Adoption</b></p><br /><br /><p>The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family--and addressing their special needs--requires care, consideration, and compassion.</p><br /><br /><p>Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, <i>The Connected Child</i> will help you:</p><br /><br /><ul><li>Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child</li><br /><br /><li>Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders</li><br /><br /><li>Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened</li><br /><br /></ul><br /><br /><p>"A must-read not only for adoptive parents, but for all families striving to correct and connect with their children."<br /><br />--Carol S. Kranowitz, author of <i>The Out-of-Sync Child</i></p><br /><br /><p>"Drs. Purvis and Cross have thrown a life preserver not only to those just entering uncharted waters, but also to those struggling to stay afloat."<br /><br />--Kathleen E. Morris, editor of <i>S. I. Focus</i> magazine</p><br /><br /><p>"Truly an exceptional, innovative work . . . compassionate, accessible, and founded on a breadth of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise."<br /><br />--Susan Livingston Smith, program director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute</p><br /><br /><p>"<i>The Connected Child</i> is the literary equivalent of an airline oxygen mask and instructions: place the mask over your own face first, then over the nose of your child. This book first assists the parent, saying, in effect, 'Calm down, you're not the first mom or dad in the world to face this hurdle, breathe deeply, then follow these simple steps.' The sense of not facing these issues alone--the relief that your child's behavior is not off the charts--is hugely comforting. Other children have behaved this way; other parents have responded thusly; welcome to the community of therapeutic and joyful adoptive families."<br /><br />--Melissa Fay Greene, author of <i>There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children</i></p>
Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Movi...
by Jenny Bowen

Language

English

Pages

341

Publication Date

March 11, 2014

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<p><em>Wish You Happy Forever</em> chronicles Half the Sky founder Jenny Bowen's personal and professional journey to transform Chinese orphanages—and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them—from a state of quiet despair to one of vibrant promise.</p><p>After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China and brought her home to Los Angeles, not out of a need to build a family but rather a commitment to save one child. A year later, as she watched her new daughter play in the grass with her friends, thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved, Bowen was overcome with a desire to help the children that she could not bring home. That very day she created Half the Sky Foundation, an organization conceived to bring love into the life of every orphan in China and one that has actually managed to fulfill its promise.</p><p>In <em>Wish You Happy Forever</em>, a fish out of water tale like no other, Bowen relates her struggle to bring the concept of "child nurture and responsive care" to bemused Chinese bureaucrats and how she's actually succeeding. Five years after Half the Sky's first orphanage program opened, government officials began to mention child welfare and nurturing care in public speeches. And, in 2011, at China's Great Hall of the People, Half the Sky and its government partners celebrated the launch of The Rainbow Program, a groundbreaking initiative to change the face of orphan care by training every child welfare worker in the country. Thanks to Bowen's relentless perseverance through heartbreak and a dose of humor, Half the Sky's goal to bring love the lives of forgotten children comes ever closer.</p>
A Long Way Home: A Memoir
by Saroo Brierley

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

June 12, 2014

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<b><b>First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller <i>A Long Way Home</i>. Now it’s <i>Lion</i>, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards!</b><br /> <b><br /> This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...</b><br /><br /></b>At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.<br /><br />Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.<br /><i><br />A Long Way Home </i>is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.
Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found...
by Mr. Jimmy Wayne

Language

English

Pages

348

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<p><b>Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover.</b></p> <p>That's the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It's a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn't just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system.</p> <p><i>Walk to Beautiful</i> is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy's horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, "She changed every cell in my body." </p> <p>It also chronicles Jimmy's rise to fame in the music industry and his Meet Me Halfway campaign: his walk halfway across America, 1,700 miles from Nashville to Phoenix, to raise awareness for foster kids.</p> <p>Join Jimmy on his walk to beautiful and see how one person really can make a difference.</p><p>ENDORSEMENTS</p><p>"If your story could use a better chapter, take inspiration from Jimmy's."-Max Lucado, <i>New York Times</i> Best-Selling Author</p><p>"It reads like a movie to me, and if so, I'll be the first one in a seat to see it."-Dolly Parton</p><p>"Walk to Beautiful will open your eyes to the hurting people around you."-Frank Harrison, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated; Chairman and Cofounder, With Open Eyes</p><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><p><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></p> <p></p></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b><p></p><p></p>
The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller...
by Barbara Bisantz Raymond

Language

English

Pages

322

Publication Date

April 29, 2009

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<div>For almost three decades, renowned baby-seller Georgia Tann ran a children's home in Memphis, Tennessee — selling her charges to wealthy clients nationwide, Joan Crawford among them. Part social history, part detective story, part expose, The Baby Thief is a riveting investigative narrative that explores themes that continue to reverberate today.</div>
The Girl No One Wanted: The heartbreaking true story of a child w...
by Maggie Hartley

Language

English

Pages

95

Publication Date

December 21, 2017

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<p><h2><b>She was the girl no one wanted. Violent and disruptive, no foster carer could cope with Leanne's behaviour. Can Maggie Hartley succeed where so many others failed? Perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis.</b></h2></p><p> *****<br /> <b></b><br /><b> A TRUE SHORT STORY BY <i>THE SUNDAY TIMES</i> BESTSELLING AUTHOR MAGGIE HARTLEY</b></p><p>Eleven-year-old Leanne is out of control. </p><p>Since being taken into care at the age of three, she has had over forty placements, each carer less able to cope with her anger and destruction than the last. </p><p> Late one night, foster carer Maggie Hartley receives a terrified call from Leanne's current placement, who has barricaded herself in her bathroom to protect herself from Leanne's rage. With the police on standby, Maggie manages to diffuse the situation but Leanne is left without a home once more. </p><p> Maggie is Leanne's only hope. But this is her last chance. If this placement fails, she will have to be put in a secure unit.</p><p> Then Leanne threatens Maggie with a knife and makes accusations against her that have to be investigated by Maggie's superiors. Where most others would simply walk away, Maggie refuses to give up on the little girl who's never known love. </p><p>Can Maggie get through to Leanne and begin to help her heal? Will the girl no one wanted find her forever home?</p><p><h3><b>A true short story by <i>The Sunday Times</i> bestselling foster carer Maggie Hartley. Perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis.</b></h3></p>
Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir
by Neely Tucker

Language

English

Pages

268

Publication Date

February 17, 2004

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Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe in 1997. After witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially the children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage that was desperately underfunded and short-staffed. One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage from a village outside the city. She’d been left to die in a field on the day she was born, abandoned in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season. After a near-death hospital stay, and under strict doctor’s orders, the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Within weeks Chipo, the girl-child whose name means gift, would come to mean everything to them. <br /><br />Still an active correspondent, Tucker crisscrossed the continent, filing stories about the uprisings in the Congo, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the postgenocidal conflict in Rwanda. He witnessed heartbreaking scenes of devastation and violence, steeling him further to take a personal role in helping anywhere he could. At home in Harare, Vita was nursing Chipo back to health. Soon she and Tucker decided to alter their lives forever—they would adopt Chipo. That decision challenged an unspoken social norm—that foreigners should never adopt Zimbabwean children. <br /><br />Raised in rural Mississippi in the sixties and seventies, Tucker was familiar with the mores associated with and dictated by race. His wife, a savvy black woman whose father escaped the Jim Crow South for a new life in the industrial North, would not be deterred in her resolve to welcome Chipo into their loving family. <br /><br />As if their situation wasn’t tenuous enough, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was stirring up national fervor against foreigners, especially journalists, abroad and at home. At its peak, his antagonizing branded all foreign journalists personae non grata. For Tucker, the only full-time American correspondent in Zimbabwe, the declaration was a direct threat to his life and his wife’s safety, and an ultimatum to their decision to adopt the child who had already become their only daughter. <br /><br />Against a background of war, terrorism, disease, and unbearable uncertainty about the future, Chipo’s story emerges as an inspiring testament to the miracles that love—and dogged determination—can sometimes achieve. Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant, this family memoir will resonate throughout the ages.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Lion (Movie Tie-In)
by Saroo Brierley

Language

English

Pages

286

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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<b><b>First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller <i>A Long Way Home</i>. Now it’s <i>Lion</i>, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards!</b><br /> <b><br /> This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...</b><br /><br /></b>At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.<br /><br />Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.<br /><i><br />Lion </i>is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.<br /><br /><br /><b>Previously published as <i>A Long Way Home</i></b>
Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to ...
by , Bill Klein

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 26, 2015

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From the beloved stars of TLC’s <i>The Little Couple</i> comes an uplifting and moving behind-the-scenes account of how the pair met, fell in love, and overcame huge obstacles to become successful professionals and parents.<BR><BR>Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired millions as stars of TLC’s hit show <i>The Little Couple</i>. Though they both have dwarfism, they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive, can-do attitude. The show has featured the lives of Jennifer (a respected neonatologist) and Bill (a successful entrepreneur) from their marriage in 2009, to the launch of their pet shop, to the adoption of their children, to Jen’s overcoming cancer.<BR> <BR>Now, for the first time Jen and Bill are letting readers into their private lives with behind-the-scenes, never-before-told stories about how they fell in love, what inspires them, and the passions that drive their success. They will open up about their struggles with cancer, infertility, adoption, and simply living life in a challenging world.<BR> <BR>Jen and Bill have a simple purpose in life: make the world a better place through encouragement and education. A must-have for fans of the show or anyone who has ever faced a difficult obstacle, <i>Life Is Short (No Pun Intended)</i> gives readers a glance at what inspires these positive people to approach life with such optimism and share their lives with the public every day.

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