Author: Kimberly Rae Miller
A memoir about growing up in a cluttered and rat-infested home that resulted from her father's struggle with compulsive hoarding, describing how the burden led to the author's suicide attempt and her against-all-odds bond with her parents.
Author: Sue Margolis
Publisher: NY Books
Author: Kimberly Rae Miller
The writer and actress explore her childhood and youth, which was largely defined by her father's struggle with hoarding.
Author: Sue Margolis
Author: Jessie Sholl
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A fascinating look at compulsive hoarding by a woman whose mother suffers from the disease. To be the child of a compulsive hoarder is to live in a permanent state of unease. Because if my mother is one of those crazy junk-house people, then what does that make me? When her divorced mother was diagnosed with cancer, New York City writer Jessie Sholl returned to her hometown of Minneapolis to help her prepare for her upcoming surgery and get her affairs in order. While a daunting task for any adult dealing with an aging parent, it’s compounded for Sholl by one lifelong, complex, and confounding truth: her mother is a compulsive hoarder. Dirty Secret is a daughter’s powerful memoir of confronting her mother’s disorder, of searching for the normalcy that was never hers as a child, and, finally, cleaning out the clutter of her mother’s home in the hopes of salvaging the true heart of their relationship—before it’s too late. Growing up, young Jessie knew her mother wasn’t like other mothers: chronically disorganized, she might forgo picking Jessie up from kindergarten to spend the afternoon thrift store shopping. Now, tracing the downward spiral in her mother’s hoarding behavior to the death of a long-time boyfriend, she bravely wades into a pathological sea of stuff: broken appliances, moldy cowboy boots, twenty identical pairs of graying bargain-bin sneakers, abandoned arts and crafts, newspapers, magazines, a dresser drawer crammed with discarded eyeglasses, shovelfuls of junk mail . . . the things that become a hoarder’s “treasures.” With candor, wit, and not a drop of sentimentality, Jessie Sholl explores the many personal and psychological ramifications of hoarding while telling an unforgettable mother-daughter tale.
Author: Jackson Galaxy
In this inspiring book, Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's hit television show My Cat from Hell,tells the story of the cat who saved his life and set him on the path to becoming America's Cat Daddy. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up. He had seen better days - his pelvis had just been shattered by the wheels of a car, and his owner insisted he'd been 'unbondable' from day one. Nothing could have been further from the truth. An inspiring account of two broken beings who fixed each other, Cat Daddyis laced throughout with Galaxy's amazing 'Cat Mojo' advice for understanding what cats need most from us humans in order to live happier, healthier lives. 'A joy . . . Sometimes the biggest stories are actually the smallest ones - one man, one cat, and a quiet love that was large enough to save them both.' Gwen Cooper, author of the New York Timesbestseller Homer's Odysseyand Love Saves the Day 'This book is no ordinary cat memoir, nor is it an ordinary cat advice book. It is an inspirational tour de force that offers an intimate glimpse of Jackson, the man, and Jackson, the Cat Daddy.' Ingrid King, publisher and founder, The Conscious Cat, and award-winning author of Buckley's Story- Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher Includes a new afterword by the author
Author: Jorge L. Valdés, Ken Abraham
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
We live in a world where many live by the "what have you done for me lately?" philosophy. Love, care, and concern is based on what a person has done for them, who that person is, or for what they can get out of a situation. We are self-centered in our love as a society. Against this kind of love comes unconditional love. It is the kind of love that expresses itself to everyone, no matter who they are, no matter what they have done, and expects nothing in return. When Jesus Christ walked the earth as the God/man this was the kind of love he exhibited to others. His death on the cross is God's ultimate expression of unconditional love. As we live Christian lives, the call is upon us to practice unconditional love just as God does. This generation desperately needs to experience genuine, unselfish, Godly love. In UNCONDITIONAL, the author chronicles his journey seeking to practice unconditional love, sometimes successfully, sometimes struggling. May his journey inspire the reader to be God's example of His unconditional love.This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.Sometime in the early 1990's, I started writing on a "typewriter", that's what I said, a "typewriter". I don't know why I began writing, nobody asked me to write and I never considered writing as something I'd just do, but there I was clumsily, slowly but creatively pecking away. Writing down thoughts, ideas, streets, characters, chatter, dialogue and actions that actually made me laugh and or reflect. After some months had passed, I had finished my first complete story, which I never read again. But instead I threw it in a drawer unedited and unread by anyone. I began to write another story, which I eventually finished and again tossed it into another drawer, unedited and unread. Almost right away I wrote a play and again tossed it into another drawer. Talking about your closet writer! I continued to write short stories about events and relationships unplanned or outlined, letting the characters, times and places drive my way through each chronicle while piling story on top of story in my desk drawer. So what was it? Why did I continue to write? Hell, because I got off on it. I wasn't trying to make a name for myself as an "author" or try to become rich, but it was just for the time I spend alone in my writer's closet with not a soul around to tell me what to do or where to go, how things should be done, or the heartache of the world we live in. I have determined that if nobody reads a word, writing is just something I like to do. Now, we've finally come to this, Chronicles of a Nappi Head. ENJOYDo you know the secrets behind your church doors?Tori Braswell is a young and aspiring career woman who fell downon her luck in love. She meets a man who changes her life forever.He is her lover as well as her friend, but the problem is he is also herPastor. The adulterous affair becomes their biggest secret and theirworse nightmare.When a life changing event in the Pastor's family tests his relationshipwith Tori, she decides to move on and meets Clayton Garrison theperfect man. He is handsome, kind and single; but when he learns thesecret of Tori's affair with her Pastor, it strains their relationship.A fatal accident occurs and a life is lost; another is hanging betweenlife and death, and someone is left waiting.In this book, I do not intend to write in detail about the sisal plant and its husbandry as such account in thoroughly discussed in the book titled Sisal by G. Lock and others. This book will only carry full history as regards to when and how sisal came to Tanzania and its post independence development. It will also discuss how the industry was managed by both German and British Colonial regimes with emphasis on how sisal cutters were recruited within the country and deplorable conditions of their employment-which might lead one to suspect that the recruitment exercise was somehow another form of modern slavery in modern times when British, Greeks, and Asian nationals were managing sisal estates during the British colonial rule.The rain, which had sputtered across the landscape for a fortnight, had ceased. A brief spell of warmth and sunshine had bathed the gardens all morning, bringing the world into summer bloom.I have learned that creative activity can only take place when an inner voice compels one to write or compose. James Baldwin said that there were days when the muses simply were not speaking to him; therefore he could not write. I agree with that. The poems in this collection came to me as a result of things that profoundly affected me at the time. Thus, producing words in my mind that had to be put on paper. I particularly recall the day the Carolina wren pushed me to write The Carolina Wren Came Calling. My Lord What a Morning was composed after a memorable trip to Washington, DC and He Walked Away From Me, after the death of my partner. Life does change rapidly so set sail and enjoy. I have discovered through out my years in the ministry, that many pastors were having difficulty counseling their members. Basically because people do not only deal with the problems of mans sinful nature, but they also deal with psychological problems, that could be generic in their make up. Then there are the generational curses that may not have been broken. This is why I believe, that pastors need to be equipped to counsel the whole man, and to assess mental disorders from sinful nature behavior. The answer to problems and remedies used today show that the consumption of medicines is quite popular. However complete wholeness through the word of God should be as popular. The bible states in proverbs 24:6 (Amp), for by wise counsel you can wage your war and in an abundance of counselors there is victory and safety.This book is dedicated to all the victims who died on September 11, 2001. In addition to the 2, 750 people who died in Manhattan, 184 individuals died at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and 40 victims died in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. May we never forget them and may we hold their memories in our hearts forever.I am a retired Senior Design Engineer living in warm, sunny San Diego, California. I find writing a very relaxing hobby as well as a way to put down my thoughts and events of the day. I also enjoy writing rhyming children's tales of magical wonder and enchantment, hopefully someday soon to have published. I especially enjoy putting on paper my childhood days living in an orphanage and three foster homes. Each problem is a small bit of my life as a child, and I have written a book of my younger days up to the age of 21, when I started my drive to San Diego from New York City on a cold winter's night. Best drive I have made. Life is good no matter how bad it may seem. Enjoy it to the fullest.My hobbies are; reading, writing, RC model boats, building them, sailing them, electronic tinkering, computers, digital photography of sunsets, and being a "health food" fanatic.This story is about sex drugs hookers, pimps con people and Corrupted polices. A young man named Jessie Lee Johnson goes north to find a better world. Found his self in the middle of this life. Jessie never heard of a hooker or a pimp until he go to Chicago. Jessie fell into that life witch was a perfect fit. Jessie said all he did was be himself that was stay a gentleman. Women reach out to him for help but would not change there World. Jessie Made money decided to go back home and help the poor people.This is one of eight volumes on the Declaration of Independence. These last four contain only about 25 extended essays each. Rolwing examines nearly all the major writers on our Basic Charter, most of whom repudiate it. He focuses on their manifold criticisms and rejections, reveals their multiple distortions and misunderstandings, rebukes their self-contradictions and inconsistencies, and pities their general theo-phobia. He argues that while America was Founded almost completely by Protestant Christians (the only two "deists" were not even "deists"), what was Founded was formally only a philosophical product, not a faith based or Christian one, although the philosophy had been more Catholic than Protestant. Rolwing makes a great deal of American history, law, ethics, politics, philosophy, and theology easily accessible to the average reader. Each 5 minute essay can give you a high for the whole day."Certainly the Declaration is worth many an hour explaining and defending it. Mr. Rolwing seeks to make the problems brought up about the document capable of being understood by both scholar and ordinary citizen."A Season in Prison" is a unique contribution to prison literature. It is subtle and often poetic. More importantly, it shows how one man redirected. His rage into love and imagination as the most enduring and effective tools of survival.Fasting is a means to treat incurable diseases of the present time.Fasting is an operation without using surgical knife, is a victory to ourselves to rejuvenate our cells, to enhance resistance system etc...Meditation is also a means for people to live happily and peacefully or Medication is a way to live happily, to pass away peacefully. The world is more peaceful and happier as we are in a day of fasting and meditation.TIEN THIEN KHI CONG helps everyone live healthily, happily, peacefully, and freely at passing away.Special thanks to the folks that supported me throughout thecreation of this book. I could not have gotten through it withouta lot of help. Patty Tidd, John's special lady was a big supporter.Thanks to Bob Shipley and Summer Foovay for your editing eyes.Brent Martin and his family helped me decide on a title for thebook so they deserve thanks as well. Without the patience of mydear husband, Gregg, I would never had been able to accomplisha finished product. Thanks to everyone for your help.This is a thoughtful and intricate novel (by my father) that raises questions not only about the potential of cyber terrorism but about America's role in the world. It tells the story of two aging computer experts who are forced out of retirement to try to combat an attack on America's computerized financial infrastructure. The terrorists have an unusual demand--that the United States establish a Department of Peace. There are moments of drama, humor and levity, and ultimately the story is critical of aspects of both Islamic fundamentalism and of the kind of dogmatic, tone-deaf American foreign policy that has characterized the Bush administration.The Ferrari Vendetta is a well written suspense\ action packed novel. The author, Richard Jay, piques the interest of the reader with his colorful and descriptive writing style. He keeps the reader intrigued with the plot and it's a Can't put it down novel.
My Fair Junkie
Author: Amy Dresner
Publisher: Hachette Books
In the tradition of Blackout and Permanent Midnight, a darkly funny and revealing debut memoir of one woman's twenty-year battle with sex, drugs, and alcohol addiction, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side. Growing up in Beverly Hills, Amy Dresner had it all: a top-notch private school education, the most expensive summer camps, and even a weekly clothing allowance. But at 24, she started dabbling in meth in San Francisco and unleashed a fiendish addiction monster. Soon, if you could snort it, smoke it, or have sex with, she did. Smart and charming, with Daddy's money to fall back on, she sort of managed to keep it all together. But on Christmas Eve 2011 all of that changed when, high on Oxycontin, she stupidly "brandished" a bread knife on her husband and was promptly arrested for "felony domestic violence with a deadly weapon." Within months, she found herself in the psych ward--and then penniless, divorced, and looking at 240 hours of court-ordered community service. For two years, assigned to a Hollywood Boulevard "chain gang," she swept up syringes (and worse) as she bounced from rehabs to halfway houses, all while struggling with sobriety, sex addiction, and starting over in her forties. In the tradition of Orange Is the New Black and Jerry Stahl's Permanent Midnight, Amy Dresner's My Fair Junkie is an insightful, darkly funny, and shamelessly honest memoir of one woman's battle with all forms of addiction, hitting rock bottom, and forging a path to a life worth living.
Author: Seth Haines
“I suppose we’re all drunk on something.” Seth Haines was in the hospital with his wife, planning funeral songs for their not-yet two-year-old, when he made a very conscious decision: this was the last day he ever wanted to feel. So he asked his sister to smuggle in some gin, and his addiction began. But whether or not you’ve ever had a drop to drink in your life, we’re all looking for ways to stop the pain. Like Seth, we’re all seeking balms for the anxiety of what we believe is an absent God—whether it’s through people-pleasing, shopping, the internet, food, career highs, or even good works and elite theology. We attempt to anesthetize our anxiety through addiction—any old addiction. But it often leaves us feeling even more empty than before. In Coming Clean, Seth Haines writes rawly through the first 90 days of a work of sobriety, illuminating how to face the pain we’d rather run from, and even more importantly, how Jesus meets us there. Because it is only when we face our anxieties with the tenacity and tenderness of Christ’s passion that we truly discover that we are indeed clean, surrendered, and whole.
Author: Judy J. Blunt, Nancy Smith
“A memoir with the fierce narrative force of an eastern Montana blizzard, rich in story and character, filled with the bone-chilling details of Blunt’s childhood. She writes without bitterness, with an abiding love of the land and the work and her family and friends that she finally left behind, at great sacrifice, to begin to write. This is a magnificent achievement, a book for the ages. I’ve never read anything that compares with it.” —James Crumley, author of The Last Good Kiss Born into a third generation of Montana homesteaders, Judy Blunt learned early how to “rope and ride and jockey a John Deere,” but also to “bake bread and can vegetables and reserve my opinion when the men were talking.” The lessons carried her through thirty-six-hour blizzards, devastating prairie fires and a period of extreme isolation that once threatened the life of her infant daughter. But though she strengthened her survival skills in what was—and is—essentially a man’s world, Blunt’s story is ultimately that of a woman who must redefine herself in order to stay in the place she loves. Breaking Clean is at once informed by the myths of the West and powerful enough to break them down. Against formidable odds, Blunt has found a voice original enough to be called classic.
Author: Kimberly Rae Miller
Publisher: Little A
A brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food. Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. Her first attempt to use food to change her body came at age four, when she learned that the Inuit ate fat to stay warm in the winter. If this diet worked in the Arctic, she reasoned, why not in Long Island? Postcollege, after a brief stint as a diet-pill model, she became a health-and-fitness writer and editor working on celebrities’ bestselling bios—sugarcoating the trials and tribulations celebs endure to stay thin. But what is the ideal body? Knowing she’s far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. While on a fascinating and hilarious journey through time that takes her from obese Paleolithic cavewomen, to the bland menus that Drs. Graham and Kellogg prescribed to promote good morals in addition to good health, to the binge-drinking-prone regimen that caused William the Conqueror’s body to explode at his own funeral, Kim ends up discovering a lot about her relationship with her own body. Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body…in other words, just about everyone.
The Narrow Way
Author: Chris Lemig
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Even at twelve years old, Chris Lemig knows he's gay. He just doesn't want to believe it. Spurred on by intolerance, ignorance and fear, he takes his first steps into the closet and so begin twenty-three years of drinking, drugs and attempted suicides. It's only after he wakes up one morning, beaten and still bleeding from a hate crime, that he finally finds the courage to come out and make a change. Renewed and refreshed, he finds sanity and healing in the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and without looking back, sets off on an inspired pilgrimage to India and Nepal. The Narrow Way is the harrowing and sometimes beautiful story of a man who lost his mind only to find it again in a strange new religion, in a strange new place, halfway across the world.
With or Without You
Author: Domenica Ruta
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY A haunting, unforgettable mother-daughter story for a new generation—the debut of a blazing new lyrical voice Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Kathi frequently kept Domenica home from school to watch such classics as the Godfather movies and everything by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, telling her, “This is more important. I promise. You’ll thank me later.” And despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta’s unconventional coming of age—a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit ’90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving. Praise for With or Without You “A luminous, layered accomplishment.”—The New York Times Book Review “A singular new coming-of-age memoir traces one girl’s twisting path up from mean streets (and parents) to the reflective life of a writer. . . . The burgeoning canon of literary memoir . . . begets another winner in Domenica Ruta’s searing With or Without You. . . . [A] gloriously gutsy memory-work.”—Elle “Stunning . . . comes across as a bleaker, funnier, R-rated version of The Glass Castle and marks the arrival of a blazing new voice in literature.”—Entertainment Weekly “Valiant and heartbreaking.”—Bust “Powerful . . . Ruta found an unconventional voice, a scary good mixture of erudition and hardened street smarts. Her writing is also, as they say in Danvers, wicked funny—though in her case wicked is more an adjective than an intensifier. . . . [With or Without You] hums with jangled energy and bristles with sharp edges. . . . Ruta writes with unflinching honesty.”—Slate “Bracingly funny and poignant.”—The Boston Globe “Exceedingly powerful.”—Booklist
Author: Cathryn Kemp
'A brave, heartfelt and extraordinary book' Corinne Sweet, author of Overcoming Addiction, psychologist and broadcaster What if the drugs that were meant to cure you slowly started to kill you? After falling dangerously ill with acute-on-chronic pancreatitis, Cathryn Kemp left hospital with a repeat prescription for fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times stronger than heroin. Within two years she was taking almost ten times the NHS maximum daily dose - all on prescription - and her life began to spiral out of control. Cathryn discovered she had just three months to live, unless she gave up the drug she clung to so desperately. After selling everything she owned and checking into rehab, Cathryn was told by the doctors that recovery was highly unlikely. Yet to everyone's amazement, she proved them wrong. Coming Clean is a poignant, vivid and honest memoir of a woman's struggle with, and subsequent victory over, her demons. It is a love story, a horror story, a survival story, and one that shows the very real dangers of the over-prescription of painkillers.
The Top 10 Sunday Times bestseller. In this characteristically trenchant memoir, the indomitable Jean Trumpington looks back on her long and remarkable life. The daughter of an officer in the Bengal Lancers and an American heiress, Jean Campbell-Harris was born into a world of considerable privilege, but the Wall Street Crash entirely wiped out her mother's fortune. At fifteen the young Jean Campbell-Harris was sent to Paris to study but two years later, with the outbreak of the Second World War, she became a land girl. However, she quickly changed direction, joining naval intelligence at Bletchley Park, where she stayed for the rest of the war. After the war she worked first in Paris and then on Madison Avenue, New York, with advertising's 'mad men'. It was here that she met her husband, the historian Alan Barker, and their marriage, in 1954, ushered in the happiest period of her life before embarking on her distinguished political career, as a Cambridge City councillor, Mayor of Cambridge and, then, in 1980, a life peer. Forthright, witty and deliciously opinionated, Coming Up Trumps is a wonderfully readable account of a life very well lived.