Dani shapiro charts a riveting emotional course as she retraces her isolated, overprotected Orthodox Jewish childhood in an anti-Semitic suburb, and draws the connections between that childhood and her inevitable rebellion and self-destructiveness. The moment lenny klein entered her life, everything changed: she dropped out of college, began to drink heavily, and became estranged from her family and friends.
Slow Motion: A True Story #ad - There had been an accident on a snowy road near her family's home in New Jersey, and both her parents lay hospitalized in critical condition. This haunting memoir traces her journey back into the world she had left behind. But then the phone call came. This is a beautiful and unforgettable memoir of a life utterly transformed by tragedy.
Dani shapiro was a young girl from a deeply religious home who became the girlfriend of a famous and flamboyant married attorney—her best friend's stepfather. She tells of a life nearly ruined by the gift of beauty, and then saved by the worst thing imaginable.
Devotion: A MemoirHarperCollins e-books #ad - This is a gripping, beautiful story. Jennifer egan, author of The Keep “I was immensely moved by this elegant book. Elizabeth gilbert, love dani shapiro, and grapples with the ways faith, prayer, author of Eat, the acclaimed author of the novel Black and White and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion, Pray, is back with Devotion: a searching and timeless new memoir that examines the fundamental questions that wake women in the middle of the night, and devotion affect everyday life.
Devotion is sure to appeal to all those dealing with the trials and tribulations of what Carl Jung called “the afternoon of life. ”. Devotion’s biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy—appealing to skeptics and believers alike.
Hourglass: Time, Memory, MarriageAnchor #ad - What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? how do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, poetry, find grace in the ordinary, and theology, philosophy, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence.
Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers. With courage and relentless honesty, and her heart, her marriage, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage #ad - Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, and about the accretion, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, over time, of both sorrow and love.
Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative LifeAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - The writer’s life requires courage, empathy, patience, openness. At once a memoir, meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate and eloquent companion to living a creative life. Through a blend of deeply personal stories about what formed her as a writer, tales from other authors, and a searching look at her own creative process, Shapiro offers her gift to writers everywhere: an elegant guide of hard-won wisdom and advice for staying the course.
To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. Writersand anyone with an artistic temperamentwill find inspiration and comfort in these pages. Everything i know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write. From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling.
Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life #ad - It requires the ability to be alone with oneself. Gentle with oneself. Offering lessons learned over twenty years of teaching and writing, Shapiro brings her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers. Like anne lamott’s bird by bird, virginia woolf’s a writer’s diary, and Stephen King’s On Writing, Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing is a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and LoveAnchor #ad - An instant new york times bestseller a los angeles times, wall street journal, and national indie bestseller a best book of the year according to elle, real simple, boston glOBE, and Kirkus Reviews “Memoir gold: a profound and exquisitely rendered exploration of identity and the true meaning of family.
People magazine “beautifully written and deeply moving—it brought me to tears more than once. Ruth franklin, and a profound inquiry of paternity, novelist—“a writer of rare talent” cheryl strayed— and host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, The New York Times Book Review From the acclaimed, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, best-selling memoirist, identity, and love.
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love #ad - What makes us who we are? what combination of memory, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, experience, history, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? In the spring of 2016, biology, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father.
. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, and compulsively, years she had spent writing brilliantly, on themes of identity and family history. Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love.
She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.
Unblinded: One Man's Courageous Journey Through Darkness to SightMorgan James Publishing #ad - Unblinded follows Kevin’s descent into darkness, and his unexplained reemergence to sight. He is the only known person in the world who has experienced a spontaneous, non-medically assisted, regeneration of the optic nerve. Unblinded is the true story of new yorker Kevin Coughlin, who became blind at age thirty-six due to a rare genetic disorder known as Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.
Twenty years later, without medical intervention, Kevin’s sight miraculously started to return.
Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the BetterGreenleaf Book Group Press #ad - In relentless, Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game. He’s learned to appreciate life more. He's learned that he wants to help people—and that’s what he does. He had a massive ischemic stroke. In peak physical condition, Ted worked out nearly every day of the week. He gives back, volunteering his time and effort to help other stroke victims.
Relentless is a wonderful resource for stroke survivors, and their loved ones, caregivers, but it is also an inspiring and motivating read for anyone who is facing struggles in their own life. He’s learned that having a successful career is maybe not the most important thing. Not only did he live, but he's walking and talking again.
Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better #ad - He moves through life almost as easily as he did before the stroke; only now, his life is better. And then, on april 21, 2005, all that came to an end. Doctors feared he wouldn’t make it, or if he did make it, he would be in a vegetative state in a hospital bed for the rest of his life. But miraculously, that’s not what happened.
An incredible journey of Determination and RecoveryIn 2005, Ted W. Baxter describes his remarkable recovery. He was a successful, globe-trotting businessman with a resume that would impress the best of the best.
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles: A NovelBallantine Books #ad - But a gunshot one rainy night propels Ann into a notorious spotlight—as the two Mrs. Grenvilles enter into a conspiracy of silence that will bind them together for as long as they live. Ann wants desperately to be accepted by high society and become the well-bred woman of her fantasies. And much to the horror of Alice Grenville—the indomitable family matriarch—he marries her.
. New york times bestseller • “murder most swank. Required reading. Vanity fairwhen navy ensign billy grenville, heir to a vast New York fortune, sees showgirl Ann Arden on the dance floor, it is love at first sight. Composed of just the right measure of sex, glamour, and passion. Cosmopolitan. This is a candy box of a book.
Green: A NovelRandom House #ad - Unless he tests into the city’s best public high school—which, if practice tests are any indication, isn’t likely—he’ll be friendless for the foreseeable future. Before long, mar’s coming over to Dave’s house every afternoon to watch vintage basketball tapes and plot their hustle to Harvard.
Praise for Green“Prickly and compelling. Mar’s a loner from the public housing project on the corner of Dave’s own gentrifying block, and he confounds Dave’s assumptions about black culture: He’s nerdy and neurotic, a Celtics obsessive whose favorite player is the gawky, white Larry Bird. Everybody clowns him, and his hippie parents won’t even buy him a pair of Nikes, girls ignore him, let alone transfer him to a private school.
Green: A Novel #ad - David greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. A riot of language that’s part hip-hop, part nerd boy, and part pure imagination. The boston globeBoston, 1992. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he’s been given—and that Mar has not.
Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence, and sharply honest in the face of injustice, Sam Graham-Felsen’s debut is a wildly original take on the American dream. Nobody’s more surprised than Dave when Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria.
Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her AgainThree Rivers Press #ad - But behind the scenes, linda, kim was dealing with a tragic secret: her mother, was suffering from a rare form of dementia that slowly crippled her ability to talk, write and eventually recognize people in her own family. Where the light gets in tells the full story of Linda’s illness—called primary progressive aphasia—from her early-onset diagnosis at the age of 62 through the present day.
Kim draws a candid picture of the ways her family reacted for better and worse, and how she, her father and two siblings educated themselves, made mistakes, tried to let go of shame and secrecy, and found unexpected humor and grace in the midst of suffering. Ultimately the bonds of family were strengthened, and Kim learned ways to love and accept the woman her mother became.
Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again #ad - The relationship between a mother and daughter is one of the most complicated and meaningful there is. Kimberly williams-paisley writes about her own with grace, truth, and beauty as she shares her journey back to her mother in the wake of a devastating illness. Brooke shieldsmany know kimberly williams-paisley as the bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the Father of the Bride movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on Nashville, or the wife of country music artist, Brad Paisley.
With a moving foreword by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, where the light gets in is a heartwarming tribute to the often fragile yet unbreakable relationships we have with our mothers.
Footprints in the Dust: Nursing, Survival, Compassion, and Hope with Refugees Around the WorldPegasus Books #ad - She called the aid organization featured in the news story and within two months, she was on her way. Roberta would soon learn that world into which millions of children around the globe were born was fraught with unspeakable horrors. The only certainties for so many of these children were, and remain to this day—disease and devastating injury.
Footprints in the dust reveals the humanity behind the headlines, beginning where the newscasters end their reports. But who are these people? images filter into our consciousness via dramatic photographs—but these photos only offer a glimpse into their stories. Footprints in the dust aims to share the real stories of refugees around the world in hopes of revealing the truth about their experience.
As a young er nurse in boston, Roberta was stopped cold by stark images of big-bellied babies with empty haunting stares in the news. The acclaimed author of lipstick in afghanistan weaves together the unforgettable stories of the people she helped heal in some of the most troubled places on Earth in a gripping memoir that celebrates our shared humanity.
Footprints in the Dust: Nursing, Survival, Compassion, and Hope with Refugees Around the World #ad - Roberta gately is a nurse and humanitarian aid worker who has served in war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan aiding refugees. Just the word refugee sparks conversation and fuel emotion. There are more than twenty-two million refugees worldwide and another sixty-five million who have been forcibly displaced.
The people we meet within this riveting book are neither all saints nor all sinners—and impossible to forget.