Beautiful Affliction

Author: Lene Fogelberg
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 1631529862
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WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE 2016 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS ("IPPY”) Lene Fogelberg is dying—she is sure of it—but no doctor in Sweden, her home country, believes her. Love stories enfold her, with her husband, her two precious daughters, her enchanting surroundings, but the question she has carried in her heart since childhood—Will I die young?—is threatening all she holds dear, even her sanity. When her young family moves to the US, an answer, a diagnosis, is finally found: she is in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease. But is it too late? A young woman risks everything to save her own life in this “unusual, riveting medical drama crafted with deep emotion and exquisite detail” (BookPage).

Beautiful Affliction

Author: Lene Fogelberg
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ISBN: 9781631529856
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The true story of a young woman s struggle to raise a family while her body slowly deteriorates as the result of an undetected fatal heart disease."

A Shining Affliction

Author: Annie G. Rogers
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140240122
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In the midst of her work with Ben, a severely disturbed five-year-old, Annie is hospitalized with her own breakdown and must finally uncover where her history of childhood terror overlaps with Ben's and learn how her work in the field of psychotherapy involves great risks and great gifts.

Immortal Bird

Author: Doron Weber
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451618085
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A searing account of a father’s struggle to save his remarkable son from a rare heart condition that threatens his life—“a powerful and lyric portrait of a son and a vibrant family” (Toni Morrison). Damon Weber is a brilliant kid—a skilled actor and a natural leader at school. Born with a congenital heart defect that required surgery when he was a baby, Damon’s spirit and independence have always been a source of pride to his parents, who vigilantly look for any signs of danger. Unbowed by frequent medical checkups, Damon proves to be a talent on stage, appears in David Milch’s HBO series Deadwood, and maintains an active social life, whenever he has the energy. But running through Damon’s coming-of-age in the shadow of affliction is another story: his father Doron’s relentless search for answers in a race against time. Immortal Bird is a stirring, gorgeously written memoir of a father’s fight to save his son’s life.

Girl in the Dark

Author: Anna Lyndsey
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385539614
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Haunting, lyrical, unforgettable, Girl in the Dark is a brave new memoir of a life without light. Anna Lyndsey was young and ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. Then what started as a mild intolerance to certain kinds of artificial light developed into a severe sensitivity to all light. Now, at the worst times, Anna is forced to spend months on end in a blacked-out room, where she loses herself in audiobooks and elaborate word games in an attempt to ward off despair. During periods of relative remission, she can venture out cautiously at dawn and dusk into a world that, from the perspective of her cloistered existence, is filled with remarkable beauty. And through it all there is Pete, her love and her rock, without whom her loneliness seems boundless. One day Anna had an ordinary life, and then the unthinkable happened. But even impossible lives, she learns, endure. Girl in the Dark is a tale of an unimaginable fate that becomes a transcendent love story. It brings us to an extraordinary place from which we emerge to see the light and the world anew.

Her Beautiful Brain

Author: Ann Hedreen
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 193831493X
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Her Beautiful Brain is Ann Hedreen’s story of what it was like to become a mom just as her beautiful, brainy mother began to lose her mind to an unforgiving disease. Arlene was a copper miner’s daughter who was divorced twice, widowed once, raised six kids singlehandedly, survived the turbulent ‘60s, and got her B.A. and M.A. at 40 so she could support her family as a Seattle schoolteacher—only to start showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease in her late fifties, taking Ann and her siblings on a long descent they never could have anticipated or imagined. For two decades—as Ann married, had a daughter and a son, navigated career changes and marital crises and built a life making documentary films with her husband—she watched her once-invincible mom disappear. From Seattle to Haiti to the mine-gouged Finntown neighborhood in Butte, Montana where she was born and grew up; from Arlene’s favorite tennis club to a locked geropsychiatric ward, Her Beautiful Brain tells the heartbreaking story of a daughter’s love for a mother who is lost in the wilderness of an unpredictable and harrowing illness.

Four Grams of Affliction

Author: Patricia Gunn
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781978422391
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This is the fearless story of author Patricia Gunn. The mission of this book is to inspire other victims of sexual trauma to find the valor to fight another day. As survivors, we too can reclaim our lives and create a hopeful future. Gunn became a slave to alcohol and drugs at an early age and suffered a string of sexual traumas. Her life spiraled out of control. This two-headed monster of addiction and trauma propelled Gunn to dark, jarring places that she didn't even know existed. While Four Grams of Affliction explores the many trips to hell that Gunn travelled, it also studies the workings of the human brain and how it operates as a powerful tool. And despite the agony and the pain, we come to realize that even the scathed eye can see a flicker of light in the prevailing darkness. Alcohol, drugs, and trauma claim lives every day. This book is a true testament to hope and salvation. The human spirit can wander and get lost; however, inner-peace is obtainable if you seek it out. Gunn has found that the solution to these problems lives outside of us. As the author discovered, giving back to victims of trauma and addiction often drives the soul into a new found sense of purpose.

The Affliction

Author: C. Dale Young
Publisher: Four Way Books
ISBN: 1945588160
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A novel told in short stories, The Affliction is an astounding fiction debut by an award-winning poet full of memorable characters across America and the Caribbean. Young beautifully weaves together the elaborate stories of many while holding together a clear focus: people are not always as they seem.

The Two Kinds of Decay

Author: Sarah Manguso
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429940986
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A Spare and Unsparing Look at Affliction and Recovery that Heralds a Stunning New Voice The events that began in 1995 might keep happening to me as long as things can happen to me. Think of deep space, through which heavenly bodies fly forever. They fly until they change into new forms, simpler forms, with ever fewer qualities and increasingly beautiful names. There are names for things in spacetime that are nothing, for things that are less than nothing. White dwarfs, red giants, black holes, singularities. But even then, in their less-than-nothing state, they keep happening. At twenty-one, just starting to comprehend the puzzles of adulthood, Sarah Manguso was faced with another: a wildly unpredictable disease that appeared suddenly and tore through her twenties, vanishing and then returning, paralyzing her for weeks at a time, programming her first to expect nothing from life and then, furiously, to expect everything. In this captivating story, Manguso recalls her nine-year struggle: arduous blood cleansings, collapsed veins, multiple chest catheters, the deaths of friends and strangers, addiction, depression, and, worst of all for a writer, the trite metaphors that accompany prolonged illness. A book of tremendous grace and self-awareness, The Two Kinds of Decay transcends the very notion of what an illness story can and should be.

Pretty Things Don t Break

Author: Lauren Jayne
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781541122871
Format: PDF
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Her mother was a beautiful narcissist. Her father was charming, but a monster. Travel with Lauren from her parents' topless jazz club in Australia to her wild-child years growing up in the heart of Seattle's grunge scene in the 1990's. Lauren Jayne's riveting memoir transports you into her roller-coaster life from page one. From her nursery school days spent hopscotching over the black-and-white tiled floors of her parents' topless jazz club in sunny, sexy Sydney, to coming of age smack dab in the middle of the Seattle burgeoning grunge era. On a mission to ditch the chaos-filled life she was thrust into from birth, she finds the family she's always longed for in her tight group of friends. Here, she'll experience her first love, first loss, and finally, through a deeply rooted internal strength, a boundless determination to have the life she's always longed for and deep faith, she finds what's she's been looking for was closer than she ever knew. You cannot escape this addictive memoir without being personally affected. Dealing with life head-on, she fights her way through abandonment and self-loathing, a debilitating eating disorder and suicide. There isn't an affliction she doesn't face, you'll feel as if you're right by her side the whole way through, rooting for her. A captivating memoir that will transport you into Lauren Jayne's bizarre and larger-than-life world. You'll journey around the world ping ponging from Vegas where you'll fall in-love with her zany Mafia drenched grandparents, Israel where she'll discover a deeper faith, Rome where her love of culture is ignited, and back to Seattle where a suicide crumbles her world, only to finally bring it back together. You cannot read this evocative and beautifully written true story without gaining a new perspective on life.