Pieces of Me

Author: Lizbeth Meredith
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 1631528351
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In 1994, Lizbeth Meredith said good-bye to her four- and six year-old daughters for a visit with their non-custodial father only to learn days later that they had been kidnapped and taken to their father's home country of Greece. Twenty-nine and just on the verge of making her dreams of financial independence for her and her daughters come true, Lizbeth now faced a $100,000 problem on a $10 an hour budget. For the next two years fueled by memories of her own childhood kidnapping, Lizbeth traded in her small life for a life more public, traveling to the White House and Greece, and becoming a local media sensation in order to garner interest in her efforts. The generous community of Anchorage becomes Lizbeth's makeshift family?one that is replicated by a growing number of Greeks and expats overseas who help Lizbeth navigate the turbulent path leading back to her daughters.

Fat Land

Author: Greg Critser
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547526687
Format: PDF
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“An in-depth, well-researched, and thoughtful exploration of the ‘fat boom’ in America.” —TheBoston Globe Low carb, high protein, raw foods . . . despite our seemingly endless obsession with fad diets, the startling truth is that six out of ten Americans are overweight or obese. In Fat Land, award-winning nutrition and health journalist Greg Critser examines the facts and societal factors behind the sensational headlines, taking on everything from supersize to Super Mario, high-fructose corn syrup to the high costs of physical education. With a sharp eye and even sharper tongue, Critser examines why pediatricians are now treating conditions rarely seen in children before; why type 2 diabetes is on the rise; the personal struggles of those with weight problems—especially among the poor—and how agribusiness has altered our waistlines. Praised by the New York Times as “absorbing” and by Newsday as “riveting,” this disarmingly funny, yet truly alarming, exposé stands as an important examination of one of the most pressing medical and social issues in the United States. “One scary book and a good companion to Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Parisian Charm School

Author: Jamie Cat Callan
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1743772815
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We all know that French women don't get fat. But their famous joie de vivre comes from more than just body type. It's something anyone can master: the old-fashioned art of finding and keeping romance alive, at any age. Filled with advice and insights from Parisian women, this delightful guide shows readers how to cultivate charm and mystique in the age of Tinder and OKCupid-to find lasting romance and connection. From first impressions, lively conversation (in person!), and cultivating social finesse to embracing femininity and communicating with grace and humour, this is age-old advice that's more precious than ever in our disconnected world. For anyone who's tired of texting with strangers who don't write back, here's an inspiring guide to a better way.

Held Captive

Author: Maggie Haberman
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060580208
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Recounts the kidnapping of Salt Lake City teenager Elizabeth Smart, including details about her captivity, how she gained her freedom, and information about the police investigation.

The Spirit Within Me

Author: Pamela Meintel
Publisher: Pamela Meintel
ISBN: 0692836985
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The Spirit Within Me is a book about a woman who persevered through some of life's most challenging times. The book begins with she and her little sister who were molested by a trusted family member. Later in life, she married a man who would turn out to be abusive to her for 13 years before having the courage to divorce him. Her second marriage was just as bad, as she unknowingly married an alcoholic. Then she found out her son had cancer. She received absolutely no support from her husband. After years of mental abuse she divorced for a second time, only to vow never to marry again. Several years later when she least expected it, she was introduced to a man, through a mutual friend, who turned out to be her soul mate. Then one Christmas Eve day her life came to be one of her greatest challenges of all... a devastating medical event which changed her life forever, and how she overcame adversity she never thought possible.

Being a Dad Is Weird

Author: Ben Falcone
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062473603
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A funny and intimate look at fatherhood from the actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy that combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, who also penned the Foreword, are shaped by his own childhood. Though he’s best known for his appearances in the movie Enough Said, as well as his hilarious role as Air Marshall Jon in Bridesmaids, Ben Falcone isn’t a big shot movie star director at home. There, he’s just dad. In this winning collection of stories, Ben shares his funny and poignant adventures as the husband of Melissa McCarthy, and the father of their two young daughters. He also shares tales from his own childhood in Southern Illinois, and life with his father—an outspoken, brilliant, but unconventional man with a big heart and a somewhat casual approach to employment named Steve Falcone. Ben is just an ordinary dad who has his share of fights with other parents blocking his view with their expensive electronic devices at school performances. Navigating the complicated role of being the only male in a house full of women, he finds himself growing more and more concerned as he sounds more and more like his dad. While Steve Falcone may not have been the briefcase and gray flannel suit type, he taught Ben priceless lessons about what matters most in life. A supportive, creative, and downright funny dad, Steve made sure his sons’ lives were never dull—a sense of adventure that carries through this warm, sometimes hilarious, and poignant memoir.

Two Sisters

Author: Åsne Seierstad
Publisher: Farrar, Strauß and Giroux
ISBN: 0374279675
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The riveting story of two sisters' journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home. ?sne Seierstad puts the problem of radicalization into painfully human terms, using instant messages and other primary sources to reconstruct a family's crisis from the inside. Eventually, she takes us into the hellscape of the Syrian civil war, as Sadiq risks his life in pursuit of his daughters, refusing to let them disappear into the maelstrom. This is a relentless thriller and a feat of reporting with profound lessons about belief, extremism, and the meaning of devotion.

Please Tell Me I m on Mute

Author: Romi Brenner
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780979874918
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Trying to preserve her last few precious shreds of sanity while working and raising children, Romi Brenner has come to terms with the fact that sometimes you have to turn a blind eye to the fashion whims of a four year old, that you can never underestimate the power of a phone with a working mute button, and that pedicures just aren't for everyone. Maintaining her sense of humor amid bath time hysteria, birthday cake pop carnage and botched early morning conference calls, Brenner takes her readers through a series of hilarious essays about motherhood and family life. Join Brenner and find out why she won't let her husband go couch shopping on his own, why she is looking into buying stock in salt water taffy and how she lost her mind to motherhood, but why she doesn't mind at all.

At the Broken Places

Author: Mary Collins
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807088358
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In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity. As a parent, Mary Collins didn't agree with her trans son's decision to physically alter his body, although she supported his right to realize himself as a person. Raw and uncensored, each explains her or his emotional mindset at the time: Mary felt she had lost a daughter; Donald activated his "authentic self." Both battled to assert their rights. A powerful memoir and resource, At the Broken Places offers a road map for families in transition.

Les Parisiennes

Author: Anne Sebba
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250048591
Format: PDF, ePub
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"What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until--finally--renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments of Occupation, with the Swastika flying from the Eiffel Tower and pet dogs abandoned howling on the streets, glamour was ever present. French women wore lipstick. Why? It was women more than men who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis--perhaps selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. By looking at a wide range of individuals from collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes to teachers and writers, Anne Sebba shows that women made life-and-death decisions every day, and often did whatever they needed to survive. Her fascinating cast of characters includes both native Parisian women and those living in Paris temporarily--American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, and fashion and jewellery designers. Some women, like the heiress Béatrice de Camondo or novelist Irène Némirovsky, converted to Catholicism; others like lesbian racing driver Violette Morris embraced the Nazi philosophy; only a handful, like Coco Chanel, retreated to the Ritz with a German lover. A young medical student, Anne Spoerry, gave lethal injections to camp inmates one minute but was also known to have saved the lives of Jews. But this is not just a book about wartime. In enthralling detail Sebba explores the aftershock of the Second World War and the choices demanded. How did the women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is a fascinating account of the lives of people of the city and, specifically, in this most feminine of cities, its women and young girls"--From publisher's website.