So Far

Author: Ben Dillow
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450282598
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In his winning collection of essays, So Far: Reflections on the Journey, author Ben Dillow writes of the un-common pleasures that come from the mundane elements of life: family, work, travel and play. Though autobiographical in nature, the narratives weave a web of common human experiences that will evoke nods of familiarity and smiles of appreciation. From the high expectations of an anniversary cruise to a simple “home improvement” project run amuck, these stories offer canny perspectives on life’s journey. Essay collections abound, but few can match the pleasures of Ben Dillow’s wonderful album. Just interested in good stories? He’s a master story teller, and like Garrison Keillor, he has an eagle’s eye for warmhearted humor in things we often miss. Whatever your mood or your need, Dillow has a story, a thought, an image, a frozen moment, or a surprising insight that can brighten your day and maybe even change the way you see your own journey. William E. McDonald

Life So Far

Author: Betty Friedan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743299868
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At last Betty Friedan herself speaks about her life and career. With the same unsparing frankness that made The Feminine Mystique one of the most influential books of our era, Friedan looks back and tells us what it took -- and what it cost -- to change the world. Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963, started the women's movement it sold more than four million copies and was recently named one of the one hundred most important books of the century. In Life So Far, Friedan takes us on an intimate journey through her life -- a lonely childhood in Peoria, Illinois salvation at Smith College her days as a labor reporter for a union newspaper in New York (from which she was dismissed when she became pregnant) unfulfilling and painful years as a suburban housewife finding great joy as a mother and writing The Feminine Mystique, which grew out of a survey of her Smith classmates and started it all. Friedan chronicles the secret underground of women in Washington, D.C., who drafted her in the early 1960s to spearhead an "NAACP" for women, and recounts the courage of many, including some Catholic nuns who played a brave part in those early days of NOW, the National Organization for Women. Friedan's feminist thinking, a philosophy of evolution, is reflected throughout her book. She recognized early that the women's movement would falter if institutions did not change to reflect the new realities of women's lives, and she fought to keep the movement practical and free of extremism, including "man-hating." She describes candidly the movement's political infighting that brought her to the point of legal action and resulted in a long breach with fellow leaders Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug. Friedan is frank about her twenty-two-year marriage to Carl Friedan, an advertising entrepreneur. She writes about the explosive cycle of drinking, arguing, and physical battering she endured and explores her prolonged inability to leave the marriage. (They are now friends and the grandparents of nine.) Friedan was not only pivotal in the founding of NOW, she was also the driving force behind the creation of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), and the First Women's Bank and Trust Company. She made history by introducing the issue of sex discrimination as an argument against the ratification of a Supreme Court nominee. She convinced the Secretary General of the United Nations to declare 1975 the International Year of the Woman. In this volume, Friedan brings to extraordinary life her bold and contentious leadership in the movement. She lectures, writes, leads think tanks, and organizes women and men to work together in political, legal, and social battles on behalf of women's rights.--From publisher description.

So Far Away

Author: Christine W. Hartmann
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
ISBN: 0826517978
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Christine Hartmann's mother valued control above all else, yet one event appeared beyond her command: the timing of her own death. Not to be denied there either, two decades in advance Irmgard Hartmann chose the date on which to end her life. And her next step was to tell her daughter all about it. For twenty years, Irmgard maintained an unwavering goal, to commit suicide at age seventy. She managed her chronic hypertension, stayed healthy and active, and lived life to the fullest. Meanwhile, Christine fought desperately against the decision. When Irmgard wouldn't listen, the only way to remain part of her life was for Christine to swallow her mother's plans--hook, line, and sinker. Christine's father, as it turned out, prepared too slowly for old age. Before he had made any decision, fate disabled him through a series of strokes. Confined to a nursing home, severely impaired by dementia and frustrated by his circumstances, his life epitomized the predicament her mother wanted to avoid. So Far Away gives us an intimate view of a person interacting with and reacting to her parents at the ends of their lives. In a richly detailed, poignant story of family members' separate yet interwoven journeys, it underscores the complexities and opportunities that life presents each one of us.

So Far Away

Author: Meg Mitchell Moore
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316202452
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Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents' ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. Adrift, confused, she is a girl trying to find her way in a world that seems to either neglect or despise her. Her salvation arrives in an unlikely form: Bridget O'Connell, an Irish maid working for a wealthy Boston family. The catch? Bridget lives only in the pages of a dusty old 1920s diary Natalie unearthed in her mother's basement. But the life she describes is as troubling - and mysterious - as the one Natalie is trying to navigate herself, almost a century later. I am writing this down because this is my story. There were only ever two people who knew my secret, and both are gone before me. Who was Bridget, and what became of her? Natalie escapes into the diary, eager to unlock its secrets, and reluctantly accepts the help of library archivist Kathleen Lynch, a widow with her own painful secret: she's estranged from her only daughter. Kathleen sees in Natalie traces of the daughter she has lost, and in Bridget, another spirited young woman at risk. What could an Irish immigrant domestic servant from the 1920s teach them both? As the troubles of a very modern world close in around them, and Natalie's torments at school escalate, the faded pages of Bridget's journal unite the lonely girl and the unhappy widow - and might even change their lives forever.

The Journey So Far

Author: Peter Hicks
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310240037
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An accessible Christian survey of the history of philosophy, tracing the journey of human thought about God, the world, and humanity’s relation to both.

So Far

Author: Joyce McDonald Brown
Publisher:
ISBN: 1412233399
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So Far chronicles Joyce McDonald Brown's life from her birth in Kisbey, Saskatewan during the Great Depression through her school days in Abbotsford, BC, during WWII. From jelly pads to computers, the book describes Joyce's teaching career which spanned the past six decades. She shares experiences she had in schools in Langley, Shearwater, Ocean Falls, Bella Coola, Sooke School District, and in the oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. So Far tells all about raising chickens in the Fraser Valley, living on an isolated island near Bella Bella, and on a houseboat in Namu. Joyce shares intimate details of the life she shared with her husband Ted, and their seven children. Their family life together was always busy, but never dull.

So Far from God

Author: John S.D. Eisenhower
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307827682
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The Mexican-American War of the 1840s, precipitated by border disputes and the U.S. annexation of Texas, ended with the military occupation of Mexico City by General Winfield Scott. In the subsequent treaty, the United States gained territory that would become California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado. In this highly readable account, John S. D. Eisenhower provides a comprehensive survey of this frequently overlooked war. NOTE: This edition does not include photographs.

So Far from God A Novel

Author: Ana Castillo
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393347931
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"A delightful novel...impossible to resist." —Barbara Kingsolver, Los Angeles Times Book Review Sofia and her fated daughters, Fe, Esperanza, Caridad, and la Loca, endure hardship and enjoy love in the sleepy New Mexico hamlet of Tome, a town teeming with marvels where the comic and the horrific, the real and the supernatural, reside.