Category: Memoir

American Ghost: A Family's Extraordinary History on the Desert Frontier

By Hannah Nordhaus

“A haunting tale concerning the lengthy succeed in of the past.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’S Fresh Air

“In this exciting ebook, [Nordhaus] stocks her trip to find who her immigrant ancestor quite was—and what unusual alchemy made the belief of her linger lengthy after she was once gone.” —People

La Posada—“place of rest”—was as soon as a grand Santa Fe mansion. It belonged to Abraham and Julia Staab, who emigrated from Germany within the mid-nineteenth century. once they died, the home grew to become a inn. And within the Nineteen Seventies, the inn got a resident ghost—a unhappy, dark-eyed lady in a protracted costume. unusual issues started to occur there: vases moved, glasses flew, blankets have been ripped from beds. Julia Staab died in 1896—but her ghost, they are saying, lives on.

In American Ghost, Julia’s great-great-granddaughter, Hannah Nordhaus, lines her ancestor’s transfiguration from nineteenth-century Jewish bride to trendy phantom. relations diaries, images, and newspaper clippings take her on a riveting trip via 300 years of German heritage and the yank immigrant event. With the aid of historians, genealogists, relatives, and ghost hunters, she weaves a masterful, relocating tale of fin-de-siècle Europe and pioneer existence, villains and visionaries, medication and spiritualism, mind's eye and fact, exploring how lives turn into legends, and what these legends let us know approximately who we are.

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Pain Don't Hurt: Fighting Inside and Outside the Ring

Pain Don’t Hurt is the no-holds-barred memoir from the single specialist fighter in historical past to come back to the hoop after open-heart surgical procedure, kickboxer Mark “Fightshark” Miller—an inspiring tale of relations, choice, and redemption.

In 2007, Mark Miller was once a emerging superstar in expert kickboxing, till a regimen actual exposed a significant situation that required open-heart surgical procedure. The problem helped to quickly reunite his fractured relations and made Miller extra decided than ever to come back to the kickboxing ring. yet inside a yr, his mom and dad and brother have been all lifeless, and Miller’s fragile optimism imploded, sending him right into a tailspin of substances and alcohol.

Pain Don’t Hurt is a narrative of superb tenacity, commitment, and tough work—how one fierce competitor overcame repeated stumbling blocks to gain his desires. Miller recounts tales starting from his early life spent within the Steelers locker room to the incredible lifestyles classes he discovered from different combatants to his successful go back to battling in a Moscow kickboxing ring. He talks in actual fact approximately kin and fatherhood—of the challenging classes approximately masculinity and violence discovered from his father. He additionally deals an inspiring, fascinating, and frank account of the fights—both out and in of the ring—that have formed him.

A deeply own account of guts, blood, and glory, Pain Don’t Hurt will pay tribute to the never-say-die spirit embodied in a guy who refuses to back off, irrespective of the odds.

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Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

Profane, sincere, and absolutely actual suggestion from comic and director Kevin Smith - one among America's most unique voices....

Take one examine Kevin Smith: he is a balding fatty who wears a measurement XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. now not a possible resource for all times suggestion. yet take a re-evaluation at Kevin Smith: He replaced filmmaking ceaselessly whilst he was once 24 with the discharge of Clerks, and because then has long past directly to make 9 extra ecocnomic videos, runs his personal construction corporation, wrote a best-selling image novel, and has a stunning spouse and children. So he has to be doing whatever correct.

As Kevin's thousands of Twitter fans and hundreds of thousands of podcast listeners understand, he is the 1st one to confess his flaws and the final one to care approximately them. In early 2011, he started utilizing his platform to reply to titanic questions from fanatics - like "What should still I do with my life?"- and he came across that he had much to assert. Tough Sh-t distills his 4 many years of breaking the entire ideas all the way down to direct and brutally sincere suggestion, together with:

  • Why he has accredited Ferris Bueller as his own savior, and what the Tenets of Buellerism can educate approximately hiding in undeniable sight and lip-syncing within the face of threat
  • Why it truly is quite enjoyable to consume yet no longer so enjoyable to be fats
  • What to do approximately those that do not like your rules ( for starters, inform them to pucker up and smooch your titanic ol' butt)
  • What Kevin's idol Wayne Gretzky can educate us approximately creativity and course

For an individual who is out of a role, out of success, or simply out of sugary snack meals, Tough Sh*t is an unabashedly sincere advisor to getting the main out of doing the least.

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Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir

By Beth Ditto

A uncooked and strangely appealing coming-of-age memoir, Coal to Diamonds tells the tale of Mary Beth Ditto, a woman from rural Arkansas who came upon her voice.
Born and raised in Judsonia, Arkansas—a position the place indoor plumbing used to be a luxurious, squirrel was once a meal, and intercourse ed was once taught in the course of senior yr in highschool (long after many ladies had gotten pregnant and dropped out) Beth Ditto stood out. Beth was once a fats, pro-choice, sexually burdened choir nerd with an exceptional voice, an eighties perm, and a Kool reduction dye task. Her unmarried mom labored time beyond regulation, which intended Beth and her 5 siblings have been usually left to fend for themselves. Beth spent a lot of her formative years as a temporary, shuttling among relations, taking good care of a sickly, unstable aunt she still enjoyed, taking care of sisters, brothers, and cousins, and attempting to avoid her mother’s undesirable boyfriends.
Her punk schooling begun in highschool less than the tutelage of a bunch of teens—her moment family—who embraced their outsider prestige and brought her to safety-pinned garments, mail-order tapes, queer and fat-positive zines, and any shred of counterculture they can smuggle into Arkansas. With their aid, Beth survived highschool, a sad family members scandal, and a psychological breakdown, after which she obtained the hell out of Judsonia. She decamped to Olympia, Washington, a late-1990s paradise for insurrection Grrrls and punks, and started to domesticate her glamorous, queer, fats, femme picture. On a whim—with longtime associates Nathan, a guitarist and musical savant in a polyester go well with, and Kathy, a quiet highbrow became drummer—she shaped the band Gossip. She gave up attempting to remake her making a song voice into the airy wisp she concept it's going to be and as an alternative embraced its complete, soulful power. Gossip gave her that opportunity, and the uncooked strength of her voice received her and Gossip the eye they deserved.
Marked with the frankness, humor, and defiance that experience made her a global icon, Beth Ditto’s unapologetic, startlingly direct, and poetic memoir is a hypnotic and encouraging account of a girl entering her personal.

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I Am the Voice Left from Rehab

"I have played for royalty, dined with Superman, stood on a level earlier than 100,000 humans and graced the covers of magazines. I lived an enchanted way of life. I awakened in the future to discover it had all abandoned me. i discovered myself mendacity damaged, overwhelmed, and bleeding upon the wreckage of my youth."
Achieving status within the eighties with hits like "Barbados" and "Modern Girl," James Freud used to be voracious for every thing and whatever existence needed to provide. Vivacious and irrepressible, he frolicked with Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux in London, he as soon as hit Elvis Costello, toured with Kylie Minogue, stared down the barrel of Chopper Read's gun, and acquired under the influence of alcohol with Tommy Lee. yet as alcohol and tablets got here to rule his lifestyles, the hits stopped coming. He in short received sober, yet by the point he was once selling the 1st a part of his autobiography, I am the Voice left from Drinking, he had develop into a protracted and hopeless alcoholic. I Am the Voice Left From Rehab is the darkish, gritty account of precisely what occurred to James and his relatives subsequent, chronicling his actual, psychological, and religious loss of life as repeatedly he drove himself to the threshold of dying via booze and medicine, to the depression of his dependable spouse and sons. For 4 years, he used to be many times arrested, hospitalized and institutionalized, and tried suicide a number of instances ahead of eventually he known as on his private reserves of determination to attempt, one final time, to get fresh and remain that manner. this is often the main brutally sincere account of alcoholism you are going to ever learn, via a guy who even in his darkest days used to be so charismatic, humorous and whole of affection that his relatives would not go away him, a guy who eventually came across the energy to show his existence around.

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Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods

By Christine Byl

A vigorous and lyrical account of 1 woman’s not going apprenticeship on a national-park path workforce and what she discovers approximately nature, gender, and the worth of difficult work
Christine Byl first encountered the nationwide parks the best way such a lot people do: on holiday. yet after she graduated from university, broke and prepared for a brand new problem, she joined a Glacier nationwide Park path staff as a seasonal “traildog” conserving mountain trails for the thousands of holiday makers Glacier attracts each year. Byl first considered the task as a paycheck, a summer time diversion, a welcome holiday from “the actual global” ahead of occurring to graduate institution. She got here to determine that paintings within the woods on a path team was once extra challenging, extra rewarding—more real—than she ever imagined.
in the course of her first season, Byl embraces the backbreaking trouble of the paintings, studying how one can transparent timber, circulate boulders, and construct stairs within the backcountry. Her first mentors are the colourful characters with whom she works—the packers, sawyers, and traildogs from all walks of life—along with the instruments in her arms: awl, shovel, chainsaw, rock bar. As she invests herself deeply in new paintings, the mountains, rivers, animals, and climate turn into lecturers to boot. whereas Byl anticipated that her tenure on the parks will be transitority, she finally ends up turning this summer season gig right into a decades-long task, relocating from Montana to Alaska, breaking expectations—including her own—that she may stick to a “professional” profession direction.
Returning season after season, she finally leads her personal crews, mentoring different path canines alongside the best way. In Dirt Work, Byl probes universal assumptions concerning the department among psychological and actual exertions, “women’s paintings” and “men’s work,” white collars and blue collars. The supposedly uncomplicated paintings of digging holes, losing bushes, and blasting snowdrifts in truth bargains her an schooling of the arms and the head, in addition to club in an totally specified culture. Dirt Work is a contemplative yet unsentimental examine the pleasures of work, the demanding situations of apprenticeship, and how a spot turns into a home.


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Unfaithfully Yours: Confessions of a Cheating Bitch

Think Tucker Max meets Chelsea Handler-- this can be a funny memoir a few female's trip via lifestyles, love, courting, relationships and the fight a tender girl is going via to stay devoted. during the booklet she stocks dating suggestion, do's and don'ts, own reports and courting tips.

For Example:

*Signs of a Cheater

*The Do's and Don'ts of having Laid

*The principles of Being a Mistress or Mister

*And much More!

Chrystal Rose makes no apologies as she describes her wishes, desires, error and sexcapades as if you have been a few strong acquaintances chatting over coffee—or a robust cocktail.

This isn't a "How to Cheat advisor" yet a good peek into an individual else's existence. and because ladies do not usually admit to dishonest, or are pegged for it approximately as frequently as men--Aren't you a bit curious?

Want to try extra of Chrystal's writing? stopover at to try her most up-to-date posts.

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Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

By Aspen Matis

Girl within the Woods is Aspen Matis’s exhilarating true-life event of mountaineering from Mexico to Canada—a coming-of-age tale, a survival tale, and a successful tale of overcoming emotional devastation. On her moment evening of faculty, Aspen used to be raped via a fellow scholar. Overprotected by means of her mom and dad who discouraged her from conversing of the assault, Aspen was once careworn and ashamed. facing an issue that has unfortunately develop into all too universal on collage campuses round the state, she stumbled via her first semester—a tough time made even more durable via the coldness of her college’s “conflict mediation” approach. Her desperation starting to be, she made a daring selection: She may search therapeutic within the freedom of the wild, at the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest path prime from Mexico to Canada.

In this inspiring memoir, Aspen chronicles her trip, a five-month trek that used to be bold, harmful, and transformative. A nineteen-year-old woman on my own and misplaced, she conquered desolate mountain passes and met rattlesnakes, bears, and fellow barren region pilgrims. Exhausted after every one thirty-mile day, now and then at the verge of hunger, Aspen used to be pressured to confront her numbness, coming to phrases with the sexual attack and her mom and dad’ disappointing response. at the path she came upon her energy, and after 1000 miles of solitude, she chanced on a guy who helped her learn how to love and belief again—and heal.

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Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet

By Dr. Jan Pol

The celebrity of The really good Dr. Pol shares his a laugh, and sometimes poignant, stories from his 4 many years as a vet in rural Michigan.
Dr. Jan Pol isn't really your average veterinarian. Born and raised the Netherlands on a dairy farm, he's the famous person of Nat Geo Wild’s hit exhibit The tremendous Dr. Pol and has been treating animals in rural Michigan because the Nineteen Seventies. Dr. Pol’s greater than 20,000 sufferers have ranged from white mice to 2600-pound horses and every thing in between.
From the time he used to be twelve years outdated and helped bring a clutter of piglets on his family’s farm to the outstanding moments captured on his hit television exhibit, Dr. Pol has accumulated a wealth of news of what it’s like taking care of this menagerie of animals. He stocks his personal tale of becoming up surrounded by means of animals, education to be a vet within the Netherlands, and relocating to Michigan to open his first perform in a pre fab apartment. He has confirmed himself as an empathetic but no-nonsense vet who isn’t afraid to make the tricky judgements to be able to do what’s top for his patients—and their hard-working proprietors. A ill puppy can deliver heartache, yet a in poor health cow or horse may possibly threaten the very livelihood of a farmer whose modest gains are depending on fit livestock.

Reminiscent of the vintage books of James Herriot, Never flip Your again on an Angus Cow is a captivating, attention-grabbing, and humorous memoir that would pride animal fanatics all over.

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