The Lost Years

Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare
Author: Kristina Wandzilak,Constance Curry
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780977761814
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
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Firsthand accounts by an alcoholic and drug-addicted daughter and the mother who struggled to save her discusses how Kristina, a second of four children, fell into addictions at the age of thirteen and descended into a brutally violent life while her mother was forced to end a dysfunctional marriage and assume a tough-love stance in order to protect her other children. Original.

A Very Fine House

A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth
Author: Barbara Cofer Stoefen
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310344425
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 272
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A Very Fine House is an intimate memoir of a mother’s Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime. Bright and beautiful, Annie is an unlikely candidate for meth. Living fast and hard on the streets of Bend, Oregon, she commits crimes against herself, the community, and her own family. The author chronicles her child’s addiction in a way that other writers have not written about addiction. What begins as an obsession to save her daughter, and a rage against God for allowing drugs to devour her college-age girl, transforms into release in a life changing letting-go-and-letting-God moment. The reader is first introduced to the Stoefen family and Barbara’s dream for its idyllic future. Kinks in the perfect life appear. When Annie’s alcoholism, drug use, and criminality ensue, Barbara fights to save her. There is all-consuming grief and the devastating loss of not just her daughter, but her dream for her own life as well. Barbara eventually finds support and a new way of thinking. While she continues the battle to save her daughter, she ultimately finds the courage to save herself. The conclusion deals with Annie’s recovery—and Barbara’s. Both experience a spiritual awakening and are transformed. A new and better dream for Barbara’s life is born.

You Should Really Write a Book

How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir
Author: Regina Brooks,Brenda Lane Richardson
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250015669
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 304
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Even if you don't happen to be a celebrity, this book will teach you methods for striking publishing gold—conceptualizing, selling, and marketing a memoir—while dealing with the complicated emotions that arise during the creation of your work. If you've ever been told that "You should really write a book" and you've decided to give it a try, this book is for you. It hones in on the three key measures necessary for aspiring authors to conceptualize, sell, and market their memoirs. Written especially for those who don't happen to be celebrities You Should Really Write a Book reveals why and how so many relatively unknown memoirists are making a name for themselves. With references to more than four hundred books and six memoir categories, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to write a commercially viable memoir in today's vastly changing publishing industry. The days are long gone when editors and agents were willing to take on a manuscript simply because it was based on a "good" idea or even because it was well written. With eyes focused on the bottom line, they now look for skilled and creative authors with an established audience, too. Brooks and Richardson use the latest social networking, marketing, and promotional trends and explain how to conceptualize and strategize campaigns that cause buzz, dramatically fueling word-of-mouth and attracting attention in the publishing world and beyond. Full of current examples and in-depth analysis, this guide explains what sells and why, teaches writers to think like publishers, and offers guidance on dealing with complicated emotions—essential tools for maximizing memoir success.

Encyclopedia of Emotion

Author: Gretchen M. Reevy
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313345740
Category: Emotions
Page: 675
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This unique two-volume reference is an accessible, up-to-date resource for the rich and fascinating study of human emotion. * Comprises 400 A–Z entries on emotion, including general emotions, emotion theories, emotion research, emotional disorders, treatments of emotional disorders, assessment of emotional traits, organizations devoted to studying emotion, and significant people who have contributed to the understanding of emotion * Provides a chronology of the ways emotion has been conceived, research on emotion, treatment of emotional disorders, and assessment of emotional traits * Offers a bibliography of suggested print and online resources on emotion for further research * Includes a comprehensive index

Mastering the Addicted Brain

Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean
Author: Walter Ling
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1608685012
Category: Self-Help
Page: 160
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For anyone trying to overcome an addiction, living with someone with an addiction, or helping someone with an addiction As most drug and alcohol addicts eventually realize, good intentions alone aren?t enough to break destructive habits. However, addiction can be managed once its true nature is understood. This simple yet profound guidebook takes you step-by-step through the process of building a life after addiction by adopting new behaviors that create lasting change. An internationally renowned psychiatrist, neurologist, and addiction specialist, Dr. Walter Ling has worked with thousands of addicts, their loved ones, and fellow clinicians. His no-nonsense, no-judgment approach, which he calls the ?neuroscience of common sense,? advocates holistic methods to prevent relapse and establish new patterns to create a sustainable, meaningful life.

Losing Jenny: A Walk Through the Valley

Lessons from a Mother's Broken Heart
Author: Rebecca J. Young
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 160799335X
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 113
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'Mommy, I cried when you left Wednesday night. I finally realized just how much I love you and how much I miss you.' The same night she spoke these words, the world as I knew it came to an end. Jenny was gone.Life was good for Rebecca and her only daughter, Jenny. They had survived the rough teen years, and Jenny was starting college. Three short weeks into her freshman year, every parent's worst nightmare happened-Jenny was involved in a fatal car crash. The world as Rebecca knew it came to an end. Lost and alone, Young had to overcome this tragedy in order to survive. This poignant memoir of a mother's undying love shows that you cannot only survive the depths of the valley of the shadow of death, but can soar above it.Losing Jenny: A Walk Through the Valleyis a must read for any parent dealing with the loss of a child. 'Any parent who has suffered the loss of a child will be touched and blessed by this moving story. With great honesty and raw emotion, Rebecca shares her journey from the depths of grief and despair toward peace, acceptance, and the ability to go on living when her life seemed over. This is an important book because it helps us understand that grief is not something to be ashamed of or avoided, but something good and vital. The fact that we grieve deeply is proof that we love deeply. Rev. Peter Larson, Senior Pastor, Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary

Liebe ist nicht genug - Ich bin die Mutter eines Amokläufers

Author: Sue Klebold
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104035792
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
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„Am 20. April 1999 betraten Dylan Klebold und Eric Harris ausgerüstet mit Gewehren und Sprengstoff die Columbine Highschool. Dort töteten sie zwölf Schüler und einen Lehrer, verletzten vierundzwanzig weitere Menschen und nahmen sich dann selbst das Leben. Es war der schlimmste Schul-Amoklauf der Geschichte. Dylan Klebold war mein Sohn.“ 16 Jahre nach dem Amoklauf ihres Sohnes Dylan erzählt Sue Klebold von ihrem Ringen mit der Frage, ob sie die Tat hätte verhindern können, wenn sie nur aufmerksamer, liebevoller gewesen wäre. Sue Klebold ist durch die Hölle gegangen, aber an der Tat ihres Sohnes nicht zerbrochen. Sie hat einen Weg gefunden weiterzuleben und hofft, anderen Eltern zu helfen, das zu verhindern, was sie selbst nicht aufhalten konnte. Von einem ist sie fest überzeugt: Elterliche Liebe allein reicht nicht aus, um Kinder und Jugendliche vor den Folgen unerkannter psychischer Erkrankungen zu schützen. Ein starkes Memoir einer Mutter, der das Unvorstellbare passiert ist. Sue Klebold spendet alle Einnahmen an Forschung und Hilfsorganisationen für Opfer und Angehörige psychisch Kranker.

Nicht ohne meine Tochter

Author: Betty Mahmoody,William Hoffer
ISBN: 9783404611300
Category: Fiction
Page: 543
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Die Autorin, von ihrem persischen Ehemann in Teheran festgehalten, hätte fliehen können, ihre Tochter aber sollte sie zurücklassen...

Die Bücherdiebin

Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: cbj Verlag
ISBN: 3894804270
Category: Fiction
Page: 592
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Selbst der Tod hat ein Herz ... Molching bei München. Hans und Rosa Hubermann nehmen die kleine Liesel Meminger bei sich auf – für eine bescheidene Beihilfe, die ihnen die ersten Kriegsjahre kaum erträglicher macht. Für Liesel jedoch bricht eine Zeit voller Hoffnung, voll schieren Glücks an – in dem Augenblick, als sie zu stehlen beginnt. Anfangs ist es nur ein Buch, das im Schnee liegen geblieben ist. Dann eines, das sie aus dem Feuer rettet. Dann Äpfel, Kartoffeln und Zwiebeln. Das Herz von Rudi. Die Herzen von Hans und Rosa Hubermann. Das Herz von Max. Und das des Todes. Denn selbst der Tod hat ein Herz. „Die Bücherdiebin“ ist eine Liebesgeschichte, eine Hommage an Bücher und Worte und eine Erinnerung an die Macht der Sprache, die im Roman von Markus Zusak viele Facetten zeigt: den lakonisch-distanzierten Ton des Erzählers, Poesie und Zuversicht – und die reduzierte Sprache der Nazipropaganda.

Devil's Choice

Author: Graham Wilson
Publisher: BeyondBeyond Books
ISBN: 1310890390
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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A parents worst nightmare. A small child with an incurable disease and a father who served in Vietnam and blames himself for her illness. The family is torn apart. Finally only one choice remains to save the daughter's life, a Devil's Choice. The time is in the 1980s. Catherine, Lizzie's daughter has returned to Sydney to study. She now lives in Balmain, near where her mother grew up. She settles into life there, establishes a successful career and marries. Then she has a daughter who is the joy of both her and her husband's lives. But when her daughter is two years old the unimaginable happens. Her daughter develops an incurable disease, advanced leukaemia. Other treatments fail. Now the only option to save her daughters life is a bone marrow transplant. They search desperately for a donor to match. But no one is found. Her daughter has an unusual tissue profile that seems to come from her Catherine's own father. But who is her father? Catherine was conceived when her mother was raped by three men. Two of the three men who raped her mother are now in jail, destined to spend the most of their life there. The third is dead. Can Catherine bear to make the choice and bring herself to appeal to one of these men in an attempt to save her daughter's life when she knows that even this may be futile. This is the third novel in the "Old Balmain House" Series. Novel two, Lizzie's Tale, tells the story of Lizzie, a girl from Balmain, and her struggle to keep her own daughter when pregnant at only 15 and the terrible choices she must make. This book.continues the family's story into a third generation.

My Village

A Young Family's Story of Cancer, Love, and Gratitude
Author: Diolinda Peterson
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1616633891
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 270
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I was a thirty-something woman with a husband, a daughter, and a dog...And then, one morning, I found a lump in my right breast, and my life stopped, shifted direction, and became something I could never have imagined. Early one Saturday morning in October, 2004, Diolinda Peterson found a lump in her breast—her worst nightmare after watching her own mother, only five years before, fight the disease and lose her life to cancer. Suddenly, her world was consumed with diagnosis, surgery, and chemotherapy, forcing her to face her own mortality. Fearing that history might repeat itself, she considered the repercussions that her death might have on her husband and young daughter. Throughout this year-long battle, though, she was not alone, but instead supported by family and friends, whom she lovingly referred to as her Village. My Village: A Young Family's Story of Cancer, Love, and Gratitude is a story of hope surpassing incredible fear and loss. As a family, the Petersons forced themselves to name their horror, honor their fear, and reframe their minds and hearts with love and gratitude's power. Courageously written, this memoir constructs a realistic picture of what it feels and looks like for a young woman to have cancer, and it shares how a family coped, survived, and eventually thrived despite their terrifying journey.


A Work of Beautiful Sadness and Honest Pain
Author: Nicole Theron Parkes
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479725676
Category: Poetry
Page: 94
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I have been writings stories and poems since before I could write. My imagination is my constant companion; it has helped me through my toughest times when I was suffering with mental illness and a loss of self. My hope is that this book of my writings, poems and short stories will help at least one person to know that they are not alone in the silent, yet deathly grips of mental illness. In our culture today having a mental illness is bad, yet no one wants to talk about it. Mental illness can kill, the same as war or cancer, and we talk and hear about them all the time. For years I was silent, never telling anyone how hurt I felt and how much I had grown to hate myself. I thought I was the only one who felt this way and therefore I was broken or wrong. So I know that there are people out there who are needlessly suffering in silence and so I am going to take a step to break the silence and to hopefully begin to start a conversation, or at least make people hear and see what mental illness can do. Mental illness not only affects the afflicted person but it can trickle down to affect family members, work environments and even whole communities. Mental illness is becoming an epidemic in our society and no one is talking about it. I have spent too many years being silent and afraid. If you are reading this and you are suffering, or you know someone who is, you are not alone. I have been there too, and I have held on so that I could share my story and my love of writing and creative expression. Enjoy.

Letters to Sarah - A Child Lost Forever, A Mother's Grief and a Love That Will Never Die

Author: Sara Payne
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1786068184
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 300
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'It has been seventeen years since you went missing, princess. It has been twenty-five years since you were born. There have been too many Christmases without you . . . ' In the summer of 2000, schoolgirl Sarah Payne went missing from a beach where she played with her siblings. The nation waited with her whole family as the search for the little girl touched the hearts of everyone in the country. After Sarah's body was found, abducted and murdered by convicted paedophile Roy Whiting, her mother, Sara, spoke of how she had survived those terrible times. Now, seventeen years later, Sara wants to tell the full story of how she coped then, and how she has survived. Through a series of letters to her beloved daughter, she takes the reader on a heart-breaking but uplifting journey through every parent's worst nightmare in a moving account of the ultimate emotional survival. It is a story for the little girl who was taken, but a reminder to us all that hope never dies – and love never ends.


Author: Christina Dalcher
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104909539
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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In einer Welt, in der Frauen nur hundert Wörter am Tag sprechen dürfen, bricht eine das Gesetz. Das provozierende Überraschungsdebüt aus den USA, über das niemand schweigen wird! Als die neue Regierung anordnet, dass Frauen ab sofort nicht mehr als hundert Worte am Tag sprechen dürfen, will Jean McClellan diese wahnwitzige Nachricht nicht wahrhaben – das kann nicht passieren. Nicht im 21. Jahrhundert. Nicht in Amerika. Nicht ihr. Das ist der Anfang. Schon bald kann Jean ihren Beruf als Wissenschaftlerin nicht länger ausüben. Schon bald wird ihrer Tochter Sonia in der Schule nicht länger Lesen und Schreiben beigebracht. Sie und alle Mädchen und Frauen werden ihres Stimmrechts, ihres Lebensmuts, ihrer Träume beraubt. Aber das ist nicht das Ende. Für Sonia und alle entmündigten Frauen will Jean sich ihre Stimme zurückerkämpfen.

Silent No More

Personal Narratives of German Women Who Survived WWII Expulsion and Deportation
Author: Erika Vora
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477137807
Category: History
Page: 436
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This book reveals untold living history of thirty ethnic German survivors who finally broke their silence and talked about their heart-breaking experiences of forced deportation, expulsion, and flight during WWII and its aftermath. They were deported from their homes in Romania and Yugoslavia; expelled from their homes in Czechoslovakia; and had to flee from their homes in Poland and all the Eastern provinces of Germany, These ethnic German survivors tell of their weeks-long treacherous over-crowded cattle-train transports, back-breaking work in forced labor camps, starvation and homelessness during bitter cold winters, witnessing mass rapes and beatings to death. They are among the fifteen million Germans who were expelled from their homes in East-Central Europe during the largest forced mass migration of the twentieth century. These now aged survivors, who experienced humanities darkest side but have no malice toward their perpetrators, exemplify the unbreakable and indelible human spirit.

Das Erbe der Rosenthals

Author: Armando Lucas Correa
ISBN: 3732547698
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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1939 muss die elfjährige Hannah mit ihrer Familie aus Berlin fliehen, denn sie ist Jüdin. Ein Schiff soll sie nach Kuba bringen, doch nur die Wenigsten dürfen die St. Louis dort verlassen. Auch Hannahs Familie wird auseinandergerissen. 2014 sucht die elfjährige Anna nach den Wurzeln ihres bei 9/11 verstorbenen Vaters. Ein Brief ihrer Großtante enthält Fotos und erste Hinweise. Doch erst als sie zusammen mit ihrer Mutter von New York nach Kuba reist, kommt sie der Geschichte ihrer Familie wirklich nahe ... Was bedeutet es, auf der Flucht zu sein, seine Heimat zu verlieren, die Liebsten? Einfühlsam und sprachgewaltig erzählt Armando Lucas Correa die Geschichte zweier Mädchen, die zwei Kontinente und mehr als sechs Jahrzehnte trennen, die aber so vieles verbindet: die Liebe zu ihren Vätern, ihr Überlebenswille, die Hoffnung.