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Drunk Mom

Author : Jowita Bydlowska
ISBN : 9780698156395
Genre : Psychology
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“An intense, complex and disturbing story, bravely and beautifully told. I read Drunk Mom with my jaw on the floor, which doesn’t happen to me that often." - Lena Dunham Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked Bydlowska's immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism. In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the bestselling memoirs Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom is Bydlowska's account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life- the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking- as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother. This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one's child. Ultimately it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.
Category: Psychology

Becoming The Drunk Mom

Author : Amy Wright
ISBN : 9781365571220
Genre : Humor
File Size : 38.60 MB
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Moms aren't supposed to swear like truckers or talk about how hard day to day life as a parent is... Or that maybe sometimes (only every once in awhile?) their kids are, in fact, assholes. But The Drunk Mom does. Read Amy's story of teen pregnancy, abuse, depression and learning to live a perfectly imperfect life that she's built a following around. A story of imperfection, chasing dreams and giving zero f*cks.
Category: Humor

18 Months

Author : Vanessa Perez
ISBN : 9781465305312
Genre : Fiction
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What I’m about to tell you is true. I don’t care if you believe me or not, because it really doesn’t matter. The truth will still always be the truth. I’m not even sure why I’m bothering to write this anyway, because I doubt anyone will ever read it. No one ever wants to hear what a girl like me has to say, even if it is for their own good. But, the fact is that I have a bunch of anger that’s poisoning my heart. The poison needs to come out of me before it’s too late, and since I have this notebook and pencil on my lap, I’m trying to let it out through my words.
Category: Fiction

Barbara Bush

Author : Barbara Bush
ISBN : 9781451603958
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The classic #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, celebrating the life and legacy of First Lady Barbara Bush—now updated with new forewords from her five children, including reflections from George W. and Jeb, as featured on A&E’s Biography. Barbara Bush endures as one of America’s most popular First Ladies. She has won worldwide acclaim for her wit, compassion, and candor as both a presidential wife and mother. In this fascinating memoir, Mrs. Bush offers a heartfelt portrait of her life in and out of the White House, from her small-town schoolgirl days in Rye, New York, to her fateful union with George H.W. Bush, to her role as First Lady of the United States. Here, she writes candidly about her early years with George Bush in West Texas and the tragic death of their young daughter, Pauline. She also discusses the world of Washington politics and the famous figures she’s met, as well as the disappointment of the 1992 presidential campaign—and the mixed blessing of regaining her private life, including her role as the nation’s leading literacy champion. Filled with entertaining anecdotes, thirty-two pages of personal photographs, and a healthy dose of introspection, this memoir is “a book of good grace and humor—written in a style that, like the author herself, is straightforward, unembellished, generous, good-hearted, and wise…A pleasure” (The Washington Times).
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Christmas Cookie Club

Author : Ann Pearlman
ISBN : 9781439166215
Genre : Fiction
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Mark your calendar. It's the Christmas Cookie Club! Every year on the first Monday of December, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories. This year, the stories are especially important. Marnie's oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Will she find out tonight how that story might end? Jeannie's father is having an affair with her best friend. Who else knew about the betrayal, and how can that be forgiven or forgotten, even among old friends such as these? Rosie's husband doesn't want children, and she has to decide, very soon, whether or not that's a deal breaker for the marriage. Taylor's life is in financial freefall. Each woman, each friend has a story to tell, and they are all interwoven, just as their lives are. On this evening, at least, they can feel as a group the impulses of sisterly love and conflict, the passion and hopefulness of a new romance, the betrayal and disillusionment some relationships bring, the joys and fears of motherhood, the agony of losing a child, and above all, the love they have for one another. As Marnie says, the Christmas Cookie Club, if it's anything, is a reminder of delight. The Christmas Cookie Club is about the paths Marnie and her friends have traveled, the absolute joy they take in life and love despite the decisions they've regretted, the hard choices and amends they've had to make, and the sacrifices along the way. Ultimately, The Christmas Cookie Club is every woman's story. As you read about Marnie and her friends, their struggles and triumphs, what makes them laugh and what has made them cry, you'll see yourself and some of the ingredients of your own story. Celebrating courage and joy in spite of hard times and honoring the importance of women's friendships as well as the embracing bonds of community, Ann Pearlman has written a novel that speaks to us all.
Category: Fiction

Found Forgiven Forgotten

Author : Sue McGee
ISBN : 9781477294208
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Sue has served in ministry though her church for 34 years. She has been a guest speaker at several women?s retreats and conferences. She has lead Bible Studies in church and in her own home. She is also a small group leader in her church. Sue and her husband Bob began the Women?s Family Center Ministry in Solano County in 1986 which began in Contra Costa County where they first lived. This was an intercity missionary project that went on for seven years. Churches in the community helped support the ministry that was specifically for women and children who were victims of circumstances beyond their control. They opened the Center which began in a warehouse in Contra Costa County. From there they rented two homes in Solano County for the women and children to stay while they were learning how to become sufficient and stable though the ministry. Their purpose was a center where women?s needs were m-e-t though Ministry, Evangelism and Training. The training and teaching helped them go back out into society with more confidence and stability ultimately for the hope of restoring their families to wholeness. The Center was turned over to the Salvation Army when they arrived in Vacaville, CA where Sue and her husband continue to live. Bob and Sue stayed with the Salvation Army for two years more in order to assist them in doing the same work as the center was doing. Sue?s prayer is that this book will help guide women to wholeness no matter what their past was like and ultimately bring about restoration for them and their families in every sense of the word.
Category: Family & Relationships

Birmingham Blitz

Author : Annie Murray
ISBN : 9781447204640
Genre : Fiction
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An unmissable and much-loved favourite, Birmingham Blitz by Annie Murray is the tale of everyday courage and determination in wartime Britain. August 1939. Genie Watkins, a Birmingham kid, would love to have a proper happy family like her Italian friend, Teresa. But Genie hasn't reckoned with the outbreak of war, her already rocky family being split up and the strangely liberating effect it all has on her mother . . . Under Birmingham skies darkened by blackout Genie shares her fears and hopes with Teresa, keeps her spirits up with her nan and glamorous auntie Lil, and tries to hold her family together. And amid it all, she discovers love . . .
Category: Fiction

Missing Pieces

Author : Meredith Tate
ISBN : 9781623421793
Genre : Fiction
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“Your family is the most important part of your life. Your families are the people you love, and love is what separates us from scoundrels and criminals. It maintains order. Your parents, your sibling, and your Partner, are the ones you love. There should never, ever, be anyone else who comes close to that bond. You have only one best friend, and that is the person you’ll be marrying someday. We must learn to differentiate the relationships in our lives: the people we love, and the ones we don’t. It’s inappropriate, it’s foolish, and it’s forbidden to think otherwise.” Trace Bailey’s mouth is her worst enemy – somehow it always gets her in trouble. Luckily, she has a partner in crime – her best friend and neighbor since age seven, Piren Allston. He can’t get enough of her crazy sense of humor, and she loves that he’s always up for another adventure. They can’t be friends, though, not in their world. Trace and Piren were Assigned to other people at the age of six, and they’re supposed to marry their Partners when they turn twenty-four. Failure to comply leads to Banishment, a fate worse than death. Worse still is the growing realization that their bond is stronger than just friendship. In a world without freedom, there are still choices to be made. Following their hearts means losing their family, but following the law means losing each other. Forever.
Category: Fiction

Family Skeletons

Author : Rett MacPherson
ISBN : 9781466888845
Genre : Fiction
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In Rett MacPherson's Family Skeletons, as resident genealogist, historian, tour guide, and occasional amateur snoop, Victory "Torie" O'Shea can be found anywhere in the historic German town of New Kassel, Missouri--mixing fudge, giving tours, tracing family trees, and even investigating murder... When shop-owner Norah Zumwalt asks Torie for help in piecing together her family lineage to find her missing father, Torie cheerfully agrees. But before Torie delivers her results, Norah is brutally murdered. Now Torie must use her formidable skills at prying into the past--and the human heart--to solve a case of passionate secrets and betrayal. But as the Mississippi floods, she may be in deep trouble when evidence of another killing surfaces--and Torie comes face to face with a family skeleton that will chill her to the bone.
Category: Fiction