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Where I Was From

Author : Joan Didion
ISBN : 9780307763297
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, confusions as much about America as about California, misapprehensions and misunderstandings so much a part of who I became that I can still to this day confront them only obliquely.” The book is a haunting narrative of how her own family moved west with the frontier from the birth of her great-great-great-great-great-grandmother in Virginia in 1766 to the death of her mother on the edge of the Pacific in 2001; of how the wagon-train stories of hardship and abandonment and endurance created a culture in which survival would seem the sole virtue. In Where I Was From, Didion turns what John Leonard has called “her sonar ear, her radar eye” onto her own work, as well as that of such California writers as Frank Norris and Jack London and Henry George, to examine how the folly and recklessness in the very grain of the California settlement led to the California we know today–a state mortgaged first to the railroad, then to the aerospace industry, and overwhelmingly to the federal government, a dependent colony of those political and corporate owners who fly in for the annual encampment of the Bohemian Club. Here is the one writer we always want to read on California showing us the startling contradictions in its–and in America’s–core values. Joan Didion’s unerring sense of America and its spirit, her acute interpretation of its institutions and literature, and her incisive questioning of the stories it tells itself make this fiercely intelligent book a provocative and important tour de force from one of our greatest writers. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Where I Was Planted

Author : Heather Norman Smith
ISBN : 9781620209202
Genre : Fiction
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In the spring of 1961, ten-year-old Nate "Weenie" Dooley has a revelation-his father is not a good one. Inspired by National Geographic, his favorite thing next to the Bible storybook his mother gave him before she died, Nate plans to leave his father and their home in the Smokies to set out on adventure. When he discovers that his father has left him first, it will take the help of a stray dog, some kind neighbors, a one-man-band, letters from a long-lost-aunt, and a new understanding of God to figure out he isn't really alone. Will he find that Copper Creek is where he's always belonged? Or will his wanderlust keep him from ever coming back? In her second novel, Heather Norman Smith demonstrates that love makes a family, and that while fathers may leave, our Heavenly Father is faithful, and He has a plan for all of us.
Category: Fiction

From Where We Are

Author : Bryan Martin Hogan
ISBN : 9781483611174
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An autobiography is a kaleidoscope of a person’s life. This memoir is no different because it offers the reader insights into Bryan Hogan’s family origins, early farming life, the religious observance of his family, the life of the communities in which he lived and any number of anecdotes and stories that make for a most engaging tale. Every stage of his ‘journey’, as he likes to call it, is marked with a keen sense of observation regarding human nature – including his own foibles – and the vagaries of life. He is impacted by tragedies that beset his family and the local communities, but never falters in a positive outlook: ‘a man can find joy and peace wherever he is born.’ Although the story is a continuous tale of the author’s family adventures, travels and passage through life, it is possible to delve into any section and enjoy a thought-provoking read.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Where I M Calling From

Author : Raymond Carver
ISBN : 9781101970591
Genre : Fiction
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By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the great practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers. Where I’m Calling From, his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previously unpublished in book form. Together, these 37 stories give us a superb overview of Carver’s life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never equaled.
Category: Fiction

Josie Released From Within

Author : Josie Coghlan
ISBN : 9781499015768
Genre : Fiction
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Josie Released from Within is based on a true story about a young woman who had her whole life ahead of her—family, security, popularity, beauty, and a bright future. But amongst the most vulnerable set of circumstances, she faced serious trauma caused by a set of events that would change her life forever. This is an inspiring story covering three decades of one woman’s life, a success story worth reading, with a message for those who struggle with mental illness and with great insight into her world when it crumbled around her.
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Where I Want To Be

Author : Ronel Brewer
ISBN : 9781543423211
Genre : Fiction
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I began writing this book in real time. However, it took me twenty years to finish as it was initially freewriting. The direction wasnt determined as I was lacking direction in my life. I had many mentors and role models who helped mold me after, but I was so determined to follow my own path. The problem was that I had no destination. I was just born to wander. I was single and ready to do any and everything. The only problem was I didnt have any idea what I wanted to do. So I rolled with whatever hand I was dealt and did all that I could to master everything. I became a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none. These actions left me longing for something. However, I didnt know what I was yearning for. It wasnt until I got married and had kids that this book could be finished. Although this novel is exaggerated reality, it is a collection of vivid encounters that either I was a part of or had been told. This was the world as I perceived it at the time and the reason why this version of me could never have finished this book.
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I Don T Look Like Where I Ve Been

Author : Margaret L. Lively
ISBN : 9781450226530
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is my life's story presented to you on the pages of this book. I believe this book will help someone who is about to quit, or maybe help you to realize that you can make it in spite of circumstances. I would like to encourage that young parent who is raising a family alone or you may even be married. Whatever the case may be, life experiences and challenges can be hard. I made it through hard times as a young girl living in the south, working in the fields and picking cotton. I had no education, but I was determined not to allow the lack of education to stop me from being successful.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

From Where I Sit From Where You Stand

Author : Marshall Wall
ISBN : 1452034303
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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As Marshall, with his wife and family, rolls through life, accompany him. Enjoy the witty and often whimsical episodes that occur. In work, play, travel, community, and worship, ponder the dialogues of opinions, perceptions, events, and realities of being physically challenged. The journey, which includes more than fifty years in a wheelchair, is presented in a topical display in chapters on different arenas of life: The Paradox - Diversities of perceptions and realties. The Good Old Days - Early life on a one-horse farm. Fate Knocked at My Door - The accident. Angels of Mercy - Hospitalization. Letters of Cheer - Student nurses’ letters. Give Me Elbow Grease - Rehabilitation You Can Go Home Again - Summer at home. The Halls of Ivy - Education. Keeping the Faith – Job searching. The Birds and the Bees – Love and passion. Dreams Come True - Marriage and family. Toiling in the Vineyards - Work experiences. No Man is an Island - Community life. On the Road - Travel. God Bless You – God, others, and I. Keeping the Juices Flowing - Adapting Can’t See the Forest for the Trees – Perceptions. Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk – Realities. The Golden Years - The senior years. The Journey has been one of challenges, physical, mental, and spiritual. It included two years of hospitalization and rehabilitation to prepare him to enter a world not yet ready for the physically challenged. He found himself looking inside with no way in. He boarded airplanes by hand-walking the support rails. He dealt with perceptions: “What can you do? You are handicapped!” His faith and hope were tested: Why me, God? Should I marry? Will any company hire me? Successes came: A lovely wife, two beautiful adopted babies, enjoyable work, friendships, health, and joy.
Category: Biography & Autobiography