Promise Land: My Journey through America's Self-Help Culture

By Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

“A humorous but unusually nuanced examine the legends and ideas of the self-help undefined” (People, 3.5 stars), Promise Land explores the yankee devotion to self-improvement—even because the writer makes an attempt a few deeply own advancements of her own.

Raised via a baby psychologist who used to be himself the writer of diverse self-help books, as an grownup Jessica Lamb-Shapiro stumbled on herself either repelled and fascinated with the undefined: did all of those books, tapes, weekend seminars, teams, posters, t-shirts, and trinkets quite aid anyone? Why perform a little humans swear via the facility of optimistic considering, whereas others push aside it as such a lot of empty promises?

Promise Land is an irreverent journey throughout the colossal and weird reaches of the area of self-help. within the identify of study, Jessica tried to healing herself of phobias, the foundations to satisfy and date males, walked on sizzling coals, or even attended a self-help seminar for writers of self-help books. however the extra she delved into the heritage and perform of self-help, the extra she learned her curiosity used to be even more than educational. compelled right into a war of words with the silent grief that had haunted either her and her father for the reason that her mother’s demise whilst she used to be a child, she learned that usually considering you recognize every little thing a few topic is a manner of hiding from your self the truth that you recognize not anything at all.

“A jaunty, cannily written memoir” (Chicago Tribune), Promise Land is cultural heritage from “a witty and enjoyably self-aware writer…Jessica Lamb-Shapiro’s expertise as a storyteller is indisputable” (The ny occasions booklet Review).

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The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 3: 1939-1944

By Anaïs Nin

Nin's years of fight and ultimate triumph as an writer in the United States. "Transcending mere self-revelation... the diary examines human character with a intensity and knowing seldom exceeded when you consider that Proust...dream and truth are balanced their becoming a member of lie the weather of masterpiece" (Washington Post). Edited and with a Preface via Gunther Stuhlmann; Index.

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My Losing Season: A Memoir

By Pat Conroy


Pat Conroy, one in every of America’s premiere novelists, has penned a deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir approximately kinfolk, love, loss, basketball—and lifestyles itself. in the course of one unforgettable season as a fort cadet, Conroy turns into a part of a basketball group that's eventually destined to fail. And but for an army child who grew up at the stream, the Bulldogs supply a sanctuary from the chilly, abrasive father who dominates his life—and a crucible for changing into his personal man.

With all of the drama and incandescence of his bestselling fiction, Conroy re-creates his pivotal senior yr as captain of the castle Bulldogs. He chronicles the highs and lows of that fateful 1966–67 season, his difficult disciplinarian trainer, the thrill of profitable, and the hard-won classes of wasting. so much of all, he recounts how a gaggle of boys got here jointly as a staff, taking part in a recreation that will develop into a metaphor for a guy whose spirit may well by no means be defeated.

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La réparation

By Colombe Schneck

« Je me suis d'abord trompée.

Je me disais c'est trop facile, tu portes des sandales dorées, tu te complais dans des histoires d'amour very unlikely, tu aimes les bains dans l. a. Méditerranée et tu crois qu'une fille comme toi peut écrire sur los angeles Shoah ? vehicle c'est bien de cela qu'il s'agit. los angeles petite Salomé, dont ma fille a hérité du beau prénom, mon arrière grand-mère, mes oncles et tantes, mes cousins, vivaient en Lituanie avant los angeles guerre. Ils appartenaient à une communauté dont il ne reste rien. »

Que s'est-il vraiment passé dans le ghetto de Kovno en 1943 ? Et pourquoi cette culpabilité en héritage ?

Dans ce roman-vrai, Colombe Schneck remonte le temps et fouille les mémoires. Jusqu'à l. a. découverte d'une vérité bouleversante.

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My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

By Sissy Spacek

In her pleasant and relocating memoir, Sissy Spacek writes approximately her idyllic, barefoot adolescence in a small East Texas city, with the readability and knowledge that comes from by no means wasting sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging besides older brothers and soaking up grace and grit from her notable mom and dad, who taught her that she may perhaps do whatever. She additionally realized fearlessness within the wake of a kin tragedy, the grief propelling her "like rocket gasoline" to stick with her goals of changing into a performer.

With a willing humorousness and a big-hearted voice, she describes how she arrived in manhattan urban one star-struck summer season as a seventeen-year-old wearing a suitcase and guitars; and the way she equipped a occupation that has spanned 4 many years with motion pictures reminiscent of Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter, 3 Women, and The Help. She info operating with the various nice administrators of our time, together with Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, David Lynch, and Brian De Palma-who considered her as a no-talent set decorator until eventually he solid her because the lead in Carrie. She additionally unearths why, on the peak of her status, she and her relations moved clear of l. a. to a farm in rural Virginia.

no matter if she's describing the terrors and joys of elevating gifted, autonomous daughters, taking readers backstage on Oscar evening, or meditating at the thrill of staring at a couple of otters frolicking in her pond, Sissy Spacek's memoir is poignant and laugh-out-loud humorous, plainspoken and completely sincere. My impressive usual Life is set what issues such a lot: the beautiful worthy of normal issues, the straightforward pleasures of domestic and relations, and the sincere activity of being correct with the realm. "If i am getting hit by means of a truck tomorrow," she writes, "I need to know i have again my neighbor's cake pan."

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All of Me: How I Learned to Live with the Many Personalities Sharing My Body

By Kim Noble

Taking the reader via a unprecedented international the place the very nature of fact is diversified, this own narrative tells the tale of 1 woman’s terrifying conflict to appreciate her personal brain. From the determined fight to win again the kid she likes to the braveness and dedication had to make experience of her lifestyles, this account recalls Kim Noble's many years out and in of psychological associations and numerous diagnoses till ultimately being safely clinically determined with dissociative identification affliction (DID). defined as an inventive approach a few minds do something about insufferable ache, DID reasons Kim's physique to play host to greater than 20 assorted personalities—from a bit boy who speaks merely Latin and an non-compulsory mute to a homosexual guy and an anorexic teen. occasionally humorous and eventually uplifting, this courageous illumination of the hyperlinks and intersections among reminiscence, psychological sickness, and creativity deals a glimpse into the brain of somebody with DID and is helping readers comprehend the confusion, frustration, and daily problems in dwelling with this disorder.

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How to Be Black

By Baratunde Thurston

The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston stocks his 30-plus years of craftsmanship in being black, with priceless essays like “How to Be the Black Friend,” “How to talk for All Black People,” “How To rejoice Black heritage Month,” and extra, during this satirical advisor to race issues—written for black humans and people who love them. Audacious, crafty, and razor-sharp, How to Be Black exposes the mass-media’s insidiously racist, monochromatic portrayal of black culture’s richness and diversity. lovers of Stuff White humans Like, This Week in Blackness, and Ending Racism in approximately an Hour will be captivated, uplifted, incensed, and encouraged by way of this hilarious and strong assault on America’s blacklisting of black tradition: Baratunde Thurston’s How to Be Black.

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Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

By Henry Marsh

Named a amazing publication of the yr through The long island instances publication Review and The Washington Post

What is it wish to be a mind doctor? How does it suppose to carry someone’s existence on your palms, to chop into the stuff that creates concept, feeling and cause? How do you reside with the results of appearing a probably lifesaving operation while all of it is going wrong?

With unbelievable compassion and candor, best neurosurgeon Henry Marsh finds the fierce pleasure of working, the profoundly relocating triumphs, the harrowing mess ups, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that represent a mind surgeon’s lifestyles. Do No Harm offers unforgettable perception into the numerous human dramas that occur in a hectic smooth clinic. specially, it's a lesson within the desire for wish while confronted with life’s so much tricky decisions.

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On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's

By Greg O'Brien

This is a publication approximately dwelling with Alzheimer’s, no longer loss of life with it. it's a ebook approximately wish, religion, and humor—a prescription way more strong than the normal drugs to be had this day to struggle this disease.

Alzheimer’s is the 6th best reason for loss of life within the U.S.—and the single this kind of ailments at the upward thrust. greater than five million americans were clinically determined with Alzheimer’s or a comparable dementia; approximately 35 million humans worldwide.

Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been clinically determined with early-onset Alzheimer's and is a type of faceless numbers. performing on long term reminiscence and ability coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien determined to take on the illness and his impending decline through writing frankly concerning the trip. O’Brien is a grasp storyteller. His tale is bare, wrenching, and soul trying to find a iteration and their household approximately to go the brink of this demise in sluggish movement. On Pluto: contained in the brain of Alzheimer’s is a trail-blazing roadmap for a generation—both a “how to” for combating a affliction, and a “how no longer” to provide up!

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