Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 315
ISBN: 9780375758997
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Release: 2003-03-01
Editor: Random House Incorporated
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The author describes her childhood in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war of 1971 to 1979, relating her life on farms in southern Rhodesia, Milawi, and Zambia with an alcoholic mother and frequently absent father.

Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 320
ISBN: 144727508X
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Release: 2015-01-01
Editor: Picador
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

With an introduction by Anne EnrightShortlisted for the Guardian First Book award, a story of civil war and a family's unbreakable bond.How you see a country depends on whether you are driving through it, or live in it. How you see a country depends on whether or not you can leave it, if you have to.As the daughter of white settlers in war-torn 1970s Rhodesia, Alexandra Fuller remembers a time when a schoolgirl was as likely to carry a shotgun as a satchel. This is her story - of a civil war, of a quixotic battle with nature and loss, and of a family's unbreakable bond with the continent that came to define, scar and heal them.Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2002, Alexandra Fuller's classic memoir of an African childhood is suffused with laughter and warmth even amid disaster. Unsentimental and unflinching, but always enchanting, it is the story of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781588360496
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Release: 2002-03-05
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A worthy heir to Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, Alexandra Fuller shares visceral memories of her childhood in Africa, and of her headstrong, unforgettable mother. “This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over.”—Newsweek “By turns mischievous and openhearted, earthy and soaring . . . hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling.”—The New Yorker Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time. From 1972 to 1990, Alexandra Fuller—known to friends and family as Bobo—grew up on several farms in southern and central Africa. Her father joined up on the side of the white government in the Rhodesian civil war, and was often away fighting against the powerful black guerilla factions. Her mother, in turn, flung herself at their African life and its rugged farm work with the same passion and maniacal energy she brought to everything else. Though she loved her children, she was no hand-holder and had little tolerance for neediness. She nurtured her daughters in other ways: She taught them, by example, to be resilient and self-sufficient, to have strong wills and strong opinions, and to embrace life wholeheartedly, despite and because of difficult circumstances. And she instilled in Bobo, particularly, a love of reading and of storytelling that proved to be her salvation. Alexandra Fuller writes poignantly about a girl becoming a woman and a writer against a backdrop of unrest, not just in her country but in her home. But Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is more than a survivor’s story. It is the story of one woman’s unbreakable bond with a continent and the people who inhabit it, a portrait lovingly realized and deeply felt. Praise for Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight “Riveting . . . [full of] humor and compassion.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “The incredible story of an incredible childhood.”—The Providence Journal

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780857202383
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Release: 2011-09-15
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulnesstells the story of the author's mother, Nicola Fuller. Nicola Fuller and her husband were a glamorous and optimistic couple and East Africa lay before them with the promise of all its perfect light, even as the British Empire in which they both believed waned. They had everything, including two golden children - a girl and a boy. However, life became increasingly difficult and they moved to Rhodesia to work as farm managers. The previous farm manager had committed suicide. His ghost appeared at the foot of their bed and seemed to be trying to warn them of something. Shortly after this, one of their golden children died. Africa was no longer the playground of Nicola's childhood. They returned to England where the author was born before they returned to Rhodesia and to the civil war. The last part of the book sees the Fullers in their old age on a banana and fish farm in the Zambezi Valley. They had built their ramshackle dining room under the Tree of Forgetfulness. In local custom, this tree is the meeting place for villagers determined to resolve disputes. It is in the spirit of this Forgetfulness that Nicola finally forgot - but did not forgive - all her enemies including her daughter and the Apostle, a squatter who has taken up in her bananas with his seven wives and forty-nine children. Funny, tragic, terrifying, exotic and utterly unself-conscious, this is a story of survival and madness, love and war, passion and compassion.

Scribbling the Cat

Scribbling the Cat
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781101118801
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Release: 2005-04-26
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Alexandra ("Bo") Fuller was home in Zambia a few years ago, visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a "tough bugger." Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: "Curiosity scribbled the cat." Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war. With the same fiercely beautiful prose that won her acclaim for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller here recounts her friendship with K. K is, seemingly, a man of contradictions: tattooed, battle scarred, and weathered by farm work, he is a lion of a man, feral and bulletproof. Yet he is also a born-again Christian, given to weeping when he recollects his failed romantic life, and more than anything else welling up inside with memories of battle. For his war, like all wars, was a brutal one, marked by racial strife, jungle battles, unimaginable tortures, and the murdering of innocent civilians—and K, like all the veterans of the war, has blood on his hands. Driven by K's memories, Fuller and K decide to enter the heart of darkness in the most literal way—by traveling from Zambia through Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Mozambique to visit the scenes of the war and to meet other veterans. It is a strange journey into the past, one marked at once by somber reflections and odd humor and featuring characters such as Mapenga, a fellow veteran who lives with his pet lion on a little island in the middle of a lake and is known to cope with his personal demons by refusing to speak for days on end. What results from Fuller's journey is a remarkably unbiased and unsentimental glimpse of men who have killed, mutilated, tortured, and scrambled to survive during wartime and who now must attempt to live with their past and live past their sins. In these men, too, we get a glimpse of life in Africa, a land that besets its creatures with pests, plagues, and natural disasters, making the people there at once more hardened and more vulnerable than elsewhere. Scribbling the Cat is an engrossing and haunting look at war, Africa, and the lines of sanity.

Leaving Before the Rains Come

Leaving Before the Rains Come
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780345814876
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Release: 2015-01-20
Editor: Random House Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Looking to rebuild after a painful divorce, Alexandra Fuller turns to her African past for clues to living a life fully and without fear. A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of 2 deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller's own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and the family she left behind in Africa. A breathtaking achievement, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller. Leaving Before the Rains Come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fuller's delicate balance--between American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriage--irrevocably fails. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia--elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day--Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller soon realizes that what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that "the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live." Fuller's father--"Tim Fuller of No Fixed Abode" as he first introduced himself to his future wife--was a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear. Leaving Before the Rains Come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother. Fuller reveals how--after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her--she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves. An unforgettable book, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a story of sorrow grounded in the tragic grandeur and rueful joy only to be found in Fuller's Africa.

Travel Light Move Fast

Travel Light  Move Fast
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780735279209
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Release: 2019-08-06
Editor: Random House Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, a warm and candid memoir of grief, a deeply-felt tribute to her father, and a compulsively readable continuation of a brilliant series of books on her family. You can survive more than you'd believe; Dad had told me that. He'd also told me you can survive more than you want; but it's not always up to you, not the enormous things, those are beyond all control. When her father becomes gravely ill on holiday in Budapest, Alexandra Fuller rushes to join her mother at his bedside. Defiant until the end, together they see out his last days, and then they must navigate the bleak comedy of organizing a cremation and the transport of ashes back to their family home in Africa. As they make this journey and begin to grieve together, Fuller realizes that if she is going to weather her father's loss, she will need to become the parts of him that she misses most. A master of time and memory, Fuller moves seamlessly between the days and months following her father's death, and her memories of a childhood spent running after him in southern and central Africa. And her own life begins to change. She faces seemingly irreparable family fallout, new love found and lost, and eventually further, unimaginable bereavement, holding fast to the lessons her father taught her about how to survive whatever life throws at you. Writing with reverent irreverence of the rollicking misadventures of her mother and father, bursting with pandemonium and tragedy, here is a story of joy, resilience, and vitality, from a writer at the very height of her powers.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Pages: 105
ISBN: 9780735254299
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Release: 2020-02-11
Editor: McClelland & Stewart
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

George and Lennie are an unlikely pair: George is small and quick, and Lennie is a man of tremendous size and simple mind. But together they’ve formed a family, rallying against seclusion and alienation. As laborers in California’s vegetable fields in the Great Depression, they find work where they can, but they have big dreams of owning land and a shack they can call their own. So when they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, their big dreams suddenly seem within reach. But George cannot guard the childlike Lennie from life’s provocations, nor can he predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to what George has taught him. A tragic and moving story of friendship, loneliness, and the dispossessed, Of Mice and Men is classic John Steinbeck—heart wrenching and remarkable. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Tears of a Tiger

Tears of a Tiger
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Pages: 162
ISBN: 9781442489134
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Release: 2013-07-23
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Three boys struggle to come to terms with the death of a friend in a drunk-driving auto accident in which all four were involved, in a story told through newspaper stories, diary entries, school announcements, telephone conversations, and classroom assignments.

Concurrent Imaginaries Postcolonial Worlds

Concurrent Imaginaries  Postcolonial Worlds
Author: Diana Brydon,Peter Forsgren,Gunlög Fur
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9789004347601
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Release: 2017-04-24
Editor: BRILL
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Brydon, Forsgren, and Fur’s edited collection, Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds, demonstrates the productivity of reading for concurrences in studying archives, voices, and history in colonial and postcolonial contexts. This multidisciplinary volume situates Nordic colonial practices within transworld contexts.

When A Crocodile Eats the Sun

When A Crocodile Eats the Sun
Author: Peter Godwin
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780330504355
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Release: 2012-03-14
Editor: Pan Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Peter Godwin, an award-winning writer, is on assignment in Zululand when he is summoned by his mother to Zimbabwe, his birthplace. His father is seriously ill; she fears he is dying. Godwin finds his country, once a post-colonial success story, descending into a vortex of violence and racial hatred. His father recovers, but over the next few years Godwin travels regularly between his family life in Manhattan and the increasing chaos of Zimbabwe, with its rampant inflation and land seizures making famine a very real prospect. It is against this backdrop that Godwin discovers a fifty-year-old family secret, one which changes everything he thought he knew about his father, and his own place in the world. Peter Godwin’s book combines vivid reportage, moving personal stories and revealing memoir, and traces his family’s quest to belong in hostile lands – a quest that spans three continents and half a century. ‘Heartbreaking . . . Godwin plainly loves Africa, and he captures the baffling wayward contradictions of its people, their cruelties and unexpected kindnesses, their nobility of spirit in the face of appalling conditions, with humour and grace’ Daily Mail ‘A wonderful book . . . beautifully written, packed with insight and free of rancour’ Literary Review ‘A strong, heroic book . . . too vivid to bear and too central to our concerns to ignore’ Edmund White

The Legend of Colton H Bryant

The Legend of Colton H Bryant
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781847398697
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Release: 2009-04-06
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Colton H. Bryant grew up in Wyoming and never once wanted to leave it. Wyoming loved him and he loved it back. Two things helped Colton get through school and the neighbourhood bullies: his best friend Jake and his favourite mantra: Mind over matter-- which meant to him: if you don't mind, it don't matter. Colton and Jake grew up wanting nothing more that the freedom to sleep out under the great Wyoming night sky, and to be just like Jake's dad, Bill, a strong, gentle man of few words who can ride rodeo like nobody's business. When Colton started work as a driller on a rig, despite his young wife begging him to quit, he claimed it was in his blood. Colton did die young and he died on the rig -- falling to his death because the oil company neglected to spend the $2,000 on safety rails. His family received no compensation. The strong, sad story of Colton H. Bryant's life could not be told without the telling of the land that grew him, where there are still such things as cowboys roaming the plains, where it is relationships that get you through and where a simple, soulful and just man named Colton H. Bryant lived and died.

Let s Go Play at the Adams

Let s Go Play at the Adams
Author: Mendal W. Johnson
Pages: 282
ISBN: UOM:39015025363790
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Release: 1974
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Methland

Methland
Author: Nick Reding
Pages: 269
ISBN: 9781608192076
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Release: 2010-06-03
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the efforts of a small Iowa community to counter the pervasiveness of crystal methamphetamine, in an account that offers insight into the drug's appeal while chronicling the author's numerous visits with the town's doctor, the local prosecutor and a long-time addict. Reprint. A best-selling book.

The Clutter Book

The Clutter Book
Author: Marcie Lovett
Pages: 115
ISBN: 0615483720
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Release: 2011-06
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Clutter has a negative effect on your life. You want to live differently, but you haven't been able to make progress. Marcie Lovett, author of The Clutter Book, will motivate you to make the changes you want. Learn to let go of what you don't need and find room for what you value. The direct, accessible writing style and interactive exercises will inspire you to succeed. In this book, Marcie guides you through the process of letting go of the clutter that is keeping you from achieving success. Whether your clutter is caused by things, commitments or thoughts, Marcie encourages you to make the choices to conquer your challenges. If previous attempts at letting go of clutter have not been successful for you, you will benefit from the motivation and wisdom Marcie offers. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, filled with insight and real-life stories, the book enables readers to learn from the experience of others and overcome obstacles to success. You will understand why you keep clutter, save time and money by avoiding unnecessary purchases, discover the habits that hold you back, find ways to fight procrastination and create systems that allow you to retrieve and return items. Whether you want to live with less or live with what you have, this is the book for you.

Let Go and Get Ready to Fly

Let Go and Get Ready to Fly
Author: Jeff Calixte
Pages: 180
ISBN: 1537313614
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Release: 2016-08-28
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It's important to know what world we are living in today, and if you truly want to be successful, it's important to know the complexities or habits that are holding you back from living a more simple and fulfilling lifestyle. Find out what is holding you back from getting the results that you want. Sometimes you think you have it all under control, but there is much more to be aware of before you can master your own behavior and become free of all chains.Many people will hold on to a lifestyle that is not working for them just because they think that's just the way things are, yet they never seem to understand what exactly is holding them back from getting things done efficiently. For those people, now is the time to question yourself! Is the problem educational, spiritual, physical, or financial, or is it a lack of hope and faith? Are debts keeping you working, and not giving you time to think? What if debts were a way to keep you working, and never thinking!?Inside this book, you will learn how to overcome all of these obstacles in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format.In this book you will learn: * How to unleash your greatest ideas (start doing what you always wanted to do successfully, today. Live your dream lifestyle even when you face hard times.) * How to position yourself in life to win even if you thought you lost. * How hope, love, and faith can save your life, business, and relationship, and take you to a whole other level. * How to listen to the inner you * How taking action, even when scared to death, can set you free. In this book, you will also learn all that you need to know to be able to let go of who you were, embrace the person inside-who keeps talking to you-, and find your destiny. You will learn to listen to the inner you and plan your best moves. Most importantly, you will learn to let go and get ready to fly.

Quiet Until the Thaw

Quiet Until the Thaw
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0735223343
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Release: 2017-06-27
Editor: Penguin Press HC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From bestselling memoirist Alexandra Fuller, a debut novel. Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage. When escalating anger towards the injustices, historical and current, inflicted upon the Lakota people by the federal government leads to tribal divisions and infighting, the cousins go in separate directions: Rick chooses the path of peace; You Choose, violence. Years pass, and as You Choose serves time in prison, Rick finds himself raising twin baby boys, orphaned at birth, in his meadow. As the twins mature from infants to young men, Rick immerses the boys within their ancestry, telling wonderful and terrible tales of how the whole world came to be, and affirming their place in the universe as the result of all who have come before and will come behind. But when You Choose returns to the reservation after three decades behind bars, his anger manifests, forever disrupting the lives of Rick and the boys. A complex tale that spans generations and geography, Quiet Until the Thaw conjures with the implications of an oppressed history, how we are bound not just to immediate family but to all who have come before and will come after us, and, most of all, to the notion that everything was always, and is always, connected. As Fuller writes, "The belief that we can be done with our past is a myth. The past is nudging at us constantly."

I ll Do It Tomorrow

I ll Do It Tomorrow
Author: Jenna McCann
Pages: 24
ISBN: 1494855933
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Release: 2015-02-23
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Excapades

Excapades
Author: Debra Kay
Pages: 424
ISBN: 0989428656
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Release: 2013-06
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

EXcapades is a touching love story about second chances. When her husband suddenly moves out to begin a new life with a younger woman, Lila's world is shattered. She never dreamed she'd manage her empty nest without him. For so many years, Lila has put the needs of others ahead of her own, but with her daughter now in college, she realizes it's time to focus on herself. She eagerly embarks on a journey of self-discovery. But is it too late? When a handsome man from her past breezes back into her life and encourages her to have fun again, Lila is startled. Her college boyfriend-her first true love-wants to rekindle the magic they once shared, their passion for life and adventure. At the same time, he awakens her hidden desires. But can she trust him? He believes he has learned from his mistakes, and he insists his years in the military have made him an admirable man. Even if he is all he claims, will her devastating secret stand in the way of their happiness? Share her journey as Lila rediscovers how to live and love even in the shadow of uncertainty. Total length: 70443 words Adult content warning: explicit love scenes

Warrior Mums

Warrior Mums
Author: Michelle Daly
Pages: 176
ISBN: 0957048769
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Release: 2014-03-24
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One of the benefits of social media is getting to meet the parents of special needs children and adults. I have grown to know and truly admire these brave people. Our solitary journeys have taken many different roads, yet we've all connected on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and other forums. The support we give each other is a lifeline-an opportunity to not only share the joys our sons and daughters bring into our lives, but also the chance to rant about the frequent injustices we meet head on. I am honoured to have 'met' so many fantastic Warrior Mums from around the world, so honoured that I decided to feature some of their stories in a blog series, which I have now reproduced in this book. These mums will inspire you, just like they have me, these brave women who share their stories from childhood to motherhood and reveal far more than they normally would, in the hope their stories will help others.