It Was Me All Along

It Was Me All Along
Author: Andie Mitchell
Pages: 235
ISBN: 9780770433253
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Release: 2015
Editor: Clarkson Potter
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

On her twentieth birthday, Andie Mitchell stepped onto the scale and discovered that she weighed nearly 300 pounds. At 5'9"--even knowing that she was big and hating herself for it--she was stunned. How had she gotten there? Without following wild diet trends, she lost 135 pounds over thirteen months. It Was Me All Along shares the at times heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting and motivating, story of how Andie kicked her habit of binge eating, which she developed during a traumatic childhood, and developed a healthy relationship with food, which she still loves to cook and enjoy. Her story is at once familiar and inspiring to millions who have struggled with weight and self-image issues. Andie is a powerful motivator who bravely bares all to help others.

It Was Me All Along

It Was Me All Along
Author: Andie Mitchell
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780770433260
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Release: 2015-01-06
Editor: Clarkson Potter
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A yet heartbreakingly honest, endearing memoir of incredible weight loss by a young food blogger who battles body image issues and overcomes food addiction to find self-acceptance. All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her twentieth birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake. It Was Me All Along takes Andie from working class Boston to the romantic streets of Rome, from morbidly obese to half her size, from seeking comfort in anything that came cream-filled and two-to-a-pack to finding balance in exquisite (but modest) bowls of handmade pasta. This story is about much more than a woman who loves food and abhors her body. It is about someone who made changes when her situation seemed too far gone and how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world. More than anything, though, it is the story of her finding beauty in acceptance and learning to love all parts of herself.

It was Me All Along

It was Me All Along
Author: Andie Mitchell
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780770433246
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Release: 2015
Editor: Clarkson Potter
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The young food blogger behind CanYouStayForDinner.com shares her inspirational weight-loss story, describing how in just over a year she lost more than half her size and established a healthier self-image and relationship with food.

Half Assed

Half Assed
Author: Jennette Fulda
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781580052788
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Release: 2008-04-29
Editor: Seal Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After undergoing gall bladder surgery at age twenty-three, Jennette Fulda decided it was time to lose some weight. Actually, more like half her weight. At the time, Jennette weighed 372 pounds. Jennette was not born fat. But, by fifth grade, her response to a school questionnaire asking “what would you change about your appearance” was “I would be thinner.” Sound familiar? Half-Assed is the captivating and incredibly honest story of Jennette’s journey to get in shape, lose weight, and change her life. From the beginning—dusting off her never-used treadmill and steering clear of the donut shop—to the end with her goal weight in sight, Jennette wows readers with her determined persistence to shed pounds and the ability to maintain her ever-present sense of self.

Eating in the Middle

Eating in the Middle
Author: Andie Mitchell
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780770433284
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Release: 2016-03-29
Editor: Clarkson Potter
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In her inspiring New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along, Andie Mitchell chronicled her struggles with obesity, losing weight, and finding balance. Now, in her debut cookbook, she gives readers the dishes that helped her reach her goals and maintain her new size. In 80 recipes, she shows how she eats: mostly healthy meals that are packed with flavor, like Lemon Roasted Chicken with Moroccan Couscous and Butternut Squash Salad with Kale and Pomegranate, and then the “sometimes” foods, the indulgences such as Peanut Butter Mousse Pie with Marshmallow Whipped Cream, because life just needs dessert. With 75 photographs and Andie’s beautiful storytelling, Eating in the Middle is the perfect cookbook for anyone looking to find freedom from cravings while still loving and enjoying every meal to the fullest.

The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl

The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl
Author: Shauna Reid
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781407033341
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Release: 2008-09-04
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In January 2001 Shauna Reid was twenty-three years old and twenty-five stone. Determined to turn her life around, she created the hugely successful weblog The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl and, hiding behind her Lycra-clad roly-poly alter-ego, her transformation from couch potato to svelte goddess began. Today, 8,000 miles, seven years and twelve-and-a-half stone later, the gloriously gorgeous Shauna is literally half the woman she used to be. In turn hysterically funny and heart-wrenchingly honest, The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl follows the twists and turns of Shauna's lard-busting adventure as she curbs the calories and learns to love the gym. There are travel tales from Red Square to Reykjavik, plus romance and intrigue as she meets the man of her dreams during a pub quiz in Glasgow. As her UK visa rapidly runs out, will she be deported back to Australia or will love triumph? Entertaining and action-packed, this is the uplifting true story of a young woman who defeated her demons and conquered her cravings to become a weight-loss superhero to inspire us all.

Far from Home

Far from Home
Author: Rosie Ayliffe
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780143796398
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Release: 2021-03-30
Editor: Random House Australia
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

British mother Rosie Ayliffe thought her 21-year-old daughter, Mia, would be safe travelling around Australia on a gap year. But Mia wanted to extend her visa and in order to do that needed to find 88 days of work on a farm - a requirement that would lead to catastrophic events. Four short days after Mia moved to a hostel in Queensland to take a job on a sugarcane farm, she was brutally murdered. Faced with every parent's worst nightmare, Rosie travelled to Australia to retrieve Mia's body. From the moment she landed, however, she started to hear stories about the terrible treatment of young workers like Mia - stories of exploitation, sexual harassment, rape. Mia was Rosie's only child and she brought her up as a single parent. Her death was traumatic and life-changing. In Rosie's memoir, she describes movingly how she has found the strength to come to terms with devastating loss, drawing on inspiration from her daughter's short life. She also explains how she has become the driving force behind an international campaign to press for change to the 88 days system. Part exposé of the dangers facing backpackers in Australia, part call to arms, ultimately Far from Home is an inspiring and heartfelt story of a mother's love for her daughter and her fight to protect others from suffering a similar tragedy.

I Thought it was Just Me but it Isn t

I Thought it was Just Me  but it Isn t
Author: Brené Brown
Pages: 303
ISBN: 9781592403356
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Release: 2008
Editor: Avery
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Draws on research with hundreds of interviewees to identify the pervasive influence of cultural shame, discussing how women can recognize the ways in which shame influences their health and relationships and can be transformed into courage and connectivity.

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781416544661
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Release: 2006-01-02
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life. -- From publisher description.

It Was You All Along

It Was You  All Along
Author: Gary Spinell
Pages: 276
ISBN: 1432720023
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Release: 2008-05
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Balanced spiritual and practical information for creating your desired reality. The idea we create our reality is not new, but most of us have trouble understanding how to apply it in our daily lives. It was You All Along helps you understand how to apply this knowledge in every area of your life. "Gary Spinell provides a unique step-by-step guide to self-realization by creating the positive energy that will lead to outward success and internal peace and happiness. His personal progression to self-confidence and inner growth serves as an inspirational template for readers searching for a path to a productive and prosperous life." -- Carol Murray-Negron, NYU adjunct professor, corporate consultant Learn why some people continually achieve success when others can't. Discover the key myth and misconception causing most people to lack success. Learn why hard working people often miss the key ingredients required to create their ideal reality. Discover how the energy generated by your actions, thoughts and beliefs creates your entire reality. Learn how to use the Universal laws to create the reality you desire. Learn how and why nothing happens to you! Discover the power to find the right relationship, success in your career, and abundance.

It Was ME All Along the Path to FREEDOM

It Was ME All Along  the Path to FREEDOM
Author: Virginia C. Smith
Pages: 170
ISBN: 1689599170
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Release: 2019-08-30
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author, an executive coach, has traveled the globe working for several top organizations that have included Amazon, Verizon Business, AT&T, British Telecom and Reliance Communications. Her latest book distills a lifetime of learning and development to craft a manual for personal and executive growth. Whether you're a CEO or a grunt in the mail room, who you believe you are determines what you achieve. Steve Jobs understood this principle from his study of Zen Buddhism. By following its precept of "Beginner's Mind," he cut through the resistance to new ideas and his inventions became the cornerstone for the world's first trillion-dollar company.An extension of that concept means having the courage to accept "What is, is," or being "accountable" for one's results, positive or negative. In our personal and corporate life, we are confronted with varied circumstances, and there is always a choice of how to perceive them: Acceptance or Resistance. Acceptance results in clear thinking and decisive action; resistance arises from repressed thinking or unconscious impulses. This leads to what the author calls a syndrome of deny-defend-deflect and disastrous decision-making. Virginia Smith has acquired such insights from her corporate Learning and Leadership Development experience. It Was Me All Along also follows her spiritual journey that like Steve Jobs became an intricate part of her objective approach to life and business affairs. The ancient Greeks subscribed to the maxim: "Know thyself," or self-awareness through self-reflection. In today's hectic world, we often act or react too quickly, impulsed by subjective thinking. Smith provides an objective approach to cure personal and corporate self-indulgence.

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room
Author: Tommy Tomlinson
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781501111624
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Release: 2020-01-14
Editor: Simon & Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 A “warm and funny and honest…genuinely unputdownable” (Curtis Sittenfeld) memoir chronicling what it’s like to live in today’s world as a fat man, from acclaimed journalist Tommy Tomlinson, who, as he neared the age of fifty, weighed 460 pounds and decided he had to change his life. When he was almost fifty years old, Tommy Tomlinson weighed an astonishing—and dangerous—460 pounds, at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, unable to climb a flight of stairs without having to catch his breath, or travel on an airplane without buying two seats. Raised in a family that loved food, he had been aware of the problem for years, seeing doctors and trying diets from the time he was a preteen. But nothing worked, and every time he tried to make a change, it didn’t go the way he planned—in fact, he wasn’t sure that he really wanted to change. In The Elephant in the Room, Tomlinson chronicles his lifelong battle with weight in a voice that combines the urgency of Roxane Gay’s Hunger with the intimacy of Rick Bragg’s All Over but the Shoutin’. He also hits the road to meet other members of the plus-sized tribe in an attempt to understand how, as a nation, we got to this point. From buying a Fitbit and setting exercise goals to contemplating the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, America’s “capital of food porn,” and modifying his own diet, Tomlinson brings us along on a candid and sometimes brutal look at the everyday experience of being constantly aware of your size. Over the course of the book, he confronts these issues head-on and chronicles the practical steps he has to take to lose weight by the end. “What could have been a wallow in memoir self-pity is raised to art by Tomlinson’s wit and prose” (Rolling Stone). Affecting and searingly honest, The Elephant in the Room is an “inspirational” (The New York Times) memoir that will resonate with anyone who has grappled with addiction, shame, or self-consciousness. “Add this to your reading list ASAP” (Charlotte Magazine).

Can t Hurt Me

Can t Hurt Me
Author: David Goggins
Pages: 364
ISBN: 9781544507866
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Release: 2021-04-01
Editor: David Goggins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New York Times Bestseller Over 2.5 million copies sold For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America. In this curse-word-free edition of Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V. E. Schwab
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780765387585
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Release: 2020-10-06
Editor: Tor Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER USA TODAY BESTSELLER NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER THE WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah Magazine #1 Library Reads Pick—October 2020 #1 Indie Next Pick—October 2020 BOOK OF THE YEAR (2020) FINALIST—Book of The Month Club A “Best Of” Book From: Oprah Mag * CNN * Amazon * Amazon Editors * NPR * Goodreads * Bustle * PopSugar * BuzzFeed * Barnes & Noble * Kirkus Reviews * Lambda Literary * Nerdette * The Nerd Daily * Polygon * Library Reads * io9 * Smart Bitches Trashy Books * LiteraryHub * Medium * BookBub * The Mary Sue * Chicago Tribune * NY Daily News * SyFy Wire * Powells.com * Bookish * Book Riot * Library Reads Voter Favorite * In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force. A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me
Author: Rebecca Stead
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780375892691
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Release: 2009-07-14
Editor: Wendy Lamb Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'" —The Washington Post This Newbery Medal winner that has been called "smart and mesmerizing," (The New York Times) and "superb" (The Wall Street Journal) will appeal to readers of all types, especially those who are looking for a thought-provoking mystery with a mind-blowing twist. Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letter—a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone. It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it. Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book Five Starred Reviews A Junior Library Guild Selection "Absorbing." —People "Readers ... are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward." —The Wall Street Journal "Lovely and almost impossibly clever." —The Philadelphia Inquirer "It's easy to imagine readers studying Miranda's story as many times as she's read L'Engle's, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises." —Publishers Weekly, Starred review

The Yellow Wall Paper

The Yellow Wall Paper
Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9780141397436
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Release: 2015-02-26
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.' Written with barely controlled fury after she was confined to her room for 'nerves' and forbidden to write, Gilman's pioneering feminist horror story scandalized nineteenth-century readers with its portrayal of a woman who loses her mind because she has literally nothing to do. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). Gilman's work is available in Penguin Classics in The Yellow Wall-Paper, Herland and Selected Writings.

The Pretty Dish

The Pretty Dish
Author: Jessica Merchant
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781623369699
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Release: 2018-03-20
Editor: Rodale
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

150 brand-new recipes, party ideas and menus, killer playlists, and inventive beauty projects from How Sweet Eats blogger Jessica Merchant. Jessica Merchant is like your most reliable girlfriend—that is, if your girlfriend was a passionate cook and serious beauty junkie. With her second book, she brings her signature playfulness to the page. It’s filled with 150 brand-new recipes, along with themed menus, party ideas, killer playlists, and inventive beauty projects. She’s the extra hand guiding you in the kitchen giving you the most inventive pizza toppings (crispy kale and summer corn), showing you how to make hibiscus blueberry mint juleps, and telling you the coolest way to make a avocado face mask while you plan your weekly menu on Saturday morning. All her recipes are deliciously indulgent (think: poke tacos, toasted quinoa chocolate bark, pistachio iced latte) and all take 60 minutes or less to make.

Food Junkies

Food Junkies
Author: Vera Tarman
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781459728585
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Release: 2014-11-29
Editor: Dundurn
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Drawing on her experience in addictions treatment, and on many personal stories of addiction and recovery, Dr. Vera Tarman offers practical advice for people struggling with problems of overeating, binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia. Food Junkies is a friendly and informative guide on the road to food serenity.

A Better Man

A Better Man
Author: Leah McLaren
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781443441582
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Release: 2015-04-07
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the bestselling author of The Continuity Girl, a funny, sharply observant novel of the pitfalls of marriage and success, and how a couple must lose it all before they can hope to find their way back. Nick and Maya Wakefield’s relationship is in crisis. Though it’s true they never argue, they barely speak and certainly don’t have sex. The turning point came when Maya left her high-powered legal career to stay home with their now three-year-old twins, Isla and Foster. Today she feels invisible, anxious and under-appreciated, while Nick feels his wife has become neurotic and obsessed with the children. A workaholic with a wandering eye, Nick has decided he wants out. But he balks when their old friend, a divorce attorney named Gray, shows him the financial damage. As sole breadwinner, Nick will have to pay up big time to get out fast. Together, he and Gray hatch a plan—Nick will act like an ideal husband and father in order to get a better court settlement. With this in mind, Nick encourages Maya back to work, spends time with the kids and takes his wife away on holiday. But with his cynical ruse comes a surprising change of heart. Soon he is astonished to find his actual emotions match his act—their marriage is truly on the mend and Nick couldn’t be happier. That is, until Gray tells Maya the plan and things fall to pieces. Now Nick’s only hope to save his family is to convince Maya that he really is the better man he was pretending to be.

The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time
Author: Donald Ray Pollock
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780385535052
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Release: 2011-07-12
Editor: Anchor
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now a Netflix film starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson A dark and riveting vision of 1960s America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O’Connor at her most haunting. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right. Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.