Things My Mother Told Me
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|Author||: Tanya Atapattu|
'It was just sex, Anj, it didn't mean anything.' When Anjali finds out that Jack, her boyfriend of ten years, has been cheating on her, it throws her world into chaos. Heartbroken, she fills the emptiness by embarking on a series of flings that her traditional Sri Lankan mother would (mostly) disapprove of. Yet she can no longer avoid her mother or Shanthi, her distant older sister. And so begins her real journey, one that will make Anjali confront a past she's been desperate to forget. But maybe the past can also be the bridge to her future . . . Set in Bristol and Sri Lanka, Things My Mother Told Me is a warm, moving and funny story about love, loss, family, cultural divides and the voices we hear in our heads. It will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.
|Author||: Blake Morrison|
|Editor||: Random House|
In his masterpiece of family literature, And When Did you Last See Your Father?, Blake Morrison's mother appears as an intriguing but mostly silent figure. This is her startling and touching story - and a son's search to discover the truth about the remarkable Kerry girl who qualified as a doctor in Dublin in 1942, worked in British hospitals throughout the war, and then reinvented herself again to adapt to a quieter post-war family life. At the heart of the book there's a passionate wartime love affair, seen through the frank, funny, furious letters his parents wrote during their courtship. It evokes a surprising picture of life and love in WWII. From the obstacles the lovers faced, to their moments of hilarity and joy Things My Mother Never Told Me is a revealing and poignant anatomy of family conflict, love, war, and finally marriage. Kim Morrison emerges quietly, magically from the shadows, a determined heroine for our times.
|Author||: Maria M. Gillan|
|Editor||: Guernica Editions|
This book is luminous, feisty, heart breaking, and fiercely honest, often all in the space of a single poem. Her voice has the vigour and industrial strength grit of Grace Paley's, and there is genuine wisdom here, an intelligence born of direct experience. These poems are a breath of fresh air in contrast to the fetid self obsession of so much contemporary verse... a real pleasure...a must read for anyone who has ever experienced the deep joys, agonies, and mysteries of the mother, daughter bond.
|Author||: Lucia Van Der Post|
Lucia van der Post has dispensed advice on living stylishly for more than three decades, and her common sense, confidence, and wit have garnered her legions of fans worldwide. A bestseller in the United Kingdom, Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me offers in van der Post's distinctively warm, aphoristic style everything a woman needs to know about living well, with elegance and glamour. Leaving no aspect of a woman's life unconsidered, sections include How to Work and Have a Life; Cheap Chic; Ten Easy Main Courses; How to Wear Black; and Love, Marriage, and Happiness.
|Author||: Diane Bahr|
|Editor||: Future Horizons|
Nobody Ever Told Me (Or My Mother) That! : Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development fills a missing niche in the child rearing world. It explains everything from the basics of nursing, to SIDS, to facial massage; finishing with the secrets to good speech development and your child's best natural appearance. Written by an SLP with over 30 years experience, this book is a wealth of necessary information for any new parent.
|Author||: Margaux Bergen|
“I absolutely loved this beautiful book! It's wise, wry, bracingly honest and so gripping I couldn't put it down. Clearly whip smart, Margaux Bergen has one of those rare voices that pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading.” — Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother An inspiring, piercingly honest user's guide to life, written for the author's daughter and given to her on her first day of college, reflecting tough lessons about family, work, and marriage. You learn a few useful things at school--the three Rs come in handy, and it's good to know how to perform under pressure and wait your turn--but most of what matters, what makes you into a functioning human being, able to hold your own in conversation, find your path, know what to avoid in relationships and secure a meaningful job, no teacher will ever tell you. This diamond-sharp, gut-punchingly honest book of hard-earned wisdom is one mother's effort to equip her daughter for survival in the real world. Margaux Bergen began writing this book when her daughter Charlotte turned nine and gave it to her right after graduation from high school, when she was setting off for her first day of college. "I am not writing this to groom or guide you to professional or academic success," she writes. "My goal is rather to give you tools that might help you engage with the world and flourish. . . . Think of this as a kind of developing bath-time wisdom." Wise, heartbreakingly funny, and resonantly true, Navigating Life has invaluable lessons for students of life of all ages. It will challenge you to lead a more meaningful life and to tackle the bumps along the way with grace, grit, style, and ingenuity. What The Blessings of a Skinned Knee did for the early years of parenting, Navigating Life does for the next, far more perilous chapter, when new graduates are cast out on the high seas and have to learn to swim and find their way by themselves.
|Author||: Marlon Brando|
|Editor||: Modern Library|
This is Marlon Brando’s own story, and his reason for telling it is best revealed in his own words: “I have always considered my life a private affair and the business of no one beyond my family and those I love. Except for moral and political issues that aroused in me a desire to speak out, I have done my utmost throughout my life, for the sake of my children and myself, to remain silent. . . . But now, in my seventieth year, I have decided to tell the story of my life as best I can, so that my children can separate the truth from the myths that others have created about me, as myths are created about everyone swept up in the turbulent and distorting maelstrom of celebrity in our culture.” To date there have been over a dozen books written about Marlon Brando, and almost all of them have been inaccurate, based on hearsay, sensationalist or prurient in tone. Now, at last, fifty years after his first appearance onstage in New York City, the actor has told his life story, with the help of Robert Lindsey. The result is an extraordinary book, at once funny, moving, absorbing, ribald, angry, self-deprecating and completely frank account of the career, both on-screen and off, of the greatest actor of our time. Anyone who has ever enjoyed a Brando film will relish this book. Please note: this edition does not include photos.
|Author||: Olga Samples Davis|
|Editor||: WaterBrook Press|
Listen to Your Mama. There is no substitute for the sometimes gentle, often hard-hitting, always loving wisdom of a mother. As children, we sometimes rolled our eyes or deliberately tuned out our mothers when they shared their colorful bits of common sense. Yet, as time wore on, we discovered the undeniable truth: Our mothers’ favorite sayings hold profound insights concerning the ways of the world. In fact, following Mama’s advice may well be the easiest, smartest, and most painless way to live and enjoy life. Who else but a mama would say: • Love is a noun and a verb–both at the same time. • Do your best. God will handle the rest. • Love is measured by the heart, not the head. • Can’t do a thing about yesterday; don’t know if tomorrow will come. Just workin’ with today. • When you fail to see the good in someone else, you miss an opportunity to learn and see a greater good in yourself. It is imperative that we not forget our mothers’ words, for within them can be found truths that will save us–and our children–much heartache and lead us to unlimited joy. Join Olga Samples Davis as she reflects upon, embraces, and celebrates a mother’s everyday inspirational lessons in living, inviting us each to rediscover the powerful truths revealed within Things My Mama Told Me.
|Author||: Kaylie Jones|
|Editor||: Harper Collins|
In her riveting memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me, Kaylie Jones—the daughter of author James Jones (From Here to Eternity) and an acclaimed author in her own right (A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries; Celeste Ascending; As Soon As It Rains)—tells the poignant story of her relationship with her famous father and her alcoholic mother, and of her own struggles with the disease. A true story of privilege, loss, self-discovery, and redemption, Lies My Mother Never Told Me is Jones’s unforgettable account of a not-quite-fairy-tale childhood and adulthood defined by two constants: literature and alcohol.
|Author||: Donna Hill|
|Editor||: Kimani Press|
When she discovers that her dead mother is really alive and living in France, Parris McKay searches for her to get answers and, along the way, meets two women who also struggle with legacies of long-buried secrets.
|Author||: Croft M. Pentz|
|Editor||: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.|
Approved-by-Mother proverbial sayings on over 180 topics covering body, mind and soul. Marriage, parenting, driving, faith, character ... Pentz has collected maternal advice on a wide range of topics. After all, "an ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy". This collection of homespun wisdom offers mother-approved proverbial sayings on over 180 topics, covering body, mind, and soul.
|Author||: Julie Gorman|
|Editor||: Authentic Media Inc|
Shattering Deceptions That Destroy Intimacy Does the man in your life sometimes disappoint you? Do you ever long for him to change? Feel frustrated or wonder why he seems to only want one thing? Do you crave greater intimacy in your relationship? In What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Men, Julie Gorman shares transparently about the myths she believed about men-faulty paradigms that led to a multitude of mistakes, misunderstandings, and misconceptions. With real, raw, and relevant insights for every woman, Julie offers practical "next step" actions and inspiring thoughts to empower you to see your man through God's lens and move toward greater intimacy. You'll uncover twelve redemptive secrets that shatter the common deceptions women believe about men, and the one central liberating truth every woman must know in order to experience complete intimacy. What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Men reveals just how far God is willing to run to rescue you!
|Author||: Claire Halliday|
|Editor||: Allen & Unwin|
Things My Mother Taught Me features stories of high profile mothers, and high profile people - from young actors, television personalities and older intellectuals to a famous chef, a fashion designer, a comedian, and many more - reflecting on their own relationship with their mothers. It is a book about all the stuff mothers know (or don't know) and how that knowledge and the ability to share it - for good and bad - helps to shape a person. Through funny and poignant interviews this book looks at one of the most important relationships in everybody's lives and reveals much about the evolving nature of family in modern Australia.
|Author||: Percy G. Collins|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
This book was written to show my appreciation and gratitude for what my mother taught me as a child. I never knew my father but I was raised by a loving mother, in a loving home. It has been said that history has taught us that kids born in single- parent households are more likely to end up as failures. I'm writing this to dispel the lies about "nothing good can come from the hood." Anyone growing up in America can become whatever he or she desires if given the opportunity, proper nurturing, and an education. If we are to become that person that God has destined for us to be, it is up to us to prepare and not be hindered by people or circumstances. Adversity comes only to strengthen us for that journey from zero to hero. No man has the power to hold you down unless you give it to him. We owe it to the millions of oppressed people in the past that had the desire to be somebody but not the will to do it. 20 THINGS THAT MY FATHER NEVER TOLD ME BUT MY MOTHER DID... was written to show that all it takes is one person to believe in you and how being loved can make you unstoppable. I have never read about anyone being able to stand in front of a train once that train is gaining momentum in route to its destination. This book is not just about how to defeat the things that hold you back, but to continue to move forward to your pre- determined position in this life. I hope this book blesses you as much as it blessed me putting it together and writing it. REMEMBER: WITH GOD THERE IS NO PAIN WITHOUT PURPOSE!!!!!!
|Author||: Chelsea Handler|
|Editor||: Grand Central Publishing|
In this raucous collection of true-life stories, Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand. You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool. Enter Chelsea Handler. Gorgeous, sharp, and anything but shy, Chelsea loves men and lots of them. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion. From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty. Encouraged by her motley collection of friends (aka: her partners in crime) but challenged by her family members (who at times find themselves a surprise part of the encounter), Chelsea hits bottom and bounces back, unafraid to share the gritty details. My Horizontal Life is one guilty pleasure you won't be ashamed to talk about in the morning.
|Author||: Andrea Young|
The daughter of former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young draws universal lessons from her mother's extraordinary life, weaving personal stories of Jean Young against a backdrop rich in the turbulent politics of our recent past. 15 photos.
|Author||: Perdita Felicien|
A raw and affecting memoir about a mother and daughter who beat the odds together. Perdita Felicien's story is woven into her mother's like an intricate braid. To understand Perdita's story, you must know Catherine's. Catherine is larger than life. At seventeen years old, she is determined and tenacious, and longing to experience a better life. But she is also pregnant with her second child, and just scraping by in St. Lucia by selling homemade jewellery on the beach. So when she meets a wealthy white Canadian family vacationing on the island, she knows she's found her chance. After babysitting the couple's infant son for two weeks, she asks them to bring her to Canada and employ her as a nanny. Somehow, they agree. This was the beginning of Catherine's new life: a life of great opportunity, but also profound suffering. Within a few years, she would find herself pregnant a third time--this time in a new country, Canada, with no family supporting her, and this time, with Perdita. Together, in the years to come, they would experience poverty, racism, domestic abuse and even homelessness, but Catherine's will would always pull them through. As Perdita grew and began to discover her preternatural gifts--athleticism at what would one day prove to be an Olympic level--she was edged onward by her mother's love, grit and faith. Facing literal and figurative hurdles, she learned to leap, and pick herself back up when she stumbled. Beautifully written and deeply absorbing, Gold Mettle is a daughter's memoir--a book about the power of a parent's love to transform their child's life.
|Author||: Michele Filgate|
|Editor||: Simon & Schuster|
“You will devour these beautifully written—and very important—tales of honesty, pain, and resilience” (Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls) from fifteen brilliant writers who explore how what we don’t talk about with our mothers affects us, for better or for worse. As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to realize that she was actually trying to write about how this affected her relationship with her mother. When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others. This gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers. Leslie Jamison writes about trying to discover who her seemingly perfect mother was before ever becoming a mom. In Cathi Hanauer’s hilarious piece, she finally gets a chance to have a conversation with her mother that isn’t interrupted by her domineering (but lovable) father. André Aciman writes about what it was like to have a deaf mother. Melissa Febos uses mythology as a lens to look at her close-knit relationship with her psychotherapist mother. And Julianna Baggott talks about having a mom who tells her everything. As Filgate writes, “Our mothers are our first homes, and that’s why we’re always trying to return to them.” There’s relief in acknowledging how what we couldn’t say for so long is a way to heal our relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with ourselves. Contributions by Cathi Hanauer, Melissa Febos, Alexander Chee, Dylan Landis, Bernice L. McFadden, Julianna Baggott, Lynn Steger Strong, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, André Aciman, Sari Botton, Nayomi Munaweera, Brandon Taylor, and Leslie Jamison.