Starting from her birth in 1927, Mina describes her early life as the fourth of seven children, being raised by an abused mother and an alcoholic father and having to learn to cook for her entire family at the age of five. In All I Ever Wanted Was a Good Man and a Happy Home, she tells stories about – struggling to finish high school, singing in a night club, dancing for ten cents a dance, hitchhiking to California as a teenager, cooking on a tug boat on the Mississippi River, working on the Alaskan Pipeline, being married fifteen times, and raising her two children. She tells her story in colorful country words. The book has nuggets of hard earned truths. Her downhome description may shock and amaze you, but this was agricultural living less than one hundred years ago. This book includes journal entries, with all the specific details of daily living. Through the ups and downs she shows an indomitable spirit to overcome the setbacks and achieve her goals. She was a feisty woman who thrived on life and survived.
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A debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle Idiopathy (?d?'?p??i): a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown. Idiopathy: a novel as unexpected as its title, in which Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan—three characters you won't forget in a hurry—unsuccessfully try to figure out how they feel about one another and how they might best live their lives in a world gone mad. Featuring a mysterious cattle epidemic, a humiliating stint in rehab, an unwanted pregnancy, a mom–turned–media personality ("Mother Courage"), and a workplace with a bio-dome housing a perfectly engineered cornfield, it is at once a scathing satire and a moving meditation on love and loneliness. With unusual verbal finesse and great humor, Sam Byers neatly skewers the tangled relationships and unhinged narcissism of a self-obsessed generation in a remarkable, uproarious first novel.
The Church of Tango is a passionate memoir of tragedy and adventure, lust and music, romance and tango, and above all, survival. A dancer all her life, she’d had to put it on hold while raising her artistic sons and caring for her dying husband. Now as she set her suitcase down on the ancient cobblestones of a Paris courtyard, she wondered—48 years old, 6,000 miles away from home, knowing no one—what was she doing? Each time disaster strikes her life, Cherie forges ahead, struggling to save herself from the wreckage by listening to the music and dancing, first in Los Angeles, then France, Mexico, Holland, and finally in the tango salons of Buenos Aires. This is not a “tango book,” but a story of survival that cuts across death, cancer, Alzheimer’s, loss of home and homeland and cherished heirlooms and possessions, loss of shared histories, of hope for one’s children, of hope for the future, of love. But it’s also about finding love and unexpected joy. And about listening to the music and dancing.
Hubba, Hubba! Check Out Your Hubby He’s predictable, proverbial, and prone to leaving his dirty clothes in a pile beside the laundry basket. He’s the big lug lying next to you every night–and believe it or not, he is your Prince Charming! But what happens when a man other than your husband begins looking and sounding more appealing? Transform your marriage with the realization that the man you always wanted is the one you already have. Striking biblical insights, combined with Paula Friedrichsen ’s candid revelations about the inappropriate relationship that nearly destroyed her marriage, will help you see that no man compares to the one you already have. Discover how to: - embrace the differences between you and your spouse, - revel in the freedom of forgiveness, and - draw near to the only Source of lasting fulfillment. Story Behind the Book “Twelve years ago, I became romantically, though thankfully not sexually, involved with my then-pastor. This resulted in the church’s devastation and a great deal of harm to both of our marriages. But God used the difficult lessons I learned during that arduous time to reshape my thinking about marriage and to plainly show me that the man I always wanted was the one I already had. By using my own story of failure and forgiveness as a backdrop, this book illustrates how our heart’s desire is often found no further then the big lug lying next to us in bed each night!” –Paula Friedrichsen
A vital interrogation of the internationally accepted policy and practice consensus that intervention to shape parenting in the early years is the way to prevent disadvantage. Given the divisive assumptions and essentialist ideas behind early years intervention, in whose interests does it really serve? This book critically assesses assertions that the ‘wrong type of parenting’ has biological and cultural effects, stunting babies’ brain development and leading to a life of poverty and under-achievement. It shows how early intervention policies underpinned by interpretations of brain science perpetuate gendered, classed and raced inequalities. The exploration of future directions will be welcomed by those looking for a positive, collectivist vision of the future that addresses the real underlying issues in the creation of disadvantage.
From Bernard Cornwell, the creator of the No. 1 bestselling Sharpe novels. Arthur has brought a fragile peace to Britain - but it cannot last . . . Uniting the restive British kingdoms behind him, Arthur believes he can now hold back the Saxons threatening the country. Meanwhile, Merlin sets out on a quest to uncover the sacred Treasures of Britain, hoping they will prove decisive in the coming battle. But in a country where the cult of the Christians is spreading, Merlin's quest is divisive. And the ambitions of the rival warlord Lancelot threaten the delicate peace. Could even those closest to Arthur be moved to betray him? In the second book of the Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell brilliantly retells the Arthurian legend, combining myth, history and thrilling battlefield action. 'Wonderful and haunting' People Magazine 'Of all the books I have written these are my favourites' Bernard Cornwell
"The Final Call Of The Traveling Soldier" is a novel based on stories my father told me from his life and the lives of his ancestors. Not only did I get the story from my father, but also many elderly people that lived at this time. Due to the content this book was particularly hard for me to write. So with the blessing of my father I enlisted the help of a good friend of mine, Mr. Thomas Cook. I remember my father's sister, Donnie Mae Campbell, loved to talk about the early years. She talked many times about Pastor Daniel and his life. I remember going to church one day and she saw a field of cotton. She had me turn around just so she could go pick some cotton. She kept feeling the cotton and saying, "This is what we had to do." I hope and pray that this book is worthy of the faith placed in me by Willie (Pete) Jenkins by entrusting me with his story. Betty Cooper
The Love of a Good Man is about the love, endurance, forgiveness, perseverance, and determination of a man of faith, Michael Johnson, who is married to the love of his life, a medical scientist named Jana Johnson. Michael struggles to keep his family together during the most difficult time of their lives. Michael is willing to do whatever he has to, to make sure his family survives the most catastrophic time that they have ever seen. Jana, on the other hand, takes what she has in Michael, the good man, for granted. They struggle in their marriage because of Jana’s immaturity. Jana chooses her career over her family and realizes success is not as successful without the people she loves. The same job she has chosen over her family just may cost her her life. The Love of a Good Man is a heartfelt romance. It will touch every emotion one possesses. After reading this intriguing, captivating, love story you will get to know The Love of a Good Man.
Proven ways to create a more loving family Research proves that happy families are good for health, longevity, peace of mind, productivity, and success. In The Secrets of Happy Families, Scott Haltzman offers an original approach to building family contentment that works for families of all ethnicities and make-ups–two-parent, single-parent, blended, childless, or same-sex couple. He provides a "positive psychology" way of solving family problems through strategy and leadership, including knowing and accepting who you are, taking a leadership role in loving and united relationships, building a network of support in extended families and communities, and making quality time for fun, adventures, holidays, and rituals.
This is the third book a sequel to the first book 'the ghost of Anna', also ties in with the second book 'The darker side to Dr Carter'. Susan and her daughter Sarah move away to a flat, not too far from the family home, where the ghosts of Anna and her father Edward Carter had haunted the old house. This story is about Sarah and her possible connection with Anna and her father. This we see, Sarah attempts to figure out some answers to her questions about the haunting experiences and her horrible nightmares along with other strange feelings from her past that she had in the old home. The haunting you would think would stop as Sarah moves away from the house. Un fortunately, it starts once again this time more terrifying as ever, as Sarah uncovers the truth. Nevertheless, she finds a gift and strength of her own to fight back. This story is based on once again true, strange and haunting events that Sarah has from the age of 10 to 38 years of age set in 1985 to 2012. It was going to be from when Sarah was 10 to 18 but felt it would be better to continue on through so the book would come full circle when the haunting finally stopped and truth behind the story's accepted by one of the main characters of Sarah Jones.