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.
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.
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 From the Trade Paperback edition.
"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
Sisters-in-law Kate, Helen and Miranda all have one thing in common - they're hiding something. It's not easy being part of the high-achieving Fox family: the expectations and demands of their husbands and children; the jealousies and rivalries; and the endless Sunday lunches where somehow everything feels like a competition. So when mysterious Sasha enters their lives, bloodied from the battlefield of a painful divorce, buried frustrations rush to the surface. Why is Kate's husband Jonny working so late at the office, and how will she cope at home alone? Can army-wife Helen trust Jago to come back to her next time, or is he drawn by temptations in a foreign field? And will Simon's explosive secret blow Miranda's marriage apart once and for all? Three sisters-in-law. One devastating divorcee. Whose husband is about to play with fire?
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.