can t we talk about something more pleasant

Book Title: Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant
Author: Roz Chast
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: 2014-05-06
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781620406380
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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#1 New York Times Bestseller 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”-with predictable results-the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies-an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades-the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

Book Title: Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers
Author: Sabrina Fuchs Abrams
Publisher: Springer
Release Date: 2017-11-09
Pages: 263
ISBN: 9783319567297
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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This collection is the first to focus on the transgressive and transformative power of American female humorists. It explores the work of authors and comediennes such as Carolyn Wells, Lucille Clifton, Mary McCarthy, Lynne Tillman, Constance Rourke, Roz Chast, Amy Schumer and Samantha Bee, and the ways in which their humor challenges gendered norms and assumptions through the use of irony, satire, parody, and wit. The chapters draw from the experiences of women from a variety of racial, class, and gender identities and encompass a variety of genres and comedic forms including poetry, fiction, prose, autobiography, graphic memoir, comedic performance, and new media. Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers will appeal to a general educated readership as well as to those interested in women’s and gender studies, humor studies, urban studies, American literature and cultural studies, and media studies.

Book Title: A Buddhist Grief Observed
Author: Guy Newland
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2016-08-09
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9781614293019
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Amid the world-shattering pain of loss, what helps? “After the death of his beloved partner from cancer, Newland finds himself asking how effective his long years of Buddhist practice have been in helping him come to terms with overwhelming grief. This finely written book offers a lucid meditation on what it means to practice the Dharma when everything falls apart.” —Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs and After Buddhism In the tradition of C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed, Guy Newland offers this brave record of falling to pieces and then learning to make sense of his pain and grief within his spiritual tradition. Drawing inspiration from all corners of the Buddhist world—from Zen stories and the Dalai Lama, to Pema Chödrön and ancient Pali texts—this book reverberates with honesty, kindness, and deep humanity. Newland shows us the power of responding fully and authentically to the death of a loved one. “A sad, beautiful, and necessary book—and a map waiting for many who will need it.” —James Ishmael Ford, author of If You’re Lucky Your Heart Will Break “Guy Newland faces squarely the pain of death and the pain of grief and offers a work of uncommon power, insight, and honesty—and extraordinary compassion.” —Jay L. Garfield, author of Engaging Buddhism

Book Title: Going into Town
Author: Roz Chast
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781632869784
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Washington Post "10 Best Graphic Novels of the Year" New York Magazine "The Year's Most Giftable Coffee Table Books" Newsday "Best Fall Books" The Verge "The Ten Best Comics of the Year" An Indie Next Pick Winner of the New York City Book Award From the #1 NYT bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast, an "absolutely laugh-out-loud hysterical" (AP) illustrated ode/guide/thank-you to Manhattan. New Yorker cartoonist and NYT bestselling author Roz Chast, native Brooklynite-turned-suburban commuter deemed the quintessential New Yorker, has always been intensely alive to the glorious spectacle that is Manhattan--the daily clash of sidewalk racers and dawdlers; the fascinating range of dress codes; and the priceless, nutty outbursts of souls from all walks of life. For Chast, adjusting to life outside the city was surreal--(you can own trees!? you have to drive!?)--but she recognized that the reverse was true for her kids. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange visual world of Manhattan--its blackened sidewalk gum-wads, "those West Side Story-things" (fire escapes)--and its crazily honeycombed systems and grids. Told through Chast's singularly zany, laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons, Going Into Town is part New York stories (the "overheard and overseen" of the island borough), part personal and practical guide to walking, talking, renting, and venting--an irresistible, one-of-a-kind love letter to the city.

Book Title: Awakening from Grief
Author: John E. Welshons
Publisher: New World Library
Release Date: 2011-02-09
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781577319887
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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In this remarkable book, John Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he’s counseled to create a deeply felt and beautifully expressed primer on dealing with grief. Grieving, says Welshons, offers a unique opportunity to develop deeper and fuller life experiences, to embrace pain in order to open the heart to joy. Written for those who have experienced any kind of loss — death, divorce, or disappointment — this book offers reasonable, reassuring thinking on dealing with the death of loved ones and ourselves, finding the inner gifts that promote healing, and much more. Awakening from Grief takes a rare and compelling positive look at a subject needlessly viewed as one of the most negative in life. This is a persuasive primer on drawing the joy out of grief.

Book Title: The Frozen Shroud
Author: Martin Edwards
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Release Date: 2013-06-24
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780749014605
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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‘The question that haunts us all. Just what is it that drives someone to kill?’ In Ravenbank, a remote community in the Lake District, Hallowe'en is particularly chilling. It is a time for telling the story of the Faceless Woman, a young housemaid brutally murdered in a nearby lane, her corpse discovered with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. And five years ago, the tale became even more unsettling when another woman was murdered in exactly the same grisly manner. Daniel Kind, a specialist in the history of murder, becomes fascinated by the old cases, and begins to wonder whether the obvious suspects really did commit the crimes. While Daniel attends a Hallowe'en party in Ravenbank, death returns for a third time to the beautiful but eerily isolated spot. Once more, the victim is a woman – and once more her damaged face is shrouded from view. The latest horrifying murder presents DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of the Cold Case Review Team, with the toughest challenge of her career. Is the case linked to the two earlier killings - and if so, how? Hannah and Daniel join forces in an attempt to solve the puzzling mystery. But in doing so, both may be forced to confront ghosts from their own pasts . . .

Book Title: Tim Gunn The Natty Professor
Author: Tim Gunn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2015-03-24
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781476780085
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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A timeless book of lessons on mentorship, teaching, and learning from New York Times bestselling author Tim Gunn, host of the Emmy Award–nominated Project Runway and the reality show Under the Gunn. Tim Gunn, America’s favorite reality TV cohost, is known for his kind but firm approach in providing wisdom, guidance, and support to the scores of design hopefuls on Project Runway. Having begun his fashion career as a teacher at Parsons The New School for Design, Tim knows more than a thing or two about mentorship and how to convey invaluable pearls of wisdom in an approachable, accessible manner. While Gunn’s Golden Rules showcased Tim “as life coach,” imparting lessons based on his personal experiences, Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor will focus on Tim “as teacher.” Divided into sections on common themes—truth-telling, empathy, asking, cheerleading, and hoping for the best—this practical, timely book takes us on a journey through life lessons and uses Tim’s own personal experiences, from the classroom to the therapist’s office, to illustrate larger concepts. Says Bette Midler of Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor, “This book is as smart and fashionable as Tim Gunn himself, and it’s teeming with surprising, moving, and often hilarious stories about teaching, learning, and life. I loved it!” So grab a pencil and start taking notes: class is officially in session!

Book Title: Forbidden Dreams
Author: Leonid Prymak
Publisher: iUniverse
Release Date: 2002-02-27
Pages: 420
ISBN: 9781469771199
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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A young worldly Russian, a violinist, Vladimir Volkonsky, unexpectedly falls in love with an innocent voice student. Her name is Lara. He first sees her on stage from the orchestra where he is rehearsing for a concert. During the months leading into winter, Lara and Vladimir are warmed against the chilly Moscow nights by each other. They are awakened to a passion that previously each had found only in music. While that passion tragically is lost when Vladimir fulfills his childhood dream to leave his homeland, the spirit of her love sustains him in his new life in the United States. Set is Moscow and Richmond, Virginia, the tragic romance of Lara and Vladimir is revealed with sensual and ethereal passages, touching both the heart and the spirit. Filled with historical references to the last days of the Czar, the lives of musicians and brushes with celebrities, Forbidden Dreams is filled with passion, music and paranormal experiences.

Book Title: Marriage Bravo Style
Author: Christine Rimmer
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: 2012-07-01
Pages: 162
ISBN: 9781460833766
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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You are cordially invited to the shotgun wedding of Elena Cabrera Bravo and Rogan Murdoch Date: As soon as labour is over. Time: Just enough for the bride to fit into something other than a hospital gown. Hosted by: The brothers of the bride. In fact, they insisted on it! Reason for Union: The bride and groom love each other even if they're both too stubborn to admit it! RSVP to the Bravo Family. Gifts (wedding and baby) optional

Book Title: Marriage Bravo Style Mendoza s Return
Author: Christine Rimmer
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: 2011-06-01
Pages: 492
ISBN: 9781742908410
Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Marriage, Bravo Style! by Christine Rimmer When Rogan Murdoch was barely an adult, his parents died tragically, leaving him as the guardian to his three younger siblings. Now he's ready to be footloose and free –– until he meets school teacher Elena Cabrera. The illegitimate daughter of the Bravo patriarch, Elena, is ready for love, and has her sights set on Rogan. After a short affair together leaves her pregnant with his child, Rogan and her family insist on marriage. But Elena wants to be Rogan's great love...not his responsibility! Mendoza's Return by Susan Crosby Raphael Mendoza and Melina Lawrence were high school sweethearts –– until their differences tore them apart. Ten years later when the devastatingly attractive Rafe comes home to Red Rock, Melina knows she can't walk away a second time –– not when the passion still burns hot between them