"This tense wire of a novel thrums with suspense. . . . [this book] just might be the highlight of your summer.”–The New York Times Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets The Revenant in this heart-pounding story of survival and revenge in the unforgiving wilderness. After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now. Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father…and she wants revenge.
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Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk's poetry - so profoundly based on her life's vibrant experiences - has been described as very unique in its ability to exemplify the entire idea in just few words. Before 1969, when Elizabeth left communist oppression of her native Poland and settled in South Florida, she studied philosophy in Warsaw, a city flourishing with the anti-communists, and Bohemian artists. Her encounter with the English language was a love at the first sight. "There is power and profundity in this language. It fascinates me," says Elizabeth, "as a language of great expression in my symbolic-abstract search of description." Elizabeth is a member of the National Writer's Association, South Florida Chapter, as well as the Florida State Poets Association. Her poetry is listed in publications; Great Poets Across America, Best Poets of 2015, 2016 and 2017 and Cadence, the annual Anthology of the Florida State Poets Association. She is the author of three books: In The Eyes Of The Poet, Preparing For Eternity, and now, I Am Still Alive.
This is a dramatic story of one man's determination to survive, to heal, and to overcome. Your whole life can change in a moment.For Jimi, that change came from cancer diagnosis when he was only 15. During his treatment, he contracted a staph infection that doctors thought, he would kill him. And it did. But against all medical odds, he lived. His story isn't just one of survival but how to truly live, how to be brave when you're scared and to continue on when you are stuck. In this unique reminiscing story, which is part cancer survival and a travel memoir, wrapped around a kayak journey across an Arizona desert lake.
Civil War studies normally focus on military battles, campaigns, generals and politicians, with the common Confederate soldiers and Southern civilians receiving only token mention. Using personal accounts from more than two hundred forty soldiers, farmers, clerks, nurses, sailors, farm girls, merchants, surgeons, chaplains and wives, author Jeff Toalson has created a compilation that is remarkable in its simplicity and stunning in its scope. These soldiers and civilians wrote remarkable letters and kept astonishing diaries and journals. They discuss disease, slavery, inflation, religion, desertion, blockade running, and their never-ending hope that the war would end before their loved ones died. A major portion of these documents were unpublished and were made available by the Brewer Library of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. With this, his third significant contribution to Civil War literature, Jeff Toalson joins the select company of Thomas W. Cutrer and Bell I. Wiley as historians who have devoted their body of work to preserving the voices of common Confederate soldiers and civilians.
A wryly funny yet profoundly poignant story of one man’s incredible life over the course of a nine-decade span of human history that at times was tumultuous and cataclysmic, during which our entire world order was radically changed, arguably both politically and socially, and not once but repeatedly, right to the present day. In some respects it is a story of just trying to make it through times of strife and upheaval, and realizing that no matter what happens, survival is the foremost objective. Yet in other respects the book represents an affirmation that family is the ultimate place for a person to be. In addition, it is also a potent discussion of family relationships, particularly father-son relationships, and an examination of how those relationships are inevitably forged by our individual life experiences, both good and bad.
I’m quite certain that before you fi nish this book, you will not like me. I do not fl atter myself for I have discovered looking back on my life, I made many poor decisions. Nevertheless, I’ve been told by many is that war veterans, addicts and those who face deadly disease and those who have lost all hope can benefi t from what I’ve learned. You, my friends, like I continue striving to do, can persevere even when it seems the road before you leads to nothingness.
After surviving a 23-month period of severe depression and anxiety which led to my brief hospitalization in a mental facility, I left Atlanta and abandoned my career as a divorce attorney and returned to my hometown of Fresno. My large family welcomed my son and I with opened arms and my life would follow a stable and normal course. But one day a woman would enter, and things would never be the same.This is my true story of love and mental illness. Travel with me as I struggle with my twin-monsters of depression and anxiety, while I fight to protect the woman I love from the same fate.
Swept up as a child in the events of Nazi-era Europe, Ruth Kluger saw her family's comfortable Vienna existence systematically undermined and destroyed. By age eleven, she had been deported, along with her mother, to Theresienstadt, the first in a series of concentration camps which would become the setting for her precarious childhood. Kluger's story of her years in the camps and her struggle to establish a life after the war as a refugee survivor in New York, has emerged as one of the most powerful accounts of the Holocaust. Interwoven with blunt, unsparing observations of childhood and nuanced reflections of an adult who has spent a lifetime thinking about the Holocaust, Still Alive rejects all easy assumptions about history, both political and personal. Whether describing the abuse she met at her own mother's hand, the life-saving generosity of a woman SS aide in Auschwitz, the foibles and prejudices of Allied liberators, or the cold shoulder offered by her relatives when she and her mother arrived as refugees in New York, Kluger sees and names an unexpected reality which has little to do with conventional wisdom or morality tales. Still Alive is a memoir of the pursuit of selfhood against all odds, a fiercely bittersweet coming-of-age story in which the protagonist must learn never to rely on comforting assumptions, but always to seek her own truth.