Category: Memoir

Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER


Julie Holland suggestion she knew what loopy used to be. Then she got here to Bellevue. For 9 eventful years, Dr. Holland was once the weekend general practitioner accountable for the psychiatric emergency room at manhattan City’s Bellevue medical institution. during this soaking up memoir, Holland recounts tales from her massive case documents which are alternately terrifying, tragically comedian, and profoundly relocating: the serial killer, the bare guy barking like a puppy in instances sq., the schizophrenic begging for an injection of membership soda to quiet the voices in his head, the subway conductor who watched a tender lady driven into the trail of his educate.

Writing with unusual candor, Holland offers not just a page-turner with the entire fast moving immediacy of a television scientific drama but additionally a desirable glimpse into the interior lives of medical professionals who fight to take care of point of view in a global the place sanity is within the eye of the beholder.

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Kingfisher Days

By Susan Coyne

One summer time, in a hedge close to her family’s cottage in Kenora, five-year-old Susan Coyne came upon an overgrown stone fire. Her father acknowledged it used to be the house of Uncle Joe Spondoolak, an elf who’d moved in after the cottage had burned down in the past. Susan, a whimsical baby, determined to turn into keeper of the fireside, tidying it up and leaving little presents for the elves: handfuls of untamed strawberries, daisy chains, and a tiny birchbark canoe. in a single day the presents could disappear. One morning, there has been a tiny piece of conscientiously folded red paper wedged in among the mossy stones: To Helen Susan Cameron Coyne: Greetings Her Majesty, Queen Mab, has steered me to thanks for creating a domestic for all her humans. hence started Susan’s correspondence with a precocious younger fairy princess, Nootsie Tah, and her indoctrination into the realm of the nice and little humans. The letters from Nootsie Tah endured, and that summer time Susan built precise relationships: one with a proud princess from a paranormal land, and the opposite with a steady gardener with countless knowledge and endurance. those might maintain her all through her lifestyles.

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Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s

By Jennifer Worth

Jennifer Worth's stories of being a midwife in Nineteen Fifties London, now a tremendous BBC television sequence. Jennifer worthy got here from a sheltered history while she turned a midwife within the Docklands within the Nineteen Fifties. The stipulations during which many girls gave delivery simply part a century in the past have been scary, not just as a result of their grimly impoverished atmosphere, but additionally due to what they have been anticipated to undergo. yet whereas Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she additionally met with awesome kindness and knowing, tempered by means of loads of Cockney humour. She additionally earned the confidences of a few whose lives have been really stranger, extra poignant and extra terrifying than may well ever be mentioned in fiction. connected to an order of nuns who were operating within the slums because the 1870s, Jennifer tells the tale not just of the ladies she handled, but additionally of the neighborhood of nuns (including person who was once accused of stealing jewels from Hatton backyard) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she knowledgeable. humorous, demanding and awfully relocating, Jennifer's tales carry to lifestyles the vibrant global of the East lead to the Nineteen Fifties.

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Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family

By Cathy Glass

Million-copy bestselling writer Cathy Glass tells the tale of sunrise, a candy and doubtless well-balanced lady whose outward visual appeal mask a hectic youth of discomfort by the hands of the very those that must have cared for her.

Dawn used to be the 1st lady Cathy Glass ever fostered. candy and probably good balanced woman, Dawn’s outward visual appeal masked a nerve-racking youth so lousy, that even she couldn't take into account it.

During the 1st evening, Cathy woke up to work out sunrise looming above Cathy’s baby’s cot, her eyes staring and clean. She sleepwalks – which Cathy learns is usually a manifestation in disturbed young ones. It turns into a typical and scary prevalence, and Cathy is horrified to discover sunrise lights a fit when mumbling it’s now not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers sunrise is enjoying truant from tuition, and suffering to make acquaintances. extra worryingly she unearths her room empty one evening, and her pillow lined in blood. sunrise has been self-harming that allows you to unlock the ache of her past.

When sunrise makes an attempt suicide, Cathy realises that she wishes extra support than she will provide. Dawn’s mom ultimately confides in her that sunrise was once despatched away to stay with kin in eire among the a while of five and nine, and Cathy quickly realises that the horrors sunrise used to be uncovered to in this time have left her a really disturbed little girl.

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Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life

By Michael Korda

Bestselling writer Michael Korda's Horse People is the tale -- occasionally hilariously humorous, occasionally unhappy and relocating, continually shrewdly saw -- of an entire life love affair with horses, and of the bonds that experience associated people with horses for greater than 10000 years. it's jam-packed with intimate photographs of the type of humans, wealthy or bad, jap or Western, well-known or humble, whose lives proceed to revolve round the horse.

Korda is an amazing storyteller, and his ebook is very own and seductive, a pleasure for everybody who loves horses. Even those that have by no means ridden might be chuffed to saddle up and stick to him in the course of the global of horses, horse humans, and the driving life.

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Paying For It: How turning tricks paid the mortgage, kept the kids in trainers and gave me back my life

By Scarlett O'Kelly

Combining the sexual frankness of Fifty colours of gray and of Belle de Jour's writing, with the attention-grabbing insights of What the Nanny Saw, Scarlett O'Kelly's memoir of her 12 months as a high-end escort, Paying For It, is an specific, remarkable and compulsive tale of dwelling a double lifestyles .

Facing monetary meltdown, mom of 3 Scarlett O'Kelly did what the common girl might locate unthinkable: she set herself up a intercourse employee. there has been the intercourse, which, unusually for Scarlett, may have unforeseen pleasures. Then the consumers - traditional males who frightened they had to conceal their sexual wishes, wants and fantasies from their better halves or girlfriends. let alone her realisation that girls similar to her might construct enhanced relationships in the event that they may well allow pass their hang-ups out and in of mattress. and there is the excessive rate Scarlett paid for her double lifestyles - one she remains to be coming to phrases with.

Paying For It is a uncooked, intimate and robust tale of 1 courageous woman's sacrifice in a time of hassle. it's a searingly sincere and actually eye-opening account of contemporary lifestyles and what fairly is going on in undefined' bedrooms.

It can be an exciting and risqu'e account of 1 woman's sexual odyssey - from her determination to become profitable from intercourse to her realisation that she had develop into sexually liberated within the process.

Scarlett O'Kelly is a center category everywoman - and her consumers have been usual center category males - so this can be an exciting photograph of a facet of lifestyles that's frequently hidden.

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My Accidental Jihad

By Krista Bremer

Fifteen years in the past, Krista Bremer do not have been in a position to think her lifestyles at the present time: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, elevating kids with Arabic names within the American South. Nor may perhaps she have imagined the unfairness she may stumble upon or the profound methods her marriage may switch her notion of the world.

But on a operating path in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was once passionate and sincere—and he enjoyed experience up to she did. From buddies to fans to some dealing with an unforeseen being pregnant, this can be the tale of 2 people—a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised via illiterate mom and dad in an impoverished Libyan fishing village—who made a dedication to one another with no abandoning their very own identities.

It is the tale of a bicultural marriage—and aren’t all marriages bicultural? In any marriage, we'd become aware of that our mate is overseas to us, with very varied language, stories, and assumptions approximately domestic and relatives. How we reply to distinction shapes our world.

Profoundly relocating and sometimes humorous, this meditation on tolerance explores what it skill to open our hearts to a different tradition and to include our personal. it's Krista Bremer’s unforeseen fight to arrive past herself, her unintentional Jihad.

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Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness

By Dominique Browning

"In burnished, beautiful prose, Browning describes her emotions of being set adrift until eventually she progressively transforms her helter-skelter days right into a planned, contemplative manner of life." -The Boston Globe

In overdue 2007, Dominique Browning, the editor-in-chief of Conde Nast's House & Garden, used to be trained that the journal had folded-and she used to be out of a role. without notice divested of the source of revenue and experience of goal that had pushed her for many of her grownup existence, Browning panicked. yet freed of the incessant strain to multi-task and practice, she by surprise found a extra significant technique to live.

Browning's witty and considerate memoir has already touched a chord with reviewers and readers alike. whereas untold hundreds of thousands are feeling the tension of recent lifestyles, Slow Love eloquently reminds us to relish what we have-a well timed message that all of us have to hear.

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The 50th Law

By 50 Cent, Robert Greene

In The fiftieth legislation, hip hop and pa tradition icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling writer of The forty eight legislation of energy, to write a “bible” for fulfillment in existence and paintings in keeping with a unmarried precept: worry not anything. With tales from 50 Cent's existence at the streets and within the boardroom as he rose to reputation after the discharge of his album Get wealthy or Die Tryin’, in addition to examples of others who've triumph over adversity via knowing and practising the fiftieth legislation, this deeply inspirational e-book is ideal for marketers in addition to somebody drawn to the extreme lifetime of Curtis Jackson.

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Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir

By Diana Athill

Winner of the 2009 nationwide publication Critics Circle Award in Autobiography and a New York Times bestseller: a prize-winning, seriously acclaimed memoir on existence and getting older ―“An sincere pleasure to learn” (Alice Munro).

Hailed as “a virtuoso workout” (Sunday Telegraph), this e-book displays candidly, occasionally with nice humor, at the situation of being outdated. captivating readers, writers, and critics alike, the memoir received the Costa Award for Biography and made Athill, now ninety-one, a shocking literary star.

Diana Athill is among the nice editors in British publishing. For greater than 5 a long time she edited the likes of V. S. Naipaul and Jean Rhys, for whom she used to be a confidante and caretaker. As a author, Athill has made her attractiveness for the frankness and accurately expressed knowledge of her memoirs. Now in her ninety-first yr, "entirely untamed approximately either previous and new conventions" (Literary Review) and free of any of the inhibitions that even she could have as soon as had, Athill displays candidly, and infrequently with nice humor, at the situation of being old―the losses and sometimes the earnings that age brings, the knowledge and fortitude required to stand loss of life. special via "remarkable intelligence...[and the] effortless splendor of her prose" (Daily Telegraph), this brief, well-crafted publication, hailed as "a virtuoso workout" (Sunday Telegraph) provides an inspiring paintings for these hoping to flourish of their later years.

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