Take a trip back to the nostalgic fifties, when you could go to the movies for 25 cents and see a double feature. An innocent time when all we had to worry about was being home for five o'clock because supper was on the table. A time when T.V. was clean yet still funny. A time when girls were the only ones with ponytails, when every street corner had a little mom and pop store and your parents gave you a note to buy cigarettes for them. A time when our sports heroes had names like Rocky, Mickey, Willie and The Duke. A time when the New York Yankees and the Boston Celtics seemed to win every year. This is a look back at a simpler time. A time when mothers were home and dads went to work. A time that has long since passed.
Just when you thought you had it all figured out...“Alex Peter Gregory, you are a moron!” Laurie slammed her palms down on my desk and stomped her foot. I get a lot of that. One car crash. One measly little car crash. And suddenly, I’m some kind of convicted felon. My parents are getting divorced, my dad is shacking up with my third-grade teacher, I might be in love with a girl who could kill me with one finger, and now I’m sentenced to babysit some insane old guy. What else could possibly go wrong? This is the story of Alex Gregory, his guitar, his best gal pal Laurie, and the friendship of a lifetime that he never would have expected.
Way over yonder in the minor key There ain't nobody that can sing like me --Woody Guthrie Originally published as issue #35 of Sugar Mule: A Literary Magazine (www.sugarmule.com), this groundbreaking anthology includes 188 selections of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and visual art by 78 writers and 2 visual artists who currently live in Oklahoma. A powerful gathering of voices, singing hymns, telling stories, making truth from a powerful place. --Rilla Askew, author of Fire in Beulah and Harpsong
This is a book of stories with various topics ranging from science fiction to drama, childhood confrontations it was fun to write on different subjects. The little girl Shelly faces problems in school like many children do. The boy Samuel in A Stroke of Luck has a life changing experience most of us can only dream of. The boy Joey in Growing up in a Small Town faces many problems as he faces life head on. The boy Clarence in An Unknown Adversary has a life changing experience after growing up isolated and being a loner all his life.
High school. Love. Drama. Blondes. Brunettes. Friendship. Coffee. Grease. As a normal, high school freshman, Carrie Dawson has been thrown into a whole new world, following the tragic death of her father. Her cousin, best friend, second-mate, partner-in-crime, Jess, is behind Carrie in all aspects of life. They share a friendship that is unique and unlike any other. Carrie finds herself lost emotionally on how to feel when it comes to a confusing moment in every persons young life: First love. Shes torn between dating the guy that is perfect for her by everyone elses standards and that unforgettable, tingly feeling that she gets from her other indecisive, best friend Ben. Her Grease, coffee, and sarcasm addiction certainly do not help herself achieve her goal of finding the perfect, movie-like relationship.
With almost everything you need to know to care for your family available on the Internet or at the library these days, how do you sort through the wealth of information available? How do you narrow down your web search? And how many pages are in that reference guide? It can be overwhelming to look for specific information. Relax—we have the cure for the common search. The information you need is at your fingertips in the practical and easy-to-use “Busy Mom’s Guide” series. Using a question-and-answer format, Busy Mom’s Guide to Parenting Teens gives you tips and solid advice as your child heads into the teen years and fights for his or her independence. Driving, cell phones, social networking, physical and emotional changes—all of these things are coming at your child with a vengeance. Don’t just survive your child’s leap into adolescence, take the journey together and learn to thrive as a family. Your roadmap is inside this book—enjoy the ride! Some content previously published in the Complete Guide’s Baby & Childcare.
Small wonder that, at nine years old, Monica Holloway develops a fascination with the local funeral home. With a father who drives his Ford pickup with a Kodak movie camera sitting shotgun just in case he sees an accident, and whose home movies feature more footage of disasters than of his children, Monica is primed to become a morbid child. Yet in spite of her father's bouts of violence and abuse, her mother's selfishness and prim denial, and her siblings' personal battles and betrayals, Monica never succumbs to despair. Instead, she forges her own way, thriving at school and becoming fast friends with Julie Kilner, whose father is the town mortician. She and Julie prefer the casket showroom, where they take turns lying in their favorite coffins, to the parks and grassy backyards in her hometown of Elk Grove, Ohio. In time, Monica and Julie get a job driving the company hearse to pick up bodies at the airport, yet even Monica's growing independence can't protect her from her parents' irresponsibility, and from the feeling that she simply does not deserve to be safe. Little does she know, as she finally strikes out on her own, that her parents' biggest betrayal has yet to be revealed. Throughout this remarkable memoir of her dysfunctional, eccentric, and wholly unforgettable family, Monica Holloway's prose shines with humor, clear-eyed grace, and an uncommon sense of resilience. Driving with Dead People is an extraordinary real-life tale with a wonderfully observant and resourceful heroine.
Presented in a straightforward question-and-answer format, a helpful guide to caring for an aging family member provides essential information about nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice, money management, wills, mental and physical ailments, medical options, nutrition, and coping with changing family roles and daily stress. Original.
Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who's just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad's a bibliophile), she's having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend's divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in cascarones, Lina's life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes. In her first novel for young readers, Diana López creates a clever and honest story about a young Latina girl navigating growing pains in her South Texan city.
A woman and her young son travel by car through the southern and midwestern United States in this heartbreakingly spare novel-in-dialogue. As the mother drives, she and the boy, Roy, trade impressions of the landscape and of life, in the process approaching an understanding of each other and their shared inner landscape. "Mom, can we drive to Wyoming?" "You mean now?" "Uh-huh. Is it far?" "Very far. We're almost to Georgia." "Can we go someday?" "Sure, Roy, we'll go." "We won't tell anyone, right, Mom?" "No, baby, nobody will know where we are." "And we'll have a dog." "I don't see why not." "From now on when anything bad happens, I'm going to think about Wyoming. Running with my dog." "It's a good thing, baby. Everybody needs Wyoming." —from Wyoming
In a land far, far, away.... and another lifetime really, there was a fair maiden, whose beauty was beyond compare. She was wise way beyond her years, and matured at a very young age. There was a " window of opportunity" in the mid-sixties, that she was mysteriously aware of, and knew instinctively to take advantage of it before it vanished........ she had her mother's blessing, as her mother knew that opportunities rarely came knocking..... For those few short years, she took full advantage of her youth and stunning good looks. Many doors were opened to her, simply because she was lucky in that respect. This is her story and the myriad cast of famous characters who crossed her path from the music, film, and rock and roll heyday
From one of America's foremost young literary voices, a transcendent portrait of the unbearable anguish of grief and the enduring power of familial love. What does it mean to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief? After her mother died of cancer at the age of fifty-five, Meghan O'Rourke found that nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her sorrow. In the first anguished days, she began to create a record of her interior life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief-its monumental agony and microscopic intimacies-an endeavor that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond. O'Rourke's story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother's illness-and separating from her husband-left her fundamentally altered. But it is also one of resilience, as she observes her family persevere even in the face of immeasurable loss. With lyricism and unswerving candor, The Long Goodbye conveys the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life, and the way memory can lead us out of the jagged darkness of loss. Effortlessly blending research and reflection, the personal and the universal, it is not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.
Rockaway Beach, 2001. Sarah, a painter from southern California, retreats to this eccentric, eclectic beach town in the far reaches of Queens with the hopes of rediscovering her passion for painting. Sarah has the opportunity for a real gallery showing if only she can create some new and interesting work. There, near the beach, she hopes to escape a life caught in the stasis of caregiving for her elderly parents and working at an art supply store to unleash the artist within. One summer, a room filled with empty canvasses, nothing but possibility. There she meets Marty, an older musician from a once-popular band whose harmonies still infuse the summertime music festivals. His strict adherence to his music and to his Jewish faith will provoke unexpected feelings in Sarah and influence both her time there and her painting. Rockaway is a time capsule love letter to a quirky, singular town, in a time before an entire community was brought to its knees in the events about to occur in September 2001, and to an entire town that faced tragedy again when it was summarily devastated eleven years later by Hurricane Sandy. It is the startling new fiction by a writer praised by
Cranes Among Chickens is a compelling memoir about a Taiwanese family, with tales of immigrants and pioneers, of ambition and rebellion, of three generations spanning one hundred years, two continents, five countries, and three wars. This family saga mirrors a tumultuous period in history as Taiwan transitioned from a 19th century backwater to a 21st century economic powerhouse. These collected stories drawn from diaries, letters, oral accounts, and the authors recollections of his own journey to American citizenship and professional acclaim provide a candid portrait of a remarkable family that has endured great change and overcome numerous challenges.
Famous novelist Dorothy Ackerman invites her estranged daughter, Rachel, on a four-day cruise to Bermuda to coincide with Mother’s Day and the girl’s 25th birthday. The trip should be a relaxing vacation and bonding opportunity for them. But they’re barely speaking. Both women have ulterior motives for going on the cruise together, and they try to get what they need from each other. A handsome stranger acts as kindling to ignite old grudges and distrust between the Ackermans. By the end of the trip, the two women disembark with a greater understanding of each other and themselves.
Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore. Amy Ackley's impressive debut is wrenching, heartbreaking, and utterly true.
1996 With the approach of winter over Monks Hood, Colorado, something elsesomething much coldergrows within the mountain valley community. A malevolent presence moves with the shadows and touches the lives of all who inhabit the small ranching town on the outskirts of the Routt National Forest. Linda Westcotts arrival in Monks Hood is heralded by the death of her husband. She has come to restore balance to the lives of her children, in the serenity of the Colorado Mountains. The peace she seeks, however, is disrupted by a series of inter-connecting events which strike at the core of Monks Hoods very foundation. As the tendrils of circumstance close in about her, Linda Westcott finds herself trapped in the influence of an evil which ultimately threatens to purge Monks Hood of all life. Linda must find the strength to overcome her own fears and doubts, if she is to survive and protect her children from an entity defined by hatred, rage and revenge.