Sian Prior has maintained a career in the public eye, as a broadcaster and performer, for more than twenty years. For far longer than that she has suffered from excruciating shyness. Eventually, after bolting from a party in a state of near-panic, she decides to investigate her condition. What is it - shyness? Where did hers come from? Why does it create such distressing turmoil beneath her assured professional front? As Sian begins to research the science of social anxiety, other factors present themselves as facets of the problem. Family, intimate friendships, self-perception and fear and longing and the consequences of love...While, in counterpoint, there is the security, the sense of belonging, she finds in the life she shares with Tom, her famous partner. Until he tells her he is leaving. Shy: A Memoir - frank, provocative, remarkable in its clarity and beautifully written - is a book about unease: about questioning who you are and evading the answer. It is about grief, and abandonment and loss. It is about how the simple word shy belies the complex reality of what that really means. Sian Prior is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in the arts and popular culture, a media consultant, and a teacher at universities and writers centres. She has a second career as a musician and recording artist. Sian lives in Melbourne. Shy: A Memoir is her first book. Book club notes are available for this title from the Text Publishing website. 'A fascinating meditation on how temperament can shape a person's life.' Books+Publishing 'Charming and beautifully evoked...' Weekend Australian 'Prior captures details with prose equal to a skilled novelist...a deeply satisfying inquiry into the nature of self.' Saturday Paper
Born of a long life of suffering from shyness, this memoir reveals the hurt and anguish that acutely shy people experience. Rivas-Rose's message can help inspire other shy people to overcome their own pain.
This memoir narrates the story of a Korean-American woman who overcame challenges to become the first female DJ at Americas #1 radio station. Without a DJ, theres no music; without music, theres no party. The right music can make or break a party; promoters, club owners, and stars alike know this. In this memoir, successful turntablist DJ Shy narrates the story of how she became a sought-after DJ and the first female on-air mixer at the No. 1 radio station in America, 102.7 KIIS FM in Los Angeles. Beauty and the Beats tells how this small-town girl from Pennsylvania made it to the big time in California. Shy describes how she a poor, nave, Asian girl from a broken home overcame her lifes challenges and the discrimination in the male-dominated music industry to thrive. From surviving a drive-by shooting and eluding midnight stalkers to being cheated on her paychecks, she shares her story and shows how she remained positive throughout her journey. Providing a sneak peek into the music and entertainment industry, Beauty and the Beats provides motivation and inspiration to encourage teenagers to make sound career choices and follow their dreams to achieve happiness and success.
The Saga of Toi and Me – A Memoir by Merredith F. Perkins, Ph. D. The Saga of Toi and Me — A Memoir is about our environment, family, and ancestry. It’s about how the actions of love can be influential and powerful. Saga is about taking risks and learning something that is beneath the surface of our being that makes us fight for our productive lives. It’s about being down, but getting up. It’s about harnessing a power that we found in ourselves that propelled us forward. Power. This memoir is for “mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, and families” who use their interwoven strength to struggle through circumstances of loss and love. My story is for all to read about examples of how resilience, perseverance, and the strength in each of us propels us to develop a power in handling the matters that we can control and matters that we can’t, self-power that is taught via a people support system. My survival has to be based on my power of determination to do so... and to have newly defined fun along the way. Toi has “unleashed” me to do just that. Looking back and laughing is cathartic, that is what The Saga of Toi and Me — A Memoir is all about.
In this funny and telling portrait of the artist as a young pornographer, Bernard Wolfe chronicles his own unlikely entrance into the world of letters. The year was 1936, and Depression laden America had no great need for a Yale Phi Bete whose primary talent was for words. After working variously as a secretary-bodyguard for Leon Trotsky in Mexico, a cataloger of the Irving Fisher papers, and a hopelessly inept drill-grinder, Wolfe landed his first professional writing job: turning out piecework porn at $2.00 a page for an Oklahoma millionaire. He credited his pornographic efforts with teaching him to write to specified lengths while facing deadlines: "I acquired the work discipline of a professional writer, capable of a solid daily output."
-Take a step back and look into the experiences of a little girl growing up in Detroit with her two older sisters. -When the Shrine Circus was in town, her dad brought home clowns in costume, a bear trainer and a trapeze artist. -The adventures of the author and her sisters at boarding school. -The tragedy of losing her daughter Julie in a head-on collision, leaving a young husband and two little boys. -You'll laugh at the incident of the elephant on the roof, the wasp and the negligee, and the police almost arresting Santa Clause. -The happenings at their son Steve's wedding was so unusual and funny it could be an SNL skit. -The antics of a grandmother who seemed to have no filter when it came to her off-hand remarks. -You'll learn why this family loves Michigan and especially their beloved hometown, Detroit.
Just Add Water: A Memoir tells the story of an Italian American woman growing up in the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. JesuMarie presents her recollections, framing them with a list of ingredients for Zuppa Maritata, a flavorful Italian soup. One simply adds water to the ingredients to bring the soup to life. In a similar way, JesuMarie finds that adding water, symbolizing a rich and resilient spirituality flowing from the lessons she learned from nuns in grade school, makes the ingredients of her life come together. Just as recipes bring the tastes of regional palettes to life through the choice of specific ingredients, Just Add Water brings the author’s childhood to life by immersing itself in her history’s specific details. She recalls at one point, “I transformed into the Flash, running very fast out the back door, under and through the laundry, pulling some of it down to the cement ground as I ran with superhuman speed. I looked back on the rest of the laundry swinging in the warm breeze as I made my escape around to the convent with the nuns. I could hear the Italian Madman cursing and screaming all our family’s dirty laundry out loud for all the neighbors to hear.” Just Add Water: A Memoir does not shy away from the uncomfortable details of the author’s life, but rather, it immerses them in the waters of spiritual insight, transforming them into a hearty soup.