A Widow ́s Tale and Other Stories

Author: Mrs. Oliphant

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732687724

Category: Fiction

Page: 392

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A Widow's Story

Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062082639

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 6606

Unlike anything Joyce Carol Oates has written before, A Widow’s Story is the universally acclaimed author’s poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six years, and its wrenching, surprising aftermath. A recent recipient of National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Oates, whose novels (Blonde, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, Little Bird of Heaven, etc.) rank among the very finest in contemporary American fiction, offers an achingly personal story of love and loss. A Widow’s Story is a literary memoir on a par with The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Calvin Trillin’s About Alice.


Author: Maggie Andrews,Janis Lomas

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0750995912

Category: History

Page: 240

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Historically seen as figures of pity and foreboding - poverty stricken receivers of charity, tragic figures dressed in black and even sometimes sexually voracious predators or witches - widows have been subject to powerful stereotypes that have endured for centuries. But for many women, widowhood unfolded into a vastly more complex story. From being property of men and housekeepers - the owners of nothing - they found themselves suddenly enfranchised, empowered and free to conduct themselves however they wished. From determined suffrage campaigners and politicians, to entrepreneurs and newly self-made women, the effect of widows' might can be seen throughout history. Here eminent historians Maggie Andrews and Janis Lomas pull together the stories of fascinating women and their exploits after being widowed, and show how their greatest loss became, in many ways, their biggest gain.

Widows' Words

Author: Nan Bauer-Maglin

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813599555

Category: Self-Help

Page: 238

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Becoming a widow is one of the most traumatic life events that a woman can experience. Yet, as this remarkable new collection reveals, each woman responds to that trauma differently. Here, forty-three widows tell their stories, in their own words. Some were widowed young, while others were married for decades. Some cared for their late partners through long terminal illnesses, while others lost their partners suddenly. Some had male partners, while others had female partners. Yet each of these women faced the same basic dilemma: how to go on living when a part of you is gone. Widows’ Words is arranged chronologically, starting with stories of women preparing for their partners’ deaths, followed by the experiences of recent widows still reeling from their fresh loss, and culminating in the accounts of women who lost their partners many years ago but still experience waves of grief. Their accounts deal honestly with feelings of pain, sorrow, and despair, and yet there are also powerful expressions of strength, hope, and even joy. Whether you are a widow yourself or have simply experienced loss, you will be sure to find something moving and profound in these diverse tales of mourning, remembrance, and resilience.

Widows - Our Words and Ways: A Collection of Personal Stories

Author: Barbara Kretchmar

Publisher: Mill City Press

ISBN: 1545661065

Category: Self-Help

Page: 218

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Becoming a widow is a most lonely, frightening experience. Widows - Our Words and Ways is an opportunity for a widow to relate to and learn from other women who have suffered the pain and challenges of losing a spouse. Regardless of who the widow is, she will hopefully find in these pages one or more individuals to whom she will relate and numerous nuggets of wisdom to help her move forward with her life. This book aims to help and inspire widows of different ages from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds and whose spouses died under various circumstances. §§ “An inspiring book on a heart wrenching subject: Twenty-five widows speak for themselves, offering surprising comfort and unique survival strategies that only those who have been there could be wise enough to conceive.” Judith Sills, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Excess Baggage, Contributor to The Today Show, Psychology Today, past regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. §§ “I know all too well the subject of this book. If only it had existed at the time of my loss. Yet, even now, this book has given much to me. In these pages, I hear the voices of women from all walks of life, united in the sharing of yesterday’s loss and tomorrow’s hope. More than consolation, Widows – Our Words and Ways, offers an outreached hand.” Linda Richardson, New York Times bestselling author and Founder of Richardson, an International Sales Performance Company. Barbara Metsky Kretchmar, a New York City native, graduated from Hunter College High School, Harpur College (S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton), and Syracuse University College of Law. She was widowed at 46 years old with two young sons, 13 and 11, when her husband died in 1990.

A World of Widows

Author: Margaret Owen

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781856494205

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 214

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A World of Widows provides a global overview of the status for widowhood. Neglected by social policy researches, international human rights activists and the women's movement, the status of the world's widows - legal, social, cultural, and economic - is an urgent issue given the extent and the severity of the discrimination against them. Margaret Own explores the process of becoming a widow; poverty and social security in the context of widowhood; differing laws and customs regarding widow's inheritance; the situation of widows who remarry and issues of sexuality and health. She also looks at the needs of specific groups of widows - refugees, older widows, child widows - and widowhood in the context of AIDS. Throughout, she shows the prevalence of discrimination against widows in inheritance rights, land ownership, custody of children, security of home and shelter, nutrition and health. The book concludes with a summary of widowhood as a human rights issues and an overview of widows themselves organising for change.

Widows Peek

Author: Renette Torres et al.

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452570078

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 162

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Widows Peek shows you a magnified view of the unsettling life changes after the death of a husband through the eyes of nine courageous women who share their stories of love, loss and starting over. Being a widow has never been an everyday topic of conversation, but it should be. You will meet these widows who came together to share their personal experiences through intimate accounts, revealing powerful truths and profound discoveries that are inspiring enough to help any woman get through that horrible void. Although there is loneliness, we are not alone. We have learned that widowhood is a huge, life-altering, but growing experience. We also learned that there is no book written by a group of women for women that details the pain, sorrow, coping, and eventual recovery from the loss of a spouse. The need for such a book is apparent, a book that explores the lives of women transformed by widowhood, in which we share our own unique way of dealing with the death of our loved one. These pages are written with real emotion, warmth, and even with unexpected humor. Not just anybody can be a widow; it can only and exclusively be … a woman!

THE WIDOW’S SON - A Scandinavian Fairy Tale

Author: Anon E. Mouse

Publisher: Abela Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 8822810325

Category: Fiction

Page: 38

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 391 In this 391st issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Fairy Tale "THE WIDOW’S SON”. A long time ago and far, far away, in a land of ice and snow called Scandinavia, which is at the top of the world, a poor, poor Widow, who had an only Son battled to bring him up. After he had been confirmed, she said she couldn’t feed him any longer and that he must go out and earn his own bread. So the lad wandered out into the world, and when he had walked a day or so, a strange man met him. The man asked what he was about. The boy told him and the man offered him a position where he would be cared for. “You’ll only have to keep me company, and do nothing at all else beside.” So the boy agreed and went to live in the man’s house. There they lived on the fat of the land, both in meat and drink, and had little or nothing to do. One day the man said: “I’m going off for eight days, and that time you’ll have to spend here all alone; but you must not go into any one of these four rooms here. If you do, your life will be forfeit.” To this the boy agreed. Even so, once the man went away, he went into the first room. What did he see? Also, what happened when the man returned you ask…? Well many things happened, some silly and some serious. To find the answers to these questions, and others you may have, you will have to download and read this story to find the answers to your questions! Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as "Father of Stories". Each issue also has a "WHERE IN THE WORLD - LOOK IT UP" section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. HINT - use Google maps. Buy any of the 390+ Baba Indaba Children’s Stories on Google Play using the URL listed in the book. ALSO INCLUDES LINKS TO DOWNLOAD 8 FREE STORIES 33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.

The Black Widows of the Eternal City

Author: Craig A. Monson

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472132040

Category: History

Page: 258

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The Black Widows of the Eternal City offers, for the first time, a book-length study of an infamous cause célèbre in seventeenth-century Rome, how it resonated then and has continued to resonate: the 1659 investigation and prosecution of Gironima Spana and dozens of Roman widows, who shared a particularly effective poison to murder their husbands. This notorious case has been frequently discussed over 350 years, but the earliest writers concentrated more on fortifying their reading constituency’s shared attitudes than accurately narrating facts. Subsequent authors remained largely content to follow their predecessors or keen to improve upon them. Most recent writers and bloggers were unaware that their earlier sources were generally unconcerned with a correct portrayal of real events. In the present study, Craig A. Monson takes advantage of a recent discovery—the 1,450-page notary’s transcript of the 1659 investigation. It is supplemented here by many ancillary archival sources, unknown to all previous writers. Since the story of Gironima Spana and the would-be widows is partially about what people believed to be true, however, this investigation also juxtaposes some of the “alternative facts” from earlier, sensational accounts with what the notary’s transcript and other, more reliable archival documents reveal. Written in a style that avoids arcane idioms and specialist jargon, the book can potentially speak to students and general readers interested in seventeenth-century social history and gender issues. It rewrites the life story of Gironima Spana (largely unknown until now), who has dominated all earlier accounts, usually in caricatures that reiterate the tropes of witchcraft. It also concentrates on the dozen other widows whose stories could be the most recovered from archival sources and whom Spana had totally eclipsed in earlier accounts. Most were women “of a very ordinary sort” (prostitutes; beggars; wives of butchers, barbers, dyers, lineners, innkeepers), the kinds of women commonly lost to history. The book seeks to explain why some women were hanged (only six, in fact, most of whom may not have directly poisoned anyone), while dozens of others who did poison their husbands escaped the gallows and, in some cases, were not even interrogated. It also reveals what happened to these other alleged perpetrators, whose fates have remained unknown until now. Other purported culprits, about whom less complete pictures emerge, are briefly discussed in an appendix. The study incorporates illustrations of archival manuscripts to demonstrate the challenges of deciphering them and illustrates “scenes of the crime” and other important locations, identified on seventeenth-century, bird’s eye-perspective views of Rome and in modern photographs. It also includes GPS coordinates for any who might wish to revisit the sites.

Older Widows and the Life Course

Author: Pat Chambers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351152149

Category: Social Science

Page: 297

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Later-life widowhood is the expectation of most older wives, since statistically women live longer than men and tend to marry men older than themselves. Despite this there has been little coverage of the complexities of later-life widowhood. In this book Pat Chambers redresses this balance, combining an analysis of the literature that does exist with qualitative research amongst older widows. The research reveals a multi-faceted experience of later-life widowhood. Older widows life stories challenge the dominant public narrative of misery and decline, pointing instead to a complexity of experience which is rooted in personal biography and the female life course rather than in later-life widowhood itself. Chambers develops the concept of multiple narratives as a way of uncovering the complex, but often hidden lives of older widows. Without such an understanding, she argues, it is all too easy to subscribe to the powerfully dominant public narrative and thus to misinterpret older widows current needs and aspirations. This is an engaging and original study of a key topic for gerontological research and will be of great interest to sociologists and social policy scholars who study ageing and the life course.