My Mother Laughs

Author: Chantal Akerman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780995716230

Category: Mothers and daughters

Page: 200

View: 6080

In 2013, the filmmaker Chantal Akerman's mother was dying. She flew back from New York to care for her, and between dressing her, feeding her and putting her to bed, she wrote. She wrote about her childhood, the escape her mother made from Auschwitz but didn't talk about, the difficulty of loving her girlfriend, C., her fear of what she would do when her mother did die. Among these imperfectly perfect fragments of writing about her life, she placed stills from her films. 'My Mother Laughs' is both the distillation of the themes Akerman pursued throughout her creative life, and a version of the simplest and most complicated love story of all: that between a mother and a daughter.

My Mother's Sabbath Days

Author: Chaim Grade

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1568219628

Category: Authors, Yiddish

Page: 418

View: 8629

This tender and moving memoir by the great Yiddish writer Chaim Grade takes us to the very source of his widely praised novels and poems--the city of Vilna, the Jerusalem of Lithuania, during the years before World War II. Centered on the figure of Grade's mother, Vella--simple, pious, hard-working--this is a richly detailed account of the ghetto of his youth, of the lives of the rabbis, the wives, the tradesmen, the peddlers, and the scholars. We see Vella, desperate after losing her husband, become a fruit-peddler, struggling to survive poverty and to remain true to her faith in the face of human pettiness and cruelty. We follow Grade as he walks in the footsteps of his scholar father, a champion of enlightenment; we see him entering marriage, and his mother finding some peace of mind in a marriage of her own--all of this in a world recalled with extraordinary physical and emotional intensity. Then, World War II. The partition of Poland between the Soviet Union and Germany is followed by the new German invasion of June 1941. Grade--believing, as do so many others, that the Nazis pose a danger chiefly to able-bodied men like himself--flees into Russia. In his travels on foot and by train he meets a fascinating, kaleidoscopic array of characters: the disillusioned Communist Lev Kogan; the durachok, or simpleton, a young prisoner who, mistaken for a German spy, is shot when he jumps from a train; the once-prosperous lawyer, Orenstein, who virtually becomes a beggar, dies and is buried by strangers in a remote Central Asian village. With the war's end, Grade returns to Vilna--to find the ghetto in ruins, to learn that his wife and his mother have gone to their deaths--and he is left with nothing but memories. But it is here, amid the devastation of a people, that he finds the compulsion and the passion to commit to paper the world that has been lost.

FLYING CATS (actually swooping)

Author: Dan Sklar


ISBN: 130445004X

Category: Poetry

Page: 174

View: 8823

"Sklar's poetry could be characterized as American Primitive, clean and bracing as creek water. Like Whitman, Sklar celebrates the mystery and profundity of the everyday. This is "guy" poetry, muscularly chronicling the days and to-do list of the contemporary American male, helplessly and joyfully committed to the challenges of raising a houseful of boys, teaching sleepy-eyed college students, and handling the ignominies of manuscript rejection letters. Sklar's poems tumble and sing with enormously universal appeal. -publisher.

Little Failure

Author: Gary Shteyngart

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241968356

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 6991

Little Failure is an autobiography of comic genius by the hilarious Gary Shteyngart. Little Failure - its title the same as the alarming pet-name given to the young Gary Shteyngart by his father when growing up in pre-Glasnost Russia - is one of the most remarkable immigrant memoirs ever written. A candid and deeply poignant story of a Soviet family's trials and tribulations, and of their escape in 1979 to the consumerist promised land of the USA, it is also an exceptionally funny account of the author's transformation from asthmatic toddler in Red Square to 40-something Manhattanite with a receding hairline and a memoir to write. 'Kicks ass - more fantastic, more unbelievable than his novels' Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club 'A marvel of a story. His finest book yet' Zadie Smith 'Little Failure is a delight' Aravid Adiga Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972. In 2007 he was named one of Granta's Best Young American novelists. His debut The Russian Debutante's Handbook was widely acclaimed (and won the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction), as were his second, Absurdistan (one of the 10 Best Books of the Year in the New York Times) and Super Sad True Love Story. He writes regularly for the New Yorker.

The Daughter Who Sold Her Mother

Author: Irena Powell

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1504944348

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 642

View: 999

This is the story of my mothers life, woven from fragments of her memories as she told them to me over the years. Hers was a life caught in the turbulent currents of the twentieth century in which Communism, Zionism, Fascism and anti-Semitism all played their part. It was a life scarred deeply by the Second World War. This book stems from a desire to reassure her that her experiences as a young Jewish mother fighting to save the life of her new-born infant (myself) in Nazi-occupied Poland will not be forgotten. Mothers story, told and filtered through her daughters eyes, inevitably becomes the daughters story as well, particularly in the final, post-war section of the book when the daughter is no longer just a listener but a participant in the events described here. For her the writing of this book opened a way to explore the complex legacy of the second generation, of being born to parents who were Holocaust survivors.

My One Hundred Adventures

Author: Polly Horvath

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

ISBN: 0375892311

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

View: 4444

THE WINNER OF a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and countless other awards has written her richest, most spirited book yet, filled with characters that readers will love, and never forget. Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the “know-not what.” And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether it’s a thrilling ride in a hot-air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, or a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe. Most important, there’s Jane’s discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it’s not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself. And don't miss Polly Horvath's Northward to the Moon, the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures.

Broken Rules

Author: Hanleigh Bradley

Publisher: Hanleigh Bradley


Category: Fiction

Page: 221

View: 1524

He's seductive, downright naughty and yet somehow still a perfect gentleman. A one night stand with CEO bad boy and all round "manwhore" Landon Peters will change Aurora's life, if she'll take a risk and break some rules. Expectations. Rules. Perfection. Aurora's lives her life by someone else's rule book until one night she meets Landon Peters, the unprofessional, sexy as hell, British billionaire CEO. He's seductive, downright naughty and yet somehow still a perfectly English gentleman. Together they begin an adventure of rule breaking, undeniable chemistry and hot sex. It's a whirlwind of giving and losing control. But what happens when the rules are broken and shocking secrets are revealed? Will this London Socialite and British Bad Boy be able to put their broken rules aside or will everything erupt in scandal? Broken Rules is a British Billionaire Romance from USA Today Bestselling Author, Hanleigh Bradley. "A Brilliant, hot, steamy and thoroughly enjoyable read." - Bloggers Down Under Search Terms: contemporary romance, new adult Romance, bad boy, hot alpha male, steamy, billionaire bachelors, billionaire romance, true love, happily ever after, hot and steamy, rich, elite, sexy, hot romance, alpha male romance, billionaire, ceo romance, new adult, sexy hero, london, socialites, hanleigh's london, contemporary, steamy romance, instalove, womens fiction, great chemistry, dual point of view, dual perspective, series, saga, british romance, complete series, free, freebie, permafree, first in series,

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom

Author: Jack Canfield,Mark Victor Hansen,Wendy Walker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1611591406

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 384

View: 1695

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom will touch the heart of any mother with its stories of gratitude, joy, love, and learning from children of all ages. A mother’s job is never done, but in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, she gets the praise she deserves. Children of all ages share their words of thanks in these touching, heartfelt stories. This book will bring any mother joy, inspiration, and humor, and show her that the kids were paying attention after all.

East of Innocence

Author: David Thorne

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1782392211

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 4403

One man. On the hunt for the truth. On the edge of London. And way outside the law. Daniel Connell is a disgraced ex-City lawyer now scraping a living in Essex, a man trying to escape the long shadows of his past. When an old childhood friend visits him, asking for his help with a case of police brutality, Daniel wants nothing to do with it. But obligations are obligations, and he soon finds himself on the wrong end of police attention, and dragged into the shady business of a local gangster. But there is far more at stake than he could ever have anticipated - including the mystery of what happened to his mother, who disappeared months after he was born. Daniel must keep ahead of his pursuers long enough to uncover the bloody mysteries of the past - and the fate of another young woman, too innocent to protect herself in the midst of a dangerous game. Welcome to Essex.