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By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By Hugh Gregory Gallagher, Geoffrey C Ward. 1998
The author presents journal entries, essays, and speeches. Gallagher was a college student of twenty when he almost died of… polio. As an influential Senate aide and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., he was instrumental in passing the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. 1998.
By Daniel Tammet. 2006
This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome.… Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. Besides being able to effortlessly multiply and divide huge sums in his head with the speed and accuracy of a computer, he learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,514th digit. Tammet traces his life from a frustrating, withdrawn childhood and adolescence to his adult achievements. Bestseller. 2006.
By Anthea Courtenay, Rachel Pinney, Mimi Schlachter. 1983
Psychiatrist Pinney, therapist to Bobby, an autistic child, undertook an unorthodox form of treatment consisting of sessions in which Bobby… chose the activities. This led to difficult and comic situations as Bobby chose to navigate every elevator he could find. 1983.
By Richard M Cohen. 2003
Emmy Award-winning television news producer and journalist chronicles his battle with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer. While detailing his vision… loss and other symptoms, Cohen's frank account is "not about suffering" but about "surviving and flourishing, rising above fear and self-doubt" with the support of his wife and children. Bestseller. 2003.
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By Abigail Thomas. 2006
Author describes rebuilding her life after her husband was institutionalized for a traumatic brain injury he sustained when a car… hit him in 2000. Thomas reflects on the evolution of their relationship and how she copes with help from family, friends, knitting, and her three dogs - Rosie, Harry, and Carolina. 2006.
By Joni Eareckson Tada, Steve Estes. 1978
By Peter Kavanagh. 2015
CBC journalist Peter Kavanagh was just an infant when he was diagnosed with paralytic polio and suffered permanent paralysis in… the lower part of his left leg. As a child, Kavanagh endured painful medical procedures to even out the length of his legs, and experimental exercise techniques. He spent his youth in a leg brace and special footwear, isolating for a boy whose classmates ran freely in sneakers. His first lesson in walking was how to move while wearing such equipment. Throughout his life, as he developed a very successful career in public broadcasting, built a family, and indulged in his love of music and travel, Kavanagh underwent various surgeries to give him "normal" mobility. 2015.
By Judy McFarlane. 2014
"Put her away and forget about her." This was the blunt advice Grace Chen's grandfather gave Grace's parents when she… was born with Down Syndrome. Twenty-four years later, Grace writes, "I always dream to be a famous writer." When Judy McFarlane is asked if she will help Grace, she realizes she holds deep, unacknowledged fears - that Grace will be a dull-eyed young woman who can't read, let alone write, that she might become agitated, even lash out. But the idea that Grace wants to be a writer, a dream McFarlane gave up when she was young, captures McFarlane. McFarlane delves into what it takes to face one's own prejudice, what it means to live a full life and believe you are worthy. 2014.
By Beverly Biderman. 1998
Biderman follows the evolution of the cochlear implant and its use in restoring hearing to people who are deaf or… hearing impaired. She shares her own journey from deafness to having a cochlear implant, and her research into the implant before she received it. She also discusses recent developments in the use of the implants.
By Carol S North. 1987
From childhood on, the author was dogged by the strange voices and hallucinations of schizophrenia. She graphically describes her breakdowns… and traumatic hospitalizations. She succeeded in conquering her disability and went on to become a psychiatrist. Some strong language. 1987.
By Yvan Ducharme. 1979
Avec toute l'honnêteté dont un homme est capable à certains moments de sa vie, Yvan Ducharme relate les difficultés de… son réapprentissage de la vie familiale et de sa réintégration dans le monde du show-business. Un homme qui sait raconter non pas le combat, mais le terrible face-à-face qu'il a vécu avec la mort et le cancer. 1979.
By Patrick Segal. 1979
Dans son fauteuil roulant, il partait à la découverte des autres et de lui-même. Aujourd'hui, au-delà d'une guérison dont il… n'aurait que faire, la vie l'a enfin saisi et l'emporte. 1979.
By Christopher Nolan, John Carey. 1987
Severe birth trauma left Christopher Nolan paralyzed and lacking the power of speech, but not without a quick intelligence and… a remarkable gift for language. A published poet at fifteen, Christopher has written his autobiography at twenty-one. His story is of a determined young man who, with the support of a loving family, persevered in his struggle to define himself and find his voice through the act of writing. 1987.
By Alys Robi. 1990
Alys Robi raconte, avec une franchise bouleversante, les cinq années d'enfer qu'elle a passées dans un institut psychiatrique. Du jour… au lendemain, la première grande star du Québec que Hollywood s'arrachait déjà, a vu basculer son destin à la suite d'un terrible accident d'automobile. 1990.
Un dernier printemps: le récit émouvant d'un groupe fraternel qui accompagna Margaret jusqu'à la fin de sa vie (Collection Parcours)
By Jean-Louis Morgan, June Callwood. 1988
En mars 1985, Margaret Frazer, une enseignante de 68 ans, apprend qu'elle est atteinte d'un cancer en phase terminale. Célibataire,… sans famille présente, elle semble condamnée à finir sa vie à l'hôpital, dans la solitude la plus complète. Mais Margaret a consacré sa vie à aider les autres. Ces gens, une soixantaine, s'organisent spontanément pour accompagner Margaret jusqu'à sa mort. 1988. Titre uniforme: Twelve weeks in spring.
By Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. 2012
Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities - she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language,… continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. By relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to “fix” her own brain. Interweaves her personal tale with case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults. 2012.
By Nicole Dryburgh. 2008
At the age of 11, Nicole Dryburgh was diagnosed with a malignant tumour on her spine. After an operation to… remove the tumour, followed by an intensive course of radiotherapy, Nicole's life returned to normal and the doctors were pleased with her progress. Two years later, aged 13, Nicole suffered a brain hemorrhage. Desperately ill, blind and unable to move, she was given weeks to live. Against all odds, she came home. For Junior and Senior High readers. 2008.
By Amy Wallace, Irving Wallace. 1978
The story of the original Siamese twins who lived 63 years, joined at the chest. Although they had two different,… often conflicting, personalities, the brothers became successful gentlemen farmers, courted and married two pretty sisters, and fathered 21 children. 1978.