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By Geraldine Overton-Wiese, Don Jose Campos. 2011
More and more Ayahuasca has come to the attention of the Western media.<P><P> Used by the shamans of Peru ,… the rituals and practices around this psychoactive plant-based brew date back 50-70,000 years as evidenced by rock and cave paintings found the world over. Through their use of Ayahuasca, Shamans establish contact with the spirit world which they call upon to aid them in their healing practices, understanding of the cosmos, and how to live well in the world.In The Shaman & Ayahuasca, internationally respected Peruvian shaman Don Jose´ Campos illuminates the practices and benefits of Ayahuasca with grace and gentleness, while expressing respect and gratitude for the gifts Ayahuasca has bestowed on him throughout the 25 years he has been a practicing shaman. He takes the reader on a journey through his own discovery of other worlds, other dimensions, 'alien' entities and 'plant teachers.' The Shaman & Ayahuasca gives an overview of an entire cosmology with the potential to benefit all of mankind. It is the perfect book to introduce readers to the profound experiences of Ayahuasca.
By Lesley Blanch, Georgia De Chamberet. 2005
A stunning tale set in England, Paris, and Moscow, chronicling Blanch's love for an older Russian man and the passionate… obsession that takes her to Siberia and beyond.“My book is not altogether autobiography, nor altogether travel or history either. You will just have to invent a new category,” Lesley Blanch wrote about Journey into the Mind’s Eye, a book that remains as singularly adventurous and intoxicating now as when it first came out in 1968. Russia seized Lesley Blanch when she was still a child. A mysterious traveler—swathed in Siberian furs, bearing Fabergé eggs and icons as gifts along with Russian fairy tales and fairy tales of Russia—came to visit her parents and left her starry-eyed. Years later the same man returned to sweep her off her feet. Her love affair with the Traveller, as she calls him, transformed her life and fueled an abiding fascination with Russia and Russian culture, one that would lead her to dingy apartments reeking of cabbage soup and piroshki on the outskirts of Paris in the 1960s, and to Siberia and beyond.
By Gare Thompson, Nancy Harrison. 2004
For a long time, the main role of First Ladies was to act as hostesses of the White House...until Eleanor… Roosevelt. Born in 1884, Eleanor was not satisfied to just be a glorified hostess for her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor had a voice, and she used it to speak up against poverty and racism. She had experience and knowledge of many issues, and fought for laws to help the less fortunate. She had passion, energy, and a way of speaking that made people listen, and she used these gifts to campaign for her husband and get him elected president-four times! A fascinating historical figure in her own right, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of First Lady forever.
By Leslie Schwartz. 2018
Leslie Schwartz s powerful skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading as told through the list of books… she read as she served a 90 day jail sentence In 2014 novelist Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer It was the most harrowing and holy experience of her life Following a 414-day relapse into alcohol and drug addiction after more than a decade clean and sober Schwartz was sentenced and served her time with only six months sobriety The damage she inflicted that year upon her friends her husband her teenage daughter and herself was nearly impossible to fathom Incarceration might have ruined her altogether if not for the stories that sustained her while she was behind bars--both the artful tales in the books she read while there and more immediately the stories of her fellow inmates With classics like Edith Wharton s Ethan Frome to contemporary accounts like Laura Hillenbrand s Unbroken Schwartz s reading list is woven together with visceral recollections of both her daily humiliations and small triumphs within the county jail system Through the stories of others--whether rendered on the page or whispered in a jail cell--she learned powerful lessons about how to banish shame use guilt for good level her grief and find the lost joy and magic of her astonishing life Told in vivid unforgettable prose The Lost Chapters uncovers the nature of shame rage and love and how instruments of change and redemption come from the unlikeliest of places
By Anjelica Huston. 2014
Following her extraordinary Vanity Fair evocative The New York Times … magically beautiful The Boston Globe gorgeously written O The Oprah Magazine coming-of-age memoir Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston writes about her relationship with Jack Nicholson her rise to stardom her work with the greatest directors in Hollywood her love affair with her husband and much more Anjelica Huston was twenty-nine years old and trying to create a place for herself as an actress in Hollywood when the director Tony Richardson said to her Poor little you So much talent and so little to show for it You re never going to do anything with your life Tony had a singsong voice like one of his own parrots but there was no mistaking the edge Perhaps you re right I answered Inside I was thinking Watch me In A Story Lately Told Anjelica Huston described her enchanted childhood in Ireland and her glamorous but troubled late teens in London That memoir of her early years ended when Anjelica stepped into Hollywood In Watch Me Huston tells the story of falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous turbulent high-profile spirited seventeen-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends She writes about learning the art and craft of acting about her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi s Honor about her roles as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family films Etheline Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums and Lilly Dillon in The Grifters and about her collaborations with many great directors including Woody Allen Wes Anderson Bob Rafelson Francis Ford Coppola and Stephen Frears She movingly and beautifully writes about the death of her father the legendary director John Huston and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham She is candid mischievous warm passionate funny and a superb storyteller
By Beverly Cleary. 1988
Told in her own words, A Girl from Yamhill is Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary's heartfelt and relatable memoir--now with… a beautifully redesigned cover!Generations of children have read Beverly Cleary's books. From Ramona Quimby to Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse to Ellen Tebbits, she has created an evergreen body of work based on the humorous tales and heartfelt anxieties of middle graders. But in A Girl from Yamhill, Beverly Cleary tells a more personal story--her story--of what adolescence was like. In warm but honest detail, Beverly describes life in Oregon during the Great Depression, including her difficulties in learning to read, and offers a slew of anecdotes that were, perhaps, the inspiration for some of her beloved stories.For everyone who has enjoyed the pranks and schemes, embarrassing moments, and all of the other poignant and colorful images of childhood brought to life in Beverly Cleary's books, here is the fascinating true story of the remarkable woman who created them.
By Alicia Z. Klepeis. 2018
By Jacqueline Grant. 2018
By Hortense Calisher. 1972
A National Book Award nominee Hortense Calisher s autobiography captures the making of a distinct literary voiceAlthough Hortense Calisher… s fiction often draws on autobiographical elements Herself is a disciplined documentation of the award-winning author s life and work She surveys the various decades and landscapes she has inhabited mining her family s Jewish lineage discussing her children exploring her greatest artistic influences and describing her work process in a brave and bold work of autobiography Herself is a rich collage of essays reviews recollections and observations that unite the writer and the person
By Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb. 2013
I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education,… of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
By Eva Roubickova, Zaia Alexander. 1998
<P>"It's a terrible feeling to see the fate of thousands of people dependent on a single person. . . .… It seems like a mass judgment to me: life or death." <P>On December 17, 1941, twenty-year-old Eva Mándlová arrived at the Nazi's "model" concentration camp, Theresienstadt. From that day until she was freed three and a half years later, she kept a diary. At times sweet and personal, at times agonized and profound, Eva is a human voice amidst inhuman evil. <P>Through Eva's eyes, the camp sometimes "even resembles normal life," as she makes friends and talks with Benny, or Egon, or Otto. But at any moment, anyone may be "selected" for a transport to "Poland." No one ever returns from "Poland."Never before published, Eva's diary is a true-life Sophie's Choice in which each day brings impossible decisions. As a Gentile man inexplicably helps her, Eva must decide who should share her bounty. As close friends and loved ones are sent away, she has to decide, over and over again, whether to ask to join them on their final journey.
By Danielle Dulsky, Bayo Akomolafe. 2018
Ode to Our Wild Feminine Souls This provocative book invites you to create your own spiritual path based on… often-suppressed ancient principles and contemporary practices Using the elements earth water fire air ether rather than traditional patriarchal hierarchies this holy book is designed to connect each individual to their universal but often denied powers Wild woman Danielle Dulsky takes you deep as she explores and embraces sacred feminine archetypes such as the Mother Goddess the Crone and the Maiden Join her as she guides you to envision and explore a world that enriches and supports your spirit body and mind as well as our global community and the Earth
By Lucinda Weatherby. 2015
Heartbreaking and yet uplifting this is a beautifully written memoir that speaks to the challenges many women face regarding… sexuality and motherhood --Wendy Kline author of Bodies of Knowledge Sexuality Reproduction and Women s Health in the Second Wave Powerful and enlightening I saw what a gift it was for Lucinda Weatherby to carry deliver and finally meet her precious child no matter how briefly It was a profound paradigm shift for me --Pamela Colloff Texas Monthly Illuminated with courage and humor Lucinda Weatherby s memoir explores what for any of us would be an unthinkable loss Wake up to death and to life Weatherby writes of her struggle to find her way to open to the unknown to grace Unflinching work--frank grave lucid Five Hours is a moving glimpse into the human heart and the transcendent power of love over grief --Glenda Burgess author of The Geography of Love As Lucinda Weatherby herself says in her memoir she is an ordinary woman who has opened herself to the mystery of birth and death She has embraced both exuberance and sorrow--and it shows in these pages With all the intimate honesty one might find in a diary she allows us to see that she is not to be pitied that she in fact sometimes feels herself to be the luckiest mother alive for having known five perfect hours with her son --Monica Wesolowska author of Holding Silvan A Brief LifeCan the death of a newborn be anything other than a tragedy Lucinda Weatherby s son Theo was born with trisomy 13 a rare chromosomal disorder with fatal birth defects Rather than take extraordinary steps to prolong what would have been a short and painful life Lucinda and her husband made the decision to let Theo go In this brave and beautiful memoir Lucinda tells the story of Theo s life--a life that was bathed in the love of the family members and close friends who gathered in the predawn hours to welcome him and then say goodbye--and the profound sense of grace his existence bestowed upon all of those he touched Five Hours is also the story of a mother who is forced to confront every parent s most terrifying fear losing a child With unflinching honesty and eloquence and even humor Lucinda chronicles Theo s life and death and the inspiring aftermath of an experience most people think they wouldn t be able to survive All readers whether parents or not will be moved by her ability to confront a tragedy and transform it into something healing and transcendent
By Glynnis MacNicol. 2018
Selected as one of BuzzFeed’s “Exciting Summer Books” Featured in Goop's “15 Books We’re Reading This Summer” Selected as one… of Vogue’s “13 Books to Thrill, Entertain, and Sustain You This Summer” Selected as one of Bustle's “15 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out In July 2018” If the story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then?This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her 40th birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer, and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she had neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a baby. She knew she was supposed to feel bad about this. After all, single women and those without children are often seen as objects of pity, relegated to the sidelines, or indulgent spoiled creatures who think only of themselves. Glynnis refused to be cast into either of those roles and yet the question remained: What now? There was no good blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world. She concluded it was time to create one. Over the course of her fortieth year, which this memoir chronicles, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she’d been led to expect. Through the trials of family illness and turmoil, and the thrills of far-flung travel and adventures with men, young and old (and sometimes wearing cowboy hats), she is forced to wrestle with her biggest hopes and fears about love, death, sex, friendship, and loneliness. In doing so, she discovers that holding the power to determine her own fate requires a resilience and courage that no one talks about, and is more rewarding than anyone imagines. Intimate and timely, No One Tells You This is a fearless reckoning with modern womanhood and an exhilarating adventure that will resonate with anyone determined to live by their own rules.
By Adam Federman. 2017
For more than thirty years, Patience Gray—author of the celebrated cookbook Honey from a Weed—lived in a remote area of… Puglia in southernmost Italy. She lived without electricity, modern plumbing, or a telephone, grew much of her own food, and gathered and ate wild plants alongside her neighbors in this economically impoverished region. She was fond of saying that she wrote only for herself and her friends, yet her growing reputation brought a steady stream of international visitors to her door. This simple and isolated life she chose for herself may help explain her relative obscurity when compared to the other great food writers of her time: M. F. K. Fisher, Elizabeth David, and Julia Child. So it is not surprising that when Gray died in 2005, the BBC described her as an “almost forgotten culinary star.” Yet her influence, particularly among chefs and other food writers, has had a lasting and profound effect on the way we view and celebrate good food and regional cuisines. Gray’s prescience was unrivaled: She wrote about what today we would call the Slow Food movement—from foraging to eating locally—long before it became part of the cultural mainstream. Imagine if Michael Pollan or Barbara Kingsolver had spent several decades living among Italian, Greek, and Catalan peasants, recording their recipes and the significance of food and food gathering to their way of life. In Fasting and Feasting, biographer Adam Federman tells the remarkable—and until now untold—life story of Patience Gray: from her privileged and intellectual upbringing in England, to her trials as a single mother during World War II, to her career working as a designer, editor, translator, and author, and describing her travels and culinary adventures in later years. A fascinating and spirited woman, Patience Gray was very much a part of her times but very clearly ahead of them.
By Betty Reid Soskin. 2018
In Betty Reid Soskin’s 96 years of living, she has been a witness to a grand sweep of American history.… When she was born in 1921, the lynching of African-Americans was a national epidemic, blackface minstrel shows were the most popular American form of entertainment, white women had only just won the right to vote, and most African-Americans in the Deep South could not vote at all. From her great-grandmother, who had been enslaved until her mid-20s, Betty heard stories of slavery and the times of terror and struggle for black folk that followed. In her lifetime, Betty has watched the nation begin to confront its race and gender biases when forced to come together in the World War II era; seen our differences nearly break us apart again in the upheavals of the civil rights and Black Power eras; and, finally, lived long enough to witness both the election of an African-American president and the re-emergence of a militant, racist far right.The child of proud Louisiana Creole parents who refused to bow down to Southern discrimination, Betty was raised in the Bay Area black community before the great westward migration of World War II. After working in the civilian home front effort in the war years, she and her husband, Mel Reid, helped break down racial boundaries by moving into a previously all-white community east of the Oakland hills, where they raised four children while resisting the prejudices against the family that many of her neighbors held.With Mel, she opened up one of the first Bay Area record stores in Berkeley both owned by African-Americans and dedicated to the distribution of African-American music. Her volunteer work in rehabilitating the community where the record shop began eventually led her to a paid position as a state legislative aide, helping to plan the innovative Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, then to a “second” career as the oldest park ranger in the history of the National Park Service. In between, she used her talents as a singer and songwriter to interpret and chronicle the great American social upheavals that marked the 1960s.In 2003, Betty displayed a new talent when she created the popular blog CBreaux Speaks, sharing the sometimes fierce, sometimes gently persuasive, but always brightly honest story of her long journey through an American and African-American life. Blending together selections from many of Betty’s hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches, Sign My Name to Freedom invites you along on that journey, through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.
Do you have a problem that needs fixing? A wish that needs granting? A desire for love, a need for… protection, or maybe just great parking? Look no further than the local grocery store! Experienced psychic, witch, and high priestess Lexa Roséan offers spells for every occasion in this amusing, magically effective, and easy-to-follow guide. Formulating spells based on history and legend, Lexa tailors tried-and-true Ancient Magick to the modern reader, substituting hard-to-find wild ingredients with their supermarket counterparts, resulting in spells that are simple and inexpensive. By following some simple rules--performing spells at a certain time of month, using fresh ingredients, with a specific intent--Lexa makes it possible for even the most inexperienced spell caster to successfully perform magick and get results. The Supermarket Sorceress is the first in a series of four books offering spells and enchantments using simple grocery-store ingredients. Originally published in 1996, this updated version includes new and revised spells and an introduction looking back 20 years and reflecting on the circumstances that inspired the original publication and launched the "Supermarket Sorceress" identity.
By Elizabeth Urban Alexander. 2004
The legal crusade of Myra Clark Gaines 1804 --1885 has all the trappings of classic melodrama -- a… lost heir a missing will an illicit relationship a questionable marriage a bigamous husband and a murder For a half century the daughter of New Orleans millionaire Daniel Clark struggled to justify her claim to his enormous fortune in a case that captivated the nineteenth-century public Elizabeth Urban Alexander taps voluminous court records and letters to unravel the twists and turns of Gaines s litigation and reveal the truth behind the mysterious saga of this notorious woman Myra the daughter of real estate heir Clark and Zulime Carri re a beautiful young Frenchwoman was raised by friends of Clark and kept ignorant of her real parentage until 1832 when she discovered her true lineage in letters among her foster father s papers She thereupon returned to Louisiana with tales of a lost will and a secret marriage between Clark and Carri re and claimed to be Clark s missing heir Was Myra the legitimate daughter of the prominent merchant or the fruit of an adulterous union The courts would decide The Great Gaines Case wound its tortuous path through the United States legal system from 1834 until 1891 It was considered by the U S Supreme Court seventeen times and pursued even after Gaines s death by lawyers trying to recoup fees By courageously bringing her case to the courtroom and doggedly keeping it there Alexander asserts Gaines helped instigate a new type of family law that provided special protection of women children and marriages Though Gaines never recovered more than a tiny fraction of the rumored millions this riveting chronicle of her struggle for legitimacy and legacy as told by Elizabeth Urban Alexander is a gold mine for anyone interested in legal history women s studies or a good yarn superbly spun
A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron's revered trilogy--When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in… Seattle--which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer/director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women, from Mindy Kaling to Lena Dunham.In I'll Have What She's Having entertainment journalist Erin Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics. With a cast of famous faces including Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip to Ephron's New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron--who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it--ruled the set with an attention to detail that made her actors feel safe but sometimes exasperated crew members. Along the way, Carlson examines how Ephron explored in the cinema answers to the questions that plagued her own romantic life and how she regained faith in love after one broken engagement and two failed marriages. Carlson also explores countless other questions Ephron's fans have wondered about: What sparked Reiner to snap out of his bachelor blues during the making of When Harry Met Sally? Why was Ryan, a gifted comedian trapped in the body of a fairytale princess, not the first choice for the role? After she and Hanks each separatel balked at playing Mail's Kathleen Kelly and Sleepless' Sam Baldwin, what changed their minds? And perhaps most importantly: What was Dave Chappelle doing ... in a turtleneck? An intimate portrait of a one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen.
By Robin Spevacek. 2018
Madam C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 and rose from poverty to become one of the richest… African American women of her time. Her determination to succeed never faltered, and she helped many people along the way.