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By Stephanie Danler. 2020
From the bestselling author of Sweetbitter , a memoir of growing up in a family shattered by lies and addiction,…and of one woman's attempts to find a life beyond the limits of her past. Stray is a moving, sometimes devastating, brilliantly written and ultimately inspiring exploration of the landscapes of damage and survival. After selling her first novel—a dream she'd worked long and hard for—Stephanie Danler knew she should be happy. Instead, she found herself driven to face the difficult past she'd left behind a decade ago: a mother disabled by years of alcoholism, further handicapped by a tragic brain aneurysm; a father who abandoned the family when she was three, now a meth addict in and out of recovery. After years in New York City she's pulled home to Southern California by forces she doesn't totally understand, haunted by questions of legacy and trauma. Here, she works toward answers, uncovering hard truths about her parents and herself as she explores whether it's possible to change the course of her history. Lucid and honest, heart-breaking and full of hope, Stray is an examination of what we inherit and what we don't have to, of what we have to face in ourselves to move forward, and what it's like to let go of one's parents in order to find a peace—and family—of one's own
By Rachel Martinez, Anna McGarrigle, Jane McGarrigle. 2016
" Anna et Jane McGarrigle, les sœurs de Kate, tantes de Rufus et de Martha Wainwright, racontent l'histoire de la…famille de musiciens la plus talentueuse qui soit : un clan qui rythme nos vies depuis cinquante ans. Évoquant les aventures de leurs ancêtres entre Saint John (N.-B.) et Montréal, elles se remémorent leur enfance à Saint-Sauveur et leur adolescence tumultueuse dans le Québec des années 1950. Elles nous entraînent à Montréal, New York, San Francisco, sur les scènes bigarrées de la musique folk des années 1960 ; pour aboutir à l'inoubliable duo formé par Kate et Anna. Aussi hommage à Kate, décédée en 2010, l'ouvrage permet de cerner la personnalité de cette artiste exceptionnelle. Émaillé de chansons et de photos, ce récit prolonge l'œuvre de ces femmes libres. " -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: Mountain city girls.
By Tracy Kasaboski. 2018
In the 1840s, a young cowkeeper and his wife arrive in London, England, having walked from coastal Wales with their…cattle. They hope to escape poverty, but instead they plunge deeper into it, and the family, ensconced in one of London's "black holes," remains mired there for generations. Nearly a hundred years later, their great-granddaughter finds herself in an altogether different London, in southern Ontario. In the book Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski trace their ancestors' path to Canada, using a single family's saga to give meaningful context to a fascinating period in history--Victorian and then Edwardian England, the First World War and the Depression. 2018.
By Bonnie E. Virag. 2011
Bonnie, age four, along with four of her siblings, was taken from her home in rural Canada and placed with…the Children's Aid Society. Over the next fourteen years, the children are split up and reunited multiple times. By luck or providence, the four sisters spend the majority of their lives together working on a tobacco farm and living in an attic, where the stovepipe offers warmth, comfort, and news from the outside world. This is her testament to the resilience of the soul and the importance of family, friendship and fortitude.
By Lindsay Wong. 2018
A young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family whose members blamed their woes on ghosts and demons…when in fact they should have been on anti-psychotic meds. Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo"-Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; at the age of six, she found herself living in the food court of her suburban mall, which her mother saw as a safe haven because they could hide there from dead people, and on a camping trip, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire to rid her of the woo-woo. The eccentricities take a dark turn, however, when her aunt, suffering from a psychotic breakdown, holds the city of Vancouver hostage for eight hours when she threatens to jump off a bridge. And when Lindsay herself starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself, she wonders whether she will suffer the same fate as her family. On one hand a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience, and on the other a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness, 'The Woo-Woo' is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself. Bestseller. Canada Reads 2019. Winner of the 2019 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. 2018.
By Lisa Brennan-Jobs. 2018
Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents -- artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs --…Lisa Brennan-Jobs' childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa's father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he'd become the parent she'd always wanted him to be. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, "Small Fry" is the poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Bestseller. 2018.
By Harold Johnson. 2018
When Harold Johnson returns to his childhood home in a northern Saskatchewan Indigenous community for his brother Clifford's funeral, the…first thing his eyes fall on is a chair. It stands on three legs, the fourth broken off and missing. So begins a journey through the past, a retrieval of recollections that have too long sat dormant. Moving from the old family home to the log cabin, the garden, and finally settling deep in the forest surrounding the property, his mind circles back, shifting in time and space, weaving in and out of memories of his silent, powerful Swedish father; his formidable Cree mother, an expert trapper and a source of great strength; and his brother Clifford, a precocious young boy who is drawn to the mysterious workings of the universe. As the night unfolds, memories of Clifford surface in Harold's mind's eye: teaching his younger brother how to tie his shoelaces; jousting on a bicycle without rubber wheels; building a motorcycle. Memory, fiction, and fantasy collide, and Clifford comes to life as the scientist he was meant to be, culminating in his discovery of the Grand Unified Theory. 2018.
By Francine Noël. 2012
Comme dans La femme de ma vie, cette chronique d'affections familiales est tissée à même les lignes de vie de…toute tribu. À mesure que le petit Émile, sagouin de nature, prend racine dans la mythologie de son temps, la voix fine et sagace de la narratrice, comme une berceuse sur fond d'actualité, traverse la toile fragile du bonheur des jours : militante et féministe, elle se promène sur la pointe des pieds dans un jardin de vivre qui commence à grandir. 2012.
By Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Catherine Lalanne. 2017
Pour la première fois, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt se confie et évoque son enfance avec une émouvante sincérité, ses vocations multiples, sa…vie. Qui était le petit garçon Eric-Emmanuel à Lyon, dans les années 60 ? Quelles histoires avait-il déjà en tête ? Nous découvrons ses années de formation, son milieu, ses rêves, ses regrets. Ses nombreuses confidences sur sa vie, ses valeurs, ses multiples activités, le sens qu'il donne à l'existence, à l'art, font le prix de ce livre exceptionnel. Ses très nombreux lecteurs dévoreront les différents chapitres de ce livre pour entrer dans l'intimité de leur auteur. Nous ferons connaissance avec un écrivain, dramaturge, philosophe, bien différent des clichés que certains peuvent avoir sur lui. Et bien plus surprenant. 2017.
By Elizabeth Hay. 2018
Jean and Gordon Hay were a formidable pair. She was an artist and superlatively frugal; he was a proud and…well-mannered schoolteacher with a temper that could be explosive. Elizabeth, their oldest daughter, was said to be a difficult and selfish child. Elizabeth always suspected she would end up caring for her parents in their final years, a way of making up for the sins of her childhood, proving herself to be a good daughter after all. But as her parents, who had been ferociously independent people, became increasingly dependent on her, their lives changed utterly and so did hers. Philip Roth once said, "Old age is a massacre." This book takes you inside the massacre. Bestseller. Winner of the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. 2018.
By Bill Gaston. 2018
Sons clash with fathers, particularly with towering, authoritarian figures like Gaston Senior. Fairly or unfairly, sons look for reasons to…rebel, particularly against boring suburban fathers who seem to prize conformity above all else. And fairly or unfairly, sons judge their fathers when they can't handle their booze. But even a father and son as doomed to clash as Gaston and his father could fish together. When Gaston's father dies, this is the memory of his father that he keeps alive. In the years that follow, however, he learns more about his father's realtionship with his father. It too was marked by heavy drinking, though it took a much darker turn. What Gaston comes to realize is that the man his younger self had been so eager to judge was in fact capable of near-heroic feats of self-mastery. And as a father of grown sons himself, he acutely feels the wounds he must have inflicted years before by withholding so much he now knows that fathers long for. 2018.
By Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Louise Carpenter. 2018
The father of Malala Yousafzai traces his journey from an unconfident, stammering little boy living in a mud hut in…Pakistan to a man who has broken with tradition and proven there are many faces of feminism. 2018.
By Marcia Gay Harden. 2018
In this poetic and inspiring memoir, one of America's most revered actresses uses the imagery of flowers and the art…of Ikebana to depict the unique creative bond that she has had with her mother throughout the years-and how, together, they are facing her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Marcia Gay Harden knew at a young age that her life would be anything but ordinary. One of five lively children born to two Texas natives-Beverly, a proper Dallas lady, and Thad, a young officer in the US Navy hailing from El Paso-she always had a knack for storytelling, role-playing, and mischief-making. As a military family, the Hardens moved often, and their travels abroad eventually took them to a home off the coast of Japan. It was here that Beverly, amidst the many challenges of raising a gaggle of youngsters, found solace in Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Using the imagery of flowers and Ikebana as her starting point, Marcia Gay Harden takes us through the different seasons of her mother's life, all the while weaving in the story of her own journey from precocious young girl to budding artist to Academy Award-winning actress. With a razor-sharp wit, as well as the kind of emotional honesty that has made her performances resonate with audiences worldwide, Marcia describes the family's travels overseas, her flourishing career in New York and Hollywood, and, most poignantly, Beverly's struggles today to maintain her identity as she tackles her greatest challenge yet: Alzheimer's disease. 2018.
By Monica Meneghetti. 2017
This memoir traces Meneghetti's unique life journey through her relationship with food, family and love. As the youngest child of…a traditional Italian-Catholic immigrant family, Monica learns the intimacy of the dinner table and the ritual of meals, along with the requirements of conformity both at the table and in life. Monica is thirteen when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoes a mastectomy. When her mother dies three years later, Monica considers the existence of her own breasts and her emerging sexuality in the context of grief and the disintegration of her sense of family. As Monica becomes an adult, she discovers a part of her self that rebels against the rigours of her traditional upbringing. And as the layers of her sexuality are revealed she begins to understand that like herbs infusing a sauce with flavor, her differences add a delicious complexity to her life. Through risk, courage and heartbreak, she ultimately redefines and recreates family and identity according to her own alternative vision. 2017.
By Herman Melville, Daniel Pennac. 2018
Je ne sais rien de mon frère mort si ce n'est que je l'ai aimé. Il me manque comme personne…mais je ne sais pas qui j'ai perdu. J'ai perdu le bonheur de sa compagnie, la gratuité de son affection, la sérénité de ses jugements, la complicité de son humour, la paix. J'ai perdu ce qui restait de douceur au monde. Mais qui ai-je perdu ? 2018.
By Chelene Knight. 2018
From Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight, a creative nonfiction memoir about home and belonging set in the 80s and 90s of…Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Using a variety of forms including letters, essays and poems, Knight reflects on her childhood through a series of letters addressed to all of the current occupants now living in the twenty different houses she moved in and out of with her mother and brother. From blurry non-chronological memories of trying to fit in with her own family as the only mixed East Indian/Black child, to crystal clear recollections of parental drug use, Knight draws a vivid portrait of memory that still longs for a place and a home. Peering through windows and doors into intimate, remembered spaces now occupied by strangers, Knight writes to them in order to deconstruct her own past. From the rubble of memory she then builds a real place in order to bring herself back home. 2018.
By Deborah Smith, Kang Han. 2017
Both the most autobiographical and the most experimental book to date from South Korean master Han Kang. Written while on…a writer's residency in Warsaw, a city palpably scarred by the violence of the past, the narrator finds herself haunted by the story of her older sister, who died a mere two hours after birth. 2017.
By Lisa Brennan-Jobs. 2018
Lisa's father, Steve Jobs, was a mythical figure rarely present in her life. As she grew older, he ushered her…into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. But he could also be cold, critical, and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa moved in with her father, hoping he'd become the parent she'd always wanted him to be. Bestseller. 2018.
By Tara Westover. 2018
Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of…Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent. When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. Bestseller. 2018.
By Emily Jane Fox. 2018
As a writer at Vanity Fair covering the Trump family, Emily Jane Fox has spent the last year doing a…deep dive into the lives of the President's children. This book explores what it was like to grow up Trump and what this reveals about living in Trump's America, in turn painting an intimate portrait of the forty-fifth president of the United States from the perspective of his most inner circle. 2018.