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By Frank McCourt. 1996
Frank McCourt recollects his "miserable Irish Catholic childhood" in the squalor of Limerick. Absent any support from his glib, but…shiftless, alcoholic father, the family suffered hunger, cruelty, disease, and the death of children. McCourt recounts his story without rancour. Strong language. Winner of the 1998 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. Pulitzer Prize Winner. 1996.
By Julia Scully. 1998
A woman's coming-of-age memoir recalls the two years she and her sister spent in an orphanage, her impoverished youth in…a remote Alaskan town, and her teenage years during World War II, working in her widowed mother's roadhouse that served a rough trade of gold miners. 1998.
By Gerald Durrell. 1980
When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family…would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. 1980.
By Lindsley Cameron. 1998
Biography of the Japanese classical music composer Hikari Oe and his devoted father, Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the Nobel Prize…for Literature. Discusses Hikari's physical disabilities and musical gifts and his close relationship with the father who began writing to give his son a voice. c1998.
By Christopher P Andersen. 2000
Calling this the final book in his Kennedy family trilogy, the author of "Jackie after Jack" discusses the life and…untimely death of John Kennedy Jr. in 1999. Thirty-eight-year-old John, his wife, Carolyn, and her sister died in a plane John was piloting. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2000.
By Helen Epstein. 1997
Helen Epstein tells the story of three generations of women in her family. These women were all Czech-Jewish and lived…during a time of prejudice and persecution. She begins with the story of her great-grandmother. When she took her own life her daughter, Helen's grandmother, was forced to make her own way and began her own business. She also tells of her mother's struggles to survive during World War Two, and of the difficulties she had picking up the pieces of her life once the war had ended. 1997.
By Alexandra Fuller. 2001
Fuller's recollections of growing up white in civil-war-torn Rhodesia in the 1970s. She recounts her family's tragedies, including the deaths…of children and the dispossession of their home, and their struggles with racism, revolutionary politics, and survival. Strong language. Bestseller. 2001.
By Dennis Overbye. 2000
A biographical portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, focusing on his productive, youthful years in the first two decades of…the 1900s. Provides a detailed treatment of Einstein's romantic and family affairs while discussing his scientific theories. Based on correspondence and documents that became available in the 1990s. 2000.
By Amy Dickinson. 2009
Amy Dickinson, syndicated advice columnist and weekly National Public Radio celeb, shares her story, a tale of Amy and her…daughter and the people who helped raise them after Amy found herself a reluctant single parent. c2009.
By Victor Villaseñor. 1991
The non-fiction saga of Villasenor's family, focusing on three generations. Their cultural and spiritual roots are in Mexico, but their…future is in California; their story is the all-American story of overcoming poverty and prejudice to achieve success. Violence and strong language
By Chet Huntley. 1968
The well-known television commentator recalls his boyhood in Montana before the depression - the one-room schoolhouse, the hard work and…the wholesome pleasures, and the history and natural beauty of his native state. 1968.
By Henri Vincenot. 1982
Evocation de l'enfance de l'écrivain quand il vivait chez ses grands-parents, dans un petit village de Bourgogne. Tout ici devient…une fête, qu'il s'agisse de la visite d'une cousine extraordinaire, nourrice à Paris ou de ses repas interminables de fin d'année au cours desquels le petit garçon écoute, fasciné, les récits des hôtes.
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.