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By Robin Vanderlaan, Kathleen Coulborn Faller. 2000
Detect and put a stop to child abuse!For mental health professionals, social workers, legal professionals, and policy makers, Maltreatment in…Early Childhood: Tools for Research-Based Intervention examines strategies and ideas for professional training in child protection in the United States. Derived from presentations at the San Diego Conference Responding to Child Maltreatment, this book addresses current assessment issues, the intersection of child maltreatment and other social problems, the history of child protection, and the intricacies of courtroom testimonies, and provides guidance for case management. Through insight into research and case studies, Maltreatment in Early Childhood explores effective approaches to child-friendly services, multivictim cases, therapy, and victim recantation to help you assist sexually abused children or children who have witnessed domestic abuse.Addressing a variety of challenges that face all those involved with youth in need of assistance due to abuse, this informative book examines why children of different racial identities may display different secret-keeping behavior, and presents a variety of approaches that encourage clients to talk about their situation. Maltreatment in Early Childhood explores child abuse from a historical and political context, and discusses key issues relating to all facets of this social problem, including: understanding the pros and cons of asking children to recall their experiences through specific types of questions, such as invitational questions and less preferred questions, which may or may not reveal true answers deciding if the Validity Checklist, the second part of the Analysis procedure, is able to determine truthfulness of allegations in child sexual abuse cases testing the efficacy of the model designed at the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), which may be used to validate abuse and determine if children's statements are accurate overcoming difficulties in the child protection system, including the probability of multiple interviews and potential contamination of children's narratives by a variety of sources, to produce fair evaluations and successful prosecutionsWith tables and charts that will help you easily explore research findings, Maltreatment in Early Childhood provides you with the information you need in order to determine the truth of children's statements, how to present statements in court, and how to affect changes that will protect and assist victims of childhood sexual abuse.
By Tanya Selvaratnam. 2021
Award-winning filmmaker Tanya Selvaratnam bravely recounts the intimate abuse she suffered from former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman,…using her story as a prism to examine the domestic violence crisis plaguing America.When Tanya Selvaratnam met then New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, they seemed like the perfect match. Both were Harvard alumni; both studied Chinese; both were interested in spirituality and meditation, both were well-connected rising stars in their professions—Selvaratnam in entertainment and the art world; Schneiderman in law and politics. Behind closed doors, however, Tanya’s life was anything but ideal. Schneiderman became controlling, mean, and manipulative. He drank heavily and used sedatives. Sex turned violent, and he called Tanya—who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Southern California—his “brown slave.” He isolated and manipulated her, even threatening to kill her if she tried to leave. Twenty-five percent of women in America are victims of domestic abuse. Tanya never thought she would be a part of this statistic. Growing up, she witnessed her father physically and emotionally abuse her mother. Tanya knew the patterns and signs of domestic violence, and did not see herself as remotely vulnerable. Yet what seemed impossible was suddenly a terrifying reality: she was trapped in a violent relationship with one of the most powerful men in New York. Sensitive and nuanced, written with the gripping power of a dark psychological thriller, Assume Nothing details how Tanya’s relationship devolved into abuse, how she found the strength to leave—risking her career, reputation, and life—and how she reclaimed her freedom and her voice. In sharing her story, Tanya analyzes the insidious way women from all walks of life learn to accept abuse, and redefines what it means to be a victim of intimate violence.
By Stephanie Moulton Sarkis. 2018
A mental health expert sheds light on "gaslighting"—the manipulative technique used by sociopaths, narcissists, and others—offering practical strategies to cope…and break free. He's the charmer — the witty, confident, but overly controlling date. She's the woman on your team who always manages to take credit for your good work. He's the neighbor who swears you've been putting your garbage into his trash cans, the politician who can never admit to a mistake. Gaslighters are master controllers and manipulators, often challenging your very sense of reality. Whether it's a spouse, parent, coworker, or friend, gaslighters distort the truth — by lying, withholding, triangulation, and more — making their victims question their own reality and sanity. Dr. Stephanie Sarkis delves into this hidden manipulation technique, covering gaslighting in every life scenario, sharing:Why gaslighters seem so "normal" at firstWarning signs and examplesGaslighter "red flags" on a first datePractical strategies for copingHow to coparent with a gaslighterHow to protect yourself from a gaslighter at workHow to walk away and rebuild your lifeWith clear-eyed wisdom and empathy, Dr. Sarkis not only helps you determine if you are being victimized by a gaslighter — she gives you the tools to break free and heal
In this science-based book, registered dietitian Abby Langer tackles head-on the negative effects of diet culture and offers advice to…help you enjoy food and lose weight without guilt or shame.There are so many diets out there, but what if you want to eat well and lose weight without dieting, counting, or restricting? What if you want to love your body, not punish it? Registered dietitian Abby Langer is here to help. In her first-ever book, Abby takes on our obsession with being thin and the diets that are sucking the life, sometimes literally, out of us. For the past twenty years, she has worked with clients from all walks of life to free them from restrictive diets and help them heal their relationship with food. Because all food is good for us—yes, even carbs and fats. All diets are bad. Diets are like Band-Aids for what&’s really bothering us: Although we might lose weight, they prey on our insecurities, rob us of time and money, and often leave us with the same negative views of food and our bodies that we&’ve always had. When the weight comes back, we still haven&’t solved the real issues behind our eating habits—our &“why.&” This book is different. Chapter by chapter, Abby helps readers uncover the &“why&” behind their desire to lose weight and their relationship with food, and make lasting, meaningful change to the way they see food, nutrition, themselves, and the world around them. In this book, you&’ll learn how guilt and shame affect your food choices, how fullness and satisfaction aren&’t the same feeling, why it&’s important to quiet your &“diet voice&” and enjoy food, and what the best way to eat is according to science. Empowering, inclusive, smart, and a must-have, Good Food, Bad Diet will give you the tools to reject diets, repair your relationship with food, and lose weight so you can move on with your life.
Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Nominated for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award…From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter from the smallest newspaper ever to win the prize in the investigative reporting category , an urgent, riveting, and heartbreaking investigation into the corporate greed that pumped millions of pain pills into small Appalachian towns, decimating communities. Death in Mud Lick is the story of a pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia, that distributed 12 million opioid pain pills in three years to a town with a population of 382 people—and of one woman, desperate for justice, after losing her brother to overdose. Debbie Preece's fight for accountability for her brother's death took her well beyond the Sav-Rite Pharmacy in coal country, ultimately leading to three of the biggest drug wholesalers in the country. She was joined by a crusading lawyer and by local journalist, Eric Eyre, who uncovered a massive opioid pill-dumping scandal that shook the foundation of America's largest drug companies—and won him a Pulitzer Prize. Part Erin Brockovich , part Spotlight , Death in Mud Lick details the clandestine meetings with whistleblowers; a court fight to unseal filings that the drug distributors tried to keep hidden, a push to secure the DEA pill-shipment data, and the fallout after Eyre's local paper, the Gazette-Mail , the smallest newspaper ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, broke the story. Eyre follows the opioid shipments into individual counties, pharmacies, and homes in West Virginia and explains how thousands of Appalachians got hooked on prescription drugs—resulting in the highest overdose rates in the country. But despite the tragedy, there is also hope as citizens banded together to create positive change—and won. A work of deep reporting and personal conviction, Eric Eyre's intimate portrayal of a national public health crisis illuminates the shocking pattern of corporate greed and its repercussions for the citizens of West Virginia—and the nation—to this day
By Brantt Myhres. 2021
"This book is at times startling, yet very real and down to earth . . . I saw [Brantt] in…all phases of his life and his career. I consider him a friend and an ally. Pain Killer sends a strong message." --Darryl Sutter, former NHL player, coach, and GMFrom the only player to be banned for life from the NHL, a harrowing tale of addiction, and an astonishing path to recovery.Brantt Myhres wasn't around for the birth of his daughter. Myhres had played for seven different NHL teams, and had made millions. But he'd been suspended four times, all for drug use, and he had partied his way out of the league. By the time his daughter was born, he was penniless, sleeping on a friend's couch. He'd just been released from police custody. He had a choice between sticking around for the birth, or showing up for league-mandated rehab. He went to rehab. For the fifth time.This is his story, in his own words, of how he fought his way out of minor hockey into the big league, but never left behind the ghosts of a bleak and troubled childhood. He tells the story of discovering booze as a way of handling the anxiety of fighting, and of the thrill of cocaine. In the raw language of the locker room, he tells of how substance abuse poisoned the love he had in his life and sabotaged a great career. Full of stories of week-long benders, stripper-filled hot tubs, motorcycle crashes, and barroom brawls, Pain Killer is at its most powerful when Myhres acknowledges how he let himself down, and betrayed those who trusted him. Again and again, he fools the executives and doctors who gave him a second chance, then a third, then a fourth, and with each betrayal, he spirals further downward.But finally, on the eve of his daughter's birth, when all the money was gone, every bridge burnt, and every opportunity squandered, he was given a last chance. And this time, it worked.It worked so well, that not only has he been around for his daughter for the past eleven years, in 2015 he was signed by the LA Kings as a "sober coach": a guy who'd been there, a guy who could recognize and help solve problems before they ruined lives and made headlines (as the Kings had seen happen three times that season). Not only did Myhres save himself, he saved others. Unpolished, unpretentious, and unflinching, Myhres tells it like it is, acknowledging every mistake, and painting a portrait of an angry, violent, dangerous man caught in the vice of something he couldn't control, and didn't understand. If Brantt Myhres can pull himself together, anyone can. And he does, convincingly, and inspiringly.
The Empathetic Workplace: 5 Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma On the Job
By Katharine Manning. 2021
This critical resource gives managers, HR, and anyone who may come into contact with someone in trauma—including workplace violence, harassment,…assault, illness, addiction, fraud, bankruptcy, and more—the tools they need to be prepared for what lies ahead.This book is crucial for every manager or HR representative who shouldn&’t just prepare to one day be faced with a report of a traumatic experience at work, but plan on it. This five-step method will help managers make survivors feel supported and understood. The Empathetic Workplace guides supervisors of any level through an understanding of how stories of trauma impact the brain of both the survivor and the listener, as well as the tools to handle the interaction appropriately, to help the listener, the organization, and most importantly, the survivor. The easy-to-follow LASER method outlined in these pages includes the following elements that all managers should know and understand:Listen-Controlling your own reaction, managing your body language, asking open-ended questions, hearing what is not being said, and winding down the speaker when the conversation becomes unproductive are essential elements in being a good listener.Acknowledge-Once someone shares a difficult personal story with you, it is important to acknowledge that gift. Share-You can help the speaker regain some measure of control by sharing information with him or her about what happened or what happens next, your personal or organizational values, and what you don&’t yet know but hope to learn.Empower-You can help the traumatized person by providing him or her with resources that are available to them through the company or outside groups. Return-The final step is to ensure that the traumatized person has a way to come back later when he or she cannot remember all that you said, thinks of more questions, or wishes for updates. The LASER technique can benefit all who are responsible for others, from top-tier managers at Fortune 500 companies to Residence Advisors in college dormitories.
An exploration of humans' symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals presents information on prehistoric partnership societies, the roles of spices…and spirits in the rise of dominator societies; and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol. <p><p> Why, as a species, are humans so fascinated by altered states of consciousness? Can altered states reveal something to us about our origins and our place in nature? In Food of the Gods, ethnobotanist Terence McKenna's research on man's ancient relationship with chemicals opens a doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for saving our troubled world. McKenna provides a revisionist look at the historical role of drugs in the East and the West, from ancient spice, sugar, and rum trades to marijuana, cocaine, synthetics, and even television--illustrating the human desire for the "food of the gods" and the powerful potential to replace abuse of illegal drugs with a shamanic understanding, insistence on community, reverence for nature, and increased self-awareness.
By Laura Esquivel. 2012
Un libro que no pueden dejar de leer todos aquellos que deseen tomar las riendas de su destino y encontrar…un punto de partida para construir una nueva historia. Laura Esquivel afirma que si somos los protagonistas de nuestra propia historia, entonces también podemos transformarla, darle una nueva dirección para no atarnos al pasado, no encerrarnos en el papel de víctimas ni asumirnos como seres indefensos frente a la circunstancias. Para lograrlo, Esquivel narra su experiencia en dos medios que hicieron que su nombre diera la vuelta al mundo: la escritura y el guion cinematográfico, dos suministros que podemos aprovechar para alcanzar los cambios que anhelamos. Basada en distintos descubrimientos científicos y reflexiones, Esquivel nos guía paso a paso mediante ejercicios que permiten modificar nuestra vida al reescribir el guión de la misma dejando atrás la culpa, los miedos, el dolor y todo aquello que nos causa daño.
By Walter Riso. 2008
Aunque la psicología ha avanzado en el tema de las adicciones, en el tema de la adicción afectiva el vacío…es innegable Este libro está dirigido a todas aquellas personas que quieren hacer del amor una experiencia plena, alegre y saludable. Walter Riso Entregarse afectivamente no implica desaparecer sino integrarse en el otro. El amor sano es una suma de dos en la que nadie pierde. Sin embargo, millones de personas en todo el mundo son víctimas de relaciones amorosas inadecuadas y no saben qué hacer al respecto, ya que el miedo a la pérdida, a la soledad o al abandono contamina el vínculo amoroso y lo vuelve altamente vulnerable. Un amor inseguro es una bomba que puede estallar en cualquier momento y lastimarnos profundamente. En ¿Amar o depender?, Walter Riso, uno de los más conocidos autores de autoayuda, nos enseña que sí es posible vivir con independencia y aun así seguir amando, eliminando las ataduras psicológicas y manteniendo vivo el fuego del amor. La adicción afectiva es una enfermedad que tiene cura y, lo más importante, puede prevenirse. Este revelador libro pretende ayudar a aquellas personas que son o han sido víctimas de un amor malsano y guiar a las parejas sanas para que sigan trabajando en la costumbre de amar intensamente y sin apegos.
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 2020
Una relevante y enardecedora novedad para el debate actual sobre migración. «Este libro trata de la inmigración masiva, la violencia…sexual y los derechos de las mujeres en Europa. Trata de un fracaso colosal por parte de la clase dirigente europea. Y trata de las soluciones al problema, de las falsas y de las reales. En los últimos años, el debate en torno a la inmigración, la integración y el islam en Europa se ha intensificado en respuesta a los atentados terroristas, a la prédica de un islam radical en algunas mezquitas y centros de culto, al resurgimiento de partidos populistas y de extrema derecha, y a la reciente llegada de una gran cantidad de inmigrantes procedentes de Oriente Próximo, África y Asia meridional, en particular (pero no solo) en 2015 y 2016. Si bien el flujo de inmigrantes ha disminuido en los últimos dos años, hay todavía muchos que intentan cruzar el Mediterráneo o alcanzar Europa por otras vías. Una consecuencia de todo ello es el cambio en la situación de la mujer que se ha producido en Europa. Ese cambio es el tema de este libro.» Ayaan Hirsi Ali La crítica ha dicho...«Ayaan Hirsi Ali es una de las figuras políticas más controvertidas de Europa, y objetivo de terroristas. Una voz suave pero apasionada.»The Boston Globe «Una figura valiente, elegante y honesta. Una mente abierta liberada de los viejos marcos de la derecha y la izquierda. Instintiva y profundamente antiautoritaria, seguirá haciendo preguntas difíciles.»The Observer «Una figura carismática. De belleza hipnotizante, escribe con un sentido del humor y una sensatez asombrosos.»Christopher Hitchens
By Anne Case. 2020
A New York Times Bestseller A Wall Street Journal Bestseller A New York Times ???????Notable Book of 2020 A New…York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year A New Statesman Book to Read This audiobook narrated by Kate Harper reveals how the flaws in capitalism are fatal for America's working class, and includes an introduction and preface read by the authors themselves—economist Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton Life expectancy in the United States has recently fallen for three years in a row—a reversal not seen since 1918 or in any other wealthy nation in modern times. In the past two decades, deaths of despair from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen dramatically, and now claim hundreds of thousands of American lives each year—and they're still rising. Anne Case and Angus Deaton, known for first sounding the alarm about deaths of despair, explain the overwhelming surge in these deaths and shed light on the social and economic forces that are making life harder for the working class. They demonstrate why, for those who used to prosper in America, capitalism is no longer delivering. Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism paints a troubling portrait of the American dream in decline. For the white working class, today's America has become a land of broken families and few prospects. As the college educated become healthier and wealthier, adults without a degree are literally dying from pain and despair. In this critically important book, Case and Deaton tie the crisis to the weakening position of labor, the growing power of corporations, and, above all, to a rapacious health-care sector that redistributes working-class wages into the pockets of the wealthy. Capitalism, which over two centuries lifted countless people out of poverty, is now destroying the lives of blue-collar America. This book charts a way forward, providing solutions that can rein in capitalism's excesses and make it work for everyone
By Natasha Trethewey. 2020
An Instant New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020…Named One of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington Post, NPR, Shelf Awareness, Esquire, Electric Literature, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and InStyle A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became. With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother's history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a "child of miscegenation" in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985. Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet's attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers
By Dave Kindred. 2021
Dave Kindred's extraordinary investigation of the death of his grandson yields a powerful memoir of addiction, grief, and the stories…we choose to tell our families and ourselvesJared Kindred left his home and family at the age of eighteen, choosing to wander across America on freight train cars and live on the street. Addicted to alcohol most of his short life, and withholding the truth from many who loved him, he never found a way to survive.Through this ordeal, Dave Kindred's love for his grandson has never wavered.Leave Out the Tragic Parts is not merely a reflection on love and addiction and loss. It is a hard-won work of reportage, meticulously reconstructing the life Jared chose for himself--a life that rejected the comforts of civilization in favor of a chance to roam free.Kindred asks painful but important questions about the lies we tell to get along, and what binds families together or allows them to fracture. Jared's story ended in tragedy, but the act of telling it is an act of healing and redemption. This is an important book on how to love your family, from a great writer who has lived its lessons.
By Gabriel Agbo. 2020
Ist Homosexualität gut oder böse? Was ist der Ursprung dieser sexuellen Präferenz und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Gesellschaft? War dies…im ursprünglichen Plan Gottes (der Natur) vorgesehen? Wer steht eigentlich dahinter und zu welchem Zweck? Sind die Praktizierenden wirklich gelockt und gefangen? Ist Homosexualität gut oder böse? Was ist der Ursprung dieser sexuellen Präferenz und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Gesellschaft? War das im ursprünglichen Plan Gottes (Natur)? Wer steht eigentlich dahinter und zu welchem Zweck? Werden die Schwulen und Lesben wirklich von unsichtbaren Kräften angelockt und gefangen? Und wie wird sich das auf die Präsenz und die kommenden Generationen auswirken? Wie stehen das Christentum, der Islam, die traditionelle Religion usw. zu diesem Thema? Wie gefährlich sind Anal- und Oralsex - irgendwelche Gesundheitsrisiken? Können sie zu Anal- und Mundkrebs und mehreren anderen Infektionen führen? Ist Homosexualität eine okkulte Praxis? All diese und weitere Fragen werden wir in diesem Buch versuchen, Antworten zu geben. Gleichgeschlechtliche Beziehungen sind für die Menschheit eigentlich nicht neu, befinden sich aber seit einiger Zeit im globalen Bewusstsein, insbesondere mit der systematischen Zustimmung westlicher Führer unter dem Deckmantel von Menschenrechten, Schwulenrechten, Minderheitenrechten, Koalitionsbewegungen, etc. Tatsächlich predigen einige der Führer und ihre Marionettenorganisationen dies nicht nur, sondern schikanieren andere Nationen, diese zu akzeptieren und zu fördern. Sie versprechen Hilfsmittel, Zuschüsse und andere Entwicklungshilfe als Entschädigung. Warum sind sie so besessen davon und wessen Agenda ist es? In dieser Arbeit werden wir versuchen, unsere sehr objektiven Diskussionen in den folgenden elektrisierenden, aufschlussreichen und informativen sieben Kapiteln zu komprimieren: Die Rebellion von Schwulen, Am Anfang, Die okkulte Dimension, Die gesundheitliche
By Marilee Strong, Jeffrey L. Rinek. 2018
In the Name of the Children gives an unflinching look at what it's like to fight a never-ending battle against…an enemy far more insidious than terrorists: the predators, lurking amongst us, who seek to harm our children. During his 30-year career with the FBI, Jeff Rinek worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children: from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualized sexual abuse. Those who do this kind of work are required to plumb the depths of human depravity, to see things no one should ever have to see - and once seen can never forget. There is no more important - or more brutal - job in law enforcement, and few have been more successful than Rinek at solving these sort of cases. Most famously, Rinek got Cary Stayner to confess to all four of the killings known as the Yosemite Park Murders, an accomplishment made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the crimes on the wrong suspects. Rinek's recounting of the confession and what he learned about Stayner provides perhaps the most revelatory look ever inside the psyche of a serial killer and a privileged glimpse into the art of interrogation. In the Name of the Children takes readers into the trenches of real-time investigations where every second counts and any wrong decision or overlooked fact can have tragic repercussions. Rinek offers an insider's perspective of the actual case agents and street detectives who are the boots on the ground in this war at home. By placing us inside the heart and mind of a rigorously honest and remarkably self-reflective investigator, we will see with our own eyes what it takes-and what it costs - to try to keep our children safe and to bring to justice those who prey on society's most vulnerable victims. With each chapter dedicated to a real case he worked, In the Name of the Children also explores the evolution of Rinek as a Special Agent - whose unorthodox, empathy-based approach to interviewing suspects made him extraordinarily successful in obtaining confessions - and the toll it took to have such intimate contact with child molesters and murderers. Beyond exploring the devastating impact of these unthinkable crimes on the victims and their families, this book offers an unprecedented look at how investigators and their loved ones cope while living in the spectre of so much suffering.
By Mia Danielle. 2020
By Dr Donna Van Natten. 2021
Bodies talk. Do you know how to listen? A quick glance, a twist of the hips, or a biting of…the lower lip can speak volumes about what someone is thinking or feeling. The powerful messages our bodies send can make all the difference when interviewing for a new job, going on a date, or detecting when a person is lying to you. In Body Language for Women, body language expert Dr. Donna Van Natten provides you with the tools and resources that you need to analyze the movements of those around you. She helps you detect what you are subtly and unconsciously saying with your own body and the implications these communications are having on your life. Further, Dr. Van Natten challenges you to understand the nonverbal cues of other women and men in general, your family members, and your romantic interests. Finally, she fine-tunes your gut instinct to confirm the truth or deception of what others are saying. Clear, concise, and filled with expert knowledge, Body Language for Women will help you win in the workplace, successfully navigate social situations, and gain a greater understanding of what's really going on when we communicate with others.
By Holly Whitaker. 2019
The founder of a female-focused recovery program offers a radical new path to sobriety.&“You don&’t know how much you need…this book, or maybe you do. Either way, it will save your life.&”—Melissa Hartwig Urban, Whole30 co-founder and CEO We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at baby showers and work events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Yet no one ever questions alcohol&’s ubiquity—in fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone doesn&’t drink. It is a qualifier for belonging and if you don&’t imbibe, you are considered an anomaly. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some kind of magic elixir, though it is anything but. When Holly Whitaker decided to seek help after one too many benders, she embarked on a journey that led not only to her own sobriety, but revealed the insidious role alcohol plays in our society and in the lives of women in particular. What&’s more, she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women, just as the tobacco industry had successfully done generations before. Fueled by her own emerging feminism, she also realized that the predominant systems of recovery are archaic, patriarchal, and ineffective for the unique needs of women and other historically oppressed people—who don&’t need to lose their egos and surrender to a male concept of God, as the tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous state, but who need to cultivate a deeper understanding of their own identities and take control of their lives. When Holly found an alternate way out of her own addiction, she felt a calling to create a sober community with resources for anyone questioning their relationship with drinking, so that they might find their way as well. Her resultant feminine-centric recovery program focuses on getting at the root causes that lead people to overindulge and provides the tools necessary to break the cycle of addiction, showing us what is possible when we remove alcohol and destroy our belief system around it. Written in a relatable voice that is honest and witty, Quit Like a Woman is at once a groundbreaking look at drinking culture and a road map to cutting out alcohol in order to live our best lives without the crutch of intoxication. You will never look at drinking the same way again.
By Laurie Katz. 2018
Like any student about to start university, Laurie Katz was excited to see what the year would bring. Little did…she know that just three weeks into her first term, her life would come crashing down around her.What had started as a fun night out with friends ended with Laurie, alone with a terrible secret: she had been raped.Traumatised and confused, she set out to get justice against her attacker. But when the authorities at her university dismissed her case, and warned her that she could be expelled, she was left unsure where to turn. It seemed as though things couldn't get worse... then her attacker filed his own case.Laurie's story is a brave and honest reminder of the injustice still felt in society around sexual abuse. Set against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, Laurie demonstrates that sometimes it's hope that can set you free.