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Beauty in the Broken Places

By Allison Pataki
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Isbn : 0399591664
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 398
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“An inspiring, intimate memoir about faith, resilience and the tenacity of love.”—People “In this emotional tale, a young couple see their lives changed in the blink of an eye—and learn to find love again.”—US Weekly Five months pregnant, on a flight to their “babymoon,” Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave—a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident—had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night. When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison had lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, struggling with the fear of what was to come. As a way to make sense of the pain and chaos of their new reality, Allison started to write daily letters to Dave. Not only would she work to make sense of the unfathomable experiences unfolding around her, but her letters would provide Dave with the memories he could not make on his own. She was writing to preserve their past, protect their present, and fight for their future. Those letters became the foundation of this beautiful, intimate memoir. And in the process, she fell in love with her husband all over again. This is a manifesto for living, an ultimately uplifting story about the transformative power of faith and resilience. It’s a tale of a man’s turbulent road to recovery, the shifting nature of marriage, and the struggle of loving through pain and finding joy in the broken places. Praise for Beauty in the Broken Places “Bold and commendable . . . A strength of this memoir is [Allison Pataki’s] scrupulous honesty.”—USA Today “A memoir about . . . determination and gratitude, and the value of putting one foot in front of another during a crisis.”—The Washington Post “Heart-wrenching.”—Women’s Health “Powerful and immersive . . . Pataki delivers an insightful look at how two people faced a life-altering test as a team ‘fighting to make the dreams of our future possible.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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The Avon Lady acquired iconic status in twentieth century American culture. This first history of Avon tells the story of a direct sales company that was both a giant in its industry and a kitchen-table entrepreneurial venture. With their distinctive greeting at the homes across the country--Ding Dong! Avon Calling!--sales ladies brought door-to-door sales of makeup, perfume, and other products to American women beginning in 1886. Working for the company enabled women to earn money on the side and even become financially independent in a respectable profession while selling Avon's wares to friends, family, and neighborhood networks. Ding Dong! Avon Calling! is the story of women and entrepreneurship, and of an innovative corporation largely managed by men that empowered women to exploit networks of other women and their community for profit. Founded in the late nineteenth century, Avon grew into a massive international direct sales company in which millions of "ambassadors of beauty" sat in their customers' living rooms with a sample case, catalogue, and a conversational sales pitch. Avon was unique in American business history for its reliance on women as representatives, promising them not just sales positions, but a chance to have a business of their own. Being an Avon Lady avoided the stigma that was often attached to middle-class women's work outside the home and enabled women to maintain the delicate balance of work and family. Drawing for the first time on company records she helped acquire for archives, Katina Manko illuminates Avon's inner workings, uncovers the lives of its representatives, and shows how women slowly rose into the company's middle and upper management. Avon called itself "The Company for Women" and championed its high flyers, but its higher echelons remained dominated by men well into the 1990s. Avon is more than perfumes and toiletries, but a brand built on women knocking on doors and chatting up neighbors. It thrived for more than a century through the deceptively simple technique of women directly selling beauty to women at home.

Home Made

By Liz Hauck
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • Isbn : 0525512446
  • Pages : 417
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 251
  • File Pdf: home-made.pdf

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NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • An “extraordinary” (The New York Times Book Review) tender and vivid memoir about the radical grace we discover when we consider ourselves bound together in community, and a moving account of one woman’s attempt to answer the essential question Who are we to one another? “Your heart will be altered by this book.”—Gregory Boyle, S.J., New York Times bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart Liz Hauck and her dad had a plan to start a weekly cooking program in a residential home for teenage boys in state care, which was run by the human services agency he co-directed. When her father died before they had a chance to get the project started, Liz decided she would try it without him. She didn’t know what to expect from volunteering with court-involved youth, but as a high school teacher she knew that teenagers are drawn to food-related activities, and as a daughter, she believed that if she and the kids made even a single dinner together she could check one box off her father’s long, unfinished to-do list. This is the story of what happened around the table, and how one dinner became one hundred dinners. “The kids picked the menus, I bought the groceries,” Liz writes, “and we cooked and ate dinner together for two hours a week for nearly three years. Sometimes improvisation in kitchens is disastrous. But sometimes, a combination of elements produces something spectacularly unexpected. I think that’s why, when we don’t know what else to do, we feed our neighbors.” Capturing the clumsy choreography of cooking with other people, this is a sharply observed story about the ways we behave when we are hungry and the conversations that happen at the intersections of flavor and memory, vulnerability and strength, grief and connection. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SHE READS

The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xist Publishing
  • Isbn : 168195897X
  • Pages : 255
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 509
  • File Pdf: the-picture-of-dorian-gray.pdf

Book Summary:

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray A man sells his soul for eternal youth and scandalizes the city in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The Lonely City

By Olivia Laing
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Isbn : 1250039592
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 340
  • File Pdf: the-lonely-city.pdf

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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism #1 Book of the Year from Brain Pickings Named a best book of the year by NPR, Newsweek, Slate, Pop Sugar, Marie Claire, Elle, Publishers Weekly, and Lit Hub A dazzling work of biography, memoir, and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring. When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her midthirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by the most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving from Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks to Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules, from Henry Darger’s hoarding to David Wojnarowicz’s AIDS activism, Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed. Humane, provocative, and moving, The Lonely City is a celebration of a strange and lovely state, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.

A Single Shard

By Linda Sue Park
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Isbn : 054735004X
  • Pages : 176
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 179
  • File Pdf: a-single-shard.pdf

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The Newbery Medal-winning tale of an orphan boy whose dream of becoming a master potter leads to unforeseen adventure in ancient Korea.​ Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean village renowned for its ceramics. When he accidentally breaks a delicate piece of pottery, he volunteers to work to pay for the damage. Putting aside his own dreams, Tree-ear resolves to serve the master potter by embarking on a difficult and dangerous journey, little knowing that it will change his life forever. “Intrigues, danger, and a strong focus on doing what is right turn a simple story into a compelling read. . . . A timeless jewel.”–Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Beautiful World, Where Are You

By Sally Rooney
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Isbn : 0735281807
  • Pages : 318
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 772
  • File Pdf: beautiful-world-where-are-you.pdf

Book Summary:

#1 INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK ONE OF TIME'S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2021 NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED, ESQUIRE, THE GUARDIAN, KIRKUS REVIEWS AND FINANCIAL TIMES “Beautiful World, Where Are You is Rooney’s best novel yet. Funny and smart, full of sex and love and people doing their best to connect.” —The New York Times Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they worry about sex and friendship and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

By Christopher Colfer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Isbn : 0316204919
  • Pages : 347
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 351
  • File Pdf: the-land-of-stories.pdf

Book Summary:

The first book in Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories about two siblings who fall into a fairy-tale world! Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change forever, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

No Man's Land

By John Vigna
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : arsenal pulp press
  • Isbn : 1551528673
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 585
  • File Pdf: no-man-s-land.pdf

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In this powerful, panoramic novel set in the late 1890s, in a sliver of rugged western wilderness, a fourteen-year-old girl named Davey—too young to be given a chance at creating her own life—finds herself raised by a group of eccentrics, hostile misfits who rescued her as an infant on a bloody battlefield. She roams the countryside with them, led by Reverend Brown, a charismatic false prophet, hosting revivals for unsuspecting believers while lingering on the cusp of unimaginable events. Davey tries to locate a semblance of peace in this harrowing, beautiful place, but what she finds instead is an astonishing panoply of falsehoods and depravity, a vicious world comprised of murderers, thieves, and dancing bears. And in this unforgiving landscape of craggy beauty and singular resoluteness, she wages a fight against truth while traversing the delicate line between destiny and fate as she comes to understand the role Reverend Brown plays in her life. No Man’s Land is part classic coming-of-age story, part unwavering portrait of the bloody price of power, a raw and bold novel about the search for family, and a grand story about an education in the pull of predestination and the responsibility of freewill. Haunting on every page, filled with sorrow and awe, and stunning in the tonality of its vision, No Man’s Land is an unflinching meditation on the legacy of violence, its senseless destructiveness, and the fearless dignity and tenderness required to rise above it.

The Sparkle of His Eye the

By Stefani Weatherford
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Elm Hill
  • Isbn : 1400325676
  • Pages : 100
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Reads : 955
  • File Pdf: the-sparkle-of-his-eye-the.pdf

Book Summary:

I couldn’t wait until I had a sparkly diamond on my hand one day, signifying that I was loved and chosen. But once I no longer had the sparkle on my finger, I had to find it within. This book is about my seven-year journey with the Lord to discover the seven key elements that helped me to shine again. Strength--When I had nothing left, I met the ultimate source of strength that created a stability deep within. Provision--The Lord provides for us not just financially but in more ways than we could ask or imagine. Acceptance--The process of accepting the things I could not change so I could move on wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. Release--Releasing forgiveness & faith so God could redeem my situation was critical in the healing process. Keep--Keeping my eyes focused on the Lord and staying under His covering propelled me into a future of joy and hope. Loved--Allowing God’s love to penetrate my broken places and believe what He says about me restored my soul. Enough--Believing that Jesus says I am enough ever when dating makes me feel otherwise is often a daily surrender.

Lean Fall Stand

By Jon McGregor
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Isbn : 0008484430
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 500
  • File Pdf: lean-fall-stand.pdf

Book Summary:

A WHITE REVIEW BOOK OF THE YEAR ‘It leaves the reader moved and subtly changed, as if she had become part of the story’ Hilary Mantel ’So moving and delicate and terrifying and haunting’ Maggie O’Farrell The highly anticipated new novel from the Costa-award winning, three-times Booker-longlisted author of Reservoir 13.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

By Thornton Wilder
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Isbn : 0063244713
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 761
  • File Pdf: the-bridge-of-san-luis-rey.pdf

Book Summary:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize "As close to perfect a moral fable as we are ever likely to get in American literature." —Russell Banks "There are books that haunt you down the years, books that seem to touch and stir something deep inside you. . . . Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey is of this kind." —The Independent (London) "On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." This immortal sentence opens The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of the towering achievements in American literature, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and a novel still read throughout the world. Brother Juniper, a Franciscan monk, witnesses the tragic event. Deeply moved, he embarks on a quest to prove that it was divine intervention, not chance, that led to the deaths of the five people crossing the bridge that day. Ultimately, his search leads to a timeless investigation into the nature of fate and love, and the meaning of the human condition. This beautiful edition includes a foreword by acclaimed author Russell Banks and an afterword by Thornton Wilder's nephew, Tappan, with illuminating documentary material about the novel and its rich literary history.

Finding God in the Broken Places

By Patsy Clairmont
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperChristian Resources
  • Isbn : 1418555444
  • Pages : 132
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 120
  • File Pdf: finding-god-in-the-broken-places.pdf

Book Summary:

Women of Faith, renowned for their unique combination of personality and truth, offer fresh new messages in four new topical study guides in the popular Women of Faith Study Guide Series. Each study guide, teeming with insights and quotes from the conference Twelve weeks of Bible study for individuals or groups New, special edition installment in this best-selling series Filled with quotes from the Women of Faith speakers Leader's Guide included

The Center of the Universe

By Rita Kay Reese
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
  • Isbn : 1639034633
  • Pages : 134
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 277
  • File Pdf: the-center-of-the-universe.pdf

Book Summary:

In The Center of the Universe, Rita shares snapshot stories of her life spanning seven decades. She shares her experiences of the pain caused by World War II; the wonder and innocence of the '50s, the challenges to her belief system in the '60s, rearing her children in the '70s and '80s, and the pain of divorce in the '90s. The best story of all is her story of falling in love with Jesus and embarking on a new journey of love in the twenty-first century. As you read Rita's stories, you just might be reminded of your own journey as well as your personal stories. We all have stories to share. At the place of our greatest need is where our stories meet and where we see Jesus, longing to be the center of our personal universe.

Recovering Memory

By Hedda Friberg,Irene Gilsenan Nordin,Lene Yding Pedersen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Isbn : 1443809306
  • Pages : 311
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 852
  • File Pdf: recovering-memory.pdf

Book Summary:

Various ways of collecting, storing and recovering memories have been the focus of the most recent joint research project carried out by a group of Irish Studies scholars, all based in the Nordic countries and members of the Nordic Irish Studies Network (NISN). The result of the project, Recovering Memory: Irish Representations of Past and Present, is a collection of essays which examines the theme of memory in Irish literature and culture against the theoretical background of the philosophical discourse of modernity. Offering a wide range of perspectives, this volume examines a plurality of representations—past and present—of memory, both public and private, and the intersection between collective memory and individual in modern Ireland. Also explored is the relation between memory and identity—national and private—as well as questions of subjectivity and the construction of the self. Given Ireland’s tragic past and its long history of colonisation, it is inevitable that various aspects of memory in terms of nationality, post-colonialism, and politics also have bearing on this study. The volume is divided into five sections, each of which examines one broadly defined aspect of memory. The introductory section focuses on memory and history, and is followed by sections on memory and autobiography, place, identity, and memory in the work of novelist John Banville. Within each section, the individual writers engage in a fruitful dialogue with each other and with the approaches of such theorists as Arendt, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, and Baudrillard.

Restoring the Broken Places in an Unforgiving World

By Becky Cortino
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Isbn : 1678050687
  • Pages :
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Reads : 214
  • File Pdf: restoring-the-broken-places-in-an-unforgiving-world.pdf

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The truth is things happen we will never understand. When the unimaginable intrudes into our lives, colliding with our hearts, we are left choosing how to handle it. Forgiveness is not a simple issue. The way to grace is filled with challenges and confusion. Common misconceptions about nurturing healthy relationships and extending forgiveness complicate troubling situations. The world’s lies get in the way of forgiving, by promoting popular ineffective strategies like: - Withholding forgiveness as personal power (chains everyone). - Just “forgive and forget” (allows a wrong to remain, fester and grow). - Silence (implies agreement accepting the unacceptable, lack of caring). The Statistics Show: A majority of people value relationships as highest priority. They recognize relational challenges need to be addressed, but their attempts haven’t been successful. They would do anything to “fix” their relational breaks, but are unsure how. The Facts Are: We have to do something to repair our fractured relationships. Restoring relationships takes effort, determination and dedication 24/7. The things we’re doing to “fix” a broken relationship aren’t working – and never will. The Truth Is: The most effective way to repair relational breaks is by following a tried-and-true model. The steps are time-tested and proven to be effective. International Speaker-Author Becky Cortino has cast the widest tent possible to plead the case for the necessity of forgiveness to repair relationships and live your best life. In her book RESTORING THE BROKEN PLACES, she provides a deep-dive into biblical principles surrounding forgiveness, presents a fresh look at reasons common practices don’t work, showing how to move toward restoring broken relationships by: - Understanding what forgiveness is and what it is not. - Realizing when extending grace is required and how to forgive. - Recognizing an Unforgiving Spirit and loving beyond it. By embracing grace, we release painful bondage and regain peace in our lives. Broken relationships can be mended, transforming all!