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A Brave True Story

Author : Natalie Jovanic
ISBN : 0991133005
Genre : Abused women
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A Brave, True Story is a heartfelt and inspiring memoir that reveals how it is possible to heal from a painful past and live with passion, purpose and fulfillment. It provides an insightful exploration into the world of relationships, emotions and recovering from dark experiences of the past. Natalie Jovanic is a successful relationship coach and trainer, but her past hasn t always been so rosy. As a young child, she was not supported or protected and as a result, grew into a woman who, in her own words, had abandoned herself . She entered into unhealthy relationships that she considered to be normal and didn t expect anything better. Then, a trip to Thailand opened her eyes about the negativity of her relationships and she began to follow her inner voice. By recognizing the destructive patterns, Natalie cleared them out through different healing methods and replaced them with healthy ones. This empowers her to say no to unhealthy relationships and changed the course of her life into fulfillment. She recovered her deep love for herself and was finally able to put painful emotions from the past to rest, for good. The memoir is delicately built around reconstructed dialogue and incidents. Natalie successfully recreates her inner monologues and gives clear images about her inner process. A Brave True Story is Natalie s deeply personal account of her journey from the darkness of her past to her current life, which is full of happiness, hope and possibilities. It is the story of a woman who dreamed of being healed and whole and she triumphed. Reviews: This true and inspiring story of sadness and joy, disappointment and happiness, will touch your heart and help you to release your full potential for living. Brain Tracy, Author of 'No Excuses' [A] delicate memoir about a woman s path to healing the darkness of violence and suffering. [The author s] utter simplicity and directness her impeccable inner child s innocence win our trust as she shines her gentle steady light through the scary woods to open roads and unexpected opportunity. R. S. Evans, human ecologist, author of RICE (2014) If you loved Angela s Ashes, you ll love and be incredibly moved by A Brave, True Story. John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books A Brave, True Story is an inspiring gift. Natalie, through the beauty of her words and infinite bravery, will take you on a journey of profound healing and self discovery. Remembering over and over that every moment is a gift, despite the wrap around it. Enjoy it! Maria T. Febreiro, life and business coach

The Enlightened Marriage

Author : Jed Diamond
ISBN : 9781632659484
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Love and marriage are two of the greatest gifts life has to offer, yet too many marriages fail because couples don’t fully understand the five stages of relationships. Because most of us have had hurtful experiences in past relationships, often going back to childhood, we develop an inaccurate love map that causes us to get off track when the stresses of life increase. For more than 40 years, Jed Diamond has been helping couples repair even the most damaged relationships and reweave the broken strands of marriage. In The Enlightened Marriage, Dr. Diamond will help you: Get through Stage Three—Disillusionment without losing your love. Understand that when your partner says, “I love you, but I’m not in love with you anymore,” it is not the end, but the beginning of Stage Four—Real Lasting Love. Learn why healing childhood wounds is the greatest gift of love you can give and receive from your partner. Recognize and address the mid-life stresses of “manopause,” irritable male syndrome, and male-type depression. Follow your calling in Stage Five to make a real difference in the world.

The River Of Forgetting

Author : Jane Rowan
ISBN : 9780981583020
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Using creative arts to access her strength and aliveness, the author reconciles with both her parents' love and their betrayal. This deeply personal memoir invites the reader behind the closed doors of a therapist's office and into the author's journal and her very body.

Educated

Author : Tara Westover
ISBN : 9780399590511
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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 one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. 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. Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times • Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction “Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.”—Amy Chua, The New York Times Book Review “A heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir.”—USA Today “Tara Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind. . . . She evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her.”—The Atlantic “Riveting . . . Westover brings readers deep into this world, a milieu usually hidden from outsiders.”—The Economist “Incredibly thought-provoking . . . so much more than a memoir about a woman who graduated college without a formal education. It is about a woman who must learn how to learn.”—The Harvard Crimson “A subtle, nuanced study of how dysfunction of any kind can be normalized even within the most conventional family structure, and of the damage such containment can do.”—Financial Times “Westover’s extraordinary memoir is haunting in the best way, delivering a powerful coming-of-age saga.”—Paste

Crazy Brave A Memoir

Author : Joy Harjo
ISBN : 9780393083897
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“Compressed . . . lyrical . . . unflinching . . . raw. . . . Harjo is a magician and a master of the English language.”—Jonah Raskin, San Francisco Chronicle In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo’s tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.

More

Author : Mariah McKenzie
ISBN : 9781785352638
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Have you ever wanted More? Not more stuff . . . or success . . . or fame . . . but more intimacy, more connection, more mystery, more awe. When Mariah McKenzie finds her husband and her best friend in bed together, she is launched on a forbidding and transcendent journey. Reeling from a life turned upside down, Mariah and her husband Jake don’t separate, but resolve to search together for a deeper connection - for more.

Don T Call Me Mother

Author : Linda Joy Myers
ISBN : 1938314026
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This compassionate and gripping memoir tells the story of three generations of daughters who, though determined to be different from their absent mothers, ultimately follow in their footsteps. Myers's new afterword continues the saga, allowing her to confront her family legacy and come full circle with her daughter and grandchildren.

Swimming With Elephants

Author : Sarah Bamford Seidelmann
ISBN : 9781573247016
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"A fascinating, amusing, and wise account of how someone born with a shaman's predilections, raised in a rationalist culture, finds her way back to her true self." - Martha Beck, The New York Times bestselling author After 2 decades in the study and practice of medicine, Sarah Seidelmann took a 3-month sabbatical to search for a way to feel good again. Having witnessed human suffering early in her career and within her own family, she longed for a way to address more than just the physical needs of her patients and to live in a lighter, more conscious way. Swimming with Elephants tells the eccentric, sometimes poignant, and occasionally hilarious experience of a working mother undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer. During that tumultuous period of answering her call, Sarah met an elephant who would become an important spirit companion on her journey, had bones thrown for her by a shaman in South Africa, and traveled to India for an ancient Hindu pilgrimage, where she received the blessing she had been longing for. Ultimately, she discovered an entirely different way of healing, one that she had always aspired to and that enabled her to help those who are suffering. "From the lakes of Minnesota to the Ganges River in India, Sarah Seidelmann's transformative journey from MD to shamanistic healer is a refreshingly honest and very funny tale of spiritual growth." - Matt Adrian, author of The Guide to Troubled Birds "This is an exceedingly vulnerable, beautifully written book and the most genuine spiritual memoir I have ever read. It is also - in many hilarious moments - laugh out loud funny." - Maria Bamford, Comedian and star of Netflix Original Series Lady Dynamite

Dancing Into The Light

Author : Arlyn Hope Halpern
ISBN : 099928651X
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Dancing into the Light is a heartwarming memoir that captures one woman's transformative journey of self-discovery by making peace with a family at once extremely dysfunctional, yet oddly endearing. As a child, her troubling interaction with her depressed mother coexisted with the affection she held for her happy-go lucky father. With little guidance from either parent, Arlyn was left to fend for herself. A series of fateful events, from taking off in the family car at age twelve to exotic dancing in a carnival, uprooted Arlyn from this childhood world and into a progressive boarding school. Later she traveled to Israel in the aftermath of the Six Day War. There she fell in love with a Swedish man and moved to his native land. A meeting with a college professor, and their subsequent marriage, set Arlyn down the path of Buddhist practice. Making a pilgrimage to India, they received teachings from Tibetan Buddhist masters and Arlyn undertook the rigorous study of Indian classical dance. The Buddhist teachings, along with her ongoing love of dance sustained her as she experienced heart-rending challenges along the way. Throughout this engaging and courageous tale, Arlyn never wavers from looking inward, facing her demons, and using adversity as a path to develop greater wisdom and compassion. It is a redemptive tale of love and loss that will leave no reader unmoved.

Lights On Rats Out

Author : Cree LeFavour
ISBN : 9780802189158
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“A harrowing, beautiful, searching, and deeply literary memoir. In these pages, we watch Cree LeFavour evolve from a wounded (and wounding) lost girl to a woman who can at last regard her existence with a modicum of mercy and forgiveness...a story of true self-salvation and transformation.”—Elizabeth Gilbert As a young college graduate a year into treatment with a psychiatrist, Cree LeFavour's began to organize her days around the cruel, compulsive logic of self-harm: with each newly lit cigarette, the world would drop away as her focus narrowed to an unblemished patch of skin calling out for attention and the fierce, blooming release of pleasure-pain as the burning tip was applied to the skin. Her body was a canvas of cruelty; each scar a mark of pride and shame. In sharp and shocking language, Lights On, Rats Out brings us closely into these years, allowing us to feel the pull of a stark compulsion taking over a mind. We see the world as Cree did—turned upside down, the richness of life muted and dulled, its pleasures perverted. The heady, vertiginous thrill of meeting with her psychiatrist, Dr. X—whose relationship with Cree is at once sustaining and paralyzing—comes to be the only bright spot in her mental solitude. Her extraordinary access to and inclusion of the notes kept by Dr. X during treatment offer concrete evidence of Cree’s transformation over 3 years of therapy. But it is her own evocative and razor-sharp prose that traces a path from a lonely and often sad childhood to her reluctant commitment to and emergence from a psychiatric hospital, to the saving refuge of literature and eventual acceptance of love. Moving deftly between the dialogue and observations from psychiatric records and elegant, incisive reflection on youth and early adulthood, Lights On, Rats Out illuminates a fiercely bright and independent woman’s charged attachment to a mental health professional and the dangerous compulsion to keep him in her life at all costs.

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