life is not an accident a memoir of reinvention

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Life Is Not An Accident

Author : Jay Williams
ISBN : 9780062328007
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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New York Times Bestseller This big-hearted memoir by the most promising professional basketball player of his generation details his rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career and plunged him into a life-altering depression, and how he ultimately found his way out of the darkness. Ten years ago, Jay Williams was at the beginning of a brilliant professional basketball career. The Chicago Bulls’ top draft pick—and the second pick of the entire draft—he had the great Michael Jordan’s locker. Then he ran his high-performance motorcycle head-on into a light pole, severely damaging himself and ending his career. In this intense, hard-hitting, and deeply profound memoir, Williams talks about the accident that transformed him. Sometimes, the memories are so fresh, he feels like he’ll never escape the past. Most days, he finds a quiet peace as a commentator on ESPN and as an entrepreneur who can only look back in astonishment at his younger self—a kid who had it all, thought he was invincible, and lost everything . . . only to gain new wisdom. Williams also shares behind the scenes details of life as an All-American. He tells it straight about the scandalous recruiting process and his decision to return to Duke and Coach K—a man who taught him about accountability—to finish his education. He also speaks out about corruption—among coaches, administrators, players, and alumni—and about his time in the NBA, introducing us to a dark underworld culture in the pros: the gambling, drugs, and sex in every city, with players on every team.

Reinventing Life

Author : Ilmarinen Vogel
ISBN : 9781982238698
Genre : Self-Help
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This memoir describes the author’s discovery of Post -Traumatic Stress disorder after a 120mph accident that caused him to become suicidal. He describes the experience and compares how he has experienced life before and how trauma altered his perceptions and reactions of family and community around him. In his ‘flooding moments’ by the side of the road, he sees his life stream before his inner eye, only this time the events are tainted by a filter that causes him to feel the pain and forget the way he was coping with life before the accident. He meets a trauma counsellor who takes him step by step into healing by building new coping skills, using Emotional Freedom Technique as one of several ways to rebuild his life from the brink of suicide. Writing this memoir is part of the healing process. He now wants to share his experience of reinventing life. With all who have suffered trauma .

Library Journal

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ISBN : UOM:39015063375045
Genre : Libraries
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.


Author : Sue Matthews Petrovski
ISBN : 9781612495088
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Sue Petrovski has always been capable, thoughtful, and productive. After retiring from a long and successful career in education, she published two books, ran an antiques business, and volunteered in her community. When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and until her death eight years later, Petrovski served as her primary caregiver. She even cared for her husband when he also succumbed to dementia. However, when Petrovski's husband fell ill with sepsis at the age of eighty-two, it threw everything into question. Would he survive? And if so, would she be able to care for him and manage the family home where they had lived for forty-seven years? More importantly, how long would she be able to do so? After making the decision to sell their house and move into a senior living community, Petrovski found herself thrust into the corporate care model of elder services available in the United States. In Shelved: A Memoir of Aging in America, she reflects on the move and the benefits and deficits of American for-profit elder care. Petrovski draws on extensive research that demonstrates the cultural value of our elders and their potential for leading vital, creative lives, especially when given opportunities to do so, offering a cogent, well-informed critique of elder care options in this country. Shelved provides readers with a personal account of what it is like to leave a family home and enter a new world where everyone is old and where decisions like where to sit in the dining room fall to low-level corporate managers. Showcasing the benefits of communal living as well as the frustrations of having decisions about meals, public spaces, and governance driven by the bottom line, Petrovski delivers compelling suggestions for the transformation of an elder care system that more often than not condescends to older adults into one that puts people first-a change that would benefit us all, whether we are forty, sixty, eighty, or beyond.

War Stories

Author : Philip Dwyer
ISBN : 9781785333088
Genre : History
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Although war memoirs constitute a rich, varied literary form, they are often dismissed by historians as unreliable. This collection of essays is one of the first to explore the modern war memoir, revealing the genre’s surprising capacity for breadth and sophistication while remaining sensitive to the challenges it poses for scholars. Covering conflicts from the Napoleonic era to today, the studies gathered here consider how memoirs have been used to transmit particular views of war even as they have emerged within specific social and political contexts.

Contemporary Authors New Revision Series

Author : Gale Cengage Publishing
ISBN : 0787695335
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A biographical and bibliographical guide to current writers in all fields including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, journalism, drama, television and movies. Information is provided by the authors themselves or drawn from published interviews, feature stories, book reviews and other materials provided by the authors/publishers.


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The Oxford History Of Popular Print Culture

Author : Christine Bold
ISBN : 9780199234066
Genre : Books and reading
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Planned nine-volume series devoted to the exploration of popular print culture in English from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present.

My Decision To Live

Author : Nader Elguindi
ISBN : 1587768577
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In My Decision to Live, Nader Elguindi recalls the new direction his life took after suffering a horrific accident that severed both legs and caused him to permanently lose his right foot. At the time of the accident, he had been serving as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and his career is put on hold while he battles for his life. Throughout the recovery, Nader reflects on the adversity he overcame as a child and young adult, drawing a new determination from these experiences that help him fight through the pain as he learns to walk again. After many surgeries and a great deal of rehabilitation, Nader continues his career in the U.S. Navy, eventually becoming the first naval officer to earn the coveted Dolphins with a prosthetic leg. Following several appeals with the Navys Physical Evaluation Board, Nader learns that his wish to remain as an active duty officer in the U.S. Navy has failed. Discouraged from the failure but not deterred in life, Nader stumbles into a business opportunity and starts his own information technology company. After building and growing that business from nothing but his personal savings, Naders story comes full circle ten years after his tragic accident when he wins one of the largest small business contracts from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), a distinguished branch of the U.S. Navy.

Ideas Of Home

Author : Geoffrey Kain
ISBN : UOM:39015040123856
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Ideas of Home focuses on that specific theme in recent literature; it explores the many challenges to Asian immigrants' sense of self and their conceptions of home. As they emerge from the discussions presented in this collection, the experiences of leaving home and arriving in a new place?and the descriptions of them in literature?are ancient ones that demand self-redefinition and resolution before the "new places" can be sincerely embraced as "home."

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