Life s That Way

Life s That Way Author Jim Beaver
ISBN-10 1101032618
Year 2009-04-16
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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A remarkable memoir that shows the capacity of the human heart to heal after the challenge of having to say goodbye. Even the hardest lessons contain great gifts. Jim Beaver and his wife Cecily Adams appeared to have it all-following years of fertility treatments, they were finally parents and they were building their dream home and successful Hollywood careers. Life was good. But then their daughter, Maddie, was diagnosed as autistic. Weeks later, Cecily, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Sadly, after 14 years of marriage, Jim became a widower and a single dad. Faced with overwhelming grief, Jim reached out to family and friends by writing a nightly email-a habit he established when Cecily was first diagnosed. Initially a cathartic exercise for Jim, the prose became an unforgettable journey for his readers. Life's That Way is a compilation of those profound, compelling emails.

Fuck Off Cancer

Fuck Off  Cancer Author Linda Brossi Murphy
ISBN-10 0990921603
Year 2014-12-09
Pages 252
Language en
Publisher
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A best seller in the making! Honest! Raw! You will laugh and cry as you learn what happens behind closed doors to your friends or family member with cancer. You may think that you are in the know but the truth will shock you! A quick read with candid, straightforward insight to the real deal of cancer! A definite tool for any person wanting to support someone battling cancer or for the newly diagnosed patient to see "behind the curtain" Fear can be worse than reality... Read this book and you will realize that cancer isn't as bad as you imagine it to be and that you can actually turn this scary diagnosis into a positive! Follow the author's journey through cancer as she turns this deadly disease into a party at every turn. Watch as Linda makes the most of the situation as she weaves her way through various treatments. The book covers the topics of occasionally tumultuous marital relations, questioning religion and why this is happening to "me," how the loss of hair affected her life, and how relationships with friends and family are altered by this potentially life threatening disease. This book is a very raw, "nothing held back" memoir which lays the facts on the table and contains the pictures to prove it. So grab your libation of choice and sit down for a quick read! Book clubs have found this to be a great source for discussion for a myriad of hot topics. The last two pages of the book have discussion questions to get the conversation started! Warning: This book contains gross pictures and scary middle aged pornography (Don't say you haven't been warned!)

Living Between the Scans

Living Between the Scans Author David H. Robb
ISBN-10 9781457541889
Year 2015-12-23
Pages 104
Language en
Publisher Dog Ear Publishing
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Dave Robb is a father of twin sons, husband, and pancreatic cancer survivor. Diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer at age forty-four, just weeks after his pre-school-aged sons turned five, Dave and his family have survived an unlikely medical quest that has become a journey of terrifying truths, proud accomplishments, support from unexpected places, spiritual discovery, humor, and treasured family triumphs. Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, Dave wandered extensively before returning with his wife, Sabrina Deatrick Robb, to his hometown to settle down and start a family. Dave is an entrepreneur, small business owner, gardener, yoga novice, swimmer, cancer research fundraiser, modest watch collector, terrible golfer, and jack of many trades but master of none. Despite his varied professional endeavors and life adventures, nothing could have prepared him for the reality of fighting cancer and learning to live between the scans.

Love What Matters

Love What Matters Author LoveWhatMatters
ISBN-10 9781501169144
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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In the bestselling tradition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Humans of New York comes a collection of authentic, emotional, and inspiring stories about life’s most important moments, as curated by the editors at Love What Matters. “90% of the reads bring me to tears. I just can't believe the love this world truly has when all we see is hate. This is so uplifting.” —Shelsea Where do you go when you want to feel inspired? When you want to forget about the divisiveness and the anger? For over five million people, that place is Love What Matters, a digital platform dedicated to finding and sharing the daily moments of kindness, compassion, and love that so often go overlooked. This curated collection of powerful stories features first person accounts and photographs that perfectly capture each moment: A husband learning he’s about to be a dad. A new mom embracing her body. A cashier inadvertently teaching a young girl a lesson about patience. A bagel from a stranger that saved a homeless man’s life. From long overdue adoptions to military heroes returning home; from a fireman’s touching 9/11 tribute to what an old dinner plate found at a bake sale can teach us all about life—these are the moments that matter. They are genuine. Authentic. Raw. And they are perfect in their imperfection—just like all of us. You will no doubt experience goosebumps and tears, but this mosaic of life’s moments will leave you with something even more profound: a reminder that, in the end, love always wins. “This really is the best page on Facebook. It renews your love of humanity. There are still good people. We need more reports of acts of kindness.” —Johnny

Punkzilla

Punkzilla Author Adam Rapp
ISBN-10 9780763652586
Year 2010-03-16
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Candlewick Press
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"Punkzilla" is on a mission to see his older brother "P", before "P" dies of cancer. Still buzzing from his last hit of meth, he embarks on a days-long trip from Portland, Ore. to Memphis, Tenn., writing letters to his family and friends. Along the way, he sees a sketchier side of America and worries if he will make it to see his brother in time.

Alice Oliver

Alice   Oliver Author Charles Bock
ISBN-10 9781400068388
Year 2016-04-05
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Random House
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"Alice Culvert is a force: passionate, independent, smart, and gorgeous, she--to her delight--attracts attention wherever she goes, even amid the buzz of mid-90s New York. In knee-high boots, with her newborn daughter, Doe, strapped to her chest, Alice is one of those people who just seem so vividly alive, which makes her cancer diagnosis feel almost incongruous. How could such a being not go on? But all at once, Alice's existence, and that of her husband Oliver, is reduced to a single purpose: survival. As they combat the disease, the couple must also face off against the serpentine healthcare system, the good intentions of loved ones, and the deep, dangerous stressors that threaten to push the two of them apart. With veracity, humor, wisdom, and love, Charles Bock navigates one family's unforgettable story - inspired by his own"--

Every Day I Fight

Every Day I Fight Author Stuart Scott
ISBN-10 9780698191006
Year 2015-03-10
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.” – Stuart Scott The fearless, intimate, and inspiring story behind ESPN anchor Stuart Scott’s unrelenting fight against cancer, with a foreword by Robin Roberts. Shortly before he passed away, on January 4, 2015, Stuart Scott completed work on this memoir. It was both a labor of love and a love letter to life itself. Not only did Stuart relate his personal story—his childhood in North Carolina, his supportive family, his athletic escapades, his on-the-job training as a fledgling sportscaster, his being hired and eventual triumphs at ESPN—he shared his intimate struggles to keep his story going. Struck by appendiceal cancer in 2007, Stuart battled this rare disease with an unimaginable tenacity and vigor. Countless surgeries, enervating chemotherapies, endless shuttling from home to hospital to office and back—Stuart continued defying fate, pushing himself through exercises and workout routines that kept him strong. He wanted to be there for his teenage daughters, Sydni and Taelor, not simply as their dad, but as an immutable example of determination and courage. Every Day I Fight is a saga of love, an inspiration to us all. From the Hardcover edition.

Stations of the Heart

Stations of the Heart Author Richard Lischer
ISBN-10 9780307960542
Year 2013-04-02
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Vintage
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This poignant love story of a father for his son is at once funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful. In it a young man teaches his entire family “a new way to die” with wit, candor, and, always, remarkable grace. This emotionally riveting account probes the heart without sentimentality or self-pity. As the book opens, Richard Lischer’s son, Adam, calls to tell his father, a professor of divinity at Duke University, that his cancer has returned. Adam is a smart, charismatic young man with a promising law career, and an unlikely candidate for tragedy. That his young wife is pregnant with their first child makes the disease’s return all the more devastating. Despite the crushing magnitude of his diagnosis and the cruel course of the illness, Adam’s growing weakness evokes in him an unexpected strength. This is the story of one last summer and the young man who lived it as honestly and faithfully as possible. We meet Adam in many phases of his growing up, but always through the narrow lens of his undying hope, when in the final season of his life he becomes his family’s (and his father’s) spiritual leader. Honest in its every dimension, Stations of the Heart is an unforgettable book about life and death and the terrible blessing of saying good-bye.

One Proud Penny

One Proud Penny Author Randy Siegel
ISBN-10 9781250148698
Year 2017-01-10
Pages 40
Language en
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
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Who knew the life of a penny could be so exciting? Born in 1983, our copper (well, zinc and copper as we find out) narrator travels everywhere from New York City to Portland, Oregon, to Puerto Rico describing in colorful detail his many adventures along the way. Randy Siegel's quirky, informative text mixed with Serge Bloch's spare but exuberant illustrations (which make use of real pennies) make this book a must-have for lovers of American history or just a good story. A Neal Porter Book

As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying Author William Faulkner
ISBN-10 9781446485514
Year 2013-07-05
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Random House
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The death and burial of Addie Bundren is told by members of her family, as they cart the coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, to bury her among her people. And as the intense desires, fears and rivalries of the family are revealed in the vernacular of the Deep South, Faulkner presents a portrait of extraordinary power - as epic as the Old Testament, as American as Huckleberry Finn.

The Latinos of Asia

The Latinos of Asia Author Anthony Christian Ocampo
ISBN-10 9780804797573
Year 2016-03-02
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Stanford University Press
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Is race only about the color of your skin? In The Latinos of Asia, Anthony Christian Ocampo shows that what "color" you are depends largely on your social context. Filipino Americans, for example, helped establish the Asian American movement and are classified by the U.S. Census as Asian. But the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Philippines means that they share many cultural characteristics with Latinos, such as last names, religion, and language. Thus, Filipinos' "color"—their sense of connection with other racial groups—changes depending on their social context. The Filipino story demonstrates how immigration is changing the way people negotiate race, particularly in cities like Los Angeles where Latinos and Asians now constitute a collective majority. Amplifying their voices, Ocampo illustrates how second-generation Filipino Americans' racial identities change depending on the communities they grow up in, the schools they attend, and the people they befriend. Ultimately, The Latinos of Asia offers a window into both the racial consciousness of everyday people and the changing racial landscape of American society.

Option B

Option B Author Sheryl Sandberg
ISBN-10 9781524732691
Year 2017-04-24
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Knopf
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#1 New York Times Best Seller From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy. Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B. We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.

It s Complicated

It s Complicated Author danah boyd
ISBN-10 9780300166316
Year 2014-02-25
Pages 281
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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Surveys the online social habits of American teens and analyzes the role technology and social media plays in their lives, examining common misconceptions about such topics as identity, privacy, danger, and bullying.