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'It is when things feel the most uncertain, and we are at our most tired, frustrated and worn out, that we must dig deep. That's when we need to find it within ourselves not to turn away and hide in our bunkers, but to rise up and be even more vocal . . . If we hide, when we emerge from our hiding places the world might be transformed into a hostile, alien environment in which we have no say at all and where the things we love and value no longer exist.'
From the debris of her troubled early life, Lidia Yuknavitch weaves an astonishing tale of survival. It is a life that navigates, and transcends, abuse, addiction, self-destruction and the crushing loss of a stillborn child. A kind of memoir that is also a paean to the pursuit of beauty, self-expression, desire - for men and women - and the exhilaration of swimming, The Chronology of Water lays a life bare.
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.
One of Ireland's most celebrated writers, musicians, and poets, Ciaran Carson was born in Belfast and has spent his life there. In The Star Factory, he makes himself the cartographer of his home city's spaces, symbolic and literal, the scribe of its byways and avenues, from Abbey Road to Zetland Street. Belfast has seen transformation: once the fifth-greatest industrial city in the world, the home of the S.S. Titanic, it has more recently been a battleground of sectarian slaughter. To conjure up the lives lived there, Carson plunges down the 'wormhole of memory' - admiring along the way the strata and roots beneath the surface. Though it has experienced more than its share of urban decay - the Star Factory of the title is an abandoned mill - Carson's Belfast teems with stories, stories that can spring from a telephone directory, a cigarette case, a postcard, a book about tramways, a stamp. For the eye that knows where to look, and the ear that can listen, gems and melodies are everywhere. The Star Factory is an elegy of magical power and enduring love, a work of passion and precision, and sure to be considered one of the finest books about Ireland ever written.
When Kristin Kimball fell in love with a farmer and left behind her life in Manhattan to start a new farm with him in the Adirondacks, she had to learn a lot about farming - and fast. But, it turns out that starting a farm is not as challenging as sustaining it. Over the next five years, as two children are born and more land is acquired, the farm has its ups and downs, but then the downs keep on coming. Kristin's husband gets injured, the weather turns against them, the financial pressures mount. Suddenly, Kristin is facing not only the daily juggle of planting and milking and putting dinner on the table, but bigger questions about the life she has chosen. Is she still a farmer or is she now a farmer's wife? What does the farm need in order to survive? What does a family need in order to thrive? Beautifully written and refreshingly honest, Good Husbandry is about farmers and food, friends and neighbours, love and marriage, birth and death, and about how to grow and harvest the good things in life.
An entertaining and informative story detailing the events Mary Gaunt faced as a woman traveling alone in China in the early 1900s. Part of the Guangxi Collection - written by Westerners travelling in China, this series of historical texts was reprinted in collaboration with Guangxi Normal University Press. Series I focuses on the works of women writers.
A first person account of time spent with the Empress Dowager when commissioned to paint her portrait for the St. Louis Exposition in 1903. Part of the Guangxi Collection - written by Westerners travelling in China, this series of historical texts was reprinted in collaboration with Guangxi Normal University Press. Series I focuses on the works of women writers.
A charming, amusing and warming collection of true short stories and vignettes by diarist and author Susanna Johnston: a romp through family life, replete with eccentric relations and amusing anecdotes. In this collection of essays, many drawn from her own diaries, Susanna Johnston provides us with a snapshot of a life that has been varied, but never dull. She is the sister of the renowned journalist and magazine editor, Alexander Chancellor, and here she writes about his birth. She also ran away from boarding school, was defeated by Crown Prince Akihito of Japan at ping-pong, rescued her father and embarrassed Anthony Eden as a young woman, on the front page of The Daily Mirror. Rescuing My Father & Other Stories is a lighthearted read that is bound to bring a smile to the face of all of its readers. It is a reminder that many of our great diarists have, often secretly, been women.
A unique tour of the largest sand desert in the world. The name Rub 'ul Khali (Empty Quarter) belies the immense diversity and life it harbours, says the author who lived and toured the Arabian deserts for over thirteen years as a journalist. A compulsive traveler since his student days, Ahamed describes in lyrical prose the history, pre-history, archaeology, legends, folklore and travails of the emigre Asian work force that tames the harsh desert. The book is perhaps the first Arabian travelogue by an Indian which takes a comprehensive view of Arabia beyond the Hajj to Mecca, which is guided anyway. It is probably witnessing the swansong of the fabled Bedouin culture in the wake of the oil tide that is distorting the Arab culture alongside the changing landscape. A valuable guide for the Saudi-bound.
In this unforgettable book, wolf expert and naturalist Elli Radinger draws on her 25 years of experience among the wolves of Yellowstone National Park to tell us remarkable stories of the wolves she has encountered. Wolves are more human than we ever knew . . . In fact, they can teach us how to be better humans. They play, love, care for others, show compassion, die of broken hearts, pine for home, work in teams, are endlessly patient and leaders know when to defer to followers. In The Wisdom of Wolves naturalist Elli Radinger takes us on a journey into the heart of the wolf pack, revealing how they are so successful and what they can teach us about family, cooperation, survival, leadership, commitment and how to enjoy what life gives us. No other book will bring you closer to discovering the truth about wolves - and ourselves. 'Through The Wisdom of Wolves, we get to feel that little bit closer to the pack and discover what we may have in common' BBC Wildlife 'Part impassioned memoir, part natural history study. Radinger's access to her subjects is extraordinary and her analysis simple. Wolf packs, she says, are deeply familial and there is much humans can learn from them . . . Calmly persuasive' Sunday Times 'Enchanting' Mail on Sunday