This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games—games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.”
Dave’s bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive—dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.
Julie Gregory - Sickened
'A disturbing yet compelling read.', Best Magazine .'...compelling and painful memoir...Her extraordinary tale manages to be both horrifying and yet ultimately uplifting.', Sainsbury's Magazine “A painful but wonderfully written memoir that should create greater awareness of a bizarre disorder… Keen self-awareness, a sharp eye for details, and an original, poetic voice.” --Kirkus Reviews “This story of unfathomable child abuse is told with remarkable wit, compassion, and courage. It’s a work of beauty from a beast of a childhood.” --Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors and Dry “Like some Diane Arbus photograph come to life, Julie Gregory's Sickened offers us a portrait of quintessential American Disturbos in all their tender, heinous can't-look-and-can't-look-away glory. A miraculous book by a woman whose very survival is itself a miracle.” --Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight “Set in a southern-culture-on-the-skids world reminiscent of J.T. Leroy, Sickened is written with a lyrical directness that is both riveting and horrific. Julie Gregory reminds us that those who find the courage to slay the dragons of their past and stop the cycle of abuse are the true heroes of the world.” --Ann Magnuson, actress, singer, writer "A stunning account by a courageous woman who journeyed from the depths of hell to reclaim her own power and worth. Julie Gregory casts an extraordinary beacon of healing. You will be hearing a lot about this one.” --Alan Cohen, author of I Had It All the Time "A born storyteller with perfect pitch, Julie Gregory guides the reader through this surreal form of cruelty, in which the ultimate weapon is the scalpel, with originality, gusto and heart-stopping courage." --Sylvia Fraser, author of My Father's House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing "Gripping self-disclosure by a remarkable young woman . . . Sickened will surely and finally impact the proper diagnosis and treatment of children caught in the terror of MBP." --Chris Monaco, Ph.D., Director, Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline “This searing and beautiful memoir represents a genuine triumph of the human spirit.” --Marc D. Feldman, M.D.
Vicki Myron - Bret Witter - Dewey
How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa. Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most. As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history
Rados Virág - Bipoláris
Bipoláris érzelmi zavar - hangzik a kórházi pszichiáter diagnózisa. Gyógyíthatatlan mentális betegség. Péceli Rita megrémül: ezek szerint élete végéig bolond marad? Rita kezdetben megpróbálja ott folytatni, ahol a diagnózis előtt abbahagyta. Ám szélsőséges érzelmi hullámzásai alatt rossz döntéseket hoz, rossz kapcsolatokat köt, elveszíti szerelmét, és biztos állása, megélhetése is veszélybe kerül. Egy éven belül háromszor kell befeküdnie a pszichiátriára. Rita a sok szenvedés hatására végül úgy dönt, felveszi a kesztyűt, és szembenéz a betegséggel. Vajon siker koronázza-e az erőfeszítéseit, és képes lesz-e együtt élni a betegséggel, ha megfogadja segítői tanácsait? Élhet-e majd ezután is teljes értékű életet? S ami talán a legfontosabb: megtalálja-e a boldogságot? A regény igaz történet alapján íródott. _"Talán én nem tettem meg mindent - vallottam be halkan. - És félek, nem is fogok tudni megtenni. Pedig nem akarok újra kórházba kerülni._ _ - Látja, most megfogalmazta a célját - mosolygott a szemöldökét felhúzva Kamilla. - Higgye el, sikerülni fog. - Kételkedve sóhajtottam fel, de akkor és ott megmozdult bennem valami. Eltökéltem: mindent meg fogok tenni, nehogy megint a pszichiátrián kössek ki._ _ - Az első lépés, hogy elfogadják magukat - folytatta a pszichológus. Úgy, ahogy vannak. A betegségüket. Ne vádolják magukat érte, ne érezzék szégyenbélyegnek, ne tagadják el saját maguk elől, ha baj van. Maguk ugyanolyan értékes emberek, mint bárki más."_
Jennifer Worth - Farewell to the East End
This final book in Jennifer Worth's memories of her time as a midwife in London's East end brings her story full circle. As always there are heartbreaking stories such as the family devastated by tuberculosis and a ship's woman who 'serviced' the entire crew, as well as plenty of humour and warmth, such as the tale of two women who shared the same husband! Other stories cover backstreet abortions, the changing life of the docklands, infanticide, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of Nonnatus House. We discover what happens with the gauche debutant Chummy and her equally gauche policeman; will Sister Monica Joan continue her life of crime? Will Sister Evangelina ever crack a smile? And what of Jennifer herself? The book not only details the final years of the tenements but also of Jennifer's journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new path.
Elliot Aronson - Életem és a szociálpszichológia
Elliot Aronsonnak, A társas lény, A rábeszélőgép, a Történtek hibák (de nem én tehetek róluk) és a Columbine után című kötetek világhírű szociálpszichológus szerzőjének legújabb kötete önéletrajzi írás. Bepillantást enged családja történetébe, élvezetes stílusban meséli el, hogyan is alakult magánélete, milyenek voltak az egyetemi évei, miért is választotta és szentelte egész életét a szociálpszichológiának és a tanításnak, ugyanakkor összefoglalja legfontosabb tudományos eredményeit. Ismét egy nagyszerű, nem minden tanulság nélküli Aronson-kötet.
Haruki Murakami - What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
From the best-selling author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and After Dark, a rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running, and the integral impact both have made on his life. In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a slew of critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and–even more important–on his writing. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and includes settings ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvellous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after the age of fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
Evelyn Prentis - A Nurse in Time
_'It must be stressed from the start that I was not a born nurse. Not every girl is. Not every nurse is either, however wholeheartedly she may throw herself into the project once she gets going. Born nurses can be easily recognised. They have a little something the others haven't got which never seems to desert them however desperate the circumstances may become'._ Desperate circumstances were something Evelyn Prentis had to get very used to when she began her life as a nurse. It was in 1934 that Evelyn left home for the first time to enrol as a trainee at a busy Nottingham hospital in the hope of £25 a year. _A Nurse in Time_ is her affectionate and funny account of those days of dedication and hardship, when never-ending nightshifts, strict Sisters and permanent hunger ruled life, and joy was to be found in a late-night pass and a packet of Woodbines.
Marian Keyes - Saved by Cake
From one of the best-loved novelists in Britain comes a book for all of us who love to bake (or would love to learn). After a difficult period in her life, Marian Keyes found solace in baking. The precision of the measurements, the light spring of a well-baked cake, the prettiness of the frosting and decorations: the whole process was soothing. She immersed herself in the world of recipes and piping bags and silicone cake moulds, baking for friends, family and (when they couldn’t eat another bite) total strangers. In short, she fell in love with baking. Saved By Cake is a dose of pure Marian. Funny and charming as ever, Marian guides you through the world of baking in her own inimitable way. It’s perfect for novice bakers, with plenty of advice for beginners, but the recipes are delicious and unique enough to appeal to even the most seasoned of bakers. From Slightly Sinister Star Anise cupcakes to Blokey Snickers Loaf Cheesecake, from Lemon and Thyme biscuits to the Ultimate Chocolate Cake, Marian has something for everyone’s taste buds. And with her as your guide, this is baking as it’s meant to be: pure, unadulterated fun!
Agatha Christie - An Autobiography
In an all-new edition, an engaging and illuminating chronicle of the life of the “Queen of Mystery,” complete with a bonus CD featuring the voice of the grande dame herself Agatha Christie was a woman of mystery, in every sense of the word. Her novels made her the world’s best-selling author, but her private life was hidden from view. For many years she dodged reporters and gave no interviews, and for a brief time she famously disappeared. She started writing her autobiography in April 1950 and finished it fifteen years later, when she was seventy-five years old and decided “it seems the right moment to stop.” In this book, which was originally published in 1977 in the United States by Dodd, Mead & Company, Agatha Christie sheds light on her past. She tells of her childhood in Victorian England, her volunteer work during World War II, her rise to success, her working habits, the inspiration for her most famous characters—Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple—and the places and people that influenced her.
Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon
Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental tranformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.
Karen Blixen - Out of Africa
From the moment Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya in 1914 to manage a coffee plantation, her heart belonged to Africa. Drawn to the intense colours and ravishing landscapes, Karen Blixen spent her happiest years on the farm and her experiences and friendships with the people around her are vividly recalled in these memoirs. _Out of Africa_ is the story of a remarkable and unconventional woman and of a way of life that has vanished for ever.
Rudy Simone - Aspergirls
Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognised, help is often not readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness. This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage. Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. Including the reflections of over thirty-five women diagnosed as on the spectrum, as well as some partners and parents, Rudy identifies recurring struggles and areas where Aspergirls need validation, information and advice. As they recount their stories, anecdotes, and wisdom, she highlights how differences between males and females on the spectrum are mostly a matter of perception, rejecting negative views of Aspergirls and empowering them to lead happy and fulfilled lives. This book will be essential reading for females of any age diagnosed with AS, and those who think they might be on the spectrum. It will also be of interest to partners and loved ones of Aspergirls, and anybody interested either professionally or academically in Asperger's Syndrome.
Charles Mackay - Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
This classic catalogue of some of the more outré enthusiasms - speculative, social, religious and just plain daft - serves as a salutary reminder that the follies of mankind are not unique to the modern world. Whenever struck by campaigns, fads, cults and fashions, the reader may take some comfort that Charles Mackay can demonstrate historical parallels for almost every neurosis of our times. The South Sea Bubble, Witch Mania, Alchemy, the Crusades, Fortune-telling, Haunted Houses, and even ‘Tulipomania’ are only some of the subjects covered in this book, which is given a contemporary perspective through Professor Norman Stone's lively new Introduction.
Henry David Thoreau - Walden (angol)
Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's sojourn in a cabin near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau lived at Walden for two years, two months, and two days, but Walden was written so that the stay appears to be a year, with expressed seasonal divisions. Thoreau did not intend to live as a hermit, for he received visitors and returned their visits. Instead, he hoped to isolate himself from society in order to gain a more objective understanding of it. Simplicity and self-reliance were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy. As Thoreau made clear in the book, his cabin was not in wilderness but at the edge of town, not far from his family home.
Ann Voskamp - One Thousand Gifts
One Thousand Gifts beckons you to leave the parched ground of pride, fear, and white-knuckle control and abandon yourself to the God who overflows your cup. It invites you to wake up to God's everyday blessings, and discover, as Ann did, that in giving thanks for the life you already have, you find the life you've always wanted.
Carl Gustav Jung - Emlékek, álmok, gondolatok
A modern pszichológia egyik igen jelentős, sokat vitatott vezéralakja, Freud tanítványa - ellenlábasa - és művének, részben, folytatója, a svájci Carl Gustav Jung memoárjaiban számos belső - lelki - "emléket", megfejtett-megfejtetlen "álmot", gondolkodásra serkentő "gondolatot", néhány izgalmas esettanulmányt, valamint természeti népek körében szerzett úti élményt hagyott az utókorra. Dr. Buda Béla írja a kötethez csatlakozó, Jung munkásságát a mai lélektan tükrében elemző tanulmányában: "Jung - ez nem kétséges - európai örökségünk része. Hatása a pszichológián, a pszichoterápián túl a művelődéstörténetben, a társadalomfilozófiában, az irodalomelméletben, sőt kiváló szépírók alkotásaiban is lemérhető. Elég, ha a Svájcban letelepedett Kerényi Károly munkásságára utalunk. [...] Visszaemlékezéseinek most megjelenő gyűjteménye plasztikusan mutatja személyiségét. Olyan ember áll az olvasó elé, aki mélyen átélte egyedi sorsát, igyekezett megérteni önnön lényegét és megvalósítani önmagát; a szó legteljesebb értelmében európai volt. Élete - az említett buktatókkal is - példázatos és keresésre sarkalló. Bízunk benne, hogy itt közreadott gondolatai fölkeltik majd az olvasó érdeklődését a szerző többi műve iránt is, s hogy ezek ismeretében maga is tehet néhány lépést előre az objektív önmegismeréshez vezető úton."
Malachy McCourt - A Monk Swimming
Slapped with a libel suit after an appearance on a talk show,Malachy McCourt crows, "If they could only see me now in the slums of Limerick, a big shot, sued for a million. Bejesus, isn't America a great and wonderful country" His older brother Frank's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela's Ashes, took its somber tone from the bleak atmosphere of those slums, while Malachy's boisterous recollections are fueled by his zestful appreciation for the opportunities and oddities of his native land. He and Frank were born in Brooklyn, moved with their parents to Ireland as children, then returned to the States as adults. This book covers the decade 1952-63, when Malachy roistered across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, but spent most of his time in New York City. There his ready wit and quick tongue won him an acting job with the Irish Players, a semiregular stint on the Tonight show hosted by Jack Paar, and friendships with some well-heeled, well-born types who shared his fondness for saloon life and bankrolled him in an East Side saloon that may have been the first singles bar. He chronicles those events--and many others--with back-slapping bonhomie. Although McCourt acknowledges the personal demons that pursued him from his poverty-stricken childhood and destroyed his first marriage, this is on the whole an exuberant autobiography that pays tribute to the joys of a freewheeling life.
Benedek István - Aranyketrec
1957-ben jelent meg az Aranyketrec első kiadása, a hatvanas években további három magyar kiadás követte, s közben megjelent angol, német és szlovák nyelven is. Ifjúkori műveimet leszámítva, első könyvem volt, példányszámát tekintve kétségtelenül legsikeresebb. Bár egy elmegyógyintézet belső életéről szól, egyúttal mégis önéletrajz: annak az öt esztendőnek a története, amit feleségemmel együtt a "pusztán" töltöttem. A puszta szónak itt áttételes értelme is van, hiszen egyfajta emigrációt, önként vállalt - de a körülmények által kikényszerített - száműzetést jelent. Akikkel együtt éltem, azok is száműzöttek voltak, pontosabban számkivetettek: elmebetegek, akiket a társadalom kiközösített magából. Megpróbáltam közös sorsunkat széppé varázsolni, s ez a könyv arról szól: a varázslat sikerült. Húsz-huszonöt év távlatából úgy emlékezem vissza, nem is volt nehéz dolog széppé varázsolni a rámbízottak életét, épp csak emberség s csöppnyi jóakarat kellett hozzá; mégis, ahogy belelapozok a könyvbe, meglepődve látom: mennyit kellett küszködni azért, hogy emberi körülmények közé juttassam a betegeket. Az elmeügyet akartam megreformálni ezzel a könyvvel, az eredmény egészen más lett: a könyv "reformált" engem íróvá - a szó szoros értelmében visszaformált azzá, amire születtem. A közönség szívesebben fogadta a könyvet, mint a szakma, noha teljesen az elmeorvosok nem vonhatták ki magukat a hatása alól: akarva-akaratlan magukévá tettek egyet-mást a "pusztai módszerből". Húsz év, huszonöt év nagy idő egy ember életében, de az elmebetegek, az elmeorvosok és a hivatalnokok nem sokat változtak ennyi idő alatt - ezért talán helyes, ha újra megjelenik ez a könyv: ugyanolyan aktuális ma is, mint az első kiadás idején volt.
Augusten Burroughs - Dry
Fans of Augusten Burroughs's darkly funny memoir Running with Scissors were left wondering at the end of that book what would become of young Augusten after his squalid and fascinating childhood ended. In Dry, we find that although adult Augusten is doing well professionally, earning a handsome living as an ad writer for a top New York agency, Burroughs's personal life is a disaster. His apartment is a sea of empty Dewar's bottles, he stays out all night boozing, and he dabs cologne on his tongue in an unsuccessful attempt to mask the stench of alcohol on his breath at work. When his employer insists he seek help, Burroughs ships out to Minnesota for detoxification, counseling, and amusingly told anecdotes about the use of stuffed animals in group therapy. But after a month of such treatment, he's back in Manhattan and tenuously sober. And while its one thing to lay off the sauce in rehab, Burroughs learns that it's quite another to resume your former life while avoiding the alcohol that your former life was based around. This quest to remain sober is made dramatically more difficult, and the tale more harrowing, when Burroughs begins an ill-advised romance with a crack addict. Certainly the "recovered alcoholic fighting to stay sober" tale is not new territory for a memoirist. But Burroughs's account transcends clichés: it doesn't adhere to the traditional "temptation narrowly resisted" storyline and it features, in Burroughs himself, a central character that is sympathetic even when he's neither likable nor admirable. But what ultimately makes this memoir such a terrific read is a brilliant and candid sense of humor that manages to stay dry even when recalling events where the author was anything but.
Salman Rushdie - Joseph Anton (angol)
On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie received a telephone call from a BBC journalist who told the author that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. It was the first time Rushdie heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran.” So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. Rushdie was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and various combinations of their names. Then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov—Joseph Anton. How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, and how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir, Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of the crucial battle for freedom of speech. He shares the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and the close bonds he formed with his protectors; of his struggle for support and understanding from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, journalists, and fellow writers; and of how he regained his freedom. Compelling, provocative, and moving, Joseph Anton is a book of exceptional frankness, honesty, and vital importance. Because what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every day.