“Reading How Literature Saved My Life is like getting to listen in on a really great, smart, provocative conversation. The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to me to constitute nothing less than a new form.” ––Whitney Otto In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, painfully funny book, acclaimed writer David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature. Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature (from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées to Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Renata Adler’s Speedboat to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past) to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Shields evokes his deeply divided personality (his “ridiculous” ambivalence), his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs. Books are his life raft, but when they come to feel un-lifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness. And he shares with us a final irony: he wants “literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn’t lie about this––which is what makes it essential.” A captivating, thought-provoking, utterly original way of thinking about the essential acts of reading and writing.
Author: Catherine E. Bolten
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2012-10-01
Genre: Social Science
“Ethnographically rich, these accounts come to life in beautiful prose. These are inspiring and at times heartbreaking stories of how people living in such difficult and dangerous circumstances find ways to survive, love and take care of each other. This will be a valuable contribution as well as a welcome counter to the more popular images of warzones as places of total immorality.”—Catherine Besteman, author of Transforming Cape Town
Learn how a thirty-five-year-old fast rising, no nonsense Special Agent of our government turned a diagnosis of certain death into a life saving experience. A.L.S., It Literally Saved My Life author Dennis Eldridge delicately weaves his daily battle for life over death while exposing some of Satan's most prized secrets. Readers will both laugh and cry as they root for a man whose vocabulary doesn't contain the word quit. Readers will also greet with open arms and receptive hearts the bold manner in which author Dennis Eldridge systematically speaks truth into a world infiltrated by myths and dastardly lies from the 'evil one'. A.L.S., It Literally Saved My Life is a long overdue book that individuals should have at their fingertips.
Holding my Hands and Saving my Life with Meryl and Maks is the story of the author’s journey from despair to fulfillment. The dancers, through their connection, friendship, professionalism, and shared artistry by the use of dance, were able to touch the soul of the author and help her take the steps necessary to take control of and improve her life. This is a story of hope, renewal, and the ability to live life again after debilitating adversity.
Author: Mike Williams
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2016-02-06
A delightfully encouraging collection of real-life child rescue stories that will make you glad to be a partner to your local pregnancy center, pregnancy home, or adoption center. Transcribed from live presentations across the country, the stories are real and touching. This collection, compiled by Mike G. Williams, includes his own rescue-adoption story.
Author: Joel Block
Publisher: Publish America
Release Date: 2012-06-01
What if I told you...after my mother's third marriage ended in divorce, I became a thug who was kicked out of high school, got arrested three times (including Brooklyn House of Detention) and learned to drive on stolen cars? Now what if I said...I am an award-winning psychologist on the faculty of two medical schools, the author of over 20 books who's managed a lasting love and that I've become the go-to guy for healing love-sex fissures in relationships? Beating the odds is the story of my life. So, how did I beat the odds to get here-from loser to winner-and what did I learn while saving my life that you could use in your own life? I'm still learning, but there are teachable moments in these pages. It has been an adventure for me to recount the events that brought me down and those that were at the center of my life-saving efforts, and I hope it is for you as well. My goal is to tell it straight so that you may put some of what worked for me to use in your own life, if you wish.
Lists That Saved My Life As a perpetual list-maker and working mom, Angel Tuccy shares her secrets for balancing family, career and her personal life with the use of Lists That Saved My Life. Discover how Angel takes everyday trials and turns them into manageable lists. Gain valuable insight and helpful tips on: * Saving Money * Saving Time * Running a Household * Setting Priorities * Getting Help from Your Family ...And getting all those daily details under control! Lists That Saved My Life is the very tool all working moms have been waiting for. You'll find yourself referring back to the lists again and again.
Dreaming of becoming an actor, Gil Freeman leaves the Midwest for the bright lights of New York, and, over the next decade, his life takes some unexpected directions, culminating in his meeting with Emma Gennaro
Author: Sam Sewell
Publisher: Sam Sewell
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Sam Sewell thought about making the title of his book "Buy this book for your man and save his life." Not only do many men have little interest in their own health, they will actively avoid other people, usually the women in their lives, any time they attempt to call attention to the obvious. Sometimes men accuse the women who love them of nagging. Sewell was that way. His wife and daughters pointed out that his lifestyle was like committing suicide on an installment plan. He embraced the "alpha male" attitude: "If I hurt, I will just tough it out and conquer the problem with determination and power." His new "self" doesn't pretend to be Superman. Radical life style change saved his life. The research that has gone into this book includes scientific studies supporting the conclusion that changing how you live will cure you and protect you better than drugs or surgery. So, Sewell doesn't really expect men to buy this book. He urges women to save men's lives and give them this book.
Author: Bill Brewster
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date: 2014-05-13
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was the first comprehensive history of the disc jockey, a figure who has become a powerful force shaping the music industry—and since its original publication, the book has become a cult classic. Now, with five new chapters and over a hundred pages of additional material, this updated and revised edition of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life reasserts itself as the definitive account of DJ culture, from the first record played over airwaves to house, hip hop, techno, and beyond. From the early development of recorded and transmitted sound, DJs have been shaping the way we listen to music and the record industry. Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have tracked down the inside story on some of music’s most memorable moments. Focusing on the club DJ, the book gets first-hand accounts of the births of disco, hip hop, house, and techno. Visiting legendary clubs like the Peppermint Lounge, Cheetah, the Loft, Sound Factory, and Ministry of Sound, and with interviews with legendary DJs, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is a lively and entertaining account of musical history and some of the most legendary parties of the century.
Author: Claire Guest
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2016-07-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Claire Guest was walking her dogs when Daisy, a fox red Labrador, nudged her breast insistently and stared up into her face with her big brown eyes. Sensing something was wrong, Claire visited her GP and soon found out she had a very deep – and difficult to diagnose – form of breast cancer. Daisy had saved her life, simply by smelling her cancer. With her scientific background and deep love of dogs, Claire intuited that Daisy and her canine pals could save many more lives, and set up the charity Medical Detection Dogs. Though faced with many challenges, Claire and her dogs have proven to be a remarkable asset to cancer detection, and have changed the lives of many seriously ill people and their families. This is the story of how our relationship with dogs can unleash life-saving talents, changing not only the medical world, but our own lives too.
Author: Sarah Boston
Publisher: House of Anansi
Release Date: 2014-05-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Lucky Dog is a hilarious and heartwarming memoir by a renowned veterinary oncologist who tells us what we can learn about health care and ourselves from our most beloved pets. What happens when a veterinary surgical oncologist (laymen’s term: cancer surgery doctor) thinks she has cancer herself? Enter Sarah Boston: a vet who suspects a suspicious growth in her neck is thyroid cancer. From the moment she uses her husband’s portable ultrasound machine to investigate her lump — he’s a vet, too — it’s clear this will not be your typical cancer memoir. She takes us on a hysterical and thought-provoking journey through the human health care system from the perspective of an animal doctor. Weaving funny and poignant stories of dogs she’s treated along the way, this is an insightful memoir about what the human medical world can learn from the way we treat our canine counterparts. Lucky Dog teaches us to trust our instincts, be our own advocates, and laugh while we’re doing it.
Author: Steven Wolf
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf? In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success.