Caldwell would grow up to become a writer, but first she would have to fall in love with a man who was every mother’s nightmare, live through the anguish and fire of the Vietnam years, and defy the father she adored, who had served as a master sergeant in the Second World War. What she found there, from renegade women to men who lit out for the territory, turned out to offer a blueprint for her own future.
In this exquisitely rendered memoir set on the high plains of Texas, Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell transforms into art what it is like to come of age in a particular time and place. A strong west wind is a memoir of culture and history–of fathers and daughters, of two world wars and the passionate rebellions of the sixties.
A Strong West Wind: A Memoir #ad - But it is also about the mythology of place and the evolution of a sensibility: about how literature can shape and even anticipate a life. Caldwell possesses the extraordinary ability to illuminate the desires, stories, and lives of ordinary people. Written with humanity, and beautiful restraint, urgency, A Strong West Wind is a magical and unforgettable book, destined to become an American classic.
New Life, No Instructions: A MemoirRandom House #ad - Caldwell ably explores the shifts of our hearts. Kirkus reviews “getting old, is not for sissies, as they say, and no one would call Pulitzer Prize–winner Caldwell a wimp. Most of all i told this story because I wanted to say something about hope and the absence of it, and how we keep going anyway.
Join the random house Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. What do you do when the story changes in midlife? when a tale you have told yourself turns out to be a little untrue, there by accident or grace, just enough to throw the world off-kilter? It’s like leaving the train at the wrong stop: You are still you, but in a new place, and you will need your wits about you to proceed.
New Life, No Instructions: A Memoir #ad - . An absorbing meditation on grief and rebirth in midlife. More “eloquent and uplifting. I suppose all of us consider our loved ones extraordinary; that is one of the elixirs of attachment. The narrative can always turn out to be a different story from what you expected. Praise for new life, no Instructions “Brimming with insights and wisdom.
The Golden Willow: The Story of a Lifetime of LoveBallantine Books #ad - Then bernstein wrote the dream, the touching tale of his family’s immigrant experience in Depression-era Chicago and New York. One of them had to go first. In his first book, the invisible Wall, he told a haunting story of forbidden love in World War I-era England. Now bernstein completes the saga with The Golden Willow, a heart-lifting memoir of his life with Ruby, a romance that lasted nearly seventy years.
They met at a dance at new york’s legendary Webster Hall, fell instantly and madly in love, and embarked on a rich and rewarding life together. Alone for the first time in his life, despite continued good health, and for a long while, Harry felt the loss acutely and terribly, he was uncertain about whether he could go on without Ruby.
The Golden Willow: The Story of a Lifetime of Love #ad - But then the inevitable happened. Harry bernstein started chronicling his life at the age of ninety-four, after the death of his beloved wife, Ruby. It was then that he turned to the past for solace–and ended up fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Delightful and hopeful, the golden willow is harry’s tribute to his beloved Ruby, happy life together, tender and moving, to the impact her parting had on his heart and his soul, to their long, and to the surprises and unexpected pleasures that continue to await him.
From their first tiny rented room on the upper west side to their years in Greenwich Village, musicians, surrounded by dancers, immersed in the art scene, to their life in the newly burgeoning suburbs, and writers, Harry and Ruby pursued the American dream with gusto, much as Harry’s late mother would have wanted.
Together, through job losses and race riots and the joyous births of their two children, a world war, through a depression, and the McCarthy era, Harry and Ruby weathered much and shared an incredible love.
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of FriendshipRandom House #ad - Gail caldwell and caroline knapp author of drinking: A Love Story became best friends, talking about everything from their love of books and their shared history of a struggle with alcohol to their relationships with men. Walking the woods of new england and rowing on the Charles River, these two private, self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either of them could ever have foreseen.
. Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with cancer. Intense and moving. Caldwell’s greatest achievement is to rise above death and loss to describe both the very best that women can be together and the precious things they can, humor, if they wish, give back to one another: power, love and self-respect.
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship #ad - Julie myerson, the new york times book Review, Editor’s Choice “A beautiful book. Next to the year of magical thinking, Joan Didion’s searing memoir about losing her husband to heart failure. But that’s assuming it makes it to your shelf: This is a book you’ll want to share with your own ‘necessary pillars of life, ’ as Caldwell refers to her nearest and dearest.
Results May Vary: A NovelBallantine Books #ad - From bethany chase—whom bestselling author emily giffin calls “a great new voice in fiction”—comes a wise and delightfully relatable novel about a woman’s journey to rebuild her life, and her heart, after a stunning betrayal. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.
Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the heart’s ability to turn unexpected troubles into extraordinary strength. Praise for results may vary“chase has written an incredibly charming novel about shifting from being completed by a man to becoming a whole woman.
Chase creates characters a reader can truly care about in a novel that doles out both laughter and tears. Kirkus reviews“results May Vary is an openhearted and sweetly rendered story of lost love and found strength. Melissa decarlo, and ultimately uplifting, author of The Art of Crash Landing“Relatable, engaging, as it explores the secrets hidden beneath the surface of a marriage that seems enviable .
Results May Vary: A Novel #ad - . Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, art curator Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple.
The push and pull written into interpersonal dynamics between characters feels true to life, and is best seen in Caroline’s relationship with her sister.
Look at You Now: How Keeping a Teenage Secret Changed My Life ForeverRandom House #ad - It’s about how much we can learn from people very much different from us. This coming-of-age memoir is authentic and unforgettable. Publishers weekly“liz pryor’s refusal to bury the truth of her experiences is the greatest strength of her book. Chicago tribune bestseller • for readers of orange is the new black and the glass castle, a riveting memoir about a lifelong secret and a girl finding strength in the most unlikely place In 1979, Liz Pryor is a seventeen-year-old girl from a good family in the wealthy Chicago suburbs.
An unsentimental yet moving coming-of-age memoir. Kirkus reviews“pryor has vivid memories of her time in the facility, unvarnished narrative, written as if by her seventeen-year-old self, and her straightforward, rings true. It is about how wrenching it is to give away something born of your flesh, even if you know it’s the right decision.
Look at You Now: How Keeping a Teenage Secret Changed My Life Forever #ad - I finished it damp-eyed and understanding that Look at You Now is much more than that. Most of all, it is a subtle, graceful story about how sometimes the worst things in our lives work best to shape our characters into something shining and true, something that will serve us for the rest of our lives.
Elizabeth berg, author of the dream Lover “Liz Pryor’s story is shocking, and, moving, ultimately, riveting, inspiring. Halfway through her senior year of high school, she discovers that she is pregnant—a fact her parents are determined to keep a secret from her friends, siblings, and community forever.
One snowy january day, in truth, her mother drops her off at what Liz thinks is a Catholic home for unwed mothers—but which is, after driving across three states, a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls.
I Found My Tribe: A MemoirBloomsbury USA #ad - Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker and author husband Simon Fitzmaurice who has ALS and can only communicate with his eyes. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. A transformative, euphoric memoir about finding solace in the unexpected for readers of H is for Hawk, It's Not Yet Dark, and When Breath Becomes Air.
Ruth's other "tribe" are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks. The tragic wives' swimming club, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, as they jokingly call themselves, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon.
I Found My Tribe: A Memoir #ad - An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, friends, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, the natural world, and live even harder, family, and the brightness of life. As she tells the story of their marriage, from diagnosis to their long-standing precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for swimming in the wild Irish Sea--culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary.
Chuckerman Makes a Movie: A NovelShe Writes Press #ad - But when his niece and nephew inform him that he's hit "rock bottom" with his latest inappropriate relationship, pushes him to take a film-writing class taught by her friend Laurel, David realizes that change might be in order-so when his sister Marcy, with her own ulterior motive, he agrees. Instead, he dates twenty-something pop stars that he meets through his celebrity-branding business.
. Love matters a little, but luck matters more. The words of thirty-five-year-old David Melman's Jewish grandmother still haunt him. Will writing a movie about a childhood visit to his grandparents in florida, an unforgettable driving lesson, and a 1977 Cadillac bring David love? Luck? Or both? Alternating between David's present-day life and his past through his movie script, Chuckerman Makes a Movie is a romantic comedy blended with a comedic coming-of-age.
Chuckerman Makes a Movie: A Novel #ad - He's scared to settle down.
Red Sky at Morning: A Novel Perennial ClassicsHarper Perennial #ad - Unhindered by his mother's disdain for these "tacky, responsibility, dusty little Westerners, " Josh comes into his own and into a young man's finely formed understanding of duty, and love. In short, a work of art. Harper lee“a sort of Catcher in the Rye out West. Washington post book worldthe classic coming-of-age story set during World War II about the enduring spirit of youth and the values in life that count.
In the summer of 1944, a wealthy shipbuilder in Mobile, Alabama, Frank Arnold, receives his volunteer commission in the U. S. Red sky at morning is a minor marvel: it is a novel of paradox, of identity, of an overwhelming YES to life that embraces with wonder what we are pleased to call the human condition.
Navy and moves his wife, josh, and seventeen-year-old son, to the family’s summer home in the village of Corazon Sagrado, Ann, high in the New Mexico mountains. A true daughter of the Confederacy, Mrs. Arnold finds it impossible to cope with the quality of life in the largely Hispanic village and, in the company of Jimbob Buel—an insufferable, South-proud, professional houseguest— takes to bridge and sherry.
Red Sky at Morning: A Novel Perennial Classics #ad - Josh, on the other hand, with the town’s disreputable resident artist, forging friendships with his new classmates, becomes an integral member of the Sagrado community, and with Amadeo and Excilda Montoya, the couple hired by his father to care for their house. Josh narrates the story of his fateful year in Sagrado and, with deadpan, irreverent humor, reveals the events and people who influence his progress to maturity.
Sky of Stone Coalwood Book 3Dell #ad - A thoroughly charming memoir. And people called the coalwood Way, Hickam’s follow-up to October Sky, “a heartwarmer. But it’s a journey he can make only by peering into the mysterious heart of Coalwood itself, and most of all, by unraveling the story of a man’s death and a father’s secret. In sky of stone, and forgiveness, humor, homer hickam looks down the corridors of his past with love, brilliantly evoking a close-knit community where everyone knows everything about each other’s lives — except the things that matter most.
But before sonny could reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother was spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. The new york times crowned his first book, the #1 national bestseller October Sky, “an eloquent evocation.
Sky of Stone Coalwood Book 3 #ad - . For sonny, and most of all, betrayal, so begins a summer of discovery — of love, of a brooding mystery that threatens to destroy his father and his town. And as the days of summer grow shorter, Sonny finds himself changing in surprising ways, taking the first real steps toward adulthood. Cut off from his college funds by his father, Sonny finds himself doing the unimaginable: taking a job as a “track-laying man, ” the toughest in the mine.
Homer hickam won the praise of critics and the devotion of readers with his first two memoirs set in the hardscrabble mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia.
The Grass Harp Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - A superlative book. ”. But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love, “that love is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life. This volume also includes capote’s A Tree of Night and Other Stories, which the Washington Post called “unobtrusively beautiful. As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom.
Set on the outskirts of a small southern town, The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits—an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies—who one day take up residence in a tree house.