The Valedictorian of Being Dead

The Valedictorian of Being Dead

Author: Heather B. Armstrong

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501197062

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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From New York Times bestselling author and blogger Heather B. Armstrong comes an honest and irreverent memoir—reminiscent of the New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire—about her experience as the third person ever to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving ten rounds of a chemically induced coma approximating brain death. For years, Heather B. Armstrong has alluded to her struggle with depression on her website, dooce. It’s scattered throughout her archive, where it weaves its way through posts about pop culture, music, and motherhood. In 2016, Heather found herself in the depths of a depression she just couldn’t shake, an episode darker and longer than anything she had previously experienced. She had never felt so discouraged by the thought of waking up in the morning, and it threatened to destroy her life. For the sake of herself and her family, Heather decided to risk it all by participating in an experimental clinical trial. Now, for the first time, Heather recalls the torturous eighteen months of suicidal depression she endured and the month-long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to quiet all brain activity for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline. Ten times. The experience wasn’t easy. Not for Heather or her family. But a switch was flipped, and Heather hasn’t experienced a single moment of suicidal depression since. “Breathtakingly honest” (Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author), self-deprecating, and scientifically fascinating, The Valedictorian of Being Dead brings to light a groundbreaking new treatment for depression. The Valedictorian of Being Dead was previously published with the subtitle “The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live.”

Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories

Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781405524124

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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From the the bestselling and world-renowned Orson Scott Card comes this collection of science fiction stories - each destined to inspire and remain with the reader for years to come. The collection includes the short story "Ender's Game", upon which the subsequent world-famous novel was based. "Ender's Game" - Why are the wars of the future fought by children? Because they alone are free from all moral restraints. "Eumedines" - What was the flippered monstrosity that had taken up residence in his WC? "Unaccompanied Sonata" - It's not easy to be a musical genius when society makes it a crime to listen to Bach! And many more . . .

Parakeet Races and Other Stories

Parakeet Races and Other Stories

Author: Cindy Hall Ranii

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468547313

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 178

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Parakeet Races and Other Stories is a memoir that recounts the challenges and escapades of a family of six children in the 1950s which faces the premature death of its mother. Always authentic, each self-contained story can be read in just a few richly rewarding minutes that may leave the reader laughing out loud, crying, or both. Together the stories recount the collective memories of a remarkable set of siblings, three boys and three girls, the father who gives it his very best, and the mother whom the children can barely remember. The stories explore the mystery of the mothers death and reflect how the death of a parent in that era was often a topic not to be discussed or processed. The author, Cindy Hall Ranii, is the oldest daughter in the Hall Family, and beyond sharing the memories of her childhood and that of her siblings, she also shares her experiences as a world traveler, first as a teenager in Finland, then as a college student in India and finally as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran. With her keen powers of observation and respectfulness of different cultures she gives the reader the opportunity to eavesdrop on other peoples and other places. In the final segment of Parakeet Races Dr. Ranii takes the reader into the world of disability. Stricken with Transverse Myelitis, a rare neuro-immunologic disorder, she went from playing golf one day to being paralyzed from the chest down four days later. Her accounts of this chapter of her life are told with the same delicious, rhythmic writing style as the other two segments of the book. The author skillfully weaves her stories from decade to decade, taking the reader on a journey that captivates, entertains and challenges.

Meatball Birds and Seven Other Stories

Meatball Birds and Seven Other Stories

Author: Kenneth C. Gardner, Jr.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475994421

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

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The stories in Meatball Birds and Seven Other Stories--The Canadian, Royce Hare, Home, Meatball Birds, The Falls Brawl, Conrad Forester, Miss Hutchinson, and The Horse--add more details to the lives of the Cockburn family and other residents of Menninger, North Dakota, the fictional town first introduced in the novel The Song Is Ended and continued in the novel The Dark Between The Stars. They are visits to small town life from the early years of the twentieth century to the 1960s.

The Director's Vision

The Director's Vision

Author: Louis E. Catron

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 9781478608257

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 379

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The Directors Vision is a dynamic, practical text that focuses equally on the art of interpretation and on problem-solving. Catron helps students develop an organized, step-by-step methodology from play analysis through performance. Practical focus: Catron deftly combines abstract ideas about directing with concrete strategies on preparing for production, auditions, casting, and rehearsals. Comprehensive scope: Included are important topics such as in-depth play analysis, directorial responsibilities and ethics, leadership techniques, how to work with actors, and problem-solving. Exercises: End-of-chapter exercises help students digest what theyve read and get actively involved in the craft of directing. Quotes and illustrations: Thoughts from well-known directors, actors, and writers appear throughout the book, providing motivation, insight, and perspective. Abundant photographs and diagrams offer effective, dynamic examples of concepts.

At the Top of the World and Other Stories

At the Top of the World and Other Stories

Author: Thomas Grissom

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 9781611395983

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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These stories explore the human heart in conflict with itself, created out of the human spirit and brought to life by the experiences and imagination of the writer. Each story depicts the struggles to resolve those human dilemmas that confront, confound and confuse us in making the choices that determine how we live our lives. The more troubling and controversial the questions, the more relevant and compelling the story. These are emotionally charged stories about things that matter—love and honor and pity and pride and compassion—that speak truth to life’s mysteries and perplexities, the only kind of stories worth writing or reading. Includes Readers Guide.

The Abominable Snow Woman And Other Stories

The Abominable Snow Woman And Other Stories

Author: Teejay LeCapois

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781365763854

Category: Fiction

Page: 540

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Yeti. Bigfoot. Abominable Snow Man. Sasquatch. You humans have many names for my kind. You've probably seen us without knowing it. We hide in plain sight, thanks to our shape-shifting powers. I live in the Ghorki-Terelj region of Mongolia, near the Himalayas, and work as a tour guide. Two unusual clients walked into the shop recently. Harold Rosenthal, a South African big-game hunter, and Omar Kensington, an African-American Muslim scholar and Howard University student. They seek Abominable Snow Men. I'm to take them into the Himalayan wilderness, to find a brood of mythical creatures...of which I happen to be a member. This ought to be interesting. To the mundane world, I am Mariam Bagabandi, Mongolian businesswoman and tour guide. You may call me...The Abominable Snow Woman. Let the games begin...

Brown Tide Rising

Brown Tide Rising

Author: Otto Santa Ana

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292774803

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

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"...awash under a brown tide...the relentless flow of immigrants..like waves on a beach, these human flows are remaking the face of America...." Since 1993, metaphorical language such as this has permeated mainstream media reporting on the United States' growing Latino population. In this groundbreaking book, Otto Santa Ana argues that far from being mere figures of speech, such metaphors produce and sustain negative public perceptions of the Latino community and its place in American society, precluding the view that Latinos are vested with the same rights and privileges as other citizens. Applying the insights of cognitive metaphor theory to an extensive natural language data set drawn from hundreds of articles in the Los Angeles Times and other media, Santa Ana reveals how metaphorical language portrays Latinos as invaders, outsiders, burdens, parasites, diseases, animals, and weeds. He convincingly demonstrates that three anti-Latino referenda passed in California because of such imagery, particularly the infamous anti-immigrant measure, Proposition 187. Santa Ana illustrates how Proposition 209 organizers broadcast compelling new metaphors about racism to persuade an electorate that had previously supported affirmative action to ban it. He also shows how Proposition 227 supporters used antiquated metaphors for learning, school, and language to blame Latino children's speech—rather than gross structural inequity—for their schools' failure to educate them. Santa Ana concludes by calling for the creation of insurgent metaphors to contest oppressive U.S. public discourse about minority communities.

Cliff and Other Stories

Cliff and Other Stories

Author: Foster Evans

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780359988952

Category: Fiction

Page: 322

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Collection of short stories dealing with topics such as bullying, love, and many other topics. The collection is also a combination of an autobiography and fiction. many of the stories are taken directly from Foster Evans life while others are inspired by events in his life. Cliff the main story deals with a boy named Marcus and his relationship to life and another boy named Cliff.