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With an introduction by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon `Like the best memoirs, this one is written with novelistic and poetic flair. Red Dust Road is a fantastic, probing and heart-warming read' Independent From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay's journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.
Susan Silverman grew up with parents who were, both before and after a devastating loss, atheists. Yet, as a young adult, she shocked everyone who knew her ( But you were elected Class Flirt in high school!" ) and became a rabbi. What was not surprising, however, was that she built her own big, unwieldy family through both birth and adoption, something she had intended from childhood. With three daughters and two sons ( We produce girls and import boys" ), this unique family becomes a metaphor for the world's contradictions and complexities,a microcosm of the tragedy and joy, hope and despair, cruelty and compassion, predictability and absurdity of this world we all live in. A meditation on identity, faith, and belonging,one that's as funny as it is moving, Casting Lots will resonate with anyone who has struggled to find their place in the world and to understand the significance of that place.
Discover how to use astrology to understand yourself, make the best choices, and improve every area of your life. In her trademark accessible, down-to-earth style, acclaimed astrologer Carole Taylor explains how to use the age-old wisdom of astrology as a powerful tool for self-knowledge and self-enrichment. Using your birth chart as a starting point, you'll learn how to interpret the zodiac signs, planets, and astrological houses to better understand yourself. Carole shows how astrology can provide psychological insights, then pinpoints ways to use this knowledge to nurture personal and professional relationships, deal with stress, or release your imagination and creativity. You'll discover, too, how star lore can help you when you need it most, with practical advice on negotiating key moments, whether you're changing jobs, starting a family, coping with financial difficulty, or facing retirement. Authoritative and easy to understand, featuring fascinating case studies and with beautiful, inspiring illustrations throughout, Astrology is your essential guide to making the most of all life's challenges and opportunities.
Reeling from his ex-girlfriend Cally's disappearance, Liam, a giant of a man and teetotaller, wins a commission to restore the neglected grounds of a mansion, Wildham Hall, for its owner Gregory Sinclair. It is there that Liam meets Gregory's daughter Melody, who is mute. Liam has always suppressed the darkest side of himself, but as his clandestine liaison with Melody develops, she tests him and his deepest desires are dragged to the surface.
The Robertson Family Helps You Build a Faith-Shaped Life Join Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard as they tell stories of the Robertson family of the hit television show, Duck Dynasty, and discuss some of the Bible s most-loved parables. You will learn how to build a legacy of faith and apply five faith-based values to your life. With their trademark humor and commitment to faith in Jesus, the Robertson family will challenge you to live a new kind of life. A video discussion guide is included in the back of the book to be used with the Faith Commander: A DVD Study (ISBN 9780310820352). The five chapters are: Redonkulous Faith Radical Forgiveness Ravenous Prayer Real Obedience Rowdy Kindness"
Is an argument-free marriage possible? Fawn Weaver's answer is yes, absolutely, even when one or both partners are strong willed, independent, and opinionated. (She admits to being all three.) In this groundbreaking book, the best-selling author and award-winning marriage blogger asks readers to invest twenty-eight days in learning how to live together without bickering, blame, angry outbursts, or silent treatments. Fawn begins with the startling premise that, contrary to popular opinion, conflict in marriage is not necessary or inevitable. Then she leads readers on a day-by-day journey toward a more peaceful and supportive relationship. Chapter by brief chapter, she offers fresh perspectives and practical strategies for communicating effectively, building understanding, and defusing anger while at the same time nurturing honesty, vulnerability, and mutual support.
Now in paperback, a wonderful anthology of wedding poems, filled with surprising, curious, unorthodox and charming poems about love and the public commitment to love. For the many thousands of readers who each year go through the complex mix of thrill and trauma that is the planning of a marriage ceremony, Laura Barber's anthology is the answer to a prayer, with a wonderfully generous and unusual selection of poems suitable for reading out loud, and which celebrate and encapsulate our deepest feelings in all their bewildering diversity. Including verse by poets ranging from John Keats to Carol Ann Duffy and Walt Whitman to W. H. Auden, as well as many less familiar voices, this anthology offers numerous options for anyone about to read at the wedding of family or friends, or to celebrate their own.
The breakdown of Valerie Trierweiler's relationship with French President Francois Hollande was spread mercilessly across the front pages. News of Hollande's infidelity first broke in January 2014, when Closer magazine published photographs allegedly proving a secret affair between him and actress Julie Gayet. Trierweiler learnt of the affair through the press, just like everyone else. First published in France in September 2014, it promptly became the fastest selling book in French history. Trierweiler's memoir proved incendiary, sending shockwaves through the French establishment for its revelations about the President's politics and personal life. Thank You for This Moment is the unapologetic and unadulterated account of Trierweiler's years with the President. Told with shattering clarity, it displays a voice that refuses to be silenced for political expediency.
The stars are here to help you plan your wedding! Use this guide to find astrologically based advice on everything you need to plan the perfect cosmically customized wedding-from choosing the right dress, locale, or food, or dealing with your difficult Scorpio maid of honor. What do you do if your stubborn Leo partner wants a dramatic, extravagant wedding-but you don't? How do you choose the right date to make sure all the planets are all aligned in your favor? How can a sensitive Cancer avoid getting overwhelmed and stressed by wedding planning? Now, experienced astrologer Karen Christino delivers tailored insight into how to use the stars to your advantage to plan every last detail of your dream wedding. In this book, you'll discover: -The ideal date for your wedding based on your Zodiac sign -The best dresses for you and your bridesmaids -The easiest ways to deal with a difficult mother-in-law or demanding maid of honor -The perfect location for a romantic honeymoon And much more! With Your Wedding Astrologer, you'll be able to make sure the stars align for the wedding of your dreams-and a happy, long-lasting marriage!
Demystify puberty with this comprehensive, must-read guide for parents, tweens, and teens. From spots and cyber safety to sexuality and mental health, embark on the scary teenage years with confidence. Help Your Kids with Growing Up is the only guide to cover contemporary issues such as body image, social media, and sexting, whilst also explaining the biology of mood swings, periods and breaking voices. This book destigmatizes tricky topics including stress and anxiety, and explores relationships, identity, and gender, too. Expertly written content by Professor Robert Winston and Dr Radha Modgil offers a no-nonsense, non-judgemental approach to help parents and their kids navigate their way through this turbulent but exciting time. Engaging graphics and illustrations make this modern, comprehensive guide to adolescence invaluable for tweens and teens alike, whether as a quick-reference guide or cover-to-cover read.
For fans of Bryony Gordon and Dolly Alderton, The Sisterhood is an honest and hilarious book which celebrates the ways in which women connect with each other. 'My five sisters are the only women I would ever kill for. And they are the only women I have ever wanted to kill.' Imagine living between the pages of Pride And Prejudice, in the Bennett household. Now, imagine how the Bennett girls as they'd be in the 21st century - looking like the Kardashian sisters, but behaving like the Simpsons. This is the house Daisy Buchanan grew up in, Daisy's memoir The Sisterhood explores what it's like to live as a modern woman by examining some examples close to home - her adored and infuriating sisters. There's Beth, the rebellious contrarian; Grace, the overachiever with a dark sense of humour; Livvy, the tough girl who secretly cries during adverts; Maddy, essentially Descartes with a beehive; and Dotty, the joker obsessed with RuPaul's Drag Race and bears. In this tender, funny and unflinchingly honest account Daisy examines her relationship with her sisters and what it's made up of - friendship, insecurity jokes, jealousy and above all, love - while celebrating the ways in which women connect with each other and finding the ways in which we're all sisters under the skin.
Previously published as Mum Face. Best described as The Wrong Knickers for mums, in this wry, resonant and darkly funny memoir, journalist Grace Timothy explores motherhood as an issue of identity. What begins as shock and then denial of how your life will change has to become acceptance when you're too big to walk/waddle/work; you're fully repurposed now; you're a mum, in everything you do, and everyone knows it. From the physical and emotional changes you encounter to the way your agenda and daily life is altered, your identity is constantly up for redefinition. As the friends and colleagues who shape and support your sense of self slip away, work dwindles as every hour becomes a moment you should be with your child, and your confidence is knocked by the constant feedback from everyone, you try and fit in everywhere - old life, new life - and don't fit anywhere. It's the identity crisis that no woman is immune to, belying the credo that being a mother is the most natural thing a girl could do. Grace has experienced mum rage, mom jeans, mum-tum, mum-hair and had to put on her mum face to cope with it all. These are the truths of motherhood too uncomfortable to flow forth at your NCT meet-ups. From bad sex, messed-up friendships and irretrievable labia to questioning everything and everyone around you. The hilarious book follows Grace's journey from a young married woman at the top of her editorial game in London, to a thirty-something mum, confused as to how she can love someone as much as her daughter and yet feel lost as a person. Compulsively readable, irresistibly written and incredibly well-observed, Grace Timothy's searingly-honest account of motherhood is essential reading for every mum trying to find their way after the mother of all identity crises.
#TEAMBRIDE is the essential handbook to make sure your BFF has the hen party of her dreams! Look no further for the perfect hen party keepsake for your #teambride! Perfect for party bags, this cute book is packed with quizzes and games; party planning inspiration, checklists, and decor ideas; advice for the bride-to-be; disaster management solutions for last minute wobbles; rude recipes; and a memory section to tell the story of your friendship and capture those once-in-a-lifetime hen memories. Don't waste hours party-planning online when you can get all the fun you need in one adorable little book!
In Getting the Love You Want, Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen Hunt offer the relationship skills that have helped millions of couples replace confrontation and criticism with a process of mutual support that facilitates healing and growth at any stage of a relationship. This extraordinary practical guide describes the revolutionary technique that combines a number of disciplines - including the behavioural sciences, depth psychology, social learning theory, Gestalt therapy, and interpersonal neurosciences, among others - to create a program that transforms conflict into creative tension that deepens connection and renews passion. In a new forward and chapter, Hendrix and Hunt offer a new perspective of what a relationship is and where we should focus our attention and energy. Reversing the assumption that prioritises the individual, the authors show how tending to the needs of the relationship first will ensure that the needs of the individual are met. By shifting our conversational methods away from negativity and towards affirmation, a safe and encouraging environment is built that reduces anxiety and allows couples to thrive. The chapter also includes practical exercises - proven invaluable in couple's therapy - to achieve the goal of intimate partnership full of life, joy, and wonder.
Happily Ever After is not by chance - it's By Choice. John and Julie Gottman are cofounders of the Gottman Institute, bestselling authors, and award-winning researchers. Together, they have a deep understanding of what makes relationships work. Now, they bring that lifetime's worth of knowledge, research, and wisdom to bear in Eight Dates, a program of how, why, and when to have eight basic conversations with your partner that can result in a lifetime of love. Eight Dates is written for any serious couple, and its dates are structured around the concepts of trust, dealing with conflict, sex and intimacy, having fun, work and money, children, and more. There are questionnaires, innovative exercises, real-life case studies, and skills to master. Because to make love truly last, each of you have to be involved and active.
The question has been popped, the ring has been presented and the celebrations have begun! What's next? Just the wedding. Top Tips for Grooms presents ingenious ideas for the any groom-to-be, covering the ever-so-stressful months preceding the wedding - including surviving your stag party and choosing your outfit - to the big day itself.
An inspirational fill-in gift book to complete and give to your mum. Often we find it difficult to express our true feelings to the ones we love. This beautiful journal is a very special way to say 'I love you' to your mum. Fill in the prompted pages and gift to your mum as a sign of your deep connection to one another.
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