Get Your Girl Back, Revisit What’s Possible for Your Life
by: Traci Bild Enterprises
Product rating: 5.0 with 8 reviews
Traci Bild stood quietly in her bedroom closet, where she had stumbled upon a box of old love letters, spanning a period of twenty years. These letters, written to the man who is now her husband, captures the passion of a young girl starting out in life; in love, full of hopes, dreams and unlimited possibility for her future. Dumbfounded upon discovery of the letters, Traci feels as if she stumbled upon letters written by her husband s mistress. Who was this girl? she thought. Sexy, fun, romantic and encouraging; this was a woman any man would fall in love with. As the years progress, from courtship to marriage, new careers, and children; the contents of the letters dramatically change. Bit by bit, she begins to disappear- the girl, so full of passion, who believes anything is possible; is subtly replaced by the woman, buried in life s responsibility. Heels replaced by flats, late night fun for sleep; she simply attempts to survive. In time, that girl; once so vibrant is gone, replaced by an adult woman. This moment, for Traci was an awakening. Speechless, she tucked the letters back into her closet and never said a word. Instead, she resolved to find her girl and get her back. Bild shares her deeply personal journey and her passion jumps off the page, begging you to join her in the quest to Get Your Girl Back. Each Chapter will walk you through the various compartments of your life. As a result, you will re-prioritize and at times, reconfigure your life to allow room for what matters most. You will discover that it s not necessarily about having IT all that matters, but YOUR all. As you conclude Get Your Girl Back, you will experience a metamorphosis of sorts starting with the girl who couldn’t wait to grow up and who ultimately lost herself in the process. Your purchase makes a difference! 20% of the proceeds from Get Your Girl Back will be donated to Women for Women International to support women who are survivors of war.
Posted in Marriage Tagged with: Back, Girl, Life, Possible, Revisit, Traci Bild Enterprises, What's, Your
The Girl Who Slept with God: A Novel
Product rating: 4.4 with 24 reviews
For Fans of Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You and Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, an entrancing literary debut about religion, science, secrets, and the power and burden of family from recent Wallace Stegner Fellow Val Brelinski
“The Girl Who Slept with God is full of passion and compassion. It treats its characters as people in a way few novels can—allowing each of them to be fascinating, full-hearted, noble, confused, brave, fumbling, petty, right and wrong by turns, in a way that feels like life.” —Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding
“[An] engaging debut. . . . A heartrending portrait of the challenges of accepting and rejecting both faith and family and realizing that decisions aren’t always so straightforward.” —Library Journal (starred review)
Set in Arco, Idaho, in 1970, Val Brelinski’s powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters: young Frances, gregarious and strong-willed Jory, and moral-minded Grace. Their father, Oren, is a respected member of the community and science professor at the local college. Yet their mother’s depression and Grace’s religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family, whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with—she believes—the child of God.
Distraught, Oren sends Jory and Grace to an isolated home at the edge of the town. There, they prepare for the much-awaited arrival of the baby while building a makeshift family that includes an elderly eccentric neighbor and a tattooed social outcast who drives an ice cream truck.
The Girl Who Slept with God is a literary achievement about a family’s desperate need for truth, love, purity, and redemption.
Posted in Family Life Tagged with: Girl, Novel, Slept, Viking, with
Girl in Glass: How My “Distressed Baby” Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles
by: Bloomsbury USA
Product rating: 4.4 with 17 reviews
Deanna Fei was just five-and-a-half months pregnant when she inexplicably went into labor. Minutes later, she met her tiny baby who clung to life support inside a glass box. Fei was forced to confront terrifying questions: How to be the mother of a child she could lose at any moment. Whether her daughter would survive another day–and whether she should. But as she watched her daughter fight for her life, Fei discovered the power of the mother-child bond at its most elemental.
A year after she brought her daughter home from the hospital, the CEO of AOL–her husband’s employer–blamed the beautiful, miraculously healthy little girl for a cut in employee benefits and attached a price tag to her life, using a phrase, “distressed babies,” that set off a national firestorm.
Girl in Glass is the riveting story of one child’s harrowing journey and a powerful distillation of parenthood. With incandescent prose and an unflinching eye, Fei explores the value of a human life: from the spreadsheets wielded by cost-cutting executives to the insidious notions of risk surrounding modern pregnancy; from the wondrous history of medical innovation in the care of premature infants to contemporary analyses of what their lives are worth; and finally, to the depths of her own struggle to make sense of her daughter’s arrival in the world. Above all, Girl in Glass is a luminous testament to how love takes hold when a birth defies our fundamental beliefs about how life is supposed to begin.
Posted in Memoirs Tagged with: "Distressed, Baby, Bloomsbury USA, Defied, Essence, Girl, Glass, Heartbreak, Love, Miracles, Odds, Shamed, Taught
by: Sourcebooks Fire
Product rating: 4.5 with 40 reviews
Practice makes perfect.
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow the Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.
But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart-and go solo?
Praise for Miranda Kenneally’s Breathe, Annie, Breathe:
“[An] expertly paced and realistic romance.”-Booklist, starred review
“Heartfelt, uplifting, and quite possibly enough motivation to make readers reach for their running shoes.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. Her best book yet.” -Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
Posted in Contemporary Tagged with: Girl, Jesse's, Sourcebooks Fire
The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Revised Edition: An Account in Words and Pictures
by: North Atlantic Books
Product rating: 4.1 with 41 reviews
First released in 2002, this provocative, critically acclaimed novel is now a major motion picture starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgård.
“I don’t remember being born. I was a very ugly child. My appearance has not improved so I guess it was a lucky break when he was attracted by my youthfulness.” So begins the wrenching diary of Minnie Goetze, a fifteen-year-old girl longing for love and acceptance and struggling with her own precocious sexuality. After losing her virginity to her mother’s boyfriend, Minnie pursues a string of sexual encounters (with both boys and girls) while experimenting with drugs and developing her talents as an artist. Unsupervised and unguided by her aloof and narcissistic mother, Minnie plunges into a defenseless, yet fearless adolescence.
While set in the libertine atmosphere of 1970s San Francisco, Minnie’s journey to understand herself and her world is universal: this is the story of a young woman troubled by the discontinuity between what she thinks and feels and what she observes in those around her. Acclaimed cartoonist and author Phoebe Gloeckner serves up a deft blend of visual and verbal narrative in her complex presentation of a pivotal year in a girl’s life, recounted in diary pages and illustrations, with full narrative sequences in comics form. The Diary of a Teenage Girl offers a searing comment on adult society as seen though the eyes of a young woman on the verge of joining it.
This edition has been updated by the author with an introduction reflecting on the book’s critical reception and value as diary or novel, historical document or work of art. Also included in this revised edition are supplementary photographs and illustrations from the author’s childhood, including some of her own diary entries.
“Phoebe Gloeckner… is creating some of the edgiest work about young women’s lives in any medium.”—The New York Times
“One of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.”—Salon
“It’s the most honest depiction of sexuality in a long, long time; as a meditation on adolescence, it picks up a literary ball that’s been only fitfully carried after Salinger.”—Nerve.com
Posted in Contemporary Women Tagged with: Account, Diary, Edition, Girl, North Atlantic Books, Pictures, Revised, teenage, Words
The Boston Girl: A Novel
Product rating: 4.0 with reviews
New York Times
An unforgettable novel about a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century, told “with humor and optimism…through the eyes of an irresistible heroine” (People
)—from the acclaimed author of The Red Tent
Anita Diamant’s “vivid, affectionate portrait of American womanhood” (Los Angeles Times
), follows the life of one woman, Addie Baum, through a period of dramatic change. Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, to finding the love of her life, eighty-five-year-old Addie recounts her adventures with humor and compassion for the naïve girl she once was.
Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl
is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world. “Diamant brings to life a piece of feminism’s forgotten history” (Good Housekeeping
) in this “inspirational…page-turning portrait of immigrant life in the early twentieth century” (Booklist
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2014: There’s a lot that’s familiar about The Boston Girl. A tale of a plucky immigrant girl at the turn of the century, it addresses some of the same themes as other contemporary novels, including the author’s breakout The Red Tent: religion, feminism, the pull between tradition and the modern world. Here, our heroine is Addie Baum of Boston, now in her eighties telling the story of her life to her twentysomething granddaughter. And what a life it was: born in 1900, Addie survived the travails of aggressive greenhorn parents, world wars, abusive men and a flu epidemic to become a woman, finally, with a voice and a life of her own. What makes this story engaging is just that old-fashioned straightforwardness, as well as its perfect ear for the locutions of the time. Someone is “smiling to beat the band.” Addie “can really cut a rug.” You had to “kiss a lot of frogs before [you] found a prince.” No wonder this book rings so true: reading it feels like lazing away a winter afternoon with a beloved aging relative paging through a family scrapbook. – Sara Nelson
Posted in Jewish Tagged with: Boston, Girl, Novel, Scribner
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
Product rating: 4.0 with 1 reviews
In this final graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s international bestseller, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: If and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.
Written by novelist Denise Mina (The Field of Blood) and illustrated by Andrea Mutti and Antonio Fusso, this epic graphic novel concludes Vertigo’s critically acclaimed adaptation of The Millenium Trilogy.
Posted in Mystery Tagged with: Girl, Hornet's, Kicked, Nest, Vertigo
Gonzo Girl: A Novel
Product rating: 4.2 with 4 reviews
“Long after the last drink is poured and the final gunshot fired, Cheryl Della Pietra’s novel inspired by her time as Hunter S. Thompson’s assistant will linger in your mind. This debut novel is raucous, page-turning, head-spinning, and side-splitting as it depicts a boss and mentor who is both devil and angel, and a young heroine who finds herself tested in the chaos that surrounds him. An intense story, Della Pietra’s tale about writing, firearms, psychotropics, and the pros and cons of hot tubs will suck you in and take you on ride. Gonzo Girl
is a ticket you want to buy.” —Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black
Alley Russo is a recent college grad desperately trying to make it in the grueling world of New York publishing, but like so many who have come before her, she has no connections and has settled for an unpaid magazine internship while slinging drinks on Bleecker Street just to make ends meet. That’s when she hears the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistant to replace the eight others who have recently quit. Hungry for a chance to get her manuscript onto the desk of an experienced editor, Alley jumps at the opportunity to help Reade finish his latest novel.
After surviving an absurd three-day “trial period” involving a .44 magnum, purple-pyramid acid, violent verbal outbursts, brushes with fame and the law, a bevy of peacocks, and a whole lot of cocaine, Alley is invited to stay at the compound where Reade works. For months Alley attempts to coax the novel out of Walker page-by-page, all while battling his endless procrastination, vampiric schedule, Herculean substance abuse, mounting debt, and casual gunplay. But as the job begins to take a toll on her psyche, Alley realizes she’s alone in the Colorado Rockies at the mercy of a drug-addicted literary icon who may never produce another novel—and her fate may already be sealed.
A smart, rollicking ride told with heart, Gonzo Girl
is a loving fictional portrait of a larger-than-life literary icon.
Posted in Contemporary Women Tagged with: Girl, Gonzo, Novel, Touchstone
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Product rating: 4.8 with 28 reviews
The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets…
Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt’s island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara’s life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core ― and force her to make an impossible choice.
Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.
Posted in Asian American Tagged with: Girl, Silk, Sourcebooks Landmark, Wrote
Magical Girl Apocalypse Vol. 4
by: Seven Seas
Product rating: with reviews
HOSPITAL OF HORRORS
The nightmare continues on for Kogami Kii and the other survivors as they find their world still under fire from the horrific magical girls and their devastating wan attacks. While Kii and Kaede flee the city in a helicopter, the pair detours the flight to the hospital to save their friends. Seemingly a safe place, many people have taken refuge at the hospital. But blood will flow when the magical girls arrive to offer some healing of their own!
Posted in Fantasy Tagged with: Apocalypse, Girl, Magical, Seven Seas, Vol.