Rusted Rhinestones Book Summary : Hello Y'all. My path in life was not a choice for me to make. I was set on a journey as a gay youth, at the age of 14 in the late 1970's. The battles with my family, organized religion, anti gay conversion therapy, homelessness as a minor, mental illness, as well as government and institutionalized discrimination have made me the man I am today. Surviving brutal hate crimes, trying to live, love, and have my piece of the American Dream. I hope to inspire other with my life's story. Big Hug's Y'all Fifi
Trans - Trap Book Summary : What happens when small town bigotry meets big city progressiveness? Trans-Trap! Trans-Trap is the latest work by Ms. Fifi Frost. Fifi won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for her riveting memoir, Rusted Rhinestones. Trans-Trap is not your usual coming of age story. Meet Jamie and Chris, two teens attending Chicken Foot High School, in Chicken Foot, La. They learn first hand how a rumor can destroy lives. We learn just how far some will go to keep a lie alive. Jamie learns that he will never fit in, as he is set on a path to self-discovery while facing what seems to be impossible odds along the way. From white supremacist to crooked law enforcement. With a plot ripped straight from today's headlines and a storyline worthy of the silver screen. Trans-Trap will take the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions, wondering what will happen with each page turn. Follow each character, some you will love, some not. Written with humor and compassion, Trans-Trap is sure to be a story you will not soon forget. Adult themes, and language earns this story a trigger warning and is not for children.
The Unexpected Victim Book Summary : We are mighty, little one, and we are brave; it will not always be so easy to find, but it will be there. Know this many years from now, you will learn to love yourself again, and it will be the most painful experience and worthwhile time. Just breathe and know that it ends it will end by the time you're fifteen. I will write that letter later. I also know that a lot of my words are probably too large or too forward thinking for us at six, so I just wanted to say this and this alone to you for now WE BECOME A SUPERHERO Brian (US) What would you say to yourself after suffering years of sexual, physical, and mental abuse? If you could write a letter or novel telling yourself to keep calm and survive, would you? This is one man's truth and voice lending to the cause of survival.
Wise Blood Book Summary : Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's first novel, is the story of Hazel Motes who, released from the armed services, returns to the evangelical Deep South. There he begins a private battle against the religiosity of the community and in particular against Asa Hawkes, the 'blind' preacher, and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In desperation Hazel founds his own religion, 'The Church without Christ', and this extraordinary narrative moves towards its savage and macabre resolution. 'A literary talent that has about it the uniqueness of greatness.' Sunday Telegraph 'No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation.' The New Yorker 'A genius.' New York Times
The Best of Card Creations Book Summary : A handmade card can express personal sentiments like nothing else, and card makers will find this 288-page collection invaluable for its wide variety of inspiration and ideas. It offers more than 500 of the best card projects from the editors of Paper Crafts¨ magazine and its Card Creations special issues, plus 20 brand-new cards. This irresistible card-making resource will help all through the year, including major holidays, traditional family milestones for all ages, and special occasions. There are cards full of impressive techniques, and quick and easy varieties for last-minute designs. Over 350 can be completed in 5 steps or less. Paper crafters can create to their heart's content!
Pieces of Victory Book Summary : If telling this story can bring the darkness of these types of institutions into the light, we need to share it so the abuse can stop... -Ryjin Pearson, Filmmaker What would you do if you were held captive behind an electrical barbed wire, 12-foot fence without due process? At the age of 16, Jeneen Miller was prosecuted without a fair trial for telling a family-kept secret about a wrongdoing that was perpetrated by the hands of her uncle. After bravely coming forth to her family, they were not open to the truth. Jeneen's justifiable rage was wrongfully mistaken by her parents when they assumed she was experimenting with drugs and alcohol. In 1988, Jeneen's parents used trickery to achieve the ultimate betrayal. Instead of the therapy they promised Jeneen, they turned her over to a prison camp in spite of her self-discipline, excellent academics and responsible behavior. Trapped in Ramona, California without any communication, she was completely cut off from her soul mate. Letters, phone calls and visitors were forbidden. Pastors and staff justified their actions of isolation as a means of extinguishing the evil out of her and other inmates. This tough love program persecuted girls in the name of God while denying their constitutional rights. While going through this so-called war behind the gates of hell, the only person who kept her grounded was her one true love, Drake McCallister. This is an account of Jeneen's battle to redeem herself after being abused by her family and Victory Christian Academy. Unfortunately, the horrific reality is that these programs still exist today.
Oy Vey My Daughter's Gay Book Summary : "Congratulations: It's a lesbian." Maybe it would have been easier for Sandra McCay if the news had been broken at her daughter Lila's birth. She might even have responded with a wisecrack: "Oy vey, my daughter's gay?" After all she and her husband were open-minded, modern parents and Sandra was brought up on a diet of Jewish humour. Seventeen years later Lila announced to her parents that she was gay and Sandra's open- mindedness and wisecracking dried up. Her relationships with her daughter, husband, son and herself were about to be severely tested. Oy Vey, My Daughter's Gay is Sandra's humorous memoir of her family's big gay rollercoaster ride, from the mind numbing lows of fear, confusion and indignation to the soaring heights of laughter, love and joy. The family's bumpy ride may be over, but for Lila, almost twenty years after coming out, it continues. As a lesbian, albeit one living in the Western world, Lila still faces challenges - though there can also be occasional perks. Sandra provides the reader with fascinating insights into how Lila being gay still impacts on her daughter and herself today.
Vixen Book Summary : In 1923 Chicago, seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody rebels against her upcoming society wedding by visiting a speakeasy, while her Pennsylvania cousin, Clara, hides similar tastes and her best friend, Lorraine, makes plans of her own.
Magdalena Book Summary : A captivating new book from Wade Davis--award-winning, bestselling author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade-- that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterful new book, the bestselling author tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet. Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits. This rugged and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments explosive and wild. Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life. At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.
The God of Small Things Book Summary : The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Book Summary : Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.
Back Roads Book Summary : NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Funny and heartbreaking, this New York Times bestselling debut perfectly captures the maddening confusion of adolescence and the prickly nature of family with irony and unerring honesty. Harley Altmyer should be in college having the time of his life. He should be free from the backwards Pennsylvania coal town he calls home, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he’s constantly reminded of just how messed up everything is... Harley’s mother is in prison for killing his father, so he’s in charge of bringing up his younger sisters and working two jobs to pay the bills—and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for distractions. But lately, he’s getting more and more sidetracked by lusting after Callie Mercer, his middle-aged neighbor. As he struggles to keep it together, things begin to spin out of control. Soon Harley finds that as shattered as his family is, there are still more crushing surprises in store. “In Harley, O’Dell has created a hero who’s heartbreakingly believable; like Holden Caulfield, he uses caustic humor to hide his pain. Readers will care very much about him and his future, if indeed he has one.”—St. Petersburg Times
Driving with the Top Down Book Summary : Three women, two weeks, one convertible: sometimes life doesn't take you in the direction you expect... Colleen Bradley is married with a teenage son, a modest business repurposing and reselling antiques, and longtime fear that she was not her husband's first choice. When she decides to take a road trip down the east coast to check out antique auctions for her business, she also has a secret ulterior motive. Her one-woman mission for peace of mind is thrown slightly off course when sixteen year old Tamara becomes her co-pilot. The daughter of Colleen's brother-in-law, Tamara is aware that people see her as a screw-up, but she knows in her heart that she's so much more. She just wishes her father could see it, too. The already bumpy trip takes another unexpected turn when they stop at the diner that served as Colleen's college hangout and run into her old friend, Bitty Nolan Camalier. Clearly distressed, Bitty gives them a story full of holes: angry with her husband, she took off on her own, only to have her car stolen. Both Colleen and Tamara sense that there's more that Bitty isn't sharing, but Colleen offers to give Bitty a ride to Florida. So one becomes two becomes three as Colleen, Tamara, and Bitty make their way together down the coast. It's a road trip fraught with tension as Tamara's poor choices come back to haunt her and Bitty's secrets reach a boiling point. With no one to turn to but each other, these three women might just discover that you can get lost in life but somehow, true friends provide a roadmap to finding what you're really looking for.
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Solar Storms Book Summary : From Pulitzer Prize finalist Linda Hogan, Solar Storms tells the moving, “luminous” (Publishers Weekly) story of Angela Jenson, a troubled Native American girl coming of age in the foster system in Oklahoma, who decides to reunite with her family. At seventeen, Angela returns to the place where she was raised—a stunning island town that lies at the border of Canada and Minnesota—where she finds that an eager developer is planning a hydroelectric dam that will leave sacred land flooded and abandoned. Joining up with three other concerned residents, Angela fights the project, reconnecting with her ancestral roots as she does so. Harrowing, lyrical, and boldly incisive, Solar Storms is a powerful examination of the clashes between cultures and traumatic repercussions that have shaped American history.