A collection of words that dive through the emotions felt during the adolescent and adult phases of life. This book inspires by not only showcasing universal emotions, but by providing a space for self expression of thoughts that you just need to GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD, to find peace in situations.
Bill Moran's collection, Oh God Get Out Get Out, goes through us like ugly medicine. It wades through his anxietywater— the grief, trauma, mental illness, money, addiction, deceased friends, and long EMS shifts— all pooled inside the depressed deathmetal kid, his thirsty mouth held open and up to heaven, wanting to die. It walks him and his audience through the haunted house that we are, the one we hate living in. It doesn't look away from the dark. It kindly refuses an early exit. It keeps the death off by leaning into it. Hems it in like a band shirt, animal coat, tv show, or god we can wear when our own bodies are worn out. It eats its way out of Moran and his audience, the same way he will leave this world: wet with its Ugly, wearing the Ugly like a deathmetal shirt, carrying armfuls of Ugly out with him. You'll hate the taste, but he swears you can drink this like medicine. When you want to disappear, it is light you can douse yourself in. When you want to get the hell out, it will clean house. It really hopes you'll stay.
Millions of people already live their lives in accordance with Rob Brezsny's "Real Astrology" prophecies. But the time has come for a deeper dose of Brezsny's brain. The Televisionary Oracle is an archetypal roller-coaster that would make Rumi dizzy and leave Carl Jung gasping for breath.
The classic game of cat and mouse...or not. Nicolette is a woman of many skills. Her work with a blade has left many a man breathless. The 25-year-old beauty's mind is as twisted as the life that made her what she is. Her hatred for demoralizing, controlling and demeaning men is matched only by her longing to capture him...the one that got away. Her blade aches for the final cut... Countless nights, 27-year-old Anderson has tucked himself away in his Chicago studio...consumed with the idea that she might return to finish him. His life has dwindled to a pathetic existence of awaiting execution. Not all is as it seems... In the shade of deception and the cover of night, twisted secrets are reveled and Nicolette learns she isn't the only predator hunting within the shadows. Knives, sex, and two blood-lustful creatures of the night will have the people of Chicago closing their blinds each evening the second their streets succumb to shades...and shadows.
1968 People are dying inexplicably in Maskek and the local police are divided as to the cause. It’s been happening for centuries. For Deacon Pierce who has grown up with the legends and mythology of the First Nations Cree, a visit to his teacher’s home unlocks the door to his father’s tortured past. In 1750 Jonathan Sparkling Eyes Hare signed away his mortal soul and those of his unborn children, for life eternal: a deal with a demon or a creature of ancient Cree legend? When nightmares and darker visions begin to affect Deacon’s health and sanity, his white, adopted mother is forced to reveal the truth about his bloodline and the sinister events surrounding his father Jonathan and his lover Damien Drew. Can past and present combine to prevent Deacon’s death?
Twenty-One, is a moment in Singletary’s life where he puts away childish things and becomes the man he vowed to be. In this courageous debut of poetry, Joseph tells of his struggles with self-identity and family responsibility. His quest for friendship within his community leaves him confused but he discovers the importance of loving the self. Singletary, writes without reservation to tell his story of the internal and external struggle that some find difficult to process when one simply turns -- Twenty-One.
To Bruce Goldstein-an edgy, twenty-something New Yorker trying to make his mark in advertising-just waking up in the morning was an ordeal. Underemployed and recently dumped, he was well into the downward spiral of bipolar disorder. Even with therapy, lithium, Paxil, Wellbutrin, and Prozac, he could not shake his rapid mood swings, his fear of dying, or the voice of Satan, who first visited him one sunny day in Central Park. Then came Ozzy, a black Labrador pup (named after metal's "Prince of Darkness") who leads Bruce toward recovery through complete, canine dependence. From the depths of his despair to a life remade, Bruce shows how learning to care for, train, and love the hilariously loyal Ozzy provided him with the structure and focus he needed to heal.
In the tradition of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, this incredibly moving and harrowing true story of a teenager diagnosed with cancer is “a resounding affirmation of how music can lift one’s spirits beyond gray skies and bad news (Kirkus Reviews).” Punk’s not dead in rural West Virginia. In fact, it blares constantly from the basement of Rob and Nat Rufus—identical twin brothers with spiked hair, black leather jackets, and the most kick-ass record collection in Appalachia. To them, school (and pretty much everything else) sucks. But what can you expect when you’re the only punks in town? When the brothers start their own band, their lives begin to change: they meet friends, they attract girls, and they finally get invited to join a national tour and get out of their rat box little town. But their plans are cut short when Rob is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that has already progressed to Stage Four. Not only are his dreams of punk rock stardom completely shredded, there is a very real threat that this is one battle that can’t be won. While Rob suffers through nightmarish treatments and debilitating surgery, Nat continues on their band’s road to success alone. But as Rob’s life diverges from his brother’s, he learns to find strength within himself and through his music. Die Young with Me is a “raw, honest picture of the weirdness of growing up” (Marky Ramone) and the story of a brave teen’s battle with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.
This poetry book was written with the express interest of showing the possibility of having a successful life, no matter what the circumstances may be. The first section of this book is dedicated to the children. They are at their most impressional stage. It is in a child’s early years that they are extremely influenced by various people and/or the environment of which they may find themselves. No matter what kind of background a child comes from, with the power of their mind, they can make or break their adulthood. It’s all in their attitude and their desire to aspire.
The last the boy Papa saw of his Momma, she was galloping away on her horse Precious in the saddle her father took from a dead Mexican officer after the Battle of San Jacinto, fleeing from his Daddy, Old Karl, a vicious, tight-fisted horse trader. Momma’s flight sets Papa on a relentless quest to find her that thrusts him and his scrappy little dog Fritz into adventures all across the wild and woolly Hill Country of Central Texas, down to Mexico, and even into the realm of the ghostly “Shimmery People.” In The Devil’s Backbone, master storyteller Bill Wittliff takes readers on an exciting journey through a rough 1880s frontier as full of colorful characters and unexpected turns of events as the great American quest novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Wittliff grew up listening to stories and memories like these in his own family, and in this imaginative novel, they come to vivid life, creating an engrossing story of a Texas Huck Finn that brims with folk wisdom and sly humor. A rogue’s gallery of characters thwart and aid Papa’s path—Old Karl, hell-bent on bringing the boy back to servitude on his farm, and Herman, Papa’s brother who’s got Old Karl’s horse-trading instincts and greed; Calley Pearsall, an enigmatic cowboy with “other Fish to Fry” who might be an outlaw or a trustworthy “o’Amigo”; o’Jeffey, a black seer who talks to the spirits but won’t tell Papa what she has divined about his Momma; Mister Pegleg, a three-legged coyote with whom Papa forms a poignant, nearly tragic friendship; the “Mexkins” Pepe and Peto and their father Old Crecencio, whose longing for his lost family is as strong as Papa’s; and blind Bird, a magical “blue baby” who can’t see with his eyes but who helps other people see what they hold in their hearts. Papa’s adventures draw him ever nearer to a mysterious cave that haunts his dreams—an actual cave that he discovers at last in the canyons of the Devil’s Backbone—but will he find Momma before Old Karl finds him?
Maxine Phillips thinks she's got it all worked out. She's found the future in the hard, fast, relentless bass lines that drive her forward and keep her safe from the past: the mother she's never known, her beloved grandmother who died just a few years ago, and her grandfather Reg, so trapped in his grief that he scarcely notices Max anymore. Not that it bothers Max. Reg would never understand her new life, her dreams, her new job as a DJ. Once she and Reg were inseparable but now, ironically, they have been driven apart by their love of music. And by the past, of course, rising up and filling the space inside the beat, bursting Max's insides wide open with all the memories - and what's the point of that? Maxine Phillips is about to find out.
'Alex Wheatle is the real deal; he writes with heart and authenticity, books that make you laugh and worry and cry and hold your breath. It's a pity there's only one of him' Kit de Waal 'I love Alex and all he stands for in the world of literature' Kerry Hudson 'Alex Wheatle is an inspirer. He is a vital writer. He is a prince among men. Long may he reign' Lemn Sissay 'An author with great talent and great heart' David Almond 'A major voice in British children's literature' S F Said 'Alex is a one of our foremost literary activists, giving voice to the black working class experience with unsurpassed clarity and compassion. For this alone he should be universally considered a national treasure' Stephen Kelman 'A writer who knows unseen places, unheard people and untold stories because he has lived a life that might have remained hidden if he hadn't found within him the urge and talent to write' Yasmin Alibhai-Brown 'This isn't my home. Haven't had a proper home since...This is just somewhere I'll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit. This time next year you'll forget who I am. I haven't got a diddly where I'll be by then. But I'm used to it' New from the winner of the Guardian Children's Book Award: Home Girl is the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system. It is a wholly modern story which sheds a much needed light on what can be an unsettling life - and the consequences that can follow when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard. Home Girl is fast-paced and funny, tender, tragic and full of courage - just like Naomi. It is award-winning author Alex Wheatle's most moving and personal novel to date.
Not everyone has to experience situations in order to later tell about them. Sherral would not wish prison on anyone. Many people wonder what happens to a person when he/she goes to prison. The big screen has never come close to depicting the real horror, humor, and happenings of prison life from a females perspective. Sherral has written the ups, downs, and in-betweens of her first year of incarceration. That first year is the most important year of a persons incarceration. Within that year, she decides whether she will survive the experience or succumb to it. She will decide if she will do the time or if the time will do her. The thin line between sanity and insanity lie within that first year. The pages of Without Parole, Probation, or Suspension of Sentence have captured Sherrals firsthand account of how that year shaped the remainder of her years of confinement. You may laugh at some parts of her account. You may even cry, but Sherral would like for the reader to experience prison through her eyes, experiences, and encounters.
Julie Hall is finally adjusting to her new career: locating dead bodies with dowsing rods. The crime scene is drenched with blood, but the body is nowhere to be found. When a grieving mother requests Julie’s help tracking the body of her missing daughter, Julie is hesitant. Not only do the circumstances sound disturbing, the job is in her hometown, a place steeped in upsetting memories and unresolved trauma. But her interest is piqued, and she takes the case, knowing she’ll have the support of her FBI agent boyfriend along the way. Soon, Julie finds herself exactly where she doesn’t want to be—trapped in the dangerous spotlight created to keep the story in the media. And as she digs deeper into the mystery of the young woman’s death, she uncovers secrets about her own past she thought were buried forever. And don’t miss the first installment in the Bodies of Evidence series. A Grave Calling is available now from Wendy Roberts and Carina Press! This book is approximately 73,000 words Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Deborah Nemeth
If you love the music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, or Smokey Robinson, you will love Berry Gordys life story. Founder of Motown, Gordy was instrumental in launching the careers of these and many other popular musicians, singers and songwriters.In this candid autobiography, Gordy gives an authentic personal account of his careerfrom the inception of his label, founded with $800 borrowed from his family, to the development of an entertainment empire sold to MCA for $61 million. Along the way, Gordy and his artists faced racism and both personal and professional challengesand overcame them to leave an indelible mark on American popular culture.To Be Loved is the inspiration for Motown: The Musical, which opened on Broadway in April 2013.
Can the digital networks that record our footprints hold us steady when dementia threatens to push us off the path? This question has real stakes for data analyst Charlie Sanders. His best hope for a father succumbing to Alzheimer’s comes from assistive technology that Charlie helps design for a scrappy startup. Despite early successes, Charlie has growing doubts about the motives of each of his colleagues - the eccentric CEO in Seattle, the call center guru in India, and the Trump-loving Aussie transplant who keeps the books. His worries grow when the company takes on a clandestine client who occupies the Oval Office. Will Charlie keep his father and his country on track, or turn a whole generation into glitches?