Faded Pictures from My Backyard

Faded Pictures from My Backyard

Author: Sue Carswell

Publisher:

Published: 2005

Total Pages: 326

ISBN-13: 9780345438560

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In a poignant memoir, a freelance journalist describes growing up with her family on the grounds of an orphanage, where her father was the director and her mother served as a nurse, and her struggle to come to terms with her parents' need to share time and attention with the troubled orphans and her ultimate recognition of her own good fortune. 30,000 first printing


My Backyard Garden - Look Up Mississippi

My Backyard Garden - Look Up Mississippi

Author: Debra Hester

Publisher:

Published: 2021-02-03

Total Pages:

ISBN-13: 9781736146316

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See Mississippi as you've never envisioned it in My Backyard Garden, Look Up Mississippi, a photo memoir. As the second book in the My Backyard Garden series, Look Up Mississippi spotlights Mississippi's natural beauty with 47 awe-inspiring landscape photos of the Mississippi Delta and surrounding areas. Author Debra Hester was inspired by the new 2021 Mississippi State Flag to offer her images and commentary as hope for a new future. Display this book to commemorate a new future for Mississippi and our world.


Behind the Walled Garden of Apartheid

Behind the Walled Garden of Apartheid

Author: Claire Datnow

Publisher: Media Mint Publishing

Published: 2011

Total Pages: 239

ISBN-13: 0984277838

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Set against the backdrop of the draconian apartheid regime, Behind the Walled Garden of Apartheid, Datnow’s memoir of growing up in South Africa deftly conjures up the era's blatant racism and the rich African landscape. The author vividly recreates her growing up years as white and Jewish at the height of the apartheid regime from 1948-1965, and her struggle as a young adult to come to terms with the wrongdoings of that dark era. The memoir is both a fascinating historical account and an intriguing personal narrative painted with humor and sensitivity.


Into the Garden with Charles

Into the Garden with Charles

Author: Clyde Phillip Wachsberger

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Published: 2012-04-10

Total Pages: 226

ISBN-13: 1466801468

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Set in the tiny village of Orient, Long Island, and in New York City, Into the Garden with Charles is a memoir about falling in love. As a boy in suburban New York in 1940s, Clyde Wachsberger daydreams about storybook gardens where magic happens under the huge leaves. Through the 1960s and 1970s, when most gay men disdained monogamy, the author—an artist and set-designer in New York City—searches unsuccessfully for a soul mate. In 1983, approaching middle-age and having given up on finding love, he moves to a three-hundred-year-old house on a third of an acre, where he channels his passion into creating a garden appropriate to his historical home. Then remarkable circumstances lead him to Charles—a connoisseur of art, a gardener, and the man who will become his life-partner. Together they create a garden of sensuous wild beauty. Into the Garden with Charles is infused with the author's artistic sensibility and is written in a voice that is unaffected, generous, and straightforward. Enriched with the author's paintings—giving it the look and feel of an antique children's book—Into the Garden with Charles is a unique and moving memoir about growing old and falling in love.


Indianapolis Monthly

Indianapolis Monthly

Author:

Publisher:

Published: 1997-11

Total Pages: 248

ISBN-13:

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Indianapolis Monthly is the Circle City’s essential chronicle and guide, an indispensable authority on what’s new and what’s news. Through coverage of politics, crime, dining, style, business, sports, and arts and entertainment, each issue offers compelling narrative stories and lively, urbane coverage of Indy’s cultural landscape.


Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Author: Azar Nafisi

Publisher: Random House

Published: 2003-12-30

Total Pages: 386

ISBN-13: 1588360792

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they began to open up and to speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading—Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita—their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisi’s account flashes back to the early days of the revolution, when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations. In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. When a radical Islamist in Nafisi’s class questioned her decision to teach The Great Gatsby, which he saw as an immoral work that preached falsehoods of “the Great Satan,” she decided to let him put Gatsby on trial and stood as the sole witness for the defense. Azar Nafisi’s luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice. Praise for Reading Lolita in Tehran “Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book. Azar Nafisi takes us into the vivid lives of eight women who must meet in secret to explore the forbidden fiction of the West. It is at once a celebration of the power of the novel and a cry of outrage at the reality in which these women are trapped. The ayatollahs don’ t know it, but Nafisi is one of the heroes of the Islamic Republic.”—Geraldine Brooks, author of Nine Parts of Desire