The Last Act of Love

The Story of My Brother and His Sister

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Author: Cathy Rentzenbrink

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447286405

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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A Richard and Judy Book club selection. In the summer of 1990, Cathy's brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out. It was two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive. They did not know then that there are many and various fates worse than death. This is the story of what happened to Cathy and her brother, and the unimaginable decision that she and her parents had to make eight years after the night that changed everything. It's a story for anyone who has ever watched someone suffer or lost someone they loved or lived through a painful time that left them forever changed. Told with boundless warmth and affection, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink is a heartbreaking yet uplifting testament to a family's survival and the price we pay for love.

A Manual for Heartache

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Author: Cathy Rentzenbrink

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509824448

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: N.A

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'I devoured A Manual for Heartache in one sitting . . . a kind, honest and wise book about how to make a friend of sadness.' Rachel Joyce When Cathy Rentzenbrink was still a teenager, her happy family was torn apart by an unthinkable tragedy. In A Manual for Heartache she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how we can emerge from suffering forever changed, but filled with hope. This is a moving, warm and uplifting book that offers solidarity and comfort to anyone going through a painful time, whatever it might be. It's a book that will help to soothe an aching heart and assure its readers that they're not alone.

HeartBreak Therapy

Repair Manual for a Broken Heart

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Author: Andrew Gentile

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1626523886

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 186

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HeartBreak Therapy presents a groundbreaking approach to healing the painful emotions of heartbreak following the end of a relationship. While the book teaches the mind about the nature of heartache, the companion audio tracks gently guide the heart and emotions back to health. Andrew condenses the wisdom gained from years of individualized hypnotherapy sessions into a series of healing techniques, allowing the reader to embark upon a literal choose your own healing adventure. In HeartBreak Therapy, Andrew provides an explanation of the conscious and subconscious mind and how hypnotherapy is used to free us from cyclical negative thinking and get our emotions back to within a healthy range. Through a hypnotherapeutic perspective on love, relationships, and the nature of heartache, Andrew introduces the reader to new models of healing that facilitate insight and encourage emotional well-being.

Instructions for a Broken Heart

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Author: Kim Culbertson

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402245483

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

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Top 20 Reasons He's a Slimy Jerk Bastard Jessa: To help you get over your train wreck EX, I've enclosed 20 envelopes. Each one has a reason why Sean is a jerk and not worth the dirt on your shoes. And each one has an instruction for you to do one un-Jessa-like thing a day. NO CHEATING! Ciao! -C When Jessa catches her boyfriend, Sean, making out with Natalie "the Boob Job" Stone three days before their drama club's departure to Italy, she completely freaks. Stuck with a front-row view of Sean and Natalie making out against the backdrop of a country that oozes romance, Jessa promises to follow all of the outrageous instructions in her best friend's care package and open her heart to new experiences. Enter cute Italian boy stage left. Jessa had prepared to play the role of humiliated ex-girlfriend, but with Carissa directing her life from afar, it's finally time to take a shot at being a star. "Instructions for a Broken Heart transported me-to Italy, back to high school, to the wrench and ache of a first breakup and the exhilaration of self-discovery...with multifaceted characters and realistic complexities, this unforgettable novel is a journey I'm so glad to have taken." -Eireann Corrigan, author of Accomplice

Be Brave

An Unlikely Manual for Erasing Heartbreak

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Author: J. M. Farkas

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449496350

Category: Poetry

Page: 120

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A former high school English teacher, Farkas transforms Beowulf into an unlikely guide for the brokenhearted that is both irreverent and moving. Anyone who has been devastated by love will appreciate the blackened pages of this bold, youthful, and empowering twist on the ancient epic.

Hometown Tales: Yorkshire

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Author: Cathy Rentzenbrink,Victoria Hennison

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 147460613X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Original tales by remarkable writers Hometown Tales is a series of books pairing exciting new voices with some of the most talented and important writers at work today. Some of the tales are fiction and some are narrative non-fiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving, and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home In these pages on Yorkshire, you'll find two unique memoirs. 'The Yorkshire Years' is Cathy Rentzenbrink's deeply moving account of returning to Snaith, where her brother Matty was knocked down by a car over twenty years before. 'The Island upon the Moor' traces a powerful journey - from a carefree childhood in the village of Holme-upon-Spalding Moor - to surviving dark periods of depression, by Victoria Hennison.

The Story Cure

An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise

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Author: Susan Elderkin,Ella Berthoud

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1782115285

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 352

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The stories that shape our children's lives are too important to be left to chance. With The Story Cure, bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have put together the perfect manual for grown-ups who want to initiate young readers into one of life's greatest pleasures. There's a remedy for every hiccup and heartache, whether it's between the covers of a picture book, a pop-up book, or a YA novel. You'll find old favourites like The Borrowers and The Secret Garden alongside modern soon-to-be classics by Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, as well as helpful lists of the right reads to fuel any obsession - from dogs or dinosaurs, space or spies. Wise and witty, The Story Cure will help any small person you know through the trials and tribulations of growing up, and help you fill their bookshelves with adventure, insight and a lifetime of fun.

Grief Works

Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving

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Author: Julia Samuel

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501181556

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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An instant bestseller in the UK, Grief Works is a profoundly optimistic and compassionate handbook for anyone suffering a loss—from the expected death of a parent to the sudden death of a child or spouse—as well as a guide for those who want to help their grieving loved ones. Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. So many of us feel awkward and uncertain around death, and shy away from talking honestly with family and friends. Julia Samuel, a grief psychotherapist, has spent twenty-five years working with the bereaved and understanding the full repercussions of loss. In Grief Works Samuel shares case studies from those who have experienced great love and great loss—and survived. People need to understand that grief is a process that has to be worked through, and Samuel shows if we do the work, we can begin to heal. The stories here explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears, strips away our layers of protection, and reveals our innermost selves. Intimate, clear, warm, and helpful, Grief Works addresses the fear that surrounds death and grief and replaces it with confidence. Samuel is a caring and deeply experienced guide through the shadowy and mutable land of grief, and her book is as invaluable to those who are grieving as it is to those around them. She adroitly unpacks the psychological tangles of grief in a voice that is compassionate, grounded, real, and observant of those in mourning. Divided into case histories grouped by who has died—a partner, a parent, a sibling, a child, as well section dealing with terminal illness and suicide—Grief Works shows us how to live and learn from great loss.

All at Sea

A Memoir

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Author: Decca Aitkenhead

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385540663

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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All at Sea is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other’s life, and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive. On a hot, still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead’s life changed forever. Her four-year-old son was paddling peacefully at the water’s edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son’s life—then drowned before her eyes. When Decca and Tony first met, a decade earlier, she was a renowned Guardian journalist profiling leading politicians of the day; he was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did—until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy. Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, All at Sea is a breathtakingly honest, profound, and utterly unforgettable memoir. From the Hardcover edition.

Buddha Breaking Up

A Guide to Healing from Heartache and Liberating Your Awesomeness

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Author: Stephanee Killen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780988910508

Category:

Page: 228

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The world needs another self-help book like it needs another Reality TV show. At least, that's what I would have said right up until I found myself in need of something-"anything!"-to pull me through the worst breakup of my life. What do you do when you want to be gracious, pragmatic, and filled with equanimity, but you're so hurt and angry you feel as if you could go around town ramming your car into stationary objects without batting an eyelash? What do you do when your friends and family run out of platitudes and old, tired slogans like, ""Time heals all wounds"" and ""Better to have loved and lost...""? (Slogans which, incidentally, make you want to scoop out your frontal lobe with a melon baller.) This is the stuff that drives us to the very edge of annihilation. At least, it feels that way. It feels like a very real obliteration of the self. But this breakdown can be the worst thing that's ever happened to you, or it can be the best thing for precisely this moment in your life. "Buddha Breaking Up" is a modern-day spiritual guide for how to embrace dramatic, life-altering change and use it as a means of rediscovering the Self. Combining humor, pop culture, and Zen principles, Part I of "Buddha Breaking Up" explores the science of falling in love, provides useful tools for riding out the heartbreak-including how to handle social networking and other technology designed for liberal applications of self-torment-and offers unique and practical techniques for moving through the lowest depths of the shattering. Part II, "The Bodhicitta of Breaking Up," illuminates methods for battling the wounded ego, dealing with anger, creating better relationships, and finally, loving and valuing yourself so you can reach a place of acceptance and grace in your new life.

Getting Past Your Breakup

How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You

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Author: Susan Elliott JD, MEd

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0738213284

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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Self Help.

The Year of Magical Thinking

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Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307279729

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later–the night before New Year’s Eve–the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This powerful book is Didion’ s attempt to make sense of the “weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself.”

Casting Revealed

A Guide for Film Directors

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Author: Hester Schell

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1317359178

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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Casting is an essential component of any film or video project, but the core skill-set needed to cast effectively is little understood. Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors is a straightforward manual on the art and craft of casting. Here, director Hester Schell offers her insider perspective on casting workflows, industry standards, finding actors, running auditions, what to look for in a performance, contracts, and making offers. This new edition has been updated with fresh interviews with casting directors, full color head shots, new information about online video submissions, and a companion website featuring forms, contracts, and sample scenes for auditions. Gain a fuller understanding of the misunderstood art and craft of casting actors for film and video production. Learn to find the right actors for any production, run auditions, interview actors, effectively judge performances and video submissions, evaluate suitability for a role, discover what it is you need from an actor, view headshots, draft contracts, make offers, and navigate current industry standards, unions, and procedures. This new edition has been updated to include full color sample head shots, new content on online video submissions, listings of casting wesbites, film resources, and film commissions and a companion website featuring interviews with celebrated casting directors from New York, Portland, Boston and Austin, necessary forms, sign-in sheets, contracts, and sample scenes for auditions.

God's Healing for Life's Losses

How to Find Hope When Your're Hurting

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Author: Robert W. Kellemen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780884692706

Category: Religion

Page: 115

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Are you ready for real and raw, honest and hopeful conversation about suffering, loss, and grief - from a Christian perspective? Here are real answers, for real people, with real struggles. When life's losses invade your world, learn how to face suffering face-to-face with God. Written in a gift book format, this book also includes two built-in application/discussion guides making it perfect for individual or group study. This is a GriefShare book

The Book of Separation

A Memoir

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Author: Tova Mirvis

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544520548

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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The memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family, Tova Mirvis committed herself to observing the rules and rituals prescribed by this way of life. After all, to observe was to be accepted and to be accepted was to be loved. She married a man from within the fold and quickly began a family. But over the years, her doubts became noisier than her faith, and at age forty she could no longer breathe in what had become a suffocating existence. Even though it would mean the loss of her friends, her community, and possibly even her family, Tova decides to leave her husband and her faith. After years of trying to silence the voice inside her that said she did not agree, did not fit in, did not believe, she strikes out on her own to discover what she does believe and who she really is. This will mean forging a new way of life not just for herself, but for her children, who are struggling with what the divorce and her new status as “not Orthodox” mean for them. This is a memoir about what it means to decide to heed your inner compass at long last. To free the part of yourself that has been suppressed, even if it means walking away from the only life you’ve ever known. Honest and courageous, Tova takes us through her first year outside her marriage and community as she learns to silence her fears and seek adventure on her own path to happiness.

The Handmade Apothecary

Healing herbal recipes

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Author: Kim Walker,Vicky Chown

Publisher: Kyle Books

ISBN: 0857835866

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

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Herbs are quite literally everywhere; it is only our ability to recognise their value that has been lost. Vicky and Kim explore the traditional uses of herbs combined with a modern and scientific understanding of a truly holistic approach so that you can use herbs to treat ailments and improve your general wellbeing. The book contains fascinating information about herbs and with suggestions of what each herb can be used for. Did you know that daisies infused in oil can be used to reduce bruises? That roses can help grieving and anxiety? Or that elderflower cordial can bring down a temperature? There is also an introduction to each of the body's systems (nervous, respiratory etc.) and which herbs are best for treatments. And of course, the book is peppered with vinegars, balms, oils, tinctures, creams, lotions and syrups to create your own little herbal health kit. Vicky and Kim also encourage people to reconnect with their local environment in addition to growing herbs in their gardens or windowsills. An all-encompassing guide for the beginner, The Handmade Apothecary is filled with guidance, useful tips and tried-and-tested recipes that will inspire people to make their own remedies.

Torch

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Author: Cheryl Strayed

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0345805623

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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In her debut novel, the bestselling author of Wild weaves a searing and luminous tale of a family's grief after unexpected loss. "Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!" is the advice Teresa Rae Wood shares with the listeners of her local radio show, Modern Pioneers, and the advice she strives to live by every day. She has fled a bad marriage and rebuilta life with her children, Claire and Joshua, and their caring stepfather, Bruce. Their love for each other binds them as a family through the daily struggles of making ends meet. But when they received unexpected news that Teresa, only 38, is dying of cancer, their lives all begin to unravel and drift apart. Strayed's intimate portraits of these fully human characters in a time of crisis show the varying truths of grief, forgiveness, and the beautiful terrors of learning how to keep living.

Did You Ever Have a Family

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Author: Bill Clegg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476798192

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, MAN BOOKER PRIZE, PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE, AND ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE • AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Amazon • Library Journal • Booklist • NPR • Kirkus Reviews • Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Google Play • Kobo • Literary Hub • Powell’s • Indie Next List Hailed as “masterly” by The New York Times Book Review, “a brilliantly constructed debut set in the aftermath of catastrophic loss” (2015 Man Booker Prize Judges). The stunning debut novel from bestselling author Bill Clegg is a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy. On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s life is upended when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter’s fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke—her entire family, all gone in a moment. June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak. From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the wedding’s caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke’s mother, the shattered outcast of the town—everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light. Elegant and heartrending, and one of the most accomplished fiction debuts of the year, Did You Ever Have a Family is an absorbing, unforgettable tale that reveals humanity at its best through forgiveness and hope. At its core is a celebration of family—the ones we are born with and the ones we create.

The Recovery Letters

Addressed to People Experiencing Depression

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Author: Olivia Sagan,James Withey

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784504602

Category: Self-Help

Page: 232

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In 2012, The Recovery Letters was launched to host a series of letters online written by people recovering from depression, addressed to those currently affected by a mental health condition. Addressed to 'Dear You', the inspirational and heartfelt letters provided hope and support to those experiencing depression and were testament that recovery was possible. Now for the first time, these letters have been compiled into an anthology for people living with depression and are interspersed with motivating quotes and additional resources as well as new material written specifically for the book. This powerful collection of personal letters from people with first-hand experiences of depression will serve as a comforting resource for anyone on the journey to recovery.