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Joan Is Okay

Author : Weike Wang
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A new novel from the award-winning author of Chemistry.

Shh Don t Tell

Author : Miriam Moriarty Owens
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My story is one of survival, and a true depiction of how from the age of 18 months was physically emotionally and mentally abused. From early childhood right up until my early 40s my siblings, the courts in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland sentenced my sisters (Joan and Grace) and myself, to spend 14 years in Pembroke Alms Industrial School where we were placed in the care of the Sisters of Mercy. Little did the courts know that they were sentencing us to 14 years of sheer and utter hell. The abuse in Pembroke Alms began, when a nun named Sister Enda arrived and became the principal. Lacking any sort of sympathy towards children, she meted out severe and cruel punishments to children of all ages. During our incarceration in Pembroke Alms, the only mother figure I had was my sister Joan, and it was from there that our close bond grew and we became very attached to each other. In 1959, my mother suffered from TB and I was left in the care of my father and grandmother. Due to the ISPCC deeming my father an unfit parent to look after me and my siblings he gave us away -- From an interview with the author.

Saint Joan of the Stockyards

Author : Bertolt Brecht
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In this version of the story of Joan of Arc, Brecht transforms her into 'Joan Dark', a member of the 'Black Straw Hats' (a Salvation Army-like group) in twentieth century Chicago. The play charts Joan's battle with Pierpont Mauler, the unctuous owner of a meat-packing plant. Like her predecessor, Joan is a doomed woman, a martyr and (initially, at least) an innocent in a world of strike-breakers, fat cats, and penniless workers. Like many of Brecht's plays it is laced with humor and songs as part of its epic dramaturgical structure. The play, which was never staged in Brecht's lifetime, is published here with a new translation, a full introduction and Brecht's own notes on the text.

Solution Focused Case Management

Author : Dr. Robert G. Blundo, PhD, LCSW
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“Blundo and Simon have successfully outlined how a solution-focused perspective can be a powerful tool for case managers. Their understanding and presentation is based upon practice scenarios that are real and applied...They clearly demonstrate the impact of ‘thinking and language’ and the importance of building a collaborative relationship with clients. Their work challenges the traditional theory-driven interventions that focus on problems and arrive at a diagnosis . They encourage a ‘shift’ to a co-constructive partnership that requires a practitioner to respect that clients are ‘experts of their own lives’...They provide a clear step-wise discussion of techniques and strategies that can be employed working with individuals and families in case management settings. This book is a must read.” -Lawrence T. Force, PhD. LCSW-R Professor of Psychology, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY From the Foreword Solution-focused practice is a paradigm that stresses client abilities, strengths, and individual goals rather than disability. Written by a team of educator/practitioners noted for their expertise in solution-focused therapy, this “how-to” text for social work, counseling, and psychology students guides current and future case managers in learning this strengths-based, collaborative approach to case management. It discusses both the philosophical basis for solution-focused casework and demonstrates how it is ideally suited for the case management process. The book is based on teaching materials the authors have developed and used in their classes and workshops with undergraduate and graduate students and professionals. The text incorporates new research and theoretical developments in solution-focused therapy as well as actual practice scenarios demonstrating the process of building a collaborative relationship with individual clients and families. Replete with strategies and tools for practicing solution-focused case management, the text describes such essential skills as identifying goals, monitoring progress, working with other agencies, and transitioning out of treatment. It discusses issues related to ethical practice and presents strategies for self-care. Additionally, the book addresses diversity and social justice and their relationships to solution-focused practice. Student exercises help to reinforce knowledge. The text will assist case managers in a variety of settings—hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, community-based mental health agencies, schools, prisons, court systems, and shelters for the homeless and victims of domestic violence—to partner with their clients towards finding strengths-based and solution-focused approaches to resolving issues in a positive way. Key Features: Authored by noted experts in solution-focused education and practice Facilitates a reframing of casework and case management around client strengths and resources Provides specific case examples that allow readers to troubleshoot and apply solution-focused principles to practice Includes student exercises throughout the book

The Caregivers

Author : Nell Lake
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"From a gifted writer who spent two years in a support group for people caring for elderly and ill spouses, parents, and friends, The Caregivers chronicles the daily experiences--heart-breaking, poignant, and redemptive--of ordinary Americans as they face their final life passages"--

Howard Stern Comes Again

Author : Howard Stern
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Howard Stern's first book in over twenty years contains many interviews with his guests throughout the years.

The Sand Castle and Three Other Plays

Author : Lanford Wilson
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THE STORIES: WANDERING. First presented at the Mark Taper Forum, in Los Angeles, as part of an omnibus program entitled The Scene , and then Off-Broadway as part of Collision Course , a similar program. This brilliantly inventive short

Butch Girls Can Fix Anything

Author : Paula Offutt
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Kelly Walker is known around town as someone who can repair just about anything house related. That’s true, except for the hole in her life left by the death of her lover, Anna. Her fix-it business provides the perfect hideout as she deals with other people’s problems instead of focusing on her own shattered life. Grace Owens, single mother, is determined to stand on her own two feet and make a fresh start for herself and her nine-year-old daughter, Lucy. She’s promised her daughter they are here to stay. Grace is determined to keep that promise. Lucy has a goal of her own: she wants to master her math homework, and that’s a hard task with a mother who doesn’t understand division. The three meet under a leaky kitchen ceiling. What each has to give, the others need. They must learn when to take risks and when to trust each other. Together, can they find the tools that will allow them to fix what most needs to be rebuilt?

The Last Pilot

Author : Benjamin Johncock
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With echoes of Raymond Carver as well as Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff and Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, The Last Pilot re-ignites the thrill and excitement of the space race through the story of one man's courage in the face of unthinkable loss. Set against the backdrop of one of the most emotionally charged periods in American history, The Last Pilot begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert during the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among the exalted few is Jim Harrison: dedicated to his wife, Grace, and their baby daughter. By the 1960s, the space race is underway and Harrison and his colleagues are offered a place in history as the world's first astronauts. But when his young family is thrown into crisis, Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the course of the rest of his life - whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

Author : Cherise Wolas
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Longlisted for 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award Longlisted for 2018 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Kirkus Reviews’s Best Fiction of 2017 Kirkus Reviews’s Best Debut Novels of 2017 Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels: 2017 The New York Times Book Review’s Editors’ Choice Indie Next Pick for September 2017 Kirkus Reviews’s 13 Fiction Debuts & Breakthroughs That Live Up to the Hype Bustle’s 9 Fall Book Debuts By Women You’re Going To Want To Read Immediately Nantucket Magazine’s 7 for September 2017 Kirkus Reviews’s 9 Excellent Reads for Labor Day Weekend Entertainment Weekly’s Thirteen Books to Read in August San Diego Magazine’s Your Book Shelf: 5 Books to Read in August “[A] stunning debut...reminds me of my most favorite authors: J.D. Salinger, Carson McCullers, Truman Capote, Joan Didion.” —A.M. Homes I viewed the consumptive nature of love as a threat to serious women. But the wonderful man I just married believes as I do—work is paramount, absolutely no children—and now love seems to me quite marvelous. These words are spoken to a rapturous audience by Joan Ashby, a brilliant and intense literary sensation acclaimed for her explosively dark and singular stories. When Joan finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is stunned by Martin’s delight, his instant betrayal of their pact. She makes a fateful, selfless decision then, to embrace her unintentional family. Challenged by raising two precocious sons, it is decades before she finally completes her masterpiece novel. Poised to reclaim the spotlight, to resume the intended life she gave up for love, a betrayal of Shakespearean proportion forces her to question every choice she has made. Epic, propulsive, incredibly ambitious, and dazzlingly written, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is a story about sacrifice and motherhood, the burdens of expectation and genius. Cherise Wolas’s gorgeous debut introduces an indelible heroine candid about her struggles and unapologetic in her ambition.

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

Author : Vernadine A. Merrick
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Vernadine A. Merrick’s And the Walls Came Tumbling Down is the riveting story of two twin boys’ climb out of poverty to power and the sacrifices made to get there. Jack and Joe were raised by their father in the Cleveland ghettos. Their mother died in childbirth, but the boys had plenty of aunts to give them motherly guidance and a father devoted to their success. The two boys’ lives go in separate ways—Joe turns to life on the streets and running with gangs, while Jack excels in school, eventually going to Yale. Then fate deals one a hard hand, a tragedy occurs and their worlds collide in a way that forever changes their paths. From the seedy underbelly of gang life on the mean streets to the political and powerfully elite, the unimaginable secret that one has to bear will reverberate throughout his life and set in motion a chain of events that can save or destroy him as he aspires to the most powerful office in the land. Merrick has written a breakthrough novel that encompasses the precariousness of family relationships and the lengths a father will go to save his child. It paints a compassionate picture of how a tragic mistake can test the limits of a family’s survival yet still reach the other side of forgiveness and redemption. Joe Baker is a tortured spirit, torn between truth and deception, self-awareness and self-deprivation…and many wrong choices. Jack Baker is the mirror image of Joe and can only be described as his better half. He is devoted to his father, fiercely protective of his brother and the voice of the unheard. Suzanne Montgomery, glamorous, gorgeous and rich. Her larger-than-life, Hollywood looks, mask the vulnerable woman still desperate for love. Nicola Patricks while enormously seductive, her intelligence, decency and achievements are her pride. She is now thrust into a web of lust, love and deceit. John Baker is the father of identical twin boys that he deeply loves, but begrudgingly admits to liking only one. Dirk Patterson is amongst the upper class African-American elite. Yet he is intricately connected to two brothers from the other side of the tracks. Detective Ridder Jones smells blood and goes for the jugular. The case of the high-powered Senator is no exception.

Between Friends

Author : Latecia Shantrea
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The Soap Game

Author : Marie Williams
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PRAISE FOR THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF THE HANDICAPPED: " irreverent vibrant sensitive without ever approaching sanctimony "-Publisher's Weekly, starred review "It's a wonderful book!"-Bill Holm, Minnesota Author of The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth "Worldwide Church is an absolute joy."-Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies and Bird by Bird "This is a wonderful book "-Dave Wood, Minneapolis Star-Tribune "It is one of the most important books of our time."-Carol Bly, author of Changing the Bully Who Rules the World, and winner of the Minnesota Book Award "I have not, in long time, read stories that affected me so much."-Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States "[Williams'] characters are unique and unforgettable This is a disarming, disturbing book."-Maxine Kumin, winner of the Pulitzer Prize PRAISE FOR THE WEEKEND GIRL: "Read these stories and be changed Marie Sheppard Williams is an original and necessary voice in American Fiction "-Frederick Smock, former editor of The American Voice " tender stories deliciously simple dialogue sly humor and you suddenly know you are reading about life and death."-Howard Zinn "The Weekend Girl and other stories is a compelling and poignant brew of wisdom, humor, and compassion."-Ronald Spatz, editor, Alaska Quarterly Review "As Walt Whitman might have said: 'Who touches this book touches a [wo]man.'"-Bill Holm

The Songmaker s Chair

Author : Albert Wendt
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The Songmaker�s Chair tells of a Samoan family, the Aiga Sa Peseola, who have been in Auckland since the 1950s. Over three generations the family have intermarried with Maori and Pakeha to develop what they refer to as the Peseola Way. Central to that Way is the magnificent Polynesian exploration and settlement of the Pacific, and a songmaking tradition which Peseola Olaga, the family patriarch has inherited from his father. At the heart of the play is the love between Peseola Olaga and Malaga, his wife, and how they�ve struggled to give their children a good life in Aotearoa. For theirs is the Peseola Way: defiant, honest and unflinching even in the face of death.

Bunnyman Bridge

Author : Ronald J Van Wynsberg
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It took Joan Fortune, a former New York Detective, five years to come to terms with the murder of her husband, John, and their unborn child. Now, as the Sheriff of Milford, Virginia, a sleepy tourist town, she is confronted with an evil unlike anything she has ever seen. When four kids are all found murdered by hanging under an abandoned mining bridge, it is up to Joan, her daughter, Caitlin, and a stranger, to save the life of Kimberly Clark, the fifth child taken. Caitlin is a clairvoyant, her gift of "sight" is vital to helping Joan save Kimberly's life. The stranger believes that there is an eerie resemblance to murders that took place thirty-two years before. Joan must rely on her own instincts and a voice in her head to determine who she can trust, and whom she cannot.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

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The Talbot Odyssey

Author : Nelson DeMille
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For forty years Western intelligence agents have known a terrible secret: the Russians have a mole - code-named Talbot - inside the CIA. At first Talbot is suspected of killing European agents. Then a street-smart ex-cop uncovers a storm of espionage and murder on the streets of New York, while in a Long Island suburb a civic demonstration against the Russian mission masks a desperate duel of nerves and wits. Engineered by Talbot, a shadow world of suspicion and deceit is spilling onto the streets - leading to a new Soviet weapon and a first-strike war plan threatening the foundations of American government. For the U.S., time is running out. For Talbot, the time is now...

The Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1 to 19

Author : Jocelyn Brown
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Biology is not Dree’s thing. Equally heinous are English, Social Studies, her sister and mother, not to mention Edmonton in general. Toronto is where she belongs – specifically the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair where, finally, her crafts will be appreciated. Escape is imminent: on her 15th birthday, she will get the special fund her father promised, and the day after that she’ll be on Westjet Flight 233 to Toronto. Instead, her dad has a fatal heart attack, and all she finds are clues leading to the ominous Alberta Psychiatric Hospital where her parents once worked. As Dree tries to unearth a mystery, and to knit herself a passing mark in science, she keeps searching for the money, and for a way to grieve her father. Told in a fresh, frank voice, The Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1 to 19 is a wry, adventurous, unflinching look at the trials of teenage life. Instructions for renegade crafts included.

Home for Good

Author : Gerald James Avila
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Jeff Williams is an aging, well-known writer who recently lost his beloved wife to cancer. Marilyn was his everything. Both writers, they fit together like puzzle pieces, and without her, hes not sure how to hang on. He has some help from his neighbor and close friend, Alice, but nothing can fill the gaping hole left behind by the loss of his spouse. While working on a manuscript about the joys of his marriage, Jeff falls into a serious bout of writers block. He knows its due to the loss of Marilyn, and he barely cares, hurling his typewriter from the window. Thats when Alice steps in and suggests a therapist, Dr. Joan Steele. Joan will help fix Jeffs writers block--and hopefully more. Joan tries conventional methods of psychiatric treatment, but nothing gets through to Jeff. She realizes shes going to have to be a bit unconventional to break this mans grief. They experiment with an unorthodox treatment method, and both Jeff and Joan are surprised at the results as together they slowly, carefully move past turmoil and fall into love.