The Big Tiny

A Built-It-Myself Memoir


Author: Dee Williams

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101634715

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Dee Williams’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored—but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing. Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment’s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch. The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

Sociology of Home

Belonging, Community, and Place in the Canadian Context


Author: Gillian Anderson,Joseph G. Moore,Laura Suski

Publisher: Canadian Scholars

ISBN: 1551309394

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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This collection explores sociological analyses of home in Canada, drawing upon studies of family, urban and rural communities, migration and immigration, and other areas to discuss the idea of “home.” This volume, organized across three parts, moves from the micro-level of personal homemaking, to the meso-level of neighbourhood community, to the macro-level of political ecology. The contributors, both new and established scholars, draw upon a plurality of standpoints, including gendered, class-based, racialized, and Indigenous voices. It is the first Canadian collection of readings on the sociology of home.

Money, A Memoir

Women, Emotions, and Cash


Author: Liz Perle

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1429900814

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 3429

A bold and personal book that digs below the surface of one of society's last taboos-money-and illuminates how women's emotional relationship with it affects every part of their lives Long ago, and not entirely consciously, Liz Perle made a quiet contract with cash: she would do what it took to get it-work hard, marry right-but she didn't want to have to think about it too much. The subject of money had, since childhood, been quietly sidestepped, a shadowy factor whose private influence was impolite to discuss. This deliberate denial eventually exacted its price, however, when a sudden divorce left Perle with no home, no job, and a four-year-old with a box of toys. She realized she could no longer afford to leave her murky and fraught relationship with money unexamined. What Perle discovered as she reassembled her life was that almost every woman she knew also subscribed to this strange and emotional code of discretion-even though it laced through their relationships with their parents, lovers, husbands, children, friends, co-workers, and communities. Women who were all too willing to tell each other about their deepest secrets or sexual assets still kept mum when it came to their financial ones. In Money, A Memoir, Perle attempts to break this silence, adding her own story to the anecdotes and insights of psychologists, researchers, and more than 200 "ordinary" women. It turned out that when money was the topic, most women needed permission to talk. The result is an insightful, unflinching look at the once subtle and commanding influence of money on our every relationship.

Memoirs of a Yukon Priest


Author: Segundo Llorente, SJ

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589018624

Category: Religion

Page: 252

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This is an engagingly personal account of the hardships, challenges, and rewards of a life lived wholly in the presence of God and at the service of the Alaskan people. In September 1935, Segundo Llorente, a wide-eyed twenty-eight-year-old Jesuit priest from Spain set foot in Alaska for the the first time. His memoirs are filled with all that he saw, endured, and enjoyed for forty years in Uncle Sam's "icebox," whether by dogsled in the 1930s or by plane and snowmobile in the 1970s. He prayed, worked, scolded, helped, and laughed with a practical wisdom that recalls the Ignatian spirituality in everyday life that also marks Father Walter Cisek's Russian journal, He Leadeth Me.

Glimmers of Hope : Memoir of a VSO in Africa


Author: Mark Burke


ISBN: 0557110823


Page: 214

View: 7513

This is the account of one volunteers attempts to make a difference in rural Africa. Sent to Zambia by Voluntary Service Overseas, his remit is to teach maths at a boarding school and explore the opportunities for HIV and Gender equality education. In between battling snakes, death-defying bus journeys and both tragic and comic misadventures, he gains an appreciation of the challenges of living and working in the African bush. This memoir is also a reflection on the problems in Zambia and the challeges of development. It also a useful study of the personal physical and psychological challenges that a volunteer may face in rural Africa.

Ivory towers

the memoirs of a pidgin fancier : a personal memoir of fifty years in universities around the world


Author: Robert Brock Le Page

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789769510401

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 271

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Sherwood Anderson's Memoirs


Author: Sherwood Anderson

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, Brace


Category: Novelists, American

Page: 507

View: 3051

Published by Harcourt, Brace, N.Y., 1942.

The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan

Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture


Author: Mabel Dodge Luhan

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 238

View: 529

Internationally known as a writer, hostess, and patron of the arts of the twentieth century, Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962) is not known for her experiences with venereal disease, unmentioned in her four-volume published memoir. Making the suppressed portions of Luhan's memoirs available for the first time, well-known biographer and cultural critic Lois Rudnick examines Luhan's life through the lenses of venereal disease, psychoanalysis, and sexology. She shows us a mover and shaker of the modern world whose struggles with identity, sexuality, and manic depression speak to the lives of many women of her era. Restricted at the behest of her family until the year 2000, Rudnick's edition of these remarkable documents represents the culmination of more than thirty-five years of study of Luhan's life, writings, lovers, friends, and Luhan's social and cultural milieus in Italy, New York, and New Mexico. They open up new pathways to understanding late Victorian and early modern American and European cultures in the person of a complex woman who led a life filled with immense passion and pain.

Life Inside

A Memoir


Author: Mindy Lewis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 357

View: 3258

The author recounts how, as a rebellious fifteen-year-old, she was commited to a New York City mental hospital, and how the very traits that caused her hospitalization proved necessary for her recovery and survival on the outside.