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The Fragile Life

Author : Aaron Michael Drake
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Join me on a battle against addiction, betrayal, abuse, depression, anger, love and loss. All the things that make this life we live fragile.

Tina Modotti

Author : Mildred Constantine
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A passionate nature, a sensitive perception, and a fiery commitment to social causes - these are the elements of Tina Modotti's life and her photographs, presented in this comprehensive illustrated biography. Now widely recognised as one of the early 20th-century's most extraordinary photographers, Tina Modotti was remembered until recently more as the lover and muse of Edward Weston than for her own work.

A Fragile Life

Author : Todd May
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It is perhaps our noblest cause, and certainly one of our oldest: to end suffering. Think of the Buddha, Chuang Tzu, or Marcus Aurelius: stoically composed figures impervious to the torments of the wider world, living their lives in complete serenity—and teaching us how to do the same. After all, isn’t a life free from suffering the ideal? Isn’t it what so many of us seek? Absolutely not, argues Todd May in this provocative but compassionate book. In a moving examination of life and the trials that beset it, he shows that our fragility, our ability to suffer, is actually one of the most important aspects of our humanity. May starts with a simple but hard truth: suffering is inevitable. At the most basic level, we suffer physically—a sprained ankle or a bad back. But we also suffer insults and indifference. We suffer from overburdened schedules and unforeseen circumstances, from moral dilemmas and emotional heartaches. Even just thinking about our own mortality—the fact that we only live one life—can lead us to tremendous suffering. No wonder philosophies such as Buddhism, Taosim, Stoicism, and even Epicureanism—all of which counsel us to rise above these plights—have had appeal over the centuries. May highlights the tremendous value of these philosophies and the ways they can guide us toward better lives, but he also exposes a major drawback to their tenets: such invulnerability is too emotionally disengaged from the world, leading us to place too great a distance between ourselves and our experience. Rather than seeking absolute immunity, he argues most of us just want to hurt less and learn how to embrace and accept what suffering we do endure in a meaningful way. Offering a guide on how to positively engage suffering, May ultimately lays out a new way of thinking about how we exist in the world, one that reassures us that our suffering, rather than a failure of physical or psychological resilience, is a powerful and essential part of life itself.

This Fragile Life

Author : Kate Hewitt
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You love your best friend. You trust her with your life. But could you give her the most precious gift of all? Alex's life is a mess. She's barely holding down a job, only just affording her apartment, and can't remember when she was last in a relationship. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing she needs. Martha's life is on track. She's got the highflying career, the gorgeous home and the loving husband. But one big thing is missing. Five rounds of IVF and still no baby. The solution seems simple. Alex knows that Martha can give her child everything that she can't provide. But Martha's world may not be as perfect as it seems, and letting go isn't as easy as Alex expected it to be. Now they face a decision that could shatter their friendship forever. Provocative. Emotional. Affecting. Share This Fragile Life with your best friend. Praise for Kate Hewitt 'OMG! Ladies grab a box of Kleenex and get ready for one of the most moving, most poinent books that I have ever read.' - Harlequin Junkie 'This book had me nodding my head in agreement at times, laughing at others and also broke my heart. ... It kept me on the edge of an emotional abyss while I read it and even though it broke my heart, it was a totally satisfying read. Word to the wise - don't read in public!' - Between My Lines 'It's impossible not to be sucked into the worlds of Martha and Alex... One of my favorites of the year, and I do plan on sharing this with my girlfriends!' - Chick Lit Plus 'I highly recommend this read, it was heart-warming, gut wrenching, emotional and extremely powerful.' - Family Saga Reviews

This Fragile Life

Author : Charlotte Pierce-Baker
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“Illuminating and brilliant, with poetry and prose, mother and son lay bare the ravages of bipolar disorder and the journey toward growth and understanding. A touching, lyrical memoir.” —Jewell Parker Rhodes, award-winning author, Voodoo Dreams and Douglass’ Women Told in a mother’s own words, this is a moving story of a loving African American family that faces the daily crisis of an unpredictable mental disorder. Charlotte Pierce-Baker and her husband did everything right when raising their son Mark: providing emotional support, the best education possible, and the freedom to choose his own path. At age 25, Mark was pursuing a postgraduate degree in film, living with his fiancée, and seemingly in control of his life, so Pierce-Baker never imagined her high-achieving son would wind up handcuffed, barely clothed, dirty, mad, and in jail. Mark’s bipolar disorder manifested late and included hospitalizations, calls in the night, pleas for money, jail, lawyers, prescriptions, doctors, alcohol and drug relapses, and continuous disputes about how to live—and not live. This autobiography weaves a fascinating story of mental illness, race, family, the drive of African Americans to succeed, and a mother’s love for her son. Charlotte Pierce-Baker is a professor of women’s studies, gender studies, and English at Vanderbilt University and the author of Surviving the Silence. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fragile Lives

Author : Stephen Westaby
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY PRIZE THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.2 BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BMA PRESIDENT'S AWARD 2017 An incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons, recalling some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he's worked on. Grim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon's shoulder. A slip of the hand and life ebbs away. The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two. In the operating room there is no time for doubt. It is flesh, blood, rib-retractors and pumping the vital organ with your bare hand to squeeze the life back into it. An off-day can have dire consequences - this job has a steep learning curve, and the cost is measured in human life. Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heart. Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery. He saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty-five year career and now, in his astounding memoir, Westaby details some of his most remarkable and poignant cases - such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks by six months old, a woman who lived the nightmare of locked-in syndrome, and a man whose life was powered by a battery for eight years. A powerful, important and incredibly moving book, Fragile Lives offers an exceptional insight into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery, and how it feels to hold someone's life in your hands.

Fragile Lives

Author : Arlette Farge
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The rich and complex texture of working-class neighborhoods in eighteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in this collage of the experiences of ordinary people--men and women, rich and poor, masters and servants, neighbors and colleagues. Exploring three arenas of conflict and solidarity--the home, the workplace, and the street--Arlette Farge offers the reader an intimate social history, bringing long-dead citizens and vanished social groups back to life with sensitivity and perception.

Like a Fragile House of Cards My Life Came Crashing Down

Author : Beckie
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Like a Fragile House of Cards, My Life Came Crashing Down is a story about the author, but it could also be you. Struggling with an addiction brought on by deceit and lies, she gets caught up in a difficult and painful situation by no fault of her own. She offers a way to recovery by turning everything over to God and not giving up. Let the words be like seeds that are planted and, over time, take root in your life.

Life Is Fragile

Author : Betty Spencer
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Betty Spencer is a seventy-two-year-old great-grandmother who lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Zephyrhills, Florida. Three of her grandchildren attend school in Bath. Her daughter is employed by the Bath school system. Mrs. Spencer became interested in writing this book after reading several books about important events in American history. She felt that the Bath School Disaster was worthy of the attention of all school children everywhere. It is her desire, not to alarm the children, but to make them more aware of their own mortality, and to instill in them an appreciation for the modern facilities that they have available now. Due to the determination, perseverance and generosity of those who have preceded them, they can enjoy the luxuries and safety of their new modern school buildings today.

Fragile Lives in Fragile Ecosystems

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Fragile lives in fragile ecosystems: Feeding the world's poor from neglected rice ecosystems was the theme of the 1995 International Rice Research Conference. During the February meeting, participants assessed progress in rice research and identified new research approaches for reducing constraints and improving productivity and sustainability of less favored and fragile rice producing areas - these are the upland, rainfed lowland, and flood-prone ecosystems.

Our Fragile Lives

Author : Marilyn Glenn
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A human drama set in the East Midlands and Cornwall England. It tells the tale of a family and the trials and tribulations that they are faced with. It tells of how a decision made with the very best of intentions isn't always the best decision. It shows us that the benefit of foresight would be a useful gift but regretting in hindsight is a pointless exercise.--- When Tom and Grace Harrison discover that their mentally challenged nubile daughter is pregnant, their world is shattered. Sixteen year old Verity denies having had sexual relations with her boyfriend Paul and begs her parents not to tell him. Her parents remain in the dark regarding the father of Verity's child but with the help of the rest of the family a plan is put into action. The plan will benefit Verity's childless sister June; but at what cost? Lives will be lost, relationships will be tested as secrets and lies threaten to surface at any moment. The fragility of life and fatal actions are a constant theme. Despite the serious subject, the story isn't lacking in humour; ensuring what I believe is an enjoyable read.

Genes and the Agents of Life

Author : Robert A. Wilson
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This book undertakes to rethink the place of the individual in the biological sciences, drawing parallels with the cognitive and social sciences. It includes highly accessible discussions of genetic encoding, species and natural kinds, and pluralism above the levels of selection, drawing on work from across the biological sciences.The book is a companion to the author's Boundaries of the Mind, also available from Cambridge, where the focus is the cognitive sciences. It will appeal to professionals and students in philosophy, biology, and the history of science.

Pier Angeli

Author : Jane Allen
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“In Pier Angeli, a nineteen-year-old Italian girl, Hollywood has found an actress who eludes the town’s traditional classifications and whose unvarnished beauty and instinctive talent have already caused her to be called ‘Little Garbo’”—Theodore Strauss in Collier’s, April 1952. This work is the first full-length biography of actress Anna Maria Pierangeli, from her early life in Italy to her death at the age of 39. She was discovered by Vittorio De Sica and soon after starred in her first film, Domani è troppo tardi (Tomorrow Is Too Late), which began her meteoric rise to fame in Italy. She arrived in Hollywood in 1950 at the age of 18, and the first thing MGM did was change her name to Pier Angeli and predict great things for its newest actress. The book covers her seven year career with MGM, her two unhappy marriages to Vic Damone and Armando Trovajoli, her love for her children Perry and Andrew, her brief and stormy relationship with James Dean, her dependent relationships with her mother and such stars as Kirk Douglas, Richard Attenborough and Debbie Reynolds, and the mystery surrounding her death.

Yemen Fragile lives in hungry times

Author : Ashley Clements
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Widespread hunger and chronic malnutrition have taken hold in Yemen. A protracted political stalemate over much of the past six months has left the government in paralysis, prompting a fuel crisis that has brought the economy to the verge of collapse. A recent study by Oxfam found many communities to be on the brink of disaster. In other parts of the country the United Nations has found that some vulnerable communities are now facing critical levels of malnutrition. Donors remain deeply divided over their approaches to the region's poorest country, thus delaying responses and hindering funding. Hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance have been suspended. As the crisis builds, however, inaction is no longer an option. Interventions that address both immediate humanitarian needs and longer-term structural concerns must be urgently scaled up.

Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Author : Stephen Westaby
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY PRIZE THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.2 BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BMA PRESIDENT’S AWARD 2017 An incredible memoir from one of the world’s most eminent heart surgeons, recalling some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he’s worked on.

Light from Lucas

Author : Robert Vander Plaats
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In Light from Lucas, author Bob vander Plaats provides insights into parenting, marriage, spiritual growth, the nature of suffering, the character of God, and the value of every life. These insights are shared in the context of the author's many stories about Lucas, the third of his four sons, who was born severely disabled.

Fragile Lives

Author : Beverley McNamara
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A sensitively observed ethnographic account of the experience of terminal illness and care.

The Fragile Wisdom

Author : Grazyna Jasienska
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Women’s physiology evolved to aid reproduction, not to reduce disease. Any trait—however detrimental to post-reproductive health—is preserved in the next generation if it increases the chances of having offspring who will survive and reproduce. For this reason, the author argues, many common diseases are especially difficult for women to prevent.

A Fragile Stone Study Guide

Author : Michael Card
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A companion to A Fragile Stone, this study guide offers nine sessions for individuals or groups that highlight how the apostle Peter provides a model for our own transforming relationship with Jesus. (Written by Michael Card with Dale and Sandy Larsen.)

Leonard and Dennis or The soldier s life

Author : Edward Monro
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