In the United States, more than 15 million women are parenting children on their own, either by circumstance or by choice. Too often these moms who do it all have been misrepresented and maligned. Not anymore. In We Got This, seventy-five solo mom writers tell the truth about their lives—their hopes and fears, their resilience and setbacks, their embarrassments and triumphs. Some of these writers’ names will sound familiar, like Amy Poehler, Anne Lamott, and Elizabeth Alexander, while others are about to become unforgettable. Bound together by their strength, pride, and—most of all—their dedication to their children, they broadcast a universal and empowering message: You are not alone, solo moms—and your tenacity, courage, and fierce love are worthy of celebration.
In September 2007, Christine Ristaino was attacked in a store parking lot while her three-and five-year-old children watched. In All the Silent Spaces, Ristaino shares what it felt like to be an ordinary person confronted with an extraordinary event—a woman trying to deal with acute trauma even as she went on with her everyday life, working at a university and parenting two children with her husband. She not only narrates how this event changed her but also tells how looking at the event through both the reactions of her community and her own sensibility allowed her to finally face two other violent episodes she had previously experienced. As new memories surfaced after the attack, it took everything in Ristaino’s power to not let catastrophe unravel the precarious threads holding everything together.
Moving between the greater issues associated with violence and the personal voyage of overcoming grief, All the Silent Spaces is about letting go of what you think you know in order to rebuild.
For Dear Life chronicles feminist and artist Carol Jacobsen's deep commitment to the causes of justice and human rights, and focuses a critical lens on an American criminal-legal regime that imparts racist, gendered, and classist modes of punishment to women lawbreakers. Jacobsen's tireless work with and for women prisoners is charted in this rich assemblage of images and texts that reveal the collective strategies she and the prisoners have employed to receive justice. The book gives evidence that women's lawbreaking is often an effort to survive gender-based violence. The faces, letters, and testimonies of dozens of incarcerated women with whom Jacobsen has worked present a visceral yet politicized chorus of voices against the criminal-legal systems that fail us all.
When Diane, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers—and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, however, Charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism. What Diane previously thought were just Charles' controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need.
Step into Your Moxie is a soul-stirring call to action to speak up for yourself and the ideas and issues that matter most to you. Dubbed a “Moxie Maven” by President Obama’s White House Office of Public Engagement for her potent approach to women’s empowerment, Alexia Vernon has helped thousands of women (and men) slay diminishing self-talk and speak with moxie. She has created a timely, refreshingly playful guide for women to communicate with candor, clarity, compassion, and ease every time they open their mouths to speak — in their careers, communities, and homes. Step into Your Moxie is the book women want by their side as they have that daring conversation, give an important presentation, run for office, or simply tell the people closest to them to step back from the boundaries they’ve trespassed.
In The Second Wife, author Shirin Ariff reveals her heart-wrenchingly beautiful memoir. Life handed her hardships in the form of illness, abuse, and betrayal. Throughout the struggles, Shirin cultivated her magic power: resilience. Growing up in a prestigious Indian family, Shirin enjoyed a picturesque childhood. When she grew up, she was expected to marry well, have children, and please her husband till death do them part. Her first marriage cut that timeline short. Divorce was not approved of in the Indian culture; Shirin knew she needed to remarry. Her knight in shining armor arrived, but he was hiding a tarnished inner layer. Sahir was a South Asian Indian living in Canada and he won Shirin’s heart. Shirin and her daughter Sabah, got on a plane that would take her to a treacherous next chapter of her life. What happens to them in Canada? This book is a page-turner. It will make you cry and rejoice. You will be left forever transformed.
No Woman Should Have To Experience Cancer Alone . . .
TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer is the ultimate recovery companion for women facing any type of cancer.
This book is for newly-diagnosed women, survivors, thrivers, & the people who love them. It makes a great gift!
Working from interviews with 37 women with a variety of cancer types, Iliev-Piselli, a survivor herself, has created honest and triumphant essays that will lift readers up like a conversation with good friends (if all your friends had survived cancer!).
During life's most difficult moments, these women found joy in creative pursuits as diverse as they are, including writing, stand up comedy, drawing, air guitar, and many more.
Get ready for honest, inspiring, uplifting, rock-n-rolling, gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, chemo-brain-fueled tales about cancer and its aftermath.
Dr. Jenny Simon, a professional insider, will empower you to understand what those letters mean behind a therapist’s name, how much therapy costs and why different practitioners charge different prices, what a diagnosis means, how using medication to treat a problem differs from talk therapy, and what the common types of treatment are.
Here, you will find the resources, insight, and clear guidance to empower you to feel confident about your choices.
In Do I Need a Therapist?you will learn:
How to find the right therapist
Practical suggestions that are simple, clear, and easy to follow
The pros and cons about using health insurance
Tips on what types of treatment would work best for you and your situation
On September 14, 1969, Private First Class Judy Talton celebrates her nineteenth birthday by secretly joining the campus anti-Vietnam War movement. In doing so, she jeopardizes both the army scholarship that will secure her future and her relationship with her military family. But Judy’s doubts have escalated with the travesties of the war. Who is she if she stays in the army? What is she if she leaves?
When the first date pulled in the Draft Lottery turns up as her birthday, she realizes that if she were a man, she’d have been Number One—off to Vietnam with an under-fire life expectancy of six seconds. The stakes become clear, propelling her toward a life-altering choice as fateful as that of any draftee.
CANDID, TRUE STORIES by modern women like you who each have something profound to share and the guts to share it, the Inspiring Women Today series will become an indispensable source of inspiration you will always want to keep and share. Beautifully designed in full color to enhance the vibrant and powerful stories of the authors.
In "False Evidence Appearing Real," author Denise Duncan shares her heart-wrenching struggle from sleeping in a van with her daughter through her discovery of true friends and lessons in self-worth that led to breaking the Million Dollar Club, traveling the world, and landing her today on her feet.
In this thought provoking, gut-checking anthology, the second read of the Grace To Recover series, 14 authors come together with striking similarities to expose the past and break free to what lies ahead.
Their true stories will spark a desire to really understand what holds you in depression, despair, and the inability to move forward. Childhood tragedies played a significant role in many of their lives and little did they know but secrets would hold them for many years to come.
Allow them to walk you through their journey and discover how much God is so loving that He would allow each of them to recover and find wholeness, only a wholeness Jesus Christ brings about.
Can A Woman Compete in A Man’s World and Win? Yes, She Can. That is the theme that RaNae Envy explores with you in her book From Steel Toes to Stilettos. She shares with you her life story and how she not only conquered but thrived working in the auto industry.From the literal ‘hell’ of the foundry to successful entrepreneur, RaNae shows women how to be strong and feminine at the same time, that you do not have to give up who you are to move ahead in the world.She also inspires you to be able to overcome the damaging effects that mental illness and suicide can be on a family and how you don’t have to be a victim of your past. You can rise above.If you are looking for a book that will leave you encouraged, uplifted and inspired to become more than you thought possible then From Steel Toes to Stilettos is for you.
RaNae Envy has risen above incredible adversity of her past including physical and emotional abuse, attempted murder, mental illness and suicide to become not only an author but highly respected entrepreneur whose goal is the help women rise above the stigma of their past. She lifts women up and shows them that there is nothing that can stop them if they believe in themselves.
From the Author: Damn! My Damn Life chronicles my journey of discovery to answer the question, “What happens when you need to start over?”
I understand how scary it can be. I went through the process when I decided in my early 50’s to step out on faith with courage to pursue my passion. I know and understand the fear of starting over, but I chose me.
Damn! My Damn Life explains how I got to this point. As your read my book, I want you to know there is life AFTER …. whatever that after is! You too can live your best Damn life!”
Diannely Antigua's debut collection, UGLY MUSIC, is a cacophonous symphony of reality, dream, trauma, and obsession. It reaches into the corners of love and loss where survival and surrender are blurred. The poems span a traumatic early childhood, a religious adolescence, and, later, a womanhood that grapples with learning how to create an identity informed by, yet in spite of, those challenges. What follows is an exquisitely vulgar voice, unafraid to draw attention to the distasteful, to speak a truth created by a collage of song and confession, diary and praise. It is an account of observation and dissociation, the danger of simultaneously being inside and outside the experiences that mold a life. UGLY MUSIC emerges as a story of witness, a realization that even the strangest things exist on earth and deserve to live.
This book is an intensely personal narrative about codependent relationships and the insane dysfunctional thinking patterns that follow. With a unique approach, the author shares her expertise and offers 12-Slips to codependency. Dark humor fuels this fearsome account as the author leads you through the dysfunctional maze, maneuvering through the volatile actions, obsessive thoughts and intense feelings that a codependent relationship ignites. You will find yourself laughing out loud at scenarios that should make you cry, like the circling ladies in Kmart, the perverted mailman, etc. This unique perspective on love gone awry is as entertaining as it is enlightening. The author has a sharp sense of humor and she lets it fly without losing the gravity of her subject. Terrifying examples shine a piercing light on the painful truths of codependency. After drawing you in, the author smacks you with the reality meter, Slap One, turning your preconceived notions of her 12-Slip program upside down.
A HEADS UP FOR WOMEN WHO CAN NO LONGER EXPECT TO BE EXPECTING
Looking for a book that blends practical information from menopausal women, accompanied by expert advice from professionals? And would you like jokes with that? Enter Period. The End: Wit, Wisdom and Practical Guidance for Women in Menopause–and Beyond.
Period. The End delivers the skinny on weight gain, hot flashes, bone loss, sleep deprivation, memory loss, anxiety, lost libido, urinary incontinence, and a whole host of other annoying symptoms of menopause–and offers plenty of options on how to survive–and thrive during this final chapter of womanhood.
"Two people, husband and wife, sat side by side on the wagon bench. Though they looked down the same rough road and experienced the same dazzling or dismal scenery, the diaries suggest that they lived in different worlds."
Louise Farmer Smith sets us squarely by the side of the woman on the wagon bench and vividly recreates the turmoil, excitement, and trepidation pioneer women experienced as they moved into the unknown.
The Woman Without a Voice tells the story of a pioneering family—her own, much like that of Laura Ingalls Wilder's. However this story is not seen through the perspective of a child, but of a woman, mother, and wife. Using diaries and family stories, Smith focuses on the pioneer women in her own family. Silence and submission were the lot of married women who had no property and no say in where or how their families would live.