Eighteen months to the day after she quit drinking, Knapp stumbled upon an eight-week-old puppy at a local animal shelter, took her home, and named her Lucille. Now two years old, lucille has become a central force in Knapp's life: "In her, " she writes, joy, "I have found solace, a bridge to the world.
Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs #ad - Caroline knapp has been celebrated as much for her fresh insight into emotional and psychological issues as she has been for her gifts as a writer. In pack of two, she brings the same perception and talent to bear on the rich, complicated terrain of human-animal relationships. In addition to mining her own experience with lucille, Knapp speaks to a wide variety of dog people--from animal behaviorists and psychologists to other owners whose dogs have deeply affected their lives--about this emotionally complex, sometimes daunting, often profoundly healing alliance.
Throughout, at how this new kinship, this wordless bond, she explores the shift in canine roles from working partners to intimate companions and looks, too, becomes a template for what we most desire ourselves.
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of FriendshipRandom House #ad - Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with cancer. A lovely gift to readers. Washington Post. Intense and moving. With her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion, and courage in this gorgeous memoir about treasuring a best friend, and coming of age in midlife.
Let’s take the long way home is a celebration of the profound transformations that come from intimate connection—and it affirms, once again, why Gail Caldwell is recognized as one of our bravest and most honest literary voices. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from Gail Caldwell's New Life, No Instructions.
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship #ad - Praise for let's take the Long Way Home“Stunning. Next to the year of magical thinking, Joan Didion’s searing memoir about losing her husband to heart failure. But that’s assuming it makes it to your shelf: This is a book you’ll want to share with your own ‘necessary pillars of life, ’ as Caldwell refers to her nearest and dearest.
Gail caldwell and caroline knapp author of drinking: A Love Story became best friends, talking about everything from their love of books and their shared history of a struggle with alcohol to their relationships with men.
Drinking: A Love StoryThe Dial Press #ad - A remarkable exercise in self-discovery. The new york times “Drinking not only describes triumph; it is one. Newsweek. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it. It was love at first sight.
. Caroline knapp dazzles us with her heady description of alcohol's allure and its devastating hold. Los angeles times Book Review“Filled with hard-won wisdom. Many of them, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor, like Caroline Knapp, " a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life.
Drinking: A Love Story #ad - Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Privately she was drinking herself into oblivion. Drinking is caroline Kapp's harrowing chronicle of her twenty-year love affair with alcohol. Caroline had her first drink at fourteen. Publicly she was a dutiful daughter, a sophisticated professional.
. This startlingly honest memoir lays bare the secrecy, family myths, and destructive relationships that go hand in hand with drinking.
Appetites: Why Women WantCounterpoint #ad - She uses her own experiences with anorexia as a powerful exploration of what can happen when we are divorced from our most basic hungersand offers her own success as testament to the joy of saying I want. Provocative, important, and deeply familiar, Appetites beautifullyand urgentlychallenges all women to learn what it is to feed both the body and the soul.
In appetites, what do women want?” and boldly reframes it, what it is she wants in a culture bent on shaping, caroline knapp confronts Freud’s famous question, love, asking instead: How does a woman know, best-selling author of Drinking: A Love Story and Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, has turned her brilliant eye towards how a woman’s appetitefor food, and controlling her desires? Knapp, and then honor, work, defining, and pleasurehas become a battlefield.
New Life, No Instructions: A MemoirRandom House #ad - . New life, no instructions is about the surprising way life can begin again, at any age. Look for special features inside. A story to inspire you. Good housekeeping “Graceful and reflective. Usa today “caldwell confronts, with pluck and fortitude, the hurdles that life throws her way. Publishers weekly “An uplifting journey.
. But over the months of pain and disrepair of that winter, I felt something that made the grimness tolerable: I felt blessed by the tribe I was part of. Caldwell has so much more to teach us. Kate bolick, the new york times book review“Gail Caldwell offers the kind of wisdom and grace you’d wish a friend, sister, or mother might deliver.
New Life, No Instructions: A Memoir #ad - What do you do when the story changes in midlife? when a tale you have told yourself turns out to be a little untrue, just enough to throw the world off-kilter? It’s like leaving the train at the wrong stop: You are still you, there by accident or grace, but in a new place, and you will need your wits about you to proceed.
. As far as i’m concerned, Caldwell can write about whatever she pleases. An absorbing meditation on grief and rebirth in midlife.
A Strong West Wind: A MemoirRandom House #ad - Written with humanity, a strong west Wind is a magical and unforgettable book, and beautiful restraint, urgency, destined to become an American classic. In this exquisitely rendered memoir set on the high plains of Texas, Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell transforms into art what it is like to come of age in a particular time and place.
Its story belongs to a girl who grew up surrounded by dust storms and cattle ranches and summer lightning, who took refuge from the vastness of the land and the ever-present wind by retreating into books. A strong west wind begins in the 1950s in the wilds of the Texas Panhandle–a place of both boredom and beauty, grain elevators, its flat horizons broken only by oil derricks, and church steeples.
A Strong West Wind: A Memoir #ad - But it is also about the mythology of place and the evolution of a sensibility: about how literature can shape and even anticipate a life. Caldwell possesses the extraordinary ability to illuminate the desires, stories, and lives of ordinary people. Caldwell would grow up to become a writer, live through the anguish and fire of the Vietnam years, and defy the father she adored, but first she would have to fall in love with a man who was every mother’s nightmare, who had served as a master sergeant in the Second World War.
What she found there, from renegade women to men who lit out for the territory, turned out to offer a blueprint for her own future. A strong west wind is a memoir of culture and history–of fathers and daughters, of two world wars and the passionate rebellions of the sixties.
We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober LifeNew World Library #ad - It’s the truest, honest, most generous, and helpful sobriety memoir I’ve read. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that “those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all. Here, mckowen addresses issues such as facing facts, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, the question of AA, and other people’s drinking.
As she puts it, she “kicked and screamed. We are the Luckiest is a masterpiece. It’s going to save lives. Glennon doyle, #1 new york times bestselling author of love Warrior: A Memoir What could possibly be “lucky” about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her to her knees.
We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life #ad - But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized that she was actually the lucky one. Wishing for something — anything — else” to be her issue. Without sugarcoating the struggles of sobriety, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating shame.
The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky.
Lit : A Memoir P.S. Book 3HarperCollins e-books #ad - Mary karr’s bestselling, unforgettable sequel to her beloved memoirs The Liars’ Club and Cherry—and one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year—Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. The boston globe calls lit a book that “reminds us not only how compelling personal stories can be, but how, in the hands of a master, they can transmute into the highest art.
The new york times book review calls it “a master class on the art of the memoir” in its Top 10 Books of 2009 Citation. Louis post dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Seattle Times. And susan cheever states, simply, that Lit is “the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years.
Lit : A Memoir P.S. Book 3 #ad - In addition to the new york times, entertainment weekly top 10, the san francisco chronicle, Slate, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Lit was named a Best Book of 2009 by the New Yorker Reviewer Favorite, Time Top 10, the St. Michiko kakutani calls it “a book that lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” in her New York Times review.
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to ForgetGrand Central Publishing #ad - A new york times bestseller* for sarah hepola, alcohol was "the gasoline of all adventure. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, intimacy, as well as the confidence, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle.
What did i say last night? how did i meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn't remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be.
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget #ad - Mornings became detective work on her own life. A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure--the sober life she never wanted. But there was a price. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, but as the blackouts accumulated, and her career flourished, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth.
Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most--but getting yourself back in return. Includes Reading Group Guide*.
The Education of Will: Healing a Dog, Facing My Fears, Reclaiming My LifeAtria Books #ad - Mcconnell secretly grappled with her own guilt and fear, which were rooted in the harrowing traumas of her youth. Now, she reveals that it wasn’t just the dogs who had serious problems. In order to save will from this dangerous behavior, she must find her own will to heal, and along the way learn that will power by itself is not enough.
Patricia is forced to face her past by her love for a young Border Collie named Will, whose frequent, unpredictable outbreaks of fear and fury shake Patricia to her core. Bestselling author and internationally renowned animal psychologist and dog trainer Patricia McConnell “gives a voice to those who can’t speak in words and provides hope for fearful animals everywhere” Temple Grandin in this powerful and uplifting memoir about healing.
The Education of Will: Healing a Dog, Facing My Fears, Reclaiming My Life #ad - World-renowned as a source of science and soul, Patricia McConnell combines brilliant insights into canine behavior with heartwarming stories of her own dogs and their life on the farm. For decades Dr. Interweaving enlightening stories of her clients’ dogs with tales of her deepening bond with Will, this is a “compassionate account of the reclamation of the author's life from abuse and shame.
An uplifting story of hope about how both dogs and humans need "a sense that they are not helpless victims" Kirkus Reviews.
Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from MyselfPenguin Books #ad - She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Dog medicine captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. Summoned by julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.
Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression. Psychiatrists, and family tried to intervene, therapists, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker. An honest and deeply moving debut memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression and how her dog saved her lifeA New York Times Bestseller “Dog Medicine simply has to be your next must-read.
Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself #ad - Cheryl strayed at twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan.