DISCOVER the BESTSELLING GRAPHIC MEMOIR behind the 2019 Olivier Award nominated musical.'A sapphic graphic treat' The Times A moving and darkly humorous family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Alison Bechdel's gothic drawings. If you liked Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis you'll love this. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high-school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and the family babysitter. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive. Interweaving between childhood memories, college life and present day, and through narrative that is equally heartbreaking and fiercely funny, Alison looks back on her complex relationship with her father and finds they had more in common than she ever knew. 'A groundbreaking masterpiece' The Independent'A finely woven blend of yearning and euphoric fantasy' Evening Standard ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY
This is the fourth version of the same epilepsy memoir originally published in 2014 with some noticeable additions.This is a true epilepsy saga from age 11 to age 53. Don Miller has had epilepsy for 42 years now. Mr. Miller was discouraged by the lack of epilepsy-oriented books at the beginning of this book's conception in 2005. There were no books about epilepsy at the library, and books about epilepsy were few and far between back in 2005. Those that were written were by doctors and nurses; there was nothing for the lay-person that would help cure that error.Epilepsy: The Lightning Storm was one man's solution to that problem, an automotive format: the human, the car; the engine, the brain. We are all cars, and E-people just have faulty electrical systems. Milepost one - a detour from the "normal life". Gentlemen, line up your cars, start your engines, green flag, gun your engines, go, go go!Genesis of the epilepsy, the beginning of the electric highway and the ups and downs of epilepsy, depression, and paranoid schizophrenia: Noble Jameson, my first neurologist, said, "I've seen this many times before. When adolescence ends, your seizures will stop." My seizures will stop when adolescence ends; that was seven or eight years; seven years seemed a lifetime, eight years seemed an eternity. So began the mounting frustration and exasperation.That statement has echoed in my mind during a 40-year prolonged adolescence. The brain is like a car's engine - it controls what we do and where we go, and some of us have faulty electrical systems. In adolescence, testosterone shifted my brain into overdrive and flicked the seizure switch that controlled the firing of my spark plugs to the off position - it has remained there for nearly four decades. At the end of my sixth-grade year during the hot summer of 1974, my engine overheated and I had two tonic-clonic - known at the time as grand mal - seizures. At the time, I experience 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Panfil. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105936/bk_acx0_105936_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It’s the 1980s and David has just started secondary school. He’s becoming a teenager, while hanging onto the rituals of childhood, particularly his addiction to Doctor Who: sharing the books with his best friend and neighbour, Robert, and watching the TV show. But adolescence is as strange and alien to David as anything the good Doctor encountered, so he’s mystified when Robert begins to reject his hero in favour of girls, free weights, and new music. Is it time for David to make a choice and move on too? An evocative and moving story for older children about a boy finding his place in the world, set against a backdrop of Bowie, Blackpool, and Breville toasters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Magrs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003537/bk_bbcw_003537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A witty memoir about the trials of adolescence, the tribulations of family life and the embarrassment that ensues from having larger-than-life parents. Neville and Liz Hodgkinson bought into the Thatcherite dream of home ownership, aspiration, and advancement. The first children of their working-class parents to go to university and have professional careers, they lived in a semi-detached house in Richmond, sent their sons Tom and Will to private school, and went on holiday to Greece once a year. Neville was an award-winning science writer and Liz was a high-earning tabloid hack. Then a disastrous boat holiday, followed by a life-threatening bout of food poisoning from a contaminated turkey, led to the search for a new way of life. Nev joined the Brahma Kumaris, who believe evolution is a myth, time is circular, and a forthcoming Armageddon will make way for a new Golden Age. Out went drunken dinner parties and Victorian décor schemes; in came large women in saris meditating in the living room and lurid paintings of smiling deities on the walls. Liz took the arrival of the Brahma Kumaris as a chance to wage all-out war on convention, from announcing her newfound celibacy on prime time television to writing books that questioned the value of getting married and raising children. By an unfortunate coincidence, this dramatic and highly public transformation of the self coincided with the onset of Will's adolescence. This is his story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Judd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001656/bk_hcuk_001656_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eleven-year-olds Nora and Charlotte were best friends. When their teenage babysitter, Rose, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, the girls decided to investigate. But their search - aided by paranormal theories and techniques gleaned from old Time-Life books - went nowhere. Years later, Nora, now in her late 20s, is drawn back to her old neighborhood - and to her estranged friend - when Rose's remains are finally discovered. Upset over their earlier failure to solve the possible murder, Charlotte is adamant that they join forces and try again. But Nora was the last known person to see Rose alive, and she's not ready to revisit her troubled adolescence and the events surrounding the disappearance - or face the disturbing secrets that are already beginning to re-emerge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Khristine Hvam. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002944/bk_adbl_002944_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Moms have hundreds of parenting advice books willing to tackle the more cringe-inducing questions of parenthood. But what about books for the other half of the equation: the dads? Man vs. Child is a funny, fresh take on the parenting guide, written from the dad's perspective. Author and popular Upright Citizens Brigade performer Doug Moe knows first-time fathers are as worried about being terrible at their new terrifying jobs as new moms are. But while most modern fathering guides center on men's oafish parental failings, Man vs. Child forgoes condescension in favor of fresh and irreverent wit. This guide for first-time dads tackles funny but important questions, like how to be a good dad without becoming a BabyBjörn-wearing tool in the process or what to do if your child loves your iPad more than they love you. From caring for a newborn to dealing with a kid on the verge of adolescence, author Doug Moe breaks fatherhood down into survival lessons like "Time to Decide About God" and quizzes that ask dads to reflect on hilarious parenting questions like "Is My Child Too Annoying for This Restaurant?" 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doug Moe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001288/bk_high_001288_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience. The author of The Pilgrim's Progress, one of the most influential books in English literature, had little formal education. Born in 1628, the son of a tinker, John Bunyan was expected to follow in his father's footsteps. He was allowed to go to school for a few years and purchase a few books, but his apprenticeship in the family business took precedence. Bunyan experienced his first sorrow in adolescence, when both his mother and sister died. It wasn't his last. Revolutions and wars were all around him, and he was jailed twice for preaching the Gospel. Yet amidst repeated imprisonments, civil war, and violent persecution, Bunyan crafted The Pilgrim's Progress, a testament unlike any other to the triumph of the human spirit. His simple cadences transformed the language, and his memorable characters became familiar to millions. Bunyan became a public figure, a captivating speaker, and above all, a man known for his unrelenting trust in God. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011463/bk_blak_011463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Hans Fallada Prize, The End of Days, by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, consists essentially of five "books", each leading to a different death of the same unnamed female protagonist. "How could it all have gone differently?" the narrator asks in the intermezzos.The first chapter begins with the death of a baby in the early 20th-century Hapsburg Empire. In the next chapter, the same girl grows up in Vienna after World War I, but a pact she makes with a young man leads to a second death. In the next scenario, she survives adolescence and moves to Russia with her husband. Both are dedicated Communists, yet our heroine ends up in a labor camp. But her fate does not end there....A novel of incredible breadth and amazing concision, The End of Days offers a unique overview of the 20th century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa Flanagan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/171795/bk_acx0_171795_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Author Paul Feig and music journalist and film maker Robert Gordon on this edition of Fresh Air. Paul Feig is the creator of the now defunct TV comedy series Freaks and Geeks. He's just written a new book Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence. Feig was an actor before moving on to writing for TV and film. Robert Gordon has written a new biography of blues legend Muddy Waters who is credited with inventing electric blues and creating the template for the rock and roll band. The book is Can't Be Statisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters. Gordon also produced and directed an accompanying documentary of the same name which will be shown as part of the PBS American Masters series next year. Gordon's other books are It Came From Memphis, and The King on the Road. He also produced the Al Green box set, Anthology. (Broadcast Date: October 3, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/021003/rt_whyy_021003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.