Writer and singer Tinky Weisblat kept a journal during the final year of her mother’s life. Jan Weisblat was 93 and suffered from dementia. Pulling Taffy shares journal entries, history, family photographs, and recipes that document their time together. It pays tribute to the vibrant spirit of Jan, whom her daughter called Taffy. This informal, candid memoir explores the ways in which Taffy’s view of the world changes as her Alzheimer’s disease develops... and the ways in which it remains the same. Tinky and Taffy move through frustration to joy as they learn to embrace life despite the dementia. They survive their ups and downs with the help of community, music, nature, pets, and laughter. ´´I began by writing about what I was losing,´´ writes Tinky toward the end of the book. ´´Somewhere along the line I started writing about what I was finding. In short, a burden was transformed into a privilege.´´ Pulling Taffy will inspire caregivers and other people going through stressful situations. And its combination of sweetness and humor will appeal to the general reading public. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tinky Weisblat. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/007206/bk_acx0_007206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pulling Down the Barn eloquently recalls author Anne-Marie Oomen´s personal journey as she discovers herself an outsider on her family farm located in western Michigan´s Oceana County, in the township of Elbridge - a couple hundred acres in the middle of rural America. Written as a series of heartfelt interlocking narratives, this collection of essays portrays the realities of farm life: haying, picking asparagus and cherries, the machinery of tractors and pickers; but each chapter also touches upon the more ethereal and rarely articulated: the stoic love that permeates a family, the farmer´s struggle with identity, and the way land can shape a childhood. With its rich language and style, Pulling Down the Barn engrosses the listener in Oomen´s memories - setting beauty and wonder against work and loss - and paints a poignant portrait of growing up in rural Michigan. Winner of the Michigan Notable Book Awards. The book is published by Wayne State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michelle Babb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044570/bk_acx0_044570_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Life Is Trichy is the true story, a psychology memoir, of a 29-year-old lifelong perfectionist who struggled with the mental health disorders of skin picking, nail biting, and hair pulling. Starting from a young age, this resulted in years of hiding her body-focused repetitive behaviors from everyone she knew while simultaneously pursuing a professional career in psychology to treat others with the same exact challenges. She tactfully weaves actions, feelings, and thoughts from years of sitting in the patient´s seat with her professional psychological knowledge in the clinician´s seat. Lindsey´s personal struggle mixes with factual information to elucidate the tricky and unspoken truth about a classification of disorders affecting approximately 5 percent of the population. Life is Trichy is appropriate for clinicians, patients, family and friends of hair pullers and for curious minds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dana Domenick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036759/bk_acx0_036759_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jennifer McGaha never expected to own a goat named Merle. Or to be setting Merle up on dates and naming his doeling Merlene. She didn´t expect to be buying organic yogurt for her chickens. She never thought she would be pulling camouflage carpet off her ceiling or rescuing opossums from her barn and calling it ´´date night.´´ Most importantly, Jennifer never thought she would only have $4.57 in her bank account. When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes - a lot of back taxes - her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a 100-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer´s life began to more closely resemble the lives of her Appalachian ancestors than the life she experienced in her middle class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land. Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/009183/bk_tant_009183_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon. Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he´s bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life. Impoverished, transient childhood? Check. Abusive, alcoholic parent? Check. Mind-fucking religious weirdness (in his case the extremes of the Jehovah´s Witnesses and Satanism)? Check. Alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness? Check, check, check. Soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks? Check. Rehab? Check (seventeen times, give or take). Near-death experience? Check that one, too. James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That´s how lucky he´s been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here´s the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it´s there. Mustaine has battled through it all to achieve dizzying heights. From the early, heady days of Metallica, being unceremoniously let go only to become a world-famous rock star - founder, front man, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeth, one of the most popular bands in heavy metal - Mustaine´s is a story that will inspire, stun, and terrify. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Wayland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002253/bk_harp_002253_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Witty, self-effacing and painfully honest, the themes of life, death and laughter come together as Daphne Ashbrook recounts her many on- and off-screen scrapes with mortality. Packed with rich anecdotes from her career in TV, stage and film, this refreshingly candid and conversational memoir spans a childhood in a theatrical family to pulling back the curtain of Hollywood, revealing the glamour and ridiculousness of a business mired in a struggle between art and profit. Known for both her comic timing and deep emotional portrayals, Daphne has appeared in many TV and film roles including the 1996 Doctor Who movie, in which she played the role of Dr. Grace Holloway and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the titular character in ´Melora´. Reflecting on her life and her career, Daphne discovers the surprising patterns and hilarious absurdities that accompany being a modern-day professional actor. The result is an amusing, informative and intimate memoir. So pull up a barstool, grab a beer and lose yourself in Dead Woman Laughing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daphne Ashbrook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lbrk/000094/bk_lbrk_000094_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The year when everything needed to be experienced and tried, when innocence was tempted, played, and lost. 1969 was that pivotal year for the baby boomers. Young and innocent, they were given the ultimate freedoms and were faced with growing up. This touching, hilarious memoir is the true story of a late ´60s grand tour of Europe a life-defining parable, for those who remember and for those who can’t. Never before and not since have a handful of seasons so exquisitely defined the difference between right and wrong. With the gift of youth they saw, sensed, and savored the laughably clear distinction between profit motive and greed, between truth and propaganda, between national interest and defense contractors, between a lovely cloud of smoke and the smoke of napalm, and between the phantoms of security and the dangers of complacency and atrophy. Stoned to the gills and then some, these adventurers saw and felt and knew things that no generation before did. Some fully engaged in the counterculture while others merely observed, sticking a left foot in, pulling a left foot out, but not quite jumping to the full hokeypokey. It was an incredible time of self-discovery, of love, and of finding out what you were made of. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Bloodworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020046/bk_adbl_020046_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Some people may consider joy or love to be the strongest emotion there is, but think back to the most embarrassing moment you´ve ever experienced and chances are the same gut-punch feeling you had when it happened will come flooding back to you. In this collection of essays, Thought Catalog writer Shawn Binder attempts to capture his most poignant and hilarious embarrassing stories. Starting from his childhood, he´ll take you through his journey of pulling out his eyelashes, to the first time he fell in love, to the time he realized just how terrible it is to vomit on the Chicago Red Line at midnight. These essays are grounded in the human experience and, although light in tone, touch on serious topics such as mortality and parenthood. Everything Is Embarrassing is a love letter written for all the people who have ever farted in front of their crush, or tripped in front of a crowd of bullies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnny Drago. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021349/bk_adbl_021349_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.