Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage

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Anchor #ad - Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers. What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? how do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, find grace in the ordinary, poetry, philosophy, and theology, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence.

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, over time, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, of both sorrow and love.

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage #ad - With courage and relentless honesty, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, her marriage, and her heart, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

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Devotion: A Memoir

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Devotion is sure to appeal to all those dealing with the trials and tribulations of what Carl Jung called “the afternoon of life. ”. Devotion’s biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy—appealing to skeptics and believers alike. This is a gripping, beautiful story. Jennifer egan, author of The Keep “I was immensely moved by this elegant book.

Elizabeth gilbert, author of eat, and grapples with the ways faith, prayer, is back with Devotion: a searching and timeless new memoir that examines the fundamental questions that wake women in the middle of the night, Love Dani Shapiro, Pray, the acclaimed author of the novel Black and White and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion, and devotion affect everyday life.

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Slow Motion: A True Story

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Random House #ad - From one of the most gifted writers of her generation comes the harrowing and exquisitely written true story of how a family tragedy saved her life. The moment lenny klein entered her life, everything changed: she dropped out of college, began to drink heavily, and became estranged from her family and friends.

She tells of a life nearly ruined by the gift of  beauty, and then saved by the worst thing imaginable. Dani shapiro was a young girl from a deeply religious home who became the girlfriend of a famous and flamboyant married attorney—her best friend's stepfather. But then the  phone call came. This is a beautiful and unforgettable memoir of a life utterly transformed by tragedy.

Slow Motion: A True Story #ad - This haunting memoir traces her journey back into the world she had left behind. At a time when she was barely able to take care of herself, she was faced with the terrifying task of taking care of two people who needed her desperately. Dani shapiro charts a riveting emotional course as she retraces her isolated, overprotected Orthodox Jewish childhood in an anti-Semitic suburb, and draws the connections between that childhood and her inevitable rebellion and self-destructiveness.

There had been an accident on a snowy road near her family's home in New Jersey, and both her parents lay hospitalized in critical condition.

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Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

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Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - Everything i know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write. From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling. Gentle with oneself. The writer’s life requires courage, empathy, patience, openness.

Offering lessons learned over twenty years of teaching and writing, Shapiro brings her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers. Like anne lamott’s bird by bird, and stephen king’s on writing, virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary, Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing is a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.

Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life #ad - At once a memoir, and advice on craft, meditation on the artistic process, Still Writing is an intimate and eloquent companion to living a creative life. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. Writers—and anyone with an artistic temperament—will find inspiration and comfort in these pages.

Through a blend of deeply personal stories about what formed her as a writer, tales from other authors, and a searching look at her own creative process, Shapiro offers her gift to writers everywhere: an elegant guide of hard-won wisdom and advice for staying the course. It requires the ability to be alone with oneself.

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Family History: A Novel

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Anchor #ad - Everyone assures Rachel it’s typical adolescent angst. But then kate has a terrifying accident with her infant brother, and the ensuing guilt brings forth a dreadful lie—one that ruptures their family, perhaps irrevocably. From the prodigiously gifted author of the acclaimed memoir Slow Motion, a stunning and brutally honest novel about one family’s harrowing recovery from devastation.

Family history is a mesmerizing journey through the mysteries of adolescent pain and family crisis. Rachel jensen is perfectly happy: in love with her husband, devoted to their daughter Kate, gratified by her work restoring art. But as rachel discovers, perfection can unravel in an instant. The summer she is thirteen, angry, Kate returns from camp sullen, and withdrawn.

Family History: A Novel #ad - And finally, she’s pregnant again.

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Black & White

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Anchor #ad - Clara brodeur has spent her entire adult life pulling herself away from her famous mother, the renowned and controversial photographer Ruth Dunne, whose towering reputation rests on the unsettling nude portraits she took of her young daughter. From the beloved author of family history and Slow Motion, a spellbinding novel that asks: How do we forgive those who failed to protect us?

At age eighteen, ” clara fled new york city, sick of her notoriety as “the girl in the pictures, settling and making her own family in small-town Maine. But years later, when ruth reaches out from her deathbed, Clara suddenly finds herself drawn back to the past she thought she had escaped.

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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

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Anchor #ad - She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, and compulsively, years she had spent writing brilliantly, on themes of identity and family history. Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love #ad - An instant new york times bestseller a los angeles times, wall street journal, real simple, boston globe,  and national indie bestseller a best book of the year according to elle, and Kirkus Reviews “Memoir gold: a profound and exquisitely rendered exploration of identity and the true meaning of family.

People magazine “beautifully written and deeply moving—it brought me to tears more than once. Ruth franklin, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, best-selling memoirist,  The New York Times Book Review   From the acclaimed, novelist—“a writer of rare talent” Cheryl Strayed— and  host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, and love.

What makes us who we are? what combination of memory, biology, history, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?      In the spring of 2016, experience, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father.

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Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - And when stuck paying for your spouse’s mistakes, you might miss being single. In wedding toasts i’ll never give, opening a long-overdue conversation about the institution as it truly is: not the happy ending of a love story or a relic doomed by high divorce rates, Ada Calhoun presents an unflinching but also loving portrait of her own marriage, but the beginning of a challenging new chapter of which “the first twenty years are the hardest.

Calhoun’s funny, poignant personal essays explore the bedrooms of modern coupledom for a nuanced discussion of infidelity, existential anxiety, and the many other obstacles to staying together. Both realistic and openhearted, wedding toasts I’ll Never Give offers a refreshing new way to think about marriage as a brave, tough, creative decision to stay with another person for the rest of your life.

Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give #ad - What a burden, ” calhoun calls marriage, “and what a gift. ”. Seven essays celebrating the beauty of the imperfect marriage. We hear plenty about whether or not to get married, but much less about what it takes to stay married. Sometimes your partner will bore the hell out of you. Clichés around marriage—eternal bliss, domestic harmony, soul mates—leave out the real stuff.

After marriage you may still want to sleep with other people.

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - With startling wisdom and humor, meaning and mortality, terror and courage, guilt and redemption, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, hope and change. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting.

One day, lori gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. Instant new york times bestseller!now being developed as a television series with eva longoria and ABC!“Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing.

Katie couric  “this is a daring, delightful, and transformative book. Arianna huffington, warm, thrive global  “Wise,  Huffington Post and Founder & CEO,  Founder, smart, and funny. As gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed #ad - You must read this book. Susan cain, new york times best-selling author of quietfrom a new york times best-selling author, thought-provoking, a hilarious, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world—where her patients are looking for answers and so is she.

Enter wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands.

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Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning

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Vintage #ad - At mid-life, claire Dederer developed a sudden yearning for jailbreak. In this exuberant memoir, she reflects on two periods in her life uncannily similar in their emotional intensity: her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of unruly and mysterious new hungers, and her recollections of herself as a teenager.

Blazingly intelligent, womanhood, in Love and Trouble Dederer captures the perils and pleasures of girlhood, and piercingly honest, wickedly funny, and life itself.

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Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Wild game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.

On a hot july night on cape cod when adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend.

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me #ad - . Exquisite and harrowing. New york times book review“This electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word. People named a best book of 2019 by npr * slate * chicago public library * real simple * library Journal * Washington Post * AmazonA daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.

Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life—and her mother—on her own terms. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, and then into a deep depression.

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