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Braves kleines Mädchen

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Laurie Matthew ist eine der wichtigsten Kämpferinnen gegen Kindesmissbrauch in Großbritannien. Doch nur wenige, die ihre Hilfe in Anspruch nehmen, wissen, was sie selbst durchgemacht hat. In diesem Buch nimmt Laurie ihre Leserinnen und Leser mit in ihre Kindheit in den Fünfziger- und Sechzigerjahren. Von ihren Eltern vernachlässigt und ungeliebt, klammerte sie sich an den einzigen Menschen, der ihr Liebe und Aufmerksamkeit zukommen ließ: ihren Onkel Andrew. Die Sechsjährige konnte nicht ahnen, dass er sie systematisch darauf vorbereitete, sexuell missbraucht zu werden - nicht nur von ihm selbst, sondern später auch von einem ganzen Netzwerk von Pädophilen. Jahrelang schrie das Mädchen auf jede erdenkliche Weise um Hilfe. Doch sie war auf sich allein gestellt - und entwickelte eine unvorstellbare Stärke, um sich und anderen zu helfen.

 
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Leaving Iran

Athabasca University Press | Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


In 1976, at the age of twenty-three, Farideh Goldin left Iran in search of her imagined America. She sought an escape from the suffocation she felt under the cultural rules of her country and the future her family had envisioned for her. While she settled uneasily into American life, the political unrest in Iran intensified and in February of 1979, Farideh’s family was forced to flee Iran on the last El-Al flights to Tel Aviv. They arrived in Israel as refugees, having left everything behind including the only home Farideh’s father had ever known.

Baba, as Farideh called her father, was a well-respected son of the chief rabbi and dayan of the Jews of Shiraz. During his last visit to the United States in 2006, he handed Farideh his memoir that chronicled the years of his life after exile: the confiscation of his passport while he attempted to return to Iran for his belongings, the resulting years of loneliness as he struggled against a hostile bureaucracy to return to his wife and family in Israel, and the eventual loss of the poultry farm that had supported his family. Farideh translated her father’s memoir along with other documents she found in a briefcase after his death. Leaving Iran knits together her father’s story of dislocation and loss with her own experience as an Iranian Jew in a newly adopted home. As an intimate portrait of displacement and the construction of identity, as a story of family loyalty and cultural memory, Leaving Iran is an important addition to a growing body of Iranian–American narratives.

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“Self-descried as a work of creative non-fiction, Leaving Iran, draws heavily from the memoirs of Esghel Dayanim (Baba), the author’s father, translated from the Persian and very tastefully molded into a factually accurate narrative. […] Leaving Iran, both physically and psychically, is a gripping work. Supplementing Wedding Song, there is additional catharsis. However, the more mature perspective is reflective of the 13 years between books. In 2003, Farideh Goldin was revealed as a rare talent. We looked forward then to more from her. That hope and expectation is not diminished.”

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“Farideh told her family's story in detail, without cancelling out her father's voice, but letting the reader see the heights she has reached. Her voice combines the worlds she has faced, accepting and rejecting aspects of each and maturing as she finds herself and her impressive means of expression.”

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Born in Shiraz, Iran to a family of dayanim, Farideh Goldin now lives in Virginia and is the director of the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University. Goldin is a frequent lecturer and presenter on Iranian culture. Her first memoir, Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman was published in 2003.

 
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Als Amanda Webster begreift, dass ihr elfjähriger Sohn Riche unter Magersucht leidet, ist es fast zu spät. Doch wie konnte es nur dazu kommen, dass sich ihr glücklicher Sohn in diesen zurückgezogenen und beängstigend dürren Jungen verwandelt hat? Und das, obwohl diese Krankheit angeblich nur Mädchen und Frauen trifft?

Amanda macht sich große Vorwürfe, doch es bleibt ihr kaum Zeit zum Grübeln, denn ihr Kind schwebt in Lebensgefahr. Einfühlsam erzählt Amanda Webster von dem schweren Weg aus der Anorexie und räumt dabei mit vielen Vorurteilen auf.

 
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Susan Kushner Resnick freut sich so auf ihr zweites Kind. Doch nach der Geburt beginnt ein Albtraum. Sie kann nicht mehr schlafen. Sie zittert ständig vor Nervosität. Sie hat Angst, die Kontrolle über ihren Verstand zu verlieren. Und sie hat keine Ahnung, dass Tausende anderer junger Mütter die gleichen Qualen durchleiden. Dunkle Tage der Seele ist ein glänzend geschriebener, eindringlicher Bericht über die persönlichen Erfahrungen einer jungen Mutter, die an postnataler Depression litt. Es ist eine Geschichte für alle Frauen, die alljährlich an einer solchen "Wochenbettdepression" erkranken und verzweifelt nach einer Bestätigung suchen, dass auch andere diese Hoffnungslosigkeit durchgemacht und ihr Glück wiedergefunden haben.

 
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Far From a Soldier

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At some stage, Wilson Lowery's life took a wrong turn. When he finds himself in the hospital after an alcohol and drug-fueled binge, the doctor gives him an ultimatum to either turn his life around, or die.

Depressed and without a safety net, he signs up to become a Green Beret in the U.S. Army. Soon after he enters basic training, he realizes that he isn't cut out for the army and tries to quit, but he isn't allowed to leave. The especially demanding first weeks of training put him over the edge. Constant ridicule, lack of sleep, and excruciating group exercises at any hour of the day become his dark reality. Wilson's outlook worsens when his basic marksmanship training begins. When he shoots at targets, he knows that in his heart he could never kill someone. Wilson refuses to train again, but is still kept on base without an end in sight. His punishment for trying to quit is so intense that he attempts suicide. However, even that doesn't allow him to be immediately discharged from the army and the road is long and full of obstacles until he finally finds his freedom.

About the author

Wilson F. Lowery is a freelance writer and a first-time novelist specializing in creative nonfiction. Wilson's work has appeared on blogs and in independent online magazines. His creativity and passion for writing comes from his personal observations, successes, and failures that he experienced while growing up in Jacksonville, IL, through his formative years after graduating from college. Wilson obtained a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he currently resides.

 
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Farida Abbas ist 18 Jahre alt, als der IS im August 2014 ihr Dorf im irakischen Sinjar-Gebirge überfällt. Die Terroristen treiben die Männer und Jungen des Dorfes zusammen und töten sie. Die Mädchen und Frauen nehmen sie mit.

Vier Monate lebt Farida in der Hölle auf Erden: Sie wird als Sklavin von Mann zu Mann verkauft, vergewaltigt, fast totgeschlagen. Doch sie überlebt und entwickelt in der Folge den ungeheuren Mut, sich ihren Peinigern zu widersetzen.

Zusammen mit sechs anderen Mädchen, die sie anführt, gelingt ihr eine abenteuerliche Flucht durch die Wüste.

 
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Self Help

ECW Press


Professional wrestler Al Snow delivers highlights from his onscreen antics and never-before-heard tales from the road in this high-flying memoir spanning 30 years in the ring

In the late 90s, wrestling journeyman Al Snow looked in the mirror and saw a man who needed help. A man whose reputation within the wrestling industry was excellent but whose career was going nowhere. Channeling his frustration into the gimmick for which he would become best known, Al began talking to (and through) a mannequin head. With Extreme Championship Wrestling, Al reinvented himself as an unhinged neurotic and became one of the hottest acts in the most cutting-edge promotion in America when wrestling’s popularity was at its peak. This led to a journey back to the industry’s main stage, World Wrestling Entertainment, during the wildly popular Attitude Era, and in the central role as a trainer and father figure on the MTV reality show, Tough Enough.

Now, after 35 years in the industry, Al Snow tells the stories of the unbelievable yet true events that formed his career, from his in-ring recollections to out-of-ring escapades, including drunken midnight journeys with a vanfull of little people, overuse of Tasers at autograph signings, and continual attempts on his life by assorted members of the animal kingdom. Self Help is Al Snow at his best, delivering what everybody wants and needs.

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“Funny, informative, and sometimes brutally honest, Self Help is a gripping account of the 35 year career of Al Snow. 4.5 out of 5 styrofoam heads.” — Dangerous Dan’s Book Blog

 
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Sea Trial

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An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his father

After a 25-year break from boating, Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.

In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.

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“Sea Trial is a riveting account of two intertwined voyages of adventure and introspection. Brian Harvey writes with wit, intelligence, dry modesty and high style as he tells the stories of a hazardous and difficult sea passage and an exploration of his father’s long-ago malpractice trial. A fascinating and wholly engaging book.” — Derek Lundy, author of the bestselling Godforsaken Sea

"Sea Trial is gripping from the very first page. You need to be a good navigator to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, with a ragged western coastline known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. You also need to be a skilled writer to navigate the shoals, cross-currents, and uncertain weathers of such an ambitious floating memoir. Brian Harvey is both." — Gary Geddes, author of the bestselling Sailing Home and Medicine Unbundled

“Harvey has serious skills, and his riveting story is impossible to put down.” — Cruising World

“Brian Harvey’s Sea Trial defies easy description. In fact, that is exactly one of its – considerable — strengths . . . With a sharp eye for telling detail, and inventive language, Harvey is a writer who knows how to fix on the less to evoke the more.” — The Ormsby Review

 
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HOFFMANN UND CAMPE VERLAG GmbH


Was macht es mit einem, wenn der Ehemann einfach geht, ohne sich zu erklären? Wenn man entdeckt, dass die Frau einen mit unzähligen Männern betrogen hat? Wenn der Partner einen gegen eine 20 Jahre Jüngere eintauscht? Oder man selbst einer Frau den Mann ausspannt, obwohl die gerade ihr drittes Kind erwartet? Die Trennung von einem Partner fühlt sich oft an wie das Ende der Welt und lässt uns verzweifelt und ratlos zurück. In diesem Buch kommen Verlassene und Verlassende zu Wort, Untröstliche und solche, denen es dennoch gelungen ist, neues Glück zu finden.

Kerstin Schweighöfer weiß, was es bedeutet, verlassen zu werden und zu verlassen. Sie hatte gerade mit dem Schreiben dieses Buches begonnen, als 15 Jahre Partnerschaft in die Brüche gingen. Aber es eröffneten sich auch neue Möglichkeiten und eine frische Liebe zum Co-Autor dieses Buches. Gemeinsam machten sie Menschen ausfindig, die schwere Trennungen hinter sich gebracht haben, um von ihnen zu lernen. Entstanden sind dabei ungewöhnlich offene, berührende Porträts. Ein wunderschönes, tiefgründiges Buch über die dominierenden Themen unseres Lebens: Liebe, Partnerschaft und Trennung.

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»Ein berührendes Buch.«

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»Es braucht nur dieses Buch, um vieles zu verstehen und zu verändern, was uns im Zusammenhang mit Trennung und Neubeginn bewegt.«

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»Ein Buch, das durch die offenen sehr persönlichen Berichte der Beteiligten anrührt und durch die Art der Interviews, die Zusammenfassungen am Ende dieser Gespräche und die Nachbemerkung wertvolle Impulse für die Gestaltung von Partnerschaften liefert, auch (gerade?) dann, wenn Trennung gar kein Thema ist.«

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Kerstin Schweighöfer, Jahrgang 1960, besuchte nach ihrem Studium in München und Lyon (Romanistik, Politologie und Kunstgeschichte) die Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule in Hamburg. Seit 1990 lebt sie als freie Autorin und Auslandskorrespondentin in den Niederlanden und arbeitet vorwiegend für die ARD-Hörfunkanstalten, den Deutschlandfunk, das Nachrichtenmagazin Focus und das Kunstmagazin Art.

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Dieter Quermann, Jahrgang 1950, geboren und aufgewachsen in Ostwestfalen, arbeitete bis zu seiner Pensionierung 2012 als Kriminalbeamter in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Nachdem er 100 Jahre Leben einer altersblinden hundertjährigen Bekannten vorgelesen hatte, schickten die beiden Kerstin Schweighöfer über den Verlag eine Grußbotschaft. Seit 2017 sind Kerstin und Dieter ein Paar.

 
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In Two Voices

Pottersfield Press


For a decade, Linda Clarke and Dr. Michael Cusimano had offices across from one another at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She worked in Clinical Ethics and he was a staff neurosurgeon. They knew one another to say hello, to nod as they passed one another on the stairs, to wish each other a Merry Christmas. Michael's patients sat in the chairs along that shared hallway, waiting for their appointment with him. For ten years, Linda heard their talk outside her door, smiled at them as she passed by, tried to give them their privacy. She was always impressed by the things people endured.

Ten years into her work, Linda got sick; she left her job and, weeks later, she sat in one of those hallway chairs, waiting for her appointment with Dr. Cusimano. In the blink of an eye, she was a neurosurgery patient and he was her surgeon.

Linda and Michael wrote In Two Voices together: it is the intimate account of Linda's surgery with Michael as her surgeon. The story builds a piece at a time as Linda and Michael tell each other their experience and then respond to one another's writing. As the relationship shifts from one of patient and surgeon to one of Linda and Michael as colleagues and friends, they encounter surprises as their trust and mutual understanding develop. Here is an unprecedented view into the experiences of illness, care, and compassion, an intimate picture of the experiences, challenges, skills, and commitment of a surgeon. The worlds of both surgeon and patient are framed by a most critical and delicate surgical procedure.

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Linda E. Clarke is a writer and professional performance storyteller who has taught at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, Columbia Medical School, the University of Toronto, and the Yale School of Medicine

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Michael D. Cusimano, MD, PhD, has been a staff neurosurgeon at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto since 1992. His work on traumatic brain injury and concussions was an important component in the national change in Canadian hockey policy.

 
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