Life with Big Green: A Memoir: Wayne Schmidt
Following the author´s wildly beloved award-winning Overlay and City of Angeles memoirs, Big as All Hell and Half of Texas continues the author´s story. This final volume candidly explores the pertinent societal question: how does an ill-equipped adult child of alcoholics navigate life after a childhood fraught with abuse, scarcity, and neglect? Continuing her engrossing journey from the moment City of Angeles ends, the author shares the vignettes of her life - replete with enlightening mistakes, edifying consequences, forgiveness and personal redemption. Big as All Hell and Half of Texas is an honest and inspirational account of the author´s ultimately successful battles with depression, divorce, single parenting, and ill-fitting love affairs. ´´This memoir is a journey in self-examination lived not as a victim but as a searcher always hoping that the universe will smile the next day. The author asks several questions of herself. Perhaps the most searing query is, ´Why am I not enough?´ The answer suggested is that finding someone who sees any one of us as enough is a challenge that may consume a lifetime. And, perhaps, even more critically, is that moment when we find that we are more adequate than we believed, that those who reject are more deeply wounded or lost than we imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Abby Elvidge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033083/bk_acx0_033083_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here´s an eye-opening look at the world of truck driving from the driver´s seat. This audiobook allows you to experience the reality of what it´s like to drive one of those smoke-belching monstrous 18-wheelers while sitting safely in your recliner. Mary Ellen doesn´t realize in her quest for financial stability that she´s stepping out of the box and squarely into the all-male bastion of trucking. Still, our female protagonist finds the strength to come out of every situation ready to face the next challenge. Her experiences include navigating endless unfamiliar cities, prior to GPS and cell phones, to backing her tractor-trailer into places she´s sure a car wouldn´t fit. But she overcomes it all. The author takes you behind the wheel with her as you are swept from one adventure to the next, such as driving through a raging Wyoming blizzard to making deliveries at the infamous Hunts Point Market in New York City, where, for the first time, she considers carrying a gun. She shows the listener how this job is much more than just driving; it´s a lifestyle. This is a story you´ll find hard to pause. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Catherine Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041657/bk_acx0_041657_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Green Gardens of God is a book about traveling the natural wonders of America. In its bold attempt to include both the external beauty and the internal dialogue that a man experiences in nature, the book takes the listener on a journey across America not soon forgotten. Come experience America like never before, as seen through the eyes of a writer with a firm conviction about the glories of the natural world around us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/spkn/000066/bk_spkn_000066_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First of all, my name is Billy, hope you all have a good day, like, peace, man. Can speak English, Latin, French, Italian, and play the flute, mandolin, piano, and keyboard. This is my story of rock and roll and the fashion world and being an author. Being an author is a big change for me and l enjoy being an author. From children´s home to artist, this is just great for me. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rodney Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096876/bk_acx0_096876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I found myself standing dangerously close to the edge of a cliff. Far below me was an incredible abyss with no end in sight. I could turn back and safely return to where I had come from, or I could throw caution to the wind, lift my arms up into the air...and jump.´´ (From The Elephants in My Backyard) What happens when you spend 10 years obsessively pursuing a dream, and then, in the blink of an eye, you learn that you have failed, that the dream will not come true? In 2003, Rajiv Surendra was filming Mean Girls, playing the beloved rapping mathlete Kevin Gnapoor, when a cameraman insisted he read Yann Martel´s Life of Pi. Mesmerized by all the similarities between Pi and himself - both are five-foot-five with coffee-colored complexions, both share a South Indian culture, both lived by a zoo - when Rajiv learns that Life of Pi will be made into a major motion picture he is convinced that playing the title role is his destiny. In a great leap of faith Rajiv embarks on a quest to embody the 16-year-old Tamil schoolboy. He quits university and buys a one-way ticket from Toronto to South India. He visits the sacred stone temples of Pondicherry, he travels to the frigid waters off the coast of rural Maine, and explores the cobbled streets of Munich. He befriends Yann Martel, a priest, a castaway, an eccentric old woman, and a pack of Tamil schoolboys. He learns how to swim, to spin wool, to keep bees, and to look a tiger in the eye. All the while he is really learning how to dream big, to fail, to survive, to love, and to become who he truly is. Rajiv Surendra captures the uncertainty, heartache, and joy of finding ones place in the world with sly humor and refreshing honesty. The Elephants in My Backyard is not a journey of goals and victories, but a story of process and determination. It is a spellbinding and profound book for anyone who has ever failed at... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rajiv Surendra. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029714/bk_adbl_029714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What prompts a young woman to abandon the safe bounds of convention for the unknown? At first, all Mélanie Berliet understood was that she´d lost her sense of what ´´supposed to´´ meant. And that her older sister, Céline, was sick. While it´s tough to understand what leads a person into addiction - to witness someone you love kind-of kill herself - the truth is that you can learn from it. By the time Céline died at age 30, she was Kermit The Frog green and she vomited blood more frequently than she was able to eat. In less than a decade, she had gone from summa cum laude Columbia graduate to NYU PhD student to unemployed, rambling, stumbling drunk saddled with a cirrhotic liver beyond repair. By the time Céline died, her younger sister, Mélanie, was no longer a Miss Goody Two Shoes from a waspy Connecticut suburb trotting down the sensible path. She was an adult who had abandoned a secure job on Wall Street to establish a career as a writer committed to exploring fascinating subcultures. As Céline´s illness escalated, you see, a basic lesson crept up on Mlanie: Life is beautifully short, and fragile as hell. Life happens. Gradually, Mélanie stopped agonizing over what she was supposed to do/think/know/read/listen to/watch/feel, or who she was supposed to be/befriend/love/like/learn from. So she pitched projects that sounded crazy and/or dangerous to most, but which gave her a thrill and helped her establish a career as an immersive journalist. She grew some balls, so to speak, after freeing herself from caring about what others might think. The devastating beauty of what happened to Céline forced Mélanie to question who she is. However unwittingly, in dying, Céline empowered her younger sister to take risks - to live. This is their story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018503/bk_adbl_018503_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Found in a pillowcase, the fabulous long-lost memoirs of a legendary Hollywood designer - and a genuine Australian original. Orry-Kelly created magic onscreen, from Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon to Some Like It Hot. He won three Oscars for costume design. He dressed all the biggest stars, from Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe. He was an Australian. Yet few know who Orry-Kelly really was - until now. Discovered in a pillowcase, Orry-Kelly´s long-lost memoirs reveal a wildly talented and cheeky rascal who lived a big life on and off the set. From his childhood in Kiama to revelling in Sydney´s underworld nightlife as a naïve young artist and chasing his dreams of acting in New York, his early life is a wild and exciting ride. Sharing digs in New York with another aspiring actor, Cary Grant, and partying hard in between auditions, he ekes out a living painting murals for speakeasies before graduating to designing stage sets and costumes. When the kid from Kiama finally arrives in Hollywood, it´s clear his adventures have only just begun. Fearless, funny and outspoken - Orry-Kelly lived life to the full. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William McInnes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024847/bk_adbl_024847_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even if others abandon you, you must never abandon yourself. This simple truth became Terry Helwig’s lifeline as she was forced to grow up too soon. Terry grew up the oldest of six girls in the big-sky country of the American Southwest, where she attended 12 schools in 11 years. Helwig’s stepfather, Davy, a good-hearted and loving man, proudly purchased a mobile home to enable his family to move more easily from one oil town to another, where Davy eked out a living in the oil fields. Terry’s mother, Carola Jean, a wild rose whose love often pierced those who tried to claim her, had little interest in the confines of home and motherhood. In Davy’s absence, she sought companionship in local watering holes—a pastime she dubbed ´´visiting Timbuktu´´. She repeatedly left Terry in charge of the household and her five younger sisters. Despite Carola Jean’s genuine attempts to ´´better herself”, her life spiraled ever downward as Terry struggled to keep the family whole. In the midst of transience and upheaval, Terry and her sisters forged an uncommon bond of sisterhood that withstood the erosion of Davy and Carola Jean’s marriage. But ultimately, to keep her own dreams alive, Terry had to decide when to hold on to what she loved and when to let go. Unflinching in its portrayal, yet told with humor and compassion, Terry Helwig’s luminous memoir, Moonlight on Linoleum, explores a family’s inner and outer landscapes of hope, despair, and redemption. It will make you laugh, cry, and hunger for more. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Richardson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/000961/bk_oasi_000961_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For the past 40 years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has worked as a surrogate partner, helping clients to confront, consider, and ultimately accept their sexuality. In this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene shares some of her most moving cases, and also reveals her own sexual coming-of-age. Beginning with a rigid Catholic upbringing in the 1950s, where she was taught to think sex and sexual desires were unnatural and wrong, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity. As the 1960s presented social upheaval and the Sexual Revolution, Cohen Greene found herself drawn to alternative sexual paths, and ultimately achieved a rich and rewarding career as a surrogate partner. Sex surrogacy as a profession was first developed by noted sex researchers Masters and Johnson in the 1960s, and since its inception has remained in the shadows. An Intimate Life offers a candid look into the personal and professional life of a surrogate partner, examining the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing something most people do not immediately understand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Gibel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009829/bk_adbl_009829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.