Author: Diana Rouse Kaufman
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2014-08-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781499051902

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Ray and Estelle Rouse became Bahá'ís in 1941 and raised three children who also became Bahá'ís. Over the course of sixty-two years of marriage, they lived in Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, New York, North Carolina, and Arizona, and traveled to England, Israel, Italy, Spain, Guatemala, and Mexico, visiting Bahá'ís and teaching the Bahá'í Faith wherever they went. From humble beginnings on a shoestring budget, they managed to educate their children and pursue their own dreams as well. Estelle was a prolific writer working on her autobiography at the time of her passing at age eighty-seven. Ms. Kaufman draws on Ray and Estelle's own words to tell this story of one family's journey through the twentieth century that took them from post-World War I to space travel and beyond, from the civil rights era to the computer age. As the last remaining survivor of her birth family, she shares the story of her parents' conversion to the Bahá'í Faith and takes a light-hearted look at how their faith affected family life, parenting styles, and the changing relationships within the family.

The Story of Bug A Memoir of Resilience

The Story of Bug  A Memoir of Resilience
Author: Jane Aylor Fretz
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2017-04-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781483467221

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The Story of Bug is a rich, evocative memoir about growing up in southern West Virginia, where the author's dramatic, mercurial mother's violent outbursts keep her family on edge. As a young child, Bug longs for love from the one woman who means the most to her. She feels her aching heart is being kept on a leash, tied to the mother she never really knows. A plucky, imaginative and resilient little girl, Bug defends the weak, cares for the wounded, and faces down danger. As she watches her mother peel back layers of rage, the warring between her parents increases. Finding herself in the unique position of having to parent her parents. Bug learns to care for herself as she monitors the violence and her mother's downward spiral. Written after the deaths of her parents, this moving memoir reckons with the author's difficult past and is an act of both resurrection and reconciliation.

The Last Heir A Memoir

The Last Heir  A Memoir
Author: Laurie Shoemaker
Publsiher: Lulu Press, Inc
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-10-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781483490007

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Laurie Shoemaker traces six generations of her family who lived in the same South Carolina plantation house built in the 1850s in this memoir chronicling life from the Civil War to the Great Depression and beyond. An Excerpt: “Hey, guys, y’all need to come out here on the porch. It’s cooler and there are a million stars.” Before I finish the sentence, bodies start drifting out. Some lounge on the enormous stone steps, others fill up wicker and rocking chairs. For a moment, no one speaks. They are drinking it all in, the perfumed night, the cloudless firmament, a symphony of pastoral sounds both near this place we call home and far away down the roads and in the fields. Sons and daughters of Liz and Joe, of the Browns and Sloans and Chalmers, relax on the sturdy, broad-beamed porch our ancestors built. There is tranquility in the fresh country air, our individual, unspoken pain salved by the velvet night. Brown eyed Joseph, his grandfather’s namesake asks, “What will become of all this?”

Cartwheels in a Sari

Cartwheels in a Sari
Author: Jayanti Tamm
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2010-12-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780307393937

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In this colorful, eye-opening memoir, Jayanti Tamm offers an unforgettable glimpse into the hidden world of growing up “cult” in mainstream America. Through Jayanti’s fascinating story–the first book to chronicle Sri Chinmoy–she unmasks a leader who convinces thousands of disciples to follow him, scores of nations to dedicate monuments to him, and throngs of celebrities (Sting, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela) to extol him. When the short, bald man in flowing robes prophesizes Jayanti to be the “Chosen One,” her life is forever entwined with the charismatic guru Sri Chinmoy, who declares himself a living god. A god who performs sit-ups and push-ups in front of thousands as holy ritual, protects himself with a platoon of bodyguards, and bans books, TV, and sex. Jayanti’s unusual and increasingly bizarre childhood is spent shuttling between the ashram in Queens, New York, and her family’s outpost as “Connecticut missionaries.” On the path to enlightenment decreed by Guru, Jayanti scrubs animal cages in his illegal basement zoo, cheerleads as he weight lifts an elephant in her front yard, and trails him around the world as he pursues celebrities such as Princess Diana and Mother Teresa. But, when her need for enlightenment is derailed by her need for boys, Jayanti risks losing everything that she has ever known, including the person that she was ordained to be. With tenderness, insight, and humor, Jayanti explores the triumphs and trauma of an insider who longs to be an outsider, her hard-won decision to finally break free, and the unique challenges she confronts as she builds a new life.

The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter
Author: Jasmin Darznik
Publsiher: Grand Central Publishing
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-01-27
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780446558648

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We were a world of two, my mother and I, until I started turning into an American girl. That's when she began telling me about The Good Daughter. It became a taunt, a warning, an omen. Jasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old, and she grew up knowing very little about her family's history. When she was in her early twenties, on a day shortly following her father's death, Jasmin was helping her mother move; a photograph fell from a stack of old letters. The girl pictured was her mother. She was wearing a wedding veil, and at her side stood a man whom Jasmin had never seen before. At first, Jasmin's mother, Lili, refused to speak about the photograph, and Jasmin returned to her own home frustrated and confused. But a few months later, she received from her mother the first of ten cassette tapes that would bring to light the wrenching hidden story of her family's true origins in Iran: Lili's marriage at thirteen, her troubled history of abuse and neglect, and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life. The final tape revealed that Jasmin's sister, Sara - The Good Daughter - was still living in Iran. In this sweeping, poignant, and beautifully written memoir, Jasmin weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women into a unique tale of one family's struggle for freedom and understanding. The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets, betrayal, and the unbreakable mother-daughter bond.

From Miniskirt to Hijab

From Miniskirt to Hijab
Author: Jacqueline Saper
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2019-10-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781640122420

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Jacqueline Saper, named after Jacqueline Kennedy, was born in Tehran to Iranian and British parents. At eighteen she witnessed the civil unrest of the 1979 Iranian revolution and continued to live in the Islamic Republic during its most volatile times, including the Iran-Iraq War. In a deeply intimate and personal story, Saper recounts her privileged childhood in prerevolutionary Iran and how she gradually became aware of the paradoxes in her life and community--primarily the disparate religions and cultures. In 1979 under the Ayatollah regime, Iran became increasingly unfamiliar and hostile to Saper. Seemingly overnight she went from living a carefree life of wearing miniskirts and attending high school to listening to fanatic diatribes, forced to wear the hijab, and hiding in the basement as Iraqi bombs fell over the city. She eventually fled to the United States in 1987 with her husband and children after, in part, witnessing her six-year-old daughter's indoctrination into radical Islamic politics at school. At the heart of Saper's story is a harrowing and instructive tale of how extremist ideologies seized a Westernized, affluent country and transformed it into a fundamentalist Islamic society.

The Works of William Harrison Ainsworth With a Memoir of the Author by Samuel L Blanchard

The Works of William Harrison Ainsworth   With a Memoir of the Author by Samuel L  Blanchard
Author: William Harrison Ainsworth
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 300
Release: 1850
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: BL:A0026542787

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The Life and Times of John Kelly

The Life and Times of John Kelly
Author: James Fairfax McLaughlin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 380
Release: 1885
Genre: New York (City)
ISBN: HARVARD:32044010343952

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