Autobiography Of A Little Jamaican Boy Survival Of A Delicate Orchid Among Thorny Weeds

Author: Kenneth G. Blake
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1682891712
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The story is about a premature child, who survived a primitive and hostile post slavery environment- and grew up in poverty with a single unemployed parent and four siblings. The prose, syntax and narrative of the book is uniquely island and it is colored with British and American cultural experiences. That is why the author has included personal details which have significantly influenced his life-and taught him lessons such as, how to grow and bloom in the [concrete] jungle of thorns: Irritating and choking circumstances! The book introduces the reader to historical accounts of the Author's country of origin: Jamaica West Indies. Then the book elaborates on the island's period of enslavement, bloody struggle for freedom, and subsequent birth of the nation. The reason some history and culture is included is to establish a background for the life story of the little Jamaican boy. His roller coaster life has exposed the boy (now man’s) strengths and weaknesses. Just when it seemed that he is on top, he then slides down a steep slope! And, up again! This has been the story of how his life has been. What should the reader take away from how the writer has lived his life? This Autobiography, tells the life story of a premature baby who had survived in rural Jamaica without available intensive postnatal care facilities. How? He was carried about, fastened to a pillow, with a caring and professional rural family doctor, and a loving young mother. The delicate little baby, like a beautiful orchid, grew up, and in time faced life's struggles. He struggled at play, school, work as an immigrant and as a soldier in the British Army, and especially in marriages. He has had many successes and as many failures. He has given honest accounts of his mistakes, remedial actions and recovery. The book is written to help those who face difficulties and are not able to think positively, or able to view problems as opportunities. It was written to show versatility, strength, determination, adaptability, and faith in the Almighty. These are the qualities that have allowed the writer to be happy and content. Blake hopes the reader takes all these qualities away from the reading.

Living With Crohn S Disease A Story Of Survival Autobiography By Paul Davies

Author: Paul Davies
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781467008969
Size: 77.67 MB
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My name is Paul, and I’ve suffered with Crohn’s Disease for thirty years. This is my story of how I’ve survived. It includes the agony I went through for eighteen months before being diagnosed with CD, what drove me over the edge to try and take my own life one cold and bleak December night, and why smoking cannabis helped relieve my symptoms but soon turned into a serious drug addiction and a different lifestyle that wasn’t me. I’ve learnt how to deal with the emotional side a lot better now, and whether you are a patient or a friend of a patient, please remember to stay positive. You will have bad days, but when the good days do come, live and enjoy them to the full. This is what keeps me going.

Hard Times And Survival The Autobiography Of An African American Son

Author: William A. James Sr.
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781532060762
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Hard Times and Survival: The Autobiography of an African American Son is my story. It is how I overcame all the heartbreaking, brutal, and horrendous circumstances that I was born into in 1947. I saw it all in my first sixteen years: unbridled lust, gross immorality, damning lies, and terrible brutality by my father against me and my mother. He tried to kill me once but kept up a constant campaign of horrible abuses of my mother until I left home at sixteen. However, success is the best revenge! After three years of alcoholism, I pulled myself together and went back to school on my own. That was after I spent a year in Job Corps from 1966 to 1967. From 1975 to 1977, I went to Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. From 1977 to 1980, I attended Virginia State University in Petersburg. I earned my BA and MA degrees. I studied above a master's at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville from 1980 to 1983. I did not graduate, but I learned valuable life lessons. I started to write in 1993 about what had happened to me over the years and how I used my dire circumstances as motivation to pick myself up and make my life better. I hope I am an example that will help others who are suffering through similar atrocities to be motivated to not give up but persevere and that they will, as I did, overcome anything they are being faced with.

The Text Is Myself

Author: Miriam Fuchs
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299190644
Size: 19.41 MB
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Queen Lili‘uokalani, the last monarch of Hawai‘i, was forced to abdicate and faced the annexation of her homeland. American poet H.D. wrote through the London blitz and during the years of less regular bombing. Italian novelist and art critic Anna Banti lost the manuscript of her novel about Artemisia Gentileschi but survived the war devastation to Florence to rewrite it. German-Jewish novelist Grete Weil fled to Holland, but her husband was arrested there and murdered by the Nazis. Chilean novelist Isabel Allende fled her country after her uncle Salvador Allende was assassinated and she later lost her daughter to disease. In The Text Is Myself, Miriam Fuchs analyzes the impact of catastrophe on the lives and writings of these five women. She shows that, however much the past may be shaped into a discernible storyline, it is the uncertain present that preoccupies these writers. Using a feminist and comparative approach to the texts, Fuchs links the women in creative and insightful ways and displays their many profound connections, despite the differences in their cultural and geographic backgrounds. Fuchs argues convincingly for a new genre within life writing—the narrative of catastrophe, defined by the writing process that occurs during catastrophic events. Two narratives are being told, and two levels of representation, literal and figurative, are present.

Autopsy Anatomy Of Survival

Author: Jr Goodson
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1440111987
Size: 42.10 MB
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"Autopsy, Anatomy of Survival is an analysis of my own struggles as a skinny, scared kid born prior to The Great Depression of the 1930s and my experiences surviving the Depression, WWII, college, and post-war periods."

Beside Myself

Author: Antony Sher
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780099416531
Size: 80.49 MB
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Actor, author, artist, Antony Sher grew up with a profound sense of being an outsider, uncomfortable at home in South Africa, and totally out of place as Rifleman 65833329 during conscription in Namibia. Small, weedy, Jewish, painfully conscious of his unfulfilled homosexuality, Ant, as his mother called him, found refuge in art, later in theatre and escape to London. Initially turned down by RADA and Central, he went on to create a series of triumphant stage performances -including Richard III, Macbeth, Pam Gems' Stanley -and to become the first actor of his generation to be knighted. His novels have been acclaimed, as have his theatre-journals filled with his own illustrations. Creativity is Sher's rush, although there was a time when a cocaine habit threatened his survival. Whether describing the battle with this growing dependency, or the sinister paradise of white South Africa in the fifties, or his personal experiences of theatre figures as diverse as Olivier, Stoppard and Mike Leigh, he writes with remarkable candour, wit and great style. In this unique autobiography, Antony Sher takes us on a personal odyssey through the approvals and dismissals, awards and addictions, doubts and dreams which have characterised his first fifty years.

Woman In The Wilderness

Author: Miriam Lancewood
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0349418233
Size: 20.52 MB
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'An intriguing and mesmerising book' Ben Fogle My life is free, random and spontaneous. This in itself creates enormous energy and clarity in body and mind - Miriam Lancewood Miriam Lancewood is a young Dutch woman living a primitive, nomadic life in the heart of the mountains with her New Zealand husband. She lives simply in a tent or hut and survives by hunting wild animals, foraging edible plants and using minimal supplies. For the last six years she has lived this way, through all seasons, often cold, hungry and isolated in the bush. She loves her life and feels free, connected to the land and happy. This book tells her story, including the very practical aspects of such a life: her difficulties learning to hunt with a bow and arrow, struggles to create a warm environment in which to live, attempts to cross raging rivers safely and find ways through the rugged mountains and dense bush. This is interwoven with her adjustment to a very slow pace of life, her relationship with her much older husband, her interactions with the few other people they encounter, and her growing awareness of a strong spiritual connection to the natural world.

Gay American Autobiography

Author: David Bergman
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299230449
Size: 23.55 MB
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In the first anthology to survey the full range of gay men's autobiographical writing from Walt Whitman to the present, Gay American Autobiography draws excerpts from letters, journals, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies to provide examples of the best life writing over the last century and a half. Volume editor David Bergman guides the reader chronologically through selected writings that give voice to every generation of gay writers since the nineteenth century, including a diverse array of American men of African, European, Jewish, Asian, and Latino heritage. Documenting a range of life experiences that encompass tattoo artists and academics, composers and drag queens, hustlers and clerks, it contains accounts of turn-of-the-century transvestites, gay rights activists, men battling AIDS, and soldiers attempting to come out in the army. Each selection provides important insight on the wide spectrum of ways gay men have defined and lived their lives, highlighting how self-awareness changes an author's experience. The volume includes an introduction by Bergman and headnotes for each of the nearly forty entries. Bringing many out-of-print and hard-to-find works to new readers, this challenging and comprehensive anthology chronicles American gay history and life struggles over the course of the past 150 years. Finalist, Lambda Book Award for LGBT Anthology, Lambda Literary Foundation

My Science Fiction Autobiography

Author: Russell A. Snopek
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 141162730X
Size: 43.12 MB
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Here's a retro science fiction novel that baby boomers will appreciate. If your childhood dream was to pilot a rocket ship, live on the moon, or travel to the stars, this is the sci-fi adventure for you!In 1966 my teenage friends and I were enthralled by the prospect of space travel. I envisioned building a personal spacecraft, lunar outpost, and an asteroid starship. This didn't seem like a stretch to me, any more than a time-traveling UFO landing in my back yard did! One fateful night I had the opportunity to see the future, and it was everything that I imagined. My now-grown friends had found the means to achieve our dreams-although, not quite the way I predicted, after all, life has a way of exacting its toll. Luckily, I arrived in time to witness the completion of our greatest scientific endeavor. Join me now for a good old-fashioned, outer space adventure with the awe and mystery that you haven't experienced since you were, well...a kid!

Drama Of My Life Through Youth And War

Author: Lawrence Ahuruonye
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1514406578
Size: 52.56 MB
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The story in this book is an account of my life encounters. It is a story of an individual, myself, who was born into a polygamous family and had to struggle to overcome life obstacles and human hardship. In 1947, when I was born, basic public amenities were lacking in my village. I drank my first near-clean water at the age of seven. Illnesses were treated with herbs and plant roots, which medicine men and herbalists provided. Beliefs in ancestral spirits and the worship of deities controlled lives. The vanity of those beliefs came to light as I got older and I debunked them all. The greatest challenge my life faced was the Biafra/Nigeria war, which tested human desire to survive, especially, for those from Eastern Nigeria at the time. The atrocities of that war and human suffering they generated, are testimonies to how the human spirit could absorb the most penetrating shocks. That tough human spirit found ways to preserve me, as well as chart a course for the realization of my life dream. That dream turned out to be the American dream, which I believe I have achieved. Thanks to some unseen hands that made everything possible.