Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow by Tara Austen Weaver
David Stuart MacLean, “The Answer to the Riddle is Me”
Edward Mendelson, “Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers”
Recipes for Life: My Memories by Linda Evans
Pablo Neruda (Reaktion Books – Critical Lives) by Dominic Moran
?Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow by Tara Austen Weaver
English | Mar 31, 2015 | ISBN: 0345548078 | 304 Pages | AZW3/MOBI/EPUB/PDF (conv) | 4.75 MB
For fans of Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving memoir of rediscovering, reinventing, and reconnecting, as an estranged mother and daughter come together to revive a long-abandoned garden and ultimately their relationship and themselves.
Peeling paint, stained floors, vined-over windows, a neglected and wild garden—Tara Austen Weaver can’t get the Seattle real estate listing out of her head. Any sane person would have seen the abandoned property for what it was: a ramshackle half-acre filled with dead grass, blackberry vines, and trouble. But Tara sees potential and promise—not only for the edible bounty the garden could yield for her family, but for the personal renewal she and her mother might reap along the way.
So begins Orchard House, a story of rehabilitation and cultivation—of land and soul. Through bleak winters, springs that sputter with rain and cold, golden days of summer, and autumns full of apples, pears, and pumpkins, this evocative memoir recounts the Weavers’ trials and triumphs, detailing what grew and what didn’t, the obstacles overcome and the lessons learned. Inexorably, as mother and daughter tend this wild patch and the fruits of their labor begin to flourish, green shoots of hope emerge from the darkness of their past.
For everyone who has ever planted something that they wished would survive—or tried to mend something that seemed forever broken—Orchard House is a tale of healing and growth set in a most unlikely place.
Advance praise for Orchard House
“This is a glorious book—lyrical, honest, compassionate, and wise. It reminds us that gardens and families are messy businesses, but from them we can harvest hope and food and moments of grace.”—Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients
“Filled with sensuous descriptions, this beguiling story enchants. Gardeners and non-gardeners alike will delight in this lyrical tale of how a garden grows a family.”—Diana Abu-Jaber, author of The Language of Baklava and Birds of Paradise
“Orchard House is a glorious and deeply moving story of one family’s redemption quite literally from the ground up, and of how the very act of working an overgrown, wild garden—with invasive vines and painful thorns that threatened to smother and tear—resulted in the fruits of peace and healing. If Anne Lamott and Wendell Berry ever had a literary love child, Tara Austen Weaver might well be her.”—Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man’s Feast
“Orchard House is an honest portrayal of the thorny process of mending a broken family; like coaxing a neglected garden into full fruit, the process is painful yet offers moments of sweet redemption. Weaver’s prose—especially when talking food—sings.”—Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City
?David Stuart MacLean, “The Answer to the Riddle is Me”
English | ISBN: 1907595163 | 2014 | 256 pages | EPUB | 1 MB
IMAGINE WAKING UP IN A CROWDED TRAIN STATION IN INDIA WITH NO IDEA WHO YOU ARE OR HOW YOU GOT THERE…
At twenty-eight years old, David Stuart MacLean woke up in a foreign land with his memory wiped clean. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, who thought he was a drug addict, MacLean started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon, he could remember song lyrics and scenes from television shows, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he loved.
All of these symptoms, he discovered, were the result of the commonly prescribed anti-malarial medication he was taking. Upon his return to the United States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life. This memoir reveals that harrowing, frequently absurd and unforgettable journey.
The Answer to the Riddle Is Me confronts and celebrates the dark, mysterious depths of our psyches and the myriad ways we are all unknowable . . . especially to ourselves.
?Edward Mendelson, “Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers”
English | ISBN: 1590177762 | 2015 | 216 pages | EPUB | 1 MB
In Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers one of contemporary America’s leading critics and scholars offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential twentieth- century American writers:
Drawing on newly published letters and diaries, Edward Mendelson explores the responses of these writers, very public figures all, to major historical events—among them the rise and fall of fascism, the cold war, the struggles for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, and the sexual revolution—and shows how intensely personal concerns, relating to childhood, religion, status, sex, and money, largely shaped their views. Mendelson’s vivid portraits cut to the quick, changing our perceptions of these brilliant, complicated, often deeply troubled men while offering readers a new understanding of their contributions to American intellectual and political life.
?Recipes for Life: My Memories by Linda Evans
2011 | ISBN: 1593156480, 1593157258 | English | 288 pages | EPUB | 11 MB
Ever since her dazzling debut as Audra on The Big Valley, Linda Evans has charmed millions of television viewers around the world with her talent, her warmth, and her beauty. Through it all, Linda has remained unaffected, grounded, and deeply spiritual.
In Recipes for Life, Linda opens up her heart, her past, and her kitchen. She shares a revealing assortment of anecdotes (magical moments mised with painful ones), photographs, and recipes enjoyed by Linda and those near and dear to her. Linda touches upon growing up, family ties, her incredible life in Hollywood, the friends she has made, and provides an intimate glimpse into her high-profile romances. At the heart of this memorable, touching, and inspiring story is how all of these ingredients have come together to make Linda the woman she is today.
True to her beloved personality, Linda warmly and candidly serves up a delightful banquet that Dynasty fans will truly savor. Complete with over 40 recipes, some handed down through generations (Mom’s Hot Dog Stew), some taught by famous friends (John Wayne “The Duke’s” Crab Dip), some inspired by supreme dining experiences from travels around the world (Ina Garten’s Filet of Beef Bourguignon), and still others from her winning appearance on Hell’s Kitchen (Hell’s Salmon), Recipes for Life is at once a delightful journey and a treasure trove of recipes of a life well-lived by a woman well-loved.
?Pablo Neruda (Reaktion Books – Critical Lives) by Dominic Moran
2009 | ISBN: 1861895143 | English | 223 pages | PDF | 0.95 MB
Pablo Neruda (1904–73) is one of Latin America’s best known poets, adored by readers for the passionate love lyrics written during his early years in his native Chile, and respected by critics for the dark, hypnotic verses he composed during his later, solitary years as a diplomat based in the Far East. As Dominic Moran shows in his concise biography of Neruda, rarely have the life and works of a writer been so intimately and dramatically bound up as they are in Neruda.
In Pablo Neruda, Moran takes a detailed and often critical look at this relationship, focusing as much on what the poetry sometimes strategically hides about Neruda the poet, the lover, and the political proselytizer, as what it reveals. Moran describes a life that was marked by an increasingly militant communism, the seeds of which can be traced to Neruda’s experiences in Spain during the early months of the Spanish Civil War. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Neruda became a literary torchbearer for the International Left, and he spent his final years campaigning to bring socialism to his beloved Chile. He lived just long enough to see his hero Salvador Allende unseated by Augusto Pinochet’s bloody coup.
Pablo Neruda paints a fascinating picture of one of the most prodigiously gifted literary figures of the twentieth century. It will appeal to fans of Neruda’s verse who wish to learn more about the life behind it, as well as to readers interested in Latin American literature, politics, and history.