Far from the Tree

Far from the Tree
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Author: Robin Benway
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062330642
Release: 2017-10-03
Editor: HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

National Book Award Winner, PEN America Award Winner, and New York Times Bestseller! Perfect for fans of This Is Us, Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it. Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including— Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him. Don't miss this moving novel that addresses such important topics as adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care.

Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree
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Author: Andrew Solomon
Pages: 962
ISBN: 9780743236720
Release: 2012
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families. 150,000 first printing.

Far from the Tree

Far from the Tree
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Author: Andrew Solomon
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781481440929
Release: 2017-07-25
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Solomon comes a stunning, poignant, and affecting young adult edition of his award-winning masterpiece, Far From the Tree, which explores the impact of extreme differences between parents and children. The old adage says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, meaning that children usually resemble their parents. But what happens when the apples fall somewhere else—sometimes a couple of orchards away, sometimes on the other side of the world? In this young adult edition, Andrew Solomon profiles how families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, and more. Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate thinker, Far From the Tree explores how people who love each other must struggle to accept each other—a theme in every family’s life. The New York Times calls the adult edition a “wise and beautiful” volume that “will shake up your preconceptions and leave you in a better place.”

Not Far From The Tree

Not Far From The Tree
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Author: Eric Otis Simmons
Pages: 232
ISBN: 0464477638
Release: 2019-11-07
Editor: Blurb

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

How does a child raised by a single parent African American Mother go on to graduate in the Top 10 percent of his college class, walkon and play college basketball, become President of his IBM sales training class, close sales of a one half million, 1 million, and 25 million dollars in Paris, Brussels, and Hong Kong and self publish a Best Seller book you ask. Fueled by his Mom's mantra that he could do anything if he put his mind to it, Eric Otis Simmons went on to accomplish all of the above and more. In Not Far From The Tree, Simmons' Memoir, he shares his life story through a series of smaller stories that range from shocking to calamitous to sorrowful to triumphing. Eric takes you through how he stumbled across a court document revealing his Dad's surname was Bailey and that he's not genetically, a Simmons. He jokes about the time his Grandmother caught him and his cousin peeing out of a window, and how they both lived after her spanking. Simmons also opens up about the tragic loss of his daughter and the frightening night his Mother was assaulted at gunpoint and his ensuing anger. You'll walk down the hall with him through the secret tunnel underneath Alabama's State Capitol, where he meets Governor George Corley Wallace for the first time. All he could think about was the Governor's infamous Segregation now, Segregation forever words. Eric's insight into his remarkable career in Sales and Sales Management with Fortune 500 titans IBM, GE, MCI, and others, reveals his strive for excellence centered around opening doors for other minorities. Throughout his Memoir, Simmons masterfully ties together his Mother's teachings and shares how he utilized them to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve academic, athletic, and business success in Corporate America.

Far from the Tree

Far from the Tree
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Author: Donna Grant,Virginia DeBerry
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1429982950
Release: 2010-04-01
Editor: St. Martin's Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn't be more different. Celeste is a doctor's wife, living a perfect and elegant life. But secretly, she is terrified: her marriage is falling apart and her need to control the people around her threatens to alienate her entire family. And Celeste allows no one to see how vulnerable she really is. Ronnie is an actress, living in New York. Her life, however, is a lie: she has no money, has no home, and her life is held together by "chewing gum, paper clips, and spit," though she wants everyone to think that her life is one of high glamour and budding fame. When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina. Their mother, Della, is adamant that they forget about going there and dredging up the past. Because Della has secrets she'd rather not see come to light-secrets and heartbreak she's kept from everyone for years. Neither Ronnie, Celeste, nor Della realize just what their trip to Prosper will uncover and they must discover for themselves who they really are, who they really love, and what the future holds for them. Far From The Tree is a novel that asks the questions: can the past ever truly remain hidden? Can mothers and daughters put aside their usual roles long enough to get to really know each other? Long enough to see they each have felt the love, loss, heartache and joy that they share as women. And can two strangers realize that they are, and always will be, sisters?

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree
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Author: Shel Silverstein
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9780061965104
Release: 2014-02-18
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

As The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition allows young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience. Never before have Shel Silverstein's children's books appeared in a format other than hardcover. Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit. And don't miss these other Shel Silverstein ebooks, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic!

A Stone Boat

A Stone Boat
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Author: Andrew Solomon
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781476710921
Release: 2013-06-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The debut novel, first published nearly twenty years ago, from the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity—a luminous and moving evocation of the love between a son and his mother. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction prize, A Stone Boat is an achingly beautiful, deeply perceptive story of family, sexuality, and the startling changes wrought by grief, loss, and self-discovery. Harry, an internationally celebrated young concert pianist, travels to Paris to confront his glamorous and formidable mother about her dismay at his homosexuality. Before he can give voice to his hurt and anger, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and despair over the prospect of her death, he embarks on several intense affairs—one with a longtime female friend—that force him to question his capacity for love, and finally to rediscover it. Part eulogy, part confession, and part soliloquy on forgiveness, A Stone Boat is a luminous evocation of the destructive and regenerative, all-encompassing love between a son and his mother, by America’s foremost chronicler of personal and familial resilience.

Far and Away

Far and Away
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Author: Andrew Solomon
Pages: 592
ISBN: 9781476795065
Release: 2016-04-19
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From the winner of the National Book Award and the National Books Critics’ Circle Award—and one of the most original thinkers of our time—“Andrew Solomon’s magisterial Far and Away collects a quarter-century of soul-shaking essays” (Vanity Fair). Far and Away chronicles Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual. From his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures. Ranging across seven continents and twenty-five years, these “meaty dispatches…are brilliant geopolitical travelogues that also comprise a very personal and reflective resume of the National Book Award winner’s globe-trotting adventures” (Elle). Far and Away takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences: “You will not only know the world better after having seen it through Solomon’s eyes, you will also care about it more” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

The Apple Don t Fall Far from the Tree

The Apple Don t Fall Far from the Tree
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Author: Tonja Ayers,Tracee Boyd
Pages: 236
ISBN: 1492326089
Release: 2013-09-02
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Apple despised her mother and her mother's whorish ways so much that she couldn't wait to get from under her mother's roof and live the life of a normal teenager. Thankfully she was able to receive maternal love from her grandmother however nothing replaces a 'mother's love'. Sometimes removing one's self from a particular situation doesn't always change the outcome. Many people believe 'behavior' is caused by genetics. Did Apple's mother plant the seeds of her daughter's future? Will Apple be able to live on her own or will she be just like her mother who uses men to fulfill her wants and needs? You know what they say…..”The Apple Don't Fall Far from the Tree”.

The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon
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Author: Andrew Solomon
Pages: 576
ISBN: 9781451611038
Release: 2014-09-16
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The author offers a look at depression, drawing on his own battle with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, researchers, and doctors to assess the disease's complexities, causes, symptoms, and available therapies.

Audrey Wait

Audrey  Wait
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Author: Robin Benway
Pages: 313
ISBN: 9781595141927
Release: 2009
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts. Reprint.

Emmy Oliver

Emmy   Oliver
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Author: Robin Benway
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062330611
Release: 2015-06-23
Editor: HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy's soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together? Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life. . . . She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents' relentless worrying. But Emmy's parents can't seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared. Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart. . . . He'd thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who had kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing, and his thoughts swirling. Readers who love Sarah Dessen will devour these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver's father's crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree
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Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781101601327
Release: 2015-02-05
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A New York Times Bestseller! The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.” Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Girl Stuff 8 12

Girl Stuff 8   12
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Author: Kaz Cooke
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781760142711
Release: 2016-10-03
Editor: Penguin Group Australia

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Here's everything you need to know about being a pre-teen, from Kaz Cooke, author of Girl Stuff for teens. * body changes * dealing with friends & bullies * getting confident * first periods * pimples * hair (wherever it is) * phones & being online * what to eat * being fit & healthy * the best books & movies * how to be happy with your own true self * & lots more! Girl Stuff 8–12 fits under your pillow and is written with the help of medical and other experts. PS: This book is for girls aged 8 to 12. Girls 12+ need Girl Stuff: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years.

Lift as You Climb

Lift as You Climb
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Author: Patricia Hruby Powell
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781534406247
Release: 2020-06-09
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Learn about the civil rights activist Ella Baker in this inspiring picture book from Sibert Honor winner Patricia Hruby Powell and Caldecott Honor winner R. Gregory Christie. “What do you hope to accomplish?” asked Ella Baker’s granddaddy when she was still a child. Her mother provided the answer: “Lift as you climb.” Long before the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, Ella Baker worked to lift others up by fighting racial injustice and empowering poor African Americans to stand up for their rights. Her dedication and grassroots work in many communities made her a valuable ally for leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and she has been ranked as one of the most influential women in the civil rights movement. In the 1960s she worked to register voters and organize sit-ins, and she became a teacher and mentor to many young activists. Caldecott Honor winner R. Gregory Christie’s powerful pictures pair with Patricia Hruby Powell’s poignant words to paint a vivid portrait of the fight for the freedom of the human spirit.

The Boys in the Trees

The Boys in the Trees
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Author: Mary Swan
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780345808042
Release: 2013-08-13
Editor: Vintage Canada

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A tragic event sends a small town reeling in Mary Swan's brilliant, Scotiabank Giller-nominated The Boys in the Trees, a haunting exploration of one family's desperation. For the first time in Vintage Canada. William, his wife and 2 daughters, new immigrants to a small town in southern Ontario, are the picture of a devoted family. But when he is accused of embezzlement, William commits an unthinkable crime, and those who believed him to be an affectionate, attentive father are brought up short. Mary Swan examines the intricate and unexpected connections between the people in this close-knit community that continue to echo into the future. In her nuanced, evocative descriptions, a locket contains immeasurable sorrow, trees provide refuge for lost souls and grief clicks into place when a man cocks the cold-steel hammer of a revolver. A supreme literary achievement, The Boys in the Trees offers a chilling story that swells with acutely observed emotion and humanity.

Tree Story

Tree Story
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Author: Valerie Trouet
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781421437774
Release: 2020-04-21
Editor: Johns Hopkins University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Trouet delights us with her dedication to the tangible appeal of studying trees, a discipline that has taken her to austere and beautiful landscapes around the globe and has enabled scientists to solve long-pondered mysteries of Earth and its human inhabitants.

The Irony Tower

The Irony Tower
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Author: Andrew Solomon
Pages: 310
ISBN: UOM:39015021517910
Release: 1991
Editor: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Describes how glasnost has improved the fortunes of formerly obscure, Soviet avant-garde artists, and changed Russian life in general

The Twits

The Twits
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Author: Roald Dahl
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781101653012
Release: 2007-08-16
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

The Family Orchard

The Family Orchard
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Author: Nomi Eve
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780375713996
Release: 2002-03-05
Editor: Vintage

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In the bestselling tradition of The Red Tent, The Family Orchard is a spellbinding novel of one unforgettable family, the orchard they've tended for generations, and a love story that transcends the ages. Nomi Eve's lavishly imagined account begins in Palestine in 1837, with the tale of the irrepressible family matriach, Esther, who was lured by the smell of baking bread into an affair with the local baker. Esther passes on her passionate nature to her son, Eliezer, whose love for the forbidden Golda threatened to tear the family apart. And to her granddaughter, Avra the thief, a tiny wisp of a girl who thumbed her nose at her elders by swiping precious stones from the local bazaar-and grew to marry a man she met at the scene of a crime. At once epic and intimate, The Family Orchard is a rich historical tapestry of passion and tradition from a storyteller of beguiling power.