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An emotionally riveting memoir, A Good Soldier perfectly captures the isolation and pain that can come from having a loved one with a mental illness.
When Ally Golden heads off to college, she breathes a sigh of relief; she is ready to discover herself, independent of her mother. However, this newfound freedom and several failed attempts at intimacy soon leave Golden feeling adrift. But even as she withdraws from the world, Golden feels an all-powerful emotional connection to the woman who raised her.
Moving into adulthood, Golden tries to envision a future in which she can begin her own family—as the mental decline of her mother reaches its lowest point. Will Golden be able to heal her relationship with her mother before it’s too late?
Golden’s raw honesty and stunning emotional insights will comfort anyone who has been on the chaotic and unpredictable journey with a mentally ill friend or family member. Books will be for sale and signing.
I am super excited to kick off our NEW YEAR with Oak Park resident and No Shush Salon Open Mic-er Extraordinaire, Alexei Collier!
After his reading, we will have an open mic: 10 minutes for anyone who wants to present their latest creative endeavor. Treats to share are awesome, but we will provide munchies. Spectators are welcome and appreciated!
The No Shush Salon is a monthly open mic for all creative types who want to share their works in progress or newly finished endeavors. We often begin with a featured performer/reader or we have a theme. No registration required, just drop in and share your talents!
Learn a revolutionary new way to think about how we heal and gain health and well-being. Dr. Wayne Jonas draws on 40 years of research and patient care to explain how 80 percent of healing arises from outside the doctor's office. Using memorable stories from his practice and research along with simple illustrations, Dr. Jonas communicates concepts in a clear and engaging way, showing readers his method for helping people get better by tapping into their own healing capacity.
Wayne Jonas, MD, is a widely published research scientist, practicing family physician, and professor of medicine at Georgetown University and at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. Dr. Jonas was the director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 1995 to 1999 and led the World Health Organizations Collaborative Center for Traditional Medicine.
When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly father calls him into his study. "I created you to be a cancer on the world," his father says. It is a tradition in their wealthy family for a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, to bear one last child dedicated to causing misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. Between his education in hedonism and his family's resources, Fumihiro's life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question everything about his place in the world.
Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago is a historical look at Chicago during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Hazelgrove tells the story of Chicago fighting the hold that organized crime had on the city to be able to put on the 1933 World’s Fair. He reveals the story of the six millionaire businessmen, dubbed The Secret Six, who beat Al Capone at his own game, ending the gangster era as prohibition was repealed.
It's the story of an intriguing woman, Sally Rand, who embodied the World’s Fair with her own rags to riches tale and brought sex into the open. It's the story of Rufus and Charles Dawes, who gave the fair a theme and then found financing in the worst economic times the country had ever experienced. It's the story of the most corrupt mayor of Chicago, William Thompson, who owed his election to Al Capone; and the mayor who followed him, Anton Cermak, who was murdered months before the fair opened by an assassin many said was hired by Al Capone. But most of all it’s the story about a city fighting for survival in the darkest of times; and a shining light of hope called A Century of Progress.
Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym.
When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Darktown #1
This story begins in 2003 when two sisters find a 33-year-old unopened letter. Their father had
written the letter to their older brother, Johnny, who was killed before it
arrived in Vietnam. This letter was returned home. The sister learn that their
father had kept it, sealed, for all those years.
The Letter, A Family's Tale Unplugged, goes back to1969, when 10-year-old Terri enjoys a care-free life. The Vietnam War brings turmoil into her family when her oldest brother Johnny decides to join the Marines and fight for his country. A short year later, two Marines bring news of Johnny's death.
The letters her brother writes home and countless interviews with family members long after his death bring to life a young warrior who left behind a void that can be felt decades later. Showing one family's struggle through loss and back to normalcy, The Letter is a loving and caring monument to the people who fought in the war zones of Vietnam and at home.