And I Don't Want to Live This Life

A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Murder
Author: Deborah Spungen
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307807436
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 408
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“Honest and moving . . . Her painful tale is engrossing.”—Washington Post Book World For most of us, it was just another horrible headline. But for Deborah Spungen, the mother of Nancy, who was stabbed to death at the Chelsea Hotel, it was both a relief and a tragedy. Here is the incredible story of an infant who never stopped screaming, a toddler who attacked people, a teenager addicted to drugs, violence, and easy sex, a daughter completely out of control—who almost destroyed her parents’ marriage and the happiness of the rest of her family.

FAREWELL, MY FREE BIRD

A mother’s story of her daughter’s life in the dark world of drugs and prostitution...and the phone call that changed their family forever.
Author: Carol Noe
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1467036846
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 232
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“We have a homicide. We’ve fingerprinted the victim and identified her as your daughter, Angela Noe.” These are the words that changed a mother’s life forever. “How can you be sure it’s her?” “She has a tattoo on her left shoulder that says, ‘Free Bird.’” Carol Noe’s safe denial was smashed to pieces. Carol remembered how excited Angela was the day she got the Free Bird tattoo that represented her continual search for freedom. But Angela’s desire to be free had a dark side. At about age 14, she began to resist authority; she stayed out late or didn’t come home at all; and, soon, she was spiraling down a path of addiction. Despite family, friends, clergy, and therapists reaching out to help Angela, she continued her desperate slide into alcohol, drugs, and eventually a life of prostitution that ended with her tragic murder at the age of nineteen. Farewell, My Free Bird is a mother’s story of her daughter, Angela, and her life that was filled with turmoil before she was brutally murdered. However, it is not only a story of tragedy and loss. More importantly, it is a story of forgiveness: forgiveness made possible only by God’s faithfulness to Angela and her family. It is a testimony of how God can bring freedom for the captives; how He can heal the broken-hearted; and how He brings new life out of death. It is natural to wonder, Is God real? Does He answer prayer? Can He be trusted? Does He care about each of us and what we’re going through? All these questions are answered with a resounding “Yes!” in the pages of Farewell, My Free Bird.

Keeping Hope Alive

How One Somali Woman Changed 90,000 Lives
Author: Hawa Abdi
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748130519
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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For the last twenty years, Dr Hawa Abdi and her daughters have run a refugee camp on their family farm not far from Mogadishu which has grown to shelter 90,000 displaced Somalis: men, women, and children in urgent need of medical attention. As Islamist militia groups have been battling for control of the country creating one of the most dire human rights crises in the world, Dr. Abdi's camp is a beacon of hope for the Somalis, most of whom have no proper access to health care. She was recently held hostage by a militant groups who threatened her life and told her that because she's a woman she has no right to run the camp. She refused to leave. This is not just the story of a woman doctor in a war torn Islamic country risking her life daily to minister to thousands of desperate people, it's also an inspiring story of a divorced woman and her two daughters, bound together on a mission to rehabilitate a country.

Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's

One Daughter's Hopeful Story
Author: Lauren Kessler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101215461
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 272
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Previously published in Hardcover as Dancing With Rose One journalist's riveting and surprisingly hopeful in-the-trenches view of Alzheimer's Nearly five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's. Like many children of Alzheimer's sufferers, Lauren Kessler, an accomplished journalist, was devastated by the disease that seemed to erase her mother's identity even before claiming her life. But suppose people with Alzheimer's are not slates wiped blank. Suppose they experience friendship and loss, romance and jealousy, joy and sorrow? To better understand this debilitating condition, Kessler enlists as a bottom-of-the-rung caregiver at an Alzheimer's facility and learns lessons that challenge what we think we know about the disease. A compelling, clear-eyed, and emotionally resonant narrative, Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's offers a new optimistic look at what the disease can teach us and a much-needed tonic for those faced with providing care for someone they love. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Fear of Our Father

The True Story of Abuse, Murder, and Family Ties
Author: Stacey Kananen,Lisa Bonnice
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101619716
Category: True Crime
Page: 384
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Even after a childhood of abuse and fear, Stacey M. Kananen was shocked when her brother, Rickie, admitted his guilt in the cold-blooded murder of their terrifying father, and years later, their helpless mother. But the greatest shock was to come—when he claimed that Stacey had helped him. In 1988, when Rickie and Stacey’s father, Richard Kananen Sr., apparently left their home in Orlando, Florida, the family was so relieved that they never reported him missing. Fifteen years later to the day, their mother disappeared. When police became suspicious, Rickie admitted to Stacey that their father’s body was under the cement floor of their mother’s garage, and their mother was buried in Stacey’s own backyard. Overwhelmed by grief and horror, Stacey’s brother convinced her that they should commit suicide. After a failed attempt, she woke to discover her brother arrested—along with the realization that he had probably never intended to kill himself at all. But his betrayals were not yet over: On the eve of his trial in 2007, he suddenly claimed Stacey had been in on it, and she found herself charged with murder with a gung ho rookie detective out to put her away no matter what. This is the tragic and triumphant account of one woman’s struggle to overcome her past, clear her name in what would become a dramatic public spectacle of a trial, and finally escape the nightmares that had haunted her entire life. INCLUDES PHOTOS

A Fine Day for a Hanging

The Real Ruth Ellis Story
Author: Carol Ann Lee
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780573693
Category: Social Science
Page: 448
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In 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot dead her lover, David Blakely. Following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She became the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and her execution is the most notorious of hangman Albert Pierrepoint's 'duties'. Despite Ruth's infamy, the story of her life has never been fully told. Often wilfully misinterpreted, the reality behind the headlines was buried by an avalanche of hearsay. But now, through new interviews and comprehensive research into previously unpublished sources, Carol Ann Lee examines the facts without agenda or sensation. A portrait of the era and an evocation of 1950s club life in all its seedy glamour, A Fine Day for a Hanging sets Ruth's gripping story firmly in its historical context in order to tell the truth about both her timeless crime and a punishment that was very much of its time.

My Mother's Breast

Daughters Face Their Mothers' Cancer
Author: Laurie Tarkan
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
ISBN: 1461600286
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 240
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Focusing on the unique psychological needs of women who must deal with the pain and devastation of a mother's breast cancer while repressing their fears for their own health, Tarkan profiles a wide range of women who have witnessed the effects of breast cancer.

Murdered Innocents


Author: Corey Mitchell
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
ISBN: 0786037830
Category: True Crime
Page: 432
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“No one faces evil head-on like Corey Mitchell.” —Gregg Olsen THE YOGURT SHOP MASSACRE On a December night in Austin, Texas, teenagers Jennifer Harbison and Eliza Thomas closed up the yogurt store where they worked. The girls were joined by Jennifer's younger sister, Sarah, and her friend Amy Ayers. Less than an hour later, all four girls were dead—tragic victims of an apparent fire. Until it was discovered that the girls had been bound and gagged, sexually assaulted, and shot execution-style. With no physical evidence or eyewitnesses, Austin police faced one of their toughest cases ever. Nearly eight years passed before four young men were charged with the crime, and authorities learned how a planned robbery exploded into a drug- and sex-fueled spree of brutality. But the road to justice was packed with shocking twists . . . “Corey Mitchell empathized with crime victims in a unique and personal way. That empathy is evident in every true crime book he wrote.” —Suzy Spencer INCLUDES 16 PAGES OF HAUNTING PHOTOS

One Beautiful Rose . . .

A Woman’S Story of Life & Death
Author: Shelley Rappaport
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465361812
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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Meet Rose, to the world, always a dynamic woman, but privately she has lived a life filled with shame...Rose suffered with a severe eating disorder her entire life. In this book, One Beautiful Rose, we watch her as she hides her skeletons in her closet. Lainey, her best friend and confidant, shares this secret as well. Rose finally confronts her demons; her secrets, betrayal and abandonment, and we watch as she rises above her shame, finding her way to love, success, pride ... and finally victory. Every rose has its thorns, its true, but Rose is unprepared for the greatest pain of all. Her brother finds himself in the midst of a murder trial --- accused of kidnapping and killing a child. Rose finds herself among the thorns of the dark suspicion she herself believes to be true.

Daughter(S) with Absent Fathers

Daddy's Guide to Relationships
Author: Derwin Wince
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469118890
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 75
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Daughter(s) with Absent Fathers is a short book of letters a man on a train is regularly sending to his daughter he rediscovered. They reintroduced themselves after she became an adult. They met by accident. He was simply trying to stop a young man from yelling and pulling on his girlfriend out in public. The man had finished yanking her and her child out the car by the time he approached them. Papers fell out. Her purse fell out. Now the couple was looking at an interferer. That is, until they saw his eyes. It was then and there they came to realize it wasthat womans father. Suddenly this young man had the door opened for her and her child to get back in. Her eyes never left her fathers. Her body was helped back into the car. Next he had thrown her purse into her laps. Then he got in and they were gone. Embarrassment in the public caused this father to look down. Eighteen years had flashed by with repeats of horrors, screeches and pain since he last saw this sight. Except then it were she, he, her mother and her new boyfriend. Now this time around, on the ground, were envelopes. There lay an address that, for him, spelled change on the horizon. From those papers came one letter with his daughters name and address. He thought a contact. He thought to keep it a secret from her boyfriend. How does one keep secret letters from him, he thought. Thus you have in this book those letters. Letters of advice about dealing with relationships in this book called Daughter(s) with Absent Fathers.

No Room for Doubt


Author: Angela Dove
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110101458X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
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A daughter's account of how one moment of violence shattered lives, made heroes, and continues to affect change in the world. On March 25, 1988, Debi Whitlock was brutally murdered in her Modesto, California, home. Debi's murder devastated her family-and sent her loved ones careening on radically different paths. Debi's mother, Jacque, wanted answers. Over the next nine years, Jacque courageously fought what others called a losing battle-and learned how to deal with the authorities, the media, and the public so that her daughter's killer would not go unpunished. Debi's husband, Harold, was tossed down another path. Police investigators focused their suspicions on him, eventually uncovering motives and opportunity-but never enough to make a case. Judged harshly in the court of public opinion, the once funny, intelligent, and fiercely loyal man fell into a spiral of guilt, anger, and alcoholism. Told by Harold's adult daughter-the last person to see Debi alive-this is the story of a terrible murder and investigation that led to the ultimate end of one man's life, and a renewed sense of purpose and hope in one woman's life.

Balance Broken


Author: Hilary Thompson
Publisher: Hilary Thompson
ISBN: 1502448858
Category: Fiction
Page: 309
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The world cries for Order, but she’s igniting a revolution. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now, Asphodel no longer lingers underground, and the Starbright Maiden of Justice has returned. Everyone has faith in Astrea’s ability to save the world - but only she knows the dark truth about her powers. Trea teams with Stian, Lexan, and Zarea to enlist the help of Lord Hadeon of Tartarus. They hope Hadeon will aid in attacking Asphodel’s First Leader Keirna, but the Destroyer usually takes lives, not sides. As Trea discovers life outside of Asphodel, she begins to wonder whether the remaining world is too broken to save - especially since the price of freedom just might be her own life.

Loving Amy

A Mother's Story
Author: Janis Winehouse
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473508169
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
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Arguably the most gifted artist of her generation, Amy Winehouse died tragically young, aged just 27. With a worldwide fanbase and millions of record sales to her name, she should have had the world at her feet. Instead, in the years prior to her passing, she battled with addictions and was often the subject of lurid tabloid headlines. But who was the real Amy? Amy's mother, Janis, knew her in a way that no-one else did. In this warm, poignant and, at times, heartbreaking memoir, she reveals the full story of the daughter she loved. As the world watched the rise of a superstar, then the freefall of an addict to her untimely death, Janis simply saw her Amy, the girl she'd given birth to in 1983; the girl she'd raised and stood by despite her unruly behaviour; the girl whose body she was forced to identify two days after her death - and the girl she's grieved for every day since. Packed with exclusive material that has never been seen before, such as extracts from Amy's teenage diaries, photos and notes, Loving Amy offers a new and intimate perspective on the life and death of the phenomenon that is Amy Winehouse.

Breast Cancer

Daughters Tell Their Stories
Author: Julianne S Oktay,J Dianne Garner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113541825X
Category: Medical
Page: 448
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“I will always and forever feel I have a 'hole' in my life where my mother once existed.” “I think, when you have to think about the fact you might have to take care of your parents someday and juggle kids at the same time…It's a scary proposition.” “We had open communication during and before the breast cancer. But then after the breast cancer, I was often afraid to bring things up, in trying to protect Mom.” This insightful book tells the stories of women whose mothers had breast cancer. It uses their own voices to express the common fears and expectations of daughters in the periods before and during their mothers' illnesses, involving genetic risks, death and dying, and changes in their relationships. The case studies, tables and figures, and two appendices will benefit health professionals and counselors, while the poignant narratives will help mothers and daughters better understand their experiences with breast cancer. “I was kind of surprised to be alive and free of cancer at age 42, when at this point my mother was crippled by metastases. When I get to be 43—the age at which my mother died, or maybe when I get to 44—it's like, 'what do I do?' I have this life that I didn't expect to have.” Breast Cancer: Daughters Tell Their Stories presents the results of a qualitative, grounded theory study of breast cancer survivors, providing in-depth information about an aspect of breast cancer that has been previously overlooked. The book examines the daughters' experiences through four phases—the period prior to mother's illness, the period during mother's illness and treatment, the period following mother's death (if mother dies), and the long-term impact. From this study, recommendations are compiled for providing or improving services for tomorrow's daughters. “The radical mastectomy left her scarred and disfigured below her nightgown. It was bruised and nasty looking. That was kind of scary. I think that has terrified me since. Sometimes I'll have pains in my left breast and that's what I visualize. It's terrifying.” “I'm not really obsessed about dying of cancer. I'm more along the line of, 'If this is going to happen to me, and there's a chance it's going to, I'm gonna survive. I'm not going to die from it.” From an empathetic perspective, this book reveals how many daughters react to and deal with their mothers' diagnoses, depending on their age and family situation at the time of their mothers' illnesses. It shows how daughters can gain a more accurate idea of their level of risk by providing educational materials and developing new strategies for communication. It also helps breast cancer survivors see how their illnesses can shape their daughters' future outlook, offering new inspiration for resolving and preventing family crises.

Imperfect Endings

A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death
Author: Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439154212
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
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Zoe Carter’s busy life on the West Coast with her husband and daughters takes an unexpected detour when her glamorous, independent-minded mother, Margaret, tired of living with Parkinson’s disease, decides she wants to “end things.” As Zoe and her sisters negotiate over whether or not they should support Margaret’s choice and who should be there at the end, their discussions stir up old alliances and animosities, along with memories of a childhood dominated by their elegant mother and philandering father. Capturing the stresses and the joys of the “sandwich generation” while bringing a provocative new perspective to the assisted suicide debate, Imperfect Endings is the uplifting story of a woman determined to die on her own terms and the family who has to learn to let her go.

Under The Feathers

He Shall Cover Me With His Feathers And Under His Wings I Shall Trust
Author: Marlene Traas Collins
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1462809596
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 67
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This story, Under the feathers, tells of the courageous, remarkable journey of a young couple from Odessa, Russia, fleeing religious persecution, to the freedom of Canada. The hardship of Peter and Mary was shared by many immigrants to Canada in the late 1890’s for the hope of a better life in the vast acres of Saskatchewan, then known as the Northwest Territories. From the 21 children born to this young couple, Christine, was destined to birth eight children, and the fifth born, Marlene Collins, writes this dramatic story in the hopes to illuminate the valiant efforts of self reliance and faith.

Devastating Losses

How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs
Author: Carol E. Jordan, MS,William Feigelman, Ph.D.,John R. Jordan, Ph.D.,Bernard S. Gorman,Beverly Feigelman, LCSW,John L. McIntosh, Ph.D.
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826107478
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 360
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This book fills a critical gap in our scientific understanding of the grief response of parents who have lost a child to traumatic death and the psychotherapeutic strategies that best facilitate healing. It is based on the results of the largest study ever conducted of parents surviving a child's traumatic death or suicide. The book was conceived by William and Beverly Feigelman following their own devastating loss of a son, and written from the perspective of their experiences as both suicide-survivor support group participants and facilitators. It intertwines data, insight, and critical learning gathered from research with the voices of the 575 survivors who participated in the study. The text emphasizes the sociological underpinnings of survivors' grief and provides data that vividly documents their critical need for emotional support. It explains how bereavement difficulties can be exacerbated by stigmatization, and by the failure of significant others to provide expected support. Also explored in depth are the ways in which couples adapt to the traumatic loss of a child and how this can bring them closer or render their relationship irreparable. Findings suggest that with time and peer support affiliations, most traumatically bereaved parents ultimately demonstrate resilience and find meaningful new roles for themselves, helping the newly bereaved or engaging in other humanitarian acts. Key Features: Offers researchers, clinicians, and parent-survivors current information on how parents adapt initially and over time after the traumatic loss of a child Presents data culled from the largest survey ever conducted (575 individuals) of parents surviving a child's suicide or other traumatic death Investigates the ways in which stigmatization complicates and prolongs the grieving process Addresses the tremendous value of support groups in the healing process Explores how married couples are affected by the traumatic loss of their child

On Death and Grieving

A Psychic Medium's Perspective
Author: Jeffrey A. Wands
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451685181
Category: Self-Help
Page: 112
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Psychic medium Jeffrey Wands has spent his career trying to help people come to terms with the death of a loved one, overcome their own fear of death, and resolve any questions or issues they still may have about the one who has died. Wands understands the pain of grieving—but he also knows that the spirit lives on after the death of the physical body. He helps readers makes peace with the death of their loved ones through his unique ability to contact and communicate with those in spirit to deliver their messages to the living. Wands understands that every death is unique and everyone grieves differently. The best way to overcome grief after someone dies is to know that he or she lives on in the world of spirit and are at peace and that all he or she wants is for us to be happy and move on with our lives.

Knit Together: Many Colors, One Life


Author: Jacqueline Smallbones
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 131245458X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 167
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Life is a mosaic of many colors woven together by the Master Weaver. If we're fortunate, we'll see the whole one day. I was fortunate. Knit Together is personal, a random collection of stories from my infancy to adulthood. The stories, whether humorous or serious, playful or honest, document my journey towards healing and wholeness as I learned to walk in the Way of Jesus.

For Laci

A Mother's Story of Love, Loss, and Justice
Author: Sharon Rocha
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
ISBN: 9780307338297
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 335
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The mother of homicide victim Laci Peterson discusses Laci's life, the crime that took the lives of her daughter and her unborn grandson Conner, the trial and conviction of Laci's husband Scott, and the impact of the tragedy on her own life.