At Your Own Risk A Saint’s Testament

Biographies

At Your Own Risk: A Saint’s Testament by Derek Jarman
When Footballers Were Skint: A Journey in Search of the Soul of Football by Jon Henderson
Manifesting Me: A Story of Rebellion and Redemption by Leah E. Reinhart
Karen Auvinen, “Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living”
The Tell: A Memoir by Linda I. Meyers

At Your Own Risk: A Saint’s Testament by Derek Jarman

English | December 14th, 2017 | ISBN: 0816665923 | 153 Pages | EPUB | 8.52 MB

Spanning his entire life and divided into decades from the forties to the nineties, this book brings together Jarman’s poetry, prose, memoirs, photographs and film transcripts and includes newspaper extracts on aspects of gay culture. The result is a rounded portrait of homosexuality through the twentieth century seen through a fiercely personal perspective.
At Your Own Risk is angry, entertaining and humane, both a powerful argument against homophobia and a wild celebration of an individual’s sexuality and freedom.

When Footballers Were Skint: A Journey in Search of the Soul of Football by Jon Henderson

English | June 5th, 2018 | ISBN: 1785903845 | 356 Pages | EPUB | 3.17 MB

Long before television rights ushered in the age of the multi-millionaire footballer, the wages of professional players were capped so that they earned not much more than the national average wage. This was a time when the men who played for the great football clubs of Britain shared a bond of borderline penury with the fans they entertained. It was almost routine for players to travel to matches on the same public transport as the fans and, after the game, to return to homes that were as modest as those in which their supporters lived. Quite possibly, player and fan were next-door neighbours in a street of working families’ terraced houses.
Despite the riches that decades later would come into the game, the struggle to end the maximum wage in football seems as worthy as any of the centuries-old skirmishes undertaken by working people against mean-spirited employers. For instance, England regular Tom Finney reflected caustically that of the £50,000-plus gate money the FA received from Wembley international matches, the eleven England players would share £550, with the remaining £49,450 going to the FA.
This book takes the first-hand accounts of a disappearing generation of footballers before their stories are lost for ever. Some of those stories are scarcely believable. All of us who call ourselves football fans owe this book’s multifarious cast our thanks for giving the national game such a rich and deeply human heritage.

Manifesting Me: A Story of Rebellion and Redemption by Leah E. Reinhart

English | June 5th, 2018 | ISBN: 163152383X | 216 Pages | EPUB | 1.86 MB

When Leah Reinhart was six years old, her family moved to an unlikely neighborhood on a hill much like the country—a place where everyone dressed and lived like they were living a real-life Little House on the Prairie. Yet their new home was in Oakland, California, and everything surrounding Leah’s neighborhood was the polar opposite of their old-fashioned lifestyle.
As an already scared little white girl in a predominantly African American city, Leah quickly learned that would have to face many of her fears—or get eaten alive. And in her search for love and belonging, she also found that things aren’t always as they appear. As she got to know her neighbors, most of whom belonged to the neighborhood church, she began to realize that the hood was sometimes much safer than the country.
Over the course of her life—learning from the streets, a cult, trial and error, and many years of therapy—Leah developed an eye for patterns. She learned how the belief system she’d absorbed during her childhood manifested in her teenage years and young adulthood. Ultimately, she learned how to change her thoughts and accept herself—and in doing so, she broke free of the cycle she’d been imprisoned by.

Karen Auvinen, “Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living”

ISBN: 1501152289 | 2018 | EPUB | 320 pages | 5 MB

In the bestselling tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Helen MacDonald’s H Is for Hawk, a stunning, inspirational memoir from an award-winning poet who ventures into the wilderness to seek answers to life’s big questions and finds her way back after losing everything she thought she needed.
During a difficult time, Karen Auvinen flees to a primitive cabin in the Rockies to live in solitude as a writer and to embrace all the beauty and brutality nature has to offer. When a fire incinerates every word she has ever written and all of her possessions—except for her beloved dog Elvis, her truck, and a few singed artifacts—Karen embarks on a heroic journey to reconcile her desire to be alone with her need for community.
In the evocative spirit of works by Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich, and Mary Oliver, Karen’s rich and compulsively readable memoir is as much an inward as it is an outward pilgrimage. Her pursuit of solace and salvation by shedding trivial ties and living in close harmony with nature, along with her account of finding community and love, is sure to resonate with all of us who long for meaning and deeper connection. Rough Beauty is a luminous, lyric exploration of and homage to her forty seasons in the mountains, embracing the unpredictability and grace of living intimately with the forces of nature while making peace with her own wildness.

The Tell: A Memoir by Linda I. Meyers

English | June 5th, 2018 | ISBN: 1631523554 | 235 Pages | EPUB | 2.55 MB

Linda I. Meyers was twenty-eight and the mother of three little boys when her mother, after a lifetime of threats, killed herself. Staggered by conflicting feelings of relief and remorse, Linda believed that the best way to give meaning to her mother’s death was to make changes to her own life. Bolstered by the women’s movement of the seventies, she left her marriage, went to college, started a successful family acting business, and established a fulfilling career.
Written with irony and humor and sprinkled with Yiddish, The Tell is one woman’s inspirational story of before and after, and ultimately of emancipation and purpose.