Can a mother be both loving and selfish? Caring and thoughtless? Deceitful and devoted? These are the questions that fuel psychologist Dr. Judy Rabinor’s quest to understand her ambivalence toward her mother.
While leading a seminar exploring the importance of the mother-daughter relationship, Dr. Judy Rabinor, an eating disorder expert, is blindsided by a memory of a childhood trauma. Realizing how this buried trauma has resonated through her life, she sets off to heal herself. The Girl in the Red Boots weaves together tales from Rabinor’s psychotherapy practice and her life, helping readers understand how painful childhood experiences can linger and leave emotional scars. In the process, Rabinor traces her own journey becoming a wounded healer and ultimately making peace with her mother, and herself.
Not a traditional self-help book outlining “steps” to reconcile or forgive one’s mother, The Girl in the Red Boots is a poignant memoir filled with hard-won life lessons, including the fact that it’s never too late to let go of hurts and disappointments and develop compassion for yourself—and even for your mother.
An epic and intimate firsthand account of a true American hero’s daring journey into the heart of the Amazon forest in the nineteenth century. Captain William Lewis Herndon was memorialized in Gary Kinder’s bestselling book Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, which recounts Herndon’s final acts of heroism as his ship foundered in a hurricane off the Carolina coast in 1857. Seven years before those tragic events, the secretary of the Navy had appointed Herndon to lead the first American expedition into the Amazon Valley, an epic adventure that Herndon immortalized into words. Herndon departed Lima, Peru, on May 20, 1851, and arrived at Para, Brazil, nearly a year later, traveling 4,000 miles by foot, mule, canoe, and boat. He cataloged the scientific and commercial observations requested by Congress, but he filed his report as a narrative, creating an intimate portrait of an exotic land before the outside world rushed in. Herndon’s report so far surpassed his superiors’ expectations that instead of printing the obligatory few hundred copies for Congress, the secretary of the Navy ordered 10,000 copies in the first print run; three months later, he ordered 20,000 more. Herndon described his adventures with such insight, compassion, and literary grace that he came to symbolize the new spirit of exploration and discovery sweeping mid-nineteenth-century America. Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon stands as one of the greatest chronicles of travel and exploration ever written.
A television producer’s “fascinating” memoir of the golden age of the variety show (Kirkus Reviews). A humble Canadian boy who grew up to create iconic American TV shows featuring the Hollywood celebrities of the day, Frank Peppiatt made his breakthrough by developing the rock TV show Hullabuloo with his partner, John Aylesworth. That led to a writing gig for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé—and then to the long-running smash hit Hee Haw. In this autobiography, he recounts a career that spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s, writing comedy and turning entertainers into household names on variety shows hosted by Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, and Perry Como. This anecdote-filled memoir of a bygone era will enthrall anyone interested in the early decades of television. “Full of behind-the-scenes stories . . . For fans of TV history, there’s a gold mine here.” —Booklist
In her hilarious New York Times bestseller You'll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again, Heather McDonald recounted her adventures as an unwilling virgin in Hollywood. Now happily married with three wonderful kids, she shows that life as a grown-up-even a pretend grown-up-has its challenges. Heather's a working mom with parents who live next door; a sister who keeps asking for one of her still fertile eggs; and friends who are up to more hijinks than even Heather can handle.
This self-proclaimed "Real Housewife of Woodland Hills" is determined to achieve A-list status (thus expanding her entourage beyond her three school-aged children and a house-husband who is infuriatingly bad at collecting neighborhood gossip) and defeat (or at least be accepted by) the mean neighborhood moms who judge her for taking her kids to a stripper pool party in Vegas. It's a lot to juggle when she's also battling her Chelsea Lately coworkers for the crudest and most elaborate practical jokes (don't ask her about that "free" Vera Wang dress).
Just as laugh-out-loud funny and irreverent in her storytelling as she is on camera as Chelsea Handler's partner-in-crime, in My Inappropriate Life Heather recounts her misadventures with a disarming candor all her own.
"Most moms that you work with come to your desk uninvited and start showing you photos or telling you boring stories about their kids.… Not Heather McDonald. Instead she shows me photos of her new pool." -Jen Kirkman, author of I Can Barely Take Care of Myself
"I don't know any other person who can tell me they are 'over trees,' mean it, make me laugh about it, and at the same time make me wonder if perhaps I am, too." -Sarah Colonna, author of Life as I Blow It
Of the many living musical icons from the tempestuous sixties, Eric Clapton is perhaps the most enduring and talented. From his early stints with the Yardbirds and John Mayall as well as Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton has proven he is a blues master. Here is the untold story of the little boy from Ripley who rose through the ranks to become a true original.
In this dynamic, hard-hitting audiobook, music biographer Giuliano examines the turbulent life and times of Elvis Presley. With an in-depth, insightful narration by the author, as well as rare archival, unheard interviews — here is the perfect collection celebrating the king of rock for every dedicated fan, music historian, the media, as well as all school, library, institutional, and university collections. An ultra-rare, exciting audio biography!
Geoffrey Giuliano is the author of 32 biographies on the Beatles and other iconic rock groups of the 1960s. He is also a screenwriter, the voice on more than 500 popular audiobooks, and an actor in 25 films.
Series producer Avalon Giuliano based in New York. Produced by Alex Franchi in Milan. Edited and mixed by Macc Kay in Bangkok. ICON intern Eden Garret Giuliano. Music by AudioNautix.
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