There is nothing quite as special as the trust between horse and rider, especially when one of you is blind.
Johno is just one horse among many, hanging in the paddock, taking his turn in the dressage arena, until the day a new chick takes him home.
The new chick isn't just different from his other riders, this chickie babe is blind. Moving to her drought-stricken home brings with it new challenges. All of a sudden, Johno isn't just one horse, he is the horse and the Blind Chick is his responsibility.
Johno and the Blind Chick is a heartwarming journey exploring the bond between horse and rider, told from the other side of the stable door.
"Feel inspired. Feel driven…A great read showing the journey and the destination are equally inspiring."
— Lyndel Oatley, two-time Olympian and Australian Grand National Champion
At age forty, with two growing children and a new consulting company she’d recently founded, Gretchen Cherington, daughter of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Eberhart, faced a dilemma: Should she protect her parents’ well-crafted family myths while continuing to silence her own voice? Or was it time to challenge those myths and speak her truth—even the unbearable truth that her generous and kind father had sexually violated her?
In this powerful memoir, aided by her father’s extensive archives at Dartmouth College and interviews with some of her father’s best friends, Cherington candidly and courageously retraces her past to make sense of her father and herself. From the women’s movement of the ’60s and the back-to-the-land movement of the ’70s to Cherington’s consulting work through three decades with powerful executives to her eventual decision to speak publicly in the formative months of #MeToo, Poetic License is one woman’s story of speaking truth in a world where, too often, men still call the shots.
Shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2018.
This is a memoir of intense physical and personal experience, exploring how swimming with seals, gulls and orcas in the cold waters off Orkney provided Victoria Whitworth with an escape from a series of life crises and helped her to deal with intolerable loss.
It is also a treasure chest of history and myth, local folklore and archaeological clues, giving us tantalising glimpses of Pictish and Viking men and women, those people lost to history, whose long-hidden secrets are sometimes yielded up by the land and sea.
Incisive essays on Patty Hearst and Reagan, the Central Park jogger and the Santa Ana winds, from the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West. In these eleven essays covering the national scene from Washington, DC; California; and New York, the acclaimed author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album “capture[s] the mood of America” and confirms her reputation as one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers (The New York Times). Whether dissecting the 1988 presidential campaign, exploring the commercialization of a Hollywood murder, or reporting on the “sideshows” of foreign wars, Joan Didion proves that she is one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review). Highlights include “In the Realm of the Fisher King,” a portrait of the White House under the stewardship of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, two “actors on location;” and “Girl of the Golden West,” a meditation on the Patty Hearst case that draws an unexpected and insightful parallel between the kidnapped heiress and the emigrants who settled California. “Sentimental Journeys” is a deeply felt study of New York media coverage of the brutal rape of a white investment banker in Central Park, a notorious crime that exposed the city’s racial and class fault lines. Dedicated to Henry Robbins, Didion’s friend and editor from 1966 until his death in 1979, After Henry is an indispensable collection of “superior reporting and criticism” from a writer on whom we have relied for more than fifty years “to get the story straight” (Los Angeles Times).
Imagine how it would feel to one day wake up and find your vision descending swiftly into darkness. Your fingertips are turning numb, and, as the world closes in around you, you realise there is nothing you can do to stop it. This is what happened to Vanessa Potter.
In the space of 72 hours, Vanessa went from juggling a high-flying career as a producer and caring for her two small children to being completely blind, unable to walk, and with her sense of touch completely gone.
Over the course of the next six months, Vanessa slowly began to recover. Opening her eyes onto a black-and-white world with mutating shapes and colours that crackled and fizzled, she encountered a visual landscape that was completely unrecognisable. As colour reappeared, Vanessa experienced a range of bizarre phenomena as her confused brain tried to make sense of the world around her, and she found herself touching and talking to inanimate objects in order to stimulate her vision – all part of her brain's mechanism for coping with the trauma of sensory loss.
Going blind led Vanessa to turn science sleuth, reinventing herself as Patient H69 to uncover the reality behind her unique condition. With the help of a team of psychologists and neuroscientists, we follow her story as she learns the science of herself, making discoveries that will positively change the course of her life.
Vanessa's account is raw and candid, but ultimately upbeat. It shows how this remarkable woman opened doors by transforming her terrifying experience into an inspirational and scientifically fascinating endeavour.
This is the story of my life I have written down on these pages—the bad and the good, but as you will read, mostly the bad. I don’t remember some of it, but the people I've talked to have recounted my past. I used to be so embarrassed about it all, but I’m grown up now. I’m an old lady. It makes me kind of sick, but there’s not too much I can do about it. I’ve been learning how to talk about it to make myself feel better.
Writing this book has helped me a lot. It has helped take away the anger and resentment I’ve had since childhood. I am very lucky that I have some good friends to talk to. Some of them are here in the United States and some are still on the islands off the coast of West Africa. I kept this secret all of my life, until after I turned 50. I do know that I want to help children so they will not go through what I went through. I want all the young people to know that you should not wait until you are old to talk about what happens in your life. Find somebody to talk to. Don’t keep it inside; don’t keep it a secret. Find some way to deal with it, or it will deal with you.
I prayed for help to just maintain, to keep my children out of harms way and to let us be happy with all the good things we had. I loved Ken, yet there was always a spot in my mind that said be cautious.
At the age of eighteen, author Germaine L. Allen married a sailor in the U.S. Navy. She wrestles with the loneliness and despair of having a husband at sea for months at a time. But within a few short years of their marriage, Allen's husband died in Vietnam, leaving her to raise their three children entirely on her own.
Allen faces a host of tragedies in the coming years, including the pain of divorce, the death of her fianc, and the struggle to hold on to her possessions. But in the midst of it all, she realizes that there is a purpose to the ups and downs of life and a grand design for each of us.
With perseverance and courage, she keeps her life together and emerges from every tragedy with a deeper appreciation of life. It is through her faith in God, combined with the wisdom to trust His will and the courage to forgive, that Allen discovers the path to inner peace and learns that Life Does Not Come With Guarantees.
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