When Fathers Fail: Adrian Ford
Fathers Who Fail:Shame and Psychopathology in the Family System Melvin R. Lansky
LET THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS BEGIN It isn´t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold. But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it´s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it´s too late . . .
An unflinching and luminous memoir that explores a father´s philosophical transformation when he must reconsider the questions what makes us human? and whose life is worth living? Before becoming a father, Chris Gabbard was a fast-track academic finishing his doctoral dissertation at Stanford. A disciple of Enlightenment thinkers, he was a devotee of reason, believed in the reliability of science, and lived by the dictum that an unexamined life is not worth living. That is, until his son August was born. Despite his faith that modern medicine would not fail him, August was born with a severe traumatic brain injury as a likely result of medical error and lived as a spastic quadriplegic who was cortically blind, profoundly cognitively impaired, and nonverbal. While Gabbard tried to uncover what went wrong during the birth and adjusted to his new role raising a child with multiple disabilities, he began to rethink his commitment to Enlightenment thinkers--who would have concluded that his son was doomed to a life of suffering. But August was a happy child who brought joy to just about everyone he met in his 14 years of life--and opened up Gabbard´s capacity to love. Ultimately, he comes to understand that his son is undeniably a person deserving of life. A Life Beyond Reason will challenge readers to reexamine their beliefs about who is deserving of humanity.
Beloved storyteller Belva Plain understands the rich tapestry of the human heart like no other. Her many dazzling New York Times best sellers probe the shifting bonds of marriage and family with insight, compassion, and uncommon grace. And her new novel is no exception. A tale of fathers and daughters, lovers and families, acts of love and acts of betrayal, Her Father’s House is Belva Plain’s most powerful and unforgettable novel yet.It is the spring of 1968 when Donald Wolfe, a young graduate of a Midwestern law school, arrives in New York. Filled with ambition and idealism, he is dazzled not only by the big city, but by the vivacious, restless Lillian, whom he marries in the heat of infatuation. Surely theirs is no marriage made in heaven, but they have a child, Tina, and she is the love of Donald’s heart. For her he would give up everything - his home, his distinguished career, and his freedom. When his flawed marriage begins to fail, a choice must be made. Shall he consider a step that would force him into flight and a life of hiding?From her earliest years, Tina is exceptional, a brilliant student and a joyous, loving spirit. At the university, she falls in love with Gilbert, who graduates from law school just as she is about to enter medical school. Together, they go to New York, where she learns the truth about her family’s past, a truth that must change her regard for the father who has protected and cherished her. When a terrible lie has been told out of love, can it be forgiven?With courage and compassion, Belva Plain paints a moving portrait of the choices that shape the course of our lives, the secrets that haunt us, and the love that helps us heal and move on. It is a work of riveting storytelling and rare emotional power by one of the most gifted novelists of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen White. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000199/bk_bkot_000199_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Experience the mystery and suspense of the best-selling legal thriller. Can too big to fail get away with murder? Read the compelling legal novel by the best-selling author of An Involuntary Spy. Brent Marks had paid his dues as a lawyer, having taken his share of divorces and drunk driving cases over his 20 year career, but had finally reached a place in his life where he could take on cases of social importance. What he least expected was for April Marsh´s predatory lending case against the big banks for wrongful foreclosure on her parent´s home to turn into a murder investigation. April´s mother was murdered. Her father was beaten within an inch of his life, and she believes their predatory lender is to blame. Are banks really that above the law? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Lord. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024523/bk_acx0_024523_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michelle and her little siblings, Cass and Denny, are African American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle´s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them. Leah and her stepbrother, Tim, are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time. Michelle and Leah have only one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little. After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind. Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle´s mind is: Who will break down first - herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won´t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it´s never stopped her before.... Una LaMarche triumphs once again with this rare and compassionate look at how racial and social privilege affects one family in crisis in both subtle and astonishing ways. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adenrele Ojo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001898/bk_lili_001898_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It isn´t always easy growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold. But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it´s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it´s too late.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natascha McElhone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cnon/000185/bk_cnon_000185_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.