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Come Into The Garden By Di Sherlock
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Shortly after her 80th birthday my mother had a series of mini strokes, which brought on vascular dementia. At the same time my father was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Suddenly the... More > ordinary became extraordinary. The poems are interspersed with photographs taken when I cleared the house, a celebration of still life. 'It is a love story of such beauty and depth it takes the breath away and teaches us everything there is to know about family life and family love.' (Nell Dunn)< Less
Just Call Me "Myrt" By Bruce Bergstrom
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My mother—or “Myrt” as she prefers to be called—entered Sunset Manor nursing home in Waverly, Kansas at 100 years old. When asked what she was most proud of in the initial... More > “conversation circle,” Myrt claimed, “I once killed a farmer with a pitchfork!” Of course the tale was a complete fabrication . . . but it shut down any further “interrogation!” Outrageous bits like this have kept the staff of Sunset Manor laughing and on their toes. Several of these devoted professionals have told me, “You ought to write a book!” So I did. These stories were initially intended to capture mom’s unabashed personality and to acquaint the staff of with their new resident. As dementia has robbed mom of her memory, I wanted to share both the humor of the stories and the challenges of the illness with a wider audience and to raise funds for Sunset Manor, which has been instrumental in Myrt’s well-being and longevity. As the staff discovers daily, Myrt still is a unique character at the age of 107!< Less
The Dirt On Jane By Jane Fishman
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“The Dirt On Jane” is Jane Fishman’s anti-memoir. It’s a tale of aging, a style of gardening, a rage at having to wear two pairs of glasses to read a map in the car.... More > It’s a meditation in maintaining a sense of humor when visiting her mother in the assisted living facility and hearing someone ask, “When did you move in?” It’s a prayer for patience when her mother says, “All I want for Mother’s Day is for you to polish your nails with some Iced Mocha I bought on sale.” It’s a look at a life that is haphazard, loopy, fun and always in need of straightening. As a judge in the Savannah Garden Exposition once said of her ten-foot-by-twelve-foot faux garden entry: “Delightful! Shows one doesn't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy gardening. Lacks cohesiveness.” For twenty years Jane Fishman has written a human interest column for the Savannah Morning News. She is the author of “Everyone’s Gotta Be Somewhere,” a collection of newspaper columns. She lives in Savannah, Georgia. ISBN 978-1-4675-0404-1< Less
Five-a-Side By Martin Pevsner
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Six squad members of The Jackson Five team meet in Oxford for a weekly game of five-a-side football. Caught at a critical moment in their lives, they all face life-changing choices. Jacko, adrift... More > since his mother’s death, is searching for a way out of his melancholy. Tommo, struggling as a single parent, is coping with the demands of work and fatherhood. Bel, devastated by her partner’s previous miscarriages, approaches the latest pregnancy with trepidation. Del Boy must face the twin traumas of a bullied daughter and the late night acts of violence on his take-away business. Jam, homesick for her home country, Namibia, and mourning the death of her grandmother, finds herself at the point of despair. Joe, seventeen-year-old drop-out, has lost his way, is searching for a purpose to his life. Using the last three critical matches of the season as a backdrop, the six players’ tales are interwoven into a narrative that examines the themes of life and death, family, ambition, human warmth and alienation.< Less
Mezzanine and Other Curiously Dark Tales By Allan Watson
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A collection of curiously dark tales including the vengeful victims of a serial killer, dead wives reanimated for domestic chores, diesel trains possessed by demons, lusty inflatable crocodiles,... More > haunted Christmas cards, corpses posing as movie stars, and a rapist killer with senile dementia. From the author of Carapace, 1-2-3-4, The Garden of Remembrance and Dreaming in the Snakepark.< Less