**WINNER OF THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2014** A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does? Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. Winner of the Green Carnation Prize.
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From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Solomon comes a stunning, poignant, and affecting young adult edition of his award-winning masterpiece, Far From the Tree, which explores the impact of extreme differences between parents and children. The old adage says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, meaning that children usually resemble their parents. But what happens when the apples fall somewhere else—sometimes a couple of orchards away, sometimes on the other side of the world? In this young adult edition, Andrew Solomon profiles how families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, and more. Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compassionate thinker, Far From the Tree explores how people who love each other must struggle to accept each other—a theme in every family’s life. The New York Times calls the adult edition a “wise and beautiful” volume that “will shake up your preconceptions and leave you in a better place.”
WINNER OF THE U.S. NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2017 FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE! 'Sometimes, family hurts each other. But after that’s done you bandage each other up, and you move on. Together. So you can go and think that you’re some lone wolf, but you’re not. You’ve got us now, like it or not, and we’ve got you.' When 16 year-old Grace gives up her baby for adoption, she decides that the time has come to find out more about her own biological mother. Although her biological mum proves elusive, her search leads her to two half-siblings she never knew existed. Maya, 15, has been adopted by wealthy parents and seems to have the picture-perfect family – that is, if you look past her alcoholic mother and the fact that Maya stands out like a sore thumb. Older brother Joaquin hasn’t been so lucky. At 18, he’s shuffled between foster home after foster home, always careful never to get attached to anyone or anything, because it always gets taken away. When these three siblings come together, they find in themselves the place they can belong, while the secrets they guard threaten to explode... For fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and Nicola Yoon, Far From the Tree is a raw, compelling, and ultimately uplifting story of what it means to be family. 'Benway’s unforgettable novel explores the paradoxes and entanglements of unconventional families … It’s a melodrama, to be sure, but with as much brain as heart. Benway writes with remarkable control and has the rare talent of almost vanishing as an author as she inhabits each character’s perspective.' The New York Times 'Family issues are neither airbrushed nor oversimplified... From the first page to the last, this compassionate, funny, moving, compulsively readable novel about what makes a family gets it right.' Kirkus Reviews 'Equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching... Benway delves into the souls of these characters as they wrestle to overcome feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and betrayal, gradually c
The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families. 150,000 first printing.
Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn't be more different. Celeste is a doctor's wife, living a perfect and elegant life. But secretly, she is terrified: her marriage is falling apart and her need to control the people around her threatens to alienate her entire family. And Celeste allows no one to see how vulnerable she really is. Ronnie is an actress, living in New York. Her life, however, is a lie: she has no money, has no home, and her life is held together by "chewing gum, paper clips, and spit," though she wants everyone to think that her life is one of high glamour and budding fame. When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina. Their mother, Della, is adamant that they forget about going there and dredging up the past. Because Della has secrets she'd rather not see come to light-secrets and heartbreak she's kept from everyone for years. Neither Ronnie, Celeste, nor Della realize just what their trip to Prosper will uncover and they must discover for themselves who they really are, who they really love, and what the future holds for them. Far From The Tree is a novel that asks the questions: can the past ever truly remain hidden? Can mothers and daughters put aside their usual roles long enough to get to really know each other? Long enough to see they each have felt the love, loss, heartache and joy that they share as women. And can two strangers realize that they are, and always will be, sisters?
Adventure awaits a ripe, red apple when it falls too far from the tree to be picked up by the apple cart. Can it find its own way in the wide world?A delightful, gender-inclusive story about exceeding expectations and finding the unconventional path to happiness.
Twenty-seven bodies, vacuum-packed, buried in a woodland trench. Some have been there for years, some for just days. When DI Brendan Foley recognises one of the Warrington 27, he knows this case is about to shake his world. Foley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Iona Madison, delve into the criminal underworld of Manchester and Liverpool.
Apple despised her mother and her mother's whorish ways so much that she couldn't wait to get from under her mother's roof and live the life of a normal teenager. Thankfully she was able to receive maternal love from her grandmother however nothing replaces a 'mother's love'. Sometimes removing one's self from a particular situation doesn't always change the outcome. Many people believe 'behavior' is caused by genetics. Did Apple's mother plant the seeds of her daughter's future? Will Apple be able to live on her own or will she be just like her mother who uses men to fulfill her wants and needs? You know what they say…..”The Apple Don't Fall Far from the Tree”.
Doesn't everyone desire to know where they came from and who they are? Take the journey of an adopted woman in her quest to find answers to these questions and more.
And I believed I could, that I could be anything I wanted to be. But becoming something is easy, like playing a part on a stage. I have been many things in my life--a mother, a waitress, a videographer, a good little girl--but they were all just roles, parts that I have played. Inside, nothing changed. I am still just me, the person my genes and my environment programmed me to be. There is no escape through being something. To truly change we must change how we see ourselves, change its affect on us; after all, if an apple fell into an orange grove, it would still be an apple. No matter how much it might admire the bright, fragrant oranges, it would always be an apple. So no matter what role I play, nothing will change until I change the picture inside. Otherwise I will always be what my reflexes guide me to be, what my inner self sees and has always seen, the child of an alcoholic.
Pat and her husband owned and operated Applewood Farm in Whiteford, Maryland for many years.--Provided by cataloging institution.
Terror. Callousness. Denial. Rebellion. How the four teenage children of leaders in the duchy and the neighboring empire of Hanaobi choose to adapt to their nefarious parents' whims is a matter of survival. Rohesia, daughter of the duke, spends her days hunting "outsiders," fugitives who've snuck onto her father's island duchy. That she lives when even children who resemble her are subject to death hardens her heart to tackle the task. Fastello is the son of the "king" of the raiders who steal from the rich and share with the poor. When aristocrats die in the raids, Fastello questions what his peoples' increasingly wicked methods of survival have cost them. An orphan raised by a convent of mothers, Cateline can think of no higher aim in life than to serve her religion, even if it means turning a blind eye to the suffering of other orphans under the mothers' care. Kojiro, new heir to the Hanaobi empire, must avenge his people against the "barbarians" who live in the duchy, terrified the empress, his own mother, might rather see him die than succeed. When the paths of these four young adults cross, they must rely on one another for survival-but the love of even a malevolent guardian is hard to leave behind.
How does a child raised by a single parent African American Mother go on to graduate in the Top 10 percent of his college class, walkon and play college basketball, become President of his IBM sales training class, close sales of a one half million, 1 million, and 25 million dollars in Paris, Brussels, and Hong Kong and self publish a Best Seller book you ask. Fueled by his Mom's mantra that he could do anything if he put his mind to it, Eric Otis Simmons went on to accomplish all of the above and more. In Not Far From The Tree, Simmons' Memoir, he shares his life story through a series of smaller stories that range from shocking to calamitous to sorrowful to triumphing. Eric takes you through how he stumbled across a court document revealing his Dad's surname was Bailey and that he's not genetically, a Simmons. He jokes about the time his Grandmother caught him and his cousin peeing out of a window, and how they both lived after her spanking. Simmons also opens up about the tragic loss of his daughter and the frightening night his Mother was assaulted at gunpoint and his ensuing anger. You'll walk down the hall with him through the secret tunnel underneath Alabama's State Capitol, where he meets Governor George Corley Wallace for the first time. All he could think about was the Governor's infamous Segregation now, Segregation forever words. Eric's insight into his remarkable career in Sales and Sales Management with Fortune 500 titans IBM, GE, MCI, and others, reveals his strive for excellence centered around opening doors for other minorities. Throughout his Memoir, Simmons masterfully ties together his Mother's teachings and shares how he utilized them to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve academic, athletic, and business success in Corporate America.
""Young lady, you are in trouble now. Two men have spotted you and are headed this way."" One man grabbed Rebekah by her arm and said, ""Look what we found!"" Rebekah drew her sword, swung around, and ran her sword through his shoulder. He fell backward to the floor, screaming in pain. The other man drew his sword and said, ""Okay, little missy, you want to play swords? Let's play!"" Before he took his first swing, Rebekah whipped her sword around and with two swings knocked his sword from his hand, almost removing his hand in the process. Sail the high seas with Princess Rebekah Martin; her first mate, Jack Reese; and the unpredictable pirates that are under her command. Join Rebekah as she and her band of buccaneers raid ships for gold and silver bullion in retaliation for England taking away Rebekah's father's kingdom. But the vengeance Rebekah seeks doesn't stop there. She is also on the hunt for the man who murdered her father before her very eyes. On her journey for revenge, Rebekah meets up with other pirates and bounty hunters, as well as enemies whose only goal is to end her life.