With or Without You

A Memoir Domenica Ruta. ing Jagger with the dizzy helplessness one feels for a lost pet. He and Kathi drove around looking for him, hanging their heads out the window and yelling his name. The dog was gone. They gave up and went back to ...

With or Without You

With or Without You

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A haunting, unforgettable mother-daughter story for a new generation—the debut of a blazing new lyrical voice NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Kathi frequently kept Domenica home from school to watch such classics as the Godfather movies and everything by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, telling her, “This is more important. I promise. You’ll thank me later.” And despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta’s unconventional coming of age—a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit ’90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving. Praise for With or Without You “A luminous, layered accomplishment.”—The New York Times Book Review “A singular new coming-of-age memoir traces one girl’s twisting path up from mean streets (and parents) to the reflective life of a writer. . . . The burgeoning canon of literary memoir . . . begets another winner in Domenica Ruta’s searing With or Without You. . . . [A] gloriously gutsy memory-work.”—Elle “Stunning . . . comes across as a bleaker, funnier, R-rated version of The Glass Castle and marks the arrival of a blazing new voice in literature.”—Entertainment Weekly “Valiant and heartbreaking.”—Bust “Powerful . . . Ruta found an unconventional voice, a scary good mixture of erudition and hardened street smarts. Her writing is also, as they say in Danvers, wicked funny—though in her case wicked is more an adjective than an intensifier. . . . [With or Without You] hums with jangled energy and bristles with sharp edges. . . . Ruta writes with unflinching honesty.”—Slate “Bracingly funny and poignant.”—The Boston Globe “Exceedingly powerful.”—Booklist

With or Without You

She was on her fifth sheet of paper when a nurse she didn't recognize came in, all white clogs and blue scrubs. “Well, what's this? ... “Are you writing your memoir?” he said, grinning, and she ignored ... Stella With or Without You 121.

With or Without You

With or Without You

“Leavitt has crafted an irresistible portrait of midlife ennui and the magic of breaking free.” —People “With or Without You is a moving novel about twists of fate, the shifting terrain of love, and coming into your own. With tenderness and incisive insight, Leavitt spotlights a woman's unexpected journey towards her art.” —Madeline Miller, author of Circe A Best Book of the Month: Bustle * PopSugar New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt writes novels that expertly explore the struggles and conflicts that people face in their search for happiness. For the characters in With or Without You, it seems at first that such happiness can come only at someone else’s expense. Stella is a nurse who has long suppressed her own needs and desires to nurture the dreams of her partner, Simon, the bass player for a rock band that has started to lose its edge. But when Stella gets unexpectedly ill and falls into a coma just as Simon is preparing to fly with his band to Los Angeles for a gig that could revive his career, Simon must learn the meaning of sacrifice, while Stella’s best friend, Libby, a doctor who treats Stella, must also make a difficult choice as the coma wears on. When Stella at last awakes from her two-month sleep, she emerges into a striking new reality where Simon and Libby have formed an intense bond, and where she discovers that she has acquired a startling artistic talent of her own: the ability to draw portraits of people in which she captures their innermost feelings and desires. Stella’s whole identity, but also her role in her relationships, has been scrambled, and she has the chance to form a new life, one she hadn’t even realized she wanted. A story of love, loyalty, loss, and resilience, With or Without You is a page-turner that asks the question, What do we owe the other people in our lives, and when does the cost become too great?

Personal Effects

Her: A Memoir. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2013. Pearce, Richard. “To the Light.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 24, no. ... The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty, and Belonging. ... With or Without You: A Memoir.

Personal Effects

Personal Effects

Celebrating one of the most important Italian American female authors of our time, Personal Effects offers a lucid view of Louise DeSalvo as a writer who has produced a vast and provocative body of memoir writing, a scholar who has enriched our understanding of Virginia Woolf, and a teacher who has transformed countless lives. More than an anthology, Personal Effects represents an author case study and an example for modern Italian American interdisciplinary scholarship. Personal Effects examines DeSalvo’s memoirs as works that push the boundaries of the most controversial genre of the past few decades. In these works, the author fearlessly explores issues such as immigration, domesticity, war, adultery, illness, mental health, sexuality, the environment, and trauma through the lens of gender, ethnic, and working-class identity. Alongside her groundbreaking scholarship, DeSalvo’s memoirs attest to the power and influence of this feminist Italian American writer.

Last Day

“ Following her powerful memoir , With or Without You , Domenica Ruta's debut novel , Last Day , combines her beautiful use of language with a thoughtful and compelling story . . . . Engrossing and thought - provoking , this unusual ...

Last Day

Last Day

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • The fates of a cast of seemingly unconnected people converge during the celebration of an ancient holiday in “a darkly glittering novel” (The New York Times) that brings to mind Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles. “A beautifully written, thought-provoking book about life at the end.”—Refinery29 In Domenica Ruta’s profoundly original novel, the end of the world comes once a year. Every May 28, humanity gathers to anticipate the planet’s demise—and to celebrate as if the day is truly its last. On this holiday, three intersecting sets of characters embark on a possibly last-chance quest for redemption. In Boston, bookish wunderkind Sarah is looking for love and maybe a cosmic reversal from the much older Kurt, a tattoo artist she met at last year’s Last Day BBQ—but he’s still trying to make amends to the family he destroyed long ago. Dysfunctional Karen keeps getting into trouble, especially when the voices she’s been hearing coax her to abandon everything to search for her long-lost adoptive brother; her friend Rosette has left the Jehovah’s Witnesses to follow a new pastor at the Last Kingdom on Earth, where she brings Karen on this fateful day. Meanwhile, above them all, three astronauts on the International Space Station, Bear, an American; Russian Svec; and billionaire Japanese space tourist Yui, contemplate their lives as well as their precious Earth from afar. With sparkling wit, verbal ingenuity, and wild imagination, Ruta has created an alternate world in which an ancient holiday brings into stark reflection our deepest dreams, desires, hopes, and fears. In this tour-de-force debut novel she has written a dazzling, haunting love letter to humanity and to our planet. Praise for Last Day “In Ruta’s fiction debut, each May 28 people around the world gather to celebrate what could be the end of the world. The author chooses seven quite different characters, tied together in various ways (romantically, for one pair; orbiting Earth on a space station for three others). Her focus on individual needs and choices as disaster potentially looms gives her story emotional heft.”—The Washington Post “Domenica Ruta’s empathy is broad and deep, her prose fine-grained, her humor sharp but tender. Last Day is a life-affirming antidote to these pre-apocalyptic times.”—Teddy Wayne, author of Loner

With Or Without You

Unflinching in the face of messy questions , With or Without You tells the all - too - real story of how sin ... In this engaging memoir , Conant refuses to whitewash his own failures or soften the edges of his shattered spirit .

With Or Without You

With Or Without You

Conant leads readers on a spiritual journey through love and divorce.

Bonded to the Abuser

Lies my mother never told me: A memoir. New York: HarperLuxe. Julich, S. (2005). ... You ain't got no Easter clothes: A memoir. New York: Hyperion. Maguire, T. (2006). ... With or without you: A memoir. New York: Random House Group.

Bonded to the Abuser

Bonded to the Abuser

Tens of thousands of children are removed from home each year due to some form of child maltreatment, usually physical neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse, although sometimes for emotional abuse as well. An additional significant number of children are victims of child maltreatment but remain in their home. Extensive research reveals the far reaching and long lasting negative impact of maltreatment on child victims, including on their physical, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. One particularly troubling and complicated aspect is how the child victim forms (and maintains) a “traumatic bond” with his abuser, even becoming protective and defensive of that person despite the pain and suffering they have caused. This book will provide the reader with the essential experience of understanding how children make meaning of being maltreated by a parent, and how these traumatic bonds form and last. Through an examination of published memoirs of abuse, the authors analyze and reveal the commonalities in the stories to uncover the ways in which adult victims of childhood abuse understand and digest the traumatic experiences of their childhoods. This understanding can inform interventions and treatments designed for this vulnerable population and can help family and friends of victims understand more fully the maltreatment experience “from the inside out.”

The Routledge History of Italian Americans

Other times, they tell stories of addictions, as in Domenica Ruta's With or Without You (2013), her memoir of growing up with a drug-addicted mother, fighting her own alcoholism. Three books by Louise DeSalvo emerge from the depth of ...

The Routledge History of Italian Americans

The Routledge History of Italian Americans

The Routledge History of Italian Americans weaves a narrative of the trials and triumphs of one of the nation’s largest ethnic groups. This history, comprising original essays by leading scholars and critics, addresses themes that include the Columbian legacy, immigration, the labor movement, discrimination, anarchism, Fascism, World War II patriotism, assimilation, gender identity and popular culture. This landmark volume offers a clear and accessible overview of work in the growing academic field of Italian American Studies. Rich illustrations bring the story to life, drawing out the aspects of Italian American history and culture that make this ethnic group essential to the American experience.

We Got This

topics she loves to incorporate into her personal essays and novels. ... Were Born to Be Loved”; coeditor) is the author of the New York Times bestseller With or Without You, a memoir about growing up with a heroin-addicted solo mom.

We Got This

We Got This

In the United States, more than 15 million women are parenting children on their own, either by circumstance or by choice. Too often these moms who do it all have been misrepresented and maligned. Not anymore. In We Got This, seventy-five solo mom writers tell the truth about their lives—their hopes and fears, their resilience and setbacks, their embarrassments and triumphs. Some of these writers’ names will sound familiar, like Amy Poehler, Anne Lamott, and Elizabeth Alexander, while others are about to become unforgettable. Bound together by their strength, pride, and—most of all— their dedication to their children, they broadcast a universal and empowering message: You are not alone, solo moms—and your tenacity, courage, and fierce love are worthy of celebration.

California Dreamin A 19 year Old Indian Sikh s Memoir Journey to California Romance Trials Tribulations

That doesn't change the fact I am miserable in India without you.” I squeezed her hand and added, “If it is any consolation, I'm miserable here without you. I don't see any way we can change our situation. You can't stay here, ...

California Dreamin   A 19 year Old Indian Sikh s Memoir  Journey to California  Romance  Trials   Tribulations

California Dreamin A 19 year Old Indian Sikh s Memoir Journey to California Romance Trials Tribulations

California Dreaming is about my journey to America for higher studies in 1961 and my difficult first 2 years. On the way I had a wonderful shipboard romance with Kavita, a tall Indian woman. We parted in Italy and we were heartbroken. Before we could meet in America she had to rush back to India because Grandmother had a heart attack. Later she visited with her mother. The highlight was her trying on a bikini. What a beautiful sight--voluptuous breasts, curvy body, long legs! It was huge turn-on and later we enjoyed passionate lovemaking. Love of my life could not stay and had to return to India. I wondered if I would see her again. College in Indiana was great, but I could not handle snow and California was calling! Driving there in an old car was adventurous. Discrimination was high against a turbaned Sikh. No decent jobs were available to me. Finally I got a job at a packinghouse. It was hard keeping my head above water while studying at Fresno State. Where is Kavita? Are we destined to be together?

The Memoir of Ivan Muriel

Thank you to everyone I have written about on the previous pages. Without you, I would have had nothing to write about. Thank you to the city for being so walkable. Thank you to my grandfather for being he only person who was there for ...

The Memoir of Ivan Muriel

The Memoir of Ivan Muriel

Marvin, a lonely book store owner, finds a book he's never seen on his shelves before. The book is intriguing to him. It is hand bound and the story contains no names, no author and no title. In a quest to find out how the book arrived in his store, Marvin unravels a mysterious friendship that forces him out of the bookstore and into his own story.

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