A Widow's Story

A Memoir

Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062082639

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 7438

Unlike anything Joyce Carol Oates has written before, A Widow’s Story is the universally acclaimed author’s poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six years, and its wrenching, surprising aftermath. A recent recipient of National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Oates, whose novels (Blonde, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, Little Bird of Heaven, etc.) rank among the very finest in contemporary American fiction, offers an achingly personal story of love and loss. A Widow’s Story is a literary memoir on a par with The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Calvin Trillin’s About Alice.
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A Widow's Story

A Memoir

Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007388160

Category: Authors, American

Page: 415

View: 3840

My husband died, my life collapsed.
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Filled with Gold

A Widow's Story

Author: Melissa Pierce,Christine Fadden

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781547228430


Page: 202

View: 7734

Melissa Grahek Pierce clearly remembers the morning everything changed for her and her family. It was a snowy Saturday when she discovered her husband dead in their mountainside home. As Melissa began to process her deep grief, she knew that she simply couldn't fall to pieces. She had two sons to take care of, and they needed her support more than ever. In this inspirational memoir, Melissa details the challenges of transitioning to single motherhood. Several years earlier, Melissa and her husband had adopted their two sons and left Portland, Oregon, seeking a quieter life. As Melissa began struggling with her bereavement, the isolation of her remote community made things even more difficult. The couple had planned to raise their family in the country, but that was one future that would never come to pass. Melissa invites you into the toughest time in her life as she struggled to make decisions that would bring her the support she needed and give her sons the stable environment they craved. Her new book, Filled With Gold, was written with the help of Christine Fadden. It will be a welcome read for any parent struggling with bereavement and the challenges of moving forward.
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Twenty-Eight Snow Angels

A Widow's Story of Love, Loss and Renewal

Author: Diane Dettmann

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432777043

Category: Bereavement

Page: 207

View: 7207

Diane Dettmanns memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widows Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, invites the reader into her personal experience of grief, as she faces life alone, after the sudden death of her 54 year old husband. With honesty, Dettmann reveals her daily struggles and the realities of grief. Readers feel her pain and at the same time rejoice in her commitment to succeed. Her story inspires hope as the reader discovers that they can build a meaningful lifealone or with someone newafter a devastating loss."I'm grateful Diane had the courage to share her personal story so honestly, widows will gain from her experience." Marty Tousley, nationally certified Bereavement Counselor, "Hospice of the Valley" Phoenix, AZ."Dianes emotions and feelings can be easily identified by anyone who lost their spouse, myself included. She validates those of us still on that journey of grief, allowing us to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We must have faith and hope as we build a new future for ourselves and enjoy life once again."-Dominic Murgido founder of SudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group In Twenty-Eight Snow Angels, writer Diane Dettmann gives us a poignant account of a life badly rent and ultimately revitalized in a way we can all take to heart. Peggy Lang, award-winning ghostwriter "Recently listed in "American Widow Project" online bookstore. More information at https://www.amazon.com/author/dianedettmann Also at http://www.muttonline.com/
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A Widow’s Story: A Memoir

Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007388195

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 450

View: 2234

“My husband died, my life collapsed.”
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The Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition)

Author: Chris Van Allsburg

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547528116

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 1043

A 25th anniversary edition of the enchanting story of a widow who finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom after a witch falls into her garden. Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed—now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary.
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The Widow of the South

Author: Robert Hicks

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9780759514430

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 4309

Carnton Plantation, 1894: Carrie McGavock is an old woman who tends the graves of the almost 1,500 soldiers buried there. As she walks among the dead, an elderly man appears--the same soldier she met that fateful day long ago. Today, he asks if the cemetery has room for one more. Based on an extraordinary true story, this brilliant, meticulously researched novel flashes back to 1864 and the afternoon of the Civil War. While the fierce fighting rages on Carrie's land, her plantation turns into a Confederate army hospital; four generals lie dead on her back porch; the pile of amputated limbs rises as tall as the smoke house. But when a wounded soldier named Zachariah Cashwell arrives at her house, he awakens feelings she had thought long dead--and inspires a passion as powerful and unforgettable as the war that consumes a nation.
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Life at the End of the Tunnel

A Widow's Story of Loss and Then Finding Life at the End of the Tunnel

Author: Kimberly Silva

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781480080034

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

View: 2185

From new author Kimberly (Brue) Silva, comes the memoir about losing one's husband through a painful and detailed dying process, the attempt to find her "new normal," and the finding of love and blessings from beyond... We were all around him when he died....some of us holding his hands, some touching his arm gently; my 7 year old daughter had her pinky finger gently wrapped around his. There was a moment when he pulled back his spirit, almost like he wanted to stay. And then he let go.... and traveled ahead of us into the light. The months leading up to this moment had been a whirlwind, the downhill spiral starting only three months prior. The violent shock of the initial news, the next-day brain surgery, the scary seizures, the many pills, wiping his tears when he was scared, shaving his head when too many were falling out, feeding him strawberry ice cream while 5 year old Katie wound silly bands around his thin wrists while he was in bed, and eventual teary-eyed whispers of "you can go, the kids and I will be okay." We had barely had time to start to swallow the news received in mid-March and now we had to digest this moment where he is gone, only three months later. This was the latest in an odd year, and the next year would be unbelievable as well. As I was going through these last two years of my life, there were many things that happened that didn't have an explanation. Some of these seemed to be guided from above, others should have answers in this world but I couldn't find any..... I had searched for information on what to expect as my husband was losing his battle to cancer. Such as how does the body change, as he starts to lose his battle? What would be the stages of death physically, mentally, emotionally? How do I best meet his needs while still maintaining myself, my family, and our home? How do I spoon feed an adult? Do I choose hospice at home? How do you actually tell him he's going to die? What does it feel like to look at him each day and know your 39 year old husband is going to die soon? What is it like to hold the hand of your husband as his life slips into the next world? What does it feel like to pick out the clothes he will wear in his casket? What's it like to know there's a tsunami on due course that's going to change your life forever? And later, what's it like to live and love again and also have countless blessings fall into your lap? After watching death take my dear husband, I was flooded with signs that he was around us, helping us, loving us, and saying "hi." Countless blessings started coming our way - the coins, the visions, the electronics and songs coming on out of the blue - the overwhelming signs were all over the place. It was clear that his life didn't end, and in fact it may have only been the beginning. Then only four months after he passed, I met the man who would change my new life. I quickly realized the magic was just starting; the signs were coming daily now, and the feeling of being "guided" was almost overwhelming. Not only was I living again, but I was living in a world of blessings and little 'hello's' from Kevin, so powerful I almost felt unworthy.....if it weren't for the fact that I felt like there was a certain path being laid out in front of me (in front of the new "us"). This book walks through these life experiences, taking you through the physical and emotional journey of a world that has historically been rather secretive. Real emotion, in real time. Whether you are watching someone close to you die, or not, it can give one perspective of saying goodbye, and then saying hello to life at the end of the tunnel.
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A Child Widow's Story

Author: Monica Felton

Publisher: Katha

ISBN: 9788187649915

Category: Child marriage

Page: 279

View: 9748

A moving biography of a charming woman, Sister Subbalakshmi, and the inspiring story of her great reform.
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Poor Widow Me

Moments of feeling & dealing & finding the funny along the way

Author: Carol Scibelli

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0983261016

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 80

View: 8527

Poor Widow Me: Moments of feeling & dealing & finding the funny along the way captures the essence of widowhood with a fresh, smart, often humorous, always searingly honest perspective in a collection of 84 bits about life after a husband dies that will bring a unique sense of grief relief to widows and their loved ones, emphasizing that when we lose our spouse we don't lose ourselves. Carol Scibelli is a comedy writer so she is wired to be funny, so there is plenty to chuckle about in the book. Humor is honest, laughing is healing. And, although these incidents are from her life, the core of her story is very much every widow's story. When Carol's husband realized he wasn't going to live, he said to her "This is going to be a life-changer for you. It will be an adventure." She often says to him in death what she rarely said to him in life, "You were right, honey."
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Author: Michelle Latiolais

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781934137307

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 6288

Presents a collection of short stories that focus on the loss of a lifetime partner.
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A Widow's Walk

A Memoir of 9/11

Author: Marian Fontana

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439128367

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 5241

The inspiring story of love, loss, and recovery of a 9/11 widow. On September 11, 2001, Marian Fontana lost her husband, Dave, a firefighter from the elite Squad 1 in Brooklyn, in the World Trade Center attack. A Widow's Walk begins that fateful morning, when Marian, a playwright and comedienne, became a widow, a single mother, and an unlikely activist. Two weeks after 9/11, the city attempted to close Squad 1, which had suffered the loss of twelve men. Known for her feisty spirit and passionate loyalty, Marian, who was still reeling from her profound loss, began to mobilize the neighborhood to keep the firehouse open. From this unlikely platform the 9/11 Widows and Victims' Families Association grew. Over the next twelve months, Marian struggled with the tragedy's endless ripple effects, from the minute and deeply personal—she wonders who will play Star Wars with her son, Aidan, and carry him on his shoulders; to the collective: she works to get families and widows necessary information about the recovery effort and attends private meetings with Governor Pataki, Mayor Giuliani, Senator Clinton, and Mayor Bloomberg. Through it all, Marian's irrepressible humor is her best armor, as well as evidence of her buoyant strength. Written with great heart and humanity, A Widow's Walk is a timely opportunity for remembrance and a timeless testament to love's loss and the resilience of the human spirit.
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The Widow's Husband

Author: Sheila Evans

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 150402401X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 866

It’s hard enough to have your mate die suddenly, but even harder to discover that he had a second life, which included a mistress, and that their estate was largely depleted because of his gifts to his paramour. Peg must put herself back together again and do it rapidly. With beautifully worded insights, Sheila Evans has created a multi-faceted character, one that you can root for, a woman who has been dangerously out-of-touch with herself but summons up, with courage, self-deprecation, and humor, the ability to reinvent herself.
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Saturday Night Widows

The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

Author: Becky Aikman

Publisher: Crown Pub

ISBN: 0307590437

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 337

View: 6937

Six marriages, six heartbreaks, one shared beginning. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, Aikman explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and forms a group with five other young widows to test her unconventional ideas.
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The Widows' Adventures

A Novel

Author: Charles Dickinson

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062387820

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9511

Two widowed sisters drive from Chicago to California: Helene, the driver, is a blind diabetic and Ina, the navigator, is overly fond of beer. (Nancy Pearl)
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Grief Denied

A Vietnam Widow's Story

Author: Pauline Laurent

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 231

View: 9578

The experience of this book is monumental in every way. Pauline's incredible strength and perservance in facing her grief head-on and her ability to so completely transform her pain into beauty is truly awesome.In reading this book, I had to come to terms with my own grief over the loss of my twin babies, in addition to the more incidental losses in my life. I felt this grief in my body, That Pauline could communicate her pain in such a real manifestation is staggering. In writing this book Pauline has put the ladder in the well so that we can all climb up through the darkness of grief and be healed. The hearts of those who read this book cannot help but be filled by the love Pauline has filled her own heart with. This is how our collective healing can truly begin and Pauline is the ladder.
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A Gift of Love

A Widow’s Memoir

Author: Linda Della Donna

Publisher: ArchwayPublishing

ISBN: 1480804010

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 120

View: 2855

Like two chips in a cookie, Linda and Ed Sclier were rolling happily along in their marriage—only to have everything come undone when Ed was diagnosed with cancer. Less than a year later, he died, turning Linda’s world upside down. In A Gift of Love, she narrates her grief journey, shares the highlights of the wonderful man she fell in love with and married, describes the love they shared, and tells about the woman she has become since her soul mate died. While tracing a golden thread of treasured memories, A Gift of Love shares the struggles of a dying man, his untimely death, and his widow’s deepest sorrows. Telling the story of their lives and her sorrow with grace and honesty, Linda gives a step-by-step accounting of love, loss, and the celebration of her soul mate’s end, while marking her new beginning. More than fulfilling the promise she made to her husband on his deathbed to write his story, this memoir teaches life’s valuable lesson: when you lose a spouse, life goes on—and love does live forever. Most of all, it acts as a reminder that though life can change suddenly, each one of us possesses the power to decide to accept the unthinkable.
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The Widow's War

A Novel

Author: Sally Cabot Gunning

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061870595

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 1994

Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler's wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts—running their house herself during her husband's long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return. And when her worst fear is realized, she finds herself doubly cursed. She is overwhelmed by grief, and her property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male relative: her daughter's overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot abide. Lyddie decides to challenge both law and custom for control of her destiny, but she soon discovers the price of her bold "war" for personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dear. Includes the fascinating "story behind the story" of The Widow's War, a map of colonial Brewster, and a driving tour of the village of Satucket.
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The Widow's Tale

Author: Mick Jackson

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571258719

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3969

A newly-widowed woman has done a runner. She just jumped in her car, abandoned her (very nice) house in north London and kept on driving until she reached the Norfolk coast. Now she's rented a tiny cottage and holed herself away there, if only to escape the ceaseless sympathy and insincere concern. She's not quite sure, but thinks she may be having a bit of a breakdown. Or perhaps this sense of dislocation is perfectly normal in the circumstances. All she knows is that she can't sleep and may be drinking a little more than she ought to. But as her story unfolds we discover that her marriage was far from perfect. That it was, in fact, full of frustration and disappointment, as well as one or two significant secrets, and that by running away to this particular village she might actually be making her own personal pilgrimage. By turns elegiac and highly comical, The Widow's Tale conjures up this most defiantly unapologetic of narrators as she begins to pick over the wreckage of her life and decide what has real value and what she should leave behind.
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