We have some interesting non-fiction titles this month, with biographies and memoirs from a variety of authors!
From the best-selling author of The Tall Man and The Arsonist, Chloe Hooper, comes a personal tale about death, life and the enchantment of stories, includes illustrations by Anna Walker; Finding Me, the deeply personal, brutally honest account of Viola’s inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present-day career; Speaking in Tongues, A memoir of breaking free and reinvention; Out of the Box, three women, three voices, three generations: the Silbery family share their most personal memories and the lessons they’ve learned; and Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher, true tale of a brilliant and eccentric surgeon…and his quest to transplant the human soul
by Chloe Hooper
From the best-selling author of The Tall Man and The Arsonist, a personal tale about death, life and the enchantment of stories. With illustrations by Anna Walker.
Let me tell you a story…
When Chloe Hooper’s partner is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive illness, she has to find a way to tell their two young sons. By instinct, she turns to the bookshelf. Can the news be broken as a bedtime tale? Is there a perfect book to prepare children for loss?
Hooper embarks on a quest to find what practical lessons children’s literature—with its innocent orphans and evil adults, magic, monsters and anthropomorphic animals—can teach about grief and resilience in real life. From the Brothers Grimm to Frances Hodgson Burnett and Tolkien and Dahl—all of whom suffered childhood bereavements—she follows the breadcrumbs of the world’s favourite authors, searching for the deep wisdom in their books and lives.
Both memoir and manual, Bedtime Story is stunningly illustrated by the New York Times award-winning Anna Walker. In an age of worldwide uncertainty, here is a profound and moving exploration of the dark and light of storytelling.
by Viola Davis
FINDING ME is the deeply personal, brutally honest account of Viola’s inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present-day career.
In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life changing decision to stop running forever.
This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose and my strength, but also to finding my voice in a world that didn’t always see me.
As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. They are bogarted, reinvented to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental world. So I wrote this for anyone who is searching for a way to understand and overcome a complicated past, let go of shame, and find acceptance. For anyone who needs reminding that a life worth living can only be born from radical honesty and the courage to shed facades and be…you.
Finding Me is a deep reflection on my past and a promise for my future. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.
Speaking in Tongues
by Tom Tilley
When you no longer believe in eternity, every moment counts — A memoir of breaking free and reinvention
From the outside, Tom Tilley’s childhood seemed ordinary. The first son of a pastor, he grew up in a beautiful country town where life revolved around football, his loving family and their Pentecostal faith. But behind church doors, a strictly enforced set of rules included a looming ultimatum: if Tom didn’t speak in tongues, he’d go to hell and be outcast from his close-knit, devout community.
The older Tom became, the more he questioned the teachings of the church, especially around speaking in tongues. And the more he heard about his parents’ adventurous lives before they found God, the more he wanted the freedom to make those ‘mistakes’ that the church forbade. Eventually, after years of suppressing his doubts in silence, Tom spoke up. Having the courage to do so came at a huge personal cost, leading to a decision that would take his family to breaking point. What happened next is surprising, and Tom’s journey to independence will inspire readers to ask what’s true in their own lives and who they really are.
Told with empathy and searing honesty, Speaking in Tongues is a powerful coming-of-age story about questioning the life created for you and building your true self, one recycled brick at a time.
Out of the Box
by Izzy, Emmie and Kerry Silbery
Three women, three voices, three generations: the Silbery family share their most personal memories and the lessons they’ve learned.
You know them as Isabelle, Kerry and Emmie Silbery from Foxtel’s and Channel 10’s series Gogglebox, in which they share their thoughts on the week’s TV highlights, and also show what a supportive and loving family they are. In Out of the Box, these strong, independent women open up like never before, sharing intensely personal stories and considered opinions on the female experience – which has changed enormously during their lifetimes. Motherhood, infidelity, grief, money, feminism, body hair … no topic is off limits. This book will inspire mothers and daughters to start talking and sharing, and having those conversations that will bring them closer together.
Diving deep beneath the surface we see on our screens, this memoir is equal parts moving, hilarious and devastating, as Isabelle, Kerry and Emmie reveal personal moments in their lives like never before. Private struggles, family heartache and plenty of sex, there is much more to the Silberys than meets the eye. Through it all, we get a greater sense of just how close and connected these mothers and daughters are. Like any family, they don’t see eye-to-eye on everything but, no matter what, their love for each other always triumphs.
Mr. Humble And Dr. Butcher
by Brandy Schillace
The “delightfully macabre” (The New York Times) true tale of a brilliant and eccentric surgeon…and his quest to transplant the human soul.
In the early days of the Cold War, a spirit of desperate scientific rivalry birthed a different kind of space race: not the race to outer space that we all know, but a race to master the inner space of the human body. While surgeons on either side of the Iron Curtain competed to become the first to transplant organs like the kidney and heart, a young American neurosurgeon had an even more ambitious thought: Why not transplant the brain?
Dr. Robert White was a friend to two popes and a founder of the Vatican’s Commission on Bioethics. He developed lifesaving neurosurgical techniques still used in hospitals today and was nominated for the Nobel Prize. But like Dr. Jekyll before him, Dr. White had another identity. In his lab, he was waging a battle against the limits of science and against mortality itself—working to perfect a surgery that would allow the soul to live on after the human body had died.
This “fascinating” (The Wall Street Journal), “provocative” (The Washington Post) tale follows his decades-long quest into tangled matters of science, Cold War politics, and faith, revealing the complex (and often murky) ethics of experimentation and remarkable innovations that today save patients from certain death. It’s a “masterful” (Science) look at our greatest fears and our greatest hopes—and the long, strange journey from science fiction to science fact.
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