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The Iceberg

Author : Marion Coutts
ISBN : 9780802190529
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Winner of the Wellcome Prize A finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Award “A memoir quite unlike any other. It has the strength of an arrow: taut, spiked, quavering, working to its fatal conclusion...an extraordinary story told in an extraordinary way.”—The Sunday Times “The most heartbreaking memoir of the year.”—Independent on Sunday Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize, and finalist for every major nonfiction award in the UK, including the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Award, The Iceberg is artist and writer Marion Coutts’ astonishing memoir; an “adventure of being and dying “and a compelling, poetic meditation on family, love, and language. In 2008, Tom Lubbock, the chief art critic for The Independent was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Iceberg is his wife, Marion Coutts’, fierce, exquisite account of the two years leading up to his death. In spare, breathtaking prose, Coutts conveys the intolerable and, alongside their two year old son Ev—whose language is developing as Tom’s is disappearing—Marion and Tom lovingly weather the storm together. In short bursts of exquisitely textured prose, The Iceberg becomes a singular work of art and an uplifting and universal story of endurance in the face of loss.

The Iceberg

Author : Marion Coutts
ISBN : 1782393501
Genre : Art critics
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In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife. In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts describes the 18 months leading up to her partner's death. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact. Written with extraordinary narrative force and power, The Iceberg is almost shocking in its rawness. It charts the deterioration of Tom's speech even as it records the developing language of his child. Fury, selfishness, grief, indignity, and impotence are all examined and brought to light. Yet out of this comes a rare story about belonging, an "adventure of being and dying." This book is a celebration of each other, friends, family, art, work, love, and language.

Tip Of The Iceberg

Author : Larry O'Connor
ISBN : 1551302845
Genre : Business & Economics
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Growing up in remote central Canada, Larry O'Connor was spellbound by the country farther north -- the unknowable white expanses, the harsh lives of its indigenous peoples and animals, and the exploits of its legendary explorers. A memoir of self-discovery, 'Tip of the Iceberg' samples the history and lore of the frozen wastes as it reveals a young man's journey across his family's past. O'Connor is the kind of child the Eskimos might have left to the elements: undersized, frail, an outsider. Yet he is wilful, driven to lift the pall that emanates from his father to blanket the entire family. Underlying the physical coldness of place is an emotional chill. O'Connor's father is a stern, secretive man, barely knowable to his son, misunderstood by those around him. While father and son are poles apart in their temperament, O'Connor senses the traces of a hidden, softer man in his father, a man who retreats to a locked box of memorabilia in the middle of the night. O'Connor pushes on in his quest. O'Connor's spare and elegant prose conveys the heartbreaking weight of the unspoken and unseen: relatives who never call or visit, photographs locked in a cedar chest, forgotten obituaries in back issues of the local newspaper. In eerie counterpoint, O'Connor mixes fact and fable about narwhals, the midnight sun, and the elusive Northwest Passage with details of the two lives -- the maturing son and distant father. At the same time O'Connor ponders the spirit-killing ethos of his working-class town: Do your duty and mind your business, no showing off and no complaining. The effect is cumulative, subtle, and inexorable. Tip of the Iceberg is a remarkable story, perfectly modulated by O'Connor's exquisite style and infused with the kind of deep humanity that comes from understanding and forgiveness.

Navigating Loss In Women S Contemporary Memoir

Author : A. Prodromou
ISBN : 9781137482921
Genre : Business & Economics
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Navigating Loss in Women's Contemporary Memoir traces the grief process through the lives of contemporary women writers to show how its complex, multi-layered nature can encourage us towards new understandings of loss.

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Author : John Purdy
ISBN : OXFORD:590818634
Genre : Arctic Ocean
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All Things Consoled

Author : Elizabeth Hay
ISBN : 0771039751
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From Elizabeth Hay, one of Canada's beloved novelists, comes a startling and beautiful memoir about the drama of her parents' end, and the longer drama of being their daughter. Winner of the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonficiton. Jean and Gordon Hay were a colourful, formidable pair. Jean, a late-blooming artist with a marvellous sense of humour, was superlatively frugal; nothing got wasted, not even maggoty soup. Gordon was a proud and ambitious schoolteacher with a terrifying temper, a deep streak of melancholy, and a devotion to flowers, cars, words, and his wife. As old age collides with the tragedy of living too long, these once ferociously independent parents become increasingly dependent on Lizzie, the so-called difficult child. By looking after them in their final decline, she hopes to prove that she can be a good daughter after all. In this courageous memoir, written with tough-minded candour, tenderness, and wit, Elizabeth Hay lays bare the exquisite agony of a family's dynamics--entrenched favouritism, sibling rivalries, grievances that last for decades, genuine admiration, and enduring love. In the end, she reaches a more complete understanding of the most unforgettable characters she will ever know, the vivid giants in her life who were her parents.

Voyage Of The Iceberg

Author : Richard Brown
ISBN : 1550286323
Genre : Arctic regions
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Richard Brown's book tells the story of the world's most famous iceberg as well as the story of the Inuit bands, sailors, and explorers who saw it before its collision.

Moose Memoirs And Lobster Tales

Author : John McDonald
ISBN : 9781608934478
Genre : Humor
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John McDonald has been making people laugh for decades with his humorous yarns poking fun at people from away, people from Maine, and life in general. Following up the wildly popular A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar, the "Dean of Maine Storytelling" offers a new collection of stories that will make you laugh till you cry and cry till you laugh. Here's a new round of classic stories brimming with half truths, stretched truths, and wry observations about life in Maine.

The Rest Of The Iceberg

Author : Jerie Catillo
ISBN : 1726707970
Genre : Fiction
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Jerie Catillo is the author of a memoir entitled "With Broken Wings," the wrenching story of a life filled with abuse both emotionally and physically, and how she was able to maintain her sanity and positive outlook. However, there were dark secrets Catillo didn't, couldn't tell in her memoir because they were too painful, and because the truth might hurt others. Jerie experienced a life she wouldn't wish on anyone else. Her children rejected her, two husbands abused her and almost damaged her beyond repair. The church, which should have been a source of consolation, added to the pain Dark, shadowy figures haunted her and her third husband, Rocco-her savior and best friend-tormenting them. To add to the heavy burden of emotional and physical abuse, Catillo's health failed with a plethora of illnesses that threaten her life every day. While this story is fiction, there is a strong undercurrent of truth. So many women today deal with mounting pressures in this violent and crazy world we live in. Jerie Catillo's new novel will encourage all of those women dealing with abuse to cope. If she can do, Jerie knows, you can, too. "With Broken Wings" was the tip of the iceberg. Now read the evocative and emotive story and find strength in The Rest of the Iceberg!

Tip Of The Iceberg

Author : Mark Adams
ISBN : 9781101985113
Genre : Travel
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From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, a fascinating, wild, and wonder-filled journey into Alaska, America's last frontier In 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury "floating university," populated by some of America's best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir. Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. More than a hundred years later, Alaska is still America's most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws one million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and as a natural resources larder waiting to be raided. As ever, it remains a magnet for weirdos and dreamers. Armed with Dramamine and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition. Traveling town to town by water, Adams ventures three thousand miles north through Wrangell, Juneau, and Glacier Bay, then continues west into the colder and stranger regions of the Aleutians and the Arctic Circle. Along the way, he encounters dozens of unusual characters (and a couple of very hungry bears) and investigates how lessons learned in 1899 might relate to Alaska's current struggles in adapting to the pressures of a changing climate and world.

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