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Hello Y'all. My path in life was not a choice for me to make. I was set on a journey as a gay youth, at the age of 14 in the late 1970's. The battles with my family, organized religion, anti gay conversion therapy, homelessness as a minor, mental illness, as well as government and institutionalized discrimination have made me the man I am today. Surviving brutal hate crimes, trying to live, love, and have my piece of the American Dream. I hope to inspire other with my life's story. Big Hug's Y'all Fifi
What happens when small town bigotry meets big city progressiveness? Trans-Trap! Trans-Trap is the latest work by Ms. Fifi Frost. Fifi won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for her riveting memoir, Rusted Rhinestones. Trans-Trap is not your usual coming of age story. Meet Jamie and Chris, two teens attending Chicken Foot High School, in Chicken Foot, La. They learn first hand how a rumor can destroy lives. We learn just how far some will go to keep a lie alive. Jamie learns that he will never fit in, as he is set on a path to self-discovery while facing what seems to be impossible odds along the way. From white supremacist to crooked law enforcement. With a plot ripped straight from today's headlines and a storyline worthy of the silver screen. Trans-Trap will take the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions, wondering what will happen with each page turn. Follow each character, some you will love, some not. Written with humor and compassion, Trans-Trap is sure to be a story you will not soon forget. Adult themes, and language earns this story a trigger warning and is not for children.
Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's first novel, is the story of Hazel Motes who, released from the armed services, returns to the evangelical Deep South. There he begins a private battle against the religiosity of the community and in particular against Asa Hawkes, the 'blind' preacher, and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In desperation Hazel founds his own religion, 'The Church without Christ', and this extraordinary narrative moves towards its savage and macabre resolution. 'A literary talent that has about it the uniqueness of greatness.' Sunday Telegraph 'No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation.' The New Yorker 'A genius.' New York Times
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Funny and heartbreaking, this New York Times bestselling debut perfectly captures the maddening confusion of adolescence and the prickly nature of family with irony and unerring honesty. Harley Altmyer should be in college having the time of his life. He should be free from the backwards Pennsylvania coal town he calls home, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he’s constantly reminded of just how messed up everything is... Harley’s mother is in prison for killing his father, so he’s in charge of bringing up his younger sisters and working two jobs to pay the bills—and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for distractions. But lately, he’s getting more and more sidetracked by lusting after Callie Mercer, his middle-aged neighbor. As he struggles to keep it together, things begin to spin out of control. Soon Harley finds that as shattered as his family is, there are still more crushing surprises in store. “In Harley, O’Dell has created a hero who’s heartbreakingly believable; like Holden Caulfield, he uses caustic humor to hide his pain. Readers will care very much about him and his future, if indeed he has one.”—St. Petersburg Times
Winner of the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. But when Lamb decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects. Lamb is a masterful exploration of the dynamics of love and dependency that challenges the boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, confronts preconceived notions about conventional morality, and exposes mankind’s eroded relationship with nature.
Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.
A handmade card can express personal sentiments like nothing else, and card makers will find this 288-page collection invaluable for its wide variety of inspiration and ideas. It offers more than 500 of the best card projects from the editors of Paper Crafts¨ magazine and its Card Creations special issues, plus 20 brand-new cards. This irresistible card-making resource will help all through the year, including major holidays, traditional family milestones for all ages, and special occasions. There are cards full of impressive techniques, and quick and easy varieties for last-minute designs. Over 350 can be completed in 5 steps or less. Paper crafters can create to their heart's content!
“Utterly charming.” —NPR “Cinematic.” —Teen Vogue “Funny and sweet.” —Buzzfeed “Dazzling.” —Bustle Three starred reviews for this charming romantic comedy about an aspiring teen filmmaker who finds her voice and falls in love, from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi. Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2. When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil. Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough? Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
"Congratulations: It's a lesbian." Maybe it would have been easier for Sandra McCay if the news had been broken at her daughter Lila's birth. She might even have responded with a wisecrack: "Oy vey, my daughter's gay?" After all she and her husband were open-minded, modern parents and Sandra was brought up on a diet of Jewish humour. Seventeen years later Lila announced to her parents that she was gay and Sandra's open- mindedness and wisecracking dried up. Her relationships with her daughter, husband, son and herself were about to be severely tested. Oy Vey, My Daughter's Gay is Sandra's humorous memoir of her family's big gay rollercoaster ride, from the mind numbing lows of fear, confusion and indignation to the soaring heights of laughter, love and joy. The family's bumpy ride may be over, but for Lila, almost twenty years after coming out, it continues. As a lesbian, albeit one living in the Western world, Lila still faces challenges - though there can also be occasional perks. Sandra provides the reader with fascinating insights into how Lila being gay still impacts on her daughter and herself today.
Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation as Sophie and Phin fall deeper and deeper in trouble... and in love.