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The Little Locksmith

Author: Katharine Butler Hathaway
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 9781558612396
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Classic memoir of a disabled woman's spiritual growth, called "a testament to the human spirit."

The Little Locksmith

Author: Katharine Butler Hathaway
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 1558617108
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The Little Locksmith begins in 1895 when a specialist straps five-year-old Katharine, then suffering from spinal tuberculosis, to a board with halters and pulleys in a failed attempt to prevent her being a "hunchback." Her mother says that she should be thankful that her parents are able to have her cared for by a famous surgeon; otherwise, she would grow up to be like the "little locksmith," who does jobs at their home; he has a "strange, awful peak in his back." Forced to endure "a horizontal life of night and day," Katharine remains immobile until age fifteen, only to find that she, too, has a hunched back and is "no larger than a ten-year-old child." The Little Locksmith charts Katharine's struggle to transcend physical limitations and embrace her life, her body, and herself in the midst of debilitating bouts of frustration and shame. Her spirit and courage prevail, and she succeeds in expanding her world far beyond the boundaries prescribed by her family and society: she attends Radcliffe College, forms deep friendships, begins to write, and in 1921, purchases a house of her own in Castine, Maine. There she creates her home, room by room, fashioning it as a space for guests, lovers, and artists. The Little Locksmith stands as a testimony to Katharine's aspirations and desires—for independence, for love, and for the pursuit of her art.

Tiger Tiger

Author: Margaux Fragoso
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429994972
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A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title Tiger, Tiger is a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011 A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is fifty-one. When Peter invites her and her mother to his house, the little girl finds a child's paradise of exotic pets and an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for the attention Peter lavishes on her, and he creates an imaginative universe for her, much as Lewis Carroll did for his real-life Alice. In time, he insidiously takes on the role of Margaux's playmate, father, and lover. Charming and manipulative, Peter burrows into every aspect of Margaux's life and transforms her from a child fizzing with imagination and affection into a brainwashed young woman on the verge of suicide. But when she is twenty-two, it is Peter—ill, and wracked with guilt—who kills himself, at the age of sixty-six. Told with lyricism, depth, and mesmerizing clarity, Tiger, Tiger vividly illustrates the healing power of memory and disclosure. This extraordinary memoir is an unprecedented glimpse into the psyche of a young girl in free fall and conveys to readers—including parents and survivors of abuse—just how completely a pedophile enchants his victim and binds her to him.

Ghost Waltz

Author: Ingeborg Day
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062310011
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A woman comes to terms with her family’s dark Nazi past in this memoir from the author of Nine and a Half Weeks—A moving and profound exploration of the legacy of war and hate on an individual life. Born in Austria at the height of Word War II, Ingeborg Day grew up knowing little about the early years of her life. When she came to America in 1957 as an exchange student, she heard for the first time references to Hitler, Nazis, and the Holocaust, topics that were forbidden in her homeland and her own house. Day married an American and stayed in the U.S. permanently, a separation that created great physical and psychological distance between herself and her father— a Nazi nobody, an out-of-work locksmith’s apprentice who ended up joining the Austrian army, where his musical talents blossomed in a military band. An early member of the Nazi Party, he was automatically incorporated into the SS after the Anschluss in 1938. But with the fall of the Third Reich, he refused to speak of the past, determined to remain silent. Ghost Waltz, Day’s astonishing and beautiful memoir, tells of her efforts to understand the legacy of her Austrian past—one of unbearable horror mixed with ordinary human patrimonies of family loyalty and affection. Moving back and forth in time, from 1980s New York to World War I Austria under Kaiser Franz Josef, she illuminates her country’s painful modern history as well as her own memories of the war, of the Russian and English occupations, and of the strangely silent 1950s. Day confronts the question whether and how she was bequeathed a legacy of unvoiced anti-Semitism, an inheritance that Ghost Waltz eloquently repudiates and dispels.

Keys To The City

Author: Joel Kostman
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780140279474
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The quirky autobiography of a New York City locksmith reveals tales of the unique characters he encountered in his work, including Bugsy Siegel's personal physician, a very sexy girl from New Jersey, and five naked old men listening to Mozart in a steaming apartment. Reprint. Tour.

Valedictorian

Author: Constance W. Hall
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1504978501
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Growing up with odds stacked against him, born to alcoholic parents, and forced to depend on only himself since the age of eight, Wilbur strives for success through intelligence, hard work, and education. Unfortunately, lifes devastating blows overshadow Wilburs remarkable achievements like a one-two punch. Wilbur eventually concludes that his life has been a cruel jokeuntil one person lifts the veil, and Wilbur learns what his true purpose has always been.

Dimestore

Author: Lee Smith
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1616205024
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For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story. Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smith's youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddy's dimestore. It was in that dimestore--listening to customers and inventing adventures for the store's dolls--that she became a storyteller. Even when she was sent off to college to earn some "culture," she understood that perhaps the richest culture she might ever know was the one she was driving away from--and it's a place that she never left behind. Dimestore's fifteen essays are crushingly honest, wise and perceptive, and superbly entertaining. Smith has created both a moving personal portrait and a testament to embracing one's heritage. It's also an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished.

Sweet Hollow

Author: Lou V. Crabtree
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807111338
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Sweet Hollow tells of life in the hills of Appalachia some fifty years ago, a primal world of craggy hills and tangled forests where good and evil, charity and malice exist in their purest forms. If the pleasures of men, women, and children in these seven stories are simple, the ills and misfortunes that beset them are equally forthright and undiluted. There is beauty in the ridges and ponds, and grace in the flights of birds overhead; but nature also bestows lessons of cruelty and can, without warning, turn tormentor. There is magic and holiness in these hills, but there is also witchcraft and the hoofprint of the devil.Lou Crabtree portrays this world in all its rugged complexity, writing of the games of its children and the struggles of its adults, the wiles of its predators and the contentment of its livestock. In "Little Jesus" she tells of the roamings of a group of children and of the one fatherless boy among them who is the innocent victim of their jokes and scourgings. "Wild John" is the story of a hellfire preacher's attempts to understand the actions of his vengeful, seemingly hellbent son. "Holy Spirit" tells of the life of Old Rellar, a woman who, cruelly mistreated by her husband, is left to expend her gift of pure, selfless love on the buried bodies of her thirteen miscarriages and on the motherless calf and piglet that she nurses back to health. And "Homer-Snake" describes the affection of a solitary woman named Old Marth for a particularly cunning blacksnake who lives in the corner of her stone chimney.The world of Sweet Hollow is a harsh one. But it is a world where, at times, nature and humanity can be glimpsed in perfect balance. There are places such as "The Jake Pond," where life follows its cycle of seasons undisturbed. There are moments like those in "The Miracle in Sweet Hollow," when wonders occur and the earth and the heavens are suddenly in harmony.