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A delicious memoir from the author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

In this family history interwoven with recipes, Kathleen Flinn returns readers to the mix of food and memoir beloved by readers of her bestselling The Sharper Your
Knife, the Less You Cry. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good explores the very beginnings of her love affair with food and its connection to home. It is the story of her midwestern childhood, its memorable home cooks, and the delicious recipes she grew up with. Flinn shares tales of her parents’ pizza parlor in San Francisco, where they sold Uncle Clarence’s popular oven-­fried chicken, as well as recipes for the vats of chili made by her former army cook Grandpa Charles, fluffy Swedish pancakes from Grandma Inez, and cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts. Through these dishes, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories, and how cooking can be a form of communication. Brimming with warmth and wit, this book is sure to appeal to . . .

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After numerous arrests for shoplifting, Martha is sent to the convent where, the judge rules, she is to get an education. Martha is relieved to be out of the clutches of her horrible drunken stepfather, Jackser, and her feckless mother, Sally, but anxious about what awaits. Her days in the convent are steady, predictable, safe--­everything that her life had not been prior to being sent away. But as she says, "You can have a full belly, but your heart can be very empty.­" Put to back-­breaking work by the nuns, and treated cruelly by the other children--­they've marked her as a "street kid"--­Martha works hard, keeps to herself, and steals away when she can with a cherished book. But Martha pines for simple affection, keeping after the Sisters day after day with the hope of an arm laid across her shoulders or a tender look. When her siblings arrive at the convent--­taken from their mother by the courts--­Martha is thrilled to again be with family and care for the babies. But then Sally . . .

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A two-­book bundle of national treasure Phyllida Law’s charming and funny memoirs of family life and motherhood – ‘Notes to my Mother-­in-­Law’ and ‘How Many Camels Are There in Holland?­’.­• This ebook bundle is published in paperback as ‘Three Mothers (and a camel)’.­Phyllida Law’s treasured mother-­in-­law Annie was the lynchpin of the entire family, so when they realised she was growing ever more deaf the only solution was for Phyllida to note down all the day’s gossip for Annie to read. When her own mother Mego – always deliciously dotty – was diagnosed with dementia late in her life, Phyllida devoted herself to Mego’s care, on hand to keep the cottage tidy and prepare a medicinal G&T. And all the while Phyllida had to manage her busy acting career and bring up her own daughters, the actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson.­Complete with wonderful new material from Phyllida, Emma and Sophie, this bundle edition of Phyllida Laws’s two enchanting memoirs of family life – ‘Notes to my . . .

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A FRESH, FUNNY, UP-­CLOSE LOOK AT HOW SOUTH KOREA REMADE ITSELF AS THE WORLD’S POP CULTURE POWERHOUSE OF THE TWENTY-­FIRST CENTURY

By now, everyone in the world knows the song “Gangnam Style” and Psy, an instantly recognizable star. But the song’s international popularity is no passing fad. “Gangnam Style” is only one tool in South Korea’s extraordinarily elaborate and effective strategy to become a major world superpower by first becoming the world’s number one pop culture exporter.

As a child, Euny Hong moved from American to the Gangnam neighbourhood in Seoul. She was a witness to the most accelerated part of South Korea’s economic development, during which it leapfrogged from third-­world military dictatorship to first-­world liberal democracy on the cutting edge of global technology.

The Birth of Korean Cool recounts how South Korea vaulted itself into the twenty-­first century, becoming a global leader in business, technology, education, and pop culture. Featuring lively, . . .

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Life is a series of losses. I've decided to be very Zen about it. I have lost two husbands, my parents, my brother, countless friends; it is just one loss after another. You might as well get used to it.­" So muses the author's mother in this poignant and humorous memoir about mothers and daughters. Loss is a way of life for both Catherine and her mother. But where it made the daughter ravenous for contact, it made the mother lose her appetite for people. While the two always had a fierce attachment, by turns intimate and tumultuous, decades of fractious and contentious and frustrating interactions found a reprieve after the birth of Catherine's daughter, Olive. Witty and direct, weaving back and forth in time, the book charts the transformation of this volatile and unique mother-­daughter relationship from longing to connection. A book about love, mortality, and the nature of family bonds, It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks is a must-­read for anyone trying to navigate their way . . .

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My Journey to Now, Plus Tools for the Seeker: A Spiritual Memoir

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Successful Sydney-­based sportswriter Jesse Fink was at the height of his professional career when his wife of 10 years left him and walked into the arms of a new man. In one fell swoop he lost his best friend, his soulmate, his family, his identity. His wife?­s new lover even got his dog. What followed was a journey of emotional salvation, personal reinvention and sexual adventuring that took him from contemplating cutting his wrists to sleeping with hundreds of women. Fink?­s search for love and pleasure saw him jump headlong into the freewheeling but sometimes dangerous world of online dating. He visited brothels and massage parlours. He crossed the Pacific for doomed affairs with a burlesque dancer and a high-­class escort. He disastrously moved in ? sight unseen ? with his high-­school dream girl, a woman he hadn?­t spoken to for 25 years but reunited with on Facebook. He ran off to Hollywood to connect with a beautiful woman he sparked with online and found himself in the kitchen . . .

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CÁNCER - Un Mensaje de Esperanza - es un libro muy alentador e informativo basado en las experiencias de la vida de Jairo Álvarez-­Botero, un sobreviviente de cáncer de próstata. Éste es un tema que la mayoría de los hombres temen a causa de los innumerables mitos, rumores, desinformación o ignorancia. A pesar que vivimos en la época médica más avanzada de la historia, nos falta del sentido común y de responsabilidad para hacernos chequeos regulares de salud de la próstata. El hombre está jugando a la Ruleta Rusa con este mal que es un verdadero ?­asesino silencioso?. Cada capítulo de esta obra ayudará a los hombres para superar el cáncer de próstata y a llegar a lo que el autor llama ?­nuevavida?. Este libro es muy informativo y tiene explicaciones prácticas y valiosas sobre las decisiones que deben tomarse para mejorar la calidad de los pacientes. Además, proporcionará datos muy útiles para los familiares y para aquellos que tuvieron la enfermedad y están en proceso de . . .

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Heinz Marecek wundert sich immer noch. Und zwar am meisten über sich selbst. In seiner Autobiografie erzählt der Publikumsliebling von den Anfängen seiner Karriere - das Reinhardt-­Seminar hätte sich seiner ja beinah wieder entledigt, wäre da nicht Otto Schenk gewesen -, von seinem Part als jugendlicher Komiker, von den Pannen auf und hinter der Bühne und vom Affen, einer Rolle, die bis heute ausständig ist. Geistreich und mit Humor schildert er Kollegen, Familie und Freunde und erinnert sich an einzigartige Momente und Begegnungen. Gespickt mit köstlichen Anekdoten rund um Theater und Film, von Waldbronn bis Torberg, von Peter Ustinov bis Josef Meinrad, von Liz Taylor bis Oskar Werner, von Haeussermann bis Peymann gewährt der "Serien-­Haubenkoch" einen Blick auf die Bretter, die seine Welt bedeuten. Und worum es eigentlich geht, ist gleich ersichtlich: um die perfekte Pointe. Timing ist alles.

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THE MOP tells the unbelievable (and autobiographic) story of Alan Simpson,­a young man trying to find himself amidst the seedy underworld of Sydney’s red light district at the end of the twentieth century. A time in which he was young, stoned and carefree, where his friends were the hookers and dealers that worked outside, and his co-­workers a motley crew of strippers, rent-­boys, freaks and perverts. Where the villains are the upright citizens of the city and the heroes are prostitutes, drug addicts and queens. The book records Simpson’s journey from innocent impressionable hetty-­boy (the stores’ token straight male) to jaded and surly porn store clerk. More than just a collection of anecdotal scenes, The Mop is a comic look at one man’s bad luck, a first­hand account of one of the worst jobs out there, a behind the scenes view of a world most readers are unfamiliar with. The Mop explains how a relatively normal middle class kid ended up in this world and what he did to escape it. . . .

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