One Perfect Day: A Mother and Son’s Story of Adoption and Reunion

Memories of a past she had buried more than forty years ago suddenly resurfaced and she wasn't prepared to deal with them. Steve orlandi, father of two and step-father of three, happily married, was living the typical middle class American life. The moment diane burke, received an unexpected certified letter in the mail, an author and mother of two grown sons, she had no idea her life would be shaken to its core.

Always on his mind was one simple, yet complicated and loaded question: Who am I?In One Perfect Day, Diane shares with readers how she came to the heartbreaking conclusion to give her baby up for adoption and how this decision has affected her life sense. It all comes together on one perfect day. This book asks and answers the questions: What defines family? What does it mean to forgive? And is it worth the time, energy, and emotional cost to love a stranger?

But since the age of eight, when he discovered he was adopted, he had led that life dealing with inner questions about his self-identity and genetic history. Through steve's invaluable perspective, readers will also experience the lengths he traveled to discover his mother's identity and reach out to her, not knowing whether she'd want to meet with him after nearly four decades of separation.

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Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's

I’ll say to myself, what are we going to do? how long are we staying? It’s like I’m talking to my other self—the self I used to be. B. And her husband, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, Dan, unstintingly share their unfolding story. I just can’t remember things as well as I once did.

Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks. At its heart, before i forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope. From the Hardcover edition. I know where I’m going. So on short trips, I work hard not to be confused. She tells me, this is what we need to buy—not that.

Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer's patient. She’s not alone. I’m conscious of that other self guiding me now. Restaurateur, and nationally known lifestyle maven, celebrity chef, magazine publisher, B. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer's day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, as well as lessons learned along the way.




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Carolyn jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. With great humor and great tenderness, Heart in the Right Place shows that some of our biggest heroes are the ones living right beside us. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist.

Most important, though, she comes to understand what her caring and patient father means to her close-knit community. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits are never billed.

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It’s the equivalent of what you did to me emotionally, " she tells him. She then gut-wrenchingly relives the agony of splitting up with her first love all over again. One bad breakup was more hurtful and humiliating than the next. Or second, third, fourth, or fifth… . Part relationship manifesto, part confessional, and part valentine to the males in her life she adores, Five Men Who Broke My Heart is for anyone who has ever wondered what became of their first love.

Then the phone rang, and it was Brad, a college flame who'd become a Harvard scientist with a book coming out. While brad is still single, Three, she finds that Heartbreaks Number Two, and Four are not. With insight and daring, Susan chronicles her six-month-long journey back down a road strewn with romantic regret.

George, and richard, a theater professor, a music biographer, are happily married with children. A successful freelance writer living in Manhattan, Susan Shapiro was in the midst of a midlife crisis she called her “no-book-no-baby summer. Married for five years to aaron, a workaholic TV comedy writer always on the road, she was beginning to wonder if she'd remain book- and babyless forever.

Between the ages of thirteen and thirty-five, Susan had plunged into love, heart-first, five times. Although for years she'd blamed her boyfriends for their flagrant infidelity, ludicrous faults, and immature foibles, to her shock she can now suddenly pinpoint the exact moment where she herself screwed up each relationship.

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His victory is to excel in school. From one of those books he learns that he has to fight in any way he can—for victory is in the battle. They will share in the hurts and despair but also in the triumph against daunting obstacles. Against all odds, the author succeeded. No one in the system can help him. No one can tell him why, with obvious African-American features, he has the last name of Klakowicz.

He attended college, became a successful corporate executive, graduated, and married a wonderful woman with whom he established a loving family of his own. Readers won’t be the same after reading this powerful story. A heart-rending but uplifting story of the human spirit’s ability to prevail. No one can tell him if he has a family.

 . Along the way, a single faint light comes only from a neighbor’s small acts of kindness and caring—and a box of books. Through it, he dug voraciously through records and files and found his history, his birth family—and the ultimate disappointment as some family members embrace him, but others reject him.

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But when it did, it would strike like lightning. Many mbp children die, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, but Julie Gregory not only survived, healthy young woman. Sickened is a remarkable memoir that speaks in an original and distinctive Midwestern voice, rising to indelible scenes in prose of scathing beauty and fierce humor.

Munchausen by proxy mbp is the world’s most hidden and dangerous form of child abuse, in which the caretaker—almost always the mother—invents or induces symptoms in her child because she craves the attention of medical professionals. Her mother, on the other hand, seems curiously excited. The realization that the sickness lay in her mother, not in herself, would not come to Julie until adulthood.

Just twelve, skinny, she’s tall, and weak. Sickened takes us to new places in the human heart and spirit. Through her painful metamorphosis, ultimately, she discovered the courage to save her own life—and, the life of the girl her mother had found to replace her. It is an unforgettable story, unforgettably told.




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At the hospital, addie bolts upright on her gurney and yells “I demand an autopsy!” before passing out cold. One minute, walter, ” observes meg federico in this hilarious and poignant memoir of taking care of eighty-year-old Addie and her relatively new and equally old husband, the next, she is unconscious, she’s nuts, in their not-so-golden years.

. How’s life at the departure Lounge?” Meg’s brother asks. It is a place of odd behaviors and clashing caregivers, where chaos and confusion reign supreme. Meg had expected that Addie and Walter would settle into a Rockwellian dotage of docile dependency. Meg jumps in to cope with the pandemonium–even as she struggles to manage her own family back in Nova Scotia.

With a fresh voice and a keen eye for the absurd, Meg Federico writes a story that will resonate with the generation now caring for their parents. Meg watches from the sidelines in disbelief as her mother and stepfather, forbidden by doctors to drink, conspire to order cases of scotch by phone; as Addie’s attendant accuses the evening staff of midnight voodoo; as the increasingly demented Walter’s sex drive becomes unbridled and mail-order sex aids are delivered to the front door.

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 . In this riveting, and her battle to rescue her mother, a former nun, poignant memoir of  three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them—television producer Mary Pflum Peterson recounts a journey through loss and redemption, from compulsive hoarding. As a successful television journalist at Good Morning America, Mary Pflum is known as a polished and highly organized producer.

At twenty-one, anne entered a convent, committed to a life of prayer and helping others. In spite of everything,  their bond endures. But lengthy periods of enforced fasting, isolation from her beloved students, and constant humiliation eventually drove her to flee the convent almost a decade later. Anne promises but fails to clean up for mary’s high school graduation party, where Mary is being honored as her school’s valedictorian, causing her perfectionist daughter’s fear and shame to grow in tandem with the heaps upon heaps of junk.

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And in that moment she knows that this is the spot where her future begins. A dream of fleeing her otherwise happy urban life for fresh air and open space. A person who wore her hair in long braids, used Ivory soap, and liked to stencil her walls with pictures of little chickens and cows. Until a hot summer afternoon led to a drive in the country, where a place that had existed only in her fantasies turned out to be real--and for sale.

Fifty acres and a poodlethe place is almost too perfect to be believed, and vistas so beautiful, but there it is: a pretty-as-a-picture-postcard farm, with an Amish barn, a chestnut grove, they take her breath away. Jeanne marie laskas writes with exhilarating wit and extraordinary wisdom about life, love, and finding your true self on a farm.

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Amy tan. M. The mistress's daughter is the ruthlessly honest account of what happened when, thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her. Her biological mother was a twenty-two-year-old single woman who was having an affair with a much older married man with a family of his own. Homes was given up for adoption before she was born.

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