The Other Side of Paradise

Author: Staceyann Chin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439159378
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No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Lottery, Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica. There, she faced far greater troubles than absent parents. So, armed with a fierce determination and uncommon intelligence, she discovered a way to break out of this harshly unforgiving world. Staceyann Chin, acclaimed and iconic performance artist, now brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a brave, lyrical, and fiercely candid memoir about growing up in Jamaica. She plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, and finding the man she believes to be her father and ultimately her voice. Hers is an unforgettable story told with grace, humor, and courage.

The Other Side of Paradise

Author: Staceyann Chin
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780743292917
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Staceyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir.. No one knew Staceyann’s mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother’s house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann’s mother did not want her, and her father was not present. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica. . Told with grace, humor, and courage, Chin plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, finding the man she believes to be her father, and ultimately, discovering her voice. .

The Other Side of Paradise

Author: Staceyann Chin
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780743292900
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The author and peformance artist reflects on her childhood growing up in Jamaica, including being abandoned by her mother, coming out as a lesbian, and searching for her father.

The Other Side of Paradise

Author: Julia Cooke
Publisher: Seal Press
ISBN: 158005532X
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Change looms in Havana, Cuba's capital, a city electric with uncertainty yet cloaked in cliché, 90 miles from U.S. shores and off-limits to most Americans. Journalist Julia Cooke, who lived there at intervals over a period of five years, discovered a dynamic scene: baby-faced anarchists with Mohawks gelled with laundry soap, whiskey-drinking children of the elite, Santería trainees, pregnant prostitutes, university graduates planning to leave for the first country that will give them a visa. This last generation of Cubans raised under Fidel Castro animate life in a waning era of political stagnation as the rest of the world beckons: waiting out storms at rummy hurricane parties and attending raucous drag cabarets, planning ascendant music careers and black-market business ventures, trying to reconcile the undefined future with the urgent today. Eye-opening and politically prescient, The Other Side of Paradise offers a deep new understanding of a place that has so confounded and intrigued us.

This Side of Paradise

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: VM eBooks
ISBN:
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INDEX BOOK ONE—The Romantic Egotist CHAPTER 1. Amory, Son of Beatrice CHAPTER 2. Spires and Gargoyles CHAPTER 3. The Egotist Considers CHAPTER 4. Narcissus Off Duty INTERLUDE May, 1917-February, 1919 BOOK TWO—The Education of a Personage CHAPTER 1. The Debutante CHAPTER 2. Experiments in Convalescence CHAPTER 3. Young Irony CHAPTER 4. The Supercilious Sacrifice CHAPTER 5. The Egotist Becomes a Personage

God Says No

Author: James Hannaham
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9780802196309
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Gary Gray marries his first girlfriend, a fellow student from Central Florida Christian College who loves Disney World as much as he does. They are nineteen, God-fearing, and eager to start a family, but a week before their wedding Gary goes into a rest-stop bathroom and lets something happen. God Says No is his testimony—the story of a young black Christian struggling with desire and belief, with his love for his wife and his appetite for other men, told in a singular, emotional voice. Driven by desperation and religious visions, the path that Gary Gray takes—from revival meetings to out life in Atlanta to a prayaway-the-gay ministry in Memphis, Tennessee—gives a riveting picture of how a life like his can be lived, and how it can’t.

Boy Erased

Author: Garrard Conley
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735213461
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"A poignant account by a survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to 'cure' homosexuality describes its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends and God, an experience that transformed the author's relationships and self-understandings"--NoveList.

The Other Side of the World

Author: Stephanie Bishop
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501133144
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In the tradition of The Hours and Revolutionary Road, an “exquisite meditation on motherhood, marriage, and the meaning of home” (The New York Times Book Review), set in England, Australia, and India in the early 1960s. The only thing harder than losing home is trying to find it again. Cambridge, 1963. Charlotte is struggling. With motherhood, with the changes brought on by marriage and parenthood, with never having the time or energy to paint. Her husband, Henry, cannot face the thought of another English winter. A brochure slipped through the mailbox—Australia brings out the best in you—gives him an idea. Charlotte is too worn out to resist, and before she knows it they are traveling to the other side of the world. But upon their arrival in Perth, the southern sun shines a harsh light on the couple and gradually reveals that their new life is not the answer either was hoping for. Charlotte barely recognizes herself in this place where she is no longer a promising young artist, but instead a lonely housewife venturing into the murky waters of infidelity. Henry, an Anglo-Indian, is slowly ostracized at the university where he teaches poetry. Subtle at first, the ostracism soon invades his entire sense of identity. Trapped by nostalgia, Charlotte and Henry are both left wondering if there is any place in this world where they truly belong. Which of them will make the attempt to find out? Who will succeed? “An exquisite and clear-eyed story of the ambiguities of love and creativity, motherhood and migration…It’s a thing of beauty and honesty, as big as the whole unmoored world, and as particular as a family’s moments and moods,” says Ashley Hay, author of The Railwayman’s Wife.

The Grass Is Greener Till You Get To The Other Side

Author: Tershia Lambrechts
Publisher: FriesenPress
ISBN: 1460253272
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The Grass is Greener Till You Get To The Other Side is a factual account of one couple's experience of retiring to Belize in 2003. Over the next decade they met many unforeseen trials and challenges of living in the developing world, as well as coping with other cultural idiosyncrasies. Her memoir is an adventure and provides guidance for anyone choosing to do the same....

The Other Side of Paradise

Author: Bob Chinn
Publisher: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book
ISBN: 9781942600220
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Following Bob Chinn's life from his humble upbringing by Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, the Territory of Hawaii, and southeastern New Mexico, The Other Side of Paradise shows how the world around him shaped Chinn into the man who would become one of the best adult film directors of all time. Set against the changing times of the 60s and 70s, this story provides an invaluable record of how he and his contemporaries took up the fight against censorship, protecting and extending the rights of free speech, and pioneered the golden age of adult film.