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Fresh from the success of Normal Is Just a Setting on the Dryer, award-winning writer Adair Lara returns with more heartfelt wisdom for, and by, real people. From wry advice on life's daily challenges: "If you wonder if your pants are too short, they are," to pithy confirmation on the good things in life: "Orange food rarely disappoints," and rife with aphorisms more honest than your friends: "No trip planned after the third bottle of pinot noir will ever happen. Or should happen," Lara's sparkling second collection is sure to enlighten, affirm, and amuse. In a gifty, hardcover formatfeaturing Roxanna Bikadoroff's wry illustrations, The Bigger the Sign is the perfect gift for anyone in need of a lift.
This delightful guide gives new grandmas clear direction on how to navigate foreign territory. Celebrated columnist Adair Lara advises on how to choose a decent name (Oopsie? Boopsie?). She outlines how to give advice without getting a Dr. Sears guide chucked at the head. She offers wise counsel on how to stay on the parents' good side (hint: don't say anything, ever). Hilarious in its blunt truisms, The Granny Diaries steers around the shoals of grandma sentimentality. And yet, having fallen madly in love with her own grandchildren, Adair affirms that the years after the big G truly are golden.
What does a mother do when her teenaged daughter is spinning out of control and nothing is bringing her back? Here is a searingly honest memoir of motherhood and a testament to the power of love and family. When Adair Lara's daughter Morgan turned thirteen, she was transformed, seemingly overnight, from a sweet, loving child into an angry, secretive teenager who would neither listen nor be disciplined. The author, her youngest son, Patrick, her ex-husband, Jim, and her new husband, Bill, all stepped on a five-year roller-coaster ride in which Morgan incarnated the chaos principle in torn jeans and dyed hair. Drinking, drugging, disappearing, suspicious companions, failing and cheating at school, joy riding in a stolen car--there was no variety of adolescent acting out that she didn't indulge in. For Adair Lara it became an endless sojourn at the end of her rope, a trial immensely complicated by the reappearance in her life of her aging father, a man who had abandoned his wife and seven children decades earlier. Inevitably, Morgan's misbehavior revives memories of her own headstrong adolescence, while her father's presence makes agonizingly real for her the consequences of giving up. Paradoxically, he also becomes the source of her best advice. Hold Me Close, Let Me Go is an emotionally charged, often brutally honest memoir that all parents (and anyone who was ever a teenager) will experience shocks of recognition from while reading. It imparts invaluable lessons about holding loved ones close through the roughest passages and about the power of family to overcome the most grievous obstacles. Adair Lara is a clear-eyed and eloquent witness to the complex costs and rewards of motherhood, and her book will redefine for readers their idea of what being "a good enough mother" really means.
We could all use some advice now and then. When the self-help books just aren't helping, it's time to call in the experts: real people. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Adair Lara polled her readers for life lessons learned through experience, receiving thousands of heartfelt and irreverent responses. The best are compiled here in over 200 bits of priceless counsel. With witty illustrations by Roxanna Bikadoroff, this handy little volume is filled with humor, unconventional insights, and the kind of common wisdom that will always bear repeating.
You know you're a writer when. . . You'll never forgive your parents for your happy childhood.. . . The doctor tells you that you have terminal cancer and you think, "I can use this.". . . You accidentally sign a check with your pen name.. . . You know more than ten synonyms for "blue.". . . You write your Christmas letter as if it were War and Peace.Many readers will recognize themselves in this collection of observations about the eccentric, quirky, word-obsessed condition that is being a writer.
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