For many, the idea of giving birth can feel so overwhelming that it's tempting to bury your head in the sand and just 'go with the flow'. Even if you aren't shying away from making choices about your childbirth experience, it can be difficult to make any decisions without fully understanding the options available to you. The Happy Birth Book will put women back in charge of their childbirth experience by providing friendly, accessible, down-to-earth guidance on how to make giving birth a positive experience and how to cope in their first few weeks and months of motherhood. Presented in an easy-to-read, A-Z format, it will take the reader through every detail needed to maximise their chances of a positive birth, whether that is a home water birth or a planned pre-labour Caesarean birth - and everything in between. How you give birth matters - and if you are fully prepared, it can be the very best day of your life.
Double Olympic gold-medal winner, James Cracknell. His story before and after his life-changing accident. In October 2011 James Cracknell, two-time Olympic gold-medal rower and one of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever known, suffered a seizure at home as his young son looked on in horror. A man who had known no limits, a man who had practically achieved the impossible, was now struggling to master life's simple challenges. A year earlier, as James undertook yet another endurance challenge in Arizona, he was knocked off his bike by the wing mirror of a petrol tanker. It had smashed into the back of his head at high speed, causing severe frontal lobe damage. The doctors weren’t sure if he would recover and, if he did, whether he would ever be the same again. Touching Distance is an extraordinary, honest and powerful account as James and his wife Bev confront for the first time the lasting effects that the accident has had on their lives. It is the story of a marriage, of a family and of one man's fight back to be the best husband and father he can be.
Cinnamon Lyle's used to looking for love in all the wrong places. As a survivor of an abusive childhood and a strained relationship with a mother who refused to believe her claims, she's endured a lingering struggle with self-esteem. After years in an abusive marriage, she's determined to make a better life. One day, she and her young children, Daniella and Will, flee North Carolina and set out for California where she leaps full-force into the world of investigative reporting. But when her career and her dangerous personal life collide, she faces decisions that threaten both her family's well-being and the success she's achieved.
In 1661, Lucas Turner, a barber surgeon, and his sister, Sally, an apothecary, stagger off a small wooden ship after eleven weeks at sea. Bound to each other by blood and necessity, they aim to make a fresh start in the rough and rowdy Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam; but soon lust, betrayal, and murder will make them mortal enemies. In their struggle to survive in the New World, Lucas and Sally make choices that will burden their descendants with a legacy of secrets and retribution, and create a heritage that sets cousin against cousin, physician against surgeon, and, ultimately, patriot against Tory. In what will be the greatest city in the New World, the fortunes of these two families are inextricably entwined by blood and fire in an unforgettable American saga of pride and ambition, love and hate, and the becoming of the dream that is New York City.
From Melbourne to Monza, 'The Pits' humanizes the mechanized world of elite motor racing, revealing the reality behind the stories that make the headlines. It depicts the full throttle experience of watching the race from the pit lane.
Nora and James Brown are black, accomplished, and living the American Dream. She's a doctor and he's a lawyer. Together, they're raising three young children in an affluent neighborhood in Maryland.But when James receives a significant career opportunity in Denver - the decision to uproot the family means big changes for everyone. All the while, Nora, a career-driven woman, wrestles with being a supportive wife.Ultimately, the family makes the journey. But they soon discover that though the new scenery is pleasant, the social climate is anything but good. After James witnesses a frightening incident, he faces a big decision. Should he stay quiet, or should he get involved at the risk of bringing national attention to himself and his family?
In New York during the War of 1812, a fleet owner, a merchant prince, and the women who love them struggle between patriotism and betrayal while their nation battles against the invading forces of a foreign power.