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Songs Only You Know: A Memoir  
  

By Sean Madigan Hoen.  Soho Press.


A powerful memoir about a family shattered by drugs and a young man's life in the Detroit rock underground.   Eighteen-year-old Sean Madigan Hoen was struggling to keep his involvement in the city’s hardcore punk scene a secret from his family. Then he learned that his father, too, had a second life—as a crack addict.    Songs Only You Know begins in the 90s and spans a decade during which the family fights to hold itself together. Sean’s father cycles from rehab to binge, his heartsick sister spirals into depression, and his mother works to spare what can be spared. Meanwhile, Sean seeks salvation in a community of eccentrics and outsiders, making music Spin Magazine once referred to as “an art-core mindfuck.

1000 Home Details: A Complete Book of Inspiring Ideas to Improve Home Decoration  
  

By Francesc Mola (Editor).  Firefly Books.


A treasure trove of ideas for decorating the home. For many people, shopping catalogs are a passion. They are a place to dream, get ideas and an excellent resource to keep for future inspiration. 1000 Home Details is better than a catalog. It is an encyclopedia of design akin to having an iconic decorator walk through the home and sprinkle creativity in every room. Featuring interiors by designers and decorators from all over the world, and incorporating the latest in furniture and object design suited to all tastes, 1000 Home Details offers hundreds of useful ideas, tips, suggestions, advice, and solutions. Anyone decorating a first-time home or remodeling or updating an existing space will find it practical and inspirational. 1000 Home Details covers every area of the home: Kitchen: Countertops, Storage, Cabinet accessories, Materials, Appliances, Plumbing fixtures, Lighting Living Rooms and Dining Rooms: Dining tables and chairs, Bars, Seating, Coffee tables, Entertainment centers, Bookshelves, Screens, Materials, Accessories, Artwork, Fireplaces, Lighting, Table settings Outdoor Spaces: Lounge furniture, Dining furniture, Lighting and lanterns, Outdoor accessories, Table settings Bedrooms: Beds and headboards, Bedside tables and dressers, Benches and accent furniture, Decorative pillows and blankets, Lighting Bathrooms: Sink consoles, Mirrors and medicine cabinets, Shelves, towel bars and hooks, Faucets, Lighting, Bathtubs and showers Kids' rooms: Beds, Cradles, Seating, Desks, Toy storage, Clothing and shoe storage, Bedding.

And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II  
  

By Jacques Lusseyran.  New World Library; Third Edition edition.


When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.

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