On a May morning in 1939, eighteen-year-old Velma Demerson and her lover were having breakfast when two police officers arrived to take her away. Her crime was loving a Chinese man, a “crime” that was compounded by her pregnancy and subsequent mixed-race child. Sentenced to a home for wayward girls, Demerson was then transferred (along with forty-six other girls) to Torontos Mercer Reformatory for Females. The girls were locked in their cells for twelve hours a day and required to work in the on-site laundry and factory. They also endured suspect medical examinations. When Demerson was finally released after ten months’ incarceration weeks of solitary confinement, abusive medical treatments, and the state’s apprehension of her child, her marriage to her lover resulted in the loss of her citizenship status. This is the story of how Demerson, and so many other girls, were treated as criminals or mentally defective individuals, even though their worst crime might have been only their choice of lover. Incorrigible is a survivor’s narrative. In a period that saw the rise of psychiatry, legislation against interracial marriage, and a populist movement that believed in eradicating disease and sin by improving the purity of Anglo-Saxon stock, Velma Demerson, like many young women, found herself confronted by powerful social forces. This is a history of some of those who fell through the cracks of the criminal code, told in a powerful first-person voice.
Secrets Past and Present - Part Two / Seeking (The Staves of Warrant)
Author: Morgen Rich
Publisher: Morgen Rich
Gráinne?s search for survivors begins in earnest, but she doesn?t even make it to the first stop before her freedom is jeopardized. To make matters worse, she?s landed in a place filled with corruption, subterfuge, and danger, but none of the survivors she?d hoped to find. Despite her best laid plans, she isn?t prepared for what she does find. Her journey will take her underground in more ways than one, and Gráinne will have to decide between the only security she has and someone else?s freedom. Seeking is Part 2 of 4 in Incorrigible: Secrets Past & Present, Book One of an epic science fantasy set in the Shifting Worlds Universe.
Author: David Alfie LanguedocPublish On: 2015-06-03
Author: David Alfie Languedoc
Alfie invites you to understand the long-lasting impact that Childhood Trauma can have. He invites you to gain a first hand review of his life starting at his birth on June 5, 1955. His early experiences shaped the child, adolescent and adult that he would become. His story touches on all aspects of abuse, and attempts to share with the reader the efforts that he has made to overcome these experiences. Alfie believes that there are many others who have similar life experiences, and who struggle to come to terms with their impact. To them he offers his story as words of encouragement to continue to seek ways to find relief and closure to these life events. To parents who have an Alfie in their home, "please be patient and caring at all times. It is difficult to watch your child, teen or adult-child struggle, yet it is your unconditional love that will facilitate the desire to change." In the insightful words from Alfie's adopted mother to Alfie,"Everything is going to be alright."
Incorrigible By: Dannie M. Martin Praise for Committing Journalism: The Prison Writings of Red Hog: “One of the great political works of our time, a book that ought to be required reading for every American citizen.” -San Francisco Bay Guardian “Fascinating glimpses of prison life.” -Kirkus Review Praise for In the Hat: “Powerful, controlled writing… An unexpected bonus is the deadpan humor of his unadorned writing style. This is a treat.” -Publishers Weekly At thirteen, Dannie M. Martin first entered a jail. For the rest of his life, he would be in jail, on parole, or avoiding arrest. As a teenager, Martin found an unlikely sense of comradeship, a nickname, and a passion for words in juvenile halls. Outside, he developed a drug addiction that would rule his life. In Incorrigible, Martin recounts his life as a criminal and addict – and also as a writer, father, and friend. He writes unflinchingly of the racial tensions and riots in prison, but also the humanity and humor of the prisoners themselves. A series of articles for the San Francisco Chronicle gave Martin a chance to tell his own stories and share how the reality of prison life affected the convicts and their loved ones. Out of prison, Martin continued his cycle of crime and addiction that left him accepting awards while high on heroin and publishing novels while on the lam. Filled with sharply drawn characters of fellow criminals, addicts, prison guards, and lawyers, Incorrigible is a joy ride with an author unlike any other. Humane and funny, this is Martin’s brutally honest telling of his story.
Bart King shouldn't have been...but he was! He made his presence known from the day he was born. Unchecked childish escapades developed into an adulthood of crime on every level...from peer and animal abuse to rape, robbery and murder. He ultimately met an early, though not unexpected demise.
Billionaire Harry Finn's reputation is legendary; formidable in business, charming to beautiful women. What he wants, he gets, and top of his list is secretary Elizabeth Flippence. One month working together on the luxurious Finn Island resort is more than enough time for Harry to sweep this uptight office beauty from behind her desk and into his bed, on the beach and wherever else he decides! Elizabeth isn't content to be just another conquest. But there's an unknown side to her incorrigible playboy boss that's even more dangerous than his devastating smile….
Even pacifists have their limits. Being a partner in genocide is unimaginable for a peaceful, inept shape shifter like Grainne. But when her husband Slyxx holds her medieval homeland hostage for a seemingly worthless ransom she doesn’t have, the inconceivable happens. Despite growing despair, Grainne can’t let go of believing that survivors do exist, and it’s up to her to find them. When she detects an error in translation of a set of mysterious scrolls penned by a missing order of priestesses, she resolves to find the women she believes can lead her to survivors. What Grainne doesn’t realize is that she already knows the missing priestesses, and some of them are working to stop her from uncovering a secret alliance threatening her world. Even worse, the key to saving her world is inside of her, and someone will stop at nothing to have it. Grainne is about to learn just how naïve she really is when she discovers the stars aren’t what she thought they were . . . and neither is she.
Author: Jean-Michel GuenassiaPublish On: 2014-08-07
Author: Jean-Michel Guenassia
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
The Incorrigible Optimists Club is a huge, exhilarating whirlwind of first love, radical art, colonial war, progressive politics, Chuck Berry and chain-smoking intellectuals. Paris, 1959. As dusk settles over the immigrant quarter, 12-year-old Michel Marini - amateur photographer and compulsive reader - is drawn to the hum of the local bistro. From his usual position at the football table, he has a vantage point on a grown-up world - of rock 'n' roll and of the Algerian War. But as the sun sinks and the plastic players spin, Michel's concentration is not on the game, but on the huddle of men gathered in the shadows of a back room... Past the bar, behind a partly drawn curtain, a group of eastern European men gather, where under a cirrus of smoke and over the squares of chess boards, they tell of their lives before France - of lovers and wives, children and ambitions, all exiled behind the Iron Curtain. Listening to this band of survivors and raconteurs, Michel is introduced to a world beyond the boundaries of his childhood experience, a world of men made formidable in the face of history, ideas and politics: the world of the Incorrigible Optimists Club.
The Paths I Chose and the Ones I Didn't: Addiction, Depression, Suicide, Grief
Author: Earl D. Erickson
EARL ERICKSON IS NO STRANGER TO ADDICTION, DEPRESSION, SUICIDE, AND GRIEF. He's had eleven drunk driving convictions. He tried to commit suicide twice. He nearly drank himself to death after his wife, Bobbie, died from brain cancer. Drinking and getting drunk was the only way he knew how to stifle his feelings and mask the pain. In this memoir, Erickson narrates the often painful story of his life from his normal childhood upbringing to his out-of-control adult life to his sobriety. He tells of the tragedies that shaped his life: finding his brother's lifeless body after he committed suicide and mourning the untimely death of another brother from liver cirrhosis. He recalls a string of broken relationships and bouts with serious depression. But at the age of fifty, Erickson received a powerful message from a higher power while on a solo camping trip in 2003, and he's been sober since. The Journey of an Incorrigible Alcoholic: The Paths I Chose and the Ones I Didn't tells one man's story of recovery and hope.