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A story about wanting change so badly your teeth itch. When an eleven-year-old girl finds her drug-addicted and mentally ill mother after a seven year separation, she hopes the yearning can finally cease. Instead, a cycle of painfully familiar longing envelops her, until she is freed by losing what she never had. Darkly humorous tales of dropping acid with the town pedophiA story about wanting change so badly your teeth itch. When an eleven-year-old girl finds her drug-addicted and mentally ill mother after a seven year separation, she hopes the yearning can finally cease. Instead, a cycle of painfully familiar longing envelops her, until she is freed by losing what she never had. Darkly humorous tales of dropping acid with the town pedophile, playing pool with gun-toting pimps and spending time in Japanese prison cells with strippers and refugees, are sewn together with poignant emotion in this edgy but relatable coming of age story....

Title : Yearning for Nothings and Nobodies
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ISBN : 9781480257078
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Number of Pages : 338 Pages
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Yearning for Nothings and Nobodies Reviews

  • Kate
    2019-04-24 11:44

    This book is definitely worth reading! It's honest and heartfelt and an incredible story of a little girl growing up in unbelieveably sad circumstances and yet who has this constant hope and faith in love and in pursuit of something better for herself. The author tells her story with remarkable truth and honesty. It's so easy to connect with the author as you read her story and feel so touched by her as a true survivor. The story is well told and written, the author adds a perfect touch of humour to her own life situations; situations you would never think of anything close to humourous, but the author uses her wit and humour perfectly in her writing. This book should open all of our hearts to better understand what others may have gone through or going through. It hopefully inspires anyone who feels, like the author, completely on their own and all the cards stacked against, to persevere and keep believing in life and love. Loved the book, thought it was very well written and so real and so important for as many people as possible to read the author's story.

  • Victoria Strimov
    2019-05-16 11:33

    I read Yearnings for Nothings and Nobodies this past weekend and I LOVED it. I literally read it in a day and couldn't tear myself away from it. I really thought Rachael's story was so powerful and that she told it so well. I think she is an incredible writer, and given that this is her first book I am totally impressed! Every bit of her book just touched me and allowed me to see the world through a wider lense. I really loved how much she revealed about herself and the people around her, I loved how introspective and witty her thought processes were, how she didn't hold back from conveying every emotion and every experience she had, no matter how difficult or how racy. It was really heart-warming knowing that she chose to tell her story through writing and was able to recognize how much talent she had outside of her struggle. I've had a few intense experiences in my past and Rachael's book really allowed me to connect with and understand those experiences through the emotions she conveyed. My mom was so intrigued by this book that I could not put down, that she took it upon herself to start reading it the moment I finished it. She too could not put it down and read it in a day. Needless to say, she loved it as well and was really impacted by Rachael's story. I think we both agree that Rachael should continue writing. I can't wait until her next book! :)I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking to find themselves and who is itching for an especially good read!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-19 10:30

    Anyone who enjoys memoirs will find this book a great read. I won an ARC of this title (possibly because my Goodreads account reflects my interest in reading about drug abuse...) and I would most definitely recommend it. One of the beauties of memoirs is the ability of the reader to slip seamlessly into someone else's life through the pages, and this book has the added bonus of reading like a page-turning novel.Yearnings for Nothings and Nobodies forces the reader to reconsider the rippling effect that one person's actions have on others lives. While the author by no means blames her mother, who was chronically addicted to drugs, alcohol, and bad decisions, for the unexpected and often painful twists and turns in her life, the reader has no choice but to confront the question of nature versus nurture. Had the author not been pushed to the breaking point by parental abandonment, her memoir might be one of a wildly successful career and fulfilling relationships, rather than a heart-wrenching story of pedophilia, prison, and crippling depression.This book also helps the reader dissemble personal biases and stereotypes - about drug abuse, foster care, mental illness, family relationships, the modeling and sex industries, and endless other topics. Regardless of one's upbringing or life journey, I feel that every reader can identify with and benefit from something in this book. I look forward to seeing more work from Rachael Biggs in the future!

  • Niki Yapo-Held
    2019-05-18 10:29

    I really loved this book. It reminded me of two other favorites, Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Rachel Biggs writes as though she's got a secret she's whispering and you and can't help but listen. She writes with a level of raw intimacy that is contagious. I couldn't put her book down. There were nights when I would fall asleep at midnight, only to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to finish where I'd left off. Another aspect about this book that I loved was her ability to engage me without a lot of verbosity or decorated prose. It was refreshing to be engaged without feeling like the author was trying too hard. That made me trust her and give over to the story she was telling without any hesitation. We all have something in our past that we've struggled with. Rachel has a fantastic ability to make the reader feel less alone in their own story. The mark of a great storyteller. I've recommended this book to a few close friends who've had less than ideal upbringings and I highly recommend this book to anyone who just wants a great, thoughtful, and highly addictive read.

  • Aurora
    2019-04-27 11:37

    Title: Yearnings for Nothings and NobodiesAuthor: Rachael BiggsFirst copyright date: 2012Type of book: Sex industry, fame, seeking love, mysteries, trying to listen to inner youGeneral subject matter: abandonment, strained relationship between mother and daughter, Canada, 1980s?-2000s? sex industrySpecial features: NonePrice: on amazon about $14.99?ISBN: 978-1480257079Summary: A story about wanting change so badly your teeth itch. When an eleven-year-old girl finds her drug addicted and mentally ill mother after a seven year seperation, she hopes the yearning can finally cease. Instead, a cycle of painfully familiar longing envelops her, until she is freed by losing what she never had.Darkly humorous tales of dropping acid with the town pedophile, playing pool with gun-toting pimps and spending time in Japanese prison cells with strippers and refugees, are sewn together with poignant emotion in this edgy but relatable coming of age story.Purpose: I personally think she had a two-fold purpose in writing the book; one is perhaps to gather the memories that are lost (I noticed that the book felt and seemed incomplete.) The readers are given brief memories and glimpses of the mother, and few of her early life, but for me, personally, they didn't feel enough. Another purpose, since she spent almost all the book discussing this career choice, is how she ended up an exotic dancer and what its truly like deep inside.a. Why did the author write on this subject rather than on some other subject? I think its to show how important parental relationships are to the well-being of little girls, both with dads and moms, and also to deglamorize being an exotic dancer.b. From what point of view is the work written? This is written from Rachael's point of view, a first person narrative. The story doesn't feel complete in my view and more should have been written. (At this point I am left wondering if the author plans to continue writing the books...)c. Was the author trying to give information, to explain something technical, to convince the reader of a belief’s validity by dramatizing it in action? Although I would go with trying to give information, but my instinct tells me that she's trying to convince reader of a belief's validity by dramatizing it in action. I don't doubt that she lived through it and somehow made it out, but when reading the book, keep few things in mind; the author never conducted interviews with friends or family members, and the information she knows comes from personal experiences, thus I don't sense a lot of book research.d. What is the general field or genre, and how does the book fit into it? (Use outside sources to familiarize yourself with the field, if necessary.) Knowledge of the genre means understanding the art form. and how it functions. The general field or genre of the book would be a memoir, non-fiction, but unlike typical memoirs which either have scholars or are professional looking, this is a memoir clearly of Rachael's memories and of life. There aren't interviews with friends or family members, no other side of the story intrudes with her memories. We see and experience and things primarily from her and not anyone else. (She mentions that a case goes all the way to Canadian Supreme Court, but she doesn't elaborate or explain it at all.) I also think this book would fit into the importance of parent-child relationships and what happens if they're not there.e. Who is the intended audience? If there was a turning point and sort of a Hollywood type ending for Rachael recorded in the book, I would say the intended audience would be for women like her. But the book lacks that "Hollywood" ending and although there is a turning point towards the very end of the book, the readers aren't told what happened to Rachael after that particular event. I think the intended audience would have to be girls who are wanting to be exotic dancers, her family members and friends, perhaps, and for parents who have daughters.f. What is the author's style? Is it formal or informal? Evaluate the quality of the writing style by using some of the following standards: coherence, clarity, originality, forcefulness, correct use of technical words, conciseness, fullness of development, fluidity. Does it suit the intended audience? The style tends to be informal in my opinion, with hints of sarcasm and unexpected funny moments (my favorite one would be this quote "It is a good thing I didn't receive any of the fame I later strived for, because there a lot of photos out there of me towering naked over a five-foot Asian man in a suite and tie that might really horrify my evangelical Christian fans." (133 of my e-reader.) To an extent, if she wrote this for her friends and family members on why she is the way she is, the book does suit them.g. Scan the Table of Contents, it can help understand how the book is organized and will aid in determining the author's main ideas and how they are developed - chronologically, topically, etc. The book starts in 2005 or 2004 when her mother passed away, and then it goes back to perhaps late 1980s early 1990s and begins in discussing her yearning for the mother, her disappointment with mother and how and why she turned to drugs, sex and exotic dancing. What the book neglects to cover is the "denouement" of her life, how and why she decided to be an author and how she got out of being an exotic dancer, one hopes.g. How did the book affect you? Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this book? How is the book related to your own course or personal agenda? What personal experiences you've had relate to the subject? I enjoyed reading the book, but couldn't relate much to the subject matter, sorry to say. Only part I could relate to is wanting to feel loved (daddy issues in my case) and trying to start things with guys a little too early than I should. I had an impression that being an exotic dancer and whatnot is pretty simple, but she showed a complicated side of it, and how more goes into it rather than simply stripping and dancing and getting naked for strangers.h. How well has the book achieved its goal? With this one in particular I'm not sure, but if she decides to write future books, then it will be easier to tell.i. Would you recommend this book or article to others? Why? I would recommend this book to others because it tends to be realistic and when it comes to sex industry she has interesting insights and knows what she's talking about, as well as what can lack of relationships do to the children.a. Theme: The theme is the subject or topic. It is not necessarily the title, and it is usually not expressed in a complete sentence. It expresses a specific phase of the general subject matter. How actions and appearances change the life of someone either for better or worse.b. Thesis: The thesis is an author’s generalization about the theme, the author’s beliefs about something important, the book’s philosophical conclusion, or the proposition the author means to prove. Express it without metaphor or other figurative language, in one declarative sentence. How Rachael's mother's actions and ideas influenced Rachael to become the way she is and how they encouraged her to become promiscuous and an exotic dancer.Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book. 4 out of 5 (0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

  • Andrew McKenzie
    2019-04-24 06:24

    This was a bruiser of a book! Great read. Honest in the kind of way you can only be by having lived through the experiences, having a keen ability for introspection, and the raw 'Fuck it' courage to write it down for the others to read. I read it much faster than most of my reads.

  • Michael W
    2019-05-18 12:39

    This book is a poignant and, powerfully written, memoir of a very courageous and bright young woman, raised in acutely difficult circumstances, as she begins her journey, starting at age 11, struggling to seek her own place in the world and yearning for a better life. Her fifteen-year journey is anything but straight, with the tortuous path littered with various boyfriends displayingoutrageous behaviors, false prophets promising a better and more exciting life, and a dizzying array of temporary and potential benefactors, only a few of whom are well-intentioned. Along thejourney, just like in the ``Memoirs of a Geisha'', the reader gains a new perspective into a little-known and often misconstrued occupation, that here of the world of international exotic dancing.Frankly, I truly loved this book, and the topic really resonated with me. Through her crisp writing, and the often perceptively witty and rich internal dialogue of the main character, Rachael Biggs's memoir reads more like a page-turning novel, with a power and style similar to the Catcher-in-the-Rye. If you were emotionally captured by the Catcher, and had empathy for Holden despite his flaws, I think that you will love Rachael Biggs's book. The key difference here though is that, in contrast to the Catcher, this is actually a memoir! In writing this book, the author does not cherry-pick her thoughts and actions so as to be seen in only the best light. In fact, sometimes her actions towards others makes her downright unlikeable. However, the overall effect of this uncommon forthrightness is a brutally honest, non-sentimentalized, and raw account of her struggle for self, without any fear of exposing vulnerabilities and flaws, and this makes the reader highly willing to undertake the long journey with Rachael Biggs along her twisting path towards ultimately seizing her power and claiming her place in the world.

  • Fawn
    2019-05-10 04:37

    There are times when I can't find a book that really engages my interest; I go through short spells of not reading. And then a book comes along that is so interesting, engaging and just really well written, that you lose time and can't put the book down.Well, "Yearnings for Nothings and Nobodies" is that book for me. I read 130 pages the night it arrived in the mail. And couldn't wait to get back to it the next day.The book follows a very painful childhood. But it's not a totally sad / Mismem read, there's levity and great reflection and wisdom along the way.The author also writes about her dreams of becoming of becoming an actor. I hope that she also has time in her life to continue writing. As a first novel, Yearnings for Nothings and Nobodies was such a fantastic read; I can't wait to read the next book written by Rachael Biggs.

  • Kris
    2019-04-28 12:36

    I received a copy of 'Yearning for Nothings and Nobodies' through Goodreads and enjoyed the book. The book is the author's account of her life with emphasis on her relationships with her Mother and Father and the life choices she made in her teens and twenty's. Rachael does a wonderful job describing her life and her emotions at any given period. It is interesting to see how she reacts to adversity in life, especially knowing the she ends with publishing a novel! Although, I enjoyed Biggs' writing style and her ability to describe minute detail, there were times when I felt the book was a bit long.

  • John Wiseman
    2019-05-06 10:34

    This is a fantastic book, and shocking that it is the author's first. Authentic and unbelievable, scary, heartbreaking, and hilarious--a story that will move you whether male, female, young, old, parent or child. I looked forward to it every night--hated putting it down. In the right hands, this could be a wonderful film too, for all those non-readers out there. Excellent.

  • Randy Briggs
    2019-05-20 06:48

    I received this book as a First Reads from Goodreads.I really liked this book, because I related to a lot of it. Some of the anecdotes were sordid and depressing, but well told. Good solid story-telling.

  • Patricia Kaniasty
    2019-05-11 10:30

    I could feel all the emotions that this author talked about and expressed. It is so very well written. For this to be true and she turned out so well rounded is amazing. I could not even begin to imagine what that life must have been like. I cried at the end.

  • Michelle Beaudry
    2019-05-11 09:47

    Great book! Couldn't put it down once I started. Rachael Biggs shares her story of growth and self discovery in a way that draws you in and makes you relate and sympathize to her character throughout the story. I was riveted in my seat for the entire journey.-m

  • Lauren
    2019-05-12 06:49

    I received a copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway, so thanks for that. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book but I enjoyed following Rachael through her journey of growth.

  • Jennifer Weber
    2019-05-03 04:52

    I appreciated the honest style of writing which I found easy to read and surprisingly funnier than I had imagined it could possibly be.

  • Jocelyn Sevigny
    2019-05-12 04:40

    A fantastic read! Very well written as well as truly engaging. It felt as though I was reading into her personal diary and I couldn't put it down!

  • Emily Abramson
    2019-05-05 11:48

    I couldn't put this one down

  • Rachael Biggs
    2019-04-25 07:30