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by Yvonne deSousaMS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis \tYvonne deSousa’s diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor (“MS Sucks”) and a brother’s helpful advice (“You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now”). \tWhat followed was a year of MS-adventures: “accidentally” kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover agent to pay for medication made from Chinese hamster ovary ... more
by Brian D. AitkenIn 2010 Brian Aitken was sentenced to seven years in prison for possessing firearms he legally owned. He lost everything and spent four months in prison before Governor Chris Christie demanded his release and taking his case to the Supreme Court. This is his story.
by Scott MilesTHE DOWNRIVER HORSESHOE draws its stories from the landscapes and people of the industrial, south side of Metro Detroit called Downriver. It is Americana with a gritty, blue-collar twist—filled with quirky, rough-hewn characters like Duke Peterson, a retired cookie-truck driver who, at the behest of his nasty, invalid wife, has to hock his grandfather’s old shotguns to make rent; there is George Rimbaud, a morally confused mailman who continually crosses the line and intertwines his life (and se... more
by Alex ShvartsmanSCIENCE FICTION. FANTASY. HUMOR. * Hobo Satan * Vampire novelist * Traveling robot salesman * Brain-in-a-jar superhero * Jinn trapped in a mattress These are some of the unlikely characters you will encounter in the pages of this book. This is the third annual volume of Unidentified Funny Objects and it contains twenty-three humorous short stories from some of the genre's best-known authors, as well as talented up-and-comers.
by Michael PaulsThis year, go where the rich and famous are going... Wrapped in the improbable guise of a parody guidebook, The Travellers’ Guide to Hell takes you to places you never dreamed you would see, and fairly rubs your nose in them. You’ll feel the heat and savour the sulfur as you’re dragged through the twisted hallucinations of cultures ranging from the Mesopotamians to the Alabamians. The Guide to Hell is profusely illustrated and packed with practical info: how to get there, what to pack, tips on... more
by Steve SnyderShot Down is about author Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder, the ten man crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth, and the unique experiences of each man after their plane was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border on February 8, 1944. Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some evaded the Germans for awhile but were betrayed, captured, and shot. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for seven months. The stories are all different a... more
by Candace Waldron
My Daughter He: Transitioning With Our Transgender Children is both a story and a resource. Written by a mother reflecting on her own difficult journey to accept that her beloved daughter longed to be a boy, My Daughter He explores the labyrinthine path many parents travel: supporting their child’s authentic self-expression while experiencing deep-seated emotions of their own. Topics include:
- Finding the right team of professionals to guide your decisions
- Reversible and irr... more
by Lynette Norris WilkinsonOne of the few books that tells the real story of Hurricane Katrina survivors from the devastated Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, UNTOLD: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew,. Read 16 riveting accounts of survival, hope and faith from survivors ages 8 to 80, written by an author who grew up in the community. Discover the little-known history of the area and the back story on life in this close-knit community just 10 minutes from the famous French Quarter. Excellent supplemental book for schoo... more
by Joe CostanzoAfter sailing back and forth between Italy and America, an unscrupulous "bird of passage" named Tommaso Caruso - or Thomas, as he prefers to be called - disappears Someplace Out West as World War II erupts in Europe. After the war ends and there's still no sign of him, his wife ships their son Tommy off to the New World to track him down. For Tommy, what begins as a simple mission evolves into a wild journey of discovery as he and mid-20th Century America collide in The Grand Junction.
by Crystal PontiEvery mother, at some point, inevitably becomes her own worst enemy. In a millisecond, her halo crumbles and she has a moment so crazed it is forever known as the one—The Mother of All Meltdowns. Some of today’s hottest bloggers bare all (well, not quite like that) in this eye-opening, mind-blowing anthology. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and have your mouth fall open in disbelief. At times, they are so far from angelic, they make Attila the Hun look like Mother Teresa. So pour yourself a glass... more
by Ronald Wilfred JansenRonald Wilfred Jansen visited Anne Frank’s home addresses in Frankfurt am Main, Aachen and Amsterdam; her hiding place the Secret Annex; and the Westerbork, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps where Anne Frank was imprisoned. His book describes her history and the objects that today still remind us of the environment in which she lived. His motivation for writing this book is that it was one of the last opportunities he would have to contact the people who knew Anne; these p... more
by Barbara HinskeForensic accountant Maggie Martin’s well-ordered life is shattered by her husband’s untimely death and the double life he concealed. Dealing with the financial and emotional wreckage left in Paul’s wake, she is stunned to learn he inherited an estate known as Rosemont in the seemingly-serene Midwestern town of Westbury. Seeking a fresh start and a quiet, solitary life, she moves halfway across the country to make Rosemont her home. Before she can unpack her first box, she’s knee-deep in a bat... more
by Kevin ParhamThe Vineyard We Knew is a personal account of the summers Kevin spent on Martha’s Vineyard with his siblings and cousins when they were young and under the care of their strict grandmother, Carrie White. The story takes place in the 1960’s—under very humble circumstances—at a time when America’s social and political landscapes were evolving. These vignettes, though very personal, are also universal. They open up to a reader a world that many of them will not know, but one they will still recogni... more
by Craig TollifsonMarilyn and Brad have the perfect suburban life, until their newly adopted twelve-year-old daughter Zhanna arrives with one thing on her mind: to burn the family couch. Brad’s out of town and Marilyn is left alone to save her sanity and her suede from a inscrutable pyromaniacal tween in this tragicomic novella.
by Eric S. KabakoffA fervent baseball fan since the age of ten, Eric Kabakoff visited the home park of every major league baseball team to see up close how each team tries to stir up the passions of its fans. In the years between his first-ever ballgame in Philadelphia and the last of his quest in Tampa, he had seen baseball in four different decades: from the 26-team 1980’s to the current 30 teams of the 2010’s. He did the Tomahawk Chop in Atlanta, cursed out the Rally Monkey in Anaheim, and gave the controversia... more
by K. L. Cottrell
Marienne and Gabe are two strangers living the same unusual life.
She's new to it; it's all he's known for years. She's adrift; he's stable.
Their meeting will change them both.
But something dangerous lurks around the corner. The scale balancing good and evil is about to tip toward darkness. And Marienne, Gabe, and everyone they know, ordinary or not, will be swept up in the fight to right it.