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  • John Lennon book in progress

    by Bradley Laidman
    I know more about John Lennon's life and work than practically anybody. At least I think I do. We will see if people will give my piece a chance
  • Detours THE Good Stuff\t

    by Vickie McGillis
    Katie Munson was a struggling, poor young mother with four small children. At just 22 years of age, and freshly divorced, Katie had relocated her young family to their new home in a small rural town in southeastern Minnesota. In the comfort of her new surroundings, Katie presumed that she, along with her son and three baby girls, were safe from harm’s way. She believed they had escaped the iniquity from her past and were free to begin a renewed and happy life together. December 2, 1967, was a ve... more
  • Ninety-Year-Old Vet’s Journey Through Life

    by Al Monroe
    For many years now, I have wanted to write about my life, and especially about some of the people in my life. I’m sorry to say that due to my lack of faith in my writing skills, I gave up many times. In those days, I thought I wouldn’t live past sixty years old, but here I am—ninety years old, and still going strong. Well, not so strong, but people are surprised when I tell them how old I am! And would you believe it—due to the encouragement of a few of my family, friends, VA doctors, nurses, an... more
  • Wordstruck! The Fun and Fascination of Language

    by Susanna Janssen
    Wordstruck! entertains and enriches with a wealth of humorous, insightful revelations on language and cultures. Dive in anywhere and delve into everything from cockney slang to terms of endearment around the world; from pungent Shakespearean insults to foreign translations gone riotously bad; from the intriguing origins of “hello” as a phone greeting to why we speak English using several hundred Arabic words. Discover fascinating word origins, fall in love with metaphors and malapropisms (and ev... more
  • HER ARGUMENT: epiphanies, theories, confessions

    by Ellary Eddy
    This is not an average memoir. This is not a how-to book. This is a what-if book. A ‘what-if you could look at life as an intellectual-adventure’ book. In a vein at once playful, philosophical and lyrical, artist Ellary Eddy builds a provocative case for the value of self-inquiry, authenticity, and radical astonishment at the marvel of existence. Riffing in a non-linear style off her trajectory as a rambunctious, rebellious young woman growing through adulthood, the author explores the elusi... more
  • Adventures of a Rideshare Driver

    by Charles Campise
    This book is a collection of the author’s favorite experiences of driving passengers who use the ride-sharing mode of transportation. Stories are limited to his experiences in the region in and around Austin, Texas and other communities in the central part of the state for more than three years, beginning in June 2014. The book often mentions the stories he told his passengers about the history of the region. He tells some of his own life experiences and his personal connections with the cities ... more
  • The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected

    by Edwin Wong
    The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy presents a profoundly original theory of drama that speaks to modern audiences living in an increasingly volatile world driven by artificial intelligence, gene editing, globalization, and mutual assured destruction ideologies. Tragedy, according to risk theatre, puts us face to face with the unexpected implications of our actions by simulating the profound impact of highly improbable events. In this book, classicist Edwin Wong shows how tragedy imitates reali... more
  • PATRIARCH: My Extraordinary Journey from Man to Gentleman

    by H.L. Sudler
    What have you learned from your life? What will you take with you when you die? Through this heartfelt, humorous, inspirational, and oftentimes brutally honest collection of essays, PATHS Humanitarian Writing Award winner H.L. Sudler embarks upon a journey of self-discovery in his quest to define what it truly means to be a patriarch in the wake of his father's death. Searching for answers among tales of love and war, triumph and losses, religious awakening and personal evolution, Sudler begs th... more
  • Leo: A Hero of the Dutch Resistance

    by Lawrence Tallentire

    Biography of Leo Frijda, born August 1923 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, executed by Nazi firing squad as a resistance fighter on the North Sea coast October 1943 aged just twenty. Precisely because he was an unlikely hero of the Dutch resistance - a friend recalls how he must have 'won a great battle within himself, because he was by nature a rather frightened boy ' - Leo is all the more a hero.

  • Points of Intersection: Meeting Paul Bowles, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, Robert Graves, Pauline Réage & Others

    by Gregory Stephenson
    Conversations with authors. An autobiographical essay about living abroad.
  • Time Is a Flat Circle: Examining True Detective, Season One

    by Melissa Milazzo
    When it premiered in 2014, the first season of HBO’s True Detective immediately became a pop-culture phenomenon. Created by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the show reinvigorated the detective genre on television, infusing it with philosophy, metaphysics, and macabre mystery. With this unique mix of elements, True Detective is more than a crime drama – it’s an examination of the illusory nature of self, the corruption of society, the malleable nature of reali... more
  • Online Paraphrase

    by Erin Warren
    If you once wrote a student or scientific work, then you are faced with the difficulty of paraphrasing. It is very difficult because you need to rewrite the text in your own words, without resorting to plagiarism. This requires certain skills and vocabulary, as well as experience in rephrasing. Paraphrasing is used for various reasons. Mostly in student papers to rewrite too complicated a topic. If you have difficulty paraphrasing, we are ready to help you. We have already helped thousands of cu... more
  • Virginia Woolf in Richmond

    by Peter Fullagar
    Although more commonly associated with Bloomsbury, Virginia and her husband Leonard Woolf lived in Richmond-upon-Thames for ten years from the time of the First World War (1914-1924). Refuting the common misconception that she disliked the town, this book explores her daily habits as well as her intimate thoughts while living at the pretty house she came to love – Hogarth House. Drawing on information from her many letters and diaries, the editor reveals how Richmond’s relaxed way of life came t... more
  • Rufus: James Agee in Tennessee

    by Paul F. Brown

    Rufus is the first literary biography of James Agee to explore his life and work in the context of his Tennessee heritage. Beginning with his ancestors, and the circumstances that brought his parents together, the book details the people, places, and events that shaped Agee's experiences in Tennessee. A survey of his work reveals that, from his first writings to his posthumously-published novel, A Death in the Family, he continually drew upon memories of his home st... more

  • Carl Van Doren: A Man of Ideas

    by Robin K. Foster

    Carl Van Doren (1885-1950), biographer, historian, essayist, and literary critic, wrote during the golden era of literary and cultural criticism that flourished across the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. One of the nation’s most prolific literacy critics, Van Doren covered everybody who was anybody; he was in many ways The Man Who Knew Everybody. His personal and professional correspondence with the likes of Sinclair Lewis, Robert Frost, Elinor Wylie, and H. L. Mencken bring to life ... more

  • One Woman Against War: The Jeannette Rankin Story

    by Kevin S. Giles
    She was the lonely dissenter, committed to following the dictates of her conscience no matter the consequences. Jeannette Rankin, an early leader for woman suffrage and the first woman elected to Congress, crusaded for peace her entire life. “Killing more people won’t help matters,” she said. The Montana native was an American icon of extremes in politics, applauded as a beacon of hope by many people and vilified as a traitor by others. Jeannette Rankin left a rich legacy of pacifism, activel... more