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  • Keep A-Goin': The Life of Lone Star Dietz

    by Tom Benjey

    Until age 15, Billy Dietz thought he was the natural son of a prominent white couple in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Overhearing the woman who raised him reveal part of the secret of his birth during an argument with his father started the young athlete and artist on an oddyssey of self-discovery that took him to the St. Louis World's Fair, Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the Rose Bowl and the heights of the football coaching profession. The secret of his birth became a principle issue in his... more

  • Glorious Times: Adventures of the Craighead Naturalists

    by Tom Benjey

    "What the Kennedys are to politics, the less-famous Craigheads are to nature—a prolific and accomplished clan." Kirkus Reviews

    Glorious Times tells the fascinating and important story of an American clan of Scots-Irish that settled in the early 1700s in Pennsylvania. From this clan came an astonishing number exceptional people, many of whom dedicated their lives to nature. This book even poses the question as to whether this family had a special "N... more

  • A Hundred Merry Tales: The Shakespeare Jest Book

    by John Thor Ewing
    Rastell's A Hundred Merry Tales was the first English jest book, and would set a pattern for succeeding generations, who came to see it as a window on a lost 'Merry England.' Originally published in 1524-5, this charming collection of amusing (sometimes scurrilous) anecdotes was celebrated by contemporaries among the defining books of the Tudor era, and is even name-checked by Shakespeare. This new edition of A Hundred Merry Tales presents these comic stories in modern spelling with comprehens... more
  • The Real Picture (Chinese Edition)

    by Nanxing Li
    Who is Li Nanxing in your eyes? Is he a cheery young man? A handsome and valiant policeman? A heroic fighter? A frivolous gambler? Or, an unapproachable award-winning actor? These are the various personas Li Nanxing has on screen. In real life, he is just a carefree person with an unassuming personality. His philosophy in life is to let nature take its course. As a kampong boy who lived in poverty, he started to work at a young age at various places including a provision shop, a factory a... more
  • Angels Throughout the Ages: The Story of the Saints, Angels, & Demons

    by Rayfiel G Mychal

    The Saints are great heroes who the Church has venerated and celebrated throughout its history. However, behind every Saint, there are many Angels who minister to them and help them reach the level of sanctity.
    At the same time, the Devil and his fallen Angels combat them and tempt them to sin and turn away from God.
    Here is a compilation of visions that the saints experienced as they encountered both the angels and the demons.
    The stories of the Saints continue to show the spi... more

  • Our DeWitty

    by Joyceann Gray
    In this book, I’ve focused on the Women and what they had to say since largely their voice has not been heard in most all accountings of the Homesteaders. Learn about their struggles, dreams, successes, and legacies. How they shared their lives and co-existed with neighboring towns. Learn how their legacies have continued to inspire each descendant to be all that we can be. Our Dewitty is my second book referencing family, friends, and neighbors who collectively established the longest lasting ... more
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    by Syed Kashif Ali

  • Love Songs: The Lives, Loves, and Poetry of Nine American Women

    by John Dizikes

    In the first third of the twentieth century, the women's poetry movement emanated from New York City's Greenwich Village. This powerful and moving collective biography by National Book Critics Circle Award-winner John Dizikes tells the interwoven stories of Léonie Adams, Louise Bogan, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Marianne Moore, Dorothy Parker, Genevieve Taggard, Sara Teasdale, and Elinor Wylie. All were successful and innovative as poets, and lived rich and complex lives professional... more

  • W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design

    by Bruce Kennett
    A lavishly illustrated biography of one of the most interesting artists of the twentieth century, who designed typefaces and books, built two private marionette theaters and re-imagined the engineering of puppets, wrote fiction, essays, and satire, and was an accomplished calligrapher, illustrator, painter, sculptor, kite-maker, textile designer, and theatrical set designer. A large-format book of 496 pages, with 1200 illustrations (many reproduced at actual size), all printed in full color.
  • Fearless: How a Poor Virginia Seamstress Took on Jim Crow, Beat the Poll Tax and Changed Her City Forever

    by Charlene Butts Ligon
    FEARLESS: How a poor Virginia seamstress took on Jim Crow, beat the poll tax and changed her city forever is about Evelyn T. Butts. A poor seamstress who became a forceful and courageous voting rights champion and won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the poll tax. In FEARLESS, we see Mrs. Butts as a mother and active citizen who works tirelessly to improve the lives of family members and neighbors, while also joining or leading battles against discrimination in employment, pu... more
  • discipl·ish: My Unconventional Pilgrimage thru Faith, Art, Evangelical Culture

    by Mike Duran
    The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first… blowout. In the spring of 1980, Mike Duran responded to an altar call and surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. It’d been a hard road home. Raised Catholic, in an alcoholic home, somehow he’d gone off the rails, plunging into the world of rock music, psychedelic drugs, and occultism. However, his conversion would change all that. Suddenly Mike was a Jesus freak! But his adventure was just beginning. Seventeen years from that day, he... more
  • From Siberia to St. Kitts: A Teacher's Journey

    by Ira Sumner Simmonds
    Following the tumultuous and unexpected life of Zina Katzen, Simmonds' biography weaves disparate threads from Russia, China, Chile, France, and St. Kitts-Nevis into a vibrant tapestry revealing a surprising and exceptional woman. Stepping outside of the spinster-teacher archetype, Katzen's story is one of a complicated, fiercely independent woman whose decades of unwavering dedication and commitment to the education of children across the globe belie an intriguing, unpredictable and, at times, ... more
  • A Hudson Valley Writer's Guide, Second Edition

    by Michael Boyajian

    Quiet places around the Hudson Valley for writers to create amid the splendors of nature.  Includes accessability notations.. Video of the sites can be found on the book's social media page.  With photography

  • Green Enchantments: A Catskills Outdoor Guide and Collected Essays Second Edition

    by Michael Boyajian
    The reissue of the acclaimed book on the Catskills is now available and will bring joy to all lovers of the Catskill Mountains.
  • Experiencing Islam: Becoming Islam-Aware

    by James E. Horn
    EXPERIENCING ISLAM (Becoming Islam Aware) has been banned by librarians and was censored by the CIA The author is a retired American diplomat who worked in national security for over 25-years. He held the highest levels of TOP SECRET security clearances (the reason why the CIA reviewed and censored the book). The book has been banned by many librarians (not all – some librarians are honest about letting people read and learn). The author is recognized as one of the top 100 experts on Islam in Am... more
  • Prayers Gathered Along the Way - A Memoir Captivating Compelling Letters to God (Journey Conversations)

    by Christine Walters
    The author shares her deepest thoughts and communications from her journey conversations with God. Prayers Gathered Along the Way is a compelling, gripping, and mesmerizing collections of letters and conversations that takes you through a journey of prayers collected for the heart, mind, and soul for the purpose to help others who are going through heartache. This book is intended for healing, and moving forward from infidelity, divorce, loss, and grief. Thinking back to January 2015; I was ... more