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by Ella MarquesIn her debut memoir I WAS BORN A BOY, FROM VENUS, Ella Marques discusses the impact of transitioning from male to female in her sixties. The memoir not only explores gender identity, but presents the full life of a globetrotting polyglot, passionate about travel, her family, and her work.
by Mary Jane WalkerWhether it was eating dog unintentionally in Indonesia, meeting the rapper 50 Cent at a backpackers or kicking a US nuclear submarine in New Zealand, A Maverick Traveller is filled with the unique stories and experiences of Mary Jane Walker. Mary Jane has travelled to all corners of the globe - to large cities, visited rural villages and tiny unknown islands off the coast of continents. A Maverick Traveller is a mixture of laughter, culture shock, amazement and sadness, it is a compilation of... more
by Chance J.J. EdricWhen I first set out to write this book, I never thought it would make it this far. I figured it would be a few short stories for my kids to read when they were old enough. Not so much because I wanted to leave a legacy but because I've lived through some crazy stuff. I wanted to show them just how nuts it could all get but how spectacular it could be as well. I hoped they would be able to find some sort of lesson in it and maybe live a little better because of it. What ended up happening is the... more
by W. Boone HedgepethAfter a life threatening illness the author goes on a determined spiritual journey across America to find healing and transcendent reality. This mind expanding story takes one from physician to medicine man to mountaintops, meeting many profoundly unusual characters along the way. This is an astounding expose of marriage and relationships, Mormonism, the New Age, American Indian fundamentalism and modern Christianity.
by Gregory Howard Gebhart
2 Lives in 3 Acts: Ihe first act is coming to accept mental illness and kidney disease, the second act is struggling with setbacks, the third act is surmounting them.
by Morgan SmithA collection of memories about growing up hippie in Toronto, during one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. Not to mention the sex, drugs and rock and roll… Morgan Smith was only twelve during the Summer of Love, but her parents had plunged headlong into the Age of Aquarius, and she was no mere bystander. From paisley shirts to protest rallies and from Be-Ins to hash brownies, she lived through one of the most ground-breaking and outright joyous periods of the 20th century as a... more
by Wendy StuartDubbed by her friends “the Kathy Griffin of fashion”, Wendy’s hilarious, occasionally poignant story of how she became – and has remained for 30 years – one of the most successful “fit” models in the country (that size 8 you’re wearing might very well be based on Wendy Stuart Kaplan’s figure), is told with a Griffin-esque sense of humor untarnished by malice. From studying voodoo in Nigeria through years of taking mind-numbing jobs just to pay the rent, to her success in the present day where sh... more
by Seamus KirstIn 'Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk,' Seamus Kirst explores the milestones of self-destruction that marked his coming of age. At 13, he went to the ER for swallowing a bottle of pills. By 16, he was already a veteran of several in- and out-patient rehab programs for alcohol. As he walked across the stage at his high school graduation – just after delivering his valedictorian address – he had already been hospitalized three times for alcohol poisoning. The situation only accelerated at Brown... more
by Carolyn Affleck YoungsBorn during an air raid, Derek Youngs was thrown into the harsh reality of humanity's dark side with his first breaths. It was no wonder he became a peace pilgrim. His dream to walk to Japan took him thousands of miles on foot, challenging not only his body, but his beliefs. Eventually, peace became more mantra than manifesto. After he died suddenly in 2011, his widow Carolyn Affleck Youngs completed his memoir, a touching, insightful and humorous tale of learning to live one step at a time. Now... more
by Denis Bourg
Those of you who might be expecting these pages to contain yet another famous batch of recipes à la Tante Marie, are advised to look a bit closer.
This odyssey traverses just over 39 & 1/2 years; also 41 kitchens, eight countries, four islands; concocting an astronomical amount of gastro... more
by Mike Ellerkamp
All over the world and within all cultures and religions, a profound tenet exists that supports a common connection among all peoples. In one phrasing or another, the spiritual principle known as the Golden Rule has been taught for centuries: ?Do unto others as you would have them do to you.? In The Simple Little Rule: The Golden Rule Rediscovered, author Mike Ellerkamp shares his spiritual, philosophical, and historical journey as he brings to life once again this simple yet profound rule. N... more
by Visakha Dasi
In a pristine valley embraced by mountains and the never-ending evergreen forests of British Columbia, Bhagavad-gita, one of the oldest spiritual teachings in existence, guides a community of off-the-grid, joyful pioneers. In the silence and expanse of an unlikely but somehow ideal setting, ordinary people explore their tiny role in an incredibly complex and stunningly beautiful network of life that gently yet persistently asks for their awareness. This is the story of a family that joins thi... more
by Eskay Teel
This 'shocker' is packed with brutal honesty and 'Brummie-funny' humour at the blackest of times.
In the first chapter, the author courageously writes about a 'predictable' double rape at the age of thirteen… and then continues her extraordinary account as a delinquent teenager in the 1970’s.
In a rare and refreshing style, she tells us the blunt truth about a violent hate-filled relationship with her mother; the fool... more
by Paul Amirault
What if your spiritual journey took you back to a voyage aboard the RMS Titanic?
That's the question faced by Hollywood documentary producer Paul Amirault, who underwent hypnotic past-life regression as part of a research assignment and was unexpectedly transported to a dark night in 1912. There, in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic, he found himself cowering in fear before a massive wall of black steel...as the sinking White Star Liner loomed threateningly ove... more
by Paul Dewitt CarringtonThis work recounts pleasures that I have enjoyed as a lawyer and shared with my family. I try to explain why and how I became a lawyer; my forebears played a major role in causing that outcome. I then identify many of the legal disputes and political issues in which I have been actively engaged since 1948. I will also recount how my romance with law and my professional good luck connected to an amazing family resulting from more than sixty two years of marriage.
by Jack H GarvenJack's childhood and formative years on the family farm in Scotland during World War II are recounted here. This is followed by an account of Jack and Pat?s journey from marriage at an early age to retirement, including many poems and stories from events along the way. A keen interest in things mechanical became a passion and a driver for Jack in the fields of construction and commissioning. Various projects and locations are discussed, including working in the Middle East deserts to Alaska and ... more