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  • Sweet Boy: The Unintentional Offender

    by Roberto Carlos Cruz Garcia
    In "Sweet Boy: The Unintentional Offender," author Roberto Carlos Cruz Garcia takes readers on a candid and unapologetic journey through his life, revealing the inner workings of his unfiltered mind and its impact on those around him. In this introspective and often humorous memoir, Garcia explores the challenges he faces as he navigates a world that expects social norms and politeness, while his ADHD traits lead him to speak his mind without restraint. From childhood incidents that left a trail... more
  • Within The Portal

    by Krishnanand scott spackey
    On June 19, 2013 I was killed. Dead in the street... Mangled, bloody and… DEAD. Life can go from light to dark in an instant. Krishnanand catapulted to the other side when he was hit in the face by a full-size SUV. While he remained in a Stage 3 Glasgow coma for nine days, he remained fully conscious in a celestial dimension he now calls The Portal—what Tibetan Buddhists call The Bardo and what... more
  • Urgent Calls from Distant Places: An Emergency Doctor’s Notes about Life and Death on the Frontiers of East Africa

    by Marc-David Munk

    A profound exploration of emergency medicine practiced at the most remote and challenging frontiers of East Africa. This inspiring collection of essays finds hope and meaning in the face of extraordinary odds, as a young physician asks: What are the ethical and moral dimensions of saving one life knowing countless others will die?

    In 2008, a young doctor set out for Kenya, to volunteer with the famed AMREF East African Flying Doctors Service. An emergency phys... more

  • Traveling in Wonder: A Travel Photographer's Tales of Wanderlust

    by Autumn Carolynn
    Traveling in Wonder is a former flight attendant’s reflections on the 30 countries she traveled to or lived in within 30 years. Traveling in Wonder is not your typical travel journal turned book-it's not even a travel guide. Instead, Traveling in Wonder: A Travel Photographer's Tales of Wanderlust reads like a letter from the author to the many countries she's visited, first as a student traveling abroad, then as a flight attendant, a travel agent, and more recently, a travel photographer. Trave... more
  • Married to a Psychiatrist

    by Dan Prochoda

    In Dan’s mind, therapists were for guys who punched holes in walls and those who cried during emotional movies, and that wasn’t him. He was a real man: honorable, respectful, and kind. He possessed the grit to become SWAT team leader, the strength to never let anything bother him, and the fortitude to always do the right thing.

    But then, on a dating website, he met a petite, bleached-blond, Harley-riding psychiatrist, and everything changed. In just a few s... more

  • Wash Your Face With Holy Water

    by Melissa Hawks
    Four years ago, Melissa Hawks set off to have the adventure of a lifetime solo traveling Europe and the UK and ended up in a war for her life. Her trip began with walking the Camino up the Portuguese coast into Spain, then exploring Ireland and Italy. Her journeys took her from Porto to Dublin to Amalfi to Florence to the beautiful Umbrian countryside, and the many tiny coastal towns in each country she visits. These stories may make you laugh, some will probably make you cry or rage but a... more
  • Confessions of a Third-Rate Goddess: Traipsing Through a World Gone Weird

    by Kathy Biehl
    Columnist and zine pioneer Kathy Biehl romps through sexual ambiguity and other weirdness of single life in the 1990s. Featuring perils of fan mail * traveling statues * backstage dramas * driveway parties * ludicrous journeys * celebrities (real and impersonated) * divine manifestations * the author's accidental attainment of goddesshood * and other mystery-marvels of life on the bridge to the millennium.
  • Brother Broken

    by Cecile Beaulieu
    ‘Brother Broken’ is not a tale of woe. It’s not a romance novel, a how-to handbook, a travel guide, a pot-boiler, a sci-fi sequel or a fantasy adventure. It’s a Saskatchewan true story. A slice of history that’s not dark or depressing. A memoir of hope and gratitude, with a touch of ridiculous―though some parts are complicated, because there is nothing straightforward pertaining to ‘broken’. Three of my brothers died. I wish I could say they died of natural causes, but there is nothing nat... more
  • Don't Tell Mom! Shenanigans of a Small-Town Kid

    by Greg Schweiner

    The book takes us back in time for a nostalgic look at time before parents were described as helicopters and tigers. We follow the adventures of a little boy and see the world through his eyes as he grows up in a era when video games didn't  exist and phones were attached to walls. 

    The stories and characters are relatable to anyone who lived through the period, or anyone who wants to know what life was like back then. The lessons learned are timeless. 

  • Part-Time Nomads

    by Anne M. Breedlove
    The ad in the back of Bicycling magazine read: “Self-guided bicycling tours in rural France.” Eight days on furnished bikes, in pre-arranged lodging opened our eyes to the possibilities of bicycle travel. PART-TIME NOMADS tells how we metamorphosed from middle-aged, suburban working parents to international bicycle travelers. For ten years we stole time from work and parenting to bicycle 10,000 miles in seven states and three countries. Starting in Northern California with “credit card cycling... more
  • She May Be Lying Down But She May Be Very Happy

    by Jody Gelb

    Everything was going right in the delivery room until, suddenly, it wasn't. The baby's brain was damaged; the new mother, unprepared for the life she and her family would now be living.

    In dense, lyrical prose, Jody Gelb pays tribute to her daughter's short life. SHE MAY BE LYING DOWN BUT SHE MAY BE VERY HAPPY is a marvel of compression and potency. Gelb lays her experience bare in the full range of its emotional complexity, from profound suffering to ecstatic joy. It is a m... more

  • Reflections from the Shadow of Los Angeles

    by Byron Schneider
    Reflections from the Shadow of Los Angeles captures the unique mix of orange groves and ocean beaches, Disneyland and drugs, freeways and false landmarks that defined the Golden State in the 1960s and ‘70s. But there is hidden trauma in this paradise – family secrets that can’t stay buried forever.
  • Mob Island

    by Bubba Haupt and Teresa E. Ward, Ph.D.
    “Some things are not what they look and feel like.” — “Louie the Tailor” Rosanova Lou was right. Who would have believed that Savannah, Georgia, specifically the Savannah Inn and Country Club, played a significant role in mobster relations? Leading figures in the Mob during the seventies came together for important meetings at the Inn. And there were good reasons why they chose Savannah for these meetings (and the ultimate burial site of Jimmy Hoffa). \tMore important, who would believe th... more
  • Diamonds Beneath the Darkness: Life thru Lyrics ...the journey to become (part one)

    by Nicole Danielle
    Most people are just living to die. Here I am, just dying to live—is the whisper Nicole Danielle heard on the darkest night of her life. A beauty queen who committed a crime. A lover who committed a sin. A dreamer told to get her head out of the clouds. A bright light dimmed by the world. Life got dark and every time Nicole tried to change the narrative, the noise was just too loud— “You’re not enough.” “You will never be anything more than what you are.” “You’re a dime a dozen.” “Your... more
  • The Road Unpaved: Border to Border with a Brain Tumor and a Bike

    by Risa August
    After a shocking diagnosis for a rare pituitary disease and with her eighteen-year marriage in shambles, Risa’s life has fallen far from picture-perfect. Recovering from brain surgery and desperate to get back to her former self, she signs up for the bike tour of a lifetime—six weeks from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Coast Highway. The old Risa could have done the ride in her sleep, but for the new Risa, trapped in a body that no longer feels like her own and stuck in the company of her brai... more
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