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by Paula Wagner
At eighteen, Paula is already a seasoned traveler, having begun life in war-torn England and crisscrossed the US as a child with her American father, British mother, and identical twin sister. But returning to her tiny hometown in northern California after a year at a London boarding school in her early teens, she yearns for the greater world beyond. Enter a charismatic woman who offers a way out: a year abroad on a kibbutz ulpan (work/study program) in Is... more
by Michael BoyajianThe author and his late wife had always loved camping in the Catskills but now they decide to turn it up a notch and actually purchase a summer home in those magical healing mountains in the LGBTQ Pride party town of Margaretville where every weekend friends and family visited as the lovers put sweat equity into their dream home and where the author's first book came into being, Green Enchantments.
by Patricia StreetPart 1 of The Last Stop is a memoir about losing my son, David, to heroin addiction. Through David’s letters, intimate scenes of an addict's lifestyle are revealed in real, raw, and vivid detail. Our story is a window into the tragedy and impacts the opioid crisis is having on families across America. All facets of addiction are discussed, including how addiction turned David into a stranger who lied, manipulated, and denied his drug use for years, failed drug treatments, recovery, and relapse. ... more
by Mr. AnybodyAfter surviving cancer and the passing of my best friend, I used my Covid vacation to finish my anonymous autobiography. With all the negative energy surrounding us today, I wanted to write a lighthearted, non-political, humorous and enjoyable book filled with color photos and illustrations. The stories are short and easy-to-read. If you don’t like the stories, I hope that you will at least enjoy the interesting tidbits sandwiched between. And, yes, that really is my First-Grade class photo o... more
by Alejandra G. Brady“Be who you are and say what you mean, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” I see her waiting for me at the baggage claim, as she usually does when I visit. But this visit would not be like others, for I was about to tell my biological mother about the spiritual awaking I had just experienced. Alejandra was sixteen years old the first time she had a visitation from someone who had passed. But it would be decades before anyone would give her a name for her u... more
by Nita WhitakerSYNOPSIS When Your Hand is in the Lion’s Mouth is a narrative non-fiction told in forty-two stories that is a father-daughter memoir. The foundational paternal love, wisdom and life lessons shared can father us all, and at 96 years young, he keeps inspiring and teaching us with his foundational practical wisdom. Not often enough do we hear of great black fathers in our stories or media, one that goes beyond stereotype, shining a light on a devoted man who lifts and enlightens. Green is one of... more
by Linda DodwellIf you perhaps ever wondered what it would be like to arrive in this world at the end of WWII, be whisked off across country at the age of 9 months to meet her U.S. Marine dad for the first time, grow up in the New Jersey 50s and 60s while being the only Catholic girl in school with a dad not around, becoming an RN (one of the very few socially accepted options for women at the time), marry a 2x Ivy leaguer, give birth to a daughter, earn a Fine Arts degree, learn to pilot a BMW motorcycle in 40... more
by Carlyn Montes De OcaCarlyn Montes De Oca grew up surrounded by secrets. She never knew her dad was a Marine during World War II or that her grandmother hired kidnappers to bring her mother back home after her parents eloped. Her mom and dad took an even bigger secret to their graves… Carlyn’s identity. In 2019, at age 57, a consumer DNA test taken for fun revealed that Carlyn’s parents, immigrants from Mexico, were not her biological parents. In that instant, Carlyn felt her world shatter. This revelation fueled... more
by Edwin FontánezThrough heartfelt essays and poetry, Latino children’s book author and illustrator Edwin Fontánez examines his relationship with his father from childhood to adulthood. Drawing from his personal journals, the author recounts a rural childhood in Puerto Rico filled with joyous moments as well as chaos caused by his father’s alcoholism and gambling. As an artistic young gay man, he searched for connection with his often remote father while dealing with the stresses of growing up in a machista Hisp... more
by Roselle MadroneThe Open Book: A Family Memoir of Adventure, Trauma, and Resilience is a tale in which love and forgiveness triumph. The story began fifty years ago when two young dreamers built a life together on an off-grid homestead in the Belizean jungle. When a hurricane destroyed everything they had worked so hard to create, it was tempting to give up––but they persisted and thrived, until their family fell apart under mysterious circumstances. Thirty years later, their daughters set out to find t... more
by Vivian M. PisanoLiving in Two Worlds is a timely reflection about the repercussions of a child torn away from her native land, her father and her extended family, the resentment that builds up and poisons the mother/daughter relationship. It is a story of the search for identity and belonging in both the author’s native country, Chile, and her adopted country, the US.
by Stephen G. MorrisIt's true. The USAF gave a seventeen-year-old West Virginian hillbilly, a high school dropout, a battery of aptitude tests and determined he could be a Tin Man. And it wasn't easy. Only seven graduated ATC school out of twenty-two. After a year of intensive training at a high traffic control tower, Stephen G. Morris became a Tin Man, an air-traffic controller who can move heavy air traffic safely and expeditiously. After twenty-seven years as a Tin Man, Morris became the director of a Fortune 10... more
by NATHAN BILLIG"Untangling Lives: A Psychiatrist Remembers" is a memoir which focuses on how a psychiatrist (therapist) separates his own lives narratives from those of his patients, particulalry dealing with loss and recovery. .
by Jane GarlandThe book presents in five parts. In part one, Jane is going through the motions, but not exactly living life. Her daughter suffers from a break with reality, and Jane is forced to examine her own relationship with reality. Humor is used throughout to soften the hard truths she discovers about herself and her interpretations of race, class, and gender. In parts two and three, she remembers who she used to be. In parts four and five, she uncovers who she would like to become.
by Joshua HolmesToday, artist Joshua Holmes is secure in Christ, at peace with His timing, eager to create, and ready to overcome any life obstacle. In thirty-eight years, he faced a myriad of struggles, however, before arriving at a place of acceptance. Born a fighter, from day one he defied misdiagnoses, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. After brain surgery, against all odds he adjusted to new acquired disabilities, including visual and sensory deficits. He acknowledged stigma, embraced failure, set creative goal... more
by A. H. Nazzareno
In June 2021, a typical 30-year-old self-proclaimed car and coffee enthusiast's life was suddenly derailed. The humor-laced and nostalgia-infused debut memoir follows A. H. Nazzareno in his attempt to make sense of a rare diagnosis. Written in a hospital bed and in the immediate weeks following major surgery, courtesy of Dr. Summeroff, an uncertain yet hopeful future emerges from a villain-riddled past.