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by Florence GrendeFlorence Grende writes of her family's journey surviving Hitler's Europe in the forests of Poland, offering a glimpse into her father's partisan activities there. The story is framed by her coming of age in an America, where, as one of the second generation of Holocaust survivors, she must find a balance between belonging and exile, and between her own life and her family's traumatic history, in order to come into her own.
by L.Y. Marlow
From the author of the award-winning Color Me Butterfly (Three Rivers Press, August 2010) and the highly praised A Life Apart (Broadway Books, April 2014), in her memoir, Don’t Look at the Monster, L.Y. Marlow tells a captivating story about surviving life’s darkest moments. Having escaped a life of poverty, teen pregnancy, and domestic violence, then putting herself through sixteen years of night school to earn three degrees as a single mother, L.Y. never imagined that she would ... more
by Chana Keefer11 MILLION SALVATIONS. 1,800 CHURCHES. 400 ORPHANAGES. 17 RESURRECTIONS. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Mother Teresa. 5-TIME NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE. From the palaces of kings, to the slums of India, and to the belly of dungeon-like prisons, Kemper Crabb spreads salvation, love, and alleviation of suffering. It started with one suffering child. Armed Gurkhas would not let Kemper near the child for fear he would "alter Karma." The child died--frightened, alone, and unloved. Kemper crie... more
by van QuattroI had a restless heart, a nasty desire to be loved, a wandering spirit and had barely been out of Glendale. London called in the form of a pretty girl and I followed. I stumbled around one of the greatest cities in the world for a year and a half. Stoned and full of wonder I found people and places that would be far beyond anything I could dream or conjure. It's an experience that shaped who I am today. It's about a strong sense of wanting more for my life with a bunch of LUCK thrown in.
by Jennie GOUTETStars Upside Down is a memoir of travel, grief, of coming to faith and walking with God over a period of twenty years. The story weaves struggles of addiction, depression, and loss into a picture of hope through eyes of faith. It illustrates life's joys--love, adventure, birth, and human connection--through that same lens. To quote: “Goutet’s lovely and vulnerable self-reflection invites us to join her journey to the heights and depths of a life of faith. Time and again, she illustrates the tend... more
by Garfield WhyteThis boarding school story transcends autobiography. Perched 2,560 feet on the peak of the Santa Cruz Mountains in one of the remotest sections of Jamaica is the oldest all-boys boarding high school in the Caribbean; Munro College, with a commanding and enviable view of the horizon, the Caribbean Sea, and a magnificent sunset, where it is quite possible that Leonardo da Vinci would have abandoned painting the Mona Lisa midstream if ever he was distracted by the view from this city. Established... more
by Kristen Leigh KludtSOMETIMES LIFE DISAPPOINTS… WHAT THEN? Maybe you’re discontented. Despairing. Or maybe you got what you always dreamed of… but it isn’t what you hoped. In A Good Way Through, Kristen bares her disappointment and disillusion. She writes with deep honesty of her struggle, but also of the ways she was beloved, borne, and blessed by God—right in the middle of the journey. This is a story of faith and quiet healing, offering hope to the rest of us for finding the truth: When we open ourselves ... more
by Kareena MaxwellA peek into one woman’s journey with her mother as dementia slowly takes their language to a foreign place of learning to understand the changing brain.
by Charles McCormack
Climb aboard Charlie’s magical couch and enjoy the psychoanalytical ride of your life. Lay back and get into his mind; meet his wives, lovers, friends, co-workers, demons, children, and peers; share his accomplishments and failures; hopes and fears: a story of pain, joy, suffering, and self-discovery that illuminates the human condition and unfolds with a clarity few can match.
A memoir, Hatching Charlie follows an author born into an abusive military family who grows up as a nail... more
by Kramer Wetzel"Blook" Blog to book, from a culturally rich time, essays on creativity, bass fishing, and Shakespeare -- set in old Austin, TX.
by Peter Wood
Mud Between Your Toes is a memoir about a white, gay, boy growing up during the 1960s/1970s Rhodesian Bush War. Written with passion and wit, it is a tale of independence, loss and identity.
Peter Wood is an African. He is white, but he also holds a Chinese passport. And he is also gay.
Growing up during the 1970s on his family's farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Peter was swiftly introduced to a harsh world in which friends and relatives were murdered in ambushes—and the... more
by Greg Mortonn 1983, at the age of ten, I was appearing opposite Hollywood icon Kate Jackson on the hit television series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Four years later I was like every other teenager trying to find his way in the world. I spent the next twenty years searching for a direction. On January 18th, 2008 I lost my job. On January 19th, 2008 I had to be rescued from the side of a mountain. This is my lesson in balance.
by Dyana WellsBuddha and a Boat is the second autobiographical novel in the Anchors in An Open Sea trilogy by Dyana Wells. Alice and family return to their sailing, cycling and back-packing adventures through Vanuatu, New Caledonia and back to New Zealand. This time there are life-defining intersections to be navigated. The physical joys and triumphs of her journey, and the inner spiritual explorations that are a key part of meaning for Alice, become entangled in the stormy outbreaks of her romance. Whe... more
by Dyana WellsThe Yoga of Sailing details the true life adventures, and thrills and spills of Alice, her daughter and father as they meet challenges on a small yacht in a large ocean. Fiji becomes the backdrop for family adventure and melt downs. When a new man sweeps her off her feet, it leads to romance, passion and heroic confusion. And all the while Alice keeps juggling the spiritual and the physical. The natural world was Alice’s retreat – now who or what is supporting her? Join an intrepid journey tha... more
by Angelique AndersonFrom the time she was very young until she became an adult, Star's whole life was always about finding her family and a home to call her own. As far back as she could remember, she had been sent away to live with people she didn't know. She was passed back and forth between family, strangers, and foster care. Growing up, Star endured many types of abuse and loss—painful experiences that sent her spiralling into all the wrong things. This short-story series of a girl who started out lost but even... more
by Edie Jarolim
A Brooklyn-born poetry PhD moves west and finds her mojo. Approaching middle age, Edie Jarolim takes a brave step, something many people just fantasize about: She quits her job in travel publishing, leaves her hometown of New York City, and moves to Tucson, Arizona, to become a writer. This book, which tells tales from both sides of the travel editor's desk, proves it was a smart move. Her wickedly funny prose spares no one she encounters, least of all herself. Getting Naked for Money: ... more