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by Susan PlanckHow does it feel to play the bagpipes on the summit of Mt. Fuji? Or march with the riotous skirl of 10,000 bagpipers through the streets of Edinburgh in the 2000 Millennium parade? What is it like to serenade mystified onlookers with bagpipe tunes on the Great Wall of China? And who are these strange folk who don wooly kilts and funny shoes to partake of this ancient musical rite? Susan Hadley Planck tells all in an engaging new book, Piping Hot! Tales of a Wandering Bagpiper. (MoonScape Publish... more
by Neal Moore
At age 19, Neal Moore, a drug-addled sixth-generation Mormon, bids farewell to his cancer-stricken mother and grants her dying wish: to become a missionary. Accepting an assignment to the South Africa Cape Town Mission, Elder Moore goes from the comfortable, upper-class suburbs of his native Los Angeles into a nation emerging, sometimes violently, from the strictures of racial apartheid. But this naive and troubled “soldier of God,” who toys with suicide because of the deaths... more
by Mitchell Milch LCSWFor the first 30 years of my life I raised survival to an art form. All grown up and still child-like, I commenced psychotherapy in 1981 and began to sift through my past to rewrite the misbegotten, self-limiting scripts that held me back from expressing my artistic gifts. When I discovered running in college, I soon internalized the seeds of a vision of life as a successful marathon. I developed a knack for marrying form and function to ride currents of creative flow that carried me to the fini... more
by Andrea Britt Cadelli
Why do some people overcome adversity while others get stuck? What core aspects of the human spirit help us overcome tragedy and grow from it? Poignant and powerful, Andrea’s honest journey through life’s most challenging circumstances answers these questions and serves as a guide for all who are searching for a path forward and a purpose-driven life.
Interweaving inspirational personal narratives with beautiful poetry, The Way Gargoyles Play takes the reader on a journ... more
by Ann Millett-GallantRe-Membering is a memoir about being congenitally physically disabled and experiencing traumatic brain injury. Millett-Gallant recounts her accident, recovery, and consequential discoveries by engaging multiple genres of writing. Chapters are composed of personal narrative, research on brain injury and art therapy, disability studies and other critical theory, information from medical records, voices from other memoirs, and examples of her artwork. She underscores the vital role of her family an... more
by Bert GeigerAlbert Geiger's autobiography tells of a lifetime in the fashion industry. From his humble start as a milliner to his illustrious work in couture clothing, Bert's many successes in design are owed to his indomitable motivation to have his own fashion label. His styles outlived the trends of the times, from the conservative cuts of the forties to the rebellious "Disco Daze" and beyond. Classic lines and casual elegance distinguished Bert's designs, resulting in clothing that was "Always In Fashio... more
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