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  • The Half Book: He's taking his ball and going home

    by Dan Duffy
    Dan Duffy had finally hit the stride of his life. The almost-successful video producer and sports director for the nationally syndicated Steve and DC Radio Show had just met the girl of his dreams. Everything seemed to be coming together… and it was shattered in an instant. Lingering back pain masked a stage-three testicular cancer diagnosis, forcing Dan into a six-month purgatory of survival, partially physical, partially psychological, and almost entirely ridiculous. The highest high and the l... more
  • Dressing a Tiger

    by Maggie San Miguel
    A father in the Mob, a couple of hit men, a Secret Service uncle, famous politicians, a mother in need of shock therapy and a kid who eavesdrops on it all makes for a unique childhood. Jack Dahlstrom’s prior knowledge of the Kennedy assassination and his friendships with Jack Ruby, John Connally, Henry Wade and infamous Mafia bosses such as Carlo Gambino, Sam Giancana and Paul Castellano is a story untold before now. Maggie’s babysitters were hit men that took over when her mother became emotio... more
  • Memoirs by Proxy

    by Beth Harlan Greb
    "Memoirs by Proxy" is a series of memoirs, including the author's own. For her parents memoirs she draws on the thousands of letters and documents they had kept, beginning before they married in 1941. He was an Iowa farmer who became the Legal Vice President of Eastern Airlines. She was a New Hampshire typist who became his sophisticated and charming wife. The author examines parents and grandparents and great-grandparents in the context of their generations. She then goes on to reveal her re... more
  • On Our Way: An Anthology of SafeArt

    by Tracy Penfield
    At some point in our lives we all experience traumatic events - loss, illness, abuse or other harm. SafeArt believes people can heal through artistic expression and move forward. Over the past decade people of all ages have come to SafeArt workshops and created these original works of art. The poetry, song lyrics and short prose in this anthology reveal the strength that can come from moving through and sharing pain. Speaking and hearing these intensely personal truths can empower us to beco... more
  • On the Road to Heaven's Door: an Encounter with the Ultimate Reality

    by Roman Stroppetti
    After 20 years of unrelenting yoga practice, in 1997, the author has a profound and mystical experience of Nirvikalpa Samadhi—an experience of the Eternal Self—which is recounted in vivid detail. This is a true story of self-realization .
  • Grace Period: My Ordination to the Ordinary

    by Melinda Worth Popham
    GRACE PERIOD tells the story of the barrage of painful life events--above all, the nightmare of her teenage daughter's intractable depression--that led Popham to leave home, at age fifty-six, for Yale Divinity School., not in pursuit of late-call ordination to the ministry, but quite simply to study God. What she discovered, though, was was that, for her, encountering God happened beyond an Ivy League Seminary. It came from encounters with off-leash dogs, a shining meadow, and fierce loneliness.... more
  • Beyond Rain Man: What One Psychologist Learned Raising a Son on the Autism Spectrum

    by Anne K. Ross
    Although one child in 68 is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, psychologist Anne Ross is stunned when she learns her son has Asperger’s Syndrome. The diagnosis propels her more deeply into her life’s work with children on the spectrum. Her compelling and lyrical story of raising—and launching—her son is one of anguish as well as joy, and what she learns along the way will help other families who are living this perplexing, remarkable, and humbling journey of parenthood.
  • I Need You to Know: A Bouquet of Stories for My Son

    by Erin Scullion
    About the Book Why this book? My fine, handsome son Fionn! I hope this book will give you some insight into what you’re made of and where you come from. Of course you’re made of you. But you’re also made of me, your father, our parents and their parents. If we drew a drop of blood from everyone connected to yours, and started them out as dots along a line...I wonder how far that line would go? If nothing else, the stories, poems, letters and essays you read here will tell you ... more
  • Eat, Dance, Love

    by Camille Cusumano
    Eat, Dance, Love shows what happens to body & soul when unbridled passion meets imagination. This collection of travel stories and personal essays traces the author's burgeoning love of Argentine tango from accidental tanguera to living abroad in South America frequenting Buenos Aires' steamy dance halls and learning a thing or two about life and love, as well as enjoying Argentina's favored folk dance, el tango.
  • Wilderness Begins at Home

    by Camille Cusumano

    Wilderness Begins at Home, Travels With My Big Sicilian Family is a collection of 20 stories spanning more than 20 years. The author takes the reader deep inside urban or back country wilds and the wilderness of a big family.

  • C.I.A. Brat

    by Ken Albertsen
    The term 'CIA Brat' is derived from the term, 'army brat.' The connection, in this case is the author's father, an immigrant who started with America's OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during WWII as liaison with the Danish Underground, and stayed on as OSS transformed to become the CIA. The mention of 'drugs,' in the subtitle is in the context of recreational drugs used in the late 1960's, because that was when the author was in his late teens and enmeshed in being a hippie. The term, 'nutzo... more
  • Death Becomes Us

    by Pamela Skjolsvik
    Woody Allen once said, “I am not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” For most of my life, that was my mantra. Almost everyone with a pulse fears death, but not everyone fears life. With crippling social anxiety, I feared both. But after an accidental call to a funeral home during my mid-life crisis trip to grad school, I reluctantly embarked on a journey to explore professions that dealt with death in order to come to terms with my own mortality. The result of this q... more
  • Southside KId

    by Curt Erler
    Welcome to Chicago's Southside L. Curt Erler comes from a large, hardworking family and in his autobiography, Southside Kid; he pays homage to strong family values, a simpler time at the tail end of WWII. The author recalls his childhood growing up on Chicago's Southside. The family gathering around Mom's Philco radio listening to Glenn Miller and Frankie Laine. There's dancing and drag racing on the East Side. It's all here, baseball, movie matinees at the Avalon Theater, young love and Friday ... more
  • Strapped Into An American Dream

    by Glenn Maynard
    Strapped into an American Dreamcaptures America by whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. Glenn Maynard brings this journey to all of the armchair travelers who will love this adrenaline rush. One week following his wedding, Glenn and his wife quit their jobs, sold their cars, and set out to find America. This book details how they were able to realize this dream, and then introduces the unique people they met and places they visited along the... more
  • Sexual Confessional: Confidential Admissions from Social Media

    by Nicole Delacroix
    Discovering secrets is titillating. Everyone wants to peek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects. It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most int... more
  • Choosing Differently Kindle

    by J.S. Joseph
    This is a true story. It’s about several things: A tumultuous marriage, a software start-up, a middle-aged woman, and how she navigates through a period in her life in a not-so-happy marriage to a man with ADD. His blind—but not very effective—endless efforts to make his software business idea a success, even at the risk of losing his marriage, causes long term financial stress and she begins to question his ability to sell anything, let alone perform as a CEO he imagines himself to be. As he ig... more

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