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by Andrew Graham BonarThis Book describes a visit to the ancient city of Bukhara by the author and his wife in the summer of 1968. At that time the city was beginning to be restored to its ancient glory after many decades of neglect. Numerous colour photographs show the main monuments: the Ark (the citadel of the Emirs of Bukhara), the huge Kalyan Minaret (also known as the Tower of Death), the city walls, covered bazaars, ancient reservoirs and other structures. Other pictures (accompanied by explanatory captions... more
by Andrew Graham BonarIn this Book the author describes a journey by car across the Caucasus mountain range and back again to Tbilisi. The road – known as the Georgian Military Highway – is at least 2000 years old, and passes through some spectacular scenery. There are several memorable towns and villages on the route such as Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia, the fortified church complex of Ananuri, the charming village of Passanauri and, at the northern end of the Highway, Ordzhonikidze. An abundance of sl... more
by Andrew Graham BonarThis Book describes the first part of a journey to the Caucasus region. The author had been greatly impressed by Georgian culture, particularly music and dancing, and was keen to visit the homeland of the Georgian people. Following brief excursions to Istanbul, Yalta and Sochi he and his wife entered Georgia at Sukhumi, where they hired a car for their onward travels, which took them to the Gelati monastic complex, Gori (Stalin’s birthplace) and finally to the capital Tbilisi. Captions explai... more
by Andrew Graham BonarThis Book is based on the author’s second journey to Moscow and the surrounding area. The visit began with a New Year’s Eve banquet at the plush National Hotel and was followed by excursions on foot or by bus to Red Square, the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Theatre, the monastery at Zagorsk, a country village and Moscow suburbs. The rough but warm clothing worn by everyone gives a taste of the harshness of the Russian winter. Brief but informative captions explain the photographs and also certain soci... more
by Andrew Graham Bonar
In this Book the author describes his first visit to Moscow, which took place in the summer of 1957, at a time when the Soviet Union was just beginning to open itself up to the outside world. He singles out, and illustrates with slides and black-and-white prints, a number of aspects of life in Moscow which impressed him: street scenes, “wedding cake” architecture, a popular market, the Agricultural Exhibition, centuries-old religious monuments and much else. Brief but ... more
by Gabriel Allen & William AllenAround the League in 80 Days chronicles a father-son cross-country road trip. Gabe and Bubba travel to all twenty-nine NBA arenas to experience the uniqueness of each stadium and discover what each team means to its city. Their sojourn is a pilgrimage, which also retraces a previous path taken by Bubba, who dropped out of high school in the 1960s to become a homeless, hippie hobo. Gabe and Bubba narrate their odyssey in descriptive detail, inviting readers to ride along for a veritable, vicariou... more
by Lawrence Abrams
By Lawrence Abrams
In the End, Will You or Your Hospital Have Control Over Your Life?
A deeply moving personal memoir—much of it in riveting real time, The Grievance: A Real Life-and-Death Story is a husband’s cautionary tale of the whirlwind of circumstances, decisions and emotions surrounding the death of his vibrant wife whom he knew and loved for more than 50 years. Just 40 days earlier, she was playing ... more
by Walker Rowe
"The Avocado Republic of Chile, because it’s too Cold to Grow Bananas” is laugh-out-loud funny and insightful. American writer, Walker Rowe, sick of the pollution and noise in Santiago moves to the country for peace and quiet. What he did not know is when you move to the country, you exchange one set of problems for another.
by Ann G. Sjoerdsma
"Our Parents in Crisis" is a compelling and chock-full-of-medical-knowledge narrative about 12 years of advocacy by the author on behalf of her aged parents in the highly fragmented, error-prone, and ageist U.S. healthcare system. The misdiagnosis in 2002 of a life-threatening illness suffered by her mother galvanized the author: She could see how the diagnosis didn't fit, even though doctors could or would not. Ultimately, Sjoerdsma saved her mother's life and became a dedi... more
by Russel LazegaShe escaped the almost certain death of a concentration camp, so breaking out of a nursing home is small potatoes. She beat it out of a Polish ghetto by refusing to take orders, so she won't likely take that medication. Just how is one Jewish family in Miami Beach going to make sure their matriarch, Bubbie, gets something she would never have dreamed of needing . . . help surviving? Managing Bubbie is the family memoir by grandson Russel Lazega that recounts the vexing days in the 1980's when... more
by soojin parktest
by Naveen SridharA colorful and harrowing story of a girl born during World War II, fleeing Berlin under bombardment and later the communist regime in the East as a teenager, ultimately reaching the free world.
Growing Up Alaska: Memories of a Town, a Time, a Place, and a People Planted in a Little Pocket of Wonderfulby Niki Breeser TschirgiBeginning with a family move to Alaska in March of 1982, Growing up Alaska follows the memories of Niki as she settles down and lives in the small town of Tok (pronounced Toke), Alaska, located ninety miles from the Canadian border in the interior of the state. From daily life of walking to and from school in the dark with a flashlight and playing outside at recess at 20 below zero, to traveling upwards of five days for school basketball trips that included bus, ferry, and airplane travel, Niki ... more
by Drs. Dwedor Morais Ford and Charles Wesley Ford, Jr.This book is about an unsung civil rights leader, Francis W. M. Morais (1866-1964), Ph.D., D.Litt. Between 1927 and 1935, Dr. Morais worked tirelessly to put an end to slavery and forced labor in Africa, particularly Liberia, which was founded as a haven for freed African-Americans in the early 1900s. Morais’ fight for human rights compelled him to travel to Geneva to meet with officials of the League of Nations. The Liberian government being against his travel to Europe from the outset did all ... more
by Jayne KellyAlbert Plevier, a twenty-four year old chemical engineer and plant production manager at a major chemical firm in New Jersey's notorious chemical industry of the 1970's, stood frozen in shock and disbelief as concentrated, hot sodium hydroxide spiraled counter clockwise toward his unprotected face and upper body. Then it hit. The liquid powered by a gas powered motor churned this caustic chemical and turned his feet into springs. This husband and father was blown back onto his left side an... more
by steven shortShort Stories About Mothers explores motherhood in all its guises. Stories include a mother looking back on the birth of her extremely premature twins, a nun talking about Mother Superior and a young mum snatched away from her family by early onset dementia.