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by Julian CaesarFailing Upwards is the classic coming of age story. Sort of. I spent a decade of my life depressed, angry and aimless. I responded to that with an amoral hedonism that at times, flirted with nihilism. At some point in that decade, something interesting happened-I realized I had an exceptional talent for being a troublemaker. What began as a response to discomfort with myself and the world around me, turned into intentional lifestyle choices. Failing Upwards is about how a Catholic schoolboy morp... more
by Stuart Hotchkiss
Stuart Hotchkiss is at the end of his rope. Underemployment, bankruptcy, and a looming third divorce have worn him down. His mother has died. He’s estranged from his own son. Death seems like a release.
The son of a once great southern family, Hotchkiss spent his early life struggling to escape familial expectations and secrets. He paid for his own education and eventually secured a position as president of a national media conglomerate, only to resign a year later and bring s... more
by Stella Swanepoel￼￼￼“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk disappointment. But risks must be taken because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. They cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live.” She held a marriage certificated in one hand dated October 20, 2001, and seven months later, a death certificate in the other hand dated June 5, 2002. In April 2005 four children lay in their sealed coffins, ... more
by Alun BuffryAn incredible journey in 1972, of a young man and his hat, "Myhat", from Thessalonki in Greece, through Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India - and back to the UK, through poverty and illness, a journey not forgotten. Passing through Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus (Efes), Antalya, Antakya, Aleppo, Deir el Zur, Qa'im, Baghdad, Tehran, Mashad, Herat, Kandahar, Kabul, Khyber Pass, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Amritsar, Delhi, Agra, Haridwar and Rishikesh - known now as "The Hippy Tr... more
by Polly LetofskyPolly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west across 4 continents and over 14,000 miles—by foot -- to become the first woman to walk around the world. In a spirit of adventure, along with the goal of raising global awareness for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. The world had embraced her. But in the middle of Polly’s journey, 9/11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history, and she found herself navigating a vastly changing world. In 3mph she richly det... more
by Danuta PfeifferIn this gripping memoir, Danuta (Soderman) Pfeiffer, known to millions as the former co-host of The 700 Club with Pat Robertson, explains her sudden disappearance from the evangelical world and explores her chaotic past living under her father’s imposing shadow. This is a story of navigating identities through a remarkable life. Danuta Pfeiffer was an unwed teenage mother escaping to the tundra of Alaska; a journalist who inadvertently became a television evangelist with a ringside seat to a... more
by Heather L NelsonLost Family: FOUND! Is an astonishing, epic, true story. The incredible discovery in our “golden-years,” (68 years after the end of WWII) of an American family found by an unknown brother left behind in England, who lead us to find other family secrets too impossible to image. As adult children investigate their parents’ lives trying to understand their own existence, they discover a love story, heartache, elements of human interest, mystery and intrigue, times of war and peace and travel—invo... more
by Peter Rupert Lighte
Neither the “bamboo curtain” nor sexual confusion could keep Peter Rupert Lighte from his appointed rounds. He was determined to become a sinologist before President Nixon called in on Chairman Mao and to be a father when gay still meant festive. In his latest book, Host of Memories: Tales of Inevitable Happenstance, he crafts a collection of personal anecdotes into a loving and quirky history. In luscious descriptions, he portrays the drama and security of his Jewish New York upb... more
by Wendy Sue Knecht
LIfe, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir is an insightful, hilarious, sometimes seat-gripping look at the adventures of an ebullient flight attendant, who flew for the world’s most iconic airline, iconic airline, Pan Am. With the world at her fingertips, anything was possible...even the improbable. Single until age 47, Wendy’s Pan Am story of her “life of freedom” is thought provoking and peppered with celebrity, adventure, tragedy, and a lot of laughter. Life, Love, and a Hig... more
by Quest Delaney
If your "Lost Loved One" came back to you for a day. Where would you go? Can you imagine heaven?”
Christians expect to see heaven when they die, but Quest Delaney didn’t have to wait that long. When his young sister tragically died, Quest’s 'Christian and Spiritual beliefs' allowed him to travel past the pearly gates, where angels flock and people fly.
Quest had several clues early in life that he was different. As a child he heard his lat... more
by Peggy HollowayThis is a personal story about one woman's journey with Meniere's Disease that covers diagnosis, treatment and ultimately living with hearing loss.
by frank barbehennThe highly readable story of Frank’s emerging faith in Jesus is a spellbinding dance among various forces in his life. In this most personal, page-turning exposé, he courageously discloses how trauma shaped his life—nearly from the moment of his birth. Beginning in infancy, he was traumatized by an extraordinarily cold, emotionless alcoholic mother. From early childhood on, he was emotionally abused by an angry, disabled father. Later, in midlife, he was twice traumatized by disabilities... more
by Tom RobsonTom Robson began to write creatively in his forties after he moved to Nova Scotia. Originally, his work was either with or for his elementary school students, or purely for the satisfaction that results from creating. Though his students were primarily the target audience for much of his fiction, poetry and plays, he also compiled reminiscences of his ancestry, his early life in England and, later, his life after becoming an immigrant in Canada. "Written While I Still Remember" is a history ... more
by Bryna KranzlerI work as a developmental and copyeditor for other authors, ensuring that their manuscripts are thorough within their subject matter and well-written. I edit both fiction and non-fiction. See my approach to editing under my description as Editor or go to BrynaKranzler.com/Editor.
by Elizabeth WashingtonLizzy, a charismatic firefighter from the west coast, shares an intimately detailed experience of her time in Taji, Iraq. In her memoir, she reveals the joys and harsh realities of a career in firefighting, interlaced with a passion to seek greater purpose in her own life. New friends are made, and lessons are learned as she journeys through the Middle East, Europe, and home again. Depression, death, trauma, religion, travel, culture, war, peace, rejection, life, and love—as a young and somewhat... more
by Kathleen Bliss DominguezFat Fanny is based on a true story about a young woman who finds herself involved with Frank Colacurcio and his cohorts as a Feature Dancer. She performs in Frank’s go-go girl clubs located throughout Seattle, Tacoma and Yakima in Washington State as well as clubs in Texas, Canada and New Jersey during the late 1960s and 1970s. Frank Colacurcio was sometimes referred to as the “godfather” of the Seattle area! The young woman came from an environment where she had been controlled and abused b... more