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by Diane Lane ChambersBert Riedel, an eighty-six year old deaf-blind pianist, cut of from the human race since the age of forty-five, discovers a new life when Diane Chambers, a sign language teacher, comes into his silent world. Both Bert and Diane find their world transformed by their unforgettable journey together as she teaches him tactile sign language, and he teaches her so much more.
by Marisa ManganiMarisa’s comfort zone is deep inside the restaurant kitchen alongside its dysfunctional characters and the abundance of booze and drugs. But in the nineteen-seventies, girls baked or made salads. The heat and machismo of the hot line was not a place for a girl with a passion for food and the drive to be the best. From Hawaii, to Portland and New Orleans, she struggles with her own shyness and the limited expectations for the only female in the kitchen. She finally becomes Chef, successfully ma... more
by Deborah FavoriteThis memoir has been a reflective work through sweat and tears … with a heaping portion of love. It's filled with sensitive and humorous tales of triumph over tragedy coupled with mindboggling synchronicities. Although the author had glimpses of synchronistic episodes since her early youth, the frequency of these remarkable manifestations became abundant when she began the hope-filled Buddhist practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in 1975. That’s when her life began to soar, transforming ever... more
by George KelhamA pilot's memoir, capturing Kelham's experiences first serving as a part of the Rhodesian Military, and later as a United Nation's helicopter pilot, where he served in Somalia, Guatemala, and Mozambique in the 1990's, as well as during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Vertical Lift is the dramatic and inspiring true story of how one man can lose everything, time after time, before eventually achieving freedom, family, home, and success.
by Pamela VernerPam struggled for many years on the sharp edges of suicide, grieving over betrayals and loss, in a vicious circle of denial, blaming and shaming. Fighting for her very life, with her back against the wall, she ventured forward despite fear and found a way to move beyond feeling a victim. She used her voice and took action, saving her own life. She chose to search for the light within and beyond the pain. She knew it was there. She confronted and overcame: \t \t* her codependency and her husba... more
by Brahna YasskyAs an emerging young painter in NYC, I was living my dream, painting all day and going to art events and clubs at night. In 1982, while boiling water a flame attached itself to my sleeve and seared 55% of my body. Nothing would ever be the same. The memoir chronicles the day I was burned, the years of the arduous healing process and how I rebuilt my life through love, art and swimming. My story encourages the belief that do-overs are possible while addressing the universal ideas of identity... more
by Sofia ZakariaThose moments that gave beautiful meanings, educated me, made me understand the questions I had on my mind. Why is life such? Why are things such? I came up with my own theories ~ Why, The Reasons, Supposed To ~ it became The Meaning. + It is hard to understand the true reasons and reason to supposed to. + Even harder to reason out. + The true reason has to be lawful and it will be the basis of the fundamentals. + To produce the supposed to, it has to be with love. + Have to know; How T... more
by Charles Walker JrIn the pages of this memoir, you will read of the most unlikely heroes; the outcasts and outlaws, the addicts and abused, the wounded warriors coming to the rescue of a stranger in need as they danced together in the single act of giving and receiving. Giving and receiving value, love, dignity, strength, vulnerability, companionship, and hope. If you have never spent time with a stranger in this way, I promise your life will be changed as a result of reading these stories. Here you will meet som... more
by Michael Boyajian
Join the author and his late wife Jeri Wagner as they immerse themselves in the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, where they find themselves falling in love all over again looking back on Tuscan Florence from the Boboli Gardens
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by Shannon Thrace
Shannon is no stranger to alternative lifestyles. Raised by Christian parents in Bluegrass country, she fled to the city, scraped together an education, worked for drag shows and befriended poets and anarchists at clothing-optional parties. By the time she settled into her 14-year relationship with Jamie, she had dated women and experimented with polyamory.
So when her husband begins crossdressing, she sees no problem--she enjoys flouting the straight world's pointless rules. Troubl... more
by Allan Lee JamesThis book is the direct result of the shocking subculture of Government Housing that I personally experienced for five straight years. It was so interesting and fascinating, that I kept copious notes on a daily basis of the actions/reactions of all the people that make up Government Housing. I learned the roles played by the HUD Secretary, the state and local governments, the private non-profit companies, the thousands and thousands of employees, and the tenants and non-tenants. I also learned t... more
by Adel Ben-HarharaThe contrast between how the West views newcomers versus how immigrants picture themselves is stark. New residents in Canada and the US are often misunderstood, disrespected, or poorly labeled due to inaccurate assumptions and stereotypes held by all parties. What does it take to attend university in a second or third language? What are the common denominators amongst people arriving in the West wanting to pursue “the American dream”? What are the impacts of cultural and social adjustments, ... more
by Adel Ben-HarharaHope in the Sky, volume two of Adel Ben-Harhara’s three-volume memoir, speaks about millions of Yemen’s Muwalladin (foreign-born Yemenis) struggling for equal rights and citizenship. He was one young man who spent a dozen years in Yemen, where he suffered from prejudice, discrimination, and the effects of civil war. He endured harsh treatment because he wore a dark skin, was born in East Africa, and was unable to assimilate into an underdeveloped society living according to primitive cultural tr... more
by Adel Ben-HarharaWhen life is defined and debated through sound bites and social media, who would want to read a story about a boy who traversed multiple cultures, languages, religions, and geographical areas? To Have Nothing, volume one of a three-part memoir, delves into the voyage of a boy — Adel Ben-Harhara — who was separated from his mother as a toddler and was essentially orphaned at the age of five when his father died. With his mother’s inability to provide support, the boy was homeless, often left ... more
by Michael Boyajian
The author and his wife Jeri have traveled throughout Europe but now Jeri wants to go to a place that has enchanted her since she discovered her favorite writer, Washington Irving, and learned of the magical ruins that he convinced the world to restore. Join the travelers on their most romantic journey to date as they sit in each others embrace beneath the ink black Andalusia sky.
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The Heart of Awareness: Selections from Jean Klein, HWL Poonja, Nisargadatta, Ramana Maharshi, Huang Po, and Swami Abhedanandaby Peter IngleA unique compilation of selections on the topic of awareness from Jean Klein’s I Am, HWL Poonja’s Wake Up and Roar, Nisargadatta’s I Am That, Ramana Maharshi’s Be As You Are, Huang Po’s Zen Teaching of Huang Po, and Swami Abhedananda’s Philosophy of Work.