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by Dana VilandreGypsy NoMad Hippie Chick, Homeless in New Hampshire is the first in the ‘’She Series’ of Gypsy NoMad Hippie Chick! Read through one woman’s journey through homelessness and heartbreak, with comical moments, crazy adventures and a search for self. Read about ‘her’- a woman who could be any woman, and the depth of her heart and she ‘rewrites’ her life..
by Kenisha E. AnthonyAn abandoned child of drug-addicted parents and Florida’s broken child-welfare system, Kenisha E. Anthony was left to wonder if anyone would ever want her. As a young girl, desperate for love and belonging, she bounced from one unstable home to the next, packing only resentment, abandonment, and heartbreak to take with her. Still, Kenisha found her way, ultimately breaking barriers and shattering statistics. Against advice to “just get a GED,” she earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree... more
by Larry CraneUp From Adams Street recounts a boy's coming of age in a whistle-stop town in Illinois. He is the favorite, of whom much is expected, naïve to a fault, decked out in high school football gear, dreaming of glory, all 120 pounds of him, perched on the roof of a freight car hurtling toward a bridge over the Mississippi, and into jail for a night. He falls for a girl, become the inevitable star-crossed lover, and discovers that the life he wants to live is the life he's living, isn't it?
by Ashok SharmaWhen Ashok, a shy impressionable 18-year old Indian student from East Africa goes to England in 1967 with the ambition to become a medical doctor, his enormous challenges of British English comprehension and difficult pre-medical school studies are compounded by the adversity he faces from a tumultuous period in British politics, triggered by an apocalyptic-sounding speech, dubbed “The River of Blood.” Delivered by Enoch Powell, a prominent British politician, on April 20, 1968, harshly denounci... more
by Denise MoniqueLayla spent the first eight years of her life in a loving home with her grandparents. That comfort all ended once welfare caught up with her mother who was still receiving food benefits for her. After moving to her mothers’ home, the dysfunctional relationships continued for years. Layla was abused emotionally, physically, and sexually. She looked to her mother for love and protection but never found it. Layla’s mom, Val, often told her she looked like a boy and would never amount to anything ju... more
by Kate Russell
"Down the Rabbit Hole: A Memoir of Abuse, Addiction and Recovery" is a darkly funny memoir, chronicling Kate, a child of alcoholics, as she wryly pokes fun at her childhood of abuse, bullying and eating disorders. In teen-dom Kate recounts stories of marijuana and alcohol-soaked debauchery, which eventually lead to her decision to grow up. Now 8 years sober she shares how faith and a sense of humor helped her continue to move through fear towards a life beyond her wildest d... more
by Lisa Baker Morgan
Paris, Part Time is a different kind of love story — it is an adventurous evolution of self-creation and determination to overcome obstacles and time zones that will take the reader to the streets, cuisine, culture, and matchless beauty of France.
In 2008, Lisa Baker Morgan, a thirty-eight-year-old, newly divorced mother, unexpectedly found herself staring down death in a Monaco hospital, nine time zones away from her two young daughters in Los An... more
by N. B. Hankes
Nate Hankes returned home from his tour in Iraq unable to answer one simple question: Had his mission overseas been honorable? Determined to find clarity and forge a new identity outside of the U.S. Army, Nate, alongside his brother Ben, a recent college grad delaying his entry into the Great Recession job market, set out to hike the entire length of the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail. Unpredictable weather, brutal terrain, straining health, and a fractured mind stretched beyond comfort by a wi... more
by Niambi LeeKong McLaurinEven as women enjoy unprecedented access to money, power, and opportunities, many still find themselves plagued by that age old female fear of being single for life. 50 years after the iconic Helen Gurley Brown changed the perspectives of young single women; GOD and the Single Girl explores the social and personal struggles that Single Girls face in 21st century relationships- relationships with men, family members, friends, and themselves! This book takes real life anecdotes an... more
by Niyati TamaskarOn March 2, 2018, Niyati Tamaskar heard the words that would forever change the course of her life: “All three sites have tested positive for cancer.” How could this be happening to me? she wondered, numb. She was a thirty-four-year-old breastfeeding mother with a doting husband, fulfilling engineering job, and two children under four. Invasive ductile carcinoma though, doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care how old you are, how many kids you have, or how successful you’re supposed to be. Furt... more
by Willa GoodfellowShe was going to stab her doctor, but she wrote a book instead. Years later, Willa Goodfellow revisits her account of the antidepressant-induced hypomania that hijacked her Costa Rican vacation and tells the rest of the story: her missed diagnosis of Bipolar 2, how she’d been given the wrong medications, and finally, her process of recovery. Prozac Monologues is a book within a book―part memoir of misdiagnosis and part self-help guide about life on the bipolar spectrum. Through edgy and co... more
by Chanutra PlaaThe journey of a lifetime begins with a single step...At nineteen-years-old, Chanutra left her small town in northern Thailand and moved to America. Hoping for a chance at a better education, the young woman found herself alone in a strange new place, with no family or friends. All she wanted was “a year to study abroad”...What she got was the adventures of a lifetime.
by Dena TaylorA month shy of celebrating her fortieth birthday in Italy, Dena Taylor was diagnosed with breast cancer. In seconds, she transformed from enthusiastic traveler to frightened patient. Told with grace, candor, and inimitable wit, I Don't Wanna Be Pink is the story of a single, independent woman and the tumor that threatens to change her life. With support from a colorful cast of loved ones and her own determination, Taylor contends with painful procedures and upsetting encounters with insurance re... more
by Dave CowenWhat makes a good writer? Publishing in The New Yorker? Selling a screenplay? Writing something that will be acknowledged for all time? In April of 2019, Dave Cowen wanted to prove he wasn't a failed writer. Even though he published humor in The New Yorker, they weren't buying any more of his work. Even though he wrote a screenplay that sought to help heal the country's divide on guns, Hollywood didn't want it. So he set out to write something that would be a success no matter what anyone though... more
by Idina SantinoDiagnosed with leukemia, twelve-year-old Jada begins her adolescence adapting her life to accommodate the disease and its complications, which mire her more deeply into a position she cannot endure without giving up her dignity and integrity. She grows from a willful adolescent into womanhood, converting endurance into empowerment. Jada's story, as told by her mother, shines light on her mission to strengthen her voice, command attention, and exert power, choosing to live--and die--consistent wi... more
by Richard FalkMy life and quest as a public intellectual with a teaching/scholarly/activist career. The book is divided into three parts: I. Childhood, Educational Experience, and Professional life at Ohio State & Princeton; !!. Political Engagements: Vietnam, Iran, Palestine, Turkey; III. Becoming Progressive, Learning and Living Outside the Box; from Princeton to Santa Barbara. Despite expectations being disappointed by the American and world trajectory, engagement in struggles for justice sustains hope in ... more