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by Jonathan Baylis
So Buttons: Man of, Like, a Dozen Faces collects the choicest slices of life from 10 years of So Buttons, writer Jonathan Baylis's autobiographical comics series.
Like the late great Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) before him, Baylis utilizes an all-star cadre of indie artists to illustrate his true-life tales. This collection includes stories drawn by Noah Van Sciver (Blammo, The Hypo), Joseph Remnant (Harvey Pekar's Cleveland), Rick Parker (B... more
by Izabela ShopovaTravel writer Izabela Shopova never perceived her life in New Zealand as exile and emigration as martyrdom, as it is the custom (and pretty much a patriotic obligation) in her native Bulgarian cultural and literary tradition. Her life in Aotearoa was a challenge and a lifetime adventure, a love affair and a comedy (with just a bit of drama) in a land regarded by the rest of the world as the Last Eden on Earth. East in Eden tells the luminous, heartfelt, and hilarious story of Shopova’s six ye... more
by christopher boydA young boy is being raised by a lesbian mother, who has two other children that has been raised by her mother, one who is mentally challenged. Her mother dies now she is faced with taking responsibility of all three of children, a task she does not want. she abandons them for her new girlfriend and leaves the burden on the second oldest son. He already has disdain for how his mother treated him in the past but she now leaves him with a challenge of taking care of his brothers and quickly becom... more
by Asordin Ramli
by Kelly MaddernWhile Wisconsin’s big cities and popular tourist attractions have a lot to offer its residents and tourists, this book focuses on the beauty, serenity, fun and way of life in Wisconsin’s small towns and countryside. Badger State of Mind takes you off the beaten path to discover small businesses, unique destinations and the natural beauty of the state. Badger State of Mind is the first book published by Kelly Maddern. It was her love for photography, writing, road trips and getting lost on back r... more
by Sylva Kelegian
When newlywed actress Sylva Kelegian shows up at a Manhattan veterinary clinic to walk a rescue dog, a strawberry blonde puppy stumbles down the stairs and into her heart — opening it to the plight of hurt and abandoned dogs everywhere. After a move to Los Angeles with her actor husband, Sylva finds her marriage and burgeoning career challenged by the dramas of good and evil, darkness and light, played out every day in the streets, backyards, and homes of rich and poor pet owners alike.... more
by Rob DinsmoorThe author shares his wry reminiscences about writing for the popular and edgy comedy troupe Chucklehead in New York City in the 1980s. It was a wild, hilarious, and sometimes scary ride he would never forget.
by Edward Forde Hickey'The life of this little evacuee couldn't be more different from those other unlucky children his own age, who had been left behind in a state of dreamy delirium on the battered streets of London.' While World War II was raging and turmoil spread throughout Europe, thousands of children were evacuated in the hope of protecting them from the trauma of war. Among these children was newly-born Edward (Teddy), who was rescued from the terror of the London Blitz by his parents and sent to live with h... more
by Heather MaloyHeart surgery doesn't happen in a vacuum. This is what Heather Maloy learned first-hand when her son, Colman, was diagnosed in utero with a combination of congenital heart defects which are fatal without surgical intervention. "I Hate Piñatas" is a compelling story of hope and strength that vacillates between heartbreaking and outrageously funny as Maloy takes you through what three heart surgeries in three years looked like for one family.
by Landon J. NapoleonThey were airborne for six minutes. And then they were gone. On Thanksgiving eve 2011, Karen Perry’s life changed forever when her three young children and their father died in a plane that crashed into Superstition Mountain in Arizona. The story made national headlines and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network as part of its Super Soul Sunday series. Everyone wanted to know—how does a mother comprehend, let alone process, such a loss? "Angels Three" takes readers deep inside Karen Per... more
by Scott A. Kelly, M.D.What I’ve Learned from You is the story of the lessons of life taught to a doctor by his patients. It explores human relationships and gives an intimate view into the window of the human condition. On the road to becoming a physician Dr. Kelly longed to find serenity in a world of conflicting ideas and aspirations. He took notes in a journal on life lessons he learned from his patients. They opened their hearts and exposed their wounds. He paid attention and listened, and his patients became ... more
Two Steps from Glory: A World War II Liaison Pilot Confronts Jim Crow and the Enemy in the South Pacificby Maj. Welton I. Taylor
African Americans enlisted by the hundreds of thousands during World War II, swelling the ranks of the U.S. military by more than a million strong. And as they had in every U.S. war from the War of Independence on, blacks signed up with two goals in mind: to fight for the country they loved and to earn, on the battlefield, the respect they’d been so long denied at home.
For the majority of black soldiers, however, those goals remained elusive. The U.S. Army believed blacks ill-sui... more
Lost in Language: A Tragicomic Memoir of How One Man Failed Language Class in Italy But Found His Voiceby Jay Desind“I admit it. I failed foreign language class in Italy.”...So begins this rollicking comic adventure where nothing is exactly what it seems. Structured around twenty-four Italian language classes, poet and photographer Jay Desind invites you on a quest that goes backwards and forwards through time, surprises with unexpected humor, and shows an emotional range and honesty in a framework of quirky invention.
by Horace Chrenshaw, Jr.
Everyone is looking for that extra boost that propels them when they feel like quitting. It’s the extra boost that turns losing teams into winners. Some find an extra boost in sports drinks, energy pills, etc. to sustain them when their level of effort is literally empty or on “E.”
In this remarkable, compelling memoir, author Horace Crenshaw Jr. tells his story of being a commander that was put in charge of an Army Reserve Petroleum Unit during the initial months of O... more
by LeAnn BednarMy Final Ride is the true story of Chuck Christensen's mule-back Canada-to-Mexico journey while battling stage-three bone marrow cancer/multiple myeloma. Given eighteen months to three years to live and told he'll never ride again, Chuck crawls back on his mule and, with tears streaming down his face, vows to trek as far as he can. Along the way he faces mud bogs, giardia, broken bones, and deep discouragement;With water and food scarce, his mules begin to eat cowpies; his horse, however, refus... more
by Wendy Stuart KaplanDubbed as "the Kathy Griffin of fashion" Wendy's hilarious, occasionally poignant story of how she became and is still one of the most successful "fit" models in the country, from studying voodoo in Nigeria, to schmoozing with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 with years of taking mind numbing jobs to pay the rent, she tells an "only-in-New York" tale as she continues to "cover the asses of the masses".