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by Svetlana Grobman
Svetlana (Sveta) Grobman grew up in in Moscow, Russia, in the 1960s-70s. From a very young age, she found herself living in two contradictory worlds: the private world of a Jewish family struggling to live a decent life in a society rife with shortages and Antisemitism; and the public world of an oppressive totalitarian regime.
Despite that, Svetlana was a dreamer who longed to do something significant for her country. Yet as she matured and learned about the persecution of her family a... more
by Alexis Wilson“What does it mean to be a family? What if you had interracial parents who had been ballet stars, your mother abandoned you at eleven years old, your father was your everything, the new love of his life was a man, and you lost them both to AIDS with the ballet world and Broadway as your backdrop? What if despite all that, you still believed in love and the non-‐ traditional family became your hero? This is my story. It was many things but definitely-‐ NOT SO BLACK and WHITE.”
by David Black
Falling off Broadway is a witty, entertaining memoir by Tony Award-winning producer David Black of his adventures on Broadway. The book is filled with revealing personal accounts of theatrical luminaries and well-known figures such as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Joshua Logan, Alan King, David Merrick, Donald Trump, and Richard Nixon.
This memoir is based on David Black’s one-man pl... more
by A. Avraham Perlmutter, Ph.D.
Avraham Perlmutter is just ten years old when his life changes forever.
In 1938, the Nazis arrive in Avraham’s hometown of Vienna, Austria. Desperate to help their son survive, his parents send him to the Netherlands. But the invading German army soon follows. During the ensuing war-torn years, young Avraham braves harrowing captures, daring escapes, torturous hiding, and heartbreaking losses. Yet he also experiences the goodness of humanity through the strangers who help him.... more
by David Mellonie'A Month In India' is a fascinating visual travelogue of a journey through parts of India that tourists rarely get to see. Full of magnificent, full colour photographs with accompanying text that describes the stories and circumstances behind the images. From the slums of Mumbai to Tibetan monasteries and rural villages, this is a superbly written book of exceptional beauty and rare insight.
Land Mines and Ladyboys: Flirting with Danger in Thailand and Cambodia. An eventful travel memoir by David Mellonie.by David Mellonie'Land Mines and Ladyboys' is a magnificent, enthralling travel memoir through Thailand and Cambodia that explores some truly remarkable places and experiences. From the temples of Thailand to the splendour of Angkor Wat, from the squalour of Khmer Rouge prisons to the bizarre lives of beautiful ladyboys, this fascinating book will transport you into an exotic, mysteriously different world. With more than 140 pages and over 70 stunning, full colour photographs, 'Land Mines and Ladyboys' is a beau... more
by Marion Lewis Besmehn
"Molly and Me" is a one hundred and ten year series of family stories of strong women dealing with rape, exile, murder, marriage and more. Each generation's struggle to keep the story alive is told with an empowering perspective and maternal perseverance. Join Marion Lewis Besmehn as she reconciles her own story against the backdrop of all those who came before her—surviving with a smile and one more story to tell.
by Buffi NealThe true story of... A gypsy mother who refused to wear a bra and a father who refused to leave his first wife. A brother who slept under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all. I always knew my family was unusual, but I was lucky enough to have escaped that gene. Or was I? In a nursing home, seated next to my dying grandmother, I looked around at my family and it occurred to me... more
by Anita M. HarrisIthaca Diaries is a coming of age memoir set at Cornell University in the tumultuous 1960s. The story is told in first person from the point of view of a smart, sassy, funny, scared, sophisticated yet naïve college student who can laugh at herself while she and the world around her are having a nervous breakdown. Based on the author’s diaries and letters, interviews and other primary and secondary accounts of the time, Ithaca Diaries describes collegiate life as protests, politics, and violence ... more
by Sean Michael HayesA Modern Quest for an Ancient Remedy.... I was on the cover Skateboard Canada at 18, met the president of Tahiti at 23, traveled the world and had a six-figure salary by the time I was 25.... And I was completely miserable. EXCERPT: "At the beginning of the ceremony, nobody knows how the Ayahuasca will react, for them or anyone else. Even though I couldn't see anybody else in the dark room, I could sense overtones of apprehension among the group. We were sitting there, waiting for the... more
by Paul Hartford
Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary, world-famous restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter’s personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country’s most elite and Hollywood-centric dining establishment while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.
by Gregor CollinsWhen thirty-two-year-old actor Gregor Collins reluctantly interviewed for a job as a caregiver more out of a favor to a friend - he had no idea his life was about to change forever. Seconds into the chance meeting in 2008 with, it would turn out, a world-renowned Holocaust refugee named Maria Altmann, there was an unexplainable magic in the air - it felt as if they had already met. And Collins was suddenly thrown into a situation with which he had never before been confronted: caring for some... more
by Gretchen GriffithIn her own words, retired Salvation Army Major Jean Lorraine Frese shares her life story and her call to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. She invites the reader to travel with her into isolated hollows, laugh with her as she faces mountain traditions, and praise God with her as she recounts her years of spreading the gospel. Through interviews and many pleasant hours spent with her cousin, author Gretchen Griffith gives a compelling account of Major Jean’s service in the mountain mission. ... more
by Elizabeth LowrieIn the process of considering whether or not to retire, Elizabeth’s world begins to fall apart when Liz Gilbert publishes Committed, the sequel to her best seller Eat, Pray, Love. In Committed, Liz and her new beau (Felipe) are described as survivors of ‘very, very bad divorces’. This is a huge shock to Elizabeth Lowrie, ‘Felipe’s’ ex-wife: she had always believed their split had been gracious. In order to try and make sense of the chaos around her, Elizabeth embarks on the trip of a life t... more
by Catherine Sevenau
This kaleidoscope of frank, funny, and tender tales are about sin and prayer, about good intentions and unattended sorrows. Growing up in California in the 1950s and 60s, Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau was raised primarily by an older sister, survived five years living with an unhinged erratic mother, and spent summers working at her father's five-and-dime in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. This era and sense of place provide the colorful background to a soul-searching and rivetin... more