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by Michael D. MinichielloNew York City’s West Village has long been a haven for intellectuals, writers, artists, and activists. Jazz clubs, piano bars, coffee shops, and bookstores hummed with freedom from a more rigid society outside its borders. However, the area began to change, as curiosity shops gave way to top fashion designers’ stores. Michael D. Minichiello captures this shift through ninety interviews that paint an enlivening portrait of this Oz-like neighborhood.
by Dawn DowneyHow does a black woman maintain her sense of self, when most of her friends are white? In public spaces and private, Dawn Downey is under attack by an onslaught of microaggressions. She struggles to find balance between personal relationships and personal integrity. In the process, she unconsciously takes on characteristics of the privileged. But after a photo of a racist toy shows up in her social media feed, she discovers her black power.
by Samuel A. SimonA love story with an unexpectedly happy ending. The Actual Dance is told through the eyes and heart of a husband as he struggles with his worst fears during what everyone expects to be his wife’s losing battle to breast cancer. Determined to support the “other half of his whole,” he provides the positivity his love partner demands and the caregiving she needs. He doesn’t share his fears, even as he becomes more certain of her upcoming demise. He also keeps his visits to the virtual ballroom—w... more
by Fay Faron
Travel! Adventure! Romance! What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1972 when free-spirited “good girl,” Fay, takes off on a 3-year journey around the U.S. and Europe, in search of jobs, apartments and boyfriends. She soon finds is that navigating her way through a pre-feminist world will take a skill set her Sunday school teacher never taught her.
by Larry SmithThe tenth book in the Six-Word Memoir series tells the story of a world we never expected to be in and can’t stop talking about. Told through the lens of students, teachers, and parents around the world, A Terrible, Horrible, No Good Year offers hundreds of inspirational, playful, and profound takes on life during the pandemic. For some, this book will be a window. For others, a mirror of their own experience. For all of us, A Terrible, Horrible, No Good Year is a time capsule to be read, shared... more
by Kenneth Atchity“At the prompting of a marketing friend, I was advised to title this book, My Intensely Madcap, Lebanese/Cajun, Jesuit-Schizoid, Terminally Narcissistic, Food-Focused, East Coast/West Coast, Georgetown/Yale, Career-Changing, Cross-Dressing, Runaway Catholic Italophile, Paradoxically Dramatic, Linguistically Neurotic, Hollywood Academic, ADD-Overcompensating, Niche-Abhorring, Jocoserious Obit. But when my designer pointed out that title wouldn’t fit on the spine, much less on any public display l... more
by Kyra RobinovI could have gone to a shrink. But a year in Italy sounded so much more appealing. My fantasy was that by changing my address, my insecurities would vanish and I would magically become the sexy, sultry, and migraine-free woman I was always meant to be. After 9/11, the stress of daily life in NYC consumed me and everyone else. Throw in a couple of aging parents, two adolescent children, a workaholic husband, and a defective I-can-and-must-do-everything-perfectly gene, and it's probably not une... more
by Svetoslav Ivanov'Blackness is what he sees when he closes his eyes. He hates it because memories haunt his mind. The old man wants to reconcile with his past and leave this world without a burden as he tells his life story.' Some children suffer because their parents fail at raising them properly. Others sense considerable pain because they do not have parents by their side. Nowadays when the world gets filled with uncertainty and chaos. A young boy is preparing to live his life as an independent man. The fi... more
by Nadija MujagicAt the age of 19 and newly married, fleeing from her native country and still haunted by her demons from the Bosnian War, Nadija struggles to adapt to the completely different culture of the USA. Immigrant life cannot protect her from her abusive marriage, which magnifies and extends her war trauma. Isolated and lonely, she learns new life lessons, making many mistakes along the way. Can she face her war demons head on and rise above the horrors of her past to start afresh? Immigrated is an i... more
by Kathy BiehlA tasting tour of joys, quirks, and questionable behavior that food and drink inspire. From Houston’s burgeoning culinary landscape to late-night revelry in Britain and Barcelona to a Hell’s Kitchen TV studio, the tales capture a way of life we take for granted no longer, when people freely gathered at tables and counters, shared food, raised glasses, and partook of drama and laughter and magic
Unleashing My Superpowers: How to Navigate and Succeed in a Male-Dominated Mining Work Environment (STEM)by Dr Patience MpofuHave you ever wondered, “What does it take for women to succeed in a male-dominated workplace like mining?" Or are you a woman in STEM, struggling to navigate the male-dominated work environment? Imagine what life would be like if you had a manual with strategies to help you navigate the challenges of trying to succeed in a male-dominated work environment. Look no further! Multi-award-renowned global mining sustainability thought leader and IWF Fellow Dr. Patience Mpofu, reveals for the first ti... more
by Jesse BusdeganThe Demon Staring Back at Me is a raw and real account of the perils that many face in dealing with toxic relationships. Jesse takes you through his story of real life events in a vulnerable and authentic way. His bravery in sharing his truth is commendable and inspiring as many could relate to his experience in dealing with the crazy-making of narcissistic abuse. His story showcases the real and raw facets of one man's journey in understanding and rebuilding from the grip of darkness. His bra... more
by Jesús A. Diez CansecoColección de pensamientos sobre diversas áreas que dentro de la sociedad humana impulsan nuestras vidas.
by Jesús A. Diez CansecoA series of thoughts concerning the various aspects of human society as they apply to our daily living.
by Michael Andrews
As a husband, father, and successful professional, Michael Andrews prides himself, but unforgiveness gripped his life and halted the progression of his destiny. After experiencing betrayal, disappointment, sexual misconduct, abuse of power, misappropriation of church monies, control, and manipulation within the confines of religious systems, Michael's life was on cruise control; as he suffered bouts of depression from the plight of sonship.The mishandling of God's sheep have caused a ... more
by JAMES H MORGANIn June, 1961, the Morgan family moved from their little house in a blue collar neighborhood in Upland, California to a bigger and better house in Claremont, five miles away. Jim Morgan was not happy about having to move to what his friends called Snob City. He made no new friends at his new high school until the end of the school year, when two boys invited him to join them. The following year, the three friends appropriated a bench in the quad. Two new students, a British boy and a transfer st... more