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by Stephanie Martin Glennon
After a family movie night, the author's husband confided that he had been having a mild but persistent "ping" of abdominal pain. By Monday, they learned he had inoperable pancreatic cancer, and he had become a full-time patient.
The Company of Ghosts is a lyrical story about memories gathering and reassembling as a family is forced to navigate a sometimes puzzling and cruel healthcare system and is reconfigured by loss. It is also a meditation about how we c... more
by Tracey YokasIt should have been Tracey Yokas’s time to heal. With the recent death of her mother, she was given a brand-new chance to redefine herself and her happiness on her own terms. But just as she prepares herself to spread her wings, Tracey discovers that her only child, Faith, is battling issues of her own—carrying forward the legacy of disordered eating, depression, and self-harm Tracey is so desperate to leave behind. Tracey is determined to save her daughter, but she has no idea how to reach h... more
by J. Michael Dumoulin
Among my parents' photo albums, I found black and whites of my mother, my older brother, and my 18-months younger brother. We stood on Florida beaches looking up at rocket launches through metal chain link. Okay, so these memories came from a photo album, but if they were only photos in a book, why even today when I see them do I smell the crisp salt air and taste the aluminum of the fence? In one album is a photo of a kindergarten-age me sitting proudly on my bike the first day I l... more
by ed tarThe powerful story of how Ed decided at the age of none, to resist the negative forces around him. Through sheer will, instinctive street smarts, creativity and relentless hard work, changed the direction of his life.
by Jim WilsonThe unique confluence of Jim Wilson’s two careers—piano technician and confidant to the stars and a globally successful recording artist—has led to extraordinary experiences with some of the world’s most exalted music legends: singing Beatle songs with Paul McCartney, limo rides with Elton John, road trips with Carole King, and horseback riding with Dan Fogelberg. But beyond this everyman’s unique telling of intimate celebrity tales, Tuned In is an inspiring story of one man’s relentless pursuit... more
by Anne AbelAnne grew up in an abusive home, leading to severe depression and a determination to do better as a mother. One of her sons wants a dog from the time he is a baby; Anne very much does not. For years she appeases him with creatures who live in cages and tanks, but on his tenth birthday she can no longer say no – and she proceeds to fall in love with their new four-legged family member, Mattie. Then, Mattie dies a sudden and tragic death, and Anne feels herself begin to sink back into depression. ... more
by Chantal AgapitiI share my life's story and lessons learned to show you can improve your quality of life. Being a trauma survivor and chronic pain warrior, I want to help others by gaining a growth mindset. Your struggles don't define who you are, you have the power to change things.
by Maya DelaneyThe Price of Broccoli traces our family’s transcontinental migration from China, Hong Kong, and then to Canada. It is filled with light-hearted anecdotes of quirkiness, idiosyncrasies and eccentricities that are us. Tales based on our “growing up immigrant."
by Akshay Raopa•tient /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt/ noun a person who is under medical care or treatment. adjective bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like. Two months after several positive Covid tests, Akshay Rao finds himself in the Emergency Room, having been diagnosed with acute renal failure. This, despite donning N95 masks indoors and out, living life as a hermit, and getting vaccinated and boosted at the first ava... more
by Lilith Costa
Desperately hoping to avert breast cancer, a diagnosis that has plagued her family for generations, a woman decides to have a prophylactic surgery that will forever alter her reflection. But being married, with two young children and already suffering from health issues, diving into hereditary cancer genes may prove more complicated than this stay-at-home mom imagined. On her journey to lessen her odds, she's forced to confront the reality of her life, the struggles of her past, and her r... more
by Ronda TamerlaneMy journey from the confinement’s of a toxic family life. Both parents having trauma and loss before they were adults and then losing their son before he turned five. I was conceived as the replacement child, born in the year defining the beginning of Baby Boomers. Both my parents experenced mental health disorders, which were passed on to my brother and myself. As the culture changed, so did I. Through 3 marriages many different occupations, and raising my daughter, I became a Marriage & Famil... more
by John VieiraThis book demonstrates the healing proofs and evidence by the grace of God, followed by the author’s attendance at the eleventh Church of Christ, Scientist, London, UK, since the author’s early admission into Sunday school as a teenager. The point of departure occurs in the author’s more senior years, as he was forced into declaring his mental vulnerability surrounding his adolescent issues of drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, and rehousing, along with his self-employment status. All of thi... more
by J. Guzmán
When I Started Smoking Weed for Real is volume 5 of the series On Being, a self-referential, metaphysical case history where the author J. Guzmán, as the protagonist Ana, psychoanalyzes her own consciousness throughout Time, uses tools like astrology to facilitate the investigation, and documents the entire process. Volume 5 is Ana’s documentation of her year 2013, when she was 22 years old. In it she finishes university before leaving for South America. That year Pluto was conju... more
by Penny LaneWhen she’s abruptly snatched away from her home by a Hungarian father she does not know, four-year-old Penny finds herself in a strange, foreign household with a stepmother who alternately abuses and ignores her. Even after escaping that misery, she finds herself in yet another type of prison: fundamentalist Christianity. Ultimately, though, she finds the strength to stand up against societal and familial pressure and finds her way to happiness. A rise-from-the-ashes hero’s story of overcomin... more
by Rachel Leland and Dorothy Kupcha LelandThis book chronicles a teen’s triumph over the devastating impact of chronic Lyme disease, offering powerful insight into how the controversial tick-borne illness affects the whole family. It’s based on the journal Rachel kept during the worst of her illness, interspersed with passages from her mother, Dorothy, giving the parent’s point of view.
by Maureen HicksWhen a Buddhist therapist contracts to counsel soldiers around the world, her ingrained opposition to war initially obstructs her view. Repelled but curious about military culture, her careful listening to servicemembers and families leads to empathy and understanding for their challenges. In postings from the US to Germany to Korea, serving soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, she learns to respect and serve those enduring trauma. When the too-rare sessions lead to a struggle with depress... more