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  • Bandit Dreams & Beyond

    by Victoria Bolt
    Decatur, Illinois, 1972. Seven-year-old tomboy Victoria Bolt sneaks among the tables at her mother’s Bunco game, where housewives are tittering over a magazine spread. Though Victoria couldn’t have imagined what was on those pages that day, Smokey and the Bandit era Burt Reynolds would soon change the course of her life for good. In BANDIT DREAMS AND BEYOND, former stuntwoman Bolt shares how she escaped a volatile and violent home life to make movies with her childhood crush, Burt Reynolds, ... more
  • Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings

    by Suzie Gilbert
    “Charms, delights, and educates while providing a fascinating tale of love and devotion to the feathered creatures that share our increasingly crowded world.” (Joanna Burger, author of The Parrot Who Owns Me ) “Unique and engaging . . . [Gilbert] shows reveals in elegant prose how every creature has value, and how a voice for one is voice for all.” (Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds ) “Fascinating . . . . A testament to the challenges we all face when we love... more
  • Refugee Memoirs

    by Tom Zed
    This book is a personal take on the complexities of emigrating, immigration and a person’s uprooting to another place, and more importantly, another culture. Today’s globalised, almost borderless world makes it relevant, for millions of people choosing, some freely, to leave their homeland and live in another country.
  • Malibu Burning: The Real Story Behind LA's Most Devastating Wildfire

    by Robert Kerbeck
    Malibu is known as an earthly paradise of multi-million-dollar mansions, movie stars and unimaginable natural beauty. But all that changed on November 8, 2018. Go deep behind the scenes of the most destructive wildfire in Los Angeles history. Alongside his wife and son, Robert Kerbeck battled the fire that threatened to take their home. He knows first-hand how the Malibu fires affected everyone – from the rich and famous to the firefighters who often risked their lives. Blending investigati... more
  • Nothing Works But Everything Works Out: My Peace Corps Experience in the West Region of Cameroon

    by Leigh Dannhauser
    Cameroon is a country in West Africa, directly south-east of Nigeria. Leigh Marie Dannhauser gets sent by the Peace Corps to be an agriculture volunteer in the West Region of Cameroon, specifically to Baleveng, a village of 15,000 people spread out over 88 square kilometers in the heart of Bamiléké country. There she faces the challenges of adapting to a completely new way of life, one where while struggling to adapt to new customs and the absence of amenities common at home, she undertakes a jo... more
  • View from the Podium

    by Edward Judd
    Edward Judd has been a music teacher for almost 45 years. He has taught music at all grade levels from Elementary grades to being a College band director. He has also served in leadership roles for music teachers on the state and regional levels. His experiences are vast, and he shares many of them in this book.
  • Nether Land

    by Kem Hinton
    A high school classmate from the 1970s is murdered in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2014. At his funeral, the author is involved in an ironic situation, and this leads him to discover the classmate's strange life story, one of ambition, greed, immense fortune, and tragic bankruptcy. Hiding in perhaps the most remote location, the classmate is nevertheless discovered and killed. The murder was committed by a jealous rival or a cheated investor? This is the story.
  • My Daddy's Blues: A Childhood Memoir from the Land of Huck & Jim

    by Gregg Andrews
    Born near a dusty cement plant in the northeast Missouri village of Ilasco, close to Mark Twain Cave, Hannibal native Gregg Andrews draws on the voice of a child, the voice of a songwriter, and the voice of a historian to take readers on an intimate lyrical journey through the turbulent childhood of a white, rural, working-class boy in the 1950s and 60s. A tiny three-room house on the Mississippi River—a house that lacked indoor plumbing—provides the author's lookout perch on the American dream.... more
  • Varuna - a Thames Barge that was Home

    by Caroline Havord
    The gripping story of a fascinating, witty lady and her love affair with an old Thames Barge. Caroline Nicholl and her new husband Bryn give up high-flying media lives in London's famous Fleet Street to make a home on an old Thames Barge lying in the mud in Essex. Life on the Varuna turns out to be a long way from 'cocktails on deck at sundown', in both negative and positive ways, and Caroline writes about it all with a distinctively dry and laconic wit. Even the tragic ending fails to dim he... more
  • Words: Essays on Writing, Reading, and Life

    by Jessica McCann
    Jessica McCann has woven together a collection of personal essays and writing tips that offer a unique glimpse into her writing journey and process. She is an award-winning historical novelist and has worked as a professional freelance writer and editor for magazines, universities, corporations, and nonprofits for more than thirty years. In Words, McCann shares her passion for books, as well as research that shows how reading improves our lives. With a philosophy that is equally pragmatic and op... more
  • Other Duties as Assigned

    by Felice Cohen
    Other Duties as Assigned is similar to The Graduate, as Felice, 23, having just graduated, finds herself at a crossroads: what to do next with her life. Not quite ready to face the Real World, she takes a job at her alma mater and falls in love with her boss, Sarah. At 57, Sarah is not looking for love. She has been with her girlfriend for 12 years. They share a home, five cats and a fondness for golf, but soon both of their worlds are turned upside down. Other Duties as Assigned is the story of... more
  • THE LUCKIEST MAN

    by gerard grmain
    The must-read Luckiest Man Who Grew up in an Engineered and Manufactured Poverty is the story of a little boy who grew up in one of the world’s poorest countries and made an incredible journey to the top of the world. It’s a tale of the endless barriers and obstacles he had to encounter on his way to the apex. With a mind so focused on moving forward, he remained positive through it all, so much so that it wasn’t until he overcame his obstacles that he realized they even existed. If you are look... more
  • American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman

    by Vince Font
    A lone paralegal takes on the U.S. justice system in an effort to free imprisoned Cold War spies Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee in this captivating true story of crime, punishment, and redemption.
  • My Generation: A Memoir of the Baby Boom

    by Nowick Gray
    In this intensely personal memoir, Nowick Gray charts a unique yet representative journey through the tumultuous sixties and seventies, seeking alternatives to corporate conformity and the looming threat of apocalypse. His self-exile from East Coast suburbia spirals through campus rebellion, California dreaming, a testy Canadian romance, and an Inuit village preparing for its own revolution... bound for a back-to-the-land utopia in the mountains of British Columbia.
  • Acid Test: LSD vs. LDS

    by Christopher Kimball Bigelow

    Growing up Mormon during America's early-1980s satanic panic, Bigelow escapes the religion's bland conformity by playing Dungeons & Dragons. After graduating from high school in 1984, he dives into sex, drugs, and the counterculture via Salt Lake City's punk and new-wave scenes, as echoed from London, New York, and especially Los Angeles.

    As Bigelow explores the underground, he rejects myths of supernatural good vs. evil, living instead by the D&D concept of chaotic neutrali... more

  • No Ordinary Life: Awakenings in the Final Days of Apartheid

    by Mary Byron
    Love, war, espionage, NO ORDINARY LIFE is a thrilling inside account of marriage and diplomatic life seen through the eyes of a newlywed in Cape Town during one of the most dangerous periods in South Africa's modern history. What Mary thought would be adventure in a foreign land turns out to be a political pressure cooker as the first democratic elections draw near. The couple experiences jeopardy and joy, up to the final days of apartheid when Nelson Mandela is elected the first black Pres... more

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