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by Ron BrandonTop-40 radio and rock & roll were a lifestyle for most in the 50s through the 90s. Today it's rapidly fading into obscurity. The author shares his memories of that era, with net sites identified where you can listen as you read, plus 250 pictures of those golden years of radio DJs and the music you loved. Was it talent, or was it Payola? Bonus: Exclusive never told stories of how the author recorded Elvis in Tupelo in 1956, and how Elvis secreted the tapes at Graceland. The author describes how ... more
by Mary Lowengard
Throughout the summer of 2013, I harbored a secret hankering for a country house. This was a very private manifestation of a very public theory I’d articulated over almost the entire four decades (give or take) I’d lived in Manhattan. That is, if you don’t feel the urge to leave town at least three times every two weeks, you’re not really living in the City. Thus begins The Bucknoll Cottage Chronicles, the story of the intrepid author's journey from real estate ad ... more
by Shep McKenney
Shep McKenney has spent his life seeking what we all seek - happiness. In A Life’s Work he candidly shares his experiences of “having it all” in his professional and personal life yet feeling profoundly unfulfilled. Having all he knew to want, what was missing? This intimate memoir examines that question and its surprising answer.
By exploring the traditional paths of religion, philosophy, and science through the lens of his life experiences he ca... more
by Kim R. Livingston
When her son’s teacher suggests the boy be tested for ADHD, Kim Livingston, uninformed and wary of the label, fights her. She fights the social worker, the physician. “We can call it whatever you like,” the doctor says. “But if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, they’re all going to know he’s a duck."
This English professor grew up spacey and overweight. ... more
by Richard MossMatilda’s Triumph: A Memoir is the story of my mother’s encounter with a devastating stroke and me, her physician-son, who failed her at a most inopportune time: its precise onset. In the confusion of the initial moments of the stroke, I did not administer a powerful but controversial clot buster that could have saved her... The narrative uniquely weaves two stories: the gripping saga of a family devastated by illness intertwined with compelling episodes of that same family’s turbulent past, le... more
by Maryla Mary StormA must-read cancer memoir and biography for anyone who needs a reminder of the incredible power of the human spirit. It’s a book that will leave you feeling inspired, uplifted, and empowered to face whatever challenges may come your way.
by Brandi ClarkThe Love...is the story of a daughter who is struggling to put the pieces of her life back together after years of neglect and abuse by a mother who had no business having children in the first place. It is the story of making mistakes, shifting your mindset and learning to love yourself despite past traumas. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry bust most of all, it will teach you the power of forgiveness and healing.
by Zachary SklarThe Work: A Jigsaw Memoir by Zachary Sklar In this moving non-fiction collection, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sklar (JFK, with Oliver Stone) leads readers on an unpredictable personal journey through seven decades of our collective history and politics. Sklar’s wide-ranging essays take us from the hysteria and fear of the 1950s Hollywood blacklist to his collaboration with writer-director Oliver Stone on the screenplay of JFK and the glamour of the Academy Awards. From the Sixties counter cul... more
by Suzanne Farrell SmithIn this captivating collection of essays, Suzanne Farrell Smith tells the story of her life, not as a linear progression through time, but as a series of encounters, situations, and events that reflect the absurdities and anxieties inherent in living in our world, the “small off things” that can so easily loom large and important. Each section contains six pieces that spring from one of the five major anxiety disorders listed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, all of which are ... more
by Matthew GarnierHerded into a cotton-clad flock on the church stage, young Matt wasn’t sure why sheep were the preferred analogy for his religion. It started to make sense only after he learned that a culling was imminent, fueling neurotic thoughts and behaviors as he readied himself for the coming apocalypse. Between his homeschooling years and time at a major evangelical university, critical questions were raised: What does it mean to have faith? How can anyone or anything be good in a world that is flawed... more
by Sarita VargasAria of a Brown Girl is the true story of the perilous journey one girl takes after experiencing trauma over and over beginning in her formative years and continuing on through young adulthood. Placed into adoption at birth, this sets the tone of abandonment she feels from the start and creates an overall mindset of not belonging. In addition, she is faced with numerous moments of abuse, which start her on a downward trajectory to self-destruction. Told with an unapologetic honesty, and an agoni... more
by James Snowden WalkerMany Black men suffer silently with the long-term effects of growing up in a household of domestic violence and child abuse. We are taught to be tough, not to cry and to brush off the abuse as just a part of life. For those who seek help, there are very few mental health resources available. I was one of those men who was told to “get over it” as I grew older but I remained frozen in those childhood memories. And it took decades for me to find self-worth. I know many Black men will see themselve... more
All My Clothes Were White: The Spirited Life, Pre-Heaven Visit, and Peaceful Death of My Mom, Jean Mruzby Bart MruzAs 95-year-old Jean Mruz approached the end of her life, her son Bart dreaded the impending separation from his mom. Much to his surprise, her passing brought peace, joy, and reassurance. During Jean’s final days, a series of experiences convinced Bart and his siblings that their mother was being prepared for her transition from this world to the next. Jean died as she had lived, in her own quirky and unique way. Complete with a pre-death visit to another realm. She even had some control over... more
by Patti Bean
by Lisa ManyonSpiritual Sugar is Lisa’s love letter to humanity. Two years before receiving a cancer diagnosis, Lisa received a divine download that she was to write a book called Spiritual Sugar about healing with love. Lisa journaled about it, tucked the idea away, and was reminded of it when facing mortality. Lisa healed cancer with love (no chemo or radiation, only surgery, and dietary resets). Within Spiritual Sugar, she shares her personal journey (The Awakening), over 40 non-traditional healing modalit... more
by William TsungI'm a Taiwanese American born in the states. I went to Taiwan to celebrate Chinese New Year with my grandma. I have a medical license for cannabis for my anxiety. I thought my license would protect me. I couldn't have been more wrong. The original charge was 12 years to life, it got down to 2 years. This is the story of my time.