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by Michael Boyajian
The author's wife of 34 years, Jeri, fights 9-11 Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer and fights it for a year and beats it only to contract Covid and the cancer came back and she was gone in two weeks. The author called her the bravest person he ever knew. This is the story of how contact is made across the rainbow bridge and is supported by his doctors and a book he is sent that tells of similar contacts that are reported to scientists by other people. His doctor suggested the author write ... more
by Ann HumphreysThe Tao of Hoop is a philosophical memoir about how the humble hula-hoop transformed one woman’s life…but, seriously, though! Ann Humphreys was not aware that she didn’t understand how to feel--something we don’t learn about in school--until she very randomly (through crushing on a hot dude) found the hula-hoop at age 35. Having endured a life-altering loss as a teenager, Ann had learned to handle grief and pain through the time-honored Southern traditions of denial and repression. The hula-h... more
by Kim FairleyIn this beautifully drawn memoir, Kim Fairley tells her story of falling in love with and marrying fifty-seven-year-old Vernon Fairley when she was twenty-four. Something about Vern--his quirkiness, his humor, his devilish smile--made her feel an immediate connection with him. She quickly became pregnant, but instead of the idyllic interlude she'd imagined as she settled into married life and planned for their family, their love was soon tested by the ghosts of Vern's past--a town, a house, a fa... more
by Juli BoitSixteen years ago, Juli Boit, a 25-year-old nurse practitioner, moved from Los Angeles to a small village in Kenya to be a part of an HIV program. In 2009, she founded a hospice called Kimbilio where men, women, and children come either to heal or to be loved until they die. On an ordinary Friday afternoon in 2016, a three-pound baby boy, Ryan, wrapped in pink was brought to Kimbilio. He had been born prematurely earlier that week. His mom passed away while giving birth, and neighbors miraculou... more
by Joanne Koenig-MackoJoanne Koenig-Macko's life changed drastically after being hit by a drunk driver doing 100 mph only weeks after her wedding. It was through that horrific experience that she was forced to view life in a completely different way. It was through years of dealing with pain, exhaustion and holding onto anger that an etheric being taught her how this is Earth School and that we come here to either learn or teach lessons. Every situation you go through in life has a grand purpose. No job, no situation... more
by Amy CroftAmy Croft writes about her complicated childhood and fraught adulthood to bring to life the cultural chains operating in all aspects of the patriarchal society. She understands the pressures on women having worked in social services for the majority of her working life, and hopes that her story will encourage women to find their way out of outmoded patriarchal arenas and move toward a more matriarchal vision.
by George Norris
Six thousand New Yorkers shot and two thousand killed each year: this was the way of life in New York City during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The city was losing the war on drugs. The epicenter of New York City’s crack trade was Southeast Queens, where the Supreme Team and their associates had ruled through intimidation and violence. The crack epidemic, and crack wars that followed, wreaked havoc on the citizens of those neighborhoods.
Having worked in Southeast Queens during t... more
by Veronica Caven Aldous
In 1979, 22-year-old Veronica Caven flew from Melbourne with two friends from art school for a gap year adventure. They planned to travel across Asia, perhaps to Europe, but had no firm itinerary. After six weeks, Veronica and her friends separated, but she carried on, exploring India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal on her own. The diary she kept during this transformative time has been adapted into Australian Women Can Walk. Set during the final days of the hippie trail, this is a story of resilience ... more
by Mary Hollendoner
After a decade in the corporate rat race, Mary was ready for a change. Too much stress and not enough time with her family left her feeling that her priorities were all wrong. So she and her husband quit their jobs, pulled their six-year-old daughter out of school, and moved into an old camper van.
They planned to take a year off to drive south in search of a simpler life. What followed were three years of heart-warming personal encounters, breath-taking wilderness campsites, and occasi... more
by Karen Moe
Imagine being a carefree, independent young woman enjoying life. Your bold, adventurous spirit pulls you to travel to distant locales. Then out of nowhere, you’re abducted, assaulted, and raped. That is the terror-filled experience that Karen Moe survived almost thirty years ago.
But this is not a crime story. This is not even just a survivor's tale. Instead, this is a manifesto. In dialogue with other feminists and through case studies from around the world, Moe uses her trau... more
by Julie ScolnikPARIS, 1976: Twenty-year-old American student Julie Scolnik had just arrived in the City of Light to study the flute when, from across a sea of faces in the chorus of the Orchestre de Paris, she is drawn to Luc, a striking (married) French lawyer in the bass section. This moving tale of an ebullient young American and a reserved Frenchman will transport readers to the cafés, streets, and concert halls of Paris in the late seventies, and, spanning three decades, evolves from deep romance to sudde... more
by Shelly Edwards JorgensenAfter her mother’s tragic death in a house fire, fifteen-year-old Shelly is driven to seek answers. A story of tragic loss and healing faith, Beautiful Ashes is the compelling account of Shelly Edwards Jorgensen’s quest to uncover family secrets and to survive the truth.
by Nadia DavisIn this deeply personal memoir, Nadia Davis addresses her three sons with brutal honesty, hope, and strength, revealing both her childhood and adult traumas that led to issues with addiction and dysfunctional relationships, as well as to discuss transformational healing, spirituality, intensive trauma therapy, chronic pain management, healthy co-parenting and intimacy, preventing learned toxic masculinity, and more. As a young high-profile lawyer, school board member in Southern California, coun... more
by Kathleen L. HawkinsI was a little girl for whom death was a very big problem. My father scared me. There was a casket with a stranger in it in our living room, a trip in a hearse to an insane asylum, and obituaries read with commentary to me during dinner (how easy it is to die). As I grew up, I cast a light into my father's troubled behavior and, by doing so, cast a light into my own. While my story is probably quite different from yours, you're likely to find elements of your own journey within these pages a... more
by Alan Corcoran
'A must-read for 2022!' - Irish Runner Magazine
5 stars – ‘different...engaging...refreshing.' - Reedsy Reviews
'An intimate and uplifting story of grit, tenacity and healing and one that is sure to stir the soul.' - Dean Karnazes (New York Times best-selling author and ultra-distance runner)
MARATHON MAN is an uplifting story of ... more
by Jamie Andrea GarzotJamie Andrea Garzot was one of the least likely people to become a cannabis entrepreneur, advocate, and industry pioneer. She had no business background. She was not involved in politics. She had only a four-figure capital investment to start with. And, surprisingly, she had very limited experience with cannabis products. So how did Garzot find herself at the forefront of California’s cannabis movement? In this inspirational memoir, Garzot describes her trajectory from a cannabis retail rookie ... more