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Memoir

  • Unpaid Debt

    by Johnnie Davis
    From a portrait of Black life in New York in the 1960s and '70s to personal experiences with the crack epidemic of the 1980s, Johnnie Davis’ memoir unravels the story of one man's life marked by love and family, drugs and violence, and the hardships of navigating life while struggling with addiction. Davis's story is one of redemption. Though his addiction and problems with the law are a constant battle, and his redemption does not come soon enough for his mother to witness it, it is that loss t... more
  • My Ailing Champion

    by Demetrius Koubourlis PhD
    My Ailing Champion details the harsh environment of the Nazi occupation in Greece and the many obstacles the author faced to get an education in the post-WW II years. Family and community leaders opposed education. His mother prevented the author from reading books; she even burned history clippings collected from the local newspaper. It was with great difficulty that the author’s father was persuaded to allow the completion of secondary education. With promises for higher education, the author’... more
  • The Empowerment Alphabet

    by J.C. Dilley
    The Empowerment Alphabet is a collection of poetry designed to inspire mental, physical, and spiritual growth. Each letter of the alphabet is used in a written letter addressed to an area of personal growth to offer wise, yet catchy and fun-to-read poems using alliteration. As words have the power to transform, these letters are designed to be spoken, verbally or silently, into your life to invite a gentle nudge or a paradigm shift, even a mantra that not only equips you to overcome life's... more
  • Making Lemonade

    by Liana Shaw
    How does an eight-year-old child begin to understand and navigate the world around her when she, and those closest to her, are regularly being subjected to disproportionate measures of rage, brutality, and violence at the hands of those who are meant to protect her? Could she be the one to blame for the fear and chaos that characterise her family life? What will she do with the ‘lemons life has given her?’ Making Lemonadeis a compelling, poignant account of one such child, who chose to not be de... more
  • Leave the Dogs at Home, Break Away Book Club Edition: A Memoir (Break Away Book Club) (Break Away Book Club)

    by Claire Arbogast
    Claire and Jim were friends, lovers, and sometimes enemies for 27 years. In order to get health insurance, they finally married, calling their anniversary the "It Means Absolutely Nothing" day. Then Jim was diagnosed with cancer. With ever-decreasing odds of survival, punctuated by arcs of false hope, Jim's deteriorating health altered their well-established independence as they became caregiver and patient, sharing intimacy as close as their own breaths. A year and a half into their marriage, J... more
  • The Wrong Calamity

    by Marsha Jacobson
    Raised to believe she’s a no-account, Marsha falls prey to a controlling man at college. Afraid to say no, she agrees to marry him and move to Japan, where she unexpectedly gets a job at Mattel Toys. As she becomes successful, her husband becomes more abusive. Back in America, she and their two toddlers escape from him in a dramatic police chase. Determined to succeed, she earns a Harvard MBA and builds a career, all while raising her girls and fending off her vengeful ex-husband. Later, she mar... more
  • The Pianist's Only Daughter

    by Kathryn Betts Adams
    The Pianist’s Only Daughter: A Memoir presents a frank and loving exploration of aging in one family. Social worker and gerontologist Kathryn Betts Adams spent decades negotiating evolving family dynamics with her colorful and talented parents: her English scholar and poet mother and her pianist father. Their vivid emotional lives, marital instability, and eventual divorce provided the backdrop for her 1960s and ‘70s Midwestern youth. Nearly thirty years after they divorce, Adams' father find... more
  • No Walk in the Park: Seeking Thrills, Eco-Wisdom, and Legacies in the Grand Canyon

    by Michael Engelhard
    In the footsteps of Desert Solitaire, these essays by an award-winning writer and student of culture sift decades of experience backpacking and boating for a stance that questions the mainstream. More than mere tales of bravado, they offer glimpses into the heart of the places explored, with the Grand Canyon as their center of gravity. Vivid, finely crafted, shot through with humor, self-effacing while deeply opinionated, No Walk in the Park shows what it means to meet nature on nature's terms. ... more
  • Author

    by Sarah Lauren
    In a world where the undercurrent of sexual exploitation runs deeper than you may know, "Alchemizing Exploitation" takes you on the courageous journey of a survivor. Sarah's story begins with an exploration into the very heart of human sex trafficking in the US through her personal experience. She combines data with heart, revealing the magnitude and severity of slavery in the current age. As a survivor, Sarah explores how it happened, the way the trauma affected her behavior, and the glob... more
  • Suicidal No More: Finding Peace through the Storm

    by Kari Bonk
    In this book you will see someone who has gone through a chaotic upbringing and changes. There was a time in her life where Kari wasn’t so sure of things, where she had anxiety and lived in a sense of disbelief in love, hope and happiness. She had turned to desperately seeking refuge in all the wrong places wanting to escape everything and everyone. She had found it through the Bible and embracing the Holy Spirit. You don’t have to act a certain way or be a certain type of person or dress or ... more
  • CHASING CLOSURE: Life on the edge of Belonging

    by Anselm Ezemson
    This memoir chronicles my life as I am constantly searching for a place to belong. Born in Cote d'Ivoire and educated in both Ghana and the UK,I grapples with being an "outlier" in both worlds. In England, my immigrant status makes them invisible, contributing to the economy yet denied acceptance. Even in Nigeria, my mixed heritage and accented speech mark me as "other," neither fully Nigerian nor embraced by any of my ancestry. This feeling of displacement permeates every aspect of my ... more
  • Astride Both Political Parties Democratic and Republican Perspectives

    by Michael Boyajian

    Humorous (1990 to 2016) look at the Democratic and Republican Parties showing how more alike they were than different and where cordiality and consensus between the aisles were generally the norms disproving the delusional dark conspiracies of a threatening

  • Green Enchantments A Catskills Guide and Collected Essays Armenian Edition

    by Michael Boyajian

    The Armenian enclave of the Catskills as told both as a general guide and essays of the enchanted purple mountains that helped heal the survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and their descendants like an elixir of Mother Nature.

  • Still Rambling Down Life's Road...

    by Kevin Pettit
    This book provides you with a view of what it is like to have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which are quite common, affecting more than 1.5 million people in the USA each year! It contains unedited excerpts from the diary of someone who underwent a TBI, struggled significantly to regain abilities which might have been lost and ended up using his experiences with disability as an asset, rather than a detriment, for his new mission in life. This book is meant to give you a view from the inside... more
  • The Eternal EFFO: How to Avoid a Career in Aviation

    by Steve Gatley
    A light hearted look at the trials and tribulations of a career in civil aviation
  • A Single Desperate Prayer

    by Ludmila Ritz
    More than a memoir, A Single Desperate Prayer is a riveting account of one resilient girl’s life in a Crimean Ghetto, replete with equal amounts of tragedy and triumph. Told through the eyes of a child, the reader witnesses Ludmila’s growth and maturation as she starts from practically nothing, learns how to beg in the streets, loses all of what little she had, is left to the wolves, and then saved by grace - all before her fifteenth birthday. Witness the miracles that her single prayer brough... more
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