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Memoir

  • Arcade Life - Life versus Video Games

    by J.W. Tapper
    From Space Invaders in a village pub to the final chapter of this book, this is a true story of life and death, winning and losing, extreme heroism and tragic failure. There are also a heck of a lot of video games. John Tapper was born in 1963, sixteen years before he first played Space Invaders, forty-seven years before he started the mobile gaming blog Arcadelife. Now he describes that life, from the dawn of the golden age of video game arcades to the current era of disposable mobile games;... more
  • The Bond - Second Edition

    by A.M. Grotticelli
    “The Bond” is a powerful memoir that chronicles the strength of the relationships formed among a collection of unrelated siblings who forged a remarkable, separate, and permanent family within a foster home.
  • The Knowing

    by Nita Lapinski
    The Knowing: Awake in the Dark is the true story of a young woman's journey as she struggles to find her own self-worth, dignity, and love amidst a violent predator, secrets, deception and lies.
  • Craving London: Confessions of an Incurable Romantic with an Insatiable Appetite

    by Jessica Stone
    “Read Jessica Stone’s evocative memoir and prepare to be dazzled. When I grow up, I want to write like Jessica!” –Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Big Leap Still single five years after a broken engagement, 29-year-old food lover Jessica Stone decides to leave New York City for a fresh start in London, hoping the change in scenery would finally usher in a new relationship. In this all-consuming memoir, she indulges in one culinary adventure after another while u... more
  • Allegiance

    by Darien Hsu Gee
    What does it mean to be Chinese American? How are we reflected in the people we love, and us in them? What obligation do we have to those who share our blood, and how does a woman claim her life as her own? In vivid and evocative flashes of prose, Darien Hsu Gee dissects her beliefs and navigates the complexity of family dynamics in search of her identity.
  • The Crocodiles Will Arrive Later

    by Kathy McCoy
    Growing up in mid-century suburban Los Angeles, Kathy's great fear was that she would end up as a San Fernando Valley housewife. Her second greatest fear was nuclear annihilation. And there was another fear that grew over the years: that her mentally ill, alcoholic father would kill her. This memoir by award-winning journalist-author-psychotherapist Kathy McCoy explores the impact of living with mentally ill, abusive, intermittently loving parents and the people who intervened -- including nun... more
  • A Way Forward: My Years In The Marine Corps

    by Christian Dattwyler
    Can a teenage boy struggling with school, family, and drugs turn his life around to become successful? Not without the help of a nearly two-hundred-and-fifty-year-old American institution called the United States Marine Corps. A Way Forward: My Years in the Marine Corps reveals how a Marine recruiter used every old trick in the book to compel young Christian Dattwyler to sign his life away for government service. The memoir delves into his mindset as he experiences legendary Marine Corps boot ca... more
  • Sub: Inside the Notorious School District of Philadelphia

    by Clayvon C. Harris
    Ex-sitcom writer turned substitute teacher discovers the devastating truth behind why Philly’s public schools keep failing. At times humorous, often heartbreaking—Sub exposes the link between education underfinancing and the impact students with unmanaged emotional and behavioral disabilities are having in classrooms across the US.
  • Ten Thousand Shells and Counting: A Memoir

    by Nadija Mujagic
    This riveting and true story about war and survival takes us to the siege in Sarajevo in the 1990s, where a young woman quickly learns how to adapt to the inhumane war circumstances. Despite her intentions to live normally in the besieged city, her life in war is often interrupted by many of the surprising obstacles she faces on a daily basis. She matures beyond her age in a matter of months and carries on as best as possible until she realizes that loss upon loss will have a strong impact and c... more
  • Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness, and Love

    by Alexis Black
    In a stark and wholehearted true story that shares how two individuals on separate paths found each other, Alexis and Justin merge their course into one full of hope and purpose. And hand-in-hand, with a desire to help others, they learned to reject the abusive patterns of their past, thereby intentionally breaking the cycle of generational violence and unhealthy behaviors. Written in an engaging novelistic style, the authors put forward a thoughtful exchange of ideas and personal experiences il... more
  • Abandon Brandon: A Memoir

    by Brandon McDermott
    Brandon spent his childhood as a ward of the state, living in and out of foster care. The abuse, poverty and lack of support he experienced as a child molded and motivated him to do more and be more than he was shown. His story is one of survival, resilience, redemption, and hope.
  • The Art of Lunging & Work in Hand

    by Harry Chaim Faibish
    This book shows and explains in dabbed, how to correctly lunge horses. To be able to lunge classically is not easy. It takes many years of practicing and studying the correct way of going. I want to share the skills that I’ve learned for 51 years of doing and practicing it. It started when my teacher Christina de Nobel, one day came to me and told me to lunge a young mare – a 3 years old mare. She showed me how to do it for 10 minutes and then left. A minute later the mare stood on her back l... more
  • Peter and the Wolves

    by Adele Bertei
    “Much has been written about the punk scenes of New York, London, and LA. Adele Bertei inks 1970s Cleveland, where burning water provided an existential backdrop to a demimonde centered around the doomed, charismatic figure of her friend and band mate Peter Laughner. Peter and the Wolves is a Just Kids of the heartland, with Bertei a poète maudit as in love with rock’n’roll as her hero Patti Smith.”—Evelyn McDonnell
  • Juror Number 2: The Story of a Murder, the Agony of a Neighborhood

    by Efrem Sigel
    Compulsively readable, “Juror Number 2” is a true crime story and societal expose that takes the reader into the housing projects, police precincts and schools in East Harlem to portray in unvarnished detail the conditions that lead young people to be involved in gangs and crime. As the Preface explains, “This is a story about a brutal and senseless murder in East Harlem, New York, about the ensuing trial——in which I served as a juror—and about my subsequent search for why. Why the young men c... more
  • Embrace that Girl: A Love Story with the Girl in the Mirror

    by Cris Ramos Greene
    In Embrace That Girl, first time Spanish-American author Cris Ramos Greene tells the heartfelt and humorous story of navigating adulthood and searching for meaning and love in Miami A second-generation immigrant whose parents were born in Cuba, Greene recounts her life as a twenty-something in Miami, from graduating college in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession to the disappointment of having to move back in with her parents after a career setback. Along the way, Greene feigns bilingual... more
  • From an Autism Mom with Love

    by Diana Romeo
    From an Autism Mom with Love is a collection of personal letters that gives you a look into the life of one family’s experience living with someone on the autism spectrum. These letters are written from Mom to her son, to God, and to the community at large and will bring you through a range of emotions. They share experiences spanning from diagnosis, through school years, until today, when he is transitioning into adulthood. The letters are funny, sad, poignant, frustrated, informative, and hop... more

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