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by Joshua GersteinWhat do you write home to your Jewish mother when you’re in the middle of fighting a global war unlike anything before or since? If you’re Charlie Fletcher, you give near-daily updates covering all kinds of details of life. Fletcher’s letters, which were sent to his mother, father, and sister, reveal a personal side of life during wartime for one soldier training in the U.S. and then marching through Europe. His devotion to Jewish culture, holidays, and community comes shining through in this t... more
by Robert W. Norris
The Good Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise: Pentimento Memories of Mom and Me traces the trials, tribulations, and unbreakable bond of two Pacific Northwest characters. Kay Schlinkman grows up on the banks of the Columbia River in the 1930s and 1940s. She overcomes a small logging town’s ostracism in the late 1950s for her divorce, excommunication by the Catholic Church for remarrying, severe criticism and rejection for defending her son’s refus... more
by Bruce ConroeA personal account of a draftee’s Army life in the mid-1950s, when world events created great tension. A close look at a different time.
by Cyrus A. Ansary
Odyssey of High Hopes is an exquisitely written tale about an immigrant's harrowing, captivating, and sometimes funny rollercoaster hike across the slopes of the American Dream.
From the dark and crime-infested tenements of South Tehran to the pinnacle of global finance is the inspiring story of a skinny teenager's hell-for-leather determination to rise above poverty and obscurity to secure a coveted American education.
Odyssey of High Hopes tells a searing and absorbing n... more
by Jamal ByrdBattles not only occur in warzones, they also materialize in life as individuals face strong opposing forces. Jamal Byrd uses this illustration to depict his intricate story. Come take a walk in Jamal’s shoes as he leads you through his unbelievable journey. Jamal has unveiled his life through this decidedly honest and passionate, yet invigorating novel. From life-threatening injuries and heartbreak, to triumph and achievements. His roller coaster campaign is constantly oscillating as you witnes... more
by Fay FaronSetting off on a 3-year journey across the U.S. & Europe, free-spirited “good girl,” Fay Faron, shakes off her fundamentalist upbringing as she navigates the changing world of the 1970s.
by Jane Biondi MunnaIntegrity. Kindness. Hard work. Substance and value. Are these the words that describe a media mogul? They are when it’s the late Frank Biondi, the former CEO of HBO, Universal Studios, and Viacom, who leaves a legacy far beyond the movies and TV you love. Through Frank’s example, we can learn how to make good relationships alongside great deals, earn respect while earning multi-million dollar returns, and maintain character even when surrounded by an industry full of characters. Let’s Be Fra... more
by Ferris WhitfieldThis book is about an extraordinary USAF veteran who served in WWII, Korea & Vietnam Wars, flew commercial B-747s for Transamerica Airlines, was an Attorney-at-Law, plus how his widow loved him for 33 yrs. of marriage, was his sole caregiver when he had dementia, and shared all the wonderful adventures they had together. It is a story of faith, courage, and perseverance battling many obstacles, but throughout their romance their love endured. It is a testament to both having indefatigable streng... more
by Mark GozonskyIn The Gift is to the Giver, Mark Gozonsky shares uncommon insights in essays that navigate between the hope of being a force for good and the reality of sigh-inducing, not-what-I-had-in-mind results. These everyman epics play out in the realms of public-school teaching, non-professional baseball-playing, well-intentioned gardening, eclectic music-loving, and semi-cautious urban bicycling. The book includes works first published in The New York Times, The Sun, Lit Hub and the Best American ser... more
by Laurie MarkvartA COMING-OF-AGE-STORY told with raw honesty, suspense, and dashes of humor, Somewhere in the Music, I'll Find Me is a woman's journey about self-acceptance and healing in the face of grief and devastating loss. Musician Laurie Markvart was adrift in life. In the wake of the deaths of her father and preemie baby, her family life was in anguish, and her music career stalled. Music was the remedy for anything in Laurie's life. Looking for a quick fix, she attended an open audition in Los Angeles ... more
by Anthony AmiewalanJojoba, written by Anthony Amiewalan, is a coming-of-age story about overcoming life's setbacks and redefining success. This memoir is a written account that captures seven years of the author's life, beginning in the fall of 2004 and ending in the summer of 2011. It follows a twenty-something queer Black man as he comes to terms with his sexuality and tackles cultural issues that come with being a first-generation Nigerian American. In addition to internal strife, the author explores the comple... more
by Lisa MyersDr Lisa Myers’ story begins with her recounting the frantic moments of uncertainty leading up to her discovery of her father’s death in tragic and horrific circumstances. Struggling to come to terms with the experience herself, Lisa was forced to put on a brave face as she broke the news to her mother and her own children. Unable to simply accept the reports from authorities, Lisa details her search for the truth of what really happened to her father, reaching the ultimate conclusion that she ma... more
by Rebecca & Sallyann MajoyaIn Uncertain Fruit, lesbian couple Rebecca and Sallyann try everything to expand their family, from foster care to fertility trials. After nearly ten years of failed attempts, they participate in a local, private adoption with a teenage mom. But outside forces intervene, sending the couple into a tailspin. At the heart of this memoir is an endearing love story that has endured small-town homophobia, the stress of trying to conceive, and the grief and loss of an adoption gone awry. It truly is “A... more
by Rick Branch
In this personal account, I take a long, hard look at the person I believe myself to be. The chapters within chronicle my findings from 2008 to 2018. Most of these "chapters' are the emails I sent to a fellow seeker.
Backing up my conclusions with philosophy, psychology, science, and life experiences, I found that acquiring self-knowledge is not a matter of addition, but subtraction; that finding out who we truly are is not about gain, but loss.
Note: Thoug... more
by Judith Ren-LayAn artist's life over seven decades in four books, each separate from the others, to weave a harmony of voices considering life as it has been lived from differing perspectives.
by KEVIN M. HALLHave you ever thought about what it was like to be a crazy teenager during the 1970’s, or what it might have been like for your parents or grandparents who were teenagers then? Ever wonder what it was like to be in a school of 9-12 graders, beaming with youth and activity, but with no cell phones, no Nintendo’s and no personal computers? As you look back on and explore that time you may find that those were, for the most part, simpler times, awkward teenage times, anxious times and fun times... more