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by Carlyn Montes De OcaCarlyn Montes De Oca grew up surrounded by secrets. She never knew her dad was a Marine during World War II or that her grandmother hired kidnappers to bring her mother back home after her parents eloped. Her mom and dad took an even bigger secret to their graves… Carlyn’s identity. In 2019, at age 57, a consumer DNA test taken for fun revealed that Carlyn’s parents, immigrants from Mexico, were not her biological parents. In that instant, Carlyn felt her world shatter. This revelation fueled... more
by Edwin FontánezThrough heartfelt essays and poetry, Latino children’s book author and illustrator Edwin Fontánez examines his relationship with his father from childhood to adulthood. Drawing from his personal journals, the author recounts a rural childhood in Puerto Rico filled with joyous moments as well as chaos caused by his father’s alcoholism and gambling. As an artistic young gay man, he searched for connection with his often remote father while dealing with the stresses of growing up in a machista Hisp... more
by Roselle MadroneThe Open Book: A Family Memoir of Adventure, Trauma, and Resilience is a tale in which love and forgiveness triumph. The story began fifty years ago when two young dreamers built a life together on an off-grid homestead in the Belizean jungle. When a hurricane destroyed everything they had worked so hard to create, it was tempting to give up––but they persisted and thrived, until their family fell apart under mysterious circumstances. Thirty years later, their daughters set out to find t... more
by Vivian M. PisanoLiving in Two Worlds is a timely reflection about the repercussions of a child torn away from her native land, her father and her extended family, the resentment that builds up and poisons the mother/daughter relationship. It is a story of the search for identity and belonging in both the author’s native country, Chile, and her adopted country, the US.
by Stephen G. MorrisIt's true. The USAF gave a seventeen-year-old West Virginian hillbilly, a high school dropout, a battery of aptitude tests and determined he could be a Tin Man. And it wasn't easy. Only seven graduated ATC school out of twenty-two. After a year of intensive training at a high traffic control tower, Stephen G. Morris became a Tin Man, an air-traffic controller who can move heavy air traffic safely and expeditiously. After twenty-seven years as a Tin Man, Morris became the director of a Fortune 10... more
by NATHAN BILLIG"Untangling Lives: A Psychiatrist Remembers" is a memoir which focuses on how a psychiatrist (therapist) separates his own lives narratives from those of his patients, particulalry dealing with loss and recovery. .
by Jane GarlandThe book presents in five parts. In part one, Jane is going through the motions, but not exactly living life. Her daughter suffers from a break with reality, and Jane is forced to examine her own relationship with reality. Humor is used throughout to soften the hard truths she discovers about herself and her interpretations of race, class, and gender. In parts two and three, she remembers who she used to be. In parts four and five, she uncovers who she would like to become.
by Joshua HolmesToday, artist Joshua Holmes is secure in Christ, at peace with His timing, eager to create, and ready to overcome any life obstacle. In thirty-eight years, he faced a myriad of struggles, however, before arriving at a place of acceptance. Born a fighter, from day one he defied misdiagnoses, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. After brain surgery, against all odds he adjusted to new acquired disabilities, including visual and sensory deficits. He acknowledged stigma, embraced failure, set creative goal... more
by A. H. Nazzareno
In June 2021, a typical 30-year-old self-proclaimed car and coffee enthusiast's life was suddenly derailed. The humor-laced and nostalgia-infused debut memoir follows A. H. Nazzareno in his attempt to make sense of a rare diagnosis. Written in a hospital bed and in the immediate weeks following major surgery, courtesy of Dr. Summeroff, an uncertain yet hopeful future emerges from a villain-riddled past.
by Andrew PruettThe streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans—in these waters, I was shaped. My name is Andrew. I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, exploring the waterways of my youth. It wasn’t until survival and combat swim training in the United States Air Force that I found God in the water. As I got older, my adventures and experiences with water continued to teach me the power water has to support life and shape the world. Now, I am a father. Just as water has shaped me into the man I am today, water is shapi... more
by Linda Murphy MarshallA professional translator, following the deaths of her parents, Marshall returns to her childhood home to sift through 40 years of contents and uses these translation skills to reinterpret objects, memories evoked by being back in her home. Many of the objects remind her of the often troubling relationship she had within the highly patriarchal family, and serve as a jumping off point for her to begin to forge a new sense of self in the midst of these objects and memories.
by Elizabeth J. Simpkins
Do you like sex, drugs, and rock n' roll? Do you know what jails, institutions, and death are all about? I don't want to be controlled, but can I control myself? Who says I have to live by society's rules?
Elizabeth J. Simpkins is an American Author who resides in Phoenix, AZ. She has been on the best sellers list (for bios on persons with disabilities) in the year 2021 for her Autobiography, "Elizabeth" My journey through control. This book is a raw and close look... more
by Michael BoyajianMike and Jeri decide to go camping. Mike’s been camping since childhood but teaches Jeri everything about camping until eventually she is the lead camper on trips with friends and family and alone together when Mike becomes ill and finds solace gazing deeply into the roaring campfires Jeri builds to help heal him.
by Stedman J. Slick Esq.This is the story of my friend Daniel. His story is one to build bridges, not walls, and to bring everyone together through Jesus Christ. We should be one union united, not divided.
by Tom Patrick McAuliffeMr. Mulligan is the uplifting true life story of world-famous champion armless Golfer Tommy McAuliffe (1893-1967). Through the turmoils of the Great Depression, the golden days of Vaudeville and World War II, Tommy McAuliffe, who lost both arms in a tragic street car accident at the age of eight, thrilled audiences around the world with his golf tricks and later in life touched their hearts with this inspiring story and life philosophy. One of the original positive thinking proponents his “No Ha... more
by Mekdela“Plus-Size: A Memoir of Pop Culture, Fatphobia, and Social Change” chronicles the rise of the body positive movement and body positivity through pop culture reviews and personal reflections. This essay collection illustrates the insidiousness of fatphobia through analyses of film, television, books, and how they affect our perceptions and treatment of others. Altogether, the essays paint a big picture of fatphobia, misogyny, misogynoir, ableism, and capitalism in American society. Furthermore, t... more