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by Cynthia YoderA love story. A search for identity in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. A ground-breaking memoir. In her mid-twenties and in a state of despair, Cynthia leaves her husband, and drops out of her studies at Columbia University. She moves home to rural Pennsylvania to collect stories from her Pennsylvania German Mennonite family. While living with her aunt and uncle, she confronts her own demons and makes peace with a heritage she has felt at odds with. Yoder’s account of that year became one of the ... more
by Powell KimbellRunaways is a simple story, simply told. Two brothers are orphaned at ages two and four, thrust into a system of orphanages and foster homes, until their eventual adoption at ages four and six. They will become runaways, attempting to escape the real dangers of their new adoptive home. It is a gripping true story told with a factual intensity, as it was lived. A must read for all ages, the story springs back into life with pure vibrancy and passion. It is my very great pleasure and honor, to inv... more
by Chetna AsmiJimmy Digne is an ordinary, basically good guy who doesn’t care if the world is saved or not. He believes the planet will continue to evolve, even if humans do not exist because Jimmy knows full well that saving the world begins and ends with the power of the human mind. As he puts pen to paper and begins contemplating the world around him, Jimmy shares not just his own story, but also the stories of others in order to make himself appear more interesting. Jimmy starts by looking back to the ... more
by The MajorEntrepreneur and Adventurer Ranulf Rayner has kept detailed scrapbooks for most of his life, including letters and photographs from when he was first at school. His life has been an extraordinary one, starting with escaping from his pram. Subsequently expelled from five schools, he later managed to win his spurs as a regular officer in the British cavalry—managing, soon after joining his regiment, to write off a fifty-ton tank. In the army, he also earned to fly helicopters, which while se... more
by Kathleen Schmitt
"The best that can ahppen is to fulfill the dreams of one's youth." - WIlla Cather, 1927
"Uh huh. Ever actually, like, try it?" - Kathleen Schmitt, in conversation
The idea to ride a horse from coast to coast was born over the breakfast table at the horse farm where Kathleen worked during high school - a few hours and a world way from her southside Chicago upbringing. Ten years later Kathleen put herself, her horse, Murphy, and her Box dog, Country Boy, on ... more
by Chris ChinaireIn my son's corner is a father’s perspective on the complex terrain a typical black boy navigates in London. Chris Chinaire provides a glimpse into the dynamics at play in black fatherhood. The book will take you on a whirlwind tour of London—a pluralistic yet restrictive metropolis, where racism, now couched in politeness, still dictates the life of many a black immigrant boy. Chris explores a wide range of topics, from the pre-colonial history of Africa to love and modern dating and fashion,... more
by Sandra Arnau-Dewar
When Sandra Arnau-Dewar's six-year son injures his right eye and is nearly blinded, she is confronted with a brutal truth. If she doesn't find a way to manage her son's hyperactive and accident-prone behavior, he could end up maimed or dead. Although she long suspected that he had ADHD, she resisted having him diagnosed because she didn't want him medicated. Now she has to decide which is worse--his continuing risky behavior--or the s... more
by L.A. Davenport
Perhaps with him I am a dog
What was Kevin? He was earnest yet playful, boisterous yet lazy, a little rough sometimes, extremely direct and always sure of what he wanted. He was also sensitive, kind, supportive and caring, not to mention highly communicative and supremely understanding towards children.
My Life as a Dog is the funny, heartwarming and moving story of a life shared between a black and tan dachshund and his owner.
Told over tw... more
by Arthur FlavellAn entertaining, thought-provoking blend of memoir, old-time storytelling, home-spun philosophy, and the occasional errant thought, all delivered with Southern style and a distinctive country flavor.
by Dennis Buckmaster and Carolyn Buckmaster
Synopsis • Healing, Romance & Revolution
Harriet Holbrook Smith (1897-1990) lived a life of adventure, education, world travel, professional accomplishments, wide friendships, and more. “Hat, ” as she was known, was widely loved and respected. Hat retired from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, School of Nursing,
Seminal to her life was two “tours of duty” with the Yale in China Program in Changsha, China (1921 – 1924 and 1926 - 1927). The... more
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by Donna UrbikasA searing take of war, trauma, and survival Donna Solecka Urbikas grew up in the Midwest during the golden years of the American century. But her Polish-born mother and half sister endured dehumanizing conditions during World War II as slave laborers in Siberia. War and exile created a profound bond between mother and older daughter, one that Donna would struggle to find with either of them. At four o’clock in the morning on February 10, 1940, Janina Ślarzynska and her five-year old daught... more
Unleash the Girls: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Sports Bra and How It Changed the World (And Me)by Lisa Z. LindahlLisa Lindahl invented the first sports bra in 1977. This is the improbable story of a young artist and runner with a disability who used her powers of creativity to solve a vexing problem and ended up leveling the playing field for active girls and women across the globe -- literally unleashing the girls. The invention of the sports bra would become a feminist icon and the company she founded would change an industry. Yet amid her company's rapid rise, stunning success and the betrayals and con... more
by Teralyn PilgrimWith over 300 funny quotes and chapters like “The Baby is Not a Toy,” “Don’t Wipe Your Boogers on the Dog,” and “’Stranger Danger’ Means Not Tickling People at the Airport,” DON’T DANCE ON THE TOILET tells the side-splitting story of Teralyn’s two daughters: their adventures – their misadventures – and all the things she’s said to them, but never thought she’d have to.
by Rohit Srivastava
My consulting career has allowed me to travel to many different cities in the United States and thus has enabled me to take rides with many local drivers who live their lives in these cities. Their different personalities and unique experiences have fascinated me, and most of the drivers have opened up with me in conversation, sharing their experiences, their personal lives, and their dreams and aspirations from this great country. Sometimes, these conversations have become enlightening momen... more
by Lynn Wiese SneydAlan Day's short stories reflect on the everyday life of the cowboy, with all its trials and tribulations. H. Alan Day, an award-winning author and American cowboy, who grew up on a 200,000-acre southwestern cattle ranch, made a hand at age five, and lived adventures most of us only witness on Netflix. While interacting with cowhands, horses, and the land, Alan learned valuable life lessons about loyalty, trust, humility, forgiveness, persistence, failure, innovation, and success. Day, who grew ... more