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by Chi VarnadoThe October 2003 Cedar Fire became the largest fire on record in California state history. Out of this federal disaster Chi Varnado and her family escaped with their lives from their canyon nestled in San Diego's back country. She worked as owner-builder on a log cabin and was among the minority who managed to rebuild in a little over a year. She writes first-hand what life is like in a year of loss: first her mother and then their home in the canyon.
by Daniel Martin Molliverit is both spiritual and inspirational for anybody and everybody who has gone through a difficult period in there life
by S.N. BynoeShe was playful and always got into trouble, but she was not a liar. When she told her mother that she was about to be raped, she was telling the truth. But instead of being comforted and defended, she was slapped and called a whore by her mother. Breathe: Madness Revisited is that raw and poignant look at the chilling terror Bynoe experienced in an abusive home. Divided into four parts, this moving account portrays the silent screams and dry tears she had to deal with during her youth.
by Carol GinoME AND MARIO is an intimate look at the life of Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather, and his insights on love, family, power and writing from his longtime love Carol Gino. In a world that often lacks magic and passion, Gino’s twenty-year relationship with Puzo was full of both. ME AND MARIO chronicles Gino’s transformation from healer to bestselling author and the love story between a radical feminist and the unabashedly romantic patriarch.
by Lorenzo Pablo MartinezBetween 1960 and 1962 more than 14,000 Cuban children fled their country and came to America as part of an exodus that became known as Operacion Pedro Pan. Martinez was one of those children. In Cuba, Adios, Martinez recounts his participation in a program that has often been compared to Kindertransport, a program that saved 10,000 German children from the holocaust. Plagued by guilt of his sexual identity, and having to care for a younger brother, Martinez forges ahead to become the composer of... more
by Keith PalmerWhat do you do terresseracted through a quadrillia trilloscope landed on Earth but write a short synopsis of everything it is not and could be, highly mathematical incredibly hill-mount-arious funny to a point terrify in it's simplicity You all must lived.... Signed "all-mad buddhah Saiyan jainero-remlap htiek" Blase to a trite
by Dr. Danuta B. FabisiakThe year is 1939. The German army marches into Poland to a frosty reception. The air is thick with the threat of violence. Rumor and conspiracy lurk behind every corner. In this environment, a recently ordained Jesuit priest receives a message: “You are a target. Get out while you still can.” Father Chester Fabisiak did not believe that warning, and it almost cost him his life. “Memories of a Devil” is a recounting of the consequences of his inaction; a dramatic, pulse-pounding, cautionary tale... more
Seasons and Memories: Seasonal Memoirs Tell How an Active and Full Life Can Be Influenced by Impactful Surrounding Eventsby Stanley AbbottIn this autobiography, he follows playwright James Thurber?s advice to ?look around with awareness.? Even though the writer looks at the country?s future with some concern, he does not look backward at his life with anger. This autobiography is loaded with quotes from notable people. Each quote closely pertains to the author?s life events to which they refer. Due to his being influenced very strongly by Michelangelo?s encouragement, ?Follow the masters,? the reader will find many quotes mixed in... more
by Bill McDonaldBill McDonald, an award-winning journalist, had no intention of writing about the internet dating he began at age sixty-nine. ?What could occur on the dates of an old geezer like me,? he reasoned, ?that would pique one?s interest or keep a reader spellbound?? It didn?t take long for him to realize he?d failed miserably as a soothsayer. One first-time date met him, quite intentionally, while she luxuriated in a bath of soapsuds and bubbles. A luncheon date startled him with a fact not mentioned i... more
by Peter Kurtz
A 55-year-old man with a yen for the outdoors feels time running out. One day he decides to dig out his old backpack from the basement and hike a section of the Appalachian Trail. He does not know that this weeklong hike through Georgia and North Carolina will propel him into other mountain adventures, culminating in a mystical trip to the Continental Divide to follow the footsteps of a childhood friend.
The author leads the reader along dirt paths across multiple mountains, meeting e... more
by Rex NelsonAt some point you’ll think, “These people are nuts,” and you’ll be right. You may find yourself suddenly glad for the little things in life, like sunlight (a big little thing) or above-zero temperatures (equally appreciable). What you might not know is that the lack of these things can drive a person nuts. Or in this case, more nuts. That’s the road five guys have chosen as they spend an isolated winter together at the summit of the Greenland ice cap. Throw in colossal special effects, a twisti... more
by Cristina G.A naïve farmer’s daughter, who never saw a computer before the age of 24, goes to Italy, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Here, her dreams turn into a perpetual nightmare. Everything and everyone is against her. Attractive, single, and humble she becomes a target of unfaithful men and an innocent victim of their wives. Alone, terrified, abused and on the edge of insanity, she contemplates death. But the love for her family stops her. Slavery at the end of the 20th... more
by Cristina G.True stories from a communist regime. Black and white TVs, no exotic food, no freedom.
by S. C. Sterling
Scott has played over 500 concerts at hundreds of venues spanning almost two decades. From performing to the bar staff at strip mall dive bars, to a sold-out show with members of The Misfits and the Ramones, 33 Percent Rockstar: Music, Heartbreak and the Pursuit of Rock Stardom is about the love of music and life as a struggling musician. It is the true story of what happens when you give up everything to follow your dreams—even when they lead to a run-down strip club in a seedy part of... more
by Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo
In some parts of the world, people throw parties when they get a visa to come to America. What awaits them in America is often not of great concern to them at that point. After all, they have consumed and internalized the sanitized one-sided stories of life in America from the media, from returnees, and most recently, from well-choreographed, and often, photoshopped images on social media. But the real America waits in ambush for every new arrival, ever ready to transform his or her life for ... more
by Beth M. Howard
By the age of 40, adventure journalist, Beth M. Howard, was convinced that no matter what she set her mind to, she could find a way to do it. Nothing, however, had prepared her for moving to Stuttgart, Germany, to marry a German.
After a lust-filled, trans-Atlantic courtship, Howard trades the West Coast for a newlywed life with Marcus, an automotive engineer. With fairy-tale optimism, she’s determined to learn the language, settle into her new home and live happily ever after&mdas... more