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by VALERIE STAGGSJust a few days before Christmas 2009, Valerie Staggs received a call that would change her life forever. Her husband, Ken Staggs, had been found unconscious at the bottom of their pool. Four days later he would be declared dead leaving her a widow at 42 and her son, Ryan, fatherless at the age of seven. This Side of Heaven chronicles the lives of Valerie and Ryan as they struggle to survive the aftermath of Ken's death in a world that neither they nor anyone around them really knows how to n... more
by Awais HussainAfter graduating from Harvard University in 2015 where I studied philosophy and physics, I travelled around India for the best part of 15 months. I went with only a backpack and an open mind aimed towards experience and discovery. This book is a collection of essays produced from those travels. Along the way, I got to live on a train for 15 days and travel over 8,000km by rail. I lived in Bihar, one of India's poorest states, where I got to see the birth of a new rural university, and I comp... more
by Pamela Turner
Our experience could happen to your parent, grandparent or neighbor. Strangers asked to share my nonfiction narrative with their patients and clients. Dad revoked his Power of Attorney, and started to misbehave. We tried to keep him out of jail, protect his small savings while his humor kept us guessing. Inexperienced counsel and missed deadlines added more surprises through the judicial proceedings.
by Ernest K. Aning
Can I Be Ernest? delivers an uncensored look at his childhood struggles in a quest for adoration, admiration and acceptance. His search leads to a series of unfathomable events which greatly impact his life... forever.
On this winding journey, he targets the inexperienced and immature on the importance of owning their idiosyncrasies without succumbing to the pressures of social acceptance and life's deceptions.
He examines education and corpor... more
by Eva Silverfine“Seemingly fixed, the walls of a house are really elastic, accommodating all sorts of things inside.” This collection of personal narratives, a memoir-in-vignettes, travels across time and place, reflecting on homes, family, relationships, pursuits, religion, and loss. From a childhood living above her parents’ hardware store in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn in the 1960s; to an adolescence in the beach community of Rockaway, where the shifting sands mirrored her mother’s departure; to a young... more
by Suzanne DaltonSuzanne Dalton has accomplished much in her life-she is an artist, writer, actor, web designer, and program manager. The one undertaking for which she did not sign up was breast cancer. In her new memoir, A Year Lost, A Life Gained: Fighting Breast Cancer With Wit, Humor, Friends and a Perky Poodle, humor guides Suzanne through difficult decisions about treatments, surgeries, and reconstruction. Her story, told through witty letters to friends, includes a party before surgery, a zany poodle, and... more
by JK KellyImagine a life where one day someone’s pulling a gun. Perhaps you’re at a big race, covered in fuel. A few days later, you’re fast asleep somewhere over the Pacific headed for a meeting next to a reindeer farm in New Zealand. Then there’s the night we were literally playing with fire. Buckle up for an action-packed, emotion-filled ride through the exciting, dangerous world of motorsports. Experience the battle that took place between a David, VP Racing Fuels, and the Goliaths in the very flam... more
by Hanna Perlstein Marcus
Filled with perseverance, resilience, and both love and distrust, Sidonia’s Thread is the true story of a mother and daughter who immigrate to Springfield, MA from a displaced persons camp and overcome their sorrow through the mother’s extraordinary skill with a needle and thread. As the mother, Sidonia, becomes noted for her remarkable talent, she continues to hide her painful secrets, all the while teaching her daughter to "stand up straight."
by Makena McChesney
Ms. McChesney travels down the "Yellow Brick Road" and through the "Dark Forest" as she finds herself getting increasingly entangled and her choices taken from her in a Christian nondenominational fellowship of believers in the late 70s to 1990 in rural United States. As the entanglement progresses to a form of imprisonment, she angrily and secretly challenges the God of her religion in the way of questions for which she demands and expects answers. Answers pour forth in w... more
by Vivian PetersOOPS! is a collection of stories from a Planned Parenthood Outreach Educator in a rural area of New York State. Using captivating dialogue and thought-provoking commentary, it provides a rare, intimate, entertaining and eye-opening 'behind the scenes' look into what informs people's life choices, and a look at how sex and sexual health can be discussed comfortably and effectively.
by Edward R Lane"This book details my story as the focus of a whistle-blower case that garnered national attention and was eventually ruled in my favor by the US Supreme Court." Edward Roscoe Lane is a dedicated professional with over thirty years of experience working in different areas of the criminal justice arena. He received his Master of Public Administration Degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama. Mr. Lane worked for Alabama department of corrections for over fourteen years bef... more
by Nadine TaylorAfter the death of her beloved pilot husband during World War II, a woman struggles for years to find happiness and fulfillment, despite marriage to an alcoholic, oppressive second husband and the expectations and limitations placed on women in mid-century American society. WWII history/romance buffs will eat up this true story of love and loss, corrosive family secrets, oppression, psychological abuse, coming of age, and the indelible bonds of true love.
by Darren ManleyOn June 13, 1984 at 8:12 PM, a boy named Darren Manley was born -- and time went haywire. Why? His mother was already forty-four years old. His father was fifty-seven. Growing up, Darren wasn't exactly like other kids his age. His first movie idol was Cary Grant. Ice cream didn't taste right unless it was homemade. And he was convinced Bing Crosby was still crooning his way to the top of the charts. Until he went to preschool and realized he was living in a completely different era. H... more
by Doug HardyWhy do entrepreneurs from all over the world seek advice from their former professor Dr. Shelly Weinig? For thirty years, “The Father of Electronic Materials" created breakthroughs that others called impossible and built a multimillion-dollar technology business that made the computer revolution a reality. Now, in this lively hybrid memoir and business guide, Dr. Weinig shares his personal secrets of entrepreneurship – how to recognize opportunity, the smart way to take risks, how to negotiate o... more
by Logan Crannell
Adapted from the journal of a falsely imprisoned man, 'Hands Down: A Story of Incarceration' is a testament against a society quick to point fingers and cry wolf.
It implores us to question the motives of those claiming victimhood, for it may reveal their own lack of integrity. With each public accuser advertising their oppression, and clamoring for sympathy, it's clear we must develop a rational dialogue.
In these times when one tweet, one blog post or soundbite, rega... more
by Alba Castillo
Alba Castillo has always been gutsy. A self-proclaimed rebel, she flees her small village in Spain for adventure and new life in the States. But what she meets instead is the devil himself. After several failed relationships, the charming and charismatic Peter seems like a gift from Heaven. Until he isn’t. Cruel, controlling, and malicious, Peter will stop at nothing to win, even if it means destroying Alba, and her children, in the process. Left with nothing but her spirit, Alba faces ... more