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by Lisa DaileyHave you ever wished you could run away and leave your life behind? Born on the "Day of the Wanderer," Lisa Dailey has always been filled with wanderlust. Although she and her husband had planned to take their family on a 'round-the-world adventure, she didn't expect their plans to come together on the heels of grief, after losing seven family members in five years. Square Up shows us that travel not only helps us understand and appreciate other cultures, but invites us to find compassion and wi... more
by Chantal AgapitiI share my life's story and lessons learned to show you can improve your quality of life. Being a trauma survivor and chronic pain warrior, I want to help others by gaining a growth mindset. Your struggles don't define who you are, you have the power to change things.
by Maya DelaneyThe Price of Broccoli traces our family’s transcontinental migration from China, Hong Kong, and then to Canada. It is filled with light-hearted anecdotes of quirkiness, idiosyncrasies and eccentricities that are us. Tales based on our “growing up immigrant."
by Akshay Raopa•tient /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt/ noun a person who is under medical care or treatment. adjective bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like. Two months after several positive Covid tests, Akshay Rao finds himself in the Emergency Room, having been diagnosed with acute renal failure. This, despite donning N95 masks indoors and out, living life as a hermit, and getting vaccinated and boosted at the first ava... more
by Lilith Costa
Desperately hoping to avert breast cancer, a diagnosis that has plagued her family for generations, a woman decides to have a prophylactic surgery that will forever alter her reflection. But being married, with two young children and already suffering from health issues, diving into hereditary cancer genes may prove more complicated than this stay-at-home mom imagined. On her journey to lessen her odds, she's forced to confront the reality of her life, the struggles of her past, and her r... more
by Ronda TamerlaneMy journey from the confinement’s of a toxic family life. Both parents having trauma and loss before they were adults and then losing their son before he turned five. I was conceived as the replacement child, born in the year defining the beginning of Baby Boomers. Both my parents experenced mental health disorders, which were passed on to my brother and myself. As the culture changed, so did I. Through 3 marriages many different occupations, and raising my daughter, I became a Marriage & Famil... more
by John VieiraThis book demonstrates the healing proofs and evidence by the grace of God, followed by the author’s attendance at the eleventh Church of Christ, Scientist, London, UK, since the author’s early admission into Sunday school as a teenager. The point of departure occurs in the author’s more senior years, as he was forced into declaring his mental vulnerability surrounding his adolescent issues of drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, and rehousing, along with his self-employment status. All of thi... more
by J. Guzmán
When I Started Smoking Weed for Real is volume 5 of the series On Being, a self-referential, metaphysical case history where the author J. Guzmán, as the protagonist Ana, psychoanalyzes her own consciousness throughout Time, uses tools like astrology to facilitate the investigation, and documents the entire process. Volume 5 is Ana’s documentation of her year 2013, when she was 22 years old. In it she finishes university before leaving for South America. That year Pluto was conju... more
by Penny LaneWhen she’s abruptly snatched away from her home by a Hungarian father she does not know, four-year-old Penny finds herself in a strange, foreign household with a stepmother who alternately abuses and ignores her. Even after escaping that misery, she finds herself in yet another type of prison: fundamentalist Christianity. Ultimately, though, she finds the strength to stand up against societal and familial pressure and finds her way to happiness. A rise-from-the-ashes hero’s story of overcomin... more
by Rachel Leland and Dorothy Kupcha LelandThis book chronicles a teen’s triumph over the devastating impact of chronic Lyme disease, offering powerful insight into how the controversial tick-borne illness affects the whole family. It’s based on the journal Rachel kept during the worst of her illness, interspersed with passages from her mother, Dorothy, giving the parent’s point of view.
by Maureen HicksWhen a Buddhist therapist contracts to counsel soldiers around the world, her ingrained opposition to war initially obstructs her view. Repelled but curious about military culture, her careful listening to servicemembers and families leads to empathy and understanding for their challenges. In postings from the US to Germany to Korea, serving soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, she learns to respect and serve those enduring trauma. When the too-rare sessions lead to a struggle with depress... more
by Tamas PinterThis 384-page work, which has all the hallmarks of a guidebook, showcases the best natural wonders of the geographical unit once known as the Wild West. Just as the national parks are well-organized homes to unique geographical and cultural formations, the short stories are structured around information about these places. These true tales are realistic, but often astonishing or even thought-provoking, and provide a glimpse of what a visitor can see and experience in this open exhibition hall of... more
by Anne Bianco
A woman who blames her mother for her problems in life realizes in recovery that she alone is responsible.
by Earnest Stanberry JrEarnest Stanberry began playing at an early age. At the age of sixteen, Earnest had the privilege of performing with the late, great international recording artist Jimmy Reed in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Earnest performed in all major night clubs traveling throughout the south with constant sellouts in which he was noted for his amazing harmonica playing and natural vocal style, which has made him somewhat of a legend in his hometown of Pensacola. Earnest and his band became the house ... more
by Patty CabotFor 20 years I battled drastic weight fluctuations and thought it was what prevented me from having romantic relationships. Desperate to break the cycle and open myself to love, at age 38 I sought out a therapist specializing in eating disorders. She believed my weight was a symptom of a much deeper issue, my childhood sexual abuse, and only by resolving it could I have the love I wanted. So began the next 12 years of my life working with my therapist and EMDR, a chiropractor to release trapped ... more
by Tina Davidson
Tina Davidson was three-and-a-half when she was adopted from her foster home in Sweden by a visiting American professor. Soon she is the oldest of five children, living with her mother and stepfather in Turkey, Germany, and Israel. She studies music and becomes a prolific pianist and composer. But something about her birth remains unnamed and hidden. When she returns to Sweden, she contacts the Swedish adoption agency. “Come,” says the voice on the phone, “I have information... more