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  • Upright Bass: The Musical Life & Legacy of Jamil Nasser

    by Muneer Nasser
    George Joyner, Jamil Sulieman, and Jamil Nasser are three names that appear on the records of Phineas Newborn, Lou Donaldson, Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland and many more. These three names identify one jazz bassist, composer, and jazz advocate, who made an indelible mark in the jazz world for over fifty years. Upright Bass chronicles his evolution from a young bassist on Beale Street to a top-flight bassist on the New York Jazz scene. Miles Davis harbored curiosity about the environment that produced... more
  • One Maestro's Journey: A Celebrated Life of Music & Ingenuity

    by Heinrich Hammer

    Shot by a cannon as a child, Heinrich Hammer’s nearly century-long life was anything but typical right from the outset. Beginning with his often troubled childhood in Germany, he had to fight from a young age with a recalcitrant uncle (his guardian) to pursue his musical goals academically. Once an adult though, his path brightened and, over the years, he encountered a seemingly endless parade of noteworthy composers, musicians, painters, and nobility—he even witnessed the infamou... more

  • Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil: A Wildcatter's Memories of Hunting for "Black Gold"

    by Thomas E. Cochrane, Geologist

    Black Gold...OIL...the magic bullet of liquid petroleum not only propels all manner of people-movers globally, it's also a component of more than 6,000 products everything from motorcycle helmets, to vitamin capsules, to ink. But who DISCOVERS these critical and elusive fossil fuels of oil & gas?

    MEET A WILDCATTER whose back-in-the-day journey from the hills of New York, to the ice fields of Alaska, to the plains of the Midwest brings the reader along on this comple... more

  • Unburdened by the Problems of Success: A Humorous Account on How to Achieve Absolutely Nothing

    by Ronald Dalgliesh
    Unburdened by the Problems of Success is the first in a trilogy of humorous musings from RJ Dalgliesh. His collection of loosely connected short stories recounts an often hysterical view into Scottish life as seen through the eyes of a young Mr. Dalgliesh. His story begins in a cottage on the outskirts of Edinburgh, where as a young lad his penchant for spinning a tall yarn leads to an unfortunate horse riding accident for a young woman. From that inauspicious, yet hilarious, beginning, the read... more
  • SoulStroller: Experiencing the Weight, Whispers, and Wings of the World

    by Kayce Hughlett
    SoulStroller introduces a fresh way of living life on one's own terms—expanding readers' world views whether they choose to visit destinations like Paris, Ireland, or Bali, or get to know what home looks like through fresh eyes. Labeled shy and rendered virtually silent by age six, Kayce had been raised to fit the role of perfect wife, doting mom, and accomplished woman. She fulfilled her mission by her mid-40s when society said she had it all. Society was wrong—her eldest child disappeared into... more
  • A Journey: An Attempt (and Sometimes Struggle) at Being Real in This World

    by Timothy Gates
    A JOURNEY The story of a person’s profoundly diverse and undeservedly blessed 60+ yrs of life on this planet. From growing up in the 60's and 70's, traveling as a young man in Europe and the Middle East (with a return trip to and 14 month stay in Israel,) military life, married and family life, work as a paramedic firefighter and as a nurse, wonderful opportunities to serve on medical teams to Kurdistan Iraq, West Darfur Sudan and Banda Aceh Indonesia and everything in between. It really has be... more
  • My Connie

    by Pradeep Berry
    Everything changed for Pradeep K. Berry on February 28, 2015. That was the day his wife of forty-one years, Constance A. “Connie” Berry, died. He’s been mourning ever since, and he seeks to cope with his loss in this tribute to his beloved spouse. In My Connie, he celebrates their love—a love that would have never happened if he hadn’t left India to go to the United States. He only had seven dollars at the time, and he could not have dreamed that he’d meet a beautiful, intelligent, American wife... more
  • My Winning Seasons: Discovering the Champion Within

    by Joe Crochet
    My Winning Seasons is Joe Crochet's compulsively readable memoir about his experience as a cadet-student-athlete at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. From the rigorous challenges of the exhausting first year to the exaltation of being part of the team that took Citadel football to the next level, Joe paints a portrait not only of what it takes to succeed at The Citadel, but what it takes to win in life: vision, dedication, determination, focus--and the will to win. Inspiring a... more
  • Wife, Just Let Go: Zen, Alzheimer's, and Love

    by Diana Saltoon
    An extraordinary love story, Wife Just Let Go – are the last words written by Robert Briggs to his wife, just before he passed away from Alzheimer’s. A publisher, literary agent, author, who felt the influence of the Beat era deeply, Robert’s love of literature, poetry and jazz, never faded. Even in his later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Robert was able to share insights into what he called “the power of aging,” and his love of poetry, jazz and Zen. He continued to write, valiantly, of his yo... more
  • The Warrior

    by Andy Palasciano
    Subtitled, Tales of a Substitute Teacher and Job Coach. A funny, touching first-hand account by someone who claims, "I have always had the ability to get lost." Wanting to be seen as "cool" and be accepted by his peers, failure haunts Andy in his attempts to be a Substitute Teacher, until he surrenders to his faith. This spiritual journey leads him to a fulfilling career as a Job Coach.
  • Failing UP: A Professor's Odyssey of Flunking, Determination, and Hope

    by Barbara Hong
    When people first meet Barbara Hong, they often conclude that her life must have always been enriched. They assume she had loving, successful parents and all the support she needed to reach her goals. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hong’s path to an Ivy League university and beyond started in a filthy tenement in Singapore where she lived with an abusive father and an illiterate mother. Even as a child of six, she worked in her sweatshop home to help with extra money, which her fath... more
  • Addictarium (War Stories Chronicles)

    by Nicole D'Settemi
    Drugs. Sex. Detox. Art. Recovery. Prostitution. Music. Street life. Poetry. Toxic love. And, those are just on the surface. The layers and complexities of Addictarium will shock and enthrall you... When wild-child, and south Florida escapee, Danielle Martino finds herself curled in a ball on the cold tile floors of her filthy rank bathroom in the tiny studio she rents with her fiancé and partner-in-crime, she knows it's time to quit abusing heroin. Severely impaired from shooting a bad batch ... more
  • Simple Man's Dreams

    by Victor Scarinzi
    Victor Scarinzi, a self-described ?Italian redneck,? shares stories that range from daydreaming as a boy, to getting into trouble as a teenager, to learning the lessons of adulthood in this collection of memoirs. It was by spending time in nature that he became convinced that there must be a God, because who else could create the wonderful woods, lakes, mountains, swamps, deserts, and animals that you see in the outdoors? Fishing, hunting, thinking of faraway places, sorting out his dreams, and ... more
  • A Blessed Second Chance: My Journey from Disabled to Faith-Abled

    by Keshawn A. Spence
    Konya, an African American mother of three kids, opens the door to her life for all to see. She is a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Her unique story is a true testimony of having a child at an early age and falling in love with the wrong men yet discovering true love in the end. Her story details her personal pain and tribulations up to the age of 58. In all, the highlights of Konya's story are the blessings God has granted her throughout her life.
  • Invisible Scars of War: A Veteran's Struggle with Moral Injury

    by Dick Hattan
    The compelling story of the conflicting emotions that plagued the author as a young man facing going to war in Vietnam. The book examines the moral code that formed him, the church that guided him and the neighborhood that watched him grow. It is a search for inner peace after moral injury during an immoral war.
  • Glamorganshire Bible

    by Lynne Viti
    This suite of narrative poems focuses on Florine Morris Close, the author's maternal grandmother, whose hardscrabble upbringing and young adult years in Cumberland and the nearby western Pennsylvania towns resulted in chaos not only in her life but in that of her young daughter., who would go on to become a revered teacher and administrator in Baltimore County. Spanning the family's emigration from Wales in the mid-19th century to the author's adolescence in the 1960's, the poems are frank, d... more