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by Ira Sumner SimmondsFollowing the tumultuous and unexpected life of Zina Katzen, Simmonds' biography weaves disparate threads from Russia, China, Chile, France, and St. Kitts-Nevis into a vibrant tapestry revealing a surprising and exceptional woman. Stepping outside of the spinster-teacher archetype, Katzen's story is one of a complicated, fiercely independent woman whose decades of unwavering dedication and commitment to the education of children across the globe belie an intriguing, unpredictable and, at times, ... more
by Michael Boyajian
Quiet places around the Hudson Valley for writers to create amid the splendors of nature. Includes accessability notations.. Video of the sites can be found on the book's social media page. With photography
by Michael BoyajianThe reissue of the acclaimed book on the Catskills is now available and will bring joy to all lovers of the Catskill Mountains.
by James E. HornEXPERIENCING ISLAM (Becoming Islam Aware) has been banned by librarians and was censored by the CIA The author is a retired American diplomat who worked in national security for over 25-years. He held the highest levels of TOP SECRET security clearances (the reason why the CIA reviewed and censored the book). The book has been banned by many librarians (not all – some librarians are honest about letting people read and learn). The author is recognized as one of the top 100 experts on Islam in Am... more
Prayers Gathered Along the Way - A Memoir Captivating Compelling Letters to God (Journey Conversations)by Christine WaltersThe author shares her deepest thoughts and communications from her journey conversations with God. Prayers Gathered Along the Way is a compelling, gripping, and mesmerizing collections of letters and conversations that takes you through a journey of prayers collected for the heart, mind, and soul for the purpose to help others who are going through heartache. This book is intended for healing, and moving forward from infidelity, divorce, loss, and grief. Thinking back to January 2015; I was ... more
by John D. BesslerDuring the Enlightenment, a now little-known Italian marquis, while in his mid-twenties, wrote a book that was destined to change the world. Published anonymously in 1764 as Dei delitti e delle pene, and quickly translated into French and then into English as On Crimes and Punishments, the runaway bestseller argued against torture, capital punishment, and religious intolerance. Written by Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794), On Crimes and Punishments sought clear and egalitarian laws, better public ed... more
by Stafford CohenPaul Zoll MD — The Pioneer Whose Discoveries Prevent Sudden Death, presents an interesting and lively story that is a balance of science and humanity. Dr. Stafford Cohen writes with a clear, precise style. He documents Zoll’s career both as a doctor who took great pride in the care he gave his patients as well as researcher whose work pioneered the pacemaker, defibrillator and heart monitor—not only saving countless lives but also helping create the era of modern electrocardiac therapy. I... more
by Mark LurieLewis Galantière guided Hemingway through his first years in Paris, helped James Joyce and Sylvia Beach launch Ulysses, started John Houseman in his theatrical career and collaborated with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the writing of Wind, Sand and Stars and Flight to Arras. He was a Federal Reserve Board Banker, Office of War Information Chief, Counselor to Radio Free Europe and President of PEN America. Yet this son of Latvian Jewish immigrants accomplished all this with little formal educa... more
by David EastisLeonardo Da Vinci—The Boy Who Loved Circles introduces readers to the “universal genius” and focuses on the childhood years of the brilliant artist, inventor, scientist and innovator. Within the beautifully illustrated pages, author David Eastis brings to light Leonardo’s fascination with circles and orbs, their reoccurrence in nature and relevance to mathematics, physics and other realms of science. In the pages of Leonardo Da Vinci—The Boy Who Loved Circles, we learn what Da Vinci discov... more
by Stafford CohenA lively biography that skillfully combines science and humanity, this is the story of Dr. Paul Zoll, who pioneered the pacemaker, defibrillator and heart monitor—saving countless lives and helping create the era of modern electrocardiac therapy.
by Carol WilliamsFor me to write well, it helps to be really angry. Although I had several letters printed in the Chicago Tribune years ago, I’d given up on the power of print media, both in giving me an opportunity to speak or any effect it could possibly have. But in October 2016, I sent a Letter to the Editor to our local daily newspaper, the Journal, in Martinsburg, West Virginia. When I got a call back saying it would be printed the following week, I was hooked. Starting in February 2017, I’ve had a sc... more
by Barbara GregorichCharlie Chan's Poppa: Earl Derr Biggers is a brief biography and literary critique of the Golden-Age-of-Mystery author who created the fictional character of Charlie Chan. There is no other biography of Earl Derr Biggers.
by Tim SpiessQuite simply, this book is the ultimate expose on the world’s largest and most popular religion from an 'insider' who participated in Christianity for many years. This book provides a compelling and insightful narrative and analysis of why Christianity is a ‘successful failure’, meaning it is successful according to one standard, and a failure according to another. The standard that considers it a success would be normal world/societal measures like wealth/resource possession and control, an... more
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by Robert B. BrackRobert B. Brack knew from an early age that his grandfather and father hoped he would join Barker Steel Co., the business started by his grandfather in 1920. After graduating from college in 1960 with a degree in civil engineering, he went to work at the family business. But after a few years, he left to pursue his dream of teaching math and science. He’d return to a more challenging role at the company about a year later. At the time, the firm had one location and was barely profitable wi... more
by Alphonso W. Knight Sr.The book provides a helpful and comprehensive guide for both white and black Americans to locate historically black universities and colleges all across the United States.