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by Cathy FiorelloCathy Fiorello takes us back in time, telling her story in the framework of historic events. Her characters live valiantly in threatening times: the hardship of life in Brooklyn during the Great Depression; the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the stress of the war that followed it; the aftermath of 9/11, which ushered in an America that would never again be the safe world she grew up in. Along the way, we celebrate her successes as she reaches for a life beyond the boundaries for a... more
by Solene AnglaretWhere to Next? is a memoir about travelling and living abroad. This book will take you on a journey from childhood to adulthood through France, Norway, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Australia. It is filled with challenging experiences, fundamental lessons and unforgettable encounters. Witness how such a lifestyle beyond borders changes one’s character as well as perception of where and what home actually is.
by Clarence VoldThe book is done, it is published and now it is ready for you to read and enjoy my story. I am happy to share my experience growing up on the plains of South Dakota, completing grade school in a one-room school, surviving blizzards, including getting lost in our yard. I have virtually all positive memories, for example I remember being in severe pain, but I don't remember the pain. I can look back and see points where a different decision by me would have changed my life, but not necessarily bet... more
by Lynn Fitzpatrick NewmanBreathing Money is the story of one woman’s attempt to live with, make peace with and appreciate today’s China, the world’s second largest economy. There were a few tiny issues. How to almost daily survive in a dense canopy of smog… to reside in a 13-million-person city when you like the country…to mingle with the wealthy when they didn’t want any part of it? To maintain your sanity when you have a bit of mental illness? Would you live in China? All her relatives thought she was so lucky. ... more
by Larry Vaughn with Ruby PeruLarry Vaughn, a dyslexic, helped found two premier, international business cooperatives: DSCOOP and thINK. In this memoir, Business Cards and Shoe Leather, Vaughn reveals how his small-town upbringing emphasized personal ethics, relationship building, and mentoring. He built his career in the commercial print business on the principle that business thrives on cooperation, not competition, and instills that mindset in his many young mentees.
by Larry Vaughn with Ruby PeruLarry Vaughn, a dyslexic, helped found two premier, international business cooperatives: DSCOOP and thINK. In his memoir, Business Cards and Shoe Leather, co-authored by Ruby Peru, Vaughn reveals how his small-town upbringing emphasized personal ethics, relationship building, and mentoring. He built his career in the commercial print business on the principle that business thrives on cooperation, not competition, and instills that mindset in his many young mentees.
by Gloria SquitiroA taste of the story behind the C’mon Funk Series In 2008, I achieved a rare distinction. I became the only “First Lady” in America to be legally banned from the City Hall office where her husband, the mayor, worked. Suddenly, a little nobody like me could be seen on Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, heard on NPR, and read about in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and The Guardian in the United Kingdom. Even Rush Limbaugh did a lengthy piece ... more
by Gloria SquitiroThey can throw her out, but they can’t shut her up! In 2008, Gloria Squitiro was legally banned from the Kansas City, MO City Hall, where her husband, Mark Funkhouser (“Funk”), was mayor. Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, USA Today, The Washington Post—even Great Britain’s left-wing The Guardian and America’s right-wing Rush Limbaugh—did stories about her. Funk calls her “a skydiver afraid of heights”—someone who figures out how to spend a cost... more
by Ron MullinaxFritz Von Erich: Master of the Iron Claw is the story about the life and times of Jack Adkisson, also known as pro wrestling legend Fritz Von Erich, and the famous Von Erich wrestling dynasty. "Not since the Kennedys of Massachusetts has an American family publicly suffered personal tragedy after personal tragedy like the Von Erichs of Denton County, Texas." While the Kennedy family became famous worldwide for their political accomplishments and the tragedies of their sons, the Von Erich fami... more
by Carolyn JerniganGrowing up in a troubled family with an abusive, alcoholic father, Tanya has skewed ideas about love and security that lead her into dangerous situations. Forced to leave home, she thrust into a series of hair-raising trials and tribulations, including a stint in jail. She's a young woman whose life dreams are seriously derailed as she puts her life on hold to find her path. Growing up in a troubled family with an abusive, alcoholic father, Tanya has skewed ideas about love and security that lea... more
by Mike MaranhasFrom routine surgery for a broken ankle to intensive care and life support within seventy-two hours. Bela Maranhas, a strong-willed business woman, found herself in precisely this position, clinging to life via an oxygen mask for an ailment doctors could not identify, yet refusing to be placed on a ventilator. Bela's husband, Mike, knew his wife strongly feared suffering brain damage due to previous trauma. He also knew she didn't want him in a position where he would be responsible for poten... more
by shabnam Curtis
On a cold night in 1978, seven-year-old Shabnam Shahmohammad clung to her mother in a Tehran apartment while the sounds of gunshots rang out in the street: The Iranian Revolution was at hand. She and her family survived that night, but as the Islamic fundamentalists took the power over, she grew up watching her father take his beloved books away to burn, his friends be arrested and disappear, and women like her mother grow ever more marginalized. Confused by her father’s communist ideol... more
by Robin Edward PoultonThis is a hilarious book about Scotland and Dancing. “I DANCE, THEREFORE I AM” challenges René Descartes’ idea “I think, therefore I am.” Dr Poulton champions the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment: it is PASSION and not reason that determines human action. His passion is dancing with beautiful women. He urges his grandchildren to dance, to laugh and love people, and to promote a philosophy of life that delivers “the greatest happiness of the greatest number.” This book written for gra... more
by Michael LangloisB Plus, Dancing for Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre is an intimate look at the upper echelons of the dance world as it appeared to a young man who made it to the top of his profession only to discover a vast plateau filled with dancers whose talents and ambitions were often superior to his own.
Pointe Patrol: How Nine People (and a Dog) Saved Their Neighborhood from One of the Most Destructive Fires in California's Histoby Earik BeannOn October 9, 2017, California suffered one of the most destructive fires in its history. The Tubbs Fire burned 5,643 structures and killed twenty-two people in Sonoma County. The fire department was completely overwhelmed and was so busy trying to save lives that they had to let many houses burn rather than waste resources in trying to protect them. During this chaos, nine of us snuck back into our neighborhood in the mandatory evacuation zone and formed a vigilante fire force. We called oursel... more
by Alessandra Wike
A firework of pain combusted below my right eyebrow. It was so sharp it smashed the breath from my lungs and voice from my throat. If it had lasted only one second longer, I would have screamed. My skull was cracking from the inside.
At 19 years old, Alessandra Wike learns she has a genetic abnormality: a tumor made of bone growing in the center of her sinuses. Each time it’s removed, the tumor grows back bigger than before.
In this collection of poetry, prose and p... more