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by Alan E. (Al) StrunkA collection of Facebook Posts and Comments from March through June of 2020 chronicling the events and effects of the Coronavirus lock down on the seaside villages of Los Osos and Baywood and the environs of San Luis Obispo County on California's Central Coast.
by Valerie J RunyanNarratives of my life from early twenties to mid fifties in no particular order.
by Valerie J RunyanNarratives to help women in midlife get through and past a divorce.
by Allen WebbI wrote this book for two main reasons. First reason is I woke up every day with these stories on my mind. I knew for some reason I needed to write them down. The second reason is for future women. Quite honestly I get tired of telling these stories to strangers because most think there is no way this could happen to one person. I can assure you that all stories contained in this book are true and happened to me. If I am interested in a lady again and she is getting interested in me I will just ... more
by Bernard GwertzmanBernard Gwertzman tells the story of growing up as a journalist in the world of print newspapers, his hometown New Rochelle, New York’s Standard-Star then the Washington DC Evening Star (both of which went under as print papers collapsed) where he became a senior diplomatic correspondent until moving to the New York Times, where he served during the Cold War as Moscow Bureau Chief and then traveled with Henry Kissinger who was making deals and opening the way toward peace in the Middle East. He ... more
by Anvi HoàngMaking coal patties. Selling liquid soap. Shopping at a glittering shoe mecca. She’s done them all living half her life in deprived-post-war-communist-Vietnam-turned-free-market. It’s life in a vacuum when strange types of brainwashing happened. Part memoir and part social criticism, Why Do You Look at Me and See a Girl? is a provocative read about a full-fledged bilingual who fights to get free from the dead past and her ancestors’ sins. The story starts with her grandmother’s prison visit a... more
by ROBERT F SCHERMAMy Father Called Me Bobby is an intriguing memoir detailing Bobby’s experiences growing up in an Italian family in the ‘50s and exploring the sexual revolution a few decades later. The first-person narrative welcomes readers into his childhood and his initial experiences with God, faith, and religion, all tied in with the influences and antics of his Italian family. His initial decision to join the seminary and become a priest will not come as a surprise. Determined to be a priest, he spends... more
by Susan Uehara Rakstang
Susan Rakstang recalls her idyllic life as a child of Japanese American parents and her mother’s cooking lessons of delicious tastes, exquisite fragrances, and the visual art of preparing food, through her fast-paced, frenzied battle with time juggling her responsibilities as a wife, mother of two children, and working outside the home as an architect–a pioneering path not often pursued by women in the mid-1970s. When she retires, her life suddenly takes a dark turn when her mothe... more
by J Thomas Brown
My father had the wanderlust and moved our family every year and a half. We lived up and down the U.S. East Coast, in Sweden, and in England during the American Golden Age of Capitalism. The plot is woven around the places we lived. A common thread in the story is his driving, at times humorous, and sometimes scary. The truth is he is loved as much for his faults as for his accomplishments. My father had a mind like a steel trap, but his braininess also got him into trouble. He loved life - p... more
by Stacy Ann Momo
by Patrick E. CraigWith this book, Craig takes us into deep green forests, beside fast silver waters where trout rise, on long hikes over hills flamed by autumn and along slopes of tall, sharp mountains. He takes us into his youth. Everything in the Pacific Northwest of another century comes to life––the people, the animals that make their way along wide or narrow trails, a thriving wilderness of woods and brush and alpine flower. Even the trucks, cabins, fishing gear and rutted roads of a long-gone era fill our i... more
by Susan J TweitBless the Birds, a personal journey through the terra incognita of life’s ending, shows us how to be our best when life throws us the worst. Embracing the idea that love will carry us through, this story reminds us that the personal is the political. How we live—each and every day—really does impact the larger world. Our every day actions create the society we live in, and also chart our paths. Writer Susan Tweit and her economist-turned-sculptor husband Richard Cabe had just settled into their ... more
by Biku GhoshDuring my recent community volunteering, I have been spending time with an 83-year-old engineer with severe dementia who used to travel abroad a lot. He loved looking at the world maps. He could remember nothing but only had glimpses of memory hearing the names of places or seeing them on the map. He would say, ‘I think I have been there.’ 'Memory is like a fiction' wrote Haruki Murakami. Soon as I began writing this book, memories flooded back with astonishing detail. I want to hold on t... more
by William Spencer
But, if my hands were empty of honey,
and pearls and gold,
There were treasures far sweeter than
honey, and marvelous things to be told.
This is the true story of a young man’s epic bicycle journey from England to India. Traveli... more
by Roni McFaddenThe true story of a troubled teenage girl whose life is saved by horses, an old cowboy, ancient native spirits, and the High Sierra Mountains.
by Rainy HorvathA tale of coming of age in World War II, this memoir follows a Hump Pilot with the 14th Airforce flying perilous transport missions over the Himalayan mountains. Dodging bullets, missing mountains and navigating one of the most dangerous air routes in the world he survives many dangerous missions only to be forced to bail out and become one in need of rescue himself.