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by J. Michael ChamberlainWildly entertaining essays laced with wicked concepts, cheap shots and a few bright ideas. An absolute feast of funny words without once mentioning vampires or zombies. The perfect blend of madcap rants and true life experiences, guaranteed to put a never-ending smile on your face. Actually, a never-ending smile might be cause for alarm. In fact, if your smile lasts longer than four hours, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. Just the same, this extraordinary slice of life is riotously... more
by Sean BloomfieldAfter accelerating their studies and graduating high school early, two teenagers set off from their hometown in Minnesota to embark on a 2,200 mile canoe journey up the heart of North America. Their destination: the permafrost shores of Hudson Bay. Inspired by a passion for the simple life, where gadgets and schedules are replaced by nature and its harsh beauty, the duo found something that many believe is lost: a true adventure. Follow the pair up the flooding Minnesota River and through the ... more
by John SmithLove, pain, sex, whipping. One man tries to discover the roots of his corporal punishment obsession with five vividly-drawn women. A respectable, middle-aged man lies over a block in a special room in London’s Mayfair. He is naked from the waist down. A high court judge watches from the doorway as twelve hard strokes of a school cane are administered to the man’s bare bottom. The question – “What is wrong with us?” – is the theme of John Smith’s remarkable memoir. Daringly honest, brutally f... more
by Rachael HartmanAngel Cortello was lost in a world of emotional problems, addiction, prostitution and the street life. This is the true story of how she chose recovery and freedom, even in the midst of consequences such as living with HIV. “You don’t have to live your life like this,” he said. He put a wad of cash on the bed, handed me the key to the hotel room and walked out. I never saw the man again. …He could see something in me that I couldn’t see in myself. He could see someone better than who I had be... more
by Les AméricainsFirst they took French. Then they took leave of their senses. They bought a 400-year-old cottage in rural France from an ad on the Internet. Their “completely restored” farmhouse certainly looked charming, but the pool leaked, the walls cracked, and the electricity fizzled whenever they switched on the kettle. This is the wry and witty memoir of les Américains, Eileen and Marty, joined by their chef-daughter Sara. Their dream of being French leads them into uncharted territory where “oh la l... more
by J.D. HutchinsFrom the Days of Dirt is the memoir of Marcus Hastings, a rebellious teenager who grew up in Maine in the 1990's. Marcus believed it was his mission as a young person to have as much fun as possible by causing high-quality mischief. Even when he isn't looking for trouble, which isn't often, trouble seems to find him. Marcus' journal entries trigger a series of stories chronicling his crooked, haphazard journey into adulthood. His cynical and oddly refreshing perspective on what it means to feel ... more
by Aidan McNally
TWO sons TOO many, take the authors journey of life from childhood to troubled teenager in the early chapters as a commercial fisherman ina life of crime and violence. Through prison and treatment he finds strength to progress strongly and fearlessly into fatherhood at 20. the author travels the globe in his chosen profession to share with us some experiences around the world within the fishing industry.
Though many happy times and escapades, Aidan brings us to harsh realities, pla... more
by Marianne AleckThe Liberty Club is a non-fiction, layered family memoir that follows a Greek and a French family through three generations, spanning over 100 years. It's an immigrant story, a war story, a love story, and a true story. The riveting tales take the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotion, becoming intimately involved with the characters courage and ingenuity, their triumphs and defeats, The bulk takes place during the era of the Greatest Generation, including amazing detailed accounts by para... more
by Rachel G. CarringtonAuthor Rachel G. Carrington lays no claim to lofty jobs, higher education, nor grand accomplishments except for a love-filled, multifaceted, family-oriented, poverty-to-plenty life. In The Early Years, the first in a series, she shares her story. As a young teenager, just entering high school in the small town of Denton, Kentucky, Carrington planned to attend college and become a teacher. With coursework geared toward college attendance, she was offered a lucrative scholarship that would help h... more
by pritam singh mahnaMy father was born in a very poor family in that he had to undertake the job of domestic servant. This day, my next generation comprises, PG Doctors, Manager and Lawyer all with the hard work put in by my father, me, my wife and my next generation. We had migrated to Indkia from West Punjab (Pakistan) due to partition and consequent riots We have now very well established ourselves..
by Theresa Mathews
FISHING WITH HYENAS is a love story between girlie girl Theresa and commercial fisherman Captain Bart, who convinces her to crew on a ninety-two-foot tuna boat plying the North Pacific Ocean. Trading cashmere and high heels for raingear and rubber boots, she becomes a deckhand, confined for three months at a time, thousands of miles from anywhere. Bart’s tight group of fishermen—the Hyenas—become her extended family, but no one explains what appalling weather and haulin... more
by Amy D. BrooksFor nearly a decade, a novelist wrote gripping, scandalous, and often disturbing fiction using her life as a canvas and herself as the protagonist in a massive web of lies. In this revealing memoir by author Amy D. Brooks, the complex untruths told by the young woman to disguise a tragic mental state declining into drug addiction and alcoholism are deconstructed in shocking honesty. The confessions of a pathological liar who married a stranger, held jobs qualified for with phantom degrees, a... more
by Amy D. BrooksAmy D. Brooks, author of My Name is Amelia, and I’m a Sociopath, comes forward in this sophomore memoir four years into sobriety to speak candidly and sincerely about the heartbreaking, perplexing, and sometimes enlightening struggle of managing a dual-diagnosis. She reveals the insanity of being a bipolar alcoholic, its compulsions and repercussions, and shares her inspiring story of survival and recovery.
by Ericka Harris
This memoir is about my personal relationship with God and how He showed me that I must learn how to trust Him when I am out of my comfort zone. The relationship with God and others, as well as the events that allowed me to grow spiritually was relevant then as it still is today.
by Chivvis MooreOn a fateful evening in 1978, Chivvis Moore, living as a carpenter in California, stops by the house of an architect friend. “What if I wrote to Hassan Fathy?” Chivvis suggests, eager to meet the Egyptian author of the influential Architecture for the Poor. Less than three months later, Chivvis arrives in Cairo knowing virtually nothing about the culture and religion of the predominantly Muslim Middle East. What begins as a trip to meet Hassan Fathy becomes a 16-year odyssey that stretches f... more
by Bert Geiger
Albert Geiger's autobiography tells of a lifetime in the fashion industry. From his humble start as a milliner to his illustrious work in couture clothing, Bert's many successes in design are owed to his indomitable motivation to have his own fashion label. His styles outlived the trends of the times, from the conservative cuts of the forties to the rebellious “Disco Daze” and beyond. Classic lines and casual elegance distinguished Bert’s designs, resulting in c... more