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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
by Jennifer CokenWhen I Die, Take My Panties is a wake-up call about the personal transformation that can come from tragedy and what can be learned along the way. Jennifer takes us through her journey of her mother dying from ovarian cancer in 2011. Death forced her to face a harsh reality: So often you want to control life – and the truth is you can’t. To find true peace, you must come to terms with people and situations as they are, not as you wish them to be. When I Die, Take My Panties takes the reader th... more
by Emily Christensen, PhDHow much can a life change in just five years? For Emily Christensen, that span began with her conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and ended with the adoption of six children with special needs. But the highs and lows between those two points are almost too hard to believe: enduring cochlear implant surgeries, meeting and marrying the man of her dreams, grieving the death of both of her parents, becoming a chaplain, and fostering more than seventy children. At th... more
by Ushka DeviElle Devina is a South African-born performing artist with legs that go all the way up to her armpits. After a wild-romance crash on the Wild Coast, she travels to Europe with a broken heart and a dream of glittering stardom. India was never on her agenda! The ordainer who controls the fate of souls according to their prarabdhakarma was making other plans. At the age of 27, she is drawn into the psychedelic trance scene of that grand enchantress, Goa, in the early 80s. Like the sky-dancing Daki... more
by Phuong DiepMy Life Was Saved By Dolphins and Heaven is a short motivational from a real life story of an ordinary girl, who, growing up was faced with never-ending obstacles in her childhood. This is an inspiration of individual adventure, loss, and survival at sea. I hope this book will guide an individual to overcome any obstacles and believe in a special spirit that will brighten the power of your character to have integrity, curiosity, creativity, kindness, gratitude, open-mindedness, be humble, make c... more
by Cheryl B. Evans
2017 Bronze Medal Winner in Readers' Favorite International Book Awards. I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a transgender child is a true and honest parenting memoir about one family’s journey to discovering the son they never knew they had.
Cheryl and her husband Jim had two daughters born four years apart. Their eldest, Mariah was a girly girl who loved pink, Barbie dolls and playing dress up. Her younger s... more
by Pamela Varma BrownFour months after Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, pulling the United States into World War II, Yoshiko Kawaguchi’s life changed. She, her three siblings, their parents and 120,000 other Japanese Americans, were imprisoned by the U.S. government, perceived as threats to national security due solely to their Japanese ancestry. Forced to live for five months in a horse stall, then two years behind barbed wire in an internment camp in Arkansas, Yoshiko and her family learned they could survive anyt... more
by Pamela Varma BrownHarry T. Yamanaka’s charming anecdotes of growing up one of 13 children on Kauai in the 1930s and 1940s. Join him as he makes his own fishing canoe with comical results; walks along a mile-long road at night with the ghost of Felix; and learns how to use the first telephone ever installed in the tiny sugar plantation camp where he spent his childhood. Feel Harry's growing connection with his parents, who immigrated to Kauai from Japan in the early 1900s.
by Pamela Varma BrownThe lively second volume of 50 more personal stories told by Kauai’s people. Explore the ocean with those who live to surf; swim dangerous coastlines; and hunt for tasty, tiny opihi that live on the underside of ocean rocks. Dance hula with the teenage daughters of a hula instructor, girls who feel they were born to perpetuate the dance of their ancestors. Other topics include ghost stories, lei-making and romance on The Garden Island.
by Pamela Varma BrownLife on the tropical island of Kauai comes alive in this collection of 50 personal stories told by the island’s people. Topics include dancing hula; making salt the Hawaiian way; growing up island-style in sugar plantation camps; and sailing thousands of miles across oceans in a voyaging canoe navigated only by the stars, moon, sun and waves as ancient Polynesians did 1,500 years ago. Special section featuring four of the island's World War II veterans.
by Mark Osmun (co-author with Valerie Carpenter)Life is looking up for Valerie Glines who, at 47, is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, interpreter for the deaf, and licensed psychotherapist. The dominant trait of her personality is optimism. She is on the verge of a prestigious position with The Mayo Clinic when, in one fast, unpredictable instant, she loses it all. A freak accident breaks her neck, paralyzing her, robbing her not only of her professional abilities, but also of the common abilities needed for life. Dancer, a true... more