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by Wendy StuartDubbed by her friends “the Kathy Griffin of fashion”, Wendy’s hilarious, occasionally poignant story of how she became – and has remained for 30 years – one of the most successful “fit” models in the country (that size 8 you’re wearing might very well be based on Wendy Stuart Kaplan’s figure), is told with a Griffin-esque sense of humor untarnished by malice. From studying voodoo in Nigeria through years of taking mind-numbing jobs just to pay the rent, to her success in the present day where sh... more
by Seamus KirstIn 'Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk,' Seamus Kirst explores the milestones of self-destruction that marked his coming of age. At 13, he went to the ER for swallowing a bottle of pills. By 16, he was already a veteran of several in- and out-patient rehab programs for alcohol. As he walked across the stage at his high school graduation – just after delivering his valedictorian address – he had already been hospitalized three times for alcohol poisoning. The situation only accelerated at Brown... more
by Carolyn Affleck YoungsBorn during an air raid, Derek Youngs was thrown into the harsh reality of humanity's dark side with his first breaths. It was no wonder he became a peace pilgrim. His dream to walk to Japan took him thousands of miles on foot, challenging not only his body, but his beliefs. Eventually, peace became more mantra than manifesto. After he died suddenly in 2011, his widow Carolyn Affleck Youngs completed his memoir, a touching, insightful and humorous tale of learning to live one step at a time. Now... more
by Denis Bourg
Those of you who might be expecting these pages to contain yet another famous batch of recipes à la Tante Marie, are advised to look a bit closer.
This odyssey traverses just over 39 & 1/2 years; also 41 kitchens, eight countries, four islands; concocting an astronomical amount of gastro... more
by Mike Ellerkamp
All over the world and within all cultures and religions, a profound tenet exists that supports a common connection among all peoples. In one phrasing or another, the spiritual principle known as the Golden Rule has been taught for centuries: ?Do unto others as you would have them do to you.? In The Simple Little Rule: The Golden Rule Rediscovered, author Mike Ellerkamp shares his spiritual, philosophical, and historical journey as he brings to life once again this simple yet profound rule. N... more
by Visakha Dasi
In a pristine valley embraced by mountains and the never-ending evergreen forests of British Columbia, Bhagavad-gita, one of the oldest spiritual teachings in existence, guides a community of off-the-grid, joyful pioneers. In the silence and expanse of an unlikely but somehow ideal setting, ordinary people explore their tiny role in an incredibly complex and stunningly beautiful network of life that gently yet persistently asks for their awareness. This is the story of a family that joins thi... more
by Eskay Teel
This 'shocker' is packed with brutal honesty and 'Brummie-funny' humour at the blackest of times.
In the first chapter, the author courageously writes about a 'predictable' double rape at the age of thirteen… and then continues her extraordinary account as a delinquent teenager in the 1970’s.
In a rare and refreshing style, she tells us the blunt truth about a violent hate-filled relationship with her mother; the fool... more
by Paul Amirault
What if your spiritual journey took you back to a voyage aboard the RMS Titanic?
That's the question faced by Hollywood documentary producer Paul Amirault, who underwent hypnotic past-life regression as part of a research assignment and was unexpectedly transported to a dark night in 1912. There, in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic, he found himself cowering in fear before a massive wall of black steel...as the sinking White Star Liner loomed threateningly ove... more
by Paul Dewitt CarringtonThis work recounts pleasures that I have enjoyed as a lawyer and shared with my family. I try to explain why and how I became a lawyer; my forebears played a major role in causing that outcome. I then identify many of the legal disputes and political issues in which I have been actively engaged since 1948. I will also recount how my romance with law and my professional good luck connected to an amazing family resulting from more than sixty two years of marriage.
by Jack H GarvenJack's childhood and formative years on the family farm in Scotland during World War II are recounted here. This is followed by an account of Jack and Pat?s journey from marriage at an early age to retirement, including many poems and stories from events along the way. A keen interest in things mechanical became a passion and a driver for Jack in the fields of construction and commissioning. Various projects and locations are discussed, including working in the Middle East deserts to Alaska and ... more
by Carol SalmonMy Parents’ Values is a narrative about the lives of the author’s parents, Ethel Bendix Annear and Wilbur Annear. The author has created a vivid fictionalized account that begins in 1907, when her mother was born in Illinois. By the time Ethel is in first grade, her mother has died in a sudden accident and her father decides to send her to be raised by her aunt and uncle in North Dakota. Ethel forms a lifelong bond with her cousin, Hazel, who later pens a memoir, Along Paupay Creek, which the... more
by Denis Bourg
Ceux qui aimeraient penser que ce recueil, étalé sur une quarantaine d'années, est encore un autre bouquin de recettes a la c*n ou à la Tante Marie, ou de la confiture mal étalée, sorry, vous l'avez dans le baba. 41 jobs gastronomiques à faire à bouffer à plusieurs millions de voraces, mieux con-nus sous le nom de clients, ou enfoirés. Les rapides de calcul péroraisonnent à blanc. La vache!..... Il ne ... more
by Pyerse DandridgePyerse Dandridge thought he was on the way up. After earning his BA in English from Sacramento State University, he was paying his daily expenses by toiling in a restaurant while working on his novel. But his purchase of five houses with faulty subprime loans cost him his freedom. After the houses were lost to foreclosure, Pyerse was prosecuted by the federal government for loan fraud and sentenced to 17 months in Herlong Prison Camp, near the California-Nevada border. This book recounts Pyer... more
by Patricia SalamoneJoin me in my hilarious recount of how I explored my heritage during a more-than-memorable trip to Sicily. I detail our adventures and misadventures as my husband and I visited our relatives in Naro. I share how we got to know the locals, their customs and lifestyle, and how everyone seemed to think that "everything will be fine" no matter what troubles they were in. During those weeks, we went through culture shock despite the fact that we are both Italian. In the end, it was "the Italian thing... more
by Peter McNeela, M.D., M.P.H.ONE YEAR AFTER LEAVING MEDICAL RESIDENCY, desperately in need of some meaning and a reason to continue, a young doctor embarks on a solitary cross-country trip. Over the course of three wondrous weeks, he treks across America from the Deep South to the splendor of the Grand Canyon, from the temptations of Las Vegas to the pristine wilderness of Utah. Gradually, he makes peace with a broken past and learns to live anew. The Lost Son, based on the ragged travel diary dutifully kept during this... more
by Thomas Barlow