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by Ottavio Gesmundo
What do Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, and Ed Sullivan have in common? Ottavio Canestrelli crossed paths with each. He performed with the Krone Circus in Italy and Germany from 1922-1924 on the eve of Hitler's rise to power; he witnessed a rally for Mahatma Gandhi in India in 1931; and he appeared twice on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York City during the 1960s.
In The Grand Gypsy, Canestrelli, with his grandson, Ottavio Gesmundo, tells the story of a man who witnessed historical events a... more
by Arlo HenningsGuitarlo is a compelling, and to-the-heart honest, memoir. Arlo Hennings takes the reader on a decades journey from his challenging childhood, blossoming as a poet, song writer, musician, agent, husband, father, son… to his current life in Indonesia where he continues to promote and create music. The inspiration that brought him to Bali began at an Occupy protest where he was clubbed and arrested, having lost his job, home, marriage. A dramatic, and very real, event, as are many events in Hennin... more
by Dave Preston
Truth be Told: A journey from the dark side of OCD is the story of one man’s journey from the depths of mental hell to the promised light of recovery. This dramatic, absorbing and moving narrative will make readers re-evaluate what they thought they knew about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
For nearly 40 years, Dave suffers from horrible intrusive thoughts but he keeps it all a secret from those he loves. He finds himself in the middle of a police investigation and his world crash... more
by Weam Namou“We came here for America’s freedoms,” Weam Namou writes. “As an immigrant, I saw through the Dawn Hanna case how we are losing the very things we came here for.” One day, a family approached Namou to write a story about their daughter, Dawn Hanna, who was accused of conspiring to broker telecommunication equipment to Iraq during the sanctions. Unbeknownst to Dawn and the jury which tried her, her co-conspirator was actually a CIA operative. The project was sponsored by the United States to ... more
by Weam NamouLife has an odd way of bringing to you what you need when you need it most. Author Weam Namou learns this through her experience with Lynn Andrews shamanic school. When one day Namou sits down to write her next book, she feels resistance in her fingertips and a void in her spirit. She soon realizes that years of struggling in her writing career, witnessing the war in her birth country, Iraq, and juggling her responsibilities as a housewife and mother has caused her to lose her literary voice.... more
by Michael JayMeet Joe Black visits The Wonder Years in the true story of DOG WATER FREE. It chronicles a journey by a boy named Mikee, whose coming-of-age search for emotional truth lands a dumbstruck orphan from the unlikely side of Detroit front and center before icons of culture who have shaped the mindsets of nations: England’s Queen Elizabeth; America’s Maestro Leonard Bernstein; the first non-Italian Pontiff in more than 400 years, John Paul II; and a young college co-ed who would become the first woma... more
by Bobby Rydell with Allan SlutskyAt seventeen, Bobby Rydell was the face of American Bandstand — the kid from Italian South Philly with the smoothest voice, the highest pompadour, and the sweetest smile. And there were those hits: “Wild One,” “Volare,” and “Forget Him,” to name a few. He was far more than just a teen idol. Bobby’s voice and boy next door charm earned him a spot singing, acting, and dancing with Ann-Margret in the film adaptation of the hit musical comedy, Bye Bye Birdie. His comedic talents made him a nighttime... more
by Valerie L. GiglioAt forty-two years old, Valerie Giglio was heading for an even brighter future as both a successful lawyer and professional vocalist with two CDs to her name, when out of nowhere, she suffered a brain stem stroke that ravaged her life and caused her world to spin out of control. Completely paralyzed on one side, confined to a wheelchair, her singing voice stolen from her at the height of her career, Valerie was devastated. But with fierce determination and fortitude, and the support of her lovi... more
by Katherine ReddickAccess Denied follows a woman's lifelong transformation from a small girl escaping a life destined for crime, ignorance, and generational poverty and abuse to a successful adult. Her story grants the reader an insider's look at America's foster care system and its impact on a child's entire life. She shares her real-life experiences through the innocence of childhood to the confused and insecure adolescence to the instability of adulthood. Eventually, her negative experiences are overcome by her... more
by Ernesto J OrtizMy life can be described as a collection of many unusual moments. With time these moments turned into stories. More recently these stories became a book. Some stories are funny and others less so. My stories are not extraordinary and yet this is what makes them interesting. These stories remind us of what it feels to be human. To admit that we’re prone to errors. Not every story in my life may have rhyme or reason but it’s the lesson in them what makes them worth to remember.
by Kiersten Hall"This book is a MUST READ for anyone who is planning on getting married OR has already taken the trip down the aisle!" 15 years of memories from 1,400+ weddings as a professional videographer. There are plenty of entertaining stories to share with the readers! Chapter titles include: * Where's Grandma? * Can I Get Your Autograph? * Who Brought the Gun? * Calisthenics in Formal Wear "This book is a page-turner! Once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down until you're done!" Com... more
by Betsy and Mark BlondinAt Home Abroad: Today’s Expats Tell Their Stories presents 31 powerful and insightful stories from expats of all ages in various countries. Taken together, these stories embody the modern expat world. From Hungary to Cambodia, Argentina, Panama, Guatemala, Ireland, Greece and many more, the authors in At Home Abroad tell a variety of stories, some colorful and creative and some more factual and practical. They explore what it means to be an expat, the definition of “home” and the emotional mi... more
by Ramona PedronTake a raw view into the raw living that occurs in households across the planet as it is displayed in this personal memoir of an abuse survivor who is determined to collect the data required to sort out reality, survive, and most importantly, tread the narrow path of life that forces you choose between following the blueprint set before you or draw a new one.
by Sharon KennedyThe book is a collection of stories from my newspaper column entitled "Common Sense at 60." Sometimes amusing, often poignant, the stories are observations of daily life, it's challenges, victories, and humor.
by Michela Ferree
THERE are strange things done in the midnight sun… and North to Alaska: Love in the Last Frontier gives an account of most of them. After three years of braving snow-filled outhouses, frigid temperatures, and ugly winter shoes, Michela Miller Ferree has given a candid and humorous account of life in Alaska, and the lessons she learned the hard way, from the perspective of a bewildered Midwesterner. Information in this book includes (but is not limited to): *Methods for ugly crying... more
by Lance J. CunhaOn January 1, 2014, a young man and I "met" through a heart transplant. He was raised in a small Georgia town; I in New York City. He had just died at age 20; I was approaching 69. For the past several years, I had suffered with heart failure and, for the previous 70 days, I had been on life- support in Emory University Hospital's Cardiac Care Unit. This book covers where/how our lives intersected and the events leading up to that remarkable New Year's Day. It's a story about utter sadness and g... more