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by Joyce KingThe story of a man who stood for something and the woman he loved. Falsely accused of murdering his girlfriend, James Woodard served more than twenty-seven years in prison. In April 2008, James became the seventeenth man exonerated by DNA evidence in Dallas County. The same day he was granted his freedom, James laid eyes on Joyce King, the "prison wife" he'd fantasized about falling in love with for nearly three decades. It was the happiest day of his life. Their mutual attraction was immediate,... more
by Richard Hill
Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is Richard Hill's true and intensely personal story of how he pieced together the long-kept secret of his own origins. This highly suspenseful book is a page-turning saga of personal detective work that will appeal to anyone who loves a good mystery.
But this isn't fiction. It's an engrossing account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, i... more
by Maureen TwomeyWhen Maureen Twomey was only thirty-three years old, she experienced a massive stroke--one that took away her ability to read, write, walk, and even speak (AAAAAAAHHH!!). Well, she wasn't about to go down without a fight. In Before, Afdre, and After, Twomey offers a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes comical, and ultimately inspiring account of what it is to lose everything when you're supposed to be in the prime of your life--and what it takes to get it back, piece by tiny piece.
by James HallerInternationally acclaimed chef and award-winning writer James Haller serves up a perfect blend of humor, nostalgia, and wisdom in this delightful culinary memoir. In his latest book, Chef Haller chronicles a lifetime of cooking, from the age of three in the kitchen with his grandmothers to when he opens his own kitchen in the famed Blue Strawbery restaurant of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Chef Haller has written a touching memoir that is a feast for the soul, the mind, and the funny bone.
by Sherri BobzienFrom the surreal TV shows, to the meanest nun at Catholic school, to making your own fun (outside!), Sherri Bobzien’s first book captures the hilarity, the awkwardness, the heartache and the occasional magic of childhood in a quasi-functional family. Everything Sherri survived—princess pageants, a parent’s alcoholism, divorce, mild poverty and neglect—she did surrounded by an ample supply of tormenting brothers and hero-caliber sisters. This family will feel so much like your own—you'll cringe.
by Morgan SmithA collection of memories about growing up hippie in Toronto, during one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. Not mention the sex, drugs and rock and roll…
by Tony BrasunasTony Brasunas's award-winning debut memoir is a fascinating portrait of life in China and a groundbreaking story of coming of age in today's era of globalization. In a classroom in sultry Guangzhou, having never before left the United States nor taught a class on anything, armed only with a beginner's grasp of the language, Brasunas is confronted by thirty-seven ninth graders in uniform. Only his intrinsic curiosity about Chinese culture and about himself drives him on, to keep trying in the... more
by Gigi StetlerGigi Stetler tells her life's story in a casual, conversational, neighborly tone as if the writer and reader were sitting down together, at the kitchen table, talking over cups of coffee. This book is filled with the true tales of lessons learned at the point of a knife and other crises, peaks and plateaus. Regardless off what attacks or assaults you, yourself, your parents, friends, colleagues, professors, lovers, teachers, competition, your own children, your own past, your own present, or you... more
by Bill and Ina Garrison MahoneyVagabonding Through Retirement chronicles the adventures of Bill and Ina, an engaging, globe-trotting couple who enjoy getting off the beaten track, meeting people, and exploring how regular folks live around the world, from Laos to Bolivia to Ukraine, just after the Soviet Union breaks apart. Central to their travels is Bill's passion for learning new languages, which he does in exchange for English and French lessons. Ina puts up with this habit because it attracts interesting people. Howev... more
by Henry CarrierIn context with my autistic brother's struggle, I have presented a brief memoir of a baby boomer who has paradoxically worked in Washington during the "I Have A Dream" speech; received two graduate degrees from Ole Miss during the Civil Rights Movement; taught in the Space Coast during the moon landing; and earned a Fulbright Fellowship to India when the host country was emerging from a Third World status. Popular culture combined with an evolving Christian Faith has provided the author with som... more
by Scott Dow DowThe Flem Cup is the remarkable true story of a great friendship, a trans-Atlantic team golf match and the providential hand of God. The name of the event said it all: a tribute to the man whose idea it was as well as a tongue-in-cheek testament to the quality of play, and, for 5 years, teams from the U.S. and England collided in an intense competition punctuated by hilarious off-course antics in a battle for the coveted trophy - an antique, hand-blown glass spittoon. When cancer struck, thou... more
by Elizabeth RoseWhat’s really going on in our public school classrooms? Good question. • Journalists are not allowed in • Teachers risk punishment if they speak out • School administrators will only share the good stuff • Most lawmakers? Clueless. Yo Miz! has the answer. Yo Miz! is the seriously funny memoir of an unconventional “edu-tainer,” ejected from her home school and assigned to teach at 25 Manhattan public high schools in one wacky year. Yo Miz! is about the kids. From el barrio to Wall Stre... more
by Marguerite BladenIn confessional mode, an octogenarian links episodes in her life as stages in aging and disputes the myth of serenity in the "golden years." With irreverent humor, which she finds largely absent in the elderly, and throwing caution to the winds, she recounts episodes from her own past which are forerunners of her life today which she describes as living in "shy retirement" in a Continuing Care community.
by George OkshewskyOleg Okševski was a hero. During the Second World War Oleg ended up having to pretend he and his brother were Croatians in order to avoid being imprisoned and likely executed by the Nazi forces. They decided to try to fly to the Soviet Union, at that time an ally against Hitler. Oleg imagined the Soviets would release them to go back and join the Allied forces against Germany. However, instead, Oleg was immediately assumed to be a Nazi himself and experienced the horrors of Russian prisons and d... more
by Ryan E. LongWhat do shady Sicilians, an Amsterdam transvestite, a WW II photographer, a Mexican drug dealer, and a Holocaust survivor have in common? They served as catalysts for positive change in the author’s life. These characters – in addition to others – are brought to life in this unforgettable memoir. But this book, which was an Amazon top 3 new hot comedy release in 2013, isn’t really about the author, Ryan E. Long. It’s a messenger that delivers the lesson he learned: in the anarchy of life, st... more
by Alan SharavskyA deaf woman leaves her eight-year old son at an orphanage, hoping he’ll find a better life than their hand-to-mouth existence. The widow dreams that Girard College, a boarding school for fatherless boys, will be his Camelot. What she doesn’t know is that emotional abuse, corporal punishment and pedophilia are the norm. And her son doesn’t know whether his mother is ever coming back, or if he’ll have to run away. Boarding School Bastard is the memoir of a child’s first year at an orphanage i... more