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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
by John Cameron SmithAustralian-born John Smith never accepted the status quo. He left home at 21 with £65 ($200) and a ticket to Hong Kong with no job prospects. From there he worked his way around the world, primarily in advertising, achieving award-winning financial success in the USA, sharing his life with beautiful women and stray dogs. Returning home at 36, he became a papaya farmer, dabbled in real estate and retired at 50 to live in Noosa, Queensland. In 2009, at 69, he pursues an internet romance with a ... more
by D'Anne Burwell
D’Anne Burwell’s smart, athletic son—raised in a loving and prosperous home—begins abusing OxyContin as a teenager, and within a year drops out of college, walks out of rehab, and lands homeless on the streets of Boulder.
Struggling with fear, guilt, and a desperate need to protect her son, D’Anne grapples with her husband’s anger and her daughter’s depression as the family disease of addiction impacts them all. She discovers the terrifying links between prescription-drug abuse and skyr... more
by Harvey P. Getz
by M.G. CrisciPAPA CADO. "I'm not afraid to die, I've been close so many times." PAPA CADO is the poignant, sometimes hilarious, and terribly inspirational first-person account of Arthur Mercado, a kind, humble man with a will of steel. A man who may hold the unofficial Guinness Book of Records for the most combined heart procedures, 51, without actually dying. Yes, 51! The enlarged 4th Edition contains some sanguine new observations from Arthur that demonstrate his simple Will Rogers style sense ... more
by Dave WebbIn his memoir, veteran elementary school teacher Dave Webb recalls some of the most memorable events from his nearly thirty-year career in education. His many travels as a teacher have taken him to dozens of public and private schools, and have connected him and his classes with the likes of award-winning authors, Hollywood actors, and students from around the world. Often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, MR. NOMAD examines crossroads in the author's career while offering helpful ideas for other ... more
by Jonathan FordA compelling but sad journey from childhood in the UK through College at Oxford and then work as an Oil Trader in London, Geneva and Houston with brief spells in Bermuda and New York. After moving to the US in 1990 I was afflicted with devastating depression which created terrible strife with my two American wives ending in divorce, near financial ruin and almost suicide. Many unique stories fill the book about the oil trading world and a host of other interesting subjects. My relationship with ... more
by Anthony J BondEver since boyhood, people have laughed when they discover Anthony Bond has the same surname as the iconic spy, and that the fictitious James’s name is borrowed from the real-life ornithologist Anthony happens to share birthdays with. Anthony’s own adventures begin at birth, during a World War II air raid. Later, he rebels against his English middle class upbringing and emigrates to Canada. Anthony’s first job in television is working for an infamous producer who has been fired for feeding an... more