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by Casey and Coby GentI was born with a genetic disease called cystic fibrosis (CF). After the age ten, the disease started to take over my body. I was put in a wheelchair and on liquid oxygen. My lungs finally gave out. My family and I moved to the University of North Carolina so I could have a double-lung transplant. In August 1992 I got new lungs. I am not going to lie, there were many times when I thought I would die fighting for my last breath on a vent in a hospital. For years I put on a show for people. My ... more
by Candace Wade“Adrift” is an irreverent tacking through the stormy seas of loss. “Adrift” is a “How It Is” book – a gust against “give-up-itis.” As we struggle to keep our heads above the squall, grasping at normal, we get such sage advice as “You should get a dog.” Get a dog! That’s the solution to the shipwreck that’s my life? A bit of macabre comedy relief to lighten the journey. We who grieve, feel loss, and need a smile, sail together in “Adrift.” Bonus – this book is a primer on what not to say to a... more
by Kingsley Peters
by Diana MiserezTrauma and Uprooting came to be written about some of the most tragic occurrences of violence in our world over the hundred years from the outbreak of the First World War and the genocide of the Armenians in 1914 to the 2014 attempt of the « Islamic State » (ISIS) to annihilate the Yazidi people of northern Iraq. The takeover of Afghanistan by the hardline Talibans in August 2021 and the brutal invasion of Ukraine by the Russia of Vladimir Putin on 22 February 2022 added a short addendum to the ... more
by Henry MoreAfter suffering a severe head injury at nine years old, Henry has embraced the difficulties of his condition. In this book, he depicts what it was like growing up between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five with a small learning disability. His quirky and bold writing style makes the reader engage their critical thinking, as they wonder whether he will win out in the end.
by Linda Dini JenkinsHere, in chapter and verse, is the tale of an Italian American girl who started out in the suburbs of New York City and writes her way to understanding herself, her family and her place in the world.
by Suzanne LezotteAs a first-time mother, the diagnosis of Down syndrome derailed every expectation the author had of motherhood. From complete grief and denial to acceptance and advocacy for her son, she takes the reader on her quest for full inclusion from preschool through high school. "Life will not be a special needs class" became her motto as she challenged society and the norm while raising her son.
by Robin Bunton MorrisSaddle up for a memoir filled with adventure, history, and family stories from the American heartland. There are accounts of famous World War II battles, Mary and the women of the 1940s important roles in the war effort that created the suburbs of America, Nellie’s bold career as a highly esteemed Harvey House girl, Eva’s struggles as a divorced mother in the Great Depression, Glen’s death defying job in 1966-1967 to ferry (fly) a bi-plane across the Atlantic to Europe, Africa and the Middle Eas... more
by Roberta KimBeneath the Wings of Love recounts the 54-year marriage of Murray and Ginger Dadson, beginning in the war years and then the raising of their 5 children and arrival of grandchildren. Chapters include sections of love letters written by Murray during the war. Murray and Ginger were an ordinary couple who came from different backgrounds, and the book explores the couple's ancestral stories and how they may have impacted the marriage. Murray's stories of his depression-era childhood bring to life... more
by Jennifer GasnerJennifer Gasner is seventeen when her dreams are shattered overnight. Receiving a diagnosis of Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare genetic neuromuscular disease, means she must prepare herself for a life of loss. When she starts college, she can still walk on her own, but as her disease progresses, she spirals further into sadness, denial, and alienation. She turns to alcohol and a toxic relationship to distract her from what she refuses to accept—that her body, her self-esteem, and her hope for her fut... more
by Justin CookInfectIous InjustIce The True Story of Survival and Loss against Corruption, the COVID-19 Disaster inside of San Quentin, and the Dumpster Fire That Is Known as Mass Incarceration
by Glenda GoodrichIn her search to find healing and meaning in midlife, Glenda Goodrich undertakes a series of wilderness quests into the backcountry of Oregon, Washington, and California to discover what the natural world has to teach her about life, death, happiness, spirituality, and forgiveness. This book chronicles the sacred ceremonies that connected Goodrich to the land, wove her into nature’s web, and transformed her from a woman who worked to please others into a woman who forged her own path. It is a... more
by Jennifer D. JamesThis powerful memoir is for anyone looking to transform their life in a positive way. As a survivor, Jennifer shares her hard-earned wisdom while battling breast cancer. It’s a reminder to fight for the life you are born to live, and with every breath, there’s an opportunity to live fearlessly.
by Edward ChallitaFrom Beirut to America is Part 1 of Edward Challita’s true-life story: a twenty-six-year journey from a life in Lebanon during the civil war, to France, and then the USA. His experience is a unique one, marked by peril and strife, but then also by hope and redemption in the end. Edward was born in Beirut, from Christian French/Lebanese parents who lived in West Beirut as French citizens during the devastating civil war in the 1970s. This is the story of Edward’s survival and escape from cer... more
by S. YeruchamAn eighteen year old chameleon abandons academic philosophy and a small town for New York City in 1981, and for two years is immersed in bohemian life while working in a bar on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Moving on to other jobs and peculiar relationships, his mind becomes perceptually clogged, and so he haphazardly pursues madness in an attempt to experience life "Apparelled in celestial light" once again. The experiment is a destructive success, and he's tossed through several h... more
by maurice cloonanA Very Strange And Difficult Childhood