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  • A Texas Tale of the Depression

    by Wanda Harris Arnold
    This story covers the time tunnel of the Great Depression in an area of Texas that had not changed for several decades and would continue to progress only slowly until the 1960s—the Panhandle. It is a child's view of the brutal realism of the time, the smells, the blood, the cold, the lack of sanitation, and the rigidity of the adults surrounding her. It is the story of the author's first year in a school where parents are entertained with a prejudicial skit about African Americans, where a teac... more
  • Secrets and Shadows

    by Mad Wolf
    This book takes my personal experiences from childhood to the point of Living with PTSD for many years. I cannot speak for all Vietnam Veterans and only for myself. Coming from a middle class family and enjoying growing up till a war changed everything and created an atmosphere of resentment, bitterness and hopelessness for the future. As a Marine Corps drill instructor once said. “It's our job to take kids straight out of high school whose biggest worry was getting a prom date and transforming ... more
  • An Everyday Miracle

    by Jennifer Muszik
    In February 2015, everything changed in an instant for Jennifer Muszik. One moment she had a healthy, loving husband who embraced his role as stay-at-home dad for their three children. The next moment, she was dealing with a shocking reality: Paul was on life support and the doctors did not think he would make it through the next hour-much less the night. Jennifer soon learned Paul was suffering from toxic shock syndrome and hung precariously between life and death while she helplessly watche... more
  • What Once Broke ‘Me’

    by Rosie Banyan
    In 2013 I had been transported back to the fear, the confusion and grief that I lived so long ago. I felt trapped. I used to leave my body and escape the world when it was like this. After working so hard I finally reached my breaking point. I wanted to hide, I wanted to scream, I wanted out. So in answer to the question asked “What sort of person just drops everything and steps out of their life?” I can tell you a desperate one. I had to revisit my childhood horror of sexual abuse to finally fo... more
  • Thunder's Glory

    by Loryn Kramer Staley
    Cory Horton is a passionate young swim coach when he decides he is ready to go after what he wants: his own elite swim team. With the chance to coach a second Olympic hopeful, Horton is ready to roll the dice, even if it means he has to live like a pauper for the rest of his life. But first, he must find his new team--Memphis Thunder--a pool. After he secures a practice pool, Horton immerses himself in recruiting talented athletes for his team, including a rising star he hopes to send to the ... more
  • Goodbye, My Children

    by Angela Diener
    The story of an American family which travels to Germany to join their U.S. Air Force husband, and father to live in a small village where no one spoke English. When a next door neighbor invites herself into their daily lives, speaking only German phrases and uses pantomime to communicate, she endears herself to them. Life becomes a series of events, some comical, some aggravating yet tender, interspersed with some calamitous and fearful experiences, with this neighbor affecting every moment ... more
  • Dear Mom and Dad

    by Georgia Lee McGowen
    Much has been written both about and by people who feel they were assigned the wrong body at conception, exploring the struggles and too often the tragedies that result from that mismatch of nature. Very little has been written, however, to chronicle the lifelong struggle of people to understand and come to terms with two distinct sets of emotions, one male and one female – a single soul, at times divided, at times united, by two clearly identifiable spirits. Dear Mom and Dad: You Don't Know Me,... more
  • Full Circle

    by Erin Callan Montella

    In Full Circle, Erin Callan Montella traces her experiences as a young girl in Queens, New York to the highest-ranking woman on Wall Street during the financial crisis as chief financial officer of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Erin recounts her path of achievement starting as a promising young student and athlete and, ultimately, how she allowed her career and its demands to become the center of her life. She sacrificed all other priorities and relationships along the way, throwing work-... more

  • What Papa Told Me

    by Felice Cohen
    What Papa Told Me is the story of Murray, a young Jewish boy from Poland whose courage and sheer will to live helped him survive eight different labor and concentration camps in the Holocaust, start a new life in America, and keep a family intact in the aftermath of his wife's suicide - one of the Nazis' last victims. Written by his granddaughter Felice, what makes this book unique is that in between chapters are snippets of dialogue between Felice and her grandfather from when they worked toget... more
  • The Darkness and the Light

    by Melissa Burke
    Bipolar disorder simultaneously gives you both an amazing and a terrible outlook on life. This is a book of Melissa Burke’s personal journal entries as well as some poems, written over the past few years. The goal is to shed light on mental illness for people who don’t understand it while at the same time reminding those who do suffer from it that they aren’t alone. This is also to show that even if you don’t have any mental illness, life can be a roller coaster. But things do get better. Perfec... more
  • The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century

    by Shannon Drury
    What does a feminist do when she becomes a middle class, stay-at-home mom? Fight even harder for the rights of women! Through vivid tales of street action, political campaigns (both Michele Bachmann and Al Franken make appearances), school curriculum debates, SWAT officers, flame wars, ultrasounds, white-liberal guilt, feminists with no interest in children, moms with no interest in politics, and gay marriage, The Radical Housewife depicts the struggle of one woman to understand herself and h... more
  • Realizing River City

    by Melissa Grunow
    At times, life can feel like a challenging feat of survival. Whether it’s living through abusive relationships or figuring out the complexities of what it means to be a woman searching for love, Realizing River City is a memoir that proves how despite the troubles we may face, there is hope in the way we continually risk ourselves in search for the life we want to live. In her poetic exploration of past relationships, Melissa Grunow’s honest words do not falter in the face of so much loss. Takin... more
  • Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter

    by Sarahbeth Caplin
    In a bittersweet twist of fate, I started out “too Jewish” for my Catholic friends in elementary school, but not Jewish enough for the kids I met at summer camp, with their youth group logos and wristbands. In Israel, I didn’t feel I had the right to call myself Jewish at all. Now I was too Christian for Jews everywhere, but still too Jewish to completely fit in with my new bible study friends. In my most pessimistic moments, I wonder if I’ll never fit in anywhere, with anyone. It’s interesti... more
  • Days of Shock, Days of Wonder: The 9/11 Age, the Ways of the Mystics, and One Man's Escape from Babylon in the Belly of a Whale

    by Rafiq
    Disillusioned with the religious and political models of the 9/11 age, Rafiq asks a question that we all face in our desire for authentic lives: how can he remain in the world and still be true to himself? His quest for an answer carries him to a job at an Islamic university in Indonesia, where the US embassy is looking for terrorists, and then to the Sufi communes of northern India in search of the mystical. It pulls him into the trenches of 9/11 truth activism in Montreal before immersing h... more
  • Hungry for Touch

    by Laureen Peltier
    When her childhood sexual trauma is triggered, Laureen Peltier finds she can no longer avoid the haunting memories of her father molesting her. By chance, during a crisis, she meets the doctor fated to change her life. She grants Dr. Erickson, a male psychiatrist, one year to help her heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His unconventional therapies pressure Laureen into fighting, sometimes physically, her lifelong fears and traumas in order to integrate the scared little girl of her past w... more