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by Greg Cope WhiteWhen Greg Cope White’s best friend tells him he is spending his summer in Marine Corps boot camp, all Greg hears is “summer” and “camp.” Despite dire warnings from his friend, Greg vows to join him in recruit training. He is eighteen, underweight, he’s never run a mile—and he is gay. It’s 1979—long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and with no LGBT rights in place in most states, and the Marines having a very definite expulsion policy in place for ga... more
by Cheryl Miguel
I am Enough is a gut-wrenching and heartwarming memoir of a courageous and dedicated woman who refused to succumb to her life’s extreme physical and emotional challenges. Tapping into her vast inner resources, Cheryl brings forth a wellspring of healing and enlightenment for herself and those around her.
by Joshua McDowellAccidental Dad is about the struggles unmarried men face when entering fatherhood. Author is trying to change the court system and make it more father friendly.
by Charles RiesCharles P. Ries latest book, The Fathers We Find, set amidst the farm fields and rolling hills of Southeastern Wisconsin. It is a coming-of-age story that takes place between 1950 and 1971. Based on memory, The Fathers We Find closely parallels the experiences of its author, Ries, who grew up on a mink farm just outside of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Drowning in a sea of nuns, priests, and hard-working church-goers, “Chuck,” our narrator, stumbles his way to enlightenment with help from a series of de... more
by Alejandro CordovaFollow a spiritually hungry young man from his tumultuous experimenting years of the late sixties, to his years in reclusion, to his travels across the world and back, from sitting in meditation on the banks of the Ganges River to having lunch with the president of Costa Rica. He was in search of a romantic solution to a spiritual equation. The story culminates forty years later as a spiritual guidebook and a romping fun travel story. The book delves into many of the themes typ... more
by Timothy Oliver Stoen
On November 18, 1978, Jim Jones, in Jonestown, Guyana, killed 907 people by cyanide and 5 other innocents, including a US congressman, by gunfire. Among those poisoned was a 6-year-old child, John Victor Stoen, the son of the author. This book traces Jim Jones's "development" from utopian to devil. It is Tim Stoen's firsthand account of his experiences as Jones's attorney, enemy, and postmortem target.
by Walter Hackman
by Earl S. Beecher, Ph.D., CLU, CFAReading this book is a unique experience. You'll catch yourself laughing out loud and maybe even shedding a tear as you get inside the head of this young Chaplain who muddles his way from one awkward situation to the next. You'll share his struggle to get commissioned in the Army, his training (and lack thereof) that shape his ability to cope with personal disasters and console victims' families and friends. His experiences cover the widest range of human emotions: from men under the pressures o... more
by James Garland PowellJames Powell’s earliest memories are of airplanes. His imagination was fueled by gasoline-powered models; balsa-wood gliders; and stories of military aircraft. Amazing, though, James never believed he would have the opportunity to fly in an airplane. While stumbling through school unsure of a career, James took a “dollar ride” in a Cessna 150. After a thirty-minute flight, he had an epiphany. As they taxied in, James’s heart and mind were still in the air. “Eureka! I’ve found it,” he said to hi... more
by LaVera EdickI was born in 1925. This is my story of growing up on a farm and following the oft-times bumpy road of life. It is the story of my family and ancestors, those pioneers who cut the trails and paved the roads for our journey through life. Several major events helped shape the lives and attitudes of those born before 1940. It was a struggle raising a family in the thirties: not only was the nation in a financial crisis, Mother Nature was in an ugly mood. When people reminisce, they often talk about... more
by Elizabeth M ScottChristmas Tree is about the true experiences of author, Elizabeth M Scott. As she grew up in rural Maine, it became her responsibility at age eight to annually get the family Christmas Tree and to decorate the house for the holiday season. From trudging through the snow searching for the perfect tree to actually seeing the bright Christmas Star on Christmas Eve, the reader feels part of this occaision by the author's unique descriptive ability to paint pictures with words. This book depicts the... more
by Sharon NirSharon Nir, a young mother and successful businesswoman, is faced with the most difficult decision of her life: should she abandon her career and her place of birth, Tel Aviv, to follow her husband, who has been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity - a surgical fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City? In this heart-breaking and riveting memoir, Sharon not only shares her difficult move to New York City and her journey of assimilation into a different culture, but also the baf... more
by Kate StephensonIn the summer before his freshman year, Wayne Casey could think of nothing but joining the elite rank of athletes at Byrd Prillerman High School. The all-black school was the alma mater of his seven older siblings, and Wayne in the family tradition planned to be the eighth Casey to walk the halls of Byrd High. But something happened. Over 55 years later, still no one can explain or understand how it happened. Jim Crow was still king, even if his legal status had been officially revoked. Ev... more
by Carroll DevineSleeping Between the Rails: A Woman's Odyssey is a true story that traces two perilous interwoven journeys - the external vagabonding one, through thirty-two countries, and the internal one based on her passion for an uncommon life and her self-abandonment for love. Taking a freighter to meet a former boyfriend in Spain, she begins with him an odyssey of five and a half years, hitchhiking, or traveling third or abominable class. On the journey, suffused with ridiculous risk, Carroll must questio... more
by Timothy Oliver StoenOn November 18, 1978, in the name of "love," Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guyana, killed 907 people by cyanide and 5 other innocents by gunfire, including a US Congressman. "Jonestown Story Riveted the Public," headlined George Gallup. "The mass suicides and murders were the most widely followed event of 1978." In his novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four," George Orwell in 1949 predicted that the new type of totalitarianism descending on humankind would be "capture of the inner mind." Stanford psychology p... more
by robert craigState of Mind: Life and Work in a Mental Hospital is a non-fiction, retrospective account of the first 8 years of my professional life as a Clinical Psychologist working in a public State mental hospital. Told through a series of vignettes and anecdotes, (plus a little psychology education thrown in), it is easy reading and meant for the general public.