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by Walker Rowe
"The Avocado Republic of Chile, because it’s too Cold to Grow Bananas” is laugh-out-loud funny and insightful. American writer, Walker Rowe, sick of the pollution and noise in Santiago moves to the country for peace and quiet. What he did not know is when you move to the country, you exchange one set of problems for another.
by Ann G. Sjoerdsma
"Our Parents in Crisis" is a compelling and chock-full-of-medical-knowledge narrative about 12 years of advocacy by the author on behalf of her aged parents in the highly fragmented, error-prone, and ageist U.S. healthcare system. The misdiagnosis in 2002 of a life-threatening illness suffered by her mother galvanized the author: She could see how the diagnosis didn't fit, even though doctors could or would not. Ultimately, Sjoerdsma saved her mother's life and became a dedi... more
by Russel LazegaShe escaped the almost certain death of a concentration camp, so breaking out of a nursing home is small potatoes. She beat it out of a Polish ghetto by refusing to take orders, so she won't likely take that medication. Just how is one Jewish family in Miami Beach going to make sure their matriarch, Bubbie, gets something she would never have dreamed of needing . . . help surviving? Managing Bubbie is the family memoir by grandson Russel Lazega that recounts the vexing days in the 1980's when... more
by soojin parktest
by Naveen SridharA colorful and harrowing story of a girl born during World War II, fleeing Berlin under bombardment and later the communist regime in the East as a teenager, ultimately reaching the free world.
Growing Up Alaska: Memories of a Town, a Time, a Place, and a People Planted in a Little Pocket of Wonderfulby Niki Breeser TschirgiBeginning with a family move to Alaska in March of 1982, Growing up Alaska follows the memories of Niki as she settles down and lives in the small town of Tok (pronounced Toke), Alaska, located ninety miles from the Canadian border in the interior of the state. From daily life of walking to and from school in the dark with a flashlight and playing outside at recess at 20 below zero, to traveling upwards of five days for school basketball trips that included bus, ferry, and airplane travel, Niki ... more
by Drs. Dwedor Morais Ford and Charles Wesley Ford, Jr.This book is about an unsung civil rights leader, Francis W. M. Morais (1866-1964), Ph.D., D.Litt. Between 1927 and 1935, Dr. Morais worked tirelessly to put an end to slavery and forced labor in Africa, particularly Liberia, which was founded as a haven for freed African-Americans in the early 1900s. Morais’ fight for human rights compelled him to travel to Geneva to meet with officials of the League of Nations. The Liberian government being against his travel to Europe from the outset did all ... more
by Jayne KellyAlbert Plevier, a twenty-four year old chemical engineer and plant production manager at a major chemical firm in New Jersey's notorious chemical industry of the 1970's, stood frozen in shock and disbelief as concentrated, hot sodium hydroxide spiraled counter clockwise toward his unprotected face and upper body. Then it hit. The liquid powered by a gas powered motor churned this caustic chemical and turned his feet into springs. This husband and father was blown back onto his left side an... more
by steven shortShort Stories About Mothers explores motherhood in all its guises. Stories include a mother looking back on the birth of her extremely premature twins, a nun talking about Mother Superior and a young mum snatched away from her family by early onset dementia.
by Clifford DavidsDecorated Vietnam combat veteran's raw experiences and life struggle with PTSD and his unique, very entertaining, Adventurous Life Experiences before and after the war. This book is extremey important to those suffering from PTSD because it holds the key to helping veterans prevent suicide.
by Mark SchreiberThe View From Bora Bora is a wistful, literary, memoir of the month I spent in French Polynesia after the end of a love affair. Yet despite my efforts to seek solace in the natural beauty of what James Michener called, "the most beautiful island in the world," as well as in the wisdom of Proust and even the arms of another woman, I am fatefully and ineluctably drawn back to the three months I spent with her exploring Israel and Greece, three glorious months I spent discovering one whom I thought... more
by Uzo AmakaA thrilling memoir told in moments of flashbacks about a young beauty, OMA. She had a sudden recollection of a dark past while she sat in a counseling session and a question from the counselor, JUNE, to OMA, triggered a series of suppressed memories. JUNE pressed OMA on during the session to speak more about her experiences with her stepmother and sisters as a child growing up in Nigeria and OMA unsuccessfully attempted to redirect the topic. OMA broke down in uncontrollable tears and began to ... more
by Siegfried KraDr. Siegfried Kra’s childhood memoir recalls the last days of a vanished world, that of the Free State of Danzig between the world wars, when aristocrats and merchants, Jews, Poles and Germans mingled in a climate of prosperity charged with uncertainty and change. It is 1932, the eve of Hitler’s rise to the Chancellory, and the eve of Siegfried Kra’s sixth birthday. But Berlin seems a world away and everything is right in the Kra household. His parents are scions of Danzig society. His fathe... more
by James MalteseThese meditations celebrate the holy days of Jesus Christ. Each of the meditations were written at Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter over five decades (1965-2015). We are spoken to and guided as spiritual sons and daughters.
by Christy ThomasDeath is the great inevitability. The one commonality that all people experience is that we will all take our first breath and we will all take our last breath. If we think about it at all, we also all long for ordinary, simple deaths. But our medicalized way of dying destroys that hope. Right now, Medicare reimburses for all the wrong things. If we keep our elderly and terminally ill in the hospital system, punctured and tortured by one useless and expensive test and procedure after anoth... more
by Wolf PascoeEver wonder exactly why anesthesiologists describe their job as hours of boredom, moments of panic? With gentle precision, anesthesiologist Wolf Pascoe teases apart an overlooked world and unveils the eggshell dance that takes place at the head of an operating table. A personal odyssey that goes deep into the heart of anesthesia's most fearsome mystery—breathing—this short book offers a seat on the stage of humanity's original theatre. It will change the way you think about life, and breath.