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by Valerie Anne Faulkner
by Maya Morrow
Inspired by the life and works of poet Sylvia Plath, including Plath's published journals, Maya Morrow presents her own coming-of-age journey in this collection of raw and uncensored diaries spanning a decade and a half. The story begins Christmas 1984 and ends in 1999, when the author, twenty-six, rediscovers the handwritten diaries for the first time.
Set against a backdrop of cultural touchstones any Gen-Xer would recognize, Silicon Valley Girl: My Adolescent Life and Times,... more
by Daniel FosterA craftsman carpenter, designer and builder tells stories from his nearly 50 years in the building trade working for architects, designers and home-owners, remodeling and building from New England to California. These are stories of buildings and the people who create them and live in them. Some of these are purely humorous. Some are insightful. All are engaging. These are stories to be enjoyed by people who have worked in the trades and for people who have not; for people who have rem... more
by Anthony ChiurcoHow and why does one become a neurosurgeon? Dr. Anthony Chiurco delineates a life in medicine that moves from childhood on the rough streets of South Philadelphia to success in a career that is as stressful as it is profoundly rewarding. He discusses his early programming by the Catholic Church and the eventual dismissal of organized religion and his path to atheism. How life on Earth originated is discussed broadly as well as on the molecular level with a friendly explanation for the reader... more
by Morgan St. JamesOn the surface, Bella’s family appeared to be living the American Dream. Influential friends from politicians to mobsters frequently visited and enjoyed his hospitality and drugs. However, lurking behind that façade were the dark secrets of a sadistically abusive father and brother, sexual abuse, ties to organized crime and free-flowing drugs that should have had no place in the life of this little girl, who loved to twirl and dance in her perfect pink bedroom while wearing a fluffy tutu. ... more
by Monya WilliamsI CAN-cer Vive: Live Free, Be Happy shares the inspiring story of Monya Williams, a woman of indefatigable optimism, who survived sexual, physical, and mental abuse as a child. Living with the wounds and the attendant loss of her childhood innocence, she faced struggles in her relationships and bouts of deep depression in later years. Then, receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer and permanent partial facial paralysis, she endured more than thirty surgeries over a six-year span. In the pages of I... more
by John KoskiAutumn Leaves is a wide-ranging collection of remembrances culled from the author’s life experiences. Readers learn about a mysterious volume of short stories by French author Guy de Maupassant, an elderly nursing home resident who needs help remembering her past, an overworked boiler in an aging convention hotel in downtown Minneapolis, the fast-moving cancer death of the author’s mother, and more.
by Odile AtthalinOdile Atthalin was a young woman from a prominent, bourgeois family in Paris when she decided to leave home in search of meaning. All she knew was that she wanted to go to India, but once she had separated from France and committed to creating a new life for herself, opportunities fell into place. After years of travels around the world, including a life-changing four years in an Indian ashram, Atthalin settled in Berkeley, CA, where she found all she needed: her first real home; a godson wit... more
by Arisma MtriThis book is broken down into 7 chapters that are named after the parts of the eyes which represent the author's middle name in the Hindi language. It expresses and describes various events in life from passionate never-ending love, continuous pain, growing up in solitude, making it as an introvert, friendships battling anorexia, becoming someone, and many misconstrue occurrences from a relationship with an alcoholic. This book is for those, who need inspiration, awareness or for anyone th... more
by Susan A Ring
A POWERFUL, CHILLING, TRUE STORY ~ As featured in People Magazine and Dr. Oz, 2016 along with O, The Oprah Magazine 2003 and one of Oprah’s Choices as one of the Top 10 most talked about stories in 2010.
Inside the life of a surrogate mother Susan Ring, a single mother of two who learns upon her second journey, with the same intended parents, she is pregnant with triplets. The parents demand a reduction to twins.
The surrogacy agency informs Susan of the unbelievable, the pa... more
by AMN (Pseudonym)At the age of 21, a young Hungarian refugee vanishes from his Dubrovnik tour-group in 1978. Over a timeline spanning almost sixty years, this fascinating autobiography will take you on a journey from his cold war upbringing in Budapest to San Francisco via an Italian refugee camp. With no formal education, the author crisscrosses the US for 18 years, as an IT contract/engineer. Briefly, he becomes a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. After failing as a trader and to cope with the stress... more
by Gary E. VawterLittle Rose Brezina had everything an 8-year-old girl living in the 1940s needed. Her extended family living in the same Vienna apartment building, summers on her uncle's farm, and a cheerful spirit that brought joy into every experience. That spirit would soon be tested, though, as the Nazi army moved in and war came to her city. Before she would even reach her teens, Rose would lose her best friend, join and underground effort to hide Jews, and suffer repeated torture by a Gestapo determined t... more
by Jacques SardasAn inspiring story of courage and intergenerational wisdom “When my grandson Jake was around fifteen years old, he and I decided to share brunch every weekend. Like many teenagers, he was struggling with timeless questions about God, death, and the meaning of life. During our brunches he shared his thoughts on politics and worldwide conflicts with passionate concern. I assured him that at his age, I had similar questions . . . and that I nonetheless found life beautiful and meaningful while I... more
by Valerie Anne Faulkner
Noticing a knothole in the windowsill that hadn't been filled in, I thought to myself, how ironic...imperfections in nature? But how beautiful! A reminder that God is near, everywhere, and in everything. Even if we ever considered ourselves unworthy, or not good enough, we all are perfectly-imperfect and truly amazing because of it.
by Dani AntmanWhen the Judaism of her childhood doesn’t satisfy Dani Antman’s yearning for spiritual awakening, she embarks on a quest for a spiritual path. Dani finds herself immersed in the world of yoga, energy healing, and Kabbalah but her journey of inner transformation has only just begun. A healing crisis, misplaced trust and a failed marriage, intensify her desire for a teacher who can lead her to self-realization. Her prayers are answered in the form of a realized adept, a Swami from the faraway s... more
by Ross McKnight
Twenty-two people ride a double-decked bus from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1971, as recreated from journal entries, memoirs, contemporary photos and rider's recollections.