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by Lee GaitanHeartbreak, Humor and, ultimately, Hope That’s the message that comes through loud and clear in My Pineapples Went to Houston, Lee Gaitan’s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss. The “shock and awfulness” began in 2002 when her father died, her mother teetered on the brink of a coma and her husband of 22 years secretly lost all their money and ran off with a stripper. And it was all downhill from there! Then one day in the midst of all the chaos—somewh... more
by Jonathan KohlmeierEveryone has fears. A fear of the dark, a fear of heights, or even a fear of the unknown can make leading an otherwise normal life difficult. But what if you were afraid not of the dark or of heights-but of other people? What if you were overcome with paralyzing terror and even pushed to the brink of sickness each time you talked with another person-even though you wanted more than anything to be with and enjoy the company of that person? In Learning to Play the Game: My Journey through Silence,... more
by Brandon Davis Jennings
Here, we fail to repress the memory of what Brandon Davis Jennings experienced on the night the invincible Iron Mike Tyson was defeated by Buster Douglas. Here together, we are Brandon Davis Jennings. Here, we remember. Here, it follows us. Here, we try to understand pain and memory as it tracks us through our lives, unknowingly shaping and motivating every step forward. Here, we join the Air Force, we travel to the desert, to tech rooms, to Africa, to the sea, to Vegas, to Jap... more
by C. Read
Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony is a provocative and highly controversial exposé revealing Read’s struggles and triumphs while “Walking With the Enemy.”
This true story is about the author’s involvement with a Bible study group that turned out to be a cult remarkably similar to the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas, led by David Koresh.
As of 28 February 1993, Read had been with them for some three years, and had grown to love and trust the leaders completely; but after she foun... more
by Hamza AbdullahA retired NFL player goes on a journey to find out why NFL players go broke, get divorced and/or commit suicide. What began as misplaced anger transformed into an expedition to accurately assess the perils football players experience when they leave the field of play. In this memoir, Hamza discusses concussions, CTE, PTSD and suicide.
by Rita Malsch
WWII was in full force when Rita Lulay Malsch, the youngest of four girls, was born in the picturesque city of Heppenheim, Germany, where she inherited a love of theater, art, and literature. Right before Germany lost the war, her father escaped, but the family of six faced terrible hardship when he died suddenly. Rita later married and the couple was transferred to the United States, but jobs were limited due to her lack of formal education. She eventually opened a licensed family day care, ... more
Possible Side Effects: A young man's triumphant journey to find balance and strength through family, loss, addiction, and artistby Jeffrey L. Buford, Jr.This is the story of a young man's growth and survival in the small town of Alton, Illinois, where the shadows dance with poverty, history, and hope. Mr. Buford challenges the age-old ideas of conformity, loss, and separation as he struggles to understand addition and disease with family, wrapped in a colorful quilt of unconventional attitudes. Through eloquent prose Mr. Buford captures the laughter shared in the fleeting moments of childhood, and the tears that fell down though divorce, scho... more
by Jeff SpragueSpanning the 1970's through a half-hour ago, Slow Children At Play is a heartfelt and humorous look at life within an extended family. These 20 short, fast-paced stories and essays give a fun-filled peek into one man's life as he interacts with his "everyday unusual" family and his eccentric young daughter. You'll enjoy family traditions in "Resplendent With Pine Needles in Her Hair", Daddy-daughter adventures in "Days of Crepes and Bazookas", "Sixth Grade Science Camp", and "Light Sabers Don't ... more
by Chuck FarritorThere’s good news for sentimentalists out there. Here are several true stories, oftentimes sad but hopeful, that wish to fill the hearts of readers with joy, compassion, promise, and encouragement. Author Chuck Farritor pens down his memories, insights, and sentiments in the pages of his book, “In The Gentle Blue Light of the Dog Star”. Each of these sixteen stories can stand alone, but each story is an integral part of the whole. The first story is of the author’s grandparents and their fami... more
by PJ MillerDr. P. J. Miller's story is unique. Growing up in New York City, who would have thought that he’d complete his veterinary degree at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland? In Cute Poodles, Sweet Old Ladies & Hugs, Dr. Miller has assembled a "greatest hits" of veterinary tales—stories that include colorful clients, wisecracking hospital staff, Told only as a typical New Yorker could. A must-read for any aspiring veterinary professional or animal lover that wants to know wh... more
by Antoinette Truglio Martin
This memoir is a wimpy patient’s chronicle through her first year of breast cancer treatment and how courage was found with the help of writing and the love of family and friends.
by Elwin HigginsI've always held the belief that everyone's got a fascinating story to tell. This is my account of growing up in London in the 1970's and '80's. Family life, the forming of friendships, trips abroad, school life, girlfriends, football, risks, adventures, , Spain, letters, culture, racism, drugs, events, death, work and a failed acting career. It's a chronological diary which I hope will inspire and trigger memories for anyone growing up at that time. There is nothing made up here, I wanted to re... more
by Julius Dion BaileyJulius Bailey courageously bears his soul in witness to his journey of love, loss and personal responsibility. This very transparent book invites you into his fight with depression as he discusses: Sexual abuse as a child from babysitters, A failed suicide attempt, A failed search for a relationship with his father and his unreconciled striving to fill that gap with other men of influence Destroyed Love Relationships Battling with being a Fat boy and a Fat man while loving women A Fa... more
by Gia Manalio-Bonaventura
Most people don’t like to talk about their vulnerable moments. It’s hard enough to be honest with ourselves, let alone share these feelings with others. Even harder is to laugh when we do recognize those certain moments that, even in retrospect, are just completely cringe-worthy.
For Gia, laughing and writing about these experiences is cathartic—even more so when depression and anxiety are fighting to take center stage.
Join her... more
by Steven Key MeyersIn this unusual and lively memoir, I seek to recapture my early 1970s experience of being a teen-aged underbutler at Caramoor, the great estate in New York's Westchester County famous for its music festival and house museum--virtually an American Downton Abbey. With with and rue, I Remember Caramoor recounts the charms and challenges of getting to know the house, its high-society history and its staff, below-stairs and above, at a time when the rhythms of its way of life were already those of a... more
by Kenneth LeeMy life as a MK-Ultra victim of the U.S. Goverment