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by Randy Rhody
At seventeen Randy Rhody was a rebellious honor student who left home to live on his own in Lincoln, Nebraska. Even there in the heartland he met like-minded outliers, supporting his own ambitions to write. When Allen Ginsberg visited in 1966, a party for him was held at Rhody’s place. “You shake with a cloud,” Ginsberg said to him. “My hand does not exist.” His remark seemed like a guidepost to some arcane wisdom the youth was already seeking.
Hoping to ev... more
by Carole D. FontaineFontaine shares stories and adventures from her 20-year journey on a sailboat, the joys of life surrounded by the ocean, the challenges she faced, her search to regain her health after a debilitating health crisis and learning to live in a meager 41-foot of living space, with her husband, and a dog. It's also an inspiring tool of self-discovery with each chapter sharing an adventure, a life lesson, a journaling question, and a transformational exercise for readers to discover their own path and... more
by Jessi HerseyIt's a collection of poetry from my childhood to adulthood in finding my faith again.
by Ruth KleinRuth Klein’s story is about merchants and landowners—aristocratic Polish Jews. It’s about their lives in refugee and concentration camps. About parents who survived the Holocaust but could not overcome the tragedy they had experienced, and about their children, who became indirect victims of the atrocities endured by Holocaust victims. After their liberation, Ruth’s parents were brought to the Displaced Person Camps in Germany, where they awaited departure to the United States. They we... more
by Peggy Hinaekian
"For many of us in the disconnected 21st century, it is time to speak about our heritage."
This memoir creates a whole world bridging memory and narrative. It has a sense of longevity, no so much in the number of years, but with the depth and range of felt experiences.
The writer is an artist who brings to the page an astute eye for the meaning of belonging and identity as she shifts between her many selves. There's a real sense of looking at people in the ... more
by Alan E. (Al) StrunkA collection of Facebook Posts and Comments from March through June of 2020 chronicling the events and effects of the Coronavirus lock down on the seaside villages of Los Osos and Baywood and the environs of San Luis Obispo County on California's Central Coast.
by Valerie J RunyanNarratives of my life from early twenties to mid fifties in no particular order.
by Valerie J RunyanNarratives to help women in midlife get through and past a divorce.
by Allen WebbI wrote this book for two main reasons. First reason is I woke up every day with these stories on my mind. I knew for some reason I needed to write them down. The second reason is for future women. Quite honestly I get tired of telling these stories to strangers because most think there is no way this could happen to one person. I can assure you that all stories contained in this book are true and happened to me. If I am interested in a lady again and she is getting interested in me I will just ... more
by Bernard GwertzmanBernard Gwertzman tells the story of growing up as a journalist in the world of print newspapers, his hometown New Rochelle, New York’s Standard-Star then the Washington DC Evening Star (both of which went under as print papers collapsed) where he became a senior diplomatic correspondent until moving to the New York Times, where he served during the Cold War as Moscow Bureau Chief and then traveled with Henry Kissinger who was making deals and opening the way toward peace in the Middle East. He ... more
by Anvi HoàngMaking coal patties. Selling liquid soap. Shopping at a glittering shoe mecca. She’s done them all living half her life in deprived-post-war-communist-Vietnam-turned-free-market. It’s life in a vacuum when strange types of brainwashing happened. Part memoir and part social criticism, Why Do You Look at Me and See a Girl? is a provocative read about a full-fledged bilingual who fights to get free from the dead past and her ancestors’ sins. The story starts with her grandmother’s prison visit a... more
by ROBERT F SCHERMAMy Father Called Me Bobby is an intriguing memoir detailing Bobby’s experiences growing up in an Italian family in the ‘50s and exploring the sexual revolution a few decades later. The first-person narrative welcomes readers into his childhood and his initial experiences with God, faith, and religion, all tied in with the influences and antics of his Italian family. His initial decision to join the seminary and become a priest will not come as a surprise. Determined to be a priest, he spends... more
by Susan Uehara Rakstang
Susan Rakstang recalls her idyllic life as a child of Japanese American parents and her mother’s cooking lessons of delicious tastes, exquisite fragrances, and the visual art of preparing food, through her fast-paced, frenzied battle with time juggling her responsibilities as a wife, mother of two children, and working outside the home as an architect–a pioneering path not often pursued by women in the mid-1970s. When she retires, her life suddenly takes a dark turn when her mothe... more
by J Thomas Brown
My father had the wanderlust and moved our family every year and a half. We lived up and down the U.S. East Coast, in Sweden, and in England during the American Golden Age of Capitalism. The plot is woven around the places we lived. A common thread in the story is his driving, at times humorous, and sometimes scary. The truth is he is loved as much for his faults as for his accomplishments. My father had a mind like a steel trap, but his braininess also got him into trouble. He loved life - p... more
by Stacy Ann Momo
by Patrick E. CraigWith this book, Craig takes us into deep green forests, beside fast silver waters where trout rise, on long hikes over hills flamed by autumn and along slopes of tall, sharp mountains. He takes us into his youth. Everything in the Pacific Northwest of another century comes to life––the people, the animals that make their way along wide or narrow trails, a thriving wilderness of woods and brush and alpine flower. Even the trucks, cabins, fishing gear and rutted roads of a long-gone era fill our i... more