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by John WagnerJohn Wagner is a middle-aged, divorced-no-kids, non-practicing Catholic, successful lawyer in Sacramento, California, who gives up everything to work for human rights in Peru in the early 1990's, a time of horrific violence there. A frequent adventure and spiritual traveler, John’s life changed dramatically during a study tour on the history and political reality of Peru, including studying about Sendero Luminoso, the vicious terrorist group. Disillusioned with any organized religion, he sees th... more
by John Allen ReskoOn a warm September day in 1957, author John Allen Resko walked through the gates of Saint Charles into a world he was ill prepared to confront. He had no clear plan for the future and didn’t possess the financial means to follow another path. After concluding that the religious life and his temperament did not mesh, Resko, who had spent nine years pursuing a religious vocation, walked away. A continuation of The Gates of Saint Charles, Cherish the Exception narrates how his life evolved into so... more
by Ralph ReynoldsComing of age in the rugged and unforgiving Southwest may not suit the faint-of-heart, but it is the perfect landscape for a compelling and humorous memoir of a lad who endured a mid-1900s cowboy upbringing in rural Arizona and New Mexico.Growing Up Cowboy chronicles the foibles and fortunes of its author, Ralph Reynolds (a.k.a. Luna Kid), in an engaging and heartfelt fashion. From wrangling ornery critters to finding first love, the Luna Kid confesses all and regales the reader with vivid stori... more
by Victoria DavidsonAs a minister, not only am I not able to walk on water, but it feels more like slogging through an East Texas stock tank. Instead of confidence and benevolence, I am perplexed and even aggravated. Tomorrow I will stand before a grieving family in a packed chapel with nerve dredged up from somewhere. Meanwhile, tonight I have an old Smith-Corona portable and my sister's Bible from which to wrestle a badly needed message. Tomorrow, I will be the shaman who conducts the grief stricken family ove... more
by Vicki LesageWhen newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she'd imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you're right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.
by Donna Foley MabryIn 1906, I was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes. She said, “You’ve always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now, you’re going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. Wh... more
by Steve Theme
Experience the charity, horrors, and wonders of hitchhiking seven thousand miles alone. As nineteen-year-old Steve Theme leaves on a hitchhiking trek, he has no destination, no timeframe, and no self-respect. Living in a home that wasn't safe didn’t prevent him from being selected Scholar/Athlete of the Year as a senior in high school, but hiding one life from the other has broken him into fragments. He leaves Seattle in 1978 as a know-it-all whose hobbies are shoplifting malt liquo... more
by Victor Fox***The Most Provocative Story Ever Told*** Poor kitchen worker Kim Suk is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice for her Party--marry, and inform on, the puppet they will install as Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Sung. No one told her he was capriciously cruel and sexually deviant. Chinese guerrilla fighter Peter Chang, ordered to protect Kim Suk from her new husband, is an angry man haunted by his mother's death and... more
by Jorge NewberyLife was good for Jorge Newbery. A high school dropout and serial entrepreneur, he had built a real estate empire of over 4,000 apartments across the USA. Taking risks and working tirelessly were the ingredients to his rise. But, he took one risk too many. An ice storm on Christmas Eve 2004 triggered his collapse. He was maligned, publicly shamed, and financially gutted – even arrested. He lost everything and ended up $26 million in debt. As he struggled to regain his footing, he spent... more
by Michael Gordon Bennett
7-10 Split: My Journey As America’s Whitest Black Kid, is the memoir of Michael Gordon Bennett, who at age 5, escaped America’s fractious racial climate for the friendly streets of Madrid, Spain, only to return to America and be captured by hatred’s web, forced to simultaneously confront the personal anguish of his own existence, and the harrowing history of a nation in a centuries long battle with a malignant past.
It’s late 1965 when... more
by Virginia C. LopezMemoir of Cuban immigrant Roberto Diego Lopez captures the spirit and color of Havana in the 1930's and 1940's. It's a personal account about one young boy growing to manhood; his stories reflect upon the Cuban lifestyle, values, and temperament. Lopez was fascinated by the strong, colorful personalities of the people around him and tells their tales with warmth and humor. Lopez also recounts what it was like when things ruptured—when the communists took over—and made it impossible for him to st... more
by Shannon Bradley-CollearyBradley-Colleary has written about married sex on her popular website The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful since the spring of 2011. In that time she’s lost the respect of friends and neighbors, but gained a readership of 100K per month. She was also chosen as one of twelve keynote speakers at the 5,000 attendee BlogHer conference for her piece, “What I Know About Sex Now That I’m Forty.” This book is a compilation of the best of Bradley-Colleary’s factual married sex stories, some culled from ... more
by Shannon Bradley-CollearyFrom the poignant requiem for former flame,legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee's charismatic son Brandon, to the hilarious degradations of dancing at the 1990 VMAs as a Suicide Blonde for INXS to a sweet interlude with a pre-fame David Schwimmer, Bradley-Colleary brings us into the world of celebrity circa 1988-1995 through the eyes of the hapless outlier. These aren't just a series of brushes-with-celebrity anecdotes, but a rites-of-passage story where art may never bring Fame and Fortune, but ... more
by Shannon Bradley-CollearyKirkus Review says: "Debut author Colleary chronicles 40 weeks of pregnancy in this irreverent account. Sometimes sweet, sometimes sassy, screenwriter and blogger Colleary tells all with witty sarcasm and edgy, laugh-out-loud humor. She begins with conception and the results of a home pregnancy test before careening through laments of sleepless nights, mood swings, weight gain and nausea with snappy but snide remarks most pregnant women think but few express. Colleary’s book is a fun, literary... more
by Michael DitchfieldPart inspirational rallying call, part first-person, autobiographical narrative, part eulogy for a treasured friend and mentor, "Life's Too Short for Leftovers" takes the reader on a highly personal journey of self-discovery. Best-selling author Michael Ditchfield's Life's Too Short for Leftovers - cleverly presented as courses on a menu - conveys a singular perspective on what it means to be human, and what is required of us as individuals to be active, engaged participants in humanity. Wi... more
by Christina Nance"Just like an addict keeping track of their sober days, I too keep track of mine...I am a survivor, a suicide survivor." Growing up we did not speak on or acknowledge any type of Mental Illness. We were raised on the sayings: "what goes on in my house, stays in my house" or "ain't nothing wrong with you child, let us pray over you." I believe it is time to break this cycle and bring awareness to my community, the black community and for us to stop hiding behind closed doors.