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by Joseph C. FisherWhat is it like to be suddenly, catastrophically on the verge of death? Every year millions of people in the U.S. suffer acute medical emergencies that nearly take their lives. Millions more have accidents that bring them, without warning, to the edge of existence. I am one of those people. How does one adjust, living with a new understanding of the tenuous nature of existence? The Next Breath: New Life after Near Death tells the story of three near fatal and connected medical emerg... more
by Sage O'ConnorOn Thanksgiving Eve 2012, the course of one young man’s life would be forever changed. Falling Away from You tells the story of Taylor Bingaman and his journey through the world of Traumatic Brain Injury. Taylor’s mother, Nicole, shares the story as she recounts the events that happened as the result of a devastating fall down the stairs in their family home. Nicole brings to life what happens in Taylor’s accident through his continual recovery in a very personal and candid way. She expresse... more
by Jennifer Burge
Have you contemplated what your life would have been like if you lived abroad? Have you dreamt of taking your career overseas? You are not alone. The victim of an extreme case of wanderlust, author Jennifer Burge, has been on a mission to see as much of the world as possible, beginning with Europe. At thirty, Jennifer began the journey in real-life, having one of the world’s largest tech consulting firms finance her plans.
Within days of the collapse of the Twin Towers,... more
by Marilyn BermanInching through rush-hour traffic at the age of sixty-three, it dawned on Marilyn that she was also inching through life. At that moment, she decided to make the journey of her dreams—a long vacation, a year or more alone in a van. She spent months preparing to escape her settled home and habits, and in June of 2004, she got on the road. Destination: Alaska. A lifetime of memories accompanied her. As she drove, explored, and hiked, she pondered her past. Marilyn grew up gay at a time when hom... more
by Maggie YoungJust Another Number is a memoir structured by the first 23 men I had sex with. It’s about how American society curbs women to validate themselves by men. Through my lovers, I relive all the shit I got myself into because of that. The book paints a gritty portrait of a Tennessee teen who- in the midst of bulimia and meth abuse- joins the Navy. \tJust Another Number hops through the various shades of chauvinism in the conservative Bible Belt, the male dominated military, and the superficiality ... more
by Tracee SiouxWhat happens when you say YES! to everything your Soul tells you to do for one year? The Year of YES! is one woman’s spiritual journey to free herself from the conventions that bound her Soul. This memoir is a raw, unflinching confrontation with the pain and regrets of a jagged past, an exploration of sacred (and not-so-sacred) sex, a slaying of demons, a baptism, and a transmutation of self.
Tracee Sioux starts her Year of YES! on the heels of a divorce. Having tanked her career for ... more
by Daniel M. HarrisonAn exhaustive work of theoretical application in the sciences and the humanities which arrives at hard conclusions about how wrong-minded many of our leading academic institutions currently are on matters as basic as our fundamental sexuality and evolution, Butterflies is an equally hysterical and terrifyingly grotesque portrayal of a society that's content to be spoon-fed denial and deceit. If you really want to understand the millennial mindset, this is the book you need to read. Written by s... more
by Dana GoodmanIn the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning: A Story of Hope After Tragedy by Dana Goodman is a heart-breaking account of her journey through the dark night of the soul as she endures the ravages of cancer that took her first husband, her young son and her beloved mother-in-law in a short period of time. In her despair, cancer again knocked at her door - her second husband both diagnosed with cancer, at the same time her son received a diagnosis of a deadly brain tumor. Emerging from this horrific t... more
by Dee Hill
This memoir describes a life that has taken twists and turns that range from the comical to the traumatic to the simply bizarre. It describes a colorful Boston area upbringing that exposes Dee Hill to congenial mobsters and vigilante teenagers, with a larger than life father who harbors violent tendencies.
Dee Hill seems to be a magnet for unusual scenarious, big personalities and general wackiness. His eclectic upbringing leads him to seek adventure far from his hometo... more
by Neil HickeyAdventures in the Scribblers Trade comes in two parts: People and Events. Both derive from my 50 years + as a journalist in newspapers and magazines. I'm currently adjunct associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The People section of the book describe my personal experiences and friendships with about 30 major personalities, most of them legends: Vladimir Nabokov, Laurence Olivier, James T. Farrell, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Kurt Vonnegut, Bobby F... more
by Julian CaesarFailing Upwards is the classic coming of age story. Sort of. I spent a decade of my life depressed, angry and aimless. I responded to that with an amoral hedonism that at times, flirted with nihilism. At some point in that decade, something interesting happened-I realized I had an exceptional talent for being a troublemaker. What began as a response to discomfort with myself and the world around me, turned into intentional lifestyle choices. Failing Upwards is about how a Catholic schoolboy morp... more
by Stuart Hotchkiss
Stuart Hotchkiss is at the end of his rope. Underemployment, bankruptcy, and a looming third divorce have worn him down. His mother has died. He’s estranged from his own son. Death seems like a release.
The son of a once great southern family, Hotchkiss spent his early life struggling to escape familial expectations and secrets. He paid for his own education and eventually secured a position as president of a national media conglomerate, only to resign a year later and bring s... more
by Stella Swanepoel￼￼￼“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk disappointment. But risks must be taken because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. They cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live.” She held a marriage certificated in one hand dated October 20, 2001, and seven months later, a death certificate in the other hand dated June 5, 2002. In April 2005 four children lay in their sealed coffins, ... more
by Alun BuffryAn incredible journey in 1972, of a young man and his hat, "Myhat", from Thessalonki in Greece, through Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India - and back to the UK, through poverty and illness, a journey not forgotten. Passing through Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus (Efes), Antalya, Antakya, Aleppo, Deir el Zur, Qa'im, Baghdad, Tehran, Mashad, Herat, Kandahar, Kabul, Khyber Pass, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Amritsar, Delhi, Agra, Haridwar and Rishikesh - known now as "The Hippy Tr... more
by Polly LetofskyPolly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west across 4 continents and over 14,000 miles—by foot -- to become the first woman to walk around the world. In a spirit of adventure, along with the goal of raising global awareness for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. The world had embraced her. But in the middle of Polly’s journey, 9/11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history, and she found herself navigating a vastly changing world. In 3mph she richly det... more
by Danuta PfeifferIn this gripping memoir, Danuta (Soderman) Pfeiffer, known to millions as the former co-host of The 700 Club with Pat Robertson, explains her sudden disappearance from the evangelical world and explores her chaotic past living under her father’s imposing shadow. This is a story of navigating identities through a remarkable life. Danuta Pfeiffer was an unwed teenage mother escaping to the tundra of Alaska; a journalist who inadvertently became a television evangelist with a ringside seat to a... more