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by Nicole ThomasShe’s spent a good portion of her life in search of happiness—struggling to find her place, and to discover her worth. But if there’s one thing Nicole Thomas has figured out, it’s that every experience contains an important lesson, and that God has been there for every step along the way. So with that knowledge, she began to blog. From the ins and outs of divorce and child-rearing, to important conversations with friends, her everyday reflections have served as a creative outlet, documenting ... more
by Edward C. LarsonIn 1943, Eddie Larson went to war. He was sent to the far reaches of western China, to a place nestled in the shadows of the mighty Himalayas—the infamous Hump—to fly whatever aircraft he could coax into the skies. He was one of the youngest pilots in the China-Burma-India Theater. This is a story of manic devotion to airplanes and all things flying in a time when the world experienced vast and remarkable changes. It is a story of a life truly well lived—a story of joy, and commitment, and findi... more
by Brigid MarlinA Meaning for Danny, Brigid Marlin’s poignant and engaging book, is the story of both her son’s lifelong struggle with the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome, long before the term was coined, and her own struggles as a mother, trying to help her son and make sense of his suffering.
by LeeAndra ChergeyBy the age of two, Ryan has los his ability to speak—twice. Sensing it is more than typical “second child” behaviors, his mother, LeeAndra, embarks upon a mission to understand why Ryan has become withdrawn and violent, and is met with a devastating answer: her son is autistic. After a few months of behavioral treatment, Ryan experiences remarkable success. He begins to communicate, learns to adapt to his surroundings, and after attending a special educational preschool, where he thrives, he ... more
by John McClarrenJohn McClarren (LTC, US Army, retired) relates to his readers how circumstances in his own life naturally led him into taking what many would consider unnecessary risks in order to reach his goals, and how this risk-taking became a primary routine in his life, all of which ultimately resulted in total fulfillment. \tThis book is for anyone who is always trying to assess the need to take risks in accomplishing goals, and there are very few who are not in that category. We all take risks from time... more
by Adel SoutoThe Least Silent of Men is a document of one man's 30-day vow of silence, containing a brief history of the act, as well as a detailed account of the experience. It also includes a foreword by artist George Petros, as well as a transcript of the communication book carried for the month of the experiment.
by Max Knight"Silver Taps" relates the author's struggle to come to grips with the death of his father. The book delves into the terrible effects of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. It pays tribute to a man who served his country in three wars; World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. It also pays tribute to the traditions at Texas A&M University, the institution, and the Corps of Cadets.
by Claire SnymanWhen Claire Snyman is diagnosed with a rare benign brain tumor at the age of thirty-four, she and her family are completely blindsided. She tries to make sense of their new reality while trying to navigate conflicting medical advice. Claire learns to be her body’s own advocate as she undergoes a personal awakening during the often-harrowing journey of life with a brain tumor, her misdiagnosis and through the brain surgery and recovery that followed. This inspirational story of a woman, mother... more
Below the Water Line: Getting Out, Going Back, and Moving Forward in the Decade After Hurricane Katrinaby Lisa KarlinIn this intensely personal and moving memoir, Lisa Karlin provides a gripping account of her family’s hurricane evacuation experiences and all that followed in the decade after Hurricane Katrina. Her story begins in August 2005, when Lisa, her husband, thirteen-year-old daughter, eleven-year-old son, and two dogs evacuated New Orleans for what they thought would be a two-day “hurrication.” Her day-by-day account of the weeks that follow vividly chronicles the unprecedented displacement of thousa... more
by Sarah M. Johnson
Life is Beautiful takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in Life is Beautiful, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’... more
by jeffrey b. roneyLiving a life full of challenges and complications. A death of a father and a son who gets lost in the pain of survival.
by Sean Michael O'DonnellAfter fifteen years of up-all-night gay disco dance parties, Sean O'Donnell and his longtime partner Todd decided to trade in their leather chaps for mom jeans and start a family. In August 2012 the not-so ambiguously gay duo walked into a Pittsburgh-based adoption agency and said, "We'd like a child, please." For the next several months they attended parenting classes, subjected themselves to probing FBI background checks, and completed enough paperwork to reforest the whole of the Amazon River... more
by Niki Trosky
From the prairies of Winnipeg to the sands of the Arabian Sea, readers will fall in love with a curious and charming heroine as she embarks upon a transformative journey to release her powerful, self-loving, independent woman from within. Conquering obstacles of homesickness and heartache, armed with the earnest hope of finding peace, “Love Life” chronicles author Niki Trosky’s rebirth from ‘the girl’ into the woman known as Zahira.
In humorous tumblings of... more
by Miguel LluchBarcelona entre 1929 y 1939 es un lugar especial, crisol de experimentos políticos que atraen a intelectuales europeos y americanos de la talla de Hemingway, Malraux, Orwell y Neruda. Miguel Lluch es uno de los pocos testigos vivos de este período de la historia reciente Española. Aquí narra los recuerdos de su niñez y adolescencia, desde los prolegómenos de la Segunda República hasta el final de la Guerra Civil Española. Cuenta cómo siendo niño mimado de una familia de la burguesía catalana, ... more
by Diane FraserIn 1983, Diane Fraser is emerging from the trauma of a violent family home life when her niece Deihlia is born with problems so severe that her prognosis is death before week’s end. Blessed with a powerful resilience and a pioneering female surgeon, Deihlia survives over 40 major surgeries, coming close to death many times. Through her humor, mischief, and appetite for life, Deihlia shows people how to live with gusto and maneuver around obstacles – self created or otherwise. Like the superhero ... more
by wade stevenson