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by Pat Montandon
In her new memoir, Peeing On Hot Coals, Pat Montandon, the irrepressible Icon of San Francisco leads us on a journey from the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma to the highest circles of San Francisco society. Told with her usual pluck, wit and compassion, Montandon not only survived her brutal past, she bravely chronicles how she rose above it to live the Great American Dream. Through wit and creativity Montandon became a well-known figure not only in San Francisco but internationally and the basis of a ... more
by Steven LublinerQueens, New York in the early 1970s. During the holidays, a small boy dishonors his mother and learns a lesson. Maybe more than one. Maybe not.
by Lenore JanecekShining a light on the appalling issue of medical error, this stirring memoir, A Thousand Sparks of Light tells of one health professional’s empowering story from the hospital mishap to the courtroom battle that catalyzed her now public crusade. In her inspiring book, Lenore Janecek, a nationally-known health care expert, author, and public speaker tells the story of how she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent invasive surgery, only to discover, through dogged perseverance, there was a disas... more
by Mary M. BarrowBased on a true story set during the early years of the Civil Rights movement, 'Small Moments' is a gripping and heartfelt tale of how one uneducated and underprivileged woman taught a young girl to see the world not in terms of color, but in terms of kindness, equality and love. Amelia, an African American housemaid who may have been affected by the heartbreaking experiment at Tuskegee, is a tender mother figure who gradually exposes her young, white charge to the rippling tide of the nation's... more
by gabrielle glancyAcclaimed poet, Gabrielle Glancy, has emerged at last, with a strikingly original memoir, among the best works of prose I’ve read in years. It’s a harrowing (and sometimes hilarious) tale of her descent into and eventual emergence from the alien and alienated worlds of illness and contemporary health care. It’s also a subtly brilliant meditation on the social – or asocial – world of medicine’s strange but very relevant intersection with the infectious world of social media (Facebook in particula... more
by Petrea Burchard
Being a non-famous, working actor in Hollywood isn't easy, but it can be hilarious if you bring your attitude. Based on the popular column in Nowcasting.com's ActorsInk, the essays in "Act As If" take a humorous look at the life of a journeyman actor in Hollywood. "Journeyman," as in "not a star."
by Theia MeyTheia Mey was always the rebel in her close-knit Spanish family. She left her home village on the outskirts of Madrid, traveling to London to learn English, and eventually moved to the United States. In Florida she discovered a lush world whose beauty hid painful relationships with two men: the first led her into alcoholism and addiction, and the second pathologically abused her and her three children for many years. In the midst of her struggles, Mey was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent... more
by Linda A. Day
“A challenging, insightful, and rare work… Day’s writing is self-aware, her prose elegant, and her familiarity with the nuances of the subject apparent... Moments will sear their way into your consciousness.” FORWARD REVIEWS, 5 stars