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by EC Murray
Named one of KIRKUS BEST BOOKS of 2014. When Elizabeth hitchhikes to the south of France in 1980, she leaves behind a world of drugs, a lover, and an aimless life. Her hopes to become a famous writer in Paris dashed, she carves a life for herself herding goats, sheep, and an ornery cow at a mountain farm in the south of France. With no water, heat, and barely any electricity, Elizabeth ponders her fears, relationships, spirituality; as well as life at her elite New En... more
by Katherine GrieszThis book is a memoir, the tale of my childhood and later years. It is also the story of my family, set against the sociological, historical and political happenings of the 20th century. It talks vividly about the horrors of the Holocaust in Budapest, Hungary, followed by several years of brutal Communist dictatorship and life behind the Iron Curtain. It deals with the intimate personal stories of the protagonists, the enforced parting between parent and child, the loss of home, social positio... more
Icarus Falling: The True Story of a Nightclub Bouncer Who Wanted to Be a Fucking Movie Star and Ended Up Just Being Himselfby Christopher Paul MeyerThe true story of a failed actor, who – still tantalized by the promise of LA – reinvents himself as a nightclub bouncer. Working both downtown and on the Sunset Strip, he is thrust into the bloodstream of LA. Amidst the unending parade of strung-out transients, shimmering miniskirts, enraged gangbangers and unhinged party people, he avenges his history of cowardice, atones for his past infidelities and tries to become something better than another Hollywood casualty.
by Dr. Tamer Elsayed
"An intelligent, honestly written memoir of immigration."—Kirkus Reviews
"... immigrants are far more than the sum of their paperwork, and Elsayed provides a balanced portrayal of his own foundation in this engaging book."—Kirkus Reviews
"Outlier, outlaw, outcast: The improbable scientific career of Tamer Elsayed"—Jeffrey Mervis, Science Magazine
by Abigail LeeLove, weed, and a love-hate affair with weed. Abby undergoes a peculiar struggle in her youth: to try to enjoy pot. For years at the behest of her stoner friends and lovers, she tries and fails to smoke up and like it; until one shining day, she experiences marijuana's enhancement of abstract thinking, bestowing upon her a new perspective on life, love, and everything in between. "Epiphanies Whilst High Out Of One's Mind" is a work of narrative nonfiction with a predominantly humorou... more
by Carl RossComplex, confusing, exciting, boring, funny, and tragic are all valid descriptors of experiences found in a modern law enforcement career. Carl Ross spent over four decades inside the world of police work. His memoir takes the reader on patrol, into investigations, on SWAT calls, and inside the chief’s office, all the while explaining what officers do and why. Forever Blue has more than 225 true stories taken from the author’s files and unforgettable encounters. Ride along with him now i... more
by Tara CaimiWhen Tara Caimi was twenty-eight years old, she moved from Pennsylvania to Utah to support her boyfriend’s dog mushing dream. Nick was confident and courageous, outgoing and adventurous—everything Tara was not. Tara had always suffered from anxiety-related ailments, but in Utah her health steadily deteriorated. Living with Nick revealed some unexpected lifestyle differences, and the culture she encountered rendered her a perpetual outsider. The only comfort she found was in her surrogate family ... more
by George DeVaultSuppose your house caught fire ... and no one came to put it our. It's a very real danger, national experts warn. Volunteer firefighters, who account for seven out of every 10 firefighters in the United States, are vanishing. Written by a retired chief chief who responded to more than 5,000 emergencies over 30 years, Fire Call! tells why, explains what it's really like to be a volunteer firefighter and what everyone can do to help.
by earl ofari hutchinsonNew Book Released on the 50th Anniversary of Selma March 7 Political Analyst and Noted Author Earl Ofari Hutchinson’s New Book From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History An Intimate Look at the Personalities and Events in America from King to Obama March 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the bloody attack on civil rights protestors in Selma. The civil rights marches there led to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. It also marked the start of an era of unpreceden... more
by Lori Stevic-RustIn Greedy for Life, Lori Stevic-Rust shares insights on aging as a health psychologist, a middle aged woman and a grateful member of a five generation family. In this warmly told and humorous memoir, readers experience the voice of Dr. Lori's one-hundred-year old grandmother guiding her through the first fifty years of her life’s journey. In its recollections of the good, the bad and the beautiful, a personal journey of aging becomes an inspiring, universal story of finding purpose and living wi... more
by Naomi M RosenthalHow can you know what isn’t there if you’ve never experienced it? It would be like trying to comprehend a third dimension when you’re living in a two-dimensional world. Thus I wasn’t aware of the absence of insects in my environment until I experienced their abundance in Africa. I also didn’t know what was amiss during my childhood in Israel, Germany, and various parts of the US, but I felt something wasn’t right in my family and knew I had to get away. Determined to experience life fully, ... more
by Anne AlexanderA former wartime pilot and Time magazine’s first foreign editor, Thomas J. C. Martyn had a vision: to establish a weekly news magazine that would rival Time, which in the 1930s was the only magazine of its kind in the United States. Martyn succeeded—so resoundingly that Newsweek has prospered for over 80 years, first as a stalwart of print media and now in the digital era, as well. Newsweek was Martyn’s brainchild, brought to life through his own perseverance and ingenuity. So it came as a bit... more
by Jeff SandsLetting Go is a gripping account of a Marine before, during, and after 9/11. Through the eyes of Jeff Sands, he retells his story with brutal honesty, describing what possessed him to join the Marine Corps, his experiences while serving, to include deploying to Iraq during the initial invasion, and the demons he endured while trying to readjust to civilian life.
by Tracy M. MannonThirteen years after Tyler is born in the idyllic Swiss village of St. Aubin, his mother decides it is more than time to take him back to his home country, as Tyler likes to think of Switzerland. First, though, they will travel through six other European countries and Tyler will see (well, it is his mother's hope) that there is more to her than a stressed-out working mom; underneath is the adventurous traveler of years gone by, just waiting to get out in the world again. So off they go, mother a... more
by Tim Honchel
Gifted storyteller Elmer Hernan Rodriguez Campos recounts his childhood battle with hunger, war, and the culture of poverty. Each day, he and his brothers scavenged the San Salvador dump where they lived for food, and searched for answers to the questions that naturally arise when one is born into extreme poverty. Readers begin to see life through the eyes of a starving child who is trying to find his place in a world that always seems to be against him.
by Anne KaierWhen copywriter Anne Kaier stops traffic to rescue a stray cat, neither she nor the cat knows what lies in store. Readers will lose themselves in this witty, true-life story of how Anne hopes a beguiling cat called Henry can help her as a woman in the amped-up city. "Pet lovers will lap up every word of this charming and candid story of a single woman opening her heart and home to an emotionally complicated cat. Like the best pet memoirs, it is what we learn about the human experience that matt... more