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by Judith WorksInnocents Abroad collide with La Dolce Vita when the author and her husband arrive in the ancient city of Rome fresh from the depths of Oregon. While the author endeavored to learn the folkways of the United Nations, her husband tangled with unfamiliar vegetables in a valiant effort to learn to cook Italian-style. In between, they attended weddings, enjoyed a close-up with the pope, tried their hands at grape harvesting, and savored country weekends where the ancient Etruscans still seemed to be... more
by Janiece CorevineTo the outside world, a perfect family, but behind closed doors, the pain, suffering, beating and the secrets kept growing. My book is of growing, maturing and trying to understand the facts of life without anyone telling you about it. Unfortunately learning and understanding what sex is about at the age of three years of age. Learning on your own, coping the best way you can own with the dynamics of dysfunctionality within your own family. Learning how to cope, and take care of yourself when... more
by Nichole Anne Carpenter9-year-old Nichole and her parents are evicted from their home because both of her parents are addicted to heroin. With nowhere left to turn, they are now homeless. In order to survive they must dig through dumpsters, beg, and steal. While living on the streets, Nichole struggles to understand why people treat them differently.
by Terry BarrFollowing in the tradition of Alabama memoirist Rick Bragg, Don’t Date Baptists explores the world of Bessemer, Alabama, circa 1960’s–70’s from the eyes of a boy who grew up there, struggling to understand the divide of race, class, religion, and neighborhood anxiety. Essayist Terry Barr learns from his parents that not all love is the same; that certain neighbors are not to be trusted; that crosses and stars and popular music can with seamless metamorphosis signal danger, desire, hate, and deep... more
by JoAnne Blackwelder
When Steve proposed to JoAnne, he swore she was the love of his life, and, surprised, she accepted. Certainly he was a talented writer, and together they delighted in being witty and wild. Life in New York brought them two daughters, great jobs, a successful screenplay, and a Brooklyn brownstone to renovate. But Steve had dark secrets, and JoAnne would discover that her husband was not only a great lover and devoted father, but his demons could bring the underworld home, terrifying his girls.... more
by TheArthur A. Duncan II, Esq.Felon-Attorney is about my journey from being an ex-felon drug dealer to going to federal prison to becoming a licensed attorney in NY.
by Shannon O'Leary
Set in 1960s and ‘70s Australia, The Blood on My Hands is the dramatic tale of Shannon O’Leary’s childhood years. O’Leary grew up under the shadow of horrific domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, and serial murder. Her story is one of courageous resilience in the face of unimaginable horrors.
The responses of those whom O’Leary and her immediate family reach out to for help are almost as disturbing as the crimes of her violent father. Relatives are... more
by Tyra ManningAfter years of battling addiction and depression, and coping with the tragic death of her father at a very early age, Tyra's worst fear had come true. Tyra learned that her husband had been killed in the Vietnam War from her psychiatrist at the Menninger Clinic, where she had been hospitalized for depression. Larry had been shot down over the Laotian jungle while flying a top-secret mission, just two weeks before their daughter's second birthday. In this beautifully written memoir, Tyra Manni... more
by Mao SimMy Survival in the Killing Fields tells the story of one incredible woman, Mao Sim, and the extraordinary journey she undertook as a young girl, emerging from the horror of the conflict which engulfed her country to try to find a new life amidst the pointless destruction. But her escape from one dangerous situation leads her into another, as she was to become an abused wife in a loveless arranged marriage. Alone, with nobody to confide in, Mao was forced to deal with senseless brutality for the ... more
by Stacy Harshman
In this witty and life-affirming memoir, Stacy Harshman tracks her amazing experiment. By wearing dramatic, identically styled but differently colored wigs for weeks in New York City, Stacy Harshman learns more about who she is and what she can find in herself as a redhead, a raven-haired goth, a brunette, and a blonde.
Denied! Failing Cordelia: Parental Love and Parental-State Theft in Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court. Book One. The Cankereby Simon CambridgeThe Cankered Rose and Esther's Revenge is the first part of an instructional/memoir trilogy that looks at my struggle to first adopt and then parent an older child with severe attachment disorder. My own issues with Asperger's syndrome and the disinterest of my wife, Esther, in helping to parent our daughter are integral to a fuller understanding of the story and the journey. The traumatic circumstances under which my daughter was removed from my care in Seattle and sent to be with her mother... more
by Shenandoah Chefalo
by Shenandoah ChefaloGarbage Bag Suitcase is the true story of Shenandoah Chefalo’s wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endured numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough. After being abandoned by her mother for months at her grandmother’s retirement community, she asked to be put into foster care. Surely she wou... more
by Lindsey LewisConfronted by the sudden realization that her entire life no longer fits her, magazine editor Lindsey Lewis promptly has a quarter-life crisis. She leaves her former dream job, seven-year relationship, and home. Pursued by anxiety and panic attacks, Lindsey embarks on a new path that takes her to a studio apartment in Vancouver, a one-bedroom in Paris and then Greece, and time after time to a yoga mat. Along the way, she meets three strangers who will change her life, her perception of what’... more
by Delin ColonAvailable and annotated for the first time in English, Aron Simanovitch’s memoirs offer an intimate view of Rasputin through the eyes of his dear friend and secretary. Simanovitch reveals Rasputin’s progressive ideas for social and economic reform that outraged the nobility. In the process, he depicts the underbelly of early twentieth-century Petersburg society, with its gossip, plots and intrigue. But more importantly, his revelations about Rasputin’s humanitarianism lend a three-dimensional vi... more
by Trevor MacDonald
In a time when to most people “pregnancy” automatically means “motherhood,” what is it like to get pregnant, give birth, and breastfeed a child all while being an out transgender man?
When Trevor MacDonald decided to start a family, he knew that the world was going to have questions for him. As a transgender man in a gay relationship, Trevor has gone through the journeys of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing all while exploring (and sometimes defending) his role ... more