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Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knewby Amy Byer ShainmanResurrection Lily shares a story of inheritance and intuition, of what can surface in the body and the spirit when linked by DNA. As Amy Byer Shainman discovers she has inherited a BRCA gene mutation that puts her at high risk of developing certain cancers, she struggles to come to terms with preventively removing her breasts when she does not have a breast cancer diagnosis. Through her experience making decisions about her health, Amy becomes invigorated with purpose and establishes herself as ... more
by Gary KarlsenIt is the mid-1960s, a time of cultural change and an awakening consciousness of worlds beyond our shores. A brazen young man, fresh out of high school in Vancouver, crews on a deep-sea freighter in the hopes that it will take him to Norway, the land of his ancestors. The author’s voyages, recounted with wit and humour, begin on the southwest coast of BC, and continue along the sea of life, to unexpected destinations. In his memoir, No Ordinary Seaman, Gary Karlsen unravels some of the unfathoma... more
by DeWayne LandwehrStory of a young man growing up along historic Route 66 in Missoutri, in the 1950s. Personal experiences include working in a filling station on Route 66, helping in family business, dealing with some physical and sexual abuse, meeting some very interesting characters who stop at the filling station.
by van quatrro
I was lost (again) So I headed up to the Aleutian Islands to find work on a fishing boat. But everywhere I go I bring me. This was a tough time in my life.
by Charles EisendrathCHARLES R. EISENDRATH, in this series of essays spanning four decades, explores the things that grow lives of their own when left undisturbed at a second home — things like an “ancestor room,” a storm- struck forest, a player piano and a childhood fear of wild dogs. These essays are about the loves of a place inhabited temporarily, but which shape a person permanently. In 1973, after covering the assassination of Chilean President Salvador Allende for Time magazine, Eisendrath decided to not ... more
by Jacqueline CioffaTHE RED BENCH, a fantastical, visceral roman à clef follows International Model Cioffa’s descent into mental illness and bipolar disorder as she struggles to pick up the pieces of her fractured life after a nervous breakdown. Committed to writing for 365 days she finds solace, hope, and strength through a red bench, imagination, the changing seasons and healing power of nature.
by Frank PremSmall Town Kid is a poetry anthology that illuminates the experience of regional life as a child, in an insular town during the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, remote from the more worldly places where life really happens, in a time before the internet and the online existence of social media. It is a time when a small town boy can walk a mile to school and back every day, and hunt rabbits with his dog in the hours of freedom before sundown. He can hoard crackers for bonfire night and blow up th... more
by Loreen Sumner
In 1992, Loreen Sumner was hired as the first English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Duplin County, North Carolina, and, through the years, she has had the privilege of teaching many students immigrating to this country from diverse parts of the world. Oscar Mojica, a twelve-year-old from Mexico, was one of her first ESL students. As a young migrant boy, he had quickly become disillusioned by his surroundings in America, realizing his expectations of ever reaching “the American D... more
by Sephe Haven
ONE WOMAN. TWO LIVES. OH SO MANY MEN. One at a time (mostly). My whorizontal Life is the true story of a naïve, empathic young woman driven by her desire for fantasy and romance, fearful of the ‘real world,’ who dreams of finding true love and becoming an actress extraordinaire. As poverty and debt overwhelm her, she takes what she thinks will be a very limited leap into the underground work of escorting. But finds it is not so easy to get out. Or, maybe she doesn&rs... more
by Barbie Schuchart-Carlisle
Have you ever felt unloved, abandoned, alone, or forgotten? Did you or someone you know, experience traumatic events in life? Have you ever felt so helpless that giving up seemed like the best choice? In this intimate and honest memoir, author Barbie Schuchart-Carlisle shares how tragic events in her life shaped future events which then led her down a path of healing, unconditional love and a stronger relationship with God. As a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, Barbie's ... more
by Michael LynesFIVE-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER AARON has always been a whirlwind of heroic action, leading his brothers into all sorts of youthful mischief. A mysterious illness suddenly plunges him and his family into a frightening nightmare of hospitals and doctors and extreme therapies far from his small-town home. Can his doctors diagnose his strange disease? How will he and his family adapt to a bizarrenew world they have been thrust into? Heart-wrenching, searing, and powerful, There is a Reaper immerses t... more
by Becky Kueker
After publishing a memoir on life after retirement, “Hiding in My Pajamas,” and launching a national speaking career traveling the country at 75, Becky Kueker thought she had it all. Then a complicated surgery requiring six months in a wheelchair turned her life in a new direction. After fighting fear, depression and the realization that she would once again have to start over, Becky shares her journey and highlights many of the inspiring people she met along the way.
by Dianne Ebertt BeeaffA Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Years After is a sequel to my best selling memoir A Grand Madness, Ten Years on the Road with U2, published in 2000. It continues the fan's-eye view of Ireland's iconic rock sensation, U2, taken from my journals, and covers their last six tours.
by Bill Lord"50 Years After Vietnam" is the irreverent memoir of a very young soldier who flunked out of college and found himself as a draftee grunt in Vietnam in 1967-1968. The story is often very funny yet at times heartbreaking as we follow this soldier through one of the most tumultuous years in American history. The Tet Offensive, Lyndon Johnson giving up the presidency, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy sent shockwaves through the country and perhaps to an ever greater deg... more
by Laurin Haupt
Most of us swere taught of the attrocities of Hitler and his force against the Jews of Germany but little is talked about regarding the way members of the Third Reich turned against anyone that dared defy them, regardless of religious beliefs. Those that joined with Hitler went up against friends, neighbors, shopkeepers, even Catholic priests they had known their whole lives for having the courage to stand up for what was right.
Laurin Haupt tells the riveting story of... more
by Ron SeyboldAn epic road trip with my tween set me on a path to uncover perfection in fatherhood — and how my father’s suicide didn’t doom me to recreate his mistakes. Stealing Home is the story of an 11-day, 9-game road trip I took with my Little Leaguer — and how my plans for perfection delivered things much deeper than scores, miles, and smiles. You don't have to drive 3,147 miles to find your way to fatherhood. When I did, something magical and rare appeared at the end of the journey, inside my heart... more