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by Laura Eckert
At the tender and problematic ages of 16 and 17, Laura Eckert twice found herself as a patient at an abortion clinic, after her parents had discovered that she was pregnant. Addicted to sex and an overindulging in alcohol while maintaining an unhealthy desire for isolation and coping with deep depression, Laura didn’t understand the link between her problems until she was in her thirties, when she was finally ab... more
by Glyn HaynieIt’s the year 1969. I was serving in the U.S. Army with my brothers of First Platoon Company A 3/1 11th Bde Americal (23rd Infantry) Division. We were average American sons, fathers, husbands, or brothers who’d enlisted or been drafted from all over the United States and who’d all come from different backgrounds. We came together and formed a brotherhood that will last through time. I share my experiences about weeks of boredom and minutes to hours of terror and surviving the heat, carrying ... more
by Stephen DonovanIn this humorous memoir, the authors cast aside considerations about the horrors of combat, how wrong and tragic the war was, or how right and honorable it was. Instead they've chosen to focus on the most interesting and amusing aspects of their wartime experiences, thereby telling a revealing yet surprisingly humorous story that's not likely to ever have been heard before. A truly funny and refreshing look at the Vietnam War, "Long Daze" contains a wealth of information about the strange and so... more
by Jennifer S. Alderson
“The ride back to Kathmandu was comfortable and relaxing. There were more overturned trucks (the gas-powered ones seem to tip the most, I’m surprised there weren’t more explosions), goats being herded across the highway by ancient women, children playing games in traffic, private cars and buses alike pulling over in the most inconvenient places for a picnic or public bath, and best of all the suicidal overtaking maneuvers (or what we would call ‘passing’) by our ... more
by Valeriy GritsivThe astonishing true story of Etcia Goldberg - a young Jewish mother in Nazi-ruled Ukraine, who went to extraordinary lengths to keep her family alive. Fleeing Nazi persecution and slaughter, Etcia survived the Holocaust by living in a dark, cold cave called Popowa Yama (Priest’s Grotto) with 37 other Jews for 344 days. They lived in total darkness and extreme cold, with very little provisions. Etcia was the only woman, as a widow, who was responsible for providing her family with food. She r... more
by Shawn P. FlynnShawn Flynn and his fiancée are excited to start their new life together. They are planning a wedding and have bought a new home. The last thing the two of them need right now is a new cat. But their recently purchased house seems to come complete with a stray orange feline—a cat with a vibrant personality and a talent for mousing. So Shawn soon finds himself with a regular companion. Little does he realize that this cat will shortly become more important to him than he can possibly imagine. ... more
by Dr. Carroll JamesWhether attending decidedly awkward dinner parties or hayseed weddings complete with karaoke and inebriated attendants, or risking life and limb to aid the impoverished in Belize and Peru (with near-drastic results of misspoken Spanish), there’s a story for everyone in this third installment of Dr. Carroll James’s series of rollicking and touching memoirs. And Nothing but the Tooth offers up a continuation of bizarre episodes during Dr. James’s forty-plus years of dental practice—including perh... more
The Whole Tooth More Humorous (and Sometimes Touching) Tales from a Globe-Trotting Dentist's Storied Lifeby Dr. Carroll JamesDr. Carroll James has heard this uncomplimentary comment all too often, and while not taking it personally, he does note the unique and often quirky personalities of the patients he treats. The Whole Tooth, the second book in the series, continues relating some of the more bizarre episodes during Dr. James's thirty years of practice--including a lovable yet scatterbrained employee who can't master the phone's hold button, a house call to treat a bedridden patient that proves comical in the m... more
by Dr. Carroll James
Quirky patients, one-of-a-kind employees, and farm animals set the stage for this humorous, tender, and sometimes irreverent saga of Dr. Carroll James’s dental practice. Headphone-clad patients bop in the dental chair while Dr. James tries to work on the moving target; a long-timer happily drops her pants to show off her latest surgical scar; and a lost cell phone drops out of a patient’s boxer shorts.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
Working from his rural hom... more
by william reylandWhat if someone born and raised in the American Midwest were suddenly immersed in the culture of a Buddhist monastery in rural Thailand? This is a true story told with unflinching introspection and honesty – along with generous helpings of humor and warmth. William Reyland’s vivid and detailed descriptions of people and places carry us instantly half way around the globe. An admittedly naïve aspiration leads, by a tortuous path, to deeper understanding—and along the way we are offered a glimpse ... more
by Patsy Blades
I am a recipient for 41+ years of a kidney transplant from an unrelated deceased donor.
I believe that the subject of kidney disease and organ transplantation is topical these days! I've finally completed a book about loosing my kidneys, the challenges and obstacles I faced along the way and of my success over health, and having another chance at life.
The book is designed as a support resource, and to inspire the general reader and it's intended ta... more
by Pamela MoriartyAt age six, I was living in England, surrounded by men and women in uniform, anti-aircraft guns poking up through trees, air raid sirens going off day and night, skies filled with planes hurling bombs at us. My father was in France with the British Army trying to repel the German advance. The one thing that made living bearable in the midst of the chaos and destruction was the watchful, loving presence of my mother. Yet a year later, to my stunned bewilderment, she took me to Ireland where my gr... more
by Alexis HartzIgnorance is not always bliss, especially for a single woman living and working out of a 10-ton motor coach equipped with a panoply of mechanical mysteries and traveling with a persnickety cat. But after an unexpected career interruption, Alexis, full of wholehearted optimism, snatches up the chance to live the unconventional life she's dreamed about for decades. She buckles herself into the driver's seat and sets out to blaze her own trail. Girded with her organic faith, Alexis travels to uncom... more
by Monica BrosnanI decided to relate Tatiana?s story because she means so much to me. She is also part of and a continuation of Bill, my late husband, because she shared our bed for eight years. She is my doughty, plucky, four-legged friend who takes the bite out of living alone. After she had a very sad, troubled kittenhood, we adopted her. Soon she established herself as the chief occupant of our large home. Our days together began not with a cup of tea but with playing with Tatiana because she would usually b... more
by Rose CatalanoFollowing in his brother?s footsteps, Rose Catalano?s father decides to leave an Italy that has been ravaged by the war and try his fortunes in the New World. They face the challenges of making their way in a strange land, with no knowledge of English, with strange new foods, customs, holidays, and where laws are formidable. Yet gradually, the family adjusts to life in Toronto. Rose?s parents find jobs and eventually buy a home, bettering themselves in their chosen country as have immigrants b... more
by Michael WashingtonMichael J. Washington, who enjoyed a long and successful career in the weather industry, reflected on his life one day: He had a beautiful and loving wife who he’d been married to for more than forty years, three wonderful daughters living productive lives,and most important of all—he was happy. But success did not come easy, and he made plenty of mistakes along the way. He began to wonder how he made it so far despite his bad decisions and hardships. As a youth, he even experimented with alcoh... more