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Two Steps from Glory: A World War II Liaison Pilot Confronts Jim Crow and the Enemy in the South Pacificby Maj. Welton I. Taylor
African Americans enlisted by the hundreds of thousands during World War II, swelling the ranks of the U.S. military by more than a million strong. And as they had in every U.S. war from the War of Independence on, blacks signed up with two goals in mind: to fight for the country they loved and to earn, on the battlefield, the respect they’d been so long denied at home.
For the majority of black soldiers, however, those goals remained elusive. The U.S. Army believed blacks ill-sui... more
Lost in Language: A Tragicomic Memoir of How One Man Failed Language Class in Italy But Found His Voiceby Jay Desind“I admit it. I failed foreign language class in Italy.”...So begins this rollicking comic adventure where nothing is exactly what it seems. Structured around twenty-four Italian language classes, poet and photographer Jay Desind invites you on a quest that goes backwards and forwards through time, surprises with unexpected humor, and shows an emotional range and honesty in a framework of quirky invention.
by Horace Chrenshaw, Jr.
Everyone is looking for that extra boost that propels them when they feel like quitting. It’s the extra boost that turns losing teams into winners. Some find an extra boost in sports drinks, energy pills, etc. to sustain them when their level of effort is literally empty or on “E.”
In this remarkable, compelling memoir, author Horace Crenshaw Jr. tells his story of being a commander that was put in charge of an Army Reserve Petroleum Unit during the initial months of O... more
by LeAnn BednarMy Final Ride is the true story of Chuck Christensen's mule-back Canada-to-Mexico journey while battling stage-three bone marrow cancer/multiple myeloma. Given eighteen months to three years to live and told he'll never ride again, Chuck crawls back on his mule and, with tears streaming down his face, vows to trek as far as he can. Along the way he faces mud bogs, giardia, broken bones, and deep discouragement;With water and food scarce, his mules begin to eat cowpies; his horse, however, refus... more
by Wendy Stuart KaplanDubbed as "the Kathy Griffin of fashion" Wendy's hilarious, occasionally poignant story of how she became and is still one of the most successful "fit" models in the country, from studying voodoo in Nigeria, to schmoozing with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 with years of taking mind numbing jobs to pay the rent, she tells an "only-in-New York" tale as she continues to "cover the asses of the masses".
by Perry McCarthyPerry McCarthy is an ex Formula One racing driver and was the original ‘Stig’ from the BBC Top Gear TV show. Flat Out Flat broke is his hilarious and internationally acclaimed autobiography which takes you on Perry’s roller-coaster adventure as he battled on and off the race tracks of the world to fulfil his dream of Grand Prix stardom. One of the best selling motor racing books of all time, Perry’s story will have you on the edge of your seat either on the verge of tears or howling with laughte... more
by Neil R. Beller, Jr.Author Neil R. Beller Jr. uses his merry, yet mischievous memoirs to wrap you up in the warm blanket of his youth. The memories he paints a picture of aren’t sappy, wistful, or mushy though. They are bursting with chuckle-provoking antics and with humorous sentimentality that we can all relate to. Born and raised in the quiet suburb of Carney, Maryland in the ‘60s and ‘70s, this Baltimore native’s novel contains tales of growing up with a father who employs a stare-and-breathe method of discipl... more
by Maryrose Carroll"This is quintessentially a love story" Joseph Bathanti, a poet laureate of North Carolina, says in his introduction. And, he continues, it is a fascinating account of some of the most vibrant, stormy and controversial times in American literature. In fact, for any student of 20th Century poetry, it’s downright mesmerizing. Combining literary history with very personal drama IMaryrose Carroll tells the tale of her husband, Paul Carroll, and his exploits with the censorship of his little mag... more
by Joseph C. FisherWhat is it like to be suddenly, catastrophically on the verge of death? Every year millions of people in the U.S. suffer acute medical emergencies that nearly take their lives. Millions more have accidents that bring them, without warning, to the edge of existence. I am one of those people. How does one adjust, living with a new understanding of the tenuous nature of existence? The Next Breath: New Life after Near Death tells the story of three near fatal and connected medical emerg... more
by Sage O'ConnorOn Thanksgiving Eve 2012, the course of one young man’s life would be forever changed. Falling Away from You tells the story of Taylor Bingaman and his journey through the world of Traumatic Brain Injury. Taylor’s mother, Nicole, shares the story as she recounts the events that happened as the result of a devastating fall down the stairs in their family home. Nicole brings to life what happens in Taylor’s accident through his continual recovery in a very personal and candid way. She expresse... more
by Jennifer Burge
Have you contemplated what your life would have been like if you lived abroad? Have you dreamt of taking your career overseas? You are not alone. The victim of an extreme case of wanderlust, author Jennifer Burge, has been on a mission to see as much of the world as possible, beginning with Europe. At thirty, Jennifer began the journey in real-life, having one of the world’s largest tech consulting firms finance her plans.
Within days of the collapse of the Twin Towers,... more
by Marilyn BermanInching through rush-hour traffic at the age of sixty-three, it dawned on Marilyn that she was also inching through life. At that moment, she decided to make the journey of her dreams—a long vacation, a year or more alone in a van. She spent months preparing to escape her settled home and habits, and in June of 2004, she got on the road. Destination: Alaska. A lifetime of memories accompanied her. As she drove, explored, and hiked, she pondered her past. Marilyn grew up gay at a time when hom... more
by Maggie YoungJust Another Number is a memoir structured by the first 23 men I had sex with. It’s about how American society curbs women to validate themselves by men. Through my lovers, I relive all the shit I got myself into because of that. The book paints a gritty portrait of a Tennessee teen who- in the midst of bulimia and meth abuse- joins the Navy. \tJust Another Number hops through the various shades of chauvinism in the conservative Bible Belt, the male dominated military, and the superficiality ... more
by Tracee SiouxWhat happens when you say YES! to everything your Soul tells you to do for one year? The Year of YES! is one woman’s spiritual journey to free herself from the conventions that bound her Soul. This memoir is a raw, unflinching confrontation with the pain and regrets of a jagged past, an exploration of sacred (and not-so-sacred) sex, a slaying of demons, a baptism, and a transmutation of self.
Tracee Sioux starts her Year of YES! on the heels of a divorce. Having tanked her career for ... more
by Daniel M. HarrisonAn exhaustive work of theoretical application in the sciences and the humanities which arrives at hard conclusions about how wrong-minded many of our leading academic institutions currently are on matters as basic as our fundamental sexuality and evolution, Butterflies is an equally hysterical and terrifyingly grotesque portrayal of a society that's content to be spoon-fed denial and deceit. If you really want to understand the millennial mindset, this is the book you need to read. Written by s... more
by Dana GoodmanIn the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning: A Story of Hope After Tragedy by Dana Goodman is a heart-breaking account of her journey through the dark night of the soul as she endures the ravages of cancer that took her first husband, her young son and her beloved mother-in-law in a short period of time. In her despair, cancer again knocked at her door - her second husband both diagnosed with cancer, at the same time her son received a diagnosis of a deadly brain tumor. Emerging from this horrific t... more