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by Joan KantorWhen her mother begins her decent into dementia, Joan Kantor faces a daunting task—a complex role fraught with personal triumphs and challenges. As her mother’s memories fade in and out of focus, Kantor’s recollections of their relationship gain unexpected clarity: “I know you meant well, / but just like you, / I learned to be afraid / of myself.” Fading into Focus: A Memoir is a unique collection of poetry that candidly recounts a daughter’s journey of discovery as she struggles to untangle ... more
TWO STEPS FROM GLORY: A World War II Liaison Pilot Confronts Jim Crow and the Enemy in the South Pacificby Maj. Welton I. Taylor with Karyn J 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 il... more
by Carter NiemeyerHis plan was to stay in Iowa, and maybe get a job counting ducks, or do a little farming. But events conspired to fling Carter Niemeyer westward and straight into the jaws of wolves. From his early years wrangling ornery federal trappers, eagles and grizzlies, to winning a skinning contest that paved the way for wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rockies, Carter Niemeyer reveals the wild and bumpy ride that turned a trapper - a killer - into a champion of wolves. With an introduction by Nic... more
by Mary O'ReileyMarie O’Reiley is outside screaming at the world. Her children watch through the living room window as the police come and arrest her for disturbing the peace, leaving them alone in the house. Thus begins the astonishing true story of a family always living on the brink of disaster. The story unfolds, told through the eyes of Marie’s children. Not only are they impoverished, but they are dealing with Marie’s erratic and often bizarre behavior. Through it all shines Marie's sense of humor and her... more
by Kate C. WrightI am 30 years old, still single, following a dream, wallowing in self pity; yet I manage to briefly mask my self-loathing with wine, random flings with B list celebrities, professional athletes, dating men that are full blown sociopaths, and basically being a well known socialite. Unlike most relationship/non-fiction books about random people’s lives, I am the voice of every 30 something woman, who just hasen’t quite figured it out yet. This is about finding love, losing love, finding yourse... more
by Meg Myers Morgan
Here are the collected ramblings of a tired mother, happy wife, grateful friend and busy professor. Hang on as she wanders through childbirth and graduate school. Settle in as she shares her unique perspectives on raising strong-willed daughters and teaching strong-willed students. This collection contains more than thirty humorous essays, plus a three-act play and a silly poem for good measure. This book is bound to make you laugh. But hey, if it doesn’t, you’re out less tha... more
by Ernest KolowratRanging over a century of intimate foibles and world events, "Eating of the Forbidden Fruit" is a lighthearted firsthand account by an unwitting victim of the seductive perils of our time.
by Judy Light AyyildizParalyzed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Judy is told that Nothing but Time and physical therapy will help. Armed with imagination unbounded by body, time and place, she finds spiritual strength in the moving, insightful yet humorous stories of the inspirational people and creative experiences of her in Virginia, West Virginia and Istanbul.
by Laura S. JonesSaving Sadie and Sasha is a story about the power - and limits - of love. Sadie and Sasha’s transformation from abandoned, near-feral dogs into beloved pets was never easy, and the outcome was never certain. This funny and touching memoir follows the author’s bumpy, yearlong journey (one both figurative and literal) to help these two young pit bulls cheat death and find a real home. Jones keeps you entertained and on the edge of your seat throughout their story as she weaves her personal path ... more
by Suzanne ShermanOver 50 personal narratives by women and girls from around the U.S. describe the life and times through age 12 from the early 20th to the early 21st centuries. Ten chapters showcase ten decades, from 1910 to 2010. A short decade history and pop culture highlights from each decade open each chapter, giving context for the tales of girlhood that follow. Photos add dimension as life is described in the truest of voices. It’s history in motion from an entertaining and eye-opening angle.
by Jed RingelStuck in the Passing Lane is the true story of a man using all the dating tools developed during his twenty-three-year marriage to conduct live experiments on his newly divorced, Baby Boomer heart. To avoid responding to the signals and attractions that produced Jed Ringel’s first marriage, he walls himself out of his interpersonal comfort zone, diving into relationships with women figuratively and literally foreign to his Brooklyn-born, middle-class Jewish origins. With the unsparing co... more
by Marnie ManganoI know that I was raped around the age of 8 years old, but I don't know by who. I also don't have many memories at all before the age of 16. My childhood is a lot like looking through the photo album of a perfect stranger. I see the pictures, but I don't know the stories behind them. I know that my father was accused of raping me by my mother. I know that my mother abused me: Sexually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. She fooled social services and I was left in an unbearable home. The on... more
by HueA memoir about family separation following the Vietnam War, living in American with a mother in Vietnam
by Sasha DreamsLife couldn't be sweeter for ten year old Sasha... Sasha lives the good life and is the darling of her fifth grade class. Suddenly, her father loses his job, sending Sasha and the rest of her family into a downward spiral filled with drugs, disappointment, and disaster. To cope, Sasha empowers herself by bullying her best friend whose kindness and empathy only enrage her more. Sasha's struggle with life, school, and failed dreams takes its toll in bouts of rage enacted on anyone who gets in her ... more
by Anita Ann Caruso
It’s difficult to pretend you love someone when you don’t. It’s even harder to pretend you don’t love someone when you do.
To whom do we belong? To our spouses or to each other?
As Ever, Pudd is a romantic love story told in letters. Why would two people married for a total of over 50 years to other spouses travel down a path that was destined to change their lives forever? Their heart-wrenching journey of pain, anger and sorrow, the lives they were respons... more
by Rick McDermott