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by Marta MarandaThe Holy Hammer is an event that turns a life upside down. Every life has at least one. It might come in the form of death, divorce, disease, downsizing, natural disaster, addiction, or dysfunction. But its purpose is always the same: to teach us to awaken to a personal relationship with truth, compassion, openness, accountability, and authenticity. And to show us that every act contains two of life’s most precious gifts—connections and consequences. The Holy Hammer came to Marta Maranda through... more
by Inno Chukuma OnwuemeImagine yourself having one foot planted on one continent while the other foot is on another continent. A huge transformational step, isn’t it? That’s precisely what Inno Onwueme’s early-life story does. One foot is planted firmly in the traditional African village where age-old customs mingle with poverty, disease, ignorance, and deprivation. The other foot pivots tantalizingly in 1960’s California, at the cutting edge of western civilization. Here, searing social and political upheavals of glo... more
by Loly Garriga
Strides of Destiny is a true love story that gives new meaning to the words love, fate and destiny. It passionately depicts love’s triumph and perseverance during the many hardships and uncertainties experienced by a young couple who are ultimately separated against their will -- with no hope of ever reuniting again. Alex and Loly’s adolescent romance begins during the 1950's when life’s cadence on the exuberant and exotic Caribbean Island is mixed with flowers&rsqu... more
by Michael GoldyIn the unforgiving Florida Everglades, almost anything can happen, and it usually does. This book follows the true story of Michael Goldy, who spent 10 days in the dangerous South Florida wilderness, the largest wilderness in the eastern United States. In this book, Michael Goldy recalls the ultimate backcountry experience as he sets out on canoeing the Wilderness Waterway through Everglades National Park. Coming face to face with alligators, venomous snakes, and the brutal force of mother natur... more
by Steve AlpertThis journey of passion and transformation will take you along the path Steve Alpert took when he realized his core mission in life: to help raise awareness for veterans and their families through the use of his art. In trying to find meaning in his own life, Alpert goes back in time to face his choices and chance encounters that set him on a new path towards realizing his mission. Alpert visits wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC. He donates a major painting to the mu... more
by Seng Ty
The Years of Zero: Coming of Age Under the Khmer Rouge is a survivor’s account of the Cambodian genocide carried out by Pol Pot’s sadistic and terrifying Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s. It follows the author, Seng Ty, from the age of seven as he is plucked from his comfortable, middle-class home in a Phnom Penh suburb, marched along a blistering, black strip of highway into the jungle, and thrust headlong into the unspeakable barbarities of an agricultural labor camp. Seng’s mother was ... more
by Jeff RiggenbachA memoir of Joan Kennedy Taylor who as an author, editor, actress, radio commentator and libertarian feminist - studied with Gurdijieff, dated Allen Ginsberg and had a long friendship with Ayn Rand ... was considered the founder of the individualist movement. Jeff Riggenbach thematically intertwines her encounters with the political and intellectual events of the the time, revealing how Taylor's work, writings and behind-the-scenes contributions helped shape the rise of individulalism in the lat... more
by Art GilliamWhat is the central factor in the racial divide between blacks and whites in America? How has African slavery affected America and how does it continue to impact racial understanding today? One America: Moving Beyond the Issue of Race examines the underlying challenges preventing Americans from achieving the level of racial harmony that most of us desire. Art Gilliam shares his experience of growing up in the Deep South during the 1950's -- a time when racism was pervasive. His person... more
by Cynthia RenwickGuatemala City is officially classified as one of the most dangerous cities in the Americas, where armed guards stand in the doorway of every bank, shopping center, and McDonalds. Murders make daily headlines. The men hiss at women the same way they hiss at dogs. Here, in the shadow of the country’s many spectacular volcanoes, a 22-year-old anthropologist embarks upon her Fulbright research, and quickly finds that things aren’t quite what she expected. Even the folks at the U.S. Embassy want her... more
by Ed DavisIn 1972, Ed Davis, like many in his generation, felt the call of the road. Unlike most, Davis rode freight trains. He caught rides on-the-fly, slept in hobo jungles and dodged railroad security across the Pacific Northwest and Canada. And like Jack Kerouac and Jack London before him, Davis wrote about what he saw. For the next four decades, whether catching freights, trekking the Sierras, visiting an old friend in prison or attending a presidential inauguration, Davis took to the road whe... more
by Lucie MizutaniIn a time when helmets, seat belts, car seats and blinkers didn't exist. "Crazy Rides" is an autobiography of the exciting but dangerous rides from bicycle to motorcycle to car. Those sweet, fun and memorable anecdotes will be an introduction to discuss the need for safety behind each crazy ride.
by Conrad Taylor"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" charts a sometimes-humorous, fly-or-die journey of resilience, hope, survival, and love, as its author traverses between a vibrant mining community deep in the impenetrable tropical rain forests of Guyana, South America and the wind-swept plains of the highly-regimented United States Military Academy - at the height of the Vietnam War. The narrative sums up rude awakenings, especially after West Point - because of West Point. It offers up a ringside se... more
by Melinda Russell"Unvalidated Pain" shares the pain of military suicide through the eyes of an Army chaplain who lost her assistant during their 15 month tour to Iraq from 2007-2008. Through the pain of loss and guilt it is a story of hope and healing as she finds her way back home.
by Pat Musick
The Piero Affair…with side trips is a memoir whose 250 pages and over 200 breathtaking photographs tells a story of forty-five years of Italian adventure. Travel with the artist/author the length and breadth of Tuscany as she meets Piero della Francesca, the pre-Renaissance master. Learn how her love grows inspired by the mystery of the eyes he creates. Find out-of-the way places seldom seen by visitors. Create recipes of typical Tuscan food. Learn about Chianti and super Tusc... more
by Helen Pruden KaufmannAgainst the backdrop of the civil rights movement, White Gloves and Collards is the story of a privileged childhood in Edenton, North Carolina, a small southern town that cherishes its customs and history as symbolized by the Confederate Monument at the foot of Broad Street. As she copes with the untimely deaths of her parents, young Helen observes how the community is coping with a different kind of loss—an end to the Jim Crow rules of behavior they’ve always lived by. With love and support fro... more
by Peter HutchinsonBeing taken to stand before a dreadful looking beast sitting on a throne on another planet is not what he expected. What happened next could not have been predicted. 'Infinite Opportunities' is the real life account of Peter Hutchinson. He called out to the universe asking if God really existed. He wanted this Supreme Being to teach him about life. The universe responded! In this mind expanding book Hutchinson is repeatedly taken through unusual traumatic situations over a number of years.