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by Brian K. PinaireTHIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S FATHERHOOD is a comic memoir that offers a male perspective on caring for young children. In witty, insightful, and carefully integrated essays, author Brian K. Pinaire reflects on delivery room negotiations, paternity leave, work-life balancing, passive-aggressive daycare teachers, BabyBjorns, childproofing, children's music, marital intimacy, and much more. With a mixture of sarcasm and sentiment throughout, Pinaire shows how parenthood challenges one's career, rela... more
by Wm. Stage
Wm. Stage gets paid to be a nuisance, and he is good at it. A process server bearing bad news to strangers-no wonder people shun him. But on the side, he has his own secret mission: To find his unknown biological family and have cocktails with them. His neurotic mother aids in the search, hoping to bolster her theory that the child she and her husband adopted 50 years ago is indeed a sociopath. Meanwhile Wm. desperately seeks a woman with a "friendly womb." Why is he trying to repro... more
by JT Lawrence"Hilarious & Heartbreaking" ✮✮✮✮✮ Will there be light at the end of the birth canal? Does the word ‘endometriosis’ make you want to stick a fork in your eye? No? Then perhaps this book isn’t for you. It’s funny, and (sometimes alarmingly) frank. It contains an impressive array of synonyms for ‘vagina’ and it’s certainly NSFW. It’s about having a devil womb and a hot knife lodged in a shoulder. It’s about becoming blackly bitter and twisted in infertility, and then slowly finding a wa... more
by Janet VormittagEverybody knows one --- a woman who has an affinity for cats. She feeds the local ferals, takes in the friendly strays and is the go-to person when you have a cat question. Does the phrase "crazy cat lady" come to mind when you think of this person? Janet Vormittag takes the crazy out of the cliche "crazy cat lady." In this collection of stories, she gives an intimate peek into the mindset of a woman who might have too many furry four-legged friends. In this book, you'll meet more than 20... more
by Carol Smallwood"Carol Smallwood interrogates with spare prose that is revelatory but offers no easy answers." — Dr. Geri Lipschultz, contributor, Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, Pearson (2014) " . . . investigation into human consciousness where self-awareness earmarks the book of one's life." — Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, editor, Adanna Literary Journal "Wrought with hidden gems of striking description." — Nicole M. Bouchard, editor, The Write Place At the Write Time
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