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by Buffi NealThe true story of... A gypsy mother who refused to wear a bra and a father who refused to leave his first wife. A brother who slept under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all. I always knew my family was unusual, but I was lucky enough to have escaped that gene. Or was I? In a nursing home, seated next to my dying grandmother, I looked around at my family and it occurred to me... more
by Anita M. HarrisIthaca Diaries is a coming of age memoir set at Cornell University in the tumultuous 1960s. The story is told in first person from the point of view of a smart, sassy, funny, scared, sophisticated yet naïve college student who can laugh at herself while she and the world around her are having a nervous breakdown. Based on the author’s diaries and letters, interviews and other primary and secondary accounts of the time, Ithaca Diaries describes collegiate life as protests, politics, and violence ... more
by Sean Michael HayesA Modern Quest for an Ancient Remedy.... I was on the cover Skateboard Canada at 18, met the president of Tahiti at 23, traveled the world and had a six-figure salary by the time I was 25.... And I was completely miserable. EXCERPT: "At the beginning of the ceremony, nobody knows how the Ayahuasca will react, for them or anyone else. Even though I couldn't see anybody else in the dark room, I could sense overtones of apprehension among the group. We were sitting there, waiting for the... more
by Paul Hartford
Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary, world-famous restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter’s personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country’s most elite and Hollywood-centric dining establishment while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.
by Gregor CollinsWhen thirty-two-year-old actor Gregor Collins reluctantly interviewed for a job as a caregiver more out of a favor to a friend - he had no idea his life was about to change forever. Seconds into the chance meeting in 2008 with, it would turn out, a world-renowned Holocaust refugee named Maria Altmann, there was an unexplainable magic in the air - it felt as if they had already met. And Collins was suddenly thrown into a situation with which he had never before been confronted: caring for some... more
by John TammelaJackie was an average kid growing up in a Finnish family in Niagara Falls, Canada in the late 1930's and early '40's.
In this true story you will join Jackie as he deals with being the youngest of four children, but also the terrors of his second grade teacher or the school nurse, and the pangs of his first crush. Then there was the run-away bread wagon and being lost in a snow storm, but snow meant building a huge snow castle and of course snow-ball battles on the ramparts. This book ma... more
by Gretchen GriffithIn her own words, retired Salvation Army Major Jean Lorraine Frese shares her life story and her call to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. She invites the reader to travel with her into isolated hollows, laugh with her as she faces mountain traditions, and praise God with her as she recounts her years of spreading the gospel. Through interviews and many pleasant hours spent with her cousin, author Gretchen Griffith gives a compelling account of Major Jean’s service in the mountain mission. ... more
by Elizabeth LowrieIn the process of considering whether or not to retire, Elizabeth’s world begins to fall apart when Liz Gilbert publishes Committed, the sequel to her best seller Eat, Pray, Love. In Committed, Liz and her new beau (Felipe) are described as survivors of ‘very, very bad divorces’. This is a huge shock to Elizabeth Lowrie, ‘Felipe’s’ ex-wife: she had always believed their split had been gracious. In order to try and make sense of the chaos around her, Elizabeth embarks on the trip of a life t... more
by Catherine Sevenau
This kaleidoscope of frank, funny, and tender tales are about sin and prayer, about good intentions and unattended sorrows. Growing up in California in the 1950s and 60s, Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau was raised primarily by an older sister, survived five years living with an unhinged erratic mother, and spent summers working at her father's five-and-dime in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. This era and sense of place provide the colorful background to a soul-searching and rivetin... more
by John H. DoeHow it came to be that a nobody (literally) almost threw it all away, to be rescued by Our Lord Jesus Christ and his angels, and became a soldier in the most important war that will ever be fought; how it was discovered, what is the meaning of life, and what Joan of Arc had to do with any of it; how it could be that Philip K. Dick was our protagonist's twin brother, when he was born forty-one years previous; was it all just a dream? Or then what treasure did you bring back from your journeys?
by Jill PipkinThe author journeys by bus to Istanbul to take photographs of mosaics in ancient Christian churches. The old streets present challenges for a single young woman and she is about to give up when she meets a young Turk who offers his guiding and protective services. Love ensues, resulting in unsuspected life-threathning conditions for the author. Extensive descriptions of the mosaics in Haghia Sophia and the crown jewel of mosaics, Chora Church, and of the Spice Bazaar and the ancient bazaar a... more
by Carolyn SteeleThis is the tale of what happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to actually drive 18-wheelers across North America instead of just dreaming about it. From early training (when it becomes apparent that negotiating 18 wheels and 13 gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in) this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker.
by Allison MoonFurry-style fox hunts, breaking into waterparks, and masturbating in trees. It’s all just part of the queer life of author and sex-educator Allison Moon. This collection of 18 memoirs celebrates the humor and tenderness of falling in and out of love and in and out of bed. “When Allison Moon tells a story, you're in for a helluva treat. She's one of the sexiest, silliest, smartest storytellers I know!” -- KEVIN ALLISON, RISK! Podcast
by P.L. ComoIn a corporate job that was stiffling her and on the brink of divorce, P.L. Como saved every vacation day she could muster to regroup. The plan? 21 days. In Maui. By herself. Her quest kicked off with a prolific tarot card reading by a beautiful German woman chopping an avocado. It led her to a spiritual talk at the Temple of Peace, on a full moon labyrinth walk with a wild haired Goddess, along the treacherous Road to Hana, and up a volcano to witness the sun rising through the clouds. She j... more
by Pat Montandon
In her new memoir, Peeing On Hot Coals, Pat Montandon, the irrepressible Icon of San Francisco leads us on a journey from the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma to the highest circles of San Francisco society. Told with her usual pluck, wit and compassion, Montandon not only survived her brutal past, she bravely chronicles how she rose above it to live the Great American Dream. Through wit and creativity Montandon became a well-known figure not only in San Francisco but internationally and the basis of a ... more
by Steven LublinerQueens, New York in the early 1970s. During the holidays, a small boy dishonors his mother and learns a lesson. Maybe more than one. Maybe not.