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by Jean ColaioA grieving sister transforms the devastating aftermath of the September 11 attacks into an opportunity for healing in Jean Colaio’s emotional memoir, That Day.Only a few blocks away when the Twin Towers fell, Colaio and her young son manage to escape in a flurry of chaos and confusion: What happened? Is the country at war? And most importantly, were her brothers, who both worked in the towers, alive? Then, the day they had all been dreading finally came: both of the author’s beloved brothers ... more
by Nancy Bailey
"How do I want to die? Oh, I don't know. How about a pillow over my face? It will probably be a family member." Thus illustrates the biting candor of Amanda Bailey. Born with Down syndrome, wisecracking Amanda is the youngest sibling in this funny, painfully honest story of bitterly divided family. With their father on his deathbed, eight siblings engage in a feud over property and possessions. Granted a monthly Social Security check due to her disability, Amanda is pulled ... more
by David Richard BeasleyDavid Richard Beasley, author of Sarah's Journey and many other books, wrote a two- volume autobiography. Vol 1 concerns his growing up in Hamilton, Ontario before and during World War II. David Beasley tells of his pioneer ancestry, family difficulties and early schooling with refreshing candor. His years in England, France, Spain (Ibiza), Italy and Austria make for fascinating reading as he develops his knowledge and writing skill. His friendships with artists, writers, bohemians, businessm... more
by Alexandra GrabbePaul Grabbe, whose father was an aide to the last tsar, describes a privileged childhood in St. Petersburg where, at fifteen, he witnesses the beginning of the Russian Revolution. The Grabbe family seeks refuge in Southern Russia and narrowly escapes from the Bolsheviks. In Part II, safe in Denmark, Paul rescues the hand of St. John the Baptist for the Dowager Empress of Russia and falls in love with a fellow refugee, beautiful Veta Bezobrasov. When Veta marries a rich Dane, Paul leaves for the ... more
by RajA true, real - life story of an ex-terrorist who gave up arms six years ago.
by Corinna Craft
Distracted by college mania and done in by massage clients, Corinna Craft escapes to Virginia's historic backwoods where she rediscovers nature as an open-air cathedral and tonic for the soul. By day she tromps through timberland, crests mountains, and paddles rivers, fraternizing with soft frontiersmen and righteous rangers along the way. By night she cozies in cabins, braising herself by the fire, and browses journal entries of former occupants--countless happy couples. All is well with... more
by Marianne McKiernanYou see a working dog in a cape and you wonder: Can I pet him? How did he get to be so well-trained? Is he happy? In Let the Dogs Speak! four puppies tell their funny, suspenseful, and heartwarming tales of just how it all goes down as they train for the opportunity to be service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence®. Follow Hudson, Parker, Ross and Mars on their journeys, with each puppy providing a uniquely hilarious spin on things. Which of the four dogs will make it? Readers can't hel... more
by Angela Doll CarlsonFrom Catholic schoolgirl to punk rocker to emergent church planter, Angela Doll Carlson traveled a spiritual path that in many ways mirrors that of a whole generation. She takes us with her on a deep and revealing exploration of the forces that drove her toward Orthodoxy and the challenges that long kept her from fully entering in.
by Anita M. Harris
How does an impressionable 17-year-old girl deal with Fat Phil the Wet Kisser and a revolution at the same time?
Ithaca 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, ... more
by Barbara VenkataramanWinner of the "Indie Book of the Day" award and Honorable Mention for non-fiction humor in the "Readers' Favorite" Contest. At 8,000 words, this collection of humorous essays explores such quirky topics as: disastrous home repairs, ("A Trip to the Hardware Store"), an unfortunate dinner party ("Dinner is Served"), the truth about lazy people ("Lazy Bones"), the weird life of a debt collector ("Your Account is Past Due") and obsessions with gadgets ("Gadget Girl"). Other essays examine how surrea... more
by A.D. Hogan
"Greenhouse Stripping is a funny, poignant, heartbreaking, infuriating, introspective spiritual memoir that only A.D. Hogan could have written. Between tales of explosions, snakebites, and bear attacks it tells the story of a boy who want to be a Bad Christian but instead found a love for those he used to despise."
Greenhouse Stripping is a spiritual memoir about a boy who felt less like he had given up on church, and more like it had lost him along the way. His uno... more
by Amy BurnsUsing a candid, raw, and humorous voice, Amy Burns wraps the reader in the intimacy and upheaval of her emotions as she struggles through her breast-cancer diagnosis. Her memoir offers unmatched insight into an experience that, unfortunately, has become far too prevalent and common among women. While sharing the news of her cancer diagnosis with her husband while still on the phone with the nurse, she writes, "I mouth it to you--the hard C of it choking my confidence and/ catching on my tonsil... more
by Aralyn HughesKid Me Not is an anthology by child-free women of the ’60s now in their 60s. Women who came of age in the ’60s, and who now are in their 60s, share personal stories of how, by choice or by default, they remained child free. Their young lives were touched by a social revolution involving the Vietnam war, draft, sex, drugs, rock and roll. They were the first generation to have a real option to not have children, thanks to the advent of effective birth control. The Baby Boomers reflect on how this ... more
by Alice Lazzarini, PhDI invite the reader to experience first hand the most exciting breakthrough in Parkinson disease research since the discovery of L-DOPA more than 50 years ago, to meet the players who would forever changed the course of Parkinson disease research, and to journey with me from Parkinson disease researcher to Parkinson disease patient.
by Luis T. PuigThis book is a detailed narrative about the investigations into the history of a family. Inspired by TV shows like “Who Do You Think You Are”, the author’s began investigations into his DNA using FamilyTreeDNA.com. The results surprised everyone, for the author only thought he was Spanish, and nothing else, but the results said otherwise. Continuing with genealogy, the author was able to discover ancient ancestors, including Crusaders in the family tree. Figures began to emerged, such as of Raph... more
by Svetlana Grobman
Svetlana (Sveta) Grobman grew up in in Moscow, Russia, in the 1960s-70s. From a very young age, she found herself living in two contradictory worlds: the private world of a Jewish family struggling to live a decent life in a society rife with shortages and Antisemitism; and the public world of an oppressive totalitarian regime.
Despite that, Svetlana was a dreamer who longed to do something significant for her country. Yet as she matured and learned about the persecution of her family a... more