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  • Opiate Nation: A Memoir of Love, Loss & Acceptance

    by Jude DiMeglio Trang
    This is a heart-wrenching and honest account of a family’s effort to understand the journey of their son that led to his death from a heroin overdose, and how they dealt with their grief and sadness, their guilt and their anger at themselves, at others, and at God. More than a memoir, “Opiate Nation” is a crisis report. Jude and her husband John found themselves navigating the bewildering new era of bright young adults exposed to opiates before they have even reached the legal age to drink––or d... more
  • Praying for a Miracle When It's Hopeless

    by Isabella Milan
    “Praying for a Miracle when it’s Hopeless” is about my physical, mental, and emotional struggle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer while going through a gut-wrenching divorce, and a fight for custody of my son. In 2004 and 2005, I had many battles with breast cancer resulting in two mastectomies and reconstruction surgeries. In 2007, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer with a metastasis to my brain. I was sent away in a wheelchair and a diaper by my husband back to my family in CA; leaving me pen... more
  • The Girl from Copenhagen

    by Glenn Peterson
    In this book I continue the story of my late mother’s life, tying up some loose ends and filling in inadvertent gaps in the narrative. Memories are fickle and evanescent, often no more substantial than last night’s dream. They cannot be summoned up at will to reveal themselves and often require a period of incubation before to begin to coalesce. As was the case in The Girl From Copenhagen, I have in this sequel used pictures in my mother’s photo albums to rekindle half-forgotten memories. I was ... more
  • Donor Family Matters

    by Wendy Kramer
    “Educate the child. Raise him or her without biases of any kind. Teach him or her to trust in others but to rely on self. Instill in him or her a sense of humor and the ability to enjoy life.” Penned on a sperm bank intake form, these words of advice from Donor 1058 to the future recipients of his donation became a parental motto for one particular recipient, Wendy Kramer, who would go on to found the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR). With almost 75,000 members in 105 countries, the DSR is the wo... more
  • Donor Family Matters: My Story of Raising a Profoundly Gifted Donor-Conceived Child, Redefining Family, and Building the Donor S

    by Wendy Kramer
    “Educate the child. Raise him or her without biases of any kind. Teach him or her to trust in others but to rely on self. Instill in him or her a sense of humor and the ability to enjoy life.” Penned on a sperm bank intake form, these words of advice from Donor 1058 to the future recipients of his donation became a parental motto for one particular recipient, Wendy Kramer, who would go on to found the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR). With almost 75,000 members in 105 countries, the DSR is the ... more
  • Anchorless

    by Jolie P. Hoang

    A man who was a husband, a father of nine children, was turning sixty years old around the time of his death. His six older children escaped Vietnam in 1983 on the boat that he built. They survived the escape, lived in a refugee camp in Indonesia and settled in Canada in 1984. In desperation to reunite with his children, he planned another escape. In 1985, with his wife and his three younger children, they took a perilous trip across the Pacific Ocean.  Their anchorless boat sank. The ma... more

  • The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma

    by Ben Sidran

     

    Tommy LiPuma is one of America’s most successful and influential record producers whose work with seminal artists like Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Barbra Streisand, Rickie Lee Jones, George Benson, and Willie Nelson went on to sell over 75 million records. It’s a picaresque journey that opens with the murder of a man on a dirt path in Sicily and concludes with five trips up the Grammy red carpet. The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma is real-life Horatio Alger adventure s... more

  • Look Left, Walk Green: A Shocking Tale of Losing the Past and Choosing to Gain the Future.

    by K. Rose Quayle
    ECT, commonly known as ‘shock therapy,’ has been used to successfully treat various illnesses since the late 1930s and is still in use around the world today. Famous for causing memory loss to some degree, ECT suffers a good deal of misconception about how it works and what it does and doesn’t do. In this memoir about the ins and outs of this controversial treatment, K. Rose Quayle chronicles the pitfalls and triumphs of losing the past and choosing to gain the future. Perfect for those who’ve g... more
  • Tell 'em About it!

    by Jerry Gold
    The only book on public speaking you'll ever need! from a Distinguished speaker who has spoken to gatherings for over 40 years.
  • Awakening on Purpose

    by Stephanie Dawn Hrehirchuk
    What happens after a spiritual awakening? A burning desire to know your life's purpose. Awakening on Purpose is the follow up book to An accidental Awakening. After her year-long journey through yoga, Stephanie seeks to answer the question of her life purpose. She had no idea just how far this question would take her.
  • Steering Through It: Navigating Life Threatening Illness: Acceptance, Survival and Healing

    by Lynn McLaughlin
    A life threatening illness crushes the world around you, and around those you love. How do we all cope with the diagnosis physically, emotionally an d spiritually? How do we move on? What are the most helpful ways to support others in crisis? In the end, what does it all mean? The author shares her most personal thoughts, fears and triumphs over the most challenging year of her life. The voices of friends and family members right true and move the reader to a powerfully emotional and honest refl... more
  • The 50-Year Secret

    by Julie MacNeil
    Julie Mac Neil is 6’4”, and although she is neither a WNBA athlete nor a famous model, she has a remarkable story to tell. As an adopted child, she always wondered about the parents who gave her up. After overcoming a challenging childhood and surviving two tumultuous marriages, a chance DNA test revealed an incredibly rare and life-threatening liver-lung disease. Julie then embarked on a difficult journey to find her birth family. Her goal was to warn them about the disease, which is highly gen... more
  • Views from the Cockpit

    by Ross Victory
    Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son is a memoir born from pain. Page by page, year by year, tender father-son memories of airplane watching transform into nightmarish, turbulent family drama.   ​ Upon the discovery that his father had been the victim of elder abuse as his health was rapidly deteriorating, the author finds himself reevaluating the decisions his father made throughout his life. With an unshakable, shocking ending, the authors’ probing dissection of a man he thought ... more
  • SAME RED DIRT

    by Pat Conrad
    A story of a young man’s adventure when he quit a good job in the U.S. to escape to Australia looking for greener grasses. With refreshing honesty and keen wit, Pat recounts working at the infamous Callan Park Mental Hospital working with the criminally insane and his hair-raising experiences riding a motorcycle across the red dirt roads of Australia’s Outback. In this “R-rated Christian memoir,” Pat shares how bad choices and his desire to fill a hole in his heart led to a major change in his l... more
  • Un-Adoptable?: Faith Beyond Foster Care

    by Janelle Molony
    The adoption agency made a mistake. A mother welcomed in a child who brought fear and destruction into the home. She wrestles with God, doctors, and social workers over what to do next. Quick-thinking, leaps of faith, and some dark humor challenges readers to ask themselves: Do I have what it takes to raise a child with a harrowing past… or an uncertain future? The non-fiction, Un-Adoptable? Faith Beyond Foster Care, reveals deeply personal psychological and spiritual questions that arise when... more
  • A China Story: Growing up in Mao's Cultural Revolution

    by Ying Qian

    On a summer day in 2010, when Ying Qian returns to Beijing from America to visit her family, she receives information on how her father, a Chinese nuclear weapons expert, was killed during the Cultural Revolution 40 years before. The event forces her to walk down memory lane to the darkest period of recent Chinese history and compels her to search for information surrounding her father’s death. Through the process, she discovers truths that have been there all along.

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