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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.
by Bonnie Rose Ward
WINNER of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards memoir (other) category!
Leaving behind friends, family, and life as they know it, the Wards embark on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness that will change them forever.
Author Bonnie Ward chronicles an exciting and thought-provoking tale of one couple's faith in God and dedication to each other through all of Alaska's curveballs. Winds of Skilak is a true tale of absorbing force, sure to bring out your own se... more
by Heather GillisLife can sometimes lead us to unexpected places, to only leave us broken, desperate, and hurting. Heather Gillis and her husband, Mac, waited in anticipation for the birth of their third child. Like many Christian couples, their dreams and expectations in marriage, parenthood, and daily life developed differently than they'd planned and left them grieving a life that would never be. Their journey gives insight into a new normal and uncovers the stepping stones of the healing process. In thei... more
by Amy LewisThe true story of one woman's spiritual journey from self-destruction to self-love Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years to shed our childhood conditioning - the beliefs and thoughts that pieced together like not so colorful charms on a bracelet determine our destiny. But sometimes one moment pierces a hole so big in our consciousness that we can’t continue living as we once did. Seeing my husband’s dead body was that moment for me. What Freedom Smells Like is both ... more
by Marjorie BelsonAlthough many Americans were touched by the tragedy of 9/11 or the deployment of loved ones to a far-away desert region or the crisis of breast cancer surgery and recovery – few dealt with all three at the same time. Even fewer were able to write about the experience in a voice that will help others with similar struggles. New York City native Marjorie Belson has captured the American spirit of recovery and redemption in her first novel by melding such a story in a brilliantly evocative tone whi... more
by Rita Reinecker
Rita Reinecker, Dance with me, Papa
Life with(out) my celebrity father.
Rita’s earliest memory is that of a crowded Berlin, Germany, bomb shelter in 1944. She feels safe not because of the shelter, but because she is with her father. She is three years old.
Memory snippets describe life in Bissendorf, Germany in 1947, where her mother, Angela, helps support the family by going hamstern — begging local... more
by Bob VillarrealIn middle age Bob Villarreal retired from business and took up mountain climbing. Falling in love with the High Andes, he went there again and again to climb, almost always alone. His driver, Giancarlo Fiocco or Patricio Rios, drove him to a mountain and dropped him off at his base camp, promising to return for him two or three weeks later. In one of the remotest parts of the Andes, along the lengthy border between Chile and Argentina, the nearest mine or customs station was 35 to 90 miles aw... more