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by George Norris
Six thousand New Yorkers shot and two thousand killed each year: this was the way of life in New York City during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The city was losing the war on drugs. The epicenter of New York City’s crack trade was Southeast Queens, where the Supreme Team and their associates had ruled through intimidation and violence. The crack epidemic, and crack wars that followed, wreaked havoc on the citizens of those neighborhoods.
Having worked in Southeast Queens during t... more
by Veronica Caven Aldous
In 1979, 22-year-old Veronica Caven flew from Melbourne with two friends from art school for a gap year adventure. They planned to travel across Asia, perhaps to Europe, but had no firm itinerary. After six weeks, Veronica and her friends separated, but she carried on, exploring India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal on her own. The diary she kept during this transformative time has been adapted into Australian Women Can Walk. Set during the final days of the hippie trail, this is a story of resilience ... more
by Mary Hollendoner
After a decade in the corporate rat race, Mary was ready for a change. Too much stress and not enough time with her family left her feeling that her priorities were all wrong. So she and her husband quit their jobs, pulled their six-year-old daughter out of school, and moved into an old camper van.
They planned to take a year off to drive south in search of a simpler life. What followed were three years of heart-warming personal encounters, breath-taking wilderness campsites, and occasi... more
by Meg WhitelawA girl grows up in poverty with a single-parent mother in a deprived, ’70s mining town. She is faced with the bigotry of peers and teachers alike but things take a turn for the worse when her mum meets a local man who turns out to be a controlling, narcissistic abuser. The girl, unable to fit in with her hostile community, finds her life spiralling into hopelessness and the fog of depression. It is against all odds that she finds the courage to overcome her abusive past and carve out a brighter... more
by Karen Moe
Imagine being a carefree, independent young woman enjoying life. Your bold, adventurous spirit pulls you to travel to distant locales. Then out of nowhere, you’re abducted, assaulted, and raped. That is the terror-filled experience that Karen Moe survived almost thirty years ago.
But this is not a crime story. This is not even just a survivor's tale. Instead, this is a manifesto. In dialogue with other feminists and through case studies from around the world, Moe uses her trau... more
by Julie ScolnikPARIS, 1976: Twenty-year-old American student Julie Scolnik had just arrived in the City of Light to study the flute when, from across a sea of faces in the chorus of the Orchestre de Paris, she is drawn to Luc, a striking (married) French lawyer in the bass section. This moving tale of an ebullient young American and a reserved Frenchman will transport readers to the cafés, streets, and concert halls of Paris in the late seventies, and, spanning three decades, evolves from deep romance to sudde... more
by Shelly Edwards JorgensenAfter her mother’s tragic death in a house fire, fifteen-year-old Shelly is driven to seek answers. A story of tragic loss and healing faith, Beautiful Ashes is the compelling account of Shelly Edwards Jorgensen’s quest to uncover family secrets and to survive the truth.
by Nadia DavisIn this deeply personal memoir, Nadia Davis addresses her three sons with brutal honesty, hope, and strength, revealing both her childhood and adult traumas that led to issues with addiction and dysfunctional relationships, as well as to discuss transformational healing, spirituality, intensive trauma therapy, chronic pain management, healthy co-parenting and intimacy, preventing learned toxic masculinity, and more. As a young high-profile lawyer, school board member in Southern California, coun... more
by Kathleen L. HawkinsI was a little girl for whom death was a very big problem. My father scared me. There was a casket with a stranger in it in our living room, a trip in a hearse to an insane asylum, and obituaries read with commentary to me during dinner (how easy it is to die). As I grew up, I cast a light into my father's troubled behavior and, by doing so, cast a light into my own. While my story is probably quite different from yours, you're likely to find elements of your own journey within these pages a... more
by Alan Corcoran
'A must-read for 2022!' - Irish Runner Magazine
5 stars – ‘different...engaging...refreshing.' - Reedsy Reviews
'An intimate and uplifting story of grit, tenacity and healing and one that is sure to stir the soul.' - Dean Karnazes (New York Times best-selling author and ultra-distance runner)
MARATHON MAN is an uplifting story of ... more
by Jamie Andrea GarzotJamie Andrea Garzot was one of the least likely people to become a cannabis entrepreneur, advocate, and industry pioneer. She had no business background. She was not involved in politics. She had only a four-figure capital investment to start with. And, surprisingly, she had very limited experience with cannabis products. So how did Garzot find herself at the forefront of California’s cannabis movement? In this inspirational memoir, Garzot describes her trajectory from a cannabis retail rookie ... more
by Carrington Smith
Are you a little too comfortable with self-loathing? Tired of feeling like you are not enough?
This book is for you.
Carrington Smith spent a lifetime trying to be someone else—to fit in, to be loved, to keep the peace, and to make others happy. Until finally, Carrington discovered that her own path to happiness wasn’t based on fitting in but on standing out—celebrating her uniqueness and owning her past.
Candid and raw, <... more
by Krista EhlersWhat happens when schools close, and everyone on your motherhood support team is restricted to Zoom therapy? Krista Ehlers started a daily journal that gray day in March, 2020, when her kids were sent home from school for fourteen days that turned into over a year. Enjoy her family’s stories of smoke clouds and smoke alarms, adoption issues and special needs, an ambulance ride and a bike crash, road trips, and awkward new experiences. Mothers of adopted kids, foster kids, extra need kids, and al... more
by Al ZolynasSurviving Nazism and Communism in Lithuania: Narrated with grace, deep feeling and life-affirming humor, this memoir spans the fraught time before, during, and after World War II in Lithuania, shedding light on the tragedies and joys of a people from a not-so-well known part of the world. A new translation by award-winning poet Al Zolynas (nephew of the author, Silvija Lomsargytė-Pukienė). Originally published as Dita. Paralelės in Lithuanian (Jotema Press, Vilnius, Lithuania: 2... more
by Michael D. MinichielloNew York City’s West Village has long been a haven for intellectuals, writers, artists, and activists. Jazz clubs, piano bars, coffee shops, and bookstores hummed with freedom from a more rigid society outside its borders. However, the area began to change, as curiosity shops gave way to top fashion designers’ stores. Michael D. Minichiello captures this shift through ninety interviews that paint an enlivening portrait of this Oz-like neighborhood.
by Dawn DowneyHow does a black woman maintain her sense of self, when most of her friends are white? In public spaces and private, Dawn Downey is under attack by an onslaught of microaggressions. She struggles to find balance between personal relationships and personal integrity. In the process, she unconsciously takes on characteristics of the privileged. But after a photo of a racist toy shows up in her social media feed, she discovers her black power.