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by Merry Clark
How does a pretty, decently educated, organically grown woman become an alien in her own country? This is the story about a girl who grows up running on the back roads of her small hometown and winds up taking the long way home. It unmasks the rare and intimate complexity of the life and mind of a woman who wanted to experience America first-hand rather than listen to opinions about it. Taking to the open road, she lives her life close to the bone, armed with little else besides raw inst... more
by David M. BrewerBeing the True History and Misadventures of a Servant of the Lord, a Stumbling Adolescent, Truck Driver, Carpenter, Hippie, Anthropologist and Underwater Archaeologist, Father, Son, Brother, Buddhist, and Sometimes Unholy Spirit... Here is a compilation of scenes, memories, and anecdotes describing family, adolescence, archaeology, and misadventure while growing up in Florida in the latter 20th century. This set of short tales brings the reader into a culture for the most part now foregone: a... more
by Marsha Roberts
An unflinching look at the life of a Baby Boomer woman told with heart, humor and charm. Roberts grapples with the question: how do you keep the twinkle in your eye and the sass in your walk as you get older? The unique way she finds the answer has been described as "Funny, touching and inspirational" ~ "Heart tugging and heart warming" ~ "Delightful!"
Roberts takes the reader on a captivating journey where real life collides with real miracles. With storie... more
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