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by Gretchen GriffithIn her own words, retired Salvation Army Major Jean Lorraine Frese shares her life story and her call to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. She invites the reader to travel with her into isolated hollows, laugh with her as she faces mountain traditions, and praise God with her as she recounts her years of spreading the gospel. Through interviews and many pleasant hours spent with her cousin, author Gretchen Griffith gives a compelling account of Major Jean’s service in the mountain mission. ... more
by Elizabeth LowrieIn the process of considering whether or not to retire, Elizabeth’s world begins to fall apart when Liz Gilbert publishes Committed, the sequel to her best seller Eat, Pray, Love. In Committed, Liz and her new beau (Felipe) are described as survivors of ‘very, very bad divorces’. This is a huge shock to Elizabeth Lowrie, ‘Felipe’s’ ex-wife: she had always believed their split had been gracious. In order to try and make sense of the chaos around her, Elizabeth embarks on the trip of a life t... more
by Catherine Sevenau
This kaleidoscope of frank, funny, and tender tales are about sin and prayer, about good intentions and unattended sorrows. Growing up in California in the 1950s and 60s, Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau was raised primarily by an older sister, survived five years living with an unhinged erratic mother, and spent summers working at her father's five-and-dime in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. This era and sense of place provide the colorful background to a soul-searching and rivetin... more
by John H. DoeHow it came to be that a nobody (literally) almost threw it all away, to be rescued by Our Lord Jesus Christ and his angels, and became a soldier in the most important war that will ever be fought; how it was discovered, what is the meaning of life, and what Joan of Arc had to do with any of it; how it could be that Philip K. Dick was our protagonist's twin brother, when he was born forty-one years previous; was it all just a dream? Or then what treasure did you bring back from your journeys?
by Jill PipkinThe author journeys by bus to Istanbul to take photographs of mosaics in ancient Christian churches. The old streets present challenges for a single young woman and she is about to give up when she meets a young Turk who offers his guiding and protective services. Love ensues, resulting in unsuspected life-threathning conditions for the author. Extensive descriptions of the mosaics in Haghia Sophia and the crown jewel of mosaics, Chora Church, and of the Spice Bazaar and the ancient bazaar a... more
by Carolyn SteeleThis is the tale of what happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to actually drive 18-wheelers across North America instead of just dreaming about it. From early training (when it becomes apparent that negotiating 18 wheels and 13 gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in) this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker.
by Allison MoonFurry-style fox hunts, breaking into waterparks, and masturbating in trees. It’s all just part of the queer life of author and sex-educator Allison Moon. This collection of 18 memoirs celebrates the humor and tenderness of falling in and out of love and in and out of bed. “When Allison Moon tells a story, you're in for a helluva treat. She's one of the sexiest, silliest, smartest storytellers I know!” -- KEVIN ALLISON, RISK! Podcast
by P.L. ComoIn a corporate job that was stiffling her and on the brink of divorce, P.L. Como saved every vacation day she could muster to regroup. The plan? 21 days. In Maui. By herself. Her quest kicked off with a prolific tarot card reading by a beautiful German woman chopping an avocado. It led her to a spiritual talk at the Temple of Peace, on a full moon labyrinth walk with a wild haired Goddess, along the treacherous Road to Hana, and up a volcano to witness the sun rising through the clouds. She j... more
by Pat Montandon
In her new memoir, Peeing On Hot Coals, Pat Montandon, the irrepressible Icon of San Francisco leads us on a journey from the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma to the highest circles of San Francisco society. Told with her usual pluck, wit and compassion, Montandon not only survived her brutal past, she bravely chronicles how she rose above it to live the Great American Dream. Through wit and creativity Montandon became a well-known figure not only in San Francisco but internationally and the basis of a ... more
by Steven LublinerQueens, New York in the early 1970s. During the holidays, a small boy dishonors his mother and learns a lesson. Maybe more than one. Maybe not.
by Lenore JanecekShining a light on the appalling issue of medical error, this stirring memoir, A Thousand Sparks of Light tells of one health professional’s empowering story from the hospital mishap to the courtroom battle that catalyzed her now public crusade. In her inspiring book, Lenore Janecek, a nationally-known health care expert, author, and public speaker tells the story of how she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent invasive surgery, only to discover, through dogged perseverance, there was a disas... more
by Mary M. BarrowBased on a true story set during the early years of the Civil Rights movement, 'Small Moments' is a gripping and heartfelt tale of how one uneducated and underprivileged woman taught a young girl to see the world not in terms of color, but in terms of kindness, equality and love. Amelia, an African American housemaid who may have been affected by the heartbreaking experiment at Tuskegee, is a tender mother figure who gradually exposes her young, white charge to the rippling tide of the nation's... more
by gabrielle glancyAcclaimed poet, Gabrielle Glancy, has emerged at last, with a strikingly original memoir, among the best works of prose I’ve read in years. It’s a harrowing (and sometimes hilarious) tale of her descent into and eventual emergence from the alien and alienated worlds of illness and contemporary health care. It’s also a subtly brilliant meditation on the social – or asocial – world of medicine’s strange but very relevant intersection with the infectious world of social media (Facebook in particula... more
by Petrea Burchard
Being a non-famous, working actor in Hollywood isn't easy, but it can be hilarious if you bring your attitude. Based on the popular column in Nowcasting.com's ActorsInk, the essays in "Act As If" take a humorous look at the life of a journeyman actor in Hollywood. "Journeyman," as in "not a star."
by Theia MeyTheia Mey was always the rebel in her close-knit Spanish family. She left her home village on the outskirts of Madrid, traveling to London to learn English, and eventually moved to the United States. In Florida she discovered a lush world whose beauty hid painful relationships with two men: the first led her into alcoholism and addiction, and the second pathologically abused her and her three children for many years. In the midst of her struggles, Mey was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent... more
by Linda A. Day
“A challenging, insightful, and rare work… Day’s writing is self-aware, her prose elegant, and her familiarity with the nuances of the subject apparent... Moments will sear their way into your consciousness.” FORWARD REVIEWS, 5 stars