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by Christine WaltersAbuse is damaging. It comes from cycles of abusive behaviors learned and repeated through generations. Because of shame and embarrassment, many people do not speak about the cruelty they endured. In my case, most of the abuse I suffered resulted from my mother’s mental illness. For my entire life, people told me to excuse my mom’s abuse because she was mentally ill. However, mental illness does not give anyone the right to abuse you (in particular, your child). Ginny had childhood paranoid sch... more
by Karen Lynn Suffern
by Chanel WewegeDescription of Book: Seventeen years old and faced with the most difficult situation of my young life. The only problem was that I had no idea what was actually wrong with me. Leukaemia? What is that? It’s cancer. ‘Am I going to die?’, she asked. The immediate response to being diagnosed with such a horrifying disease is ‘Fear!’ So much anxiety kicks in and even my parents could not provide definite answers. Suddenly I was shown a whole new world. My bedroom became a hospital isolation roo... more
by BARRY FINNERTY
An existential, comic, unapologetic and madcap escapade of an anti-hero (noted jazz guitarist Barry Finnerty) who journeys into the seamy downside of New York in 1994. "I took all the craziest stuff I could remember that happened during my 25 years living, playing, struggling, and partying there,” says Finnerty, “and condensed it all into a few months. Most of it is fictionalized, but certain parts - such as the experiences with Miles Davis, the Crusaders, the Brecker Br... more
by Alice BreonJourney back eighty years to a time of drugstore soda fountains, penny candy, homemade root beer, and ten-cent movies. Visit an era when people enjoyed such simple pleasures as sitting on the front porch, visiting with neighbors in the evening while the children played “kick the can” in a street devoid of traffic. What was life like in a world that had no television, cell phones, answering machines, computers, DVDs, electronic games, microwaves? Were those people happy? Yes, in spite of the Grea... more
by Maximilian KiddMy name is Maximilian Kidd, and I have been called an alcoholic womanizer more times than I can remember. And that was by the people who liked me. I may well have been both those things, worse and more, but what I really wanted to be was a Rock Star. Join me at the bottom end of rock n roll. A story of drunken debauchery outlining what and who influenced me in my songwriting. But also a tale of five misfit losers, the lifelong friendships that were formed, and how we went from rehearsing in m... more
by Denise VoccolaLittle Cabin on the Trail inspires folks to assign great value to their seemingly insignificant memories and encourages them to use those memories to become their family storytellers. It will certainly entertain readers with its view into one very ordinary family’s life; but more importantly, it will help them realize that they, too, have stories begging to be told—better stories . . . because they are theirs.
by Lorna Stremcha
“One of the hardest things to fix is something somebody else has broken.” — Trauma Victim
Tim Field, one of UK’s leading specialists on workplace bullying and author of the book, Bully In Sight, stated, “In the last decade of the twentieth century, workplace bullying is, in my view, the second greatest social evil after child abuse, with which there are many parallels.”
To the world at large, I was well-adjusted —I thought so too until Inc... more
Scenes From The Mall (My 23 Years as a Franchisee with Canada's Original and Fastest Growing Hamburger Chain)by Michael A. ByrnesTwenty-three years is a long time to spend in a fast food kitchen. But Michael Byrnes did it, and in this funny, honest and insightful memoir he recounts what it was like to be a franchisee in Canada's original and fastest growing hamburger chain during a crucial time in the comany's history. There's never been a book quite like it, and It's all here - the longing for something better, an opportunity to do something about it and the ups and downs and rewards and frustrations that followed.
by Susan WilburWe went overseas to adopt our son from Russia. We met him when he was 7 months and was told we could bring him home in four to six weeks. The Russian judicial system at that time took a political stance against international adoption. We fought the Russian government and won after ten months. We wound up getting pregnant during the adoption process and now have two boys. Our adopted son was almost two by the time we brought him home to welcome his baby brother five months later.
by Charles Wright
by Lisa Leikam
I know what I am seeing. Other’s see what I am seeing. So why is my mind so questionable? Its’ all right here, but it’s all so crazy!
Lisa’s brother Lenny left their hometown after graduation, never to return to the slower life of the Midwest. Living in Las Vegas, distance kept him from the gatherings the rest of the family was accustomed to. Yes, there were great trips to Vegas, and his trips home, but it is now evident it ... more
by Vivian Witkind DavisPaper Heirloom follows a shy girl from a difficult early childhood to her twenties. "Lucky from the age of five," the author navigated her teen and early adult years with the support of a large, successful Ohio family. Readers interested in the turbulent nineteen-sixties will be especially interested.
by Robert W. BradshawAs an eighteen-year-old young man, Frank B. Bradshaw Jr. served in World War II as a sailor in the Merchant Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946. In Forty-Five Letters from a World War II Sailor, Robert W. Bradshaw presents a collection of letters his father, Frank, wrote to his parents during a two-year period. It was a dangerous time in history when mariners died at a rate of one in twenty-four, the highest rate of casualties of any service.
by Katherine Agranovich, Ph.D.
When Katherine Agranovich hypnotizes her daughter Jessica to pass a math quiz, the teenager reports seeing two angels who give her sage advice. With that, the gates of consciousness fly open and the realm of spirit bursts through, propelling the Agranovich clan on a rollercoaster ride full of mystical visions, spiritual insights and shocking premonitions.
But are they ready?
This book takes readers inside the large, loud Agranovich household, where otherworldly encounters are acce... more
by Melanie CoronetzThis book explores how one woman's search for identity in middle age brought her into the show ring at Madison Square Garden for the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. After trying and discarding several careers, she buys a schipperke she names Mercury. Learning the ropes of showing a dog was a huge challenge. Meanwhile, her marriage slumped toward indifference. What happens with Mercury and the other dogs in her life, makes this a lively, touching and occasionally sad read for dog... more