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by Steve MariottiOne sunny afternoon in 1982, a young businessman experienced a terrifying mugging in New York City that shook him to his core. Tortured by nightmares about the teens who roughed him up, Steve Mariotti sought counseling. When his therapist suggested that he face his fears, Mariotti closed his small import-export business and became a teacher at the city’s most notorious public school--Boys and Girls High in Bed-Stuy. Although his nightmares promptly ceased, Mariotti’s out-of-control stu... more
by Johnny WelshWhat starts off as a dare turns into a social experiment that becomes a way of life. A young couple creates a fun way to stay connected by disconnecting. Unplugging the phones and being present are the rules. This travel adventure quickly turns into a self-deprecating comedy about bad smartphone habits. Chance encounters and characters met on the road are intertwined throughout. Is the smartphone addiction phenomenon driving you crazy? Are we relying too much on instant technology? There can be... more
by Pookie SekmetPookie Sekmet digs deep in her family history to uncover the childhood trigger for her chemical intolerance—an illness that has plagued her throughout her life—and tells how she overcame mysterious chronic health struggles and family trauma with determination and humor and went on to build an unconventional new life for herself. Finally, she shares how she achieved righteous justice, including a high-stakes act of financial services whistleblowing within a corrupt and patriarchal corporate cultu... more
by Glenn PhillipsGlenn Phillips is a critically acclaimed guitarist and composer who’s released 20 albums over the past 50 years. From Rolling Stone: "If rock & roll guitarists were kamikaze pilots, Glenn Phillips would be in heaven right now." As a founding member and songwriter of the Hampton Grease Band in the late '60s, he had encounters with John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Spider-Man co-creator and artist Steve Ditko, and played with countless bands of the era including The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, The Allm... more
by Geza Tatrallyay
The Fencers is the third volume in a trilogy of autobiographical Cold War Escape stories. It is both an immigrant's narrative of seeking a better life and a brighter future and a sports memoir focusing on two Olympic fencers, one representing Canada, the other Romania. Most of all, it is the account of the author's friendship with Paul Szabó, a Romanian-Hungarian epée fencer, Szabó's love for a young woman he married and her tragic death. In Romania, the count... more
by Jeff Lester
What would you do if you were told you had a terminal disease in your twenties and given three years to live? What would you do if your doctor told you to go home and plan your funeral? Jeff Lester, diagnosed with ALS in 1993, faced this dilemma when he was twenty-six. Unmarried and childless, he was advised to plan a party, since that's all Jeff could look forward to with the remaining part of his life.
The day Jeff Lester was diagnosed with ALS started his darkest days. Life was o... more
by Dan ConwayFor years Dan Conway shuffled his way up the corporate ladder. He made a good salary—just enough to support his family and save for a distant retirement. Facing career turmoil, bills and an existential crisis, he turned to the curious world of cryptocurrency as a Hail Mary. He literally bet his house, his career and his reputation on Ethereum, a corporate-killer blockchain that promised to upend modern work as we know it. After nearly going to zero, ether skyrocketed three thousand percent, prov... more
by Miriam GreenThe Lost Kitchen is an honest and heartfelt look at the hidden gifts of living with a parent with Alzheimer’s. Miriam Green weaves poetry, recipes and anecdotes into a nourishing whole as she details her family’s struggle to maintain balance—and laughter—in the face of her mother’s diagnosis and deterioration. Throughout this most personal of stories, Naomi has been Miriam’s greatest teacher. Together, they remind us how to love and laugh in a world that is often confusing and painful.
by Ginger Henry KuenzelCome along on a visit to the sleepy lakeside hamlet of Downtown. Find out how the town got its name, and meet some of the quirky characters who live there. Learn how the year-round residents entertain themselves during the long winter months when the summer people abandon this Utopian lifestyle and return to their 'real' lives. As you discover just how much fun the folks in the crazy town have, you might even start thinking that you'd like to move there yourself. But beware of the winter months... more
by Rob CuccurulloWhile growing up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, New York during the ‘70s and ‘80s, Robert and his siblings had to endure their father’s violent temper. Robert’s brother Warren found solace in music, first joining Frank Zappa’s band, then co-founding the group Missing Persons, and eventually becoming the lead guitarist for Duran Duran. Following an encounter with a violent sociopath and witnessing a mob murder, Robert became a heavy drug user by the age of sixteen. By his twenties, with his... more
by Kim Gjerde
by Michael HowardA humorous, manga-illustrated memoir from a Tokyo American who tried and failed to fit into Japanese office culture for almost a decade. The Salaryman is an immigrant's story from a land where there are famously few immigrants, with even fewer being crazy enough to do what the author did: become a real train-cramming, brow-wiping, late-night overtime-working, passed-out-drunk-on-the-train-ride-home salaryman. A working-man consumer's take on the U.S.-Japan culture gap, the book hums with authent... more
by Dr. Philemon Topas
More Than I Can Bear is partly autobiography and mostly personal memoir of the author and his family. Philemon Topas earned his undergraduate degree in Zoology and Botany in his native country where, as a budding Christian, he participated and was involved in the university Christian fellowship. He traveled abroad for an MSc. studies in Entomology. He proceeded to another University for Ph.D. studies in the same field. He married a Citizen of the Country where he pursued his graduate studies.... more
by Kevin CoolidgeHuck & Finn are the bookstore cats at From My Shelf Books & Gifts. You may have seen the brothers in "Bookstore Cats" by Brandon Schultz. Now you can read about a day in the life of Huck & Finn at the bookstore. It's a book all their own, but they still have to share it with each other.
by Sandra Shaw HomerEnter the enchanting world of the northern highlands of Costa Rica, where the author begins a memoir, tracing the seasons and closely observing the natural riches around her. But Evelio, who helped build their house, interrupts with an idea to plant an organic garden on their property. Although her husband has already agreed, she is wary, suspecting Evelio will pull her into the daily ups and downs of his project. This is exactly what he does, creating an often funny, always frustrating, and ult... more
by Kristina JuarezThis memoir is about my family's journey through the process of legalizing my husband. It's emotional and heart wrenching, and just one tale that many families are going through. It talks of the hard times of living apart as a couple, but also as a family. It talks about everyone involved, and all the trials and tribulations that people go through during such a hard time. It's also encouraging to those going through the same situation and how to get through it. Most of all, it's eye opening to t... more