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by Erika Watts"Don't Lick That!" gives an inside look into a family where keeping a straight face doesn't come easy. Erika Watts weaves hilarious tales with illustrations, so stories about pancakes that look like rabid reindeer aren’t left to your imagination. The book is filled with relatable stories that will make parents and other caregivers laugh out loud.
by Jules HannafordFrom her carefree early life on a farm in rural South Australia to a marriage that was broken even before it began, then living as a struggling single mother and navigating a string of bad romances – this is the story of a woman whose lessons in life – and love – have been learned the hard way. Jules Hannaford grew up living an idyllic childhood, full of fun and adventures. She went to boarding school and had the time of her life, excelling at sport, making new friends and getting in troubl... more
by Jennie WithersThe rules are simple: Be Worldly, No Guilt!, Discover the perfect pint of ale. Travelers, like writers, believe in the power of setting. Jen thinks of traveling Europe with fellow Mormon, Jeanne, and an Alaska Native named Bert, as an escape from her conservative upbringing and the pressures of conforming to a religion she does not believe in. The change of setting and culture allows Jen to have a raucous, guilt-free experience with her boisterous, silly, and hilarious friends. The journey... more
by Timothy GatesA JOURNEY The story of a person’s profoundly diverse and undeservedly blessed 60+ yrs of life on this planet. From growing up in the 60's and 70's, traveling as a young man in Europe and the Middle East (with a return trip to and 14 month stay in Israel,) military life, married and family life, work as a paramedic firefighter and as a nurse, wonderful opportunities to serve on medical teams to Kurdistan Iraq, West Darfur Sudan and Banda Aceh Indonesia and everything in between. It really has be... more
by Anna MinteIs there an easy way to adulting? No. Is it possible for any of us to do it successfully, under our quality standards? Yes. Is there a secret recipe to adulting to make the sail a bit smoother? Actually- there is. The first quarter of our lives or “Q1” is filled with situations, opportunities and relationships we have to seize in order to evolve into the successful adult life is waiting for us to become. Just as a cake cannot leave out eggs, milk, or flour, adulting cannot be achieved withou... more
by Jessica AcostaA Short book on a few stories from my life that really impacted me.
by Gary LarkinLiving as a birth child in a foster family...being a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City...using sports fandom as a coping mechanism..having a brother with undiagnosed bipolar disorder...describing and getting to the bottom of a nervous breakdown. These are the subjects of five essays written by the author, Gary Larkin, a former journalist and researcher, about key parts of his life. It is meant to be a memoir of a birth child from Long Island, NY, who had a revelation abo... more
by Nicholas FillmoreWhen twenty-something post-grad Nick Fillmore discovers the zine he’s been recruited to edit is a front for drug profits, he begins a dangerous flirtation with an international heroin smuggling operation and in a matter of months finds himself on a fast ride he doesn’t know how to get off of. After a bag goes missing in an airport transit lounge he is summoned to West Africa to take a voodoo oath with Nigerian mafia. Bound to drug boss Alhaji, he returns to Europe to put the job right, but in... more
by April FieldsA Version of You is an introspective adventure that will take the reader upon a journey throughout the course of one year within a young woman's life on the road. he story is a true tale that speaks with raw, poetic gravity about, not only the endearing beauty of travel, but also the unspoken hardships that come when attempting to maintain a sense of personal identity against the world's ever changing backdrop. Within 'A Version of You' a myriad of topics are shamelessly versed and delicately t... more
by Richard HolemanPack your bags to travel light and come along down a mystery road...where an impulsive detour south begins a spiritual journey for a boy on the run from God and the devil, who comes face to face with them both. Follow a late spring storm across a gothic American dreamland where the rain falls dry like dust, the highways whisper and moan and the ghosts of Elvis and Jesus haunt the south like twin dead kings. Lie down with strangers and sleep beside strays. Shed blood and spill it and come away cl... more
by Dietmar VogelmannMy Different Orient is a compelling look at culture shock, entrepreneurism and the all-consuming power of love. Dietmar’s experiences are unique yet universal, because we all have something within us that pushes us to our greatest heights. And when love is our foundation… there’s no telling how far we can go.
by Muneer NasserGeorge Joyner, Jamil Sulieman, and Jamil Nasser are three names that appear on the records of Phineas Newborn, Lou Donaldson, Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland and many more. These three names identify one jazz bassist, composer, and jazz advocate, who made an indelible mark in the jazz world for over fifty years. Upright Bass chronicles his evolution from a young bassist on Beale Street to a top-flight bassist on the New York Jazz scene. Miles Davis harbored curiosity about the environment that produced... more
by Maria A. NodarseA probing tale of an exile’s quest for a new self, Approaching Freedom follows Maria Nodarse’s journey from her arrival as a Cuban political refugee in 1960s America to her return to her native land in 1979. Nodarse is fifteen when her family settles in a white, middle-class New Jersey town. In Cuba she had attended the same private American school since kindergarten. At Ridgefield Park High School her classmates ask her, “Did you wear shoes in Cuba?” When a fellow Cuban student joins her senio... more
by Heinrich Hammer
Shot by a cannon as a child, Heinrich Hammer’s nearly century-long life was anything but typical right from the outset. Beginning with his often troubled childhood in Germany, he had to fight from a young age with a recalcitrant uncle (his guardian) to pursue his musical goals academically. Once an adult though, his path brightened and, over the years, he encountered a seemingly endless parade of noteworthy composers, musicians, painters, and nobility—he even witnessed the infamou... more
by Thomas E. Cochrane, Geologist
Black Gold...OIL...the magic bullet of liquid petroleum not only propels all manner of people-movers globally, it's also a component of more than 6,000 products everything from motorcycle helmets, to vitamin capsules, to ink. But who DISCOVERS these critical and elusive fossil fuels of oil & gas?
MEET A WILDCATTER whose back-in-the-day journey from the hills of New York, to the ice fields of Alaska, to the plains of the Midwest brings the reader along on this comple... more
by Ronald DalglieshUnburdened by the Problems of Success is the first in a trilogy of humorous musings from RJ Dalgliesh. His collection of loosely connected short stories recounts an often hysterical view into Scottish life as seen through the eyes of a young Mr. Dalgliesh. His story begins in a cottage on the outskirts of Edinburgh, where as a young lad his penchant for spinning a tall yarn leads to an unfortunate horse riding accident for a young woman. From that inauspicious, yet hilarious, beginning, the read... more