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by Kayce HughlettSoulStroller introduces a fresh way of living life on one's own terms—expanding readers' world views whether they choose to visit destinations like Paris, Ireland, or Bali, or get to know what home looks like through fresh eyes. Labeled shy and rendered virtually silent by age six, Kayce had been raised to fit the role of perfect wife, doting mom, and accomplished woman. She fulfilled her mission by her mid-40s when society said she had it all. Society was wrong—her eldest child disappeared into... 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 Karl Beckstrand(Illustrated biography) Young Ida lives in 1880s Sweden with her mother, brother, and sister. When she contracts scarlet fever, she almost loses her sight. After another brush with death, Ida learns that there is more than this life—and that disease has an end. Ida sails with her sister to America for a better life, free of religious persecution. But she knows no English. How will she share what she’s learned? A delightful tale of courage for all ages and cultures (prequel to Anna’s Prayer, 6 yr... more
by Pradeep BerryEverything changed for Pradeep K. Berry on February 28, 2015. That was the day his wife of forty-one years, Constance A. “Connie” Berry, died. He’s been mourning ever since, and he seeks to cope with his loss in this tribute to his beloved spouse. In My Connie, he celebrates their love—a love that would have never happened if he hadn’t left India to go to the United States. He only had seven dollars at the time, and he could not have dreamed that he’d meet a beautiful, intelligent, American wife... more
by Joe CrochetMy Winning Seasons is Joe Crochet's compulsively readable memoir about his experience as a cadet-student-athlete at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. From the rigorous challenges of the exhausting first year to the exaltation of being part of the team that took Citadel football to the next level, Joe paints a portrait not only of what it takes to succeed at The Citadel, but what it takes to win in life: vision, dedication, determination, focus--and the will to win. Inspiring a... more
by Diana SaltoonAn extraordinary love story, Wife Just Let Go – are the last words written by Robert Briggs to his wife, just before he passed away from Alzheimer’s. A publisher, literary agent, author, who felt the influence of the Beat era deeply, Robert’s love of literature, poetry and jazz, never faded. Even in his later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Robert was able to share insights into what he called “the power of aging,” and his love of poetry, jazz and Zen. He continued to write, valiantly, of his yo... more
by Andy PalascianoSubtitled, Tales of a Substitute Teacher and Job Coach. A funny, touching first-hand account by someone who claims, "I have always had the ability to get lost." Wanting to be seen as "cool" and be accepted by his peers, failure haunts Andy in his attempts to be a Substitute Teacher, until he surrenders to his faith. This spiritual journey leads him to a fulfilling career as a Job Coach.
by Barbara HongWhen people first meet Barbara Hong, they often conclude that her life must have always been enriched. They assume she had loving, successful parents and all the support she needed to reach her goals. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hong’s path to an Ivy League university and beyond started in a filthy tenement in Singapore where she lived with an abusive father and an illiterate mother. Even as a child of six, she worked in her sweatshop home to help with extra money, which her fath... more
by Nicole D'SettemiDrugs. Sex. Detox. Art. Recovery. Prostitution. Music. Street life. Poetry. Toxic love. And, those are just on the surface. The layers and complexities of Addictarium will shock and enthrall you... When wild-child, and south Florida escapee, Danielle Martino finds herself curled in a ball on the cold tile floors of her filthy rank bathroom in the tiny studio she rents with her fiancé and partner-in-crime, she knows it's time to quit abusing heroin. Severely impaired from shooting a bad batch ... more
by Victor ScarinziVictor Scarinzi, a self-described ?Italian redneck,? shares stories that range from daydreaming as a boy, to getting into trouble as a teenager, to learning the lessons of adulthood in this collection of memoirs. It was by spending time in nature that he became convinced that there must be a God, because who else could create the wonderful woods, lakes, mountains, swamps, deserts, and animals that you see in the outdoors? Fishing, hunting, thinking of faraway places, sorting out his dreams, and ... more
by Keshawn A. SpenceKonya, an African American mother of three kids, opens the door to her life for all to see. She is a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Her unique story is a true testimony of having a child at an early age and falling in love with the wrong men yet discovering true love in the end. Her story details her personal pain and tribulations up to the age of 58. In all, the highlights of Konya's story are the blessings God has granted her throughout her life.
by Dick HattanThe compelling story of the conflicting emotions that plagued the author as a young man facing going to war in Vietnam. The book examines the moral code that formed him, the church that guided him and the neighborhood that watched him grow. It is a search for inner peace after moral injury during an immoral war.
by Joseph Warren BrownDo you believe in Santa? Well, Joey does. He wants a bicycle for Christmas. Instead, he gets a blue elephant. But, sometimes Santa can be a little late on his deliveries. Based on a true story about a family living in poverty during the 1960's; due to Joey's father suffering from PTSD.
by Lynne VitiThis suite of narrative poems focuses on Florine Morris Close, the author's maternal grandmother, whose hardscrabble upbringing and young adult years in Cumberland and the nearby western Pennsylvania towns resulted in chaos not only in her life but in that of her young daughter., who would go on to become a revered teacher and administrator in Baltimore County. Spanning the family's emigration from Wales in the mid-19th century to the author's adolescence in the 1960's, the poems are frank, d... more
by Chi VarnadoA true story of how Gramaset and her granddaughter, Kali, rescued three baby squirrels and raised them until they were ready to live on their own.
by Chi VarnadoThe October 2003 Cedar Fire became the largest fire on record in California state history. Out of this federal disaster Chi Varnado and her family escaped with their lives from their canyon nestled in San Diego's back country. She worked as owner-builder on a log cabin and was among the minority who managed to rebuild in a little over a year. She writes first-hand what life is like in a year of loss: first her mother and then their home in the canyon.