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  • The Consequence of Stars

    by David W. Berner
    A memoir of home. What does it mean to find it, believe in it, search for it. “Berner gives us both travelogue and memoir in living, breathing depth and color. Outstanding!" (D.S. White, Editor-in-Chief, Longshot Island) "Reflective, engaging… Berner's authentic storytelling takes you with him on his travels through the chapters of his life where in the end, he reveals connections to finding a place to be, his home under the stars." (Nancy Chadwick, author of Under the Birch Tree) “A w... more
  • Accidental Lessons

    by David W. Berner
    Grand Prize for Literature, Winner, 2011 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. Berner had it all--a very successful career as a broadcast journalist and a wonderful family life. But his career hits a bump and he finds himself out of work. Life then delivers more trouble--his father becomes ter... more
  • Broken Pieces Behind the Mask

    by Ethel Mae

    Growing up in a religious household with an abusive mother, Raquel’s life begins as one of much pain and few answers. When Ethel Mae was born, she was cursed. Everyone wanted her to be born deformed or better still form them dead. As, a young girl, she faced constant physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse.  No one should be subjected to the upbringing she has, and her ill fortune only continues as she grows up and enters a frighteningly adult world. As a child she is raped by... more

  • Leave the Lights on When You Go: A Memoir

    by Janis Ahlenberg
    This is a beautifully written and compelling autobiography, about the emotional complexities of individuals in families, how every child in a family has different parents. When Janis Ahlenberg is twelve, a turn of family events leads to Janis being prematurely pressed out into the world. Many years later—as a mature professional woman who is undergoing the painful dislocation of divorce after having been a wife for thirty years, and a mother—she returns to this family of origin to find that flor... more
  • Flying Alone

    by Beth Ruggiero York
    From the time she was a teenager, Beth knew she wanted to fly, and a solo trip across the country to visit family confirmed her aspirations of becoming a pilot. But her dreams were almost grounded before they could take off when she received the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis at the age of 22. Beth vowed that this new challenge would not put restrictions on her life and embarked on journey to become an airline pilot. Starting at the small local airport, the aviation world swallowed her whol... more
  • This Ain't My Life

    by Bilal Alaji
    A compelling story of Bilal's journey to finding his destiny. Growing up Muslim Bilal experiences many trials throughout his youth with his father leading him down an arduous path. As he fights and claws his way out of every obstacle he relies on his faith to pull him through. Bilal shows his willingness to never give up on finding his true purpose. As he goes through failed marriages, criminal proceedings, the shelter system, and lost jobs; Bilal refuses to believe this is the life he was meant... more
  • GIRL WITH SPIRAL NOTEBOOK: A Writer's Memoir of New York Life

    by Susan Braudy
    In this memoir, I write about observing people who have bold-faced names, talent, and ruling class privilege--from Hugh Hefner to Michael Douglas to Gloria Steinem. I desperately wanted to observe and write about these shining people and even join their charmed circle. I did write about them. But I became slowly disillusioned by the elbows-out, me-first tactics of our A-list people. If the actions of the late Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump hadn't become public knowledge, I would be hard-pr... more
  • Still There

    by Felice Cohen
    Imagine The Graduate as a lesbian version. Now imagine it’s a true story. At twenty-three, fresh out of college, I had an affair with my boss, a woman thirty-four years my senior who had a long-term partner. That affair nearly capsized me as I tried to navigate my personal journey into adulthood and coming to terms with my sexuality. Throw in a lesbian affair with someone three decades older and I found myself bobbing like a cork. The book opens with the older woman dying of cancer, me at her si... more
  • When the Creator Moves Me: A Story about Music, Resistance, and Creative Activism

    by Shelley Muniz
    When hippie activists first wound their way on to the Navajo Reservation at Big Mountain, Arizona, what they saw and what they did would influence social and environmental activism in the Black Mesa region for many years to come. Navajo Grandmothers were being tormented. Water wells had been capped. As a result of corporate interest in uranium and coal extraction, and the passage of the 1974 Navajo/Hopi Land Settlement Act, sheep, goats, cattle, and horses were being confiscated and sacred cerem... more
  • Whirlpools, yoga and the balance of life: Travel tales for the adventurous spirit

    by Lindsey Porter
    Sucked into a whirlpool… Discovering pre-Inca tribal remains… Breaking an ankle 5000 metres up the side of a volcano… These are just a few of the unexpected circumstances Lindsey Porter found herself in as she travelled to some of the world’s most incredible locations. For the first time these tales have been brought together in a collection that shares the unforeseen and often humorous outcomes, whilst revealing an insight into places that are a little off the tourist trail. They a... more
  • Discover U Part II “Dream Doers”

    by Dederick Woodard
    This is part 2 of Discover U which teaches participants how to live their dreams and to understand the power that comes with effort and support.
  • Journey Untold: Twisted Love: My Mother's Struggle with Mental Illness

    by Yassin Hall
    Yassin S. Hall walks us through the shadows of her life as a child growing up with a mom that has mental illness in Journey Untold - My Mother's Struggle with Mental Illness. In Yassin S. Hall's town within the Virgin Islands, everyone knows your business due to its small community. Her mother's illness created several stigmas that followed Yassin S. Hall wherever she went. It is Yassin S. Hall's goal to not only tell her story, but to show how this illness can cause harm to loved ones dealing w... more
  • Memories of Pith

    by Pith Schure
    Discovering new friends and distant horizons was not only in his blood, but he also went for it. And so a world in its countless forms opened up in front of his eyes.
  • American Bread: My First Twenty Years in America

    by Alfred DiGiacomo
    My book begins with my parents, our family life and my life during my first 20 years.
  • Gathering Courage: A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability

    by TA McMullin
    Award-winning, Gathering Courage: A Life-Changing Journey Through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability is about a child who was adopted and later rejected by her adoptive family. Learning was a challenge for the author, T.A. “Terry” McMullin, as she was dyslexic and could barely make out words in elementary school. Because of failing grades her parents sent her to a foster home where Terry turned to God and a special horse for help. Years later, Terry’s life transformed from a brok... more