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  • Sometimes Cruel: Short Stories

    by Demetrius Koubourlis PhD
    Does war excuse domestic violence? Does it encourage it?  If people are cruel to each other in a war society, are they more prone to abuse their children? Some stories occur in World War II Greece and involve family and non-family violence in an environment where the author witnessed Jews hauled like cattle. The author presents vivid accounts of his childhood and ponders the role of war and culture in our lives. He offers insightful ways to cope with our feelings toward one's parents that may he... more
  • Kansas GenExistential: Essays from the Heartland

    by Amber Fraley
    With her trademark biting wit, Fraley describes the foibles and follies of growing up a kid in the turbulent and strange decade of the 1980s, odd characters she encountered in the 1990s, and how GenXers are now handling midlife differently than their parents. She also talks frankly about her late entry into the reproductive justice movement and what menopause is really like with equal parts humor and compassion. From the long, strange trip of the Reagan years to the Trump years, and the particul... more
  • Trauterose: Growing Up in Postwar Munich

    by Elisabeth haggblade
    Synopsis \tMy book is a first-person account of the postwar years in Munich, Germany, with the war being an ever-present inescapable shadow leaving its physical and psychological marks on me and on those I met and with whom I interacted. \tWhat was it like to be orphaned at birth in the winter of 1942 in Munich, to spend the next eleven years as a foster child in the family of a former SS-officer? What was it like, after the death of my foster mother, to live for seven years in a home for chi... more
  • Little Boy Lost

    by David Peters
    A memoir about a boy's journey after the suicide of his mother.
  • Flat Please Hold the Shame

    by Ellyn Winters
    One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. FLAT PLEASE is one woman’s story. After the initial shock of hearing that you have breast cancer, women find themselves navigating the foreign waters of medical diagnostics, surgery and treatment. As a fellow traveller on this road, Ellyn Winters quickly realized that with knowledge comes power, and that power gives women the semblance of control in what is, quite honestly an uncontrollable situation. She began to un... more
  • Running with Grace

    by Lori Van Dusen

    “Having had the privilege of witnessing this journey from ideation to release, the resounding theme has been Lori's courage.” —Ian J. Wilson, MD, philanthropist and founder WALLTHERAPY

     

    Nothing about Lori Van Dusen’s childhood indicated she’d become one of the nation’s top independent financial advisors. She was born prematurely on the wrong side of the tracks and with a genetic blood disorder. Her parents div... more

  • No Crying in the Operating Room: My Life as an International Relief Doctor, from Haiti, to South Sudan, to the Syrian Civil War

    by Cecily Wang, M.D.
    Cecily Wang wanted to become a doctor to help people in the most fundamental ways possible, only to become disillusioned with the profession during medical school and residency. It wasn’t until she went on an international relief mission to Haiti in 2006 that she found herself practicing medicine as she had originally envisioned. She was able to help a sick person in great need, unencumbered by red tape and regulations. The patient’s health was all that mattered. Cecily has continued to do inter... more
  • Stories That Move

    by Bill Berry

    "Stories That Move” is a collection of compelling, raw tales that document the author’s journey through childhood bullying, harsh family dynamics, near death experiences, and heart pumping adventure. From the first page to the last, you’ll be drawn into the human experience at a depth few authors are able to traverse. And in so doing, you'll discover things about yourself.

  • Brave Face: The Inspiring WWII Memoir of a Dutch/German Child

    by Caroline Crocker
    As the daughter of a Dutch postman and his German wife, five-year-old Meta finds her life totally changed when WWII begins. Meta’s anxiety is exacerbated by der Stiefel, a Nazi soldier who haunts her. Life continues downhill until starvation renders the formerly vivacious child so weak that she doesn’t care if she dies. After the war ends, poverty, prejudice, and PTSD dog her every step, and Meta finds herself unable to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. Should she give in to despair, jus... more
  • Eat, Fuck, (Write About) Murder

    by Gina Tron

    In “Eat, Pray, Love,” the protagonist travels around the world following her divorce. During her travels, she finds purpose, meaning, and then love again."Eat, Fuck, (Write About) Murder" is a much bleaker, millennial version of that story. In the midst of a breakup with both a serious boyfriend and a literary agent, I do some traveling and some eating, and I write about murder for work, but — spoiler — I do not fall in love again. The main similarity between this book and “E... more

  • Desendents of Bettie Jones

    by Kevin Williams
    A track back 170 years into history of the descendants of Bettie Jones , Births, Deaths family names to help someone to connect to their Family Tree, ,
  • LIAR, ALLEGED

    by David Vass
    In the 50s, gays took on stereotypical roles David Vass did not embrace. “I wasn’t a top, bottom, butch or fem - I scared the shit out of all the homos I met!” Entertaining, humorous, and shocking, he reveals secrets of the record labels (how he became a mafia money runner), juicy, never-before-told anecdotes about legendary celebrities - Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony award winners that he technical directed. Over 100 World Class difficult personalities were kept in line by Vass. ... more
  • The Hardest Year

    by Carole and William Wagener
    The year is 1969. Newlywed William Wagener, on active duty in South Vietnam, has exchanged over 300 handwritten letters with his dear wife, Carole, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These intimate letters were the foundation of this heartfelt memoir, written by Carole, to preserve both a vital piece of history and their unique love story. During a time of social unrest where many college campuses were torn apart by antiwar protestors clashing with police and National Guards, Caro... more
  • Loose on the Landscape

    by Joel Everett Harding

    Ever wonder what it’s like alone at midnight in the depths of a vast marsh, or thought of stumbling into a roiling geyser field in the dark? What happens when you get swept along for miles in a flooded river without an exit—or explore a prehistoric swamp with predators left over from the Cretaceous? How can you sense an Amazon rainforest breathing. Have you watched a great ancient waterfall cease forever in less than a day? Does the Jersey Devil still inhabit the pine barrens?

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  • Kissing Asphalt - The Courageous True Story of One Child's Unbreakable Spirit - From Kidnapping and Abuse to Self-Love

    by Delicia Niami
    Resilience isn’t inherited. It’s a hard-fought skill forged by our ability to pick up the broken pieces of our past and remake them into something new. Meet four-year-old Delicia, a poor but carefree child who is about to have her world shattered. Along with her seven-year-old brother Nile, she is kidnapped from her Los Angeles home by her estranged father and taken to Iraq, a foreign world she has never known. This is just the beginning of a string of traumas, hardships, and assaults Delici... more
  • Life at Daniel's Place: How the cemetery became a sanctuary of discovery and gratitude

    by Alice J. Wisler

    After 36-year-old Alice lost her son Daniel, she doubted a graveyard could ever offer tranquility. At first, she wanted to run from the cemetery because it symbolized that Daniel, her four-year-old son, was gone. Being at the grave filled her with shame, guilt, and doubt. Gradually, thanks to geese, picnics, helium balloons, and epitaphs, the cemetery, named Daniel’s Place by Alice’s family, became a haven of discovery and beauty. Life at Daniel’s Place is the story of a mot... more

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