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by Debbie EthellTHE WILL OF HEAVEN is the powerful true story of how one woman overcame a debilitating addiction−rising from the courtrooms of her past to the grass plains of Kenya as a conservation research scientist. It was there she could finally fulfill her lifelong dream of working with wild elephants. Debbie Ethell became obsessed by a group of elephants in Kenya when she was eight years old after seeing them on a PBS nature show. Over the next several years, her obsession grew−until a group of school ... more
by Barbara Hussmann LongWhen the young daughter of a German scientist is transplanted to America, her new life is fraught with painful circumstances. Isolation, divorce, and mental illness impact her formative years, while the devastation of war and the challenge of life in a new country reveal the best and worst of human nature. With fear her constant companion, carried by forces within and beyond herself, she survives and thrives. This is her story. Through it all, she comes to realize that everyone struggles, bu... more
by Louisa Pateman
In this heartfelt memoir, Louisa Pateman outpours her hopes and aspirations, her loves and her losses, as she recites her quest to find her happily ever after. For years, she diligently tried to fulfil her life plan; the path set by society—find her soulmate, get married and have children—but things didn’t go as planned…
Following a string of failed relationships, and continual revisions to her life plan, she found herself single in her mid-thirties wonder... more
by Lewis ThigpenBorn and Raised in Sawdust: My Journey Around the World in Eighty Years is the deeply moving autobiography of Lewis Thigpen as a black boy growing up in a loving family in a small, tight knit community in the deep South during the extremely segregated Jim Crow era. It captures his life on the farm and in school in a revealing, instructive, yet colorful way despite the discrimination he encountered. Fearful of being a farm worker or common laborer for the rest of his life, he joined the U.S. Army... more
by Johan ZwaanA kid' s memories of war and postwar I wrote this book on June 6, 2019, 75 years after D-day, the greatest invasion the world has ever seen. Seven thousand ships, 150.000 troops, 4,000 American and British deaths on the very first day! The courage of the men, who jumped from the landing ships into the sea, sometimes drowning with their heavy equipment, and stormed the beaches under heavy fire from machine guns, rifles and artillery salvos, is unimaginable. I can't stop thinking about it today wi... more
by Nancy W. BrownIf there has been one theme in Nancy W. Brown’s life, it is enjoying where her outdoor adventures have carried her over the years. In this memoir, she celebrates her lifelong love of nature, beginning with her upbringing in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1940s and 1950s. As a girl, she was introduced to the natural world. Her grandfather was a respected science teacher and photographer in Southern California, and he passed his talents down. Much of her time was spent outdoors with ot... more
by Jules WilsonPiazza San Giovanni is in Cori, a small agricultural town with a history that spans before Rome was built, perched on a hillside where the people are better known for their clan name and whether they are from the Monte or the Valle. Cori is about fifty odd kilometers from Rome, and living in Cori became an unbelievable experience. This book came to life after keeping a sort of diary for the updates on e-mail. I was alone with just relatives and a whole new group of people in my life. The update... more
by Philip E. BradshawRick Marrs, Ph.D., has been a soul care provider for decades, first as a Christian counselor and licensed psychologist, then as a pastor and seminary professor. He has taught Christ-centered soul care to thousands of counselors and pastors. "Phil Bradshaw and I are both Illinois farmers who share a passion for the land and a desire to help feed a growing global population. I have had the pleasure of working with Phil on many issues during my career, especially while serving as the US Secretary o... more
by Kathleen McDonnellIn September 1731, a feral child emerged from the woods in the Champagne region of France. Clothed in animal skins, with matted, unkempt hair, and wielding a small club, she ran like a hare, climbed trees like a cat, and ate leaves and raw meat. But who was Memmie LeBlanc? Where had she come from? How had she survived on her own in the wild? From the very first, mystery and controversy swirled around her and it still rages, as playwright Kathleen McDonnell discovers nearly three centuries later,... more
by Y.A. Salimu
My name is Yohancé.
It rhymes with Beyoncé, starts with a Y.
Like too many young people, I grew up amid poverty, homelessness, gang violence and drugs. But unlike many others, I found success. I reached for the skies – literally – and became a multi-decorated graduate of the famed Air Force Academy.
At age fourteen, I ran away, but not from home—because I never had one to begin with. At school I participated in every sport, cl... more
by PAUL B ALLEN IIIPour yourself a cup and join world-renowned singer/songwriter Paul B Allen III as he takes you on a journey through his life-long love affair with music. For over five decades, the world swooned at the rich, smooth, sexy tenor of Paul B Allen III – Number One hit songwriter and internationally acclaimed lead vocalist of Raw Sugar, The T-Byrd Gordon Band, and of course The Platters. All across the world, Paul led show-stopping performances for Presidents and royalty – experiences from which he ... more
by Sherry V. OstroffIta was born in the wrong place at the wrong time. The place was the former Pale of Settlement which was a large swath of land in western Russia where Jews were forced to live for centuries. The year was 1918 and Russia was in the midst of two revolutions. The first occurred with the abdication of the last tsar of Russia culminating in his execution. The second was the bloody civil war that ensued for control of the country. Ita was caught in the middle during this time of great political and... more
by Dave McEwenThe human body is a wondrous work of nature and is limited in what it can do mainly by the mind itself. In 1976 the author was working at his “dream job” with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and planning his upcoming wedding. While returning from an event tied to that wedding, he was a passenger in a terrible car crash that left him disabled and changed his life forever. This book covers some of the struggles that he went through and the adaptations that can be made when one takes con... more
by John "Gene" E. Dawson
In the 1930s, John "Gene" E. Dawson was a shy, insecure boy who had been born to a struggling Iowa farm family during the Great Depression. In his memoir, Farm Boy, City Girl: From Gene to Miss Gina, Gene first recalls his years as a "Farm Boy," when he and his brothers worked alongside their parents as soon as they were able and attended country school. But life wasn't all work and school, and he writes about his love for and time with his extended Irish... more
by Barry CorbettThe novel recounts the tragic death of Barry's brother in childhood and its repercussions. His journey takes him through the stages of anger, physical violence, self destruction, and finally acceptance. The stories are presented as brief vignettes and are told with a combination of humor and self reflection.
by samatha polisettiI am a doctor by profession but somehow my mind always wondered about the story of the patient more than the actual disease. I loved the fact that I could be empathetic and feel what they felt. The inside of a doctor's mind will never be known to outsiders. And sometimes during the learning stage we make mistakes that are so grave that they make you stay awake at night. These incidents make us strong, so strong that we begin to lose the empathy and become steel hearted. This draft is titled "wh... more