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by Deirdre Allen TimmonsIn 2013, I was diagnosed with an inoperable, fast-growing, malignant brain tumor. I was given a month to live. This was not a good time to die! I was working on my second film, "Kings," a musical comedy about men who do burlesque. My daughter was still in high school. My husband was flying the high-tech coop and opening a barbecue restaurant. And my dear sweet mama was falling into the Alzheimer's canyon of doom. I had work to do here on Earth! What ensued is Brain Candy, the often funny, freque... more
by Leora O'CarrollMaureen O’Carroll: A Musical Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Childhood vividly brings to life growing up in a large, quirky but ambitious, Irish immigrant family during the Depression and War time in Australia. This enchanting memoir is told through the eyes of the middle child of the ten O’Carroll children, mischievous Maureen, who went on to become an acclaimed cellist. After years of periodic imprisonment in Ireland for their fight for independence, Maureen’s parents immigrated to Sydney, Aus... more
by Shannon O'LearyShannon O’Leary (a pseudonym) is a prolific writer and performer. Her first book The Blood on My Hands told the story of her traumatic and violent childhood in the 1960s and 70s Australia. This sequel, Out of the Fire and into the Pan, explains to the reader how she progressed into the adult world while coming to terms with her terrifying past. It is a story of personal growth and of how O’Leary navigates her transition into adulthood, while seeking out the social norms and finding her place in ... more
by Kathleen MakkreelA timely memoir of life under Nazi occupation vividly reminds us that most of the war's damage is collateral, most of the casualties are non-combatants, and most of their wounds are psychological. A boy and his family learn to survive after German forces destroy and occupy Rotterdam. An uncle reveals traitorous Nazi ties that lead to a commission as Waffen SS officer and his sister takes up with a German soldier and defects to Germany. Meanwhile, teen-aged Jan Makkreel lives by his as he is draw... more
by Deborah Francisco DouglasHalf Filipino but raised in an American household, Deborah Francisco Douglas had always longed to know more about her Filipino heritage. So when a thick government-issued envelope arrived at her door announcing her assignment to the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she snatched the opportunity and set out on a journey of self-discovery, travel, and adventure. Arriving in the mountain town of Baguio City, Philippines, she was introduced to a life of obnoxious roosters, bucket baths, and... more
by William Buisch
by Joseph McBride
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.” — Ray Bradbury. Joseph McBride’s 1992 biography FRANK CAPRA: THE CATASTROPHE OF SUCCESS was described by Barry Gewen in The New York Times Book Review as “Masterly, comprehensive, and frequently surprising.” What readers did not know then was how arduous it was to reveal the hidden truth about this iconic American figure. While McBride was researching and writing for more than seven ye... more
by Ted LeavittFollow along with Ted as he takes you on journey that is sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic, but always intensely personal. Raised in a family where ADHD was the norm, Ted did not discover the explanation for his pattern of impulsive behaviour, disorganization, forgetfulness and chronic underachievement until he was in graduate school. Described as a "view inside a therapy session," Ted's story unveils not only the surface-level struggles and complications that arise from having a brain wired... more
by Igor SazevichTime in my Coffee is a captivating look at San Francisco where Igor Sazevich was born. At age three his Bohemian/Artist parents went to live in Paris only to return shortly under the threat of the growing power of Nazi Germany. He grew up in San Francisco amid artists, studied architecture at UC Berkeley, and married into Royalty. There are many episodes dealing with San Francisco projects that add color and details to the times and locations where they all happened. As an architect he was en... more
by Korry FrankeWhat's it really like to be a new airline captain? How does it feel to be ultimately responsible for a $100 million jet, its crew, and the lives of its passengers? And how does one remain calm while battling mechanical malfunctions in the flight simulator, thunderstorms in Mexico City, or blizzards in Chicago? Find out for yourself when you strap in to the extra flight deck jumpseat and fly along with 31-year-old Korry Franke in this vivid, fast-paced memoir about his eventful first year as a Un... more
by Kenneth RoseAn unexpected spiritual awakening at nineteen led Kenneth Rose on a journey of spiritual discovery to a Hindu devotional movement, a conservative Bible college, a Catholic monastery, Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions, and India, where he had a spiritually decisive audience with the Dalai Lama, experienced the radical teaching of nondual awakening in an encounter with satsang teacher Papaji, and encountered the living presence of the Hindu saint Sri Ramana Maharshi in his ashram ... more
by David L. HaaseCollege student David L. Haase went to Viet-Nam in 1970 — not to fight, but to study. He got kicked out and stumbled upon a secret war run by the CIA next door in Laos, a tiny, landlocked jungle kingdom that was more a surrealistic state of mind than a real country. Over the next two years, he kept very good notes and did his best to grow up.
by Maggie Colombe
How He Robbed Me of My Three Baby Daughters is a true story of the sad events that happened when Maggie Colombe's husband (now deceased) got involved with a schoolgirl causing them to run away together.
Maggie Colombe's three daughters were aged between one and five when they were taken from her by their father. He had denied his relationship with the underage girl that he was involved with. When they were finally found out, and he had lost the teaching position that he loved, b... more
by Robyn S. BrodieFormer beauty queen, Robyn Brodie, is still single at the age of 32. After a seven-year relationship she assumed would lead to marriage, she breaks off the engagement. Yet, she wants to be unlonely and desires the experience of marriage and family in the traditional sense. Robyn is not encouraged by her chances however, given the tick of the biological clock, mixed with lack of available prospects. So, she takes some crazy advice to put out an APB for her future husband! The advisor insists it w... more
by Staci House
by Angel Russell
Cocaine, domestic violence, and a bad choice in guys made it easy for Angelic to hide an abortion. Until seventeen year old Angelic came home from school to learn that her family had moved out of their 3 bed room apartment.Empty without a trace of furniture only trash and Angelic's things. Just weeks before her high school graduation, she is ABANDONED by her parents.
Once a huge secret Angelic's abortion became a memory as she finds herself knocked up ... more