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by Celia LatzThe author left Indiana to study Art in Venice, Italy where she invented a new life, filled with beauty and romance as well as almost insurmountable challenges. After 35 years of daily life on the small island, she learned that in a city like Venice, and in the heart of an Artist, there is no room for hatred or resentment, and this could be true for any heart in any city.
by Pete NapolitanoPete Napolitano began his career in the produce industry in the early 1950s at the tender age of five, peddling fruit and vegetables door-to-door to help support his family’s New Jersey-based produce business. “Discovered” at his store by a TV producer decades later and given the moniker “Produce Pete,” he’s since become a fixture on WNBC’s Weekend Today in New York show, where his tips on selecting, storing, and preparing various produce items – all shared in his authentic, endearing, and plai... more
by Jay E. ValusekThe book represents one father's three-year investigation into the life and death, by suicide, of his daughter, drawing upon memory, hundreds of pages of journals and other documents, the science and psychology of suicide, humor and imagination: all in service of answering the haunting, cosmic question: Why in hell did this happen?
by Kate NasonSeven years into her second marriage, Kate Nason discovered her husband was cheating on her. Then, the unimaginable happened. She woke to the news that one of her husband’s “other women” was at the center of a national scandal. The press surrounded her home, clamoring for details, and quickly transformed Kate’s private heartbreak into public humiliation. Nason’s memoir uncovers the little-known side of a well- known story. It's a cautionary tale about the ways we deceive ourselves when we al... more
by Michael Boyajian
Why the term Sketch Book in the title of this book and not the term Notebook? Because Sketch Book is part of a book title by Washington Irving who was my late wife Jeri's favorite author and Notebook is associated with a title of a book by one of our greatest authors F. Scott Fitzgerald but not a favorite of Jeri's and this is a book about Jeri so her favorite author takes immovable precedent over all others. Though I should mention that it is a series of random notes more... more
The "Hell's Angels" Letters: Hunter S. Thompson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classicby Margaret A. Harrell
The first new writing by Hunter Thompson to be published since his death in 2005, The Hell's Angels Letters: Hunter S. Thompson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classic is an important revelation in the legacy of Thompson, with high-end full-color scans ofletters that survived precarious shipping and travel over decades, cloaked away from the public. “If Hell’s Angels hadn’t happened I never would have been able to write Fear and Loathing in Las V... more
by John McDonnell
John McDonnell wasn’t a runner back in 2010. Until one day he saw photos of himself on holiday and realised he had become overweight. He began running as a means to lose weight and quickly progressed from the 5k distance to 10k, to half-marathon up to the full marathon and further. Fuelled by passion; driven by a desire for self improvement.
In 2017, at the young age of 48, he suffered a stroke brought on by an 11mm hole in his heart. This setback was only temporary. After recover... more
by Harvey HavelMother: A Memoir follows the turbulent relationship between the author’s mentally ill Pakistani mother and the author himself who carries the same mental illness. From living together in the slums of New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1980s through the author’s education in Connecticut and the several hospitalizations he has to confront, Mother is a powerful and unforgettable read that tries to be as honest as possible in portraying what ought to be a loving relationship between a mother and... more
by Randi-Lee BowslaughAddiction is a rampant mental illness that takes hold of individuals of any age. Brandon was only a teenager when drugs took over his life. The battle raged for decades before he lost. Randi-Lee shares the truth behind the eulogy. Having a brother with addiction created a fissure and forced the need for boundaries. Stepping away and loving him from a distance was her only way to keep herself safe. This book goes beyond losing a brother. It delves into risk factors, constructive coping stra... more
by Donatien ChamchawalaIn April 2009, after a child triggered a tripwire in his back garden, Donatien Chamchawala was arrested and charged with possession of explosives. Sentenced to an indefinite period in a secure mental hospital, he would spend 7 years struggling to regain the freedom that appeared permanently lost to him. Learn how a mild-mannered vegan’s world collapsed as he gradually descended towards madness. Wrongfully portrayed as hateful and dangerous by the authorities, the diary entries you are about... more
by Terence Ang
“Given a choice, I would have dressed for the occasion. I dressed for every occasion, even nightmares. But this time… I was caught unaware… I was no longer in control.”
Terence never dreamt he would suffer a stroke. After all, didn’t strokes happen only to old people? Terence did not die, he survived. But there is a difference between just surviving and living “magnificently and beautifully”.
A Cry In The Dark details the journey of Terence Ang,... more
by Jeannette HanbyFour years of adventures as I explore Big Sur on the California Coast in the 1960s, fall in love with a man who entices me to join a gold mining venture on the Feather River in Northern California, and finally find my pwn path into a wonderful future.
by Naseem RochetteFind the beauty and the power in your cracks. Recognize that breaking doesn’t mean broken. In a pedestrian crosswalk on a quiet tree-lined street, Naseem is hit and then run over three times. Onlookers yell for the driver to stop as she hears her fate in her husband’s screams. Is he is watching the mother of his children die? Miraculously, she survives, yet she is no longer the person she worked so hard to be. Her “cracks”—the changes to her body and mind—initially feel impossible to acc... more
by Laurie Lee DavidsonFrom the microcosm of personal transformation to the macrocosm of global healing, Growing into the Gray is equal parts life story and social prescription. A collection of interwoven evocative reflections on trauma, somatic healing, and the state of the world, it delivers a universal message of profound hope: we can heal. In it, I demystify the meaning of trauma and invite readers to view their lives and our society through a new lens, that of the body, offering a vision for openhearted living in... more
by Alex Charns
"Poignant, philosophical, humorous, and wise… A part handbook on hockey and a part political satire, Charns’s latest book is both wholly hilarious and deeply reflecting. The narrative straightaway delves into prejudice based on gender, especially in the field of ice hockey, and the story that follows is periodically interrupted by Charns’s hilarious tips on the vigorous sport as he narrates his family story, including his son and daughter’s passion for the sport ... more
by Paul Shotsberger