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by Michael R. Burns
The Valley Rat is a coming of age story of me while growing up in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas during the sixties. The book is divided into ten chapters that cover my early life through college years, elaborating the hard scrabble struggle from finding my way in a lower/middle class upbringing and escaping the mediocrity of this life and finally flourishing into a productive, happy soul.
The book highlights my exploits as a competitive swimmer, surfer and waterman in the vanguar... more
by Ann Bennett-CooksonSociety is quick to formulate judgements toward those struggling with addiction. However, is addiction a choice? Is mental illness a choice? Everyone's story is different. I can only share mine and how our family was affected. The effects of addiction ripple out washing over everyone in some manner or form. Like many, I originally thought substance use was a choice, a deficit in one's moral code, a weakness that one should be able to control. Why must tragedy occur to inspire illumination?
by Amelia HendreyMy story begins aged 3, when my mother abandoned me and left me with my brutal father to raise me. Nobody knew the secrets that went on inside that house, or the journey that I travelled on after leaving it, until now. This is the story of my survival. What do you do when no one wants you? How many people need to destroy a child until that child wants to destroy herself? What if social services always got told a different story? What would you do if you were in my position? Survival is... more
by B Alan BourgeoisB Alan Bourgeois has been called many things over the years. During the past 6 years as he created Texas Authors, Inc., DEAR Texas, Inc., and the Texas Authors Institute of History, Inc., plus many other events and programs, all while he was homeless. I’m Crazy Great is a mantra that Bourgeois uses to express that while he does things that very few people would do, and to live a life that even less would consider living by choice, he was Crazy and Great at the same time. It was his way of tel... more
by Fabiola Piedad Maria Alicia Reynales de BerryACQUIESCE to LOVE PEACE GRATITUDE,, introduces Susana, who lost everything within a short period of time. Her life turned upside down by what appeared to be the circumstances she lived at that moment. The story demonstrates the immense role of the subconscious mind, creating the return of past emotions and traumas triggered by unrelated events. What do you do when life places you in a deep emotional hole? Engage with simple methods to make your mind aware of emotions, thoughts and feelings th... more
by Cordelia LeeCordelia Lee is no stranger to suffering and painful memories. A troubled childhood, molests, rape attempt, black magic, anorexia, unfulfilled maternal instinct, failing marriage eventually led to depression and isolation. But Cordelia’s problems were not only physical and mental; spiritual forces added to her agony. Things she used to think were illogical and nonexistent. Initially, Cordelia’s encounters with the supernatural were benign. A spontaneous kundalini awakening enlightened her to t... more
by Angela Martin, PhDAngela Martin's debut book, My American Dream: Finding a Second Chance at Life in Photographs of Abandoned Places, is a unique photo essay and memoir written for art lovers and people seeking rare and valuable guidance on how to rebuild their lives after a personal tragedy. In the pages of this remarkable book, Angela shares a selection of her provocative photographs of abandoned places in the American mid-South. She also candidly relates her personal story of losing the American Dream in midlif... more
by Kate E. StephensonTold in the voice of a vibrant, bright young girl raised in the 1960s South, this first book Innocence exposes the poisonous bacteria of hurt. Unaware that she has been infected, Little Paula navigates through life with a constant, gnawing sense of displacement. Seeking familial acceptance, maternal affection and answers to the mystery that obscures her identity, she will discover that silent wounds fester and secrets have fatal consequences. In this debut memoir, Paula Lett blasts open the clos... more
by Tanja Pajevic
After her mother's death, Tanja Pajevic explored what it meant to grieve consciously in a society that barely acknowledges grief. As the weeks passed, Pajevic—a first-generation Serbian-American woman—delved into her anger, rage and sorrow, as well as explored the complicated issue of forgiveness. Along the way, she explored the rise and fall of communal mourning in the United States, as well as its roots in the current medical model.
Pajevic also examined in... more
by Christine Bauer
Christine Bauer's memoir 'Those Three Words: A birthmother's story of choice, chance, and motherhood' will be released for Mother’s Day. 'Those Three Words’ takes a deep dive into the emotions of facing an unplanned pregnancy at the tender age of 18.
Those Three Words takes readers along on Christine’s journey of weighing options, agonizing over a decision, and ultimately deciding to let another family adopt and raise her baby. Christine’s story highlights the beauty of motherhood and a... more
by Peter NolanPeter Nolan has just published his second non fiction book called News Stories. It’s a memoir that chronicles his many years as a broadcast newsman from Niagara Falls to Chicago in the latter half of the twentieth century. A former federal judge and Governor, gets out of prison, a policeman on trial for trying to drown his son, an Alderman runs off with 100K in federal funds, The death of President John F. Kennedy, the disappearance of Rosemary Kennedy, homecoming for Jimmy Hoffa, How Geraldo Ri... more
by Oanh Ngo Usadi
In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, a young girl and her family were exiled from city living in Saigon to the countryside of Vietnam and ultimately escaped to a small town in Texas. Part travelogue, part family drama, this quietly affecting immigrant memoir will make you laugh, cry, and hungry all at the same time. Through each traumatic transition, Oanh Ngo Usadi retains her optimism as she and her family adapt to new environments and cultures in their journey to become Americans.
by Lisa ReinickeBuster, a small-town football hero, turns pilot during WW2, with an ego to match both titles. His attitude grows as gets outside his comfort zone piloting C-47 troop and cargo carriers from Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, France, Cairo, China, Japan, and the Phillipines. His letters are a one way communication showing his journey. His mail could never catch up with him which he firmly stated, "pissed him off," and left him only able to write what was on his mind every day with no news from home. ... more
by Austin M. HopkinsIn his debut book, Austin tells his story of emerging into young adulthood while surviving sexual violence and living with mental illness. His story is narrated through journal entries, poetry, and short stories.
by Marie Lenay RogusYou’ll Laugh .. You’ll Cry .. And Learn What Grieving Taught Her in this Inspirational Memoir and Guide to Help Cope with Grief Grief Comfort Guide: A Personal Journey from Loss to Light by Marie Lenay Rogus is part self-help book, part memoir. She gives the reader advice on how to deal with grief, including breathing and meditation exercises. Also included are personal stories related to the family members she has lost over the years. These stories are told in great, vivid detail. It is e... more
by A.E. HayesIn Shattered: Memoirs of an Amnesiac, A.E. Hayes opened a window for her readers to see into some of the darkest parts of her life. From her experiences with a traumatic brain injury and amnesia to the realities of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Hayes never shrank from the truth. But that's not the whole story. While writing Shattered, Hayes was struck by the notion that she was often the villain in her own story. From that idea, Villain was born. But what is a villain, re... more