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by Josh Gunderson"You're doing it wrong" is an often heard phrase in the life of blogger Josh Gunderson who has made a life of doing things his own way. As it would turn out, doing it wrong seems to be working just right- or so it would seem. In his first book of personal essays Josh offers up the good, the bad, and the downright dirty of doing things his own way. From small-town life in California to globe-trotting professional speaker Josh lets loose on a life lived on his own terms. From family and friends, m... more
by Rebecca OlmsteadIn her latest book, Loved So Much, It Hurts: Purpose in the Pain, Rebecca shares her journey through cancer, her miraculous healing, and the spiritual transformation it brought.
by Drinks, Drugs, Delirium & Why Sober Is The New CoolThe Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium & Why Sober Is the New Cool provides an insider’s look into the world of those suffering from manic depression plus addiction. These true stories of survival, including the author’s own, offer insight into the oft-maligned world of mental illness, as well as a frequently overlooked, endlessly fascinating facet of the human condition.
by Benita MattioliThis is the titillating true tale of how a tiny neighborhood bar in San Francisco's North Beach Area evolved into the country's first and most notorious topless dancing venue, featuring the infamous Carol Doda and a captivating cast of characters and celebrities.
by james RepaceENEMY No.1 describes the rise of the nonsmokers’ rights movement in the 1970’s, the struggle for clean indoor air laws and the tobacco industry’s underhanded efforts to thwart these laws for many years. It is written from the unique perspective of a scientist whose research helped underpin the movement, leading to a decades-long battle with Big Tobacco, as detailed in their secret files. This first-hand account describes the evolution of the scientist and the science, the political strife and ... more
by J. David Pincus & Richard J. KnappSons of Suicide weaves themes of life-shattering tragedy and life-affirming friendship in a moving dual memoir. Rick and David meet in high-school and soon realize they share a heartbreaking secret: Each of their mothers took her life just a few years earlier. They bond instantly and permanently. Decades later, they learn that two other close friends had also lost parents to suicide. In an emotionally charged exchange, each of the four men opens up about how his parent’s decision changed ... more
by Howard JunkerAn oral history of The Closet, the existential void in which gays were allowed to lurk, invisibly, while passing for Normal. Gathered by Howard Junker from his classmates at Amherst 1961, other contemporaries, and well-known gay authors such as Gore Vidal, Edmund White, and Martin Duberman.
by Charlene McIverA moving biography sharing personal insight into the life of my late son who struggled with a severe physical disability. Covering the many surgical procedures, the wheelchairs, and medical devices. Coping with hospital shortfalls and discrimination. As a direct result of his experiences within the hospital, changes were made to the Consensus Resuscitation Plan.
by Hannah Overly
Exchange: Anecdotes of an American Host Family & Their Foreign Exchange Student depicts the journey the Overly family experienced when they hosted a Brazilian exchange student for eleven months. Initially, they had basic ideas of what they could offer. They never anticipated the ways in which they would grow, navigating between the simple joys and nuanced challenges of welcoming a stranger into their home. Exchange highlights... more
by Hannah OverlyExchange chronicles the journey my family & I experienced when we hosted a Brazilian foreign exchange student for eleven months. Initially, we had basic ideas of what we could offer but we never anticipated the ways in which we would grow, as we navigated between simple joys and nuanced challenges of welcoming a stranger into our home. Exchange highlights what ultimately unites people: compassion, commitment, understanding and a sense of humor.
by Carol EsShrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is a guided tour through a Tilt-A-Whirl life that takes so many turns that you may find yourself looking up from the pages and wondering how the hell one person managed to fit them all into 40-odd years. And many of them are odd years indeed. From a rootless, abusive childhood and mental illness through serious and successful careers in music and art, much of which were achieved while being involved in a notoriously destructive mind-control cult. Carol Es pres... more
by Leslie Johansen NackLeslie’s memoir starts in a broken home in the 1970s and moves into a coming-of-age adventure when, at the age of 14, she and her two sisters have to batten down the hatches on their 45-foot sailboat to navigate the Pacific Ocean, as well as the stormy temper of their larger-than-life Norwegian father.
by Alyse Neibaur
Alyse was only a child when the pills entered her household and changed the course of her life. They ultimately led her and her family down a permanent path of devastation. But who was at fault?
In a country where addicts’ stories have become a dime a dozen, we are desensitized to the devastating world of narcotics and the far-reaching impact each new prescription can have. What happens to the children who are left in the wake of such an epidemic?
Alyse bravely answers t... more
by Joseph S. Spicer Sr.My book takes you on a journey longtime prison corrections officer provides a unique perspective on the complex relationships and hierarchies of the prison system ,highlighting the pervasive hostility he encountered when he stood up to corrupt authorities.
by Carol Mitchell