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by Dietmar VogelmannMy Different Orient is a compelling look at culture shock, entrepreneurism and the all-consuming power of love. Dietmar’s experiences are unique yet universal, because we all have something within us that pushes us to our greatest heights. And when love is our foundation… there’s no telling how far we can go.
by Muneer NasserGeorge Joyner, Jamil Sulieman, and Jamil Nasser are three names that appear on the records of Phineas Newborn, Lou Donaldson, Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland and many more. These three names identify one jazz bassist, composer, and jazz advocate, who made an indelible mark in the jazz world for over fifty years. Upright Bass chronicles his evolution from a young bassist on Beale Street to a top-flight bassist on the New York Jazz scene. Miles Davis harbored curiosity about the environment that produced... more
by Maria A. NodarseA probing tale of an exile’s quest for a new self, Approaching Freedom follows Maria Nodarse’s journey from her arrival as a Cuban political refugee in 1960s America to her return to her native land in 1979. Nodarse is fifteen when her family settles in a white, middle-class New Jersey town. In Cuba she had attended the same private American school since kindergarten. At Ridgefield Park High School her classmates ask her, “Did you wear shoes in Cuba?” When a fellow Cuban student joins her senio... more
by Heinrich Hammer
Shot by a cannon as a child, Heinrich Hammer’s nearly century-long life was anything but typical right from the outset. Beginning with his often troubled childhood in Germany, he had to fight from a young age with a recalcitrant uncle (his guardian) to pursue his musical goals academically. Once an adult though, his path brightened and, over the years, he encountered a seemingly endless parade of noteworthy composers, musicians, painters, and nobility—he even witnessed the infamou... more
by Thomas E. Cochrane, Geologist
Black Gold...OIL...the magic bullet of liquid petroleum not only propels all manner of people-movers globally, it's also a component of more than 6,000 products everything from motorcycle helmets, to vitamin capsules, to ink. But who DISCOVERS these critical and elusive fossil fuels of oil & gas?
MEET A WILDCATTER whose back-in-the-day journey from the hills of New York, to the ice fields of Alaska, to the plains of the Midwest brings the reader along on this comple... more
by Ronald DalglieshUnburdened by the Problems of Success is the first in a trilogy of humorous musings from RJ Dalgliesh. His collection of loosely connected short stories recounts an often hysterical view into Scottish life as seen through the eyes of a young Mr. Dalgliesh. His story begins in a cottage on the outskirts of Edinburgh, where as a young lad his penchant for spinning a tall yarn leads to an unfortunate horse riding accident for a young woman. From that inauspicious, yet hilarious, beginning, the read... more
by Kayce HughlettSoulStroller introduces a fresh way of living life on one's own terms—expanding readers' world views whether they choose to visit destinations like Paris, Ireland, or Bali, or get to know what home looks like through fresh eyes. Labeled shy and rendered virtually silent by age six, Kayce had been raised to fit the role of perfect wife, doting mom, and accomplished woman. She fulfilled her mission by her mid-40s when society said she had it all. Society was wrong—her eldest child disappeared into... more
by Timothy GatesA JOURNEY The story of a person’s profoundly diverse and undeservedly blessed 60+ yrs of life on this planet. From growing up in the 60's and 70's, traveling as a young man in Europe and the Middle East (with a return trip to and 14 month stay in Israel,) military life, married and family life, work as a paramedic firefighter and as a nurse, wonderful opportunities to serve on medical teams to Kurdistan Iraq, West Darfur Sudan and Banda Aceh Indonesia and everything in between. It really has be... more
by Karl Beckstrand(Illustrated biography) Young Ida lives in 1880s Sweden with her mother, brother, and sister. When she contracts scarlet fever, she almost loses her sight. After another brush with death, Ida learns that there is more than this life—and that disease has an end. Ida sails with her sister to America for a better life, free of religious persecution. But she knows no English. How will she share what she’s learned? A delightful tale of courage for all ages and cultures (prequel to Anna’s Prayer, 6 yr... more
by Pradeep BerryEverything changed for Pradeep K. Berry on February 28, 2015. That was the day his wife of forty-one years, Constance A. “Connie” Berry, died. He’s been mourning ever since, and he seeks to cope with his loss in this tribute to his beloved spouse. In My Connie, he celebrates their love—a love that would have never happened if he hadn’t left India to go to the United States. He only had seven dollars at the time, and he could not have dreamed that he’d meet a beautiful, intelligent, American wife... more
by Joe CrochetMy Winning Seasons is Joe Crochet's compulsively readable memoir about his experience as a cadet-student-athlete at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. From the rigorous challenges of the exhausting first year to the exaltation of being part of the team that took Citadel football to the next level, Joe paints a portrait not only of what it takes to succeed at The Citadel, but what it takes to win in life: vision, dedication, determination, focus--and the will to win. Inspiring a... more
by Diana SaltoonAn extraordinary love story, Wife Just Let Go – are the last words written by Robert Briggs to his wife, just before he passed away from Alzheimer’s. A publisher, literary agent, author, who felt the influence of the Beat era deeply, Robert’s love of literature, poetry and jazz, never faded. Even in his later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Robert was able to share insights into what he called “the power of aging,” and his love of poetry, jazz and Zen. He continued to write, valiantly, of his yo... more
by Andy PalascianoSubtitled, Tales of a Substitute Teacher and Job Coach. A funny, touching first-hand account by someone who claims, "I have always had the ability to get lost." Wanting to be seen as "cool" and be accepted by his peers, failure haunts Andy in his attempts to be a Substitute Teacher, until he surrenders to his faith. This spiritual journey leads him to a fulfilling career as a Job Coach.
by Barbara HongWhen people first meet Barbara Hong, they often conclude that her life must have always been enriched. They assume she had loving, successful parents and all the support she needed to reach her goals. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hong’s path to an Ivy League university and beyond started in a filthy tenement in Singapore where she lived with an abusive father and an illiterate mother. Even as a child of six, she worked in her sweatshop home to help with extra money, which her fath... more
by Nicole D'SettemiDrugs. Sex. Detox. Art. Recovery. Prostitution. Music. Street life. Poetry. Toxic love. And, those are just on the surface. The layers and complexities of Addictarium will shock and enthrall you... When wild-child, and south Florida escapee, Danielle Martino finds herself curled in a ball on the cold tile floors of her filthy rank bathroom in the tiny studio she rents with her fiancé and partner-in-crime, she knows it's time to quit abusing heroin. Severely impaired from shooting a bad batch ... more
by Victor ScarinziVictor Scarinzi, a self-described ?Italian redneck,? shares stories that range from daydreaming as a boy, to getting into trouble as a teenager, to learning the lessons of adulthood in this collection of memoirs. It was by spending time in nature that he became convinced that there must be a God, because who else could create the wonderful woods, lakes, mountains, swamps, deserts, and animals that you see in the outdoors? Fishing, hunting, thinking of faraway places, sorting out his dreams, and ... more