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by Tom GettyHow does someone make a blockbuster movie? Especially if they... Live nowhere near Hollywood... Have no money... and NO industry connections. And that's a blockbuster movie. Not a short. Not a documentary. Not a YouTube video. A REAL, BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE. Like Inception, Die Hard, Jurassic Park, Memento, & The Dark Knight. Movies that people actually love! Would you like to make that kind of movie? Then READ this book now. Are you a filmmaker looking to make the jump to feature filmmaking (or... more
by Ceci SturmanEnabled is the memoir of Ceci and Lucy Sturman, following a love story of inseparable sisterhood. A vulnerable exposition of their relationship illuminates how Lucy (19), radiant, theatrical, diagnosed with Down Syndrome, has been able to claim her ability with the help of her older sister. Similarly, how Ceci (22), artistic, prone to anxiety, has come to terms with her own. With both sisters alternating perspectives through a mix of poetry and prose, Enabled aims to offer both beauty and truth ... more
by Arlene Murray Adelkopf
Born to an unwed mother in 1916 and left with 2 maiden aunts who take in all the unwanted children in the family, Rona learns early that life can be happy or hard but it is never predictable. Follow her as she moves from a poor home to a posh boarding school then back; then is sent to America at 15 to live with a mother she doesn't know and a step-father who doesn't want her. See her determination to return to Scotland to marry her pen pal; watch her bring 3 children into the world du... more
by Laurie FreedleA lifelong history of magically receiving exactly what she wanted, created an unconscious knowledge that whatever Laurie needed would be received. Conversely and more importantly, she learned, whatever she received was exactly what she had asked for. This strong lesson came when she had a stroke—losing part of her vision and hampering many cognitive processes, making it impossible to do her job as budget director of a billion dollar per year agency. In the journey that ensued, she found that she... more
by Susan Cross
Not sure you have what it takes to get through the big and small disruptions of everyday living? Guess what? You do. In my candid memoir, I share my survival story — my appendix ruptured while vacationing on a remote Caribbean island – and how I turned the whole experience into a personal eruption of the best kind. I had to nearly die in order to learn how to really live. The Power of Disruption: A Memoir of Discovery tells my story.
by Jim Quinn BSc FIMechEThis is the inside story of the man who was known as the White Tornado in Rolls-Royce Bristol aero engines, for he outlines the work he and others carried out over twenty-one years during the early concept, development, and service stages of the Panavia Tornado engines. He went on to project manage Rolls-Royce?s first production single-crystal turbine blades and then worked on control systems for several years, describing these works as the story proceeds. A whistle-blower, he enjoyed Gilbert an... more
Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knewby Amy Byer ShainmanResurrection Lily shares a story of inheritance and intuition, of what can surface in the body and the spirit when linked by DNA. As Amy Byer Shainman discovers she has inherited a BRCA gene mutation that puts her at high risk of developing certain cancers, she struggles to come to terms with preventively removing her breasts when she does not have a breast cancer diagnosis. Through her experience making decisions about her health, Amy becomes invigorated with purpose and establishes herself as ... more
by Gary KarlsenIt is the mid-1960s, a time of cultural change and an awakening consciousness of worlds beyond our shores. A brazen young man, fresh out of high school in Vancouver, crews on a deep-sea freighter in the hopes that it will take him to Norway, the land of his ancestors. The author’s voyages, recounted with wit and humour, begin on the southwest coast of BC, and continue along the sea of life, to unexpected destinations. In his memoir, No Ordinary Seaman, Gary Karlsen unravels some of the unfathoma... more
by DeWayne LandwehrStory of a young man growing up along historic Route 66 in Missoutri, in the 1950s. Personal experiences include working in a filling station on Route 66, helping in family business, dealing with some physical and sexual abuse, meeting some very interesting characters who stop at the filling station.
by van quatrro
I was lost (again) So I headed up to the Aleutian Islands to find work on a fishing boat. But everywhere I go I bring me. This was a tough time in my life.
by Charles EisendrathCHARLES R. EISENDRATH, in this series of essays spanning four decades, explores the things that grow lives of their own when left undisturbed at a second home — things like an “ancestor room,” a storm- struck forest, a player piano and a childhood fear of wild dogs. These essays are about the loves of a place inhabited temporarily, but which shape a person permanently. In 1973, after covering the assassination of Chilean President Salvador Allende for Time magazine, Eisendrath decided to not ... more
by Jacqueline CioffaTHE RED BENCH, a fantastical, visceral roman à clef follows International Model Cioffa’s descent into mental illness and bipolar disorder as she struggles to pick up the pieces of her fractured life after a nervous breakdown. Committed to writing for 365 days she finds solace, hope, and strength through a red bench, imagination, the changing seasons and healing power of nature.
by Frank PremSmall Town Kid is a poetry anthology that illuminates the experience of regional life as a child, in an insular town during the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, remote from the more worldly places where life really happens, in a time before the internet and the online existence of social media. It is a time when a small town boy can walk a mile to school and back every day, and hunt rabbits with his dog in the hours of freedom before sundown. He can hoard crackers for bonfire night and blow up th... more
by Loreen Sumner
In 1992, Loreen Sumner was hired as the first English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Duplin County, North Carolina, and, through the years, she has had the privilege of teaching many students immigrating to this country from diverse parts of the world. Oscar Mojica, a twelve-year-old from Mexico, was one of her first ESL students. As a young migrant boy, he had quickly become disillusioned by his surroundings in America, realizing his expectations of ever reaching “the American D... more
by Sephe Haven
ONE WOMAN. TWO LIVES. OH SO MANY MEN. One at a time (mostly). My whorizontal Life is the true story of a naïve, empathic young woman driven by her desire for fantasy and romance, fearful of the ‘real world,’ who dreams of finding true love and becoming an actress extraordinaire. As poverty and debt overwhelm her, she takes what she thinks will be a very limited leap into the underground work of escorting. But finds it is not so easy to get out. Or, maybe she doesn&rs... more
by Barbie Schuchart-Carlisle
Have you ever felt unloved, abandoned, alone, or forgotten? Did you or someone you know, experience traumatic events in life? Have you ever felt so helpless that giving up seemed like the best choice? In this intimate and honest memoir, author Barbie Schuchart-Carlisle shares how tragic events in her life shaped future events which then led her down a path of healing, unconditional love and a stronger relationship with God. As a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, Barbie's ... more