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by Susan Mattern
The mountain lion came out of nowhere, grabbed a little girl by the head, and they were gone. Out of the Lion's Den is the true story of five-year-old Laura Small's attack in Orange County, California park. But it is not only the story of Laura's long recovery from brain injuries. Her parents soon realized that the attack wasn't just the result of the lone mountain lion. Early morning anonymous phone calls, erasures on police reports, and a California moratorium on ki... more
by Andrea AmendolaNot long ago, in Lisbon, there was this "different kind" of a landlord. He was always crazy lucky...a bit too crazy and lucky sometimes. For example, NOW he managed to be publishing his “fictionalized” AUTOBIOGRAPHY. The beginning is psycho. It starts from the top of a crane...his heart was broken. Alcohol and drugs were the only solutions to fix it. She was gone forever… all was lost...until something happened. The summer begins. Summer means usually insane stories and looooot’... more
by Mauro PorcelliSurviving the Firehouse is a work of non-fiction and an educational work by author Mauro Porcelli, who gives his real life experiences over in the self-described ‘A Rookie's Guide to Surviving the Firehouse and Fire Department Life. After twenty-five years of experience in this field, Porcelli appreciates the severe impact that the initial demands of firefighting work have on the young and the new to the profession, often ending their careers before they have really begun. In this collection of ... more
by Dawn Downey
You’re not alone. Hollow words, if you’re smiling through the day, but feeling left out. Dawn Downey explores the loneliness that lies beneath the surface of her relationships. Yoga class, church pew, or nature trail—she navigates isolation and inclusion to gain the self-awareness that leads to love. A book for anyone who longs for connection.
by Tammie RogersEchoing the ambiance of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, Shamaron – Dog Devoted is an amazing story. From her third-floor apartment in Chicago’s concrete jungle, Rogers begins her partnership with Shamaron, a Border Collie she never knew she wanted. After a single herding lesson and all the mud, criticism and sheep dung it involved a desire was sown to train her new dog for herding trials. A decade later and numerous triumphs and disappointing set-backs, she realizes that t... more
by Ariana AboulafiaWhen Ariana Aboulafia was twenty-two years old, she was told that she had six weeks left to live. This terrifying moment, however, did not come from thin air - rather, it was the result of months and months of misdiagnoses and ignorance from several physicians, who turned away her pleas for help until it was nearly too late. LIFE AFTER is the story of Aboulafia's quest for a diagnosis, her harrowing recollection of the frantic and excellent work done by the physicians who saved her life and, mos... more
by Jill DobbeAt sunrise each morning, I peeled my eyes open the second I heard the call to prayer resound through the air. At 7:00 A.M., I walked out to a rare quiet Cairo street and waited for the van to pick me up. Climbing onto the van, I found a seat alongside other Muslim and foreign teachers, where I was one of only a few not wearing hijab. It was Sunday morning and another Islamic week of disciplining rich, apathetic students, was about to begin. Traveling across the globe to work in an internation... more
by Jill DobbeTravel along with two international educators who take the leap and move to Gurgaon, India, to become principals at an Indian/International school. Excited by the opulent marble hallways and the grandness of the school, they quickly learn it lacks even the most basic supplies, like chalkboard erasers. The couple, however, make a go of it and ultimately adjust to the dizzying day-to-day life of Indian society where sacred cows stop for red lights, women wear glittery saris while planting rice, an... more
Journey To A Dream: A voyage of discovery from England's industrial north to Spain's rural interior (The Journey Book 1)by Craig BriggsSell up, move abroad, and live the good life. How difficult could it be? Craig Briggs dreamt of a new life, free from the stresses and strains of modern living. Unlike most of us, he decided to follow his dream. In May 2002, Craig, his wife Melanie and their dog Jazz packed all their worldly belongings into their ageing executive saloon and headed off to Spain. Not for them the tourist-packed Costas of the Mediterranean or the whitewashed villages of Andalucia. They chose Galicia, an unspo... more
by Vivek GumasteWas Great Britain of the 1980’s a welcoming place for a young man hailing from its former colony? How did the National Health Service exploit the vulnerable physicians from a newly independent and struggling India to fulfill its needs? What were the flaming hoops that a foreign physician had to jump through to further his professional career in the UK en route to a final destination in the United States? Read about all this in a gripping, event filled narrative- VQE- an acronym for the dreaded V... more
by Gary McAvoyTruman Capote’s bestselling book “In Cold Blood” has captivated worldwide audiences for over 50 years. It is a gripping story about the consequences of a trivial robbery gone terribly wrong in a remote village of western Kansas. But what if robbery was not the motive at all, but something more sinister? And why would the State of Kansas launch a ruthless 4-year legal battle to prevent new details of the State’s most famous crime from being made public? Based on shocking new details discove... more
by Alison T SmithAlison felt that her life was perfect. She had an amazing husband, had been able to step back from her stockbroking job in the City of London after twelve fulfilling but tiring years of commuting, and was extremely excited about her new role as a mother. Just 16 months later, all her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her when her husband became seriously ill. Overnight, her life went from being one of joy to one of fear, uncertainty and not knowing what each new day would bring. ... more
by Stephanie Benjamin
7:01 am: They just handed me a pager. Now what?
10:14 am: Things you don't want to hear in the OR: "Is this the right end?"
2:55 pm: Today I learned that my inside white coat pocket comfortably fits an entire bagel. Score.
6:08 pm: It took me a moment to place it, but I’m fairly certain my white coat now smells faintly of vagina.
11:14 pm: The naked paraplegic was found and returned safely to t... more
by Travis C. YatesNobody Told me My Legs Don't Work is an incredible story of a dog's will to walk again after a stroke and the determination of a couple that did everything they could to make it happen. It chronicles the dog's journey from paralysis to triumphantly walking again and the progression of her owners that grew from childhood sweethearts to parents.
by Caroline Hanna GuirgisThe Beginning Starts at the End chronicles the true story of a man who came to the end of himself and found God. It narrates how John Hanna, the author's brother, overcame cocaine and heroine addiction through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a recovering addict, John became a Pastor and boldly proclaimed the power of the gospel. He was an ordinary man who became extraordinary through his tremulous journey. The book is about how the grace of God redeemed John from the darkness of addiction and res... more
by Brigid P. GallagherLong time sufferer of fibromyalgia, Brigid Gallagher set out on a journey between Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali. In this beautiful travel writing memoir on healing, spirituality and alternative medicine, Brigid shares her travel memories and the importance of slowing down.