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by Libby AtwaterThe Spirit of Villarosa juxtaposes Marc Ashton’s 2001 kidnapping in Haiti with his father’s life story. Horace Ashton, an acclaimed photojournalist, early member of the Explorers Club, and diplomat, visited many perilous, captivating corners of the world and worked with Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. He spent time with Rasputin, Mussolini, King Juan Carlos, and Kemal Ataturk on his journeys. This true father-son adventure keeps readers spellbound up to its dramatic ending... more
by Sylvia Ruth Gutmann
Born in Belgium in 1939 to Jewish parents who were murdered at Auchwitz, Sylvia Ruth Gutmann and her two sisters spent their early years in hiding in the south of France. Deeply traumatized, Syvia arrived in NYC at age seven, where a well-meaning uncle and a cruel aunt take her in. She is told to leave the past behind and move on. As an adult, Syvlia spends decades putting the pieces of her life back together. A Life Rebuilt c... more
by Mary Jo Latham-MartinIt started with a shaky hand, a worried heart and a quivering voice. Those symptoms were caused by a neurological disease that Mary Jo was told was hereditary. It wasn’t on her mother’s side. That left only her father’s genetics to explain it. Mary Jo grew up in a single-parent household and never know her father. Her mother, one of the first women to be accepted into the Marine Corps in WWII, refused to talk about him. The diagnosis of that neurological condition sparked a chain reactio... more
by Warren SlesingerNew definitions of words in a semi-autobiographical lexicon.
by Timothy KrauseTheo Krause gains speed as he drops into a ravine on a remote Colorado mountain biking trail. As he rounds a bend his bike hits an awkward bump that catapults him head first into a loan aspen tree, splintering his neck. Staring at the sky, paralyzed, he thinks, “This is where I will die.” A mountain rescue team races in while a helicopter crew positions for a dangerous airlift. Hours later and five hundred miles away, Theo’s mother takes a phone call. The news is devastating. Her son will... more
Inside the Mind of a Borderline Personality: My Life and Recovery with BPD: A Book on Borderline Personality Disorderby Matthew J. GewinnerThis is Matthew's story about his life living both diagnosed and undiagnosed with several mental health conditions, along with his struggles dealing with addiction and recovery, and self-harm. It's a journey of a ride and the book is meant for people living with these conditions so they know they are not the only one. Furthermore, it is designed so a family member or loved one can read it to know what it is like to live inside their minds.
by J.J. MazeWalk Until Sunrise is a raw observation of a runaway's journey and the circumstances leading up to that crucial brink. J.J.'s theatre of life was beautiful and unstable. The family unit consisted of a firebird of a mother, the shadow of a nonexistent father, and her silent older sister. Tensions built up over the years and escalated to an intolerable din. J.J. took off, and a wilderness experience of epic proportions ensued. The contrasting settings she shifted through (LA, Vegas, Mexico, an... more
by Lee NetzerThis book is a collaboration by two best friends of over 63 years about their experiences growing up in the neighborhood just one block east of Yankee Stadium. The book describes what made the neighborhood so special to the people growing up there, recounts what it was like to grow up in a very stable, predominantly Jewish neighborhood that was literally in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, and gives a flavor of the neighborhood, including the shop and restaurant owners, the feeling of safety and se... more
by Sambath Meas
The vortex of evil is inching closer to the western province. Sarin Meas has been warned and has a small window of opportunity to escape it. Tragically, fear of the unknown, of moving to a foreign land, deters him from leaving a familiar place. When young men, garb in black pajamas, newsboy’s hats, rubber sandals, and checkered scarves, march and tote their rifles into his Gem City, inconceivable behaviors and actions start to happen. The end results would be catastrophic.
How wil... more
by Allan Arpajian and Susan Arpajian JolleyOut of My Great Sorrows, by Allan Arpajian and Susan Arpajian Jolley, is a biography of the authors' aunt, Philadelphia artist Mary Zakarian, the child of survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. The authors blend elements of biography, history, and memoir, examining many issues, including immigration, assimilation, gender, the place of the artist in modern society, and, most importantly, the effects of genocidal trauma on children of survivors. The analysis of Mary Zakarian's life and work is ... more
by Tony Page
When the author, a psychologist, opens a box stored in the attic since his father's death, his life is interrupted by an unstoppable quest that drives him to confront an ancient taboo in order to understand why his father changed.
Reliving sweet and bitter emotions, he struggles to understand what actually occurred, until he assembles the fuller story using tools he learned as a developmental psychologist. He finds his father engulfed by the Human Potential Movement of the 1960s tha... more
by EJ JacksonThirteen is a memoir about a little girl and the rollercoaster relationship she had with her father in 1970s and 1980s Washington, DC This raw narrative shows the good, the bad, and the ugly situations of the girl's childhood that would go on to color her view of the world around her for most of her adult life. Dark comedy, deadpan sarcasm, and frank language are used to frame the profound moments of the little girl's journey into adulthood and explore the many lessons she learned along the wa... more
by Afarin MajidiEarning an MFA in writing at the New School, working at Rolling Stone magazine, and being courted by an editor at a prestigious publishing house—Afarin Majidi should be thrilled with the direction her life is taking as she turns thirty. Instead, she is spiraling into the depths of madness as she seeks love and acceptance in an Islamophobic society. After colleagues at the magazine drug and rape her, she’s left with an unfinished novel. She turns to a former professor, James Lasdun, with whom she... more
by Lois Jean ThomasIn 2014, the author published her memoir, DAYS OF DAZE: MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. In this follow-up book, she describes her efforts to cope with her lingering brain injury challenges, exploring the long-term physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual impact on her life.
by John Coburn
What is your first step in moving forward from a tragedy? How is that process affected when you’re confronted with another tragic event… and another… and another? How resilient can one person be?
U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer John Coburn has patrolled the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona for over eight years. In one of the most inherently dangerous law enforcement jobs in the world, Officer Coburn has had his fair share of dangerous encounte... more
by Karen gedneyMemoir of Dr. Karen Gedney, an internal medicine specialist who spent almost 30 years behind bars as a prison physician. Her true stories, including that of being taken hostage bring the reader with her on a journey into a world she was ill-prepared for and against all odds turned it into a calling.