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by Nadine TaylorAfter the death of her beloved pilot husband during World War II, a woman struggles for years to find happiness and fulfillment, despite marriage to an alcoholic, oppressive second husband and the expectations and limitations placed on women in mid-century American society. WWII history/romance buffs will eat up this true story of love and loss, corrosive family secrets, oppression, psychological abuse, coming of age, and the indelible bonds of true love.
by Darren ManleyOn June 13, 1984 at 8:12 PM, a boy named Darren Manley was born -- and time went haywire. Why? His mother was already forty-four years old. His father was fifty-seven. Growing up, Darren wasn't exactly like other kids his age. His first movie idol was Cary Grant. Ice cream didn't taste right unless it was homemade. And he was convinced Bing Crosby was still crooning his way to the top of the charts. Until he went to preschool and realized he was living in a completely different era. H... more
by Doug HardyWhy do entrepreneurs from all over the world seek advice from their former professor Dr. Shelly Weinig? For thirty years, “The Father of Electronic Materials" created breakthroughs that others called impossible and built a multimillion-dollar technology business that made the computer revolution a reality. Now, in this lively hybrid memoir and business guide, Dr. Weinig shares his personal secrets of entrepreneurship – how to recognize opportunity, the smart way to take risks, how to negotiate o... more
by Logan Crannell
Adapted from the journal of a falsely imprisoned man, 'Hands Down: A Story of Incarceration' is a testament against a society quick to point fingers and cry wolf.
It implores us to question the motives of those claiming victimhood, for it may reveal their own lack of integrity. With each public accuser advertising their oppression, and clamoring for sympathy, it's clear we must develop a rational dialogue.
In these times when one tweet, one blog post or soundbite, rega... more
by Alba Castillo
Alba Castillo has always been gutsy. A self-proclaimed rebel, she flees her small village in Spain for adventure and new life in the States. But what she meets instead is the devil himself. After several failed relationships, the charming and charismatic Peter seems like a gift from Heaven. Until he isn’t. Cruel, controlling, and malicious, Peter will stop at nothing to win, even if it means destroying Alba, and her children, in the process. Left with nothing but her spirit, Alba faces ... more
by C.W. LockhartAn unlikely pilgrim battles agoraphobia to reclaim life beyond the sofa. The 800-kilometer journey along the Camino Frances provides a scenic backdrop to ponder midlife crisis and chronic illness, an empty nest and marital woes, military service and posttraumatic stress, rage and grief, heartbreak and fear - And the way forward. El Camino de Santiago, known fondly as The Way, is a matrix of trails with starting points across Europe leading to the sacred relics of Saint James the Apostle in Sa... more
by Professor Fola Soremekun
The story of a young Nigerian man whose fascination with American culture earned him the nickname American Boy.
by Ellen Korman MainsTo the chagrin of her parents—Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust—Ellen Korman Mains became a Buddhist at 19. The ensuing conflict nearly tore her family apart. Three decades later, on a German train, she felt the presence of spirits who died in the Holocaust. It was January 2005—60 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, and the question “How can you still believe in basic goodness?” sent her on a series of life-changing journeys to Poland to find the answer. Beyond recovering a lost family... more
by Peter Jennings
"Shark Assault: An Amazing Story of Survival is a non-fiction narrative about Nicole Moore, a nurse from Orangeville, Ontario, who was standing waist deep in the ocean while vacationing at a resort in Cancun, Mexico. Suddenly, she was brutally and savagely attacked twice by a bull shark, the most vicious shark in the sea. She came very close to death, losing more than 60% of her blood (a condition humans are not meant to ... more
by Jewel HartBased on actual events, Clarkston’s Curse is the compelling true story of a child growing up in a small town plagued by tragedy. Fleeing the violence and uncertainty of Detroit and big city living, Ann Margaret’s family moved to Clarkston, Michigan, population 1,024. But this sleepy town has a dark side. Between 1969 and 1982, more than forty unexplained accidents and incomprehensible murders struck residents of this rural community. A true story of mystery, murder, family, and friendship,... more
by Alias In TownAfter Alias In Town's failed suicide attempt she was filled to the brim with anger that she was still alive. She was still here. She was still sick. She was still useless. She was still a burden. She was still without hope. She was still lost. She was still helpless. Still... Her story didn’t end here. In fact today she says , “I am well.” Her memoir, Well, chronicles her journey to healing. When Alias In Town came home from treatment, she started pouring over old journals and found entr... more
by Michelle Layer Rahal
In the early morning hours of January 31, 1968, New Year fireworks gave way to gunfire and bombs. Eleven-year-old Minh watched in horror as her father and two siblings were gunned down by the Vietcong in their backyard. Though she escaped the bullets that night, prison, torture, and rape would follow. The tragedy of her childhood would haunt Minh for the rest of her life and lead her to question God’s very existence. Why had He turned His back? What had she done to deserve such punishme... more
by Jorge P. NewberyJorge Newbery es un emprendedor en serie que construyó un imperio en bienes raíces de más de 4.000 apartamentos en los EEUU. El secreto de su éxito fue trabajar incansablemente y tomar riesgos. Demasiados riesgos. Una tormenta de hielo en la víspera de Navidad en 2004 desencadenó su derrumbamiento. Sufrió calumnias, fue destripado financieramente e incluso fue arrestado. Perdió todo y terminó con una deuda de $26 millones. Este libro tiene el objetivo de ayudar a recuperarse a todos aquellos que... more
by Eric Otis SimmonsInspired by “seeds of knowledge” implanted in him by his Mother, a single Black parent, Eric Otis Simmons went on to accomplish some incredible things in life - despite seemingly impossible odds. Simmons takes the reader through his genealogical research to learn more about himself, to when his Mom was assaulted at gunpoint, to walking on and making Auburn University’s basketball team at 5’7”, 147 pounds, to the time he closed a $25 million sale in Hong Kong and more. In between, he masterfull... more
by Charles E. SmithCharles Smith's life story is that of a small town kid with no silver spoon whose first job was editor of the hometown newspaper he once delivered as an eight-year-old. Forty-two years laster he was in Washington, D.C., serving in George W. Bush's administration as executive director of the Nation's Report Card (NAEP), arguably the most impactful federal initiative to improve education in modern times. In between, he served as editor of a daily newspaper, chancellor of two University of Tenne... more
by Jorge P. NewberyAfter a natural disaster devastated his business and left him $26 million in debt , entrepreneur Jorge Newbery crafted a new life’s purpose: to help others crushed by unaffordable debts rebuild themselves. Burn Zones is a story of playing life’s bad hands and overcoming adversity against the greatest of challenges. It’s an inspirational story of a man who was pushed to his mental and physical limits, and came out the other side even stronger. And, most of all, it’s a lesson that you can do... more