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  • Fifty Years of Begging

    by J. Calvitt Clarke III, PhD
    A consummate and innovative entrepreneur and fundraiser, by the 1950s Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke was running the world?s largest Protestant organization dedicated to the welfare of children. Yet while Dr. Clarke?s life and accomplishments make him one of the twentieth century?s foremost and beloved figures in philanthropy, his legacy is sometimes recorded with confusion, contradiction, and even outright error. In Fifty Years of Begging, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke III, author and grandson to Dr. Clarke,... more
  • Coming About: Life In the Balance

    by Mario Dell'Olio
    A mid-life crisis, a sailing adventure, and a rescue at sea, Coming About tells a story of survival and inner-strength through a foundational loving relationship. Coming About is a memoir of Mario and Jim who, at 40, quit their jobs and sell their home in San Francisco to follow their dream. They buy a 50-foot sailboat and move to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where they discover many quirky facets of adjusting to life on the island as well as its many cultural idiosyncrasies. During the maiden voy... more
  • Buttons in my soup: Holocaust survivor story (True WW2 Surviving Memoir)

    by Moshe Ziv

    "Buttons in my soup" is the story of a boy, Moshe-Yankel Zisovitch, who survived the Holocaust.

    This is without a doubt one of the most fascinating testimonies of that dark period, thanks to the author's ability not only to recount what he endured, but also to reflect on his feelings back then, in the camps. Existential difficulties preceded the deportation of Hungarian Jewry, yet nothing could have been worse than the extermination camps.... more

  • Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins

    by Jewel Hart
    How Does a Child's Life Change When His Mother Tries to Murder Him? It's one of the most profound betrayals imaginable, and it can follow the victim into adulthood, into all he does with his life, tainting his sense of self and his relationships with others. How does a man's life change when he discovers that with his thoughts, his imagination, and his ability to listen to his higher self, he has the power to overcome the devastating events of his past and build a new life and a family? This ... more
  • The Wrong Side of the Room, A Life in Music Theater

    by Norman Mathews
    The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in Music Theater is a richly detailed autobiography about coming of age, coming out, and becoming a respected artist. This intimate, funny, and dramatically compelling book traces Norman Mathews’s life-long quest to come to terms with his sexuality, find his place in the professional theater, and develop a meaningful loving relationship. Born into a colorful Sicilian-American family in the Scandinavian-dominated, conservative town of Rockford, Illinois, Mathew... more
  • Booklife Prize

    by Florence Grende

    The Butcher’s Daughter: A Memoir, is an unflinching account of what it means to be the daughter of Holocaust survivors. In short chapters and with lyrical prose the reader is brought back into a post-war New York world, into a house sheltering secrets, and then further back into the Polish forests where partisans and families coexited, and where her parents survived. 

     

     

  • This Side of Heaven: A Memoir

    by VALERIE STAGGS
    Just a few days before Christmas 2009, Valerie Staggs received a call that would change her life forever. Her husband, Ken Staggs, had been found unconscious at the bottom of their pool. Four days later he would be declared dead leaving her a widow at 42 and her son, Ryan, fatherless at the age of seven. This Side of Heaven chronicles the lives of Valerie and Ryan as they struggle to survive the aftermath of Ken's death in a world that neither they nor anyone around them really knows how to n... more
  • Travels in India

    by Awais Hussain
    After graduating from Harvard University in 2015 where I studied philosophy and physics, I travelled around India for the best part of 15 months. I went with only a backpack and an open mind aimed towards experience and discovery. This book is a collection of essays produced from those travels. Along the way, I got to live on a train for 15 days and travel over 8,000km by rail. I lived in Bihar, one of India's poorest states, where I got to see the birth of a new rural university, and I comp... more
  • Guardianship a Daughter's Journal

    by Pamela Turner

        Our experience could happen to your parent, grandparent or neighbor. Strangers asked to share my nonfiction narrative with their patients and clients. Dad revoked his Power of Attorney, and started to misbehave. We tried to keep him out of jail, protect his small savings while his humor kept us guessing. Inexperienced counsel and missed deadlines added more surprises through the judicial proceedings.

  • Can I Be Ernest?

    by Ernest K. Aning

    Can I Be Ernest? delivers an uncensored look at his childhood struggles in a quest for adoration, admiration and acceptance. His search leads to a series of unfathomable events which greatly impact his life... forever. 

    On this winding journey, he targets the inexperienced and immature on the importance of owning their idiosyncrasies without succumbing to the pressures of social acceptance and life's deceptions.

    He examines education and corpor... more

  • Elastic Walls: From Brooklyn to Texas and Points in Between

    by Eva Silverfine
    “Seemingly fixed, the walls of a house are really elastic, accommodating all sorts of things inside.” This collection of personal narratives, a memoir-in-vignettes, travels across time and place, reflecting on homes, family, relationships, pursuits, religion, and loss. From a childhood living above her parents’ hardware store in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn in the 1960s; to an adolescence in the beach community of Rockaway, where the shifting sands mirrored her mother’s departure; to a young... more
  • A Year Lost, a Life Gained: Fighting Breast Cancer with Wit, Humor, Friends and a Perky Poodle

    by Suzanne Dalton
    Suzanne Dalton has accomplished much in her life-she is an artist, writer, actor, web designer, and program manager. The one undertaking for which she did not sign up was breast cancer. In her new memoir, A Year Lost, A Life Gained: Fighting Breast Cancer With Wit, Humor, Friends and a Perky Poodle, humor guides Suzanne through difficult decisions about treatments, surgeries, and reconstruction. Her story, told through witty letters to friends, includes a party before surgery, a zany poodle, and... more
  • FUELIN AROUND

    by JK Kelly
    Imagine a life where one day someone’s pulling a gun. Perhaps you’re at a big race, covered in fuel. A few days later, you’re fast asleep somewhere over the Pacific headed for a meeting next to a reindeer farm in New Zealand. Then there’s the night we were literally playing with fire. Buckle up for an action-packed, emotion-filled ride through the exciting, dangerous world of motorsports. Experience the battle that took place between a David, VP Racing Fuels, and the Goliaths in the very flam... more
  • Daddy Throws Me In The Air

    by Jewel Hart
    "It was time to heal. I had to stop creating a life that I could not live. It was time for the pain and suffering to stop. There was too much pain. I will die if the pain continues. Why does my life keep ending up in the same place? Abusive marriages, divorces, lawyers, legal suits - people in my life that had alcoholism, mental illness and abusive behavior, all telling me that I am the problem. Why did I keep creating and recreating everything I did not want and vowed not to have in my life? In... more
  • Sidonia's Thread

    by Hanna Perlstein Marcus

    Filled with perseverance, resilience, and both love and distrust, Sidonia’s Thread is the true story of a mother and daughter who immigrate to Springfield, MA from a displaced persons camp and overcome their sorrow through the mother’s extraordinary skill with a needle and thread. As the mother, Sidonia, becomes noted for her remarkable talent, she continues to hide her painful secrets, all the while teaching her daughter to "stand up straight."

  • Seeking Oz: My Twelve-Year Journey in a Cult

    by Makena McChesney

    Ms. McChesney travels down the "Yellow Brick Road" and through the "Dark Forest" as she finds herself getting increasingly entangled and her choices taken from her in a Christian nondenominational fellowship of believers in the late 70s to 1990 in rural United States. As the entanglement progresses to a form of imprisonment, she angrily and secretly challenges the God of her religion in the way of questions for which she demands and expects answers. Answers pour forth in w... more

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