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Memoir

  • Growing Up Guyanese

    by Ashti A. Motilall
    This memoir specifically highlights the experiences of a female of Indo-Guyanese decent growing up in the Midwest. Often confused for being an immigrant East Indian, Ashti offers a brief exposure to a thriving culture that is consistently overlooked. Ultimately, she aims to show others what it is like to be a West Indian living in the United States. As she explains her ethnic background, Ashti also covers the nuances of growing up Guyanese?the struggles she and others like herself face and the c... more
  • Shaped Notes: How Ordinary People with Extraordinary Gifts Influenced My Life and Career

    by Larnelle Harris with Christine Schaub
    The majestic tenor voice of Larnelle Harris has helped define a generation of contemporary Christian music. Most people know about Larnelle’s notable successes – his Grammy Awards, his Hall of Fame inductions, his #1 hit songs – but no one has heard the true story of how a little boy from the hills of Kentucky made his way to music’s most acclaimed stages and venues. His journey -- from the son of a bootlegger to being the first gospel artist to sing inside the Kremlin after the fall of the So... more
  • Van Life: Exploring the Northwest with Two Dogs, a Cat, and a Van

    by Sarah Leamy
    The housesitter backed out only days before the planned departure, so Little Stevie would be coming with them after all. Three months, two dogs, and one cat: What could go wrong? With her two friendly pups, and a somewhat feral cat called Stephen, Sarah explored the backroads of the Northwest. Passing through Colorada, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, this little family stumbled across little rural villages, lakes aplenty, and many a microbrewery, chatting to the locals along the ... more
  • The Jihadi

    by Tohon
    Life’s journey is complex and diverse. War is being continually waged on various fronts in different shapes and forms. First, there is a war against oneself - call it an inner drive or a journey hidden in the depths of one’s own heart. And then there is the outer war in the visible world. The Jihadi unfolds as a chance meeting with an American professor in Jakarta lands a Bangladeshi youth in his dreamland: America. By the time the youth finishes his studies, he has formed a bond with the profes... more
  • Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir

    by Don Eyles
    Fresh from college, the author gets a job at the MIT lab that created the Apollo guidance system. His assignment is to program the complex lunar landing phase of the mission. As he masters his art the reader learns about the computer, the mission, and a bit about spacecraft navigation — and meets a cast of brilliant characters along the way. As Apollo 11 approaches, the author flies lunar descents in simulators and meets the astronauts who will fly the LM for real. He explains the computer alar... more
  • Traveling High and Tripping Hard

    by Joseph Davida
    What happens when you take a musician with a quest to find the meaning of life, the herculean task of trying to save the world, and insatiable wanderlust? Throw in a liberal dose of drugs, sex, and rock and roll and what results is Traveling High and Tripping Hard by Joseph Davida, a new book set for release in January. The story of one young man’s quest to find meaning through a series of altered states and high adventures, Traveling High and Tripping Hard is highly unusual, highly unorthodo... more
  • Illegal: A True Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders

    by john dennehy

    A raw account of a young American abroad grasping for meaning, this pulsating story of violent protests, illegal border crossings and loss of innocence raises questions about the futility of borders and the irresistible power of nationalism.


    Illegal tells the true story of love and deception, revolutions and deportations as it chronicles the trials of John Dennehy. Naïve New Yorker, Dennehy refuses to be part of the feverish nationalism of post 9/11 America. His search for ho... more

  • A Walk with Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur

    by Michael Becker
    With a prolific career in biotechnology, serving as CEO of two companies who worked in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer, Michael Becker knew and understood cancer. It was his job. So, when he was looking in the mirror at age 47 and saw a lump in his neck that wasn’t there the day before, he knew something was wrong. After several tests and agonizing waiting periods for results, his worst fears were confirmed – he was diagnosed with stage IV oropharyngeal (head and neck) cancer in December 2... more
  • Choosing Light

    by Viral Dalal
    In January 2001, 25-year-old Viral Dalal was vacationing in India when a catastrophic 7.7 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Bhuj, destroying the high-rise building where he and his family were staying. His father, mother, brother, sister-in-law and 2 year old nephew were killed during the event, leaving Dalal alive yet trapped in a concrete box. Finally rescued five days later, he found himself facing not only a life irrevocably changed by tragedy and loss, but with a new sense of purp... more
  • Everything I thought I Knew: An Exploration of Life and Learning

    by Ellen Rowland
    How does a traditionally educated New York City career woman who once obsessed about getting her kids into the right preschool end up living off the grid in Africa and unschooling her two children ? Find out in this collection of essays based on the author's personal journey of moving away from the status quo and creating a life of choice and autonomy. Part memoir, part journalistic enquiry, Rowland explores topics ranging from how her children learned to read and write without formal instruc... more
  • When the Dream Became Reality: The Journey of a Professional Soccer Player, and the Push for Meaning, Purpose, and Contentment

    by Bobby Warshaw

    A young soccer player dreamed of playing professionally. Or, better said, he dreamed of doing something great. He wanted to be someone or get somewhere--for his life to mean something--and soccer became his path. When he heard his name called in the 1st Round of the MLS SuperDraft, he expected his life to change forever. What he found, instead, was much of the same: the same fears, insecurities, and internal conflicts, except now with higher stakes.

    When the Dream Became Reality... more

  • Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks

    by Ravi Chandra, M.D.
    Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks is a rich modern memoir of relationship online and off, a state-of-the-art exploration of psychological research about social media, and an engaging introduction to Buddhism. What happens to the heart and mind as we engage online? In these politically charged and divided times, how can we connect? Social media offers many inspiring and heady possibilities, as well as dangers. Chandra explores our transformed social terrain thoughtfull... more
  • Banged-Up Heart

    by Shirley Melis

    The story of an ordinary woman, her deeply felt grief butting up against her desire for more than companionship: passion, sexual fulfillment, and self-realization. Widowed once, she is swept into a whirlwind courtship by a younger man, a rocket scientist. Soon they start traveling, realizing their dreams -- photography for him, writing for her. But little more than a year later, tragedy stops them in their tracks. Courage, honesty, resilience and accepting that life is not just what happens t... more

  • My Father's Kidnapping and Retrieval in Pakistan : A father's nightmare and a son's desperate struggle to save him

    by Syed S. Saqib
    What would you do if your parent was snatched from his home by brutal thieves? It’s a question most people thankfully never have to answer. But when, Syed Saqib, a Pakistani born American, arrives in Pakistan for what is supposed to be a celebratory family reunion, he quickly has to ask himself this very question in this real-life crime thriller. After learning of his father’s strange disappearance minutes after his touchdown in Pakistan, Syed must cast aside his visions of family dinners and... more
  • The Living Dead

    by Kimberly Berry
    This edited and annotated book, originally written by my grandfather in 1968, was claimed by him as the memoirs of his life from growing up in the deep south Mississippi in the 1920s to 1940s, to his experience leaving Mississippi to pursue a new life in Detroit, and later moving his family to Ohio. He metaphorically and poetically interprets the birth and death of his spirit and how he came to know God. His beautifully written prose reflects the turmoil in his soul from his struggle with being ... more
  • Punk Love Foucault

    by Gabe Riggs
    Punk Love Foucault gives voice to the borderland existence that is transgender life in a society driven by sex and self-doubt, no matter who you are. It is a coming-of-age story of a transgender youth who rebels against even the meaning of transgender. Within this atypical circumstance, it critically engages in the existential underpinnings that propel all of our relationships, from the familial to the strange. Instead of just confessing how hard it is to be "abnormal," this memoir is about how ... more

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