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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.
by Libby J. AtwaterWhat Lies Within Reminds Readers How To Be Human. “When the storyteller tells the truth, she reminds us that human beings are more alike than unalike… A story is what it’s like to be a human being—to be knocked down and to miraculously arise,” said Maya Angelou. Libby J. Atwater’s memoir, What Lies Within, illustrates what Angelou meant. This riches to rags to reality tale begins in New Jersey and portrays life in small town America during the 1950s and `60s. Fathers worked, mothers ran th... more
by Carla FeaganCarla talks about how her belief system was ingrained at an early age and how traumatic experiences solidified those beliefs (#metoo). Throughout her story you’ll see how her decisions were affected by those demons rising when she least expected and the resulting impacts. It is also a realization of the inner strength that kept her going, the process of setting those beliefs free, and the will to live a life she deserved.
by Jean BoulerChasing the Mockingbird is the story of my collapse into mental illness while doing research for a book about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. If you're interested in how a writer works, or new information about Harper Lee, or a personal struggle with mental illness, you might enjoy my book. I had a life-long fascination with Harper Lee and Mockingbird because I grew up 40 miles from her hometown of Monroeville in south Alabama. She knew my parents. Her fame convinced me to become a writer... more
by Kelly BranyikKelly was a writer ever since her favorite third-grade writing project. And while she did well in school and excelled in her English classes, her mother, Kathy, felt there were other lessons to be learned from the world. As the middle child of three children, her mother often took them on family road trips across the country. For Kelly, it wasn't long before those adventures became a genuine part of her happiness. For years, her obsession with planning trips to exotic destinations grew. They wer... more
by Victor M AlvarezIn ‘No Time to Kill,’ Victor Alvarez tells of his true-action packed, fast paced adventurous life that of a Puerto Rican bounty hunter out after several hardened and dangerous bail jumpers. Collected in the book and lavishly illustrated, are 6 stories that are shudder-inducing adventures of car chases, gun-fights, fist-fights, knife wielding attackers and hand-to-hand combat with both male and female bail jumpers. These stories allow readers a spine-tingling and visceral experience as they fin... more
by Kerrie BaldwinThis groundbreaking memoir unveils the light and shadows of anorexia recovery as an adult--from what it requires to what it can ultimately deliver. In this chronicle of the perilous journey between choosing recovery and ultimately reaching remission, Kerrie faces years of pain and exhaustion in her limbs, a body expanding to proportions beyond her expectation, the unraveling of her marriage, and a new understanding of weight and health that rises far above society's misconceptions.
by Regina AnavyAn inspirational story about a woman who embraces a challenge to help a Cuban man change his destiny. Together, they struggle to overcome political and cultural obstacles, as they create a family bond and transform despair into hope. The narrative will resonate with anyone who has helped someone escape from oppression, and anyone who has had to leave home in order to have a future. The story shows how love, cooperation, and perseverance can change lives. The reader will come away with a renewed ... more
by Michael Goddart
by Jewel HartIt was 1969, and all the rules were changing, when Betty, a woefully single French teacher on Long Island, met the handsome but edgy new teacher at her school, a hippie just back from Woodstock. His vitality opened up a new world to her―but when they married, his rages turned against her, and often ended with physical violence. Like millions of women who discover they’ve married an abusive man, Betty was forced to make daily decisions―to suppress her feelings or risk confrontation, to keep it se... more