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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
by Pamela Gwyn KripkeReturning home to New York after 17 years in Texas, the author expects to resume where she left off, to chart something new, to find home. Instead, she finds herself on the Number Four Express Train fearing that a bomb will detonate on her morning commute. To distract her from what feels like impending doom, she writes about her past and present in a hot pink fake leather notebook, exploring thoughts and observations that become this book. She describes the re-entry, examining notions of home, m... more
by Shailah Edmonds“Wild Child to Couture Style” is based on the true story of former International supermodel, Shailah Edmonds, who was one of the pioneers of African American models that conquered the Couture market, (which is the most rarefied realm of the modeling profession) in Paris, from the late 1970’s to the early 1990’s. This book chronicles the author’s journey from growing up in a middle class Black family in Portland, Oregon, to becoming a high fashion model, who has walked the runways of Paris, Londo... more
by Judith Bognar BeanFleeing vile, Soviet oppression, in pursuit to find a life of freedom for his family, Jozsef Frank Bognar, a renowned musician and Hungarian Freedom Fighter, an unsung hero of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, with a death sentence pronounced upon him by the Soviet army, makes a daring, last-minute, nighttime escape from his beloved country with his wife and young, two-year-old daughter (author Judith Bognar Bean), amidst a barrage of reverberating machine-gun fire, seeking a way to Andau, Austria... more
by A. I. ShoukryAuthor A. I. Shoukry describes his running moments like a window with a sunrise view for a prisoner kept in solitary confinement. After witnessing a revolution in Egypt, running twice for the parliamentary elections, and being a former leader of two political parties, he decided to take a break from politics and start running. From being barely able to run 2k, he became a half-marathon runner aged 39. However, this book isn't just about running; it's about a runner's reflections on life, chan... more
by Luisa LoCascioThe book describes in stunning detail Luisa's experience as a daughter of Sicilian immigrants while growing up in Montclair, NJ during the 40's and 50's. Luisa shares her many-layered understanding of Sicily and of Sicilians in America. As her father always told her: "If anyone asks if you are Italian, you must say "No, I am Sicilian."
The The Hard Road to Staying Thin, Healthy and Youthful, while enjoying Life and Food to the Fullestby Dafna Lazar
"The Hard Road to Staying Thin, Healthy and Youthful, while Enjoying Life and Food to the Fullest."
By Dafna Lazar
This is a true story that starts with a tragic fall, literally from a Garden of E... more
by Ramon DarnellHuman Earthquake chronicles a young man's journey from innocence to the mean streets of Chicago. His successes and tragedies are told with humor and brutal truth.
by Christopher W. MorinThere are few things in life as special or as meaningful as dog ownership. They’re with us for such a short period of time, but what they give us in return is immeasurable—and timeless—and is never forgotten. Every canine breed is interesting and distinct in its own right, but there’s something inherently magical and wondrous about Labrador retrievers that make them seem the perfect American family dog. This is the story of three black Labrador retrievers who helped shape and define my fam... more
A Small Boy Smiling: A remarkable journey of healing from the trauma of child sexual abuse to spiritual awakeningby Matt CareyAs a small boy Matt Carey loved to ride his bike, play football with friends and to laugh. He loved life and was always smiling. When he was just eight years old, he was targeted by a group of predatory paedophiles who subjected him to 18-months of horrific sexual abuse. He was too ashamed and scared to tell anyone what had happened...not his parents, friends or family. In his new book, A Small Boy Smiling, Matt tells a remarkable story of survival and overcoming the trauma, guilt and sha... more
by Mario Dell'OlioA 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
by Grace W. Wroldson
My courageous story of how I saved my own life. Powerful lessons I learned loving an alcoholic. These were my awakenings. Here are my secrets.
by RJ BlumIn her new book, ‘Blessings and Betrayals: A True Story of One ninety year old Woman’s Fight for Freedom and Love’, R.J. Blum tells the story of one woman her lost her rights and freedoms to her son, as a result of the broken probate court system, not knowing her rights, and not being prepared for such a fight. The book explains how readers can take steps to prevent such a fate from befalling them.
by charlie patersonNot the standard romantic wilderness survival tale, but a very honest, warts and all account of one young man's unique journey, striving to survive for seven years in a very remote rainforest location inside New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, three days walk away from the nearest road end. A true story of isolation and loneliness, away from all the modern conveniences and comforts most take for granted, his tale is one of adversity, building a dream with dogged determination. Battling agains... more
by William SroufeThe first part of my memoir is a vivid, emotional account of my journey. It is my hope that by sharing my story I will inspire and help other adults look beyond the emotional luggage a kid carries. I also want to make sure children and teenagers know that no matter what happens to them it doesn't define who they are. As educators, parents and compassionate adults, we have the opportunity, no, we have the responsibility to help them understand and believe this. In the second part, I share some of... more