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by Otiz "O.T." Porter, Ph.D
Dear Anonymous Friend… is an autobiographical account of four pivotal years in the adult life of Dr. O.T. Porter, where he recounts the events that lead up to, and after, he made the decision to come completely out of the closet. The story shared focuses on his inner and outer struggles, providing in depth details of the conflict between his thoughts, feelings, and desires, versus societal restraints, cultural norms, and interpersonal expectations.
As a closeted, gay, Bl... more
by J.R. WirthIn the fall of 1977 there was an aura about the night, the likes which none had ever experienced. It was just another Friday night; or was it? The Gladiators of Gladstone High School were set to kick a late field goal to solidify a brilliant come from behind victory. See what happens when you bring together a group of disgruntled senior football players with a class of upstart juniors, and coaches on their last attempt at greatness? Magic perhaps? These three stories are told from unique perspec... more
by walter stoffelUnique rescue of a unique, semi-feral dog that had lived outside 24/7 for first 10 years of his life.
Uncivil Commitment: A Memoir of my Daughter's Struggles with Bipolar Disorder and the Mental Health Systemby Thea Amidov EsperanzaHearing the door lock behind you is inconceivable. There is no fixed sentence, no deliberation by a jury, yet the locks and barred windows are real. The legal term is ‘involuntary civil commitment,’ yet too frequently there is nothing civil about the “healing” experience. In this memoir, Thea Amidov Esperanza invites the reader along on an unsettling journey following Serafina, her artist daughter, from bipolar diagnosis, drug trials, electric shock treatment, to near-fatal suicide attempt... more
by Delta DonohueThe First Taste Belongs to the Gods is a deeply personal collection of stories and poetic reflections chronicling 7 years of going back and forth to India and the interior journey it prompted. This unconventional, poignant travelogue/memoir will have you laughing, crying and asking yourself, "What life do I dream of?"
by Maranda EvansTroubled is a true story based on the life of Maranda Evans. After the tragic death of a few loved ones, she struggles to find her purpose in life over a ten-year period. While losing everything, Maranda forgets what she learned as a child. Abuse, love and scandalous men break her down piece by piece. Will she make it through these struggles and become the woman she always wanted to be, or will her bad decisions ruin her life forever?
by Jim "Bubba" BayEvery night after work as a landscaper, Jim "Bubba" Bay went for a walk. But on the night of November 15, 2009, while walking on Hammertown Road in Pine Plains, New York, Bubba fell 14 feet head-first into gully, breaking 23 bones, including 11 ribs, 10 vertebrae, his skull and left scapula. After a day in intensive care, the doctors induced a coma. Bubba survived, and when he awoke from the coma, he began to tell his family and friends about his remarkable visions on the edge of death. After a ... more
by Betty Lou SweeneyQuite naturally, I do not remember the start of my life. No one remembers the day they were born or those first couple of years. I was lucky to have a much older sister who was willing to fill me in on that time span. I was born on March 7, 1940, and according to my older sister Delores, this was two months earlier than I was supposed to have arrived. I was told I spent my first few weeks wrapped up in a shoe box and placed on the open oven door to keep me warm. Grandma Mannerud was elected to b... more
by Dr. Lori Brown MirabalWith lots of amusing surprises along the way, Lori Mirabal?s first book tells the heart warming and inspirational story about how she became an award-winning opera singer and performed throughout the world. This book is appropriate for young readers (from Grades 3-6), those who are young at heart and as a read-aloud to younger grades.
by Mr. Donny ChurchillThis book is a real life story about the beauty of life when you have a wonderful income, which ultimately gave me a glamorous lifestyle. I had a lavished apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where I was always entertaining my friends and their friends. Sometimes my friends and I would use limousine just for the night out. At the end of my company contract and after about another six months without income, I sold my condominium at a reasonable price and relocated to Jersey City in New ... more
by Yvette CabreraLiving Proof is a real, insightful, honest, and yet, strongly informative story of how a young woman?s personal experiences through the U.S. public education system equipped her with the knowledge and tools that would unknowingly lead her later in life to recognize an issue of discrimination, resulting in the dissonance between the disabled and general populations. Where it has now lead her to embark on the road of sharing her story with YOU by writing this book to promote more awareness in rega... more
by Helen StockfordThis is the true story of Helen Stockford. In 1987, Mark Shirley was convicted of and jailed for the ritualized murder of sixty-seven-year-old widow Mary Wainwright. After serving many years in prison, he was released on March 20, 2009. He then broke into the home of thirty-nine-year-old Helen Stockford, where he attempted to recreate the crime perpetrated on Wainwright twenty-two years before. In Reenactment of a Killer and Serial Rapist, Stockford narrates the true story of her battle against ... more
by Bokara LegendreNot What I Expected is a beautifully crafted memoir of adventure and seeking, the world crossing journey of an artist and journalist. It is one of those rare documents that emerges only from hard sleuthing through old trunks in storage, file cabinets, photo albums, and yellowing letters. It is also an account of a survivor of being raised during the gilded years of the first half of the 20th Century. At first glance, it is a story of great privilege, partying among the upper levels of New York s... more
by Donald G. BartlingA study of history shows us that a Nation is only as strong as the will of its citizens to fight for it. America has been tested many times over in its relatively short history. From the Revolutionary War on down to the present conflicts in the Middle East, the majority of the American citizens were willing to place their lives and futures in danger to preserve and build the future of this Nation. Even when the requirements of the military required the use of conscription in order to meet the ne... more
by Joan M. ZellerIn Angel on the Wing, Joan Zeller shares how she survived a plane crash that took sixty-five lives in February 1959. She was a stewardess on American Airlines Flight 320, returning to New York from Chicago. Close to midnight on that foggy, cold evening, the plane crashed into the choppy waters of the East River on approach to LaGuardia Airport. Joan Zeller?s memoir vividly brings to life the events of the crash, the peril passengers and crew experienced following impact, the time spent in the fr... more
by Peter AshThis collection of personal essays explore different topics, from growing up as an only child, dealing with an anxiety disorder and confronting the self-narrative I’ve told myself and how it has held me back. As a thirty-something professional still trying to figure out who I am, I started writing reflection pieces to help me process my thoughts and feelings, as well as a way of exploring parts of myself I hadn't dare to confront before. It has been incredibly therapeutic for me, and althoug... more