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  • The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A Memoir

    by John Searancke
    A rescue mission originally thought of as lasting for a year or two turned into a 35 year lifetime love affair with a beautiful old building. There were to be battles royal with neighbours not wanting their status quo to be altered, and with the local fire authority who sought to impose draconian new safety measures. John Searancke came to the role of hotelkeeper almost accidentally, and most definitely with much reluctance. After his parents’ marriage fell apart, he was dragooned in, at ... more
  • Southern Convert: From Midwest to Middle East to MAGA Country

    by Amelia S. Hussain
    Amelia navigates the sea change after an encounter with a handsome stranger leads her to Islam. She invites the reader to play voyeur as she travels a thorny path through multiple identity transformations and her struggles to belong in two disparate worlds. Compelling, smart, and occasionally pained, Amelia weaves in important contemporary issues around religion and race with empathy and humor.
  • The Journey Continues: Finding Joy Amidst Life's Struggles

    by Daniel Nicewonger
    Cancer has a way of upending every area of one’s life, as well as the lives of those near the patient. Pastor Daniel Nicewonger shares with honesty and vulnerability his journey following a diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer. He writes with openness, sharing the joys and struggles of learning to truly live with cancer. Daniel shares of learning to walk with his oncology team, how the journey affected the caregivers in his life, and the disruption to family and work life. The Journey Continues is... more
  • Always My Hero: The Road to Hope & Healing Following My Brother's Death in Afghanistan

    by Renee Nickell

    Her world came crashing down when she got the call saying her brother had been killed. Major Samuel Griffith was one of the most beloved and humble Marine Corps Officers to serve his country. Fiercely dedicated to becoming an F-18 aviator, he embodied perseverance and grit. He led his men with wisdom beyond his years and loved making everyone laugh. Sam was truly living the dream. One tragic day, Sam was killed in action, leaving behind a now “Gold Starred” wife, children, parents... more

  • Skinny House: A Memoir of Family

    by Julie L. Seely
    Skinny House-A Memoir of Family is a granddaughter’s story about the grandfather she never met and the famous house he built in Mamaroneck, New York. This rare, first-rate family saga of three generations of an African American family poses a question for all of us: What do we really know about the dreams and aspirations of our ancestors?
  • Shift Happens — Breakdowns During Life's Long Hauls

    by Margot Genger
    Out of desperation to escape the confines of her small Northern California town, Genger breaks every rule of her 1970s social class, gender, and upbringing to become a long-haul truck driver. Shift Happens will make you laugh, cringe, and celebrate as Margot navigates the underground life of long-haul truck driving with 11 different driving partners. She criss-crosses the U.S. delivering everything from Hustler Magazines to Washington State apples — sees both the beauty and the meanness that ... more
  • Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains: Misadventures on a Buddhist Pilgrimage

    by Paul Barach
    The funny, true story of a 750-mile Buddhist pilgrimage, an unprepared office worker, and everything that went wrong along the way.
  • The Armageddon Experience/978-1-7960-1159-3

    by Rod Buntzen
    The Armageddon Experience recounts my experience as a science student working at a little-known, top-secret Navy laboratory in the San Francisco, preparing for nuclear weapon tests in the Pacific. It tells of my journey from the 1950s University of California, Berkeley, to the Pacific Proving Grounds—from campus life to secret national defense research and interactions with Manhattan Project scientists. The possibility of a dangerous political decision or an accident during the Cold War create... more
  • Sudhu Nona: An expat in Sri Lanka - the Good, Bad and Ugly

    by Eva Stone
    Essential reading for anyone interested in Sri Lanka, keen to seek out adventures, or simply wanting to retire on the teardrop island. Sudhu Nona is a fascinating journey through the urban humdrum, tropical wilderness and cultural traditions of Sri Lanka. Through a series of entertaining anecdotes and informative stories, the book explores the idea of embracing unfamiliar cultures, learning new things, and connecting to the island and people at a deeper level. From fellow expats, corrupt ... more
  • You're Doing It Wrong: A Memoir

    by Josh Gunderson
    "You're doing it wrong" is an often heard phrase in the life of blogger Josh Gunderson who has made a life of doing things his own way. As it would turn out, doing it wrong seems to be working just right- or so it would seem. In his first book of personal essays Josh offers up the good, the bad, and the downright dirty of doing things his own way. From small-town life in California to globe-trotting professional speaker Josh lets loose on a life lived on his own terms. From family and friends, m... more
  • Loved So Much, It Hurts: Purpose in the Pain

    by Rebecca Olmstead
    In her latest book, Loved So Much, It Hurts: Purpose in the Pain, Rebecca shares her journey through cancer, her miraculous healing, and the spiritual transformation it brought.
  • The Bipolar Addict

    by Drinks, Drugs, Delirium & Why Sober Is The New Cool
    The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium & Why Sober Is the New Cool provides an insider’s look into the world of those suffering from manic depression plus addiction. These true stories of survival, including the author’s own, offer insight into the oft-maligned world of mental illness, as well as a frequently overlooked, endlessly fascinating facet of the human condition.
  • Three Nights at the Condor

    by Benita Mattioli
    This is the titillating true tale of how a tiny neighborhood bar in San Francisco's North Beach Area evolved into the country's first and most notorious topless dancing venue, featuring the infamous Carol Doda and a captivating cast of characters and celebrities.
  • ENEMY No. ! Waging The War On Secondhand Smoke

    by james Repace
    ENEMY No.1 describes the rise of the nonsmokers’ rights movement in the 1970’s, the struggle for clean indoor air laws and the tobacco industry’s underhanded efforts to thwart these laws for many years. It is written from the unique perspective of a scientist whose research helped underpin the movement, leading to a decades-long battle with Big Tobacco, as detailed in their secret files. This first-hand account describes the evolution of the scientist and the science, the political strife and ... more
  • Sons of Suicide: a memoir of friendship

    by J. David Pincus & Richard J. Knapp
    Sons of Suicide weaves themes of life-shattering tragedy and life-affirming friendship in a moving dual memoir. Rick and David meet in high-school and soon realize they share a heartbreaking secret: Each of their mothers took her life just a few years earlier. They bond instantly and permanently. Decades later, they learn that two other close friends had also lost parents to suicide. In an emotionally charged exchange, each of the four men opens up about how his parent’s decision changed ... more
  • Lord Jeff & The Closet

    by Howard Junker
    An oral history of The Closet, the existential void in which gays were allowed to lurk, invisibly, while passing for Normal. Gathered by Howard Junker from his classmates at Amherst 1961, other contemporaries, and well-known gay authors such as Gore Vidal, Edmund White, and Martin Duberman.

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