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by Sarah LeamyThe 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
by TohonLife’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
by Don EylesFresh 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
by Joseph DavidaWhat 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
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
by Michael BeckerWith 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
by Viral DalalIn 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
by Ellen RowlandHow 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 Contentmentby 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.
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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
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 himby Syed S. SaqibWhat 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
by Kimberly BerryThis 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
by Gabe RiggsPunk 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
by Steven LaPointit's cool
A Year of Ebola: A personal tale of the weirdness wrought by the world's largest Ebola virus disease epidemicby David Brett-MajorThis narrative history| memoir provides a close look at work in the West Africa Ebola epidemic in 2014 by a physician who was on the ground in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria. It gives a personal account of challenges and opportunities, some captured and some lost, placing events in the context of affected communities, responders, and the global health community.