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by Barbara Ann QuinlanBarbara Ann Quinlan was born in the sheltered world of upstate New York in the 1950s. When the family moved to California, she easily slipped into the embodiment of a 1960's wild child. Yet far from a typical story of sex, drugs and rock and roll, she was to travel extensively in Europe and Israel, study under the innovative and influential theatre director, Jerzy Grotowski, have affairs with high-profile actors, and an icon of Israeli music before his tragic demise. Hers is a story of triump... more
by Diane Lane Chambers\tAfter recovering from a series of traumatic events, including a two year battle with anxiety and depression, Diane Chambers, a professional sign language interpreter develops a passion for learning all she can about mental illness. When she is offered a long-term interpreting assignment at an all-male group home for those recovering from mental illness, she accepts. At the group home she is begins to see the varied lives behind the faces of mental illness. \tWhen that... more
by JoAnne Helfert SullamThis powerful memoir details the journey of an artist through an emotional metamorphosis, which allows her to see herself not through her own eyes, but through the eyes of wild animals. Raising, freeing, and painting portraits of wild animals has fostered a connection between JoAnne and the animals whose lives she helps to shape. Her struggles to find freedom from overwhelming internal adversity and an intense desire to belong, led her to seek comfort in nature. When she turned to nature for... more
by Wilsdaryon PrescherOut of the deep, murky waters of neglect and abuse, Wilsdaryon Prescher used the power of music to find strength and heal and overcome the odds stacked firmly against him. His book, This is Me Trying, tells the story of a boy who has blossomed into the man he knew he could be, despite the darkness that engulfed him throughout his childhood and adolescence. Through the power of music, Wilsdaryon discovered himself after losing touch with who he really was. With this newfound soundtrack of lif... more
by Jamila ColemanWe’ve all heard of the “terrible twos," but have you heard of the “terrible teens”? In “Surviving Seventeen," Jamila Coleman talks about her seventeenth year of life, and how the few years before it aided in making it as strenuous as it was. Once a promising athlete who appeared as though she was on her merry way to a lifetime of nothing but success, along with coming from a seemingly well put together, religious, two parent home, Jamila’s life looked like a fairytale from the outside. She se... more
by Sunidhi RaiVoice quacks. This book is filled with many rants and rage for everyone whose pre-teen and early adulthood times were a piece of work. An attempt is made here to make us all feel seen and heard and make up for the times of perplexity and doubt. You are your own protagonist in this book. By the end of it, you will feel like your 16-year-old self is giving you a hug.
by Everett Stern
What makes a person choose justice over self-interest?
When Everett Stern landed his dream job as HSBC Bank’s new Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer, he never imagined the career move would lead to international notoriety as a whistleblower.
During his time at HSBC, Stern discovered that the bank deliberately failed to maintain anti-money laundering policies, allowing for billions of dollars of drug proceeds and terrorist funding to be launde... more
by Bo RobertsThe youngest world's fair president, newspaper editor, governor's cabinet leader, and university vice president shares experiences and observations about interesting points in local, statewide, national and international history. From the KKK burning a cross in his front yard to a Soviet Union invasion changing the direction of an international event, an inside look during some exceptional circumstances.
by A.S. Drayton
Discouraged after stumbling in his dogged search for happiness, Anthony, a meek and pessimistic college freshman, wanders through the darkness aimlessly. Then, a single moment of kindness opens a new path before him, though where it leads, only time will tell.
A journey of love and fear through nightmares both real and imagined. From freshman year to graduation, follow A.S. on a road that supposedly leads to happiness as he combats recurring nightmares and feelings of worthlessness... more
by Paula Wagner
by Gary Wilson
"From birth to a car accident, to recovery and back to work! Now, Embracing the Graces and Miracles with this thing called LIFE!"
I am writing this book for several reasons:
1) My shrink said, "When you get moody, write down your thoughts."
2) From what I have been told, I have had a busy life. Not crappy, but not fantastic.
3) I thought I would share it with others to show people that there are many different folks out there.
by Joan RuddIn frank and emotionally rewarding stories, a woman recalls her life from a feminist, Jewish, and largely humorous perspective. Joan writes about both coasts: a childhood among post WWII refugees in Manhattan, and then leaving her family for college, marriage, a commune, and art school in Portland, Oregon. She shares some of the pivotal events and decisions involved in ultimately leaving Portland for Seattle, through a second marriage and the raising of two sons 23 years apart, all the w... more
by Jamie BowmanGetting roughed up by Islamic fundamentalists, bribing Russian police, sheltering with the lizards under the sink during a bombing in Juba, the automatic weapons training before Afghanistan. It was a great ten years! Bike Riding in Kabul: The Global Adventures of a Foreign Aid Practitioner chronicles my unique professional and personal experiences as a female attorney working to update the laws of Kosovo, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Moscow, Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. Fu... more
by Michael BoyajianJoin the author and his two black cats, Percey and Minerva, as they tear through the home of Mike and Jeri oblivious to the other cats living there, Winston, Brigid and Ulysses and again work through the catastrophic loss of the other cats as well as Mike's wife Jeri.
by Emily NewberryIn this book I use parts of my life story to illustrate what I believe is an important principle. That what spiritual and moral principles guide you is as important as what you say and do as you work to make the world a better place. The book invites the reader into a conversation, most importantly with themselves: •\tWhat is the outcome or impact of what I say and do? •\tAm I acting in ways that reflect the better world I hope to participate in creating, or am I acting in ways that reflect... more
by Jamie AndersonJamie Anderson’s third book, Drive All Day, is a collection of true-life stories. With a lot of humor and fits of seriousness, she shares what it's really like for a working musician who’s done hundreds of gigs and has taught thousands to play guitar on her popular YouTube channel (67K subscribers). She's too old to drive all night, but if driving all day means getting to play music for a living, she's all in. Jamie rants about everything from Spotify, who paid her ten cents one quarter, to shar... more