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by David E. GatesA deeply personal and heart-wrenching account of David becoming a father and then finding out several years later that his daughter wasn’t his. David’s story and the effect this had on him, his family and loved ones is moving and tragic. Thought-provoking, honest, extraordinary, revealing. A damning indictment of the Child Support Agency and Family Courts. A quite extraordinary and unique true story.
by Erinn PirloBreastfeeding is the most natural and intuitive thing a woman will ever do. It is also the most challenging and underappreciated. Sitting for hours each day breastfeeding, often in solitude, makes nursing both demanding and a test of true fortitude. This week-by-week memoir written in real-time during breastfeeding, offers fellow breastfeeding mothers camaraderie, thought-provoking ideas (combined with scientific data and knowledge), sympathy, a strong point-of-view, and a long-distance friendsh... more
by Kevin Christopher Brown
When I was dating a woman in my post-college days, I would always tell her stories about the juvenile, immature, borderline criminal stuff we did in college. She always wanted more… more stories (now get your dirty little mind out of the gutter and focus), saying she’d never really done anything in college except attend class and study. What the FUCK?! We did everything in college EXCEPT study. Well, that’s not entirely true. We played hard, but we worked pretty damned hard... more
by John SearanckeOn the brink of retirement, John and his wife Sally are determined to end a life at the grindstone in grimy and wet Lancashire. Together with their beloved Jack Russell/Staffie cross, Freddie, a rescue dog from the local RSPCA, they embark on the journey of a lifetime and relocate to the island of Tenerife. Selling up, they make the move to the north of Tenerife, a part almost unknown to the casual tourist – their very own hidden paradise, a world away from the 'tourist trap' that is the sou... more
by John SearanckeA 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
by Amelia S. HussainAmelia 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.
by Daniel NicewongerCancer 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
by Julie L. SeelySkinny 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?
by Margot GengerOut 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
by Paul BarachThe funny, true story of a 750-mile Buddhist pilgrimage, an unprepared office worker, and everything that went wrong along the way.
by Rod BuntzenThe 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
by Eva StoneEssential 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
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
by Rebecca OlmsteadIn 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.
by Drinks, Drugs, Delirium & Why Sober Is The New CoolThe 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.
by Benita MattioliThis 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.