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by Pamela MoriartyAt age six, I was living in England, surrounded by men and women in uniform, anti-aircraft guns poking up through trees, air raid sirens going off day and night, skies filled with planes hurling bombs at us. My father was in France with the British Army trying to repel the German advance. The one thing that made living bearable in the midst of the chaos and destruction was the watchful, loving presence of my mother. Yet a year later, to my stunned bewilderment, she took me to Ireland where my gr... more
by Alexis HartzIgnorance is not always bliss, especially for a single woman living and working out of a 10-ton motor coach equipped with a panoply of mechanical mysteries and traveling with a persnickety cat. But after an unexpected career interruption, Alexis, full of wholehearted optimism, snatches up the chance to live the unconventional life she's dreamed about for decades. She buckles herself into the driver's seat and sets out to blaze her own trail. Girded with her organic faith, Alexis travels to uncom... more
by Monica BrosnanI decided to relate Tatiana?s story because she means so much to me. She is also part of and a continuation of Bill, my late husband, because she shared our bed for eight years. She is my doughty, plucky, four-legged friend who takes the bite out of living alone. After she had a very sad, troubled kittenhood, we adopted her. Soon she established herself as the chief occupant of our large home. Our days together began not with a cup of tea but with playing with Tatiana because she would usually b... more
by Rose CatalanoFollowing in his brother?s footsteps, Rose Catalano?s father decides to leave an Italy that has been ravaged by the war and try his fortunes in the New World. They face the challenges of making their way in a strange land, with no knowledge of English, with strange new foods, customs, holidays, and where laws are formidable. Yet gradually, the family adjusts to life in Toronto. Rose?s parents find jobs and eventually buy a home, bettering themselves in their chosen country as have immigrants b... more
by Michael WashingtonMichael J. Washington, who enjoyed a long and successful career in the weather industry, reflected on his life one day: He had a beautiful and loving wife who he’d been married to for more than forty years, three wonderful daughters living productive lives,and most important of all—he was happy. But success did not come easy, and he made plenty of mistakes along the way. He began to wonder how he made it so far despite his bad decisions and hardships. As a youth, he even experimented with alcoh... more
by Rebecca Clark BrockwayUnder The Apple Tree is a compilation of memories that spans the lifetime of the author. Born in the late 50s, this Montana baby boomer experienced a simple life that entwined hard work and moral values, a time when there was an engrained sense of responsibility that bound folks together. Centered on family, recreation never strayed far from home or the Rocky Mountains. Honesty and integrity were qualities that were the norm in her small rural community. Folks said what they meant and meant what... more
by Nancy SharpBoth Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living (Books & Books Press, 2014) hinges on the day Nancy Sharp delivered premature twins and learned her husband’s brain cancer returned after eighteen months in remission. In plainspoken language the story moves back through Nancy and her husband’s courtship and marriage—and forward through his death when the twins were two and a half, he was not-quite forty and Nancy was thirty-seven. Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Liv... more
by Mark David GersonMark David Gerson never wanted to be a writer, never believed in a world beyond that of his five senses. But when life began to chip away at his sense of self with a relentlessness that he couldn't ignore, he found himself launched on a spiritual journey that would redefine everything about him -- multiple times. It was a journey of surrender that ultimately birthed a timeless fantasy trilogy...and a new life he could never have imagined.
by Joe CawleyWhen Joe and his girlfriend Joy decide to trade in their life on a cold Lancashire fish market to run a bar in the Tenerife sunshine, they anticipate a paradise of sea, sand and siestas. Little did they expect their foreign fantasy to turn out to be about as exotic as a wet Monday morning. Amidst a host of eccentric locals, homesickness and the occasional cockroach infestation, pint-pulling novices Joe and Joy struggle with the expat culture and learn that, although the skies might be bluer, ... more
by Lou MarincovichMy memoir is a unique combination of wilderness adventures, scientific exploration and a hardscrabble early life. It relates my evolution from a working-class childhood through earning a PhD in paleontology, but largely focuses on my three-decade career studying fossil marine mollusks, or seashells, in Alaska, Siberia, and Canadian islands near the North Pole. To earn money for grad school, I worked in places where intellectuals rarely venture: offshore oil drilling platforms in wintertime ... more
by Annie Harris-MeachemThis is a compelling memoir about a multicultural woman born with cerebral palsy in the late 1940s. Throough her compelling stories and insi ghtful commentary is revealed the unfolding evolution of the civil rights movement. Writen in the vein of inspirational works by Helen Keller, Maya Angelou, and Opra Winfrey, this absorbing story encourages the reader to to speak in her most authentic voicean live with integrity.
by Sevda KhatamianMorning People is a memoir, selective series of moments of an everyday life in an endless city, with friends living along the same path, and unexpected incidents along the way.
by Dr. QuintaFrom Antarctica to Zimbabwe is the story of Quinta's adventures as she made her way around the world. For three and a half months, she traveled to 23 countries and all 7 continents. This is a story of self-discovery and finding the courage to live the life we really want to.
by Andrew EmeryRapping into a hairbrush, breakdancing on the kitchen floor, carrying around the world's smallest, quietest ghetto-blaster: in 1980s Britain, long before the world has heard of Eminem, how does an aspiring white teenage rapper keep going in the face of universal ridicule. Wiggaz With Attitude is a unique and hilarious account of both the author's attempts to become Leeds' greatest ever hip-hop star, and of hip-hop itself. A new sound that changed the way we dance, dress and talk, it gave the... more
by David L. Faucheux
My editor, Leonore Dvorkin, said it best:
by Michael GoodisonMichael Goodison is a writer and a fighter, and in Muay Thai: Peace, At Last, he documents his travelling adventure to Thailand. Battling an ever-present disinterest with the western way of living, Michael throws off the shackles and dares to live, confronting killer cobras and conversing with Buddhist monks as he prepares for a professional fight in one of the most violent martial arts in the world: Muay Thai. From elephants lumbering along the lush mountainsides to the rowdy backpacking scene ... more