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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.
by Greg Murtha“Out of the Blue” is the incredible story of what can happen when the unexpected knocks you off your current path. While many would deem a terminal cancer diagnosis and multiple heart attacks utterly tragic, author Greg Murtha counted them a blessing. After his diagnosis, Greg‘s life’s calling became one of enriching and impacting the lives of those around him, no matter if it was in the grocery store aisle, while away on vacation, or during his chemotherapy treatments. Throughout the book... more
by John EgenesIn 1974 the author, John Egenes, rode his young horse, Gizmo, across the United States. Together, they witnessed an America that no longer exists.
by Linda Lundquist Molitor
Memoirs of Albrekt Lundquist when he immigrated from Sweden to America from 1910-1924. It is a story of hardship, disappointment, struggle and tenacity, all told with a pragmatic sense of humor and eloquence. Topics he describes are the cost of living, both monetary and personal, familiar locations, politics, famous people and World events. It tells about his opinions of World War I for which he was drafted to fight for America. He saw Sarah Bernhard and Axel Skovgaard perform, and a tent rev... more
by Lisa GraffFind Me Alone A family struggles with one member’s alcoholism and the chaos it creates in all their lives in this coming-of-age novel titled Find Me Alone by Lisa Graff Cee and her family live under a terrible curse. It may not be a spell out of the fairy tales, but it still dooms Cee and her sisters, Deana and Rose. Her father’s alcoholism hangs over their house like a black cloud. It is getting worse, and young Cee doesn’t know what to do.
by Sara GerardoBased on the true story of Sara's first marriage, He Loves Me Not describes the abuse, torture, and neglect she survived while living in a foreign country.
by Jude EzeiloArriving with my family in the United States as a legal permanent resident, under the protection of political asylum, at the age of two, I grew up in several cities and states, experiencing and enjoying all that this great nation had to offer. As a teenager in high school, I unwittingly made a decision, and the repercussions of that choice were fully realized years later when the government of the only home that I had ever known initiated proceedings for my removal and deportation.
by Melissa Jayne KinseyWhen my father died in 2014, I volunteered to write his obituary. No sweat. After all, I'd been in the publishing industry for 20 years. Writing an obit, though, turned out to be trickier than I thought. Searching for tips on the craft, I found only predictable, outdated suggestions: be brief, pound out some sentimental schmaltz, tack on a superfluous list of survivors, and toss in a few harps and angels. My dad deserved more than a heap of warmed-over clichés—doesn't everyone? The internet has ... more
by Steven Roy GrimsleySteven Roy Grimsley only wants to make extra money when he becomes an Uber driver in Knoxville, Tennessee. What he isn?t expecting is the joy that comes from getting to know strangers who he would have otherwise never met. In this rider-by-rider narrative, he takes you on an adventure that begins Halloween night, runs through the University of Tennessee football season, and ends during the hot days of summer. Grimsley recalls driving nearly one hundred riders, including sorority girls, ... more
by Candice C. KirkbrideAt the tender age of 15, Candice Kirkbride?s life changed forever. Happiness is at the front of her mind everyday despite the challenges she continues to face. She does not want to be defined by that one fateful night. She has dedicated herself to inspiring others to find happiness in their life. Candice?s message touches each person differently. Whether it?s through her story of recovery, overcoming adversity or forgiving those who have wronged her, she has experienced so much in her young life... more