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  • "Lost in the Woods: Building a Life Up North"

    by Richard Hill
    Rich and Judy Hill had a dream: to build a simple handcrafted log home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. But what began as a grand adventure soon morphed into a complex entanglement of blueprint designs, contractor problems, and unforeseen financial expense. Taking it upon themselves to complete the construction of a 2500 square-foot full-size log house while working with a very limited budget, the Hills unwittingly waded into the quicksand of dealing with unreliable subcontractors, cost overruns, ... more
  • Hitchhiking After Dark: Offbeat Stories from a Small Town

    by Richard Hill
    A wry and irreverent collection of stories, "Hitchhiking After Dark" offers a comical and sometimes ludicrous look at growing up and working in small towns, mostly in northern Michigan. It vividly portrays a mixed bag of zany characters and absurd everyday encounters. Spoofs and stories include: pre-purchase of burial plots, aggressive neighbors, traveling salesmen, bootlegging, piracy aboard a Lake Superior freighter, state troopers, and religious activists. These stories are a celebration... more
  • Lake Effect: A Deckhand's Journey on the Great Lakes Freighters

    by Richard Hill
    A deckhand's coming-of-age story of sailing the Great Lakes steamboats during the social and political turbulence of the early 1970s, "Lake Effect" is a vivid and memorable account, told in an entertaining narrative style, of life aboard the giant ore boats. In the early 1970s, Rich Hill sailed on four different US Steel freighters as a deckhand and deckwatch. Ten years later, he enrolled in the Great Lakes Maritime Academy as a deck cadet and sailed on the 1000-foot Columbia Star. T... more
  • Surviving the Cure: Cancer Was Easy, * Living Is Hard

    by Andrew Bundy
    Surviving the Cure: Cancer was Easy,* Living is Hard is the humorously frank story of life after cancer and the challenges that face nearly every survivor, all rolled into one battered individual. I thought I knew cancer. After all, I’d lived it. And when I went into remission, I thought I was in the clear. It wouldn’t be long before I could get back to a normal life and rejoin my friends. However, I soon learned cancer was only the beginning. Not long after I returned home, my lungs star... more
  • Beneath an African Sky

    by Catherine Keese
    When Catherine Keese first set out to write this book, she was full of trepidation. “How,” she asked, “would I ever be able to remember all the happenings of our lives back then, and more importantly the nuance of it all? Could I accurately portray the magnificent, equatorial landscape we called home, or the vastness of the African sky? Could I relate what life was like under the forbearance of Africa’s natural order where man, beast, and the elements lent constant danger and exhilaration to eve... more
  • Orb Stones and Geoglyphs: A Writer's Journey

    by Daniel Smith
    From the author of the award winning historical novel, Storykeeper, comes a soulful mix of writing, geology, ancient tales, and rock and roll. The thought-provoking account of a ten-year search for mystical orbs, mysterious earthworks, and forgotten nations will inspire the storyteller in all of us to begin their own journey.
  • The Dragon in the Mirror: The Path to Awakening My True Self

    by Shawna Baca
    The Dragon in the Mirror: The Path to Awakening My True Self intimately chronicles a downward spiral into debilitating panic attacks and agoraphobia; a mental illness that sequestered her in her home for over a year, until she was taken to the Pala Indian reservation and cured in a sweatlodge ceremony by a Medicine Man. The Dragon in the Mirror continues on from there to detail a labyrinthine journey that explores Western and Eastern modalities, conventional therapists, twelve-step programs, sp... more
  • It's a Matter of Trust

    by James Callner
    This is more than a memoir of my life living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is more than my challenges and struggles with OCD. It is a book of hope, strategies, processes, tools, and solutions that I learned over several decades--all of which gave me my life back. I use them to this day and share them with you now. Living with OCD does not mean you cannot have a productive happy life. You can! For all of the courageous souls who take on OCD every day as I do: This book is for you. ... more
  • Memoir of a Slightly Mad Mystic: How Dying Saved My Life

    by Lawrence Furman
    Memoir of a Slightly Mad Mystic is the fascinating story of a midwestern boy who began having out of body journeys when he was 9 years old. But the freedom and joy those flights provided faded when he began sinking into a quagmire of mental illness. After he was tossed into the antiseptic world of drugs, electroshock, and enforced isolation that was the 1960’s mental health care system, his condition only worsened. Trapped as he was between wildfires raging in his head and a narrow-minded versio... more
  • THE BODY SNATCHER'S WIFE MEMOIRS Cuts Like a Knife

    by Barbra Lynn Reifel
    The Body Snatcher accused. My husband still. What would become of his free will? Would he try to run? Would he stay and fight? I had to keep him in near sight. To prove his innocence he was free. In time we would see. He put me in harm's way. Without a care. A pawn I would stay. In my nightmare. As he became unraveled. More dangerous became my road traveled. Soon enough, time would tell. My release from Hell. The monster exposed. And put away. Oh what a twisted game of lies he... more
  • Chicago: A Journey Through Life

    by Sonya Thompson
    Chicago: A Journey Through Life is an entertaining collection of short stories based on true life events. Readers will be inspired and encouraged to exercise their faith in God, and will find various situations which have some relevance to their own personal lives as well. The story begins with a four-year-old little girl from a military family, and is centered around her experiences playing with her friends. Readers will travel with the main character through stages of life and experience the l... more
  • Backbone: The Life and Game-Changing Career of a Spinal Neurosurgeon

    by Volker K. H. Sonntag
    On a beautiful spring morning in 1989, neurosurgeon and spine expert Volker Sonntag was finishing his rounds. At that moment sixteen miles away, a boy veered his bike into the path of a speeding pickup truck. The impact all but killed the boy, leaving him with severe internal injuries, a massive blood clot near the brain stem, and—but for the fragile spinal cord—a complete separation of the skull from the spine. This is the riveting story of how Dr. Sonntag's pioneering innovation that day laun... more
  • Breaking Little Bones: Triumph and Trauma, the First Cures of Childhood Leukemia

    by G Bennett Humphrey
    In this profound, complex story, G. Bennett Humphrey, MD, PhD, chronicles his year on 2 East, a pediatric leukemia floor. Doctors are fighting a presumedmortality rate of 100 percent, but the cost of finding a cure weighs heavily on their hearts. The cure rate for the children of 2 East in 1964 will turn out to be 15 percent. With almost no training in pediatrics and no experience with chemotherapy, the author confronts an entirely different world. From the beginning he is amazed by the stren... more
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  • THE BODY SNATCHER'S WIFE MEMOIRS Charmed to the Bone

    by Barbra Lynn Reifel
    The Body Snatcher before his time. On the path to his notorious crime. My life with the man behind the monster. My battle against the monster within the man. All my good intentions could not stop his road he paved to Hell. He dragged me down that road every time he fell. Destruction at every turn. When you get so badly burned, you can't help but learn. But why did I stay when I wanted to leave? Not even I could conceive. I so wished he would make it back. Love can mess a girl up.. ... more
  • Regroup: the How-To of Never Giving Up

    by Jaunique Sealey
    Real, relatable and raw - an unflinching look at what it takes to live life on your own terms. Written in the words of a savvy best friend and packed full of emotion-stirring moments, Regroup is the entertaining and uplifting read that we all need in these days of uncertainty. Serial entrepreneur and lifestyle architect Jaunique Sealey gives the tools required to move past the pain, despair and confidence-attacking side-effects of setbacks and obstacles with the intention to motivate and i... more

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