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by shabnam Curtis
On a cold night in 1978, seven-year-old Shabnam Shahmohammad clung to her mother in a Tehran apartment while the sounds of gunshots rang out in the street: The Iranian Revolution was at hand. She and her family survived that night, but as the Islamic fundamentalists took the power over, she grew up watching her father take his beloved books away to burn, his friends be arrested and disappear, and women like her mother grow ever more marginalized. Confused by her father’s communist ideol... more
by Robin Edward PoultonThis is a hilarious book about Scotland and Dancing. “I DANCE, THEREFORE I AM” challenges René Descartes’ idea “I think, therefore I am.” Dr Poulton champions the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment: it is PASSION and not reason that determines human action. His passion is dancing with beautiful women. He urges his grandchildren to dance, to laugh and love people, and to promote a philosophy of life that delivers “the greatest happiness of the greatest number.” This book written for gra... more
by Michael LangloisB Plus, Dancing for Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre is an intimate look at the upper echelons of the dance world as it appeared to a young man who made it to the top of his profession only to discover a vast plateau filled with dancers whose talents and ambitions were often superior to his own.
Pointe Patrol: How Nine People (and a Dog) Saved Their Neighborhood from One of the Most Destructive Fires in California's Histoby Earik BeannOn October 9, 2017, California suffered one of the most destructive fires in its history. The Tubbs Fire burned 5,643 structures and killed twenty-two people in Sonoma County. The fire department was completely overwhelmed and was so busy trying to save lives that they had to let many houses burn rather than waste resources in trying to protect them. During this chaos, nine of us snuck back into our neighborhood in the mandatory evacuation zone and formed a vigilante fire force. We called oursel... more
by Alessandra Wike
A firework of pain combusted below my right eyebrow. It was so sharp it smashed the breath from my lungs and voice from my throat. If it had lasted only one second longer, I would have screamed. My skull was cracking from the inside.
At 19 years old, Alessandra Wike learns she has a genetic abnormality: a tumor made of bone growing in the center of her sinuses. Each time it’s removed, the tumor grows back bigger than before.
In this collection of poetry, prose and p... more
by Tom Mooradian
In the early months of 1947, eighteen-year-old Tom Mooradian had everything - Hollywood good looks, high academic ranking in his senior class at Southwestern High School, and recognition by the three Detroit daily newspapers as being one of the finest basketball talents in the Public School League and in the state. Before the end of that year, however, he would find himself with hundreds of other Soviet citizens, standing in long unruly lines hoping to purchase a kilo of black, damp, saw-grai... more
by Israel Morrow
A repressed ex-Christian has a breakdown on the eve of marriage, then embarks on an intimate journey through sex, politics and religion. Gods of the Flesh is a spiritual memoir, weaving fantasy and eroticism with the big questions of philosophy, history and current affairs. Readers will learn to shatter paradigms, build their own spiritual practice, get in touch with their body, and create unique purposes in life.
by Michael BoyajianFreemasonry is more than just secret rituals. It about serving humanity. This book tells that story.
The Bubble: Everything I Learned as a Target of the Political, and Often Corrupt, World of Youth Sportsby Maya Castro
Politics, overbearing parents, and even corruption, in youth sports are nothing new. In fact, they've become as much a part of this environment as the rules of any sport. But, as often as this topic is covered by adults in the news and in books, it isn't as common to hear, from the athletes' perspective, about what this toxic culture is really like for the kids. In this insider's account, twenty-three-year-old Maya Castro shares her high school soccer experience, complete with infighting, a c... more
by Deborah BurnsAn only child, Deborah Burns grew up in prim 1950s America in the shadow of her beautiful, unconventional, rule-breaking mother, Dorothy―a red-haired beauty who looked like Rita Hayworth and skirted norms with a style and flare that made her the darling of men and women alike. Married to the son of a renowned Italian family with ties to the underworld, Dorothy fervently eschewed motherhood and domesticity, turning Deborah over to her spinster aunts to raise while she was the star of a vibrant so... more
by Kathryn Anne MichaelsWhen young RN Kate Jacobs switches from nursing to paramedic medicine and social work, she soon finds herself in a remote area of the Appalachian Mountains, where many challenges await: technical cliff rescues and hikes into remote back-country “hollers” to remove child victims of sexual assault from their homes, only to have an indifferent judge order them back the next day. This memoir is filled with tales of heartbreak and laughter, courage and cowardice seasoned with a candid look at the ... more
by Gerald J. Zgabay Jr.Hangover Over to Jesus is a story how God interacts with us in in the everyday. No matter the path we are on or were the decisions lead us, God is calling us to a real, authentic faith. A faith that is our own and not dictated by those influences around us in the form of church, religion or distorted truths. Gerald's story reads like fiction. The twist, turns and encounters that include drugs, sexually acting out and culture influences lead him to Del Rio, Texas. Face to fact with truth. Physica... more
by Ella JamesPinnacle Award Winning “It`s Just Your Imagination” is the book you want to read when you are looking to find some answers: Have you always sensed something wasn’t quite right in your life, but couldn’t pinpoint the cause? Have you always felt controlled and manipulated by those closest to you? Were you raised by a mother whose main priority was set on herself? Were you constantly told by that mother, “It`s only your imagination” when you questioned her? If the answer is yes, then this is the... more
by van QuattroBook two of the 'Love lucky' series finds Van married dealing with the volcanic demons of his past. Follow him as he tries to find himself in all the wrong place and things.
by Karen YarboroughThe children were scared and confused, but most importantly, they felt lost when the one person who is supposed to love you and care for you, abandon you and cares more about the men in her life rather than her children who she left behind for what? A man who probably doesn't love you, a life without your own children? Children are supposed to count on their parents not be forced to grow up fast and experience life without a true relationship of a mother.
Tenacity: A Vegas Businessman Survives Brooklyn, the Marines, Corruption and Cancer to Achieve the American Dreamby Ron CouryTenacity tells the gripping true story of how Ron Coury, a Las Vegas businessman, Marine and former Brooklynite survived corruption and cancer to achieve the American Dream. The aptly-titled memoir focuses on the determination necessary to overcome any and all unjust obstacles that may stand in the way of one’s dreams. Tenacity chronicles the evolution of the natural-born entrepreneur, a major business figure in Las Vegas for decades. As Coury climbed the ladder toward success, he faced a ba... more