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When "Bohunk," a young, Jewish-Catholic heads to college, he aspires to become a doctor but fulfills his family destiny of alcoholism instead. Drinking his way through medical school and getting hooked on easy-to-access narcotics along the way, Bohunk inescapably finds himself on the precipice of death. After he emerges from a suicidal, drug-induced coma, he finally decides to confront his greatest fears and commits to live.
by Martha LeighStories about my Jewish parents and wider family from my vast archive of letters and writings.My mother was a concert pianist from Central Europe and my father grew up in poverty the East End of London. He was also gay. They met in Paris in 1937 and corresponded for the 6 years of World War II. Several family members had miraculous escapes from the Nazis in Europe. After the war my father became the world expert on Jean-Jacques Rousseau and professor of French at Cambridge University. My uncle... more
by Valerie LumleyThis compelling true-life memoir spans 50 years, and is about the fulfillment of spiritual longing and the completion of karmic destiny. After a 40-year separation, life miraculously brought them back together again to experience the most enriching and meaningful chapter of their lives at a time when they needed each other the most. They saved each other in every way a person can be saved, and were the only people in their lives who could. So many of us go through life hoping to experience its d... more
by Leslie FergusonSeven-year-old Leslie has a serious problem. Someone is trying to kill her. She and her little brother must confront the stark reality of living with their mother’s raging psychosis. Other family members try to help, but they are no match for the violence and unpredictability that comes with mental illness. Once in foster care, Leslie learns that life doesn't improve just because she's free of her mom. All seems lost . . . until one simple and unexpected question changes Leslie's world forever. ... more
by Marc Gellman
. . . and they called it puppy love!
The story is the next romantic love story of the century, a romantic celebration of life, and the fulfillment of a husband's promise, "I will tell our story to the world; that every day we shared was special."
Don't let the title of this book mislead you . . .
This love story is an unforgettable memoir about a romance that will mak... more
by Diana EstillCraving the bond she's never had with her reclusive brother Kerry, Diana won't stop pursing him. The two are nothing alike, though. She's an avid traveler. And he's afraid to leave his house. This midlife memoir explores love, loss, and compassion for kin we don't understand.
by Richard CheuExcelling despite the odds, Janey Mildred Young was a Chinese-American woman who accomplished much in her life despite societal discrimination and family barriers. She came of age during the 1960s and was influenced by the changing society and the roles for women and Asian-Americans. Janey’s husband, Richard Cheu, kept all of her 167 letters and, as a tribute to her, compiled them into this new book. Able to overcome many obstacles in her path, her letters show a woman who had ambitious g... more
by Rex ShadesEagleKnow Love tells the story of how Rex ShadesEagle overcame 27 years of addiction by healing childhood trauma. Physically and sexually abused from 6-12 years old until being kicked out onto the streets for fighting back against his abuser. He would learn how to hustle, lie, cheat, and steal on the streets of S. New Jersey. He left NJ to follow the Grateful Dead where he found his Tribe. The Dead led him to Boulder, CO where he would find his family. For the next 2 decades, Rex continued his heroin... more
by Betsy Kelleher
As Betsy Kelleher struggles to accept God's will in the loss of a son, walking the dog becomes a spiritual pilgrimage. Within a peaceful, secluded field just beyond the edge of her mobile home community, she experiences God's intimate, healing presence.
by Christina SynnottTales of a Gypsy Hotelier is a collection of unique travel adventure stories and letters home detailing the author's experiences while visiting 43 countries, living and working in 7 countries, and managing hotels in Kenya; Zanzibar and Arusha, Tanzania; St. Lucia, Caribbean; and Tonga, South Pacific. Several stories are inspirational, others illustrate the unimaginable difficulties that can arise from living in undeveloped countries; some are romantic, but all are gut-wrenchingly honest and from... more
by Frederick Douglass Reynolds
This book is about a Black cop who took an unlikely path to his chosen profession, ultimately working in law enforcement for 32 years in the city of Compton and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County. The book tackles police brutality, political corruption, the murders of police officers, and race relations in America. The most important aspect of this book, however, is that it is not just another "cop" book, but rather a book about a Black man who just happens to be ... more
by Krithika Chandrasekar
by Fritz T. SprandelAdventure on a DARE is the first in a series of true-life accounts describing Fritz T. Sprandel’s journey into himself in which he discovers his capricious nature and raises questions about the nature of faith. During the course of his adventure, Fritz visits a variety of natural wonders, small towns, and fascinating people on a budget of ten cents and his own amazing resourcefulness. After overcoming the challenges of the wild, he finds himself in a foreign country, falsely charged with espiona... more
by David BeckPetrified of the Light, David’s first memoir, explores a ten year romance between David—a stage actor—and Luca, a promising fashion designer. The young lovers meet while drunk at a bar and immediately fall for each other, but David is ill-prepared for the danger that ensues when he unwittingly makes Luca his higher power. Meanwhile, an unexpected medical diagnosis, a stint on a competition reality TV show, and an escalating drinking problem all threaten to decimate the entire partnership. Des... more
by Dave ThomsonWOO! (Strange Happenings at the Windmill and Other Tangential Rants)' is a first-person journey into the mosh pits of various London venues and beyond, boomeranging through space, time, gigs, and major life events as Dave Thomson documents a raging culture war against musical mediocrity, political alienation, social cleansing and the brutality of neoliberal economics. He joins the dots and makes the connections, shining a light on how this has fuelled a creative explosion. A gonzo style close or... more
by Heike DaldrupThe San Francisco Bay Area Baking Book celebrates the beautiful scenery and culinary delights of the San Francisco Bay Area. As the birthplace of California’s farm-to-table food movement, San Francisco has a long tradition of creating healthy, tasty food. This book reveals long-kept secrets of European-style baking, combined with the sun-kissed fruits of Northern California. Selected recipes range from easy-to-prepare instructions for the novice home baker to new inspirations for the experienced... more