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by Alexis ChuteAfter her son, Zachary, dies in her arms at birth, visual artist and author Alexis Marie Chute disappears into her “Year of Distraction.” She cannot paint or write or tap into the heart of who she used to be, mourning not only for Zachary, but also for the future they might have had together. It is only when Chute learns she is pregnant again that she sets out to find healing and rediscover her identity―just in time, she hopes, to welcome her next child. In the forty weeks of her pregnancy, Chu... more
by Cynthia GarnerGuatemala City is officially classified as one of the most dangerous cities in the Americas, where murders make daily headlines, and men hiss at women the same way they hiss at dogs. Here, in the shadow of the country’s many volcanoes, a 22-year-old anthropologist embarks upon her Fulbright research—unraveling the mysteries of the Mayan Highlands, and unexpectedly losing her long-held Christian faith. After a weekend climb of the Pacaya Volcano turns tragic, the author struggles to shake the ... more
by Ben BatchelderFresh out of college, a lost American despairs of his new career, chaotic life, and diseased family. When an invitation to Scotland falls into the depths of a New York winter, he grabs at the chance to renew himself. On a whim, he decides to save money, fly to Europe, and travel east to the ends of the earth, on $10 a day for a year or more. Here is the story of his odyssey: staying at German castles; losing not one but two passports to thieves; disastrous brushes with lost bags, maliciou... more
by Bob VolpertThis is a new collection of stories that capture the essence and mood of river guiding. Twenty former and current river guides wrote the 41 stories in this compilation. The tales focus on river related events that usually have little to do with whitewater. Some don’t even take place on a river. All say a lot about the culture of guiding and the people attracted to wild places and the odd things that happen once they get there. These are the stories shared around a campfire after a day on the wat... more
Never Trust a Teacher - Fight to Make Things Right: Let One Family's Journey Through Public School Show You Howby SUSAN FAY RYAN Ed.DAfter I was married in 1960, I had no plans whatsoever to launch a career outside of the home. For fourteen years, I was perfectly content as a wife and mother. Then, a drastic change in my family’s finances catapulted me into the workplace. Uprooted from my charming, New England gardener’s cottage with an ocean view, I found myself on I-95 traveling to an unknown Florida destination, determined that my children would continue to participate in the American dream—no matter what our economic stat... more
by SUSAN FAY RYAN Ed.D
by peter shanklandFrom childhood to now, Life in Tens is our book. Life in Tens is stories shared to encourage the telling of your own unique experiences and life truths. Filled with amusing anecdotes about commonly odd people, places and things, Life in Tens starts in New York and continues abroad as experiences and questions of body, speech and mind overflow! With in-chapter Questions to Ponder to cultivate personal insights, and chapter ending Reflect and Share questions to promote fun, meaningful con... more
by Dr. Jeffrey SterlingAll that can happen…will Revealing and unflinching, Behind the Curtain offers an unfiltered look inside the real-life traumas and triumphs that define emergency medicine. The first book from Dr. Jeffrey Sterling succeeds as both an enlightening memoir and an unforgiving mirror reflecting the best and worst of human behavior, and the authentic collection of stories represents his unique journey as an ER physician, which spans two decades and dozens of cities and countries, including more than ... more
by Dr. Jeffrey SterlingJeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, often finds himself with a little more extra time than everyone else—forty-eight hours a day, to be exact! Now Dr. Sterling shares his brilliant and easy-to-follow steps to increase efficiency. Here Dr. Sterling shares invaluable insight into the concept of “five-minute efficiency,” or breaking down daily tasks into smaller, more accomplishable tasks. Not only does this give you a sense of accomplishment, but it propels you forward into greater productivity. ... more
by Debra Torres-ReyesIn the 1960s, Frankie Roberts heard a preacher pronounce that a woman’s place is in the home, not in the pulpit. Frankie felt led by the Lord to leave Newark, New Jersey, her husband and to drag her four daughters to Sioux City, Iowa, to start a ministry. In this memoir, the youngest of Frankie’s daughters, the author, narrates her traumatic and abusive childhood as the victim of a religion gone too far. Availing herself of both humor and honesty, Torres-Reyes describes being raised by Penteco... more
by Tommy Ray
Do you sometimes feel there is more out there for you? Would you like to become the best version of yourself?
I know I did. I thought, “if I desire a new life, I simply should rewrite it.” I pondered, imagine creating my dreams into reality, creating the life I have always desired, knowing I can produce these results.
What would that do to my confidence? What would that do to my life?
Through personal experience, inspirational quotes, as well as ... more
by Sandra JollaFinding joy in the midst of turbulent times is not always easy. When you get disappointing news, how do you turn tragedy to triumph? How do you make the bitter sweet? How do you transition from chaos to calm? The author makes her journey with cancer a faith walk filled with excitement and joy as she embarks upon one of the most challenging times of her life. I learned that even though I had mapped out a plan, God had a different plan for my life. This is my story of how I chose to make my journe... more
by Amy ManganThis Side Up: The Road to a Renovated Life is a home and garden editor’s story of a life constantly under construction, none by design. Written with candor, humor and grace, Amy Mangan shares her own home tour, but this one deftly sheds light on job loss, financial shame, home displacement, marital discord, illness and caregiving. Faced with one crisis after the next, Amy discovers how to cope, hope and rebuild, finding a new way home to a stronger way of life.
by Mae Edwards“Stolen Options” is the story of how she survived the constant moving around from foster home to home, being a plumber in the Air Force, an abusive husband, cancer and beyond. Upon surviving some of the toughest years in an unhealthy marriage, Mae later got remarried, this time to her high school sweetheart. She is now a part of a very loving and successful marriage. She currently resides in Waller, Texas, and as her story tells, enjoys riding her motorcycle with her husband, hiking in the mount... more
by John and Mahin GoodallOur memoir recounts the true story of how we met in Tehran in 1969 and how our Anglo-Iranian romance had been accurately foretold by an Assyrian fortune teller simultaneously with the terrifying fortunes of two other girls. We each recount our story individually in the first person as we recall it, putting the reader in the vantage point of understanding what each of us is thinking as he/she wonders how we lovers drawn from such very different backgrounds will ever overcome the very real impedim... more
by Eva G KaneWhen singer/songwriter Eva G Kane discovers her husband’s secret life outside of their 24-year marriage, her world is thrown upside down. Eva tosses her pride aside to undergo a grueling process of self-discovery, navigating through her darkest times by writing songs of lost-yet-hopeful love. Inspired by her lyric “the worst in you is bringing out the best in me,” Eva gains the strength to dig deeper into her husband’s heart and bank records when her initial attempt at forgiveness proves futile... more