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by Chris Orcutt
“I avoided writers very carefully because they can perpetuate trouble as no one else can,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In this humorous memoir, novelist Chris Orcutt shows how true this is. Debunking the myths, Orcutt reveals that the writing life is really one of crushing solitude, chronic dissatisfaction, mood swings and self-doubt, and where successes, when they come, are like diner mints–sweet, but short-lived. And everyday life is equally stressful, with call... more
by Nicolenya CaltmanIntroduction Welcome to my suffering. I am Nicolenya. I have Lyme. Sounds like an opening for a support group…but there it is. I am beginning to think that much like the saying “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic” is true in this case, and that in my case “Once a “Lymie”, always a “Lymie” will be my lot. I don’t want to believe it but I fear this is the path I am going down. There really should be support groups all over the world for us and beautiful retreats to run away to, where w... more
by Lawrence F. LihositThe author and his wife had settled into a bohemian routine; working minimum wage jobs, studying and rubbing elbows with actors, painters, musicians and writers. A sister-in-law visits and unwittingly creates a whirlwind of change with a road trip- crossing America from coast to coast and returning by a more northern route via Canada. Running on empty from the outset, their struggles offer a unique vision.
by Jessica LeeAnnAs women, we’re naturally strong and nurturing so it can be difficult to admit that we’re hurting. We're also clever and know how to mask our pain, shame and fears quite well. However, no matter how skillful we are at hiding, it is very damaging for us to hold on to our pain. Each page in this inspiring anthology is filled with empowering stories, uplifting poetry and heartfelt words. Not only will you smile, laugh and cry while reading the memoirs and poems, you'll also be ready to unravel ... more
by Wendy K. Williamson
by Russ HudsonOrphaned as a toddler and homeless from an early age, Russ Hudson started selling marijuana while living on the streets at age 14. By 21, he was smuggling weed from Mexico to New England, and by his thirties, Hudson was brokering cannabis deals for major international players in the industry. This book chronicles Hudson’s marijuana-centric life, following him through his years of street-level dealing, narrow escapes from authorities, time spent in juvenile detention centers and jail, his frus... more
by Wendy K. Williamson
by David MaegraithMeet the man who knew and drew Picasso in Paris, Einstein and Churchill in London, and even lived with Errol Flynn in Sydney. Kerwin Maegraith, caricaturist, journalist and true Aussie larrikin, encountered the most famous people of his time from the 1920's to the Sixties. This is a collection of an artist's recollections. It is, in black and white, the art and times of Kerwin Maegraith. Kerwin's brushes with fame included Lawrence of Arabia, George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, John Logie Baird (i... more
by SHIRLEY A CONNOLLYBiography of my life being beaten severely, homeless grieving losses. left for dead down a steep embankment, along a highway, alienated by family no friends to turn or go to. Treated like trash.
by Joy Johnston
Not everyone is born a natural caregiver.
One moment, digital journalist Joy Johnston is a cynical workaholic with an underwater mortgage. The next moment, she faces the responsibility of caring for her eccentric mother who's battling colon cancer, just six months after her father's death from Alzheimer's. As an only child, she has no choice but to slap on the latex gloves, and get to know more about her mother — and herself — than she ever imagined possible.... more
by Vera KochanowskyHere is the amazing autobiography of a man born to a life of wealth and privilege as the youngest son of a Siberian industrial tycoon. With the coming of the Russian Revolution, his charmed life is swept away, and he is thrust into a world of poverty and oppression. Relying solely on his wits, his optimism, and luck, he makes his way to Germany, where he becomes a successful mining engineer, despite the privations of the German depression. But then, in a single day, his secure position is lost, ... more
by James W. Bennett
Acclaimed YA novelist James W. Bennett's autobiographical narrative of his long-term struggle with a psychiatric disorder and the wonderful dogs that brought aid and comfort along the way. It's a dog book, as well as a mental health book. It contains useful information about mental illness, as well as some Christian content. Available in trade paperback or ebook.
by John McKinney“Hiking the Holy Mountain” tells the story of John's adopted son Daniel and the Greek monk/iconographer named Father Daniel who foretold his birth, amazing trips back in time and in faith to Mt. Athos, and the miraculous events that occurred on—and off—the Holy Mountain. While the ‘plot’ and colorful cast of Greek monks in “Hiking the Holy Mountain,” seem like they came from a movie script, this is very much a true story!
by Jim PaintingAs a baby boomer, the author found himself in many unfortunate situations while growing up and becoming an adult. These troublesome and often humorous moments were usually caused by his own defiance, curiosity, and goofy judgment. The book shares several incidents that ultimately led a self-conscious loner to developing a relationship with God. Despite breaking windows, engaging bullies, falling from trees, losing friends, eating bugs, and riding sheep, to name a few incidents, the author discov... more
by Adelina L. KennedyFor years, author Adelina L. Kennedy endured a long battle with anorexia and its complications. In A Girl with a Special Name, she chronicles her journey through hardship and her miraculous recovery to a healthier, more fulfilled life. Faced with a multitude of challenges including anorexia, blood infections, medical coma, drug-induced hallucinations, emergency surgery, resuscitation, intubation, attempted suicide, seizures, and pancreatitis, she eventually took two trips to rehabilitation facil... more
by Joe GillilandIt was never in author Joe Gilliland?s plan to become a teacher, certainly not a college teacher and most certainly not an English teacher. But that?s what happened, and he?s never looked back. In A Teacher?s Tale, he explains, how by neither planning for nor seeking a life of learning and teaching, lacking a syllabus or lesson plan, he discovered that a life in academe lay in his path?a path he?s followed for more than fifty years. A Teacher?s Tale begins in 1932 with Gilliland?s first experie... more