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by Lillian "Sissy Crone" FrazerSissy Crone, a coal camp kid, brings to life the faded past of her hometown, Minden, West Virginia, through a collection of stories told firsthand of heartache and loss, balanced by glorious triumphs. Sissy brings us along as a companion through her early years in a childhood that could never exist in a modern world. Wildflowers and Train Whistles is a book about an ordinary family that survives extraordinary challenges as a coal camp family living in hardscrabble times of the 1950's. She and he... more
by Casey MaloneAt 39, Casey Malone just survived the most painful year of his life. He was accused of endangering his son after the boy showed up at the hospital with a broken wrist. His unrepentant, alcoholic father died of heart disease after a year of surgeries and complications. Then his turbulent marriage collapsed and his children were taken away across the country. His life was not working. Heartbroken and bewildered, he contemplated suicide by shotgun. Instead, he gave himself the gift of time. A... more
by Morgan SmithA collection of memories about growing up hippie in Toronto, during one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. Not to mention the sex, drugs and rock and roll… Morgan Smith was only twelve during the Summer of Love, but her parents had plunged headlong into the Age of Aquarius, and she was no mere bystander. From paisley shirts to protest rallies and from Be-Ins to hash brownies, she lived through one of the most ground-breaking and outright joyous periods of the 20th century as a... more
by Valencia Griffin-WallaceRaised by a mother who turned to drugs to relieve past pain, Valencia had to grow up fast., welcomed by gangs, shunned by her family and finding motherhood early should have sealed Valencia’s fate… at least according to all the statistics… Instead, this she found an inner strength born of determination, resolve and forgiveness – the same kind of strength that can be found in anyone, with the right motivation. Her heart-wrenching story unfolds through glimpses of her own life and recolle... more
by Arthur CantrellBased on the real events at the end of World War II this thrilling military novel has increased relevance in today's climate of terrorism. Flight of the Valkyrie centers on an attempt by Heinrich Himmler, member of the doomed Nazi hierarchy to infiltrate the Manhattan Project and capture the newly developed atomic bomb intending to use it as leverage to mitigate Germany's surrender terms. Receiving classified intelligence of the project's progress from a mole within the Russian spy network a top... more
by Lorna GriessThis book is about living and working in a mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) in South Vietnam. It talks about the hospital itself, the setting, how we lived, how we coped with less-than-good circumstances, the type of patients we received, the equipment we worked with, and the emotional highs and lows that were part of every day. The stories are true. Some of the dates and numbers of things may be off a little; that was a long time ago. Names have not been used to protect the wonderful, dedic... more
by Harry L. Graber, M.D. F.A.C.C.Both genetic and environmental factors play important roles in one?s life. Genetics remains a fixed entity, whereas environment is a variable. Environmental experiences in life can have a positive or negative influence upon the genetic makeup of a given individual. Decision-making in the preschool environment is predominantly controlled by parents. Eventually, the individual, being influenced by the many past environmental factors, becomes the responsible choice maker as to which path in life he... more
by Donald G. BartlingA study of history shows us that a nation is only as strong as the will of its citizens to fight for it. America has been tested many times over in its relatively short history. From the Revolutionary War on down to the present conflicts in the Middle East, the majority of the American citizens were willing to place their lives and futures in danger to preserve and build the future of this Nation. Even when the requirements of the military required the use of conscription in order to meet t... more
by Cornelia Jude with Chris JonesRight under her parents' nose, 4-year-old Cornelia Jude (nee Wolf) was sexually abused by a family friend. The "man with the yellow teeth," as she remembers him, gave her 5 Deutschmark (about $3 US) to keep his secret and tells her all of the candy she could buy with her hush money. She keeps quiet. What she didn't know then that she learned painfully years later as a teenager and later a woman is that maintaining silence and keeping the secrets of all of her future abusers comes at the dreadful... more
by J. D. Chadwick
Englishman, Chad, went into the small travel agency in London to deliver a letter. To his surprise, he came out as the driver of a double-decker bus with 19 paying passengers on a 6-week trip around Europe.
The problem was he didn’t have a bus licence. He didn’t speak their language. He had never driven a vehicle larger than a delivery van and had no idea where he was going. None of that seemed to matter, he was broke and needed a job – any job!
But first, he had... more
Wildlife in Wild Lands: Photography for Conservation in Southern South America (English and Spanish Edition)by Laura Crawford WilliamsFor those of us who carry a love and appreciation of nature, it has never been more important to influence and change the minds of those who do not. Wildlife in Wild Lands: Photography for Conservation in Southern South America is the result of an 8-year, 275,000 km journey photographing wild species in some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth while helping dozens of individuals and organizations working to protect threatened species in countries like Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil. ... more
by Kim MalcolmA Country Within shares a professional woman’s life-changing journey to Greece to work with refugees arriving from the Middle East and Asia. The story begins on the island of Lesvos where overloaded boats of refugees landed on local beaches, and moves to Athens where the author unexpectedly becomes a member of a family of refugees from four countries. This timely portrayal describes the effects of geopolitics on people escaping war, the generosity of the people of Lesvos and how love transcends... more
by Robert CrownHow does a child’s life change when his mother tries to murder him? It’s one of the most profound betrayals imaginable, and it can follow the victim into adulthood, into all he does with his life, tainting his sense of self and his relationships with others. How does a man’s life change when he discovers that with his thoughts, his imagination, and his ability to listen to his higher self, he has the power to overcome the devastating events of his past and build a new life and a family? This ... more
by Frank South
A powerful, unflinching and wryly funny mental health memoir that digs into the frightening importance of family and the undeniable power of love. In stories written over eight years of financial stress, two deaths, and one five thousand mile move, Frank fights to understand and control his "mental hell tornado of overthinking, confusion, and boundless fear, to at least be of some use to my wife, my two ADHD kids or anyone I loved before everything I cared about was blown away." Of ... more
by Diane de Simone
Read through these pages and visit a lush land, an ancient and modern culture, and a people who are proud to be Buddhist and Thai.
Here discover yourself as you discover a woman who allows the Thai people to open her up. And as she begins to relax and unwind, read about how downright cynical and fearful she'd become -- down into her cells, as influenced by her native Western culture.
Not only does this book introduce you to the joys of Thailand, but it also explores, in ... more
by Sara Tula
Poland, Winter, 1978
I stood there, shivering slightly, staring at the doorknob. The dull metal stared back, daring me to open the worn wood door. My feet screamed at me to decide and make it snappy. They were half buried in snow that left drifts around the door and the thin leather that passed for boots was never quite enough for Polish winters. I reached down, brushed my gloved hand over them, and nearly knocked my luggage back down the five snow-covered st... more