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by Amina WarsumaThough she came to live a glamorous life interviewing celebrities and walking international runways as a fashion model, Amina Warsuma’s path there was anything but easy. From modest beginnings, she needed grit and a willingness to surrender to fate to make it to the top.
As soon as we decide on a path to achieve our goals, we will be tested—and Warsuma was no exception. Determined to become a successful model, Warsuma immediately had obstacles thrown in her way, testing her resolve. She fac... more
by David BeasleyThese watercolours of flowers, floral arrangements, and insects were painted between 1879 and 1882. They were pasted into a Scrapbook that was rescued by James E. A. Beasley on a pile of objects being auctioned from the estate of Annie Rice Davis Beasley in Hamilton, Ontario in 1938. The Scrapbook lay in a cedar trunk for years in the upstairs room over a garage at "The Pines", the Beasley country home on New Street, Burlington and came into the possession of David Beasley, who delighted in the ... more
by Donna WatersKristine Bunch was a young mother raising her 3-year-old son when a fire destroyed her home and took her young son’s life. Within hours of the fire, fire investigators had concluded that it was Arson and that the only possible suspect was Kristine Bunch. Instead of going through a grieving process, she was forced to fight for her freedom. It would take years before she even had a fighting chance against the charges. Speak the Truth: Justice for Miss America tells you the story of Kristine Bunch ... more
by Marlene P. NaickerThe transformative powers of life, loss, and fashion combine in the inspirational memoir Muldooneys & Me. As a driven young woman, Marlene P. Naicker strove for greatness by following her heart’s desires. Her relentlessness to keep pushing her own limits—courageously taking that road less traveled—pervaded everything she did, from track and field as a high school athlete to acting in her early twenties and finally the journey of an entrepreneur in a continent that was yet to become home. She ... more
by Ajayan BorysIn 1996 meditation teacher Ajayan Borys journeyed to the source of the Ganges River high in India’s Himalayas. Intent on Self-realization, he discovered a deserted cave in a Himalayan forest and for two months lived there alone, meditating in silence, surviving on one sparse meal a day. Through unexpected friendships with holy men, encounters with madmen and the Indian army, surviving harsh mountain conditions (including scorpions and mind-numbing cold), he was opened to the depths of the human ... more
by Jean KoningJoin Jean Koning in this stunning, poignant and often hilarious roller-coaster-ride through the world of men! After having been send to his doctor by Partner—the voice of reason—Jean finds himself being diagnosed with skin-cancer. Armed with his unquestionable wit, and his stunningly absurd worldview—often through his love/hate relationship with the internet—he goes on an extremely funny, touching and illuminating quest to find a way to deal with all this sudden physical and mental pain. W... more
by Bernard Jan
In this heartfelt and moving novella Bernard Jan describes the last three days he spent with his cat Marcel before they parted forever.
One story. Two endings. Genuine and fictional. Which ending is yours?
What do you say to someone who is dying? And what do you say when that someone can't understand a word you are saying? How do you comfort each other throughout... and beyond?
My love, if you go away in a few days, the world will lose its colors and... more
by Dwedor Morais Ford & Charles Wesley Ford, Jr.
This book describes the advocacy and struggles of Francis W. M. Morais (1866-1964), Ph.D., D.Lit. Between 1927 and 1935, Dr. Morais worked tirelessly to put an end to slavery, forced labor, and ethnic discrimination in Liberia. Liberia was founded as a safe haven for freed people of color in the early 1800s. Morais’ fight for human rights for Liberia’s indigenous population compelled him to travel to Geneva to make the case to the League of Nations. The Liberian Government did all... more
by Stephen E. MurphyA memoir of risk-taking, poignancy and redemption, On the Edge recounts University of Washington grad, Stephen Murphy’s odyssey east to Harvard Business School. Feel his pain as hopes come crashing down. Watch him struggle through Vietnam and Pacific typhoons, but find his way to Columbia Business School, later Brazil. How does he live in an infamous favela in Rio de Janeiro, as an international banker, or end up with Hollywood studios, fighting pirates? Run the gauntlet with him inside the Bel... more
by David BeasleyToday when travel has become impersonal, we find in this book a personal account. Here are fresh and highly individualistic impressions of the Turkish people living in the wilderness of the Isfendyar Mountains on the coast of the Black Sea. Starting in complete ignorance and with no preconceptions David Beasley and through him the reader experience the warmth, generosity and touching enthusiasm of the Turks for contact with a foreigner. Through Paphlagonia With A Donkey is an awakening of a West... more
by Patricia Ravasio
In 1982, a year before he died, the enigmatic American genius Buckminster Fuller granted young journalist Patricia Field a rare one-on-one, two-day interview. In it, Fuller shared his warnings about climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and the need to move to sustainable living years before such concerns were a blip on anyone’s radar. In that interview, Pat pledged to carry Fuller’s ideas into the future and use them to help save humanity from extinction. What follow... more
by David Beasley"The book is an impeccable piece of research, full and accurate. It gives a comprehensive view of the American (and Canadian and Australian) stage for a period of over 50 years. It documents life on tour, in stock and combination companies, in vaudeville and even in the nascent movie industry. It is a saga of art versus commerce and of the shifting sands of public taste. It is a treasure trove of minutiae, filled with details on unknown plays and vanished theatres, and on the actors who performe... more
by David BeasleyCanadian born, MacAgy was international in his influence. From a privileged student at the Barnes Foundation through innovative years at the San Francisco Museum of Art, as Director at the California School of Fine Arts from 1945-50, when he was the catalyst for the advent of American abstraction, as curator at MOMA, as the spirit behind the modern art movement in Dallas, as the introducer and interpreter of European and Russian art to America, as the head of the National Endowment for the Arts,... more
by David Beasley9X11.5 160p. 154 illus. 74 in color, Soft cover. San Francisco artist Clay Spohn (1898--1977), one of the best artists of the modern era, originated art movements of the twentieth century and painted with great beauty. Using Spohn's Notebooks, David Beasley has traced his thought and career. This book is amply illustrated with Spohn's drawings and paintings placed to elucidate the text. Many paintings are in color as Spohn used color superbly
by Hilary HarperOrphaned as an infant, Hilary Harper was taken in by distant relatives who let her believe they were her parents. When she discovered the truth, at the age of twelve, she tried to pretend nothing had happened, but everything had changed. A literary memoir, with the absorbing appeal of mystery, Almost Home examines the longing for an authentic identity and the role of family history in the shaping of the self.
by Eric T. Hansen"Losing My Religion" is the story of Eric T. Hansen's search for God and meaning in and outside of the Mormon church. For years a believing Mormon before losing his faith, Hansen discusses the things about Mormonism that fascinates him still – the uniquely American history and exceptional theology – as well as his struggle to face the prospect of death without an afterlife and his search toi find meaning without God. Hansen is an American writer in Berlin, known mainly for bestsellers p... more