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Bad Choices Make Good Stories: Going to New York (How the Great American Opioid Epidemic of the 21st Century Began)by Oliver Markus MalloyBad Choices Make Good Stories is a darkly funny coming-of-age novel based on true events. Oliver, a teenage hacker living in Germany, meets Donna online. She's an American girl living in New York. After chatting and talking on the phone for months, he finally decides to surprise her with a visit. But he soon finds out that things are not what they appeared to be, and that this visit will change his life forever.
by Isabella IsitoroThis book is a true story about some of my experiences while living through World War II and beyond.
by Dave Vander MeerDave Vander Meer was just eighteen years old when he set out on his own to explore the northern wilderness of Ontario. Winter would start in just a week, and there was a camp to build, traps to set, and food and furs to collect. To survive, he needed to call upon all his knowledge because the closest point of civilization was more than twenty miles away. Now, years later, he still looks back upon his time as a teenager in the woods with wonder. He had the chance to walk the trails and paddle the... more
by Rachel Thompson2016 Bronze Winner Readers' Favorite (NonFiction) 5/5 Stars Readers' Favorite Review Winner 2015 Best of Books, IndieReader (NonFiction) 2015 Honorable Mention Winner Los Angeles Book Festival 2015 Honorable Mention Winner San Francisco Book Festival Award-winning author Rachel Thompson courageously confronts the topics of sexual abuse and suicide, love and healing, in her second nonfiction book of prose: Broken Places. The sequel to Rachel's first award-winning, best-selling nonfiction b... more
by Jarem SawatskyWant to enjoy the life you are living, even as you face major life challenges? Is your mind succumbing to age? Is your body failing you? Praise for Dancing with Elephants: "Sawatsky beautifully models a way to dance in the gale of full catastrophe, to celebrate life, to laugh with it and at himself." —Jon Kabat-Zinn, national bestselling author of Full Catastrophe Living "If you need some encouragement in living with joy, read this book. It will change your perspective on everything." —Lana Phi... more
by Nicole ChurchA first hand account of a young woman's journey in life. Based on real life events. The story highlights the impact small decisions can make for the rest of one's life. Also, the impact of child abuse on one's adulthood life.
by Cal KraftDo you long for a time when life was simpler? When everyone knew your name? Do you reminisce about family traditions, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s? Do you remember your teen years and that first kiss? Does your mouth start to water and your heart start to swell as you think back to family holiday meals presided over by mom or grandma? Well then, you can now take that trip down memory lane and re-create those luscious foods in the pages of “The Ramblings of an Old Man” by well-known personal c... more
by Georgiann FischerSanta Claus and an Elf are not mythical entities. Santa Dan and Mark the Elf are real-life human beings who live in central Iowa. Their charming and endearing antics have delighted the hearts of many unsuspecting souls from infants to gen-xer’s to well-seasoned citizens all year long, not just between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Laugh, cry and become mesmerized as these two buddies entertain you to your hearts content as they transform themselves into Santa and the Elf, or into two beautiful bri... more
by Shantay WilliamsShantay Williams was born In the 80’s era, to a drug-addicted mother who was only good for inflicting pain throughout Shantay’s life; while Shantay was at her weakest moments. Shantay was raised with three brothers and herself in the home. For Shantay; growing up in Queens Bridge Projects was not easy, but for a woman with such triumph; she was determined to get hers the best way she knew how, no matter the consequences. Shantay was one of the roughest and toughest; yet sweetest little ladies yo... more
by Susan Segovia-Munoz
Addiction, The Lifestyle, The Recovery
Star light, Star bright, I wish I may, I wish I might. Well, you know how the saying goes and it was going to take a lot more than a wish upon a star to change my life. My mind was clouded from years of drug abuse and my senses were dulled. I seemed to have absolutely no emotion left at all. Was I destined to live the rest of my life like this? I often prayed that I would be the next to die. I wondered why I had survived so long in the first place.... more
by Susan Segovia-MunozHEROIN ADDICTION, THE LIFESTYLE, THE RECOVERY You better be careful of what you wish for. That hunger, that craving, that need. That longing and that fulfillment of satisfaction. It just might turn your life into a living hell. At the very best your worst nightmare. I so desperately wanted to be loved, accepted and appreciated. I wanted to fit in. Somewhere. Anywhere. My self-esteem had dwindled down to nothingness. My fear of rejection kept me at rock bottom. I thought Johnny was... more
by Susan Segovia-MunozHEROIN ADDICTION, THE LIFESTYLE, THE RECOVERY Roses are red, Violets are blue. If you shoot too much HEROIN, You'll soon be blue too... Please God, don't let me DIE in prison. My limp, blue body had just been dragged across the cold linoleum floored hallway, from another inmate's cell over to my own. I had been out of bounds, being INJECTED with some of the heroin I had just received that day. The last thing I had remembered, was sitting on the TOILET in Lisa's cell. She was hav... more
by Morrie Markoff“When you reach the age of 100, suddenly, even if you did nothing notable, you are a celebrity. Friends, even longtime ones, neighbors and strangers look at you differently. You see and feel it. When perfect strangers find out, they shake your hand, as if, by osmosis, you can transfer the secrets of long life to them.” Morrie Markoff only has this advice: Keep Breathing. These are his recollections from the last century beginning in a New York tenement in 1914. Morrie recalls his impoverished b... more
by Sarah Cheshire
In her short debut memoir "Unravelings," Sarah Cheshire use s fragmentation, lyrical verse, flashback, and scavenged primary source documents to recreate a Title IX procedure she was involved in in college after becoming intimately involved with a trusted creative writing professor and mentor. By reentering the complex psychological landscape of this intimate yet taboo relationship, Cheshire attempts to raise questions about external powers' need for clarity in narrative, ... more
by AJ Cunder
A diabetes diagnosis will be life-altering.
But it doesn't have to be life-shattering.
This is my story. The story of how I learned to conquer the beast that lives inside of me despite the struggles and obstacles, the needles and finger-sticks, the desperation and disappointment. A story of how I (and my parents) managed my type I diabetes since I was diagnosed at the age of seventeen months; how my father and mother first encountered the dragon--how it nearly... more
by Jessica Aiken-HallMothers are supposed to love their children unconditionally, but what if they can’t? “Your own mother doesn’t love you—what makes you think anyone else will?” These words haunted the author and affected every decision she made. If she wasn’t good enough for her mother’s love, what was she worthy of? In The Monster That Ate My Mommy, Jessica Aiken-Hall takes the reader on her quest to find love and uncover the root of her suffering. In this courageous memoir, we learn the importance of l... more