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by Morgan St. JamesOn the surface, Bella’s family appeared to be living the American Dream. Influential friends from politicians to mobsters frequently visited and enjoyed his hospitality and drugs. However, lurking behind that façade were the dark secrets of a sadistically abusive father and brother, sexual abuse, ties to organized crime and free-flowing drugs that should have had no place in the life of this little girl, who loved to twirl and dance in her perfect pink bedroom while wearing a fluffy tutu. ... more
by Monya WilliamsI CAN-cer Vive: Live Free, Be Happy shares the inspiring story of Monya Williams, a woman of indefatigable optimism, who survived sexual, physical, and mental abuse as a child. Living with the wounds and the attendant loss of her childhood innocence, she faced struggles in her relationships and bouts of deep depression in later years. Then, receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer and permanent partial facial paralysis, she endured more than thirty surgeries over a six-year span. In the pages of I... more
by John KoskiAutumn Leaves is a wide-ranging collection of remembrances culled from the author’s life experiences. Readers learn about a mysterious volume of short stories by French author Guy de Maupassant, an elderly nursing home resident who needs help remembering her past, an overworked boiler in an aging convention hotel in downtown Minneapolis, the fast-moving cancer death of the author’s mother, and more.
by Odile AtthalinOdile Atthalin was a young woman from a prominent, bourgeois family in Paris when she decided to leave home in search of meaning. All she knew was that she wanted to go to India, but once she had separated from France and committed to creating a new life for herself, opportunities fell into place. After years of travels around the world, including a life-changing four years in an Indian ashram, Atthalin settled in Berkeley, CA, where she found all she needed: her first real home; a godson wit... more
by Arisma MtriThis book is broken down into 7 chapters that are named after the parts of the eyes which represent the author's middle name in the Hindi language. It expresses and describes various events in life from passionate never-ending love, continuous pain, growing up in solitude, making it as an introvert, friendships battling anorexia, becoming someone, and many misconstrue occurrences from a relationship with an alcoholic. This book is for those, who need inspiration, awareness or for anyone th... more
by Susan A Ring
A POWERFUL, CHILLING, TRUE STORY ~ As featured in People Magazine and Dr. Oz, 2016 along with O, The Oprah Magazine 2003 and one of Oprah’s Choices as one of the Top 10 most talked about stories in 2010.
Inside the life of a surrogate mother Susan Ring, a single mother of two who learns upon her second journey, with the same intended parents, she is pregnant with triplets. The parents demand a reduction to twins.
The surrogacy agency informs Susan of the unbelievable, the pa... more
by AMN (Pseudonym)At the age of 21, a young Hungarian refugee vanishes from his Dubrovnik tour-group in 1978. Over a timeline spanning almost sixty years, this fascinating autobiography will take you on a journey from his cold war upbringing in Budapest to San Francisco via an Italian refugee camp. With no formal education, the author crisscrosses the US for 18 years, as an IT contract/engineer. Briefly, he becomes a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. After failing as a trader and to cope with the stress... more
by Gary E. VawterLittle Rose Brezina had everything an 8-year-old girl living in the 1940s needed. Her extended family living in the same Vienna apartment building, summers on her uncle's farm, and a cheerful spirit that brought joy into every experience. That spirit would soon be tested, though, as the Nazi army moved in and war came to her city. Before she would even reach her teens, Rose would lose her best friend, join and underground effort to hide Jews, and suffer repeated torture by a Gestapo determined t... more
by Jacques SardasAn inspiring story of courage and intergenerational wisdom “When my grandson Jake was around fifteen years old, he and I decided to share brunch every weekend. Like many teenagers, he was struggling with timeless questions about God, death, and the meaning of life. During our brunches he shared his thoughts on politics and worldwide conflicts with passionate concern. I assured him that at his age, I had similar questions . . . and that I nonetheless found life beautiful and meaningful while I... more
by Valerie Anne Faulkner
Noticing a knothole in the windowsill that hadn't been filled in, I thought to myself, how ironic...imperfections in nature? But how beautiful! A reminder that God is near, everywhere, and in everything. Even if we ever considered ourselves unworthy, or not good enough, we all are perfectly-imperfect and truly amazing because of it.
by Dani AntmanWhen the Judaism of her childhood doesn’t satisfy Dani Antman’s yearning for spiritual awakening, she embarks on a quest for a spiritual path. Dani finds herself immersed in the world of yoga, energy healing, and Kabbalah but her journey of inner transformation has only just begun. A healing crisis, misplaced trust and a failed marriage, intensify her desire for a teacher who can lead her to self-realization. Her prayers are answered in the form of a realized adept, a Swami from the faraway s... more
by Ross McKnight
Twenty-two people ride a double-decked bus from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1971, as recreated from journal entries, memoirs, contemporary photos and rider's recollections.
by T.E. CornerT.E. Corner uses a very creative touch in his writing by uplifting and inspiring readers. In Mommy, Why Do You Have Two Birthdays? get ready for a breathtaking journey through happiness, fear, anger, self-discovery and ultimately triumph. Upon his wife?s diagnosis with stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma, in the form of a twelve centimeter mass in her chest, she quickly becomes an expert in the disease. She meets with multiple specialists in the field of oncology on her quest to discover a cure, unt... more
by arti chauhanI designed and illustrated the "sleeping patterns" for my personal project. The project was inspired by our various style of sleeping. I hand drawn all characters, shapes and then implemented in adobe illustrator. I combined so many different characters, objects as a pattern in one frame. The concept behind this artwork is just fun and showing my designing skills. Thank you
by CLS FergusonSoup Stories is a coming-of-age memoir set at a salad buffet and bakery restaurant. It is a “reconstructed” memoir; a mixture of memories and fantasies, combined with the truth of perspective and experience. While each short piece stands alone as a complete vignette, the collection also reads as a cohesive narrative. Beginning in 1998, the story follows Ferguson’s ten-year journey, from being hired for the first time (outside of babysitting and household chores) to finally completing a PhD in Co... more
by Brian K. PinaireTHIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S FATHERHOOD is a comic memoir that offers a male perspective on caring for young children. In witty, insightful, and carefully integrated essays, author Brian K. Pinaire reflects on delivery room negotiations, paternity leave, work-life balancing, passive-aggressive daycare teachers, BabyBjorns, childproofing, children's music, marital intimacy, and much more. With a mixture of sarcasm and sentiment throughout, Pinaire shows how parenthood challenges one's career, rela... more