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  • Varuna - a Thames Barge that was Home

    by Caroline Havord
    The gripping story of a fascinating, witty lady and her love affair with an old Thames Barge. Caroline Nicholl and her new husband Bryn give up high-flying media lives in London's famous Fleet Street to make a home on an old Thames Barge lying in the mud in Essex. Life on the Varuna turns out to be a long way from 'cocktails on deck at sundown', in both negative and positive ways, and Caroline writes about it all with a distinctively dry and laconic wit. Even the tragic ending fails to dim he... more
  • Words: Essays on Writing, Reading, and Life

    by Jessica McCann
    Jessica McCann has woven together a collection of personal essays and writing tips that offer a unique glimpse into her writing journey and process. She is an award-winning historical novelist and has worked as a professional freelance writer and editor for magazines, universities, corporations, and nonprofits for more than thirty years. In Words, McCann shares her passion for books, as well as research that shows how reading improves our lives. With a philosophy that is equally pragmatic and op... more
  • Other Duties as Assigned

    by Felice Cohen
    Other Duties as Assigned is similar to The Graduate, as Felice, 23, having just graduated, finds herself at a crossroads: what to do next with her life. Not quite ready to face the Real World, she takes a job at her alma mater and falls in love with her boss, Sarah. At 57, Sarah is not looking for love. She has been with her girlfriend for 12 years. They share a home, five cats and a fondness for golf, but soon both of their worlds are turned upside down. Other Duties as Assigned is the story of... more
  • THE LUCKIEST MAN

    by gerard grmain
    The must-read Luckiest Man Who Grew up in an Engineered and Manufactured Poverty is the story of a little boy who grew up in one of the world’s poorest countries and made an incredible journey to the top of the world. It’s a tale of the endless barriers and obstacles he had to encounter on his way to the apex. With a mind so focused on moving forward, he remained positive through it all, so much so that it wasn’t until he overcame his obstacles that he realized they even existed. If you are look... more
  • American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman

    by Vince Font
    A lone paralegal takes on the U.S. justice system in an effort to free imprisoned Cold War spies Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee in this captivating true story of crime, punishment, and redemption.
  • The Newly Tattooed's Guide to Aftercare

    by Lisa Kastner
    I’m shaking my head at the little girl who thought she could control the story. She doesn’t understand that you can’t control the story, the story controls you.” At twenty, Liza still sleeps with the lights on. In this alcohol fueled narrative, filled with tattoos, family lore and short biographies, Dube shares her raw and graphic coming of age tale. This is a story about ink, on the page and on skin. The Newly Tattooed’s Guide to Aftercare is the love story you never saw coming and only now... more
  • My Generation: A Memoir of the Baby Boom

    by Nowick Gray
    In this intensely personal memoir, Nowick Gray charts a unique yet representative journey through the tumultuous sixties and seventies, seeking alternatives to corporate conformity and the looming threat of apocalypse. His self-exile from East Coast suburbia spirals through campus rebellion, California dreaming, a testy Canadian romance, and an Inuit village preparing for its own revolution... bound for a back-to-the-land utopia in the mountains of British Columbia.
  • Acid Test: LSD vs. LDS

    by Christopher Kimball Bigelow

    Growing up Mormon during America's early-1980s satanic panic, Bigelow escapes the religion's bland conformity by playing Dungeons & Dragons. After graduating from high school in 1984, he dives into sex, drugs, and the counterculture via Salt Lake City's punk and new-wave scenes, as echoed from London, New York, and especially Los Angeles.

    As Bigelow explores the underground, he rejects myths of supernatural good vs. evil, living instead by the D&D concept of chaotic neutrali... more

  • No Ordinary Life: Awakenings in the Final Days of Apartheid

    by Mary Byron
    Love, war, espionage, NO ORDINARY LIFE is a thrilling inside account of marriage and diplomatic life seen through the eyes of a newlywed in Cape Town during one of the most dangerous periods in South Africa's modern history. What Mary thought would be adventure in a foreign land turns out to be a political pressure cooker as the first democratic elections draw near. The couple experiences jeopardy and joy, up to the final days of apartheid when Nelson Mandela is elected the first black Pres... more
  • I've Never Met A Dead Person I Didn't Like: Initiation By Spirits

    by CHICK LIT CAFE - BOOK REVIEWS & MARKETING
    The extraordinary travels of a young, alone and broke psychic. The heart-warming and adventurous true story of a young woman on her own at age seventeen, broke and surrounded by talkative spirits that don’t want to go away. Living in-between the physical world and the spirit realm, yet feeling a stranger in both, Sherrie Dillard criss-crossed the country by bus, train and hitchhiking in a search for answers. Along the way she was led to help the poor and homeless on skid row, install water syste... more
  • Forget They Were Ever Born: A Memoir

    by Sharon Flanagan-Hyde
    This deeply troubling yet inspiring memoir recounts the appalling abuse of people with intellectual disabilities and the anguish of their families. When Sharon Flanagan-Hyde’s sister, Mary Jean, was diagnosed with severe mental retardation in 1962, doctors said to put defective children in an institution and forget they were ever born. Mary Jean was sent away as a toddler, but she was not forgotten. Decades of witnessing maltreatment and horrific conditions at Belchertown State School devastated... more
  • Close Calls and Other Neat Stories

    by Vito Tomasino
    “Close Calls, And Other Neat Stories,” is a series of short vignettes recalled from a military career spanning twenty five years, three wars and a revolution. The first three of those years were as an infantryman with the United States Marines; the second twenty two as a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. Most of the thirty-four chapters in the book deal with tense situations that could have just as easily gone badly as not. The “Other Neat Stories” are too compelling not to include them in book tha... more
  • Survivor : Aron's Story

    by Alex Teplish
    Aron considered himself a typical Jewish-Soviet boy, getting along with his Russian and Ukrainian neighbors while growing up in multi-cultural Odessa of the 1930s. Life didn’t come easy to his Yiddish and Russian-speaking family, but they got by, assimilated to their surroundings. As the 40s approached, Nazi Germany began its march across Europe, with the extermination of the Jewish people as one of its aims. Allied with Romania, the Nazis now set their sights on the Soviet Union, fighting the R... more
  • Junk Justice: A Law-abiding Busnessman's Trajic Quest for Due Process

    by GERRY RISING
    How badly has our judicial system gone astray? A new book by Gerry Rising, Junk Justice: A Law-Abiding Businessman's Tragic Quest for Due Process, provides plenty of evidence that it has indeed strayed far from the path set out for it in our constitution. Here you will find how a rural judge can send a $25 million business into receivership without legal justification by a stroke of his gavel, how an overzealous federal prosecutor working in full cooperation with Rising's defense attorne... more
  • Brownsville Bred: Dreaming Out Loud

    by Elaine Del Valle
    In the face of her father's addiction, an altruistic young Latina struggles to reclaim her self worth amidst her deteriorating Brooklyn projects.Brownsville Bred (adapted from her autobiographical stage play) is a young adult novel told in a series of vignettes—some funny, some heartbreaking, that together tell Elaine Del Valle’s journey growing up in the toughest project in Brownsville, the toughest neighborhood in New York. But her story refuses to be ghettoized. It bursts with the details of ... more

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