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Memoir

  • Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying

    by Susan J Tweit
    Bless the Birds, a personal journey through the terra incognita of life’s ending, shows us how to be our best when life throws us the worst. Embracing the idea that love will carry us through, this story reminds us that the personal is the political. How we live—each and every day—really does impact the larger world. Our every day actions create the society we live in, and also chart our paths. Writer Susan Tweit and her economist-turned-sculptor husband Richard Cabe had just settled into their ... more
  • The Numinous Effect - A Spiritual Journey

    by Joan Elizabeth
    At 21, Joan Elizabeth was sexually assaulted by her father when he was in one of his alcoholic blackouts. Fifteen years later, with a husband and family of her own, a persistent inner voice tells Joan she needs to confront her father on what he did. Hoping that the truth will somehow lead to a “clean slate” and bring the family closer, she reluctantly listens to that voice. The confrontation turns disastrous with Joan’s enraged mother calling her a liar and kicking her out of the family. A ho... more
  • Around the world in 65 years

    by Biku Ghosh
    During my recent community volunteering, I have been spending time with an 83-year-old engineer with severe dementia who used to travel abroad a lot. He loved looking at the world maps. He could remember nothing but only had glimpses of memory hearing the names of places or seeing them on the map. He would say, ‘I think I have been there.’ 'Memory is like a fiction' wrote Haruki Murakami. Soon as I began writing this book, memories flooded back with astonishing detail. I want to hold on t... more
  • Far Sweeter Than Honey: Searching for Meaning on a Bicycle

    by William Spencer

    But, if my hands were empty of honey,
    and pearls and gold,
    There were treasures far sweeter than
    honey, and marvelous things to be told.

                                               –The Gulistan

    This is the true story of a young man’s epic bicycle journey from England to India. Traveli... more

  • The Longest Trail

    by Roni McFadden
    The true story of a troubled teenage girl whose life is saved by horses, an old cowboy, ancient native spirits, and the High Sierra Mountains.
  • The Able Queen

    by Rainy Horvath
    A tale of coming of age in World War II, this memoir follows a Hump Pilot with the 14th Airforce flying perilous transport missions over the Himalayan mountains. Dodging bullets, missing mountains and navigating one of the most dangerous air routes in the world he survives many dangerous missions only to be forced to bail out and become one in need of rescue himself.
  • Only in India: Adventures of an International Educator

    by JILL DOBBE
    Travel along with two international educators who take the leap and move to Gurgaon, India, to become principals at an Indian/International school. Excited by the opulent marble hallways and the grandness of the school, they quickly learn it lacks even the most basic supplies, like chalkboard erasers. The couple, however, make a go of it and ultimately adjust to the dizzying day-to-day life of Indian society where sacred cows stop for red lights, women wear glittery saris while planting rice, an... more
  • Around the world in 65 years

    by Biku Ghosh
    During my recent community volunteering, I have been spending time with an 83-year-old engineer with severe dementia who used to travel abroad a lot. He loved looking at the world maps. He could remember nothing but only had glimpses of memory hearing the names of places or seeing them on the map. He would say, ‘I think I have been there.’ 'Memory is like a fiction' wrote Haruki Murakami. Soon as I began writing this book, memories flooded back with astonishing detail. I want to hold on t... more
  • Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer

    by Marty Essen

    Everyone has dreams of what they want to accomplish in life. Marty Essen’s childhood dream of becoming a herpetologist gave way to his dream of becoming a popular DJ, which led to his dream of becoming a big-time talent manager, which morphed into the dream of becoming an in-demand author and college speaker. While he achieved most of his dreams at various levels, he also realized that he didn’t necessarily have to reach the top to find success or happiness. Sometimes “almos... more

  • The Murder of the Real Jack Ryan

    by Daniel P. Sullivan
    Jack Edwin Ryan was a real-life hero, working undercover with the French Resistance during World War II and meticulously planning CIA operations designed to help America avoid all-out war in Vietnam. He rose from an Irish family with roots in public service and law enforcement. The son of a World War I American Doughboy and his French war bride, he spoke their two languages fluently, creating a path to postings abroad. His World War II gallantry with the French underground validated him with the... more
  • Every Grain of Sand

    by JuLee Brand
    Sexual healer and entrepreneur David P. Wichman has lived through it all: childhood abuse, foster care, homelessness, survival sex work, and the blackest pits of drug and alcohol addiction. Despite the darkness, he found a profound sense of purpose as a male escort, but not the type of provider often seen in the news. His approach to sex work transcended common shame-based belief systems as he brought compassionate intimacy to marginalized men, including the elderly, disabled, and traumatized, i... more
  • In and Out of Love

    by Kim Nguyen
    In and Out of Love is for anyone embarking on love's journey searching to renew their tired heart. It's a book for those who look to heal their soul and open their hearts to love once again. The book of love poems is an exploration of love with a provoking, intimate view into the complex emotions surrounding being in and out of love. The poems encourage you to let go of the prison of self-doubt and embrace a possible future filled with light, hope, and love.
  • My Men Mick and Me

    by Andee Baker

    "You'll never leave me!"  The author's husband makes a false prediction that starts her post-marital journey of relationships with men ranging from the wealthy son of an oilman to an alcoholic artist, to a videographer living with his parents, to a musician working in customer relations.  Along the way, she finishes graduate school to become a professor in a small Midwestern town before relocating to New Mexico.  The story is set in the context of a ... more

  • Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier's Personal Journey in Iraq

    by F. Scott Service

    For F. Scott Service, a five-minute phone call one peaceful morning was all it took. Faced with the terrible dichotomy of his moral opposition to war and an innate sense of duty, little did he realize that when he was called for deployment in Iraq that his would be the journey of a lifetime. A tour of duty destined to change him forever.

    Witnessing the violence of a country ravaged by chaos and facing the disintegration of his life back home, his sojourn in Iraq forced him to fight a ne... more

  • Grief in the Van: An Adult Orphan, A Cat and A Tiny Home-On-Wheels

    by Victoria Clayton
    Author Victoria Clayton, a year after losing her parents, embarks on a painful drive-about to regain some semblance of herself in Grief in the Van: An Adult Orphan, A Cat and A Tiny Home-On-Wheels. In the spirit of Steinbeck, Clayton takes readers on a journey of self-reflection, discovery, and recovery – a love letter to the land, to adventure, and to the healing power of solitude. Throughout the narrative are raw accounts of personal grief in all its unpredictability and severity – authentical... more
  • From There to Here: War, Peace, Pandemic - A Memoir

    by Romy Wyllie
    With the need to find an engrossing project to fill the isolation forced on us by the 2020 global pandemic, From There to Here recalls the author’s childhood growing up in England during World War II. Wyllie compares the many restrictions imposed on our lives today with the hardships endured by the British during the war. Set against this backdrop, the book chronicles the author’s idyllic childhood interrupted by the onset of a world war and all its horrors; wartime in preparatory school; peac... more

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