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by Michelle Mazal
‘Even if it’s true, no one will believe you.’
This bleak appraisal was the response a young Michelle Mazal received when she first tried to tell her story to a relative. She, her three sisters and her mother lived for years under the shadow of her father’s drunken violence and random sadism. All these years later, Mazal, a tough and compassionate survivor, is telling her story again; this time someone must listen. In her powerful and evocative memoir, Mazal pieces together fragments of ... more
Disguised Blessings: One Woman's Inspiring Story of Transformation and a Model for Reclaiming YOUR Lifeby Chara DavisYou actually can have a happy past... and you can start any time. Chara Davis learned that the hard way after years of feeling victimized. But learn it she did and she shares her story, her revelations, and her truth in hopes of inspiring others going through their own toughest of times. What Chara tells—holding nothing back—is the story of her life. For a number of reasons it was not an easy one. It went from happy and content to being dark and dismal literally overnight. It started when... more
by Anthony Papa
by Lorelei KayA Mormon woman discovers stunning untruths in the doctrine of the “one true church” she’s built her life around. Born into a devout Mormon family—and named after a mermaid—Lorelei strives for eternal salvation. When her bishop calls her to teach the adult scripture class, she delves deeper than ever into the Book of Mormon and Church history. What could go wrong? As she upturns more and more doctrinal rocks, she realizes the depth of deception upon which she’s based her life. "... more
by Irene Hasapes
by Florence GrendeFlorence Grende writes of her family's journey surviving Hitler's Europe in the forests of Poland, offering a glimpse into her father's partisan activities there. The story is framed by her coming of age in an America, where, as one of the second generation of Holocaust survivors, she must find a balance between belonging and exile, and between her own life and her family's traumatic history, in order to come into her own.
by L.Y. Marlow
From the author of the award-winning Color Me Butterfly (Three Rivers Press, August 2010) and the highly praised A Life Apart (Broadway Books, April 2014), in her memoir, Don’t Look at the Monster, L.Y. Marlow tells a captivating story about surviving life’s darkest moments. Having escaped a life of poverty, teen pregnancy, and domestic violence, then putting herself through sixteen years of night school to earn three degrees as a single mother, L.Y. never imagined that she would ... more
by Chana Keefer11 MILLION SALVATIONS. 1,800 CHURCHES. 400 ORPHANAGES. 17 RESURRECTIONS. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Mother Teresa. 5-TIME NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE. From the palaces of kings, to the slums of India, and to the belly of dungeon-like prisons, Kemper Crabb spreads salvation, love, and alleviation of suffering. It started with one suffering child. Armed Gurkhas would not let Kemper near the child for fear he would "alter Karma." The child died--frightened, alone, and unloved. Kemper crie... more
by van QuattroI had a restless heart, a nasty desire to be loved, a wandering spirit and had barely been out of Glendale. London called in the form of a pretty girl and I followed. I stumbled around one of the greatest cities in the world for a year and a half. Stoned and full of wonder I found people and places that would be far beyond anything I could dream or conjure. It's an experience that shaped who I am today. It's about a strong sense of wanting more for my life with a bunch of LUCK thrown in.
by Jennie GOUTETStars Upside Down is a memoir of travel, grief, of coming to faith and walking with God over a period of twenty years. The story weaves struggles of addiction, depression, and loss into a picture of hope through eyes of faith. It illustrates life's joys--love, adventure, birth, and human connection--through that same lens. To quote: “Goutet’s lovely and vulnerable self-reflection invites us to join her journey to the heights and depths of a life of faith. Time and again, she illustrates the tend... more
by Garfield WhyteThis boarding school story transcends autobiography. Perched 2,560 feet on the peak of the Santa Cruz Mountains in one of the remotest sections of Jamaica is the oldest all-boys boarding high school in the Caribbean; Munro College, with a commanding and enviable view of the horizon, the Caribbean Sea, and a magnificent sunset, where it is quite possible that Leonardo da Vinci would have abandoned painting the Mona Lisa midstream if ever he was distracted by the view from this city. Established... more
by Kristen Leigh KludtSOMETIMES LIFE DISAPPOINTS… WHAT THEN? Maybe you’re discontented. Despairing. Or maybe you got what you always dreamed of… but it isn’t what you hoped. In A Good Way Through, Kristen bares her disappointment and disillusion. She writes with deep honesty of her struggle, but also of the ways she was beloved, borne, and blessed by God—right in the middle of the journey. This is a story of faith and quiet healing, offering hope to the rest of us for finding the truth: When we open ourselves ... more
by Kareena MaxwellA peek into one woman’s journey with her mother as dementia slowly takes their language to a foreign place of learning to understand the changing brain.
by Laine Cunningham
For fans of Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love.
AWARD-WINNING WOMEN'S ADVENTURE TRAVEL MEMOIR
At twenty-seven, Laine Cunningham seemed to have it all: tons of friends, a college degree, plenty of all-night parties, and a secure job. Yet every morning she dragged herself through a life that was corporatized and overly industrialized, a life that falsely glamorized everything she was s... more
by Charles McCormack
Climb aboard Charlie’s magical couch and enjoy the psychoanalytical ride of your life. Lay back and get into his mind; meet his wives, lovers, friends, co-workers, demons, children, and peers; share his accomplishments and failures; hopes and fears: a story of pain, joy, suffering, and self-discovery that illuminates the human condition and unfolds with a clarity few can match.
A memoir, Hatching Charlie follows an author born into an abusive military family who grows up as a nail... more
by Kramer Wetzel"Blook" Blog to book, from a culturally rich time, essays on creativity, bass fishing, and Shakespeare -- set in old Austin, TX.