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by Sara Tula
Poland, Winter, 1978
I stood there, shivering slightly, staring at the doorknob. The dull metal stared back, daring me to open the worn wood door. My feet screamed at me to decide and make it snappy. They were half buried in snow that left drifts around the door and the thin leather that passed for boots was never quite enough for Polish winters. I reached down, brushed my gloved hand over them, and nearly knocked my luggage back down the five snow-covered st... more
by Michelle Caffrey
Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yellowstone National Park wilderness, "Bring Jade Home" is a gripping true tale of loss, the bond between people and animals, and the power of redeeming love. David Sowers and Laura Gillice are seriously injured in a head-on collision while vacationing in the Park with their dogs. When they are ambulanced away, David’s fifteen-month-old Australian shepherd, Jade, bolts into the over two-million-acre wilderness and disappears. The you... more
by Diane Covington-CarterFor thirty years, Diane Covington-Carter dreamed of living in France and immersing herself in the country and language that spoke to her heart and soul. At age fifty, she set off to fulfill that yearning. Journey along with her as she discovers missing pieces of her own personal puzzle that could only emerge in French, in France. And the deep reservoirs of courage and strength that have come with living a half-century. Covington-Carter learns that it is never too late to fulfill a long ... more
by Channy Chhi LauxShort Hair Detention is a true story recounting the intimate details of a thirteen-year-old Cambodian girl and her journey through the devastating years of the Cambodian genocide (1975 -1979). It progresses from the first six months of starvation to the agonizing moments when the Khmer Rouge separated her from her parents and how she learned to survive year-round unforgiving conditions. Throughout the journey, she experienced constant reminders to keep faith in God and to not lose hope that he... more
by Cheryl Aguiar
Cheryl and her husband, Jim rescue a pair of Great Horned Owl babies after tragedy leaves the family homeless. The frightened little owlets are left unprotected and stranded on the ground; unable to defend themselves from predators that roam the woods. After seeking advice from a professional, Cheryl and Jim attempt the dangerous task of relocating the owlets and provide the family with a new home. The adult Great Horned Owls also known as raptors with a reputation of being extremely aggressi... more
by Christie PageThe road to forgiveness is not an easy one, but I am going to share a little known secret about forgiveness.. There is a requirement that no-one talks about. It is the foundation from where forgiveness no longer remains a word but becomes an action.
by Honore Nolting128 Days is a vivid and detailed account of a young couple during a cancer diagnosis and their relationship during the most difficult time of their lives. Honore and her husband, Tom, who went through chemo, an operation, and a difficult adjustment period, come alive in these pages as a loving and upbeat couple who are as familiar as your best friends. They are strong and scared, normal and quirky, determined and silly. Excerpts from the blog written during Tom’s cancer answer many questions abo... more
by Dorota NigroThe book highlights the dangers America's men and women face from industrial pollutants. It's also a compelling personal story about a young girl who left Communist Poland, embraced the opportunities of America and, against the odds, successfully fought the justice when tragedy struck at the heart of her family.
The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About: How I Let My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroy Relationshipsby Joshua Shea
Joshua Shea was a regional magazine publisher and local politician beloved by all...until they learned of his long-held secret addiction. One man's journey to rock bottom with pornography addiction is examined several years into his recovery in this cautionary tale.
by Patricia RavasioThis is the true story of a life intertwined with the utopian ideas of a mysterious and brilliant American genius. A mind-blowing two-day interview with iconic futurist Buckminster Fuller in 1982 Chicago leads an overeager advertising copywriter to promise she’ll share his urgent messages with the world. When his dire predictions come true on America’s worst day (9/11) she must face up to her commitment, which morphs into obsession thanks to unsettling discoveries she makes in Bucky's ar... more
by Rob BeseckerFrom the time Rob Besecker was a little boy, he was strong. The youngest child in a dysfunctional family, he threw himself into sports at an early age--and found he excelled at them. Athletics became his world, and by his junior year, his mailbox was stuffed with scholarship offers from university football programs from across the US. And then his body started to unravel--and everything changed. First, Rob fractured his back, ending his college football career before it could even begin. Next... more
by Jewel HartHow does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave. Suffering from physical and mental torment resulting in very low self-esteem, Julie often felt so completely alone during the many struggles of her life ... more
by Mirsada Alemic - HelacHave you ever thought of how children really feel while they are trapped in a war zone, surrounded by nothing but chaos? Did you ever stop and consider what goes through their minds and what is felt in the hearts while their childhood is ruined, lives interrupted, and dreams shattered in the most heartless way? Ever wondered what it might feel like drifting to sleep under the echoes of grenade explosions or walking to school dodging bullets? Through the Eyes of an Innocent Child is a memoir to... more
by Samantha ParisSamantha Paris’s "Finding the Bunny" is an engaging and heart-warming combination of memoir, business book, inspirational story and inside look at today’s most ubiquitous, most influential, and most invisible art. Through narration, flashback, inner monologue, and snappy laugh-out-loud dialogue that moves seamlessly from past to present and professional to personal and back again, Finding the Bunny artfully peels back the curtain on the fascinating world of voice-over, and much more. With un... more
by JP SextonIt is a coming of age story about my life as a young boy in Ireland. I had strange (many might say "crazy") parents and being the eldest of five children, I took the brunt of their abuse and felt like little more than an unpaid farmhand. Despite the absence of any parental love and the over abundance of constant ridicule, I learned to fend for myself and was determined to "go it alone."
by Amy NawrockiAt age nineteen, Amy Nawrocki returned from her first year of college, scribbled a few notes in her journal, and took a terrifying summer trip. She remembers one night of disorientation, then nothing until Christmas, when awareness slowly restarts. The Comet’s Tail is the story of these missing months: the seizures and fever spikes, the deep nothing of coma, and the unexpected, dramatic recovery. Memory is recreated around EEG transcripts and doctors’ notes, family vigils and blurry Polaroids. F... more