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  • Choosing Light

    by Viral Dalal
    In January 2001, 25-year-old Viral Dalal was vacationing in India when a catastrophic 7.7 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Bhuj, destroying the high-rise building where he and his family were staying. His father, mother, brother, sister-in-law and 2 year old nephew were killed during the event, leaving Dalal alive yet trapped in a concrete box. Finally rescued five days later, he found himself facing not only a life irrevocably changed by tragedy and loss, but with a new sense of purp... more
  • Everything I thought I Knew: An Exploration of Life and Learning

    by Ellen Rowland
    How does a traditionally educated New York City career woman who once obsessed about getting her kids into the right preschool end up living off the grid in Africa and unschooling her two children ? Find out in this collection of essays based on the author's personal journey of moving away from the status quo and creating a life of choice and autonomy. Part memoir, part journalistic enquiry, Rowland explores topics ranging from how her children learned to read and write without formal instruc... more
  • When the Dream Became Reality: The Journey of a Professional Soccer Player, and the Push for Meaning, Purpose, and Contentment

    by Bobby Warshaw

    A young soccer player dreamed of playing professionally. Or, better said, he dreamed of doing something great. He wanted to be someone or get somewhere--for his life to mean something--and soccer became his path. When he heard his name called in the 1st Round of the MLS SuperDraft, he expected his life to change forever. What he found, instead, was much of the same: the same fears, insecurities, and internal conflicts, except now with higher stakes.

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  • Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks

    by Ravi Chandra, M.D.
    Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks is a rich modern memoir of relationship online and off, a state-of-the-art exploration of psychological research about social media, and an engaging introduction to Buddhism. What happens to the heart and mind as we engage online? In these politically charged and divided times, how can we connect? Social media offers many inspiring and heady possibilities, as well as dangers. Chandra explores our transformed social terrain thoughtfull... more
  • Banged-Up Heart

    by Shirley Melis

    The story of an ordinary woman, her deeply felt grief butting up against her desire for more than companionship: passion, sexual fulfillment, and self-realization. Widowed once, she is swept into a whirlwind courtship by a younger man, a rocket scientist. Soon they start traveling, realizing their dreams -- photography for him, writing for her. But little more than a year later, tragedy stops them in their tracks. Courage, honesty, resilience and accepting that life is not just what happens t... more

  • My Father's Kidnapping and Retrieval in Pakistan : A father's nightmare and a son's desperate struggle to save him

    by Syed S. Saqib
    What would you do if your parent was snatched from his home by brutal thieves? It’s a question most people thankfully never have to answer. But when, Syed Saqib, a Pakistani born American, arrives in Pakistan for what is supposed to be a celebratory family reunion, he quickly has to ask himself this very question in this real-life crime thriller. After learning of his father’s strange disappearance minutes after his touchdown in Pakistan, Syed must cast aside his visions of family dinners and... more
  • The Living Dead

    by Kimberly Berry
    This edited and annotated book, originally written by my grandfather in 1968, was claimed by him as the memoirs of his life from growing up in the deep south Mississippi in the 1920s to 1940s, to his experience leaving Mississippi to pursue a new life in Detroit, and later moving his family to Ohio. He metaphorically and poetically interprets the birth and death of his spirit and how he came to know God. His beautifully written prose reflects the turmoil in his soul from his struggle with being ... more
  • Punk Love Foucault

    by Gabe Riggs
    Punk Love Foucault gives voice to the borderland existence that is transgender life in a society driven by sex and self-doubt, no matter who you are. It is a coming-of-age story of a transgender youth who rebels against even the meaning of transgender. Within this atypical circumstance, it critically engages in the existential underpinnings that propel all of our relationships, from the familial to the strange. Instead of just confessing how hard it is to be "abnormal," this memoir is about how ... more
  • el escape a los cabos

    by Steven LaPoint
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  • A Year of Ebola: A personal tale of the weirdness wrought by the world's largest Ebola virus disease epidemic

    by David Brett-Major
    This narrative history| memoir provides a close look at work in the West Africa Ebola epidemic in 2014 by a physician who was on the ground in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria. It gives a personal account of challenges and opportunities, some captured and some lost, placing events in the context of affected communities, responders, and the global health community.
  • Out Of The Blue: The Unexpected Adventure of Life Interrupted

    by Greg Murtha
    “Out of the Blue” is the incredible story of what can happen when the unexpected knocks you off your current path. While many would deem a terminal cancer diagnosis and multiple heart attacks utterly tragic, author Greg Murtha counted them a blessing. After his diagnosis, Greg‘s life’s calling became one of enriching and impacting the lives of those around him, no matter if it was in the grocery store aisle, while away on vacation, or during his chemotherapy treatments. Throughout the book... more
  • Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America

    by John Egenes
    In 1974 the author, John Egenes, rode his young horse, Gizmo, across the United States. Together, they witnessed an America that no longer exists.
  • A SWEDISH ADVENTURE IN AMERICA

    by Linda Lundquist Molitor

    Memoirs of Albrekt Lundquist when he immigrated from Sweden to America from 1910-1924. It is a story of hardship, disappointment, struggle and tenacity, all told with a pragmatic sense of humor and eloquence. Topics he describes are the cost of living, both monetary and personal, familiar locations, politics, famous people and World events. It tells about his opinions of World War I for which he was drafted to fight for America. He saw Sarah Bernhard and Axel Skovgaard perform, and a tent rev... more

  • Find Me Alone

    by Lisa Graff
    Find Me Alone A family struggles with one member’s alcoholism and the chaos it creates in all their lives in this coming-of-age novel titled Find Me Alone by Lisa Graff Cee and her family live under a terrible curse. It may not be a spell out of the fairy tales, but it still dooms Cee and her sisters, Deana and Rose. Her father’s alcoholism hangs over their house like a black cloud. It is getting worse, and young Cee doesn’t know what to do.
  • He Loves Me Not

    by Sara Gerardo
    Based on the true story of Sara's first marriage, He Loves Me Not describes the abuse, torture, and neglect she survived while living in a foreign country.
  • Welcome Home: A Memoir

    by Jude Ezeilo
    Arriving with my family in the United States as a legal permanent resident, under the protection of political asylum, at the age of two, I grew up in several cities and states, experiencing and enjoying all that this great nation had to offer. As a teenager in high school, I unwittingly made a decision, and the repercussions of that choice were fully realized years later when the government of the only home that I had ever known initiated proceedings for my removal and deportation.

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