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Possible Side Effects: A young man's triumphant journey to find balance and strength through family, loss, addiction, and artistby Jeffrey L. Buford, Jr.This is the story of a young man's growth and survival in the small town of Alton, Illinois, where the shadows dance with poverty, history, and hope. Mr. Buford challenges the age-old ideas of conformity, loss, and separation as he struggles to understand addition and disease with family, wrapped in a colorful quilt of unconventional attitudes. Through eloquent prose Mr. Buford captures the laughter shared in the fleeting moments of childhood, and the tears that fell down though divorce, scho... more
by Jeff SpragueSpanning the 1970's through a half-hour ago, Slow Children At Play is a heartfelt and humorous look at life within an extended family. These 20 short, fast-paced stories and essays give a fun-filled peek into one man's life as he interacts with his "everyday unusual" family and his eccentric young daughter. You'll enjoy family traditions in "Resplendent With Pine Needles in Her Hair", Daddy-daughter adventures in "Days of Crepes and Bazookas", "Sixth Grade Science Camp", and "Light Sabers Don't ... more
by Chuck FarritorThere’s good news for sentimentalists out there. Here are several true stories, oftentimes sad but hopeful, that wish to fill the hearts of readers with joy, compassion, promise, and encouragement. Author Chuck Farritor pens down his memories, insights, and sentiments in the pages of his book, “In The Gentle Blue Light of the Dog Star”. Each of these sixteen stories can stand alone, but each story is an integral part of the whole. The first story is of the author’s grandparents and their fami... more
by PJ MillerDr. P. J. Miller's story is unique. Growing up in New York City, who would have thought that he’d complete his veterinary degree at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland? In Cute Poodles, Sweet Old Ladies & Hugs, Dr. Miller has assembled a "greatest hits" of veterinary tales—stories that include colorful clients, wisecracking hospital staff, Told only as a typical New Yorker could. A must-read for any aspiring veterinary professional or animal lover that wants to know wh... more
by Antoinette Truglio Martin
This memoir is a wimpy patient’s chronicle through her first year of breast cancer treatment and how courage was found with the help of writing and the love of family and friends.
by Elwin HigginsI've always held the belief that everyone's got a fascinating story to tell. This is my account of growing up in London in the 1970's and '80's. Family life, the forming of friendships, trips abroad, school life, girlfriends, football, risks, adventures, , Spain, letters, culture, racism, drugs, events, death, work and a failed acting career. It's a chronological diary which I hope will inspire and trigger memories for anyone growing up at that time. There is nothing made up here, I wanted to re... more
by Julius Dion BaileyJulius Bailey courageously bears his soul in witness to his journey of love, loss and personal responsibility. This very transparent book invites you into his fight with depression as he discusses: Sexual abuse as a child from babysitters, A failed suicide attempt, A failed search for a relationship with his father and his unreconciled striving to fill that gap with other men of influence Destroyed Love Relationships Battling with being a Fat boy and a Fat man while loving women A Fa... more
by Gia Manalio-Bonaventura
Most people don’t like to talk about their vulnerable moments. It’s hard enough to be honest with ourselves, let alone share these feelings with others. Even harder is to laugh when we do recognize those certain moments that, even in retrospect, are just completely cringe-worthy.
For Gia, laughing and writing about these experiences is cathartic—even more so when depression and anxiety are fighting to take center stage.
Join her... more
by Steven Key MeyersIn this unusual and lively memoir, I seek to recapture my early 1970s experience of being a teen-aged underbutler at Caramoor, the great estate in New York's Westchester County famous for its music festival and house museum--virtually an American Downton Abbey. With with and rue, I Remember Caramoor recounts the charms and challenges of getting to know the house, its high-society history and its staff, below-stairs and above, at a time when the rhythms of its way of life were already those of a... more
by Kenneth LeeMy life as a MK-Ultra victim of the U.S. Goverment
by Valerie Anne Faulkner
by Maya Morrow
Inspired by the life and works of poet Sylvia Plath, including Plath's published journals, Maya Morrow presents her own coming-of-age journey in this collection of raw and uncensored diaries spanning a decade and a half. The story begins Christmas 1984 and ends in 1999, when the author, twenty-six, rediscovers the handwritten diaries for the first time.
Set against a backdrop of cultural touchstones any Gen-Xer would recognize, Silicon Valley Girl: My Adolescent Life and Times,... more
by Daniel FosterA craftsman carpenter, designer and builder tells stories from his nearly 50 years in the building trade working for architects, designers and home-owners, remodeling and building from New England to California. These are stories of buildings and the people who create them and live in them. Some of these are purely humorous. Some are insightful. All are engaging. These are stories to be enjoyed by people who have worked in the trades and for people who have not; for people who have rem... more
by Anthony ChiurcoHow and why does one become a neurosurgeon? Dr. Anthony Chiurco delineates a life in medicine that moves from childhood on the rough streets of South Philadelphia to success in a career that is as stressful as it is profoundly rewarding. He discusses his early programming by the Catholic Church and the eventual dismissal of organized religion and his path to atheism. How life on Earth originated is discussed broadly as well as on the molecular level with a friendly explanation for the reader... more
by Morgan St. JamesOn the surface, Bella’s family appeared to be living the American Dream. Influential friends from politicians to mobsters frequently visited and enjoyed his hospitality and drugs. However, lurking behind that façade were the dark secrets of a sadistically abusive father and brother, sexual abuse, ties to organized crime and free-flowing drugs that should have had no place in the life of this little girl, who loved to twirl and dance in her perfect pink bedroom while wearing a fluffy tutu. ... more
by Monya WilliamsI CAN-cer Vive: Live Free, Be Happy shares the inspiring story of Monya Williams, a woman of indefatigable optimism, who survived sexual, physical, and mental abuse as a child. Living with the wounds and the attendant loss of her childhood innocence, she faced struggles in her relationships and bouts of deep depression in later years. Then, receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer and permanent partial facial paralysis, she endured more than thirty surgeries over a six-year span. In the pages of I... more