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  • Breathless

    by Eric Chason

    Lillian was a college freshman, a promising theater major facing the challenge of Stargardt’s disease, a condition that was causing her to go blind. When, in the fall of 2009, Lillian became sick, she assured her parents it was just the flu. Four days later she was in the university hospital, relying on a machine to breathe for her.  

    Based on her father’s journal, this memoir describes what it’s like to live through a parent’s worst nightmare, conveyin... more

  • The Digressions of Dr Sanscravat: Gastronomical Ramblings & Other Diversions

    by Gary Allen
    A collection of essays by the well-known curmudgeon, Dr Sanscravat (who is no more a doctor than is Dr Pepper). The essays are annotated by his long-suffering editor, Gary Allen, who often tells himself that there must be better things to do with his life. The counterpoint between them makes for an unusual—and frequently amusing—sort of memoir. While readers may sometimes detect a whiff of truth, just as often they discover a steaming heap of lies, exaggerations, and whatever form of falseh... more
  • The Consequence of Stars

    by David W. Berner
    A memoir of home. What does it mean to find it, believe in it, search for it. “Berner gives us both travelogue and memoir in living, breathing depth and color. Outstanding!" (D.S. White, Editor-in-Chief, Longshot Island) "Reflective, engaging… Berner's authentic storytelling takes you with him on his travels through the chapters of his life where in the end, he reveals connections to finding a place to be, his home under the stars." (Nancy Chadwick, author of Under the Birch Tree) “A w... more
  • Accidental Lessons

    by David W. Berner
    Grand Prize for Literature, Winner, 2011 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. Berner had it all--a very successful career as a broadcast journalist and a wonderful family life. But his career hits a bump and he finds himself out of work. Life then delivers more trouble--his father becomes ter... more
  • Broken Pieces Behind the Mask

    by Ethel Mae

    Growing up in a religious household with an abusive mother, Raquel’s life begins as one of much pain and few answers. When Ethel Mae was born, she was cursed. Everyone wanted her to be born deformed or better still form them dead. As, a young girl, she faced constant physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse.  No one should be subjected to the upbringing she has, and her ill fortune only continues as she grows up and enters a frighteningly adult world. As a child she is raped by... more

  • Flying Alone

    by Beth Ruggiero York
    From the time she was a teenager, Beth knew she wanted to fly, and a solo trip across the country to visit family confirmed her aspirations of becoming a pilot. But her dreams were almost grounded before they could take off when she received the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis at the age of 22. Beth vowed that this new challenge would not put restrictions on her life and embarked on journey to become an airline pilot. Starting at the small local airport, the aviation world swallowed her whol... more
  • This Ain't My Life

    by Bilal Alaji
    A compelling story of Bilal's journey to finding his destiny. Growing up Muslim Bilal experiences many trials throughout his youth with his father leading him down an arduous path. As he fights and claws his way out of every obstacle he relies on his faith to pull him through. Bilal shows his willingness to never give up on finding his true purpose. As he goes through failed marriages, criminal proceedings, the shelter system, and lost jobs; Bilal refuses to believe this is the life he was meant... more
  • GIRL WITH SPIRAL NOTEBOOK: A Writer's Memoir of New York Life

    by Susan Braudy
    In this memoir, I write about observing people who have bold-faced names, talent, and ruling class privilege--from Hugh Hefner to Michael Douglas to Gloria Steinem. I desperately wanted to observe and write about these shining people and even join their charmed circle. I did write about them. But I became slowly disillusioned by the elbows-out, me-first tactics of our A-list people. If the actions of the late Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump hadn't become public knowledge, I would be hard-pr... more
  • Still There

    by Felice Cohen
    Imagine The Graduate as a lesbian version. Now imagine it’s a true story. At twenty-three, fresh out of college, I had an affair with my boss, a woman thirty-four years my senior who had a long-term partner. That affair nearly capsized me as I tried to navigate my personal journey into adulthood and coming to terms with my sexuality. Throw in a lesbian affair with someone three decades older and I found myself bobbing like a cork. The book opens with the older woman dying of cancer, me at her si... more
  • When the Creator Moves Me: A Story about Music, Resistance, and Creative Activism

    by Shelley Muniz
    When hippie activists first wound their way on to the Navajo Reservation at Big Mountain, Arizona, what they saw and what they did would influence social and environmental activism in the Black Mesa region for many years to come. Navajo Grandmothers were being tormented. Water wells had been capped. As a result of corporate interest in uranium and coal extraction, and the passage of the 1974 Navajo/Hopi Land Settlement Act, sheep, goats, cattle, and horses were being confiscated and sacred cerem... more
  • Whirlpools, yoga and the balance of life: Travel tales for the adventurous spirit

    by Lindsey Porter
    Sucked into a whirlpool… Discovering pre-Inca tribal remains… Breaking an ankle 5000 metres up the side of a volcano… These are just a few of the unexpected circumstances Lindsey Porter found herself in as she travelled to some of the world’s most incredible locations. For the first time these tales have been brought together in a collection that shares the unforeseen and often humorous outcomes, whilst revealing an insight into places that are a little off the tourist trail. They a... more
  • Chance or Circumstance?: A Journey through the Struggle for Civil Rights

    by James R. Mapp
    Looking through the prism of one man's life, Chance or Circumstance reveals the historical context and personal hardships endured by African Americans in the fight for equality in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The book reveals what it took for James R. Mapp, his family and the community to make a difference when the racially prejudiced laws and culture of the times were against them. Focusing on the 1960s, the book gives an account of the people, places and events that took place in Chattanooga. ... more
  • Discover U Part II “Dream Doers”

    by Dederick Woodard
    This is part 2 of Discover U which teaches participants how to live their dreams and to understand the power that comes with effort and support.
  • Journey Untold: Twisted Love: My Mother's Struggle with Mental Illness

    by Yassin Hall
    Yassin S. Hall walks us through the shadows of her life as a child growing up with a mom that has mental illness in Journey Untold - My Mother's Struggle with Mental Illness. In Yassin S. Hall's town within the Virgin Islands, everyone knows your business due to its small community. Her mother's illness created several stigmas that followed Yassin S. Hall wherever she went. It is Yassin S. Hall's goal to not only tell her story, but to show how this illness can cause harm to loved ones dealing w... more
  • Tears of Steel

    by Debbie Neckel
    From a young age, Debbie Neckel wanted to be a cop. Life had other ideas until she was 45 years old and decided it was her last shot before senior hood set in. Fast forward two years and Detective Neckel worked some of the toughest homicides and sex crimes cases in the country. But it didn't start there. The nightmare turned dream began when eleven-year-old Debbie witnessed and was forced to take part in an unimaginable crime that changed her life and led her to the right side of the law. ... more