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by Bokara LegendreNot What I Expected is a beautifully crafted memoir of adventure and seeking, the world crossing journey of an artist and journalist. It is one of those rare documents that emerges only from hard sleuthing through old trunks in storage, file cabinets, photo albums, and yellowing letters. It is also an account of a survivor of being raised during the gilded years of the first half of the 20th Century. At first glance, it is a story of great privilege, partying among the upper levels of New York s... more
by Donald G. BartlingA study of history shows us that a Nation is only as strong as the will of its citizens to fight for it. America has been tested many times over in its relatively short history. From the Revolutionary War on down to the present conflicts in the Middle East, the majority of the American citizens were willing to place their lives and futures in danger to preserve and build the future of this Nation. Even when the requirements of the military required the use of conscription in order to meet the ne... more
by Joan M. ZellerIn Angel on the Wing, Joan Zeller shares how she survived a plane crash that took sixty-five lives in February 1959. She was a stewardess on American Airlines Flight 320, returning to New York from Chicago. Close to midnight on that foggy, cold evening, the plane crashed into the choppy waters of the East River on approach to LaGuardia Airport. Joan Zeller?s memoir vividly brings to life the events of the crash, the peril passengers and crew experienced following impact, the time spent in the fr... more
by Peter AshThis collection of personal essays explore different topics, from growing up as an only child, dealing with an anxiety disorder and confronting the self-narrative I’ve told myself and how it has held me back. As a thirty-something professional still trying to figure out who I am, I started writing reflection pieces to help me process my thoughts and feelings, as well as a way of exploring parts of myself I hadn't dare to confront before. It has been incredibly therapeutic for me, and althoug... more
by Christina NealsonIt wasn’t a difficult choice. Following five years on the road Christina Nealson faced an ultimatum: stop traveling or her marriage would end. She had hit her stride during those years, as writing and photography converged with her naturalist self and led her deep into the wild; she wasn’t about to go domestic. She traded the motorhome and husband for a 4WD pickup and a nineteen-foot travel trailer and headed solo for Alaska. Wild Road Home is the story of a courageous unfolding, from the icy wa... more
by Corinne MartinAfter the death of a beloved 102 year old aunt, Corinne Martin explores the landscape of loss and learns more about her aunt, rediscovers their intriguing family, falls in love with her home ground again, and begins to heal. In the arduous trek through loss and letting go, Martin discovers that all love rooms intersect in the heart, and that our beloveds are never torn away.
by JL LeGerrette
These stories and poems are reflections of the zany, humorous, and true situations that she either fell into or created because of the way that she categorized information in her mind. The main consistency in her childhood was the familiar voice in her head which helped her reason and maneuver through the complexities of life. This created some funny life lessons along the way that will make you laugh, or sometimes bring a tear to your eye as you navigate the memories in her heart, and possib... more
by Tom Yerace"Hang In There Tough" is the story of Charles V. "Chuck" Wagner, a legendary high school football coach in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL), one of the nation's hotbeds for that sport. Wagner's story is not about wins and losses, although he finished fifth on the all-time WPIAL list for coaching victories. It is a tale of his unrelenting optimism and a "never quit" attitude in dealing with adversity and challenges throughout his life both on and off the field. Ch... more
by Malcolm Elliott
Having grown up in eastern North Carolina, this memoir is a collection of real life short stories chronicling events in my life from birth through high school graduation. While my recollection was challenged in a few instances, the characters and incidents are real and about 97% accurate.
I don’t think kids grow up with much confidence, so in reading these stories, I hope you feel the apprehension, concern, confusion and indecision I experienced when trying to put them into words.... more
by Jennifer LynchWhen Jennifer prayed to the full moon in Scorpio asking the universe for a partner and family, she never expected to find her way back to her oldest friend, now a bald female cancer patient with four fantastically rambunctious kids. Follow their journey of rekindled friendship and sisterhood as Jennifer hits the road to raise money and spread Breast Cancer awareness throughout New England by bike and Ericka stays home to beat the shit out of cancer.
by Robin Farnsworth
That's my son - three words that swept away everything familiar from Robin Farnsworth's life. An emergency room nurse at work one night, she identifies the dead man on an ER stretcher. Spencer, her 21-year-old son, was the unintended target of a murder. Reaching back to 1964, when Robin lost her brother, The Greater Weight of Glory is a series of small stories; tragic, tender, wild and wondrous but all pointing to the universal question: "Where is God, anyway?" This is more ... more
by Michelle Harris JeffersonIn the world we live in today, too often people are suffering in silence. We are looking for hope in a world where there seems to be none. Come with me on this journey of the unbreakable human spirit! In the face of divorce, neglect, mental and physical abuse the human spirit of one girl exhibits amazing resilience! Journey with me as we break through cultural barriers, expose taboos and pull down strong holds on this journey of discovery!
by Rodney MilesIn Paul Hebert’s The Sun Above the Clouds, travel back to an age of taming the raw, Canadian land by hand, and follow through to the present, as Paul tames his soul, through tragedy to personal triumph. After suffering through an early life of alcoholism and abuse, Paul had found his calling, crawling up electrical poles as he had seen an Indian do when he was a kid. He loved his career as a power lineman. But brawls in bars and blackouts haunted him. Through sheer determination, Paul brought hi... more
by Tony MendozaPictures with Stories: A Memoir is a book consisting of 84 photographs, each with an attached very short story. They relate to the photograph, and more often than not, the stories are amusing, or surprising, or revealing. I’m thinking that this format seems appropriate for our times, considering that nearly everyone today is a smartphone photographer, and they are all posting their photos on social media accompanied with some sort of a tale. In effect, they are doing their memoirs online. What I... more
by Merv LettsFlashbacks is an historical narrative of growing up in a small Prairie town during the war years and the 50’s decade following. It documents many childhood memories of the times, events, celebrations and customs of Prairie life. Anyone who grew up on the Prairies anywhere in Canada or the United States will relate to this book and enjoy its content. The book is profusely illustrated in color with 575 pages, soft cover with perfect binding…an enjoyable read even if you didn’t grow up on the prair... more
by William Alan LarshThe book is an honest and detailed memoir of an FBI agent's career, providing the reader with the unique and often amusing story of one agent's journey from his first day of work until his retirement. He exposes a dark side of FBI management in a callous bureaucracy, illustrating their pettiness, vindictiveness, massive egos, and retaliatory nature.