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by Carolyn WoodIn 1960 fourteen-year-old Portlander, Carolyn Wood, won an Olympic gold medal in Rome in swimming. Her memoir, Tough Girl: An Olympian’s Journey, tells her story of learning to swim, compete and ultimately train at the highest levels, as she negotiated the social norms of adolescence while hiding her sexual identity. Fifty-two years later, at the end of a long relationship and marriage, she looks back to find the toughness of childhood and discovers the more mature strength of adulthood as ... more
by Jean JubaAfter a day spent exploring hazardous roads and engaging in conversation with local Pakistani tribesmen, Jean Juba finds herself standing in a hotel reception hall…surrounded by Taliban. Through the course of thirty years, she reflects on the sometimes painfully ironic ways in which personal hopes and dreams can manifest while revealing an adventurous spirit that will amaze even as it inspires. From her time in construction, where her presence is continually ostracized and threatened by her ... more
by Serena ToxicatPeople wonder why middle-aged performer Pallas de Fiore isn’t "over" her anorexia nervosa yet. Hers is one of the two fastest-growing demographics and Pallas has no insurance, so obtaining treatment seems unlikely. The ever-sabotaging beast—her eating disorder—is happy about that and keeps her resistant. Pallas’s boyfriend is her biggest enabler and her best friend Audra isn’t having any of it. Determined to get her accepted as an inpatient, Audra and Pallas' outpatient therapist connect with th... more
by Kristin K. CollierKristin Collier and her husband struggle to decide whether and how to stay together after it becomes apparent to him that he is transgender. As her husband transitions to live the rest of his life as a woman, Collier leans into her garden, community, and new romantic interests while she transforms in her own right, evolving as a woman, mother, and housewife. With honesty, humor, and grounded in her practice of Compassionate Communication, Collier redefines homemaking as she and her former husban... more
by Jasmine CarriettéJASMINE CARRIETTÉ is smart, curious, driven, from the conservative South. Her parents' hostility pushed her into an early unsuitable marriage. She sought escape. So they sought to commit her to an asylum. Fortunately for us, Carrietté kept this starkly honest, insightful, elegant record of her life. Her warmth, perspective, and humor are unique. A gifted writer, a serious thinker, an educated woman born before her time who was taught she was unworthy, Carrietté chronicles with breathtaking cl... more
by Joel CanfieldDuring his twelfth NBA season, Keyon Dooling stood at the top of his game as the designated team leader of the Boston Celtics, firing up his teammates with the ringing challenge, "What s driving you?" A few months later, he found himself locked in a mental institution, confused, frightened and on the verge of losing everything. Now Dooling tells the whole truth about the shocking childhood incident that shadowed him during his entire successful pro basketball career and the hidden trauma t... more
by Joel CanfieldFor 5 years, Christian Valdes was at the center of the biggest drug operation in America. From 2000 to 2009, Florida’s incredibly lax prescription drug laws fueled a huge spike in so-called pain management clinics, especially in the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area. Pill Mill is his no-holds-barred memoir of life in the center of the action as the whole pain clinic scam spiraled out of control. In this book, you’ll hear this full-blooded Cuban’s whole story – from the rough-and-tumble childhood and ... more
by JG Daniel"Hate or Be Hated: How I Survived Right-Wing Extremism,” is my story of being raised by a paranoid white-trash hillbilly in the woods of Western Washington preparing for the impending communist invasion. It’s taken me decades to reject the filth, paranoia and brainwashing that my dad, the John Birch Society and the National Rifle Association emphasized. Both of my parents hate me for rejecting their nonsense. If I was more like them or Donald Trump, Timothy McVeigh, Ted Cruz, Ted Nugent or David... more
by Brenda Mohammed
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Travel Memoirs with Pictures: Exploring the World is a beautifully illustrated picture book filled with reflections of the author's travels around the world.
In this pictorial travel book of the author's priceless memories, she describes places visited and the wonderful times she and her family had in their tourist trips.
The book is great to read while on a vacation or for some travel inspiration.
by Diane DwellerFinalist: Tucson Festival of Books 2016 Trophy Award, Australian NNAAMI, 2016 MOM, MANIA, and ME, Surviving and Changing a Volatile Relationship Life with Diane Dweller's mother Dixie is never dull, especially during the jubilant part of her periodic spells. Dixie hosts large parties, impulsively buys cars and houses, and speeds everywhere. But the fun times don't last. One moment she is fine, the next, furious. Scary. Chaos, fun, and heartbreak describe Diane's lifetime struggle to co... more
by Ivanka Di Felice and Anica BlazaninEver wonder what it would be like to live in a rooming house? Has the piping-hot real estate market got you calculating tenants into your mortgage repayment plan? Then read on, as our heroine describes her memories of growing up in her family’s rooming house in a swanky West Toronto neighborhood, surrounded by a cast of eccentric characters. Many people think it’s tragic to grow up in a poor neighborhood, but the author assures us it is equally tragic growing up in a rich neighborhood, when ... more
by Brenda Mohammed
Get a glimpse into life in the days of Indentureship in Trinidad and Tobago.
Memoirs of Dr. Andrew Moonir Khan: Journey of an Educator, is an inspiring and motivational story.
The book received four five-star reviews from Readers Favorite.
The foreword was written by a former Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, Sir Isaac Hyatali, Q.C.[now deceased]
Do you know that at one time Education was not a priority?
The young teacher Andrew overcame al... more
by Brenda Mohammed
Women and Men who have crossed fifty should not pass up this book.
Retirement is when you stop working to live and start working at living.
Brenda Mohammed has written a whirlwind account of life after retirement.
Life is not always Wine and Roses.
When Life throws you a lemon, make Lemonade.
When one door closes, another opens.
Travel the world, have fun, enjoy life, and grasp opportunities as they fall in your path.
In her book Retirement is Fun - A ... more
by Brenda Mohammed
Award winner in the category Health and Fitness in Readers Favorite International Awards 2018 and winner of Mc Grath House Indie Book Awards 2016 in the category Best Non-Fiction. I am Cancer Free - A Memoir, is a touching and emotional true story of a woman's battle with Ovarian Cancer.
The killer disease threatened her life and financial well- being.
Her strong faith in God saw her through all the trials she had to u... more
by Brenda Mohammed
Award Winner My Life as a Banker by Brenda Mohammed is more than just a fascinating Memoir.
Because it is about A Life Worth Living.
My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living was voted Best Bio/Memoirs Second place in Metamorph's Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards 2016.
Brenda proved that hard work and determination pay, as she moved up the ranks, and received several promotions, leading up to senior managerial status.
Read about Brenda's first mega trip abro... more
by Gloria OrenBonded at Birth: an Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots is an adoption memoir about growing up as an adoptee under the umbrella of secrecy, being determined and motivated by multiple lifetime events to search for her heritage against all odds of success. Can Gloria do it?