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by Kevin Koranteng
A memoir of an African who travelled through India following the death of his mother. The journey of one life that set forth in search of freedom and found the deepest freedom even amongst those whose ignorance lashed out; born from deep set ideas about skin colour and nationality. Paradoxically, in this land, the brightest of lights came to be felt through some mystical experiences. A light which compelled him to change direction on his return, turning to confront the juggernaut of the statu... more
by Michael DuffyIn the early hours of January 31, 1968, eighty-thousand North Vietnamese and Vietcong combat troops attacked every major city and military base in South Vietnam. The perimeter of the massive Saigon Airbase, Tan Son Nhut, was breached, and fighting raged all morning. Both gritty and intimate, From Chicago to Vietnam tells the powerful story of the ensuing epic battle, the Tet Offensive, from the perspective of one brave American soldier, Michael Duffy, whose life, like so many others, would for... more
by Rossandra WhiteLoveyoubye begins as Rossandra White’s world falls apart during a collision of crises on two continents. Just as her American husband disappears to Mexico, her brother’s health crisis calls her back to Africa, and her beloved dog receives a fatal diagnosis. Standing on the edge of the past and future as she travels between her birth country and the shifting foundations at home, she finds the courage to make a painful decision — stay in a crumbling marriage, or face her demons and leave her husba... more
by Larry J Dunlap
IN BOOK 2 OF THINGS WE LOST IN THE NIGHT:
IT’S SPRING IN HONOLULU as the band opens at an off-the-beaten-path, beach-front nightclub, playing to packed audiences of locals and American warriors during the most violent months of the Vietnam War. Larry meets someone here who changes his life forever. Back on the Mainland, Larry tries to leave his romantic island fantasy behind and searches for redemption as the band returns to its Indiana roots. Though the record everyone had expect... more
by Mary Dana MarksThe shah reigns in Iran and John F. Kennedy has left his mark on the world when Mary joins the Peace Corps. Sent to Kerman, a conservative city on the Iranian plateau, she teaches English to high school girls. In the classroom, or walking through the bazaar, a turbaned Baluchi tribesman in front and a chanting Sufi dervish behind, she is the exotic one. But the adobe walls that seclude women exclude her, a bareheaded foreigner. Woven throughout are dusty travels from the Persian Gulf to the C... more
by Annette Libeskind Berkovits
From cougars, orangutans, supersize snakes, fugitive pigs, and a shocked New York City cabbie, Confessions is fascinating, and often hilarious. Berkovits masterfully regales readers with stories that give the inside scoop on what went on behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous zoos with facts that read like fiction! Her tales will surprise and enlighten. A must read for all animal lovers and those interested in the future of wildlife.
by Marc D. CrepeauxHave you ever wanted to write a letter to that guy or gal you brushed up against on the train? How about that lost love or the friend that did you wrong? The family member who never really saw you? The teacher or boss who declined to see your worth? What about the person you wished you had thanked? Letters that the writers had no intention of ever sending, this collection of salty rants and unspoken melodies has been curated for the entire world to marvel upon. Raw and well-edited, reads like fi... more
by Jacques SardasAn inspiring story about a Sephardic Jew’s life in Egypt during the last years in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived peacefully side by side before a nationalistic fervor swept Egypt and escalated into prejudice and violence against Jews. Forced to flee, the man who would eventually rise up from refugee to become president of Goodyear’s worldwide tire division set off for a distant continent with a gut-wrenching stamp on his passport—“Departure definitive, without return.”
by Cory Martin
At 28, Cory Martin thought she had it all, a budding career as a writer in Hollywood, an apartment of her own, and a healthy obsession with yoga. But when a doctor revealed she had multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, her entire world came crashing down. As she embarked on a medical quest for answers, subjecting herself to countless MRIs and a painful spinal tap that landed her in the ER, Cory simultaneously threw herself head first into dating. But no matter how many ... more
by Sergio TinocoBeing the only child of a single mother, Sergio was raised by his maternal grandparents in a South Texas region better known as the Rio Grande Valley. This memoir details the upbringing of a poor Migrant worker of Mexican descent having to pick crops for a living since the age of seven. As a way to break from the family cycle of picking crops and depending on government welfare programs, he joined the United States Army and served ten years active duty. He deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina shortly ... more
by Tracey Brame
Tracey Brame took an oath to serve the nation at the United States Military Academy. When she revealed an interest in entering politics during formation, a cadet violently attacked her. Brame subsequently suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and a dangerous memory loss known as dissociative amnesia, in which the victim cannot recall suffering a traumatic attack. She kept charging through her West Point duties oblivious to her condition.
After serving her commission time, Brame took a... more
by Deborah L. Jacobs
Deborah Jacobs quit the job from hell, rented her house and planned to Airbnb her way through France. Alternately humorous and poignant, this inspiring memoir chronicles her misadventures as she and her husband cook in quirky kitchens, struggle to speak French and shop like locals in outdoor markets. With candor and optimism, Jacobs transports readers from the grape harvest in the Loire Valley to an exuberant chile pepper festival in Basque Country and, ultimately, to Paris, where she witness... more
by John KildemmMister Kildemm chronicles the night life in the City of Angels as only he can, in the fourth installment of, Hey Doorman. But this time with a biting political edge working in cahoots with his always hilarious edge. That's two edges people. TWO. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, "I'm sure he's having a good laugh over this with his doorman buddies."
by William PelhamBurke and Demaret: The Wit and Wisdom of Golf’s Most Colorful Duo is a collection of stories that pays tribute to two of the most incredibly talented golfers and gifted visionaries that the city of Houston ever produced. It also pays homage to some of the characters who walked through the doors of Champions Golf Club during its most formative years. Jackie Burke and Jimmy Demaret not only created a golf club that stands today as a beacon to the community and the city as a whole but also did i... more
by Wei Yang ChaoIn August 1966, a 14-year-old boy in Beijing is thrust into violence and chaos as the Cultural Revolution begins to blaze across China. Fifty years later, Red Fire offers the first intimate account from someone who lived through the turbulent events and survived. Wei Yang Chao gives readers a rare glimpse into the social upheaval, a riveting story told with real force and heartbreaking honesty.
by Dr. Linda SonnaAn American mom trapped in suburbia liberates herself from her peanut-butter-and-jelly life and flees to Mexico. While tackling the cultural quirks that send less hardy souls hightailing it back to the U.S., she struggles to learn Spanish, raise her kids, and run a school. She smuggles to make ends meet, using her wily wit and gift for gab to outfox the border officials. But not all of her contraband runs go as planned.