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by Melissa BurkeBipolar disorder simultaneously gives you both an amazing and a terrible outlook on life. This is a book of Melissa Burke’s personal journal entries as well as some poems, written over the past few years. The goal is to shed light on mental illness for people who don’t understand it while at the same time reminding those who do suffer from it that they aren’t alone. This is also to show that even if you don’t have any mental illness, life can be a roller coaster. But things do get better. Perfec... more
by Shannon DruryWhat does a feminist do when she becomes a middle class, stay-at-home mom? Fight even harder for the rights of women! Through vivid tales of street action, political campaigns (both Michele Bachmann and Al Franken make appearances), school curriculum debates, SWAT officers, flame wars, ultrasounds, white-liberal guilt, feminists with no interest in children, moms with no interest in politics, and gay marriage, The Radical Housewife depicts the struggle of one woman to understand herself and h... more
by Melissa GrunowAt times, life can feel like a challenging feat of survival. Whether it’s living through abusive relationships or figuring out the complexities of what it means to be a woman searching for love, Realizing River City is a memoir that proves how despite the troubles we may face, there is hope in the way we continually risk ourselves in search for the life we want to live. In her poetic exploration of past relationships, Melissa Grunow’s honest words do not falter in the face of so much loss. Takin... more
by Sarahbeth CaplinIn a bittersweet twist of fate, I started out “too Jewish” for my Catholic friends in elementary school, but not Jewish enough for the kids I met at summer camp, with their youth group logos and wristbands. In Israel, I didn’t feel I had the right to call myself Jewish at all. Now I was too Christian for Jews everywhere, but still too Jewish to completely fit in with my new bible study friends. In my most pessimistic moments, I wonder if I’ll never fit in anywhere, with anyone. It’s interesti... more
Days of Shock, Days of Wonder: The 9/11 Age, the Ways of the Mystics, and One Man's Escape from Babylon in the Belly of a Whaleby RafiqDisillusioned with the religious and political models of the 9/11 age, Rafiq asks a question that we all face in our desire for authentic lives: how can he remain in the world and still be true to himself? His quest for an answer carries him to a job at an Islamic university in Indonesia, where the US embassy is looking for terrorists, and then to the Sufi communes of northern India in search of the mystical. It pulls him into the trenches of 9/11 truth activism in Montreal before immersing h... more
by Laureen PeltierWhen her childhood sexual trauma is triggered, Laureen Peltier finds she can no longer avoid the haunting memories of her father molesting her. By chance, during a crisis, she meets the doctor fated to change her life. She grants Dr. Erickson, a male psychiatrist, one year to help her heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His unconventional therapies pressure Laureen into fighting, sometimes physically, her lifelong fears and traumas in order to integrate the scared little girl of her past w... more
by Rachel K. WentzWINNER OF THE 2014 FLORIDA AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS SILVER MEDAL PRESIDENT'S AWARD IN MEMOIRS. In 1985, desiring a meaningful, high-paced career in public service, Rachel Wentz left her university studies to become a firefighter/paramedic. Only the eighth woman hired by the Orlando Fire Department, a highly competitive department steeped in tradition, Wentz excelled, completing an AS in Fire Science, a master’s in public administration, and numerous specialized training courses to prepare her for... more
by Victor AlvarezWith the 2015 publication of THE HUNSTMAN – ACTUAL STORIES OF AN ARIZONA BOUNTY HUNTER, Victor Alvarez launched his adventurous memoir series. This first book shared the real-life adventures and exploits of a modern-day bounty hunter as he tracked and apprehended criminals and bail jumpers. Alvarez shares his unique stories in an action-packed memoir that affords readers an intimate glimpse into a world not often seen by most. His collections of stories are nail-biting. . This collection ... more
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by Robert SternShane Stern has Down syndrome and a wicked sense of humor. This irreverent, profane, hilarious, and moving autobiography recalls his travels through the challenges, reverses, and small victories of childhood, the maze of scholastic and social barriers he has to negotiate, and his passage into adulthood. Memoirs of a Mongol without a Pony, while providing a running commentary on gender, race, sports, entertainment, politics, celebrities, and American culture in general, is at its heart an ode t... more
by Veronica TanzenWhen Veronica first clicked on those two fateful words, “create profile,” she did so with shaky hands and an equally shaken heart. She had no clue what kind of a roller coaster she had just strapped herself into, complete with highs, lows, and stomach-churning turns. The problem was, she had just gotten off another very bumpy ride, and was unsure that she had the strength to embark on this new path. “Living Out Loud” takes you on a fresh and quirky ride through one woman's attempt to master... more
by Cathy LaForge TonkinLeave 'er Lay combines humor, tragedy, history and family for an interesting read about a quirky American family. This book weaves a rich tapestry of remarkable family history together with world events that occurred during that time, giving the reader a glimpse not only of the interesting and sometimes wacky characters who make up my family, but how their stories fit into our larger human experience.
by Kisan UpadhayaBorn in North East India and taken to Kathmandu, Nepal by aunt and abandoned. to A young boy at age 4 and his sister age 8 abandoned by their own family and left on the side of the street to fend for them self. The boy works at restaurant as dish washer just so he could get something to eat while sister become a slave or maid for various family just to survive. Boy get sick from bitter cold and is unable to work thus fired from restaurant and finds himself begging for food on the streets. ne... more
by agnes probstIt is a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming story of past injuries and pain, and never letting it break you.This heartbreaking book will not just warm the hearts of the readers, but will also provide them with an inspiration that no matter what life throws at you and no matter how hard the simple act of living becomes, having the courage to fight through the hurdles will get anyone through difficult times.
by agnes probstThis is a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming inspirational story of past injuries and pain and never letting it break you.