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by doug oudinDoug Oudin served as harbormaster on Catalina Island for thirty-two years. In his memoir, he chronicles his involvement in the death of actress Natalie Wood, his often harrowing and challenging ocean rescues, storm responses, and numerous encounters in the wilds of Catalina Island; both at sea and on land. His story vividly details some rather incredible adventures at sea, as well what it is actually like to live on an offshore island, raise two sons in a unique environment, and interact with ... more
by Kristine SchellhaasLess than 1% of our nation will ever serve in our armed forces, leaving many to wonder what life is really like for military families. He answers the call of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Pacific; she keeps the home fires burning. Worlds apart, and in the face of indescribable grief, their relationship is pushed to the limits. 15 Years of War: How the Longest War in U.S. History Affected a Military Family in Love, Loss, and the Cost Of Service provides a unique he said/she said perspectiv... more
by Steve Margolis
Does your toaster oven make you feel shamefully inadequate with his lofty ideals and Jeffersonian views of the world? Is the letter Q the wrong shade of yellow? Are you frequently bothered by abstract images and geometric shapes falling from the sky?
This humorous memoir chronicles Steve’s discovery, concealment, and eventual acceptance of synesthesia; a peculiar condition where one sense is stimulated, but two senses respond.
by Christine Walters
Abuse is damaging. It comes from cycles of abusive behaviors learned and repeated through generations. Because of shame and embarrassment, many people do not speak about the cruelty they endured. In my case, most of the abuse I suffered resulted from my mother's mental illness. For my entire life, people told me to excuse my mom's abuse because she was mentally ill. However, mental illness does not give anyone the right to abuse you (in particular, your child).
Ginny had c... more
by Christine WaltersAbuse is damaging. It comes from cycles of abusive behaviors learned and repeated through generations. Because of shame and embarrassment, many people do not speak about the cruelty they endured. In my case, most of the abuse I suffered resulted from my mother’s mental illness. For my entire life, people told me to excuse my mom’s abuse because she was mentally ill. However, mental illness does not give anyone the right to abuse you (in particular, your child). Ginny had childhood paranoid sch... more
by Karen Lynn Suffern
by Chanel WewegeDescription of Book: Seventeen years old and faced with the most difficult situation of my young life. The only problem was that I had no idea what was actually wrong with me. Leukaemia? What is that? It’s cancer. ‘Am I going to die?’, she asked. The immediate response to being diagnosed with such a horrifying disease is ‘Fear!’ So much anxiety kicks in and even my parents could not provide definite answers. Suddenly I was shown a whole new world. My bedroom became a hospital isolation roo... more
by BARRY FINNERTY
An existential, comic, unapologetic and madcap escapade of an anti-hero (noted jazz guitarist Barry Finnerty) who journeys into the seamy downside of New York in 1994. "I took all the craziest stuff I could remember that happened during my 25 years living, playing, struggling, and partying there,” says Finnerty, “and condensed it all into a few months. Most of it is fictionalized, but certain parts - such as the experiences with Miles Davis, the Crusaders, the Brecker Br... more
by Alice BreonJourney back eighty years to a time of drugstore soda fountains, penny candy, homemade root beer, and ten-cent movies. Visit an era when people enjoyed such simple pleasures as sitting on the front porch, visiting with neighbors in the evening while the children played “kick the can” in a street devoid of traffic. What was life like in a world that had no television, cell phones, answering machines, computers, DVDs, electronic games, microwaves? Were those people happy? Yes, in spite of the Grea... more
by Maximilian KiddMy name is Maximilian Kidd, and I have been called an alcoholic womanizer more times than I can remember. And that was by the people who liked me. I may well have been both those things, worse and more, but what I really wanted to be was a Rock Star. Join me at the bottom end of rock n roll. A story of drunken debauchery outlining what and who influenced me in my songwriting. But also a tale of five misfit losers, the lifelong friendships that were formed, and how we went from rehearsing in m... more
by Denise VoccolaLittle Cabin on the Trail inspires folks to assign great value to their seemingly insignificant memories and encourages them to use those memories to become their family storytellers. It will certainly entertain readers with its view into one very ordinary family’s life; but more importantly, it will help them realize that they, too, have stories begging to be told—better stories . . . because they are theirs.
by Lorna Stremcha
“One of the hardest things to fix is something somebody else has broken.” — Trauma Victim
Tim Field, one of UK’s leading specialists on workplace bullying and author of the book, Bully In Sight, stated, “In the last decade of the twentieth century, workplace bullying is, in my view, the second greatest social evil after child abuse, with which there are many parallels.”
To the world at large, I was well-adjusted —I thought so too until Inc... more
Scenes From The Mall (My 23 Years as a Franchisee with Canada's Original and Fastest Growing Hamburger Chain)by Michael A. ByrnesTwenty-three years is a long time to spend in a fast food kitchen. But Michael Byrnes did it, and in this funny, honest and insightful memoir he recounts what it was like to be a franchisee in Canada's original and fastest growing hamburger chain during a crucial time in the comany's history. There's never been a book quite like it, and It's all here - the longing for something better, an opportunity to do something about it and the ups and downs and rewards and frustrations that followed.
by Susan WilburWe went overseas to adopt our son from Russia. We met him when he was 7 months and was told we could bring him home in four to six weeks. The Russian judicial system at that time took a political stance against international adoption. We fought the Russian government and won after ten months. We wound up getting pregnant during the adoption process and now have two boys. Our adopted son was almost two by the time we brought him home to welcome his baby brother five months later.
by Charles Wright
by Lisa Leikam
I know what I am seeing. Other’s see what I am seeing. So why is my mind so questionable? Its’ all right here, but it’s all so crazy!
Lisa’s brother Lenny left their hometown after graduation, never to return to the slower life of the Midwest. Living in Las Vegas, distance kept him from the gatherings the rest of the family was accustomed to. Yes, there were great trips to Vegas, and his trips home, but it is now evident it ... more