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by Pamela SkjolsvikWoody Allen once said, “I am not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” For most of my life, that was my mantra. Almost everyone with a pulse fears death, but not everyone fears life. With crippling social anxiety, I feared both. But after an accidental call to a funeral home during my mid-life crisis trip to grad school, I reluctantly embarked on a journey to explore professions that dealt with death in order to come to terms with my own mortality. The result of this q... more
by Curt ErlerWelcome to Chicago's Southside L. Curt Erler comes from a large, hardworking family and in his autobiography, Southside Kid; he pays homage to strong family values, a simpler time at the tail end of WWII. The author recalls his childhood growing up on Chicago's Southside. The family gathering around Mom's Philco radio listening to Glenn Miller and Frankie Laine. There's dancing and drag racing on the East Side. It's all here, baseball, movie matinees at the Avalon Theater, young love and Friday ... more
by Glenn MaynardStrapped into an American Dreamcaptures America by whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. Glenn Maynard brings this journey to all of the armchair travelers who will love this adrenaline rush. One week following his wedding, Glenn and his wife quit their jobs, sold their cars, and set out to find America. This book details how they were able to realize this dream, and then introduces the unique people they met and places they visited along the... more
by Nicole DelacroixDiscovering secrets is titillating. Everyone wants to peek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects. It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most int... more
by J.S. JosephThis is a true story. It’s about several things: A tumultuous marriage, a software start-up, a middle-aged woman, and how she navigates through a period in her life in a not-so-happy marriage to a man with ADD. His blind—but not very effective—endless efforts to make his software business idea a success, even at the risk of losing his marriage, causes long term financial stress and she begins to question his ability to sell anything, let alone perform as a CEO he imagines himself to be. As he ig... more
by Byron LacyCan you imagine the helplessness and fear that a five-year-old would feel when he's first visited by extraterrestrials? How about the look on his parents' faces when he confesses his alien encounter? Chosen: Chronicles of an Alien Abductee is Byron W. Lacy's firsthand account of what modern science insists is only folklore. The first encounters come when he is young—with "little men" entering the room as he hugs his teddy bear. They masquerade as cartoon characters to ease his concern, a danc... more
by Nicole KieferGrowing up being different is hard, especially when there are visible signs to set you apart. When you have a learning disability to boot, and don't even know it, life can become hell. Parents aren't perfect, they make mistakes, most of the time with good intentions. Children can be cruel, and family can sometimes be blind, to the pain of a child. Especially if they hide it well. It can mess up a child, and the ramifications can reach far into adulthood. Read how I grew from that kind of child, ... more
by Rob Radcliffe
12 Simple Steps to Loving Life, by Robert Radcliffe, is a guide toward improving the quality of life; to be more loving, happy and peaceful.
Millions of people worldwide, including Dr. David R. Hawkins, established therapist and author of "Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior," have called the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous the most beneficial self-improvement program in history and finally these Twelve Steps has been adapted for everyone to benefit... more
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by Laurie LovemanWhen you're faced with divorce, getting back into the workforce, raising two teenagers, and taking care of eight horses, it sometimes help to have a sympathetic ear. In my case, the sympathetic ear belonged to my horse, Amigo. Unsympathetic ears belonged to the men of the Shaker Heights, Ohio Fire Department where I spent time researching for a book about the fire service. During the process, I not only rediscovered the person I was before my marriage, I found a new career in the fire service. ... more
by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo
The Painting and The Piano, by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo, is an improbable story of survival and love.
Growing up more than a thousand miles apart and worlds away from each other, Johnny and Adrianne seemed to have all that a child could ask for. However, the demons of their respective mothers would tear their young, fragile lives apart.
Eventually, destiny would bring Johnny and Adrianne together, but first they had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negl... more
by Dawn JacksonBreak These Chains is the Inspirational Autobiography of Ms. Dawn L. Jackson, chronicling the many seemingly insurmountable odds she has faced on her journey called life and how she persevered. Ms. Jackson, even when describing some of the serious issues she addresses, such as: poverty; addiction; literacy; homelessness; sexuality; domestic violence; military discipline; hope; and spirituality, uses her humor and positive outlook, throughout this novel: Break These Chains.
by Margot Page
A new, expanded 20th-anniversary edition of the ground-breaking memoir Little Rivers: Tale of a Woman Angler by Margot Page.
The continuing chronicles of her evolution from reluctant student to passionate angler to married, angling young mother, to divorced, desk-bound angler are featured in this new, expanded edition of Little Rivers (first published in 1995). With this new edition, Margot Page continues her strong, evocative presence –... more
by Joseph B. FrederickJoseph B. Frederick, PhD, had fond memories of the B&O Railroad except for the time he caught his shoe in the tracks and almost lost his leg and probably his life. When he was eight years old, he found his lost twin who died in utero. He thought he must take responsibility of living his life, which had something to do with the lost life of his twin. He invites you to come with him and share his early life and the many side roads he never would have believed possible. There are many interesti... more
by Venugopal MenonIt is often said that geography is destiny. 'My Mother Called Me UNNI' is the story of one man who left his homeland and his family in the 1960s, to find his own destiny in the melting pot of the United States. The book was written by Dr. Venugopal Menon and published by Outskirts Press. Beginning in the late 1960s, hundreds of thousands of people migrated to the U.S. from India, including thousands of physicians. Today, Indian Americans are the wealthiest and most educated minority group in the... more
by DENISE JONESDENISE, born and raised on Chicago’s west side, is the eldest of seven children. At the age of twelve, her mother introduced her to shooting heroin. This lasted for over fifteen years; she lived as a man and dropped out of school in the fourth grade. She embraced the street life of drugs, prostitution, and crime. Her life was filled with poverty, incest, molestation, drug addiction, and incarceration. DENISE grabbed hold to a seed of hope in spite of the life she had created for herself. B... more