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Leader Designed: Become the Leader You Were Made to Be By Dana W. White
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Dana W. White weaves a humorous and compelling narrative of her life and career from small-town Virginia to the marble halls of Capitol Hill, the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, and the quartiers of Paris,... More > France. She also shares pivotal lessons on leadership she learned from her grandfather, the publisher of her hometown’s only black newspaper, who continued working into his nineties, and other family members, friends, and individuals. At 16, she made the critical decision to learn everything she could about China. Several years later, she graduated from the University of Chicago as the only black student to earn an undergraduate degree in Chinese history. She’d end up advising Senator John McCain, Governor Sarah Palin, four-star generals and many other influential people. Throughout her journey, she met leaders who encouraged her to achieve her greatest dreams and aspirations. By sharing the advice, words, and wisdom of her greatest mentors, she provides inspiration for you to become a great leader, too.< Less
Leader Designed: Become the Leader You Were Made to Be By Dana W. White
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Dana W. White weaves a humorous and compelling narrative of her life and career from small-town Virginia to the marble halls of Capitol Hill, the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, and the quartiers of Paris,... More > France. She also shares pivotal lessons on leadership she learned from her grandfather, the publisher of her hometown’s only black newspaper, who continued working into his nineties, and other family members, friends, and individuals. At sixteen, she made the critical decision to learn everything she could about China. Several years later, she graduated from the University of Chicago as the only black student to earn an undergraduate degree in Chinese history. She’d end up advising Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, four-star generals and many other influential people. Live a life of adventure, personal growth, and achievement—and encourage others to do the same—with lessons learned in Leader Designed.< Less
From Terror to Safety — My story of leaving an abusive relationship with the help of a saving angel By Zenaida Matos
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Zenaida Matos endured nine years of terror at the hands of a man whose jealousy dominated her life. Follow her story and see how a saving "angel" helped her to find a place of safety and... More > self-respect.< Less
Second Chances (Miracles can Happen ) By Alexis Gutierrez
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This book is about a young girl second chance at life ! Thanks to God and her family.
Flowers for a Girl: Plant Medicine and Sexual Trauma By Amanda Dilday
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This is not a protocol or a prescription. Rather, it is something of a memoir, a healing memoir, an herbal memoir. A story. “Flowers for a Girl is at once a very personal tale of trauma... More > and transformation, and a transmission unto itself . . . I truly think this is the new wave of herbal writing and knowledge . . . Amanda’s realness, acuity, and the beauty and forgiveness embedded within her writing is more than moving—it is transformational. I see this book as a treasured tome of medicine for many, many women.” ASIA SULER, Creator, Concoctress, and Herbalist at One Willow Apothecaries< Less
Around the World in 93 Years: An Uncharted Journey By Sue Dabney Catalano
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From 1923 to 2016, Sue Dabney Catalano’s memoir captures life amid the historic events and people of her time. Her personal perspective is gripping, informative, and uplifting. Beginning with... More > the simplicity of childhood in the 1920s, the glamour and affluence of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and the bizarre effect of WWII blackouts in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Sue sets the scene for her riveting journey. Sue exposes their fascinating years after the war living in foreign countries— Saipan, Thailand, Laos, and Taiwan—sometimes undercover with the CIA. Their associations and friendships with remarkable and famous people made for a life of depth and intrigue.< Less
Palliative Care: A Different Kind of Hope By Patrick J Macmillan, M.D.
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Palliative medicine is one of the greatest gifts we have to offer folks at the end of their life or during the chronic phases of illness. Patrick J. Macmillan, M.D., conveys that message loud and... More > clear in this book featuring sixteen poignant stories of patients who found themselves at the end of life. Chaplains, nurses, social workers, and others play an important role in each tale. You’ll meet Grace, who wanted to keep fighting even though she had pancreatic cancer. Her family wanted her to keep battling as much as she did, but eventually she had to tell them that she didn’t want any more interventions. While doctors were unable to save her life in the conventional sense, they helped her spend her final days at home with loved ones. She is just one of many brave souls who have fought the good fight but eventually realized that surrendering to death offered their best hope at living with dignity.< Less
WALK ON THE ROAD TO RESILIENCE By Mel Shipman
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Walk On: The Road to Resilience" captures how resilience of the human spirit is developed through the micro decisions we make when we face trials of any kind. No matter the level of difficulty,... More > the challenges of life provide us with the opportunity to triumph when we operate from our place of victory. The ability to rise up lies within all of us and is recorded time and time again through the development of our resilience. In this book, Mel Shipman uncovers bravery and courage in its rawest form through different kinds of challenges and setbacks. With featured stories of her father on escaping war, her friend's triumph over sexual and emotional trauma, and her own story of reclaiming her peace, she ends with a call to action for the reader to discover their own resilience. Whether you have survived extreme physical and emotional turmoil or are struggling to make ends meet, this book will help you see how you can take any circumstance to garner the strength and resolve you need to overcome and move forward.< Less
A Listener's Guide to Cellista's Transfigurations By Frank Seeburger & Cellista
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A Listener’s Guide to Cellista’s Transfigurations is the accompaniment to Cellista’s album of experimental classical music Transfigurations. Cellista provides a critical companion... More > text to her music that gives her listeners an opportunity to understand the compositional process behind her album. She offers a set of tools and “transfigurative” essays that guide curious ears through a musicological and at times, confessional journey. Readers will also find essays that plumb the subject of transfiguration through autobiographical reflection by the philosopher Dr. Frank Seeburger.< Less
Life of Michael Novice By Michael Novice
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This volume is the story of our beloved Dad, Michael Novice, who survived the Holocaust. Part 1 is his “Autobiography”, which summarizes his life from birth to about 1995. He describes... More > his life before the war as well as his incredible and terrifying experiences during the Holocaust. Part 2 is an article called “Recollections”, in which he describes his experiences, thoughts and feelings as he created a new life for himself after the war. He was brought to England after liberation as one of a group of 732 young survivors known as “The Boys”. Dad describes the kinds of medical, financial, educational and emotional support he received as a “Boy”” as well as several memorable experiences he had as he recovered from the horrific traumas of the Holocaust. Additional parts bring the reader up to date in 2017 at his 90th birthday celebration.< Less
The Road to Freedom By Violet Kelemen
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This is a true story of a young couple’s journey to freedom after the failed Hungarian revolution in 1956. To save their lives, they left behind their homes and families. Read about their... More > struggle of starting a new life in a strange but free world. From homeless refugees, with hard work and determination, they became proud citizens of the United States of America. It is a heart warming, courageous story worth reading.< Less
No Place but UP! By Lance Fox
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Growing up in central Wisconsin is synonymous with growing up on flat ground and in oxygen-rich air. At age sixteen I faced my first uphill climb; the emotional battle of coping with the loss of my... More > father. At thirty-six years of age Hodgkin's Lymphoma claimed his life. His death was a wake-up call for me that life can be short. Eleven years later, I became a father. The day occurred six weeks earlier than expected. The fragility of life was once again revealing itself. During my premature son's hospital stay I picked up a book about Mount Everest. Although I had never climbed before, my dream to stand on top of the world was sparked within after reading that book. I didn't exactly know how or when but I knew that I would go to that mountain. Within all of us resides a vision, a defined quest in life. It is a unique purpose, waiting to be unlocked. Twelve years after my vision occurred, I became one of less than four thousand people in the world to reach its highest point.< Less
The Rebellious Missionary: My Years as a Medical Missionary in Haiti By Dollie Bennett-Milfort
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The Rebellious Missionary: My Years as a Medical Missionary in Haiti tells the story of my years working as a medical missionary in a clinic in Haiti. It is also the story of how I fell in love with... More > Haiti and the people of Haiti.< Less
A Wanted Man - a true story By Michael P. Glaesemann
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This book is an autobiographical sketch about a child of the 60s, being heavily involved with drug abuse and alcohol addiction. After trying the usual methods available for recovery, such as... More > medication, therapy, counseling and other methods, he is still in despair, lacking any real purpose for living. While contemplating suicide, he makes a decision to read a book which he has been told is responsible for much of the mental illness and misery in the world. He decides to read that book, the Bible, from cover-to-cover and word-for-word, as one should read any other book. He does so over a period of two years without a mentor, creed book, family member, or spiritual guide. The reader will be surprised at the unexpected decisions he makes as a result.< Less
Black Achievers in Science and Technology By Lee O. Cherry
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Contemporary Black people in science and technology throughout America, Africa and the African Diaspora.
An Ocean, an Airplane, and Two Countries Full of Kisses By Maria A. Novajosky
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Taking excerpts from letters that go back almost fifty years, An Ocean, an Airplane, and Two Countries Full of Kisses is an introspective journey on how one woman learned to celebrate her Italian... More > heritage while living and raising a family in the Deep South. With honesty and humor, and fortified with memories of her Italian Nonna and the letters she wrote through the years, the author shares how the hyphen between the words Italian and American became a bridge between espresso and Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, red wine and pit barbecue, the Amalfi Coast and Hilton Head Island, and la dolce vita and life in Georgia. And along the way she discovers how everything somehow always circles back to Nonna.< Less
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School Stories: The funny thing about music By Robert Storms
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The first edition of School Stories was a charming, folksy accounting of life in a middle school band room with a few field trips, and parades thrown in for good measure. Bob, teacher, professional... More > musician/composer, and consummate storyteller, decided to revisit these tales and has added a few new ones to the mix. There are stories of classroom pranks, unusual situations, problems, decisions and solutions that shaped the outcome of a teacher’s not-so-typical school days in the public school music department. Although the book will offer joy and create smiles, appealing to all of us who have experienced that unique time of middle school as teachers, students or parents; the LOL variety of humor is largely absent. The humor in “School Stories” is seen through the eyes of the reader as there are no jokes or funny things that the students had said. No, the day to day humor in the stories can be best described in just a few words, “middle school music students - expect the unexpected.”< Less
WWII -- A World Without Rainbows By Adrienne "Mickey" Schellenberger
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A collection of childhood memories, letters, journalism and World War II accounts in the life of Richard J. Dodge
DO YOU HEAR THE CHILDREN SINGING? By Georgia Hedrick et al.
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In Ghana, the Street Children meet the Daughters of Charity and a project begins in 2005 by the Archdiocese of Kumasi. Slowly and methodically and with great organization, the outreach begins. In... More > 2018, smiles appear, success is achieved, and sustainability is proved, because graduates come back to help the Project. But the need goes on and on--60,000 children will wander the streets of Kumasi and Accra in Ghana, searching for food and work and education and survival. This is one country in Africa, and one city who is reaching out to educate and inform and provide. There are 120 MILLION children in all of South America, Africa, and India who are wandering to the big cities for survival. They are as young as 5 years old and as old as 18. This book tells of a success story of a few children, and the needs of the many who remain, still searching for their place in the world...< Less
Pillar of Salt By Tetchjan Webb Simpson
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A collection of stories, commentary and prose that connects to the core of the pain, fear, anger and guilt that weighs down you and those you love.
Wilted to Full BLOOM By Rose Marie
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Wilted to Full BLOOM is the story of a single mother’s journey to providing a better life for herself and her children. Many circumstances cause her journey to take several twists and turns to... More > survive life in the inner city ghetto. Rose Marie’s story begins with her being raised by a single mother of fourteen children, her mother’s struggles and the impact of Rose not having her father in her life while growing up. This memoir is a true account of the struggles and hardships Rose Marie faced growing up in the hood with teen pregnancy, police brutality, and drug use. Unfortunately, throughout her adulthood she encounters issues with domestic violence, prison marriage, drug smuggling, sexual harassment and more. Rose Marie worked very hard to get out of the ghetto, and out of the welfare system. She graduated from college, finds what she thought was the job of her dreams and gives that job nine years of her life, and in return the job gives her the fight of her life.< Less
Survivor of T-Bone Hill By Norm Cooper
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Wiley Walter Virden, Jr., earned a Silver Star and four other medals when serving in combat in the Korean War. He earned the right to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington,... More > D.C. Wiley chose to be buried in the Virden family cemetery near the town where he was raised in Georgia. An official military headstone for his grave was approved by the United States Government and a nephew was given an official United States of America Flag provided in honor of the Army Veteran after his passing away. To honor the Master Sergeant, a formal wreath laying ceremony was held at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on August 6, 2019. A wreath was presented by his nephew.< Less
Stuck Inside - Memoirs of a Shy Guy By James P. Monacell
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Memoirs of the author focusing on extreme shyness in youth, overcoming shyness, dating, marriage, fatherhood, family, and a law career. Part 1, "Deep Inside," covers from first memories,... More > elementary and high schools through college, and recounts the consequences of shyness and efforts to overcome it. Part 2, "Inside Out," provides vignettes from adulthood illustrating the lingering effects of a reluctance to speak out in a work career and family life, and reconciliation with the past.< Less
The Diary of Grover Cleveland Perrine By Grover Perrine & Jill Strominger
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Grover Cleveland Perrine was born in Sutton, West Virginia in 1884, where he then spent most of his life. His diary provides a touching look at life in Sutton during the early 20th century through... More > stories of love, labor, joy, and sorrow.< Less