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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
BONE KNOWING: a true story of coming to life in the face of impending loss By Jennifer Allen
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With depth, humor, and raw honesty applied to the experience of slowly losing a loved one to cancer, BONE KNOWING offers satisfaction to readers who want to laugh, cry, and re-think important issues... More > in their own relationships.< Less
Doorways and Dreamfields - A True Fairy Tale By Angi Sullins
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Every life is a fairy tale, but most of us fail to recognize the wondrous power of our story. Angi Sullins was blessed and cursed with a birth defect: the same wandering eyes that garnered teasing... More > and torment on the playground, also allowed her to see visions of Otherwhere, while living fully in the Here and Now. Her unique vision gave rise to a belief that dreams come true and impossible things happen every day, even in the midst of tragedy. At 28 years old, a neck injury left Angi physically and emotionally paralyzed. Her wandering eyes, once a curse, became a golden ticket from devastation to triumph. Now she shares that vision with us in the memoir Doorways and Dreamfields: A True Fairy Tale, inspiring us to remember our magical origins by learning to see truly.< Less
Forgotten Atrocities: Memoirs of a Survivor of the 1947 Partition of India By Bal K. Gupta
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This is an eye witness account of the 1947 British partition of India, focusing on the atrocities committed in a concentration camp located on the border of India and Pakistan.
"Me? Depressed?" A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery By Beth-Sarah Wright
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Me? Depressed?: A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery is an uplifting, inspirational story of hope and healing through depression. In her own words, this well-educated, professional... More > thirty-something wife and mother, describes her journey of an unexpected diagnosis of depression from complete denial to her discovery that depression does not discriminate, is not "her" fault, needs to be openly and honestly discussed and there is always hope.< Less
A Chaplain Volunteers By Rodney Spitler, Sr, Chaplain (MAJ) US Army (Retired)
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A new and unique memoir of the Vietnam Conflict as experienced by a Chaplain who served two full 1 year tours of duty on the front lines. Sometimes funny, often poignant, but always matter of fact... More > and brutally honest, Chaplain Spitler's narrative speaks for the dead, the wounded and those forever affected by this difficult period of our Nation's history, and speaks with authority and dignity as one of the very few men who twice volunteered to serve his Country and his God in the hellish jungles of Southeast Asia.< Less
Beating the Odds By Louis Zorich
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Acclaimed actor and incomparable storyteller, Louis Zorich, shares a remarkable and rich 90-year life story. One of 7 children raised during the Great Depression in Chicago’s South Side, Zorich... More > shares memorable tales, mishaps and adventures of his youth familiar to any immigrant child. His almost 6 decades-long acting career brought him on stage and screen with such notable artists as Sir Laurence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand and his wife of 51 years, Olympia Dukakis. Readers will remember Zorich’s performances in Death of a Salesman, Hadrian VII, The Odd Couple, King Lear, Fiddler on the Roof, Muppets Take Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and Mad About You, among many others. For all devoted theatergoers and aspiring actors, Louis Zorich’s life story is one of great learning, love, and laughter, and one you’ll never forget. This is truly a portrait of an artist, humbled and heartened by the human condition, a man beating the odds. Includes 27 B & W photographs and a biographical index.< Less
From Victim 2 Vessel By Sheryll E. Roberts
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Sheryll E. Roberts was born in Sylvester, Georgia and moved to Houston, Texas when she turned 4. Graduated from Sam Rayburn High school and went on to Devry University. Ms. Roberts, an incest... More > survivor, overcame obstacles stemming from that hurtful part of her life, such as depression, suicide, and self-loathe. She started Life of Hope After Abuse (LHAA) in 2006. LHAA is a non-profit organization promoting awareness against sexual abuse and helping other victims get the help that they need to overcome this traumatic experience. God has given Sheryll her voice back & she encourages others to use theirs. No Longer A Victim, But A Vessel< Less
Tentacles.. The Entanglement of Alcoholism By S. Thomas Greeley
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TOM GREELEY knows too well how insidious alcoholism can be. He has experienced how the disease entraps not only the drinking person, but the entire family. He writes about the incredible isolation,... More > the credit card debt, and the anguish over his children’s safety. In Tentacles..The Entanglement of Alcoholism, he narrates the journey of the long attempt to rescue an alcoholic spouse and save his family from the spiral of destruction ordained by the path of alcoholism.< Less
Living Through The War Years By Robert Peugh
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An account or growing up in Hoisington, a small town in Kansas, experiencing the war in the Pacific and raising a family in the 1950's. Bob Peugh recounts the story of growing up in depression era... More > Kansas. His humorous stories of youthful pranks and adventures are heart warming and charming. His wartime experiences is an intriguing read for anyone with an interest in the men that participated. At the age of 92, Bob has given us a heartfelt look at a life fully lived.< Less
Eight Fine Sons—and Dale By Dale E. Vander Linden
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A touch of history. An Iowa sharecroppers son describes the adventures and vagaries of growing up in the 1930s and 40s and 50s.
My Skin Don't Fit By Aegina Angeliades
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My Skin Don't Fit is 61,000 words of funny and heart-rending story detailing one woman's quest to resolve her physical and spiritual conflicts, told in a refreshingly honest way. Aegina Angeliades... More > knew she'd always struggled with her weight, but until the day she saw a home video of herself at age two devouring a steak and loaf of bread buttered by her own chubby fingers-her proud Greek parents filming the scene-she had no idea when are where her problems started.< Less
An Exceptional Exceptional Child By Jane Schoenfeld
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Anna was an exceptional exceptional child. Born with multiple medical conditions, she had eleven major surgeries before she was fifteen. Now, she’s just fine. This book describes her surgeries... More > and how they affected her emotional, cognitive and social development. It shows how we, her parents, worked with the educational system and private providers to meet her needs and describes the strategies we used to deal with her behavioral and learning differences. It includes samples of her academic work, excerpts from relevant neuropsychological assessments, descriptions of parental interventions and teaching strategies, rules of the road for raising a child with chronic health conditions, and a glossary. It was written for you – especially if you’re a parent of a child with special needs, a medical professional who wants more insight into the lives of your patients, or a teacher who wants to look beyond the learning differences you see in your students. And it’s as upbeat as Anna herself.< Less
Nobody Calls Me Father Anymore: Experiencing the Priesthood From Pre to Post Vatican Two By Richard Gonser D. Min.
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A retired Catholic priest relates his experience of the changing face of the priesthood from seminary to retirement. What he writes about those turbulent and challenging years from 1950 to 2010... More > reveals the personal and, at times, the very difficult journey of a parish priest. With remarkable clarity and detail, Fr. Gonser shares his story of more than fifty years of priesthood in the Diocese of Cleveland. Young and older readers, laity and priests will be fascinated or reminded about the tumult of those years. An intriguing journey! Rev. Albert A. Krupp, Delegate for Senior Priests, Diocese of Cleveland While nobody may call him Father anymore , Richard Gonser writes movingly about the mystery of grace working in his own life and in the lives of the people he served and loved. His memoir captures his quiet fidelity to Gospel values in the challenging year following the Second Vatican Council. Rev. Donald Cozzens, author of Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journey of a Secular Priest.< Less
“I Don’t Want to Sit In the Front Row Anymore” By Diana Walker
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Death and dying amongst family members can be traumatic, endearing and “spirit” filled, thus providing many lessons learned even as adults. We are not alone as we walk this earth. Our... More > love deepens with each loss. Join the author as she shares many tearful and light hearted occurrences in order to endure personal loss.“ I have learned so much in the past few years. I feel as though throughout my experiences I have worn many hats, medically, legally and especially as the oldest child in an Italian Catholic family that I would like to share with all of you”< Less
the only way down By Patresa Hartman
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The Only Way Down: Words About Music is a collection of prose inspired by the 9 original tracks off of Patresa Hartman's similarly titled debut album. Each chapter describes the creative process,... More > personal stories, and philosophical/spiritual questions behind each song. Hartman dives deep into the murky human experiences of death, birth, love, loss, and insecurity, all with humor in tow.< Less
Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago By Elaine Hegwood Bowen
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In the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago was akin to many urban areas throughout the nation, such as those in Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, and... More > San Francisco, among others. Once thriving black, working-class areas, many of these neighborhoods—like Englewood—are now beset by black-on-black violence and drug activity. In Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago, author Elaine Hegwood Bowen shares her recollections of what life was like growing up in Englewood when her parents migrated to Chicago in the early 1950s and purchased a home in 1959. She grounds her stories in exciting childhood adventures, as well as the cultural happenings of the time, discussing such issues as Dr. Martin Luther King, race riots, and integration. She provides a glimpse into what the infamous neighborhood was once like.< Less
Bonding of Warriors By (Complied by) Bob Hernandez
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They were men who were just the best at what they did. They had to have patience and a good instinct for survival in the type of covert warfare we were involved in. They also had to have the ability... More > to accept danger and hardship without succumbing to the stress that went along with it. They were good at what they did and they liked it.< Less
Paradox Bob's Praddlings By Robert Ira Riddle
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History,sonnets, poems, and "praddling" about childhood, teaching, ranch life, and war.
I Did What? By Herb Mentzer
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This book is a fun look at one of televisions most popular personalities, Bozo the Clown. Follow the life of Art Cervi who played Bozo in Detroit for 13 years.
A Gentle Philosopher By Charles House
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The author met 'his philosopher' fifty-four yars ago--a man who teaches by the Socratic method, who stays in touch with his students for their whole career, and who values non-conformity in the best... More > sense of the word. Most faculty deeply learn their field, plumb its depths zealously, and relish the fruits of their labor. Some continue the quest--for knowledge, for the frontier, for the important 'next questions'--which means giving up the accolades and perquisites of the learned for the unknown field yet unplowed. Fewer still imbue their students with these same qualities, which was the gift of Carver Mead for the author. This monograph pinpoints the lessons that Mead provided--and the sometimes unexpected results--with the thought that such ideas may inspire others to assert their maverick, independent ways... cheerfully abandoning the cloak of success for the next great quest to help advance knowledge, products, and services for a world sorely in need of contribution on many fronts.< Less
McColl of the Wild By Martha Brindley
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This book is about the life and times of a Scottish actor, Iain McColl. Best know as “Tam” in City Lights and “Dodie” in Rab C. Nesbitt. Iain was brought up in Glasgow and... More > left school at age 15 with no qualifications to his name. He worked at a seaweed factory, club bouncer and a scaffolder before gravitating towards acting. He left the Royal Scottish Academy with a Gold Medal in comedy and the rest is history! Iain loved to make people laugh and he certainly did this with style! Iain died on July 4th 2013 in the Beatson Hospital in Glasgow after a long fight with bone cancer. He was making people laugh right until the end. It was his wish that I complete this book for him.< Less
Camping With Lucy By Richard W. Bennett
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A memoir of the summer 1967 European camping trip which Richard Bennett took with his mother Lucy. The two traveled to eleven countries during Lucy's first camping experience, enjoying not only the... More > historic and natural sights but also the comraderie of the campground. The book also includes genealogical information about the Bennett, Bystrom, Hanson, and Barkuloo families.< Less
The Opa Legacy By Janie Van Komen
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In a gesture of goodwill Willem Albert Van Komen takes his friend's military lottery position in 1880's Netherlands, a time of peace, or is it? This simple choice spirits Willem Albert across the... More > ocean to foreign people, culture, and survival. Will disease, discouragement, or despair destroy him first. Willem Albert discovers what it takes to become a real hero by suffering through unexplained twists of fate and the support of unexpected people. The question is, in the end, what will he choose to do?< Less
April in Paris By Charles House
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A memoir about an estranged mother and adult son traveling through Europe, discovering adventure, pleasure, and each other. Coincident with American bombing of Libya, the duo become immersed in the... More > aftermath--hiding in a bunker, espying OPEC ministers debating the next action, becoming unwitting targets of terrorists, strolling in the radiation-laden air of Chernobyl. The outcome is surprising -- opening the doors to a second family. learning about a secret genetic heritage, coming to terms with and respecting life choices for each.< Less