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Cousins All By James Bryant
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The journey of life affords both passion and pain, but with an attitude of gratitude and an "inch by inch, life is a cinch" philosophy, Jim Bryant has written a memoir worthy of a coffee... More > cup read. From the south to the north to the mid-west, the reality of racism offset by the bonding love of family shows forth in work and play and in service to one's country. This story will rekindle special childhood joys and have one re-evaluating life as it journeys on and have you saying "Thanks for the memories."< Less
The Best of Trent By Trent Loos, Teresa Platt
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An insightful collection reflecting the values of rural America, The Best of Trent movingly expresses the hopes and fears of those living and working in rural America. If you love animals, if you... More > love the countryside, you'll love The Best of Trent.< Less
Butterflies, Buses, and a Guardian Angel By Alexa Sue Hooser
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A teacher's memories of childhood poverty, heartbreak, and loneliness were mirrored in the eyes of her students. This begins a story of teaching, tragedy, and triumph. Inspired by euphoric dreams... More > with loved ones on the other side, a mysterious “go ahead” voice, and her mother’s caring nature, she began a program to provide faith, hope and love for the children. She called it Suspreno. Likened to a butterfly by the children, the teacher suffers the loss of her mother and adorns her resting place with one final lavender rose. The teacher and the kids stick together and survive a myriad of adventures. Although there were dangers on their fifteen-year odyssey, it’s clear this group was guided and protected by guardian angels. Together, they also experience exhilaration when they crowd onto buses headed for “one more taste of heaven” at Suspreno meetings. This book will make you want to examine your place in life and look deeper into the eyes of every little child you see.< Less
Believe By Allan Kesick
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This narrative is the spiritual odyssey of me, an American Indian who tried to live a life of a white man and, in the process denying who I was, and coming to terms of what I had become, "a... More > white man's Indian". A red apple, red on the outside and white on the inside. Through my willing participation, the process of cultural genocide was alive and kicking. I started out with the idea that my experiences would possibly benefit other American Indians whose addictions were out of control. I came to realize that just maybe this story could be an inspiration to anyone who is having difficult times.< Less
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
Once Upon a Tom By John Pople
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Biography of Tom Hostetler, SSRL beamline operator for SSRL. A compilation of his craziest antics
Chips, Grass & Feathers By Rollie Barton
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Short stories and poems written about several eras of the life of Rollie Barton.
Joy of Life Paperback By Jerome Friedman
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An Ordinary Man… A Life Changing Story An incredibly powerful faith-filled story of how Jerome Friedman, an ordinary man, courageously battled three cancers. During this journey, he... More > experienced an extraordinary gift from God… true joy. This gift left him free from all life stresses filling him with a genuine lasting peace. He humbly shares his story with you so that you may embrace everlasting joy for the rest of your life.< Less
The Unordained Priest By Dr. Daniel Keilman
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The Unordained Priest is a memoir of the life and lessons learned from Daniel Keilman. As a child in Dyer, Indiana, Keilman takes the reader through his exploits in his neighborhood, his school,... More > his church as he readied to become a priest. Although Keilman may never have been fully ordained, the reader learns the many ways that Keilman has fulfilled the mission of priesthood, serving his fellow human as a teacher, principal, and educational administrator at the state level, in addition to his role as husband, father, and friend. Told with a sense of humor, a conversational style, and an insatiable excitement for life despite life altering events early in his life, Keilman's story is an inspiration to all who read his stories and lessons. This book is essential reading for those who know Keilman, and those who look to learn more about his life, and even more about their own.< Less
Through Their Eyes By George Steffner
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When General Mark W. Clark became president of The Citadel he determined to make the military college's plebe year the toughest in the world. This is an account of how thorough a job he did and a... More > description of the lives of some of the cadets who endured what he created.< Less
Heart Murmurs By Sharon Dobie
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Do your doctors share what they have learned from you? Likely not! With little precedent for physicians to open up about the impact their patients have on their personal development, Heart Murmurs:... More > What Patients Teach Their Doctors breaks tradition with a collection of stories by author and editor Sharon Dobie M.D. and 35 other physicians. Aware for years that her patients taught her at least as much as she gave them, Dr. Dobie’s acknowledgement of this reciprocity led to this project. Grouped thematically, the stories encourage health care providers to think about their relationships with patients and through that reflection, to know themselves more deeply. They also take all readers from the specific to universal messages, asking all of us to see how we are changed within all relationships, doctor-patient or otherwise. These humanizing tales draw us back to basics: relationships matter for us all.< Less
The Eagle Ford: A Partly Factual and Occasionally True Memoir from the Oilfields of South Texas and Northern Mexico By Brandon Seale
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In South Texas and northern Mexico, the Eagle Ford play has brought the oil and gas industry to the forefront of people’s minds. Yet outsiders find it hard to see the industry sympathetically,... More > because they so rarely see the people that inhabit it. The collection offers a vivid picture of life and people in the industry and includes short stories (some fictional, some not) about gun battles with Mexican cartels, songs without music masquerading as poems, and essays on the oil and gas business and the larger-than-life personalities in it.< Less
The Biography of Harvey Stromme By Irene Ward
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From the Dust Bowls of the Canadian Prairies to the Parched Sahara of Africa - The Story of Harvey Stromme, Missionary to Nigeria
Paradox Bob's Praddlings By Robert Ira Riddle
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History,sonnets, poems, and "praddling" about childhood, teaching, ranch life, and war.
The Ringmasters - Flying Bombing Combat with the Mighty 8th Air Force 1944-1945 By Frank H. Lewis
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Frank H. Lewis tells the story of the 30 combat missions he flew, in B24 Liberators, as part of the Ray Trapp crew. They were part of the 852/3 Bomb Squadron of the 491st Bomb group, of the 14th... More > Combat Bomb Wing of the 8th Air Force, which was then part of the Army Air Corp. The first mission was October 5, 1944 and the last was April 4, 1945. All were flown over Germany during one of the harshest winters Europe has known. He was part of the 4000 plane mission to relieve the Allied troops on Christmas Eve, during the Battle of the Bulge. His most harrowing mission was the Hamburg Oil Refineries on November 21, 1944.< Less
Growing Through Life: The Extraordinary Tales of an Ordinary Woman By Linda Niehoff Davidson
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After being told she may only have months to live, the author decides to share her amazing life story. From her grandfather’s solo journey to America circa 1895 to her current day health... More > struggles, Growing Through Life is written with candor, humor, and raw emotion. Linda reveals the extraordinary obstacles and opportunities she faced as she rose from a country girl to become a nationally recognized healthcare finance executive. Her story will inspire you to treasure each new day. You will feel her pain and rejoice in her triumphs as she reveals her newly gained perspective on life.< Less
Turning Corners - Paperback By Fred E Reed
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Turning Corners is about dealing with both old and new situations and discerning whether there is a need to change direction. And evolving.
Those From Whom We Came By Patrick Flattery
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Long awaited for by Flattery family history buffs, this book chronicles the daily lives of the Flattery family of early Fort Dodge through a collection of newspaper articles taken from the local... More > press of the day. The stories contained herein will amaze, will make you laugh, will cause you to cry. One thing is certain: at some wee hour of the night, when you finally set this book down, you will walk away knowing better those from whom we came.< Less
Battlefields and Mountains By Leon 'Scrap' Gray
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Baseball, Music, Adversity and Adventure provide the backdrop for a Father's inspirational story of Love, Faith, Perseverance, Courage and Determination.
My Name is Dorothy By Dorothy Kincheloe
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Dorothy Kincheloe Hendrix tells about her life in this short memoir.
Over the Spillway ~ Life Journey of an Engineer By Isaac Stanley Walker
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On September 7, 1914, Isaac Stanley Walker made his first entry in this diary to record his thoughts, observations and day-to-day activities in both his personal and professional life. His minuscule... More > printing on the 6 3/4" x 3 3/4" pages is almost impossible to read with the naked eye. Now transcribed, Isaac's diary provides a fascinating portrait of his work as a civil engineer and family man through the times of World War One, the Great Depression, and President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. The last entry was made just two weeks before his death at the age of 54 on January 23, 1938.< Less
Radiant Truths; SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DESCENDANT of CAMEROON DNA TEST By Karimu Shaw M.S.
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Scientific research indicates that the DNA encoded within each cell in our body has important implications about who we are on more levels than our physical characteristics. As we read about Karimu... More > Shaw’s journey—its physical, mental, and spiritual aspects—we become witnesses to the truth that there are ancient memories alive within our DNA at the cellular level, and in the “inner space” of our soul. Perhaps it was Karimu’s beloved ancestors, speaking directly into his spirit-soul who, early in his life, implanted within him the seed desire to have DNA testing. Karimu’s heart longed for “home,” that part of us that is beneath the surface of our existence while being a reflection of it. Each step on his outer path home became a steppingstone to his inner Self, to his acquaintanceship with the Whole of who he is. In that same way, may Radiant Truths be a blessing to all of its readers. Michael Bernard Beckwith founder, Agape International Spiritual Center author of Life Visioning< Less
THE PEPPER LANE REVIEW VOLUME II By Gaby Edwards
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A collection of poetry, memoirs and essays by various authors.
Dusting The Honey Bee By Karen Ameden
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I am going to tell you a story about your Grampy (Dale) when he was a little boy. He grew up in the hills of Weston, Vermont; next door to the family farm where his Grandma Foster lived with Uncle... More > Charlie and Aunt Betty. Life was very different back then, they lived very frugally. They did not go to the grocery store for everything like we do now. They did not have much money and they tried to use what they had or could grow or find. Take honey for example; when you want some honey, you go to the grocery store to buy it. Well, when Grampy’s parents needed honey, they went out “Hunting for the Bee Tree”. This is a story that Grampy remembers when he was a boy.< Less
Still At It: Meadowood Writers #4 By Mary Mullen, Richard Radtke
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A group of mostly retired people from Madison, Wisconsin meet weekly at the Meadowood Community Center to write memories from their distant childhood and the more recent past. This is the genesis of... More > most of the memoirs in this, the fourth volume of their work. In it you will find revealing stories of how it used to be as they grew up in Madison and other urban and very rural places in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. Some stories are memories of their parents, grandparents, or siblings, and some are from the writers’ adult years. A few poems are scattered through this volume. Several of these authors, but not these works, have been published in other places.< Less