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The Queen Chronology (2nd Edition) By Patrick Lemieux & Adam Unger
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REVISED & EXPANDED 2ND EDITION The Queen Chronology is a comprehensive account of the studio and live recording and release history of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor,... More > who joined forces in 1971 as the classic line-up of the rock band Queen. Years of extensive research have gone into the creation of the Chronology, which covers the very beginnings of band members’ careers, their earliest songwriting efforts and recording sessions, through the recording and releasing of Queen’s 15 original studio albums with their classic line-up, to the present-day solo careers of Brian May and Roger Taylor. All of this information is presented date by date in chronological order, with detailed descriptions of each song version, including those both released and known to be unreleased. Every Queen and solo album, single, non-album track, edit, remix and extended version is examined, as are known demos or outtakes, pre-Queen recordings and guest appearances.< Less
Ada By Clarabell Moses
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You will get to know true family life watching Ada Marshall growing into adulthood. You will laugh with her, cry with her and you will love her through all her trials. She’s a daughter, a... More > sister, a wife, and a mother.< Less
Bobby Atkins Bluegrass Boy By Rob Leggett
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Bobby Atkins is a three-time Bluegrass Hall of Famer. Bobby's banjo skills are highly recognized and in his eighty-four plus years those skills have not diminished. Bobby toured and played on stage... More > with such greats as Bill and Charlie Monroe, Stonewall Jackson, Joe Stone, Jim Eanes and many others. This book is based on conversations in 2016 at his home and on the road visiting the farmland of his childhood. Enjoy his story as a conversation between friends.< Less
But God...a journey By Carla Engel Ludwig
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"But God is the story of the journey God led Carla Ludwig on after she found out her daughter was going to be a single mom. Despite her objections, God pursued Carla with His heart for single... More > moms and His desire to share His heart with the world through the story of one single mom, her daughter, and the challenges she faced. It is a story affirming all of life's circumstances are allowed by God and turned to good, no matter how they look at the time. Is that hard to believe? ---Then, join the journey< Less
Not Afraid By Jessica Bibb Tisdale
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The true story of a 16-year old boy's battle against leukemia and the reason why he was not afraid.
Love Personified By Jill Ashby Woodward
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“Material blessings always come and are a great joy at the time they are received. In due time they grow old and tattered and are discarded. They are the source of temporary happiness, but... More > temporary only. True and lasting happiness is in our hearts. It is a peace of mind in the knowledge that we are doing God’s will and living the good life. Being happy is important to good health. Happiness can only be attained by a practice of good thoughts toward all mankind; good wishes for everyone and a true generosity with all our worldly possessions; for truly it is more blessed to give than to receive.” This is the true story of Dorothy Kelley Ashby, a devout Catholic, and her struggle for emotional peace, financial security and happiness for her Pearl Harbor-surviving husband and her family. Dorothy’s life was not a bed of roses! She had her challenges—some beyond her capacity to fix—yet she continued to endure and faced all things with charity, faith, and composed grace.< Less
Refugee: An American Story By Felix Alberto Granados
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This book will take you through the improbable, unconventional and entertaining adventures of the author and his family who fled Cuba after Castro took control of their homeland in 1960.The family... More > was led by the author’s father, an ordinary man with no college education, no building experience and very little knowledge of the English language. He was a man who was not afraid to dream big and with sheer determination, boundless energy and drive led his family, like many refugees, to experience the American Dream. Their story takes you through an interesting twist of fate of a man and his family that had lost their home and country and recovered to provide affordable housing and create thousands of jobs for so many in a country that graciously welcomed them. Arriving in Miami in 1960 with only a few personal possessions, this story will take you through the family’s diverse journey experiencing life in America in this fast-paced autobiography.< Less
Amazing Gracie By Michael Haibach
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Quite by chance, I uncovered family secrets that had been buried and skillfully guarded for close to a century. Yet hidden beneath the lies and secrets — and far more startling — was... More > the truth. Acquiring that truth, was a journey of discovery for me, which led me to write, AMAZING GRACIE. In the telling of my grandmother's story, I reveal a woman far more complex than I ever could have imagined. A woman, much to my surprise, I barely knew, despite what I had believed to be the closest relationship in my life.< Less
The Ancestors of Joseph Weldon Bailey Hoffman and Versie Mae Stout By Michael Hoffman
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Joseph Weldon Bailey Hoffman and Versie Mae Stout met in Greer County, Oklahoma in the late 1920s. They were married at the beginning of the Great Depression, and lived through the Dust Bowl of the... More > 1930s in Oklahoma. Wanting a better future, like millions of others, they left the great plains and headed west along the famous Route 66. They did not make it all the way to California, but stopped in the small town of Winslow, Arizona. This book is the story of their lives, and the three generations of ancestors before them. Also included are a few details of more distant ancestors and three short chapters about DNA connections. My grandchildren will be the tenth generation of our “Hoffman” family to be born in America. The “Stout” branch of our family probably arrived almost 100 years before the Hoffmans. I’ve tried to include enough photos, stories, documents, and references to ensure that these past generations will not be forgotten.< Less
Bridges Across My Life By Meindert Bosch
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A 97 year old's reflection on his years including his time in World War II.
Sally's Genius By Brooks Clark
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In 1967 Sally Smith needed a school for her son Gary, who suffered from dyslexia, among other learning disabilities. Finding none, she founded one, the Lab School of Washington. In the process, she... More > developed the Academic Club Methodology, by which children with learning disabilities can be engaged and inspired in school, where they had previously suffered only frustration and defeat. While directing the Lab School, Smith taught her system and ran the master's program in special education at American University for 32 years, inspiring a new generation of teachers to pioneer innovations in education. Smith also wrote books, starting with "No Easy Answers" in the late 70s and in various editions thereafter, that serve as the definitive works in the special education field. Smith was driven, creative, unique, and unforgettable.< Less
The Incredibly Unexpected: From High School Dropout to College Graduate By Anthony Perseveres
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Anthony Perseveres wasn’t supposed to get accepted to a top university and obtain a college degree. Most people didn’t even expect him to live to the age of twenty-four—let alone... More > get married, father children, and play an essential role in their lives. But Perseveres, a black Latino who grew up in a rough Bronx projects, did all of these things and more, surprising even himself. He managed to do it even though he had an absentee father and a mother who abused substances during a crack epidemic that swirled all around him. With grace and grit, he navigated the harsh terrain and went on to earn three college degrees. In this memoir, he shares his inspiring journey about struggling to succeed despite overwhelming obstacles. While he can’t pinpoint one factor that led to his success, his story serves as a blueprint for those who want to escape poor neighborhoods, abusive households, and makeshift prisons to do The Incredibly Unexpected.< Less
Darkness Gone: My story to tell! By Chrissy M.
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A book detailing the life of your average plain Jane. Just looks alone will give you a deep misconception. I invite you into my world.
Behind the Muffler By Robert I. Frey
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A sequel to his acclaimed "Behind the Motometer," this is a collection of stories previously published in the Lehigh Valley Antique Automobile Association's newsletter. In addition to his... More > nostalgic tales, there are several of his poems, an array of antique words and phrases complied with his friend, Norbert McGuire, and some writings of his neighbor, Dr. Robert Briglia. Behind the Muffler celebrates the people of rural America and the cars, trucks and tractors that affected their lives.< Less
A Change in Thought By Will McCrotty
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Will opens up about his life and experiences he has learned through the game of baseball and people who have impacted his life such as Brad Wear, Tommy Lasorda, Del Crandall, Denny McCrotty and many... More > more influential people. In this book, you will learn about The Fellowship of the Miserable, how to Turn It Over to God, the Warrior Spirit, Professionalism, and many more life lessons which will help guide you in living a grateful and fruitful life. Learn from Will's experiences as you start your journey through life. This is the perfect book for a young adult or any one to read and gain knowledge on how to handle adversity and challenges that may await you during your life. Remember three things : 1. Live for God 2. Live Passionately for your Purpose 3. Live Compassionately for Others. Thank you for looking and enjoy the book.< Less
Lessons My Momma Taught Me: Absolutely Nothing Will Ever Take the Place of the Love and Lessons Shared Between a Mother and Her Children By Carla Jackson
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“Lessons My Momma Taught Me” is the first book written by Carla Jackson. It is a memoir dedicated to her beautiful mother, Ora. In spite of enduring near insurmountable odds,... More > Carla’s mother managed to raise seven girls while teaching them the importance of putting God and family first as a pinnacle for the world to see and emulate. This memoir is laced with difficult and life changing lessons that helped shape Carla into the woman she’s become today. Many of the lessons are intertwined with beautiful and heartfelt experiences which Carla and her siblings endured while growing up in Houston, Texas. Most of what she shares is centered around one of her mother’s favorite scriptures, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” (Isaiah 66:13 NIV)< Less
From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields: The Anna Knight Story By Dorothy Knight Marsh
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Born in the south to a slave mother and a white father, Anna Knight grew up in the Jasper County, Mississippi cotton fields. Realizing this wasn’t for her, she taught herself to read and write... More > and eventually became the first in her family to graduate from College. In From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields, author Dorothy Knight Marsh tells her great-aunt’s story. This memoir follows Anna from her early years in Mississippi, around the world, and back again. She graduated as a nurse from Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan and later returned home and operated a self-supporting school for the adults and children. Anna was then appointed a missionary to India, serving nearly seven years. Never forgetting those she left behind, Anna returned to the United States and restarted the school the knight riders burned. From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields narrates the story of a woman of purpose who had no fear, dedicated her life to education, establishing schools throughout the south for all black children.< Less
Damn, I Shot My Horse By Fred Hauptmann
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The coming of age story about Fred, a boy who is sent into the desert with very few resources to help build his family's homestead. Many colorful characters come into his life, among them ranchers,... More > prostitutes, miners and other unlikely mentors. Over eleven hard years as a homesteader, hard-rock miner and buckaroo, he learns to live in solitude and keep his emotions in check. Oh, he also learns to dig a ditch.< Less
The Right Amount of Sunshine...Cultivating Little Girls into Young Ladies By Brenda's Child
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Mentor,teacher,poet and mother, Brenda's Child offers advice and shares the struggles and triumphs of her teen years in hopes of sparking conversation between young girls and caregivers.
A BLADE OF GRACE - PAPERBACK By VICTORIA HUGGINS PEURIFOY
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In life we learn lessons in one of three ways: by experiencing them, observing them, or through the wisdom gifted to us by a loving elder. In Victoria Huggins Peurifoy’s prose and poetry we are... More > privileged to actually learn by all three methods. As a writer, Victoria (or as she is affectionately called “The Axiom”) delivers her personal story so honestly and intimately you at times believe she is talking about you or you start to think you are her! But what ultimately comes through is the fact that she, as an elder, imparts the insights she has gained. Too often in today’s literary world, memoirs or autobiographies become nothing more than sensationalized “tell all” exposés. Their only value comes from shock. Not true with “A Blade of Grace.” Victoria tells her truth without making herself a victim, villain or vixen; which ultimately makes her a heroine. I have nothing further to say but; put on a pot of coffee, sit in your favorite chair, and enjoy! Elijah Pringle, Editor and Host of Poetry Quid Pro Quo< Less
5k, Ballet, and a Spinal Cord Injury By Starzec Jennifer & Hammer Sarah Todd
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"5k, Ballet, and a Spinal Cord Injury" is the true story of Jen, a runner, and Sarah Todd, a dancer, and their journey with Transverse Myelitis, a neurological disorder of the spinal cord... More > that causes paralysis and more.< Less
Your Time Will Come: Jack Yerman and His Incredible Journey to the 1960 Olympics By Bruce Hamilton Yerman
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Jack Yerman's incredible journey to the 1960 Olympics and his gold medal victory is a story of personal triumph intertwined with significant events of the Twentieth Century. This is the inspiring... More > story of a boy who overcomes adversity to become a world class athlete, who is a true champion in character and on the track. Some may read this book and question, "How could so much happen to one person?" Be assured - these stories are true.< Less
Cocktails & Conversations By Joel Finsel
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"You can learn a lot about someone from what they order to drink..." A tie-slackened executive spilling his guts over his fourth Pernod, the late night exploits of a perverted chef, the... More > poetic sensibilities of an addict obsessed with starting rumors about herself, a retired orchestral percussionist intent on teaching his son the ways of a gentleman, these and other stories based on real experiences from the Astral Plane, where the owner's sledgehammer brought down a wall to create enough room for Mick Jagger's entourage. Inside are their stories, with splashes of barroom lore and award-winning recipes from one of Playboy's "top ten bartenders in the nation." Bartender Magazine calls it, "Often intriguing, always fun and surprisingly informative."< Less
Elim Children's Home By Marilyn Booth Juhl
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The Elim Children’s Home in Elk Horn, IA was established by the United Danish Evangelical Church in America in 1890 and closed in 1961. Marilyn Booth Juhl, who lived in the Home from... More > 1942-1949, tells the story of the Elim Family and what it was like for her and the approximately 300 other children who called Elim “home” during those 71 years.< Less
Miss You, Pat By Sharon Watts
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Captain Patrick J. Brown of the FDNY had an uncanny ability to be exactly where he was needed at exactly the right time, most especially on 9/11/2001, when he perished, surrounded by scores of burn... More > victims he was trying to evacuate from the World Trade Center. Everyone who knew Pat agreed that he would have been nowhere else that day. And yet, Pat was much more than a firefighter. Pat was a yoga devotee. A Black Belt in karate who taught the blind. An accomplished boxer. A USMC Vietnam War vet. A Broadway musical theatre buff. And throughout it all, a spiritual seeker. Many people whose lives he touched shared their stories and memories with his close friend and former fiancee. The result is an intimate and moving book, with first-person narratives illustrating Pat's deep and varied life. Idiosyncratic, personal memories blend with career stories that illustrate what made him such an intuitive, beloved friend, and such a legend in the FDNY. He inspires us all. Proceeds go to Bent On Learning.< Less