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Rising from the Ashes: A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima By Dr. Akiko Mikamo
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This is a true and incredible story of a Japanese adolescent, Shinji Mikamo, who miraculously survived the first atomic bombing of human kinds. He was on top of his house roof with nothing to shield... More > him at only ¾ of a mile (1,200m) from the epicenter in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 toward the end of the World War II. But what made Shinji stand out from most of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or even of many other man-made disasters in our history, he never hated Americans as aggressors. He somehow saw things from a much bigger perspective even in the very strict Japanese military government’s mind control of civilians during the war. As one of his three legacy-carrying daughters, Dr. Akiko Mikamo wrote his story to send out the messages of human love and power of forgiveness to remind the world our worst enemies of yesterday could become the best friends of tomorrow.< Less
The Day My World Stood Still By Anne MacIsaac
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This is a journal of the eight months I spent in Alberta with my son who underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant for Leukemia.
Turn Left By James F. Rohr
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Turn Left was a labor of love from start to finish. One man's love of the sea... a father's love expressed in a story... and his legacy published through the love of his daughter.
Through the Holocaust to Texas By Walter Meyer
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Walter Meyer's third historical memoir provides new details about his family roots. Also the narrative picks up where he left the story in his prior memoir, when his cargo plane landed in Texas in... More > 1958 carrying 12 unique stallions from Peru.< Less
My Heritage By Rosemary Thornell Terry
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Histories of the Abraham, Braswell, Norwood, Thornell, and Tindol families of Mississippi, U.S.A., as researched and recounted by Rosemary Thornell Terry.
The Life of Lowell Hetterle By Opal Hetterle
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A pictorial memorial of the life of Lowell Glen Hetterle: 2/2/1934 ~ 12/13/2014
Monday Morning Updates: From Bosnia to the Moon By SGM H. H. Gorder
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This is a book based on two deployments: Bosnia 2003-2004, and Kuwait 2009-2010. It captured the letters, the Monday Morning Updates, that were sent home during these deployments, including many... More > pictures.< Less
Life as a Tarantella: a memoir By Jill D. Sweet
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This memoir describes the life and times of the author’s mother, Barbara Adams Stephens, a Broadway dancer and stage-manager in the 1930s. Barbara’s story is a classic feminist tale. It... More > is also a narrative of resilience. Barbara was an only child, born in Toronto, Canada in 1915. Her mother, Ethel was a want-to-be Bohemian artist and her father, Stanley was a professional singer. Neither parent concentrated on raising Barbara. It was after Ethel took her daughter with her to Paris in the 1920s that Barbara learned her parents were getting divorced. It was also in Paris that Ethel enrolled Barbara in a Catholic boarding school run by nuns. This gave Ethel freedom from parenting, but it was also the most miserable period of Barbara’s life. She was the only American student. No one spoke English. She quickly learned to speak French, but until she stressed her ties to Canada rather than America, no one befriended her.< Less
Successful Leaders of New Jersey Volume One By Makeba Green
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Successful Leaders of New Jersey Volume One is the first of many volumes celebrating the success of our wonderful state.
240 Shorty: A Celebration of the Life of the Late NHRA Funny Car Driver, Tripp Shumake By Heather Shumake
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Tripp Shumake loved anything with an engine. From fixing up hot rods in high school in Glendale, Arizona, to becoming an NHRA champion Funny Car driver, Shumake was born to drive. He was well... More > respected in the racing community for his abilities not only as a driver but also for being the humble, funny, family man he was. Off the track, Shumake was a Christian and deeply involved in his church community. Tragically, on November 13, 1999, Tripp was killed in a hit-and-run accident on his motorcycle. Taken too soon, his friends, family, and fellow racers share their memories and celebrate the life of Tripp in 240 Shorty. “Tripp was a hell of a racer and a really good guy and I don’t know if you could ask for more than that.” —Don Prudhomme “I know for a fact if Tripp were here today he would ask you one question, ‘Do you know Jesus Christ?’ —Dave Shupe< Less
Unlikely Brothers: Just Trying to Make it Home By Shannon Newberry
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Alan Newberry always believed it was a man’s duty to answer his country’s call and serve with dignity. When he received his draft notice at age nineteen, he knew he had to mentally... More > prepare himself for what he was about to face: a brutal war in Vietnam. In a riveting memoir, Alan’s son, Shannon, shares a walk through not only his father’s journey, but also the journeys of other soldiers who put their lives on the line for freedom. Beginning with Alan’s arrival at boot camp in 1969, Shannon details how his father became “brothers” with his fellow soldiers while attempting to survive infantry life, learning to kill or be killed, and facing the brutal North Vietnamese Army. As Shannon chronicles the soldiers’ experiences from the battlefields to their eventual return home, he reveals the many challenges they faced while processing the emotional after-effects of a war that took so many young lives.< Less
An Improbable Journey: A True Story of Courage and Survival During World War II By Susan Schenkel,Ph.D.
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A wealthy, prominent German-Jewish family was torn apart, first by suicide, then by Hitler. At sixteen, Siddi, the youngest, was left on her own in Nazi Germany. Through an extraordinary chain of... More > events, she found herself in Central Asia. Through an equally extraordinary chain of events, Leon, a handsome Polish Jew, also found himself in Central Asia. Siddi and Leon met and fell in love. They struggled to survive hunger, homelessness, deadly epidemics, a black market economy, and Soviet police harassment. After the war, they managed to get from Central Asia to a displaced persons camp in Southern Germany. Along the way, they had a baby. In the DP camp, this Jewish couple developed a friendship, which defied the hatreds of the time, with a German woman and put their baby girl into her care. Many vignettes describe the people in Siddi and Leon’s different worlds: the sister who met King Edward VIII; the puritanical daughter of a brothel owner; the Jewish friend who survived living underground in Berlin.< Less
100 Years of Change on the Eastern Shore: The Willis Family Journals 1847-1951 By James Dawson, Nick Willis
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A rare chronicle of daily life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1847-1951 “So rare, so historically valuable - - -The only daily account of its kind in the state.” –Brice Stump,... More > Salisbury (Maryland) Daily Times “Unique among farm journals….a wide range of observations” –Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist, Maryland State Archives “Documentation of an uninterrupted single-family-owned farm located in Talbot County for over 100 years……Slave holdings, conflicts, introduction of mechanized farm equipment, local & state political/economic material” –Allan J. Stypeck, Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers.< Less
I Am A Piano By Ulla Morris-Carter
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This is the ‘moving’ memoir of an upright piano, made in 1925 in Darmstadt, Germany by an apprentice of Herr Heinrich Steinweg, aka Mr. Henry Steinway. After its trials and tribulations,... More > from Kristallnacht (the night of broken glass) to bombardments of its birthplace, it finally landed in the 1960s in the family of an American foreign correspondent and his German wife. The piano recounts its multiple trans-continental moves from Bonn to Beirut to Athens to America and the turbulent times and journeys of the family up to its current peaceful resting place in Los Altos Hills, California. With its fussy, ‘bourgeois’ pride and limited perspective, this easily disgruntled instrument with sensitive strings concludes, “I am a survivor.” 6x9 PerfectBound, Cream Pages< Less
The Islanders By Elizabeth Foster
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The story of a Philadelphia lawyer who builds a mansion on an island in Rangeley, Maine
Ten Years Fresh: The Story Of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival By Wes Jackson
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‘Ten Years Fresh” gives you a peak behind the scenes of NYC’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Penned by Wes Jackson, the entrepreneur, historian,... More > educator and self described ‘Hip-Hop nerd’ behind it all. Wes speaks on the highs and lows of the first ten years of The Festival. From its humble beginnings in a parking lot in Williamsburg to attracting thousands to Brooklyn every year, Wes puts us right in those meetings with managers, agents, the NYPD and everyone in between. From getting the blessing of KRS ONE to bringing Kanye West to Brooklyn to debuting Kendrick Lamar it’s all there. A great read for fans, artists, aspiring executives and all lovers of Hip-Hop.< Less
Tails of the Gypsy Musher: Alaska and Beyond By Hugh H. Neff
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“This one's for the dreamers. Hugh Neff's "Tails of the Gypsy Musher" chronicles Neff's unlikely journey from the big city of Chicago to the remote outposts of Alaska. The story pulls... More > you along as easily as Neff's sled dogs do from competition to competition, from adventure to adventure. Told in a style ranging from light-hearted whimsy to wide-eyed wonder, Neff takes you into his world of beauty and love, where dogs are family and the environment is holy and sacred. It's a road worth traveling. All along the way, the spirit of Neff and his sled dogs shines through, illuminating the way for future dreamers. Geronimo, indeed.” --K.C. Johnson, Chicago-based sportswriter< Less
Gathering Chestnuts By Mary Tolaro Noyes
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Gathering Chestnuts: Encounters Along the Way is a collection of stories based on the author’s often unexpected encounters with individuals as she has traveled in and around Bologna, Italy,... More > since 1994. Each story recalls a “gift”: a deeper insight into the people of Bologna and the Province, but also an awareness of herself and the world. These stories could actually be set anywhere; generosity exists, often unnoticed, in the quietest, most unexpected circumstances. Often a person does not even realize his or her own kindness. The title derives from one of the stories included in the collection, In the Castagneto with Clara, referring to the unconditional generosity of the chestnut tree as it blankets our path with its fruit and sustenance. An original illustration by artist Loren Bondurant accompanies each story. Simple maps of the territory will provide the geographical context for the reader.< Less
A Helluva Life: As lived by Helen Sprague Broomell By Sue Broomell Irujo
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Stories and anecdotes about a remarkable woman who paddled down the entire Yukon River by herself at ages 64 and 66—and that was just the beginning of her adventures! The book will be an... More > inspiration to anybody who wants to live a life full of joy, even in the face of adversity.< Less
In the Middle of the Line By Baruch Talbott, Debby Coughlan
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Told from a teenager's point of view, this is the inspiring story of Baruch Talbott, a young orphan who grew up in the crosshairs of the Second Liberian Civil War near the turn of the 21st century. ... More > The fast-paced book is arranged in short chapters that capture pivotal moments in Talbott's life, including unspeakable terror that tested his courage and resolve. His challenges continued after he moved to America at the age of nine. Reminiscent of his African heritage, Talbott recited his memories aloud and Debby Coughlan brought them to life with her written interpretation. The heartwarming, sincere account will inspire readers of all ages.< Less
The Life and Lessons from a Warzone: A Memoir of Dr. Robert Nyeko Obol By Robert Obol
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The Life and Lessons from a Warzone: A memoir of Dr. Robert Nyeko Obol by Robert Obol
Alien Interview - Readers Edition By Lawrence R. Spencer
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The "Readers Edition" is a simplified version of the book, ALIEN INTERVIEW. It does NOT include FOOTNOTES, INDEX or TABLE OF CONTENTS. Only the letters, personal notes and copies of top... More > secret government interview transcripts from Roswell, N.M.. The interviews were conducted with the pilot of a crashed UFO at the US Army Air Force Base in July and August of 1947 under government direction by Flight Nurse Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy. (deceased)< Less
Seasons of My Life By Thelma Little
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Ninety-six year old Thelma Rousseau Little tells of growing up on a farm in the piney woods of east Texas, marrying, spending years following jobs across three states as the wife of a construction... More > worker and mother of two girls, then returning to her roots twenty-nine years later. When a freak flash fire almost took her life shortly after their retirement in the early 1970's, she defied all odds against her survival and lived to tell this story more than three decades later.< Less
Hooligan from the Hills: Growing Up Ornery in Iowa's Loess Hills By Jeffrey D. Deitering
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Life in rural Iowa isn't just a rerun of Mayberry R.F.D. Inside are the true stories of a simple farm kid; memories of growing up in farm communities nestled around the Loess Hills in southwest... More > Iowa. Some may make you laugh, a few may make you cry, a couple may just make you scratch your head and ask, "Why on earth would anyone do that?"< Less
Pieces of Eight By Walter N. Morrison
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Pieces of Eight is a book of tightly written stories drawn from the memories of an adventuresome man’s life starting with boyhood in the 1930s.