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The Grand Gypsy: A Memoir By Ottavio Gesmundo, Ottavio Gesmundo
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What do Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, and Ed Sullivan have in common? Ottavio Canestrelli crossed paths with each. He performed with the Krone Circus in Italy and Germany from 1922 to 1924 on the eve... More > of Hitler’s rise to power; he witnessed a rally for Mahatma Gandhi in India in 1931; and he appeared twice on the Ed Sullivan Show during the 1960s. In The Grand Gypsy, Canestrelli, with his grandson, Ottavio Gesmundo, tells the story of a man who witnessed historical events as he toured with his family through five continents and countless nations, including experiences fighting in World War I and the excavation of the Sphinx in Egypt. It shares memories of life in the circus, filled with daring feats and tragic mishaps. With over one hundred and seventy historical photographs included, this memoir chronicles a circus dynasty from the late nineteenth-century in Europe to the new millennium in the United States.< Less
Lessons Learned In a Shattered Life By Carol McBride
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This book is a journal of the author's experiences in healing from a traumatic breaking of a marriage relationship. She discusses her battle against anger, unforgiveness and heartbreak. The book is... More > written to the reader in the hope that they will benefit from what she has learned in her journey through this difficult season of her life.< Less
The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell By James Stevenson
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An illustrated biography of the longtime The New Yorker cartoonist Frank Modell, by his friend and fellow artist at The New Yorker, James Stevenson. With drawings, some of which originally appeared... More > in the magazine, and others created for this book. Also with many photographs, some vintage and other current.< Less
Once Upon a Time ... There Was a Tavern Volume 1 By Lathan Hudson
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This is the memoir of Lathan Hudson's successful 18 years as a Nashville country music songwriter. He tells it like it was with the stars and the movers and shakers, recalling the hilarious, as well... More > as bittersweet, details of his experience. If you're a country music fan, if you've ever wondered what it's like behind the scenes with the best known celebrities in country music, this is a book you won't want to miss.< Less
Memories: My Early Life in Germany and Sweden By Paul L. Kester
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“I was seven years old when Hitler came to power,” writes Paul Kester. In these recollections he tells about how the events of 1930s Germany affected him and his family, as seen through... More > the eyes of a young Jewish boy. His story continues with his escape to Sweden on a Kindertransport. He describes his years in Sweden, where he spent the war years, escaping the fate of his parents, much of his family, and many of his friends who were murdered by the Nazis. By the age of 16, he was living on his own in Stockholm. With the end of the war, he traveled to the United States, as well as returning to Germany. The book concludes with his immigration to, and life in, the United States.< 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
Who Will Polish the Silver?: A Southern Baby Boomer’s Remembrance By Marie Land Avery
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Marie (“Missy”) estimates that as the hostess for family celebrations she has polished 6,720 fork tines front, back, and in between. She’s seen her duty, and she’s done it. In... More > Who Will Polish the Silver? she shares the stories about her life growing up in the 1940s South, surrounded by several generations of an eccentric family grounded in its lineage and formed by the expectations accompanying that lineage. It was a time when Victorian manners and Civil War pride still permeated the culture. Framed by Missy’s legacy of the family silver which symbolizes her heritage and its responsibilities, Who Will Polish the Silver? follows her through rapidly changing decades toward her inevitable status as an aging baby boomer. A young girl’s recollections growing up in Statesville, North Carolina, are juxtaposed with the older Missy’s later broader experiences; this alignment demonstrates that the values and self-image acquired in childhood endure.< Less
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.
Guardians of Life By Evan Butler
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A collection of short memoirs and essays about the author's summer job as a lifeguard. The stories illustrate how a simple task, like watching a pool, can quickly escalate into all sorts of crazy... More > events ranging from girls to explosions and everything in between.< Less
Shenandoah's Son By Austin W Good
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Childhood memories of growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia circa 1930.
On the Shoulders of Giants: Volume 1. North America By Joseph Ward
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On the Shoulder of Giants is a mini book highlighting heroes of African American, African and Indigenous American decent. This eBook is an extension of my blog page On the Shoulders of Giants; this... More > book and the blog page were designed to create awareness about heroes of the past and present who gave the world hope and freedom. It is important to recognize and understand the contributions of those before you, particularly those of African or Indigenous descent. Our past is significant because of the plight we had to overcome and in some aspects are still overcoming to be considered human beings.< Less
GUNZ AND GOD: The Life of an NYPD Undercover By Stevie Stryker, Rocco Parascandola
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Some people complain about the problems around them. Others do something about them. This is the real-life story of Stevie Stryker, who grew up in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood, then became an NYPD... More > undercover — Stevie Gunz, his fellow officers called him. He locked up countless bad guys using his biggest asset, his ability to talk. It’s a skill he learned as a kid in church, where he listened, not always willingly, as his father, a strict Pentecostal minister, held sway with his mesmerizing sermons. But Stryker broke his father’s heart, joining the Marines instead of heading right to college, only to make amends later in life. After retiring from the NYPD due to a debilitating illness, he paid his father the biggest compliment he could, becoming a minister and preaching the word of God.< Less
The Norman Gene 'Wa' Warlick Story: By The Skin of His Teeth By Dickie Warlick
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My father, Norman Gene ‘Wa’ Warlick is one of the last survivors of the Greatest Generation and he grew up in a very unique time. He spent his childhood in a small town in the Carolina... More > foothills, in a neighborhood where every adult was a surrogate parent; where children had to ‘imagine’ and ‘create’ their own fun; where families had ‘little’ in the way of material possessions but ‘much’ in the way of unity and love; where patriotic young men and women put their ‘life’s plans’ on hold in support of a nation at war; where ‘good clean fun’ was the favorite pastime. All of the unique qualities of his time helped define the man my father became: a teacher, a scoutmaster, an accountant, a church leader, a carpenter, a devoted husband, and for me and my brothers, a loving father and mentor. This book is his story, told to me over several years’ time, through his unique story-telling quality. It is the story of Norman Gene ‘Wa’ Warlick, who managed to get-by and succeed through his life – by the skin of his teeth.< Less
Puritans, Patriots and Pioneers: An Elwell Family History By Frank Bevc
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Like leaves in the wind, the lives of seven generations of the Elwell Family were driven by early American history. A short fourteen years after the Mayflower, Robert Elwell landed at the... More > Massachusetts Bay Colony and prospered in one of the first settlements in the New World. His children fought in the first Indian War and endured the Salem Witch Trials. A new frontier in West Jersey became a refuge; and, two generations later, the starting point for a westward migration that lasted for over a century. Patriot Thomas Elwell sought his fortune on the Allegheny frontier and sharpened his skills as a soldier in Dunmore’s War. He survived eight years of Revolutionary War service including front line combat in key northern battles, Valley Forge and the final southern campaign leading to Yorktown. Thomas moved west to Cumberland to welcome troops mustering to put down the Whiskey Rebellion before homesteading as an early settler in Ohio. His children pushed westward to build lives in the new Northwest Territory.< Less
GOODTIMES, BADTIMES, GIVE ME SOME OF THAT By Gao Hang
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At first, first time come to US, it was just my personal diary, each one made of a 6cm by 6cm watercolor drawing and a few words about what happened to me and things that were different from China,... More > both good and not that good. Until one day these drawings were found by professor Gael, she liked them and laughed the whole time when she looked at them, which hit me that I should really share my stories and happy to more friends and people around me. Until now, I have drawn 110 pieces that record 110 of my first memories in US.< Less
Secrets in a Box By Sheila Callahan Mueller
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A book about the ordinary experiences of growing up in the not so ordinary situation of adoption in the 1930's and 40's; of learning how to deal with the feelings of not belonging, of being... More > disconnected, and eventually finding a place - an identity and ultimately the meaning in one's life. It is about the healing power of love and the freedom that comes from living the truth.< Less
The Cutting Edge By Angela Lindskov
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The Cutting Edge is my life story about survival and deliverance from sexual abuse, cutting, anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety and a suicide attempt. This is not a victim's story. This is a... More > story of hope!< Less
An Unlikely Pilot By Randy Starbuck
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Tell all biography of Randy Starbuck. There are three sides to every story. This little book tells Randy's side of the story.
My Reflection in the Mirror By Shannon Spruill
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Take a journey with Shannon as she shares her inner most feelings! This book gives voice to the person in the mirror. My Reflection in the Mirror dives into the inner strength of a woman determined... More > to get beyond the demons that hold her captive. When she looks in the mirror, she sees an image that makes her unhappy. Join her on her journey of self-discovery and see how she transforms to a beautiful reflection in the mirror.< Less
It Only Seems Like Yesterday By Odis G. Stephenson
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These stories are based on the author's personal experience of growing up as a tenant farmer's son in North Carolina. Their straightforward style reflects the author's own memories of his boyhood.... More > The Authors says, " If this book brings joy to any one for just a moment, if it takes someone back to a simpler time, back to their own child hood, back to a time of family value, the effort of this writing will be worthwhile." For a journey into a hard but love-filled lifestyle in a simpler time and place, these heart-warming stories are sure to please.< Less
Lest We Forget: A World War II 101st Airborne Paratrooper By Marjorie Snell
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A wife tells a 101st Airborne paratrooper's story of his WWII experiences in Normandy, Holland, and Bastogne. Together, the Snell's creative explanation and conversation through back and forth... More > comparisons, provides an opportunity for the reader to have an emotional response to the effect of war from a paratrooper, veteran, a child, woman and nurse's point of view. War affects us all because we see through the eyes of people in far away, long ago, compelling events that shape our lives.< Less
Life Aboard the USS Maddox DD-731 By Joseph Fanelli
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Memoirs from a WWII Navy veteran about life aboard a Destroyer.
Little Slips, Big Slide By Jeffrey Blake
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This book is a collection of vignettes and observations of an aging commentator engaged in the task of making sense of what he sees.
Overcoming: Alone Against the World By Hamid Zaher
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Growing up in Afghanistan, Hamid Zaher did not feel like a man and was more comfortable in the company of women. He eventually realized he was a gay—a subject despite being punishable, was also... More > taboo in his country, and one that was never discussed. In this memoir, Zaher tells his story of trying to leave his country, only to experience an additional discrimination based on his national origin. Overcoming addresses the worldwide prejudice gay Afghanistani men face. Escaping the religious and traditional homophobia and confronting refugee-bashing when no country or the UN would admit him, Zaher eventually, by trouble making, succeeded to become recognized as a refugee by the UN to Canada. Overcoming shows how one man set goals, persevered, and attempted to overcome discriminations which were tied to his sexual orientation and nationality. By sharing his personal experiences, Zaher hopes to bring newfound rights to others like him who have been denigrated and neglected in today’s world society.< Less
WHATEVER IT TAKES: Life Lessons From A Real Superhero By Chris Hallsey
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Inspiration can be found in many places. Within the pages of this book you will be inspired by a boy named Tyler. During his battle with cancer, thousands joined him on his journey by vowing to do... More > "Whatever it takes" to overcome their own trials. His impact was felt far and wide, reaching people as far away as China and Saudi Arabia. His light and life touched men, women, corporate executives, professional athletes, the young, and the old. Your heart will be touched by the strength, optimism, and faith of a boy people called, Superman.< Less