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Browine Barked At Midnight By Roberta Allison
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Roberta Larew Allison grew up in rural Monroe County, West Virginia, in a community called Hans Creek. As the oldest of ten children and from the perspective of 92 years, she is definitely an... More > authority on her family and some of the many changes that have taken place over the past nine decades. During that time she has pursued careers, found romance, raised a family, and taken mental notes on all that has happened around her. Now she has put some of these observations into her memoirs to share with friends and family. Her love of writing and her art of sharing some good stories come through in this concise book.< 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
"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
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
Call Me Moses By J. Moses Harper
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It's typical to experience rough patches on occasion throughout childhood. For Joye "Moses" Harper, a slew of obstacles were stacked against her before her first birthday. In Call Me Moses,... More > Harper candidly shares shocking details about the onslaught of adversity she faced after being born to an abusive addict and raised in a drug infested community. Her inspiring story speaks on behalf of millions of young people facing hardships who dare to dream that a promising life is within their reach.< Less
Ненька моя Евреïна: Две тысячи лет украинского еврейства By Владимир Гальперин
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Евреïна - мною выдуманая страна,... More > несуществующий в географических атласах топоним. И всё-же это вполне реальное место на карте. ... Не знаю, любимая ли, но безусловно родная земля многих поколений моих предков. Судьба украинского еврейства тесно переплетена, но, тем не менее, весьма отлична от судьбы ураинского народа. Моя Евреïна - страна со своим языком, со своей религией и с удивительной, более чем двухтысячелетней истрией.< Less
The Woman Who Saved An Island (BW) By Jane Fishman
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As more and more coastline is lost to rapacious commercialization and outrageous governmental taxes, we have someone like Sandy West, now 101 years old, who put her family fortune into keeping... More > Ossabaw Island wild and free of development when many wanted to buy it to build resorts and gated communities. Read about her fights with the state of Georgia to preserve this pristine barrier island, some 15 miles from Savannah, Georgia. Learn how her parents, moneyed people from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, bought the island in 1924. See why Sandy decided to share it with artists, writers, musicians, philosophers and, yes, astronomers. Enjoy all this through the observations of a writer who over the years has become Sandy’s friend and advocate. Jane Fishman has had full access to the humor, perspicacity and integrity of Sandy West and to the beauty of the island. This black & white version of “The Woman Who Saved an Island” includes breath-taking photographs and encaustic renderings by artists Betsy Cain & Carmela Aliffi.< Less
Struggle for Survival By Leland Johnston
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A Nebraska rancher, cattleman, pilot and entrepreneur (and the father of artist-photographer Douglas Simonson) tells his hardscrabble story, from the "Dirty Thirties" through WWII (New... More > Guinea, the Philippines, and Korea) to marriage, kids, the ups and downs of the cattle business, right up to the present.< Less
I Feel More Like I Do Now Than I Did Yesterday By Brad Terry
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Brad Terry's best-remembered life stories are woven through with several themes. Terry's discovery late in life that he had suffered from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) since before it had a name,... More > is what began the quest that became this book. The creativity with which he has met the challenges life presented to him makes it a lively read. Sixty years of making music provides the unifying thread of Terry's story, one that has touched so many people, including many greats of jazz history, some more obscure than others. The music emerges as a guide from the very beginning, a consistent presence holding the rest of the story together, much as it has the man. These themes together tell a story about the resilience of Terry's adventuresome spirit, blessed with music running in his veins.< Less
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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
Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers: With Notes from the Battles of Good King Boaz By Dennis Boaz
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Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers has two themes. The principle theme centers around the author Dennis Boaz’s discovery and development of a comprehensive body of rights for workers and... More > citizens, at whose core are seven rights. The author explains why this human rights organizational system would transform society if applied to education, business, and government. Interwoven with the first theme are Boaz’s misguided and outrageous attempts to gain publicity for an earlier seven rights manuscript (a 1976 marijuana smoke-in in San Francisco’s Federal Building and asking the Utah Supreme Court for his client’s [Gary Gilmore] execution). The book also contains memoirs of other public controversies that accompanied much of Boaz’s professional career as a lawyer in Saipan and Guahan (Guam); as a teacher/union leader in Ukiah, California. After numerous morphs spanning several years, the final draft of Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers was completed in November, 2014.< Less
My Favorite Memories By Eleanor Lyons McCabe
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Eleanor Lyons McCabe shares her favorite moments of her life with readers with charm, humor, and grace.
Last of the Dons By Yolanda Tenorio
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The majority of this book is composed of short stories and accounts from the people of Anton Chico, New Mexico, the grandfathers (the Dons), and grandmothers (the Doñas). This book contains... More > accounts of the paths our families traveled from Santa Fe, San Miguel del Bado, Chaperito, and the neighboring communities to Anton Chico.< Less
Spot Fires and Slop-Overs: Memoir of a Firefighter By Buck Wickham
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Buck Wickham was just eighteen years old when he started working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1971. The world was a different place then, and times have definitely changed. In Spot Fires and... More > Slop-Overs, he narrates the story of his career as a forest firefighter—from his beginnings chasing lightning fires on the Mogollon Rim of Northern Arizona through his participation on incident management teams fighting fires across the United States. Offering a candid look at Wickham’s specialized work, Spot Fires and Slop-Overs presents an engaging and fascinating memoir of one man’s time serving in the U.S. Forest Service. He presents insight into the nuts and bolts of his job throughout his tenure, and he reflects on how things are changing in the forests and in the bureaucracy of forest management. He tells about the friendships and antics he’s experienced and also shares compelling stories of what it was like to be on the ground in the nation’s forests.< Less
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117 DAYS ~ A Memoir By Mike Hardy & Marie Burghard
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117 Days is the firsthand account of nineteen-year-old draftee, Private First Class Mike Hardy, as he fought on the front lines of Vietnam in 1969. Decades after the war, Mike sat down with his... More > eldest daughter, Marie, and recorded those experiences. Together, they wrote Mike's incredible story of war, luck, and hope.< Less
Defeating All Odds By Mattie Key
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This book was written to inspire and encourage others not to give up. Despite of how things may be, God will bring you through. Giving up is not an option and know that you are more than enough.
Wendell Mayes Interviews By Wendell Mayes Jr
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Two Austin History Center Interviews of Wendell Mayes, Jr;
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The Legend of Hurry Up Ranch By Calvin Hutchings
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Calvin Hutching's recollections of his childhood growing up on the Hurry Up Ranch.
I Speak With My Heart: Dear Nicky, Love Mommy Series, Book 2 By Cheryl A. Borrelli
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I Speak With My Heart, is Cheryl A. Borrelli’s follow up and continuation journal to Dear Nicky, Love Mommy. In this book, she continues to educate readers as to how it feels to experience... More > daily life, struggles, and joy with her son Nicky, who has autism. In this book, Cheryl describes her journey out of depression and into self discovery, what perspectives and life experiences have been learned through her 19 years of raising her son, while encouraging, educating, and inspiring others to reach their fullest potential in their lives despite whatever difficulties must be faced. She shares what tools she has learned to cope, as well as to find peace and joy as a family through acceptance and unconditional love. She gives examples of experiences at home, school, and the medical profession, as well as within the community and family, as a way to educate how autism feels from a parent’s perspective.< Less
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My Footprint By Marie Dicker Haas
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Marie Dicker Haas knew how to make friends and keep them—and being connected to others was what she treasured most. In this memoir, her spirit shines through, as do her philosophies on life,... More > which she developed over more than 90 years before her death in 2017. From her formative days growing up on Staten Island, New York, to her years at Cornell University, through the World War II years, and on to life as it unfolded, she writes with a thoughtful, creative style. She writes courageously of her loves, including the death of Sammy Greenwald during World War II, which she writes “affected me more profoundly than any other event I had experienced until that time.” He had been born next door, and he’d always been in her life. Years later, Marie eloped with a concert violinist who melodiously transformed her life for the next twenty-five years, and two children gave her the opportunity to experience one of her greatest joys: motherhood. She also shares lessons from her greatest challenges.< Less
The Woman Beneath the Tree A Real Life Account of a Modern Day Haunting By Elizabeth W. Haussmann
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This is the true story of a present-day haunting. I have not embellished nor distorted the facts to heighten my story. I tell it exactly as it happened. Some will be offended by the conclusions of... More > six years of investigations. But this haunting is about uncomfortable topics. It is the revelation of the hidden history of the families in my neighborhood. I was the first person outside of their community to own the property in over one hundred seventy-five years. With help, I uncovered the appalling dark secrets this community had hidden for decades. But no matter how many years dark secrets are covered up the truth always comes out in the end.< Less