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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
From Being Considered At-Risk to Becoming Resilient: An Autoethnography of Abuse and Poverty Second Edition By Dr. Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, PhD
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I have written a narrative. Autoethnography was the process by which I wrote about the abuse and impoverished conditions I experienced throughout my young life. Autoethnography was also the method by... More > which I disclosed how I moved from being considered at-risk and became resilient. This story represents my life journey, but it can represent the life of many readers who have lived in the United States in poverty and/or have lived through physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse by family members or intimate others. There were several tenets of resilience utilized to identify the “state, condition and practice(s)” I put in place in order to overcome (Knight, 2007, p. 544).< Less
Lost Seoul By Jin Stearns, Carolyn Stearns
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Lost Seoul is the inspirational true story of one man's journey to find his family after becoming lost in a crowded Seoul train station at the age of six. It relays his courage, and never-ending... More > hope, to understand his path in life while discovering unimaginable inner strength along the way.< Less
The Testimony of a Black Sheep By Willie Stokes
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The Testimony of a Black Sheep provides an “up close and inside” view into the gang culture. The author uses a continuous and consistent flow of personal anecdotes that vividly describes... More > the dangerous and subservient life of a gang member. I have shared this book with minors who are currently incarcerated in a juvenile correctional facility for crimes committed while associated with youth gangs. It was indeed a “wake up call” for the youth to get a “real” look into their futures. They were able to relate to many of the situations that the author described. Michael Fautt MA Juvenile Probation Counselor Sociology Instructor, Community College< Less
Farewell, Drew By Annabelle Molyneux
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This book is from an author who experienced the depth of existence. It has an intense philosophical approach that even the most hardcore Atheist will be left thinking. This is erudition in its... More > finest--in the eyes of a child.< Less
Paperboy to President By Tom Tripp
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What a wonderful story and fun read. The Autor takes you on a journey from the early 70's of delivering newspapers to becoming a company President of a 20 million dollar company. Sharing the wisdom... More > of past generations, mistakes and his own experiences.< Less
Standing On Principal: Because It’s Time for Change By Frank Vetro
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On February 8, 2006, Frank Vetro, the young, popular principal of a school in eastern Long Island, saw his life dramatically altered. On that day, he was arrested and effectively labeled a terrorist... More > who had hidden under the guise of a New York educator. In Standing on Principal, he shares his personal story, detailing his arrest, his nights in jail, the court proceedings, and the subsequent fight to clear his name after the alleged scandal was nurtured into the national limelight. Now he recounts the injustice, and the lack of integrity of individuals who allowed the destruction of his life without a moment’s concern for fairness or truth. Telling a real-life story of deception and scandal, Standing on Principal exposes rogue elements of a system that underestimated the tenacious character of its accused and shows how Vetro sacrificed everything as he refused to be intimidated by a political machine.< Less
Making Friends with Candy By Jim Clark
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If you only read this introduction I want you to know that things do happen for a reason, even if we do not know why. I believe people are put into our lives and it’s up to us to make the most... More > of those encounters. And, that you can find love within the most troubling times or darkest moments in your life, as well as in the lives of others. This is the story of a chance meeting and my commitment to do what that voice in my head, as well as my heart, said was the right thing to do. I would not wish the last year of Candy’s life on anyone. She lived through “hell on earth”, the death of her unborn child, being diagnosed with cancer, then discovering more about herself, her “real” friends, and the family she never knew she had.< Less
Possiplex By Ted Nelson
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The life and work of a controversial thinker.
A Boy from A Ukrainian Village By Ilya Okh
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This book is the amazing true account of a boy’s survival during World War II. Illya Okh had only just begun to enter his teenage years when he became separated from his parents during the... More > Nazi invasion of the Ukraine. Merely a child, Ilya travels about the vast expanse of the Soviet Union, hopping from trains to orphanages to prisons all while trying to reunite with his missing family. In this true story of a youth that lived, worked, and learned to survive during the Great Patriotic War, Illya meets and grows with people lost in the upheaval. In a style marked with unexpected optimism and honesty, this surprisingly candid biography shows a different face of the the world during one of its bloodiest wars. On the move instead of on the battlefield, Okh shares the light-hearted outlook that helped him survive all of the adverse situations that rose against him. It’s a story seldom told, yet impossible to forget.< Less
The Memoirs of Eugene Edmonds By Eugene G. Edmonds
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A prisoner of war during World War II and a NASA photographer during the glory days of spaceflight, Eugene Edmonds witnessed firsthand the two defining events of the 20th century. In these pages, he... More > recalls an amazing life--from a humble childhood in rural Virginia, to his ordeal as a captive of the Nazis, to his long fulfilling career as a cameraman in America's space program.< Less
Mostly True Tales of the Seminole Twins By Dwayne Martin, Adison Martin
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Mostly True Tales of the Seminole Twins... Who are the Seminole Twins? Could they be your neighbors or fellow employees - perhaps a member of your church? Read Mostly True Tales of the Seminole... More > Twins and find out. Most reviewers have said, "This could be my story," or "I laughed till I cried!" Mostly True Tales of the Seminole Twins is a Coming of age story that will leave you feeling good about yourself. Don't Miss it!< Less
Flying on a Wing and a Prayer By Ralph Patton
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In 1942 Ralph left behind days behind an adding machine, week nights in accounting courses and weekends courting sweetheart Bette Lou and joined the Army Air Corps. He survived cadet shenanigans and... More > rookie pilot mistakes to join the "Mighty 8th Air Force" flying over Nazi-occupied Europe. But nothing in his training prepared him for bailing out of his B-17 over occupied France. There, he found himself forced to rely on the courage and kindness of ordinary French men and women, who risked everything to help him. This is his story and theirs.< Less
Noodles through Escargots By Arianne Wing, Steve Banister
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Photographic memoir of one family restaurant dynasty that survived for five generations in the small central California town of Hanford.
Amidst Latvians During the Holocaust By Edward Anders
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"One of the best books of 2011"…A nerve-wracking saga in which life and death depend on a capricious fate…absorbing lucidity…vivid portraits…simple moral vision... More > that resonates: "I became immunized against prejudice”. A testament of remarkable clarity and humanity, wrung from dark experience.— KIRKUS REVIEWS. ***Surviving the Holocaust by a hair, Anders became a brilliant scientist. Part I is a memoir of his youth, including the Soviet and German occupations of Latvia. Part II discusses, with objectivity and precision, Latvian conduct during WWII. —ANDREW EZERGAILIS, Professor of History, Ithaca, NY. ***Anders survived by an outright lie (invented by his father) that his mother was a German foundling raised by a Jewish couple. His father was soon executed, but Edward and his mother bluffed their way through the nightmarish years of the German occupation (1941-1945). —MORRIS HALLE, Institute Professor of Linguistics, MIT, Cambridge, MA.< Less
“It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass By Steve Cuno, Joanne Hanks
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With wit, humor and style, Joanne Hanks takes you on a wild ride through the insanity of the Mormon-based polygamist cult that was her life for seven years. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to be... More > outraged. And get ready to see polygamy as no one has ever revealed it before. Joanne tells their crazy story with humor, satire—and insight. You’ll share her angst over sharing her husband. You’ll meet her “sister wives,” a prophet calling himself a “celestial stud service” who seeks divine guidance on threesomes, and apostles who dress in weird robes to curse the White House. You’ll fume at gut-wrenching tales of racism, sexual abuse, fraud, and manipulation. And you’ll find out why no one remembers when Jesus destroyed the world on March 26, 2000. “It’s Not About The Sex” My Ass is more than an entertaining read. It’s a cautionary tale about the power of delusional thinking, and a hopeful tale of one family that came to their senses and found the courage to leave.< Less
Miracles All Around Me By Marsha Burris
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A daughter's memoir about the experiences caring for her mother, Rusty, who has Alzheimer's for the last decade of her life. Together they faced incredible challenges. The story explores how their... More > relationship was sustained in spite of the plaques and tangles strangling the life from Rusty’s vital neurons. It’s a story of survival, of human resiliency, and most of all, it’s a love story. This is a story for anyone caring for elderly parents or confronting end-of-life matters. And when you’ve read it, you may sympathize with the author, but you will root for Rusty.< Less
Standing On Principal: Because It’s Time for Change By Frank Vetro
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On February 8, 2006, Frank Vetro, the young, popular principal of a school in eastern Long Island, saw his life dramatically altered. On that day, he was arrested and effectively labeled a terrorist... More > who had hidden under the guise of a New York educator. In Standing on Principal, he shares his personal story, detailing his arrest, his nights in jail, the court proceedings, and the subsequent fight to clear his name after the alleged scandal was nurtured into the national limelight. Now he recounts the injustice, and the lack of integrity of individuals who allowed the destruction of his life without a moment’s concern for fairness or truth. Telling a real-life story of deception and scandal, Standing on Principal exposes rogue elements of a system that underestimated the tenacious character of its accused and shows how Vetro sacrificed everything as he refused to be intimidated by a political machine.< Less
News From the End of the Earth By Maggie O'Connor
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A recently transplanted law enforcement officer finds life in rural New Mexico perplexing, difficult and sometimes hilarious. Her letters home chronicle her discoveries, victories and obstacles as... More > she tries to navigate an entirely foreign culture.< Less
Mindfulness On the Move By Kristy Harvey
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Mindfulness is defined as non-judgmental present moment awareness. Most people think that mindfulness meditation can only happen while seated in one position for extended periods of time in order to... More > cultivate the inner quietude necessary for reducing stress and alleviating suffering. In this book, Kristy takes you on her personal mindfulness journey. She tells the stories of a few friends she meets along the way. As she explores alternate means to cultivating mindfulness skills, she finds that mindfulness can be achieved in almost any activity that fully engages the senses and brings awareness to what is happening in the body. When we become aware of body sensations, we are brought into the present moment. The mind lives in the past and the future. The body is here, now.< Less
Memoirs of a Young Jeanne Cummings By Jeanne Straus
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This is a book containing the Memories of a Young Jeanne Cummings.
A Monkey's Tale By Frank Marrero
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The stories of my time with the Spiritual Master, Adi Da, Samraj
Wentworth Genealogy By Wray A. Wentworth, Robert W. Wentworth, Duane H. Wentworth
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Wentworth genealogy dating back to 1085 and William the Conqueror. Family history in New England and North Dakota. Family memoir of farm life in 1900 to 1955. Some history of the Red River Valley... More > of North Dakota.< Less
TO HULL and BACK By Dr Raymond Edwards
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Memoirs of the youngest of a Hull family of ten. The author making a journey back in time to visit his home city and remember it as it once was
Frederick Douglass in Galt By David Menary
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Before the American Civil War, and almost a decade before Confederation, abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass visited Galt (present-day Cambridge, Ontario), Canada West. It was... More > mid-December 1857, and he lectured about "The Brotherhood of Nations." Douglass was a familiar figure on the lecture circuit, having helped many fugitive slaves flee to Canada through the Underground Railroad. Although Douglass had been a close associate of radical abolitionist John Brown, he also developed a friendship with President Abraham Lincoln that lasted until Lincoln's assassination by John Wilkes Booth. The lecture series that winter in Galt included other well-known speakers, but all other speeches were free to the residents of the town, except for the Douglass lecture, which charged an admission of 12-and-a-half cents. Proceeds helped defray travel costs for Douglass, and fund his anti-slavery newspaper in Rochester, N.Y. When he died in 1895, he was one of the best-known men in America.< Less