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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
The Accidental Engineer: A Life Story By Richard Pospistle
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This book is my personal account of an American success story, about fulfilling the dreams of immigrant parents. This memoir is about growing up and going to school in a small northern town and... More > touches on family experiences with World War II. Interspersed are anecdotes associated with reaching puberty, awkwardness of being a shy teenager, and dating tribulations. I wanted to be a research chemist and received a degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. A life changing event occurred when by accident I became a summer engineering intern. The involvement allowed me to become an engineer with a large electric utility. After being drafted, my military experience as a medical research chemist was unique. During my engineering career, I became exposed to a process computer in the sixties. Computer knowledge was instrumental to a series of career advancements. I describe progressing to a mid-level manager and eventually to an executive. I discuss my courtship and marriage.< Less
SHELL GAME: A Military Whistleblowing Report to the U.S. Congress Exposing the Betrayal and Cover-Up by the U.S. Government of the Union Bank of Switzerland-Terrorist Threat Finance Connection to Booz Allen Hamilton and U.S. Central Command By 2LT Scott Bennett 11th Psychological Operations Battalion
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A MILITARY WHISTLEBLOWING REPORT TO CONGRESS EXPOSING THE BETRAYAL AND COVER-UP BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT OF THE UNION BANK OF SWITZERLAND-TERRORIST THREAT FINANCE CONNECTION TO EDWARD SNOWDEN'S REPORT... More > ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON AND U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND. SUBMITTED BY 2LT SCOTT BENNETT, 11TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION, U.S. ARMY RESERVE< Less
No Shortcuts To Glory By Ken Johnson
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NO SHORT CUTS TO GLORY is a new book by Ken Johnson that begins with the story of one of the great teams in the history of the American Quarter Horse. It is the story of the legendary Poco Bueno and... More > his trainer Pine Johnson. Pine Johnson on Poco Bueno set the standard early on for power and athletic ability in the modern cutting horse. They were the team nobody wanted to see at a show--they were the team they had to beat and that was hard to do. Pine Johnson and Poco Bueno have ridden off into the sunset and now we see the descendants of Poco Bueno that carry on the legacy of this great team. The legacy of Poco Bueno as a sire is intertwined with the life of Pine Johnson and the role Pine played in helping that legacy in the beginning.You will experience the up and downs and how God led him through them.You will experience what it is like to never give up on your Dream.< Less
Capt’n Bob’s Adventures in Child Psychology By Robert Belenky
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“Capt’n Bob’s Adventures in Child Psychology” is a professional memoir, informally written, that begins with the story of the author, his ancestors, his childhood and his... More > education. The focus, however, is on the high spirited experiences that have marked his career whether in Boston, Vermont, Russia or Haiti, working mostly with the poor. Dr. Belenky is a wise and witty innovator in psychology and education. Robert Belenky is a retired clinical child psychologist who has worked in many settings domestic and foreign. His major interest is with the creation of small, supportive groups with a focus on prevention.< Less
From Brownshirt to Turtleneck: Memoir of a Documentary Filmmaker By Werner Schumann
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From Brownshirt to Turtleneck details one man’s unforgettable journey from Nazi Germany to America as he matured from a disillusioned Hitler Youth to an award-winning documentary filmmaker. As... More > Werner Schumann chronicles his disillusionment with Germany and his eventual immigration to America—where he married a Jewish emigre—he shares a fascinating glimpse into his war experiences, coming-of-age adventures, family life, and film projects. A fascinating narrative of an extraordinary life. The section on his boyhood Nazi Germany and World War II is riveting, and the story of his amazing career as a film maker and his wonderful marriage makes compelling reading. I couldn’t put it down. —William R. Murry, PhD., Author and Educator From Brownshirt to Turtleneck is the gripping account of what it was like to grow up in Germany during and immediately after World War II: the almost nightly bombings, the struggle for food, the constant moves in quest of survival…. —Patsy Sims, author of The Klan< Less
The Adventure of an Un-Curable Heart By Donald Ortiz
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A funny and inspirational autobiography about the journey of a man to become a fashion designer and costumer for the film industry.
Blood Sweat & Tears: The Nation of Islam and Me By Lance Shabazz
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Lance Shabazz life was the Nation of Islam. This book journey’s over fifty personal years traveling thousands of miles and many dozens of interviews culminating my Decision to walk away from... More > it all. I realized my beliefs and principles gained as a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is rejected, altered, modified and the last trick our messenger warned us all to stay away from what today’s so-called followers accept. Lip profession counts for naught unless carried into practice. I therefore share some of my history for the family and students of the Nation of Islam.< Less
Clyde Lacey, Autobiography By Clyde Lacey
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"I have been blessed many ways in my life." The author was born in 1922 and spent his childhood in the depression years. He served in the navy during WWII. Cover picture taken the first... More > day back from Pacific WWII. He obtained an engineering degree while supporting a wife and two sons. He held various positions in his working career and continues an enjoyable retirement.< Less
Memoirs of a Certain Sansei: A Japanese American Mother and Teacher By Elsie Higa
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For more than four decades, author and teacher Elsie Higa has inspired thousands of students, many of whom write complimentary notes to her. In Memoirs of a Certain Sansei, she shares her stories,... More > including her parenting secrets. This memoir also springs from the comments of her students and her responses to them. These two forces inspired Higa to combine her knowledge of parenthood with her teaching expertise in a warm and wise narrative that parents, teachers, students, and children will learn from. "Without guidance from Sensei, I would not be where I am today." (alumnus) Higa set out to share parental and scholarly wisdom, and she achieved far more through stories packed with illumination on life in general. They are beautifully written, fast paced, entertaining, and enlightening. Any reader in search of tips for better living, effective relationships, and personal reward will enjoy and profit from this book. Dr. Doris M. Ching Vice President Emeritus Student Affairs University of Hawaii< Less
Radiant Truths; SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DESCENDANT of CAMEROON DNA TEST By Karimu Shaw M.S.
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Scientific research indicates that the DNA encoded within each cell in our body has important implications about who we are on more levels than our physical characteristics. As we read about Karimu... More > Shaw’s journey—its physical, mental, and spiritual aspects—we become witnesses to the truth that there are ancient memories alive within our DNA at the cellular level, and in the “inner space” of our soul. Perhaps it was Karimu’s beloved ancestors, speaking directly into his spirit-soul who, early in his life, implanted within him the seed desire to have DNA testing. Karimu’s heart longed for “home,” that part of us that is beneath the surface of our existence while being a reflection of it. Each step on his outer path home became a steppingstone to his inner Self, to his acquaintanceship with the Whole of who he is. In that same way, may Radiant Truths be a blessing to all of its readers. Michael Bernard Beckwith founder, Agape International Spiritual Center author of Life Visioning< Less
Marion and Emilie Frances Bauer: From the Wild West to American Musical Modernism By Susan E. Pickett
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Sisters Marion and Emilie Frances Bauer grew up in Walla Walla, Washington, in the latter nineteenth century. Each would become an American composer, writer, and music critic in New York City and... More > would make an enduring contribution to her musical age. The sisters were prophetesses of and participants in modernism, Americanism, and the rise of professional music-making by women. In Marion and Emilie Frances Bauer, author and music historian Susan E. Pickett, tells their stories through their own writings and correspondence. Emilie Frances was an acclaimed music critic and Marion was a composer of more than 150 pieces, as well as a music critic and author. Excellent wordsmiths, the Bauer sisters’ opinions resonate through time. Pickett includes biographical detail, information about stylistic transformations, and the first comprehensive accounting of the music they composed.< Less
Wren & Ignacio By Brooke Criswell
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A true to life love story of two independent, nomadic individuals who meet and begin a new journey together. The tale of soul mates existing in daily life. Follow Wren & Ignacio as they meet,... More > find love, travel, face challenges with grace, strength, ingenuity and compassion.< Less
A Basket of Words: Twenty Years of Writing Together By Ruth Cox, Patricia Cavanaugh, Meredith Stout
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All writers have experienced feelings of isolation and intimidation when they are faced with a blank page. For over twenty years, three women discovered that engaging together in the writing... More > process—rather than working in solitude—rewarded them with a gratifying friendship and a growing anthology of work. This delightful collection is proof that writing need not be a lonely endeavor.< Less
Dance with Me, Papa: Life with(out) My Celebrity Father By Rita Reinecker
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For Rita Reinecker, life as the daughter of a well-known writer was far from a fantasy. Rita’s father was Herbert Reinecker, a prolific German novelist, dramatist, and screenwriter who lived in... More > his own world of plot and dialogue. She grew up feeling not pretty enough for her father and not good enough for her mother. Her life revolved around her emotionally unavailable father, who blew in and out of her life. Rita longed for a normal family life, and the incessant hunger for acceptance left the growing girl wanting much more. Always looking for signs that her papa loved her, she lived on an emotional rollercoaster of hope and disappointment. Wanting only to be loved, Rita hurled herself into many relationships. Meanwhile, life with her controlling mother bred low self-esteem and self-doubt, leaving her feeling inadequate, unloved, and unwanted. Now, in her memoir, she recalls her lifelong search for her father’s love and explores how she came to terms with its effects on her life.< Less
Matrose: The Story of Reinhold Scholz By Jeanette O'Neil-O'Callaghan
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Reinhold Scholz led an extraordinary life in extraordinary times. He witnessed the devastation of World War II as a child in Northern Germany. He survived its dismal depths by escaping to the sea and... More > the merchant cargo ships. As a sailor in the 1950's, he witnessed the sights of a world gone by at the dawn of modern global commerce. In the excitement and adventure of the unpredictable life of a sailor, he never forgot his life's goal: to live a happy life in a safe place with his family.< Less
My Skin Don't Fit By Aegina Angeliades
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My Skin Don't Fit is 61,000 words of funny and heart-rending story detailing one woman's quest to resolve her physical and spiritual conflicts, told in a refreshingly honest way. Aegina Angeliades... More > knew she'd always struggled with her weight, but until the day she saw a home video of herself at age two devouring a steak and loaf of bread buttered by her own chubby fingers-her proud Greek parents filming the scene-she had no idea when are where her problems started.< 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
“Kuttu” The Girl from Malaya: A Memoir By Elizabeth Goh Sharman
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An inspirational memoir of Elizabeth "Kuttu" Goh Sharman, from rural Malaya. Given away at birth by her biological parents, she is raised by a saintly aunt, Heok Ee. At birth, she was given... More > the nickname "Kuttu", by her great aunt, the word meaning head lice. The relative explained the name would strengthen her to overcome her weak health and poor prospects. The effect seems to work perhaps leading Elizabeth to great success on a larger stage, however possibly at the cost of an inferiority complex that with the name sticks with her all her life. Initially a poor student, several "guardian angels" come along to encourage her to believe in herself, work hard and persevere. She eventually excels at business school and qualifies for a top job with a UN branch in Kuala Lumpur then in Geneva. In Geneva she marries a renowned international labor organizer, an Englishman. She starts a family and travels the world with her new husband before settling down in the US as her American dream comes true.< 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
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
"It Shocked Even Us!" By Frank Cipolla
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Frank Cipolla is the author of “It Shocked Even Us!” - A look behind the scenes at all the funny stories from his 30-years of covering news in the New York Metropolitan area and working... More > with TV and radio personalities Don Imus, Howard Stern, Alan Colmes, Rolland Smith, Doctor Frank Field and many more.< Less
Uncle Cam By James & Marti Hefley
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Uncle "Cam's" story. Cameron Townsends journey into the founding of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
The Other Rodeo By M. E. (Jr.) Gomez
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"The object of this book is to share my upbringing and experiences in this little town of Rodeo (NM), and the surrounding areas, mostly in the Bootheel of our state and the Portal (AZ)... More > area."< Less
"It's Not the Olden Days Anymore, Grandma!" By Angeline M. Jerz
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This book is a wonderful compilation of stories as recalled by Angeline Jerz, a native of the South Side of Chicago who grew up in the 30's and 40's. "Grandma Angie" was a great storyteller... More > that kept the old traditions alive from the past while always looking ahead for her children and their children - after all, it's NOT the olden days anymore!< Less