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How Did I Get Here?: A Memoir By Victoria Denice Weaver
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Author Victoria Weaver grew up in a home where she witnessed constant drinking and fighting, and she heard cursing like she lived with sailors. This took place every weekend for years. She vowed to... More > grow up, leave home, and put the childhood problems behind her. But that didn’t happen, and Weaver experienced similar issues, similar feelings, and relationship patterns shortly after she moved out of that childhood family environment. In How Did I Get Here?, Weaver shares her story. She tells how, after being in this relationship for 20 years (10 years married) and being a dedicated wife and mother, her husband shot her. The incident took place just after a family cruise celebrating their son’s high school graduation. In this memoir, Weaver narrates the series of events and the long road to recovery after the shooting. Emotional and heartfelt, she describes her feelings and emotions as she leaned on God and her family to help her through this difficult time.< Less
Blood Sweat & Tiaras By Adrienne Rosel Bulinski
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She hit the ground with such force, inertia plunged her forward. Her six inches of exposed bone was sharp enough to penetrate the hard ground like a javelin flying into the red dirt and decomposing... More > manure. As the pain rushed in, so did the shock and the questions… would the dancer ever be able to walk again? She was a total tomboy and star athlete who wasn’t afraid to ditch her dirty sneakers for some dance shoes and a tiara. Blood, Sweat & Tiaras is a story of perseverance with a dose of attitude. From the heights of competing on a national stage to the depths of laying in an emergency room, you’re invited on an intimate journey to finding success and braving the scary decisions of unpromising medical procedures. Witness the grit it takes to defy the odds with grace and resilience. In this breathtaking journey of hope, you will read stories bound to stick with you, giving you courage to live up to your own definition of perseverance.< Less
The Old Oak Table By Michael J. Bruno
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Michael was born in Larchmont, New York, the 3rd youngest of 11 children. With sports being his first love, he earned 9 letters playing varsity sports in high school and college. In his first book,... More > The Old Oak Table, Michael invites the reader into his boyhood life in a gentler time, through marriage, fathering 6 children, up to his current retirement in Southern California with his wife, Jan.< Less
My Story: Eighty Years of Living By Arthur J. Edgar
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Life and times of Arthur J. Edgar. Eighty years of life documented.
Tsu-Ming Han: Man of Two Different Worlds By James F. Shefchik, Russell M. Magnaghi
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Over the centuries the Upper Peninsula has grown and developed due to many immigrants who arrived. Some of their stories are known but most have been lost to time. One of these stories belongs to... More > Tsu-Ming Han, a Chinese immigrant, a geologist and senior research laboratory scientist at Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company (now Cliffs Natural Resources). He came to the Upper Peninsula in the 1950s and was instrumental in the development of lower grade iron ore refinement processes and pelletization, which had a direct impact on the region and its people. In his spare time as a geologist, he identified an ancient fossil, Grypania Spiralis. Additionally important to the story is his family: Joy his wife and his children; Dennis, Timothy, and Lisa. This is another major effort of Northern Michigan University’s Center for Upper Peninsula Studies to shed new light and ideas on the history of the U.P.< Less
Through It All By Russell Stolp
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When I began to seriously consider taking on the job of writing this book, I had to ask myself the question, “Why?” As I gave some thought to an old adage that “hindsight is always... More > 20/20 vision,” God gave me the answer to my question and revealed to me one of the great truths in His Word. I have preached and taught this wonderful truth through all these years, but I never really saw it as plainly as I did when my wife and I took a look through the lens of “hindsight is always 20/20 vision.”< Less
Not for Public Consumption By Jo Ann Rowe, Dale Robin Rowe
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Jo Ann Rowe's memoir shares her experiences and observations breaking through barriers of tradition and discrimination to achieve success as a radio and television broadcaster and White House... More > Correspondent.< Less
The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joe By Dr. Joe H. West
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A biography by Dr. Joe H West recounting the many instances that God showed HIS mighty hand when an unrelenting faith was placed in HIM.
Standing Rock Diary By Monica Lee Shimkus
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Standing Rock Diary is a memory of a week living with the Indians at the Oceti Sakowin encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in November of 2016. The Camp, located at the... More > junction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers, was an historic gathering of Tribes from Indigenous Nations and allies from all over the world joining in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. According to ancient Lakota prophecy, a Black Snake would slither across the land, desecrate sacred sites, and poison the water before destroying the Earth. To the Native Americans, that Black Snake is the Dakota Access Pipeline.< Less
The Lives of Us and Others: Memoirs by Dr. Galle's 2016 Class By Benjamin Cope et al.
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A composition of student memoirs from a college freshman writing course.
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 Dirt On Jane By Jane Fishman
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“The Dirt On Jane” is Jane Fishman’s anti-memoir. It’s a tale of aging, a style of gardening, a rage at having to wear two pairs of glasses to read a map in the car.... More > It’s a meditation in maintaining a sense of humor when visiting her mother in the assisted living facility and hearing someone ask, “When did you move in?” It’s a prayer for patience when her mother says, “All I want for Mother’s Day is for you to polish your nails with some Iced Mocha I bought on sale.” It’s a look at a life that is haphazard, loopy, fun and always in need of straightening. As a judge in the Savannah Garden Exposition once said of her ten-foot-by-twelve-foot faux garden entry: “Delightful! Shows one doesn't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy gardening. Lacks cohesiveness.” For twenty years Jane Fishman has written a human interest column for the Savannah Morning News. She is the author of “Everyone’s Gotta Be Somewhere,” a collection of newspaper columns. She lives in Savannah, Georgia. ISBN 978-1-4675-0404-1< 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
MYANMAR: A Memoir of Loss and Recovery By Judyth Gregory-Smith
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Myanmar: a Memoir of Loss and Recovery traces two journeys: a geographical journey and an inner journey. The author travels alone around Myanmar over several years and gradually comes to terms with... More > the illness and subsequent death of her husband, Richard. Though painfully sad at times, these journeys of discovery and recovery celebrate their life together. Not speaking the language in Myanmar prompts many humorous incidents and her grief dispels as she finds ways to regain happiness.< Less
Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir of Unspoken Words By Annie Ezell
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This memoir is a reminder that better days are ahead if you make the right decisions. For Annie Ezell, making the right decisions only came through patience, prayer, and learning from her... More > experiences. Life events from a young child into adulthood has conditioned her to help guide others through difficult decisions. Her wisdom comes from spiritual guidance and obedience to her calling to encourage others to not give up when they are faced with a difficult situation. ~Her appearance doesn’t tell the story: Open the cover to discover the truth about her life~< Less
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
A Conversation with My Dad: From Belarus to Canada on the Trans-Siberian Railway By Bernard H. Zeavin, M.D.
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Bern Zeavin's interview of his 83-year-old father features the remarkable journey of a young teenager, wise beyond his years, and follows him through his educational achievements in Canada which... More > culminate in the Doctor of Medicine Degree. Also, this story will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of a unique historical period: Russia during the First World War, just before the Bolshevik Revolution.< Less
Homeostasis: The Journey of a Manic-Depressive By Donald Rodriguez, Penelope Rodriguez
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Donald Rodriguez takes readers on a roller-coaster ride as he shares what it means to live with Bipolar 1 Disorder. When manic episodes began to creep into his life, he put his family through hell... More > and risked his own life in the process. Meanwhile, he loaded up on the toughest classes he could take as a premed student at Boston University, joined a fraternity, played for the club hockey team, and took on more than he could handle. His family physician prescribed him Adderall to focus and Trazodone to sleep. Rodriguez also started taking Prozac because his doctor thought he had situational depression because his grandma had died, his longtime girlfriend had dumped him, and his college coursework was stressing him out. Injuries had also forced him to stop playing hockey. In short order, he was abusing prescription drugs and scaring the people that loved him most. When he was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1, he had to ease his life into a place of balance.< Less
Ever Eastward: One Large Man's 3,100-Mile Walk from Ocean to Ocean By Ben Davis
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It takes roughly seven million steps to walk from Los Angeles to Boston. It took Ben Davis six million, nine hundred and seventy five thousand. Not because he's an over-achiever or anything, but... More > because he jogged with longer strides when he got scared. And through some of Kansas. He also howled with the coyotes in the Mojave Desert, camped in the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, shared meals with hundreds of strangers, and only got the police called on him, like, 11 or 12 times. He braved snowstorms in Arizona, thunderstorms in Indiana, and crazy people in New Jersey. This is the diary of one large man's attempt to walk 3,100 miles, for no profound reason, equipped with little gear, even less experience, but much enthusiasm. And Pop-Tarts. Through amber waves of grain, from sea to shining sea.< Less
Why Monticello? A Utah Memoir By Patricia Wakeley
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Why Monticello? When two Boston women announce their intention to retire to southeastern Utah, their friends are baffled. Where is this place anyway? Do you have family out there? What about the... More > Mormons? Why Monticello? A Utah Memoir tells of their adventures as they try to build a retirement home in what seems a promised land. Join Patricia Wakeley as she describes their love of the mountains, their efforts to buy land, their work with architects and builders, and their new neighbors in the rural town of Monticello, Utah. This memoir carries readers through trials and triumphs, from culture shock and a lost wooden leg to the thrill of spring flowers blooming in the desert. It tells of long-held dreams, the challenges of advancing age, an encounter with fate in Kansas and, always, persistence in seeking their home in the West.< Less
B-town Blues By Blaise Cronin
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PRAISE FOR BLOOMINGTON DAYS ‘Why did I purchase six copies of Bloomington Days for Chanukah and Christmas presents last year? Blaise Cronin's hilarious yet affectionate words capture the... More > bucolic surrealism of B-town for its happy inhabitants and for those misguided souls only passing through.’ Susan D. Gubar, Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, Indiana University PRAISE FOR BLOOMINGTON DAYS (Revised edition) ‘You could buzz through this volume at a sitting, gorging yourself on the language and the wit, but you’d be advised to ration yourself to one a night, with a glass of something special.’ T. D. Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Information Management, University of Sheffield, U.K.< Less
Elno J Lunt: Man of Faith By Annette Lunt Hunter
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The autobiography and life story of Elno James Lunt of Duncan, Arizona. His stories and experience of a lifetime of faith.
Cinder: A charred, obsidian ember in both a pre-ignition and a post-ignition state. By Jaye McNeil
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A collection of poems and short stories focused on the African American experience.
SKYMAN By Mike Page
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Celebrate Life with the story of Skylar Page. A young man with Down Syndrome. His life started out in darkness but became a Bright Light to many; truly a gift from The Father to a father.
A Deplorable Cad By Nick Krauser
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There are many beautiful young women in this world. Some are delicate flowers. Others are brash and sultry sirens. Most men will court a few girls and marry one. They'll set up home, produce children... More > and lead us into the next generation. Some men reject this life. They are the cads and they aim to seduce as many young beauties as humanly possible. They love the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of the kill. They want more than their fair share and they'll go to extraordinary lengths to get it. This is their story. A dozen such men gathered together at a large house in a sleepy borough of London, where they hatched a plan of international sexual conquest.< Less