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Journey to Ithaka: Memoirs of an American Diplomat By Dave Grimland
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Dave Grimland journeys from his roots in Texas to his final home in Montana via stops in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Bangladesh, and India—like Odysseus traveling home to Ithaka. As a member of... More > the American diplomatic service, he had the rare opportunity to learn about other cultures and religions in a series of exciting and occasionally dangerous adventures. Take a deeper look into other cultures, and gain new perspectives on old, vexing problems with a Journey to Ithaka. “In a series of highly readable vignettes, career diplomat David Grimland shares personal experiences from his many years abroad. These entertaining, sometimes suspenseful accounts clearly reflect Grimland’s intelligence, wit, and sensitivity to the cultural differences he encountered in foreign lands. A delightful book. I loved it!” —George Bass, distinguished professor emeritus at Texas A&M University; founder and chairman emeritus of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology< Less
Microphone to the World By Melody Mills
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This book is a microphone by which girls in street situations in Lima, Peru can speak volumes and share with the world their experiences and insight to help bring understanding about the difficulties... More > that they overcame and to give advice to other young girls who find themselves in similar situations. This is a book written by them and for them. I hope that through their stories, readers can catch a glimpse of the inner light within them, a light that penetrates through the darkness. Enjoy!< Less
Ramblings in a Vanished World By Göran Malmqvist
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A translation from the original Swedish of Göran Malmqvist's memoir of two years (1948-50) in Sichuan Province in southwest China, half of which was spent living in Baoguosi Monastery at the... More > foot of Mt Emei while he conducted dialect research in the surrounding countryside. The author's reminiscences include an eyewitness account of the Chinese Communist "liberation" of the capital of Chengdu in December, 1949 and his subsequent interrogation by the authorities.< Less
A True Flyer: Memories of a World War II Air Apache By Senath Rankin, Jay W. Moore
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Memoir of WWII B-25 pilot Jay Moore, member of the 345th Bomb Group, known as the Air Apaches. The book chronicles the first twenty-four years of his life (1921-45) from growing up on a farm in... More > Biggsville, Illinois, through the deprivations of the 1930's Depression, to his combat duty in the South Pacific. A True Flyer combines Moore's oral history, photos, and excerpts from his diary and love letters into a funny, colorful, sometimes brash narrative. Enjoy the military aviation history of WWII flyers: from his solo in the Boeing PT-17 "Stearman" biplane, advanced training in the T-6 "Texan," and North American B-25 "Mitchell" bomber on bases in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. This second edition contains new photographs and a memorial to the author.< Less
Keeping Love Alive By Roy Rowan
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Helen Rounds Rowan, or “Babe” as I called her, died on November 19, 2013, exactly sixty-one-and-a-half years to the day since we were married. You might wonder why I kept track of the... More > time so precisely. Because at the end she kept on fighting so courageously to spend yet another day with our four sons and me. Now that she’s gone, and I reflect on the exciting times we had, I feel compelled to tell the story of our marriage. It’s a story I hope will help other married couples, or those just contemplating marriage, to keep their love alive. To keep it going day after day, month after month, year after year. At her memorial service the best I could do was to say: “Thank you, ‘Babe’ from the bottom of my heart for being such a caring mother, for being such a loyal wife, and above all, for being such a brave buddy for all those years.< Less
How Self-Love Woke the Mama Bear: Opening a Gift After Nineteen Years By Melanie J. Police
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When you devote your life to raising two children and teaching hundreds of students, you dish out a lot of love. You give unselfishly. It feels good, albeit stressful, but you wouldn’t trade it... More > for the world. There isn’t anything you wouldn’t do for these children, these adolescents, these young adults. Their joy is your joy. And after 19 years, you feel happy. Why wouldn’t you? You are making a difference in the lives of so many. Then one day you realize that while you have been busy shaping the lives of so many, you’ve only been dreaming of the life you really want. It’s not until that day, when something unexpected happens, when you find you've been living an amazing story all along, when you find self-love, that you really wake up and start living. A collection of short stories, journal entries, tributes to teachers, poems, and blog posts; the lessons on these pages come from children, students, and teachers I’ve had the opportunity to know, teach, learn from, and love.< Less
Off the Beaten Path: A Collection of Short Stories By Herb Wood
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Herb Wood was raised on a family farm near the Iowa-South Dakota border. He is the oldest of six children and has fond memories of his life from childhood to fatherhood to the present. This book is a... More > cross section of his writings about his thoughts and memories.< Less
Depression Baby By Ray B. Rogers
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Written by someone who has lived it, this first book by Ray B. Rogers brings home the unique culture of Western North Carolina during the Great Depression. From "Justifiable Homicide"... More > (about chickens, naturally) to "The County Home," Ray tells it like it is, bringing the reader back to a time when folks worked harder, got along better, and lived closely with the environment. Some of the stories from Depression Baby: Nudity and Grand Theft on Richland Creek The Hog Spoon Every Boy Needed One Sorghum 'Lasses Copperheads and Mountain Medicine Maggie's Daughter and the Quilt of Many Colors The Necessary House The Picture on the Wall Hog Killing Day in the Mountains The Circle Of Rice< Less
I'm Still Writing: A Man of Diverse Interests By Philip Harris, Ph.D.
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So I Did: Memoir of Richard A. Schmidt By Richard A. Schmidt
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He writes about his early years and the decision-making processes he made to enter academia, to become a contributing scientist in psychology, physical education, motor control and motor learning. He... More > is highly regarded as the world's expert on pedal errors, associated with unintended acceleration in automobiles.< Less
Moments That Influence Generations By William Lee
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This is a collection of the memories and moments from William Lee’s childhood and young adult years as he reflects on them more than 50 years later.
History and Genealogy of Peter and Helen Youngson family By Charlene Villars, Pat Villars Erickson
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Peter and Helene Youngson family history. Immigrants from Denmark moved to and farmed near Valparaiso, Indiana 1858 thru 1876. Peter fought in the Civil War and in 1876 moved to Kearney County,... More > Nebraska to Homestead. After Peter died in 1879, Helene farmed with her children, eventually moved into town, Minden, NE and later followed her daughters to Denver, CO where she lived until her death. Helene and Peter are both buried in the Osco cemetery, just south of Norman, NE. This book was initially compiled by stories put together by Charlene Villars in 1983 and in 2015 we have updated as much as she and I have been able to find.< Less
Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Prayers: Firefighting and EMS from Some of the Toughest Streets in America By Gary Ludwig
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Over 1,000 homicide scenes, 3,500 plus shootings, and countless building fires later, this dramatic account follows a paramedic and firefighter, through 34 years of two of the statistically most... More > violent cities in the United States - St. Louis and Memphis. Feel the intensity and emotions of many emergency scenes as you learn how firefighters and paramedics emotionally deal with many of the horrific things they see and deal with. It is real life drama where people's lives hang in the balance, are suddenly changed, or the efforts to save property Experience the gritty details and raw emotions of his daily work as well as his role in historic events—crossing paths with visiting U.S. presidents and a pope.< 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
Through the Looking-Glass: an American Buddhist Life By Bhikkhu Cintita
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I must have already been a Buddhist monk in my last life, perhaps living in one of the various Buddhist temples in one of the many foggy back alleys in my native San Francisco, maybe deep in the... More > bustle and chatter of Japantown or Chinatown. But I could not have been a very good monk. Distracted for many years by the vicissitudes of soap-operatic life, entangling myself in the most spectacularly worldly way in its snarl, I nonetheless managed to break free from the thicket of mundane existence, at least enough to regain my bearings and to become a monk, to pass through the looking-glass in a land where this generally makes little sense.< Less
Captured : Memoir of World War II By James D. Pascoe
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Two years after the United States entered the Second World War, 21 year old college student James D. Pascoe was drafted into the U. S. Army Air Force. The California native trained as a tail gunner,... More > and was assigned to a B-26 Marauder. On his 11th mission, the young airman was shot down over the French countryside. Passed by local families to the Résistance, Pascoe spent weeks on the run. Betrayed, he was captured and imprisoned by the Germans. This memoir, based on the daily journal he kept through the war, tells the story of an ordinary American - from civilian to POW and back again.< Less
Coming Out of These Closed Walls By Latisha Levines
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This is a short biography about a young woman who witnessed the abuse of her mother, only to experience it herself and understand why her mother kept quiet for so long. Latisha found the courage to... More > not stand for it anymore, and neither keep silent.< Less
The Battle for Breezy Point By Sebastian Danese
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On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck Breezy Point, home to many New York City first responders. Firefighters from the Roxbury, Rockaway Point, and Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Departments... More > remained on duty throughout the storm, ready to assist our neighbors. That night, our quiet, oceanfront community was ravaged by the hurricane’s winds and waves, leaving 202 homes destroyed and 2,219 severely damaged. Another 126 homes were then devoured by one of the largest residential fires in New York City history. In the weeks following, our actions became international news and an inspiration for a massive recovery effort. Despite freezing temperatures and primitive conditions, volunteers from across the globe fought to save and rebuild our battered community. During this time, we witnessed incredible acts of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness by the volunteers and residents who struggled to carry on. This is our story.< Less
Red Dirt Revival: a poetic memoir in 6 Breaths By Tim'm West
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Red Dirt Revival: a poetic memoir in 6 Breaths is a collection that offers personal meditations that speaks to vastly diverse and often unanticipated audiences, naming vital specifics and moving to... More > the poetic universality of pain and redemption. A decade after his brave authorial debut, Tim'm West is still here to honor the dexterity and resilience of a book that has been everywhere from spoken word stages to black gay men's book clubs to feminist classrooms. This expanded edition offers a 7th Breath, speaking to the work’s enduring power. As Christina Accomando writes in the new introduction, "Red Dirt Revival, not surprisingly, is both a classic text and a living, breathing work of art, communication and community."< Less
One Man’s Story: Memoirs of a Vietnam Vet By Michael Clark
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Michael Clark was an inquisitive, active boy—difficult for his mother, although he wasn’t a bad child. In this memoir, Clark begins by detailing his childhood growing up in the fifties... More > and sixties in rural Michigan, where he built forts, became an Eagle Scout, and met his future wife. As the Vietnam War raged, when he turned eighteen, he eventually registered for the draft. In 1969, after his number was called, Clark details how life changed exponentially as he left his new bride behind and reported for duty amid violent protests and draft card burnings. As he narrates his experiences from basic training to his assignment to the army’s medical training center and finally his service in Vietnam, Clark provides a compelling glimpse into the emotional influences of war. In this engaging memoir, a Vietnam veteran chronicles his path before, during, and after war as he accepted his fate and learned to embrace the precious gift of life.< Less
Beating the Odds By Louis Zorich
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Acclaimed actor and incomparable storyteller, Louis Zorich, shares a remarkable and rich 90-year life story. One of 7 children raised during the Great Depression in Chicago’s South Side, Zorich... More > shares memorable tales, mishaps and adventures of his youth familiar to any immigrant child. His almost 6 decades-long acting career brought him on stage and screen with such notable artists as Sir Laurence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand and his wife of 51 years, Olympia Dukakis. Readers will remember Zorich’s performances in Death of a Salesman, Hadrian VII, The Odd Couple, King Lear, Fiddler on the Roof, Muppets Take Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and Mad About You, among many others. For all devoted theatergoers and aspiring actors, Louis Zorich’s life story is one of great learning, love, and laughter, and one you’ll never forget. This is truly a portrait of an artist, humbled and heartened by the human condition, a man beating the odds. Includes 27 B & W photographs and a biographical index.< Less
Contrails of a Graybeard By Michael Early
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Short stories of a career in aviation that started just as it was deregulated and continued on through the major changes in the industry for 35 years.
TO RISE THEN ROLL By Tracy Tarvers
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In 1997 Tracy Tarvers,at the age of 34, suffered a traumatic brain injury and her spinal cord was damaged. She has used writing as a tool to assist her in recovering memories, rebuilding skills, and... More > communicating. Today, as an active quadraplegic she shares the story of her recovery.< Less
Flourishing From Mental Illness By Yolande deGastyne-Fawcett
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Memoirs of a Woman Overcoming the Symptoms & Stigma of her Inherited Mood Disorders
Miss You, Pat By Sharon Watts
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Captain Patrick J. Brown of the FDNY had an uncanny ability to be exactly where he was needed at exactly the right time, most especially on 9/11/2001, when he perished, surrounded by scores of burn... More > victims he was trying to evacuate from the World Trade Center. Everyone who knew Pat agreed that he would have been nowhere else that day. And yet, Pat was much more than a firefighter. Pat was a yoga devotee. A Black Belt in karate who taught the blind. An accomplished boxer. A USMC Vietnam War vet. A Broadway musical theatre buff. And throughout it all, a spiritual seeker. Many people whose lives he touched shared their stories and memories with his close friend and former fiancee. The result is an intimate and moving book, with first-person narratives illustrating Pat's deep and varied life. Idiosyncratic, personal memories blend with career stories that illustrate what made him such an intuitive, beloved friend, and such a legend in the FDNY. He inspires us all. Proceeds go to Bent On Learning.< Less