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Stinging for Their Suppers: How Women in Prison Nourish Their Bodies & Souls By Women of Crossroads
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Stinging For Their Suppers is a collection of stories and recipes by women who have lived in California prisons. While living at Crossroads, a transitional facility, these women wrote about cooking... More > in their cells using an immersion heater, also known as a “stinger.” These stories demonstrate the women's creativity, ingenuity, and resilience as they find ways to cook for each other, and in the process, create a feeling of home that they can share with other women.< Less
Always Looking Up By Madison Clark
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Madison Clark is a mountain of a woman in a little person's body who never lets her short stature stand in the way of her giant spirit. Though uniquely created, she has learned to tackle physical and... More > emotional challenges, fight for her beliefs, and show others that she can do anything they can do—just in a different way. Clark shares an inspiring story about what life is like for a woman who cannot reach a drinking fountain, needs help selecting items higher than the second shelf in a store, and is towered over by a typical fourth grader. While shining a spotlight on the good, bad, and ugly aspects of living with dwarfism, Clark reveals how she has persevered through it all with a never-give-up attitude and a refusal to be excluded that ultimately transforms ignorance into acceptance. In this moving and informative memoir, an ordinary girl living an almost ordinary life embraces her uniqueness and demonstrates that no matter what our challenges, it is up to each of us to determine our own happiness.< Less
Joy of Life Paperback By Jerome Friedman
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An Ordinary Man… A Life Changing Story An incredibly powerful faith-filled story of how Jerome Friedman, an ordinary man, courageously battled three cancers. During this journey, he... More > experienced an extraordinary gift from God… true joy. This gift left him free from all life stresses filling him with a genuine lasting peace. He humbly shares his story with you so that you may embrace everlasting joy for the rest of your life.< 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.
A Lifetime of Laughter By Milt Huntington
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In this collection of humorous recollections, Milt Huntington writes about his life in Maine, from childhood through retirement. He looks at the people he's known, the places he's gone and the things... More > he's enjoyed along the way.< Less
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
No More Homemade Butter By Omar Schartz
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Memories and musings of a Kansas farmer, inventor, artist, and writer.
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
CHASING D.D. - D.D. PALMER IN THE NEWS 1886-1913 By Todd Waters
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The Chiro-picker, Todd Waters, who brought you Chips From Sweet Home—Writings of D. D. Palmer 1869 -1881, has not finished telling the story of Old Dad Chiro. Chasing D. D. follows Palmer's... More > fascinating life as a Magnetic Healer to his death as the Founder of Chiropractic. This book of compiled newspaper stories, along with Palmer's letters and articles, attempts to chronicle Old Dad's activities and treks across America. It is true that Palmer discovered Chiropractic and was instrumental in developing its philosophy; however, the Big Idea he ignited took on a life of its own that could not be controlled. This is the story of Chiropractic's beginning and the rise and fall of its founder, Daniel David Palmer — a man who believed he was right. Chasing D.D.— D.D. Palmer in the News 1886-1913.< Less
Ten Years Fresh: The Story Of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival By Wes Jackson
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‘Ten Years Fresh” gives you a peak behind the scenes of NYC’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Penned by Wes Jackson, the entrepreneur, historian,... More > educator and self described ‘Hip-Hop nerd’ behind it all. Wes speaks on the highs and lows of the first ten years of The Festival. From its humble beginnings in a parking lot in Williamsburg to attracting thousands to Brooklyn every year, Wes puts us right in those meetings with managers, agents, the NYPD and everyone in between. From getting the blessing of KRS ONE to bringing Kanye West to Brooklyn to debuting Kendrick Lamar it’s all there. A great read for fans, artists, aspiring executives and all lovers of Hip-Hop.< 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
My Reincarnation Story As Marilyn Monroe By Kate Gammage
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My Reincarnation Story As Marilyn Monroe in greater details not done by past life regression sessions but by my own memories of this once past-life i have had as child and as a young adult.
The Will To Live By Wayne Canty
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Wayne Canty has overcome emotional and psychological barriers through the health challenges he has experienced. Multiple heart surgeries, family ups and downs has taught him to only patience but also... More > the determination to succeed through the will to live.< Less
Unlikely Brothers: Just Trying to Make it Home By Shannon Newberry
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Alan Newberry always believed it was a man’s duty to answer his country’s call and serve with dignity. When he received his draft notice at age nineteen, he knew he had to mentally... More > prepare himself for what he was about to face: a brutal war in Vietnam. In a riveting memoir, Alan’s son, Shannon, shares a walk through not only his father’s journey, but also the journeys of other soldiers who put their lives on the line for freedom. Beginning with Alan’s arrival at boot camp in 1969, Shannon details how his father became “brothers” with his fellow soldiers while attempting to survive infantry life, learning to kill or be killed, and facing the brutal North Vietnamese Army. As Shannon chronicles the soldiers’ experiences from the battlefields to their eventual return home, he reveals the many challenges they faced while processing the emotional after-effects of a war that took so many young lives.< Less
I Hold Your Foot: The Story of My Enduring Bond with Liberia By Mary Leonora Tucker, SSND
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I Hold Your Foot weaves three strands into a unified whole: the historical background and present reality of Liberia; the missionary efforts of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in that country and... More > beyond; and the personal journey of Leonora Tucker, SSND. It brings this county and its people to life by clear and vivid descriptions of the events that have shaped modern Liberia. It depicts the power of the SSND missionary spirit to "stay the course" through war and violence. It illuminates God's action in the lives of SSNDs and the people whom they serve. Kathleen Feeley, SSND, President Emerita of Notre Dame of Maryland University, author of "That Deeper Knowing," and nine-year missionary in Ghana, West Africa< Less
Searching for Strength By Sarah A. Hood
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Follow Sarah's heart-wrenching journey through a life filled with abuse, abandonment, and sexual sin. This is not the story of a victim; It is the story of the cross--the only place where God's... More > grace, forgiveness, redemption and supernatural strength can be found.< Less
Starting a Career and Family in the 1960s By Lynne Gross
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Starting a Career and Family in the 1960s includes 59 illustrated stories, sprung from the pages of the author’s diaries, which she has kept since she was 10 years old. Most of the stories are... More > based in the Los Angeles area of California. They incorporate historical facts and sociological commentary on such subjects as: aerospace, cars, childbirth, children, civil rights movement, closed-circuit TV, college teaching, death, dissertations, education, family, flu, friends, grants, health, holidays, house remodeling, junior high teaching, Kennedy’s assassination, military, performing on TV, playpens, pre-school, producing TV programs, relatives, traffic, travel, writing, and Yosemite.< Less
In Search of the Crown By Catherine Pope
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After overcoming a near fatal childhood illness, a 19 year old black college student, Catherine Pope, sets her eyes on the 1969 Miss America Crown. While searching for the crown, she finds herself... More > fighting to fulfill her destiny as she encounters strong reactions from both the black and white communities. Her captivating story spans generations, and takes place in Omaha and small, rural towns in then predominately white Nebraska. You will find yourself enthralled and entangled in her story as she experiences love, compassion, celebrations, disappointments, laughter, tears, murder, sexual assault, demonstrations, riots, and brushes with death. This is a spellbinding, compelling, real life, and universal drama that could have happened anywhere in the United States. It will remain with you, and will spark conversation for years to come.< Less
Prescilla's Vacation Memos By Dale M. Fockler
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Narratives, comments, pictures and memories during the twelve month, eighteen thousand mile, “walk-about” as we traveled over, up, down, around and through twenty eight of the forty-eight... More > continental United States.< Less
The Kinfolk Scapbook By Mary Fowlkes
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Mary Jayne Boies Saunders Fowlkes tells stories about her family homesteading in Wyoming. The journey starts in Europe and continues through South Dakota and Wyoming.
101 Years With Frank A. Doolittle: Lessons of Hard Work and Perseverance In the Life of a Local Centenarian of Bainbridge, NY. A Memoir By Melanie H. Sheldon
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These recollections of Frank A. Doolittle span 101 years and are written primarily from his own words as dictated to his nieces and nephews. In these accounts you will be able to discover... More > Frank’s exceptional dry country humor that has endeared him to so many of his friends and relatives. His adherence to always having worthwhile community service to perform, to owning a local business in town and more recent to his daily chores and balanced diet have filled his busy days. The Doolittle and Lyon families have asked to include some family history and old photos. You will see some of these as well. Imagine 100 years ago when Frank was a young boy, the oldest of 4 children, and the son of a school teacher and a lumberjack. The reader will leaf through the ten decades that include cultivating crops, processing maple syrup and becoming a successful business man, well respected in and around Bainbridge, New York.< Less
101 Years With Frank A. Doolittle: Lessons of Hard Work and Perseverance In the Life of a Local Centenarian of Bainbridge, NY. A Memoir By Melanie H. Sheldon
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These recollections of Frank A. Doolittle span 101 years and are written primarily from his own words as dictated to his nieces and nephews. In these accounts you will be able to discover... More > Frank’s exceptional dry country humor that has endeared him to so many of his friends and relatives. His adherence to always having worthwhile community service to perform, to owning a local business in town and more recent to his daily chores and balanced diet have filled his busy days. The Doolittle and Lyon families have asked to include some family history and old photos. You will see some of these as well. Imagine 100 years ago when Frank was a young boy, the oldest of 4 children, and the son of a school teacher and a lumberjack. The reader will leaf through the ten decades that include cultivating crops, processing maple syrup and becoming a successful business man, well respected in and around Bainbridge, New York.< Less
Outside My Window By Jack Cook
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Essays and poems from the 75th year of an old activist, Catholic Worker, Teacher.
Good Night Sweetheart Good Night By Ray Harrison Lillibridge, Marguerite Jenike Lillibridge, James Lowell Hall
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Marguerite Jenike teaches in a "hinky dinky" one room school house 10 miles out of town and rooms in a farm nearby. Ray Lillibridge runs a contracting firm that is building many of the... More > towns houses and bidding on the construction of the new library. They are falling in love. But how can they see each other in a time when the main transportation is a horse and buggy? Depending on the weather 10 miles on dirt roads can seem a continent away? Courting involves limited sleep on the weekends and exchanging letters of love. Letters that reveal small town life and hardships in America soon after the turn of the 20th Century. Letters full of wisdom and wit that document a growing respect and attachment between the two young lovers. Ray lost his home at age 14. He had to leave school and loved ones and work for his living. He desperately wishes for the home and family that was taken from him in his youth. For Marguerite faith and family are paramount. And Ray may be the foundation to build her home and family.< Less
T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M. By Qshebra Taylor
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High school dropout,raped,molested,incest,divorced mother of five. The chosen one of the families lineage to assist by encouraging others,despite their short-comings.Many examples on how to turn your... More > negatives into positives while receiving your healing. This is a divine layout of understandings and knowing that in order for you to be free from past mental bondage, you must be willing to travel back to the beginning of all roots and stems that were planted and attached to your life. In this book,you will get a clarification of the "Why Me? Also,you will be guided with help on acknowledging the T.R.U.E. background shades of H.I.M.(woman/man) in your life and how to P.U.S.H. beyond the hindrances and trauma. A turnaround point for you to P.U.S.H. pass the past and focus on your future while walking in total forgiveness.The key is for you to find out who you are and your T.R.U.E. purpose in life.< Less