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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
Healdsburg's Immigrants: An Anthology of 24 Local Histories By Shonnie Brown
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A collection of stories by immigrants to the United States who settled in Healdsburg, California. Collected and edited by Shonnie Brown. Immigrants from Italy, Cuba, Mexico, Central America (El... More > Salvador and Nicaragua), Europe (Italy, Estonia, Croatia, East Germany, Russia, Canada, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Greece, England, France, and Bulgaria), Asia (Japan and Burma) and the Middle East (Iraq).< Less
Blessed are the Peacemakers By Patricia Griggs
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Archbishop Elias Chacour, born in a small Arab village in northern Galilee, experienced the establishment of the State of Israel and the loss of his home when he was eight years old. His parents... More > taught that violence is never an appropriate response to violence, and that Jesus' teachings and example provide a path to reconciliation and peace. Today he is recognized around the world as a peacemaker. He founded schools in Ibillin, Israel, where Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Druze students and teachers learn to respect one another and live together in peace. In this book young readers, as well as adults, are encouraged to become peacemakers wherever they live. < 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
Cystic Fibrosis Stories: Raising Awareness One Life at a Time By Jason Tomlinson
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These are the stories of twelve different families in Sumner County, Tennessee who have members with cystic fibrosis.
Faith and Courage in a Time of Trouble By France Pruitt As Told to Judy Priven
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This book tells the story of a nominally Jewish Belgian family who spent more than four years during the Second World War as refugees in the south of France. The narrator was five years old when the... More > family left Brussels and ten when they returned. At first, the family lived openly in a rented farm, supporting themselves as farmers. But they eventually had to go into hiding and were sheltered by families in the region who risked their lives by doing so. In June of 2005, several members of the family returned to the region to dedicate a granite bench in honor of the courageous efforts of its people. Speeches and pictures from the dedication ceremony are presented at the end of the book.< Less
Giving Back By James Jones, Jody Fuson
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The Community Justice Center Story is written in perspective of the author and his experiences with restorative justice.
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
The Final Battle By Darrel Emerson
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This is the memoirs from Darrel Emerson's brave Final Battle with cancer
The Fragrance of Lilacs By Phyllis Lambert
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A young girl's odyssey from birth to young adult growing up on a farm from 1934 to 1950 in upstate New York
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
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
I'M READY TO TALK By Holli Pellman
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This inspirational autobiography by Holli Pellman is intended to help people get through tough times. Holli took her pain and turned it into triumph. She proved that by perseverance you can get... More > through anything. No matter how much it hurts; no matter what you are going through, you will get through it. Just keep going! The pain and tears are temporary and will eventually subside, making way for something else. What that is, is up to you "Happiness is not a destination but, a manner of traveling". -Unknown< Less
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
Changing Things Up By Dan R. Carlman
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In the summer of 2012, Dan Carlman retires from the fire department and takes off on a solo adventure across the United States with only his recumbent tricycle and some basic supplies. Defying... More > convention, the physical journey itself--and the discoveries Dan makes about himself along the way--reflect an honest journey of self re-discovery and reinvention. This is the story of one man's incredible journey to change his life and discover his purpose in brand-new way.< Less
At Home and at Large in the Great Plains: Essays and Memories By Paul Johnsgard
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These fourteen essays originally appeared in Prairie Fire, a monthly newspaper that for seven years has carried important messages of social, environmental, and economic issues to residents of... More > Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, and South Dakota, and subscribers in the rest of the world. They discuss the North American east-west ecological boundaries, spring migration events, bird feeders, feathered survivors of a glacial past, the threatened sharp-tailed grouse, the effects of climate change, some “sacred places”—Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the Ashfall Fossil Beds, Squaw Creek Refuge, the Hutton Niobrara Ranch Sanctuary, and Yellowstone National Park—, our troubles with mountain lions and grizzly bears, and crane season in Wyoming. There is also an expanded informal autobiography, “My Life in Biology” and a current and comprehensive list of all publications of a writer described as “probably the world’s most prolific living author of ornithological and natural history literature.”< Less
Groves Reunion Almanac 7.22.15 By Jane Schaerges Lopus, Dick Orton
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This is the Groves High School Class of '65, 50th Reunion Almanac. It contains informal information about our class and what we've been doing for the last 50 years. This compendium, full of stories,... More > addresses, pictures, and memories, will be a treasured memento in the years ahead.< Less
ANECDOTES FROM A LONG LIFE By DON McIVOR
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These stories are meant to amuse my readers, to tell of adventures I was grateful (and sometimes ungrateful) to have had as a geologist, a CEO, friend and family man. Over the almost 87-year span of... More > my life so far, many major changes have taken place in social issues, economics, international issues, and other factors that affect human lives. Such changes as the fourfold increase in world population; China becoming the world’s second largest economy; social media causing a large reduction in previous methods of interpersonal communication; and an almost perfect correlation between any nation’s gross domestic product and its energy consumption. These changes are meant to be a backdrop for my observations on events and lives that I share with you in my Anecdotes from a Long Life.< Less
The Rock Jaw Ladies Club: ( A Memoir Of The OTHER Vietnam. The sick, crazy one ! ) By E.T. Baysden, Jr.
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In 1968, the author was part of a group of US Navy advisors billeted so deep in the Mekong Delta that they could only be reached by boat. The Navy forgot about them, the Army ignored them, and there... More > was no “adult supervision” for long periods of time. The result was a madcap whirlwind of bizarre misadventures and risqué behavior from Saigon to Sydney and back, as they talked their way onto helicopters, boats, bush planes, (and even a Rickshaw at one point.) For the author and his colleagues, Vietnam could be described as “98% boredom and 2% wet underwear”. This book is about the 98%, and the insane things that happened when nobody knew – or cared – where they were!< Less
Recipes & Other Stories by Tom Coppin By Tom Coppin
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Autobiography with recipes linked to travels and experiences around the world. Personal adventures with alcohol and sobriety.
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
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
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
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
The Oldest Living Graduate By LTG William J. Ely
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The Oldest Living Graduate is the autobiographical account of LTG William J. Ely, who began his life’s journey in 1911 when he was born on a small Pennsylvania farm. He graduated from the... More > United States Military Academy at West Point in 1933 and served in the US Army for thirty-three years, rising to the rank of lieutenant general. The Oldest Living Graduate reaches its end with a personal status report of the author’s daily life and a summary of the lessons learned from more than 103 years of experience. It is a magnificent story about life, love and the American Dream. Whether you are one who relishes reading personal histories or one who admires individuals who live with tenacity and good humor, The Oldest Living Graduate will satisfy you with its personal look at more than a century of living. The General is still very active in Delray Beach, Florida at 103 years of age.< Less