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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
I Feel More Like I Do Now Than I Did Yesterday By Brad Terry
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Brad Terry's best-remembered life stories are woven through with several themes. Terry's discovery late in life that he had suffered from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) since before it had a name,... More > is what began the quest that became this book. The creativity with which he has met the challenges life presented to him makes it a lively read. Sixty years of making music provides the unifying thread of Terry's story, one that has touched so many people, including many greats of jazz history, some more obscure than others. The music emerges as a guide from the very beginning, a consistent presence holding the rest of the story together, much as it has the man. These themes together tell a story about the resilience of Terry's adventuresome spirit, blessed with music running in his veins.< Less
It Only Seems Like Yesterday By Odis G. Stephenson
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These stories are based on the author's personal experience of growing up as a tenant farmer's son in North Carolina. Their straightforward style reflects the author's own memories of his boyhood.... More > The Authors says, " If this book brings joy to any one for just a moment, if it takes someone back to a simpler time, back to their own child hood, back to a time of family value, the effort of this writing will be worthwhile." For a journey into a hard but love-filled lifestyle in a simpler time and place, these heart-warming stories are sure to please.< Less
Bumpa By Robert L. Vogel
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Challenged by friends and family to write about his humble beginnings the author details memories of a father who discarded him and a Grandfather who mentored, loved and protected him while becoming... More > his best friend.< Less
Moral Combat: Tormented Hope By Susie Quickened
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When Hannah was a little girl, she was full of love. But she was born into a volatile family of drunks where sexual abuse, keeping secrets, and worse were the norm. In spite of all that, she felt an... More > intense desire to survive and escape. Even though she suffered physical and emotional attacks, Hannah picked herself up every time and braced for the next outburst of family violence. She wanted nothing more than to leave her family to find love and kindness. However, she could not escape the darkness, and she’d try to kill herself in the third grade. The only thing she could see in her future was incest, beatings, and more attacks from the people she loved the most. At nine years old—at the brink of slipping into a downward spiral—she heard a voice that told her, “Write down your story. It is your inheritance.” She listened to that voice. Join Hannah on her journey from her birth to age ten as she learns the difference between good and evil in the first book of Moral Combat.< Less
Life with No Words By Alby Lee Lewis
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When Alby was born into poverty on Christmas Day 1940, one would think his biggest challenge to overcome would be hunger. But as Alby matured and began attending school, no one—not even his... More > teachers—realized he was harboring a shameful secret. Alby could not read and he had no idea why. In a powerful, inspirational retelling of his journey through life, Alby candidly details how he managed to develop self-worth and a positive attitude despite living in poverty, foster homes, and juvenile detention, and navigating his way through a school system where teachers did not recognize his inability to pronounce or write words. In a narrative devoid of self-pity or blame, Alby reveals how, at age fifty-five, he finally revealed his secret, discovered he had dyslexia, and eventually learned to read. Through it all, Al provides testament to the power of perseverance and hope for anyone struggling with dyslexia, adversity, or a disability.< Less
The National Living Story of Liberia: A Brief History of Liberia By William K. Reeves
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The National Living Story of Liberia is a brief and concise history of Liberia yesterday and today. In a very brief way, the book tries, in an unbiased way, to point out how many of the historical... More > events that have happened have not been recorded for the generation yet unborn to read. This, in his strong opinion, makes the Liberian history one-sided because it talks about what the founders (the ex-slaves from America) did, or are doing. The records, to be truly historical, could have recorded how the African natives receive their brothers and sisters from America.< Less
From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields: The Anna Knight Story By Dorothy Knight Marsh
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Born in the south to a slave mother and a white father, Anna Knight grew up in the Jasper County, Mississippi cotton fields. Realizing this wasn’t for her, she taught herself to read and write... More > and eventually became the first in her family to graduate from College. In From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields, author Dorothy Knight Marsh tells her great-aunt’s story. This memoir follows Anna from her early years in Mississippi, around the world, and back again. She graduated as a nurse from Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan and later returned home and operated a self-supporting school for the adults and children. Anna was then appointed a missionary to India, serving nearly seven years. Never forgetting those she left behind, Anna returned to the United States and restarted the school the knight riders burned. From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields narrates the story of a woman of purpose who had no fear, dedicated her life to education, establishing schools throughout the south for all black children.< Less
Thirty Nine and Letting Go By John B. Jenkins
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Thirty Nine and Letting Go: A Father’s Journey through a Son’s Addiction and Depression shares the difficult journey of a father who faced a parent’s worst-case tragedy: the loss of... More > a child. John B. Jenkins, a Christian minister, presents the story of his son’s addiction, depression, and eventual death. John felt inspired by the Lord to write this book while his son, Josh, was in a coma after his automobile accident in June 2016. He knew he needed to start writing the day after his son’s funeral. It is his hope and prayer that others can find comfort and encouragement as they read the experiences he chronicles of Josh’s journey through his depression, his addiction, and his untimely death. As a minister, he hopes to show how the love and mercy of God is truly unending, and his grace is most certainly all-sufficient. A father’s memoir recalls the life and accidental death of a son and points to the boundless love and mercy of God that overcomes even reality’s most trying moments.< Less
Make the Trade By Dave Cummings
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Dave Cummings provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at high-frequency trading and the stock market. The founder of Tradebot Systems and BATS Global Markets shares his story including the... More > highlights, the struggles, and the lessons learned.< Less
It Only Gets Funnier: True Adventures of Bluewater Cruising By John “Luke” Lucarell
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John Lucarell started Bluewater and river boating in November 1971, and over the years, he’s enjoyed plenty of adventures. He shares the most exciting and entertaining ones in this book... More > chronicling his trips, many of which included his good friends Kevin and Shawn.The three met while they worked on dinner boats cruising the St. Johns River from Sanford, Florida, during the 1980s. In the spring of 1984, he joined several friends in chartering three Morgan sailboats to the Bahamas. Of the twelve people in his party, only four knew how to sail, and they were all in the same boat! What could possibly go wrong? On a trip from Central America to Florida, he encountered everything from inclement weather to a pirate scare off of Honduras. Four skiffs approached the boat, and the captain had to make evasive maneuvers. Join Lucarell and a cast of unforgettable characters as they cruise and see sights that most could not even imagine in It Only Gets Funnier.< Less
Newspaper Stories -- Old Geezer By Lonie B. Adcock
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A collection of Lonie B. Adcock stories over the years from the newspaper.
The World Is Who We Are By Linda Kantner
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Following 9/11, the author Linda Kantner, finds herself in an English as a Second Language classroom with Jane Sevald, a friend and first year high school teacher. Through chaos, fear, and... More > friendship, we learn the lessons of coming to America, becoming an American, and the challenge to find and live your true self.< Less
Service Through Art By Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project
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The writings included in this book were written by participants in the 2014 and 2015 Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Projects. The projects were free to participants and were open to service... More > members, veterans and their families as well as Gold Star families. The Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project is brought to veterans and their families by the David J Drakulich Art Foundation: For Freedom of Expression. Hosted by the alumni of past Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Projects and Workshops, the project’s collaborators include the Reno Arts and Culture Commission, TMCC Veterans Upward Bound, Washoe County Library System, Washoe County Senior Services and the Reno Vet Center. The Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project seeks to generate art and literary works as a means of explaining war and military experiences, to record and share history, and to enhance reintegration, resiliency, recovery and improved quality of life.< Less
Combat Paper: Sustainable Fiber By Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project
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The writings included in this book were read by the author (or author’s appointee) at the Combat Paper: Sustainable Fiber Open Reading held on July 26, 2014, at the Northwest Reno Library. The... More > authors were participants in free workshops hosted by the Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project in May, June and July, 2014. The workshops were open to veterans, service members and Gold Star families. They were made possible by the David J Drakulich Art Foundation: For Freedom of Expression and the City of Reno. To read additional works of the Northern Nevada Veteran Writers, visit their blog at: https://battlebornwriters.wordpress.com/< Less
In My Wake By James McCauley
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This book is about the life of a commercial fisherman, who devoted a lifetime to the industry, and includes sea stories based on his personal experiences. James A. McCauley is a retired commercial... More > fisherman with over 60 years of experience on the water. He was the owner/operator of two trawlers, the F/V Jerry & Jimmy and the F/V Alliance, and worked throughout his career representing the interests of area fishermen. McCauley is an author, lecturer and former Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island.< Less
Bridge Walker By Denise Gray Meehan
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A collection of essays inspired by morning walks on the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays. The stories span the author's life from 7 to 70. Meehan's daily walks take her across Shinnecock Bay to the... More > barrier beach and the ocean beyond. Nature and life come together to stir remembrances of a life well-lived.< Less
Buy Candy, Eat Doritos Tonight By Sandy Davis
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A collection of short stories about the life of the author, Sandy Davis.
WOW! Hannah's Memories By Hannah Westley
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WOW! Hannah's memories of growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania
Business is Business By Don Arndt
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Business is Business A lighthearted look at a serious business
A Yank in Queen Elizabeth's Court By Jim Holden
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A memoir relating an American English teacher spending a year teaching and living in England (1965-66). Makes many observations and comparisons to teaching in America and teaching in England in the... More > mid-1960s.< Less
Roberta's Story By John Handyside, Kenneth Handyside
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A wonderful witnessing tool, an exciting first hand account of God's, Mercy, Grace and Love! The Life Story of Roberta Handyside, Roberta Handyside was a Nurse at the Katwa Leper Colony and a... More > missionary to the Belgian Congo for almost a decade during the nations struggle for independence. An excellent story for children boys and girls, demonstrating faith in God and including an invitation. For the Christian the story is an excellent reminder that God is faithful and will fulfill his promises! Roberta Dedicated her life to various Christian Ministries as well as being a dedicated wife and mother to three children. While age and Parkinson's disease have made it difficult for her to express herself, the stories are told by her family, who knew her best as she would have told them if she could have. Features: Why Roberta went swimming with the mission stations radio transmitter. -and- The Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Miracle -and- How Roberta taught using a Wordless Book!< Less
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