What could a woman in her thirties, emotionally and financially vulnerable after ending her marriage, possibly gain from sitting around, reminiscing, while drinking wine, sampling chocolates and... More > smoking cigarettes with the slowly dying mother of a best friend? Laughing and crying through her own true stories, Smith reveals why “couch time” sessions with Carolyn empower her to take control of her life and cherish all that she has.
Among her life’s treasures are her girlfriends, known as the Dunwoody Girls, who have been together since elementary school. Considered an especially tight but gregarious group, they enjoy their reputation as a sweet sisterhood yet happily conjure a little harmless mischief every now and then.
Quintessential Southern gals, they also jump into action, delivering prayers, love, wine and casseroles when a fellow DG is down. Throughout, even in the darkest times, they spew hilarious one-liners, spontaneously fall over laughing and realize they can overcome anything together.< Less
Similar in concept to Eat, Pray, Love (a travel memoir with underlying personal and spiritual experiences), this career memoir takes you through the author's experiences interacting with her... More > company's CEO while coming to grips with some behind-the-scenes and surprising spiritual encounters. Gutsy and starkly honest with lots of dialogue this is a great summer read!< Less
Once an Islander tells the story of young boy born in a humble country village on the island of Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde Islands, who made his way to America and became a military officer, a... More > psychologist, and an accomplished artist and writer.< Less
This is the story of a man and a woman who meet at the wrong time and fall in love in spite of themselves. Drawn together by words, laughter and curiosity, they build a marriage that is rich in... More > affection but challenged again and again by the ultimately fatal complications of long-term diabetes. After her husband's death, the author finds herself wandering in the "lonesome valley," where she begins the difficult journey from grief and loss, back into the light of life.< Less
A Captain from a suburban Fire Department shares stories from his 30-year career in this collection of anecdotes. It's not all guts and glory and running into burning buildings. There's also... More > downtime, station life, and side jobs. He has seen people at their best and at their worst and everything in between. Just when you think you've seen it all, what looks like a routine call turns out to be anything but routine. Put it all together and you have an interesting study of human nature. Many of his stories will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and others will just make you stop and think. See life through his eyes, that of a career firefighter.
These stories, over 100 in all, are not just for firefighters. A glossary is provided so everyone can enjoy the stories, including those who may not be familiar with Fire Department jargon.< Less
In Zoomingmamma Always On The Go, I lightheartedly describe my, in many ways, special life story. Let yourself be taken on a journey where you'll discover the world of someone who does not let her... More > handicap get in her way. A healthy mix of courage, commitment, dedication, love and humor lead to situations that make us realize it is not what we can't do, but what we can do that is important. The book provokes the reader into thinking about how we can better interact with people who have disabilities. These stories must be told to remove misconceptions we have of people with cerebral palsy and other handicaps. In turn, making our perceptions more positive.< Less
Life’s Journey is the fascinating story of the lives of Norman and Suzanne V. Hascoe. The children of immigrants , Norman and Suzanne rose from humble beginnings to achieve world class... More > recognition in the fields of industry, art and philanthropy. Their story encompasses the extraordinary opportunities in the post World War II decades for those with the skills and vision to achieve unparalleled financial and social success.
Written by a close associate of the Hascoes, it’s an insider’s well balanced portrait of the cost and benefits of achieving the American dream.< Less
Here are increments of thoughts from the mind of a woman age 69, randomly remembering thoughts throughout the year. There is humor, fantasy, and memories, of good and sad times. There is hope... More > portrayed for a future for those who read this and like me they can discover their own fantasy. There are music lyrics and quotes, used for examples of the thoughts brought to a mind, when one goes off to dwell in one’s own time.< Less
Born into a family of Norwegian aristocrats, Carl Meisterlin found that hard work and good timing were the true secrets to making him “The Luckiest Man in the World.” Carl and the love of... More > his life, Irene, now reside in Carlsbad, California. It is their hope and wish that everyone find and experience the love and good fortune that they continue to enjoy!< Less
Soon, daily column-writing for newspapers will exist only in yellowed clippings from yesteryear. "Columnists: While We're Still Around" celebrates the craft with a collection of columns by... More > a variety of writers.< Less
This book features ten veterans who share their memories of their World War II experiences. These men lived through the inherent dangers of the war—whether attacking a surfaced German... More > submarine, bailing out of a disabled bomber or a fighter plane on fire, landing cargo gliders behind enemy lines amidst gunfire, fighting in vicious aerial combat, or tending to the wounded and dying after a horrendous kamikaze attack on the USS Saratoga. Veterans include: a radar operator and a radio operator who served together on a B-24 Liberator; a B-17 engineering officer; four glider pilots who flew the Waco CG-4A and British Horsa; and three fighter pilots who flew the P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, and F6F Hellcat. Foreword by Budd Davisson, Editor-in-Chief, Flight Journal. 1st Ed., May 2014 ISBN: 978-0-9818238-3-6
6”x9” paperback, 264 pages, more than 270 photos.< Less
Come experience the beauty of North Florida's beaches, attend a womanless beauty pageant or ride on a twelve car ferry to one of Florida’s barrier Islands. Drive the beach in search of a... More > loggerhead turtle laying her eggs late at night and tell ghost stories around a campfire. This book focuses on a little known area of North Florida’s coast. These are stories of the people and events that make up one of Florida's hidden secrets--it's crown jewel called the Forgotten Coast.< Less
TOM GREELEY knows too well how insidious alcoholism can be. He has experienced how the disease entraps not only the drinking person, but the entire family. He writes about the incredible isolation,... More > the credit card debt, and the anguish over his children’s safety. In Tentacles..The Entanglement of Alcoholism, he narrates the journey of the long attempt to rescue an alcoholic spouse and save his family from the spiral of destruction ordained by the path of alcoholism.< Less
A brief story of a young girl's life as she lived in a small town in Western Iowa. The walls of their home describe how the large family of eight boys and two girls saw their busy lives from 1945 to... More > 1964.< Less
In his attempt to draw back memories of his hometown and a beloved bandleader, Ricky Dickerson brings to life an era in the 60’s when the bond between African American students and teachers... More > stride together against racial segregation. At the heart of this true story is Charles Strickland, a bandleader and school teacher, who sacrificed himself way beyond the mere teacher/student relationship. While his personal life seems driven by some internal force, he found himself tormented by a love that seems unobtainable. Puff Ditch, a unique and unusual title given to a story that’s unusually funny, informative, serious, compassionate, and romantic. Just a rollercoaster portrait of real life, leaps from the mind of a 5th grade African American kid growing up in Bastrop, Louisiana. With all the town’s colorful characters, you definitely want to find out how this story got its name; Puff Ditch.< Less
David Blow’s columns about trying to get a dying friend a baseball signed by his beloved Yankees for his 44th and final birthday brought tears, while his description of teaching his toddlers to... More > ski elicited smiles. In “Blow by Blow,” this small-town-journalist-turned-professor offers a collection of his best columns and newspaper stories written throughout his career.
Blow writes about brushes with celebrities, including Robert Redford, Jerry Springer and Ted Turner, and murders, including the slaying of a man by his girlfriend, who then stashed his body in a chest freezer.
Touching and thought-provoking, this compilation offers stories that share Blow’s personal experiences, his perceptions and his deepest feelings.
“David Blow’s work, intimate and generous and so evocative of character and place, reminds me of why I went into writing:
to try to capture the world in words, person by person, acre by acre, page by page.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author< Less
“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
Jack Yerman's incredible journey to the 1960 Olympics and his gold medal victory is a story of personal triumph intertwined with significant events of the Twentieth Century. This is the inspiring... More > story of a boy who overcomes adversity to become a world class athlete, who is a true champion in character and on the track. Some may read this book and question, "How could so much happen to one person?" Be assured - these stories are true.< Less
The View From Down Here is Just Fine is the incredible story of Clay Dyer. Born without arms and legs Dyer went on to become one of the top professional bass anglers in history. Funny, enlightening... More > and inspirational, this story is appropriate reading for children and adults alike. Written by Scot Laney, the first (and still only) opinion columnist in bass fishing. Writing for BassFan.com, Laney has spent his career writing about the world of bass fishing.< Less