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Growing Old in New Town: What Marked Me, What Marred Me, What Made Me By Michael E. Goings
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A true saga of an African-American family that sprouted from the fallow soil of poverty, domestic violence, and the obnoxious weeds of bigotry, Growing Old in New Town narrates the memoir of a black... More > boy’s upbringing in a racist, small southern town. This memoir follows author Michael E. Goings and his family through their struggles, dramas, and triumphs, providing an accurate depiction of life in the Jim Crow South from the 1950s to the 1970s. Growing Old in New Town chronicles young Michael, the fifth born of ten siblings, who at an early age witnessed the horrors and happiness of being born in a poor black family in Dillon, South Carolina. He embodies many of the poor black children of his era and area who struggled with demons in their families, communities, and cultures. This bittersweet drama highlights the fraternal comradery of brothers and the sibling rivalry that often caused them to clash. It tells of rural and southern living during Jim Crow from a poor, black boy’s perspective.< Less
A Dark Place ... Until The Dawn By Keith D. Godbey, Donna Godbey Raysik
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In 1944, while World War II still raged, a husband and wife left the comforts of America to move to Africa. Headhunters and cannibals roamed the jungles of “the dark continent,” as the... More > land was still called then, and witchcraft and juju held people in the grip of fear and superstition. But dawn was about to break. In the midst of chaos, a story of love, dedication, commitment, hope, and encouragement began to unfold. This is the true life story of two people who dared to trust the God who called them. As you enter these pages, be prepared—you will find joy and tears, tension and suspense, raw terror, and good followed by evil of the darkest kind. You will walk with this couple as they were forced to make searing decisions in the presence of starving children. You’ll be by their side through the dark night when evil was prepared to kill. But most important, you will see the hand of a loving Heavenly Father guiding them every step of the way.< Less
The Thoughts & Opinions Of The Black Power Ranger By Kristopher Ateman
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Take a journey through the uncensored, uncut and Pan-African mind of the Black Power Ranger.
Braeden Black and White By Joachim Reppmann
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Eric Braeden, a Hollywood star from Bredenbek, and historian Yogi Reppmann from Flensburg (both towns are located in the northernmost German State of Schleswig-Holstein); their friendship goes back... More > to 1989: here, in 2014, after a tennis match in Flensburg, on the border with Denmark. Both are fascinated by the timeless concepts, ideas and values of a democratic revolution, The Legacy of 1848, Through Today.< Less
Grey Quill Society Review - Fall 2016 By Peter Dunne, Editor
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The Grey Quill Society Review is an anthology of fiction, poetry, memoir, essays and artwork created by members of The Grey Quill Society Writers' Workshop at the Motion Picture and Television Fund... More > retirement community in Woodland Hills, California. The anthology includes life stories from men and women who spent their lives in front of and behind the cameras in the motion picture and television industries - telling stories that have entertained and moved hearts around the globe.< Less
After April By Eva McCollaum
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On April 15, 2007 SSGT Scott Lilley was hit by a piece of shrapnel while manning the gun of a humvee on a road his military buddies hilariously called “IED Alley.” The hot piece of metal... More > entered his skull just under his left temple, and that changed his life forever.< Less
The Sum of All Things: Connecting with the Spirit and God in Us All By Derek L. Gray
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Have you ever had a moment that redefined everything you thought to be true about life, family, and faith? Derek L. Gray had such a moment in the fall of 2014, when he suffered a series of personal... More > and professional setbacks that left him seeking answers to life’s biggest questions. He was greeted by God and a host of spiritual guides more than happy to provide answers. In this book, he acts as a messenger of God, sharing what he learned over the course of two years. During that time, he spoke with angels, witnessed life hours after his birth, observed life before he was born, and crossed the veil to speak to his dad again. These amazing experiences—along with working side by side with his spiritual mother, Liese, and his spiritual guide, Harman, shape the life-changing messages in this book. If you’ve always been convinced that we can learn nothing more about God than what is written in the Bible, then open your mind to new ideas.< Less
Around the World in 93 Years: An Uncharted Journey By Sue Dabney Catalano
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From 1923 to 2016, Sue Dabney Catalano’s memoir captures life amid the historic events and people of her time. Her personal perspective is gripping, informative, and uplifting. Beginning with... More > the simplicity of childhood in the 1920s, the glamour and affluence of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and the bizarre effect of WWII blackouts in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Sue sets the scene for her riveting journey. Sue exposes their fascinating years after the war living in foreign countries— Saipan, Thailand, Laos, and Taiwan—sometimes undercover with the CIA. Their associations and friendships with remarkable and famous people made for a life of depth and intrigue.< Less
Saved Again By Jack Gilreath
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The story of a Vietnam Veteran who overcame the troubles of PTSD by God's grace
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
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Around the World in 93 Years: An Uncharted Journey By Sue Dabney Catalano
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From 1923 to 2016, Sue Dabney Catalano’s memoir captures life amid the historic events and people of her time. Her personal perspective is gripping, informative, and uplifting. Beginning with... More > the simplicity of childhood in the 1920s, the glamour and affluence of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and the bizarre effect of WWII blackouts in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Sue sets the scene for her riveting journey. Sue exposes their fascinating years after the war living in foreign countries— Saipan, Thailand, Laos, and Taiwan—sometimes undercover with the CIA. Their associations and friendships with remarkable and famous people made for a life of depth and intrigue.< 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
Daisy Hart By Betty Hart Davis
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As a young girl growing up in the south, I gave little thought of ever existing without my Mother's wisdom and guidance. Whether it be recipes, family connections, or matters of my heart, she gave... More > loving advice that helped mold me into who I am. Yet, her departure from this world was inevitable and that time unfortunately came. I still miss her, but I did not lose her lessons for me. I am sharing a few of these lessons and memories in this written endeavor. And to quote my youngest granddaughter as she talked with my daughter, "I'll always have you with me because you will always be in my heart." Mama, you are always with me because you are always in my heart.< Less
THUD PILOT By Victor Vizcarra
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Thud Pilot is the memoirs of a combat fighter pilot who flew the Air Force’s premier fighter-bomber in the most dangerous skies in the history of warfare. The F-105 Thunderchief conducted 75%... More > of the Air Force bombing mission in North Vietnam during the first five years of the war and Thud Pilot tells the story of the courageous men who flew them. The personal perspective from years of combat experience reveals just how the political mismanagement and inane Rules of Engagement made them as much the hunted as they were the hunters. Thud Pilot goes beyond the battle air space and shares the emotional impact on the families left behind.< Less
Dancing with My Cancer Demon: All the Way to a NIH/NCI Immunotherapy Clinical Trial By Clark B. Hanmer, MD
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This is not your typical death and dying, search for the meaning of life, cancer story. More like a dance lesson. I'm a family doc who flipped to Stage-4 cancer overnight. Making my way with... More > this terrible problem, I've managed to survive a year, learning a lot in the process. This is my journal, with commentary from friends, written as events unfolded. I offer it for others to find insights and make their dance a little easier. Subjects explored: CANCER: the emotional roller coaster, managing well-wishers, keeping everyone up to date, sorting treatment options and clinical trials. HEALTH CARE: find good doctors, manage your medical record, rebut insurance denials, and find an advocate to assist. DOCTORING: my rural practice stories explore what it takes to become a wise physician, by learning from patients. SURVIVING: Resilience, faith, personal choice, palliative care, and advanced directives. LIVING: Reconnecting and having some fun. Making the best of the time we have left.< 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
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Lanterns to Lights By Jeffory Morshead
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A Cornish Lad in California 1857 - 1915 This is a work of faction. The dates and other historical da-ta are true, but the authors have taken the novelist’s liberty of entering thoughts and... More > imagining scenes.< 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
Did I Do Enough? By Elwin B. Hart
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A memoir by Colonel Elwin B. Hart USMC (Ret.) on his life in combat, his marriage, his devotion to duty, and to his wife.
Old Dame Dancing By Nancy Parsons
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In her eighth decade, and feeling compelled to comment on what “she got out of it all,” Nancy Parsons offers this collection of casual essays. It’s a mixed dish of memoir, social... More > comment, and rant, loosely organized around the subject of aging, and seasoned with a healthy helping of humor. With the right attitude, growing older is an adventure. It would be a shame to miss it.< Less
A Good Start is a Great Beginning By Dr. Joe M. Phillips, Jr.
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Dr. Joe M. Phillips, Jr., a resident of Dr. John D. Thompson, shares what it was like to go through residency at a large charitable hospital in the south during a time of great social, economic, and... More > technological change.< Less
Iran to America Running 1001 Marathons Journey from Badwater to Mount Everest Seven Continents to World Records By Parvaneh Moayedi
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Experience Parvaneh’s memories, stories, history, geography, ancestors, culture, tradition, beliefs, customs, practices, rituals and morals. Travel with Parvaneh as she runs marathons on all... More > seven continents. Run across the Mojave Desert during summer to reach Badwater Ultramarathon finish line. Sail to Antarctica on a Cold War Soviet Spy Ship to run a marathon on white continent. Summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Overnight at Mount Everest base camp and then run the world’s highest marathon. Witness breathtaking mountains and waterfalls in South America through her eyes. Absorb the enchanting cultures in Asia and hike the rugged Swiss Alps. Discover Parvaneh’s motivation to conquer the most difficult challenges in the world. Explore Parvaneh’s childhood and the intrigue of her ancestral past. Be immersed in Persian history, geography, traditions, beliefs and customs. Be inspired by embracing the unique gift of life during its darkest moments.< Less
Gandhi's Wisdom For You (108. Quotes by M.Gandhi) By Gandhi International Institute for Peace
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Words of wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi. This pocketbook is a compilation of 108 quotes by Gandhi.