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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
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
Hooligan from the Hills: Growing Up Ornery in Iowa's Loess Hills By Jeffrey D. Deitering
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Life in rural Iowa isn't just a rerun of Mayberry R.F.D. Inside are the true stories of a simple farm kid; memories of growing up in farm communities nestled around the Loess Hills in southwest... More > Iowa. Some may make you laugh, a few may make you cry, a couple may just make you scratch your head and ask, "Why on earth would anyone do that?"< Less
Alien Interview - Readers Edition By Lawrence R. Spencer
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The "Readers Edition" is a simplified version of the book, ALIEN INTERVIEW. It does NOT include FOOTNOTES, INDEX or TABLE OF CONTENTS. Only the letters, personal notes and copies of top... More > secret government interview transcripts from Roswell, N.M.. The interviews were conducted with the pilot of a crashed UFO at the US Army Air Force Base in July and August of 1947 under government direction by Flight Nurse Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy. (deceased)< Less
Rising from the Ashes: A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima By Dr. Akiko Mikamo
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This is a true and incredible story of a Japanese adolescent, Shinji Mikamo, who miraculously survived the first atomic bombing of human kinds. He was on top of his house roof with nothing to shield... More > him at only ¾ of a mile (1,200m) from the epicenter in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 toward the end of the World War II. But what made Shinji stand out from most of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or even of many other man-made disasters in our history, he never hated Americans as aggressors. He somehow saw things from a much bigger perspective even in the very strict Japanese military government’s mind control of civilians during the war. As one of his three legacy-carrying daughters, Dr. Akiko Mikamo wrote his story to send out the messages of human love and power of forgiveness to remind the world our worst enemies of yesterday could become the best friends of tomorrow.< 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
BENJY By Stoney Stonebraker
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The true story of James R Beauchamp, Benjy, as told to Stoney Stonebraker. A man down on his luck befriends a stranger and tells them him his life story. The man, Stoney Stonebraker decides to... More > publish Benjy hard luck memoir to raise money to help Benji turn his life around. In the suburbs of 1960s California we get to know Benjy and his working class family, his parents divorce, and his placement in a strict foster home where he plots a hapless escape. Against all odds, he and his sister hitchhike across the country to reunite with their estranged mother. Benjy narrates his jock days and dreams of being an actor and life on a oil rig. A sudden near death experience makes him the miracle man and through it all, we are touched by Benjy’s enduring faith in God. His rough and tumble life unfolds with fancy cars and crack ups, marriage and separation, kids and bills. Benjy’s adventures include working as an actor and hanging out with OJ Simpson and Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.< Less
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
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 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
In the Crossfire of the Klans By Buddy Blanche
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Beatings, burnings, bombings, and murder became the song of the South during the desegregation era of the 1960s. Patriotism turned to terrorism to resist the inevitable changes brought about by the... More > Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Klan was in his home, the FBI was at his door, and he was cornered with no way out. By Michelle Abramson, editor and friend This is a coming-of-age story with a twist. From earliest childhood to young adulthood, Buddy leads us through the society that was the Deep South in the tumultuous years preceding and immediately following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.< Less
The Final Battle By Darrel Emerson
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This is the memoirs from Darrel Emerson's brave Final Battle with cancer
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
The Innocent Days of a North Dakota Farm Boy By Carmen James Lee
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It was a time of innocence for author Carmen James Lee, growing up on a rural farm in North Dakota in the 1950s. In The Innocent Days of a North Dakota Farm Boy, he shares a nostalgic collection of... More > stories telling about his experiences as a child during a much simpler time. In this memoir, he narrates how he walked in the fresh snow to milk the cows with a kerosene lantern in his hand, what it was like attending a one-room school, and how he sawed a huge hay stack in half with a rope made of barbwire. Recalling a fun-filled youth, Lee tells about his challenges, his dream, his successes, and his failures. The Innocent Days of a North Dakota Farm Boy shares real-life stories of a North Dakota boy growing up and experiencing these and many more fun and exciting things—from plowing with a tiny, two-bottom plow behind the Ford tractor to marching in the school band at the Indianapolis 500 car race.< Less
HAPPENINGS By James Juan Spillett
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A brief account of people and events that affected the life of a biologist, James Juan Spillett. This includes accounts from his childhood, military service in the Korean War, foriegn religious... More > mission, living through a revolution in Africa, study, travel and work abroad as well as everyday lessons learned.< 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
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
Rememberances of Almont By Cindie Walton Wade
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Stories and memories about the people and places in Almont, Michigan
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
The Untold Story of a Slave Girl Named Hannah By Shonda Renee' Brooks
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This is a non-fiction book which introduces readers to a young mulatto slave named Hannah born in the year 1828 in the state of Georgia whose life before the the year 1870 was a bit of a mystery. The... More > author bridges the gaps in history and brings Hannah back to life starting with a deed from the year 1840.< Less
Around the World in 80 Years, Take II FINAL By Dick Funsch
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“Around the World in 80 Years ---- Take II” doesn’t pick up where the original left off, nor does it attempt to. When I finished the original book I never felt that it was, in any... More > sense, unfinished, that there was more to come. Well, turns out I was wrong. There was more work to be done. Most importantly filling in some gaping omissions as well as adding a few fresh memoirs. Memories are fickle, mine more so than most. Today some past events may be as vivid as yesterday. Tomorrow they’re gone and forgotten. Someone much smarter than I once opined that the best memory wasn’t nearly as sharp as an event recorded. I heartily agree, which prompted me to put pen to paper to computer then back to the pages of this book. Take II….memories shared.< 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
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