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The Rebellious Missionary: My Years as a Medical Missionary in Haiti By Dollie Bennett-Milfort
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The Rebellious Missionary: My Years as a Medical Missionary in Haiti tells the story of my years working as a medical missionary in a clinic in Haiti. It is also the story of how I fell in love with... More > Haiti and the people of Haiti.< Less
GUNZ AND GOD: The Life of an NYPD Undercover By Stevie Stryker, Rocco Parascandola
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Some people complain about the problems around them. Others do something about them. This is the real-life story of Stevie Stryker, who grew up in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood, then became an NYPD... More > undercover — Stevie Gunz, his fellow officers called him. He locked up countless bad guys using his biggest asset, his ability to talk. It’s a skill he learned as a kid in church, where he listened, not always willingly, as his father, a strict Pentecostal minister, held sway with his mesmerizing sermons. But Stryker broke his father’s heart, joining the Marines instead of heading right to college, only to make amends later in life. After retiring from the NYPD due to a debilitating illness, he paid his father the biggest compliment he could, becoming a minister and preaching the word of God.< Less
Higher Love: The Miraculous Story of a Family By Paul Campion, Randy Johnson, Bobbi Buchanan
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Fate. Divine faith. The laws of attraction. Free will. Or a shared calling to achieve a greater good. Whether we believe in supernatural forces or random odds, we speculate over what brings together... More > two people who consider themselves soulmates. HIGHER LOVE, the epic true story of a gay couple’s lifelong struggle to be recognized together as the parents of four multiracial children, draws readers back to this question—a question with no clear answer, but only the beauty of possibility. In its magical telling by Paul Campion and Randy Johnson, two of the plaintiffs in the SCOTUS case that would legalize same-sex marriage, the memoir shows us the higher purpose of the obstacles Paul and Randy tackle as gay dads to build a family and live their dream.< Less
The Life of Marine Sergeant Joseph Davis Caskey: Fearless, Fallen but not Forgotten By Gerald and Debbie Caskey
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This is a memoir of a young Marine Sergeant who was Killed in Action in Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Sergeant Joseph Davis Caskey was twenty-four years old on June... More > 26, 2010 when the vehicle he was riding in hit an IED. The story of Sergeant Caskey is an account of the patriotic courage and passionate commitment of a faithful and fearless young man. He was a man of strong Christian principle and sterling character. This is a story of grief and loss and provides a powerful message to those who are dealing with their own pain and hurt.< Less
My Life Story By Theodore B. Halpern
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Theodore B. Halpern was born in 1930 in Vienna, Austria. Forced to escape the Nazis and leave Teddy with his grandmother, his family fled to the United States. During an air raid when he was ten... More > years old, Teddy and his grandmother lost sight of each other and would not reunited for several years. This is where Teddy's solitary journey of survival begins.< Less
Ada By Opal Hetterle
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I decided to put this book together so that my family might know some of their rich heritage. The events in this book are all true. I really don't know the time sequence of the events, but they all... More > took place between 1910 and 1916. Gramps daughter Ada, my mother-in-law, told me some of these stories, but most of them came from Gramps. As you read the book, keep in mind that they didn't have the conveniences of our day such as electricity, radio, TV, washing machines, motor vehicles, etc., at least not on their farm. I hope you will be blessed by this book of remembrances.< Less
Transitions: From Here to There By FDA II PS 36
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Adolescence is a time of significant transitions, and this publication reflects the voices of elementary and middle school students whose poems and narratives touch on a variety of momentous shifts... More > in their lives. Writers from PS 36 and FDA II have written, edited, and revised works to represent the rich transitions they have anticipated, observed, and undergone. Their pieces resonate powerfully and convey beautiful insights into their personal lives, communities, and futures.< Less
Reading Pushkin in Siberia: And Other Tales of Survival By Celia N. Ores
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In Reading Pushkin in Siberia, Dr. Celia Ores tells her tale of survival during World War II. She fled her hometown of Dubienka, Poland, during the Nazi invasion, only to be sent with her family by... More > the Soviets to a gulag in Siberia. Dr. Ores came of age in the most unlikely of places: the gulags and prison villages of the Soviet Union. A Soviet-appointed doctor invested in her by taking her on nature walks, teaching her Russian and sneaking works by the masters of Russian literature, like Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, which Dr. Ores memorized and still recalls to this day. The doctor offered her compassion and kindness, and nourished her innate drive to learn. Dr. Ores learned to speak and read Russian and read works of literature by forbidden lamplight in the labor camp in Siberia.< Less
All This For a Little Gold, The Diary of Henry Hawley By Betsy Buck
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The real-life two-year diary of a young man who came from Wisconsin to Colorado in 1860 to prospect for gold. His heartfelt entries show his intelligence, sense of humor, and humanness as Henry met... More > the challenges of hardships and frustrations of mining, and of living in that mid-19th century mountain society. Enhanced by illustrations, photographs, and historic research, this diary comes alive, putting the reader into the mining life of the period. It is a diary that was little known until Betsy Buck stumbled across it on a dusty shelf at the Colorado Historic Society Library.< Less
No Is Not An Answer By Marilyn Pollans with Peter Weisz
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An uproarious, inspiring, and thoroughly engaging memoir by the former Associate Dean at the University of Maryland School of Engineering. With a disarming charm coupled with a gritty determination,... More > Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans broke down barriers to opportunity and cracked through thick glass ceilings. Her pioneering efforts have resulted in a new generation of women entering the previously male-dominated field of engineering. This jocular and absorbing memoir recounts her struggles, her setbacks, and ultimately the victory of her indomitable spirit.< Less
My Passage from Life to Death (A Daughter's Tale) By Elizabeth T. Ivory
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Elizabeth's love for her mother was so great, not even death could part them.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joe By Dr. Joe H. West
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A biography by Dr. Joe H West recounting the many instances that God showed HIS mighty hand when an unrelenting faith was placed in HIM.
Where Two or Three Are Gathered By Margaret McGee
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This book is sure to capture your full attention as it takes you on a heartwarming journey about a British war bride and an American soldier,a voyage across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary Ocean Liner... More > and the many historically detailed and memorable family events that followed. As the stories unfold, the reader is sure to agree that absolutely nothing in this world happens by mistake. With the personal and endearing experiences, hopes and dreams, joys and sorrows, shared by this large, Catholic family, united by a strong faith and unconditional love, the reader will become completely absorbed and enlightened.< Less
2015 Challenge into Change Writing Contest By The Women's Initiative
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This book is a chorus of voices raised to honor women who have triumphed against seemingly insurmountable odds with grace, clarity and spirit. Using powerful poetry and prose, the authors explore... More > universal motifs such as grief, loss, body image, and parenting. Furthermore, they shed light on themes that often go unexamined outside of the privacy of our minds, hearts and homes: domestic violence, mental illness, poverty, abuse, and neglect. In their words, we find our wounds and worries, but most importantly, we find company on the road towards health and wholeness.< Less
The Offender I Once Defended By D.A. Goodwin
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If you have ever been all alone but still felt like you were on center stage in front of a packed, whispering audience, then someone has probably been watching you. In 2014, Dawn Goodwin realized... More > she was the target of an unknown harasser who knew all of her whereabouts as well as all of her actions. But what the harasser did not know was that Dawn had grown up in the most dangerous city in South Carolina where she had been taught to pray, stand, and fight. The Offender I Once Defended is D.A. Goodwin's memoir that reveals the intriguing true story about her experiences while attempting to uncover and then stop a faceless pervert. This page-turner also personally invites you to answer the question: Which is really worse, being harassed or not knowing who is harassing you?< Less
Beyond the Shores By Lillian Gonzalez-Pardo, M.D.
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Beyond the Shores is the story of Dr. Lillian Gonzalez-Pardo in her own words. It chronicles her early years and upbringing in Manila, her entry into medical school, her subsequent immigration to... More > Kansas for her postgraduate residency, and her celebrated career as a pediatric neurologist.< Less
The Village Tavern By Nathan Pollack
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People in recovery tell their intriguing stories; you can hear them in meetings all over the world. This, however, is a group of a dozen or so alcoholics who died in their disease, posthumous... More > first-person stories not nearly so cheerful or optimistic as those others. They still reveal their underlying mutual support and affection, modestly muted.< Less
A Louisiana Soldier: Willis A. Fontenot: 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion, WWII By Dianne Dempsey-Legnon
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Willis Fontenot grew up fishing the bayou waters, hunting for game, and racing bareback on horses with little knowledge of the world beyond Belaire Cove, Louisiana. But as the Allied powers sought to... More > invade Europe in 1943, duty uprooted Willis, thrust him into one of the most difficult times in history, and altered his view of humanity forever. Narrated by his third daughter, Willis’s story of sacrifice and survival follows his journey as he unveils memories and reflects on life experiences as he falls in love, trains for war, and crosses the ocean to battle the enemy as a member of a battalion that battered German positions for over three hundred days. While conveying his fears, love for his fellow soldiers, despair, and ultimately his desire to survive, Willis shines a light on members of a courageous generation that persevered under horrific conditions to ensure freedom.< Less
Damn, I Shot My Horse By Fred Hauptmann
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The coming of age story about Fred, a boy who is sent into the desert with very few resources to help build his family's homestead. Many colorful characters come into his life, among them ranchers,... More > prostitutes, miners and other unlikely mentors. Over eleven hard years as a homesteader, hard-rock miner and buckaroo, he learns to live in solitude and keep his emotions in check. Oh, he also learns to dig a ditch.< Less
Eight Dollars and A Dream: My American Journey By Raj Gupta, Syd Havely
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“Eight Dollars and a Dream tells of a remarkable personal and professional journey by one of America’s premier CEOs and corporate directors. Raj Gupta, working with Syd Havely, offers a... More > candid and captivating story, told with passion and special appreciation for how family, mentors and other leaders transformed him and how he in turn changed his world, a compelling account for all who are navigating a corner office, a boardroom, or their life course. “ – Michael Useem, Professor and Director of the Leadership Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania “Raj's story is the American dream writ large with a focus on what is really important in life. I have had the privilege of working with Raj for many years and have seen his qualities as a business leader firsthand. But I have benefitted even more by watching his example of how to lead one's life with dignity, integrity, and grace. This is a book that needs to be read!” – Bill McNabb, Chairman and CEO, The Vanguard Group, Inc.< Less
Manteca to a T By Chris Teicheira
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All the things you need to know about farming, politics, religion, drilling for oil, blondes, brunettes, booze and brawls. Comic, farmer, Mantecan and now author Chris Teicheira started writing his... More > column 'Manteca to a T' in January 2014. Inspired by Patrick O’Leary and his ‘Man about Town’ column that ran in the Manteca Bulletin in the eighties, Chris tried to emulate the spirit of Manteca in a series of witty articles published in the Bulletin every Friday. If you can’t find him in his tractor or somewhere at his farm chasing his deaf puppy Banshee, the five-time Modesto Area Music Awards nominee is probably touring one of the clubs in California, Nevada or Oregon with his stand-up routine. You can contact him at cateicheira@hotmail.com. And remember, "It's not where ya do, it’s what ya do. “< Less
Game Over: The Story Behind a Sex-Trafficking Victim By Leah Rogers
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In Game Over, Leah Rogers recounts her three-year ordeal of being at the mercy of a savage pimp who demanded she sell her body to maintain "his business." His controlling techniques and... More > brainwashing led to countless brutal beatings, abrasive attacks, a gruesome rape at gunpoint, and being transported cross-country in the trunk of the pimp's vehicle. Soon after Leah found a chance to retaliate against her pimp, she learned she was pregnant...with a child fathered by her pimp. She pleaded for her life at gunpoint, praying that God would spare her life for the sake of her four children. Undercover officers plotted to catch the pimp in a meeting with "underage" girls. They caught Leah instead.< 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
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
First Rate Living By Dave Stone
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First Rate Living by David A. Stone