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Vietnam in Wonderland By William Price
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Vietnam in Wonderland exposes things which appear not germane to the fighting in southeast Asia, but they, in fact, are absolutely integral to the history of that memorable period. Come with this... More > author for a unique visit to the past and see how unmistakeably visible things are that went mysteriously unnoticed in the combat zones and at home. What animated the war in Vietnam? That question will be understood with greater clarity after reading this concise work.< Less
First Rate Living By Dave Stone
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First Rate Living by David A. Stone
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
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
Lenin, Hitler, and Me By Boris J. Kochanowsky
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Here is the amazing autobiography of a man born to a life of wealth and privilege as the youngest son of a Siberian industrial tycoon. With the coming of the Russian Revolution, his charmed life is... More > swept away, and he is thrust into a world of poverty and oppression. Relying solely on his wits, his optimism, and luck, he makes his way to Germany, where he becomes a successful mining engineer, despite the privations of the German depression. But then, in a single day, his secure position is lost, and he becomes a hunted man. Follow his five-year flight from Nazi persecution through Holland, Belgium, and France, as he strives to achieve his lifelong dream--to reach the US. Confronted with desperate and terrifying circumstances--both in revolutionary Russia and Nazi Germany--Boris J. Kochanowsky tells a story of loss and survival, of horror and heroism, of struggle and hope. With an introduction and epilogue by his daughter, Vera Kochanowsky, this volume includes over fifty photographs and illustrations.< Less
Fighting for My Life: How I Found God and Beat Lyme Disease By Patrick Collins
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Patrick Collins has the life that he has always wanted: a loving family and supportive friends who help him in following his dreams. He has an accomplished baseball career and a unique passion to... More > change the world. That is, until illness strikes. Plagued by fatigue, arthritis, chronic sinus infections, mood swings, and seizures, Patrick is left without a guide in his search for what is wrong with him. Doctor after doctor runs tests and comes up without a diagnosis. The family is told it is “all in Patrick’s head,” and is offered antidepressants. Two years and tens of thousands of dollars later, a diagnosis is given: Lyme disease. Although Patrick’s malady finally has a name, the extensive testing for, and treatment of, this enigmatic disease is not covered by insurance companies, leaving the family financially devastated. This memoir draws readers into the mind of this young sufferer of Lyme disease who had lost all hope of recovery, missing out on years of his childhood.< Less
Beneath Montana Skies By Beulah Brasen
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Beulah Brasen was born to Oliver and Edna Ralstin near North Vernon, Indiana in 1907. Her memoir begins in 1916 as she boards a train bound for the American West. Her family settled at the end of the... More > line near Scobey, Montana, where she lived until her death in 2000. This is her story from the wild prairie Beneath Montana Skies.< Less
LIVING THE TEXT: Memoirs from My Life & Times By Robert W. Perry
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While his greatest sermon is the life he has lived, Rev. Dr. Perry's clear passion is lifting and honoring the power, purpose, and promise of the pulpit. Woven into his personal story is the... More > exposition of the style and substance of his preaching that is instructive for all who preach. In living the text, you cannot preach with integrity that which you do not personally affirm. As Dr. Perry lives the text and tells the story, he provides some guiding principles for transformative preaching.< Less
The Life and Legacy of Thomas E. Keller By Thomas E. Keller
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Growing up in Rural Indiana on a melon farm in the 1930s, Tom Keller’s humble beginnings taught him the value of family, hard work and building a legacy. As the first one in his family to... More > attend college, Tom went on to make a name for himself as a leading salesman selling farm equipment throughout the Midwest. Tom overcame a lifetime of hardships and heartbreaks, but it didn’t stop him from building a trucking company in the late 1970s that would someday become one of the biggest employers in Defiance, Ohio. Through perseverance, taking risks and never giving up, Tom built a business that will carry on for generations to come.< Less
In Search of the Mount Cleveland Five By Terry G. Kennedy
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Two days after Christmas in 1969, five young, forward-thinking mountaineers set out to climb Mount Cleveland, the highest peak in Glacier National Park. They were never seen alive again. The Mount... More > Cleveland tragedy will remain one of the most enigmatic mountaineering accidents in the United States. In this tale, the author fast–tracks himself into mountaineering at age 15. His quest is to vindicate the Mount Cleveland Five by climbing the north face with the brother of one of the missing. In Search of the Mount Cleveland Five is a true story about the coming-of-age, racing through 22 years of climbing endeavors with colorful Montana climbers and their close calls, antics and tears. The grief and inspiration of the Mount Cleveland avalanche never leaves the rear view mirror. The story ends on a peak in the Alaska Range as the author attempts a new route with the son of his longtime climbing partner. The slope they are ascending threatens to avalanche—and history is on the verge of repeating itself.< Less
Rescuing Beefsteak: The Story of a Pragmatic Pioneer Idealist By Myron Harrison
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Fourteen-year-old George Harrison emigrated from England to Utah in 1856. He was part of a Mormon family relocating to “Zion” for both religious and economic reasons. The young man,... More > suffering from malaria and extreme food shortages in the Martin Handcart Company, abandoned his family and spent a winter with a compassionate Indian family that saved him from starvation. Soon after, at Fort Laramie, Harrison served as a civilian cook for an army surgeon. He accompanied troops during the march into Salt Lake City in 1858 and cooked at Camp Floyd. Upon the camp’s closure in 1861, he cooked at an Overland Stage and Pony Express station. George Harrison subsequently worked as a freighter and served in the Black Hawk War. In mid-life he built a small restaurant and hotel in Springville, Utah. Harrison’s cooking, singing, and story telling attracted “drummers” (traveling salesmen) who gave the restaurateur the name of “Beefsteak” because of the quality of his steaks.< Less
Starched Caps: A Nurse’s Memoir By Nancy Swan White
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It was the summer of 1960. Elvis Presley had recently been discharged from the Army and had a number one hit, “Stuck on You.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy was running for president. Gasoline... More > cost thirty-one cents a gallon. And author Nancy Swan White had just completed a two-week nursing-aide course; at age sixteen she was ready to start her first job in a hospital. It was a career that would last forty-five years. In Starched Caps, she shares an entertaining and moving memoir of the training and career of a nurse, chronicling a wide range of experiences in school and on the job. She provides vivid pictures of what it was like to be a nurse as well as how much the medical world has changed since she entered the field. Starched Caps offers glimpses of the cultural and political climate of those years, from the stereotypical attitudes and assumptions related to the deep racial divide that existed in the United States, to the almost nonexistent role of male nurses.< Less
Autobiography of Afeworki Ghiorghis Haregot LLB By Afeworki Ghiorghis
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As a distinguished lawyer and judge, Afeworki Ghiorghis Haregot was always deeply involved in his community. When he came from Eritrea to Minnesota, he continued that involvement. Known as “The... More > Judge” among his Minnesota neighbors and friends, he worked for the Eritrean community, guided younger Eritreans, and brought his country’s causes to the attention of US politicians and people of importance. What made the retired Eritrean Supreme Court Judge such a tireless champion and model of civic reasonability? In this book, he tells us about his family, his schooling, and an important teacher. He recounts the story of his career and explains some of the cases and legal decisions he was involved in. Through his life story, readers get an introduction to a remarkable person who has influenced many people in both Eritrea and America. Along with insight into an accomplished person, we also get a glimpse of his beloved country and how well he served it. Jacqueline Mosio< Less
Lifted by Hope: How I Overcame Barriers by Becoming the First Immigrant Woman from Africa Ordained by the Presbyterian Church USA By Rev. Dr. Jemimah Ngatia
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The true and fascinating story of how a young girl from a village in Kenya would go on to become the first immigrant woman from Africa ordained as a minster of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian... More > Church USA.< Less
Home of the Brave By Prosper High School GT Humanities
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In creating this project, Carrie Butts and Lauren Hodum started with a desire to connect freshmen and sophomore GT Humanities students with area veterans to give the students both real world... More > experience in creating an anthology and create a relationship between student and service men and women. Students were paired with area veterans, the veterans were interviewed both through email and real-life interviews, and their stories were carefully crafted. Students served as interviewers, editors, organizers and designers. Carrie Butts and Lauren Hodum are incredibly proud of the hard work our 120 GT Humanities students have put in to this anthology, where students have provided both biographical information and told a story in great respect and reverence for our area service people. Thank you, veterans!< Less
Kicking Leaves: The Contrarian Life of a Yankee Rebel By Caperton Tissot
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This is the story of a woman born to money and privilege, who rejected the upper class values of her parents while still a child. The book’s title refers to the difficulty of changing... More > things… like piles of leaves, once kicked, return to their original state. Caperton’s life has been filled with both amazing and deplorable people, charming and not so charming animals, frightening and joyous events. She has always been active in progressive causes, once pulling an outrageous stunt to talk with Mario Cuomo about an environmental issue. She was active in the anti-war movement and lived close to New York when the twin towers went down. Caperton’s life has not been all kicking leaves. She has touched the lives of many people who will remain changed by her humor, generosity, and spirit. She has written prose, poetry, and memoir. As her mother lived until almost 106, we can anticipate much more writing from Caperton in the future.< Less
Daddy: Reflections of Father-Daughter Relationships By K E Garland
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A father’s presence is important in a daughter’s life. He is the first man a little girl sees and knows. He demonstrates how men relate to women. But what happens when the... More > father-daughter relationship is dysfunctional? Daddy answers that question. Included are fourteen memoirs that describe the impact a failed father-daughter relationship can have.< Less
Gunfight at Frey Ranch By Warren Frey
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In June of 1971, a devil traveled to Louisiana to commit a robbery, thinking he’d make easy money as he usually did when he stole from innocent families. That night—his last night... More > alive—he made the mistake of knocking on the Frey family’s door. In Gunfight at Frey Ranch, readers will experience the perspectives of Warren Frey, his wife, Verna, their three oldest children, Donna, Billy, and Shawn, and the head detective on the case, Kenneth Goss. In addition, a box of case files has recently been examined in order to theorize who likely ac-companied the slayed man to attempt to rob the Frey family that fateful night.< Less
Off the Books: The Stories Among Us By Mr. Blom's Class: 2017-2018
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The oral histories and dramatic monologues of Mr. Blom's classes of 2017-2018.
When The Closed Heart Opens: Lessons Learned on the Journey of Life By Claudette P. Crouse
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Using a quote from our fabulous former First Lady Michelle Obama “You have a right to be exactly who you are,” in this book Claudette Crouse embraces who she really is. She reveals her... More > chaotic childhood, her struggle with depression, and her failed first marriage. She shares the lessons she learned, and describes in detail how she overcame challenges and obstacles that affected her as a woman in all aspects of her life: personal, social, and professional. And she opens up about her encounters with men, and why she thinks they bear considerable watching. The insights and knowledge she shares on leadership and corporate savvy, which are aspects of corporate success, are priceless. Claudette ends her story by hailing the importance of girlfriends; she emphasizes the word “girlfriends” and the power of having faith. “Claudette Crouse is wise and open and sometimes scary honest. Whatever she shares will be worth reading.” — Anne Ashmore-Hudson, Ph.D.< Less
From Fatherless to Fatherhood By Omar Epps
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Author and world renowned actor Omar Epps chronicles his journey from humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, to the bright lights of Hollywood. Having grown up without his biological father, then... More > becoming a father himself, Epps shares his story of pain and triumph in a uniquely visceral way. It’s an intimate, unapologetic, and emotional conversation about childhood, manhood, and parenting. From Fatherless to Fatherhood touches on many themes surrounding the importance of family and community. It also shows how men can break the cycle of fatherlessness within their families, and come to terms with their own issues surrounding their fathers. Fatherhood is about much more than providing food and shelter for a child. It’s about much more than cutting a check to check a box. Fatherhood is about being active in a child’s life, and cultivating those sacred bonds of family. It’s about guiding and teaching a child how to be a loving, honest, respectful individual who will permeate goodness to all they encounter.< Less
Rambling On - A Life Story By Al Cadd
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“Rambling On” is an engaging collection of life stories from Al Cadd, a well-respected Sonoma County old-timer. Al captures the splendors and struggles of rural life in mid-20th century... More > Alexander Valley in vivid detail, from the reckless fun of outsmarting the game warden, to the hard, sticky work of scraping prune trays, to the excitement of getting the family’s first refrigerator. Al’s book is a rewarding read for its humor, historical descriptions, colorful characters and warm memories of good old days. Holly Hoods, Executive Director/Curator, Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, April 2018< Less
Un-Shattered By Debbie Hargis
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This is Debbie Hargis’ abuse journey from hell to healing. It is meant to offer hope to those who have suffered abuse, in all its forms.
Around the World in 80 Years, Take III By Dick Funsch
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Take lll…who’d a thought? Certainly not me. In the preface to Take ll I wrote: “A third book? No, I don’t think so”. “Nevertheless”, I continued,... More > “I’ll keep on writing until the well does indeed run dry, be that next month, next year , or whenever”. Apparently the well was deeper than I thought, so here we go again…”one more time, for the good times” as the lyrics of a once popular song implored. There’s always the danger of going to the well once too often. Hopefully this is not that time. You, the reader, are the judge and jury. Read on.< Less
Athena: A Greek-American Woman's Resistance to the Nazis and the Greek Junta By Athena Mihos Psyhogios Henderson & James C. Henderson
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This memoir is the story of Athena Mihos Psyhogios Henderson, arrested in 1971 attempting to free Alekos Panagoulis from Boyati Military Prison in Athens, Greece. Her trial was covered around the... More > world by the international press because Alekos Panagoulis was the most famous political prisoner of the Junta, the military dictatorship then in control of Greece, imprisoned for his failed attempt to assassinate the leader of the dictatorship, Colonel Yiorgios Papadopoulos, and because one of her co-conspirators in the plot to free Alekos was Lady Amalia Fleming, the widow of Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.< Less