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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
Remembering Florida's Forgotten Coast By J.Kent Thompson
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This book is about a vanishing way of life in Old Florida in an area called the "Forgotten Coast." Extending from the St. Marks lighthouse to Mexico Beach, this part of Florida is an... More > undiscovered paradise of white sand beaches, tasty seafood, and friendly people. Read true stories about those who live in the small towns and make their living from the waters. Explore places named by the early Spanish explorers and Indian's. Visit the cool waters of Wakulla Springs and the lighthouses at St. Marks, Carrabelle, and Cape San Blas. Learn how the towns got their names and some Florida history. Laugh at womanless beauty pageants and an ex-wife's revenge. Read about the beauty of places like the St. Marks Refuge and Cape San Blas, all a part of Florida's beautiful Forgotten Coast. If you are visiting the area this book will serve as useful information and a guide. If you own a beach home this is a must have book for your family and guests to read while sunning at the beach.< Less
The Unordained Priest By Dr. Daniel Keilman
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The Unordained Priest is a memoir of the life and lessons learned from Daniel Keilman. As a child in Dyer, Indiana, Keilman takes the reader through his exploits in his neighborhood, his school,... More > his church as he readied to become a priest. Although Keilman may never have been fully ordained, the reader learns the many ways that Keilman has fulfilled the mission of priesthood, serving his fellow human as a teacher, principal, and educational administrator at the state level, in addition to his role as husband, father, and friend. Told with a sense of humor, a conversational style, and an insatiable excitement for life despite life altering events early in his life, Keilman's story is an inspiration to all who read his stories and lessons. This book is essential reading for those who know Keilman, and those who look to learn more about his life, and even more about their own.< Less
This is Your Life: Edgar "Buddy" Galvin By Minerva Bloom, Matthew Bloom
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This book encompasses experiences that span almost a century in the life of Edgar "Buddy" Galvin. From notes and memory, Buddy reflects on the major highlights and lessons gleaned over that... More > time.  His story illuminates events in his lifetime; from his childhood growing up in Baltimore Maryland during Prohibition and the Great Depression, his long lasting affair with music, and his work as a 1st class ship-fitter where he witnessed the launching of the first Liberty ship the SS Patrick Henry. Buddy relates in an intimate fashion, his experience in the United States Navy as a Long Range Aerial Navigator aboard B-24 Liberators, while on anti-submarine patrol out of Dunkeswell, England. He also gives a personal account of his participation in the search for Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. His life has been enriched with his travels around the world, family and friends, civic work, and his continuous commitment with volunteer efforts in the South Florida community.< 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
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
Learning to Love Olivia By Ardella Perry-Osler
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a daughter's journal of her mother's journey through Alzheimer's
Nobody Calls Me Father Anymore: Experiencing the Priesthood From Pre to Post Vatican Two By Richard Gonser D. Min.
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A retired Catholic priest relates his experience of the changing face of the priesthood from seminary to retirement. What he writes about those turbulent and challenging years from 1950 to 2010... More > reveals the personal and, at times, the very difficult journey of a parish priest. With remarkable clarity and detail, Fr. Gonser shares his story of more than fifty years of priesthood in the Diocese of Cleveland. Young and older readers, laity and priests will be fascinated or reminded about the tumult of those years. An intriguing journey! Rev. Albert A. Krupp, Delegate for Senior Priests, Diocese of Cleveland While nobody may call him Father anymore , Richard Gonser writes movingly about the mystery of grace working in his own life and in the lives of the people he served and loved. His memoir captures his quiet fidelity to Gospel values in the challenging year following the Second Vatican Council. Rev. Donald Cozzens, author of Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journey of a Secular Priest.< Less
Remembering . . . Our Journey to Africa By Lois Spangenberg
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Looking back over sixty years, Lois writes about her life as a young bride in Nigeria to a young missionary teacher. God's abundant grace shines through as she remembers moments of joy and loss,... More > journeys to faraway lands, and a blessed life with her beloved Ray.< Less
Seriously God, Am I That Girl? By Tammi Terrell Dixon
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Just a year after her divorce, author Tammi Terrell Dixon, a single mom with no health insurance, learned she had breast cancer. In Seriously God, Am I That Girl?, she opens up and reveals intimate... More > details about her battle with breast cancer. Initially, she wanted to hide under a rock, but her faith led her to believe God was orchestrating behind the scenes. Based on a journal she kept throughout her journey, Dixon opens the story with a quick look at her life after all the tears and procedures. Then she takes a look back, describing how she battled for her life and eventually found inner peace. She offers updates and the lessons learned throughout her ordeal. With a hint of humor used to discuss a life-threatening issue, Seriously God, Am I That Girl? delivers Dixon’s story to help others who face the same diagnosis. It shares one woman’s story of surviving breast cancer because of God’s intervention and resulted in a beautiful transformation.< Less
The Downrange Dispatches - Hardcover Edition By John Connly Walsh
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After the September 11 attacks, John Connly Walsh wanted to serve his country. So, in 2005, at the age of 73, he packed his bags and headed to the Green Zone in Iraq. He worked on reconstruction... More > projects for an American company, but more importantly, he became a witness to—and chronicler of—history. The Downrange Dispatches is a collection of Walsh’s letters home to family and friends. It is a unique look at the story of postwar, pre-surge Iraq told not by the media that covered it, but by an American citizen—and his Iraqi translators, drivers, and friends—who lived it.< Less
OK2BG By Jack Dunsmoor
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OK2BG is narrative nonfiction, a Memoir about a guy who wants to be a Mentor preferably to a teenager, so they can have a decent & meaningful conversation about stuff & preferably with a kid... More > at-risk, or just otherwise lost, in order to help both the teenager as well as the determined subject of this story realize their unique potential & find or reinforce their place in the world. Overall, a chronicle about the author’s attempt over several years to understand the question of ‘why do I want to be a Mentor’ which eventually helps him become a more insightful person. Subsequently in September, 2010 after a plague of teen suicides, Jack turns his attention to researching gay biographies into optimistically appropriate groups of books for gay kids at-risk, from bullying. After 5 years Jack has categorized 2,000+ books in the form of Memoirs, Biographies & Autobiographies written by or about 1,000+ allegedly gay men. The primary message in OK2BG is to read & reassess before you run asunder!< Less
A Life for A Life: A Memoir: My Career in Espionage Working for the Central Intelligence Agency By Howard Phillips Hart
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This is the tale of one operations officer in America’s espionage service. It begins with the story about his imprisonment in a Japanese internment camp with his parents in the Philippines... More > during World War II, and how that led him to serve his country at the height of the Cold War. Howard Phillips Hart served most of his 25 year career in South Asia and the Middle East. He was involved in the Iranian Revolution; planned, started, and led the CIA’s massive covert action programs against the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan; and directed CIA support for the ill-fated 1980 attempt to rescue the American Embassy hostages in Iran. Mr. Hart was the Founding Director of the CIA’s Crime and Counter-narcotics Center.< Less
St. Joe, Indiana to Paris, France: My War Years By Dr. John "Joe" Wolford
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The author describes his youth and young-adulthood growing up in rural Indiana including his service in the Army as a medic in WWII.
The Final Battle By Darrel Emerson
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This is the memoirs from Darrel Emerson's brave Final Battle with cancer
Truth be Told By High School Students Samuel Gompers
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The search for truth can take many forms, and you can look for the truth about yourself or the truth about the world. That is why the students from Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High... More > School embarked on a journey of self-discovery of their author-selves. This book contains a collection of narrative essays and research reports, in which students share pivotal moments of their lives, and answer burning questions that they formulated through their studies at Samuel Gompers. We hope you enjoy their pieces, which resulted from the work and penmanship of these young authors.< Less
I Feel More Like I Do Now Than I Did Yesterday By Brad Terry
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Brad Terry's best-remembered life stories are woven through with several themes. Terry's discovery late in life that he had suffered from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) since before it had a name,... More > is what began the quest that became this book. The creativity with which he has met the challenges life presented to him makes it a lively read. Sixty years of making music provides the unifying thread of Terry's story, one that has touched so many people, including many greats of jazz history, some more obscure than others. The music emerges as a guide from the very beginning, a consistent presence holding the rest of the story together, much as it has the man. These themes together tell a story about the resilience of Terry's adventuresome spirit, blessed with music running in his veins.< Less
Anger By Shmuel State
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Do it again, Mr. Flynn! By Michael Burke Flynn
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My name is Michael Burke Flynn. I was born December 29, 1919, in Brooklyn, NY, to Michael Aloysius Flynn and Beatrice Burke Flynn. One of my earliest memories is from when I was 3 years old. I... More > remember I lived with my parents on the third floor of a four-story apartment house. My baby sister Monica was in a baby carriage at that time. The Palisades of the Hudson River were nearby, where bigger boys would climb down the steep cliffs and get pigeon eggs. It was a very dangerous thing to do, and I was impressed and have never forgotten it.< Less
A Time for Everything By Charles Moore
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With a sense of humanity, humor, and nostalgia, A Time for Everything relates stories from the life and times and travels of Charles and Peggy Moore—from childhood in the Great Depression to... More > their 70th anniversary in 2015, celebrated with seven children, nineteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and even one great, great grandchild.< Less
Glad They Were Here By Larry Fisher
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Glad They Were Here By Lawrence Fisher. A reflection on a life and those who enriched it.
Whenever Rotary Scouts Fall in Line By Rich Wasmer
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“Waz’ knows how to entertain us. Erv Hutter’s contributions to the history of the OA, our lodges, and Rotary are accurate. This book is a collector’s item for all O.A. members... More > & anyone dedicated to Rotary!” Tom Stoppa, OA Lodge Advisor, Alpena, MI. “Wazzuuupp?! Waz’s journey with Marv and Justine Valentine is both humorous and inspirational.” Curtis Davenport, Scouter, Pontiac, MI. “Awesome! Brings back many wonderful memories. You won’t be disappointed. This book is a must for the veteran Rotary camper as well as the newer camper.” Larry Jeziorski, Scouter, Bloomfield Hills, MI. “Around the campfire with the ‘WAZ’ and his classic campfire tales are finally in print, a long time coming.” Ron Comtois, Scouter, Bay City, MI. “The factual happenings of Lost Lake and Harry Bennett is fantastic! Camp Rotary’s John Potter saga is one of a kind. It’s beyond scary.” Dan Tanciar, Scouter, Garden City, MI.< Less
The Other Side: Closing the Door By Donna Girouard
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“Once upon a time, my Dad was my hero . . .” Then I grew up. Every family has its secrets: facts concealed or distorted to avoid conflict, embarrassment or immediate consequences. But... More > truths always surface. Eventually. This collection of linked essays tells one family’s story, revealing its “other side” and the fallout resulting from three generations of secrets—with a little history of North Brookfield, Massachusetts and some of its colorful characters as backdrop.< 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
From where we're from: A poetry anthology written by students By PS 305
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Adapted from George Ella Lyon's (1999) "Where I'm From" poem, this poetry anthology examines the beautiful historicized stories of elementary students at PS 305. In illustrating and... More > illuminating their lives, students begin to give life to the sights, sounds, and wonders of the city. Their very beings resonate in the words that extend far beyond the subway lines, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the local delis on neighborhood street corners. In an anthology that describes and examines where they are from, these authors tell you that humans are made of magnificent moments and memories. It is from here that children begin to embark on the world.< Less