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Unitarian Universalists of Color: Stories of Struggle, Courage, Love and Faith By Yuri Yamamoto, Chandra Snell, Tim Hanami
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Members of Unitarian Universalist congregations are predominantly white, upper middle class and highly educated. People of color often feel marginalized in such settings despite the denomination's... More > interest in becoming more diverse. Yuri Yamamoto, Chandra Snell and Tim Hanami started a project to publish stories of Unitarian Universalists of color in an effort to lift up voices from the margins and to make our congregations more welcoming. Fifteen contributors share their stories of love, challenges, faith journeys, hope and despair. Also included is the transcript of a panel workshop based on the stories at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in 2015. Unitarian Universalist educators, Jessica York and Mark Hicks, Ed.D. contributed Foreword (York), Afterword (Hicks) and an article for moving forward (Hicks). Various resources for individuals and congregations are provided in the appendix. Cover art is “Pink Ribbon Yoga” by Yun Soo-Hoo. https://UUofColorStoryProject.com/< Less
It's All About the Kids By Margaret Wuwert
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In this book, Margaret Wuwert takes readers on an impressive journey fueled by her passion that every child should have two parents. This memoir goes back to the roots of the Children’s Rights... More > Council, a visitation and exchange agency, which grew out of the seeds planted by Margaret Wuwert. She recounts working with courts and legislators, challenging judges and lawmakers to consider “shared” parenting as a first and favored option in child custody cases. The pebble Margaret Wuwert threw into the sea continues to ripple and ripple. Her positive influence on kids, and the adults they become, can’t be known in its entirety while she walks her path through this life.< 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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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
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
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
The Valor Of Acceptance By Bryan Keitsemang
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As a student politician, Bryan elaborates on the need to celebrate young aspirations through acceptance at all levels. In this book he talks about the audacity of tolerance, and accepting that which... More > life ejaculates at us while still bearing in mind the need to stay true to young dreams and hopes that motivate us to pursue happiness.< Less
In My Wake By James McCauley
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This book is about the life of a commercial fisherman, who devoted a lifetime to the industry, and includes sea stories based on his personal experiences. James A. McCauley is a retired commercial... More > fisherman with over 60 years of experience on the water. He was the owner/operator of two trawlers, the F/V Jerry & Jimmy and the F/V Alliance, and worked throughout his career representing the interests of area fishermen. McCauley is an author, lecturer and former Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island.< Less
Highgate Switchel: A Vermont Memoir, the First Thirty Years By Henry (Hank) Lambert
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Hank tells the story of his first thirty years beginning in a small northern Vermont town to seminary study, his service in the US Army in the Vietnam War era, and work on Capitol Hill in Washington,... More > DC during the Watergate scandal. His laborer father and homemaker mother taught him and his twelve siblings the value of hard work by living off the land and raising their own food and animals. His faith in institutions was shaken in early adulthood through awareness of the deceptions by government and the failure of his church to teach the ways of loving nonviolence.< Less
ACHILLES: A Meditation on Purpose & Inspirational Living By Calvin Bond
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Few people in this world live as vibrantly and adventurously as Travis "Achilles" Williams did. A fatherless child, raised in an environment of strife and dysfunction, Achilles left home at... More > the age of 15 and overcame all odds, maturing and growing into one of the most inspiration men to ever walk this planet. His timeless words and photos helped him gain international fame and continue to inspire thousands across the globe. This is a celebration of that legacy. A compilation of his works, accented with quotes from some of his closest friends, celebrating a life of purpose, passion, and adventure. This project is dedicated to his daughter, Azarria. 100% of profits go into a college trust fund in her name. May Achilles' life work continue to support her and may she understand the man that her father was.< Less
A Lone Candle: Secrets Too Heavy To Bear By Bernice Fishman, Carol Fishman
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As you read this history of a family caught in the midst of World War II, you will shed tears, be horrified by perpetrators, and amazed by the family’s resilience, tenacity and luck, as they... More > tried to survive the harrowing world in Poland. This is a glimpse of life through a child’s eyes of a typical Jewish family before, during and after the Holocaust. Bernice wanted her story published for current and future generations of the Friedenberg and Graudens families. She knew the details would be lost over the years, and the stories gone within a few generations.< Less
Once In A Blue Moon Election By Gerry Bowles, Andrea Bertole
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With a national and state political environment that was discouraging in its bipartisan scandals and disheartening in its reliance on "big money", Gerry Bowles embarked in 2006 on an... More > eight-month adventure to get elected to the North Carolina State Senate. Motivated by her desire to involve her fellow citizens in the process of elections, Gerry built an energized grassroots campaign that operated on a shoestring budget and came close to securing her district's seat. Emerging afterward with a renewed passion to educate, entertain, engage and empower others in her community regarding participation in politics, Gerry writes of her experiences with her 2006 campaign. This book offers a personal how-to for other grassroots advocates, gives a behind the scenes peek at the political process, and shows the many wins that come from making people, not money, the priority in the campaign.< Less
I'm Still Smiling By Peter Weisz
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When he was 19 years old, Andrew Merey was told by the top neurosurgeons in America that he had less than a year to live. But thanks to an indomitable spirit and a positive mindset, he succeeded in... More > surviving and thriving for another quarter century. In both quantity and quality, Andrew's inspiring life saga demonstrates the power of the mind-body relationship and how one man was able to cope with unimaginable challenges while all the while proclaiming: "I'm Still Smiling!"< Less
Love Letter: Black Girl Song, Vol. I By Tanikka Price
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Finding her voice was not easy but it was essential to her survival. The first work by Tanikka C. Price entitled "Love Letters" is an ode to those she loves and struggles to love. The first... More > in a series subtitled: A Black Girl's Song, anyone will find themselves and their loves in these timeless letters.< Less
Arise and Call Her Blessed: A Daughter’s Memoir By C. D. Collins
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More than just a simple chronology of dates and facts, this touching biography about the author’s beloved mother, Kakki, captures both her spirit and her heart and demonstrates how any person... More > is really an extraordinary person. It presents a lively account of a warmly human woman living an ordinary life with its good times and bad times and dealing with whatever life gives her. These remarkable stories span five decades of life shared by mother and daughter. The retelling of the mother/daughter role reversal that occurred after Kakki’s manifestation of Alzheimer’s is handled with grace and dignity. A woman with both a strong moral compass and firm Christian beliefs, Kakki leaves an incredible legacy for her child. A fluid and natural storyteller, C.D. Collins shares what she has learned about the human heart and its resilience in this unique memoir of a well-loved mother, whose example made a strong case for motherhood being the highest calling of all.< Less
Buzzard Tales and Lakewood Rats By Don Bullock
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A sequel to Don Bullock's "Recollections, Tall Tales, & Out 'n Out Lies" covering more than half of the 20th century in east Texas with a few decidedly "noirish" short stories... More > thrown in for good measure.< Less
He Was There All The Time By Joan Strickland
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Looking back over the past 7 decades of life and seeing the hand of God in every moment.
Girl (Hiking) with 4 Dogs: By Sandra MacKenzie
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The adventures and challenges a young woman faces as she hikes 2181 miles while thru-hiking on the Appalachian Trail with her four dogs.
Locus: The Trajectory of Gentrification in Oakland By Elena Ruiz
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Locus explores the trajectory of gentrification in Oakland through the six different neighborhoods Ruiz has lived in. Not only is this a memoir told through the lens of a Bay Area native, but the... More > story of the evolution of a changing city. Including an interview on gentrification with city council member Lynette McElhaney, this book dives into Oakland's unknown past and controversial future.< Less
Captain Jim Trammell: Texas Farm Boy To Destin Fishing Legend: Destin Fishing History -1950s-1975 By Claude Newland
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Captain Jim Trammell was a self-made man. During WWII he joined the Army Air Corps and eventually found himself at Eglin Field, FL. After marrying the daughter of one of Destin, Florida's prominent... More > founding families he became one of Destin's early charter boat captains when "fishing for hire" was a new phenomenon. This is his story, his tales, of growing up in Texas and how he became a Destin fishing legend.< Less
I Think I Need a New Heart: The Journey from Heart Failure to Transplant By Manu Kalia
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A frank and honest account of one patient's journey: from end-stage congestive heart failure, to artificial heart-assist-pump implantation, and eventually, to heart transplantation, recovery, and... More > health. This memoir shares a first-hand perspective of the fears, challenges, and joys of facing a life-threatening illness, and being given the gift of a second chance at life. For all those who face organ failure and transplantation, for their loved ones, for those who work in the transplant healthcare arena, and for organ donors and their families.< Less
The Damned - The Chaos Years: An Unofficial Biography By Barry Hutchinson
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For the past 40 years original pioneers of punk The Damned have been thrilling fans across the world with their awesome, yet often unpredictable live performances and genre defining music. In 2017... More > The Damned are still going strong and along the way have influenced countless other bands that would follow in their footsteps such as Black Flag, Nirvana, Rancid, Bad Brains, Green Day, Offspring, TSOL and Guns n’ Roses to name but a few. This biography, written by longtime fan and author of a popular Damned website ‘Second Time Around’, Barry Hutchinson, celebrates the first 20 years – often referred to as the Chaos Years, and arguably the most prolific of the band’s history. It records their crazy antics both on and off stage, their often troublesome gigs and their memorable music. With exclusive interviews from all band members past and present, plus never before published photos, this book is a must read for all Damned fans wanting an insight to the band’s iconic history.< Less
82 Footprints By Chowchilla Kids
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Whether it is dealing with bullying, divorce, trauma, or loss, everyone has a path to walk, even young teens in the small agricultural town of Chowchilla, California. In this collection of true... More > stories written by 8th graders, these twelve to fourteen year-olds share their stories of joy and heartache, of family life and friendship, and of struggle and success. Their honest and open accounts help reveal to others what it may be like to live someone else’s life and to walk someone else’s journey.< Less
Her Unseen Life By Shannon Richards
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Ever felt all alone or abandoned? Were you bullied or picked on in school? Have you always desired a better relationship with your parents? Or have you been in an abusive relationship and didn't know... More > if it was worth saving? Shannon Richards has... Because her parents were in jail for the majority of her childhood, Shannon's great aunt raised her. As a result, Shannon grew up learning the ropes of adolescence the hard way, and as an adult, she struggled with abusive relationships and even doubted her ability to raise a child. But through perseverance, Shannon navigated the pitfalls of life and found a way to come out shining. Her Unseen Life is the new release from author Shannon Richards. In this memoir share all of Shannon's personal ups and downs while she encounters life from every angle. Journey with her to find out how she makes it through the good, the bad, and the ugly as she sails through life's most difficult storms.< Less