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Mr. C. - A Portrait of Santa By Carol A. Walker
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This book is a collection of stories from Mr. C. as he played Santa Claus in the City of Morris, Illinois and surrounding areas for over 40 years.
Growing Up With Raleigh: Smedes York Memoirs and Reflections of a Native Son, Conversations with John Sharpe By John Sharpe
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Smedes was once asked as a child what did you want to be? His answer: “I wanted to be part of our family business after attending college. I also wanted to attend and play basketball for North... More > Carolina State University.” He did both. Smedes grew up with Raleigh. He saw the city evolve from a small state capital with legislative and educational institutions to the vibrant metropolitan community that it is today. The Smedeses and the Yorks put their mark on the community through education and construction. And Smedes followed their example. In these conversations he gives us his perspective on what they gave him as well as what the community gave in return. Growing up in Raleigh in the 1940s and ’50s, he also reflects on how foreign the sensibilities of those years are to us today.< Less
A Worthy Life By Jerry Worthy
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This biography tells of the life of Jerry Worthy, from his early years to his service in the Korean War complete with a journal of that time. Then he tells of his life in Big Spring, TX with his... More > wonderful wife, Louise and their three children. He finishes with stories of his philantrophic endeavors in Big Spring, TX and his travels.< Less
No Nonsense AC/DC Webzine - Back Issues By Pekko Paivarinta
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NO NONSENSE AC/DC WEBZINE - BACK ISSUES For over a decade No Nonsense AC/DC Webzine was one of the most famous websites related to the Australian hardrockers AccaDacca. The webzine had loads and... More > loads of interesting stories, memories, photos and interviews - by the fans for the fans. The site is now taken offline, but the saga lives on - this book gathers the stories from the 15 issues of No Nonsense AC/DC Webzine.< Less
One Bypass. One Stroke. One Survivor. By William Dailey
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An inspirational story about a man's will and determination to not only survive, but overcome the experience of having a stroke. Written with conviction and a candid sense of humor, William's book... More > achieves the ultimate goal of supporting other stroke survivors by having the courage and fortitude to tell his story and serves as a great resource for stroke survivors, family members and professionals.< Less
GLAMAZON QUEEN KONG: My Life of Glitter, Guts, and Glory By Deanna Booher
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Read about mixed Collegiate wrestling, Apartment style wrestling adventures, Mud Wrestling triumphs with Queen Kong, Roller Derby Queen, Actress in Hollywood Film and Television sitcoms and the Star... More > of the World Wide Hit 'GLOW' The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, explicit escapades in Open Marriage, Creating the First Telephone Sex Biz in the World, becoming a World Renowned Dominatrix, being a pioneer in Real Sex Journalism.< Less
Gone Off With the Angels By Mark Kelly
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Gone Off With Angels is the memoir of Mark H. Kelly’s son, Benjamin-Hayes Door-Kelly, who passed away at age nine after a two-year struggle against leukemia. The work is based on newspaper... More > columns, magazine feature stories, and personal reflections written by Kelly throughout his son’s illness and two years after his passing in October 1999. Much of the story is based on Benjamin-Hayes’ communication with angels, a phenomena the young boy termed “Golden Love.” Gone Off With The Angels is also a story of a parent-child relationship expressed with a search for Jesus the day after Christmas, a chance encounter with a reindeer, and coming to the aid of Santa Claus when the jolly old elf is overcome with the reality of Benjamin-Hayes’ illness. A work of spiritual non-fiction, Kelly’s Gone Off With The Angels takes readers into the heart of grief and into a life of faithful observance of his son’s life.< Less
Remembering: 25 Years of God's Faithfulness in India By Bula Dell Blanchard
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Maurice and Bula Dell were young Tennesseans called to do big things for the Lord, and it would require a lifetime of their reliance upon God’s faithfulness. Having made the willing, yet... More > thoughtful decision to accept God’s call, they traveled to Burma to begin working as Christian missionaries. Events of World War II forced them to evacuate separately, not knowing where or when they would ever find each other again. Through a series of awe-inspiring events, God planted them in Ramapatnam, South India. He used the following years to grow them in ways that would help fulfill His purposes in that part of the world. Bula Dell’s 1940’s American dream of honeysuckle and roses around their front door was traded for beautiful eternal “blossoms” of new believers at Heaven’s door.< Less
You Be Pilot By K-Moses Nagbe
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Edward Pailey Sherman, a well-known evangelical and Pentecostal cleric, rose from humble beginnings to arrive at a height he rarely imagined he would have attained, had it not been for the grace of... More > God. This little book celebrates the path he traveled. In the book, K-Moses Nagbe, the author, also documents at least 40 of well-known African names in West Africa and provides a peek into the philosophical and religious importance of those names.< Less
Tale of the Bus By Corey Weinfurt
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This is the story of the purchase and following trip to get the O'Malley's Bus and bring it home to Weston, MO.
The Battle for Breezy Point By Sebastian Danese
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On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck Breezy Point, home to many New York City first responders. Firefighters from the Roxbury, Rockaway Point, and Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Departments... More > remained on duty throughout the storm, ready to assist our neighbors. That night, our quiet, oceanfront community was ravaged by the hurricane’s winds and waves, leaving 202 homes destroyed and 2,219 severely damaged. Another 126 homes were then devoured by one of the largest residential fires in New York City history. In the weeks following, our actions became international news and an inspiration for a massive recovery effort. Despite freezing temperatures and primitive conditions, volunteers from across the globe fought to save and rebuild our battered community. During this time, we witnessed incredible acts of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness by the volunteers and residents who struggled to carry on. This is our story.< Less
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
Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago By Elaine Hegwood Bowen
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In the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago was akin to many urban areas throughout the nation, such as those in Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, and... More > San Francisco, among others. Once thriving black, working-class areas, many of these neighborhoods—like Englewood—are now beset by black-on-black violence and drug activity. In Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago, author Elaine Hegwood Bowen shares her recollections of what life was like growing up in Englewood when her parents migrated to Chicago in the early 1950s and purchased a home in 1959. She grounds her stories in exciting childhood adventures, as well as the cultural happenings of the time, discussing such issues as Dr. Martin Luther King, race riots, and integration. She provides a glimpse into what the infamous neighborhood was once like.< Less
My Road By Richard Hughes Wilcox Jr., with Vernon Hastings
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This book is not to brag on the accomplishments in my life but to establish in one work ,the history of my family and those who made my life’s work possible. With the fast moving technology of... More > today much is lost in the seemingly mundane details of one’s life. Rest assured that coming generations will have questions whose answers are only here as the older generations pass with no written record. Much of the details in my book were gleaned from oral histories provided by my Uncle Bruce Lynn and Aunt Joanne Smith. Beyond this I mean to record the wonderful times in which I and my friends grew to adults. The Fifities in America was a time of prosperity and peace. We lived a carefree life not understood today. Finally, each life is important. I urge the reader to begin recording their life journey now.< Less
50 Years of Service By Bradley Jones
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The New South Wales Naval Reserve Legal Panel 50 Years of Service edited by Lieutenant Commander Bradley Jones, RANR
Stories Of A Good Old Boy From Acworth, GA: Growing Up In Acworth In The Fifties And Beyond By Walter Flanagan
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This book contains my true stories of growing up in Acworth, GA in the fifties and other experiences from my almost seventy years of life. For those of you that also grew up in the fifties, you'll... More > know that 1950s BC means 'before cell phones, before computers and before air conditioners.' As a kid growing up in a small town, we never worried about crime. Our doors were never locked and our windows were left open in the summertime due to the heat. We knew all of our neighbors, children and parents, and they knew us. Kick back and enjoy these short stories from a good old boy from Acworth!< Less
"You're Crazy" - Volume One By Craig Lewis
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You’re Crazy Volume One compiles twenty-five first-hand accounts of people from the punk scene who live with mental illness, addiction and trauma. This volume also includes two stories of punk... More > rockers who are allies to those of us who struggle and their experience. This book exists to help empower the writers who are sharing their personal experiences so that they can be better understood. It also exists to help show that we are not alone in this world and that life can get better. It’s a necessity in our community. We all deserve to be heard. You’re Crazy aims to help decrease the stigma that the authors, and those like them, face while dealing with mental illness, addiction and trauma. By sharing their stories they are putting themselves on the line as they take ownership of their lives and experiences while demonstrating the reality of their lives. These stories educate and inspire, increasing understanding and empathy while reducing stigma.< Less
Born in the Shadow of the Third Reich By Frederick O. Bley
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As Fritz grew up in pre-World War II Germany, he thrived as his father’s opera career took them from city to city. In 1940 when his father obtained work in Czechoslovakia, Fritz had no idea of... More > what his destiny held—only that when the air raid sirens sounded he knew he must head for shelter. In his compelling memoir, Fritz details how his peaceful childhood was interrupted by the chaos of World War II as bombs exploded, searchlights scanned the skies, and at age ten, he was expected to sign up for the Hitler Youth. As he moved from playing in the Youth’s marching band to designing airplanes to transporting refugees, Fritz eventually became an officer who had to escape numerous Russian POW camps and never could have imagined that one day, he would immigrate to America and create a new life. Born in the Shadow of the Third Reich shares a fascinating glimpse into World War II through the eyes of a boy determined to survive.< Less
My Life In Crime By Det. Lt. Bert Bernstein
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GANGSTERS GAMBLERS GRIFTERS GRAFTERS GOONS AND THE MAFIA Walk with me into the past…
Joy of Life Paperback By Jerome Friedman
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An Ordinary Man… A Life Changing Story An incredibly powerful faith-filled story of how Jerome Friedman, an ordinary man, courageously battled three cancers. During this journey, he... More > experienced an extraordinary gift from God… true joy. This gift left him free from all life stresses filling him with a genuine lasting peace. He humbly shares his story with you so that you may embrace everlasting joy for the rest of your life.< Less
Just Me By Joan Ball
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Joan started writing in 1973 at a time when she was desperate, alone and faced with life-changing decisions. She started scribbling down her feelings on scraps of paper, and never stopped writing for... More > the next 40 years. Her scribbling turned into her autobiography. An ordinary woman from London’s East end, Joan lived an extraordinary life, becoming the youngest Mayoress ever. The first person to set up a computer dating service, she became a successful business-woman and a psychic counsellor, all whilst battling with the then-unknown problem of dyslexia. “I wrote my life-story from my gut, not my brain. I’ve never read a book in my life, and go to pieces when I have to write a letter.” Joan did not have an easy life, but after painful loss and much sorrow and illness, she finds peace and fulfilment in dance. An inspiring life told with humour and a forgiving spirit.< Less
On The Floor By Reilly Neill
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On The Floor chronicles one session in the Montana State House by a State Representative. Issues covered include bison management, gay sex, campaign finance, Medicaid expansion and more. All... More > information is presented as verbatim transcription narrated by Representative Neill. These truly are "tales" from a citizen legislature in Montana.< Less
The Woman Who Saved An Island By Jane Fishman
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As more and more coastline is lost to rapacious commercialization and outrageous governmental taxes, we have someone like Sandy West, now 101 years old, who put her family fortune into keeping... More > Ossabaw Island wild and free of development when many wanted to buy it to build resorts and gated communities. Read about her fights with the state of Georgia to preserve this pristine barrier island, some 15 miles from Savannah, Georgia. Learn how her parents, moneyed people from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, bought the island in 1924. See why Sandy decided to share it with artists, writers, musicians, philosophers and, yes, astronomers. Enjoy all this through the observations of a writer who over the years has become Sandy’s friend and advocate. Jane Fishman has had full access to the humor, perspicacity and integrity of Sandy West and to the beauty of the island. The color version of “The Woman Who Saved an Island” includes 50 breath-taking photographs and encaustic renderings by artists Betsy Cain and Carmela Aliffi.< Less
Stony Creek Sketches By G. Randolph Bishop
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Randolph Bishop's engaging collection of short stories from his youth in the village of Stony Creek, Connecticut, a publication of The Stony Creek Museum.
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