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Munich Memoir By Dan Alon, Carla Stockton
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Nothing had prepared Israeli fencer Dan Alon for what he would face when he finally qualified and made it to the Munich Olympics. Despite the years of preparation, the training and the dedication, he... More > could not have known how a single Black September day would shatter his dreams and fracture his life. Surviving the Munich Massacre was the beginning of Dan's 40-year struggle to understand why he was spared, why his was not among the mangled remains of murdered Israeli Olympic athletes left on the tarmac at Feldenfurstenbruck Airport. After years of suffering, Dan found that telling his tale freed him to rejoin the living. This is that story, a story of courage, of hope, and, ultimately a story of love. This is Dan Alon's Munich Memoir.< Less
Blood Sweat & Tears: The Nation of Islam and Me By Lance Shabazz
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Lance Shabazz life was the Nation of Islam. This book journey’s over fifty personal years traveling thousands of miles and many dozens of interviews culminating my Decision to walk away from... More > it all. I realized my beliefs and principles gained as a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is rejected, altered, modified and the last trick our messenger warned us all to stay away from what today’s so-called followers accept. Lip profession counts for naught unless carried into practice. I therefore share some of my history for the family and students of the Nation of Islam.< Less
How to Write Your Memoirs...Fun Prompts to Make Writing...and Reading...Your Life Stories a Pleasure! By Ina Hillebrandt
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Open the floodgates to memories forgotten or misted over! Easy, fun steps that will inspire you to get them onto the printed page, and organized, at last! "How to Write Your Memoirs," by... More > Ina Hillebrandt, Fortune 500 consultant, nationally known speaker and Amazon.com best-selling author/editor, makes users say, "I didn't know writing would be this easy!" Why consider writing your memoirs? Your family will love you, you’ll inspire others, and writing about your experiences will heal your own hurts! Find out why others have said, "Thanks, Ina!" for "Helping me see I can write," for "Bringing us closer. We've been anxious to read his stories about the family, and glad his (fictional tales) are making other people laugh." Ina's also available to help you edit, design and publish your own book. Check "Stories From The Heart" © 2005, edited by Ina on Amazon.com or www.InasPawprints.com. You'll see why Vol. 2 became, like Ina's own "Pawprints," © Ina S. Hillebrandt, an Amazon.com best seller.< Less
From Being Considered At-Risk to Becoming Resilient: An Autoethnography of Abuse and Poverty Second Edition By Dr. Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, PhD
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I have written a narrative. Autoethnography was the process by which I wrote about the abuse and impoverished conditions I experienced throughout my young life. Autoethnography was also the method by... More > which I disclosed how I moved from being considered at-risk and became resilient. This story represents my life journey, but it can represent the life of many readers who have lived in the United States in poverty and/or have lived through physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse by family members or intimate others. There were several tenets of resilience utilized to identify the “state, condition and practice(s)” I put in place in order to overcome (Knight, 2007, p. 544).< Less
No Place but UP! By Lance Fox
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Growing up in central Wisconsin is synonymous with growing up on flat ground and in oxygen-rich air. At age sixteen I faced my first uphill climb; the emotional battle of coping with the loss of my... More > father. At thirty-six years of age Hodgkin's Lymphoma claimed his life. His death was a wake-up call for me that life can be short. Eleven years later, I became a father. The day occurred six weeks earlier than expected. The fragility of life was once again revealing itself. During my premature son's hospital stay I picked up a book about Mount Everest. Although I had never climbed before, my dream to stand on top of the world was sparked within after reading that book. I didn't exactly know how or when but I knew that I would go to that mountain. Within all of us resides a vision, a defined quest in life. It is a unique purpose, waiting to be unlocked. Twelve years after my vision occurred, I became one of less than four thousand people in the world to reach its highest point.< Less
"Me? Depressed?" A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery By Beth-Sarah Wright
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Me? Depressed?: A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery is an uplifting, inspirational story of hope and healing through depression. In her own words, this well-educated, professional... More > thirty-something wife and mother, describes her journey of an unexpected diagnosis of depression from complete denial to her discovery that depression does not discriminate, is not "her" fault, needs to be openly and honestly discussed and there is always hope.< Less
Giving Back By James Jones, Jody Fuson
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The Community Justice Center Story is written in perspective of the author and his experiences with restorative justice.
A Basket of Words: Twenty Years of Writing Together By Ruth Cox, Patricia Cavanaugh, Meredith Stout
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All writers have experienced feelings of isolation and intimidation when they are faced with a blank page. For over twenty years, three women discovered that engaging together in the writing... More > process—rather than working in solitude—rewarded them with a gratifying friendship and a growing anthology of work. This delightful collection is proof that writing need not be a lonely endeavor.< Less
The Biography of Harvey Stromme By Irene Ward
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From the Dust Bowls of the Canadian Prairies to the Parched Sahara of Africa - The Story of Harvey Stromme, Missionary to Nigeria
Growing Through Life: The Extraordinary Tales of an Ordinary Woman By Linda Niehoff Davidson
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After being told she may only have months to live, the author decides to share her amazing life story. From her grandfather’s solo journey to America circa 1895 to her current day health... More > struggles, Growing Through Life is written with candor, humor, and raw emotion. Linda reveals the extraordinary obstacles and opportunities she faced as she rose from a country girl to become a nationally recognized healthcare finance executive. Her story will inspire you to treasure each new day. You will feel her pain and rejoice in her triumphs as she reveals her newly gained perspective on life.< Less
Who Will Polish the Silver?: A Southern Baby Boomer’s Remembrance By Marie Land Avery
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Marie (“Missy”) estimates that as the hostess for family celebrations she has polished 6,720 fork tines front, back, and in between. She’s seen her duty, and she’s done it. In... More > Who Will Polish the Silver? she shares the stories about her life growing up in the 1940s South, surrounded by several generations of an eccentric family grounded in its lineage and formed by the expectations accompanying that lineage. It was a time when Victorian manners and Civil War pride still permeated the culture. Framed by Missy’s legacy of the family silver which symbolizes her heritage and its responsibilities, Who Will Polish the Silver? follows her through rapidly changing decades toward her inevitable status as an aging baby boomer. A young girl’s recollections growing up in Statesville, North Carolina, are juxtaposed with the older Missy’s later broader experiences; this alignment demonstrates that the values and self-image acquired in childhood endure.< Less
From Abandonment to Abundance By Anita Ellis
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Have you ever been abandoned by someone you thought loved you? How about feeling unwanted and unloved by your mother or father? From Abandonment to Abundance is a real story of an African American... More > girl abandoned at birth yet determined to live life abundantly. Throughout her life, Anita Alston Ellis struggled with self-confidence and self-love, unable to comprehend why her mother and father weren’t part of her life. She goes on a journey to resolve her unanswered questions and reminisce on the childhood experiences that made her who she is today. After a long journey of struggles, heartbreaks, and triumphs she thought it was only befitting to reveal the truth. Through her challenges Anita discovers her purpose in life and empowers those around her. This book will inspire you to overcome life challenges and understand that a setback is only a setup for a comeback! Get ready to be empowered!< Less
The Woman Who Saved An Island (BW) 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. This black & white version of “The Woman Who Saved an Island” includes breath-taking photographs and encaustic renderings by artists Betsy Cain & Carmela Aliffi.< Less
Radiant Truths; SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DESCENDANT of CAMEROON DNA TEST By Karimu Shaw M.S.
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Scientific research indicates that the DNA encoded within each cell in our body has important implications about who we are on more levels than our physical characteristics. As we read about Karimu... More > Shaw’s journey—its physical, mental, and spiritual aspects—we become witnesses to the truth that there are ancient memories alive within our DNA at the cellular level, and in the “inner space” of our soul. Perhaps it was Karimu’s beloved ancestors, speaking directly into his spirit-soul who, early in his life, implanted within him the seed desire to have DNA testing. Karimu’s heart longed for “home,” that part of us that is beneath the surface of our existence while being a reflection of it. Each step on his outer path home became a steppingstone to his inner Self, to his acquaintanceship with the Whole of who he is. In that same way, may Radiant Truths be a blessing to all of its readers. Michael Bernard Beckwith founder, Agape International Spiritual Center author of Life Visioning< Less
Generational Gifts: The Legacy Of Evelyn Marie By Laura Lea White
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My grandmother left a legacy when she passed from this life. In a folder containing hundreds of her unpublished poems I discovered a treasure. Her poems told of her dreams and disappointments, her... More > love and loss, and her resilience in an era of economic depression and world war. Deeply impacting, emotionally challenging, humorous, soulful, and honest her poetry was a creative expression of her life and a healing balm for her grief. It is a wonderful gift to all future generations. This story peeks into a young girl’s life filled with challenges. She overcame these challenges and developed into a beautiful young woman. It tells of a young love affair that collapses into a tail of abuse and alcoholism. It is my hope that this book will encourage others to write about their own family memories and share their gifts with generations of readers all around the world.< Less
The Bush Still Burns By Rev. William T. Lowery, Sr.
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The long, arduous journey of Rev. William Lowery Sr. began when he was just six years old. In the front pew of Meade Chapel, he watched the musicians tune up and the pastor prepare for the morning... More > service. "When I grow up, I'm going to be just like Pastor John Shafer," he thought. This autobiography follows the life of Rev. Lowery, sowing of his wild oats, reconciliation, and his ministry.< Less
Adventures At Castle Dome By Eleanor Turner
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Schuyler and Eleanor Turner thought they were simply accepting another job when they packed up their family and moved to Castle Dome, AZ to work in the old mine. Little did they know what thrills... More > awaited them in the sands of Castle Dome.< Less
Voices: Their Legacies Continue On By Dr. Susan Salomon-Kresch
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Interviews Written by: Akiva 2013-2014 Eighth and Ninth Grade Class Southfield, Michigan
The Original Brown Family: A Memoir By Harvey Brown
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The Original Brown Family Memoir written by Harvey L Brown.
Memoirs of a Certain Sansei: A Japanese American Mother and Teacher By Elsie Higa
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For more than four decades, author and teacher Elsie Higa has inspired thousands of students, many of whom write complimentary notes to her. In Memoirs of a Certain Sansei, she shares her stories,... More > including her parenting secrets. This memoir also springs from the comments of her students and her responses to them. These two forces inspired Higa to combine her knowledge of parenthood with her teaching expertise in a warm and wise narrative that parents, teachers, students, and children will learn from. "Without guidance from Sensei, I would not be where I am today." (alumnus) Higa set out to share parental and scholarly wisdom, and she achieved far more through stories packed with illumination on life in general. They are beautifully written, fast paced, entertaining, and enlightening. Any reader in search of tips for better living, effective relationships, and personal reward will enjoy and profit from this book. Dr. Doris M. Ching Vice President Emeritus Student Affairs University of Hawaii< Less
John Ball By Ms Hen
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John Ball was an explorer, starting when he was a young boy. As an adult, his travels led him to visit with a President and a King, and into many other adventures, some that nearly killed him.... More > Finally, he and his family settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan where the zoo is named for him and you can climb on John Ball -- his statue, that is.< Less
Hopeful - Thankful - Blessed By Hannah Myers
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A record of our family's journey through brain cancer, compiled from an online blog.
Our Journey: A Second Chance By Terry Schwadron
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Our Journey: A Second Chance A family story about surviving the Holocaust, about remembering and about embracing what lies before us.
100 Years of Change on the Eastern Shore: The Willis Family Journals 1847-1951 By James Dawson, Nick Willis
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A rare chronicle of daily life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1847-1951 “So rare, so historically valuable - - -The only daily account of its kind in the state.” –Brice Stump,... More > Salisbury (Maryland) Daily Times “Unique among farm journals….a wide range of observations” –Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist, Maryland State Archives “Documentation of an uninterrupted single-family-owned farm located in Talbot County for over 100 years……Slave holdings, conflicts, introduction of mechanized farm equipment, local & state political/economic material” –Allan J. Stypeck, Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers.< Less
Troubled By Maranda Evans
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Troubled is a true story based on the life of Maranda Evans. After the tragic death of a few loved ones, she struggles to find her purpose in life over a ten-year period. While loosing everything,... More > Maranda forgets what she learned as a child. Sex, love and scandalous men break her down piece by piece. Will she make it through these struggles and become the woman she always wanted to be, or will her bad decisions ruin her life forever?< Less