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E. Leon: A Perfectly Imperfect Dad By Paul Kincaid
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Everett Leon Kincaid Jr.—E. Leon—was not perfect. But, then again, he never claimed to be. He didn’t have time. He was too busy trying to earn a living as a traveling advertising... More > salesman and be the best dad possible to his five sons. Those were his priorities, not perfection. Leon’s goal of being a good dad stemmed from the troubled relationship he had with his own father. Leon swore that he would never treat his own children the way his father treated him. He lived up to that goal with his five sons, using a combination of common sense advice and humor. His common sense usually came in the form of sayings, including “Money’s never an issue, as long as you have some of it,” “There is a fine line between being ‘in the groove’ and being ‘in the rut,’” and “Don’t ever get old. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.” Leon taught his sons how to drive, how to defend themselves, how to deal with people, how to compete, how to play baseball and other sports, and, in the process, how to be good dads themselves.< 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.
Skyscrapers in the Ghetto By Elizabeth Telich
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A collection of poems and vignettes from Ms. Telich's AP Literature class at Cleveland School of the Arts.
Connecticut Characters By Lennie Grimaldi
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Lennie Grimaldi’s Connecticut Characters: Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State chronicles 40 years of spicy personalities from political chili peppers such as John Rowland and Joe Ganim,... More > to pop culture cloves Linda Blair and Ed and Lorraine Warren to habanero Hells Angels and mobsters; a journey into the underbelly of cities to the wooded terrain of wilderness warriors. The FBI and Donald Trump too.< Less
BLACK EYE By Gary L. Baur
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“You are probably wondering how I became the recipient of one now famous black eye? Let’s begin the story.” After almost 35 years in the restaurant business, Gary L. Baur has... More > some stories to share. Based off his life adventures from his childhood in rural Southern Indiana to his time in the Navy during the Vietnam War and beyond, Black Eye delivers a biting witticism that hilariously explores just what goes on behind restaurant doors.< Less
Beating The Odds: Surviving Mesothelioma By Christine Schultz
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Find inspiration in these compelling stories about people who were diagnosed with mesothelioma. Read their words. Walk with them. Hope with them. Together, Michelle, Navairre, Lannie, Katherine and... More > Icom hope to inspire other cancer patients to fight and never give up. Their inspirational survival stories prove that there is hope for cancer patients, and like them, anyone can beat the odds and survive their cancer diagnosis< Less
Leader Designed: Become the Leader You Were Made to Be By Dana W. White
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Dana W. White weaves a humorous and compelling narrative of her life and career from small-town Virginia to the marble halls of Capitol Hill, the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, and the quartiers of Paris,... More > France. She also shares pivotal lessons on leadership she learned from her grandfather, the publisher of her hometown’s only black newspaper, who continued working into his nineties, and other family members, friends, and individuals. At 16, she made the critical decision to learn everything she could about China. Several years later, she graduated from the University of Chicago as the only black student to earn an undergraduate degree in Chinese history. She’d end up advising Senator John McCain, Governor Sarah Palin, four-star generals and many other influential people. Throughout her journey, she met leaders who encouraged her to achieve her greatest dreams and aspirations. By sharing the advice, words, and wisdom of her greatest mentors, she provides inspiration for you to become a great leader, too.< Less
You Know My Name, Not My Story! By The 8th Grade Students of UCLA Community School
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This book was written by the 8th grade students at UCLA Community School in Los Angeles, California. It contains a collection of the students' stories and poems about their "struggles and... More > strengths" in life.< Less
Lost Seoul By Jin Stearns, Carolyn Stearns
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Lost Seoul is the inspirational true story of one man's journey to find his family after becoming lost in a crowded Seoul train station at the age of six. It relays his courage, and never-ending... More > hope, to understand his path in life while discovering unimaginable inner strength along the way.< Less
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
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
Absolutely Impossible: An Autobiography by Lorri MacGregor By Lorri MacGregor
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Go deep inside a controlling cult and follow Lorri’s struggles to be free spiritually from their rules and doctrines. These years included a verbally abusive marriage encouraged by the cult.... More > Her life was nearly claimed by obeying the cult’s rules and refusing a blood transfusion. Against all odds, she was a survivor. She met a Christian man, Keith, who would not go away.  Lorri would not associate  with any man, and certainly not date.  She told him if he wanted to be around her, then he would have to have a cult “Bible study”. So it began. He stood by her through traumatic events, and death threats. He led her into a born again experience with the real Jesus Christ. They married on “Armageddon”, October 4, 1975. Together they raised their five children and began ministering to others. Come with them on their impossible adventures in the ministry that spanned four continents and over 30 years. God opened absolutely impossible doors for this remarried couple with a woman doing the teaching!< Less
Not Quite Home: A Soldier’s Search for Belonging By James B. Morgan
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There is a brotherhood, formed in the crucible of battle, which brooks no other path to membership. Created in the incapacitating fear of incoming fire that no training can ever simulate, those... More > fraternal bonds are stronger than the blood that is shed to form them. James B. Morgan spent twenty-four years in service to his country, rising from an enlisted soldier to Lieutenant Colonel. His memoir examines being a soldier in a way that goes beyond life on the battlefield and peers into the souls of that combat brotherhood. Morgan studies the mind of his soldiers using his own experiences as the thread that ties the narrative together. From feeling obligated to volunteer for deployment to feeling guilty about doing so, from taking pride in a successful battlefield mission to wondering about the families mourning the losses he caused, Morgan speaks plainly about why so many Soldiers struggle to belong.< Less
Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots By Carol Park
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Author Carol Park grew up in Los Angeles during the 1980s and 1990s, a time of ethnic strife. Now she seeks to give voice to the Korean American community both then and now. Memoir of a Cashier is... More > more than just a description of young girl’s life growing up while working in a bulletproof cashier’s booth in Compton, California. Park tells the story of the Korean American experience leading up to and after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Intricately weaving the story of her mother into the text, she provides a bird’s-eye view into the Korean American narrative from her own unique perspective. With candor and direct language, she recounts the racism and traumatic incidents she lived through. Park bore witness to shootings, robberies, and violence, all of which twisted her worldview and ultimately shaped her life. In this memoir, a Korean American woman recalls her experiences of Los Angeles during the 1992 riots and shares her journey of finding her identity.< Less
How Did I Get Here?: A Memoir By Victoria Denice Weaver
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Author Victoria Weaver grew up in a home where she witnessed constant drinking and fighting, and she heard cursing like she lived with sailors. This took place every weekend for years. She vowed to... More > grow up, leave home, and put the childhood problems behind her. But that didn’t happen, and Weaver experienced similar issues, similar feelings, and relationship patterns shortly after she moved out of that childhood family environment. In How Did I Get Here?, Weaver shares her story. She tells how, after being in this relationship for 20 years (10 years married) and being a dedicated wife and mother, her husband shot her. The incident took place just after a family cruise celebrating their son’s high school graduation. In this memoir, Weaver narrates the series of events and the long road to recovery after the shooting. Emotional and heartfelt, she describes her feelings and emotions as she leaned on God and her family to help her through this difficult time.< Less
SKYMAN By Mike Page
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Celebrate Life with the story of Skylar Page. A young man with Down Syndrome. His life started out in darkness but became a Bright Light to many; truly a gift from The Father to a father.
The Band Never Played for Us: The Vietnam War as Seen by a Marine Rifleman in 1967 By Sgt. Ronald G. Goddard, USMC
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Ronald G. Goddard grew up seeing Hollywood movies that showed American troops boarding ships and going off to World War II with bands playing and well-wishers swarming docks to give soldiers rousing... More > sendoffs. But when his troop transport ship left San Diego Harbor for Vietnam in March 1967, there were no patriotic farewells. It would be a chilling wake-up call for Goddard and the fellow marines of Golf Company, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. He shares an accurate account of their experiences in this autobiography. From being issued an M16 rifle that jammed to being baptized in a blaze of fire on the front lines, he reveals what he learned about fighting the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Regular Army troops in the rice paddies and jungles from DaNang to the DMZ.< Less
The Band Never Played for Us: The Vietnam War as Seen by a Marine Rifleman in 1967 By Sgt. Ronald G. Goddard, USMC
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Ronald G. Goddard grew up seeing Hollywood movies that showed American troops boarding ships and going off to World War II with bands playing and well-wishers swarming docks to give soldiers rousing... More > sendoffs. But when his troop transport ship left San Diego Harbor for Vietnam in March 1967, there were no patriotic farewells. It would be a chilling wake-up call for Goddard and the fellow marines of Golf Company, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. He shares an accurate account of their experiences in this autobiography. From being issued an M16 rifle that jammed to being baptized in a blaze of fire on the front lines, he reveals what he learned about fighting the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Regular Army troops in the rice paddies and jungles from DaNang to the DMZ.< Less
Challenge into Change 2016 Writing Contest By The Women's Initiative
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Challenge into Change is a forum for real-life stories about women overcoming personal struggles. In the fall of 2016, The Women’s Initiative invited Central Virginians to submit a poem or... More > essay of 500 words or less about a woman (themselves or someone they knew) who had surmounted a difficult situation in her life. Eighty-six writers responded to our call. This is their book. Challenge into Change began in 2008 as a celebration of The Women’s Initiative’s first year of providing vital mental health services to women regardless of ability to pay. Since then, it has become a venue for veteran and emerging writers alike to show-case their talents and engage in creative exploration. As The Women’s Initiative marks its tenth year in Charlottesville, we present this volume—a chorus of voices from the community—as a testament to what lies at the heart of our agency’s vision: women’s capacity for healing.< Less
Iran to America Running 1001 Marathons Journey from Badwater to Mount Everest Seven Continents to World Records By Parvaneh Moayedi
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Experience Parvaneh’s memories, stories, history, geography, ancestors, culture, tradition, beliefs, customs, practices, rituals and morals. Travel with Parvaneh as she runs marathons on all... More > seven continents. Run across the Mojave Desert during summer to reach Badwater Ultramarathon finish line. Sail to Antarctica on a Cold War Soviet Spy Ship to run a marathon on white continent. Summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Overnight at Mount Everest base camp and then run the world’s highest marathon. Witness breathtaking mountains and waterfalls in South America through her eyes. Absorb the enchanting cultures in Asia and hike the rugged Swiss Alps. Discover Parvaneh’s motivation to conquer the most difficult challenges in the world. Explore Parvaneh’s childhood and the intrigue of her ancestral past. Be immersed in Persian history, geography, traditions, beliefs and customs. Be inspired by embracing the unique gift of life during its darkest moments.< Less
Eating Stars and Other Tidbits By Betty Savarese Cota
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This is a collection of personal stories and memories through the eyes of the author over many years of travel and fun gleaned from many diverse countries. Some tidbits from Eating Stars . . .... More > “Our star collecting was spread out over two or three years. In one trip alone they numbered 36—nine lunches and three dinners.” Shanghai 1982 “The street markets carried all kinds of food items: live and dead chickens, hanging sides of fly-specked unidentifiable cuts of meat, whole pigs and parts, fish and fish heads, tons of vegetable, some recognizable, some not. No one, not one single person spoke English nor did anyone approach us.”< Less
From One Statistic to Another: Against All Odds By Valentina Journey
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In From One Statistic to Another, Valentina Journey shares the powerful lessons she learns growing up the fifth of six children born to an interracial couple. In her home, there is frequent violence... More > between her parents; her alcoholic father leaves when Valentina is only seven. Valentina’s mother doesn’t explain anything to her children, nor does she have any contact with her own family. Before she is even a teenager, her brothers accidentally burn the house down and coerce their sister into selling and using drugs. By the time she is sixteen the author has given birth to a son and is on the road to independence. A second son arrives when she is twenty-one, a daughter when she is twenty-three and finally her youngest son when she is thirty. Tragedy continues to strike her family as her daughter is diagnosed with a serious blood disorder and Valentina loses two of her brothers within two years. Meanwhile, she manages to care for her children, advance in her career, and graduate from college.< Less
Mystic by Default By James Swartz
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Read the fascinating story of James’ quest for liberation, his trials and tribulations, mystic experiences and his discipleship with Swami Chinmayananda, one of the greatest Vedanta masters of... More > the last century. Aside from the spiritual value of a good human story, this book is a damn good read. You won’t be able to put it down.< 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
Crossing the Ocean By Joachim Reppmann
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Ever since they first set foot in the United States, Gitta and Joachim „Yogi“ Reppmann have been a living ­example of the furthering of German-American friendship. Cultural... More > ­exchanges between Germany and the American Midwest (the „Heartland“), formerly an important destination for German emigrants, have been a major focus of their lives. Drawing on his experiences of four decades spent in two continents, Yogi Reppmann describes differences in mentality and offers his ­research on the legacy for America of the German democratic revolutionaries of 1848. Dieter E. Wilhelmy, a journalist with the Flensburg Journal, discusses German-American relations with this historian, who spends equal lengths of time in Northfield, Minnesota and in Flensburg, Germany. They analyze typical German images of America, the „soul“ of the country, and what lies hidden behind these various notions.< Less