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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
Old Gangsters & Young Guns: The True Tales of Two Worlds By Cavario H.
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These are the true stories of several of America's most notorious Black and Latino gangsters whose careers created the utmost revered legends of the past 40 years. Their exploits and extremes have... More > been chronicled across many mediums, including film and television but as a firsthand participant in the lifestyle, I was a friend to many and a contemporary of most so I have written stories that few have either the knowledge or experience to share. This is BEYOND THE HOOD.< Less
2014-2015 Occidental Yearbook (Revision) By La Encina
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Occidental College's La Encina Yearbook for the 2014-2015 Year.
Adventures of Our Past By BCMHS Sophomores of 2017
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This is a collection of stories from the family histories of the BCMHS Sophomores, Class of 2017. We've gathered meaningful, fun, and entertaining stories from relatives and compiled them into one... More > awesome anthology that shows who we are, where we're from, and the adventures from our past!< Less
The Fragrance of Lilacs By Phyllis Lambert
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A young girl's odyssey from birth to young adult growing up on a farm from 1934 to 1950 in upstate New York
pre|dispositions By Tim'm West
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In pre|dispositions, Tim'm West's first collection of entirely new work since the 2007 Flirting, the author known for his outward introspection shamelessly puts forth a work where his own... More > affirmations on loving aim to mobilize the brave community of "rhyters" he imagined in his first book Red Dirt Revival. West constructs this multi-genre collection of writing unified in its exploration of the inextricable relationship between the break and its healing. Through compound words, with some poetic liberty, West moves through his|story, father|hood, book|marks, in|between, desire|ability, every|thing, and he|art with some of his most vulnerable work to date-- something of note, given the deeply personal nature of his existing work. A philosopher, by training, West's poetry is ambitious, not so much for its attempt to code experience with terse words or heavy symbolism, but for wordplay that suggests everyone can find, through the author, a mirror. Lose yourself here to find yourself here.< Less
Here To Infinity By Katherine Granke
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A short look into the mind of a teen who has struggled with depression and how she made things positive, and how she hopes to inspire strength in others.
Separation: A WWII Survival Memoir By Stepan Fedenko
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In 1996, Ukrainian-born Stepan Fedenko's fifty year wait to tell his WWII survival story came to an end when he first published his memoir Rozluka (Separation), as fear of the Soviets torturing his... More > family kept him from speaking out any sooner. The Ukrainian version of Separation reached #8 on the most read books list in Ukraine in 1997 and received plenty of press, as it was the first book of its kind. Stepan's grandson Damian translated it, in hopes that it would touch English-reading souls as it did in Ukrainian Stepan’s story begins as a 17 year old Ukrainian Undergrounder. After a routine mission goes wrong, he and Tato (his father) get arrested by the Germans. Stepan's Mama(mother) ran after their truck only to be kicked off the tailgate by the thick black heel of a Nazi boot. That was the last Stepan ever saw of her. The rest of the story weaves Stepan in and out of prisons, beatings, concentration camps, bombings, and more, finally leaving him with a near impossible choice at the end of the story.< Less
GREENVILLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL By Lee Counts
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Greenville Senior High Class of 1965 Reunion Yearbook, Greenville, South Carolina
It Was Some Experience...It ReallyWas By Charlotte Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, Michael Verrett
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Robert "Bob" Lyle was a teenager when WWII began. After graduating from Baton Rouge High, he enrolled in LSU and joined ROTC. Anxious to "do his part" he dropped out of college... More > and with three buddies enlisted in the Marines. Assigned to the First Marine Division, the "Old Breed", he did not have long to wait to get into action. The story follows the "Huck Finn" life of a teen age boy growing up in the very serious world of war. CPL Robert "Bob" Lyle's survival and success in life, he credits to his mother, a devoted Christian, and what bit of religion that he clung to when things got tough. Bob Lyle now lives in Louisiana and uses his opportunities to spread the faith of Jesus Christ.< Less
A Child's Garden of Physics By James Carter
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This is an autobigraphy of my life and and the development of my physics theories. It describes the three principles of Circlon Synchronicity. Photon’s have mass, gravity falls up and electrons... More > shrink. It contains complete descriptions and calculations of matter, photons and gravity. There is a step-by-step description of the evolution of the universe from before its beginning creation of 2256 atoms to the present with an exact Blackbody temperature of 2.726˚K. There are hundreds of drawings and illustrations of experiments, atoms and photons. There is a drawing of the nuclear structure of the most common isotope of each of the chemical elements. This book is based on Newtonian force and motion but it also examines the deep philosophical and psychological foundations of Quantum Mechanics and the Special and General theories of Relativity. Non-dimensional point-particle theories are replaced with the Fine Structure constant and the Bohr radius to provide the measured circlon shape and size.< Less
Musical Miles: A Journey By Mitch Alden
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Author and musician Mitch Alden wanted to record a new CD. Months after running a personal best at the 2009 New York City Marathon, he decided a new full-length CD would be his next goal. During an... More > early spring run, however, the marathon bug emerged from winter’s grip and took a bite out of him. As he ran, he formed the crazy idea of combining his passion for singing and running into one epic experience: he could record his CD at a friend’s studio in Chicago and race the Chicago Marathon immediately afterward. Though he knew he could accomplish each individually, he wondered if his body would be able to withstand the many high-energy days in the studio only to race 26.2 miles when he was done. Alden shares his thoughts in Musical Miles, a memoir that is equal parts running, music and life lessons. It covers Alden’s four-month training journey for the 2010 Chicago Marathon, exposes the mind of a passionate and driven independent artist, and attempts to answer the question of why we run.< 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
Just Call Me "Myrt" By Bruce Bergstrom
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My mother—or “Myrt” as she prefers to be called—entered Sunset Manor nursing home in Waverly, Kansas at 100 years old. When asked what she was most proud of in the initial... More > “conversation circle,” Myrt claimed, “I once killed a farmer with a pitchfork!” Of course the tale was a complete fabrication . . . but it shut down any further “interrogation!” Outrageous bits like this have kept the staff of Sunset Manor laughing and on their toes. Several of these devoted professionals have told me, “You ought to write a book!” So I did. These stories were initially intended to capture mom’s unabashed personality and to acquaint the staff of with their new resident. As dementia has robbed mom of her memory, I wanted to share both the humor of the stories and the challenges of the illness with a wider audience and to raise funds for Sunset Manor, which has been instrumental in Myrt’s well-being and longevity. As the staff discovers daily, Myrt still is a unique character at the age of 107!< Less
Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Prayers: Firefighting and EMS from Some of the Toughest Streets in America By Gary Ludwig
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Over 1,000 homicide scenes, 3,500 plus shootings, and countless building fires later, this dramatic account follows a paramedic and firefighter, through 34 years of two of the statistically most... More > violent cities in the United States - St. Louis and Memphis. Feel the intensity and emotions of many emergency scenes as you learn how firefighters and paramedics emotionally deal with many of the horrific things they see and deal with. It is real life drama where people's lives hang in the balance, are suddenly changed, or the efforts to save property Experience the gritty details and raw emotions of his daily work as well as his role in historic events—crossing paths with visiting U.S. presidents and a pope.< Less
Capt’n Bob’s Adventures in Child Psychology By Robert Belenky
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“Capt’n Bob’s Adventures in Child Psychology” is a professional memoir, informally written, that begins with the story of the author, his ancestors, his childhood and his... More > education. The focus, however, is on the high spirited experiences that have marked his career whether in Boston, Vermont, Russia or Haiti, working mostly with the poor. Dr. Belenky is a wise and witty innovator in psychology and education. Robert Belenky is a retired clinical child psychologist who has worked in many settings domestic and foreign. His major interest is with the creation of small, supportive groups with a focus on prevention.< Less
Tanks Among the Tulips: Stories of Bennebroek, a Small Dutch Town During World War II By Ardith Heemskerk
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An eyewitness account of life in a conquered country. Things previously free were ‘verboten’. Food rationing was imposed. Jews were sent to Concentration Camps. Stores were empty.... More > Factories were stolen. Young men were taken into forced labor. Dutch lawyers were forbidden to practice. And German judges pronounced harsh sentences on Dutch defendants because they believed they would not have been accused if they weren’t guilty.< Less
Stony Creek Sketches 2nd Edition By G. Randolph Bishop
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Randolph Bishop's vignettes cover his youth in the coastal village of Stony Creek, Connecticut. Stony Creek, a part of the towns of Guilford and Branford is famous for pink granite and the Thimble... More > Islands. Bishop, a cousin to the Bishops of Guilford, CT, came from an oyster fishing family. This time capsule provides insight into times and industries that have long since past. He experiences The Hurricane of 1938, vacationers from Yale, and all the things that go will life in a small coastal town.< Less
The Faces of Struggles Such as Cancers Are On the Journey to God's Glory! By Alfancena Millicent Barrett
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This book is my testimony of how God used me through life's struggles and attack of cancers to my body to bring Glory to His name. It tells of how He prepared me with the help of my family, from the... More > time of my birth to the present, using an imperfect body and person to carry out His will. A testimony of how my walk with God has helped me to understand how insignificant the physical body is; one with many scars and missing parts can demonstrates the power of the Spirit of God from within. When the Spirit lives within, it shines outwardly for others to see. Friends and relatives submitted contributions, of how I have inspired them on this journey. My prayer since my healing has been that God would keep me humble so that His Will would be done because it was not about me, it is all about Him. My story tells of the powerful message that God is true to His promises, and how He uses people to carry out those promises.< 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.
One Man’s Story: Memoirs of a Vietnam Vet By Michael Clark
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Michael Clark was an inquisitive, active boy—difficult for his mother, although he wasn’t a bad child. In this memoir, Clark begins by detailing his childhood growing up in the fifties... More > and sixties in rural Michigan, where he built forts, became an Eagle Scout, and met his future wife. As the Vietnam War raged, when he turned eighteen, he eventually registered for the draft. In 1969, after his number was called, Clark details how life changed exponentially as he left his new bride behind and reported for duty amid violent protests and draft card burnings. As he narrates his experiences from basic training to his assignment to the army’s medical training center and finally his service in Vietnam, Clark provides a compelling glimpse into the emotional influences of war. In this engaging memoir, a Vietnam veteran chronicles his path before, during, and after war as he accepted his fate and learned to embrace the precious gift of life.< Less
Take the Detours By Cheryl Dunkerton
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Take the Detours is a collection of letters, travel stories, poetry, anecdotes journal entries, photos and cartoons – a journey filled with emotion, drama, mishaps, challenge, laughter,... More > excitement, new directions, fulfilment and unconditional love. Taking the detours means you never quite know what's around the next corner.< 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
One Day at a Time By David M. Sloan
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"One Day at a Time" is an inspirational story of David Sloan's battle against MS. This book is about using hope and attitude as weapons to fight through the mental gymnastics and roadblocks... More > that MS created as Sloan's disease progressed. It features a step-by-step description of searching for answers that resulted in finally finding a label for his disabling symptoms. Sloan's life as a successful investment banker, always in control, gave way to learning that health and family were much more important than money and power when he finally retired on long term disability. His journey included traveling alone to Brazil where he spent time with a spiritual healer. This experience strengthened Sloan's resolve to never give up and use attitude to his advantage. Whoever he knows or meets has never met anyone with a stronger positive attitude. One can only understand his strength by learning about a similar battle with MS fought by Sloan's mom, who spent thirteen years in a nursing home yet never complained.< Less
Lou Fischer: My Life from the City to the Farm By Louis Fischer, Michael Flemming
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Lou Fischer has been a farmer in Carroll County, Maryland for over 55 years. This memoir, aptly titled Lou Fischer: My Life from the City to the Farm, traces the events in his life that lead the... More > Fischer family from Baltimore to Eldersburg. The memories that Lou shares touch on the important events that helped to not only shape Lou as a farmer and family man, but also his faith as a Christian man.< Less