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For The God of Small Children By Don Wallis
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Memoir: The story of a victim of the Vietnam war and youth protests of the 60s who recovered from a mental breakdown and became a professional puppeteer for 30 years in California; and puppet plays... More > he performed to 250,000 people.< Less
Sunshine By Lesley Larson
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This is the faith journey of Lesley Larson, who shares the physical and emotional pain she endured as a result of being born with a cleft lip. Her hope is that her story will inspire many to seek God... More > and trust His perfect plan for their lives.< Less
That Day In September By Artie Van Why
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We all have our stories to tell of where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. This is one of them. In "That Day In September" Artie Van Why gives an eyewitness account of that fateful... More > morning. From the moment he heard "a loud boom" in his office across from the World Trade Center, to stepping out onto the street, Artie vividly transports the reader back to the day that changed our lives and our country forever. "That Day In September" takes you beyond the events of that morning. By sharing his thoughts, fears and hopes, Artie expresses what it was like to be in New York City in the weeks and months following. The reader comes away from "That Day In September" with not only a more intimate understanding of the events of that day but also with a personal glimpse of how one person's life was dramatically changed forever.< Less
'Tis As It Was By Norrie O'Mahony
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A memoir with poetry in which the author reminisces on life growing up in West Cork, Ireland. Her colourful vignettes are punctuated by poems which are both beautiful, unique and moving. With a warm... More > writing style she uniquely captures the mood of events as she brings the reader down village lanes and into fireside chats. This book is sure to become a companion you'll return to.< Less
THE JOURNEY OF MY LIFE By John Chand
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One man's story about becoming a Christian in India and his struggles to serve God with all his life.
Tails of the Gypsy Musher: Alaska and Beyond By Hugh H. Neff
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“This one's for the dreamers. Hugh Neff's "Tails of the Gypsy Musher" chronicles Neff's unlikely journey from the big city of Chicago to the remote outposts of Alaska. The story pulls... More > you along as easily as Neff's sled dogs do from competition to competition, from adventure to adventure. Told in a style ranging from light-hearted whimsy to wide-eyed wonder, Neff takes you into his world of beauty and love, where dogs are family and the environment is holy and sacred. It's a road worth traveling. All along the way, the spirit of Neff and his sled dogs shines through, illuminating the way for future dreamers. Geronimo, indeed.” --K.C. Johnson, Chicago-based sportswriter< Less
Broken Silence By Betty Bausch-Polak, Liesje Auerbach-Polak
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"Broken Silence" tells the fascinating story of two Dutch Jewish sisters both of whom survived World War II. Betty, the elder sister, stayed in The Netherlands on false identities. Her... More > husband joined the Resistance, was caught by the Germans and executed. Betty was imprisoned, but miraculously survived the war. Liesje (Elisheva) was sent to the Bergen Belsen concentration camp in Germany. July 1944 she was selected as one of the 220 Jewish prisoners exchanged for German Templars living in Palestine. It saved her life. The two sisters, now both in their nineties, are amongst the few survivors still able to share their stories, in several languages. Living history! The third generation especially needs to be made aware of what happened. Betty and Liesje continue sharing their stories. Their long silence is finally broken.< Less
MR. SMITH, THE SYBARITE Who Also Was A Teacher By Warren Allen Smith
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At the age of 92, the author has listed the high points of his life. His career includes being an Adjutant General's chief clerk 1944 to 1945 in Supreme Headquarters, Reims, France; a 1969 veteran of... More > the Stonewall uprising; being an author (9 books); a journalist (local and international); a founder of Philosopedia, the free online research engine; a long-time correspondent with the Premier of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Bertrand Russell, and Sir Arthur C Clarke; one who met educator John Dewey, Andy Warhol, Ultra Violet, Marvin Hamlisch, Paddy Chayevsky, Arthur Miller, and major Broadway producers; and whose paramours included 3-time Tony nominee Gilbert Price and co-founder Fernando Vargas of Variety Recording Studio.< Less
Sky Woman Lives in Me By Roberta Capasso
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Author Roberta Capasso explores the way generations of Native American children were forcibly taken from their families and subjected to the federal government’s Indian boarding school... More > experiment in order to assimilate them. As a direct descendant of a woman victimized by this experiment, the author tells with raw emotion and diligent archival research the story of the historical and emotional bonds between her deceased relatives and herself. Like a detective cracking a murder mystery, discrepancies between the Carlisle Indian School’s accounts and a great-grandmother’s real life story are exposed, with fascinating and fortuitous twists and turns along the way. This story of her great-great-grandmother Elizabeth and her great-grandmother Sophia must be told to everyone. Becoming a voice for Oneida Turtle Clan as a descendant of Sky Woman, in the Oneida Creation Story, the author hopes to spread truth and knowledge to all cultures in a captivating narrative of a tragic period in United States History.< Less
Eight Dollars and A Dream: My American Journey By Raj Gupta, Syd Havely
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“Eight Dollars and a Dream tells of a remarkable personal and professional journey by one of America’s premier CEOs and corporate directors. Raj Gupta, working with Syd Havely, offers a... More > candid and captivating story, told with passion and special appreciation for how family, mentors and other leaders transformed him and how he in turn changed his world, a compelling account for all who are navigating a corner office, a boardroom, or their life course. “ – Michael Useem, Professor and Director of the Leadership Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania “Raj's story is the American dream writ large with a focus on what is really important in life. I have had the privilege of working with Raj for many years and have seen his qualities as a business leader firsthand. But I have benefitted even more by watching his example of how to lead one's life with dignity, integrity, and grace. This is a book that needs to be read!” – Bill McNabb, Chairman and CEO, The Vanguard Group, Inc.< Less
Damn, I Shot My Horse By Fred Hauptmann
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The coming of age story about Fred, a boy who is sent into the desert with very few resources to help build his family's homestead. Many colorful characters come into his life, among them ranchers,... More > prostitutes, miners and other unlikely mentors. Over eleven hard years as a homesteader, hard-rock miner and buckaroo, he learns to live in solitude and keep his emotions in check. Oh, he also learns to dig a ditch.< Less
All This For a Little Gold, The Diary of Henry Hawley By Betsy Buck
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The real-life two-year diary of a young man who came from Wisconsin to Colorado in 1860 to prospect for gold. His heartfelt entries show his intelligence, sense of humor, and humanness as Henry met... More > the challenges of hardships and frustrations of mining, and of living in that mid-19th century mountain society. Enhanced by illustrations, photographs, and historic research, this diary comes alive, putting the reader into the mining life of the period. It is a diary that was little known until Betsy Buck stumbled across it on a dusty shelf at the Colorado Historic Society Library.< Less
I Think We Were Normal By Steve Densmore
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Growing up holds challenges for everyone, and all families are different. The Densmore family in the sixties and seventies was kind of like the families you might see on television—but only in... More > the sense that there were parents and kids. After that similarity, they went quickly in a different direction. They never went over the cliff, but they definitely rode the edge of it—often on two wheels. Families can be a great source of memories, both wonderful and agonizing, and the Densmores were no exception in that regard. As interesting and occasionally painful as author Steve Densmore’s childhood was, he wouldn’t change it for the world. Unless someone offered him cash—then he might consider it. This memoir shares true tales of growing up during the sixties and seventies in a family that didn’t quite match conventional standards.< Less
The Power of Encouragement: Determinations that Define Your Destiny By Deborah A. Hill
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"Give yourself permission to internally acknowledge, affirm, and validate your blessings, talents, service, contributions, skills, and experiences as you step into your destiny. Always know that... More > you are good enough, you are worthwhile, and you have value." Deborah A. Hill Dreaming is as natural as breathing. At one time or another, the majority of us have harbored a dream. In The Power of Encouragement, author Deborah A. Hill presents the ten keys to achieving your dreams, including: activating, defining, prioritizing, optimizing, embracing, releasing, launching, believing, owning, and empowering. Hill offers encouragement to those who feel life has placed limitations—such as self-doubt, fear, adversity, obstacles, and hurdles—on their future. She teaches that you must be your own cheerleader, your own drum major, if you want true success. In The Power of Encouragement, she discusses that you can no longer accept the negative narrative that’s been written for you.< Less
Driving In LA By Brenda Bakke
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Driving in LA is the story of the narrator's first 2 years of moving to, and surviving in Los Angeles in the early 1980's. From being driven to become a professional actress, her story takes us... More > through rapes, cocaine addiction, and prostitution, all while trying to keep her spirit and dreams alive.< Less
This is Getting Old: Exploring the Road Ahead By Marian King Herreid
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How do you feel about becoming a senior? Will you face your elder years with confidence? Looking for services for seniors? Do you enjoy reminiscing? Have you prepared your end of life documents?... More > What is your non-money legacy? Are you caring for elderly parents? THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!< Less
From There to Here: The Pleasures and Perils of the Import/Export Business By Don Tickle
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From very modest beginnings in rural North Carolina, author Don Tickle made his mark on the international stage as one of the pioneers in the import/export furniture business. As one of the... More > first Americans to venture into the then unexplored Asian market, Don quickly made friends worldwide with his open personality, creative spirit and his deep respect for other cultures. The result was a highly successful career with offices throughout the US and centered in High Point, NC, the hub of the American furniture design business. Don's experiences sometimes resulted in humorous situations and sometimes in unexpected calamities. Occasionally, they led him into life-threatening danger. He now shares his unique view of international travel in these tales of the pleasures and perils of the furniture trade, a world that most of us have never imagined or encountered.< Less
The Bodsforrd Team By Bob Bodsford
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Quest for Freedom By Son Nguyen, Christine Nguyen
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“Your story provides insight and shows how fortitude can be much stronger than courage and proves that if you stay true to your beliefs you can overcome. The Quest for Freedom is a powerful... More > story of survival and triumph. Thanks for sharing it with me! - Bryan Penn, Principal Blessed Sacrament Catholic School “This true story exemplifies and honors the determination Son had as both a young boy, and then as a teenager. He navigates a world no child should ever have to know. He tells his story from the perspectives that made sense to a mind that remained bright despite physical and emotional starvation growing up in Vietnam.” - Tita Smith, psychologist “I read quite fast but with this book I had to read every word and savor the story. It is full of life lessons many of us forget and take for granted.” - Lina Smith, Director of Refugee Services & Immigration Refugee & Immigrant Center Asian Association of Utah< Less
A Book By Michael Buben
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Not a chronological history, "A Book" takes a different approach to writing about one's life -- "A Philosophical Autobiography." "A Book," in a collection of 60... More > chapters, explores the fabric of a human being. Hopefully, readers will reflect about life, discover insights, question, ponder, and perhaps chuckle. Explore the universe (a tiny piece of it) while traveling through "A Book." Also, by thinking and questioning, take a closer look at an amazing part of that universe -- your mind. Watch out for two kinds of "little green men."< Less
Be Positive To A Plus By Mary Teicholz
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Call me Mary. Call me Mary not only because Ishmael has already been taken, but also because it’s my name. The tremendous, overpowering and life-threatening badass beast in my life was blood... More > cancer. Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) related Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) to be exact. The fire in my belly was sheer determination, an unwavering will to survive and a little Italian stubbornness thrown in for good measure. This is my Moby Dick story. This is what happened to me once I reached the shore and realized that I still had a jagged mountain to scale. This is my perception of what has happened in my life because of leukemia and ultimately the need for a bone marrow transplant.< Less
Wisdom Within The Pen By Various Authors
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Wisdom Within The Pen is a collaboration of creative writers, both prisoners and volunteers, at the Oregon State Penitentiary. In 2013, a prisoner had an idea. The book you’re holding is the... More > result. Both prisoner and staff took a liking to the idea, especially since all profits resulting from the book’s sale would benefit Angels in the Outfield, an Oregon non-profit, which helps youth that have been the unfortunate victims of crime and abuse. The writing in Wisdom Within The Pen encompasses poetry, short story, and other forms of creative expression that are often autobiographical in nature. There are also many interesting, historical facts relating to the Oregon State Penitentiary and the inner workings of life behind bars. If you believe in the redemptive value of creativity, if you believe that people can change through hindsight and personal reflection, or if you would just like to get a glimpse into the thoughts of those who are incarcerated…. Wisdom Within The Pen is the book for you.< Less
My Reflection in the Mirror & The Shattered Mirror: Picking Up the Pieces By Shannon Spruill
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Take a journey with Shannon as she shares her inner most feelings. My Reflection in the Mirror gives a voice to the person in the mirror. Join her on her journey of self-discovery and see how she... More > transforms. The Shattered Mirror: Picking up the Pieces takes you on another journey with Shannon as she discovers how to cope with the devastation of losing a child. See how she puts the pieces back together and shares her story of hope, faith, love and courage.< Less
They Called Him Cas By George Dames
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They Called Him Cas In an era of multi-million dollar coaching contracts and violations in recruiting, academics and financial dealings, Cas ran a squeaky clean program, and his salary did not... More > exceed $25,000. His players loved, feared, and respected him, and continued to model their lives after him long after they left the football field. Their guiding principle in later years centered on a simple question: "What would Cas do?" This is the story of Len Casanova, his teams, and his enduring influence.< Less
Common Sense With a Bite By Alma Supple
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Common Sense With a Bite is the story of how to cope with the inability to understand people.