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The Memoirs of Eugene Edmonds By Eugene G. Edmonds
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A prisoner of war during World War II and a NASA photographer during the glory days of spaceflight, Eugene Edmonds witnessed firsthand the two defining events of the 20th century. In these pages, he... More > recalls an amazing life--from a humble childhood in rural Virginia, to his ordeal as a captive of the Nazis, to his long fulfilling career as a cameraman in America's space program.< Less
The Testimony of a Black Sheep By Willie Stokes
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The Testimony of a Black Sheep provides an “up close and inside” view into the gang culture. The author uses a continuous and consistent flow of personal anecdotes that vividly describes... More > the dangerous and subservient life of a gang member. I have shared this book with minors who are currently incarcerated in a juvenile correctional facility for crimes committed while associated with youth gangs. It was indeed a “wake up call” for the youth to get a “real” look into their futures. They were able to relate to many of the situations that the author described. Michael Fautt MA Juvenile Probation Counselor Sociology Instructor, Community College< Less
The Right Amount of Sunshine...Cultivating Little Girls into Young Ladies By Brenda's Child
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Poet,teacher, and mother, Brenda's Child offers advice and shares the struggles and trimphs of her teen years in hopes of sparking conversation between young girls and caregivers.
Torn in the New SA By Bronwyn McIntosh
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“And I, I will always be split in two – did I make the right decision? And, being torn, I will always have a life which straddles the ocean – a foot on each continent. I will never... More > be completely whole again.” In 2004, Bronwyn McIntosh wrote an article about her reasons for leaving South Africa. The unexpected spate of emails that followed was exacerbated by President Mbeki’s public criticism of the article. After five years of ongoing correspondence with a wide range of people, Bronwyn wrote a book about her journey to becoming an expatriate. In it she also shares the stories, emotions, experiences and opinions of her numerous correspondents. A few stories are amusing; most are poignant; some are not for the faint-hearted.< Less
Making Friends with Candy By Jim Clark
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If you only read this introduction I want you to know that things do happen for a reason, even if we do not know why. I believe people are put into our lives and it’s up to us to make the most... More > of those encounters. And, that you can find love within the most troubling times or darkest moments in your life, as well as in the lives of others. This is the story of a chance meeting and my commitment to do what that voice in my head, as well as my heart, said was the right thing to do. I would not wish the last year of Candy’s life on anyone. She lived through “hell on earth”, the death of her unborn child, being diagnosed with cancer, then discovering more about herself, her “real” friends, and the family she never knew she had.< Less
Noodles through Escargots By Arianne Wing, Steve Banister
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Photographic memoir of one family restaurant dynasty that survived for five generations in the small central California town of Hanford.
Amidst Latvians During the Holocaust By Edward Anders
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"One of the best books of 2011"…A nerve-wracking saga in which life and death depend on a capricious fate…absorbing lucidity…vivid portraits…simple moral vision... More > that resonates: "I became immunized against prejudice”. A testament of remarkable clarity and humanity, wrung from dark experience.— KIRKUS REVIEWS. ***Surviving the Holocaust by a hair, Anders became a brilliant scientist. Part I is a memoir of his youth, including the Soviet and German occupations of Latvia. Part II discusses, with objectivity and precision, Latvian conduct during WWII. —ANDREW EZERGAILIS, Professor of History, Ithaca, NY. ***Anders survived by an outright lie (invented by his father) that his mother was a German foundling raised by a Jewish couple. His father was soon executed, but Edward and his mother bluffed their way through the nightmarish years of the German occupation (1941-1945). —MORRIS HALLE, Institute Professor of Linguistics, MIT, Cambridge, MA.< 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
The Stories My Children Didn't Want to Hear By peggy brooks
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Wonderfully soulful collection of real life stories of a young country girl growing up in Southeast Arkansas.
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
Born near a Manger: My Life’s Journey as a First Born Son By Joe Simmons
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Born near a manger is the story of Joe D. Simmons, a man from humble beginnings who placed his faith in God in order to become a prosperous family and business man. Never forgetting the teachings... More > of his loving parents Dal and Daisy Simmons; Joe has used their principals for handling the tough situations of life. His story is told through his own eyes as he reflects to his audience the triumphs and tribulations of his childhood, school years, early adulthood, and current life.< Less
Collins Callin’ – One Man’s Story: The Life of W. Edward Collins By Ed Collins
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From first grade runaway to college professor, from ditch digger and janitor to airline pilot and business consultant, from crippling illness to healing, from troubled past to a life fully and... More > passionately lived. See and discover the events, experiences, and triumphs that lead to one man’s story of seeing the world, finding success, and fulfillment. Share the inside view of the military, aviation, business, education, radio and television, and family entanglements. You know that every man has a story to tell. Sometimes funny, sometimes somber, always absorbing, this passionate narrative captures one life that few can duplicate but with which all can relate. It may even stimulate you to share your story as well!< Less
Miracles All Around Me By Marsha Burris
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A daughter's memoir about the experiences caring for her mother, Rusty, who has Alzheimer's for the last decade of her life. Together they faced incredible challenges. The story explores how their... More > relationship was sustained in spite of the plaques and tangles strangling the life from Rusty’s vital neurons. It’s a story of survival, of human resiliency, and most of all, it’s a love story. This is a story for anyone caring for elderly parents or confronting end-of-life matters. And when you’ve read it, you may sympathize with the author, but you will root for Rusty.< Less
Bed-Sti Jack…..It’s All About Family, Faith and Country: A Personal Memoir By John “Jack” Reynolds
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A FEW YEARS AGO, ONE OF my wife Terry’s long time dear friends from their high school days at Bishop McDonnell High School in Brooklyn, Mary (Fitzie) Hamilton, was writing her memoirs and at... More > one get together she said to me “you have had an interesting life and have been all over the world and met so many important personalities, your memoirs would be a great story of success”. She encouraged me to take on the task. Well thank you Fitzie for implanting this idea in my head!< Less
The Voice that Rose Above the Noise By Anabel Aiken
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A collection of short stories that are nonfiction and go deep to the heart of one woman's Christian journey to hear God. Speaking honestly from her heart to God she finds healing in the voice that... More > rose above the noise. She knew from the first communication the message was to be shared but did not know how. The first story burned in her memory until a year later when she cried out to God asking what was wanted of her and was told to "Write it down!". She did and then the next event happened. This pattern followed until the last story in the book was written. The messages came through life circumstances yet with the barriers removed of not being able to hear and understand the Holy Spirit during the specific events. Messages that have brought healing to her life and has built a relationship with Jesus Christ laying a foundation in spite of the wounds she has carried in life. Knowing it has been given her to share this, she prays others may find healing and the love of Christ in their life.< Less
Memoirs of a Young Jeanne Cummings By Jeanne Straus
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This is a book containing the Memories of a Young Jeanne Cummings.
A Monkey's Tale By Frank Marrero
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The stories of my time with the Spiritual Master, Adi Da, Samraj
Get The Shot or Die Trying By Mike Swain
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This is the true story of the life and death adventures of film-maker Mike Swain. It is an exciting yet humorous look at the life of a photographer who risked it all in the dangerous everyday... More > pursuit of extreme photography. Mike’s adventures are vividly told and well written. Don’t miss the story of how he filmed a skydiver who made a jump without a parachute! Swimming with sharks or falling at 120 mph while filming was all part of the job.< Less
Wentworth Genealogy By Wray A. Wentworth, Robert W. Wentworth, Duane H. Wentworth
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Wentworth genealogy dating back to 1085 and William the Conqueror. Family history in New England and North Dakota. Family memoir of farm life in 1900 to 1955. Some history of the Red River Valley... More > of North Dakota.< Less
TO HULL and BACK By Dr Raymond Edwards
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Memoirs of the youngest of a Hull family of ten. The author making a journey back in time to visit his home city and remember it as it once was
Through Her Tears By Kandy Rae
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This is the story of one woman's journey through pain and sadness into the discovery of unconditional love.
Tales From the Kitchen Table: Memories and Stories of Elzbieta Piešinaitė Pauliukonienė-Rudienė By E.V. Convent
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This memoir gives a glimpse into a woman's life, who through her unshakeable faith, was able to overcome many different challenges. By family members recounting memories and stories, a picture is... More > painted of the life that Elzbieta has led. Join in celebrating this remarkable woman.< Less
Farewell, Drew By Annabelle Molyneux
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This book is from an author who experienced the depth of existence. It has an intense philosophical approach that even the most hardcore Atheist will be left thinking. This is erudition in its... More > finest--in the eyes of a child.< Less
From My Point of View By Joan Roberts, editor
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A mother dies a few days after the birth of her 12th child. The father is unable to keep the family together, and though separated, the children struggle to keep their connection. They remember... More > their mother's advice and influence and attempt to live in a manner that would make her proud. Four of the older siblings share their memories and stories to keep the sense of family strong among them all.< Less
My Margot By Ken Ludden
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Margot Fonteyn's closest friends don't appear in Daneman's detailed biography. Lita Legarda (a doctor) gets a one line mention. Angie Novello (Margot's Washington Hostess), Theodora Christon... More > (Margot's personal secretary) and Ken Ludden aren't mentioned at all. These were the people she trusted most, who kept her confidences and never spoke to the press. Everyone knew Margot differently. BQ, her mother, knew one Margot. Tito, her husband, knew another. Ludden, her circle's youngest by a large margin, knew yet another side of Margot: hence the title 'My Margot'. Ken shares that Margot--who taught him so much about ballet and life, and with whom he worked to plan ballet's future. Beyond Margot we learn about Ken's delightful relationship with BQ, a close friendship between a teenager and a woman of eighty. Ken also writes with unflinching honesty of the hostile relationship he had with Rudolf Nureyev, which developed over time into a grudging mutual respect and a shared grief when Margot died.< Less