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Saint Benedict the Moor By Dolores A. Foster Williams M.Ed.
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Taking five years to complete, writing Saint Benedict the Moor was a labor of love inspired by my deep respect for Americans of African descent whose progeny graced the Wisconsin/Milwaukee scene as... More > early as 1835. They continued throughout the years to be instruments of their own economic and social advancement. Along the way, they had help from well-meaning Caucasian individuals, but their drive and single-minded purpose allowed them to survive in hostile environments and to achieve measures of success in their individual and group endeavors. This book outlines their presence in Milwaukee from the time of their early entry into the territory that is now Milwaukee, to their struggles for survival during their early years in Milwaukee, to the successful efforts of Roman Catholics to proselytize a group of them, and the influence St. Benedict Boarding and Day School had on the lives of its enrollees during their periods of enrollment in the school and their lives thereafter.< Less
A Journey Through Grief By Rosette Halpern
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This is a moving memoir of a survivor's family, her childhood, and growing up in pre-war Rohatyn, Poland. She retraces how tragically World War II, with the ensuing years of the Holocaust virtually... More > eliminates the entire Jewish community including the murder of her parents, relatives, and friends. It is a story of tragedy and triumph, fervent family dedication and individual perseverance, the separation from, as well as the unbelievable reuniting with a soul mate. This book is mostly biographical in nature, in addition to being a a historical reference of the horrific destruction of a Jewish community in Poland. It is also a love story about two people who, despite incredible adversities, miraculously reunite after surviving World War II, and build a new life together.< Less
Farmlines: Living In the Days of Dumb Phones and Analog Apps By Dan Gogerty
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Farmlines are the threads that connect people to a place—in this case, a family farm in a time when kids downloaded games in the grove or haymow or from a Parker Brothers box; where they... More > accessed apps by running out the door to a tree house, snow fort, or pickup baseball game; where they made social media connections by talking, scheming, sharing, fighting, and linking up with kids in the community. Times change, but these Farmlines continue to get passed along through stories, daily activities, hopes, disappointments, subtle rituals—through handwritten letters and homemade bread. Comments about Gogerty’s Writing “Gogerty develops snapshot messages that expand to enhance the entire narrative. His writing is incredibly clear and yet so lyrical that its precision is not too formal. He infuses the essays with lots of humor and good will and peaceful energy.” Holly Carver, editor and publisher, Iowa City< Less
Living Among Sasquatch: A Primer By Dave Gibson
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All of the events described in this book actually happened to Dave and Pam Gibson. Truly, no one is more amazed than they are. They bought land and rented a small cabin to live in while they built... More > their mountain home. In the first year, they were oblivious to the creatures that lived near and passed by their cabin. In the second summer there, they found their first Sasquatch footprint. They discovered that Sasquatches were not only real, but that they lived among them. This book chronicles their path from nonbelievers in Sasquatch to knowers over a very short period of time, but also reveals many amazing things about these incredible beings. One Sasquatch, in particular, developed a fondness for Pam. She left it apples, and it left her flowers and even half of a squirrel. She also learned that she could communicate with it. Follow their journey of learning of Sasquatch, North America's most amazing being.< Less
America, Can I Have Your Autograph?: The Story of Junior Ranger Aida Frey By Aida Frey, Dana Dorfman
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You might think Junior Ranger Aida Frey is an ordinary girl from Chicago, but you’d be wrong. She’s actually the sweetheart of national parks, and in this travel diary, she shares... More > delightful stories from her fun-filled America’s Two Hundred National Park Friendship Tour. Aida takes you into caves, to old battlefields, and to the stuff of legends. She sweeps through the passages of time, throwing baseballs on a famous cornfield, climbing mountains, and exploring nature’s nooks and crannies. She also travels to the Sears Tower, the White House, the John Dillinger Museum, Michael Jackson’s house, and Graceland. But it’s her amazing interviews with national park rangers and superintendents, as well as her wonderful trip to Tupelo, Mississippi, that set off real fireworks. So release the balloons, throw the confetti, and set out on a series of never-ending adventures with America, Can I Have Your Autograph?< Less
A Grateful Son By Thomas Winters
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A true account of one man's journey to overcome trauma and disability with the support of family and friends. After suffering abuse as an infant, Thomas James Winters was placed in the care of his... More > adoptive parents, who raised him with a full and happy childhood, and friends met along the way who helped to keep him on track for success.< Less
Memories Eternal By Nicholas N. Chronis
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An affirmative and inspirational, early 20th Century love story about an immigrant shepherd from a small village in the rugged mountains of Greece’s Peloponnesian Peninsula and the lovely,... More > first generation daughter of Polish immigrants born in Pennsylvania coal country. This book chronicles their humble births, the challenges of their youths, their disparate religious upbringings and, eventually, the extraordinary family hardships that brought them together in a marriage that flourished for nearly fifty years. This historical biography about the author’s parents and family describes the unlikely story of how this pioneering interfaith couple – one a Greek Orthodox and the other a Roman Catholic – overcame incredible odds to include strong opposition to their marriage. This heartwarming actual memoir affirms the overarching power of love and how it and a virtuous dedication to family values underpinned their American Success Story.< Less
44 Years In the Midst of a Storm By Ellen J. Robertson
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A young girl’s struggle and storms as a wife, mother of three, worker outside the home and a husband with a catastrophic illness. The perception that marriage is a bed of roses is false,... More > sometime having to give more than your share. Some of the events of her life are exciting, with some shocking revelations but a dedicated spirit of determination and the help of God, surviving a marriage for 44 years despite all the odds. My hope is that others will be able to come away with some principles that would help in their quest.< Less
Hal Holoun on Oil Painting: Living an Artist’s Life By Linda K. Welsch
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Hal Holoun on Oil Painting presents an intimate look into a professional artist’s life as he faces the challenges of capturing moments in time with a brush and canvas. A reclusive artist and... More > yet a generous teacher, Holoun shares with Linda Welsch his approach to art, his emphasis on the fundamentals of fine art, technical information, and creative insights through his own words. In his conversational style of sharing personal stories and experiences, readers will feel Hal is personally speaking to them as well. A unique and rare glimpse of a successful artist and his student, this is a book about two friends as they share ideas about creating art and living an artist’s life.< Less
Around the World in 93 Years: An Uncharted Journey By Sue Dabney Catalano
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From 1923 to 2016, Sue Dabney Catalano’s memoir captures life amid the historic events and people of her time. Her personal perspective is gripping, informative, and uplifting. Beginning with... More > the simplicity of childhood in the 1920s, the glamour and affluence of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and the bizarre effect of WWII blackouts in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Sue sets the scene for her riveting journey. Sue exposes their fascinating years after the war living in foreign countries— Saipan, Thailand, Laos, and Taiwan—sometimes undercover with the CIA. Their associations and friendships with remarkable and famous people made for a life of depth and intrigue.< Less
Behind Her Smile: The Adventures of a Tall Girl from WVA and Her Life as a Stewardess By Beverly Golden Cuevas
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Being raised in Parkersburg,WVA, Janie didn’t have big aspirations for her life. Tired of her dead-end job at the phone company her best friend suggested she interview to become a Stewardess.... More > Fearful she would be rejected because of her height; she was shocked when she was accepted. A whole new world opened up to her. Seeing places she had only read about, spending time with politicians, movie stars and professional athletes. One special athlete, a professional basketball player named Wendell Ladner stole her heart with his southern charm. An extraordinary ‘connection’ with Elvis Presley allowed her the unique experience to spend ‘one on one’ time with him and remain in touch until his passing. You’ll share with her the challenges of marrying someone so different from her upbringing and coping with attempts to try and fit in. Behind Her Smile reveals a devastating event that deeply affected Beverly and made her reexamine her life and what she truly wanted out of it.< Less
Life with No Words By Alby Lee Lewis
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When Alby was born into poverty on Christmas Day 1940, one would think his biggest challenge to overcome would be hunger. But as Alby matured and began attending school, no one—not even his... More > teachers—realized he was harboring a shameful secret. Alby could not read and he had no idea why. In a powerful, inspirational retelling of his journey through life, Alby candidly details how he managed to develop self-worth and a positive attitude despite living in poverty, foster homes, and juvenile detention, and navigating his way through a school system where teachers did not recognize his inability to pronounce or write words. In a narrative devoid of self-pity or blame, Alby reveals how, at age fifty-five, he finally revealed his secret, discovered he had dyslexia, and eventually learned to read. Through it all, Al provides testament to the power of perseverance and hope for anyone struggling with dyslexia, adversity, or a disability.< Less
Clueless By Domonic Carney
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A story about the author's life--how he came to leave an Alaskan homestead to attend Dartmouth College, what he had to do to survive and graduate, and the influence the College had on his life.
FOREIGN VISTAS By William Sommers
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In the early 1960s, William Sommers left his position as town manager in New Jersey and, moved his family to Bangkok, Thailand, his first posting as a Foreign Service officer with the State... More > Department’s newly-created USAID. Among the first USAID officers in Thailand, he went on to build a career as a local development specialist that spanned forty years, sending him on assignments to Thailand, Vietnam, The Philippines, Indonesia, Poland, Bosnia, and Egypt. Foreign Vistas is a deeply felt memoir of one writer-diplomat’s passionate engagement with the people and cultures where he lived and worked during the latter part of the 20th century. A collection of personal essays, short stories and histories, they reveal an insatiable curiosity about different cultures, and the human experience. Sommers' discovers hidden histories and connects with local communities well beyond the confines of his aid work. Foreign Vistas is that rare work that captures the essence of what it means to be at home in the world.< Less
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Dancing with My Cancer Demon: All the Way to a NIH/NCI Immunotherapy Clinical Trial (B & W) By Clark B. Hanmer, M.D.
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This is not your typical death and dying, search for the meaning of life, cancer story. More like a dance lesson. I'm a family doc who flipped to Stage-4 cancer overnight. Making my way with... More > this terrible problem, I've managed to survive a year, learning a lot in the process. This is my journal, with commentary from friends, written as events unfolded. I offer it for others to find insights and make their dance a little easier. Subjects explored: CANCER: the emotional roller coaster, managing well-wishers, keeping everyone up to date, sorting treatment options and clinical trials. HEALTH CARE: find good doctors, manage your medical record, rebut insurance denials, and find an advocate to assist. DOCTORING: my rural practice stories explore what it takes to become a wise physician, by learning from patients. SURVIVING: Resilience, faith, personal choice, palliative care, and advanced directives. LIVING: Reconnecting and having some fun. Making the best of the time we have left.< Less
Living Life not just Alive By Beatriz Michelle Velazquez
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Dive into this true story about a young woman who was raised around, drugs, sex, and violence, who has conquered death, and life struggles. As a successful single mom, she has come a long way. She... More > broke family cycles that have been around for years, and she's now changing lives, and helping many as God stays her Center. This is an intentional and purposeful read. You will laugh, and you will cry. You will be taken on a journey, and you will be encouraged to dream. But most of all you will have hope again. A must read autobiography, trust me you won’t want to stop reading.< Less
Life on the Porch By Jeff Newton
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All about neighbors building, caring, listening and connecting.
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Greek Angels in the Lion's Den By Nicolette Chelios
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Greek Angels in the Lion’s Den is a candid and passionately written memoir, eight years in the making, introducing the reader to a motherless daughter. Nicolette worked hard to discover her... More > roots and identity while living with a mean-spirited and abusive Greek “stepmother” and an aloof, womanizing Greek father. This memoir addresses more than what one thinks exists in Greek households and what has been portrayed in a popular Greek film and its sequel. On the contrary, this memoir delves deeply into spousal and child abuse, alcoholism, ethnocentrism, racism, poverty, sports fame, health issues, the Greek underworld, sexism, arranged Greek marriages, and the effects these issues have had on the mental and physical health of those family members and friends.< Less
Mad Memoirs From the Lives of Hallmans By All Hallman
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Pat and Ramona Hallman Family Stories from 1980 through 2005.
A Tale of Two Destroyers By Joe Fanelli
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Stories from a WWII sailor aboard the USS Maddox in the Pacific
Life in the Nicaraguan Jungle By Kay Byrd
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Personal account of an American couple, a mining engineer and his wife, caught up in the Nicaraguan revolution of 1979.
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SHELL GAME: A Military Whistleblowing Report to the U.S. Congress Exposing the Betrayal and Cover-Up by the U.S. Government of the Union Bank of Switzerland-Terrorist Threat Finance Connection to Booz Allen Hamilton and U.S. Central Command By 2LT Scott Bennett 11th Psychological Operations Battalion
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A MILITARY WHISTLEBLOWING REPORT TO CONGRESS EXPOSING THE BETRAYAL AND COVER-UP BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT OF THE UNION BANK OF SWITZERLAND-TERRORIST THREAT FINANCE CONNECTION TO EDWARD SNOWDEN'S REPORT... More > ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON AND U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND, AND THE CLINTON FOUNDATION WIKILEAKS REVELATIONS. SUBMITTED BY 2LT SCOTT BENNETT, 11TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION, U.S. ARMY RESERVE< Less