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The Faces of Rose Villa Library Aflao, Ghana By Rebecca Raymond
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The story behind the vision and establishing of the Rose Villa Library in Aflao, Ghana. The work and day to day lives of the people who live there. How the library was built and supported by the... More > community. The dream of Dawn LaFlamm and Adzakey Amen becomes reality.< Less
Viñetas del Cerro: Raíces Profundas By Southwest Texas Junior College at Eagle Pass
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The Eagle Pass Campus of Southwest Texas Junior College sits upon the plateau that overlooks the city and maintains a sentinel’s eye over all that betides below. The sprawling landscape carries... More > as far as the eye can see, or at least as far as the larger than life “Bandera de Mexico” that waves just beyond the Rio Grande, and reveals a colorful mixing and mingling of cultures, lives, and stories that demand to be explored, understood, and shared. Viñetas del Cerro: Raíces Profundas are the stories of real lives that have been nurtured and shaped by the persuasive hands of culture and the powerful impressions of experience, and told, not by professional writers, but by students who will become the next generation of storytellers. Collectively, Viñetas del Cerro: Raíces, is their story.< Less
JAFFNA - Painful Past to Promising Future By Anton X. Rajinthrakumar & Aloysius Aseervatham
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Authors of this book - Aloysius and Anton were born and raised in JAFFNA town during different eras when there was stability and serenity. Their personal and professional career paths took them to... More > different parts of the world, and eventually they settled in opposite ends of the world. However, united by their passion for a better Jaffna, the authors joined forces to compile this book - a collection of articles and memoirs covering variety of topics primarily aimed towards making Jaffna a better place in the future.< Less
One Hundred Years of Grace: An Autobiography By Annell Martin Wright
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Biography of Annell Martin Wright, born in Quincy, FL to sharecroppers in 1918.
The Steps Of The Righteous By Jodi Monetti
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Take a Journey with Author Jodi Monetti as she confronts her childhood sexual abuse,while providing for her two children as a single mother through a disastrous lifestyle of a stripper. Follow her... More > from brokenness to wholeness as she discovers the answers that were there the whole time.< Less
The Art of Listening to the Heart By James Kenyon
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In this memoir collection, retired veterinarian James Kenyon recalls a number of experiences from his days in veterinary practice. From heartwarming to heartbreaking and everything in between,... More > Kenyon writes of his care for beloved family pets, livestock, and their human caretakers. His memories illustrate a true devotion and love for veterinary work, as well as a passion for people and local history. Each chapter relates a specific memory of working with a quirky, loyal, and lovable animal, as well as the quirky, loyal, and lovable humans who owned them. The work offers not just insight to the work of a veterinarian, but to human nature and the manner in which people relate to and care for each other as well as their animals.< Less
All Eyez on Him By Kevin Rivers
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I guess change is good for any of us. Whatever it takes to experience full transformation, I'm with you, "I AIN'T MAD AT CHA"! To everyone who took the time to read this book, I pray that... More > my process of pain and struggle helps you to see Him for who He really is! Jesus is the one who died for your Sins, and unlike Tupac, HE ROSE AGAIN, so that you could have life and live more abundantly. Remain steadfast and be intentional to keep, "ALL EYEZ ON HIM"...< Less
Stories from the Back of My Mind By Albert Zack
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Al Zack assembled these stories for the benefit of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. "When my great grandchildren get old enough to ask their parents, 'What was great grandpa... More > like?', the stories remain the best vehicle for answering the question. One, in particular, shows the importance of the element of luck that prevented a potential tragedy. Another describes an emotional crisis in the workplace that was the source of much personal anguish. Some, in retrospect, are humorous and others are experiences that could happen to anyone. The story of Ruth and her three friends suggests that Lady Luck was looking out for me. The stories are based on memories that have stayed with me throughout the years. The stories speak for themselves and largely reflect the trials and tribulations of growing up."< Less
Working the Fields at Thirteen: A Memoir By Jack Shields
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Jack Shields and his family caught a Greyhound bus and took Route 66 all the way to California in 1944—and they didn’t look back. They arrived at a government-run farm labor camp where... More > their loved ones were staying. At the camp, for as little as five dollars a month, you could rent a clean place to live that had electricity and running water. There were even community bathrooms. Once there, Shields and his older brother went right to work, first landing jobs at an alfalfa field and then moving on to whatever field work they could find. Since they did not have transportation, it was not always easy, but they consistently found a way to put money into their pockets. Shields started the eighth grade in 1944, and by then attitudes toward Okie children had changed, because with World War II, there were plenty of jobs and few workers. Step back in time and get a snapshot of the social history and culture of rural California in the 1940s as Shields looks back at Working the Fields at Thirteen.< Less
Last of the Dons By Yolanda Tenorio
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The majority of this book is composed of short stories and accounts from the people of Anton Chico, New Mexico, the grandfathers (the Dons), and grandmothers (the Doñas). This book contains... More > accounts of the paths our families traveled from Santa Fe, San Miguel del Bado, Chaperito, and the neighboring communities to Anton Chico.< Less
Before the Wind: Charles K. Landis and Early Vineland By Vince Farinaccio
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Vineland, New Jersey began life in the 1860s as a haven for free thinkers, a stopover for renowned artists, actors, activists and political figures and a champion of women’s suffrage. In the... More > 1870s, it became the focus of media attention over a murder trial involving its visionary founder, Charles K. Landis. Since then, the myths and legends cultivated by time have told their own versions of the tale about the town and its creator. This book is the true story of Vineland and Landis, a lawyer, entrepreneur, postmaster, husband, father, traveler and author whose energy and persistence led to the founding of several South Jersey towns. It is an engrossing story of a man whose fame and fortune collided with personal tragedy and jealous opposition.< Less
Suffer to Sing the Blues: A Philosophical Reflection on Living With a Traumatic Brain Injury By Jeff Smith & David G. Lamb, Ph.D.
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This is the personal story of a middle-aged man named Jeff Smith, reflecting back on what his life has been like since suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car accident at the age of 20. The... More > book is a result of “narrative therapy” work begun with Jeff by then licensed social worker Dr. Barbara Hogan 15 years post-injury and continued by neuropsychologist Dr. David Lamb 15 years later. It describes Jeff’s childhood leading up to the accident, the circumstances of the accident, the arduous physical and mental road back to a “new normal,” and the life lessons that Jeff would like others to gain from his experiences.< Less
Vignettes of a Family Journey By Margarita Estrada
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Family love is tested when the head of the family is stricken with dementia. Through anger, disbelief, and finally acceptance, a family learns to be grateful for the simple things: holding a cup of... More > coffee, the ability to bathe and hug a loved one, and the moments of clarity that bring joy. You will be forever changed.< Less
Up From the Cotton and Corn Fields of Mississippi By Rev. Thomas J. McClellan
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Every life that is well-lived presents its challenges, defeats, and triumphs. The life of Thomas J. McClellan is no different in that respect. From birth into a rural farming community; to a lengthy... More > career as an educator; to acceptance of his calling to the ministry, this story covers highs and lows that impacted his walk along the road of Life. Rev. McClellan recounts hardships and victories that led him to the life he leads today. Having experienced his own failings and human frailties, Rev. McClellan is able to attest to God’s grace and power to transform and bring purpose to our lives.< Less
Focus By Jake Sammons
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ADHD IS A CONDITION AFFECTING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. HERE IS THE STORY OF HOW ADHD HAS HELPED TO SHAPE THE LIFE OF STORYTELLER AND MUSICIAN, JAKE SAMMONS. JAKE TELLS THE TALE... More > OF HIS PREMATURE BIRTH, SEVERE BURNING, BLINDNESS, MARRIAGE, MINISTRY, AND FATHERHOOD TO ENCOURAGE THOSE WITH ADHD, AND EVERYONE, THAT THERE IS HOPE.< Less
Lifted by Hope: How I Overcame Barriers by Becoming the First Immigrant Woman from Africa Ordained by the Presbyterian Church USA By Rev. Dr. Jemimah Ngatia
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The true and fascinating story of how a young girl from a village in Kenya would go on to become the first immigrant woman from Africa ordained as a minster of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian... More > Church USA.< Less
Starched Caps: A Nurse’s Memoir By Nancy Swan White
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It was the summer of 1960. Elvis Presley had recently been discharged from the Army and had a number one hit, “Stuck on You.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy was running for president. Gasoline... More > cost thirty-one cents a gallon. And author Nancy Swan White had just completed a two-week nursing-aide course; at age sixteen she was ready to start her first job in a hospital. It was a career that would last forty-five years. In Starched Caps, she shares an entertaining and moving memoir of the training and career of a nurse, chronicling a wide range of experiences in school and on the job. She provides vivid pictures of what it was like to be a nurse as well as how much the medical world has changed since she entered the field. Starched Caps offers glimpses of the cultural and political climate of those years, from the stereotypical attitudes and assumptions related to the deep racial divide that existed in the United States, to the almost nonexistent role of male nurses.< Less
Unsung Hero By Margaret Allyn Greene Best
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Albert V. Greene, who became a prisoner of war during World War II and re-enlisted to serve in Korea and Vietnam, is one of America’s unsung heros. This book has two parts: The first is a... More > memoir written by Greene that includes how he was captured by German forces and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy, where he tried to escape. The second part is written by his daughter, Margaret, who shares a biography of her father with illustrations about his military career. The book also serves as a family and cultural history, beginning with how the Greene family immigrated from Germany and Ireland to Brooklyn, New York, in the late 1800s. The narrative continues with Albert V. Greene’s recollection of his father’s military service during the Great War and how Albert V. Greene made a difference as a teacher at home. While Greene lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease and died in 2009, he was laid to rest with the other heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.< Less
The Precious Pearl By Michael Di Gregorio, oSA
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“Peacemaker,” “Saint of the Impossible,” the “Saint Who Asks Too Much” are just a few of the many adjectives used to describe one of the most popular saints of our... More > times. With the canonization of Saint Rita in 1900, interest in and devotion to the “Precious Pearl of Umbria” spread rapidly not only in her native Italy, but throughout many nations. As a woman who had experienced the various states of life as wife and widow, mother and nun, St. Rita has much to say to women of every time and place. As a victim of violence and a witness to forgiveness, she offers powerful testimony to men and women alike. It is hoped that this little book will bring many to find in St. Rita’s example a model whom they can emulate and an intercessor on whom they can count in their time of need.< Less
Because I Can By Paul Cooper
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It's 1958 and eleven-year-old Peter Wolf lives in the war-rubble squalor of East Germany which is ruled with an iron fist by the Soviet Communists. People stand in long lines to buy rancid meat,... More > water pails are kept on toilet lids to prevent sewer rats from invading apartments and, worst of all, every citizen is encouraged to spy upon every other citizen and report any suspect behavior to the hated Stassi (Secret Police). Risking their lives escaping East Germany, surviving a kidnapping attempt, enduring six long months in a refugee camp and crossing the Atlantic in steerage, Peter discovers America is not the paradise he had envisioned.< 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
If You Wanna Help the Poor …: Then Don’t Be One of Them By Marshall O. Lowery
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A humble story of personal defeat and triumph, If You Wanna Help the Poor … Then Don’t Be One of Them, author Marshall O. Lowery shares a memoir of his life experiences. Divided into... More > four parts, the first section narrates his personal life story, communicating that dreams do come true. Part two offers a compilation of personal photos highlighting the memorable times showcasing how Lowery believed in himself. This pictorial journey serves as a mirror for his family growth, rewards, and celebrations. Part three presents a treasure chest of positive affirmations, and part four covers setting and defining goals, completing interim steps, and making adjustments along the way. Based on Lowery’s personal experiences, If You Wanna Help the Poor … Then Don’t Be One of Them focuses on the talent of imagination and the gift of dreaming for success. With a workbook included, it encourages striving toward making the big dreams come true.< 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
Rising from the Ashes: A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima By Dr. Akiko Mikamo
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This is a true and incredible story of a Japanese adolescent, Shinji Mikamo, who miraculously survived the first atomic bombing of human kinds. He was on top of his house roof with nothing to shield... More > him at only ¾ of a mile (1,200m) from the epicenter in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 toward the end of the World War II. But what made Shinji stand out from most of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or even of many other man-made disasters in our history, he never hated Americans as aggressors. He somehow saw things from a much bigger perspective even in the very strict Japanese military government’s mind control of civilians during the war. As one of his three legacy-carrying daughters, Dr. Akiko Mikamo wrote his story to send out the messages of human love and power of forgiveness to remind the world our worst enemies of yesterday could become the best friends of tomorrow.< Less
First Rate Living By Dave Stone
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First Rate Living by David A. Stone