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My Three Lives By Jerry Consul & Michael Morganstern
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A foster child and Catholic altar boy in Trieste Italy during the Fascist era finds his parents have disappeared. After the War, he learns that his mother was Jewish and chooses to emigrate to... More > Israel, then to the United States. These three lives are remarkably different from each other, and delineate the quest for survival, then for acceptance, and finally to self-actualization.< Less
Let it Be By Katie Scott
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With a desire to seek direction from God, and determination to discover my purpose, I questioned, "What is the reality of spirituality? Where will God take me?" In complete surrender, the... More > design begins to unfold over a period of eighteen months as I journal an authentic accounting of my spiritual quest, revealing how I learned to "see, hear and feel" the power of Spirit which led me to discover true inner peace, an abundance of joy, new direction...and, an opportunity to meet my soul mate. While I may be a professional at renovating and restoring homes, God showed me that He is the professional at renovating and restoring souls. The glory of a renovation is turning something broken into something beautiful. This is the story of my in terior design, my design from within, a classic and timeless renovation.< Less
Lightning Change By Gerri Frazier
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When a death is reported on the news we forget how it affects family and friends. In my book LIGHTNING CHANGE you'll follow my family from the depths of sorrow to times of laughter. My story is... More > based on an event that changed my life. On July 18, 1971 a lightning bolt near the town of Red River, New Mexico clamed the life of four people. My brother, Glenn Cowsar and his wife Helen were two of the four killed. The lightning also injured two, one being Anita, my ten year old niece. With my permission, Glenn and Helen's wills had named me guardian for their two daughters. That day my family of four became a family of six. I hope you enjoy my story.< Less
Letters to Helen By Lynda Reiner-Leith
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Harvey and Lynda met while in college on an international study year abroad in Sweden. Their dreams brought them to Ankara, Turkey on assignment with the US State Department. It was there their... More > second son was born, and it was there Harvey was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They were whisked back to DC for treatment then returned to Turkey where Lynda discovered she was pregnant with their third child. Take a firsthand look as one woman navigates the challenges in balancing family, healthcare, and geography in this heartbreaking and inspiring true story. Lynda received her BA in communications from California State University, Chico in 1987. She currently resides in Northern California.< Less
Seriously God, Am I That Girl? By Tammi Terrell Dixon
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A year after her divorce, author Tammi Terrell Dixon, a single mom without health insurance, is diagnosed with breast cancer. In Seriously God, Am I That Girl? Dixon reveals intimate details about... More > her battle with breast cancer. Initially, Dixon wanted to hide under a rock, but her faith led her to believe God was orchestrating behind the scenes. Dixon opens the story by giving a quick view of her life after all the tears and procedures. She follows with excerpts from a journal she used throughout her journey, describing how she battled for her life and eventually found inner peace. Lessons learned are shared throughout her story. Using a hint of humor to discuss a life-threatening issue, Seriously God, Am I That Girl? accomplishes Dixon’s goal of sharing her story to encourage others who are on the battlefield. Readers can follow Dixon at tammithetalker.com< Less
Junny's Marie By Sharon Lamers
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It seemed her mind would shatter like glass from the intensity of the sight of her beloved sister. The crushing silence was broken only by a slow steady drip, drip sound. The sound of blood dripping... More > off the heel of the shoe protruding from under the sheet, echoed off the walls, drilling into Marie’s head. “Dear God, it’s her,” Marie haltingly whispered as the nun stared vacantly somewhere above her head as if bored. Marie felt dizzy. Two years ago on her nineteenth birthday, a furnace explosion killed her mother, and now this. She needed Junny. Junny, the Dutch vernacular for Johnny, was the love of Marie’s life since her first glimpse of him through barn windows in 1932. Gutsy determination and strong human spirit had gotten her this far. She took a deep breath, lifted her chin, brushed past the blank-faced nun and walked out the morgue door.< Less
EXSCAPED DEATH By Tamia Gambrell
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I put oil all over my body; I wanted my body to shine like brand new money when I dropped my coat to the floor, sliding up and down that pole and rolling my ass up in a tricks face. I dressed in an... More > all black trench jacket, high heels and black custom jewelry. I didn't wear any underwear beneath my coat because I wanted to be comfortable as well as sexy and ready for my tricks. I could make it quick and not have to take off all that unnecessary stuff like panties and bras.< Less
Gold Point By Shirl Jackson
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The personal history of a young boy growing up in rural 1950's Idaho on the Snake river.
Al Wade Ben Harbor Tiger By Al Wade
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Life story of a young man whom saw a lot and done a lot in a short period of time from the playing field,to the street fields where he was born, in a small city named Benton Harbor, where survival... More > was necessary and granted through God's grace and mercy.< Less
Freedom, Justice, and Love By Dr. Andrés G. Guerrero Jr.
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Ramiro “Ramsey” Muñiz, a law school graduate who twice ran for governor of Texas, devoted himself to helping Chicanos, Mexican Americans, Hispanics, and others gain representation... More > in politics. But this man, who put family above all else, suffered greatly for his work. He was accused, arrested, and indicted for drug-related crimes. In Freedom, Justice, and Love, author Andrés G. Guerrero Jr. tells Muñiz’s story. This memoir chronicles Muñiz’s life and shares the circumstances that led to this accomplished man serving a sentence of life without parole. Guerrero discusses the injustices Muñiz has experienced including pain, suffering, illness, and the little-known hardships of incarceration. In Freedom, Justice, and Love, Guerrero reveals how the government sought to silence Muñiz, an advocate for people and a defender of justice.< Less
I LET MY SOUL RUN FREE MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING WHOLE By Stephanie Bennett
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Sexual abuse can have devastating effects on a person's life. This story chronicles my forty-two year journey. It began when I was only nine and tells how I dealt with the abuse at different stages... More > of my life. I have been told that God never gives you more than you can handle, but that doesn’t mean He won't push you to the very limits of what you can take. Read how God used this to raise up a spiritual warrior!< Less
The Last Heir: A Memoir By Laurie Shoemaker
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Laurie Shoemaker traces six generations of her family who lived in the same South Carolina plantation house built in the 1850s in this memoir chronicling life from the Civil War to the Great... More > Depression and beyond. An Excerpt: “Hey, guys, y’all need to come out here on the porch. It’s cooler and there are a million stars.” Before I finish the sentence, bodies start drifting out. Some lounge on the enormous stone steps, others fill up wicker and rocking chairs. For a moment, no one speaks. They are drinking it all in, the perfumed night, the cloudless firmament, a symphony of pastoral sounds both near this place we call home and far away down the roads and in the fields. Sons and daughters of Liz and Joe, of the Browns and Sloans and Chalmers, relax on the sturdy, broad-beamed porch our ancestors built. There is tranquility in the fresh country air, our individual, unspoken pain salved by the velvet night. Brown eyed Joseph, his grandfather’s namesake asks, “What will become of all this?”< Less
Newark, Italy + Me. By Daniel P Quinn
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Newark has many histories including G. Antonio Basso who emigrated from Italy to Newark, NJ in 1900. Antonio Basso was my Grandfather who came to America at age 14. Newark has many artistic roots... More > including Armenia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, France which are featured in Newark, Italy + Me.Immigration is a ongoing event.The past is indeed prologue to our present and future. Welcome to my Newark, Nevarca and the new old sod in New Jersey. Daniel P Quinn also wrote:"Exits + Entrances, 25 years off-Broadway, Opera and Beyond"; Short Plays to Long Remember (TNT) and "organized labor". These books are for sale at Lulu.com; B+N.org; Amazon Books or order at your independent book store or on the web.< Less
On Meru: A Family: A Volcano, and a Year In East Africa By Garry Dagg
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On a 16 month voluntary assignment to train teachers in one of the world's least developed nations, Garry Dagg discovers that things are slower to fall into place in middle age with four kids. Having... More > left a postcard existence behind them, the family negotiate a tyrannical boss, weekend trips amongst elephants and the sensory overload of a Tanzania city to find that the pleasures of getting through the day amply make up for the lack of modern comforts.< Less
Three Stories By Hugh Hagius
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Travels in the Caribbean--Santo Domingo, Cuba, Puerto Rico
Selma Ruoff By Zoya Chernokhvostova and Elena Chernokhvostova-Levenson
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Selma Rouff was a figure of a merciless 20th century. Born in Russia to a German family, she absorbed the best of two great cultures but was exiled at the start of WWI because of her German origins.... More > In 1933, she returned to Russia to escape Nazi Germany, only to be sent away to the gulag on a 20-year sentence. With a mind of a scientist and the soul of a poet, Rouff was an extraordinary person who left behind scientific works and literary manuscripts.< Less
Ruminations of a Hillbilly Poser By Ron Taylor
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Imagine growing up between two different societies. This story is about my journey trying to understand one and balance the other. Also, I met, as I am sure everyone else has, some beautiful people.... More > I want to share them in the hope than when I am gone, they will persist in someone’s psyche. I do not want their spirit to die. So I try this means of keeping it alive. They are a few among so many.< Less
Out of the Land of Frozen Fires: My Life Story By William Mangum, M.D.
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The book describes the trials and tribulations of a modern day homesteader family in the badlands of New Mexico and their struggle against the elements and the economic consequences of the Great... More > Depression. It tells of an 18 year old school teacher’s strong belief in the importance of education that led her, against all odds, to go from teaching grades 1 thru 8 in a one room log cabin to becoming a university professor. She passed her belief in lifelong learning on to her only child who became a successful surgeon. He tells in this book about his journey through life and the joy and gratification that comes from being able to help others in times of injury or illness and having the knowledge and skills to assist in their recovery. Characters and events are real and described by the author as they happened from his perspective. A few names have been changed to protect the privacy of the living, and in a few instances the reputations of the dearly departed.< Less
Memories of the Last Ol Timey Farmer Undo: Memories of a farming family back to their share cropping times By Alik Junior Scott
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A glimpse into a way of life gone by the wayside; humble beginnings of an extended family’s life together share-cropping on the same farm in North Alabama. Memories written down by a young man... More > forced to leave the farm and travel North for factory work when the farm faced hard times. Then the journey back to the farm and raising his family there. Mr. Scott takes you through the many changes in his world since the early 1930’s. He’s documented many changes through the years in his journaling and has chosen to share with us and his family these experiences.< Less
Just Say Yes A Chronicle of A Stroke Survivor By Karen Franzenburg
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This book is a chronicle of the events of my battle with a stroke. I was informed and I fought hard and survived. During the stroke and my recovery I felt as if I had been in a dream state. I was not... More > frightened but I had a determined attitude and inner strength. It felt like my soul knew everything was going to be okay. In retrospect, I felt I had a purpose in life and part of that was to complete this book so others could be more informed. I wanted to increase their awareness of the importance of acknowledging stroke symptoms and getting immediate help at the onset.< Less
Athena: A Greek-American Woman's Resistance to the Nazis and the Greek Junta By Athena Mihos Psyhogios Henderson & James C. Henderson
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This memoir is the story of Athena Mihos Psyhogios Henderson, arrested in 1971 attempting to free Alekos Panagoulis from Boyati Military Prison in Athens, Greece. Her trial was covered around the... More > world by the international press because Alekos Panagoulis was the most famous political prisoner of the Junta, the military dictatorship then in control of Greece, imprisoned for his failed attempt to assassinate the leader of the dictatorship, Colonel Yiorgios Papadopoulos, and because one of her co-conspirators in the plot to free Alekos was Lady Amalia Fleming, the widow of Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.< Less
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BWANA - The Unordinary Life of Billy Gillyard McKenzie By Johnson-McKenzie
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The life and adventures of Billy Gillyard McKenzie. His lifetime contributions to his hometown.
The Boys of San Rafael, Rough and Rowdy Rascals By Ann Winter
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Enjoy the mostly rowdy adventures of a group of boys growing up in Southern California after WWII. 8,773 words. 72 pages.
Transforming to Joy: Responding to My Son's Struggle With Addiction By Lisa L. Frechette
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Lisa L. Frechette’s inspirational memoir holds the reader spellbound as her lyrical cadence describes the gradual shift she made from reacting with fear to responding with love, initially with... More > her son and later in all areas of life. She hit bottom in 2009. The frustration and anger at her son for repeating destructive behaviors and at herself for not being able to control or cure him began to affect her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. She couldn’t go on the way she had been. Transforming to Joy begins here, with the conscious choice Lisa made to change. She shares her compelling story about her relationship with her son, Adam. Through this relationship, she learned to live a more aware, truthful, appreciative, and loving life - one that she mindfully shares with you.< Less