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Retirement Test Run: Techniques to Help You Start, Improve, or Catch Up On Your Retirement Plan By Kelly McKeehan MBA, CFP
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This book is about testing your current situation and simulating your future retirement today. Why wait until retirement to see if you have enough? If you take a test run, you can work to fix the... More > shortfall or plan for the abundance. The book will also show you how to invest with intention and create accounts that have meaning and purpose. Kelly owns and operates an investment advisory company that is focused on serving the needs of others in financial planning and implementing strategies to assist in reaching their financial goals. With a calm and composed attitude, he is able to settle the storms of peoples’ financial lives through clarifying complex topics and giving them a fresh perspective on consumption and investment.< Less
Banty Rooster: The Story of My Life By Leon Smith
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Leon R. Smith was born into a poor family in 1931, but he never let his modest roots prevent him from chasing his dreams. He was like a banty rooster, which is a small fighting rooster with a... More > feisty attitude—one that walks with its chest out, struts its stuff, and commands the attention of others. At seventeen years old, he joined the National Guard, and after joining the U.S. Army in November 1948 and completing basic training, he was sent to Japan, where occupation duty was a soldier’s paradise. He spent twenty-five years in the Army, serving during the Korean War and jungle fighting in Vietnam. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he could never be fifteen minutes away from a telephone. If he received a call and somebody said, “cocked pistol,” he had thirty minutes to start loading his unit on airplanes. After retiring from the Army in 1970, Smith owned small businesses and became a truck driver, traveling millions of miles across the United States and Canada.< Less
Quest of the American Dream: A Guide to Culture Shock Encounters among Immigrants and American Visitors By Dominic Charles Okero
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When author Dominic Charles Okero was growing up in Kenya, he had heard the United States was a land of opportunities. In Quest of the American Dream, Okero shares the excitement, joys, anxieties,... More > disappointments, challenges, and hopes he experienced as he navigated a country and culture different from his native land. He discusses details about his arrival in the country, the introduction to the roadways and transportation, food choices, work etiquette and norms, and adapting to a colder climate. Okero narrates how he worked hard to create a new chapter of success in the United States, and he tells about the lessons he learned on his journey. Quest of the American Dream serves as an example to others communicating anything is possible when one dreams, sets goals, and faces challenges head on. In his narration, he intends to give hope to those in pursuit of the American dream. The beginnings are tough but through persistence and focus success becomes the result.< Less
It Was What It Was: My Memoir By Diane Haley Toney
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It Was What It Was is a charming and heartwarming autobiography of life growing up in the idyllic post-war era of the South during the 1950’s. Relating tales of family, love, self-sacrifice,... More > faith, and community, the author recounts life in small-town Lavonia, Georgia during an era of rapid social change. From tales of wartime sacrifice, to the Mayberry-esque quality of small town life, the booming economic growth in the post-war era, the heyday of the teenage social scene in the 1950s, and UFO encounters in the dark secluded countryside, this story has something for everyone. In relating her childhood experiences and teenage years during and after the conclusion of World War II, and ending with her professional contributions in public education, Mrs. Toney’s life story is overlaid and interwoven with the history of the small southern town of Lavonia. In doing so, her story is Lavonia’s story. Beautifully written and conveyed with warmth and much humor, this biography of times gone by is not to be missed!< Less
Through My Eyes By Savitri Simpson
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An autobiographical anthology of original poetry, songs, humor, and essays, written by Savitri Simpson. Written over a period of about fifty years, it tracks her life, from her twenties, when that... More > she began her spiritual search in earnest, to the present time.< Less
Born Stateless 1926: China — The Memoirs of Nellie Ryl Weber By Nellie Weber
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My life story from birth in China, my stateless Latvian-Polish parents, wartime experiences, emigration to the United States, establishing a career, until the time of having my own children.
Raising the KGB By Eric Wilson
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At the age of thirty-two, Eric was beginning to live the life he had worked towards. With a great job, wonderful friends, and a sleek two-seater convertible, he had the world by the string until he... More > got a phone call from an old friend. What comes next is an against-all-odds tale where Eric becomes the parent of a motley crew of Russian boys charged with proving to them, the world, and himself that the American Dream is alive and well. The decade long journey that followed was a real life David and Goliath story filled with laughter and tears as Eric and his young comrades struggled to take on the world and at times, one another.< Less
Personal Stories About Wartime By Coastside Life Story Writers Half Moon Bay
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Coastside Life Story Writers group from Half Moon Bay, share their collections of stories from wartime.
I'm Still Smiling By Peter Weisz
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When he was 19 years old, Andrew Merey was told by the top neurosurgeons in America that he had less than a year to live. But thanks to an indomitable spirit and a positive mindset, he succeeded in... More > surviving and thriving for another quarter century. In both quantity and quality, Andrew's inspiring life saga demonstrates the power of the mind-body relationship and how one man was able to cope with unimaginable challenges while all the while proclaiming: "I'm Still Smiling!"< Less
Moonshine, Mules and Mayhem By Ira Jackson Seay
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Ira Jackson Seay talks about growing up during the Great Depression, making moonshine, military days in WWII, racing, playing poker, and finally--getting modernized. This is the author's story of... More > surviving poverty and hardships, being chased by revenuers, close calls, sharing his past and lessons learned with a new generation. One of the few old-timers left to tell his experiences during the moonshine-making days.< Less
Livin'... Lovin'... and Laughin'... Paperback Edition By Bill Allen
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Bill Allen is a Texan by birth, a Christian by re-birth, and an Arkansan by choice. Born November 4, 1929, in Bonham, Texas, Bill spent most of his growing-up time in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He now... More > resides in El Dorado, Arkansas, and is a consultant for Bill Allen Auction & Realty, Inc. A member of the greatest generation, Bill recounts poignant and hilarious stories about growning up during the 30s and 40s, raising a family, preaching, hunting and fishing, auctioneering, and throughout his life laughing.< Less
The Life and Lessons from a Warzone: A Memoir of Dr. Robert Nyeko Obol By Robert Obol
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I Did What? By Herb Mentzer
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This is the story of one of the most beloved characters the heyday of television. Bozo the Clown was known world wide, but the one in Detroit is widely known as the best. Art Cervi spent 13 years... More > in front of the camera entertaining millions of fans. This book takes you from beginning to the present. Tons of pictures help tell the story.< Less
Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Prayers: Firefighting and EMS from Some of the Toughest Streets in America By Gary Ludwig, Gary Ludwig
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Over 1,000 homicide scenes, 3,500 plus shootings, and countless building fires later, this dramatic account follows a paramedic and firefighter, through 34 years of two of the statistically most... More > violent cities in the United States - St. Louis and Memphis. Feel the intensity and emotions of many emergency scenes as you learn how firefighters and paramedics emotionally deal with many of the horrific things they see and deal with. It is real life drama where people's lives hang in the balance, are suddenly changed, or the efforts to save property Experience the gritty details and raw emotions of his daily work as well as his role in historic events—crossing paths with visiting U.S. presidents and a pope.< Less
The Shoestring Letters - A Tribute to the Immigrant By Edgar Madsen
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Kierkegaard said: “To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose oneself.” This is an account of Danish immigrants who took that risk, embracing America to satisfy the inner... More > cry which Isak Dinesen voiced: “Give me a chance to do my very best.” More than a tale of one family’s struggle, the greater immigrant community’s wartime military service is recalled and the way Danes across America vigorously joined hands for their homeland’s postwar restoration. Unforgettable is the photo of a defeated war machine slinking back to Germany after Denmark gloriously defied Hitler, rescuing thousands of Jews from deportation to death camps. This book is a celebration of the culture, religious faith, and grit, which sustained Danes through generations of economic upheaval, wars, and migration. It concludes with one immigrant’s touching salute to all who ventured from their homeland to become Americans, and his rendition, in verse, of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Tin Soldier.”< Less
Talk City By William Fulton
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Talk City is a collection of the remarkable blogs the distinguished urban planner Bill Fulton wrote while serving as a member of the City Council in the California beach town of Ventura. The blog... More > started out as a way to explain what had happened at the weekly council meetings. Before long, however, it turned into an evocative, real-time chronicle of what it was like to serve as an underpaid, overstressed, part-time local elected official during hard times. If you like local government and politics, you’ll love how Talk City reveals the stresses and strains of serving as an elected official in a typical American city.< Less
Alice Hardman Eccles Tullis By Carol V. Tullis
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Love of God and family helped Alice Hardman Eccles Tullis overcome and grow from the physical, emotional, and spiritual trials of her life. As we learn of her deep-rooted faith and concern for her... More > eternal family, we can face our challenges with renewed hope.< Less
Reality to Rags to Riches - The Story and Life of an Ex-NFL Wife By Angela Marshall
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Living this “football life” has afforded me extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options and blessings untold. That life filled my personal “playbook” with... More > the ability to call an audible, pass, run or, go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day. Yes, I observed the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” from the stands and sidelines. Most importantly, I observed strength, courage and purpose, and those qualities molded me into the person I am today. I got off the bench after merely existing and got into the game of living.< Less
It Was What It Was: My Memoir By Diane Haley Toney
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It Was What It Was is a charming and heartwarming autobiography of life growing up in the idyllic post-war era of the South during the 1950’s. Relating tales of family, love, self-sacrifice,... More > faith, and community, the author recounts life in small-town Lavonia, Georgia during an era of rapid social change. From tales of wartime sacrifice, to the Mayberry-esque quality of small town life, the booming economic growth in the post-war era, the heyday of the teenage social scene in the 1950s, and UFO encounters in the dark secluded countryside, this story has something for everyone. In relating her childhood experiences and teenage years during and after the conclusion of World War II, and ending with her professional contributions in public education, Mrs. Toney’s life story is overlaid and interwoven with the history of the small southern town of Lavonia. In doing so, her story is Lavonia’s story. Beautifully written and conveyed with warmth and much humor, this biography of times gone by is not to be missed!< Less
Love, Joanie: Letters from the Suburban Frontier 1957-1967 By Irene Plouviez, Joan Plouviez
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After the Second World War, the rural outskirts of Suburbia became America's newest Frontier. Millions left the urban centers of the nation for a new life, away from the smog, noise and expense of... More > big-city living. Among those mid-century pioneers were Joanie and Ted Plouviez. In 1956, Joanie and Ted staked out their suburban homestead in the new village of Lindenhurst, Illinois, where they raised their two "Boomer" daughters. No stranger to country life, Ted makes the transition easily. But for Joanie, born and raised in Chicago, the joy of finding an affordable home soon gives way to a desperate longing for the family, culture and convenience of the city she left behind. As she struggles to maintain her house, her children and her sanity in a neighborhood where she feels like an "odd duck," Joanie still clings stubbornly to her city roots, relating her travails - and her triumphs - in letters to her Ma and Pa back in Chicago.< Less
VOICES PAST By Benson Historical Museum
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A collection of Oral histories that stretch back to the mid 1800s. Stories that entertain, enlighten and educate about a time gone past. First person stories just as they were recorded. Stories of... More > ancestors whose experiences and lives built a community. Stories of cowboys, homesteading, births, marriages, tragedy, triumph, schooling, birthing, and most of all the making of a community.< Less
Love.Louder. By Peter Berliner
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This is a coming of age story from the sixties. Largely based on letters exchanged between friends in college, the memoir captures adolescence and enduring friendship through turbulent times.
My Life as a Mensch By Martin Shames
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A posthumous autobiographical memoir by Martin Shames, from first-generation Jewish immigrant boy in the Bronx to a successful businessman in Chicago and beyond, with stories, scanned clippings and... More > genealogical family history.< Less
Flying Is For The Birds By Phil Nussbaum
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Phil Nussbaum's aviation hijinks spanned some five decades. Here are but a few of his stories.
My Perfect Emotionless World: Coming of Age with Asperger Syndrome By Savannah Ryder
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Savannah is a 14 year old year girl attending a new private high school. She discovers that the students at her new school aren’t accepting of her or forgiving of her out of place remarks.... More > After a comment she makes is misinterpreted by a girl in her class, Savannah gets in trouble and is quickly labeled and ostracized by her peers. So after a lonely year, she tranfers to the nearby public high school with the hope that she will be able to make friends there. While initially, things start off in the right direction, this school doesn’t turn out to be much different. It seems that no one is able to truly understand Savannah or her well-meaning intentions. On the verge of giving up, Savannah decides to attend a university far from home for a chance to start over. It is here that Savannah evolves and flourishes socially beyond what anyone had thought imaginable. However, despite her sudden social success, Savannah develops an eating disorder from the pressure she faces to fit in.< Less