"... Baumgartner's telling peels back layer after layer of emotion and depth, creating a lovely, rich, and tragic story of love and loss." ~ BookLife Prize
Newly married, writer Jan Baumgartner and her husband, John, pack up their home and busy lives in San Francisco trading the city verve for a quieter one along the rural coast of Maine. Looking forward to a slower pace, a life intertwined with nature, and greater opportunities to satiate their wanderlust for world travel, the couple buys a rambling Victorian house on the shores of Eggemoggin Reach, excited to begin this new chapter of their lives. But just a few years later, they receive the unexpected and devastating news that her husband is terminally ill with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In their 30s and 40s, in a place not quite yet home, without family or closest friends nearby, and facing a crippling disease that will leave him paralyzed from the neck down, the author chronicles the heartbreak and depth of their love as she struggles with the emotional and physical challenges as a full-time caregiver for her dying husband.
Throughout the journey, she finds an unexpected source of inspiration in her travels to Africa, with and without John, a healing connection with the bounty of nature surrounding their coastal home, and her determination to one day return to her beloved Africa. From the rugged isolation of the Maine coast to the wilds of the African bush, Moonlight in the Desert of Left Behind is a poignant and often heartrendingly candid story of devotion, courage, and ultimately, hope.
Two months pregnant with their third child, Matt’s wife, Lisa, discovers her cancer had returned. A few months later, Lisa’s mother finds out her cancer resurfaced as well. Wife, mother-in-law, and baby are all in danger.
“Yes, and…” is a true story based on a journal Matt kept during a nine-month period to help understand life-changing events surrounding them. The journal becomes an up-close and personal account of what friends and family said they couldn’t even imagine - two sick women and a baby on the way, difficult decisions, fights, victories, self-doubt, raising two kids, and the realization that life was in constant transition.
He’s forced into examining deeper life questions of how to accept what was happening, how to grow from experiences he was reluctant to grow from, and how to handle circumstances he didn’t want, but had. It would require him to adapt and reevaluate his perspectives on life. To achieve this, he would need to draw from an improvised term of “Yes, and…” – a philosophy of accepting what’s given to you and making it better. This journey forever shapes the person/husband/father he’d become.
On the day that she decided to marry a widower, also a long-time friend, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn’t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son. Unlike many stepmothers, Betsy didn’t have to struggle with an ex, or court battles, or the weekend shuffle between houses, but she did have to navigate living in the shadow of a young mother taken too soon, to honor the memory of her son’s first mother, and to become the kind of parent and partner she herself wanted to be. Over time this family would learn how love’s roots were formed in their shared losses, and how the new family love and joy they created together would become the richest kind of inheritance.
When Jim met Sue, he had already enlisted in the Us Army. As he is drawn away into military service abroad in the 1960s, it is through heartfelt and sincere letters that Jim and Sue's love for each other is able to grow and strengthen. From basic training, to being stationed in France, and eventually through the unrest of Vietnam, a story unfolds that shows how true love and family can transcend any distance.
In Letters from a Soldier, writer Susan Mowry shares her husband Jim's touching and honest letters of love and longing, as their love for each other keeps them both brave when Jim is sent to Vietnam-leaving Sue pregnant with their first child. Experience with Sue the sometimes whirlwind, sometimes heart-pounding, but always loving messages and letters of courage in the face of adversity, as even a letter to President Johnson works wonders to help save their wedding day.
With words and passionate feelings shared across the world through both letters and prayer, discover how a soldier and his wife cultivate both their love for each other and a family together, and delight in Sue's dedication to Jim as he finally comes home from Vietnam-where he will never leave her again.
In the dead of night and through a snow storm she traveled by herself to Canada. The only comfort she had was a full tank of gas, a cell phone and the company of her memories to ease the anxiety she felt. A gripping tale of a young woman's journey to life through the death of her father. An empowering tale weaved from hardships in her past and revelations in her present.
The names of the astronauts will forever be inscribed in our history books, but the names of the entire Apollo launch support team at the Kennedy Space Center and the thousands who supported Apollo elsewhere will only be known to a few.
It is the technical team, the engineers, analysts, programmers, and yes, even the secretaries and typists who kept the administrative side moving, who are portrayed in this book. This combined team, after achieving an unbelievable goal of putting men on the moon within the 10-year limit set by Kennedy, performed in an exemplary manner. Some believe they were the greatest technological team ever assembled, achieving the most difficult challenge of all mankind to date.
The Apollo team faced challenges and temptations like anyone else in the 60’s: divorce, affairs, deaths, three shifts of work schedules, as well as women’s issues, but they also knew how to have fun along the way. Choruses were formed, humorous skits brought laughs to facility dinners, and tennis bets of a lifetime played out on an Apollo stage with human lives on the line, etched with historic backdrops.
What was it like to be a part of this history-making event of launching our astronauts to the moon? Fasten your seat belts and journey back to the 60’s for a front-row seat by someone who experienced it all.
“Don’t take it personally, but I hate the dentist.” Dr. Carroll James has heard this uncomplimentary comment all too often, and while not taking it personally, he does note the unique and often quirky personalities of the patients he treats. The Whole Tooth, the second book in the series, continues relating some of the more bizarre episodes during Dr. James’s thirty years of practice—including a lovable yet scatterbrained employee who can’t master the phone’s hold button, a house call to treat a bed-ridden patient that proves comical in the most inappropriate sense, and even a campout with Boy Scouts that harkens thoughts of effective dental remedies for the most unlikely three a.m. wake-up call. Meanwhile, back at the office, farm animals and their antics add to the modern yet rurally located practice. Throughout it all, Carroll maintains his professional decorum—most of the time. Interwoven in his humorous office stories is a laugh-out-loud family RV trip, volunteer work in remote regions of Mexico, and amusing and touching flashbacks to his childhood, illuminating his heart for treating the indigent, here and abroad.
Lincoln T Beauchamp, Jr., known artistically as Chicago Beau, was raised in an environment rooted in blues, literature, law, and travel. An unlikely circumstance provided by his Great Migration, agrarian background parents. He is a musician, writer, publisher, and adventurer. He has published several books, the most recent being BluesSpeak, University of Illinois Press, 2010. He has published over one hundred authors in literary and music magazines, recorded numerous CDs, and is Co-founder of the Chicago Blues Experience museum opening in 2019. Too Much Unconvenience is a recollection of Beau's earlier experiences, and confirms his zest for living from an early age.
As a bored child in a working class family, Lou Marincovich imagined a life of adventure and strong emotions—and got far more than he anticipated. Inspired to become a paleontologist by a children’s book on dinosaurs, he plunged into realms of life where intellectuals rarely go, working hardhat jobs on offshore oil drilling platforms in equatorial Africa and Alaska to put himself through grad school and laboring beside cutthroat coworkers, one of whom he was barely stopped from murdering. Later, as an internationally recognized paleontologist, he spent three decades researching fossil mollusks in the surreal landscapes of remotest Alaska, Arctic Canada and Siberia. In the course of documenting faunal and climate changes in the Arctic over the span of 60 million years, he solved the mystery of Bering Strait’s age; discovered an unnamed river; survived a helicopter crash, several bush plane accidents, a near-drowning in an icy river, landslides, and punishing storms; and saved his own life by shooting a charging grizzly with his last bullet. In addition to finding the adventure he craved as a young man, Marincovich was rewarded by surprising and profound spiritual experiences, during one of which he found his soul mate. This is a unique story of youthful yearning, high adventure, moral lapses, scientific discovery and love.
With only half a canteen of water and one baby bottle, a family of eight fought for their lives in the killing fields and land mines of Cambodia. Heroes emerge in the most unlikely places, under the most dangerous conditions. They are often the most ordinary of people facing extraordinary times. Surrounded by unimaginable adverse forces, one woman would ultimately lead her entire family to survive. Beautiful Hero is an autobiographical narrative told from a daughter’s perspective. The story centers around Meiyeng, the eponymous Beautiful Hero, and her innate ability to sustain everyone in her family. Meiyeng’s acumen in solving problems under extreme circumstances is thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. She shepherded her entire family through starvation, diseases, slavery and massacres in war-torn Cambodia to forge a new life in America. Over two million people—a third of the country’s population—fell victim to a devastating genocide in Cambodia. The rise of the Khmer Rouge posed not merely a single challenge to survival, but rather a series of nightmarish obstacles that required constant circumvention, outmaneuvering, and exceptional fortitude from those few who would survive the regime intact. Beautiful Hero suspensefully unravels the layers of atrocity and evil unleashed upon the people, providing a clear view of this horrific and violent time of the Cambodian revolution. The story highlights the most basic impulses of man: good vs. evil, individual vs. group, democracy vs. tyranny, and life vs. death. It is the ultimate story of love, sacrifice, survival, and redemption. It reaffirms the good in humanity by showing how one family lived and survived with grace and dignity despite being pushed to the limits.
Kim had been an enthusiastic college student, creative, athletic and energetic. That changed in her junior year of college. After the removal of her four wisdom teeth, Kim began to suffer from unexplained health problems: recurring pneumonia, debilitating fatigue, brain fog, unexplained rashes and swollen lymph nodes that would not go away. Over the next thirty years her doctors would diagnose Kim with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr virus and even lymphoma, but they did not really know.
Kim shares her thirty-year journey to regain her health and vitality. Kim’s belief in her body’s ability to heal led her to work with a remarkable biological dentist. It was with the help of this controversial approach to dentistry that Kim’s body could finally heal, restoring her to full health. Her revealing and intimate story portrays the little understood and overlooked importance that the mouth plays in over-all health and well-being.
At The Root is Kim’s story of the necessity to trust and believe in yourself. She reminds us of the importance of taking responsibility for our health as well as managing our own lives.
Have you wondered what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD symptoms really are and how you or a loved one can help get treatment? There are over 20 suicides per day in the United States due to military-related PTSD, and it does not need to be this way, in this book, you'll learn why... Retired Major Marc Raciti and International Book Award finalist writes his story through P.T.S.D. as a veteran of the U.S. Army. This story is about his journey, from the very first time he realized there was a problem, to the moment he found the courage to get well. It was not an easy thing to accomplish, but somehow he managed to cross this abyss that defined his struggle and journey. His hope is that he will be able to inspire others to want to get well, and to help those who continue to suffer and may never completely heal. The concept is simple: It’s about paying it forward - to help veterans and others with PTSD make it across the abyss. Once on the healing side, his wish is that they, in turn, will start helping others who are lost, and thus establish a culture of understanding and compassion for our PTSD population. If you feel like you may have symptoms of PTSD or know a loved one who does, click order now and read this book to learn how to begin the healing process.
A Walk Along The Path is the true story of a young mother widowed at the age of 25. Thrown into being a single, working parent of two children, with God's grace, is able to pick up the pieces of loss and push forward. Just as life begins to return to normal her youngest child is diagnosed with a congenital heart disorder needing a transplant to survive. How will this young mother cope with the daunting challanges ahead?
Governor George Wallace was a complex man who passionately attempted to retain white supremacy in the South. Even after an attempted assassination confined him to a wheelchair, he didn’t waver in pursuing his controversial goals. Did he achieve a temporary measure of success, or did his fight for integration under the guise of States Rights have an ironic result? Author Mary S. Palmer had exclusive access to interview George Wallace shortly before the end of his life at his home--one of the last interviews he granted. Using her journalistic skills, she delved deep into matters previously not privy to the public. It may have been the most revealing interview ever conducted by friend or foe.
On August 2, 1990 Iraqi forces, led by Saddam Hussein, invaded the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Kuwait. Jim and Shirley Carroll were missionaries on assignment when the first shots were fired. This is their story…
This is a true story of faith under fire.
You'll be inspired as you read the Carroll's first-hand account of the events that took place during the roughly five months the US Embassy in Kuwait was under siege. This is a history lesson, an inspirational story and a lesson in grace and faith all rolled into one riveting read!
Set in the deteriorating north end of Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1950s and early ’60s, Surviving Remnant is Hanna Perlstein Marcus’ sequel to her award-winning memoir, Sidonia’s Thread. In Surviving Remnant, she recreates her childhood community of ambitious, humorous, and resilient immigrant refugees who occupy an apartment building, eager to adapt to their new homeland and build new lives for themselves and their children in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Within the backdrop of the acculturation of these new American residents, we meet the group of individuals and families who live, play, and work in their neighborhood. While deeply enmeshed in the everyday occurrences of her community, Marcus, as a child,is determined to find a suitable husband for her single mother and a benevolent father for herself among the available bachelors. Along the way, she becomes a fanatical Brooklyn Dodgers fan, a misguided violinist, a somnambulist, a neurotic, a hapless matchmaker, and noted fashion model for her mother’s stunning clothing designs. Marcus’ experiences growing up with her mother in an enclave of Holocaust survivors portray a story no one knows... until now. Surviving Remnant is an authentic look at a poignant immigrant saga from deep inside.
A child can simultaneously break your heart and set it free. Such is the case with Jennifer Walker, born with the rare Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, which severely challenges her mental and physical capabilities, even as it piques her mother’s dread of the unknown. Jennifer’s is a disorder that most doctors have never encountered, one that informs the story of Every Least Sparrow.
On the night of her birth, the Walkers’ pediatrician lays out a new reality that will upend their household. He speaks of deformities that make no sense: spatula thumbs, cathedral palate, webbed neck, beak nose, a bird face.
Confused and frightened, baby in hand, determined to find healing and understanding, Jennifer’s mother, a journalist writing about life in their small midwestern town, embarks on a quest that takes them from doctor to doctor, hospital to hospital, and state to state.
It’s a quest filled with surgeries, therapies, and educational interventions, mitigated by Jennifer’s love of music and her fun, curious obsession with the Titanic – one that forces her mother to examine her own prejudices. Her combined private and professional lives impact Jennifer’s mother in a profound way, creating for her a new understanding of what it means to be wife, mother, and human being.
Filled with natural self-esteem, Jennifer never realizes she is different from others. Instead, she becomes their teacher, proving that disability is but a notion. Spirited and impish, brave and loving, she takes her obstacles in stride, and throws herself into the excitement of life – friendships, romance, employment.
Those who know her eventually come to think of Jennifer, in her lack of prejudice and guile, as someone to be envied. Jennifer proves to all in the most affecting way that it’s possible to surmount seemingly impossible hurdles, live fully, and love unconditionally.
At 29, Paul Thornton thought he was at the top of his game. Married to his beautiful childhood sweetheart, a rising star at one of the world’s largest companies, and gifted with a tall, commanding presence, Paul Thornton had a future as bright as the morning sun. But then a catastrophe left him without his wife and the mother of his children, his career in jeopardy, and his life measured by the thin blade of a skilled surgeon.
White Man’s Disease succeeds because it covers the basics, describing in almost clinical detail the operation that changed Thornton’s life. But the book transcends that basic story to become a tale of hope and redemption, and providing social commentary on the past quarter century of social change. Issues of affirmative action, the home media revolution, medical ethics and responsibility, and higher education with the traditional American virtues of hard work and sacrifice inform White Man’s Disease, making it not only a book about one man’s victory, but a larger story about the power of human resilience and the essential American Dream of realizing one's full potential.
"Brilliant photographs ... a talented writer ... her descriptions are lyrical and evocative." -- Kirkus Reviews
"As multi-faceted and luminous as the photos it contains, this book is an important historical and spiritual journey told seamlessly." -- The BookLife Prize
In 1971, at age 20, Visakha had just published her first book and was beginning her ascent to fame and fortune through a career in photojournalism. She dreamed of bringing the people of the world closer by sharing their common kinship and values through her photographic essays. Then, at the invitation of her college boyfriend, John Griesser, who was working on his MFA thesis in India, Visakha traveled east, where she first learned about bhakti yoga - the yoga of devotion - from a simple Indian sage. The bhakti tradition seemed irrelevant to Visakha, and she rejected it.
Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love is Visakha's deeply personal account of the emotional upheaval caused by her doubting her own cherished convictions, by her discovery that the alarmingly unreasonable - bhakti - could gradually become alarmingly reasonable. Visakha portrays her own and others' experiences in India, Europe, and the United States as they grapple with knowledge and a culture that is at once utterly foreign yet also resonant with their hearts. And she reflects on the profound, life-altering questions that we all sometimes ask.
Written by a fellow seeker who maintains a healthy dose of skepticism, this is the heartwarming, funny, colorful, bizarre, surprising, informative, and upending true story that will help questioner-skeptics see life from another perspective, one likely different from their own. In Five Years, Eleven Months, Visakha beautifully weaves together her personal losses and gains with an age-old tradition that enfolds her, creating a moving narrative for anyone who has ever asked, "Why?"
Using his thirty-five years in clinical practice, theological expertise, and professional self-analysis, Frank invites you on a totally unique ride. Structured as a father’s open letter to his daughter Kristen, Frank’s memoir explores his magnetic draw to faith...and the spiritual maelstrom that drew him to a profound yet deeply conflicted journey with Jesus Christ.
The highly readable story of Frank’s emerging faith in Jesus is a spellbinding dance among various forces in his life. In this most personal, page-turning exposé, he courageously discloses how trauma shaped his life, nearly from the moment of his birth. Beginning in infancy, he was traumatized by an extraordinarily cold, emotionless alcoholic mother. From early childhood on, he was emotionally abused by an angry disabled father. Later, in midlife, he was twice traumatized by disabilities, disabilities that emerged as a result of his childhood. He reveals utterly intimate details of how his mind was forged through those traumas, driving his unchosen but painstaking quest for spiritual truth. It’s the story of how one man found and embraced faith, not only the circumstances that engendered it, but the forces deep inside him that shaped his hypnotic draw to it. In poignant detail, he describes how that faith really looks, from the inside out, from deep within his own psyche. And it all culminates in a story Frank never fully shared with his daughter...until now...in Faith of a Father.
A desperate, defiant 14-year old girl runs away into the North American wilderness with an older man, births three children, suffers both deprivation and degradation and, yet, somehow manages to find, and act upon, a belief that she can rise above the tumult that characterizes her young life. Breaking Free is an extraordinary story exemplifying that disastrous decisions and overwhelming odds can be overcome. -Dr. Jim Rex, Former South Carolina State Superintendent of Education
Wave Rider is a poetic reflection of author Rebecca Fitton’s long journey to heal from sexual abuse, abandonment, and neglect, building a new world based on wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. Her journey has taken a lifetime. To use the metaphor of waves, sometimes the undertow nearly drowned her but she survived. Now her beautiful and profound book offers inspiration to others who have also suffered greatly from abuse.
What was it like to be a Jewish teenager in Europe during World War II? One who couldn’t escape or hide but who faced the Nazis head on and survived? Abe-vs-Adolf is the captivating tale of a boy who made it through nine different concentration camps, losing everything but his determination to live. Abe Peck was only fourteen when the Germans invaded Poland, took over his community and forced his family into a rundown ghetto. Over the next five horrific years, as a prisoner and slave in camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Abe endured unimaginable cruelty. What got him through the relentless horror and atrocities? His only way to beat Adolf Hitler was to live to tell about it. As the sole living Holocaust survivor from his entire town, Abe is the only one left who can tell us what really happened to his civilized society when evil took over.
This book is a biographical novel of Josef, a teenage Christian Polish slave laborer, forced to work in Nazi Germany. At the outset of the story, he awakens after his left leg was amputated due to an accident in the factory where he worked in Southern Germany. A talented mechanic, even at his young age, Josef has a natural ability to understand, repair and fabricate machinery. Because of his usefulness, his life is spared, although slave laborers are normally considered expendable, and when injured, are summarily executed. German citizens are prohibited from helping slave laborers.
Yet, Willie, a German ambulance driver only a few years older than Josef, saves Josef's life by taking him to the hospital and allowing him to recuperate in his own home. Willie lives with his mother, Sonya, a loyal German. Through the course of his recuperation, Josef fights his hatred of the Germans; Sonya roils with emotion as she comes to see the injured boy as a human being, rather than an enemy, and Willie questions his own motivations for helping the young Pole. Ella, a young German girl who is a cook and maid in a nearby house, befriends Josef. She struggles with her own mother's decision to remove her from school, forcing her to work as a servant. Josef and Ella fall in love and keep their love a secret through the war.
When the war ends, they remain in French-occupied Germany, marry, and start a family. As a mixed Polish-German couple they face the ire of the Germans, and, when their eldest son develops tuberculosis, they fear losing him. Through the years, Josef and Willie deepen their friendship, but Ella and Josef decide to emigrate to the US. This story offers a window into the ways some Germans broke the rules to help their declared enemies, and depicts the lives of ordinary people through the last two years of the World War II, Allied occupation, near-starvation, and the agonizing decision to leave Europe and settle in a new land.
Hans Florine embodies the genius of "and"—collaborative and competitive, fast and safe, audacious and disciplined, visionary and quantitative. The themes that run through Florine's 101 ascents of Yosemite's most iconic route can benefit people who will never climb a rock, indeed anyone inspired by the idea of a passionate, lifelong quest of any type. —Jim Collins, author of Good to Great
Hans Florine is a big-wall climbing legend in his own time. He holds the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that’s considered the Everest of the rock-climbing world. Ascending the Nose takes most climbers anywhere from 12 to 96 hours. Florine, along with climbing partner Alex Honnold, does it in an astounding 2.5 hours.
But Florine’s story is not one of super-human athletic prowess; it’s one of persistence and dogged determination. In 30 years of climbing, he's ascended the Nose a mind-blowing, death-defying 100 times, more than anyone else ever has, and most likely ever will. In On the Nose, Florine describes the most dangerous, pivotal, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. He tells of his very first attempt on the Nose, which ended in failure after 14 hours, his friendships (and rivalries) with climbing’s most colorful personalities, and his battle with Dean Potter to secure the definitive speed record on the Nose—an endeavor that’s been called the wildest competition known to man.
Perhaps most interestingly, Florine attempts to answer the question why. Why would anyone undertake one of the greatest adventure epics on earth 100 times? His answers provide unique insights on how to live a satisfying life, how to achieve big goals, and how an otherwise ordinary guy can become a rock star.
Two longtime lovers: spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, and yogini and performance artist, Bast.
One shocking drug relapse—after more than a decade clean.
Then the disheartening discovery: 90% of narcotics addicts relapse in the first year in our Western medical system.
The lovers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of addiction and ultimately chose to pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine called iboga, used since ancient times for shamanic initiation and spiritual healing, and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s seems to be worth the try, considering the alternatives.
This medicine is only available well beyond the borders of the United States. There is hope for healing, if they can both make it to the shaman in time.
In this delightful essay collection that reads like a memoir Diane Radford draws the reader into the enchanting world of her parents -- her mother Margery, and her long-suffering father Sidney. Margery had a way with words -- she was never lost for them. Recalling her mum's unique turns of phrase, Diane found herself beginning her own sentences with -as Margery would say, - followed by one of her mother's pithy comments. She never realized how much her mother differed from other mothers until she began to quote her, and listeners responded with either a quizzical stare or a peal of laughter. Diane mistakenly presumed everyone had a mother who would demonstrate the Charleston in the middle of doing dishes -- suds flying across the kitchen -- or recite poetry on a walk along the shore. Dr. Radford compiled these -Margeryisms, - and her essays recount the adventures of the Radford family and the circumstances in which the Margeryisms were let loose upon the world.
At times laugh-out-loud-funny, at times poignant, these essays transport the reader to the times and places when Margery's saying would stop all other activity in a room. The coastal town of Troon, in Ayrshire, Scotland forms the backdrop for many of the memories. Mrs. Radford had a wanderlust that left her unsettled; hence, she and Sid moved frequently -- eight homes in all in Troon. This book in divided into parts according to where they were living at the time. The reader happily joins the Radfords on their peripatetic around Troon and shares in walks on the beach; feeding the birds; golf on the narrowest fairways between banks of yellow broom; and the animal adventures of the Radford family.
These reminiscences of her childhood revealed to Diane that she was altogether blessed -- not just her cotton socks. The reader will be too.
A Perfect Spy is an excerpt from Francis Hamit's much longer book Out of Step: A Memoir of the Vietnam War Years. Set fifty years ago at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, it is the story of how Hamit arrived there in his junior year of college as a drama major, worked as a professional photographer, met Nicholas Meyer, played poker with Nelson Algren, enlisted in the Sexual Revolution, and learned how to write plays while also working undercover for law enforcement against the drug trade. It was dangerous work; so much so that he volunteered for military intelligence and went to Vietnam because it was safer than staying in Iowa City.
One woman’s journey to find herself through juicing, veganism, and love, as she went from fat to thin and from feeding her emotions to feeding her soul.
From the extra pounds and unrelenting bullies that left her eating lunch alone in a bathroom stall at school to the low self-esteem that left her both physically and emotionally vulnerable to abuse, Jasmin Singer’s struggle with weight defined her life.
Most people think there’s no such thing as a fat vegan. Most people don’t realize that deep-fried tofu tastes amazing and that Oreos are, in fact, vegan. So, even after Jasmin embraced a vegan lifestyle, having discovered her passion in advocating for the rights of animals, she defied any “skinny vegan” stereotypes by getting even heavier.
More importantly, she realized that her compassion for animals didn’t extend to her own body, and that her low self-esteem was affecting her health. She needed a change. By committing to monthly juice fasts and a diet of whole, unprocessed foods, Jasmin lost almost a hundred pounds, gained an understanding of her destructive relationship with food, and finally realized what it means to be truly full.
Told with humble humor and heartbreaking honesty, this is Jasmin’s story of how she went from finding solace in a box of cheese crackers to finding peace within herself.
DYING IN DUBAI is a memoir of love, loss, reckoning, and renewal, set against the backdrop of a Rodeo Drive-on-Mars desert city. It tells of the sudden death of Roselee Blooston's beloved husband, Jerry, and how her fifteen day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment, and the inner journey over the next thirteen months through the equally foreign terrain of grief, force her to face wrenching questions about his behavior there. As she free-falls through the city's frightening underbelly with its ubiquitous police stations, gender-segregated waiting rooms, arbitrary Sharia laws, and an opaque bureaucracy that prevents her from immediately bringing his body home, the Middle East becomes the catalyst for a life-altering confrontation with her partner, her marriage, and ultimately, with herself. DYING IN DUBAI shows the reader that no matter the uncertainties, it is possible to transcend heartbreak, and to move forward with joy.
When she was a child, her father said that he had "good blood" and it was why he and his wife survived and healed from the Holocaust. The author searched for the meaning and significance of her father's words over two continents and through four generations. Her journey uncovered a unique voice of wisdom revealing mysteries of the healing powers within us and the existence of light in every situation that helps us overcome and transcend any obstacle.
A pretty little Italian girl skips outside to peer up at the unexpected drone of aeroplanes, unaware of the danger as her neighbour, an eccentric opera singer, fervently prays for her teenage son. It is the start of WWII. An age difference of thirteen years separates the little girl Mariolina Martore and the army officer Eugenio Piergiovanni, but their lives are destined to intertwine. Mariolina is a timid but stalwart child who lives with her mother and grandmother. During the war years, they endure bombings, cold, hunger, and disease in Torino, Northern Italy. In contrast, Eugenio, a teenage soldier, is captured and spends six years in African prison-of-war (POW) camps - one of which boasted 63,000 prisoners at one time. Eugenio's transition into adulthood during captivity, as told through his diaries, makes for bittersweet humour as he strives to find laughter in sad situations. Goodbye to Italia is a non-fiction romantic story of Italian drama, courage, and humour. So as to stay true to the retelling by her mama and papa, and to capture the essence of living through those times, the chapters in the first half of the book interchange between the two diverse characters, Mariolina and Eugenio, as they come of age.
Once in a great while, life grants us a fairytale. Not that anyone wishes to be paralyzed in a motorcycle accident at age twenty-five, but tragedy is what sets the stage for triumph and warrants the making of a fairytale - in this case, a real life fairytale. This sequel to Indie Book Award's, Gratitude & Grit - A Mother's Healing Journey, continues the incredible saga of Erik Fugunt's life as a paraplegic because mere survival wasn't miracle enough. When the harsh reality of paralysis turned the dream of having a family together into a nightmare, Erik and Jenny had to face their deepest fears and live courageously. They had more miracles to create. If ever a story needs to be told, this is it; their story...
Perfect in Memory: A Son’s Tribute to His Mother is the third and final volume in Rick D. Niece’s award-winning Fanfare for a Hometown series. Shared from the perspective of an adult son looking back with loving nostalgia on how his spirited, nurturing mother shaped his life, Niece’s heartfelt stories are celebrations of family and the timeless endurance of a mother’s love. As Dodie Niece’s life comes to a bittersweet end, Niece and his family gather at her bedside and share tender memories of their experiences in idyllic DeGraff, Ohio. Written as a tribute to a remarkable woman, Perfect in Memory focuses with tender reflection on the richness of simple gestures that make life so beautiful.
Kate D. Mahoney is a miracle and she wants you to know you are too, even if that's not what you'd call it. The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections is an inspirational, humorous and inviting collection of essays.
Diagnosed with stage four germ cell ovarian cancer while on summer vacation, Kate' s world changed overnight. Then there was her recovery from multi-system organ failure that doctors said could not explain medically. Kate's story, as the title suggests, is a collection of candid reflections from her life before, during, and after a Vatican approved miracle.
Kate shares, "I woke up from a coma to this declaration that I was a miracle. In everyone else's eyes I was instantly the face of something bigger than myself and my immediate, human set of circumstances, like walking, talking or feeding myself were seemingly overlooked because I was labeled miracle girl."
In her inspirational memoir, "The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections" join Kate on the tumultuous, hilarious journey of personal transformation as she humanizes her experiences as patient, caregiver, and life as an often misplaced, misunderstood mis-fit miracle girl.
Kate wants you to know that what you think, what you feel and who you are matters. You always have a voice.