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.
Andy Martello has heard this question over a thousand times. Martello is the self-proclaimed most famous non-famous person in the world. In an entertainment career spanning well over 30 years, he has had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the biggest names in television, movies, sports, politics, and music. Stupid Stories About Famous People details the ridiculous things he has said or done when interacting with the world’s biggest celebrities and offers humorous, heartfelt anecdotes of what brought him, a struggling entertainer, face-to-face with these entertainment icons.
What would you say if you met Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jordan, or Ted Kennedy? How would you handle having lunch with Tony Curtis? What would you do if you suddenly had to sing the blues with Buddy Guy? These are Andy Martello’s Stupid Stories About Famous People.
Coleman has written a moving and thoughtful memoir of his formative years during the tumult of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s. An intensely personal journey into the past that offers vital lessons for the future, Spoke combines the intimacy of an autobiography with the drama of an exciting and well-told story all underpinned by the gravity of a serious work of history. The result is a highly readable and incisive work filled with tragedy and triumph, a resonant narrative informed by Coleman s singular life experience and his candor in speaking hard truths. In 1963, Coleman s mother was engaged in the civil rights struggle in Oklahoma, participating in lunch-counter sit-ins and demonstrations and the historic March on Washington. On the bus to Washington she agreed to sell her home in an all-white suburb to a black doctor. This led to her illegal incarceration in a mental institution as a means to stop the sale and silence her continuing activism.
Five years later, prompted by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Coleman initiated his own civil disobedience in protest to the Vietnam War. His act of defiance serendipitously created an opportunity to free his mother. Coleman s experiences, and those of his mother, provide a lens through which to view one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century. Drawing on his memory, his mother s written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly available documents, Coleman recounts a tale that is by turns harrowing and inspiring.
The book takes readers from the lunch-counter sit-ins of the early 1960s to the draft-board raids later that same decade; from Martin Luther King s 1963 March on Washington to the 1968 DC Mobilization Against the War; from the nightmarish conditions of mid-century state mental institutions to the soul-less sterility of the federal prison system; from the advent of women s lib to the dawn of the sexual revolution. Coleman reflects on his mother s remarkable courage, on his country s tangled history and on the stark moral choices faced by his mother, himself and their two generations.
The riveting account of one of history’s greatest adventures and a study of the seven character traits all great explorers share.
In 1856, two intrepid adventurers, Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke, set off to unravel mankind’s greatest geographical mystery: finding the source of the Nile River. They traveled deep into a forbidding and uncharted African wilderness together, coming near death on several occasions. Ultimately, Burton and Speke arrived at two different conclusions about the Nile’s origin. Before leaving Africa they became sworn enemies. The feud became an international sensation upon their return to England, and a public debate was scheduled to decide whose theory was correct. What followed was a massive spectacle with an outcome no one could have ever foreseen.
In The Explorers, New York Times bestselling author Martin Dugard shares the rich saga of the Burton and Speke expedition. To better understand their motivations and ultimate success, Dugard guides readers through the seven vital traits that Burton and Speke, as well as many of history’s legendary explorers, called upon to see their impossible journeys through to the end: curiosity, hope, passion, courage, independence, self-discipline, and perserverence. In doing so, Dugard demonstrates that we are all explorers, and that these traits have a most practical application in everyday life.
The Explorers is a book about survival and courage. It is also a book about stepping into the darkness with confidence and grace, aware on some profound level—as were Burton and Speke—that the Promised Land we are searching for is not some lost corner of the world, but a place within ourselves.
Blood on the Thistle is the examination of the life and times of a remarkable Scottish family, the Cranstons of Haddington, East Lothian. It focuses on a period from about 1880, when the young, hard-working parents, Alec and Lizzy Cranston, arrived in Haddington, through to 1920, when the family they had produced had been torn apart by the effects of the Great War and broke up as its surviving members pursued seperate lives around the globe. Out of seven sons who served in the First World War, four died and two more were horrifically wounded; only one, the youngest, returned home physically unscathed. This book explores the effects of this extreme sacrifice on the sons themselves as well as the loved ones they left behind, especially their mother Lizzie, who mourned them for the rest of her days.
Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Istvan, Balazs, and Magdolna Hargittai conducted hundreds of interviews with leading scientists in physics, chemistry, materials, and biomedical research. These interviews appeared in a variety of publications, including Chemical Intelligencer, Mathematical Intelligencer, and Chemical Heritage. In four-thousand pages of interviews, the Hargittais had conversations with over a hundred Nobel laureates, along with many other top minds and personalities in various scientific fields.
Now, in a single volume, the Hargittais have gathered the best and most notable moments of these interviews, creating a survey of the past, present, and future of science, as told by some of the most influential members of many scientific disciplines. Figures like James D. Watson, Francis Crick, and Glenn T. Seaborg share their thoughts in these pages, in a collection that includes 68 Nobel Laureates.
Without exaggeration, their backgrounds come from all over the globe: scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan are featured. These interviews discuss many of the most prominent debates and issues in today's scientific climate. Great Minds is a synthesis of scientific thought, as told by some of the most notable scientists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Bob Fever has swept the globe, with A Street Cat Named Bob vaulting its way to #7 on The New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale. With rights sold to 27 countries around the globe and a top spot on the British bestseller list for more than a year, this book has been a smashing success around the world. Now, James Bowen and Bob are back in The World According to Bob—a touching and true sequel about one man and the cat that changed his life.
As James struggles to adjust to his transformation from street musician to international celebrity, Bob is at his side, providing moments of intelligence, bravery, and humor and opening his human friend's eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust - and the meaning of happiness. In the continuing tale of their life together, James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger. As they high-five together for their crowds of admirers, James knows that the tricks he's taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he's learnt from his street-wise cat.
Readers who fell in love with Dewey and Marley, as well as the many fans who read A Street Cat Named Bob, will be eager to read the next chapters in the life of James and Bob.