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Girl in the Dark: A Memoir
by Anna Lyndsey
Release date: Feb 26, 2015The story of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary illness. The memoir of a life lived in darkness and a passionate love affair with light.
“An asto…more[close] The story of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary illness. The memoir of a life lived in darkness and a passionate love affair with light.View Details »
“An astonishing memoir” Sonali Deraniyagala, author of Wave
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‘Oh, what can I not do, in my dreams. In my dreams I travel on trains and climb mountains, I play concerts and swim rivers, I carry important documents on vital missions, I attend meetings which become song-and-dance routines. My body lies boxed in darkness, but beneath my closed eyelids there is colour, sound and movement, in glorious contrast to the day; mad movies projected nightly in the private theatre of my skull.’
Anna Lyndsey was living a normal life. She enjoyed her job; she was ambitious; she was falling in love. Then the unthinkable happened.
It began with a burning sensation on her face when she was exposed to computer screens and fluorescent lighting. Then the burning spread and the problematic light sources proliferated. Now her extreme sensitivity to light in all forms means she must spend much of her life in total darkness.
During the best times, she can venture cautiously outside at dusk and dawn, avoiding high-strength streetlamps. During the worst, she must spend months in a darkened room, listening to audiobooks, inventing word-games and fighting to keep despair at bay.
Told with great beauty, humour and honesty, Girl in the Dark is the astonishing and uplifting account of Anna’s descent into the depths of her extraordinary illness. It is the story of how, through her determination to make her impossible life possible and with the love of those around her, she has managed to find light in even the darkest of places. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 01 - Feb 26, 201520 copies available, 42 people requestingCountries available: GB
Why I Don't Write Children's Literature
by Gary Soto
Release date: Mar 03, 2015Gary Soto is a poet and, in his previous writing life, author of children’s literature. Moreover, he is an essayist whose works, such as Living Up the…more[close] Gary Soto is a poet and, in his previous writing life, author of children’s literature. Moreover, he is an essayist whose works, such as Living Up the Street, A Summer Life, and What Poets Are Like, were celebrated for their openness and vivid image-making. In this collection, the poet again offers prose that is robust, confessional, and peculiar in its observations. He addresses time. He considers aging. If each day of the week represented a decade, then Soto is now cruising late Saturday afternoon. As the clock’s gears relentlessly grind, he’s soon on Sunday—but Sunday morning! He still has time to enjoy the world about him.View Details »
Soto is a master essayist. His sharply refined sentences are worth a second read, and often a pencil in hand. Soto’s world is quirky, captured in narrative that will soften readers with laughter and empathy. Like many boomers, he laments his sense of failure. Like them, he shrugs off that failure to recast his remaining years. He befriends daffodils, praises theater and tribute bands, and snuggles up with his wife of nearly forty years. This book is short enough to read in one sitting on the couch and encourages a second reading with deeper pleasure in bed. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 01 - Feb 28, 201510 copies available, 72 people requestingCountries available: US
Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe
by Erin Taylor Young (Goodreads Author)
ONE COPY OF SURVIVING HENRY SIGNED BY AUTHOR AND STAMPED WITH HENRY'S PAW PRINT.
Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you.
You don’t…more[close] ONE COPY OF SURVIVING HENRY SIGNED BY AUTHOR AND STAMPED WITH HENRY'S PAW PRINT.View Details »
Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you.
You don’t always know what you’re getting into when you bring home a puppy. You hope for laughs and cuddles, long walks and a wagging tail. And sometimes you get . . . Henry.
Henry is a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did wrong that God would send this dog to derail her life.
But this rogue torpedo of a dog wasn’t sent to torment his owner—well, not just to torment her. Through all the hair-pulling and questioning of her own sanity, Erin learns something very powerful from Henry, a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.
Through his laugh-out-loud antics and jaw-dropping escapades, Henry will careen into your life and steal your heart.
View the book trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TNJw... [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 01 - Mar 01, 20151 copy available, 259 people requestingCountries available: US
If Only You People Could Follow Directions: A Memoir
by Jessica Hendry Nelson
Release date: Jan 13, 2015If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a spellbinding debut that reimagines the memoir in Jessica Hendry Nelson’s thoroughly original voice. In…more[close] If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a spellbinding debut that reimagines the memoir in Jessica Hendry Nelson’s thoroughly original voice. In these linked essays, Nelson’s fearless writing and hypnotic storytelling centers on the story of three people: Nelson’s mother susan, her brother eric, and Jessica herself. These three characters are deeply bound to one another, not just by the usual ties of blood and family, but also by a mother’s drive to keep her children safe in the midst of chaos. The book begins with Nelson’s childhood in the suburbs of philadelphia and chronicles her father’s addiction and death, her brother’s battle with drugs and mental illness, her own efforts to find and maintain stability, and her mother’s exquisite power, grief, and self-destruction in the face of such complicated family dynamics. each of the book’s chapters concerns a different relationship—friends, lovers, and strangers are all at play—but at its heart the book is about family, the ties that bind, enrich, and betray us, and how one young woman sought to rise above her perilous surroundings. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 31 - Feb 09, 20151 copy available, 340 people requestingCountries available: US
H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald
Release date: Mar 03, 2015Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Costa Book Award
Hawks don’t grieve. Hawks don’t hurt. Hawks hunt. Hawks kill. So i…more[close] Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for NonfictionView Details »
Winner of the Costa Book Award
Hawks don’t grieve. Hawks don’t hurt. Hawks hunt. Hawks kill. So it was that one damp early morning on a Scottish quayside a man opened a cardboard box in front of me and brought out a flapping, terrifying bird with curved black talons and lambent silver eyes. I called her Mabel, and brought her back to Cambridge to start our new life.
When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk's wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life.
Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer’s eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 31 - Feb 28, 201520 copies available, 520 people requestingCountries available: US
What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir
by Abigail Thomas
Release date: Mar 24, 2015Enter to win an advance copy of the memoir Anne Lamott calls "the most honest book I’ve ever read" by an author Elizabeth Gilbert deems "a master." "A…more[close] Enter to win an advance copy of the memoir Anne Lamott calls "the most honest book I’ve ever read" by an author Elizabeth Gilbert deems "a master." "Abigail Thomas fills memory with living breath" (Stephen King). [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 30 - Feb 17, 201510 copies available, 183 people requestingCountries available: US
Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All
by Veronica James (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 03, 2015*ONE AUTOGRAPHED COPY* *
A hilarious and celebratory way to approach the empty nest. When their last of three kids moves out of the house, David and Ve…more[close] *ONE AUTOGRAPHED COPY* *View Details »
A hilarious and celebratory way to approach the empty nest. When their last of three kids moves out of the house, David and Veronica James (creators of gypsynester.com) ditch the minivan for an RV to embark on a journey proving that an empty nest doesn’t have to be a syndrome.
“Warm, funny, clever, and inspiring—makes you see the fun in being empty-nested.” —Linda F. Burghardt, PhD, author of The Happy Empty Nest
“There are as many smiles as miles in this unique travel memoir told in the voices of both halves of a newly nest-emptied couple. Can a couple really just sell the nest and take off in an RV with hardly any plans?” —Susan K. Perry, author of Kylie’s Heel
For more info, visit http://www.goinggypsybook.com [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 29 - Feb 02, 20151 copy available, 402 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America
by Stuart H. Smith
Release date: Jan 13, 2015Win a FINAL copy of CRUDE JUSTICE by Stuart H. Smith.
Description: This exciting memoir from one of America's premier attorneys reads like a novel, unc…more[close] Win a FINAL copy of CRUDE JUSTICE by Stuart H. Smith.View Details »
Description: This exciting memoir from one of America's premier attorneys reads like a novel, uncovering the truths about Big Oil, our government, and what power you have to change the tide. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 29 - Feb 12, 20152 copies available, 226 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
by Janet M. Tavakoli (Goodreads Author)
Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism
"This is a book that everyone who love…more[close] Nonfiction, AutographedView Details »
Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism
"This is a book that everyone who loves and wishes to support women should read."
“Jarred my thinking and emotions. Heart wrenching!!! Every American needs to read this book!”
"Janet Tavakoli knows her stuff, has strong opinions, and turns a colorful quote."
In September 2014, Tavakoli asked His Excellency Iyad bin Amin Madani, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), why criminals from so many different countries and cultures continue to band together in the name of Islam to commit mayhem and murder authorized by the highest levels of Islamic clergy.
He dodged the question.
Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism is her answer based on her first-hand experiences, and what it means for the United States today.
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Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater
by Carey Perloff
Release date: Feb 10, 2015Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of San Francisco's legendary American Conservatory Theater, pens a lively and revealing memoir of her twenty-plus yea…more[close] Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of San Francisco's legendary American Conservatory Theater, pens a lively and revealing memoir of her twenty-plus years at the helm, and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world.View Details »
"Beautiful Chaos is an extraordinary journey of Carey Perloff and her theatre, ACT. Their continued evolution and ability to define and re-define themselves with courage, tenacity, and bravery allow them to confront what seem like insurmountable odds. This continues to shape and inspire Carey and those who work with her."—Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award-winning actress [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 28 - Feb 11, 20153 copies available, 119 people requestingCountries available: US
Passionate Nutrition: A Guide to Using Food as Medicine from a Nutritionist Who Healed Herself from the Inside Out
by Jennifer Adler
Release date: Jan 01, 2015No more counting calories, no more punishing diets, and no more striving for perfection. "Passionate Nutrition" includes the inspiring story of Jennif…more[close] No more counting calories, no more punishing diets, and no more striving for perfection. "Passionate Nutrition" includes the inspiring story of Jennifer Adler's life, but it's also a motivating and revolutionary healthy eating guide designed to help readers break free of rigid, black-and-white thinking around food.View Details »
"Adler’s book is an essential healthy living primer that’s equal parts no-holds-barred memoir and low-key self-help tome, and a vital resource for anyone who wants to live a healthier, more empowered life."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 28 - Feb 11, 20155 copies available, 468 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Prose & Lore Collected Issues 1-5
by Audacia Ray (Goodreads Author) , Jade , Cyd Nova , Ariel Wolf , Olivia , Casper , Sur Madam , Danielle Jay , more…Jennifer Hammer , Barbara R. Lee , Danielle , Baldr Rosado , Rachael Therien , Janet , Leigh Alanna , Bobbi Smith , Red …less
Release date: Feb 12, 2015Prose & Lore is a collection of 101 stories by people in the sex trades: strippers, dominatrices, prostitutes, porn performers, rent boys, and mor…more[close] Prose & Lore is a collection of 101 stories by people in the sex trades: strippers, dominatrices, prostitutes, porn performers, rent boys, and more. These stories are the real and unvarnished truth about what it is like to do sex work: the good, the bad, the ugly. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 28 - Feb 12, 20157 copies available, 105 people requestingCountries available: US
Embers: A Memoir
by Melanie O'Shea (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 01, 2015Each winner will receive an autographed copy of Embers.
Embers is a memoir detailing the experiences of an abused child as she grows into an adult and…more[close] Each winner will receive an autographed copy of Embers.View Details »
Embers is a memoir detailing the experiences of an abused child as she grows into an adult and has to face motherhood. The writing evokes the physical pain of repeated, horrendous physical abuse and delves into the psychological torture she endured. Melanie's stubborn determination to be free of her parents' gruesome tyranny leaves her broken, afraid, and scared for the siblings she fears she abandoned.
Each chapter guides the reader through a memory narrated by Melanie as the events unfold. Moving swiftly through the years, the reader is given a glimpse of the permeation of her abuse in every facet of her life including her struggles to survive at home, her inappropriate behavior in school, and the toll it took on her precious few friendships. Labeled a problem-child and humiliated by the adults in her life, Melanie had no refuge from the terror she experienced at her parents' hands. In the final chapters, Melanie considers the value of forgiveness and the place it has when a defenseless child is no longer defenseless. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 28 - Feb 28, 20155 copies available, 132 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
500 Dates: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars
by Mark Miller (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 03, 2015Giveaway dates: Jan 28 - Feb 28, 201515 copies available, 159 people requestingCountries available: US
Good Girl: A Memoir
by Sarah Tomlinson (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Apr 21, 2015Told with raw, rugged honesty, this heartrending memoir from journalist Sarah Tomlinson recounts her unconventional upbringing and coming-of-age as co…more[close] Told with raw, rugged honesty, this heartrending memoir from journalist Sarah Tomlinson recounts her unconventional upbringing and coming-of-age as colored by her complicated relationship with her father.View Details »
Sarah Tomlinson was born on January 29, 1976, in a farmhouse in Freedom, Maine. After two years of attempted family life in Boston, her father’s gambling addiction and broken promises led her mother to pool her resources with five other families to buy 100 acres of land in Maine and reunite with her college boyfriend. Sarah would spend the majority of her childhood on “The Land” with infrequent, but coveted, visits from her father, who—as a hitchhiking, acid-dropping, wannabe mystic turned taxi driver—was nothing short of a rock star in her eyes.
Propelled out of her bohemian upbringing to seek the big life she equated with her father, Sarah entered college at fifteen, where a school shooting further complicated her quest for a sense of safety. While establishing herself as a journalist and rock critic on both coasts, Sarah’s father continued to swerve in and out of her life, building and re-breaking their relationship, and fracturing Sarah’s confidence and sense of self. In this unforgettable memoir, Sarah conveys the dark comedy in her quest to repair the heart her father broke.
Bittersweet, honest, and ultimately redemptive, Good Girl takes an insightful look into what happens when the people we love unconditionally are the people who disappoint us the most, and how time, introspection, and acceptance can help us heal.
Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to ship to P.O. boxes. Please provide physical addresses when possible. Thanks! [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 28 - Mar 11, 201530 copies available, 202 people requestingCountries available: US
The Emperor, C'est Moi
by Hugo Horiot, Linda Coverdale
Release date: Apr 07, 2015Ten copies available—sign up now to win!
HUGO HORIOT is a young French actor, director, and writer. In 2005, he was admitted in the Theatre du Jour, a…more[close] Ten copies available—sign up now to win!View Details »
HUGO HORIOT is a young French actor, director, and writer. In 2005, he was admitted in the Theatre du Jour, a French theater academy, where he studied the art of acting with Pierre Debauche. The Emperor, C'est Moi, the narrative of his autism and coming out of it, is his first book. It won him the Prix "Paroles de patients," a French award that recognizes writers writing about disease and healing from it. In 1991, his mother, Françoise Lefèvre, published a book titled Le petit prince cannibale, about his autistic childhood and the way she helped him to grow up. It won her the Prix "Goncourt des lycéens". "I am not cured of Autism," said Horiot, "I have learned to live with it." He lives in Paris. This text was adapted for the stage, with Horiot playing his own character.
Translator LINDA COVERDALE has a Ph.D. in French Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and has translated more than seventy books. A Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she has won the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2006 Scott Moncrieff Prize, and the 1997 and 2008 French-American Foundation Translation Prize. She lives in Brooklyn. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 28 - Mar 11, 201510 copies available, 50 people requestingCountries available: US
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood: 15th Anniversary Edition
by Janisse Ray
"Ecology of a Cracker Childhood" is a powerful memoir about how a childhood spent in rural isolation grew into a passion to save the almost vanished l…more[close] "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood" is a powerful memoir about how a childhood spent in rural isolation grew into a passion to save the almost vanished longleaf pine ecosystem that once covered the South. A memoir painfully and powerfully told, brimming with honesty, it is the story of two Souths, one isolated and poor, the other rich with orchids, trees and wide spaces. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 27 - Feb 03, 20151 copy available, 91 people requestingCountries available: US
All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir
by Shulem Deen (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 24, 2015"In this moving book, Deen lays bare his difficult, muddled wrestling with his faith, the challenges it posed to everything he thought he knew about h…more[close] "In this moving book, Deen lays bare his difficult, muddled wrestling with his faith, the challenges it posed to everything he thought he knew about himself, and the hard-won redemption he eventually found." —Kirkus ReviewsView Details »
“Shulem Deen has a fascinating story to tell, and he tells it with exquisite sensitivity. All Who Go Do Not Return gives us not only an insider’s glimpse into a shrouded world few outsiders get to see, but also a movingly told narrative of one man’s struggle toward intellectual integrity. The setting may be the world of Hasidic Judaism, but the drama and the insights are universal.”—Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world—only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen’s first transgression—turning on the radio—is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.
Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid, and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet, and Salon. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“All Who Go Do Not Return is a deeply honest and moving story about a man’s decision to do something both so simple and so radical—to live in accordance with his own beliefs. Shulem Deen has written an enormously powerful and important memoir about faith, doubt and freedom."—Tova Mirvis [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 26 - Feb 26, 20156 copies available, 128 people requestingCountries available: US
The Pornographer's Daughter: A Memoir of Childhood, My Dad, and Deep Throat
by Kristin Battista-Frazee (Goodreads Author)
I'll be giving away 2 copies of The Pornographer's Daughter. This memoir, optioned to be sold as a TV series, chronicles my father's transformation fr…more[close] I'll be giving away 2 copies of The Pornographer's Daughter. This memoir, optioned to be sold as a TV series, chronicles my father's transformation from stockbroker to pornbroker after he makes an innocent business decision to distribute a little film called “Deep Throat,” which history now chronicles as a cultural phenomenon and one of the most polarizing and profitable feature films of all time. The dichotomy of these events with an otherwise traditional Italian-American way of life creates challenging times for my family, bonding us closer together through our struggles. This book provides a unique perspective growing up in the middle of a larger-than-life story of American and film history. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 26 - Feb 26, 20152 copies available, 164 people requestingCountries available: US
Mizpah Cousins: life, love and perilous predicaments during the Great War era.
by M.A. Lossl (Goodreads Author)
**An illustrated paperback that has received 5-star reviews**
This compelling, true and unique story is set in the East End of London around the World…more[close] **An illustrated paperback that has received 5-star reviews**View Details »
This compelling, true and unique story is set in the East End of London around the World War One era. Ambitious working class cousins, Amalia and Agnes yearn to escape the grime of London. They follow love, with hope of advancement. Agnes falls for a handsome waiter; their illicit love in Paris could spell her doom. Shocked by Agnes' predicament—Amalia tries not to judge. She has wed and found happiness, living in idyllic Versailles.
The families are living in London, Hamburg and Versailles (different lines of the conflict) as the War begins. Amalia's family are imprisoned in Versailles. This leads to her epic journey across France to hostile Germany with two small children. The families, who are still living in the East End of London, now suffer the new phenomenon of German bombing raids. Meanwhile, Agnes now living in Hamburg tells the story of her life. She is expecting her third child. Her husband’s poignant letters arriving from the front line- imply the horrors of war. Cousin George is serving in the Royal Navy. He describes a fine adventure in Bermuda, while cousin Otto is facing the perils of German U boats, serving in the merchant navy. The depravities of war chase these brave and stoic souls. Each cousin’s story reflects different sides of this momentous conflict. This illustrated family saga contains original photographs. It tells of cousins, born in the East End of London from the German emigre families. The story begins in the emerging Edwardian society of 1909. It describes the hardships and ambitions, the life and loves of working class cousins. This era is portrayed with sparkling authenticity. The author has extensively studied archive material. M A Lossl's next book 'Betweenwhiles' will chart the continuing family saga as the echoes of war effect the newly forged peace. Hope springs eternal despite tragic family circumstances.
Mush: from sled dogs to celiac, the scenic detour of my life
by Tara Caimi (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 05, 2015When Tara Caimi was twenty-eight years old, she moved from Pennsylvania to Utah to support her boyfriend’s dog mushing dream. Nick was confident and c…more[close] When Tara Caimi was twenty-eight years old, she moved from Pennsylvania to Utah to support her boyfriend’s dog mushing dream. Nick was confident and courageous, outgoing and adventurous—everything Tara was not. Tara had always suffered from anxiety-related ailments, but in Utah her health steadily deteriorated. Living with Nick revealed some unexpected lifestyle differences, and the culture she encountered rendered her a perpetual outsider. The only comfort she found was in her surrogate family of sled dogs. As personal failures piled up amidst desperate feelings of isolation, her health declined to a point she could no longer ignore. Mush is the story of Tara’s journey toward someone else’s dream and the lifesaving self-discovery it revealed. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 25 - Feb 28, 20155 copies available, 158 people requestingCountries available: US
I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir
by Kevin Sessums
Release date: Feb 24, 2015On his 53rd birthday, Kevin Sessums woke up in his L.A. hotel room wondering how he would get through his scheduled interview with Hugh Jackman. For y…more[close] On his 53rd birthday, Kevin Sessums woke up in his L.A. hotel room wondering how he would get through his scheduled interview with Hugh Jackman. For years he had interviewed the bright lights: Madonna, Courtney Love, Jessica Lange, and all the other usual suspects; but, Kevin knew that his rapidly unraveling life was as shallow as the hotel's hip furniture and he was hanging on by his fingertips. In I Left It on the Mountain, Sessums chronicles his early days in NY as an actor, his years working for Andy Warhol at Interview and Tina Brown at Vanity Fair, countless nights of anonymous sex, his HIV Positive diagnosis and his descent into addiction. It's also the chronicle of one man's spiritual redemption found while climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostelo and trudging across the cold, lonely winter beaches of Provincetown. Peopled with the famous like Daniel Radcliffe and Diane Sawyer as well as anonymous companions corporeal and otherwise whom he met while mountain climbing and hiking, I Left It on the Mountain is the story of one man's fall and rebirth, the next moving chapter in Kevin Sessums' extraordinary life that takes him from the high to the low and back again. For readers who loved Mississippi Sissy and want to know what happened to that tenacious little boy with the baseball mitt, I Left It On the Mountain is the sometimes very dark, but ultimately hopeful answer. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 24 - Feb 24, 201510 copies available, 133 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
EVOLUTION OF A PSYCHIATRIST: Against the Odds
by Kenneth J. Headen
Evolution Of A Psychiatrist: Against the Odds - A story of overcoming unlikely circumstances as an African American male growing up in the south durin…more[close] Evolution Of A Psychiatrist: Against the Odds - A story of overcoming unlikely circumstances as an African American male growing up in the south during the ending of segregation. It is written in a humorously informative and ultimately inspiring manner. Through faith in God and determination to become a highly respected psychiatrist.View Details »
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Epiphanies Whilst High Out Of One's Mind
by Abigail Lee (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Apr 20, 2015ADVANCE READING COPY
Narrative nonfiction meets Cannabis.
"Before taking a look at some of the often humorous, always interesting episodes that Lee desc…more[close] ADVANCE READING COPYView Details »
Narrative nonfiction meets Cannabis.
"Before taking a look at some of the often humorous, always interesting episodes that Lee describes, let's make one thing clear: Abigail Lee can write."
"Not all the episodes Lee describes over her four year love affair with marijuana are of similar joy, just as not all epiphanies emerge from happy stories. Such is fitting in narrative just as it is in life, where bad things can happen at the best of times ... Writing should be about honest revelation of the soul and that Abigail Lee does completely."
The Last Seven Pages: Two Days to Live. What Would You Write? A Memoir of Hope
by James Pinnick (Goodreads Author)
When a ventilator prevented her from speaking during her final hours, Jennifer started writing. After her death, her husband turns to those pages to t…more[close] When a ventilator prevented her from speaking during her final hours, Jennifer started writing. After her death, her husband turns to those pages to tell her story of courage and faith.View Details »
James had just walked through the door after a day’s work when Jennifer told him the news that changed everything: it was cancer. In the following two years they would lose their sense of normalcy and their dreams for the future. But along the way, they would gain something even greater than their loss.
Told through the eyes of a grieving husband is this true story of a young woman’s fight for her life. Jennifer’s final words, penned by hand when a ventilator prevented her from speaking, provide a powerful backdrop to this journey of faith and hope.
A memoir that also offers a practical pathway for those struggling with loss, The Last Seven Pages is a testimony of a God who is present in our darkest moments, and who turned a devastating illness into a life-changing promise.
"This story is so breathtakingly poignant yet uplifting." Five Star Review – readersfavorite.com
"One of the most profound, captivating, inspirational books that I have read to date." –Amazon Verified Reader
"I don't know when I've been so affected by a book of any kind." –Amazon Verified Reader
"Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down." –Amazon Verified Reader
"I would and have recommended this book to anyone who has lost someone they love." –Amazon Verified Reader
“A moving story, very well written, engaging and full of meaning.” -Amazon Verified Reader
“Between the tears and laughter, this is a definite must read!” -Amazon Verified Reader
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Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World
by Leigh Ann Henion
Release date: Mar 24, 2015Enter to win an advance copy of Phenomenal by Leigh Ann Henion!
One woman reclaims her sense of wonder by seeking out the globe’s most incredible natu…more[close] Enter to win an advance copy of Phenomenal by Leigh Ann Henion!View Details »
One woman reclaims her sense of wonder by seeking out the globe’s most incredible natural phenomena.
Heartfelt and awe inspiring, Leigh Ann Henion’s Phenomenal is a moving tale of physical grandeur and emotional transformation, a journey around the world that ultimately explores the depths of the human heart. A journalist and young mother, Henion combines her own conflicted but joyful experiences as a parent with a panoramic tour of the world’s most extraordinary natural wonders.
Phenomenal begins in hardship: with Henion deeply shaken by the birth of her beloved son, shocked at the adversity a young mother faces with a newborn. The lack of sleep, the shrinking social circle, the health difficulties, all collide and force Henion to ask hard questions about our accepted wisdom on parenting and the lives of women.Convinced that the greatest key to happiness—both her own and that of her family—lies in periodically allowing herself to venture into the wider world beyond home, Henion sets out on a global trek to rekindle her sense of wonder.
Henion’s quest takes her far afield, but it swiftly teaches her that freedom is its own form of parenting, one that ultimately allows her to meet her son on his own terms: with a visceral understanding of the wonder he experiences every day at the fresh new world. Whether standing on the still-burning volcanoes of Hawai’i or in the fearsome lightning storms of Venezuela, in the vast animal movements of Tanzania or the elegant butterfly migrations of Mexico, Henion reveals in Phenomenal a world of sublimity and revelation.
Henion’s spiritual wanderlust puts her in the path of modern-day shamans, reindeer herders, and astrophysicists. She meets laypeople from all over the world, from all walks of life, each going to great lengths to chase migrations, auroras, eclipses, and other phenomena. These seekers trust their instincts, follow their passions, shape their days into the lives they most want to lead. And somewhere along the way, Leigh Ann Henion becomes one of them. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 23 - Feb 20, 201520 copies available, 163 people requestingCountries available: US
The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God's Love from Today's Most Popular Writers
by Dawn Camp (Goodreads Author) , Holley Gerth (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 03, 2015This is your invitation . . .
to slow down,
take a deep breath,
and know that you are loved.
In this hectic life, it’s easy to forget that God is alway…more[close] This is your invitation . . .View Details »
to slow down,
take a deep breath,
and know that you are loved.
In this hectic life, it’s easy to forget that God is always near at hand, even though He sends us frequent reminders. The beauty amid the mess, a well-timed word of encouragement from a friend, the memories that won’t let go of our hearts—they’re all ways God extends an open hand to us. But if we’re not paying attention, we can miss it.
Combining heartfelt stories from some of today’s foremost writers with Dawn’s stunning photography of God’s incredible creation, The Beauty of Grace is your haven of calm contemplation amid the chaos. This inspiring collection includes stories of cultivating friendship, waiting on God, choosing joy, staying connected, learning to trust, and much more.
If you’re in need of a little peace, a little quiet, a little beauty, find comfort in this: you’re invited to experience them all within the pages of this soul-stirring book. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 23 - Feb 23, 20155 copies available, 256 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
by Suki Kim (Goodreads Author)
Fascinated by news of North Korea's response to THE INTERVIEW & Sony hack? Or by ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14 recant? You'll love this memoir of one Korean…more[close] Fascinated by news of North Korea's response to THE INTERVIEW & Sony hack? Or by ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14 recant? You'll love this memoir of one Korean American's experience living in North Korea and teaching the sons of their most elite citizens...View Details »
A haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign
Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them to write, all under the watchful eye of the regime.
Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged.
Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world's most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves."
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Cling: Faith Lessons from my Son's Early Years
by Denise Lilly (Goodreads Author)
Somewhere in between the snotty noses, sleepless nights and incessant diapers, Denise Lilly's baby boy adjusted her sight. She saw the beauty of depen…more[close] Somewhere in between the snotty noses, sleepless nights and incessant diapers, Denise Lilly's baby boy adjusted her sight. She saw the beauty of dependence. She saw growth in difficulties. She saw wisdom in obedience and courage in the face of change. She saw glimpses of glory. Before her son was born, she was being primed for an awakening. Being pregnant taught her about expecting, waiting, nourishing and sharing. Being a mom taught her even more. Parenthood recalibrated Lilly's faith. Through her parental eyes she grasped that God, as parent, may be acting or not acting for reasons she simply couldn't understand. Through her son's blue eyes she soaked up the simplicity of life and faith. Cling: Faith Lessons from my Son’s Early Years is a collection of essays about faith, parenthood and childhood. Each chapter explores an insight into child-like faith – lessons on dependency, joy, trials, communication, perseverance and much more. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 22 - Feb 07, 20151 copy available, 91 people requestingCountries available: US
Once Upon a Road Trip (Once Upon a Road Trip, #1)
by Angela N. Blount (Goodreads Author)
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Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn't "fit in." She's never been on a single date, an…more[close] ***Enter To Win a Signed Paperback Copy of This Award-Winning Book!***View Details »
Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn't "fit in." She's never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness - and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends.
Aside from contracting mono and repeatedly getting herself lost, Angeli's adventure is mired by more unforeseen glitches - like being detained by Canadian authorities, and a near-death experience at the hands of an overzealous amateur wrestler. Her odyssey is complicated further when she unwittingly earns the affections of two young men. One a privileged martial artist; the other a talented techie with a colorful past.
Bewildered by the emotions they stir, Angeli spurns the idea of a doomed long-distance relationship. But she is unprepared for the determination of her hopeful suitors. In the wake of her refusal, one man will betray her, and the other will prove himself worthy of a place in her future.
Angeli sets off in search of a better understanding of herself, the world, and her place in it. What she finds is an impractical love, with the potential to restore her faith in happy endings.
A true story with an unapologetically honest outlook on life, love, faith, and adventure - Once Upon A Road Trip is a coming-of-age memoir.
*An unusual true account, written largely in 3rd person.
*Book Club questions included at the back of the book.
*Recommended for ages 14 and up.
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