Post Trauma: Facing my Pain and Embracing Change

n this brave and honest memoir, Renata shares her most private memories of childhood abuse and the tragic result of years addicted to pain pills that take her on a new journey of hope and healing. Renata shares her family’s hurt, pain and love as they hold on tight and help her navigate through a new diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the link between her addiction and her childhood abuse. Sharing not only her journey , Renata also tells her families struggles during the first two years of recovery as they suffer a string of tragic deaths that threaten to tear them apart.
Contributing her success to God Renata tells her story through poems,letters and flashbacks.
A reveling and inspirational look into one woman’s fight to heal and one famili

  • : Renata Kell
  • : Renata Kell
  • : 03/21/2017
  • : 1544701934
  • : 9781544701936
  • : B06XSLSZL9
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  • : Renata Kell
2017-04-24T21:45:39+00:00 Biography|0 Comments

Post Trauma: Facing my Pain and Embracing Change

In this brave and honest memoir, Renata shares her most private memories of childhood abuse and the tragic result of years addicted to pain pills that take her on a new journey of hope and healing. Renata shares her family’s hurt, pain and love as they hold on tight and help her navigate through a new diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the link between her addiction and her childhood abuse. Sharing not only her journey , Renata also tells her families struggles during the first two years of recovery as they suffer a string of tragic deaths that threaten to tear them apart.
Contributing her success to God Renata tells her story through poems,letters and flashbacks.
A reviewing and inspirational look into one woman’s fight to heal and one families fight to save one another.

  • : Renata Kell
  • : Renata Kell
  • : 03/21/2017
  • : 1544701934
  • : 978-1544701936
  • : B06XSLSZL9
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  • : Renata Kell
2017-04-14T23:30:11+00:00 Biography|14 Comments

Simply Faulkner

Nobel Laureate and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner William Faulkner (1897–1962) was one of America’s greatest and most celebrated writers, whose work reflects and, at the same time, questions the South’s most deeply held values. His novel The Sound and the Fury is frequently cited as one of the best books of all time, and all of his works powerfully explore complex societal and family issues that continue to be relevant in our own day. Yet, because of his decidedly difficult, stream-of-consciousness style, Faulkner’s books remain sadly unknown to many readers.

In Simply Faulkner, author Philip Weinstein not only helps us understand these challenging works, but also explains why Faulkner had to write them as he did, in an effort to capture the sheer abundance and unruliness of life. Further, in his exploration of the author’s own colorful life—including decades of working for a film industry he despised—Weinstein reveals a fascinating connection between Faulkner’s troubled personal biography and his groundbreaking fiction.

The goal of Simply Faulkner is not to simplify the author, but, rather, to create a framework that allows us to comprehend him in his own idiosyncratic way. It strives to show us the real Faulkner—warts and complications and all—and to demonstrate why his brilliant masterpieces still speak to us in a deeply meaningful way.

  • : Philip Weinstein
  • : Simply Charly
  • : 05/20/2016
  • : 1-943657-03-3
  • : 978-1-943657-03-2
  • : B01ETKDA5I
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  • : Film 14
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2017-04-18T18:33:37+00:00 Biography|0 Comments

Strange as it Seems

As author Chip Jacobs vividly portrays in his new biography, the life of Gordon Zahler was simply so miraculous it might as well have been science fiction. Strange As It Seems (Rare Bird Books) is more than an underdog Hollywood story born from tragedy. It’s about wringing every drop of adventure you can against a ticking clock.

Errol Flynn Slept Here: The Flynns, the Hamblens, Rick Nelson, and the Most Notorious House in Hollywood

The deluxe, full-color hardcover Errol Flynn Slept Here tells the story of Mulholland Farm, Errol Flynn’s mountaintop home built in 1941 and Flynn’s base of operations for 11 years. This volume represents the only coffee-table hardcover about a Hollywood house and takes us within the walls, and within the mind, of its designer and chief occupant, Errol Flynn, at a time when he reigned as the top adventure-film star in Hollywood. From its elegant design to unexpected secret passageways to two-way mirrors and listening devices, the home of Errol Flynn has to be seen to be believed.

Mulholland Farm was next owned by radio star and songwriter Stuart Hamblin and his wife Suzy, and finally by television and rock ‘n’ roll music legend Rick Nelson and his children, Tracy, Matthew, and Gunnar. Rick, a lifelong fan of Errol Flynn, died tragically in a plane crash while still in ownership of Mulholland Farm.

  • : Robert Matzen
  • : GoodKnight Books
  • : 04/15/2009
  • : 0971168571
  • : 978-0-9711685-7-2
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2017-04-18T18:34:10+00:00 Biography|12 Comments

Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

Fireball provides a fresh look at the life of motion picture actress Carole Lombard and explores the events leading up to her death aboard TWA Flight 3 on January 16, 1942. Fireball also looks at the lives of the other 21 people on the plane, describes the effects of Lombard’s death on her husband, world-famous actor Clark Gable, and examines the most enduring aviation mystery in Hollywood history: Five weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, on a clear night, TWA’s most experienced pilot steered a 10-month-old airliner straight into a Nevada mountainside.

  • : Robert Matzen
  • : GoodKnight Books
  • : 01/16/2014
  • : 0988502518
  • : 978-0-9885025-1-2
  • : B00HK6J4ZE
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2015-01-01T19:37:04+00:00 Biography|0 Comments

Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network

J.L. Moreno (1889-1974), the father of psychodrama, was an early critic of Sigmund Freud, wrote landmark works of Viennese expressionism, founded an experimental theater where he discovered Peter Lorre, influenced Martin Buber, and became one of the most important psychiatrists and social scientists of his time.

A mystic, theater impresario and inventor in his youth, Moreno immigrated to America in 1926, where he trained famous actors, introduced group therapy, and was a forerunner of humanistic psychology. As a social reformer, he reorganized schools and prisons, and designed New Deal planned communities for workers and farmers. Moreno’s methods have been adopted by improvisational theater groups, military organizations, educators, business leaders, and trial lawyers. His studies of social networks laid the groundwork for social media like Twitter and Facebook.

Featuring interviews with Clay Shirky, Gloria Steinem, and Werner Erhard, among others, original documentary research, and the author’s own perspective growing up as the son of an innovative genius, Impromptu Man is both the study of a great and largely unsung figure of the last century and an epic history, taking readers from the creative chaos of early twentieth-century Vienna to the wired world of Silicon Valley.

  • : Jonathan D. Moreno
  • : 10/14/2014
  • : 1934137847
  • : B00N02MQT8
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2014-12-12T08:50:48+00:00 Biography|0 Comments

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born to New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, and make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

  • : Neil Patrick Harris
  • : Crown Archetype
  • : 10/14/2014
  • : 0385346999
  • : B00JTCDAWA
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2017-04-18T18:34:13+00:00 Biography, Memoir|0 Comments

Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight

A gripping chronicle of skydivers, BASE jumpers, and the latest aerial pioneers on the edge, Matt Higgins’s personal footage shows what it’s like to shadow adventurers reaching the extremes of human flight.

Human flight is one of the last great challenges on Earth. Not like how the Wright brothers flew, but how we fly in our dreams.
This is the goal of the Wingsuit Landing Project: to soar through the sky at speeds up to 100 mph, over distances up to four and a half miles, and to land without the aid of a parachute. At least half a dozen groups around the globe have taken part, from France, South Africa, Australia, Russia, and Britain to the United States.

This project is the creation of 37-year-old adrenaline-seeking Jeb Corliss, Jr., a Southern Californian who seeks to emulate a mode of flight more like a flying squirrel than bird or plane. The possibilities of the wingsuit concept have captured the human imagination—from the mythical Icarus to beloved character Wile E. Coyote—but the results have usually been disastrous. New designs developed over the past two decades have made the wingsuit slightly safer and more predictable, but immense dangers still remain.

Journalist Matt Higgins gained intimate access to wingsuit pioneer Corliss; a brash, publicity-hungry rich kid from LA who, after years of BASE jumping and skydiving, set out to be the first person to be dropped 2,400 feet and land solely with the aid of a wingsuit. But somewhere in the UK, a forty-two-year-old man of average means was plotting to beat Corliss at his own $3 million game. His name was Gary Connery. Along with an international group of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian computer programmer, a gruff former Hollywood stuntman-turned-aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African costume designer—Corliss and Connery race to leap into the unknown as the world’s foremost wingsuit pilots. This race will nearly cost one of the competitors his life.

Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled narrative about a group of unforgettable characters who risk everything to achieve man’s age-old dream of flying. Chronicling everything from stunt parachuting in 1960s Hollywood to BASE jumping off landmark buildings in Manhattan to wingsuit flying in South America, Bird Dream takes readers to the cutting edge of this new frontier—as well as the strange science and fearless history that have led us to this remarkable point in the human experience.

  • : Matt Higgins
  • : Penguin Press
  • : 07/31/2014
  • : 1594204659
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The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening

Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka shares his love of jazz great Sun Ra, just in time to mark the centennial of the musician’s birth.

Jazz musician Sun Ra (1914-1993) always said that he came from Saturn. Being from another planet, he was naturally intrigued by everything earthly — especially music, because music is the one thing on Earth most like the stars. Earthlings themselves confused Sun Ra, the way they sorted themselves by color and fought wars against one another. So he made music. And he traveled with other musicians and singers, calling themselves the Sun Ra Arkestra, playing, singing, and dancing for people all over the planet. Because music, he said, is what holds us all together. Join acclaimed author-illustrator Chris Raschka in celebrating a legend of the jazz world who was truly one of a kind.

  • : Chris Raschka
  • : Candlewick Press
  • : 05/12/2014
  • : 0763658065
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2014-07-10T22:16:03+00:00 Biography, Children's|0 Comments

George Washington: Gentleman Warrior

Winner of the prestigious George Washington Book Prize, George Washington is a vivid recounting of the formative years and military career of “The Father of his Country,” following his journey from brutal border skirmishes with the French and their Native American allies to his remarkable victory over the British Empire, an achievement that underpinned his selection as the first president of the United States of America. The book focuses on a side of Washington that is often overlooked: the feisty young frontier officer and the early career of the tough forty-something commander of the revolutionaries’ ragtag Continental Army.

  • : Stephen Brumwell
  • : Quercus
  • : 10/08/2013
  • : 162365100X
  • : B00C2CXFX
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2014-07-06T05:11:33+00:00 Biography, History, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau wanted to be an artist. But he had no formal training. Instead, he taught himself to paint. He painted until the jungles and animals and distant lands in his head came alive on the space of his canvases.

Henri Rousseau endured the harsh critics of his day and created the brilliant paintings that now hang in museums around the world. Michelle Markel’s vivid text, complemented by the vibrant illustrations of Amanda Hall, artfully introduces young readers to the beloved painter and encourages all readers to persevere despite all odds.

  • : Michelle Markel (illustrated by Amanda Hall)
  • : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
  • : 06/11/2012
  • : 0802853641
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No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

In No Crystal Stair, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson combines meticulous research with a storyteller’s flair to document the life and times of her great-uncle Lewis Michaux, an extraordinary literacy pioneer of the Civil Rights era.

  • : Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • : Lerner Publishing Group
  • : 02/01/2012
  • : 0-7613-6169-3
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2014-06-06T02:38:00+00:00 Biography, Young Adult|0 Comments

The Mockingbird Next Door

One journalist’s memoir of her personal friendship with Harper Lee and her sister, drawing on the extraordinary access they gave her to share the story of their lives.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known by her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door for Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation—and a friendship that has continued ever since.

In 2004, with the Lees’ encouragement, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, talking and sharing stories over meals and daily drives in the countryside. Along with members of the Lees’ tight inner circle, the sisters and Mills would go fishing, feed the ducks, go to the Laundromat, watch the Crimson Tide, drink coffee at McDonald’s, and explore all over lower Alabama.

Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the quirky Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story—and the South—right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family.

The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle.

Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees’ life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.

  • : Marja Mills
  • : Penguin Press
  • : 07/15/2014
  • : 1594205191
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The Street of Good Fortune

The Street of Good Fortune is the compelling memoir of Iranian-Canadian Maryam Manteghi who goes to Bosnia in the early 2000s to follow in the footsteps of her then heroine, Christiane Amanpour. When she is diagnosed with breast-cancer at the age of just 34 her world spins out of control, propelling her to a new life, a new city and even a new heroine; the stylish and sexy Kyle Minogue. Humorous, witty and light-hearted, this memoir is more than a cancer-diary. It’s the story of the little triumphs that make up a woman’s journey from strength to strength.

  • : Maryam Manteghi
  • : Forefront Media Group
  • : 04/07/2014
  • : 0615970710
  • : B00JRMRH0I
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Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber

What do you think of when you hear about someone on the FBI’s Most Wanted List? Hardened criminals, without morals or any sense of right and wrong, ready to solve a dispute with a gun, right? But what if things weren’t that cut and dried? What if the nice guy you hired to hook up your cable was Number Seven on the FBI’s list? Les Rogge looks and acts just like your next- door neighbor. Yet in twenty years he may have robbed more banks than Jesse James and Bonnie and Clyde put together-without firing a shot. Caught and put in jail twice, he escaped-and went sailing around the Caribbean with his wife and dog! In Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals, Les details his adventures from Alaska to Antigua, the Chesapeake to Canc n, in everything from a converted shrimp boat at an abandoned marina to an R.V. at a Mayan ruin-and hundreds of vehicles and venues in between. But it all came to a halt when a fourteen-year-old in Guatemala forced him to turn himself in. Few felons have been as forthcoming about their successes, failures, robbery techniques, passion for sailing vessels… and love for his wife.

  • : Dane Batty
  • : Nish Publishing Company
  • : 30-Jun-10
  • : 0615268455
  • : 978-0615268453
  • : B004ASOVBW

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

One of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Total Recall” is the candid story by one of the world’s most remarkable actors, businessmen, and world leaders.Born in the small city of Thal, Austria, in 1947, Arnold Schwarzenegger moved to Los Angeles at the age of twenty-one. Within ten years, he was a millionaire businessman. After twenty years, he was the world’s biggest movie star. In 2003, he was elected governor of California and a household name around the world. Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, “Total Recall” covers Schwarzenegger’s high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema’s most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

2017-04-18T18:34:43+00:00 Biography|0 Comments

Just Getting Started

Get your backstage pass at the ready as you go behind the scenes with Justin Bieber, in his brand new book – 100% official – and discover what life is really like as the world’s hottest pop star! Justin Bieber has come a long way from being your average school kid, busking on the streets of the small town of Stratford, Ontario, in Canada. And he wouldn’t be where he is today without his legion of loyal Beliebers – who have been with him every step of the way on this incredible journey. Now Justin wants to give something back to you, his very special fan – a VIP backstage peek at life behind the scenes, in his incredible new book. Starting from the first night of his debut world tour, Justin invites you to follow him on his rollercoaster ride to superstardom – as he visits the far corners of the globe, makes his very own movie, records his new album, wins numerous awards and pens a bestselling book, to name just a few of the amazing feats he’s achieved over the past few years. Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started is an exclusive peek inside Justin’s phenomenal world. You’ll share in the highs and lows of life on the road, reading Justin’s innermost thoughts and feelings as he navigates life in the limelight. You’ll hang out with him on the tour bus, and will share in the laughter as he pulls pranks on his crew! Jam packed full of unseen and exclusive photos taken especially for the book, plus behind-the-scenes gossip, this is the only official book for Justin’s true fans.

2013-03-12T11:57:41+00:00 Biography|0 Comments