Danny Ellis is a survivor, strong and resilient. A proclaimed singer-songwriter, he is proud of the way in which he handled his difficult past: poverty in the 1950s Dublin slums and the brutality of the notorious Artane Industrial School. He felt as though he had safely disposed of it all, until one night, while writing a powerful song that would launch his commendable album, 800 Voices (“A searing testament.” —Irish Times), Danny’s past crept back to haunt him. Confronted by forgotten memories of betrayal and abandonment, he was stunned to discover that his eight-year-old self was still trapped in a world he thought he had left behind.
“A World War II veteran recounts firsthand horrors on bloody battlefields and passionate liaisons in Middle Eastern nightclubs as a Grecian soldier.
Hadjifotiou’s (Games of Passion in Mykonos, 2015) life was interrupted by war, with Mussolini’s invasion of Greece spurring him to leave home and join the fight against the Axis powers. He enlisted in the British army and found himself in the port city of Tobruk, Libya. Here, he was one of history’s famous “Desert Rats”—men who spent eight months of hell under siege by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s troops: “Thirty-five thousand wounded and several thousand dead.” Hadjifotiou’s reputation as one of Tobruk’s heroes afforded him numerous promotions and military decorations. He was eventually assigned to pilot a crane named “Mac” to salvage Allied vehicles and save trapped soldiers. Between the siege and battles against German forces in both El Alamein, Egypt, and Rimini, Italy, he spent many of his nights with fellow soldiers acting out in the urbane nightclubs of Egypt, and later Beirut, seeking pleasure and luxury with alcohol and women. The author recalls his wartime adventures with a dry romanticism, never shying away from his experiences, be they vodka-fueled nights or hand-to-hand combat on the battlefield. Hadjifotiou is short-tempered and apolitical, prone to nostalgia in unexpected ways—the soldier recalls his crane with more sentimentality than his whirlwind marriage to a French general’s daughter. When reunited with his lost love, Yuki Russell, a Jewish-American singer he met early in the war, his enthusiasm will likely seem shocking to some, as he seemed to have all but forgotten her before. There’s no sugarcoating these oddities, no rationalizations made for these arrogant or reckless turns any more than for the heroic ones. The closest the book comes to indemnifying the actions of any—from womanizing to looting—is to maintain that those who were not there cannot know. The autobiography is remarkably concise, perhaps to its detriment—it’s unlikely readers will feel transported to nightclubs or war zones with its minimalist approach.
A pithy and unapologetic memoir, as much about the good times of war as the bad.”
— Kirkus Reviews
August 19, 2016
“Capturing Pixie” unveils an unprecedented window into an explosive Dominant/Submissive relationship between Chelle Mueller, a fiery retired computer engineer and Dr. John Martz, a mild mannered psychologist, and the husband of her online friend Lesa. From its unlikely inception through a brief Facebook message until the devastating implosion three months later, the “Daddy After Dark” series chronicles a personal journey into the fringes of human sexuality.
Reflecting on America’s civil rights era, Bennett, cofounder and CEO of Bennett Global Entertainment, relives his coming-of-age years as a military brat traveling abroad and stateside in this understated, restrained memoir. The Bennett family, with his father in the U.S. Air Force, lives on a series of bases in Spain, Maine, Florida, and Colorado. The military bubble somewhat protects them from the challenges of Jim Crow. Bennett writes boldly of intense confusion in his racial identity, alienation within his black community, and unease among his white classmates in every new location. “Was I a white kid in black skin, or a black kid with white sensibilities?” Bennett writes. “Or did any of it matter?” When his battle-fatigued father returns from Vietnam with an alcoholism problem, the family tries to adjust to his erratic behavior, his conduct pushing each member to an emotional breaking point, but they never succumb to his failings. Mastering self-doubt, cultural inertia, and parental miscues, Bennett asserts in his quiet, unforgettable way that persistence and courage will always triumph.
In MY HEART CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT, journalist, blogger, and NPR contributor Amy Silverman tells the story of the birth and growth of her daughter, Sophie, and the Down syndrome diagnosis that changed everything. Amy wrote the book she desperately wanted to read but couldn’t find, meant not just for parents of kids with Down Syndrome, but rather a story for anyone touched by disability, a story about science, and a story about being different: something that all of us can certainly identify with. It’s part memoir, part investigative reporting, part parenting manual — a crash course in genetics, history, politics, pop culture, education, medicine, health care policy, marriage, motherhood and family.
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Geeks & Greeks is Good Will Hunting meets Animal House in graphic novel format. In this high-tech battle royale two of MIT’s smartest students square off in an escalating war of pranks and egos. Jim Walden is an underachieving freshman with a knack for mischief and a secret that could end his career before it begins. Luke Bardolf is a gruff alpha-nerd senior on a mission to pull the ultimate prank and maintain dominance over his fraternity. When their rivalry comes to a head, it will take all of Jim’s creativity and resourcefulness to save his scholarship, his friendships, his girlfriend, and his dream of becoming an astronaut.
== INSPIRED BY ACTUAL EVENTS ==
Geeks & Greeks was written by humorist Steve Altes and is based on MIT’s world-famous hacking culture and real-life hazing incidents Altes witnessed as an MIT student. At MIT a hack is a clever, humorous, technically sophisticated prank, such as building a life-size campus police car replica atop the Institute’s 150-foot-high “Great Dome” under the cover of night.
This extensively researched 184-page coming-of-age story includes over 100 endnotes providing colorful background details on true aspects of the story as well as revealing numerous Easter eggs which will delight readers of all stripes. These endnotes divulge the many scientific, literary, and pop cultural allusions the creators have embedded in the graphic novel.
Saving Delaney is the heartwarming true story of a baby who is diagnosed with Down Syndrome and the unconventional family who fought for her right to life. Andrea Ott-Dahl, who with her partner Keston Ott-Dahl has with two other children, agreed to act as a pregnancy surrogate for a wealthy Silicon Valley family. When pre-natal testing revealed the baby would be born with Down Syndrome, Andrea was urged to abort the child. Instead, the Ott-Dahls chose to keep and raise the daughter they would call Delaney, overcoming their fears while navigating legal, medical and emotional challenges. Studying all they could about care for their special needs daughter led them to become avid activists out of their experience.
Author and online dating expert Julie Spira turns lemons into digital lemonade with the release of the audio book version of her bestseller, “The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online.” This newly revised edition includes new dating advice, as well as a magical epilogue with a fairytale ending as she reunites and rekindles the powerful romance with the love of her life 16 years after they went their separate ways. The book, written and narrated by the author will help you believe in love.
When Greg Cope White’s best friend tells him he is spending his summer in Marine Corps boot camp, all Greg hears is “summer” and “camp.”
Despite dire warnings from his friend, Greg vows to join him in recruit training. He is eighteen, underweight, he’s never run a mile—and he is gay.
It’s 1979—long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and with no LGBT rights in place in most states, and the Marines having a very definite expulsion policy in place for gay people when it comes to military personnel, will Greg even survive?
The Pink Marine is the story—full of hilarity and heartbreak—of how a teenage boy who struggles with self-acceptance and his sexuality and doesn’t fit the traditional definition of manliness finds acceptance and self-worth in Marine Corps boot camp.
Just imagine the absurdity of two openly gay, recently ‘married’ middle aged, middle class men escaping the liberal sanctuary of anonymous London to relocate to a Muslim country.
Leslie is fourteen in 1975 when she and her two teenage sisters batten down the hatches on their forty-five-foot sailboat to navigate from San Diego to French Polynesia—a difficult journey that also puts them at the mercy of the stormy temper of their abusive, larger-than-life Norwegian father and captain.
When thirty-two-year-old actor Gregor Collins reluctantly interviewed for a job as a caregiver more out of a favor to a friend – he had no idea his life was about to change forever.
Seconds into the chance meeting in 2008 with, it would turn out, a world-renowned Holocaust refugee named Maria Altmann, there was an unexplainable magic in the air – it felt as if they had already met. And Collins was suddenly thrown into a situation with which he had never before been confronted: caring for someone other than himself.
Gregor offers us a personal and unprecedented look at Maria over the three intimate years he cared for her – her thrilling escape from the Nazis, her fight and subsequent win in the landmark Supreme Court Case to return original Gustav Klimt artwork that belonged to her family in Austria, and the extraordinary people she met along the way. But the real heart of the story transcends mere historical facts.
Through a refreshingly raw portrayal of their unlikely and unbreakable bond, imbued with humorous, candid anecdotes about his mercurial relationship with Hollywood, Gregor takes us on a deeply emotional journey of how he opened up his heart to a 92-year-old woman in need – and in turn experienced the love he had been searching for his entire life.
Beginnings is based on the lives of Greg and
his girlfriend Charly that propels the
reader on an emotional roller coaster, as
events unfold in their lives, including the
more absurd and humorous aspects of life.
Beginnings traverses the singledom lives of
Greg and Charly and bring them together. The
global benchmarks that help define them and
a people unfold for each decade of their
lives. We all encounter collectively many
beginnings and beginnings of the end. We
share them for they are part of what we call
the human condition. Greg and Charly
experience many beginnings and beginnings of
the end—some predictable, some unexpected.
Some beginnings are critical moments in our
lives as they forever change us for better
or worse—they bring us together or tear us
apart. They are intimately tied to human
relationships as they strengthen or weaken
the stuff that binds us. The beginnings that
impact on Greg and Charly unfold in the
pages to come. Yet, these are not
necessarily unique experiences and readers
will relate to their own beginnings and
beginnings of the end.
Sexual harassment at work, the real life story about unwelcome and unlawful behaviour in the workplace. The intimidations of sexual harassment unwittingly pull you into a world of sadness and loneliness. This story gradually reveals how an apparently stray kiss leads to degrading harassment.
In the 1950’s, Mary Sherman Morgan was the only woman out of 900 engineers at North American Aviation, and one of the few without a college degree. Yet a special skill she possessed would prove to be the key ingredient in launching Explorer I, America’s first satellite and helping America catch up to the Soviet Union’s space program.
Karen was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she pled to stay here on Earth. When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living.
With warmth, wonder and wit, she brings us with her on a journey through India, Italy, Bhutan and Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Her journey is filled with light — and lightness — as she crosses countries and cultures on her way to healing and understanding. Karen shows us that love is the song that heals us all.
Between her book’s title and several statements in the introduction like Cookbooks should have a whole chapter on dealing with disappointment, Rafferty may trick readers into thinking she’s a comedy writer (TV’s The Soup) first and foremost before she reveals she’s equally talented in the kitchen. In this part entertaining manual, part memoir of the entertainment industry that will please entertainment junkies and foodies alike, Rafferty touches on the L.A. stand-up scene, her early exploration of which drew her attention to cooking out of pure necessity. She includes basic tips that no one ever tells you—choose one soda option for guests, don’t attempt a new recipe when you have a crowd to impress and a canon of tried and true favorites—and advice that seasoned entertainers will find useful. Recipes, from braised short ribs over polenta to apple pie (because store bought is for people who don’t love their boyfriends), come with conversational, detailed descriptions. Rafferty, who herself can’t have fruit or many vegetables, also includes tips for accommodating food allergies. –Annie Bostrom, Booklist