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Memoir

Daughter of the Mountains

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By Sharon Canfield Dorsey

A “dreams do come true” story in prose and poetry, chronicling the author’s journey through childhood in Appalachia, marriage, divorce, single parenting, travel adventures with a new love, plus, the enlightenment and humor of aging in our technological era. At the end of the book, you will feel as if you have made a new friend.

Available at sharoncanfielddorsey.com

Escaping Madness: Alcoholism, Mental Illness, Murder

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Escaping Madness: Alcoholism, Mental Illness, Murder
By David Cariens

This memoir was a difficult book to write. It is, however, a story of destruction of the lives of my family through the mechanisms of alcoholism, mental illness, and murder. It is a difficult journey. Yet, to remain silent would be a mistake. I want my family to know what may lie ahead, to learn from the past, and to learn from my mistakes, as well as the shortcomings of others. Forewarned is forearmed.

Available on Amazon 

Full Bloom 

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By Mark Greene

I'm in that awkward stage between Birth and Death.

Full Bloom offers an unflinching accounts of the rapturous highs and despondent lows of someone afflicted with bipolar disorder. Certainly readers who’ve been diagnosed as falling within the bipolar spectrum, as well as their friends and loved ones, can experience a resonance in the pages of this forthright manuscript. While that familiarity may sometimes be uncomfortable—these stories don’t make for easy reading—the close of each story offers comforting and admirable hope.

Available on Amazon 

When He Was Anna: A Mom's Journey Into the Transgender World

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By Patti Hornstra
 
When He Was Anna: A Mom's Journey Into the Transgender World is a mother's brutally honest story of the stress and confusion that consumed her family in the early years of her child's transition from female to male. 
In the end, there is one certainty--the struggle is real; so is the love.

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Awakening Soul

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By Tracy Lanum
 
When local journalist and author Tracy Lanum was seven years old, she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her family never came to terms with the disease. She describes their sense of bereavement following her diagnosis. Her daily struggle to cope with their sense of loss carried through from her childhood to her adult years. She wanted very much to win their love and approval, but her life-altering diagnosis ended any chance of a normal life.

This inspiring story is Tracy’s memoir of growing up “afflicted”, and have the inner strength to cope. She has written a moving and personal testimony of the harsh reality and consequences of never feeling “quite right”, and of her parents and their inability to accept her because of her diabetes. Tracy writes of her bewilderment, questions, pitfalls, explorations, shortcomings, mistakes, poor decisions and truthfulness throughout her lifetime as she searches for herself. She had the stamina, courage and honesty to make herself vulnerable by revealing her innermost questions of herself and others.

Anyone who grew up “less than perfect” will understand Tracy’s struggle to fit in to the family hierarchy. By the end, we believe you will agree that her battle over a lifetime has indeed awakened her soul.
 
Tracy Lanum is a native of Warren, Ohio, now living in Gloucester, Virginia. She has lived in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and California, where she was employed for16 years as a social worker in Child Welfare and Adult Protective Services.
She won third place in the Chesapeake Bay Writers 2016 Golden Nib Contest in the non-fiction category. She serves on the board of The Writers Guild of Virginia.

Available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and from the author at tracygl@cox.net

Twenty Three Years

Twenty three years
By Eve Monk

The horror of the expulsion of the Jews by Nazi Germany in 1938 shatters the naiveté of a ten-year-old German girl’s idyllic childhood. During the Nazi war teenagers are drafted to work for the war effort on the home front. The loss of home and the separation from family deepen the indignities inflicted by Russian soldiers. Being reunited with the family and returning to school gives new hope. The escape to West Germany makes a new life and the ultimate immigration to the United States of America possible.

Available as pdf on her website
or
Ebook or Hardback on Amazon 
 

I Used to Wear Shoes Like That

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Family - Friends - Love - and A Naked Man in an Elevator

By Peggy Newcomb

A thwarted moose attack. Hurricane Isabel. Dodging elk in Montana. COVID-19. Summertime at Girl Scout Camp. Growing up in the country. Oh, and don’t forget the naked man in an elevator. A joy from start to finish, this book tells of a less challenging time growing up in rural Virginia. Later years adventures with friends and family, including the sudden loss of the love of her life. A beautiful book of poetry add to the recipe.
Cyrus Cormier
Best-Selling Amazon Author

I Used To Wear Shoes Like That is warm walk down memory lane with an author, Peggy Newcomb, who loves her family, appreciates life, and finds humor in every-day situations. Her colorful stories about growing up in the country are reminders of a less-complicated time. Her love story with husband, John, and their three adopted daughters, is filled with the usual joys and challenges we all experience, spiced with the humor of a woman who is at peace with herself and her life but also, always ready for a new adventure. Her travel stories make us wish we’d been there for all the fun. So, pour a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy this lovely ride!
Sharon Canfield Dorsey,
Award Winning Poet and Author
Peggy Newcomb has written about her life in a thoughtful way that reminds us how simple life events affect and navigate the course of our lives. Although unique to her, Peggy’s experiences remind me of the many similarities we have each had in our lives: the county fairs, the school or group trips, special teachers, family trips, memorable pets. Peggy’s book brings these experiences back to life.
Lynn Underwood
Author
If you used to wear high heels, or know a lady who did, you will understand Peggy Newcomb’s poignant, passionate lament about the blessings and losses of passing time. Peggy is an amazing artist and writer with a wonderful power of expressing universal feelings.
Joyce Stedelbauer
Award Winning Poet and Author

MEMORIES ARE THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES

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By Christian Pascale

This collection of stories presents a mixture of truth and fiction akin to J.D. Salinger’s "Catcher in the Rye” or John Glassco’s “Memoirs of Montparnasse.”

Sometimes told in the third person and sometimes in first person, the stories have several common themes that reverberate through them. The first series of stories include the themes of innocence, coming of age, finding oneself, being a loner, learning not to judge others, the need for companionship, how to face death, the afterlife, disillusionment with religion, and can we make a difference in this world.
The second series follows a young man’s experiences in France. They explore the expat life of a youth who goes in search of adventure and self-knowledge and describe his quest to find himself. In them, he falls in love with a city, deals with jealousy and unrequited love, survives and thrives as a tennis coach, and finally learns a truth that takes him back to the original memories.

In the last section, four stories, all told in the third person, explore the life of diplomats living in imaginary countries. The stories address social issues such as corruption and violence, and the main characters must come to terms with the paradox of encountering wonderful people living in corrupt and violent societies.

I believe that writing is a way of communication with the wider world and a means to transmit something of what we have experienced. Each new experience contributes to who we are, and I would not be who I am without having lived and loved and met such a wide variety of characters. Although some of the stories are not completely true to life's experiences, they are based on what I have seen, a reality sometimes time ugly, but often wonderful and beautiful. Each experience taught me something of life's basic values. Without the ability to cherish what is good in ourselves and others we have nothing. So I write because I cannot afford not to write, just as I cannot afford not to breathe. When I write, I draw on what is within my soul, an essence which pours out and hopefully allows me to touch the soul of the reader.

Available at
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and Kobo

Plunge!

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By Sally Stiles 

An exceptional, deeply-moving memoir—a classic love story.

In the late 1970s, a fragile thread linked a woman living on Park Avenue in Manhattan and a man in a guarded house in West Africa. “I love you very much he whispered softly across 7,000 miles of ocean and up the East River.”

Plunge! is a love story, exquisitely told. Sally was a New York career woman when David showed up in her life. Their first dinner date was July 13, 1977, the night of the New York Blackout. Six weeks later he told her he had accepted a job in Nigeria. After a romantic weekend at the Pierre Hotel, David left the city. “The noise of the engines was muffled through the window, and as the plane taxied to the runway, the sound faded away, like a love song drawing to a melancholy close.”

As David struggled to clear a jungle to build a paper mill in West Africa, Sally worked at her fast-paced job, occasionally flew private planes, and led the tenants of her Park Avenue apartment building into battle against her notorious landlord. Over the next nine months, they corresponded—openly, often with humor—and had three brief reunions: in Nigeria, London and New York. “Perhaps the distance that separated us, the lack of instant interaction, helped us both to communicate more thoughtfully, more honestly and even more passionately than we might have otherwise.”

“An amazing, beautiful literary accomplishment.” – Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss.

“I can’t remember the last book that affected me like Plunge! It’s very moving and strong and honest and beautifully written. I was drawn in from the start—a gifted writer.” — Dalia Pagani, author of Mercy Road

“So well written and so compelling.” – Louise Crowley, Program Director, Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing

“A deeply moving and deeply-felt story which will resonate with others as it resonated with me” — Michael Boxall, author, The Great Firewall

“Alive and vibrant . . . An interesting, compelling narrative.” — Phyllis Barber, author of eight books, including Raw Edges.

Available on Amazon