Author: Paul Richards
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Family & Relationships
The news is often replete with horror stories of lost children, especially boys, who it seem are destined for failure by nothing more than the fact that they were born in an inner-city community. Through the Rain takes an open, honest look at an average boy from an average family who, in spite of the odds, makes it out of two such communities and makes a success of his life. The story is much about growing up as it is about family, friendship, and overcoming challenges in spite of the odds. However, it is mostly about hard work, perseverance, and what can happen when ordinary people choose to live lives of decency, courage, and faith. Told in a refreshingly candid and good-natured way, the author hopes his story will inspire those ordinary people whose stories unfortunately go untold.
Author: Marla Bernard
Publisher: Author House
Category: True Crime
In a motel room on the east side of the city, a little girl is brutally murdered by her mother's sadistic boyfriend for failing to know her ABCs. The family disappears, along with the child's body, and the scene of the crime spans over 1,000 miles. Despite the lack of a body, the detectives of the 1020 Squad obtain a conviction but it will take another eight long years before the little girl's remains come home to rest. In a twist of fate, the 1020 Squad no sooner closes the final chapters of this case when the headless body of a tiny girl is found discarded in a makeshift dump site in the woods Sgt. David Bernard and the 1020 Squad will work over four years, following 1,500 leads and conducting the single largest area canvass in the history of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department before finding the true identity of the seemingly orphaned little girl known only as "Precious Doe." Through the Rain is a candid and touching account of the painful impact that these brutal murders had on Sgt. Bernard, his family and the KCPD's 1020 squad. It chronicles the all too frequent stories of child abuse, failed social services, a flawed court system, and battered women who sacrificed their own children to shield their abusive lovers, echoing the same preposterous explanations of ..".but I love him." It is the story of a family, a group of committed volunteers and a community who reached out to embrace Angel Lea Hart and Erica Michelle Marie Green aka Precious Doe and give them in death the humanity and affection they so desperately deserved in life.
Author: Elvi Rhodes
Publisher: Random House
The Brogdens were one of Chalywell's most important families. Old Jacob had started the family antique business when he was nine years old, going round the big houses and buying small items of bric-a-brac for pennies. Now Brogden's was famous for its beautiful furniture and pictures. But the most beautiful - and valuable - thing in Jacob's life was his granddaughter, Lois - for Lois reminded him of the daughter he had lost so tragically many years ago. When Lois fell in love with John Farrar, the whole family were dismayed, for between Jacob and the Farrars was a deep and abiding feud that could never be mended. Lois, conscious of the storm clouds of war gathering over her future, was determined that nothing and no-one should come between her and her beloved John. But as war broke out, as families were torn apart, Lois found her life changing irrevocably.
Living Anthropology in Highland Papua New Guinea
Author: David Hayano
Publisher: Waveland Press
Category: Social Science
On the remote, steep slopes of the grassland and rain forests of Highland Papua New Guinea, live the Awa, subsisting on root crops and raising domestic pigs. Like many cultures, the Awa must deal with and find solutions to the problems of human social existence: inevitable and rapid culture change, interpersonal squabbles, lying and deceit, adultery, sorcery, and unexpected death. They wait ambivalently for the building of a road that would put them in direct contact with the encroaching world of trade stores, outdoor markets, schools, and the government station. In the middle of this walks an anthropologist who learns that fieldwork is first and foremost about understanding lives, both his and theirs. This book is a personal narrative that provides an intimate glimpse of the actual conduct of fieldwork among diverse individuals with remarkably distinct views of their own culture. It is an account of intertwined lives—of living anthropology—and a road of hope and promise, despair and tragedy.
A Story About Overcoming Panic Disorder
Author: Robert E. Sterling
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Being a son of a multi-millionaire and growing up in the Hollywood Golden Era, Robert Sterling had it all—the looks, the wealth, the freedom, and the attitude. The future seemed guaranteed and unquestionable until the life as he knew it began to crumble. At the age of 17, following a routine appendectomy in Burbank, California, Robert developed Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Fear became his new dictator, and after being omitted from his father's will, Robert's life began a rollercoaster ride evolution. This book is a diary of quest for survival and the true meaning of success.
Author: Karen Tei Yamashita
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Through the Arc of the Rain Forest is a burlesque of comic-strip adventures and apocalyptic portents that stretches familiar truths to their logical extreme in a future world that is just recognizable enough to be frightening. In the Author's Note," Karen Tei Yamashita writes that her book is like a Brazilian soap opera called a novela: "the novela's story is completely changeable according to the whims of the public psyche and approval, although most likely, the unhappy find happiness; the bad are punished; true love reigns; a popular actor is saved from death ... an idyll striking innocence, boundless nostalgia and terrible ruthlessness." The stage is a vast, mysterious field of impenetrable plastic in the Brazilian rain forest set against a backdrop of rampant environmental destruction, commercialization, poverty, and religious rapture. Through the Arc of the Rainforest is narrated by a small satellite hovering permanently around the head of an innocent character named Kazumasa. Through no fault of his own, Kazumasa seems to draw strange and significant people into his orbit and to find himself at the center of cataclysmic events that involve carrier pigeons, religious pilgrims, industrial espionage, magic feathers, big money, miracles, epidemics, true love, and the virtual end of the world. This book is simultaneously entertaining and depressing, with all the rollicking pessimism you'd expect of a good soap opera or a good political satire."- Kirsten Backstrom, 500 Great Books by Women
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This book tells MY story. No one can imagine what I've been through. From the outside looking in, you'd never know my struggle.
An Anthology of Hope
Author: Fiona Castle
Fiona Castle has known the depths of grief and loneliness which bereavement brings. But she also knows faith and hope and that it is possible to come out safely on the other side, changed but also strengthened. This wonderful anthology is now published in paperback and shares her sources of inspiration .
Author: Elizabeth Cooke
Publisher: Open Road Media
An accident victim desperate to return to her family, a child with Asperger’s syndrome, and a man discovering the daughter he never knew are brought together by love in this suspenseful, moving novel by acclaimed author Elizabeth Cooke After a car accident, single mother and painter Anna Russell lies in a coma in a Boston hospital. Her ten-year-old daughter, Rachel, who has Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism, is in the next room with a fractured arm. Botanist David Mortimer can name any tree or form of plant life, but he can’t commit to anything—not even to writing his masterpiece about the rare flowers that fascinate him in the mountains of China. But almost as soon as he gets the call from Anna’s mother, he’s flying across the Atlantic to meet the daughter he never knew he had. Anna left him eleven years ago when he was mapping out an exotic journey for them, but David has never forgotten her. With help from Rachel, he comes up with a plan that might help Anna find her way back to them.
Author: Janice Kay Johnson
Faith Russell refuses to be with a man who feels a sense of obligation toward her. Sure, she's been through some traumatic events that have left her a little shaky. That doesn't mean she needs Sheriff Ben Wheeler hovering. She'll be fine…on her own. Despite her protests, however, Ben won't budge. He insists they share a romantic connection that deserves to be explored. She'll admit she finds him attractive, but how can she be close to a man who might view her as a duty? It's not until she catches a glimpse of herself through his eyes that she discovers what he feels for her is very real.
Author: Gilly Stewart
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd
Ellen is settled in Edinburgh when one day her sister begs a favour: can she come and look after her farm and three children while she has a much-deserved holiday. Ellen loves her niece and nephews, but the animals are a bit of a worry ... After a manic yet fun weekend, her world is shattered when a freak accident kills her sister and leaves her as the children’s legal guardian. Ellen never asked for children, nor to run a farm, but now she's in charge of both. Desperately juggling her responsibilities, Ellen is driven to find a compromise between her old life and her new: one the children will accept, and that will allow her to keep something of herself as well. Into the mix is thrown their neighbour, handsome, brooding Kit. He’s more than willing to help out on the farm, but not so willing to open up to Ellen...
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
After all of the life threatening turmoil and painful attacks, Rain has finally found out the identity of her attacker. The only problem she faces now is trying to find a reason why. Why would the attacker want her, when she's never met her a day in her life? Even with that still hanging deep over her head, Rain is determined to move on and find happiness. With Dakota Love in her corner, that becomes the easiest thing to do. Finally over the games and ready to commit, Summer gives Jacorey an ultimatum. In the beginning he was ready to buck the system as hard as he could, but all of that goes out the window the moment an unexpected visitor shows up. Alex has done all he can to make Damien see that with him is where he needs to be. With skeletons falling out of closets left and right, the decision becomes easier and easier to make. Though Damien, Alex, and Troy have all grown accustomed to their strange love triangle, things change drastically when innocent hearts become tragedies of their love war. Find out in this final installment whether the couples crumble under pressure, or are they all prepared and strong enough to love one another through the rain.
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
How can one of the happiest moments of your life turn into one of the worst? After years of separation, Dakota Love has finally been reunited with his older sister. Though he's still harboring hurt and feelings of abandonment, he's willing to give it a try. What he doesn't know is that along with his sister comes even more unexpected havoc. He loves her and wants to rekindle the family bond he misses so much, but how can he when everything in his life is going wrong? Rain is trying her hardest to recover from her attack and enjoy the happiness she'd just received. With the new additions to her family, her days are getting easier until she comes face to face with the person in charge of all of her pain. To be lovers and friends means to have the best of both worlds, that is unless you're Summer and Jacorey. Playing the friend role with lover feelings is a disaster waiting to happen, and neither of them plan to acknowledge it. Caught up in a whirlwind of lies and deceit, Alex is starting to come to terms with his relationships and the impacts they're having on his life. Finally seeing his worth and refusing to accept less, Alex is on the road to happiness until the same love that he's been trying so hard to hold in, is bursting out uncontrollably. It's always easy to love a person when things are good, but loving them through the rain is when it matters most.
Author: John Reeves
Publisher: Shook Up
Open Through The Mindflow is a collection of poetry, lyrics, drawings, paintings, and short stories created by John Reeves over the last decade. This body of work is a labor of love and self expression. These words and compilations of art were conceived while living in San Diego, California, Portland, Oregon, and New York, New York. Mostly spontaneous, the art within the pages of this book are heartfelt comments on living and life as the author sees it. John Reeves has spent most of his life traveling the world as a professional skateboarder. With this, and his many life experiences, he has developed an acute and deep appreciation for the arts and everything creative. Along with skateboarding, music, and painting, writing has quickly become one of his greatest passions.