November 29, 2022

A Sprig of White Heather and a Scottish Lass

In A Sprig of White Heather and a Scottish Lass, Anne Angelo describes her upbringing in rural Scotland and subsequent move to France.

While at a 1910 motor rally in France, Scottish mechanical engineer Joe Angelo meets Beatrice, a young wealthy French woman, whom he soon marries. When her family observes his overarching interest in […]

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November 8, 2022

The Medical Jungle: A Pioneering Surgeon’s Battle to Revolutionize Vascular Care and Challenge the Medical Mafia

Until the early 1970s, patients with lower limbs affected with gangrene traditionally received amputation. When a young surgeon working at New York’s Montefiore Hospital helped develop better techniques for vascular repair, however, up to 90% of affected limbs were eventually saved. This marked the beginning of a pioneering career that established author Frank J. Veith […]

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October 24, 2022

A Texas Education: Learning (and Understanding) In a Strangely Familiar Land

Tom Segady’s autobiography, A Texas Education, is a contemplative study of a young man’s journey that begins with a teenage desire to visit the sunny climes of Southern California but eventually leads to 30 years as a professor at a Texas university.

With backpack firmly hoisted on shoulder, and visions of a Kerouac-like experience, the […]

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October 24, 2022

Darkness: Love and Light

In this memoir, Christine Levander covers her traumatic coming-of-age years, abusive marriage and spirituality, among other topics.

Levander’s narrative is written stream-of-consciousness, making it challenging to follow. The important events of her life seem to be these: At 15 years old, she was coerced into an abusive relationship by her friends. Later, she refused to […]

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October 10, 2022

The Return: When the Impossible Happens

In The Return: When the Impossible Happens, Australian author Stephen Bennett chronicles how, in 2018, his elderly Thai father-in-law stopped breathing and was removed from life support not once, but twice, before inexplicably coming back to life both times.

The medical community calls the extraordinarily rare, unexplained phenomenon where a seemingly dead patient spontaneously revives […]

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October 3, 2022

Having Nothing to Lose

In Having Nothing to Lose, Ryan Teller offers a detailed memoir of his long struggle with abuse and addiction.

The author’s boyhood seemed placid early on, but as time passed, his stepfather’s alcoholism mutated into violence and cruelty. As punishment, for example, he would force Teller and his sister to sit in a bathtub of […]

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October 3, 2022

Off My Knees: From Skid Row to Sunset Boulevard

After hitting rock bottom following a life marred by sexual assault, addictions, prostitution, and imprisonment, Julie D. Summers survived the stormy years and later thrived in her pursuits. She documents her moving experiences in her memoir, Off My Knees: From Skid Row to Sunset Boulevard.

When she was 15, Summers was sexually assaulted by her […]

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October 3, 2022

Losing Our Elections: What I Learned Running for Congress, and How We Can Fix Our Broken Politics

Political neophyte Jim Spurlino gives away the ending to his story in the Preface: He lost the crowded Republican primary for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District in 2016. Nonetheless, it’s almost impossible to put his story down.

Spurlino’s candid, if self-serving, account of four months as a one-time candidate exposes the election machinery that elects Republican […]

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