Saturday, September 22, 2012

Biographies and Memoirs
Crafty Girls Talk is a collection of interviews of women who craft for fun, for profit and for others. 

Each of the 21 stories explores the crafty girl's world, what they make and where they have taken their passion for creating. 

Meet the women who:

- lead textiles tours to France and China
- have created crafty businesses, big and small, from home
- are amazing fabric, pattern and needlework designers
- bring a little bit of knitted love to those in need.

Crafty Girls Talk includes gorgeous photographs of the crafty girls and their creativity. 

This Kindle edition of Crafty Girls Talk also has a bonus interview.
In the freewheeling '70s, La Mesa Penitentiary was a prison unlike any other, a colorful little pueblo on the east side of Tijuana that was home to the worst criminals imaginable—and their entire families. Everything was controlled by the inmates, and the world they created was a bizarre reflection of the one they'd left behind: 

There was a bustling business district complete with stores and restaurants, a prison laundry staffed by transvestite hookers and a babysitting service run by a schizophrenic murderer. Weekend fiestas brought drunken partiers to the prison, along with masked wrestlers and strolling mariachis. La Mesa at the time was both a deadly powder keg and a nonstop party, a temple of vice where the inmates had better guns than the guards—a place where anything could happen.

"Locked Up In La Mesa" is the true story of Steve Peterson, a young California surfer dude caught smuggling pot in the hills outside Tijuana. In thirty-four short stories of black humor and bittersweet humanity, Steve, together with writer Eldon Asp, recalls his hilarious adventures and scary close calls inside the most notorious prison in Mexico...
If you managed to survive a beating by over 100 gang members one cold October night deep in gang turf, would you ever go back into that neighborhood? M. Rutledge McCall not only went back, he moved into the 'hood--for over a year.
This shocking saga details the year and a half writer M. Rutledge McCall spent living in the largest, most violent ghetto in America. During his time in the 'hood, gang members were sending bullet-riddled corpses to the county morgue at the rate of one every 11 hours. After spending months in gang turf on a regular basis, sufficient mutual trust and respect grew between gang members and McCall that they allowed him to be involved in every aspect of their lives: to go where they went, to see what they saw, to do what they did. ...To move among them as no white outsider had ever been allowed. McCall saw it all, from crimes committed by gang members to crimes committed by police officers. He saw firsthand the path that leads 6 year-old boys to becoming 16 year-old killers, and society's role in creating and fostering the mayhem and violence in America's big-city ghettos.
By 2010, street gangs such as La Eme (the Mexican Mafia) and the BGF (Black Guerilla Family) had spread into and gained virtual free reign of the nation's prisons, where Latinos far outnumber Blacks, and violence between the two had risen to alarming levels. This is a true story of the earlier, more innocent days, when a white writer moved freely among the gangs of South Central L.A. at a time when the murder rate in Los Angeles was the highest in the city’s history, during the year that encompassed some of the most violent episodes ever to grip L.A. 
The events McCall witnessed and participated in, not only shattered his perceptions of racism in America today, they shattered his entire life. The sequence of some of the events in this stunning account has been shuffled, in order to protect the guilty...the author included.
The book has gone into eight reprints and is currently in development as a motion picture with a Hollywood film company.
Come Back Early Today will touch you.
It will make you laugh. It will make you cry.
If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s
It will give you information and advice.
But mostly, it will give you hope.

This is the true story of an amazing 30-year relationship between a young American woman and a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric and considerably older Romanian gentleman who develops Alzheimer's about 25 years into their relationship. 

Learn more at
Bastard Husband: A Love Story is a humorous account of the author's first year alone in Las Vegas after a midlife divorce from someone who was the perfect soulmate--until that one drink too many. The book is threaded with reflections of the relationship and shows how she transitioned from anger and sadness to doing stand-up comedy for the first time at age 46. Funny and sad, demented and poignant... all at the same time.
With lazer-like precision Glenn Langohr lays bare the festering under-belly of our criminal justice system in a driving, graphic narrative that somehow finds the humanity in this most inhuman setting." Phillip Doran, T.V. Producer and Author

Number #1 Best Seller. The California Prison System houses a mixture of Mexican cartel members, Mexican mafia, Bloods, Crips, and thousands of other street gangs fighting for control. Add a bad prison guard and you have a recipe for disaster.
Having been blessed with a rich, full life, I must with all due humility confess that very little moves me anymore. I’ve seen and experienced the self-sacrifice and beauty that only the deepest of loves can bestow. I have been poisoned and hardened by man’s inhumanity to man.
Having said that, imagine my soul-stirring surprise when my friend Danny Cole sent me, almost apologetically, the first chapter of what became this book, seeking my opinion. 
The thing was, you see, Danny Cole had never before written anything in the way of books, short stories, poetry, etc. But he had something he needed to express and about halfway through his twenty-second year of sobriety he felt the time had come to express it. 
Not that he isn’t a creative artist. Anyone who has ever seen the photographs of his loving tribute to his daughter Gloria, named Gloria Gardens, that he designed and constructed stone by stone in his back yard couldn’t help but realize that. Anyone who has ever seen his photography would also realize his artistic talent. 
What follows here is true artistry as well… it is a story of depravity, deprivation and cruelty… a story of angels with razor wire halos. It is a story of guts, determination, learning the hard way, the law of the jungle and human kindness even in the vilest of circumstances. 
It is the story of a life that never stood a chance…except for the guy that lived it: G. Daniel Cole and the merciful God that was watching over him.
Whether you are a troubled soul struggling with tragedies that appear insurmountable, or one privileged to say “there but for the grace of God go I”…. from start to finish this story will move you to the very depths of your Being. That every minute of it was lived by the man who put these words to paper only adds to its deep and eternal message. 
With an abiding sense of privilege to have witnessed its birth, I now invite you to read Hell's Highway….. a story that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Diary from the Dome is a personal memoir of two very different trips to New Orleans - 'America's Most Soulful City.' The first chronicle is the author's 1977 trip, recorded in his journals as 'a naive twenty-one-year-old discovering himself.' The second trip finds the author caught in the vicious storm, Hurricane Katrina, and eventually becoming trapped as a tourist inside the New Orleans Superdome - with 25,000 other helpless people. 

This incisive story presents Harris's observations of human behavior at its best and at its worst and also serves as an eloquent tribute to 'the incredible citizens of New Orleans.' It is the first non-fiction book describing the actual conditions in the Louisiana Superdome from someone who was there, and discusses where the media got it right and wrong about the environment within.

The author, a San Diego tourist tried to leave the New Orleans immediately after the evacuation order took place but he discovered that the Airport, Amtrak, and Greyhound stations has all closed the day before the evacuation and two days prior to the storm.

It also explores the preferential treatment that the author received when he joined a group of international tourists who were also trapped in the Superdome and their eventual smuggling out to the Sports Arena next door and then the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

That wasn't the end of their trials and nerve-racking challenges though as they finally left the city almost a week later. 

Buoyed by the 2010 success of the New Orleans Saints football team this book helps put the reader in a stadium that has seen many triumphs and during Katrina a surreal atmosphere that flows from the writer's emotional state shortly after. 

Included are tips for anyone to be better prepared for a natural or unnatural disaster as well as suggestions to Disaster Preparedness authorities on how to better meet the needs of those in the disaster zone.

In this fascinating book best selling author and historian Sylvia Perrini takes us on a journey looking at female serial killers around the world. 
Serial Killers have always existed but it is only in the last twenty years however, that the term has been widely used. People have always been fascinated and simultaneously horrified by them. They want every last gruesome detail, preferably with accompanying graphics.

But it is the female serial killer who horrifies us most of all. Women are after all meant to be the gentler sex, the nurturers of life. Yet, as we read through the various profiles in this book it becomes very evident that this is not always the case. 

Female serial killers rarely torture although as can be seen in the story of ERZSEBET BATHORY, DARYA NIKOLAYEVNA SALTYKOV and ELIZABETH BROWNRIGG that is not always the case. Female serial killers tend to prefer weapons such as poison, or fatal injections or ‘accidents’.

Women serial killers unlike male serial killers, normally attack people that they know such as husbands, children, relatives or neighbors. But again there are always exceptions as in the case of ENRIQUETA MARTI --The Vampire of Barcelona. A truly shocking story.
A life is created by a series of events, mostly small and a few significant. They may not seem notable at the time, but when you have a chance to look back and remember, each one does seem quite remarkable. I am at such a time, a time for looking back. I've got nowhere to go except where my mind and memories can take me. I'm writing my stories now so that I'm able to relive as much as I can while I still can. 
This is not a biography about living with ALS. It is a series of reflections, thoughts, and embellished memories based on the first 25 years of my life. Writing and remembering is a gift I am giving myself, and others who accept it, at a time when I mostly take and the opportunities for giving are few. Writing gives me something to think about, something to do each day, so I don't dwell on the frozen and decaying state of my body. 
My intent is to tell the story, however blurred and imagined, of some of the events and influences in my life which led up to the pivotal decision I made to leave South Carolina and accept a teaching job in Japan. I start by sharing memories of my two trips to Korsae Micronesia and the profound impact the Polynesian people had on my youth. I continue with stories remembered growing up on Guam and Okinawa describing the influence Japanese, Chamorro and military culture had on my formative years. 
I describe what I remember of my teenage years, my first job, first car, senior year of high school in Charleston South Carolina and my somewhat troubled adjustment to life in the United States. I reminisce about my fun filled years at Clemson University and some selected exploits during my travels through Europe at that time. My decision to become an educator is explained and I talk about my first teaching job, life and friends in Gaffney South Carolina. I end the memoir describing my personal growth during a three week road trip across the United States just before moving to Japan.
I'm just an ordinary person who's lived, in my opinion, a remarkable life. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed living them.
From the beloved blog of a commitment-phobe known simply by the name “Jenburger”, over seventy-five rants, recollections, inspirational offerings, and general observances of everything from romance to the human condition can be found within the pages of this book.

Fall in love, fall back out, hide from stalkers, and laugh through ridiculous logs of text messages and emails, all the while climbing into the head of a young woman who calls it like she sees it, tells it like it is, and most of all, finds a way to maneuver through the bad and come out the other side smiling.

Within just a few minutes of reading, you’ll know why her popular blog made the WordPress Blogs of the Day “Growing Blogs” several times, and had subscribers on the edge of their seats and buzzing about it on popular social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
In "The Princess of Kosovo," former 82nd Airborne paratrooper Brendan Walsh powerfully composes his short, heartfelt memoir about trying to keep the peace in a merciless, war-torn town and the little girl he befriends while serving there. Far from your common war memoir, Walsh drags you into the rubble-strewn streets of Kamenica where assassinations and firefights are daily occurrences and introduces Majlinda, a sweet little girl with a story and a dream.

The Story of Mary MacLane shocked the literary world when it was published in April 1902. It sold 100,000 copies in its first month, an astonishing number then and now. Within a few years it had been translated into 36 languages, and writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, and Gertrude Stein lauded it as an important influence in their quests for a new American style.

The author was a 19-year-old girl from the raw, masculine mining town of Butte, Montana. With the publication of this book, Mary MacLane became an overnight sensation. She was called the ‘Wild Woman of Butte,’ a Bohemian, a radical, a feminist, a rebel. Although MacLane went on to write other books, none had the impact of this one, which remains a tour de force about life, love, and longing. Fresh, frank, and funny, ‘The Story of Mary MacLane’ is as powerful today as it was provocative when first published.
If you have ever struggled with addiction or know someone who struggles with addiction, Monica Sarli wrote Men-ipulation for you.

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