Valera — A Military Mustang

A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens
by Charley Valera

Captain John W. Arens has teamed up with Charley Valera, the best-selling author of My Father’s War. Together they have created A Military Mustang, an autobiography about the life of Captain Arens. Follow the journey from a young boy during The Depression to Captain of a U.S. Navy ship. Too young to join the Marines at 15, John persisted and began his career serving our country at 17 in the Merchant Marines until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Read about John’s extraordinary 37 years of military service. Follow him from a paratrooper, to Arctic diver trained by Navy Seals, to Army Ranger, to Captain of U.S. Naval Vessels. Truly a military mustang worth reading about.

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Reconciliation of the Heart: Memoir of Mary Clista Dahl: A Healing Journey to Joy, Love and Compassion

by Mary Clista Dahl

Reconciliation of the Heart
You may just like this book if you grew up in the 1960’s, 70’s or 80’s, have ever been diagnosed with anxiety or a “mental illness,” (or know someone who has) prefer to be treated with kindness, contemplated suicide, thrived as a non-traditional student, use music as an escape, play in or appreciate nature, have ever been in love, cherish being a parent, treasure friendship, kept a journal, desire to escape media drama (social and otherwise), want to tell your own story or to learn to be perpetually happy. Or just want a fun, easy, happy read!

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Valera — My Father’s War

My Father’s War
by Charley Valera

My Father's War

Author Charley Valera’s own father had spent almost four years fighting during WWII and lived out the rest of his life “without a story to tell” to his four sons. To learn more about what it was like for his father and those that served, Valera conducted heartfelt interviews with WWII veterans from both theaters of war and all branches of service. He brings the reader into the battlefield, aircraft, destroyer and marching through the countrysides. These are the stories that hadn’t been discussed in decades. Within these pages are their personal photos and memories of which many of us can call My Father’s War.

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Appleby — Raising David Again

Raising David Again by M.A. Appleby

Raising David AgainM.A. Appleby narrates her perspective as a caregiver to her son when he suffered a Traumatic Brain injury; their frustrations, disappointments, as well as their triumphs. What the family did to regain their ‘sense of self’ will surprise and inspire you as she recounts their 10 Keys to Recovery and the many tips, and suggestions they learned along the way. It is both poignant and funny as she shares some of her coping mechanisms. This book is intended as a guide to understanding the uniqueness of brain injury. There is no ‘one size fits all’ nor is there a magic pill. As you read Raising David, Again, you will travel with the family as their faith was tested, their journey from a horrific accident, through discovery, recovery, and finally rehabilitation and a ‘new life’. If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI, ABI, or Stroke, you will find the Brain Injury Tool Kit, our Simplified Guide for Survivors, Caregivers, & Family of Brain Injury, several lists, and helpful hints that can assist in identifying what you need to do.

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Nieman — Going to the Dogs

Going to the Dogs: Confessions of a Mobile Pet Groomer
by Jan Nieman

Going to the DogsWhen Jan Nieman decided to become a mobile pet groomer, little did she know what a wild ride she was in for. Over the next 21 years, she tussled with feisty pets, wrestled with stubborn vans, chased down AWOL dogs, and learned to cope with wayward employees. Grooming more than her share of dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional wolf, she encountered a host of memorable animals and owners, that often matched their pets in style, temperament and unconventionality. In her no-holds-barred, hilarious account, Nieman not only shares the high points of her adventures, as well as the occasional horror tails that are an inevitable part of a groomer’s career. Through it all, her love and passion for animals shines forth from every page.By the end, after plenty of laughs, you’ll know a good deal more about orphan pets, what goes on in the inner sanctum of mobile and brick-and-mortar grooming salons, and the joys and tribulations of owning a business that keeps you going to the dogs.

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Campbell — My Korean War Story

Korean War StoryMy Korean War Story: A Rage Within
By James Campbell

In December 1948, James Campbell, 15, joined the U.S. Army. On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. Campbell, stationed in Japan, was among the first U.S. soldiers to join the conflict. This book is a collection of stories about a young soldier’s experience in the war. His accounts run the gamut of emotions—anger, heartbreak, apprehension, comradery, even humor. Campbell lets you see and feel the horrors of war through the eyes of a boy becoming a man.

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Finding Your Way
by Valerie Galante, Ph.D.

Finding Your Way

Finding Your Way  is an eclectic collection of ‘lessons’ drawn from everyday observances mixed with pivotal historical events that reveal essential themes and truths about the human experience and how each one of us can find our way through this amazing experience. Think of it as a modern-day kind of Aesop’s Fables, but with fewer animals.

Finding Your Way serves as a guidebook to navigate the path of life by providing inspirational, insightful, and informative lessons from diverse sources to the reader for the purpose of encouraging, engaging, and empowering you to make the most of yourself and your life.  Building upon her background as a highly experienced Licensed Clinical Psychologist and ordained Interfaith Minister, Dr. Galante uses humor, cultural references, and every day events to enlighten readers about the nature of being human and how to live their lives with meaning and fulfillment. [more]

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Reluctant Mystic
by J.E. Marksteiner

 

This is an internal journal of a curious woman sharing her experiences and her beliefs with her readers. She has learned about herself and about life as a person who cares about reality, is willing to jump into an experience to give it a try, and attempts to make sense of it for her own growth. [more]

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Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief
by Anita Katherine Dennis

When author Anita Katherine Dennis walked into the anthropology class during her sophomore year at Ohio University in 1964, she was sure the class would prove interesting. She had no idea how right she would be. In Beyond Myself, she narrates the love story that developed between her and her anthropology professor, Dr. Ben Dennis, an African tribal chief. [more]

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