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By Kent Bell

When Kent Bell was born on Valentine’s Day in 1965, he was not expected to live even twenty-four hours. Now, forty-nine years later, he just keeps going and going. In Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either, he narrates his life story, beginning with being born without arms or legs.

In this memoir, Bell tells what it’s like living and thriving with a disability. From his birth, to moving regularly with his military family, to attending school and college, to accomplishing more in life than an average person, he shares the ups and downs of almost fifty years. Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either details how Bell, a sports enthusiast, became a scorekeeper for many activities, from Little League to the pros, including being the first disabled person to be an official scorekeeper in the 2004 USA Olympic basketball event.

Bell’s story shows how everyday he faces insurmountable obstacles to the most simple of activities. Through fortitude and perseverance he has achieved his dreams, and he has also been proactive in working on committees and task forces to change the laws for people with disabilities. With detail and emotion, Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either communicates Bell’s determination of courage, passion, strength, endurance, integrity, and most of all, a positive attitude.


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By Patricia Bohl Wilhelm

A Rose Like No Other

This is a book about a time when things were as they were. It was not fake. Bad things were bad and dealt with. There wasn’t a constant dread. What happened was done with. It did not become an obsession

The loss of the family fortune. Wars and abdications laid ruin to all trappings of wealth. The elders decided not to ever speak of what once was in the old country: the land in the Black Forest, the castle created by a family architect, the castle which is now one of the most famous tourist attractions, the abdication of a great uncle and the princess’ arrival with the baron in Philadelphia. The wealth dispersed through real estate transactions in the well known buildings and businesses in New York City.

Businesses were founded which prospered or foundered. Large families were born into the new world. Some, like William Blemly, thrived in real estate. Great discussion groups, forerunner of the coffee klatche which drew the intellectuals, the artists, writers, leaders of the new legacies.


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By Tenacity
In this autobiography, the author, using the pen name Tenacity, admits he made many mistakes, but he never stopped living. In TWSC, he shares the experiences of his first twenty-five years of life—which he likens to a Ferris wheel with all of its ups and downs. TWSC explores the many different and intimate views of Tenacity’s early years , including childhood highs and lows, his education, puppy love, incarcerations, drug experimentation, and service in Vietnam. A man who traveled in many circles and experienced a plethora of adventures, he tells how he overcame obstacles and how in the darkest of times humor became the weapon of choice for survival. Discussing education, relationship, family, death, drugs, marriage, and the military, this memoir offers insights into a man who doesn’t always seek safety in ominous moments. Tenacity touches on core values and directions that will set him up for his own family, divorce, wars, and true love over the next forty years of his life, explored in his next book.
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By Phyllis Hoffman
Phyllis Hoffman knew something was wrong with her child from the start of her pregnancy.

When her baby girl was twelve months old, their pediatrician said, “Troy is fine. She has a neurotic Jewish mother.”

When Troy was two, a professor at the University of Miami told Phyllis and her husband to put Troy away and forget about her.

Despite the advice, this mother never stopped trying to do what she knew was best for her daughter. Their experiences in the public school system were at times harrowing and outrageous. Visits to specialists, hospitals, and major universities resulted in conflicting diagnoses.

When Troy was six, she and Phyllis flew to Wichita, Kansas, to enroll in a special school. Phyllis struggled to reassure Troy that she was loved and would be safe in that strange place. Four years later, a psychiatrist there told Phyllis that Troy had childhood schizophrenia and that she was the schizophrenogenic mother.

A mother’s frustration evolved into inspiration. Phyllis earned her Master’s degree, taught children with disabilities and then established a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs. Twenty-five years later, her dream of a supervised apartment community was realized.

Butterfly Girl is about their struggles – with each other and with the system.

It's not over.

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By Phil Hitchcock
Vietnam and Back, is the first hand account of a helicopter gunship pilot who served in Vietnam during 1969. It is an accurate and realistic portrayal of one average guy engaged in helicopter warfare in Vietnam.

Flying helicopters can be challenging, and flying in a combat zone can be quite harrowing. The book is full of stories of being shot at, hit by enemy gunfire, and of mechanical operational failures, that created many near miss events.

His experiences in Vietnam left the author with some impressions and feelings regarding Vietnam and war in general, and will leave the reader with some issues to think about.

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By Jim Downey
Jim Downey, who served three tours in Vietnam with the US Air Force, compares his travels with those of his father before and during World War II in this inspiring memoir that celebrates family, valor, and military life. His quest started after he received a questionnaire form an Air Force Fighter Squadron, which led him to his father’s stack of military orders, other papers, and pictures. Major James A. Downey Jr. had never disclosed the details about his service during World War II, and the research turned into an eye-opening experience for his son. Major Downey was in the Philippines and China in the 1930s, areas that his son would get to know well decades later on his trips to Vietnam. The elder Downey also spent time in Germany and was one of the few sent back to the Philippines for the planed X-Day invasion of Japan. Join a son as he walks in the footsteps of his father, sometimes figuratively and sometimes literally—discovering insights about himself and his family in Horses and Helicopters.
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By Belva Boroditsky Thomas
Author Belva Boroditsky Thomas loves adventure. She looks for adventure. She creates adventure. She yearns for adventure. Thomas may not climb the Himalayas or search for sunken treasure, but she’s always ready to take on the forces of nature working through her life and her relationships.

In The Longest Adventure, Thomas shares her life adventure, beginning with her birth in 1929.

Growing up in a warm, self-reliant, Yiddish-speaking community in Winnipeg, Canada. She became aware early on of the world her parents came from and the wider world around her she could move into if she tried. Leaving both a religious and richly cultural community for an operatic career with the Arts Council Opera Group and the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in Great Britain, she discovered the richness to be found in the music of the great composers and became a promoter of this art form for the rest of her working years.

Marriage to a Welsh teacher of English and a seeker of his own spiritual path in Subud and motherhood with five gifted children was followed by entrepreneurial social work in the creation and development of a community cultural organization, the Preville Fine Arts Centre. She served as chairwoman of the regional school commission that introduced the French immersion program to Canada.

This memoir narrates the adventurous story of one woman who took a leap from one world to another, a plunge from one career to another, and a step from religion to humanism.

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By Don Feeney
Don Feeney has seen it all.

As a diplomat working for the United States, he served in embassies and consulates around the world. As an air force officer, he had some daring exploits of varying levels of sanity and sophistication. He’s lived, worked, and played in more than fifty countries on five continents.

In his memoir Gathering No Moss, Feeney recalls his three-decade trip down the wild, weird, and surprising journeys of his life. A somewhat reluctant traveler, he conveys the heavy burden of loneliness on the road while driven by the search for meaning, spirituality, and love. His life has been one of thought-provoking questions, highly charged emotional situations, and brushes with both greatness and tragedy.

He’s been an airman, an officer, an instructor, a commander, an administrator, a trainer, a consular officer, a manager, and a diplomat. He’s sold paintings on a street corner, washed dishes, worked in a paper mill, flipped hamburgers, painted houses, and tended bar. He smoked pot, drank too much, and fell in (and out) of love (including four marriages). He went AWOL, was shot at three times, survived a brain aneurysm, and beat colon cancer.

His mantra—“The more you know, the more you don’t know sh*t” or TMYKTMYDKS—reminds us all that the human mind will never let you understand the human mind.

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By Don Feeney
Don Feeney has seen it all.

As a diplomat working for the United States, he served in embassies and consulates around the world. As an air force officer, he had some daring exploits of varying levels of sanity and sophistication. He’s lived, worked, and played in more than fifty countries on five continents.

In his memoir Gathering No Moss, Feeney recalls his three-decade trip down the wild, weird, and surprising journeys of his life. A somewhat reluctant traveler, he conveys the heavy burden of loneliness on the road while driven by the search for meaning, spirituality, and love. His life has been one of thought-provoking questions, highly charged emotional situations, and brushes with both greatness and tragedy.

He’s been an airman, an officer, an instructor, a commander, an administrator, a trainer, a consular officer, a manager, and a diplomat. He’s sold paintings on a street corner, washed dishes, worked in a paper mill, flipped hamburgers, painted houses, and tended bar. He smoked pot, drank too much, and fell in (and out) of love (including four marriages). He went AWOL, was shot at three times, survived a brain aneurysm, and beat colon cancer.

His mantra—“The more you know, the more you don’t know sh*t” or TMYKTMYDKS—reminds us all that the human mind will never let you understand the human mind.

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By Josephine Gloria Wierzbowski
After my fathers passing I was given a box containing just about all the letters my mother wrote to him. I always thought how nice it would be to be able to read them and possibly have them compiled and saved for our family. It was some years later after I became retired that I was in the mood to really sit down and begin the arduous job of trying to read the small handwriting that had been written decades earlier. There was no order to the box her letters. Some were in the original envelopes, some were crammed four or five together in one envelope or just bound loosely. Gloria did not date all of her letters and a time element had to be studied before transcribing them on the computer could begin. Having mom within driving distance or phone call away I was fortunate to be able to see if she could recall any details that I missed, names and places, or words that I could not read legibly. Even with early memory problems in her glory years Gloria was able to come through for me most of the times to get the context in order. After completing and rereading her letters it occurred to me that this type of communication will not be seen again by future generations who live in the 'cyber-world'. The art of penning and expressing oneself on paper is a dying art so-to-speak. Her letters are now a treasure of history; with all the small details and twists of growing up a teen and tidbits of life during late 1943 to mid 1945.
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By Patricia Bohl Wilhelm

A Rose Like No Other

This is a book about a time when things were as they were. It was not fake. Bad things were bad and dealt with. There wasn’t a constant dread. What happened was done with. It did not become an obsession

The loss of the family fortune. Wars and abdications laid ruin to all trappings of wealth. The elders decided not to ever speak of what once was in the old country: the land in the Black Forest, the castle created by a family architect, the castle which is now one of the most famous tourist attractions, the abdication of a great uncle and the princess’ arrival with the baron in Philadelphia. The wealth dispersed through real estate transactions in the well known buildings and businesses in New York City.

Businesses were founded which prospered or foundered. Large families were born into the new world. Some, like William Blemly, thrived in real estate. Great discussion groups, forerunner of the coffee klatche which drew the intellectuals, the artists, writers, leaders of the new legacies.


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By Patricia Bohl Wilhelm

A Rose Like No Other

This is a book about a time when things were as they were. It was not fake. Bad things were bad and dealt with. There wasn’t a constant dread. What happened was done with. It did not become an obsession

The loss of the family fortune. Wars and abdications laid ruin to all trappings of wealth. The elders decided not to ever speak of what once was in the old country: the land in the Black Forest, the castle created by a family architect, the castle which is now one of the most famous tourist attractions, the abdication of a great uncle and the princess’ arrival with the baron in Philadelphia. The wealth dispersed through real estate transactions in the well known buildings and businesses in New York City.

Businesses were founded which prospered or foundered. Large families were born into the new world. Some, like William Blemly, thrived in real estate. Great discussion groups, forerunner of the coffee klatche which drew the intellectuals, the artists, writers, leaders of the new legacies.


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By Phyllis Hoffman
Phyllis Hoffman knew something was wrong with her child from the start of her pregnancy.

When her baby girl was twelve months old, their pediatrician said, “Troy is fine. She has a neurotic Jewish mother.”

When Troy was two, a professor at the University of Miami told Phyllis and her husband to put Troy away and forget about her.

Despite the advice, this mother never stopped trying to do what she knew was best for her daughter. Their experiences in the public school system were at times harrowing and outrageous. Visits to specialists, hospitals, and major universities resulted in conflicting diagnoses.

When Troy was six, she and Phyllis flew to Wichita, Kansas, to enroll in a special school. Phyllis struggled to reassure Troy that she was loved and would be safe in that strange place. Four years later, a psychiatrist there told Phyllis that Troy had childhood schizophrenia and that she was the schizophrenogenic mother.

A mother’s frustration evolved into inspiration. Phyllis earned her Master’s degree, taught children with disabilities and then established a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs. Twenty-five years later, her dream of a supervised apartment community was realized.

Butterfly Girl is about their struggles – with each other and with the system.

It's not over.

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By Phyllis Hoffman
Phyllis Hoffman knew something was wrong with her child from the start of her pregnancy.

When her baby girl was twelve months old, their pediatrician said, “Troy is fine. She has a neurotic Jewish mother.”

When Troy was two, a professor at the University of Miami told Phyllis and her husband to put Troy away and forget about her.

Despite the advice, this mother never stopped trying to do what she knew was best for her daughter. Their experiences in the public school system were at times harrowing and outrageous. Visits to specialists, hospitals, and major universities resulted in conflicting diagnoses.

When Troy was six, she and Phyllis flew to Wichita, Kansas, to enroll in a special school. Phyllis struggled to reassure Troy that she was loved and would be safe in that strange place. Four years later, a psychiatrist there told Phyllis that Troy had childhood schizophrenia and that she was the schizophrenogenic mother.

A mother’s frustration evolved into inspiration. Phyllis earned her Master’s degree, taught children with disabilities and then established a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs. Twenty-five years later, her dream of a supervised apartment community was realized.

Butterfly Girl is about their struggles – with each other and with the system.

It's not over.

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By Mark Nickerson
In the summer of 2006, author Mark Nickerson was in his midthirties, still fresh-eyed and uncorrupted by life as a foreigner, when he and his wife, Gwen were granted an opportunity to relocate to Singapore. He felt he was accelerating his career with this move, and, in fact, he had been angling for this opportunity for a long while. It was to be a two-year assignment. They stayed for five. In Singapore Slingshot, he presents a collection of anecdotes on living as an expat in Singapore and his travels through nineteen countries over three job changes. Brutally honest in his opinions, he managed to keep a sense of humor as he often struggled and occasionally succeeded in establishing his life as an expat. Nickerson offers a glimpse not only beyond what can be taught in books about conducting business in high-growth Asian economies but also at a level much different than what is shown in the often sugarcoated and tourist-centric travel guides. Singapore Slingshot paints a vivid picture of what it’s like living and learning on the fly in one of the most dynamic and diverse regions of the world. Both humors and poignant, Nickerson’s tales of living in Asia are ultimately a reflection of a much more personal internal journey every expat eventually takes. He saw his life change in ways he couldn’t have imagined while the experience gave him a much different view of the world and his place in it.
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