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Stephen Curry - A Sharpshooter's Journey to the NBA & Beyond by Steve James Stephen Curry - A Sharpshooter's Journey to the NBA & Beyond by May 28, 2016 $2.99 12228 words Sample 12%
What if you could learn the secrets of Steph Curry? What if you could learn how to become a great basketball shooter, just by studying how one of the best basketball shooters in the world got to where he is today? In Stephen Curry, you’ll find out the real story behind the man’s meteoric rise of fame as one of the all-time basketball greats.
Frank the Dasher Abbandano by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Frank the Dasher Abbandano by May 28, 2016 $2.99 2508 words Sample 5%
Frank Abbandano was a career criminal who began his unlawful life as the head of the Ocean Hill Hooligans, an East New York gang. Along with Kid Twist, Frank the Dasher became a member of Murder Inc., a criminal organization that hired thugs to murder by contract. Abbandano carried out as many as 40 murders during his stint with Murder Inc. His son, Frank Jr. was a member of the Gambino family.
Legends of Rock & Roll - Heart by James Hoag Legends of Rock & Roll - Heart by May 28, 2016 $3.99 17836 words Sample 20%
Ann and Nancy Wilson were among the first to show us that women could rock as well as men. There have been other women rockers, but no one like the Wilson sisters. Their band Heart has been at the top of the album charts for over 40 years. They have sold more than 35 million albums throughout their career. They have had twenty Top 40 singles, seven Top Ten albums and four Grammy Awards.
Beyond Bourda Green: a memoir by Percy Haynes Beyond Bourda Green: a memoir by May 27, 2016 $2.99 51173 words Sample 15%
Beyond Bourda Green tells the story of growing up in Bourda, a ward of the city of Georgetown in Guyana, the land of many waters--a ward connected to the colonial past. It is a simple story of being raised in a tenement yard by a single parent mother who sacrificed her own life sustained by the dream of a better life for myself and my sister.
Through the Fires: An American Story of Turbulence, Business Triumph and Giving Back by Robert O Carr Through the Fires: An American Story of Turbulence, Business Triumph and Giving Back by May 27, 2016 $9.99 48286 words Sample 20%
This is a triumphant story of comeback in life and business. Robert Carr experienced decades of struggle that took him to the brink of home foreclosure at age fifty. He would later make a fortune in the card payments industry, only to lose almost everything in 2009, after one of the most devastating data breaches ever.
Legends of Rock & Roll - The Monkees by James Hoag Legends of Rock & Roll - The Monkees by May 27, 2016 $3.99 21251 words Sample 20%
“Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees!” Who doesn’t remember those famous words? This is another in the series of tributes to rock and roll heroes of the past and present. Micky, Davy, Peter and Michael were America's answer to the Beatles. They were a great band (after a little practice), they had their own television show and they even made a movie. Return to the Sixties and remember the Monkees.
Wilderness Life DIY: A City Family Bumbles Towards Self-Sufficiency by Blythe Tait Wilderness Life DIY: A City Family Bumbles Towards Self-Sufficiency by May 26, 2016 $2.99 29057 words Sample 20%
Can a clueless city couple learn to build a house in the wilderness completely by themselves? What is life like on 525 watts of power? When is the right time to change a toilet bucket? The answers to these questions and more are in 'Wilderness Life DIY', the tale of a city family who leaves a comfortable city existence to make a home in the Australian Tasmanian wilderness.
A Hole in My Life. Battling Chronic Dizziness. by Philippa Thomson A Hole in My Life. Battling Chronic Dizziness. by May 26, 2016 $3.99 84679 words Sample 10%
DEBUT MEMOIR REVEALS HOW SHORT FLIGHT TURNED WOMAN'S LIFE INTO DIZZY NIGHTMARE Embarking on a much-needed weekend of respite from the care of her disabled son, Philippa's life is turned upside down when a sudden drop in pressure triggers a rare balance disorder. Destined to be a classic on the subject of dizziness, the compelling narrative deftly guides us through valuable medical information.
Mad Sam DeStefano Chicago Hoodlum by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Mad Sam DeStefano Chicago Hoodlum by May 26, 2016 $2.99 2456 words Sample 5%
Mad Sam DeStefano was a prominent figure in Chicago crime history until his death in 1973. He was rubbed out by the man he mentored, Tony the Ant Spilotro. Mad Sam was a petty criminal until he joined the Forty-Two gang in 1930. DeStefano has been compared to Chuck Nicoletti in terms of ruthlessness. Along the way Sam acquired the nicknames the Mad Hatter and Marquis de Sade of the syndicate.
Entre la Esquizofrenia y Mi Voluntad: Una Historia de Locura y Esperanza by William Jiang Entre la Esquizofrenia y Mi Voluntad: Una Historia de Locura y Esperanza by May 26, 2016 $0.99 45347 words
Muchas biografías de personas que padecen enfermedades mentales parecen centrarse exclusivamente en los sentimientos de desesperanza, manteniendo bajas las expectativas en cuanto al futuro de la persona aquejada. En su autobiografía, en cambio, William Jiang le da un giro a esta letanía de dolor. Se presenta a sí mismo como el resultado de los milagros que puede producir la medicina moderna.
Stella by Ryan Scott Stella by May 26, 2016 Free! 51720 words Read a sample
Stella is about a young woman’s struggle to survive during the Great Depression, confronted with abuse, poverty and the consequences of her own passionate choices.
Betty Grable: The Reluctant Movie Queen by Doug Warren Betty Grable: The Reluctant Movie Queen by May 25, 2016 $3.99 73197 words Sample 20%
Betty Grable: The Reluctant Movie Queen is a fascinating and intimate account of the famous star who was for many years the highest-paid woman in America and a favorite pin-up all over the world. Filled with fascinating and intimate accounts from many who knew her well, this publication is a well-documented and eminently readable biography of the sparkling, complex personality of one of Grable.
Legends of Rock & Roll - Simon & Garfunkel by James Hoag Legends of Rock & Roll - Simon & Garfunkel by May 25, 2016 $3.99 21277 words Sample 20%
Do you know who are the most popular duo of all time? Simon & Garfunkel. This is another in the series of tributes to rock and roll heroes of the past and present. Simon & Garfunkel only produced 5 albums together before breaking up in 1971, but they are the sound of the Sixties and will be remembered for many years to come. Each had a successful solo career and that also is covered in this book.
Wolf Story by Drew Gomber Wolf Story by May 25, 2016 $3.99 17596 words Sample 10%
Meet Lazarus...a mighty predator wolf dominated only by the fortitude, and compassionate bonding. This documentary of short episodes reveal the life changing dynamics when caring for a wolf hybrid.
Tragic Magic: The Life of Traffic's Chris Wood by Dan Ropek Tragic Magic: The Life of Traffic's Chris Wood by May 25, 2016 $9.99 173077 words Sample 20%
Traffic was the most enigmatic British band of their day. Formed in early 1967 by Chris Wood, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Dave Mason, they rejected the bright lights of London, in favor of a run-down, supposedly haunted, cottage in the country – a place to live communally and write music. Researched and written over a 10-year period, this is the definitive account of Chris Wood and the band.
Young and Malay: Growing Up in Multicultural Malaysia by Kee Beng Ooi Young and Malay: Growing Up in Multicultural Malaysia by May 25, 2016 $2.99 52384 words Sample 20%
This collection of nine essays by young and 'youngish' Malays who are artists, novelists, lawyers, politicians, journalists, and social activists is a compelling read for observers and researchers of contemporary Malay and Malaysian politics and culture. ​
Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy | Summary by Summary Station Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy | Summary by May 24, 2016 $2.99 9154 words Sample 15%
Judd Apatow, the comedic mastermind behind films like Knocked Up, Funny People, and most recently Trainwreck, starts his book of interviews by telling us why his obsession over comedy never faltered during the course of his life. He grew up watching comedic greats like Steve Martin and George Carlin, and their talent inspired a love affair for comedy that only grew as time went on.
Legends of Rock & Roll - The Grateful Dead by James Hoag Legends of Rock & Roll - The Grateful Dead by May 24, 2016 $3.99 18938 words Sample 20%
The Dead were the most important band of the psychedelic era (the last half of the Sixties) and, arguably, one of the most ground breaking bands in the history of Rock & Roll. They gradually increased their fans until hundreds of thousands would show up for a concert. The Grateful Dead are almost single handedly responsible for keeping the spirit of the Sixties alive through the next twenty years
The Pea by Mike Bozart The Pea by May 24, 2016 Free! 1116 words Read a sample
The author (Agent 33) recounts the day that he and his son found an unusual object inside a spray paint can. Approx. 1100 words. Violence: None. Sex: None. Drug usage: None. Mr. Malloy: Not present. Strangeness level: Moderate.
Tribute: Prince by Bluewater Productions Tribute: Prince by May 24, 2016 $3.99 58 words Sample 20%
So much has been left unsaid about the passing of legendary music innovator Prince Rogers Nelson. Prince, a prolific musician from Minneapolis, started a musical revolution with the hits “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” “Batdance,” and more, challenging even the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, for chart supremacy during the 1980’s.
Joseph The Animal Barboza by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Joseph The Animal Barboza by May 24, 2016 $2.99 2998 words Sample 5%
Joseph Barboza turned FBI and government informant after a long career of murder, loan sharking and other crimes. His testimony in Massachusetts courtrooms was instrumental in weakening the empire built by Providence, Rhode Island mobster Raymond Patriarcha. My e-book looks at his criminal career, what he knew about Frank Sinatra, famous athletes and horse racing illegalities in New England.
The Mystery Professor by John Barber The Mystery Professor by May 24, 2016 $0.99 6110 words Sample 10%
Peter H Pearse, Professor of Economics at Millersville University Pennsylvania was arrested on 21 March 1983 and charged with false identity. The subsequent investigation discovered that this was not his real name and he taught different subjects in at least five other Universities and had over 34 identities. This is a true story of how his deception was uncovered and his true identity revealed.
Where's the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad by Trevor MacDonald Where's the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad by May 24, 2016 $9.99 81915 words Sample 15%
“A deeply compelling memoir from a transgender man who birthed and breastfed his children – it’s informative, inspiring, and transformational.” – DIANA WEST, co-author of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition
Tin Baths, Tallymen & Time Travel by Marianne Green Tin Baths, Tallymen & Time Travel by May 23, 2016 $9.95 43133 words Sample 20%
Travel through time with a blast from the past. Marianne takes you on an epic journey through some of the most memorable historical times of the 20th century. History comes to life as she relays occurrences with flying saucers, meeting many of the 1960s and 1970s pop stars, disclosing much of her quirky and professional journey along the way, including some extraordinary paranormal experiences.
Legends of Soul - Ray Charles by James Hoag Legends of Soul - Ray Charles by May 23, 2016 $2.99 10648 words Sample 20%
Ray Charles is recognized as being the inventor of Soul music. Soul is basically the combination of Gospel and Jazz. Ray Charles did it best and he did it first. Blind from a very young age, he went on to make his mark in the entertainment world and was given the nickname of "genius". Ray was in the first class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ganjanapoli by D J Shepherd Ganjanapoli by May 23, 2016 Free! 306 words Sample 100%
I don't always see it how it is, Often I am blinded by how I want it to be.
Cahier Roché by Xavier Rockenstrocly & Catherine Du Toit Cahier Roché by
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Les raisons ne manquent pas de rendre à Henri Pierre Roché la place qui est la sienne. Le travail que nous présentons cherche à rendre compte des multiples facettes de ce personnage hors-norme, dont l’œuvre doit connaître la lumière. Et que lorsqu’est mentionné le nom de Roché, on ne soit plus obligé de dire : Roché ? L’ami de…
Breast Man: A Conversation with Russ Meyer by Anne Billson Breast Man: A Conversation with Russ Meyer by May 23, 2016 $0.99 46773 words Sample 20%
Russ Meyer was one of cinema's true mavericks. His technical flair, wicked sense of humour, and predilection for actresses with enormous breasts helped turn movies like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls into firm cult favorites. This is the transcript of a 1992 conversation, which offers a glimpse into the mind of an extraordinary film-maker and true American auteur.
Beyond Darkness: The Secrets of a Blind Psychologist by Ryan Scott Beyond Darkness: The Secrets of a Blind Psychologist by May 22, 2016 Free! 77314 words Read a sample
Coming from the backwoods California mentality of Occidental during the Great Depression, I became an apple picker, dish washer, grocery clerk, high school teacher, hippy nightclub owner, radio personality, and a PhD psychologist, despite my failing vision and three failed marriages. I made numerous mistakes and false starts during my life, but I’ve finally found the secret of happiness.
Michael V. Hayden’s Playing to the Edge American Intelligence in the Age of Terror | Summary by Ant Hive Media Michael V. Hayden’s Playing to the Edge American Intelligence in the Age of Terror | Summary by May 22, 2016 $3.95 3662 words Sample 20%
This is a Summary of Michael V. Hayden’s Playing to the Edge American Intelligence in the Age of Terror An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change
Legends of Rock & Roll - Rod Stewart by James Hoag Legends of Rock & Roll - Rod Stewart by May 21, 2016 $3.99 19234 words Sample 20%
The bad boy of American rock music. Rod Stewart always had a woman on his arm. He has had the ideal rock and roll career. He's done it all, sex, drugs and rock and roll. Rod Stewart went on to fame and fortune and is one of the best-selling artists of the rock and roll era. This Legends of Rock & Roll book covers his life from birth until today. He can still rock with the best of them.
The Heart Behind the Badge by Ronald Shipp The Heart Behind the Badge by May 21, 2016 $5.99 96110 words Sample 20%
Heart Behind the Badge is a memoir that outlines the life and events of Ron Shipp that led up to him testifying against one of his friends in what would be known as The Trial of the Century. Not one of his 15 years on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) could have prepared him for what he was about to face.
Stanley's Coat by Peedie William Stanley's Coat by May 20, 2016 $2.45 100077 words Sample 20%
Peedie William was born in Orkney in 1956, the eldest of seven children. He was brought up suffering mental and physical abuse by a violent drunken father who never acknowledged him as a son. A childhood lived in fear and humiliation at the hands of a man who was capable of evil and sadistic acts. This is the true story of a childhood lost, and the struggles to overcome his mental illness.
Legends of Rock & Roll - Michael Jackson by James Hoag Legends of Rock & Roll - Michael Jackson by May 20, 2016 $3.99 26154 words Sample 20%
They called Michael Jackson the "King of Pop". He outsold Elvis and every other performer of the past fifty years. His story is one of success, heartbreak and loneliness: extreme highs and terrible lows. He was called every name the press could think of. His life was not a happy one, but he rose above it all and became one of the most beloved performers of of the past hundred years.
Cahier Camus by Raymond Gay-Crosier & Agnès Spiquel Cahier Camus by
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Ce Cahier offre au lecteur un parcours très éclectique autour de Camus, et vise à proposer des éclairages originaux sur la vie de Camus, sur ses oeuvres – roman et théâtre -, sur sa pensée et sur ses engagements.
Cahier Simenon by Laurent Demoulin Cahier Simenon by May 20, 2016 $29.00 100984 words Sample 20%
La vie et l’oeuvre de Simenon ont déjà fait couler beaucoup d’encre, tant de la part des critiques littéraires que des journalistes de la presse people. C’est dans ce contexte que les Cahiers de L’Herne consacrent un numéro au père de Maigret qui se veut à la fois généraliste et particulier : sa diversité et sa richesse sont de nature à combler à la fois les spécialistes de l’œuvre et tout lecteur
Cahier Singer by Florence Noiville Cahier Singer by May 20, 2016 $23.00 118444 words Sample 15%
Ce que propose de montrer ce Cahier de L’Herne, c’est une image d’Isaac Bashevis Singer et de son œuvre qui se situe très loin des stéréotypes habituels – l’aimable fabuliste de l’âme juive, le lutin talmudique échappé d’une toile de Chagall ou encore le conteur nostalgique ressuscitant inlassablement le folklore pittoresque d’un yiddishland enfoui.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth by Laurel A. Rockefeller Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth by May 19, 2016 $2.99 8725 words Sample 20%
Born in 1097, Princess Gwenllian's life changed forever when she fell in love with Prince Gruffydd ap Rhys, the beleaguered heir to Rhys ap Tewdur of Deheubarth. Together husband and wife fought for and ruled southern Wales, challenging the Norman Conquest of Wales and proving once and for all the nobility and courage of the Welsh people, a courage that endures across the centuries.
Body&Soul by AD Stewart Body&Soul by May 19, 2016 $4.99 124743 words Sample 15%
Follow the heart breaking tale of a young woman's last chance at finding true love and the man that wants to make her his wife. Will their time run out? Warning: Adult readers only. Disclaimer. Contains adult themes and scenes of a sexual nature.
Henry Miller: The Last Days by Barbara Kraft Henry Miller: The Last Days by May 19, 2016 $6.99 49811 words Sample 15%
Only months after Barbara Kraft's dear friend Anais Nin died, she saw Henry Miller give a reading. She was inspired enough to read "An Open Letter to Henry Miller" on a local NPR station, and when Miller heard it, he invited Kraft to be one of his rotating cooks. What ensued was a close friendship with the famous author and a touching and detailed recording of the last two years of his life.
Legends of Rock & Roll - The Jackson Five by James Hoag Legends of Rock & Roll - The Jackson Five by May 19, 2016 $3.99 16115 words Sample 20%
The Jackson family started out in a humble four room home in Gary, Indiana. But, due to the persistence of their father, a group of singers known as the Jackson Five became the leading performers in this country. The five brothers were Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and, of course, Michael. Signing with Motown Records, they became their biggest act, their first four singles were number one.
Born of the 11th of September by Timothy Rodgers Born of the 11th of September by May 19, 2016 $9.11 27447 words
The autobiography of Timothy Rodgers. This title has been first published when he was at the age of 30. "One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is supporting the government when it is wrong."
El Manual del Perfecto Funcionario. El Arte de sobrevivir en el Gobierno by Claudio de Castro El Manual del Perfecto Funcionario. El Arte de sobrevivir en el Gobierno by May 18, 2016 $2.99 12649 words Sample 15%
Este es un libro imperdible, divertido. Narra la historia de un funcionario que ha caído en desgracia y un buen día recibe un manual que lo ayudará a conservar su empleo. Te hará reír a gusto y también reflexionar. ¿Eres un funcionario publico? Este libro es para ti. Te enseña a sobrevivir a los cambios de gobiernos y a los malos gobernantes.
Legends of Soul - James Brown by James Hoag Legends of Soul - James Brown by May 18, 2016 $3.99 20294 words Sample 20%
Have you ever wondered who the real James Brown is? Read Legends of Soul - James Brown to find out. This book covers his entire life, from his stillborn birth in Georgia to his death in 2006 and everything in between, concentrating on the wonderful music. This book is about the music. In fact, when a James Brown song came on the radio, it was hard not to get up and dance.
The Faith of a Saint, St. Julie Billiart, Co-Founder, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur by Stacy Lynne The Faith of a Saint, St. Julie Billiart, Co-Founder, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur by May 17, 2016 $3.99 10043 words Sample 20%
Julie was extraordinarily graced by God from birth. She was also extraordinarily tested by Him, but her faith in "The Good God" remained firm. 2016 is the second centennial (200th year) anniversary of the death of St. Julie Billiart, who died on April 8, 1816. Pope Francis has also declared 2016 to be a Jubilee year of Mercy.
Legends of Country Music - Garth Brooks by James Hoag Legends of Country Music - Garth Brooks by May 17, 2016 $3.99 19799 words Sample 20%
Garth Brooks has been certified one of the bestselling artists in history. In the United States, he is third, only behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles. That includes all types of music, not just country. The Legends of Country Music explores the life of Garth Brooks, but more importantly, it considers the music that he produced.
Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II: Summary by Summary Station Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II: Summary by May 17, 2016 $2.99 6303 words Sample 15%
“There is safety in conjecture,” Atkins grew up learning to be a mass of conflictions. This served her well in later life by helping to confuse her enemies. Upon her relocation to Britain, Atkins followed another piece of her father's advice when he advised her not to sign any paperwork. She created her own identity and took her maternal grandfather's surname.
Allright, but 'damaged' by Eduard Lid Allright, but 'damaged' by May 17, 2016 $2.99 1396 words Sample 25%
Autobiography of my life (before)/after a suicide attempt.
Cahier Modiano by Maryline Heck & Raphaëlle Guidée Cahier Modiano by
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S’adressant à la fois aux amateurs et aux chercheurs, ce Cahier comporte des inédits de l’auteur et des textes rares, des études approfondies par des spécialistes, des articles critiques, des entretiens, des témoignages et une volumineuse correspondance. Il offre l’occasion de revenir sur les aspects marquants d’une œuvre littéraire remarquablement cohérente mais aussi de révéler sa diversité en a
Kids Don't Get Cancer - : The Remarkably Inspiring Story of Michael Crossland by Michael Crossland Kids Don't Get Cancer - : The Remarkably Inspiring Story of Michael Crossland by May 17, 2016 $4.99 37990 words Sample 5%
Michael has an absolute passion and belief in people’s ability to change direction and become who they truly want to be and achieve success. This passion stems from his own story … Before Michael was even one year old, he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the central nervous system – a tumour had taken over half of his tiny body. The chance of Michael surviving was virtually non-existent.