Biographies and memoirs from the authors and publishers at Smashwords.  Enjoy!

Mourner's Lament by Miriam Matorin Mourner's Lament by Dec. 10, 2016 $4.99 11975 words Sample 20%
Mourner’s Lament was written by me, in my sixties. A truth I hadn’t even really know consciously until this time. A truth I couldn’t face until both my parents were dead.
Samenvatting van Een Jaar Lang JA - Shonda Rhimes by Elly Stroo Cloeck Samenvatting van Een Jaar Lang JA - Shonda Rhimes by Dec. 10, 2016 $1.99 6433 words Sample 30%
Handige, 25 minuten Nederlandstalige samenvatting van de Amerikaanse bestseller Year of Yes uit 2015. In deze aangrijpende, grappige en intieme oproep tot actie laat Shonda Rhimes, schepper van Grey’s Anatomy en Scandal, en producent van How to get away with murder, ons zien hoe Ja zeggen haar leven veranderde, en hoe het ook jouw leven kan veranderen. Hup, uit je comfort-zone!
Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World: My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School (Book 4) by Weam Namou Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World: My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School (Book 4) by Dec. 09, 2016 $3.99 42776 words Sample 20%
In Book 4 of Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World, Weam Namou reveals the key experiences of her final year as an apprentice in Lynn Andrews’ four-year shamanic school. Once again, she shares some of the ways Lynn’s students learned to apply these rich spiritual resources in their own lives.
Interpreneur by Simon Coulson Interpreneur by Dec. 09, 2016 $7.95 61437 words Sample 20%
The true story of how burnt out BT worker Simon Coulson went from redundancy to millionaire. A fascinating story of how he set up a series of online businesses and ended up holiday on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson, speaking alongside president Bill Clinton, and performing live at the London O2 arena. Read this amazing journey and learn what to do and what not to do !
The Story of Al Capone by J.D. Rockefeller The Story of Al Capone by Dec. 08, 2016 $3.99 4209 words Sample 20%
As his business expanded, Al Capone's crimes and killings increased, forcing the federal authorities to prosecute him for tax evasion so that his reign on crime could be ended. The prosecution resulted in 11 years of prison for Capone. But how did Capone actually begin his life of crime?What was his childhood like?How did he become such a pain for the authorities?How did his life end? Find out!
What Every Business Owner Should Learn from Richard Branson by J.D. Rockefeller What Every Business Owner Should Learn from Richard Branson by Dec. 08, 2016 $3.99 4055 words Sample 20%
This book is about the early life of Richard Branson, the story of his success, and all his business lessons. Reading it will begin to give you an idea of what it takes to be a mega-entrepreneur. It contains tips and business advice from Richard Branson himself.
How Sai Baba Attracts Without Direct Contact (Book 1-2): Diary of a 21st Century Sai Devotee by Tommy S. W. Wong How Sai Baba Attracts Without Direct Contact (Book 1-2): Diary of a 21st Century Sai Devotee by Dec. 08, 2016 $6.99 37482 words Sample 15%
Since Sai Baba left his physical body on 24 April 2011, so how can we keep in contact with him? Well, see Baba beyond his physical body and establish spiritual connection with him. Dr. Wong, who never had direct contact with Baba, became a devout Sai devotee in the early 21st century. He gives many examples on how we can keep in contact with Baba spiritually in everything we do.
Abdurrahim Karakoç by ibrahim Sarı Abdurrahim Karakoç by Dec. 07, 2016 $2.00 15433 words Sample 20%
Halk şiirimizin en büyük üstadı Abdurrahim Karakoç, yaşayan canlı şiirleriyle, tatlı üslubuyla hep bizim sesimiz oldu; düşündüklerimizi, söylediklerimizi şiirleştirdi; hislerimizin tercümanı oldu..
The Cotton Mill Country Boy by Michael Carter The Cotton Mill Country Boy by Dec. 07, 2016 $3.99 14046 words Sample 10%
This is a memoir of an ordinary boy who grew up in a cotton mill village in northern Alabama , he was a boy full of adventure , mischief , and everything that comes along with country living . Some of the things he found himself in was fun and exciting and others got him just in plain trouble . This book is to bring your attention to when you was coming up with the simple things as well.
Wherever God Takes Me by Senol Kiane Wherever God Takes Me by Dec. 07, 2016 $4.99 31500 words Sample 20%
Granted with an extraordinary gift from a young age, Senol Kiane shares the story of his life and out-of-body experiences which have spanned his entire life. Senol has devoted himself fully to helping and healing those in need. No matter your beliefs, Wherever God Takes Me will lead you through a remarkably uplifting journey of love, hope, and inspiration.
180 Days Abroad with the Chinese Locals: What Textbooks and Classrooms Don't Tell Us About China by Aldo A. Quintana 180 Days Abroad with the Chinese Locals: What Textbooks and Classrooms Don't Tell Us About China by Dec. 07, 2016 $4.99 50040 words Sample 10%
"180 Days Abroad with the Chinese Locals" is from an American, who worked and lived in China and learned the Chinese way of life from the locals.
Pulpits and Plain Sailing by Kevin Cooney Pulpits and Plain Sailing by Dec. 06, 2016 $4.00 130814 words Sample 10%
After leaving the Merchant Navy Kevin Cooney started out on his own with a humble engineering shop. A chance encounter led him to specialise in manufacturing stainless steel components for yachts, and it wasn't long before he caught the sailing bug himself. Thanks to ingenuity and determination Kevin managed to make Cooney Marine successful.
Бетховен. Письма. Том 1. by JSC «Muzyka Publishers» Бетховен. Письма. Том 1. by Dec. 06, 2016 $5.99 195913 words Sample 10%
Первый том нового русского издания писем Бетховена включает более 360 документов, со страниц которых перед читателями встает живой образ тонко чувствующего, искреннего, страстного человека — и одного из величайших гениев музыки.
The Reporter Who Knew Too Much by Mark Shaw The Reporter Who Knew Too Much by Dec. 06, 2016 $9.99 104052 words
Was What’s My Line TV Star, media icon, crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? Is the main suspect in her death still at large? Kilgallen’s official cause of death, reported as an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol, has always been suspect since no investigation occurred despite the staged death scene.
Lost Dreams by T. R. Robinson Lost Dreams by Dec. 05, 2016 $3.99 67449 words Sample 15%
Naivety and Innocence under siege. - The on-going saga of an inspirational life. Will the abuse, inconsideration and manipulation continue? Shock, surprise, tears and laughter will all be yours as this innocent woman seeks to re-align and reorganise her life. You will be amazed at how strong our human spirits may be.
Going The Distance: Caring for a Loved One with Lewy Body Dementia by Betsy Jordan Going The Distance: Caring for a Loved One with Lewy Body Dementia by Dec. 05, 2016 $7.99 24697 words Sample 15%
Lewy Body Dementia took my beloved husband. LBD is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease and the challenges are many, but our love was strong – and it was the love that made all the difference. In the end, this is both a love story dedicated to my husband Pete, and a love letter to my fellow caregivers. I hope that this book gives you some solace and insight through your own missions of love.
Butterflies of a Brief Summer: Mémoires – Les Souvenirs sont faits de tels Moments by Trish Ludgate Butterflies of a Brief Summer: Mémoires – Les Souvenirs sont faits de tels Moments by Dec. 04, 2016 $4.99 84842 words Sample 20%
Is a life to be measured by decades lived, or by formative moments shared? On reflection, do we hold dearest the ephemeral nature of experiences, each perfect in its own time and place? The writer shares the stories that shaped her own personal journey. A light-hearted autobiography set in places as diverse as Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tanzania, Iraq and Poland.
Paula & Me by John Jeffery Paula & Me by Dec. 04, 2016 $11.95 87237 words Sample 20%
JJ, Paula and their two sons were a normal Australian family... until a three-year posting to Papua New Guinea became the catalyst for an exciting, unexpected but welcome future travelling and working in some of the most remote and challenging places in outback Australia… and loving it! This is a story of lust for life, luck and, above all, love.
Desperately Seeking Cereal: A Travelogue by Michael Mangold Desperately Seeking Cereal: A Travelogue by Dec. 03, 2016 $6.99 14383 words Sample 20%
Abandoned by family and friends, this true story tells how Michael Mangold MD survived homelessness in Nicaragua by using his wits and at times doing the "unthinkable.” With help from unexpected sources like a Catholic priest in Estelí and Mormon missionaries in León, Desperately Seeking Cereal describes how those who are entrusted to serve the needy and desperate often do so at a cost. If at all.
Abandoned by the Vatican:  My Clandestine Journey to Support Secret Priests Behind the Iron Curtain by Jack Doherty Abandoned by the Vatican: My Clandestine Journey to Support Secret Priests Behind the Iron Curtain by Dec. 03, 2016 $3.99 104965 words Sample 20%
If you love gripping intrigue and adventure and hate betrayal and hypocrisy, you’ll be both rewarded and disgusted by reading Abandoned by the Vatican. Accompany the author as he goes behind the Iron Curtain, the dead man’s land of mine fields and electrified fences and prowls through the back alleys of Prague to report the secret priests’ story of prison, interrogation, torture, and loyalty.
Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed by Laura McHale Holland Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed by Dec. 03, 2016 $3.99 92251 words Sample 20%
A teenage orphan rebels against her cruel guardian. Living on dreams, rock ‘n’ roll, and moonlit kisses, she doesn’t know she will fall far before she can build a better life. Set in the stormy Sixties, her story reflects the times. If you like tales with brave, unaffected heroines; striking scenes; and tension that grips you page after page, you’ll love this memoir of forgiveness and survival.
Worst Thanksgiving Ever Trilogy by Michael Mangold Worst Thanksgiving Ever Trilogy by Dec. 03, 2016 $15.99 53969 words Sample 20%
What would you do if your spouse used the police and courts to harm you? What would you do if your child was abducted in a foreign country? How would you survive homeless and broke in a foreign country? "Worst Thanksgiving Ever Trilogy" combines Dr. Mangold's 3 accounts of his trials before, during, and after the abduction of his son Benjamin in Nicaragua one tragic Thanksgiving weekend.
Spoilt Past, Future Tense - Assault, Hazing, Racial Discrimination, Freedom of Speech Violation, in University of Texas, Brownsville, USA by Subho Chakraborty Spoilt Past, Future Tense - Assault, Hazing, Racial Discrimination, Freedom of Speech Violation, in University of Texas, Brownsville, USA by Dec. 03, 2016 Free! 33802 words Read a sample
A story of Racial Discrimination on a Student from India in the University of Texas, Brownsville, USA. The story involves assault, hazing, bedroom drama, Freedom of Speech violation, racial favoritism, medical counselors and tests, immigration lawyers, foreign embassies, graduate student's organizations, news editors, suspicious policemen and unsuspecting US authorities, including FBI.
A Soldiers Viennese Love Story by Walter Sparbeck A Soldiers Viennese Love Story by Dec. 03, 2016 $1.99 4101 words Sample 20%
Non fiction - short story - memoir; about a fairy tale romance come true in war torn Vienna. During the 1950's and Military life into raising a family as a civilian to retirement.
Obama: The Great Betrayer by Bhaskar Sarkar Obama: The Great Betrayer by Dec. 03, 2016 $2.99 32576 words Sample 10%
Obama has betrayed those who voted for him by doing nothing to alleviate the sufferings of those who gave him their money and votes. He betrayed the US servicemen in Afghanistan, the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia. More people have died in conflicts around the world during his Presidency except during the World War II and the Vietnam War. He has betrayed the world.
Heart of a Warrior by Steven A. Brownrigg Heart of a Warrior by Dec. 02, 2016 $9.99 165149 words Sample 15%
The first complete biography of Col. William Gordon Cooke, leader of the New Orleans Greys, and a Founding Father of the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas. Never before told, this epic work brings new discoveries and fresh insights into Texas history through the life of the one of the most important figures in the War of Independence and the creation of the Republic of Texas.
Donald Trump: Lessons for Succeeding in Life and Business by SmartReads Donald Trump: Lessons for Succeeding in Life and Business by Dec. 02, 2016 $3.99 8417 words Sample 20%
In this book, you can take a peek behind the man and see how he has run his life. It shows you a unique view of Trump's beginnings, his many successes and his many failures along the way. It also discusses Trump's politics, showing you what his main views are, along with his proposed plans for the country. Regardless of what he does, Trump's antics polarize people. Learn from him and find out mo
The Wish to Live Deliberately: Building a Cabin and its Consequences by Barry Pomeroy The Wish to Live Deliberately: Building a Cabin and its Consequences by Dec. 01, 2016 $3.49 77242 words Sample 15%
The last few years I’ve been spending my summers and, as you read below, one Christmas, in the forest in central New Brunswick. I bought a large wooded acreage, built a cabin over a summer, and since then I’ve returned every year, discarding the attraction of the phone and the internet, and immersing myself in the forest.
Coming Up Short by T.V. LoCicero Coming Up Short by Dec. 01, 2016 $3.99 63164 words Sample 20%
This is a multifaceted treat: a sparkling collection of T.V. LoCicero’s best short fiction and non-fiction penned over the past five decades—14 stories, memoirs, essays and occasional pieces that are by turns brilliant, hilarious, moving and insightful.
The Silence of Morning: A Memoir of Time Undone by D.A. (Daisy) Hickman The Silence of Morning: A Memoir of Time Undone by Dec. 01, 2016 $10.99 92653 words Sample 5%
The Silence of Morning is many things. A determined and inspired spiritual journey that flows from a deep longing for answers around the greatest life mysteries. A courageous exploration of a fast-paced world that has "no time" for grief. Social and cultural realities that expose the roots of addiction--its endless forms, its many guises--also come to light within this poignant story of loss.
Mi abuelo Rómulo by Álvaro Pérez Betancourt & Claudia González Gamboa Mi abuelo Rómulo by
& Dec. 01, 2016
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Redescubrir a Betancourt a través de las páginas de Mi abuelo Rómulo resultará apasionante. Las cartas inéditas a su hija Virginia y a sus nietos desde Londres, Nápoles, Berna, y la propia voz de Betancourt, revelarán las facetas más humanas hasta ahora desconocidas del político más trascendente del siglo XX venezolano.
Telling Your Story:  A Guide to Writing Your Memoir Stories by Marva K. Blackmore Telling Your Story: A Guide to Writing Your Memoir Stories by Nov. 30, 2016 $7.45 33005 words Sample 15%
In Telling Your Story, A Guide to Writing Your Memoir Stories, Marva K. Blackmore presents techniques learned from her many years as a professional storyteller and workshop leader to show you how to craft your stories in order to write a successful memoir. Marva's proven procedures will help you to succeed where others have failed.
Screaming in Silence by Genevieve Elliott Screaming in Silence by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 51192 words Sample 20%
Screaming In Silence is the true story of domestic violence and child abuse from the inside. It is a story of fear and loss, but also of resilience and empowerment, of reaching post traumatic growth and turning circumstances around in order to help others. An important read for anyone who has experienced violence and abuse, whether personally or through a friend or family member.
The Story of the Great Houdini by J.D. Rockefeller The Story of the Great Houdini by Nov. 30, 2016 $3.99 4068 words Sample 20%
Harry Houdini was an illusionist and stunt performer, famous for his sensational acts in the first part of the 20th century. He is especially famous for his escape acts and escaped from handcuffs, chains, and ropes slung from skyscrapers, and straitjackets under water. This e-book is an attempt to look at the lesser known facts about his life and also follow his journey to fame and later.
The Story of Mother Teresa by J.D. Rockefeller The Story of Mother Teresa by Nov. 30, 2016 $3.99 4090 words Sample 20%
Who was Mother Teresa? Where was she born and what prompted her to commit to a life dedicated to the service of others? How has she served humankind and how was she honored for her service? Let’s find out in this e-book dedicated to the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Around The World On A Bicycle by J. P. Wilkinson Around The World On A Bicycle by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 29007 words Sample 20%
In Around the World on a Bicycle, J.P. Wilkinson offers us a vicarious insight into long-distance cycle touring in some of the world's most exotic countries. Accompanied by her husband John, they cover thousands of miles of cycling, from the coastline of California to the tropical heat of Singapore and Thailand.
In the Driving Seat by Richard Ide In the Driving Seat by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 110724 words Sample 20%
‘Shed weight and add speed' - motor racing formula The third generation of his family to work in the motoring industry, Richard Ide's spectacular career took him from apprentice fitter at Vauxhall Motors in the 1950s to the Head of Volkswagen Group UK in the 1990s, during which period he was responsible for turning around the fortunes of six motoring businesses in the intervening forty years.
My Beautiful Dilemma by Florence Durrant My Beautiful Dilemma by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 103623 words Sample 20%
My Beautiful Dilemma is the autobiography of Florence Durrant, comprising of a series of letters and poems to family members and other figures important to her.
Tiger in the Dark by Marisette Edwards-Van Linden Tiger in the Dark by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 61676 words Sample 20%
"The year 1985 is drawing to a close. I am 25 and pregnant with my first child, and something just feels wrong." In Tiger in the Dark, Marisette Edwards-van Linden van den Heuvell shares the harrowing and yet uplifting story of her fight with cancer.
Rhesus Negative by B. L. MacKinnon Rhesus Negative by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 113547 words Sample 20%
Talent and ambition are fine things, but when unforeseeable impediments repeatedly stall their progress and threaten to stymie their fulfilment, desperate measures may be taken. In the case of Brian MacKinnon, the ambition to gain a medical degree was interrupted by illness and repeatedly forestalled by a powerful and determined antagonist.
In The Light Of Other Days by Margaret O'Donoghue Sullivan In The Light Of Other Days by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 28639 words Sample 20%
In the Light of Other Days is an autobiography from Margaret O'Donoghue Sullivan and documents her childhood growing up in rural Ireland.
The Surgeon's Eye by John Parkinson The Surgeon's Eye by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 131040 words Sample 20%
In The Surgeon's Eye, John Parkinson presents the journals of Dr. Richard Bowker. As ship's surgeon - and as seaman on a whaler in the Pacific, Dr. Bowker committed to paper his youthful adventures at sea and on land.
Best Boots and Battledress by Kit White Best Boots and Battledress by Nov. 30, 2016 $4.99 70356 words Sample 20%
In Best Boots and Battledress, we are given the journey of a young man entering the national service. Beginning in training camp at Brecon, at officer preparation in Aldershot, and further practice at Brecon again, Kit White recounts his adventures of a young man forced to spend his two years with the Army.
God Has My Back: He Has Yours, Too! by Jean B. Lee God Has My Back: He Has Yours, Too! by Nov. 29, 2016 $5.99 14773 words Sample 20%
Jean B. Lee’s memoir, GOD HAS MY BACK is a potpourri of intriguing episodes affording glimpses into the author’s romantic adventures, spiritual struggles, interpersonal conflicts and victories. It is an easy read and a witty, passionate testimonial of one who has been journeying with Christ from childhood to adulthood.
American Sweetheart: Still Not Making the Team by Chiufang Hwang American Sweetheart: Still Not Making the Team by Nov. 29, 2016 $4.99 39968 words Sample 20%
In 1999, Chiufang Hwang tried out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders on a whim, and the experience was an epiphany. “That day in Texas Stadium, I finally understood what I had missed out on in high school and college growing up as the eldest daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. I felt so special. I felt included. I felt more like a teenage girl than when I was one. But mostly, I felt so American."
Elon Musk: The Mind Behind Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX & SolarCity by SmartReads Elon Musk: The Mind Behind Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX & SolarCity by Nov. 29, 2016 $3.99 7624 words Sample 15%
From doing menial work to comparisons to genius inventor, Nikola Tesla, and pop culture superhero, Tony Stark, Elon Musk has come a long way. Read about his journey and how you can adopt his philosophy for yourself in this book.
A Clint Eastwood Biography: by Stewart Wolmark by Stewart Wolmark A Clint Eastwood Biography: by Stewart Wolmark by Nov. 29, 2016 $27.99 155940 words
Do you know the origin of the term "American Hero"? Well this term appears in the 20th Century, but has been popularized by entertainers in the cinematographic industry (aka. actors) like Clint Eastwood. Stewart Wolmark, the author of the book chose exactly Clint for his manly characteristics and unprecedented charm.
Keep Swinging: A Memoir of Politics and Justice by Joseph Bruno Keep Swinging: A Memoir of Politics and Justice by Nov. 29, 2016 $9.99 97485 words Sample 20%
Joseph L. Bruno is a small-town American success story. The son of immigrants, he worked his way out of Depression-era Glens Falls, NY, served in Korea, and was one of the three most powerful men in the New York state senate as Republican leader. During fourteen years in the Senate, he forged coalitions, achieved compromises, and brought together feuding legislative factions for the common good.
Shattered Promises by Holliviana Wood Shattered Promises by Nov. 28, 2016 $2.99 27192 words Sample 4%
Holly and Debi search for a third person to add to their bedroom fantasies, which leads to betrayal and shattered promises for all!
Echoes of a Country Heart by Barbie-Jo Smith Echoes of a Country Heart by Nov. 28, 2016 $5.99 18019 words Sample 10%
Barbie-Jo paints exquisite pictures with her words, leaving the reader wanting to step into her story poems and experience them first hand. Her poetry will touch your soul and, like a coming thunder storm, the memories will roll across the landscape of your mind and echo in your heart.