Meet John Spender
The very concept of New York City conjures up a wealth of emotions in many people. For writer Joanie Strulowitz, it has always been a place of magic: an enticing playground, a cascade of art, a wonderland of fascinating characters, a youth serum to keep her feeling forever young.
Believing herself to be a New Yorker who just happened to be born in Iowa, Strulowitz felt the tantalizing call of Manhattan from the time she was four, and eventually made her home there. In this love song to the City, she pays adoring tribute to the essence of Manhattan from its intense pace and the pounding excitement in the air to the funky charm and even the glittering pavement that provides a stage on which it all unfolds.
The City is her laboratory, her art studio, and the extraordinary inspiration for this collection of captivating vignettes. In each short but sublime piece, Strulowitz evokes the luminous ambiance that has lured artists and adventure seekers to the island metropolis for generations: enthralling chance encounters, the slightly terrifying exhilaration of first subway rides, the soothing clink of silverware in a favorite sidewalk cafe, the urge to break into song when discovering a perfect little boutique.
Anyone who has lived in New York City, played tourist there, or just dreamed of paying a visit will find something to love in this transcendent appreciation of the jewel-encrusted celebration of life and art that is Manhattan.
Meet Joanie Strulowitz
ALTHOUGH JOANIE STRULOWITZ is seasoned in numerous aspects of the arts and business, writing has always been her baby. While raising her two daughters in Iowa, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Years later, after finding her first apartment in Los Angeles, she discovered that–magnetically–the SCBWI offices were two blocks from her front door.
Originally from Iowa and later Chicago, Strulowitz moved to New York because, as she explains in My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City), “My soul has always lived there, and my body needs to catch up.”
With a memory that is largely emotive, she recalls almost every square inch of how she felt growing up. As an observer who always thought something was wrong with her because she didn’t fit in, she discovered that writing books, and being involved with all of the arts, help to make sense of life.
Now she seeks to be the voice she searched for, so the lessons she learned can help others to find the gifts in their differences–and to believe in themselves and their dreams.
Today you can find her (and her black turtleneck) in Los Angeles, writing a chapter on her grocery bag while walking home, or completing her YA fantasy novel during Pilates sessions.
A heartbreaking doctor’s visit. A fate she never saw coming. She’d dig deep for the strength she so desperately needed…
Seattle, 2015. Jenny Lisk was happy with a perfectly normal, busy life. But after the usual bustling week, Friday night turned from downtime into mild alarm when her forty-three-year-old spouse shared that he’d been feeling dizzy. And after ten days of his condition steadily worsening, she still wasn’t prepared for the stunning news: He was terminally ill.
Reeling from his diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor, Jenny suddenly became not only a wife, mother, and career woman, but also a cancer-patient caregiver and parent of grieving children. And her many fears and uncertainties swirled around one relentless question:
Did she have what it takes to help her young family survive?
Through a vulnerable, honest account of preparing for the death of a loved one, Jenny shares tips and information about childhood grief, how to be there for mourning friends, and ways online communities provide essential support. And for those who feel lost and alone, or are grappling with any kind of loss, her deeply personal journey provides a universal beacon of hope.
Future Widow: Losing My Husband, Saving My Family, and Finding My Voice is a brave and raw narrative that doesn’t pull any punches on the realities of caregiving and bereavement. If you like captivating stories, authentic inspiration, and understanding the grieving process, then you’ll find encouragement in Jenny Lisk’s touching memoir.
Buy Future Widow to rebuild a life today!
Meet Douglas Kent
In this painfully moving memoir, take a firsthand look at anorexia through the eyes of a young girl. Even in kindergarten, Rachel Richards knows something isn’t right. By leading us through her distorted thoughts, she shines a light on the experience and mystery of mental illness.
As she grows up, unable to comprehend or communicate her inner trauma, Rachel lashes out, hurting herself, running away from home, and fighting her family. Restricting food gives her the control she craves. But after being hospitalized and force-fed, Rachel only retreats further into herself.
With a driving perfectionism, she graduates college with honors. But at sixty-nine pounds, Rachel is a shell of nervous and obsessive behaviors that have controlled her life. Years of self-harm and self-loathing have fueled the inner battles between good and evil, health and sickness, and life and death.
Acting on stage offers her moments of freedom from the skewed perceptions she’s constructed over the years. But her dream of a career in theater is not enough to save her. What is the secret that will finally unleash her will to recover?
If you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder or is a concerned parent, is anxious about weight and dieting, has an addiction, or wants to learn more about the mystery of how an eating disorder develops and the multifaceted and complex road to recovery, this book is a must-read!
Meet Rachel Richards
After years of struggling with an eating disorder, author Rachel Richards turned her life around and now helps others in pain.
Returning to school after earning her BFA in theater from Hofstra University, she graduated from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and started her own private practice in Manhattan as a licensed and board-certified massage therapist. She hosts a popular YouTube channel, has spoken at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has written several articles for Recovery Warriors, an online magazine dedicated to helping eating disorder sufferers get the treatment they need, and she has written numerous articles on health and self-care, which can be found at Rachel-Richards.com.
Watch the author’s talk at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA_H2E3jCPs
Hear her interview on Speak Up Talk Radio: http://www.speakuptalkradio.com/rachel-richards-speaks-up/
Check out her author interview: http://itswritenow.com/64188/author-interview-with-rachel-richards-of-hungry-for-life/
Read her articles in Recovery Warriors magazine: https://www.recoverywarriors.com/author/rachel-richards/
Simon Williams is plagued by a recurring nightmare where he goes on a long hike. But no matter how far he walks, he can never get away from his past.
As a young man he was scarred for life. If you passed him on the street, he might not stand out. There is nothing exceptionally notable about his appearance. However, he carries a secret torment that will one day change everything, not just for him.
As he turns 50, Simon looks back on the times of escape in his life that have taken him to Japan, India, Thailand, Greece, South Africa, and South America. This man has traveled to all the places most people want to go, but suffered from the one emotion that people do not.
An inspired memoir about an unusual life from a unique story teller. That is both hilariously funny and yet deeply thought provoking of what suppressing pain and anger can do to an ordinary man.
Eventually, our past catches up to all of us.
What if you had a magic lamp?
What if you could make a wish…and your every hope, dream and desire came true?
Think about how you’d feel if this magic lamp wasn’t a fantasy. What if you really had one but just didn’t know it?
The truth is, you do have a magic lamp: your mind.
It can manifest anything you wish. You just need to learn how to free the genie, and Best Life-ing will show you how.
If you’re trapped in a dead end job, toxic relationships and a hopeless life, Best Life-ing can transform you into a fearless, empowered badass that is in control of your destiny.
Opening the pages of Best Life-ing is like rubbing your magic lamp—a whole world of possibilities, dreams and desires are suddenly at your fingertips.
But is this just a load of BS?
Well, the author was once stuck in a far worse place than most people.
Best Life-ing documents Julia Brodska’s story of how she grew up in poverty and later was a high school dropout, overweight, drowning in debt and going nowhere in life. In one year, she underwent a radical transformation: she paid off $30,000 in debt, lost 30 pounds and started her own business. Today, she owns two successful companies, teaches workshops and classes, and speaks to auditoriums of corporate employees, all while traveling the world.
Best Life-ing will teach you how to undergo your own dramatic transformation.
Using Best Life-ing’s 7 Areas of Life Framework, you’ll learn how to pummel your insecurities, conquer your fears and become unstoppable as you achieve dream after dream in your best life.
Unleash your genie.
Buy this book now and start living your best life today.
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– An Amazon Best seller
– 5 Star Review from “Readers’ Favorite”
Finding Anna- A True Story
A young man seeking to unravel his past travels throughout the world in search of Anna. The story begins in a hotel in Germany and curiously, the travels lead to one destination: to the very heart of the traveler. Finding Anna:is an interesting and inspiring story that takes place in more than 25 countries
At thirty years old, Vineeth found that his life required examination if he was going to make it extraordinary. He realized that certain moments and the people in his life played pivotal roles in the making of the person that he had become. As he searched for a way to explore these connections, Finding Anna opened the door for him to a new world of constant searching for meaning, in a journey filled with reflection and excitement.
Finding Anna is a story of a simple man with a simple goal: to experience life and appreciate the little things. In this book, he shares the stops on his journey where he links his past to the present in a quest for his identity.
Readers will relate because there is an Anna in everyone’s life, and everyone has a story they want to share. Every story in a life is a journey because they are not the same person at the end of it as they were when it started.
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
Finding Anna: An Unusual Journey To Self-Discovery is a work of non-fiction written in the style of a memoir by author Vineeth Vijayghosh. The narrative recounts the epic journey of the author when, at age thirty, he realizes he would like to do more with his life and begins a vast series of travels in order to better understand his own identity. As experiences in other countries and meeting other people reflect him back to his own roots and the pivotal people in his life, so his consciousness grows. In a unique turn of events, the author recounts the many Annas he met in different countries, and how their stories changed him too.
Author Vineeth Vijayghosh presents a truly heartfelt and unique memoir that anyone on a journey of self-discovery will surely be able to relate to and treasure. As a traveler myself, I found it really wonderful to see the author visit places that I have also been to, and even more delightful to be introduced to vistas that I have yet to visit. The noticing of small details of culture and personality in other people’s lives is a true joy of travel, and the author brings that enthusiasm to life with a well-penned and highly relatable narrative style. The personal moments in the memoir are very evocative because we are able to form a deep connection, and the author is generous with details from his personal life and the formation of his own identity so that we may better understand ourselves. Overall, I would recommend Finding Anna: An Unusual Journey To Self-Discovery as an engrossing but also empowering and educational memoir for anyone who feels they have not yet discovered their true identity in this life.
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A broad picture of the Holocaust from the point of view of a child
This book is a memoir of a child who is swept into the whirlwind of the Holocaust. The epic history is narrowed down to the struggle of a single boy nicknamed Leosz to survive the war. From age 7 to age 13, he endures all the horrors that the Holocaust brings upon the Jewish people. Life hangs on split-second timing, decision-making in impossibly cruel circumstances, incredible resourcefulness, luck and the help of others, even Germans.
In the Krakow Ghetto, Leosz is saved from three mass deportations to the death camps. He escapes the ghetto, survives for several weeks pretending to be a
Polish street child, and then goes into hiding. Although sentenced to die after being caught, he is instead miraculously reunited with his family in the Plaszow labor camp. A year later, father and son become slave laborers in the Gozen 2 camp in Austria, where his father perishes. Close to death himself, Leosz is finally liberated by the American army on May 5th, 1945.