Biographies and Memoirs

Biographies and Memoirs

Do the accounts of extraordinary peoples' lives inspire your own life?  Can the fortitude of individuals drive how you live your own life?  Our authors in the Biographies and Memoirs genre bring you the stories of people who have survived and grown through the most difficult of situations.  Their stories will move you to tears, to action, and to new levels in your own life. They will always do this for you on eBookHounds for free or for a discount.


Definition of the "Biographies and Memoirs Genre": Ebooks in both the Biographies and Memoirs genres focus on the life experiences of a single person.  Biographies are generally broader in the subject matters of a person's life experiences, while memoirs are more honed into the memories of that person.  However, there is very little difference between the two categories, which is why they are combined in a single genre. Ebooks in the Biographies and Memoirs genre also typically have a significant element of inspiration, as the stories which drove the writing of these ebooks are tremendously moving.


Examples of bestselling ebooks in the Biographies and Memoirs genre are Cheryl Strayed (Wild), Chris Kyle (American Sniper), Laura Hillenbrand (Unbroken), and Donna Mabry (Maude).

Bryce Canyon National Park Photo Hiking

by Anthony Wessel

Join Debbie & Anthony on their Photo Hiking trek through Bryce Canyon National Park.
 This chronological photographic recap of their trek across this beautiful National Park.

Debbie is the photographer. Anthony is the outdoors lover. He also enjoys his responsibility as an aspiring Photo Assistant. They compromised on a mixture of hiking and Debbie’s passion for photography. In essence, Photo Hiking tours of the U.S. National Parks.

Follow Debbie & Anthony on their Photo Hiking trek

This Photo Hiking book is a visual tour and recap listed in chronological order of their visit to Bryce Canyon National Park in March of 2021 as a mid-50’s couple. Debbie and Anthony, beginning in their early 50’s, started in earnest to visiting many of the 63 National Parks. They provide tips, tricks, and lessons learned from their 40+ National Parks visited during their middle-aged years with the hope it will make your National Park experience more enjoyable.


Call Me Nikki: One Woman’s Battle to Find Freedom and Break the Cycle of Abuse

by Nikki Navarro

“An engrossing, often gut-wrenching portrayal of abuse that offers a path to healing.”—
Kirkus Reviews

“Navarro has written a memoir loaded with suspense that readers won't want to put down.”—Readers' Favorite

“When you rise above the pain, you can transform it into power.” —Nikki Navarro
In this gripping, honest memoir, Nikki Navarro shares her true story of abuse, kidnapping, and multigenerational trauma—and how she ultimately broke the cycle to find happiness and success.

Call Me Nikki begins as a story of an unloved little girl, born the product of a nonconsensual encounter to a young mother and absent father. Nikki’s parents, who were themselves victims of abuse, were unable to offer her the love and stability every child deserves. The neglectful and harmful experiences Nikki faced as a child follows her into adulthood, where she continues to fall into toxic situations and relationships, easily manipulated and overpowered by others. But when Nikki uncovers long-concealed secrets that have haunted generations of women in her family, she becomes determined to end the generational cycle of abuse.

With candor and grace, Nikki reveals how she managed to journey through unthinkable suffering and find the strength to reject the narrative of her past and build a life filled with love and faith. 
Call Me Nikki brings to light a heartbreaking reality that many women face—but is ultimately a story of resilience, triumph, and hope.


Hold Back the Rain

by Michelle Vignault

A gripping true story about a family unraveling—and how one woman regains her mental health and finds solace after becoming a widow.

The recounting of an emotional and personal experience, 
Hold Back the Rain shares the true story of one woman’s journey through a challenging adulthood. What happens when a stable, happy life begins to slowly drift away, further and further out of reach? What happens when life continuously goes wrong at every turn—from career changes to marriage strife to illness to death? And who will be there to help pick up the pieces?

With honesty and confidence (and a touch of Duran Duran), Michelle Vignault shares her journey of ups and downs through a complicated life, and how a special friendship helped her through the darkness to find a second chance at happiness. With the support of a best friend, Vignault discovers the tools she needs to overcome one obstacle after another until she eventually regains control of her family. 
Hold Back the Rain brings to light the difficult realities of life but ultimately is the story of how inner strength and perseverance are the keys to making it through.

Life is full of heartbreaking moments—but it is in these darkest hours that true bonds are formed.




What do you do when you feel like the ground you are standing on is crumbling?

Jeanne Collins wasn’t always living with two feet in—but now she wants to share how she harnessed an abundance mindset to build the life she always wanted.

In this memoir, Jeanne proves her mission statement: success requires perseverance and vulnerability. From the trials of childhood to the rush of romance; from the crush of heartbreak to the nervous excitement of two major pivots in her career—readers will relate to Jeanne’s honest and heartfelt insights on growing up, motherhood, love, and, yes, interior design.

While she’s now found the balance and energy she long sought, it hasn’t always been easy. This is a story about overcoming an internal dialogue clouded by doubt and laying the foundation for a better future. A good life isn’t so different from a good home, after all—with skillful framing and mindful finishes, a holistic environment can be fostered inside and out.

In this book, you will learn:

  • How to be the designer of your own life.
  • How to live an all-in life and trust your decisions.
  • How to put life/work balance into your life.
  • How to make yourself a priority.
  • How to incorporate mindset into your life to have greater inner peace and happiness.

With heartfelt insights and hard-won lessons, Jeanne’s story is infused with a sense of love, abundance and hope. Jeanne’s philosophy strives to be one with the universe while staying grounded in what we can all control: trusting ourselves and committing to our personal blueprints. Hence feet, two of them in particular, planted firmly as the inspired designers of our own lives. To find out more about her journey, grab this book today!


Jeanne Collins lives in New Canaan, CT with her teenage daughter and two dogs. She is the founder and principal designer of the award-winning interior design firm, JerMar Designs. Two Feet In is Collins’ first book and was written with the goal of inspiring more people to live life to the fullest. This mission to encourage people to live their best lives is integral to everything Collins does, from her work creating sanctuaries for her interior design clients, to mentoring women in business, she encourages us all to go for what we want with “two feet in.”



Daughter of Song: A Cambodian Refugee Family, Their Daughter, Crime and Injustice

by Doug Hood

A true crime tale told with earnest compassion and cultural sensitivity…with a great deal of empathy, as well as an ample amount of detail…offering an intimacy that many true-crime stories lack." – Kirkus Reviews

While volunteering at a women's prison, Doug stumbles upon Panna Krom's story. A gut-wrenching tragedy that would send him on a meandering near-impossible mission to try to correct an appalling injustice.

Panna, the 17-year-old daughter of a Cambodian refugee family, went from hiding an unwanted pregnancy to being charged in a highly-publicized murder case. That ultimately earned her an 18-year sentence.

With no legal credentials, Doug exposes a broken criminal justice system which had ignored crucial facts and discovered other surprising prison sentences for crimes identical to Panna’s.

Daughter of Song is a gripping account of a bold attempt to right an irreparable wrong while spanning dangerous treks through the Khmer Rouge-controlled jungles of Cambodia and the suffering of wasted years behind bars.

Compelling…gripping…incredible reporting…very fine writing.” – Amy Nutt, Washington Post Columnist, Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner

“I just had the pleasure of reading your manuscript. It's incredible; the story itself is powerful and moving. Congratulations on completing such a wonderful book; I'm inspired by your example.” – Rachel E. Barkow, Vice Dean and Charles Seligson Professor of Law, NYU School of Law


Prove Them Wrong: Defying All Odds

by Dre Evans



This is a book for people who want to take action.

At twelve years old, Dre Evans felt proud to participate in his first drive-by shooting.

Everyone craves belonging and purpose in life. How far would you go to satisfy that need? Dre started by joining a Chicago street gang. But one terrifying day, as bullets flew past his head, he wondered if that desire was worth dying for.

What happened next shocked the entire city.

Dre and his brothers made history by becoming the first set of African-American triplets accepted into the U.S Naval Academy.

In this unfiltered, addictive, 
page-turning memoir, Dre shares his gripping story, challenges the stigma surrounding the word “gang,” and offers a fresh perspective on how to take your potential to the next level. If you feel drained or desire to increase your income and impact in life, Prove Them Wrong shows you how to make any situation work--for you.

What if you had the power to:

  • Fight through lack of motivation and fear
  • Rewire your mind and gain self-discipline
  • Understand your traumas and heal from them
  • Get clarity on who you are as a person and your purpose
  • Reprogram how you respond to adversity
  • Run through life on your own terms
  • Rise above the odds placed on you by society, work, family, and friends
  • Use pain as fuel to accomplish your dreams

This book punches you in the face with that power.

Prove yourself wrong. Prove your circumstances wrong. Prove your limitations wrong. Prove everyone wrong.




The Summer I Died Twenty Times: Because Lightning Does Strike the Same Spot Twice

by Fred Rutman

"Hello. My name is Fred. And I've been dead. Numerous times."

This is the true account of the medical traumas of Fred Rutman. From 2009 through 2018, Fred faced continuous life and death situations that rocked every aspect of his life. Further, the unique aspects of his rarely-seen conditions forced medical teams to level up like never before.

Fred Rutman was certainly up against it. It being the Grim Reaper. The Reaper unleashed its full arsenal, pitting Fred against much of the medical system he trusted with his life. Even if Fred won the initial battles, could he win the war?

The Summer I Died Twenty Times is a medical trauma memoir unlike any other. In one package, Fred Rutman provides all the overcoming adversity, resilience and beating the odds a reader expects. With a side of sarcasm and humour. He may not be the hero you expected. He just might be the hero you need.

This may be the most important book you never knew you had to read. These experiences changed the lives of almost everyone who knows Fred. It will likely change your life, too. Perhaps even save your life or the life of someone you know. Pick up a copy. Now. You'll be glad you did.



Fast Track to Six Figures Online Using Simple Tech Tools

by Shannon Shibia

Discover How a Spirit-Led Coaching Business Can Help You Balance Family & Financial Freedom

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to work while your kids are sleeping or doing school…and still make a great income? Are you determined to escape the 9-to-5, so you can work less and earn more? It’s time to turn those dreams into reality!

Fast Track to Six-Figures Online Using Simple Tech Tools is your step-by-step blueprint for creating a flexible lifestyle and a profitable business. You’ll discover how to:

✓ Set yourself up for success by putting God first.

✓ Attract your dream clients—people you will enjoy serving.

✓ Create simple systems to start and scale your business.

✓ Outsource your weaknesses, so you can stay in your zone of genius.

✓ Make a massive impact doing what you love.

It’s time to discover how a Spirit-led coaching business can set you free to make the most of your gifts and talents without sacrificing your most important relationships. You can do it. With God’s help and a few simple tech tools!

Because life is too short to live someone else’s dream. Especially when you have the power to achieve every goal you’ve ever set for yourself…just by helping other people reach their goals.

And that's not all. On the book's pages, you can find out how to instantly access Shannon’s FREE 5-Day "Jumpstart Your Coaching Business" training.


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First Survivor: The Impossible Childhood Cancer Breakthrough

by Mark Unger

An inspirational real life cancer memoir of a family's journey and the impossible miracle that led to their son's becoming a childhood cancer survivor. This is a thriller about a family’s battle to save their toddler son from a “zero chance of survival” diagnosis. With the world’s best doctors and the advocacy of his parents, Louis Unger would fight a 5-year battle for his young life. His grit and incredible attitude led to a breakthrough that would change how cancer is treated today. This is not a medical journal or a how-to guide. It is a true page-turner that gives you a front row seat to a miraculous story of courage, inspiration and determination. All proceeds from this book will go to the Carrot Seed Foundation where they will be used to fund Neuroblastoma clinical trials and support the children and families who are stricken by this disease.


A Tooth in My Popsicle: And Other Ebullient Essays on Becoming Filipino

by David Haldane

Ever felt like chucking it all and moving to an island paradise? Award-winning journalist David Haldane and his Filipino wife, Ivy, met on an international dating site. Ten years later, with David laid off from his dream job at the LA Times and frustrated by mounting costs in America, they made the bold decision to move to the Philippine island of Mindanao, where Ivy grew up.

This is the story of that adventure including its tragedies, triumphs, and travails as they slowly build their dream house overlooking the sea, explore the famous surfing mecca of Siargao Island, try to bridge the huge cultural gaps, navigate COVID in a foreign land, and give birth to a child during one of the world's longest and strictest lock downs.

Originally published as a weekly column for Mindanao's leading newspaper, these short essays recount the surprising, spiritual, sometimes frightening, often hilarious, and always entertaining experience of adapting to life in a strange new place.

Required reading for anyone contemplating such a move, or Filipinos wondering what would inspire a foreigner's abiding devotion to their homeland.



Only When I Step On It: One Man's Inspiring Journey to Hike The Appalachian Trail Alone

by Peter Conti

What if You Could Experience The Thrill of an Epic Voyage Through Insurmountable Obstacles Without Leaving The Comfort of Your Own Home?

It was 23 months after his accident and Peter was still dealing with constant excruciating pain.

He'd seen dozens of doctors and tried a myriad of medications, but nothing seemed to work. Faced with the impossible choice of suffering through the rest of his life, he had an unlikely epiphany: "If I could somehow hike 2,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, then my leg will have to be better."

He set a starting date three weeks out, cobbled together a novice's pack, and set off on a journey destined to change his life forever—though not exactly how he had envisioned it.

From the bleakest breakdowns to hilarious adventures, Peter's story is equal parts entertaining, enthralling, and enlightening.

Join him on the trail, one step in front of the other, as he searches for some way to heal his body and soul while struggling with chronic pain, anxiety and depression.

Can Reading This Book Really Change Your Life?

  • Discover how to overcome insurmountable obstacles one step at a time.
  • Experience the joy and freedom of hiking the Appalachian Trail (while wrapped up in a blanket at home).
  • Get a boost for your body and soul as you laugh your way through his hilarious antics and adventures.
  • Enjoy the relief you experience as you walk with the author while escaping from your day to day concerns.

If you've enjoyed best selling memoirs & biographies by authors like Cheryl Strayed, Bill Bryson, and Grandma Gatewood, then you'll enjoy this inspiring memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trail. If you're struggling to find hope and healing after trauma, you'll find encouragement to get back up. You might even find the courage to give solo travel a try yourself.

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From the bleakest breakdowns to hilarious adventures, Peter's story is equal parts entertaining, enthralling, and enlightening. Join him on the trail, one step in front of the other, in search of healing body and soul. Everyone endures their own hardships in life, but fewer people have the courage to walk alone into the unknown to change it. Peter's stubbornly hopeful pursuit of a better life left me shaken, inspired, and grateful; a thru-hike is now on my bucket list, but so is taking smaller steps towards my dreams today. There's something about his story that sticks with you and makes you think. If he can do that, I can do anything.
Karina Monesson

From the forward...

As a hiker with my own challenges I fell in love with this book. It captures the insanity that I experienced first hand during my time on the trail with the author. I really enjoyed hiking the Appalachian Trail but when I can’t hike, I enjoy reading hiking books before going to bed. This book has elements of trauma recovery just like Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling book Wild, where she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone. It was after the author shared his inner struggles with anxiety and panic attacks while interweaving hilarious stories reminiscent of Bill Bryson’s bestseller, A Walk in The Woods, that I realized I can’t put it down. After I finish reading this for the third time (yes, it’s that good!) it’s going on the shelf right between my two other all time favorite page turner novels, John Grisham’s The Judge’s List and The Boys by Ron Howard. Don’t let the title make you think this is a foot injury story - it’s an amazing journey from the depths of the author’s heart and soul.

- Gail “Dr Fix-it” Hinshaw - Author of Katahdin or Bust: Increasing Your Odds of Enjoying Hiking or Backpacking

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Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Former NBA star and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

When future NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still an 18-year-old high school basketball prospect from New York City named Lew Alcindor, he accepted a scholarship from UCLA largely on the strength of Coach John Wooden's reputation as a winner. It turned out to be the right choice, as Alcindor and his teammates won an unprecedented three NCAA championship titles. But it also marked the beginning of one of the most extraordinary and enduring friendships in the history of sports. In 
Coach Wooden and Me, Abdul-Jabbar reveals the inspirational story of how his bond with John Wooden evolved from a history-making coach-player mentorship into a deep and genuine friendship that transcended sports, shaped the course of both men's lives, and lasted for half a century.

Coach Wooden and Me is a stirring tribute to the subtle but profound influence that Wooden had on Kareem as a player, and then as a person, as they began to share their cultural, religious, and family values while facing some of life's biggest obstacles. From his first day of practice, when the players were taught the importance of putting on their athletic socks properly; to gradually absorbing the sublime wisdom of Coach Wooden's now famous "Pyramid of Success"; to learning to cope with the ugly racism that confronted black athletes during the turbulent Civil Rights era as well as losing loved ones, Abdul-Jabbar fondly recalls how Coach Wooden's fatherly guidance not only paved the way for his unmatched professional success but also made possible a lifetime of personal fulfillment.

Full of intimate, never-before-published details and delivered with the warmth and erudition of a grateful student who has learned his lessons well, 
Coach Wooden and Me is at once a celebration of the unique philosophical outlook of college basketball's most storied coach and a moving testament to the all-conquering power of friendship.

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller
President Barack Obama's Favorite Book of 2017
Boston Globe and Huffington Post Best Book of 2017 Pick


Everything is Perfect: A Memoir

by Kate Nason

The true story of a woman caught in one of the most riveting, talked about political scandals of our generation!


Seven years into her second marriage, Kate Nason discovered her husband was cheating on her. Then, the unimaginable happened. She woke to the news that one of her husband’s “other women” was at the center of a national scandal. The press surrounded her home, clamoring for details, and quickly transformed Kate’s private heartbreak into public humiliation.

Nason’s memoir uncovers the little-known side of a well-known story, unveiling a cautionary tale about the ways we deceive ourselves when we allow ourselves to be deceived by those we love. Everything Is Perfect is an intimate reveal of infidelity, gaslighting, and the silent wife at the press conference. Nason explores the roles women inhabit throughout their lives, how they carry trauma, and the lengths they’ll go to protect their children and save themselves. It’s a fierce and often funny self-reckoning, a meditation on learning to trust one’s intuition, and a case study of how one woman undid a bad “I do.”

In the tradition of Lisa Brennan Jobs' Small Fry or Chanel Miller’s Know My NameEverything Is Perfect is a beautifully written, deeply personal, unsparing self-portrait that goes deeper than the familiar news story within.

What people are saying about this courageous book of love, loss, and resilience:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A fierce look at narcissism and why women stay in bad relationships" – Audible Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Heartbreak countered by strength and courage" – Audible Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "...this is among the most beautifully written memoirs I’ve ever read. In fact, it’s downright poetic. Three cheers (and five stars) for a woman who has spun her misery into a beautiful, helpful, kind memoir." – Audible Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "To say that Kate Nason's memoir is the story of how a woman survived her husband's infidelity is like saying plants need water... A wonderful read." – Audible Review


The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

by Sean M. Carroll

The instant 
New York Times bestseller about humanity's place in the universe—and how we understand it.

“Vivid...impressive....Splendidly informative.”The New York Times
Succeeds spectacularly.—Science
A tour de force.Salon

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?

In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level
and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique.  

Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.

The Big Picture is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come.


Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

by Jon Krakauer

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of 
Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, this extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities. Now an the acclaimed FX limited series streaming on HULU.

“Fantastic.... Right up there with In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God; some 40,000 people still practice polygamy in these communities. 

At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.


God Can Change Your Heart: How to Heal When You’re Still Hurting And Don’t Know Why

by Donna McFall

♥ Can you put the past behind and become who you were born to be? ♥

If you’re still hurting and don’t know why, this book was written just for you. Because God stands ready to heal even the hidden corners of your heart.

You can overcome past hurts and get set free from the unseen “emotional baggage” that keeps you weighed down, feeling like every day is a struggle. Put an end to your unanswered prayers and unsolvable problems.

This uplifting, practical book reveals seven keys that will change your life from the inside out.

You will discover:

✓ How the heart works, including why it hurts and how it heals.

✓ Practical ways to guard your heart against negative people.

✓ What it means to keep a clean heart that stays open to receiving God’s best.

✓ How to listen in a way that makes people enjoy spending time with you.

✓ A simple strategy to instantly stop anxiety, worry and depression in their tracks.

Finally, a book about healing the heart from past hurts that’s based on God’s Word, not the wisdom of men. Thousands of people have already experienced the miraculous power of these seven keys. Now it’s your turn. It’s time for the next chapter of your life, so open your heart, open the book, and let the journey begin.

Bonus: Also includes details about how you can download your FREE copy of Powerful Prayers from the Heart.

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Divine Communication: Receive Guidance and Messages From God and the Angels

by Billie Woodruff

Life can be hard. But you don't have to go through challenges and heartache alone. You may wish you can communicate and receive messages from the divine to answer your questions and help you through life. Well, good news, God is accessible and you can learn how to receive guidance from Him and the angels.

In Divine Communication, Billie Woodruff shares poignant stories in she sought divine communication in her life and received guidance. Knowing that communication with God and the angels has helped on her life's journey she shares tips and a variety of opportunities from her experience and helps you to learn to do this too.

She first teaches you the importance of building faith and seeking for guidance with good intentions, and then she guides you in all the ways you can communicate and receive messages from God and the angels.

• Prayer
• Visions
• Everyday conversations with God
• Symbolism
• Books
• Music
• Meditation
• Synchronicities
• Nature
• Intuition
• Dreams
• Writing
• Others' interactions with you.

At the end of each chapter, she includes messages from the angels. Improve your life, by calling out to God. Divine Communication is the book that will make all the difference.

Are you looking to receive divine guidance regarding anything you're going through? Would you like to have a more personal intimate relationship with God and the angels? Divine communication will make all the difference!

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The Beautiful Addiction: Passing Through the Marathon Wall for the 70th Birthday

by Dr. Zeev Gilkis

It's never too late to make dreams come true - even at the age of 70.

At the age of 68 Dr. Zeev Gilkis, a cancer survivor, decided to gift himself an unusual present for his 70th birthday – to run his first full marathon.

In his previous book “Running Back in Time” the author, writing at the time at age 69, told the story of the first half of his journey. Beginning with two injuries and 5 km runs and ending with achieving his interim goal of running a half-marathon.

“The Beautiful Addiction” relates the second part of his journey, through which Zeev gradually increases the distance of his runs from 21km to 42km while sharing his thoughts about life and becoming ageless, all the way to the surprising ending.

This book is about making dreams come true, setting ambitious goals, persistence, performance, achievement, and joy. There is also some life philosophy and of course, a lot of running.

Read and discover that you too can realize your dreams!


Salted Plums: A Memoir of Culture and Identity

by Alison Hong Nguyen Lihalakha

Salted Plums 
is a moving coming-of-age tale for anyone who has ever felt as if they don't belong.

Alison Hong Nguyen Lihalakha was just a small child when her family fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon. From a refugee camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, Alison's family settled in Panama City, Florida, where her father worked as a fisherman until his sudden death. Left to raise seven kids on her own, Alison's mother moved the family to Kansas to be near relatives. There, Alison found herself torn between her dual identities as both an immigrant and an American kid. She felt suffocated under her mother's strict expectations and began to reject anything Vietnamese. Quickly recognizing the disparity between her own home and the ones her mother cleaned for a living, Alison vowed to climb her way out of poverty and leave the life of an immigrant behind.

Daydreaming of grilled cheese sandwiches and faraway places, Alison initially failed to recognize the many sacrifices her parents made to build a life in America. But as she moved through her journey of self-discovery, eventually going off to college and forging her own future, Alison came to find happiness and self-acceptance in the foods and traditions she had suppressed in her youth—and in the shared kinship, from triumphs to tragedies, that bonds immigrants and refugees together.

In the tradition of coming-of-age memoirs such as 
Sigh, Gone and Stealing Buddha's DinnerSalted Plums explores the nuances of race and culture for a young immigrant girl growing up while caught between two worlds.


Yellow Wife: A Novel

by Sadeqa Johnson

A Best Book of the Year by NPR and 
Christian Science Monitor

Called “wholly engrossing” by New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Grissom, this “fully immersive” (Lisa Wingate, #1 bestselling author of Before We Were Yours) story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.

She’d been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.



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