8 Nov
2012

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Bad Girls in a Mad World: True Stories of Lethal Ladies Behind Bars

Bad Girls in a Mad World: True Stories of Lethal Ladies Behind Bars

by Emily Throne

Emily Throne was an innocent, fun-loving 22-year-old recent college graduate living the good life in sunny Orange County, California; but misplaced trust in a deviant, drug-running boyfriend led her into a dark corner of the O.C. underworld known as Orange County Jail. There was the extraordinarily-troubled Ardith Cribbs, who shot her husband to death while he was handcuffed naked to their bed; the petite, savvy and wealthy Lisa Peng, who stabbed her husband’s mistress to death and smothered their love child in a brutal attack; friendly but rageful prostitute Whitney Millano, whose mother sold her for drugs when she was two and whose father then decapitated her mother; and then there was Tracy Russell, arrested for bestiality after twice forcing sex upon her neighbor’s male dog. These and other complex and fascinating women come to life on the pages of BAD GIRLS IN A MAD WORLD, a factual account of author Emily Throne’s two years behind bars in Orange County, California.
(Some names, but not all, have been changed)

A deeply fascinating and enlightening book, BAD GIRLS IN A MAD WORLD shines a bright light on a dark, dangerous and misunderstood world of marginalized women in our midst.
~Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, CA

I don’t usually read books about prison life, but BAD GIRLS IN A MAD WORLD completely altered my perception of the genre. The women’s stories and crimes blew me away, as did their strength and resilience. An absolute must-read.
~Kate Lewis, Boston, MA

BAD GIRLS IN A MAD WORLD is the best true crime book I have read in years. The author takes us with her during her two-year stay at Orange County Jail, and provides an unforgettable account of the real lives of women behind bars. Three words: Expect the unexpected.
~Terry Crawford, Orlando, FL



Legendary Explorers: The Life and Legacy of Christopher Columbus

Legendary Explorers: The Life and Legacy of Christopher Columbus

by Charles River Editors

*Includes Columbus’s journal entries of his first voyage to the New World from August-October 1492
*Includes maps of Columbus’s voyages and pictures depicting Columbus and important people, places, and events in his life.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“At two o’clock in the morning the land was discoveredâ?¦As I saw that they were very friendly to us, and perceived that they could be much more easily converted to our holy faith by gentle means than by force, I presented them with some red caps, and strings of beads to wear upon the neck, and many other trifles of small value, wherewith they were much delighted, and became wonderfully attached to us.” – Christopher Columbus’s diary, October 11-12, 1492

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? The Age of Exploration and the explorers who set out on their history-making expeditions left many legacies and profoundly influenced history around the world. The voyages of men like Columbus and the conquests of men like Cortes escalated tensions between the European nations, initiated imperialistic empires on a global scale, helped birth the United States, and ensured that the wars in the 20th century were truly world wars. In Charles River Editors’ Legendary Explorers series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of the most important explorers of history in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

The most seminal event of the last millennium might also be its most controversial. As schoolchildren have been taught for over 500 years, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” In October of that year, the Italian Christopher Columbus immortalized himself by landing in the New World and beginning the process of European settlement in the Americas for Spain, bringing the Age of Exploration to a new hemisphere with him. Ironically, the Italian had led a Spanish expedition, in part because the Portugese rejected his offers in the belief that sailing west to Asia would take too long.

Columbus had better luck with the Spanish royalty, successfully persuading Queen Isabella to commission his expedition. In August 1492, Columbus set west for India at the helm of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. After a harrowing trip that nearly left his crew mutinous, on October 7, 1492, the three ships spotted flocks of birds, suggesting land was nearby, so Columbus followed the direction in which the birds flew. On the night of October 11, the expedition sighted land, and when Columbus came ashore the following day in the Bahamas, he thought he was in Japan, but the natives he came into contact with belied the descriptions of the people and lands of Asia as wealthy and resourceful. Instead, the bewildered Columbus would note in his journal that the natives painted their bodies, wore no clothes and had primitive weapons, leading him to the conclusion they would be easily converted to Catholicism. When he set sail for home in January 1493, he brought several imprisoned natives back to Spain with him.

Everyone agrees that Columbus’s discovery of the New World was one of the turning points in history, but agreements over his legacy end there. Columbus became such a towering figure in Western history that the United States’ capital was named after George Washington and him. Conversely, among the Native Americans and indigenous tribes who suffered epidemics and enslavement at the hands of the European settlers, Columbus is widely portrayed as an archvillain.

Legendary Explorers: The Life and Legacy of Christopher Columbus chronicles Columbus’s life and his historic voyages, but it also examines the aftermath of his expeditions and analyzes the controversy surrounding his legacy. Along with maps and pictures, you will learn about Columbus like you never have before, in no time at all.



What's Poppin?

What’s Poppin?

by D Smooth

Growing up in South Florida wasn’t easy for young Pasco, but he would soon meet Bitty, a true to life street hustler who would introduce him into a whole other realm of fast money and easy living. To become a part of Bitty’s world Pasco and his friend Tre would have to put in some work. Their life would be forever changed after thier adolesance choices to become affiliated with a gang. The author D.Smooth does a terrific job of taking you into the streets with great details.



Legendary Explorers: The Life and Legacy of Francisco Pizarro

Legendary Explorers: The Life and Legacy of Francisco Pizarro

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures of Pizarro and important people, places, and events in his life.
*Describes the Inca Empire and Pizarro’s conquest of it.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“Friends and comrades! On that side [south] are toil, hunger, nakedness, the drenching storm, desertion, and death; on this side ease and pleasure. There lies Peru with its riches; here, Panama and its poverty. Choose, each man, what best becomes a brave Castilian. For my part, I go to the south.” – Francisco Pizarro

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? The Age of Exploration and the explorers who set out on their history-making expeditions left many legacies and profoundly influenced history around the world. The voyages of men like Columbus and the conquests of men like Cortés had dramatic consequences for the natives, escalated tensions between the European nations, initiated imperialistic empires on a global scale, helped birth the United States, and ensured that the wars in the 20th century were truly world wars. In Charles River Editors’ Legendary Explorers series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of the most important explorers of history in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

During the Age of Exploration, some of the most famous and infamous individuals were Spain’s best known conquistadors. Naturally, as one of the best known conquistadors, Francisco Pizarro (1471/6-1541) is also one of the most controversial. Like Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortés before him, Pizarro was celebrated in Europe for subduing the Inca Empire, a culture that fascinated his contemporaries. At the same time, naturally, indigenous views of the man have been overwhelmingly negative.
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If Columbus and Cortés were the pioneers of Spain’s new global empire, Pizarro consolidated its immense power and riches, and his successes inspired a further generation to expand Spain’s dominions to unheard of dimensions. Furthermore, he participated in the forging of a new culture: like Cortés, he took an indigenous mistress with whom he had two mixed-race children, and yet the woman has none of the lasting fame of Cortés’s Doña Marina. With all of this in mind, it is again remarkable that Pizarro remains one of the less well-known and less written about of the explorers of his age.

On the other hand, there are certain factors that may account for the conqueror of Peru’s relative lack of lasting glory. For one, he was a latecomer in more than one sense. Cortés’s reputation was built on being the first to overthrow a great empire, so Pizarro’s similar feat, even if it bore even greater fruit in the long run, would always be overshadowed by his predecessor’s precedent. But Pizarro also lacked the youthful glamour of Cortés: already a wizened veteran in his 50s by the time he undertook his momentous expedition, he proceeded with the gritty determination of a hardened soldier rather than the audacity and cunning of a young courtier.

Legendary Explorers: The Life and Legacy of Francisco Pizarro chronicles Pizarro’s life, but it also examines the aftermath of his conquest and analyzes the controversy surrounding his legacy. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in his life, you will learn about Pizarro like you never have before, in no time at all.



32 Years of Keba: The Memoir of a Southern Girl

32 Years of Keba: The Memoir of a Southern Girl

by Makeba Yasmeen

Have you ever wondered how life would be, growing up in the South, during the 80′s and 90′s? Allow Makeba Fletcher to give you a peep into that life, from her eyes. From living in the country and jamming with her cousins to the latest Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam album; being forced by a determined great-aunt to play the role of a disgruntled Peter Cottontail in the annual church Easter program; to experiencing the worst relationships in the history of mankind, before being reunited with her one true love, life was good! So join this Southern girl as she shares her 32 years of growing up in Georgia, from the wonderful days of childhood, to the learning experiences of adulthood. It will be a journey that you will never forget!



Joe Biden: A Biography

Joe Biden: A Biography

by Steven Needham

ABOUT THE BOOK

Joseph R. Biden is currently serving as the forty-seventh Vice President of the United States, in President Barack Obama’s administration. Prior to this, he enjoyed a long career in the US Senate as a Democrat. He is known for his devotion to such issues as arms control, drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties. During his time in the senate, Biden served on the Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. By the time he became Vice President in 2008, Joe Biden was the fifteenth longest serving Senator in US history.

Joe Biden came from a family of modest means in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and has often been described as one of the poorest members of the senate. During his Senate career, Biden famously commuted to Washington, DC by train every day from his home in Wilmington, Delaware. He worked tirelessly for the people of Delaware, and continues to serve his country in the White House. His devotion to his family and to his job earned Biden the respect of many of his colleagues, both Democratic and Republican.

Joe Biden experienced some considerable tragedies, including the death of his first wife and young daughter. His resilience and tenacity enabled him to live through difficult times and continue his work in the public sector. President Obama has said that he made Joe Biden his Vice Presidential pick because of his long history in politics and because he was trusted by voters. Biden also had extensive foreign policy experience and a history of being able to work with colleagues across the political aisle. Biden’s public life has encompassed some of the most important political events of the late twentieth century. As the Senator from Delaware and then as Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has served his country faithfully for over three decades.

Joe Biden is known by many in politics to be a man who says what he is thinking. Although his verbal gaffes have occasionally gotten him in trouble, many also find his truthful nature refreshing.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. was born November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Bidens were strong Roman Catholics of Irish, English, and French heritage. Biden’s father, Joseph Robinette Biden, Sr., was a businessman who had suffered some financial reverses in the years before his first son’s birth. Biden’s mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, was an Irish Catholic woman who went on to have three more children: two sons, James Brian and Francis W., and a daughter, Valerie (Biden) Owens.

Biden’s paternal grandfather, Joseph H. Biden, had been a successful oil businessman in Baltimore, but Joseph Biden, Sr.’s business interests did not pay well enough for the young family to live on their own. During the early years of Biden’s life, the family lived with Catherine Eugenia’s parents, the Finnegans. Scranton, Pennsylvania experienced a further economic downturn in the 1950s, and Biden’s father was unable to find enough work to support his family. So, the Biden family moved to Claymont, Delaware in 1953 and lived in a small apartment. Soon, Joe Biden Sr. found work as a used car salesman and the family moved again to a small house in Wilmington, Delaware.

Joseph Biden, Jr. attended high school at the Archmere Academy where he was an average student and a very good football player. He played halfback or wide receiver on his high school football team, and in his senior year the team went undefeated. Although he did not stand out academically during high school, Biden was already politically involved, and he attended an anti-segregation sit-in at a Wilmington theater…

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Beyond Intervention: A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery

Beyond Intervention: A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery

by Chad Hepler

Beyond Intervention is Chad Hepler’s sequel to Intervention: Anything But My Own Skin. When Chad leaves the Wilderness Treatment Center in his first book, he is ready to live a life free of substance abuse. But as a young man, living in a world full of temptations, Chad will face his biggest challenge yetâ??the college dorms.

Take the journey through Chad’s relapses, arrests, and failures to see if he will come out of the drug-induced fog and become the man he was born to be. Chad speaks from the heart, leaving nothing behind in his gritty memoir of addiction and recovery.



Handbags and Poobags: Tales of a Soho Boxer Dog

Handbags and Poobags: Tales of a Soho Boxer Dog

by Alice Wright

“Handbags and Poobags…. and bags of laughs too! A love story with a twist in its very waggy tail. I think Alice Wright is really Bridget Bones! Forget Hugh Grant or Colin Firth though, her dog is a much better love interest (and he’s a proper Boxer!)
If you’re contemplating settling down with a good dog, read this first and if it doesn’t put you off then you’ll be fine. Already had your heart stolen by a dog? You’ll definitely recognise the dogification of your wardrobe, the permanent damage to your flooring and especially the gritty bed linen!
What a page-turner. I Loved it.”
Beverley Cuddy, Editor DOGS TODAY MAGAZINE

What happens when you drop a big, bouncing Boxer dog into the life of a glamorous girl about town? Alice Wright reveals all in her dog-memoir with a difference…

Alice’s busy life consists of ‘parties, premieres and private members clubs’ and she loves it! She certainly doesn’t want the responsiblity of a partner or a pooch but seems to end up with more than she bargained for in this very funny but incredibly personal memoir about modern dog ownership.

Set in the streets of Soho and the parks of North London HANDBAGS AND POOBAGS reveals why you should never wear a long cashmere scarf when poop scooping and how to hide a dog under a barstool and in the back of a taxi-cab.

A bit different from the traditional pet-memoir this warm, touching real life tale is full of embarrassing anecdotes and surprising discoveries as Alice realises that owning a dog changes not only her lifestyle but her life.

See facebook.com/handbagsandpoobags for updates and photos!



American Legends: The Life of Crazy Horse

American Legends: The Life of Crazy Horse

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures of important people and places in Crazy Horse’s life.
*Explains the Battle of the Little Bighorn and several Lakota oral legends, including the origins of Crazy Horse’s name.
*Includes a Table of Contents

“Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.” – Crazy Horse
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

As he lay dying, Tashunke Witco, whose name is literally translated as “His Horse is Spirited” or “His Horse is Crazy,” refused to be placed on an army cot, and he insisted upon being placed on the floor. He had spent his life avoiding white people whenever possible, and after he died, his cousin Touch the Clouds pointed to the blanket covering the dead Chief’s body and said, “This is the lodge of Crazy Horse.”

Throughout his life, Tashunke Witco tried to live the life his people had enjoyed for centuries. He never signed a treaty with the U.S. government and was never photographed, largely because he wanted to avoid contact with the settlers encroaching further west upon Native American lands. By staying away from white settlements and military forts, he thus avoided the places where a photographer might be lurking. As the great Lakota leaders surrendered to the U.S. military or were killed, they became symbols of the qualities and character of their people. Red Cloud is often referred to as a symbol of Lakota concession. Sitting Bull is considered symbolic of Lakota spirituality. Crazy Horse, because he delayed surrender and never entered into treaty agreements with the U.S. military, became a symbol of Lakota resistance.

Crazy Horse may have fervently wished to avoid white settlers, but he’s a Native American icon today because of the inability to do so. Like Geronimo in the Southwest and Sitting Bull on the Plains, Crazy Horse was a chief who fought in several skirmishes against settlers and U.S. forces during the 1860s, and he became one of the most famous Native Americans in American history because of one fateful confrontation with whites: the legendary Battle of the Little Bighorn, during which an estimated 2,000 Lakota and Cheyenne warriors routed and then annihilated the 7th U.S. Cavalry led by George Custer. That disaster led the American government to double down on its efforts to “pacify” the Plains, and by the end of the decade many of them had surrendered and been moved onto a reservation. Like Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse tried to avoid surrendering for as long as he could, and both suffered a controversial death.

American Legends: The Life of Crazy Horse chronicles the amazing life of the Lakota leader who defiantly fought to save his people’s homeland, but it also humanizes the man who became one of the most famous Native Americans in American history. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Crazy Horse like you never have before, in no time at all.



Shelley The Lifeboat Labrador

Shelley The Lifeboat Labrador

by JOHN PERIAM

‘SHELLEY THE LIFEBOAT LABRADOR’ is a story about our life in Southwold, Suffolk, England and moving down to Shoreham by Sea in Sussex. The story is linked by the writers personal experiences and the bond and affection between the writer and his Labrador Dog ‘SHELLEY’ over a period of 13 years.

This is my first book and I do not pretend to be a respected writer. Everyone has at least one book in them and I wanted to write this true story about part of my life. I have tried to be honest and there will be comments some good some bad about the contents and writing skills!

The ‘Lifeboat’ connection is that the writer became a crew member of the Shoreham Harbour R.N.L.I Lifeboat Station (Coastguard Rescue in the USA). It is a personal story and is not about the workings of a lifeboat station. It is about the social lives around the station with Shelley as the common bond. Yes! there are the stories of rescues at sea, fund raising events, and situations associated with life around an active Lifeboat station with Offshore and Inshore Lifeboats. Lifeboat crews in those days did enjoy a few beers as did the writer so there is plenty of real ale humour which might not appeal to all readers!

The Preface to the book is written by Peter Huxtable MBE who was Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Coxswain and often took his dog Gilbert to sea with him when he was a fisherman. This is a ‘Real Salty Dog Story.’ It was an era when the crews were steeped in family tradition and maroons were fired to launch the lifeboat! In the late 70′s and early 80′s technology was very different.

Shelley was always at the boathouse waiting for the lifeboat to return from rescues at sea ready to greet the crew with a wet paw at the bottom of the slipway. She helped with many fund rasing activities wearing her collecting boxes with real pride even working with Santa at Christmas.

The writer travelled around the UK due to his work, meeting many characters and visiting other Lifeboat stations sometimes staying away for days with Shelley always in the back seat of the car. It is a story tinged with laughter,sadness and adventures.

There were personal problems to overcome after a broken marriage and loss of his parents. It was a case of ‘one man and his dog’ starting life again as a team in pastures new. The bond between both shows true affection proving that dogs do understand humans more than one realises!

The book is written in an informal, friendly and personal style giving the reader the opportunity to feel what it was like to see into the lives of both Shelley and its writer. One is able to meet their many friends through the pages of this book!

A respected photojournalist with many published features in the Nautical – Equestrian and Aviation Press the writer is also an established photographer. Many of his images have been used by the R.N.L.I and one even made a Royal Mail Postage stamp showing a rescue at sea.

Links to the Royal Airforce are mentiond in the book following the rescue of one of the famous RAF Red Arrow Aerobatic Team pilots after an incident at sea. This was one of Shelleys most exciting periods where she met the cream of the RAF.

As for ‘Shelley’ she spent 13 happy years with her master before she departed over the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ and is no doubt telling her many friends about her adventures as written in this book with her fond doggy memories!
You might need a large box of tissues at times.

IT IS A BOOK FOR ALL DOG LOVERS – ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN THE SEA AND THE – SOCIAL LIFE – LINKED TO THE WORKINGS OF AN R.N.L.I (COASTGUARD) LIFEBOAT STATION IN THE LATE 70′S EARLY 80′S. READERS WHO WANT TO KNOW WHAT A REAL BOND BETWEEN ONE MAN AND HIS DOG IS ALL ABOUT WILL ENJOY THIS PERSONAL STORY. I HOPE MY PROOF READERS HAVE HELPED MAKE IT A GOOD READ BUT WE CAN’T ALL BE PERFECT. IN THE MEANTIME I HOPE IT BRINGS A RAY OF HAPPINESS INTO YOUR LIVES!



ANGELS OF DEATH; NURSES WHO KILL (WOMEN SERIAL KILLERS)

ANGELS OF DEATH; NURSES WHO KILL (WOMEN SERIAL KILLERS)

by SYLVIA PERRINI

In this book, historian and best selling author Sylvia Perrini looks at some cases of serial killers, all of whom were female nurses. The crimes of these nurses are heinous and shocking.
Luckily, nurses, who murder their patients, are the exception. They are not the rule. However, the number of cases of nurses accused and convicted of murdering patients is rising. It’s almost enough to give you a phobia about going into hospital!!



Leaders of the Oglala Sioux: The Lives and Legacies of Crazy Horse and Red Cloud

Leaders of the Oglala Sioux: The Lives and Legacies of Crazy Horse and Red Cloud

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures of Red Cloud, depictions of Crazy Horse, and important people and places in their lives.
*Explains several Oglala oral legends, including the origins of the names Red Cloud and Crazy Horse
*Explains Red Cloud’s War, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and their roles in both.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.” – Crazy Horse

“Look at me – I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches, but we want to train our children right. Riches will do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.” – Red Cloud

Among the Oglala Lakota, one of the most famous bands of the Native American Tribe known as the Sioux, the longest and most effective leader was Makhpiyaluta, better known as Red Cloud. Though he has not been remembered as vividly as another member of the Oglala Lakota, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud led the group for 40 years, in war, in peace, and on a reservation, becoming so esteemed and influential that Americans began to mistakenly take him for the leader of the entire Sioux tribe.

In the 1860s, Red Cloud was at the forefront of skirmishing among whites and Native Americans along the frontier in Wyoming and Montana, which came to be known as Red Cloud’s War. After that, however, Red Cloud continued to lead his people to reservations first near the Black Hills and later westward after the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Though he was respected as a war chief, it was his political functions as a spokesman of the Oglala that truly allowed Red Cloud to leave his mark over the last several decades of his life. Whereas Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse suffered premature deaths, Red Cloud outlived the other important leaders of the Sioux until dying in 1909 at 87 years old. Near the end of his life, he reportedly said, “They made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they kept but one — they promised to take our land…and they took it.”

Red Cloud is often referred to as a symbol of Lakota concession. Sitting Bull is considered symbolic of Lakota spirituality. Crazy Horse, because he delayed surrender and never entered into treaty agreements with the U.S. military, became a symbol of Lakota resistance. Crazy Horse may have fervently wished to avoid white settlers, but he’s a Native American icon today because of the inability to do so. Like Geronimo in the Southwest and Sitting Bull on the Plains, Crazy Horse was a chief who fought in several skirmishes against settlers and U.S. forces during the 1860s, and he became one of the most famous Native Americans in American history because of one fateful confrontation with whites: the legendary Battle of the Little Bighorn, during which an estimated 2,000 Lakota and Cheyenne warriors routed and then annihilated the 7th U.S. Cavalry led by George Custer. That disaster led the American government to double down on its efforts to “pacify” the Plains, and by the end of the decade many of them had surrendered and been moved onto a reservation. Like Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse tried to avoid surrendering for as long as he could, and both suffered a controversial death.

Leaders of the Oglala Sioux looks at the two most famous leaders of the Oglala, including their roles in Red Cloud’s War and at Little Bighorn, but it also humanizes the men who became symbols of defiance and conciliation respectively. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Red Cloud and Crazy Horse like you never have before.



Would-Be Warrior - A Memoir

Would-Be Warrior – A Memoir

by W. A. Russell

THE WOULD-BE WARRIOR is an account of my bumbling journey into manhood. From my first inklings of a world beyond my nose, I blundered on. Through the war years, the first day of school, encounters with gigantic policemen, the irresistible lure of a pile of dirt, prissy girls in starched splendor and the hormone hysteria of my teen years, I sought my true identity. Like a leaf floating on a stream, I twisted and turned at the whim of the Fates. Then, in the eleventh year of my 12-year school sentence, I concocted a brilliant scheme to set myself free of the drudgery I found in scholarhood and the tyranny of Mr. Scaley’s remedial math class. What was this marvelous plan, this plot to make all things right? It was simplicity in itselfâ?¦. Join the Marines! Cool thinking, huh? I knew I’d look so great in that beautiful blue uniform, my mouth watered every time I thought about it. Shortly after the swearing in ceremony I realized that perhaps being a Leatherneck might not be my true calling, but it was too late. With my introduction to my drill instructor, Corporal Beefslab and faced with three years of reveille, spit â??n polish and right angle turns, I became depressingly sure of it. This hysterical tale of innocence run amok is told tongue-in-cheek and is not meant to inspire, recruit, provoke thought or educate anyone, but solely to entertain and, perhaps, flex the old smile muscles.



Mitt Romney: Revised, Redacted and Retroactive

Mitt Romney: Revised, Redacted and Retroactive

by Chris Wolfe

Mitt Romney is a self-made man, remade in fact many times over. Author Chris Wolfe examines these incarnations from moderate to severely conservative and back again, supporting and then opposing issues such as gay rights, universal health care and Roe vs. Wade, and running as a job creator and successful businessness man while keeping records of his success elusive. Who says some people never change?



My Theater 8

My Theater 8

by Ashley Milano

This book was written by Ashley Milano. In it she shares the events leading up to and including the tragic event of July 20th 2012 on which a gunman entered our local Century 16 movie theater during a special midnight showing of the highly anticipated Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and opened fire. Ashley was in Theater 8.



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