Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 05 Dec 13

Conquering Darkness Memoir of the Serial Killer’s Wife

by Alice Swafford

Conquering Darkness, Memoir of the Serial Killer’s Wife is a painfully candid account of the lives of two people who grew up together in West Oakland, California. Their story, would, in a few aspects, mirror the simple plot of “boy meets girl.” Everybody knows that story-right? Boy meets girl; they fall in love and live happily ever after. However, the lives of Alice and William were woven together by threads of early parental abandonment and gross parental abuse that came creeping in from their pasts. Alice’s father abandoned her at the delicate age of five. That early experience filled her with insecurity she could not shake; this, in turn, gave birth to a fragile and emotional state of mind, which made Alice desperate to find a man to replace her father and the love he had given to her. William on the other hand, grew up with both his parents in the home, but his mother verbally and physically abused him. He desperately struggled to love and please her-but to no avail. William’s misguided search for love would take him on an ill-fated journey with all kinds of dark psychological twist and turns that ruptured his childhood and split his adult mind down the middle; one side was good, and one side was pure evil. This journey started, unbeknownst to Alice, long before she joined William in marriage. But how would the young Alice know whom she was really dealing with? It took decades for her to truly understand that question. More importantly, how would Alice ever understand who she was then or who she is now? This memoir, written by Alice Swafford and her daughter, Crystal Choyce-Lige, provides an up close and honest retrospective account of what life was like with a budding serial rapist and serial murderer, who flew under the radar of his family and law enforcement for decades. How? He was very, very clever and cunning, playing the part of husband and father, while luring and preying upon the most vulnerable people in our society.

The essential questions asked and then answered are: How and why could this nightmare happen and then last for so long? Why couldn’t Alice see what was right in front of her? The answers will enlighten as well as surprise those who embark upon the riveting adventure of reading this book.

HAWAII: Bombs and Barbed Wire

by Nancy Uno

December 7, 1941 we say is the day World War Two started for the United Sates. For my husband that date represents the day his life, as he knew it, ended for all time.

Boogie was his nickname : a Japanese-Hawaiian boy living on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. For his thirteenth birthday he was given a trip with his father by airplane to the neighboring island of Oahu. “Some good”, he grinned, saying it was going to be the best two days of his life.

But instead of a holiday, he witnessed the horrific Japanese air attack. He saw the planes with the Rising Sun on the wings fly over Oahu in three waves setting Pearl Harbor aflame, sinking the USS Arizona and other ships, killing two thousand four hundred and three people. The presses of the Japanese language newspaper immediately were haltedâ??putting his father out of his job. The Buddhist temples padlocked…priests deported. Japanese language school locked…teachers deported. Japanese doctors forbidden to practice. By nightfall Hawaii was in total blackout…the American citizens of Japanese ancestry ordered to sundown curfew.

Hawaii: Bombs and Barbed Wire is a novel that tells the heartbreaking ending of that paradise, not from the viewpoint of historians, but from the experiences of the children who lived it.

Two weeks following the attack, Boogie’s brother was the first death on Maui. The little five year old child had to be given a quick and secretive cremation with only the family present because Japanese-Hawaiian locals were not allowed to assemble. His ashes were placed in a tomato soup can, the only available “urn”. To commemorate those tragic years the ashes still rest in the vault of the Buddhist Temple in Wailuku in that can. Boogie and his family believe it a fitting Memorial to the time in Hawaii’s history when there was no trust.

Nancy Uno

Seed India – How To Navigate The Seed Capital Gap In India (Entrepreneur Journeys)

by Sramana Mitra

India has seen tremendous surge in interest in entrepreneurship.

India has seen an equally acute shortage of seed capital to get these entrepreneurs off the ground.

From one of the most highly regarded writers on the Indian startup scene comes a new book in her acclaimed Entrepreneur Journeys series. In Seed India, Sramana Mitra analyzes the current state of the Indian eco-system, and proposes ways of navigating the rest of the decade, such that a robust pipeline of entrepreneurs can survive the current malaise, and thrive, while the eco-system develops and matures in parallel.

Outstanding case studies and role model interviews introduce aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs to the heroes who have managed to overcome the odds.

This low probability game can be won. Optimistic, but pragmatic, Seed India shows how.

Geek House, Part 1: Freshman Year (part one of the Geek House novellas)

by Michael Anthony

Set in the late 1980s, Geek House, a four-part novella series, chronicles the immodest rise and epic fall of arguably the worst fraternity to ever defile the campus of the University of the Northwest.

At its pinnacle, Tau Kappa Beta fraternity showed flashes of mediocrity. Far more often, it displayed heinous acts of depravity and incompetence.

Told by Mike, a member of the first TKB pledge class, Geek House follows the struggles a shy, insecure and socially awkward 18-year-old faces trying to fit in and be cool by joining the first fraternity he steps foot into – one founded on the principle of being anti-Greek, admitting virtually all comers.

More realistic than Animal House and slightly less moronic than Revenge of the Nerds, Geek House takes you back to the final golden age of the Greek system on American college campuses, a time when kegs flowed in fraternity basements, no one checked IDs at the door and, mercifully, hip-hop music didn’t exist.

Over the course of four years, “Tappa Kegga Brew” grows from a new fringe fraternity to a middling force, occupying a former sorority house in a prime section of Greek Row adjoining campus. As TKB flails its way out of the lower rungs of UNW’s social order, it attracts the wrath of neighboring fraternities that view the renegade TKB house as a challenge to the traditional Greek system (how dare they admit non-pedigreed, non-jocks, and non-wealthy guys!) and the disgust of neighboring sororities that suddenly have an unwelcome birds-eye view of their drunken idiotic acts (does there always have to be someone passed out in the front lawn?).

Simultaneously, Mike evolves from a social outsider into a full-fledged frat boy, leaving a pathetic path of party animal carnage in his wake. As a freshman, he dreamed of scoring the perfect girlfriend. By his senior year, he can’t remember why.

A true Greek story should end in tragedy but Mike and the brothers of Geek House couldn’t even get that right. They did have a helluva good time along the way, though, forming incredible lifelong friendships and learning more about business, management and sales than any classroom could offer.

Presented in four parts, Geek House is a work of creative non-fiction, a clever term meaning the series is based on actual events with just enough changes to provide plausible deniability to the plethora of petty crimes and outrageous misdeeds committed during course of the story.

Geek House (Part 1: Freshman Year) details Mike’s drunken slog through dorm life with roommate Brad and next door neighbor Ted; the formation of Tau Kappa Beta Fraternity; an insane Spring Break motor home road trip with stops in San Francisco, Malibu Beach, Disneyland, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico; experimental dalliances with hallucinogenic substances; and Mike pledging the newest and lamest fraternity on campus.

Geek House Series
Part 1: Freshman Year
Part 2: Sophomore Year
Part 3: Junior Year
Part 4: Senior Year

My Life

by Atiku Abubakar

The story of MY LIFE is told in greater detail in the biography titled Atiku: The Story of Atiku Abubakar by Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba (Africana Legacy Press, Abuja, 2006). MY LIFE is based largely on a series of interviews I granted the biographer.

The interviews covered the major events and milestones in my life and they have been distilled here and woven into a personal narrative of struggles and triumph with a hint about the vast unconquered territory that still lies ahead.

I want readers to take note of two points. One, my modest achievements in life have not come to me on a platter of gold. I have had to struggle against uncommon odds to get to where I am today. Success in life requires hard work and sacrifice. Two, personal achievements in life are meaningless in a country where the vast majority of our people still struggle daily to meet their basic needs.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to create a Nigeria of shared exertion and prosperity, a Nigeria where the majority of our people are fulfilled, happy and hopeful about the future.

I hope our young people will find the story of My Life inspiring. It is not the circumstances of our birth that truly count, it is what we make of life itself.

As for me, I will continue to devote the rest of my life to making Nigeria a strong, united, democratic and prosperous country.

Market Equations (A Short Gem)

by Linda Shelnutt

This recipe appears to be for failure, not success. Even so, if there are realistic “how to’s” approach the Major Publishing Houses between the Moon and New York City, this might disclose one, this SHORT GEM titled MARKET EQUATIONS. Why? This Short Gem tells the story.

But it’s in CODE. It needs a particular reader to break it. Want the job? If you have a clue about breaking this code, feel free to post an AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW!!

We’ll look for you,



A Special DEDICATION by the Author:

The term in the title of this Short Gem has been used before in many ways and instances. In this case it opens a concept [maybe a can of worms, too] related to my feeling that in this adulterated offering of MARKET EQUATIONS, I have exposed a somewhat correct, potentially successful “how to” for an unknown writer aiming to capture the attention of established Major Publishing Houses.

This seems especially so in my connection with an amazing gentleman I see as one of the most professional yet humbly human acquisitions editors taking part in the vital game of vying for precedence in directing the developmental evolution of a sentient [potentially] species.

The editor is Peter Stampfel.

The publishing house is DAW.

With Peter Stampfel and DAW [Donald A. Wolheim and his legacy in Betsy], I came closer than I realized at the time, to manifesting the best of my work in right ways for all calculations in market equations.

With heart level honor and a debt of soul gratitude, I DEDICATE this Short Gem to Peter Stampfel and DAW.

Check out Peter’s FACEBOOK Timeline! [A hyperlink is provided in the dedication inside this Short Gem.] He gives a beautiful presence and is a fun musician as well as an awesome editor. I’m honored to have him as a Facebook Friend.

With greatest respect,

Linda Shelnutt

MARKET EQUATIONS is a light satire with Sci-Fi highlights and low-lights based partly on biographical scenes, events, and letters. It is a stand alone short work, and though altered and added to, it originated from a few chapters in the full length book, QUARTER MOON DUES: Opening Qtr. ME can be read as an appetizer for or a condensed offering of the essence of QMD: Opening Qtr.

Chaos Mentality

by Joseph Stammer

Chaos Mentality is a story of a schizophrenic Joseph Stammer (pseudonym) who writes on the metamorphosis from being locked down in a psych ward to becoming more spiritually aware of himself and others. An introspective look at the events that lead to the illness and his contemplation of it afterwards, and ending on a note of spirituality.

Alex Skarsgård Unauthorized & Uncensored (All Ages Deluxe Edition with Videos)

by R.B. Grimm

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I Am Malador

by Serena Smithe

When kids start dissapperaring all over West Fargo and Fargo North Dakota, the cops are on edge, what can they do…. then they get their lead. This story may have some themes that may cause fear and may not be appropriate for children under the age of ten. I hope you enjoy this Kindle Ebook Exclusivly Published.

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn: Hollywood’s Most Famous Couple

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures.

*Includes Hepburn and Tracy’s quotes about their lives and careers.

*Includes a bibliography for further reading.

*Includes a table of contents.

“Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.” – Katharine Hepburn

Of all the screen legends whose names remain synonymous with Hollywood, few took as long to become a star as Spencer Tracy, who is today recognized as one of the greatest actors ever but whose career did not truly take off until he was already in his mid-30s. After languishing with Fox for 5 years and over two dozen movies, one biographer had summed up his career to that point in time: “Tracy was scarcely a blip on the box office barometer in 1935, a critics’ darling and little more.”

However, after joining MGM in 1935, Tracy catapulted to fame with one of the most impressive runs in Hollywood history, winning Oscars for Best Actor in 1938 and 1939 after already being nominated in 1937. Over the next three decades, Tracy would appear in classics like Captains Courageous and Judgment at Nuremburg, appear in 9 films with Katharine Hepburn, and receive 9 Oscar nominations over a span of 32 years, including for his final film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Several contemporaries considered Tracy the greatest actor of his era, a sentiment summed up by actor Richard Widmark, who once said, “He’s the greatest movie actor there ever was…I’ve learned more about acting from watching Tracy than in any other way.”

Tracy’s career earned him an unbelievable number of accolades, and a place in the American Film Institute’s Top 10 actors of the 20th century, but it’s also an open question how much more he could have accomplished without a litany of health problems brought on by alcohol. Even as he went years at a time without drinking, the effects gradually wore him down physically, and by his early 60’s, he needed full-time care, provided mostly by his most famous co-star and lover, Katharine Hepburn. Ironically, his relationship with Hepburn has actually served to overshadow his own acting career among modern viewers, even as his acting abilities remain universally recognized.

Early in her career, there was no actress more controversial than Katharine Hepburn. By the end of her career, there was no actress more beloved than Katharine Hepburn. Famously labeled “box office poison” in 1938, it is clear that Hollywood was not prepared for the young Hepburn. Yet, even after being scorned by the general public, Hepburn still retained a magnetism that would endear her to the public for decades to come, and after a tumultuous first decade as an actress, Hepburn became arguably the biggest box office sensation in the industry. Moreover, in an era when most actresses were unable to secure starring roles after reaching middle age, Hepburn remained a leading lady even after turning 60. Hepburn acted in some capacity from the start of the 1930s through the early-1990s, and it is important to view how the nature of Hepburn’s roles changed from her youth to old age.

Aside from being one of the most recognized and acclaimed actresses in history, Hepburn’s career is also of great importance because she forced Americans to reevaluate their expectations for female behavior, both in films themselves and off the movie set as well. As society began to pay greater attention to the importance of strong roles for women, Hepburn’s career gained an even greater importance, and at a time in which women were expected to be passive, she was a fiercely individual figure who offered a daring alternative to the conventions of femininity that had long existed in American culture.

This biography profiles the lives and careers of two of Hollywood’s biggest icons. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Tracy and Hepburn like you never have before.

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