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My Glimpse of Eternity

by Betty Malz

Over 750,000 Copies Sold–Now Available in Trade Paper

In this bestselling, beloved true story, twenty-seven-year-old Betty Malz was pronounced dead. Almost thirty minutes later she returned to her body–to the amazement of her grieving family and the stunned hospital personnel.

This is her amazing account of what she saw, felt, and heard on the other side of the dividing wall that we call death. And it’s the moving, real-life story of how God changed a young mom who had to die to learn how to live.

Man of Steel (Cold Cases Book 1)

by Dave Conifer

When twenty-something journalist Joe Jonas is sent to cover a press conference in Texas he figures it’s just another crackpot JFK assassination conspiracy theory. But as he’s half-assing through the legwork he stumbles across something that makes him realize this one might be for real. It gets even better when Abby Reno, a saucy reporter from Austin, insists on working on the story with him.
As Jonas and Reno circle closer to the plot they come to realize that the protectors of the secrets are still on the job and they don’t take prisoners. The bodies pile up while the reporters look over their shoulders wondering if the story of the century is worth their lives.

“Very intriguing twist on the JFK assassination story! Was there really a plot behind the assassination, and not just a single shooter? The author has clearly read the findings of the Warren Report — and the footnotes, which include some strange and interesting facts!” — Smashwords review

Nelson Mandela Tributes

by African Heritage

“And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages… For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived – a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. ” ~ President Barack Obama

This is a compilation of thoughts, poems, and lessons in memory of Nelson Mandela. His life as a leader, father and one of the world’s greatest leaders who ever lived. Africa’s greatest son. He will be missed because his place will be empty.

Africa is rising, his spirit lives. The world will be a better place because he passed this way, living an indelible mark in the hearts of men. (Madiba)

You will find tributes from the likes of Maya Angelou, Brian Tracy, Myles Munroe, Seth Godin, Bebe Winans, George Ayittey, Tyler Perry, Larry King, Robin Sharma etc. Be inspired as you read this.

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Years Hidden As a Boy (Iron Curtain Memoirs)

by Irene Kucholick

“May 6, 1945, I joined other youths…to celebrate….I sat in the middle of the street and shouted, ‘Nothing can happen to me now. The war is over!'” With the peace, however, came Russian tanks, refugees, ration cards, and the darkest days of Irene’s youth. At first the dreaded patrols caused Irene to dress as a boy, but the disguise served her well for the next three years. As a “boy” she could travel to “look for her father” while bartering for food in the black markets. From her daring border crossings and harrowing escapes, to smuggling food from her farm job in West Germany, Irene struggled to provide for her family’s survival behind the Iron Curtain.

Transformative Travel in Nepal: Fulfilling a Dream in the Himalayas

by Kate Benzin

Fullfilling a dream!   Kathmandu. Nepal. The Himalayas. An exotic area of the world that many people dream about visiting. Kate made that dream come true.
A casual phone call to a friend sparked the fulfillment of Kate’s lifelong dream of traveling to Nepal in order to trek in the Himalayas. She jokingly mentioned to her friend Kay who was planning to start a new exercise routine that they could get fit on a trip to the Himalayas.

Within just a few weeks, Kate and Kay found themselves on a plane on the way to the adventure of a lifetime:

– seeing the gorgeous snow-capped Himalayas in person so close that it seemed that Kate could just reach out her hand to touch them 

– trekking for days into areas that only the most adventurous travelers ever reach.

What Kate learned about herself during the challenging and sometimes excrutiating, but always stimulating, adventure of trekking at high altitude over rough terrain truly transformed her in ways that often did not become apparent until many years later.

Follow along with Kate as she learns more about how to expand her limits so that she can truly fulfill her dream. And maybe you will find yourself motivated to fulfill your dream as well.

At the end, read a sample of Kate’s book How To Find The Heart Of Bali, an introductory guide to social and cultural Bali.

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Clark Gable & Carole Lombard: The Golden Era of Hollywood’s Star-Crossed Couple

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures.

*Includes Lombard and Gable’s quotes about their lives and careers.

*Comprehensively analyzes their film careers.

*Includes a bibliography for further reading.

*Includes a table of contents.

“The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great â?? and they know I know it.” – Clark Gable

“Carole Lombard’s tragic death means that something of gaiety and beauty have been taken from the world at a time they are needed most.” – Errol Flynn

The 1930s were also a time in which Hollywood boasted an unprecedented array of famous leading men. Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, James Stewart, and Fred Astaire were just a handful of the A-list stars of the decade, and it is in this context that the achievements of Clark Gable are particularly remarkable. Best known for his role in Gone With the Wind (1939), Gable reached the ranks of the Hollywood elite well before the end of the decade through acting in films such as It Happened One Night (1934) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). Gable had a unique appeal that captivated Depression-era audiences; while Cary Grant offered a sophisticated charm and Fred Astaire was tied to the musical genre, Gable brought an air of sophistication that was less comical than that of Grant and appealed to both genders, unlike Astaire. At a time when so many Americans were financially destitute, Gable managed to appear classy without coming across as snobbish. At the same time, his virile masculinity was not overly macho or misogynist. For these reasons, Gable was able to captivate male and female viewers alike, and his mass appeal was a driving force behind the commercial success of Gone With the Wind, possibly the most beloved Hollywood film ever made. As iconic director John Huston once stated, “Clark Gable was the only real he-man I’ve ever known, of all the actors I’ve met.”

Even if Gable is perhaps less widely-known than Grant or Astaire among 21st century audiences, examining the effect he had on viewers during the 1930s and 1940s allows a better understanding of Hollywood during its Golden Age. In conjunction with that, his career served as a sort of response to his upbringing and cultural background. In fact, there was a significant gap between his glamorous roles on the movie screen and the real-life adversity he faced from an early age. Gable faced great challenges throughout his entire career, from the death of his biological mother to the death of wife Carol Lombard in 1942. As with any famous actor, he was the recipient of great fortune, yet it is important to recognize that his many opportunities did not preclude him from experiencing great pain and tragedy.

On January 16, 1942, just a few weeks after Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, the nation suffered what were considered the first civilian deaths of the war when a plane crashed into the side of a mountain southwest of Las Vegas. Aboard the plane were 15 servicemen, but the plane was also carrying one of Hollywood’s biggest stars: actress Carole Lombard.

Although Lombard’s death and her marriage to Gone With the Wind star Clark Gable have overshadowed her career, her untimely death in 1942 cut short the life of one of Hollywood’s most prominent stars at the time. In fact, Lombard’s platinum look and her unique mannerisms had helped her become the biggest star of the screwball genre by the end of the 1930s, and her movies were so successful that she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood by the start of the 1940s. As English critic Graham Greene said of her, “Platinum blonde, with a heart-shaped face, delicate, impish features and a figure made to be swathed in silver lamé, Lombard wriggled expressively through such classics of hysteria as Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey.” Indeed, despite dying at the age of 33, the American Film Institute recognized her as one of the biggest film icons of the 20th century.

American Legends: The Life of Betty Grable

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures.

*Includes a bibliography for further reading.

*Includes a table of contents.

“There are two reasons why I’m in show business, and I’m standing on both of them.” – Betty Grable

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.

No history of American pop culture in the 1940s would be complete without mention of Betty Grable, the most popular pin-up girl of the World War II era. Grable possessed the outstanding fortune of not only having an ideal body but arriving at the most fortuitous time imaginable; the famous pin-up photo of her, taken by Frank Powolny, made her the highest-earning actress in Hollywood from 1943 to 1951. Indeed, it was not hyperbole that earned Grable the nickname of “the girl with the million dollar legs” â?? not only were her legs famously adored by American soldiers fighting overseas, they were actually insured to the tune of one million dollars (Suddath). Grable was the banner actress for the era before the advent of Playboy and other publications designed to satisfy the lust of the heterosexual male, an era that objectified women but in a more wholesome, less pornographic way that was designed to reinforce all-American values.

However, if Grable was, monetarily speaking, the most successful actress of the 1940s, there is a major gulf between her commercial success and the critical appraisal of her acting talents. Grable never won an Academy Award, and the swift demise of her career testifies to her inability to sustain her career after she had begun to age and her glamour showed signs of atrophying. In a famous quote, Grable once noted she was “the kind of girl truck drivers like,” a statement that simultaneously encapsulates her wide appeal but also the lack of sophistication that precluded her recognition among the premier acting talents of 1940s Hollywood (McLean 180). Decades later, her films are largely forgotten, which isn’t surprising since they were a collection of movies that were designed to gain quick commercial success rather than long-term critical acclaim. Certainly, Grable should be acknowledged for her acting career, but her fame rests more on the impact she had on wartime American culture than the intrinsic value of any of her films.

American Legends: The Life of Betty Grable looks at the significance of Betty Grable’s place in war-era America, as well as her acting career, exploring how she came to gain such unprecedented popularity. This includes not just her rise to fame but also the reasons why her career did not last as long as many of her contemporaries in Hollywood, women like Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis. By analyzing her triumphs and adversities, it’s possible to understand the whirlwind life and career of Betty Grable, and along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Betty Grable like never before, in no time at all.

The Last Moderate Muslim

by Sam Wazan

“An apt comparison to The Kite Runner . … a page burner of a story.” Robert R. Baumgarte, Former Professor of Psychology at Winthrop University.

“Author Sam Wazan is a uniquely qualified tour guide.His experiences…serve as the foundation for his provocative and powerful new novel, The Last Moderate Muslim.” Charlotte View.

The intimate and dramatic story of two brothers, contaminated by their upbringing and religious violence, The Last Moderate Muslim is an authentic rendition of the root causes of chronic conflict in the Middle East. It is about negotiating a complex sibling relationshipâ??one a budding terrorist, the other a reluctant moderateâ??in the absence of paternal affection.

Surviving a massacre in Beirut, young Ziad becomes a radical in a civil war fueled by religion, politics, and rival military forces from across the Middle East. While his brother brutally murders Christians, Ziad falls in love with one. Now an outcast, he wages a private jihad for his own survival.

Memoirs of a Gay Kid

by Jean-Phylipe Theriault

These are the memoirs of a gay teen growing up with a crack addicted mother; moving from province to province he has been through quite drastic changes. His life has been a train wreck filled with depression and drugs. His salvation comes in the form of hope and a family that took him into their home. May these events help you through you’re own struggles.

Collar to Cleavage

by Judith Thomas

Collar to Cleavage – a compelling read, a book that invites the reader to embark on a series of interweaving ‘life’ journeys. From a childhood spent in Wales to an adulthood of International proportions; travelling from one country to another – visiting and then living – putting down temporary roots, some in exotic far flung places, some in places where you would not want to live by choice.

To a personal journey which explores the motives and struggles of the human heart. It deals with life transitions both spiritual and emotional. It challenges us to examine how we process not only the joys but the difficulties of life.

It is humorous, poignant, and auto-biographical, yet it resonates with each of us. It invites us to reflect on our own issues in a wonderfully charming and light hearted way.

We meet larger than life characters from Swansea to Sumatra, from enigmatic Japan to a chicken factory in New Zealand. We examine the cultures of the Middle and Far east, especially the role of women.

The author’s zest for life in all its fullness is infectious. She deals with the past – the aching loneliness of a marriage, her life as a corporate wife, the shock of a cross cultural adoption and exploring a life as a priest; we find that in her honesty we are able to understand ourselves better. Change is inevitable, life changes happen.

The book is a tale of her life, but it may also be used as the basis for deeper thoughts and discussions on the appropriate sections.

Read, smile and enjoy Collar to Cleavage

I am a Vegetarian (Memoirs of A Technical Consultant)

by Prasad Ramachandran

Here is my experience with Food – Food that I consider is manifestation of our Culture mixed with spoonful of Love and sprinkling of Affection. Culinary experiences that have left wonderful after-taste and served here for all of you to savor!!!

Anybody who sees me can correctly guess I am from a third world country. On seeing my lean frame, that is the natural conclusion that most people arrive at. It has never been my intention to belittle the country that I come from. God has given me this physique to make it easy for me to carry myself around. Because of my skinny looks, people are inclined to ask me to eat properly or offer food. I think I have to acknowledge all those kind people.

My journey towards vegetarianism and back to non-vegetarianism was prompted by the Hare Krishna devotees in Perth and a Doctor in Johor Bahru.

American Legends: The Life of Henry Fonda

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures.

*Includes quotes about Fonda and Fonda’s own quotes about his life and career.

*Includes a bibliography for further reading.

*Includes a table of contents.

“I must have had faith that day. When I went out, I was Henry Fonda again. An unemployed actor but a man.” – Henry Fonda

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.

Among all of Hollywood’s iconic leading men, arguably none proved as versatile at acting as Henry Fonda, whose career spanned six decades and earned him Academy Awards for roles in various genres. After breaking into Hollywood in 1935, Fonda quickly rose the ranks, earning an Academy Award nomination in the classic Twelve Angry Men (1940), but Fonda had the kind of staying power that most actors could only dream of. In fact, Fonda had already received an honorary lifetime achievement award from the Academy (in 1980) before winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in On Golden Pond (1981), an award he earned when he was already well into his 70s and only about a year away from his death. Fonda would also earn Emmy nominations for his work on two different shows and even a Grammy for a spoken word album in 1977. And as if all that wasn’t enough, he was also a critically acclaimed stage performer, winning a Tony for Mister Roberts in 1948.

A lot of Fonda’s success could be attributed to the fact that he could convincingly play the all-American man that everybody in the nation adored and/or wanted to be, to the extent that one magazine called him “the man we wished we lived next door to.” At the same time, Fonda could portray characters like Tom Joad, who maintain their status as heroes even while breaking rules on-screen. His personal life also seemed to mirror his acting versatility; while his World War II service helped cement his all-American persona, his family life was also extremely troubled, even after he became recognized as the patriarch of a family full of famous actors, including Jane and Bridget Fonda. When Henry played a distant father on-screen in On Golden Pond alongside his daughter Jane, the autobiographical elements of the film were apparent to those who knew him.

One of the remarkable aspects of Henry Fonda’s career is that he was able to play vastly different roles despite not changing his style of acting. As Henry’s distant personality would suggest, he hailed from an old-school breed of actors who didn’t express emotions outwardly, and even as his progeny would become associated with Method Acting, Henry remained in the same mold as actors like Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Of course, the seemingly effortless nature of Henry’s acting only made him more endearing to contemporary audiences, even as his acting style would eventually go out of style.

American Legends: The Life of Henry Fonda examines the life and career of one of the Golden Era of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Henry Fonda like never before, in no time at all.

Nelson Mandela: The Life and Legacy of the Father of South Africa

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes Mandela’s quotes about his life and work.

*Includes a bibliography for further reading.

*Includes a table of contents.

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” – Nelson Mandela, 1964

In the case of some historical figures, a single event or small span of years is sufficient for understanding the timeliness and extent of their impact upon the world. But others have taken lengthier, more convoluted journeys with broadly-evolved circumstances, intentions and roles to be played, reinventing themselves and playing different roles as times change. Such is the case with Nelson Mandela, whose conflict with the apartheid government of South Africa was marked by an irrational and contrary stream of corrupt legislation intended to reverse the gains made in the cause of equality through the 19th and 20th centuries.

The most basic descriptions of Nelson Mandela’s life and career would include terms such as anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, activist and philanthropist, but all of these monikers require extensive shading. He has, at one time or another, been called every complimentary and critical term available to a politician, and from specific times and perspectives, they all contain some hint of truth. Mandela was a child without citizenship from his own country without any notion of its history, but in the end, he became the first of his race to lead it and to reestablish a franchise for those of his heritage. He is the “communist sympathizer” who pleaded with the United States Congress that the blessings of democracy be brought to his country, and the adoptee of a Gandhiesque non-violence who led the military wing of the African National Congress when pacifism no longer seemed feasible. Unlike the rise of national leaders of African heritage in modern times, Mandela’s rise to the presidency literally began amidst mid-19th century conditions, in which the exclusionary pro-white business groups that took over southern Africa before his birth were able to legislate and codify apartheid into an accepted institution during his life.

While he is now one of the most beloved figures of the 20th century and almost universally praised, few are familiar with more than a basic outline of his life, including his lengthy imprisonment for working against South Africa’s apartheid government, his release from jail and his ascent to South Africa’s presidency, and his tireless charitable work on behalf of peace, fighting HIV, and more.

Nelson Mandela: The Life and Legacy of the Father of South Africa examines the life and career of one of the 20th century’s most famous figures and one of its greatest activists. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Mandela like never before, in no time at all.

Thora Birch Unauthorized & Uncensored (All Ages Deluxe Edition with Videos)

by R.B. Grimm

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People Love Reading Thora Birch Unauthorized & Uncensored

“It’s a bit sad that she’s not as active in films anymore either way, I enjoyed reading this book, thanks!” – Melissa Rigby

“I loved her in Now and Then! Glad I came upon this one,” – Eric Rickman

This books one of a kind. We bring you the fun, the dirt, the back story, videos, quizzes and more. The content makes this series a best buy. You will get a great insight on your favorite entertainer that you might have thought you knew a lot about.

We have created a layout that not only educates, but also entertains the readers. This makes learning finding about your favorite star fun.

Take a journey with us as we bring you closer than ever to Thora Birch.

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Confessions of a Broke Mother (Part 1)

by Paige Angel

Looking back on the last few years and trying to make sense of the embarrassing situations I have put myself in while living my life in poverty.

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