Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 26 Aug 14

Engine 24: Fire Stories

by Joe Corso

Every firefighter has a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell and the stories more often than not are instructional as well as exciting. When I was a firefighter, I kept notes of the fires I responded to. Now that I am retired, I have reflected on my career as a firefighter and have written a book about the men alongside whom I worked, facing dangerous situations daily.

This book is a compilation of five FIRE short stories written between 1964 and 1972, from notes I wrote after returning from fires.

FIRE: Box 598 tells the tragic story where 12 New York City firefighters lost their lives in a fire. The short book won the Readers Favorite 2013 award in the short story category.

FIRE: Trapped on the Fourth Floor takes place in the mid 1960s and was written from notes I took after the fire. While the story was still fresh in my mind, I added a sub-story about a friend of mine who I worked with in the FDNY. While searching through boxes I hadn’t opened in decades, I came across notes about the day I drove my buddy Joe Black to the hospital and I decided to honor his memory by including a few words about what happened that day in this short story.

FIRE: The Bouncing Lieutenant occurred at the Keneret Restaurant cellar fire on Jane Street in lower Manhattan and was taken from notes written by me almost a half century ago. As I wrote this story, the memories of that night came flooding back in vivid detail. I hope that I have successfully captured and conveyed the drama of the moment to the reader.

FIRE: The Broadway Central Hotel

FIRE: Mutual Aid



From White to Black: The Story of a Black Family that Started off White

by Tracy Lewis PhD

In my college dorm in California I was the only black student in residence. In fact, I was the only black student enrolled in my all white private school. Daily questions from my fellow students, who were eager to ask everything they had ever wanted to know about black people, made me more aware of my blackness than ever before. However, my schoolmates’ questions created an ever increasing need to know deep down inside of me. Soon I started asking the same questions of myselfâ?¦where did I come from? Where did my parents, my grandparents, and my great-grandparent come from? Who were they? What race were they? Why were there so many light skin people in my family? My inner city friends had been instructing me to “get back to my roots” for years. I was finally going to take their advice. Reconnecting with my family was the starting point. After meeting my 88 year old Great-Aunt Bunch for the first time in 2006, the pieces of our family puzzle began to come together as I sat in her kitchen listening to her recount our family history, and what I heard was fascinating!

From White to Black tells the story of my family, told to me by my Great Aunt, Louise “Bunch” King and through the family history records of my Great-Cousin, Grace Pride (who has long since passed away). Bunch was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of an Indian-Italian father and a White mother. Bunch’s maternal grandmother, Cornelia was the daughter of a Scottish plantation owner and a mulatto mother. Bunch grew up in a family that had been white for almost 100 yearsâ?¦ until the institution of the “One Drop Law” in 1930. Bunch’s family was subsequently reclassified as Negro in 1930 when her Indian grandmother’s ¼ Negro ancestry was revealed in a county census. This sudden reclassification and its ensuing segregation resulted in a backlash of racism and discrimination that forever changed the destinies of Bunch and her brothers and sisters. Bunch’s stories of family, desperation, racism, discrimination, and hardship are compelling, inspiring, entertaining, and shocking.

“From White to Black” is an American story. It’s the story of a Black family that started off White.



River of Hope: My Journey with Kathy in Search of Healing from Lou Gehrig’s Disease

by David Tank

This true story chronicles the frustrations and joys of Kathy Tank as she fought to beat, and made progress against, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Told from the perspective of her husband, “River of Hope” reveals how the medical establishment failed Kathy at nearly every step of the way, and how she discovered a sense of hope, made progress, and met some wonderful, caring people when she stepped outside of the established medical system.

This story of Kathy’s determination to beat a disease the “experts” told he was unbeatable, is both inspiring and tragic, hopeful and heartbreaking. Many readers have commented that “River of Hope” is as much a love story as it is a valuable, hope-filled book about battling ALS.

“River of Hope” is a rare and intimate look into a mysterious disease that, unfortunately, is no longer quite so rare and may not be as mysterious as we thought.

Kathy’s story may make you laugh. It may make you cry. Chances are it will make you angry. And it will most certainly make you take a closer at your lifestyle, our medical system and the advice you receive from the medical “experts.”

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with ALS, this should be one of the first books you read. Even if you have no connection to ALS, it is an excellent book for anyone who cares about his or her health.

“A story of bravery and love.” –Dan Lyksett, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

“This book caused me to reflect on my own spirit and how I might honor my own wife in our day-to-day walk. Kathy’s story is in good hands.” –Michael Perry, author Population 485



Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues

by Tamira Thayne

In August 2010, one woman got up the guts to carry a doghouse and chain to the Pennsylvania Capitol steps and chain herself in support of a law for chained dogs.

Not knowing if she’d be arrested, ignored, or ridiculed, she did it anywayâ??for the dogs who have no voice and whose needs are neglected by those with the power to make chain-ge in their lives.

This is her story, and the story of the 54 days she and others who stood beside her spent chained at the bottom of the Capitol steps in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. May you be inspired, entertained, and educated about the needs of Man’s Best Friend, and how these needs continue to be ignored in today’s society.

Tamira Thayne is founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a national nonprofit organization which advocates solely on behalf of chained and penned dogs.



Journal of a Journey

by Marlene Thornton

You will go into 49 years of a girls life as she grows up to be a woman. It
is an autobiography of Mars. It starts off at the age of one, and doesn’t stop until the age of forty-nine. There are a lot of adventures, and nonfictional things you might not believe.

The way mars sees it we are all given a different life. It is very nonfictional, and even though mars did not want to publish it she did.

If you are young or young at heart, you shouldn’t read it. It is a rather tear jerker in many places, and extremely dramatic in others. It also contains
a lot of abuse, and being molested, and raped.



Ray Allen – Basketball Unauthorized & Uncensored (All Ages Deluxe Edition with Videos)

by Joe Riley

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“I have learned so much about Allen, great job!” – Tim Gresch

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Take a journey with us as we bring you closer than ever to Ray Allen.

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Marcello Mastroianni Unauthorized & Uncensored (All Ages Deluxe Edition with Videos)

by R.B. Grimm

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“I always found Marcello’s performances to be mesmerizing. I would love to see his other works even if I don’t understand half of them.” – Shane Wallace

“No matter what language he speaks, Marcello always carries his charm with him in every role he takes. That is why he is remembered as one of the best in the foreign film industry.” – Larry Donovan

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.

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