Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 22 Sep 14

Room for Two

by Abel Keogh

“Sweetie, I’m home.” I tried to put as much kindness into my voice as possible. I didn’t want to have another argument – at least not right away.

Silence.

“Sweetheart?”

A gunshot echoed from our bedroom, followed by the sound of a bullet casing skipping along a wall.

Everything slowed down.

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When a life is destroyed, when guilt says you played a role in its destruction, how do you face the days ahead? Twenty-six-year-old Abel Keogh chooses to ignore the promptings he receives concerning his wife’s mental illness, and now he feels he is to blame for her choices. If only he had listened . . .

At some point in our lives, each of us face devastating afflictions and must eventually cope with loss. Regardless of how it happens, the outcome is still the same – we are left isolated, alone, wondering what we could have done differently, and where we can turn for peace. This is Abel’s story in his own words. His search for peace and the miracle that follows is proof that love and hope can endure, despite the struggles and tragedies that shape each of our lives.



The Little Book of Lynching

by Meg Langford

This work is a compendium of some of the more high profile lynchings in America, including a look at those modern day lynchings which have been investigated in an unapologetically slipshod manner and then cynically dismissed as “suicides”. From early extra-judicial murders such as Henry Smith and Jessie Washington, which feature shockingly bloodthirsty audiences numbering in the thousands, watching their victims burn to death, to the savage lynching of Mary Turner and her unborn baby, through the tragic killings of Emmett Till and the three civil rights workers, and the senseless torture of James Byrd and Matthew Shepherd, the author shows that lynching remained a strong presence in the American landscape throughout the twentieth century, continuing to this day.

Increased public scrutiny has not eradicated the phenomenon of lynching, the author argues: instead, these once public and celebrated atrocities are now committed by shadowy cowards in the dead of night, assisted by a small number of like minded individuals in the law enforcement community who now categorize the victims as “suicides”.

Among the more shocking cases: “suicides” in which the deceased was found hanging from a low branch with his feet on the ground, “suicides” who hung themselves using a belt that was not their own, “suicides” who left suicide notes, but misspelled their own names and the names of family members in doing so, “suicides” whose bodies were rushed to embalmers by local police prior to notifying family, and–the author’s personal favorite: the death by hanging ruled a suicide because, according to local authorities, “no hate group left a note”.

As for the shell-shocking title of the book–for this, we quote the author’s own defense:

“Last but certainly not least, let me answer the obvious question: Why the abrasive title, “The Little Book of Lynching”? The title is not meant to abrade. It is not meant to offend. However, the title of this book is meant to be provocative, to make you think. And to get people talking. I will do whatever it takes to get people talking, once again, about the crisis of lynching in America.

Let me repeat myself: I will do whatever it takes to get people talking, once again, about the crisis of lynching in America.”

Just as the nation talked at length about the death of 14 year old Emmett Till â?¦about his ghastly and tragic open casket funeral, and about the infamous “Look Magazine” interview with the killers, during which they confessed to all of the grisly details of the murder. This moment was spellbinding: We the People watched and read and heard as these two evil men sold their souls to the Devil, secure in the knowledge that Double Jeopardy laws protected them from justice in this life.

Just as the national conversation turned to the disappearance of three civil rights workers way down in Mississippi, only to become inflamed with even more heated emotion when three bodies were found in a dam on Old Jolly Farm.

And just as the nation talked writ large about the slaughter of men like Harvey Milk, James Byrd, Matthew Shepard â?¦

All that having been said, as regards the title: the truth of it, you see, is that a book which contains only about two dozen lynchings, past and present, is indeed, quite specifically, quite precisely, a “Little Book of Lynching.” In order for it to be a comprehensive book of lynchings, it would have to be a very large and very thick book–in truth, not even that would begin to cover it. If this were to be the true and full History of Lynchings in America, I am very sorry to tell you, that it would have to be an encyclopedia. A large and damning set of encyclopedias.

And that grieves me more than I can begin to convey.



The Game, Sex, Pickup, Social Skydiving, Self-Preservation, Relationships, Ego, and My Weekend In Hollywood

by Karol Gajda

I was once a shy introvert who couldn’t get a girl to save his life.

Then I went to Hollywood for a paradigm shifting adventure with the SimplePickup crew. In a single weekend I approached nearly 150 beautiful women (including a famous celebrity *ahem* Lauren Conrad), got rejected* in every way imaginable, and had the experience of a lifetime.

*I also got not-rejected. It wouldn’t have been a successful weekend otherwise, now would it? Getting kisses, phone numbers, and “let’s go back to my places” was challenging, but easier than I ever knew it could be.

This is that story, in 5,000+ words.

Before you get riled up, I used to think the “pickup” scene was lame. Yes, I’d read books like The Game by Neil Strauss, but their premise of actual tricks/games was far too disingenuous for me. It wasn’t until I discovered the direct approach, no games, that I finally felt comfortable with picking up women.

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This adventure took place (and was originally written) in March of 2012 after years of feeling less-than for not being able to comfortably approach women I found attractive or sexy or nice. This book has been updated for its September 2014 release.



Braffis Spin : Mountbreakday

by Eartha Duquay

Mountbreakday is Book One of the “Braffis Spin” Science Fiction Saga.

The next books in the saga are:

Book Two: Neversell

Book Three: Fort Notcontest

Book Four: Drywell



My God, My Faith, My Will to Survive

by Latonya Christion

My God, My Faith, My Will to Survive is a book about Me, Latonya P Christion. This book will tell you about how Father God helped me and how He Strengthen me to fight for what was right even if I was broken down and left out. I was walking dead. My book is a healer for many households that are under attack by Satan. My book will take you on ride of your life with without breaks. I truly Give thanks to God for giving me the strength to share my life story and my testimony. We all have to fight, but at what cost? My God, My Faith, My Will to Survive will bring tears, laughs, ill feelings and Faith to all that read my story. My God, My Faith, My Will to Survive. Read it you won’t be disappointed.



A Hooker’s Variety Show: Front Row Seats to My Escort Escapades

by Miranda Writes

Just Another Typical Hooker Tale (Not!)

As I wrote this collection of short stories and acts, I knew two important facts to be true.

1. Normal people didn’t become escorts in order to fend off a midlife crisis.

2. I wasn’t normal.

Grab some popcorn, take a seat, and get ready to join me on the adventure of my lifetime. The show is about to begin.

Who is Miranda Writes?

In my early twenties, I earned an MS from a prestigious university and worked in the field of law & criminal justice. In my mid twenties, I married a highly successful corporate attorney and settled down to raise two children. In my thirties, I climbed the corporate ladder and became Vice President of the PTA.

In my forties, I became a sex worker. By choice.

You won’t find the dark side of the industry featured here. I used sex work to explore sexuality. It didn’t use me.

As Miranda Writes, I write about sexual rights and sexual rites and rights of passage to which I believe should be every individual’s legal right. These are my stories, and I hope you enjoy them.



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