Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 20 Apr 15

Freedom from the Story

by Meredith Marie Miller

This book takes the reader into the realm of the author’s personal healing journey, wandering from the Andes Mountains of Peru to various places in her native country. Along the way, she realized that the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and psychologically abusive adult relationships once holding her captive, became her ticket to freedom. It was the wound that catapulted her into a greater sense of passion and purpose. The insights she extracted from a severe illness as well as various spiritual practices and transpersonal experiences reconnected her with her true self and the love that is the essence of all things. She has come to understand that mystical experiences induce a powerful sense of interconnectedness, the keystone of healing and thriving in human life.

The author also takes it a step further from the personal to the collective, as she presents the societal implications of abuse and trauma, and the importance of breaking the silence surrounding these issues in order to move forward as a thriving society, creating a more prosperous future.

Insights into the nature of the healing journey are presented as the author has observed this process through her personal and professional life as a seeker, coach, and teacher.

Freedom from the Story is essentially a journey of spiritual awakening.



Trekking Through Cancerland: Letters from the Journey

by Karen Loss

Sitting pretty, or so she thought, Karen Loss prepared to celebrate 16 years of freedom from the ovarian and uterine tumors that had struck, unbidden and unwelcome. She had faced that challenge head-on and come out ahead. Now the cancer had returned–with a sucker punch. In 2012 Karen learned she had Stage IV lung cancer. Her resolve to stand strong, fight back, and inspire others was about to receive its real-life test. Here is the story of an ordinary person facing extraordinary odds and not only surviving, but thriving. It is a story of faith and courage–with some laughs along the way. Karen has written letters to hundreds of family and friends from the day she received her lung cancer diagnosis in November 2012. They describe the emotional ups and downs, frustrations and uncertainties, but also the humor and excitement over good results along the way. She offers plenty of educational information as well as inspiration, making clear that this is a battle that can be fought with an upbeat attitude and an assurance that life is to be lived fully, no matter the challenges in front of us.



Two Drinks At A Night’s Waltz

by Julio Bonilla

I was biking in the Inner Sunset on a Monday afternoon. I stopped to send out a group text to some friends about how their day was. One of them, Angela, texted me back, asking me to come to Cow Hollow for a drink.

After biking for an hour. I got ready and was dropped off at Nineteenth Avenue where I waited for the bus.

What followed was a night of making choices while somewhat drunk . . .



The Other Island (A Memoir)

by Jaime Martínez Tolentino

Little Jaime lived in a small village on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Then, when he was four years old, he contracted polio and almost died from the illness. When he left the hospital, he was crippled, and he would have withered lower limbs and walk with a limp for the rest of his life.

The same year that he left the hospital, his father emigrated to New York City in search of better working conditions. Four years later, in 1951, his father sent for Jaime’s mother, Jaime and his two younger siblings. THE OTHER ISLAND begins with his arrival in NYC, and his adaptation to “the Big Apple.”

New York City was world’s apart from everything that little Jaime had ever known. The scenery was all different, and so was the weather. Moreover, people spoke English, and not Spanish, little Jaime’s native language. Nonetheless, Jaime adapted, and soon spoke English perfectly.

What he could not adapt to was his family’s worsening economic condition in “the Big Apple” which took them from one neighborhood to another, each worse than the previous one.

Nonetheless, through a lucky break, Jaime was chosen for a special program for “gifted and talented students.” And so, for three years, he attended Joan of Arc JHS where he studied with some of the city’s best teachers and students, getting a taste for comparative literature, theater and classical music. However, his experiences at that school and the lives lived by his wealthy classmates were constantly in conflict with the life of poverty that he and his own parents lived.

One of his darkest moments comes when his family moves into the Puerto Rican ghetto of “El Barrio” on the upper East side of the city. Crime, poverty, gangs, filthâ?¦ it was all almost too much to bear. To top everything off, Jaime’s budding preparation as a future concert cellist was cut short when he failed to gain admission into the prestigious High School of Music and Art.

As the end of his high school years approached, Jaime thought of going to college, something that no one in his family had ever done, and very few inhabitants of “El Barrio” ever attempted. Through fear of rejection, Jaime let several excellent opportunities pass him by, but when things seemed at their worst, he was accepted into one of the city’s most prestigious, and most expensive, universities.

College was a constant effort to come up with the money to pay for his tuition, and the effort took its toll on his grades. At one point, he was on the verge of being suspended from school. But then, another stroke of luck changed everything. When he finally accepted that his future lay in languages and writing, everything fell into place, and Jaime became an excellent student. So much so, that he was given a full fellowship to graduate school.

College in the stormy 1960s was also a chance for Jaime to know romanceâ?¦ several times over. It was also a time of incredible social change, and Jaime embraced it totally. Yet, when he had triumphed over his social environment, Jaime tackled one more obstacleâ?¦ the search for his Puerto Rican roots.

THE OTHER ISLAND is an American success story, which at the same time, chronicles the existence of one of the U.S.’s most important (and least recognized) minorities. It is also a coming-of-age tale, with the stormy 1960’s as its backdrop. Forget West Side Story, Piri Thomas’ Down These Mean Streets, and Esmeralda Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican. This is a real-life story narrated by a professional writer.



I Awake: By an Elephant in the Room

by greg hoey

A book about the working class and also an account of change from an individual perspective to a more over-arching globalised perspective. The author maybe a self-published writer, nevertheless this is still one of the most compelling, provocative, literary books you will ever read -bar none. OR IN OTHER WORDS -a rollicking good read!!



The Amazing Story of Amelia Earhart for Children!: The Daring Aviator Who Set New Records and Broke Gender Barriers Forever

by Mike Smith

Amelia Earhart was an amazing aviator who set many world records and did things that no woman — or many men — had ever done before.

Read this educational children’s book and discover…

* Who was Amelia Earhart and why is she so important?

* What was Amelia like as a little girl and how did this influence her later accomplishments?

* The surprising way that young Amelia became “hooked” on flying airplanes.

* The weird way that Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

* Why Amelia became an international icon for her achievemnts in the air and in other areas of her life.

* How new evidence may tell a shocking story of what really happened to Amelia when she “disappeared.”

* How Earhart was an example of courage and a warrior in the fight for women’s equality.

…and Much, Much More!

So scroll back up and download this easy-to-read kids’ book that reveals the amazing story of Amelia Earhart and her incredible achievements.



BRIDGET

by Paul Thibodeaux

This is the story of my great grandmother Bridget Vaughn Wilson and how she left Ireland penniless in 1851 to escape starvation during the potato famine.Over her lifetime, most of which was spent in Savannah, she faced enormous tragedies and experienced events the rest of us can only read about in history books. Incredible though it may seem this story is true.



The Boy No One Loved: free sampler

by Casey Watson

Discover the incredible memoirs of internationally bestselling author Casey Watson with this free extended eBook sampler of Casey’s first book, and Sunday Times bestseller, The Boy No One Loved.

Justin was five years old; his brothers two and three. Their mother, a heroin addict, had left them alone again. Later that day, after trying to burn down the family home, Justin was taken into care.

Six years on, after 20 failed placements, Justin arrives at Casey’s home. Casey and her husband Mike are specialist foster carers. They practice a new style of foster care that focuses on modifying the behaviour of profoundly damaged children. They are Justin’s last hope, and it quickly becomes clear that they are facing a big challenge.

Try as they might to make him welcome, he seems determined to strip his life of all the comforts they bring him, violently lashing out at schoolmates and family and throwing any affection they offer him back in their faces. After a childhood filled with hurt and rejection, Justin simply doesn’t want to know. But, as it soon emerges, this is only the tip of a chilling iceberg.

A visit to Justin’s mother on Boxing Day reveals that there are some very dark underlying problems that Justin has never spoken about. As the full picture becomes clearer, and the horrific truth of Justin’s early life is revealed, Casey and her family finally start to understand the pain he has sufferedâ?¦



Rock N Roll

by Stella Stone

The definitive book on rock n roll! Rock n roll fused the sounds of jazz and gospel, swing and blues, boogie and more. This book explores how Elvis changed the music scene, the raw rock of Nirvana, the pioneering changes of the Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, for that pure rock n roll sound.



Super Stardom

by Stella Stone

The definitive book on superstars!! The very best of Hollywood, and the creme de la creme of fashion and music. This book explores the life of the superstars, the shining lights of the industry, – from Britney to Marilyn, Charlie Chaplin to Elvis, Janis Joplin to the Beatles explore the magical world of superstars.



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