Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 01 May 15

Footprints on the Ceiling

by Dorcas Smucker

Life can be a bit upside down in the Smuckers’ Oregon farmhouse. Dorcas Smucker, mother of six, writes thoughtful essays about muffins on the floor, orange dots on the kitchen ceiling, and the footprint that began their journey. Daffodils, blackberries, independent kids, and a yowling kitty–they’re all here too. Should they cut down the pine trees? Why does a yellow teapot mean redemption? How can a dedicated mom let go? Find out for yourself, and recall all the unexpected endings of your own.



Tei: A Memoir of the End of War and Beginning of Peace

by Tei Fujiwara

Almost seventy years ago in Japan, Tei Fujiwara wrote a memoir “Nagareru Hoshiwa Ikiteiru” about her harrowing journey home with her three young children. But the story of her story is what every reader needs to know.

Tei’s memoir begins in August 1945 in Manchuria. At that time, Tei and her family fled from the invading Soviets who declared war on Japan a few days after the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. After reaching her home in Japan, Tei wrote what she thought would be a last testament to her young children, who wouldn’t remember their journey and who might be comforted by their mother’s words as they faced an unknown future in post-war Japan.

But several miracles took place after she wrote the memoir. Tei survived and her memoir, originally published in Showa Era 24 [1949] became a best seller in a country still in ruins. Over the following decades, millions of Japanese became familiar with her story through forty-six print runs, the movie version, and a television drama. Empress Michiko urged her people to read Tei’s story.

For the first time, Westerner readers will now have the opportunity to read this intimate record of a Japanese war refugee.



Retirement planning: One Boomer’s Journal of that First Tumultuous Year

by Teresa Miller

Many Baby Boomers are choosing to retire over the next few years. This author was part of this trend and kept a daily journal of the first year’s steps and stages. Her story of the triumphs and struggles of the year includes the pain of separating from work, and the joy of finding new avenues. She and her husband move through the painful re-evaluation of their lives and hopes and then move to the selling of their home, the distribution of most of their belongings, and their travel from the midwest to a new and much smaller home with no mortgage in southwest Florida. The author provides a persona and honest account of their experiences, both good and bad, with a wry sense of humor.



Sex, Drugs and Digging a Hole

by Heather McCarthy

Step into Ryan O’Connor’s world where every day ‘the chase is on’ for a heightened euphoria that only sexual pleasure and cocaine can satisfy. He smoked crack for thirty years and shares the detestable, but desirable effects of living a lie.

After returning from a honeymoon cruise, he introduces his lovely and sensible wife Amy to the intoxicating grip of the devil’s realm. The devils lie tempts Amy to experiment and their life begins to fall apartâ??as he drags her down with him. They work hard and harder to support their habit, but only succeed at digging themselves into a deeper financial hole. They borrow from Peter to pay Paul and sell everything of value to buy what they say is “just one more hit off the pipe,” but one is never enough.

A revealing expose of a dysfunctional couple who exist in a real world, but cannot truly know or enjoy it because they are too high or too broke. Can they elude the devil’s grip and regain their family’s trust before it is too late?

A racy and sententious tale of Sex, Drugs and Digging a Hole.

Based on a true story.

Warning: Some erotic content, language, and situations, 18+ only.



The Master of Life: Analyzes the beautiful life lessons he gave to us throughout his story, especially while facing the dramatic sessions of torture and … (Analysis of Christ’s Intelligence Book 3)

by Augusto Cury

The Master of Life analyzes the beautiful life lessons he gave to us throughout his story, especially while facing the dramatic sessions of torture and humiliation, which happened during his trial.



You’re Probably from Worcester, If…

by Walter Donway

This is not a history of Worcester; it does not pretend to be. It is a collection of memories and stories of Worcester from the years immediately after WWII up to the present, years during which accelerating change has swept away much of historic New England’s cities and towns.

It is a book about things that Worcester people, wherever they may live, today, remember. The serious: those lost in WWII, the Worcester Tornado, the Blizzard of 1978, loved ones at Worcester State Hospital. The traditional: Thanksgiving, a Polish wedding, the downtown stores, delights of kids on “snow days.” The special food: corned beef, grinders, apples cider, the amazing potato, blueberry pies and muffins. And experiences many shared: fishing, trips to the Higgins or the Mall, going to church on Sunday mornings. To tell this story, I began with my own memories of growing up, family, school, summer and winter fun, work. These were then enriched, extended, sometimes corrected, by hundreds of members of the Facebook page “You’re Probably from Worcester, Ifâ?¦” Like so many across the country, it is bringing people together, voluntarily, spontaneously, to share their memories of a city, a way of life, in an America rapidly disappearing. This must be humankind’s first such mass movement in writing, sharing, correcting, and elaborating its history. My book captures a small piece of this amazing effort because it includes not only my own posts but also hundreds of comments on those postsâ??comments arising from direct, contemporaneous experiences, observations, feelings. Without this irreplaceable cumulative record of so many lives and experiences, this book would be a mere memoirâ??not a piece of living history in a new American tradition.



From the Gates of Hell to the Gates of Glory

by Dr. Vera Hughes

Do you believe in Life after Death? Do you believe in Heaven and Hell? Do you want to read an amazing true story?

Vera Hughes thought she was going to heaven. Yet, when she died from complications after giving birth to her second child, she found herself at the gates of hell. She had been deceived.

Just as Vera was about to step beyond what would be too late, Jesus rescued her and brought her back to life. This book can encourage those who are struggling between life and death — either spiritually or physically.

Soft cover: 121 pages



Been There – Done That: One Man’s Misguided Attempt to De-gay Himself through Jesus

by Drew VanDyche

In 1988 Drew VanDyche checked himself into the Love in Action live-in program in San Rafael, CA in an attempt to go straight and please the god of conservative Christianity.. In 2010 he entered seminary at the Pacific School of Religion in order to ask the questions he was never allowed to and view his experiences through the lens of fundamental moral theology and ethics. This s the work he did in unraveling a very tangled web.



From The Mailroom To The Majors

by Mel Phillips

This is the story of a successful career that started in the mailroom. The trail to success began with a series of jobs in small towns but would lead to some of the biggest cities in the U.S. This journey happened to be in the radio broadcasting business but it could have been in any field.



The Pearl of Great Price

by Orest Stocco

“Stories bear the truth of the human condition, and the human condition is the story of our becoming; but not until we solve the riddle of our becoming will literature resolve the issue of the human condition. This makes literature endlessly fascinating, because every writer speaks to their place in the enan-tiodromiac process of man’s becoming, which Jung called “individuation,” and in their stories they stake out the geography of man’s soulâ??whether it be the happy country of one’s being, the unhappy country of one’s non-being, or that miserable place of being stuck between two countriesâ??the no-man’s land of one’s soul.”

Chapter 18: The Dust on a Butterfly’s Wings



Why I Hate Banks

by Aileigh Aakers

Learn the real reasons those short sales are delayed, and worse, declined so often, and what really happens to all of those bank statements and paystubs you give the bank? You’ll be surprised at who can access them.



God You’re Ugly

by George Bailey

In my mind I have always been ugly. Even when I look back at old childhood photos and realize that I was kind of cute at times, I never felt that way. Somehow it was branded on my soul that everyone else was prettier than me, and thereby, I somehow concluded, inherently superior. I don’t know why I felt that way – only that I did.
It didn’t help that those anguishing suspicions about my hideousness found justification in the form of my personal tormentors. In other words, there has been a long string of people in my life that have reinforced my self-perceived disgustingness. On the other hand, despite their efforts in reminding me of my inherent inferiority, my repulsiveness was already and inexplicably a permanent part of my core essence. In other words, while it may have made them feel better over the years to remind me of their innate superiority, they were wasting their time – I already knew it. The question to me was never why people were born superior, it was how could I level life’s playing field?
Those feelings of worth most people are apparently born with have always been foreign to me. I am ironically likewise cursed,
however, with the desire to be perceived as at least adequate in the “looks” department – particularly in regards to females. I always yearned to be a part of the social dynamic, despite my limitations, and eventually concluded that some level of high achievement – by any means – could blind people to my hideousness.
Throughout my life, though suffering from temporary bouts of self-pity inherent to those born with my “looks”, I eventually came to embrace the bizarre way my insecurities manifested into the strange, unique path my life has taken. My feelings of worthlessness, ironically, have provided the means for my life having purpose and value. I now embrace the quirky, if not downright weird, path my life took. Only in retrospect, and reflection, am I now aware of how my self-perceived repulsiveness transformed my journey from average and boring to at least different.

My life has become the stuff of legends – legendarily lame that is – in the minds of most anyway. For those of you who see “lam-o” in my actions, I offer you redemption. In exchange for you reading about me, I gift you the personally redemptive power of joyful exuberance in knowing that you didn’t live my life!
In somewhat chronological order, after first describing the seminal events leading to this book, the memories forming the mangled mosaic of my deranged thoughts and deeds will be recounted. From the perspective of a mind operating amidst a thick cloud of profound insecurity and pathos, I offer you the re-telling of a life inspired by the power of “ugly”.



Vision’s Path: Management by Partnership and the Project to Prove the Feasibility of Drinking Recycled Water

by William C. Lauer

The never-before-told story of the incredible project to investigate the feasibility of converting wastewater to drinking water, told by William C. Lauer, the project’s only manager. A very personal account about the implementation of an incredibly-complex scientific and engineering project, Vision’s Path offers insightful reflections about what happened and why. Antidotes from Lauer’s life are sprinkled throughout, shedding light on the times and establishing the circumstances that surrounded this unique project.

Lauer explains the partnership management approach that was largely responsible for the creative work environment that enabled the eclectic staff to achieve beyond expectations. Vision’s Path describes the importance of establishing a clear and noble vision to engage staff at every level. Anyone can follow this path to create an exciting and enjoyable work environment, using the partnership management approach to produce an atmosphere of respect and commitment. The result is enhanced staff self-worth and an atmosphere that establishes trust and releases the shackles of management control to provide an atmosphere where creativity and innovation can thrive.

The design, construction, and operation of the world’s most complex water treatment plant illustrate the results achieved by the project staff. Scientific water quality evaluations and the world’s first and only life-time animal health effect study further describe the exceptional scope of the project. The addition of an extensive public information program designed to enhance perception about drinking recycled water demonstrated the range of skills needed to conduct the project. The project descriptions further show the need for an engaged staff committed to achieving the project goals.

Vision’s Path is the story of the project to prove the feasibility of drinking recycled water and how it was achieved by a group of blue-collar municipal employees that evolved into what the Denver Post called: The Scientists Along the Banks of the South Platte River.



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