Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 28 Nov 15

Blinded by Psychosis: The Evolution of a Sexual Predator

by Rick Drew

“He’s just a boy. He’s just curious about girls that’s all.” Faye Duncan said about her teenage son. His mother overlooked it, and as his obsession progressed, so did the system. Richard Duncan, named after his grandfather, over time evolved into a man suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder. He was obsesses with sex. The older he got, the further he slipped away from reality. Blinded by his psychosis, Richard became a reclusive sociopath, hell bent on satisfying his urges with no regard for his victims. He became a dangerous sexual predator.



Going Out of My Mined

by Xavier Toby

Ever been in debt, in love and out of options?

Well that’s exactly what happened to writer and comedian Xavier Toby, who banished himself to a mining site in outback Australia, in order to pay off a huge credit card debt.

Jonno, Pando, Donk and Dale are just some of the other blokes out there in the middle of nowhere working hard-ish, attending endless safety briefings, swapping tall tales and whining about their wives.

It’s a place where everything’s huge, highly explosive or high visibility, expletives are punctuation, a $50 note is loose change, and there are more trucks than trees.

Where dinner is steak, steak, or barbecue steak with salad, the safety regulations are tighter than NASA, and there’s enough dust to keep your nostrils filled from noon till night.

It truly is Australia’s Wild West.

‘Going Out of My Mined’ is the follow-up to ‘Mining My Own Business’, which was Xavier’s first comedy memoir packed with true tales from the coal face.

Praise for ‘Mining My Own Business’:

“Where the f*** are all the pictures?”

DONK (Onsite safety officer)

“Sharp story telling – I hope Xavier continues with his comedy anthropology.”

JOHN SAFRAN

“A gold mine (or coal mine) of anecdotal humour.”

HARRY CLARKE (The Daily Telegraph)

“I’m going to beat the crap out of this idiot for putting me in his stupid bloody book.”

DAMO (Machine operator)

“The writing is taut and funny, its narrative arc artfully constructed so that, despite its factual basis and episodic nature, it reads almost as a novel.”

WILL YEOMAN (The West Australian)

“Perfect for reading while taking a dump, or any other shit activity.”

DALE (Mining site supervisor)

“Xavier Toby has struck comedy gold again.”

NITA TEOH (Perth Walkabout)

“Amusing, tender, thoughtful, insightfulâ?¦ A picaresque journey into the world of men at work.”

ANTONI JACH (Novelist)

“My boogers taste like stale glue. Want to try one?”

JEROME (Onsite admin assistant)

“A very funny book. Xavier Toby has set a new benchmark for the Geophysical Engineering Humour-Memoir”

DANNY KATZ (Author and Columnist)

“He wrote this book while he should have working. Bloody useless prick.”

JONNO (JRT Projects Manager)

“Funniest and best and only book I’ve ever read.”

PANDO (Coal miner)



FOCUS – A Memoir

by Ingrid Ricks

From the Author of the New York Times bestseller Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story

“A strong addition to any contemporary memoir collection.” – Midwest Book Review

At the age of 37, Ingrid Ricks walked into an eye doctor’s office expecting to walk outt with a cute pair of red cat-eye frames–only to learn she suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare, incurable eye disease that was stealing her eyesight and would eventually leave her completely blind.

Gripped with the terrifying fear that she wouldn’t be able to see her two young daughters grow up, would become a burden to her husband, and would lose the career and independence that defines her, Ingrid embarks on a quest to fix her eyes that ends up fixing her life.

Through an eight-year journey marked by a trip to South Africa to write about AIDS orphans, a four-day visit with a doctor who focuses on whole-body health, a relationship-changing confrontation with her husband and a life-changing lesson from her daughters, Ingrid learns to embrace the moment and see what counts in life–something no amount of vision loss can take from her.



Saving the Fig Tree Till Last: Diary of an American Adventurer in Southwest France

by Patricia McKinnes

Patricia woke up one day and realized that Einstein’s definition of Insanity as “Doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result” really applied to her so this domicile-free and income challenged American decided it was time to Do Something Different!

Taking the first step in rewriting the next chapter of her Life, she deleted the 32 resume versions of herself and stopped looking for a job that didn’t want to be found. Next, she sold her old car, gave away her possessions and, accepting an invitation to visit, bought a one way ticket to France.

Saving the Fig Tree Till Last: Diary of an American Adventurer in Southwest France, not your typical travel story chronicles the ups and downs for Patricia as she discovers the countryside of the Midi Pyrenees, the villages and people of the beautiful Gers region of France, and along the way discovers herself.

Reviews:

“99 cents for her wisdom and prose is a bargain.”- DJ in Rhode Island.

“Witty, yet packed with meaningâ?¦.that’s her style”- Debbie in FL.

“She’s Jane Austen in sun-bleached denim.”- Nicholas in Cardiff

“Incisive, charming and funny.” – Richard in Mexico

“This writer’s life adventures are one hell of a ride…buy a ticket and jump on board!” – Dana in London



For Heaven’s Sake

by John Edwards

For Heaven’s Sake is filled with amazing, even miraculous stories of how God moved in and through John’s life and ministry. Read about the incredible ups and devastating downs as he battled through cancer, hepatitis C virus and a liver transplant. Discover the price he paid whilst pioneering rehabilitation centres and the victories God wrought in the lives of many people.John says ” I pray that you too can learn to overcome all that life throws at you. Sometimes life is not fair, other times we feel that we just can’t go on…But, with God, the right attitude and with His strength we can do anything’



Loving Andrew

by Romy Wyllie

September 2014. Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Honorable Mention in Parenting. May 2014. National Indie Excellence Book Awards – Finalist in Parenting & Family. May 2014. Eric Hoffer Awards – Honorable Mention in Memoir; Finalist for Grand Prize & Montaigne Medal. March 2014. Beverly Hills Book Awards – Finalist in Parenting & Family. December, 2013 – Named to Kirkus Reviews and IndieReader ‘Best of 2013.’ June 1, 2013 – LOVING ANDREW won second place in the non-fiction category of the IndieReader Discovery Awards, which were announced at BookExpo America, a major trade show in New York City. The book was awarded five stars out of fiveâ??see IndieReader Review May 13, 2013.

A mother recounts how the birth of Andrew with Down syndrome, and the loss to cancer of a second baby start a family’s journey through the maze of parenthood. With the support of a loving father, mother, and two younger siblings, Andrew mastered the skills of life and became a contributing member of society. In spite of coping with schizophrenia in his later years, Andrew remained active, happy, and full of love until Alzheimer’s stole his memory and brought his life to a close at the age of fifty-two.

In spite of being told that their firstborn son would have many limitations in life, his parents were amazed at what Andrew achieved. He learned to read and write, ride a bicycle – sometimes too far from home – play the piano, swim almost as well as his siblings, ride horseback and perform dressage, graduate in special education from high school, take classes at a community college, travel alone on Chicago’s public transportation system, hold a job in a regular supermarket for 25 years, win ribbons and medals in Special Olympics events, and serve as the lead acolyte in his church. Andrew’s ability to describe the demons of his paranoid schizophrenia that plagued his later years provides a picture of a little-known ailment among the Down syndrome population.

This book is aimed at a broad audience in order to help all people understand the humanity and value of a person with a disability. This is especially important as medical technology continues to improve prenatal testing for abnormalities, and parents are faced with the heart-wrenching decision to terminate a pregnancy or risk having a less-than-perfect baby. The number of children born with Down syndrome is being drastically reduced, just as opportunities for them to be accepted into the mainstream of life have never been better, and their development has improved exponentially. Life is a game of chance and we should not expect to play God. No embryo selection or prenatal test can guarantee a flawless product or rule out unexpected calamities such as the death to cancer of our second baby.

Interwoven in the story of Andrew are: half a century of changing attitudes toward the developmentally disabled; improved educational opportunities; and discussions on pre-natal testing and abortion. Examples from two other children with Down syndrome, born 21 and 35 years after Andrew, help to illustrate the services that became available after passage of the law “Education for All Handicapped Children” in 1975, and underline the challenges that we faced without such services.

Excerpt from the Foreword by Brian Chicoine, MD: “As the medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Centerâ?¦ I always appreciate any occasion to get a more in-depth look into the lives of those individuals and their families. This book is one such opportunityâ?¦ It is about the hope of that journey, and is told through the life of an amazing, delightful, loving, fun, and caring man. Each person has a story. Andrew certainly had his. In this book, you will get to know Andrew, learn his story, appreciate him, and love him. Perhaps you, too, will experience the journey, the hope, and the casting aside of preconceived notions.”



THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY All Crime All The Time Vol. 9 No. 4 2015

by Huggins Point Publishing

All Crime, All The Time in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.



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