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Mystery: Vanished (A mystery novella)

by Maya Moss

A detective (Riley) investigates the case of a man (Caden) found after being presumed dead. Ten years ago, 18 year old Caden disappeared after a barn fire on his family farm in rural Oklahoma. No traces of human remains were found but he was never found, even after extensive searching. Riley goes to Miami after receiving a tip and finds the man living a completely different life there. No one there knows about his past. It’s up to the detective to find out why he disappeared and try to resist the charms of this tall, handsome man. But she quickly finds herself in way deeper than she thought in both regards. Caden had a very good reason for leaving that will come back to haunt them both.

The Rough Riders

by Theodore Roosevelt

For a man who grew up to become the “Bull Moose”, Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child, suffering from asthma and other maladies. But his physical weakness actually drove him to be more active, which also fostered an interest in nature. It also helped that Teddy’s family was wealthy, allowing him privileges including home school and the ability to attend Harvard, where he was an athlete and took an interest in naval affairs. After finishing at Harvard, Teddy entered politics, but it didn’t stop him from writing The Naval War of 1812 in 1882, establishing himself as a professional writer and historian.
In the 1890s, it was Teddy’s turn to make history, leading the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War and being decorated for his service with a Medal of Honor. He parlayed his glory into the governorship of New York and then the Vice Presidency under William McKinley. When McKinley was assassinated in 1901, young Teddy was thrust into the presidency, one that would earn him a place on Mount Rushmore, Roosevelt’s “Square Deal” domestic policies favored average citizens while busting trusts and monopolies. Roosevelt also promoted conservation as an environmental stance, while his “speak softly and carry a big stick” foreign policy is still an oft used phrase today. Roosevelt even earned a Nobel Prize during his presidency. 
By the time Roosevelt died in 1919, he was an American icon. Today, Teddy is remembered for being an explorer, hunter, author, soldier, president, and safari adventurer, all of which combine into one unique reputation. 

Dalai Lama: Most Inspiring Teachings of Wisdom, Happiness and Meaning, Shared by the Dalai Lama for a Life of Fulfillment and Compassion

by Harisson June

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Mystery: Revenge: (A mystery novella)

by Maya Moss

Taylor and Ethan discover that their partners are cheating on them with each other. They decide to take revenge on their partners together but end up falling in love.

Taylor and Ethan are both former geeks. They’ve grown into their skin, look good, gotten good jobs and figured out their lives. But they still have a bit of a complex about their former inferiority. Which is probably why they both picked “aspirational partners.” Meaning, that they’re both dating people who have always been cool. Taylor’s guy was on the football team and he’s a broad, strapping, all-American type guy who’s perpetually confident. Ethan’s lady was a sorority sister who has tons of friends, an active social life and always looks perfect. The relationships of both are floundering because they don’t have much in common. It is probably an experiment for both their partners too – after enduring bad relationships with people more like them, they decide to go for someone totally different (a nerd). Ethan and Taylor both long for a partner who understands them, not who thinks they’re weird or cute.

When Ethan and Taylor accidentally find out that they’re being cheated on and connect, they decide to subject their partners to reenactments of some of their most humiliating moments from high school. They bond over this project and realize they have a lot in common. But the tables turn when their partners decide to enact revenge and things get dangerously out of hand.

At Gettysburg, or, What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle: A True Narrative.

by Matilda Pierce Alleman

Matilda Alleman was a young resident of Gettysburg during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.  At Gettysburg is an amazing firsthand account of what she saw.

Navigating Our Way Through The Labyrinth: An Adoptees Journey

by Patricia Kamradt

Everyone has their own personal journey through life. Adoptees are no different in this respect; however we all share unique and complex obstacles which bonds us

together. In my book I will bring into the light some of these complex issues we share and also add my personal experiences as an adoptee.

The Army of Northern Virginia in 1862

by William Allan

The Army of Northern Virginia in 1862  is an expansive account of the Army of Northern Virginia’s exploits during 1862.  Detailed descriptions of the Siege of Yorktown, The Seven Days’ Battles, Fredericksburg, Sharpsburg and more are included. The original footnotes are also included. 

Military Memoirs of a Confederate: A Critical Narrative

by Edward Porter Alexander

In the narrative of the Civil War, Edward Porter Alexander has loomed larger in death than in life. Just 25 years old when the war broke out, Porter Alexander had already served as an engineer and officer in the U.S. Army, but the native Georgian resigned his commission in May 1861 and joined the Confederacy after his home state seceded. 

Porter Alexander would continue to serve under Longstreet’s corps for most of the rest of the war, and he famously suggested to Lee at Appomattox that the Confederate army should disband and melt away instead of surrender. Porter Alexander would later regret the suggestion, and Lee scolded him for it anyway. 

Though he had served with distinction during the Civil War, it was Porter Alexander’s memoirs that have kept his name alive today. While many prominent officers on both sides wrote memoirs, Porter Alexander’s were among the most insightful and often considered by historians as the most evenhanded. With a sense of humor and a good narrative, Porter Alexander skillfully narrated the war, his service, and what he considered the successes and faults of others, including Lee, when he thought they had made good decisions or mistakes. As a result, historians continue to rely heavily on his memoirs as a source for Civil War history. 

Battles & Leaders of the Civil War: General P.G.T. Beauregard’s Account of the Battle of First Manassas

by P.G.T. Beauregard

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was a Louisiana-born American military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant, and the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. Today he is commonly referred to as P. G. T. Beauregard, but he rarely used his first name as an adult and signed correspondence as G. T. Beauregard.

Beauregard was trained as a civil engineer at the United States Military Academy and served with distinction as an engineer in the Mexican-American War. Following a brief appointment at West Point in 1861, with the South’s secession, he became the first Confederate brigadier general. He commanded the defenses of Charleston, South Carolina, and he became quickly famous throughout the South for commanding the successful attack on Fort Sumter from April 12-13, 1861, beginning the Civil War. Beauregard was also the victor at the Battle of First Manassas, the war’s first major battle.

Beauregard would serve the Confederacy throughout the war, mostly in the Western theater at battles like Shiloh. His forces also saved Petersburg in June 1864 by defending against assaults by overwhelmingly superior Union Army until Lee’s army could arrive.

After the war, Beauregard wrote an account of the Battle of First Manassas which became part of the well known Battles & Leaders of the Civil War Series, discussing the strategy and tactics of the first major battle of the war, an important Confederate victory. This edition is specially formatted with images of Beauregard and the battle. 

Eighty Years and More, Reminiscences 1815-1897

by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton is something of an unsung hero in the history of the feminist movement. Though she is still primarily known as an advocate of women’s suffrage and is closely linked to the better known Susan B. Anthony, Stanton was shunned by many of her fellow suffragists because her ideas seem too radical and because many were disturbed by her barely Deist view of religion. Over a century after her death, modern feminists tend to overlook Stanton in favor of Anthony, while remembering that Stanton enjoyed taking on the traditional 19th century gender roles of being the mother of a large family and remaining devoted to her husband throughout her life. And while Anthony’s comments about abortion are still fiercely debated by pro-life and pro-choice crowds, Stanton held conservative views toward abortion. It’s clear that Elizabeth Cady Stanton was very much her own woman, certainly a fitting description that she would not have wanted any other way. 

Though she is not as well known or fondly remembered as her closest counterpart, Stanton preceded Anthony as an advocate of women’s rights. It was Stanton who issued the Declaration of Sentiments at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848, touching off the organized movement that worked toward suffrage and equality. At the same time, Stanton was an ardent abolitionist, and she focused on progressive issues like custody rights, divorce, women’s property rights, employment issues, and even birth control. 

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