Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 29 Apr 17

Surviving Schizophrenia: A Memoir

by Louise Gillett

What you are about to read is a true story. I am an apparently normal happily married mother of four, living the humdrum existence of an ordinary housewife. And I have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, something that I have always felt a deep sense of shame and embarrassment about, and kept hidden for many years.

I have agonised for many years over whether to make my story public – I have written this book, re-written it, changed the names, changed them back again, written it again under a pseudonym, tried to change it into a novel… Finally, last year on a writing holiday at the wonderful Arvon Centre in Totleigh Barton, Devon, matters became clear. This is my story, and I am ready to stand by it. It is a true story and any value that it has for others lies in that fact. I have, however, changed the names of a very few people within the text to protect them from any repercussions of my tale.

In The Backwoods of Nowhere

by Nancy Blankenship Owen

“In The Backwoods Of Nowhere” chronicles the life of Alma Cross Owen. Alma, the fifth of nine children, was born in 1910 in lower Davidson County, North Carolinaâ??as she says, “fifteen miles south of Lexington, off number 8 Highway, between Newsom and High Rock, near Jackson Hill and Bald Mountain, in the backwoods of nowhere.”
Alma lived with her mama and daddy, who were poor sharecroppers, in a small shack-like house on the edge of the large Reid farm that lay between Cabin Creek and Lick Creek on the Yadkin River. In her own words, Alma resurrects now forgotten times and places as she shares with us the everyday trials of life as a sharecroppers in the early 1900s. Through vivid descriptions she leads us through their daily customs folklores and hardships. She speaks of how they had to
make do with what they had and how the little that they had was treasured.
At age twelve Alma’s family left the sharecropping way and moved twenty miles north of the backwoods to Lexington, the county seat. In Lexington her life changed dramatically. First, her one room school was replaced with more modern schools. Then, at a young age she was forced to quit school to help out the family. The biggest change came in her late teens when she met and married Odell Henderson Owen, and in the years that followed, became the mother of eleven children.
During the chaotic years of raising eleven children she never forgot her upbringing, how her mama and daddy had instilled in her the importance of family, church and community. Like her daddy, she worked hard, always putting her family’s needs first. And in times of personal need, she sought strength through the church .
The beauty of this book is in the voice of the bookâ??Alma’s voice. Alma tells her story with a warmth that leaves you laughing at times and at other times holding a tissue to your eyes.

Susan Parkinson: Artwork

by Susan Parkinson

Susan Parkinson Artwork (c) Copyright 2017 is a compilation portfolio containing the artistic mind of Susan M. Parkinson, the progressive daughter of Lee K. Parkinson.

Ace and Proud: An Asexual Anthology

“An asexual is someone who does not experience sexual attraction. Unlike celibacy, which people choose, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who we are.” (

This is an anthology of 17 true stories by real people about asexuality — the invisible orientation that everyone’s heard of, but few actually talk about or understand.

Whether you’re a newly-discovered asexual, someone who’s known they’re asexual for years, the friend or family of someone asexual, or someone who’s just intrigued by asexuality in general, you’re sure to find something in this anthology that interests you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a selection of personal experiences, insights, and anecdotes from asexual writers around the world!

The contents of this book include:

Foreword by Victoria Beth (AVEN Project Team)

“My Self-discovery, Thus Far”â??Rebecca Nesor shares her experience as a 21st century asexual teenager, which involves an amusing anecdote about phone shopping and Minecraft.

“A Geeky Love Story”â??Suma walks us through the romantic tale of how sie joined a comics group looking for friendship and good times, and ended up falling in love.

“Growing Up”â??Phil Dalton offers a series of vignettes stretching over 30 years, from his childhood to the present day, about his attempts to fit into a sexual society.

“Coming Out”â??Melissa Keller explains why she has chosen not to come out to her friends and family, and explores the struggles that many asexual people face when coming out.

“Being ‘Normal’ Is Overrated Anyway”â??Ren describes how she discovered she wasn’t as “normal” as she’d thought, and how she’s come to embrace her asexuality.

“Finding Grace”â??Betty Badinbed reflects on the 20+ years of relationshipsâ??brief and lengthy, platonic and romantic, failed and successfulâ??which have helped her hone her gray-ace identity.

“Black Women Can Be Asexual Too”â??Gabriella Grange explores her experiences as a black asexual young woman, including a sweet story about a handsome cellist and their shared passion for philosophy.

“Fixing What Isn’t Broken”â??Emma Hopwood shares a humorous piece of prose poetry about how tough it is to be asexual in a sexual world.

“I Just Don’t Get It”â??Jennifer Dyse offers insight into how hard it is to navigate school and relationships as an asexual, and the dangers that can come from trying too hard to be “normal.”

“An Asexual Teen”â??Kaya Brown ruminates on her experiences as an asexual teen, on coming out to her mother, and on dealing with distrust from adults who don’t understand asexuality.

“Dream Guy”â??Cionii shares a poem about inner beauty.

“It’s All Asexual To Me”â??Jarrah Shub describes how learning about her asexuality early in her teenage years has helped her be more self-assured and happy with who she is.

“When I Grow Up”â??Shannon Brown debunks the myth that “everyone wants to have sex,” and describes the various ways she’s come out to her high school friends.

“Just A Small Town Boy”â??Cameron explains how growing up in a small town shaped his knowledge of sexuality, and how discovering asexuality has helped him better understand himself.

“Coming Out To Myself: Not A Piece Of Cake”â??Ennis discusses her journey, as a young lady with Asperger’s syndrome, toward accepting her aromantic and asexual identity.

“Copper Weddings”â??Martin Spangsbro-Pedersen explains why he cast off his gay identity to instead identify as asexual, and describes his experiences as an activist within Denmark’s LGBTQ+ community.

“My Happily Ever After”â??Cecily Summers explains how her definition of her own “happily ever after” changed after she identified herself as asexual.

To find out more about asexuality, please visit the AVEN website ( To find out about future Ace and Proud projects, please visit

НаÑ?ало: ЭпизодÑ? и некоÑ?оÑ?Ñ?е Ñ?акÑ?Ñ? моего деÑ?сÑ?ва и Ñ?носÑ?и (Russian Edition)

by СиÑ?никова СвеÑ?лана

Ð?ойна, Ð?обеда, даÑ?и, Ð?осква, Ñ?колÑ?, Ñ?Ñ?иÑ?еля, соседи, дÑ?Ñ?зÑ?я, моÑ?е, песни, книги â?? Ñ?Ñ?о я помнÑ? о своем деÑ?сÑ?ве, для моиÑ? деÑ?ей, внÑ?ков и всеÑ?, комÑ? эÑ?о бÑ?деÑ? инÑ?еÑ?есно.

Oliver: biblische Geschichten von heute (German Edition)

by Hermann Brünjes

Für junge Leute wird die Geschichte von Simon Petrus anschaulich und spannend erzählt.

Parallel erzählt der Autor seine eigene Geschichte: 

Seine Jugend und die Suche nach Sinn, die “wilden Jahre” und endlich sein Weg zum Glauben mit der Entdeckung dessen, was sein Leben bis heute ausmacht.

Ob vor zweitausend Jahren, als sich das Leben des Fischers Simon durch die Begegnung mit Jesus radikal veränderte, oder in den “Siebzigern”, als Hermann Brünjes der Einladung zum christlichen Glauben gefolgt ist – es hat sich eigentlich bis heute nicht viel verändert.

Die biblischen Geschichten und eigenes Erleben enthalten erstaunlich viele Parallelen. Der Autor geht mit gutem Grund davon aus, dass sich auch heute noch ereignet, was damals begann.

La crescita di un videogiocatore (Italian Edition)

by Davide Valente

Storia breve che narra della mia crescita videoludica e delle mie esperienze col mondo del “gaming”.
Questa è una storia comica che punta a far riflettere i giocatori di questa generazione ed a spiegare l’evoluzione che i videogiocatori “di vecchia” data hanno avuto nel corso degli anni.
Il libro può essere letto da tutti ed è scritto in una maniera così semplice che anche una “mamma” potrebbe capirne il testo, dato che è stato scritto appositamente per aiutarle a capire che i videogiochi sono una passione, un’hobby e, per alcuni, un lavoro. Così da smettere di vederli come una “distrazione”, la causa dei brutti voti presi a scuola o la nascita di un serial killer.
Consiglierei l’acquisto di quest’opera ad un pubblico relativamente giovane, perché racconta di come in passato, io e la mia generazione, ci siamo approcciati al mondo del gaming, ad un pubblico universitario, perché potrebbero guardare con nostalgia gli avvenimenti che verranno trattati, ed ad un pubblico adulto, così potranno capire cosa pensano i loro figli quando sentono la parola “videogiochi” e come poter trattare questa loro passione.
Buona lettura.
By Telespalla Wolf

Got a new Kindle or know someone who has? Check out the ultimate guide to finding free books for your Kindle. Also available in the UK.