Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 05 Aug 17

Six Wives: The Women Who Married, Lived, And Died For Henry VIII

by Michael W. Simmons

Katherine of Aragon: abandoned woman. Anne Boleyn: ambitious upstart. Jane Seymour: virtuous mother. Anne of Cleves: Flanders Mare. Katherine Howard: adulterous whore. Katherine Parr: the one that got away.

These are our lingering historical afterimages of the six women who married Henry VIII over the course of his thirty-six-year reign. At the age of 18, Henry succeeded to the English throne and married the Spanish princess who had briefly been the wife of his brother Arthur. Katherine of Aragon was both a virgin and a widow when the prince died at the age of fifteen, enabling Henry to marry her himself. Their marriage lasted sixteen contented years, until suddenly, Henry fell in love with Anne Boleyn and sundered England from Rome in order to keep her.

But Henry VIII would not be satisfied even after he took Anne Boleyn for his wife. His vanity, his ego, and his desperate need for a male heir, led him to marry four more women during the last ten years of his life. In this book, you will read about the lives, loves, and secret passions of these women. Four of them died for Henry’s pleasureâ??but two escaped to tell their stories.

Queen Victoria: Icon Of An Era

by Michael W. Simmons

When we think of Queen Victoria, whose reign eclipsed that of every British king and queen before her, we imagine the Widow of Windsor, reclusive in her palace, draped in permanent mourning for her beloved husband, Albert, the Prince Consort, who died in 1861. But this book takes the reader on a journey that starts before her marriage, before she came to be seen as the static icon of the age that bears her name.

From her isolated childhood at Kensington Palace, where her daily life was controlled by a man who plotted to one day seize power through her, Victoria emerged shortly after her 18th birthday as a fully-fledged Queen, a young woman who gloried in her newfound power and freedom. Over the next twenty years, she fell in loveâ??twice, if the rumors are to be believedâ??bore nine children, and kept a daily diary which recorded her private, inward struggles: how to reconcile her role as monarch with her duties as a wife and mother, how to protect her country and her throne in an age of revolution. Ultimately, readers of this book will discover how Queen Victoria redefined the monarchy for her own ageâ??and afterwards.

His Ink, My Medicine: Healing Words from My Husband (A Memoir)

by Kim Pham

When fickle 32-year-old Kim meets calm, collected 39-year-old Jim, sparks fly. His love provides a much needed anchor for her. After 9 years of enjoying their peaceful home and family business in southern California, Kim’s mental illness suddenly erupts. She wants to leave the life they had built together. Her undiagnosed bipolar had cropped up periodically over the years – but never to this degree.

Being the big boss means having to maintain a poised façade at work. But in private, Jim is struggling with the very real possibility of losing Kim. He refuses to let her slip away because he has always loved her for her playful spirit and perfect imperfection. Jim drowns out Kim’s tormenting inner voice by showering her with daily love poems and letters for a year. He opens up to her in other unexpected ways. By writing his love directly to her heart, he saves her from herself and in doing so rescues their marriage.

Through Kim’s candid reflections and Jim’s heartfelt writings, this inspiring book brings their roller-coaster journey to life. It is a powerful story of how love can thrive in spite of the odds through devotion, perseverance, forgiveness, and courage to reveal one’s heart.

Shirley Turner: Doctor, Stalker, Murderer (Crimes Canada: True Crimes That Shocked The Nation Book 4)

by Kelly Banaski

On November 6, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was found dead in a parking lot for day use at Keystone State Park in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. He had been shot to death. There were five gunshot wounds as well as blunt force trauma to the back of the head. He had been shot in both the face and chest as well as the back of the head, back and buttocks. He was left face down in the parking lot in his scrubs, next to his Toyota Corolla. He died there.

The bizarre murder case of Andrew Bagby entails far more than death, although it has that threefold. It also brought to light a woefully inept Canadian legal system and the frighteningly dark mental descent of a woman scorned.

While evidence was steadily mounting against her, Dr. Shirley Turner dropped everything, left her car, apartment, and every worldly possession, and went back to Canada. By the time Pennsylvania had an open warrant on her, she was in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. There, she gave birth to Andrew’s son, Zachary.

While in jail, she wrote to a judge. Against legal precedent, this judge wrote her back and gave her legal advice on how to proceed with her case. The United States presented evidence of her crimes and their investigation and findings thus far. It was overwhelming. Her lies were exposed, her gun casings matched and witnesses placed her car next to his at the time of the murder.

What happened next is one of the strangest decisions in legal history.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Rising Superstars (Basketball Biography Books)

by Clayton Geoffreys

Learn the Inspiring Story of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Rising Star Giannis Antetokounmpo!

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In Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Rising Superstars, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball’s most promising young stars, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Often nicknamed “The Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo has quickly emerged as one of the most unique players in the league today. His incredible wingspan and athleticism have made him a dominant presence on both the offensive and defensive ends of the basketball court. He is easily one of the most difficult defensive assignments for opposing teams due to his ability to not only start as a forward, but also as a guard. In just four years, Giannis Antetokounmpo has gone from averaging 6.8 points per game to 22.9 points per game. He has also quickly become the face of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise.

There is still much to be unveiled in the career of Giannis Antetokounmpo. At the time of this writing, Giannis is just twenty-two years old. In this book, we’ll learn more about The Greek Freak’s journey into the NBA, his impact on the game, and his growing legacy as one of the best up and coming stars to make his presence known in basketball.

Here is a preview of what is inside this book:

  • Childhood and Early Life
  • NBA Career: Getting Drafted, Rookie Season, Working Under Jason Kidd, The Largest Point Guard in the League, and Becoming an All-Star
  • International Career
  • Personal Life
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Player Profile and Impact on Basketball
  • Antetokounmpo’s Future

An excerpt from the book:

The NBA loves those rags to riches stories about how a person that lived and grew up through poverty worked his way up to get to the league, not only as an ordinary player, but a superstar ranking among the best in the world. These are the kinds of stories that makes the people adore the player and what he has been through to get to the top. More importantly, these are the stories that inspire young children to work just as hard, if not harder, than their idol to reach the success they aspire to achieve.

Several of the greatest players in league history have had to endure poverty before they found success in the NBA. Allen Iverson barely had a home growing up before he starred at Georgetown. In his MVP speech back in 2014, Kevin Durant said that his mother raised him and his brother alone while the family moved from roof to roof. The same was true for LeBron James, who was raised alone by his mother when she was still 16 years old. These players not only earned millions as NBA superstars, but have also become fan favorites because of how they worked themselves up to get to the league.

Likewise, the NBA has also found a liking for players that were seemingly genetically engineered to dominate in the game of basketball. These are the types of players that, at a glance, were naturally destined to be a great because of the physical tools they possess. If the NBA was a horse race, these kinds of players are your thoroughbreds judging by how much more physically gifted and talented they are than the rest of the competition.

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Wildfire : The Career of Tommy Rich

by Michael Cooney

Wrestling went through a Golden Era in the 1980s due to the advent of cable television. Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, and Ric Flair would become household names during this time. But the first wrestler to benefit from the change in the market would be none other than “Wildfire” Tommy Rich.
Sporting shoulder-length bleached blonde hair and a good old boy personality, Tommy Rich would set attendance records in the Tennessee and Georgia areas before his star fizzled out almost as fast as he rose to the top.
This is his story.

Survival Was Only The Beginning – A Costa Concordia Story

by Andrea Davis

On Friday January 13th 2012, the cruise ship, Costa Concordia, ran aground spilling 3200 passengers and 1,000 crew members into the dark water of the Mediterranean. Thirty two people died and many more suffered physical and emotional scars that are still healing. Andrea and Laurence Davis, South African natives and Canadian citizens were unable to find space in a life boat and leading the way, followed by others, had to swim for their lives as the 2000 foot-long ship was rolling over on top of them.
Filled with raw emotion, the chaotic events of that night are told through Andrea’s eyes from the over-turning dining room, to the open deck rife with panic and confusion, the decision to jump into the black waters and swim to a rocky shore, and the painful hike over coral rocks to safety. We witness the warm hospitality of the local Islanders who rescued, fed and clothed the survivors and the waiting world who prayed for news of their safety. The incredible decision to return to the scene of the disaster only six months later and thank the people of Giglio, despite the challenges of language and customs, attest to the open-hearted courage of the Davis couple.
Their hopes, fears, prayers, tears and joy bring the reader on board and into troubled waters as we get an insider’s look at a maritime disaster that is still in the news.

Passage to America: An Edwardian Journal (Lost Diaries)

by C. L Bennett

An English gentleman and his daughter tour Canada and America in 1912, just before the outbreak of the First World War. An original travel diary which includes a rare description of life on board the famous ship, SS Lusitania.

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