Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 25 Apr 18

Summer’s Complaint: My family’s courageous, century-long struggle with a rare genetic cancer syndrome

by Laura Kieger

“I thought there might be something wrong with your mother’s family.”

Those words, spoken by a grandmother to her eleven-year-old granddaughter, sparked a search for answers to a mystery
spanning five generations.

Familial adenomatous polyposis is a rare, genetic cancer predisposition syndrome caused by a deletion mutation in the APC gene on chromosome 5. By the age of fifty, nearly 99 percent of untreated patients will have developed cancer.

This is the dark shadow that has lingered over one Midwestern family since at least 1911, when Mary Regan Baker was seen at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for symptoms of a disorder that would become commonplace in her descendants.

Through deeply touching personal stories of love, heartbreak, and hope, Summer’s Complaint explores the meaning of family
and how tragic loss leads to the remaking of life in the face of a rare genetic mutation.

“This book is a wonderful blend of reflections and medicine. Well-written and deeply informed, Laura’s story will especially be of interest to curious readers in the healthcare space.” -Maren R

“Amazingly well-written and very interesting read! Bravo!” -Katie H

“Extremely well-written and very understandable. One of the best books I’ve read this year.” -Jane T

Famous People: What Their Lives Reveal

by George Kouloukis

Great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven went through a bad period of his life around the age of 32 because he had become totally deaf. Contemplating suicide, he wrote his will. But later he overcame his hearing problem, was recognized as one of the greatest composers of all time -he wrote nine insuperable symphonies- and became a celebrated member of Viennese society.

Napoleon provides another such an example. During the years 1792 to 1809, he conquered almost all of Europe, was crowned Emperor of France, and lived a life full of grandeur, triumph, and success. But then things reversed: Napoleon lost all he had achieved, he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, and he was exiled ultimately to the remote island of St. Helena.

Those two examples of alternations of seasons from good to bad ones and vice versa in the lives of famous people are not the only ones. Lots of more others show the same alternations in the famous people’s lives, as indicated in detail in this book. More important is however, that the seasons of famous people alternate from good to bad and vice versa according to a certain pattern. A good season gives its place to a bad one at a given moment, and a bad season gives its place to a good one also at a given moment – and so on. In this book I explain in detail that pattern.

The existence of that pattern radically transforms the way we all live today, and helps us to live a much better life. The moment you’ve finished reading this book, you’ll be able to learn whether the years just ahead are good or bad for you, and how long this season will last. You’ll be able thus to act accordingly: if there is a storm on the horizon, you’ll take shelter in time; if sunny days loom ahead, you’ll take advantage of it before the opportunity passes. In short, you’ll be able to take crucial decisions regarding your career, marriage, family, relationships, and all other life’s issues.

You will see among other things, why you mustn’t be seized by despair and pessimism when you are in a bad season – fearing that this season will never end. Winston Churchill, for example, failed his exams in school again and again when he was in a bad season of his life, and at a moment of another of his bad seasons he said: “I am done, I am finished.” But later he became prime minister of his country.

You will also see why you can dare when you are in a good season – fate is with you. Christopher Columbus, for example, succeeded in discovering the New World since he was in a good season of his life, despite of the fact that almost everybody – the Spanish royal council included – was skeptical and had rejected his idea.

There are many other benefits deriving from the pattern the seasons alternate in the lives of famous people, as you will see in detail in the book. We start our trip by seeing in the first Chapter how the good and bad season alternated in the life of great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Executive Hoodlum: Negotiating on the Corner of Main and Mean

by John Costello

Meet John Costello, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for Microsemi Corporation, a $6 billion leader in the advanced-semiconductor market. Well known and respected in the industry, John Costello graduated from college in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration. John’s social circle includes high-level corporate executives, politicians, military leaders and movie stars. As a young boy he played Little League baseball and Pop Warner football, and went on to become an outstanding track and cross-country runner in high school, captain of his college rowing team, and an accomplished boxer in the Golden Gloves and other tournaments. With this wholesome All-American resumé, most would think that John Costello emerged from a solid middle-class family with all the usual privileges pertaining – though nothing could be further from the truth. Costello was born into a working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s north side and grew up under quite difficult conditions. His father was a talented Italian tenor with mob connections and a proclivity for violence; his mother, the daughter of an Irish street cop, was a straight-laced Catholic girl till she took to the bottle after falling victim to that violence. Surrounded by constant turmoil and hardship involving gangs, members of the underworld, murder, suicide, drug addiction as well as physical and emotional abuse, John eventually transcended his circumstances to obtain a higher education and pursue a profitable career that entailed all the perks of an executive lifestyle inclusive of the Hollywood party circuit.

Readers who might enjoy this book are those interested in true-crime stories, mob activity, murder and mayhem, as well as anyone seeking a no-holds-barred story that describes the resilience of the human spirit. Spiced with wit and humor and distinguished by the inimitable voice of tough-talking John Costello, his story touches our hearts while keeping us on the edge of our seats.

Other comparable books include The Truthbook: A Memoir by Joy Castro, which describes a similar childhood fraught with abuse and dysfunction. The theme of destructive behavior and personal downward spiral in the fight game and mobster milieu is also taken up in Raging Bull by Jake La Motta. Then there is the true-crime and gangster activity to be found in Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob by Jeff Coen, as well as in The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights by Matthew Luzi. All these works taken together give some idea of the scope of John Costello’s life as recounted in his own book.

And that is what makes our book “unique” – John Costello’s life is unique. It has been a strange blend of two distinct worlds, but with one foot firmly emplaced in each. The fact that he is comfortable meeting with Senator John McCain in the morning to discuss government business, and can then enjoy the company of old friends from the streets of Chicago in the evening, is indicative of his parallel lives and will certainly be something readers find highly intriguing. We have an extensive collection of family photos, newspaper clippings, death certificates, court papers, and other supporting documentation for all claims made, as well as music recordings and video that would introduce the amazing voice of Johnny’s father to a whole new generation.

Hangman: Life and Crimes of Serial Killer & Police Officer Gerard Schaefer

by Michael Newton

Gerard Schaefer Jr. was just a boy when his strange behaviour began. He liked to peep through windows, wear girls panties and like many other serial killers, killed small animals. Schaefer later became a Florida Police Officer, and ‘Sex Beast’, who used his badge to abduct teenage girls which he raped, murdered, and some, dismembered.

While serving a double life sentence, Schaefer published a series of graphic “fictional” tales, viewed by most who knew him as thinly veiled descriptions of his actual crimes. He also unsuccessfully sued numerous authors and others who publicly mentioned his case, seeking mythical damages for alleged interference with his 2017 parole hearing date. His private correspondence, placed in the public domain during those lawsuits, includes Schaefer’s confession to slayings as many as 175.

His jailhouse murder in 1995 leaves the mysteries surrounding his twisted life and crimes forever unsolved.

Rat Pack Party Girl: From Prostitute to Womenâ??s Advocate

by Jane McCormick

More important than ever! Shatter the silence, stop the violence today!

“In their new book, Jane and Patti tell the complete story of Jane’s abuse, sex for big money, and discovery of her true sexual identity. . . Her story is riveting, passionate and informative. It’s a story to be embraced by women and men who value the dignity of human life and the beauty of sexual fulfillment.”
-Norman Stephens, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning Film Producer

The gutsy and wrenching story of former Rat Pack high-roller and sex-trade survivor Jane McCormick.

Not only does she reveal her 1960s sexcapades with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Vic Damone, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jerry Lewis, Bill Frawley and other celebrities, she also details her molestation by an abusive stepfather and the too-young marriage that led to her addiction to the “big money” of high-roller prostitution in Las Vegas.

She survived a dangerous abortion, seedy silicone injections, years of pill popping, and the harassment of her abusive “old man,” all on a long and hard journey down a road of self-discovery. At the end of that road, she was finally able to realize her self-worth and obtain what she wanted all along: happiness fueled by the discovery of her true sexual identity as a gay woman, which has resulted in the comfort of experiencing real love in her now twenty-two year relationship.

McCormick tells her story not to titillate but to educate both women and men about the life of selling sex, and to help younger women decide not to enter prostitution, to show them that getting out is way harder than getting in, and to give hope for escape to those who’ve already fallen victim. She envisions changes in federal and local laws regarding the sex-trade industry as well as a place where prostituting women can find the refuge and the help they need to put their lives in order.

“Jane McCormick is a true survivor and champion for all women who have endured violence and exploitation. Her journey, and her willingness to share her story so that others may learn from her experience, is a testament to her courage, resilience, and grace.”
-Tara Patet, Domestic Violence Prosecutor

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