Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 04 Oct 18

Impossibly Glamorous

by Charles Ayres

Charles Ayres heard plenty of â??Wizard of Oz’ jokes growing up in Kansas. After finding himself on some seedy dance floors in Kansas City, his quest for love and glamour â?? and his penchant for all things Japanese â?? carried Charles from Dorothy’s homeland to New York to Tokyo. Impossibly Glamorous follows his exploits with Goth raver lesbians, hot men, and not-so-hot men, culminating in a long-term love affair with Japan. His journey from ugly baby to Asian media personality touches on tough issues such as coming out gay in Kansas, domestic violence, substance abuse, and how to to bounce back from any kind of adversity with only a faux fur coat and a cavalier skip.

“I enjoyed this book. It’s breezily written, and Charles seems like a really fun person.” — Michael Musto, The Village Voice



“Rev. Marbury’s poetic assertions have always seemed to elevate the tenor and importance of the information being presented, making it, at once, something you wanted to hear…something you wanted to listen to; like a lovingly or carelessly whispered, heartfelt intonation. His book is an autobiographical, generation-spanning work of worship and praise to our Lord and Savior. It is realized through the prism of the history of Black people in America. This book is a profoundly introspective and unconventional poetic account of the pilgrimage of a poor, little asthmatic black boy from the Hill District of Pittsburgh to the corridors of America’s most hallowed, powerful and elite institutions, and of the people met along the way, the challenges faced and overcome. Moreover, it is about the love, grace and mercy of the God who was always with him and who waited patiently on him to answer his call to ministry. My People, My People, My God is a spiritual, historical, sociological and racial American jazz exhortation from which the reader/hearer will be transported to empathic, immutable, soaring flight.”
The Reverend Grainger Browning, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer AME Church, Fort Washington, Maryland.

Don Marbury is the senior pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Hagerstown, MD. Prior to this April 2017 Episcopal appointment, he was, for eleven years the senior pastor of Ebenezer AME in Brunswick, MD, and for five years the senior pastor of St. John AME in Benedict, MD. For the past 18 years, he has been an adjunct professor of English at Montgomery College. He was also an adjunct professor of film and television at Howard University for ten years. Marbury left a 27-year career in 1997 as a top public broadcasting executive, television and film producer, and news anchorman to pursue his call to ministry. His writings and performances of his works have earned him national and international recognition. Many of his poems and short stories were produced for television and film. Marbury, in PBS circles was, indeed, a luminary. He is a cum laude, Master of Divinity graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and served on its board of governors for four years. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors in English from the University of Pittsburgh. Over five decades, Rev. Marbury has performed his poetry and narrated his short stories to audiences from all over the world. His personal contacts and friends include major leaders in Christianity, Broadcasting and Film, and Academia. He is president of his own executive, broadcasting consulting firm, UnderOneSky Media.

“I am blessed that my life crossed paths with Don Marbury, and we are all blessed that he has shared his remarkable journey with such courage, honesty, and grace. His is an expansive vision we would benefit to listen, truly listen, to, as we try to chart our own course in the midst of such complicated times.”
Ken Burns, American Filmmaker.

“Pittsburgh’s Hill District gave us the genius of August Wilson and now it gives us Donald Marbury. Ostensibly a book by a minister about his faith, the poetry and raw honesty of this work vault it into other realms. Its narrative and poetry reflect the challenges of childhood poverty, unanticipated fame, and a search for meaning and understanding. It delivers heartfelt, un-forgettable poetry and images that help us understand the complexity of our America, from the poverty of its inner cities to the spiritual malaise of its wealthiest corners.”
Jennifer Lawson, Former Executive Vice President and head of programming, Public Broadcasting Service, PBS.

Canadaâ??s Most Notorious Serial Killers (True Crime Stories Book 1)

by Jack Smith

Canada might not be the first place one thinks of when serial killers are mentioned, but the country has had quite a number of such terrifying cases in its past, and this book attempts to give you an overview of the most significant cases.
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Canada, the Northern neighbor of the United States, is best known for its friendly sensibility, cold winters, and hockey games. When people think about Canada, they don’t generally think about serial killings. But the U.S. and Mexico aren’t the only North American countries that serial killers have called home: All throughout its centuries-long history, Canada has had its own fair share of murderous maniacs.

This book presents accounts of eight of the worst serial killers to tread Canadian soil in recent memory:

1. Robert Pickton, the Pigheaded Killer

The story of Robert Pickton, who terrorized the streets and back alleys of Vancouver, is so unbelievably grotesque you would think it was the work of some blood-and-gore Hollywood screenwriter.

2. Russell Williams: Trouble in Trenton

Colonel Russell Williams was once a highly decorated and respected soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces. Then he decided to begin breaking into women’s houses on the side, and from there, things kept getting worse and worse.

3. Bruce McArthur: Stalking Toronto’s Village

Perhaps no serial killer, however, has ever been quite as prolific as suspected murderer Bruce McArthur. As of right now his crimes are merely alleged, but with a projected body count that is estimated to rival Pickton’s, McArthur seems destined to assume a prominent place among the most notorious murderers of the maple leaf.

4. Paul Bernardo: the Scarborough Rapist

Paul Bernardo was unable to learn how to properly incorporate himself into the society and it turned out a disaster for countless women that had the misfortune of encountering him.

5. Clifford Olson: The Beast of British Columbia

Clifford Olson was so active and puzzling that the people around him just didn’t know how to react for quite a while. Unfortunately, this has led to him committing countless crimes before being brought to justice.

6. Cody Legebokoff: the Country Boy Killer

Cody Legebokoff was making outrageous excuses to cover up his crimes, yet the people around him seemed to not react upon them fast enough to prevent him committing heinous crimes. He is considered Cananda’s youngest convicted serial killer.

7. Allan Joseph Legere: The Monster of the Miramichi

Allan Joseph Legere instilled fear onto the residents of the Miramichi River valley of New Brunswick in 1989 with his terrifying crimes and was also the first Canadian to be convicted of murder through the DNA analysis, thankfully, as there were no eyewitnesses for his killings.

8. Gilbert Paul Jordan: The Boozing Barber

Gilbert Paul Jordan was committing crimes through the weapon called alcohol. The weapon used made it very difficult to ascertain the crimes and for the law to handle him when that was done.

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Unspoken Testimony Memoir: Secrets of a Southern Girl

by Joy T Darden

Unspoken Testimony is a powerful, interesting exposé of Joy’s faith and courage that will leave you inspired yet intrigued. When the pitfalls of life reared its ugly head time and time again in her marriage, health and work, going through a not so pretty divorce and she immediately wanted to give up, she wondered? How can God use a rachet of a mess like her, take her from tragedy to triumph, setback to breakthrough, defeat to victory, and crown her beauty instead of ashes to inspire others? Find out. Buy your copy today. 

Wizard of Menlo Park – Thomas Edison: A Quick-Read Biography about the Life and Times of an Inventor with Far-reaching Influence! (Quick-Read Biography Series Book 6)

by Cynthia A. Parker

Learn More About This Visionary Inventor, Industrialist, and Businessman!

A Short, Yet Interesting, Biography!

Ever wanted to learn more about Thomas Edison, but never felt you had the time to read a comprehensive work? Here author Cynthia A. Parker removes that pain by offering an opportunity to Get-to-Know the Wizard of Menlo Park to learn of his youth and upbringing, his early career, and of course his pivotal role as in inventor, industrialist, and businessman!

Turn these pages and enjoy the opportunity to learn history, but better yet to come to know Edison better through Parker’s amazing ability to describe his life, his eccentricities and above all, his accomplishments; making this an enjoyable and interesting Quick-Read Biography.

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James Harden: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Premier Shooting Guards (Basketball Biography Books)

by Clayton Geoffreys

Learn the Incredible Story of Basketball Superstar James Harden!

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Newly revised through the first half of the 2017-2018 season, James Harden: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Premier Shooting Guards details the inspirational story of one of basketball’s premier shooting guards, James Harden. James Harden has been making a splash playing in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets. In this unauthorized book, we will learn about how James became the star shooting guard that he is today. Starting first with a look into his childhood and early life, we’ll learn about James Harden prior to entering the NBA, along with his time in the NBA as a sixth man for the Oklahoma City Thunder behind Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to his time leading the Houston Rockets.

James Harden has established himself as one of the top five shooting guards in the game today. Harden has played so exceptionally well that many have considered him as an MVP candidate. For a man who once was just another college basketball player for the Arizona State Sun Devils, James Harden has come a long way in his basketball career.

James Harden has revitalized and ignited a fire in Houston leading the Rockets. The James Harden trade from Oklahoma City may go down as one of the biggest mistakes by the Thunder organization of the recent era. While Harden still has areas to improve upon on the defensive end, his offensive abilities have been lauded around the league.

If you’ve ever been curious as to how basketball stars like James Harden began their basketball careers, pick up a copy today to learn James’ incredible story.

Here is a preview of what is inside this book:

  • Childhood and Early Life
  • High School Years of James Harden
  • College Years at Arizona State
  • The Start of Harden’s NBA Career in OKC
  • The Rising Thunder from the Bench
  • The Sixth Man of the Year, Championship Appearance, Final Season in OKC
  • A Star in Houston
  • First All-Star Season
  • Teaming with Howard
  • The Rise of an MVP Candidate
  • The Sudden Drop
  • The Point God
  • Teaming Up with Chris Paul
  • Harden’s International Experience
  • Harden’s Personal Life
  • Impact on Basketball and Beyond
  • James Harden’s Legacy

An excerpt from the book:

When you talk about the greatest shooting guards in the history of the NBA, names such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Clyde Drexler come to mind. Those players all had the right combination of skill, athleticism, popularity, charisma, and the will to win that made them successful superstars in their eras. In essence, those great shooting guards have all become unique playersâ??the likes of which could probably never be duplicated in the history of the league.

Uniqueness has always been what described the best shooting guards in league history. Their unique set of skills has been one of the catalysts to how the league grows and changes. And because the greatest shooting guards in league history are so unique, the position has become arguably the most difficult to play at the highest level.

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Steve Nash: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Greatest Point Guards (Basketball Biography Books)

by Clayton Geoffreys

Learn the Incredible Story of Basketball Superstar Steve Nash!

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In Steve Nash: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Greatest Point Guards, you’ll read about the inspirational story of one of basketball’s premier point guards Steve Nash. Steve Nash has had a storied career playing in the National Basketball Association. In this short book, we will learn about how Steve became the storied point guard that he is today. Starting first with his childhood and early life, we’ll learn about Steve prior to entering the NBA, his time in the NBA, along with his impact on the communities of the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Regardless of how Steve Nash’s career will end, he will go down in the NBA records as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game among the other greats like John Stockton, Jason Kidd, and Gary Payton. Former commissioner David Stern perhaps said it best at the award ceremony for Steve’s Most Valuable Player award when he stated, “You demonstrate the best of our sport, a passion for our game, a commitment to your community, and an engagement with our fans. What more could we say?”

Here is a preview of what is inside this book:

  • Childhood and Early Life
  • Fondness Towards Soccer
  • The High School and College Years
  • High School Dominance in British Columbia
  • Next Stop on The Road to Greatness: Santa Clara
  • Junior Year: A Breakthrough Season
  • Senior Year: On Top of the College Basketball World
  • The Rookie Campaign
  • Trade to the Dallas Mavericks
  • The Return to Phoenix
  • Leaving Phoenix for Los Angeles
  • Steve Nash’s Personal Life
  • Philanthropic Efforts
  • Soccer’s Influence on Steve
  • Steve Nash’s Legacy

An excerpt from the book:

With all of his accomplishments during the course of his long career, which has spanned from the mid 1990’s to present day 2014, one thing that Steve Nash never did was play outside his means. Nash has never been one to talk trash since he did his talking through his play on the court. Perhaps the biggest thing that Steve Nash will leave to Phoenix, basketball and the world as a whole is first and foremost that he was one of the classiest players in the NBA and a true example of good sportsmanship. Secondly, Steve Nash is a perfect example of hard work and perseverance. Nash decided as a child that he was going to play in the NBA. Yet, nobody gave him a chance since he was just a skinny kid from British Columbia. The big colleges did not want him. Despite the numerous rejections he received from some of the notable basketball schools in the nation, he persevered and continued to play. When he arrived at Santa Clara he continued to work hard and made it to the NBA, never giving up on his goal. Steve Nash’s life and career is a true testament to what hard work and dedication can do for you.

When all is said and done, Steve Nash will be remembered as not just a great basketball player, but as a man as well. Steve Nash is a dedicated philanthropist who gave and continues to give back to his city. He will be remembered for the way he beat all of the odds not only by making it to the NBA, but for how hard he continued to work once he made it to the NBA. Steve Nash will be remembered not only for setting records, but also for the way he played to earn those records.

Steve Nash is one of the greats and he will be forever remembered as such. Looking over the course of his career, there is no doubt that Steve Nash will be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

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A little bit more of the 70s (1970s The Retro Years Book 2)

by Julie Taylor

Yet another trip down that lane that is so full of memories, to a time that Style didn’t care about too much. This book is full of reminiscing and aimed at anyone who lived through the 1970 wonder years whatever age you were.

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