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Ana: A Memoir of Anorexia Nervosa

by Syanne Centeno

This is the account of Syanne’s journey with severe Anorexia Nervosa (which she named “Ana”), a deadly psychiatric illness that haunts thousands of young girls and women each year. Throughout her honest, gut-wrenching tale she relives the horror of battling “Ana” for over a decade starting at the age of just eight-years-old, and how it nearly took her life. Along with Anorexia Nervosa, Syanne speaks of the other mental illness’s she struggled with such as Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, and self- mutilation. Without holding back, Syanne highlights the realities of living with an eating disorder, and what it took for her to overcome it.



The Missing Frog Boys: A Collection of True Crime

by Sarah Thomerson

An anthology of True Crime focused on missing persons… The mysterious disappearance of vulnerable people is always a hard one to swallow. When mothers, elderly people, or children go missing, it often causes empathy and panic to both stir within the community. Perhaps the worst is when children disappear without a trace. Children abductions are very rarely done by someone that the child doesn’t know. While stranger abductions are far rarer, they’re also far more dangerous. People who study missing children have come up with a formula: or every twenty-four hours that a child is missing, the chance of finding them alive reduces by half.
As terrifying as that is, it is the unfortunate reality when it comes to missing children. But what about the children that just disappear out of thin air? In some cases, a child is there one minute, and gone the next, with no understanding of where they have gone, or if anyone has taken them. The story of the Frog Boys has confused, intrigued, and saddened people all over the world for the last twenty-seven years. It is a story of five boys who simply walked into the woods, never to be seen again.



Aristotle

by Alfred Taylor

It has not commonly been the lot of philosophers, as it is of great poets, that their names should become household words. We should hardly call an Englishman well read if he had not heard the name of Sophocles or Molière. An educated man is expected to know at least who these great writers were, and to understand an allusion to the Antigone or Le Misanthrope. But we call a man well read if his mind is stored with the verse of poets and the prose of historians, even though he were ignorant of the name of Descartes or Kant. Yet there are a few philosophers whose influence on thought and language has been so extensive that no one who reads can be ignorant of their names, and that every man who speaks the language of educated Europeans is constantly using their vocabulary. Among this few Aristotle holds not the lowest place. We have all heard of him, as we have all heard of Homer. He has left his impress so firmly on theology that many of the formulae of the Churches are unintelligible without acquaintance with his conception of the universe. If we are interested in the growth of modern science we shall readily discover for ourselves that some knowledge of Aristotelianism is necessary for the understanding of Bacon and Galileo and the other great anti-Aristotelians who created the “modern scientific” view of Nature. If we turn to the imaginative literature of the modern languages, Dante is a sealed book, and many a passage of Chaucer and Shakespeare and Milton is half unmeaning to us unless we are at home in the outlines of Aristotle’s philosophy. And if we turn to ordinary language, we find that many of the familiar turns of modern speech cannot be fully understood without a knowledge of the doctrines they were first forged to express. An Englishman who speaks of the “golden mean” or of “liberal education,” or contrasts the “matter” of a work of literature with its “form,” or the “essential” features of a situation or a scheme of policy with its “accidents,” or “theory” with “practice,” is using words which derive their significance from the part they play in the vocabulary of Aristotle. The unambitious object of this little book is, then, to help the English reader to a better understanding of such familiar language and a fuller comprehension of much that he will find in Dante and Shakespeare and Bacon…



Jane Austen and Her Times

by G.E. Mitton

Of Jane Austen’s life there is little to tell, and that little has been told more than once by writers whose relationship to her made them competent to do so. It is impossible to make even microscopic additions to the sum-total of the facts already known of that simple biography, and if by chance a few more original letters were discovered they could hardly alter the case, for in truth of her it may be said, “Story there is none to tell, sir.” To the very pertinent question which naturally follows, reply may thus be given. Jane Austen stands absolutely alone, unapproached, in a quality in which women are usually supposed to be deficient, a humorous and brilliant insight into the foibles of human nature, and a strong sense of the ludicrous. As a writer in The Times (November 25, 1904) neatly puts it, “Of its kind the comedy of Jane Austen is incomparable. It is utterly merciless. Prancing victims of their illusions, her men and women are utterly bare to our understanding, and their gyrations are irresistibly comic.” Therefore as a personality, as a central figure, too much cannot be written about her, and however much is said or written the mystery of her genius will still always baffle conjecture, always lure men on to fresh attempts to analyse and understand her.
The data of Jane Austen’s life have been repeated several times, as has been said, but beyond a few trifling allusions to her times no writer has thought it necessary to show up the background against which her figure may be seen, or to sketch from contemporary records the environment amid which she developed. Yet surely she is even more wonderful as a product of her times than considered as an isolated figure; therefore the object of this book is to show her among the scenes wherein she moved, to sketch the men and women to whom she was accustomed, the habits and manners of her class, and the England with which she was familiar. Her life was not long, lasting only from 1775 to 1817, but it covered notable times, and with such an epoch for presentation, with such a central figure to link together the sequence of events, we have a theme as inspiring as could well be found…



The Sue Kim Story: The Authorized Biography

by Sarah Gerdes

Sue Kim’s story is one of tragedy, imagination, luck, perseverance and the hand of God as she went from a life of wealth and privilege to displaced refugee, immigrant then super stardom as the first wave of Korean’s in American. Along the way, Sue broke racial barriers on every major stage in America, from New York to Los Angeles, pitched the first baseball at a MLB opener, was feted by Elvis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, but ultimately met and married a New Yorker, who became the longest running casino boss in America. Together, they reigned over Las Vegas at the height of its glamour, eventually having children and conquering the demons that come with decades of stardom. Sue’s story is truly the greatest American story never told.

SJ Choi, Producer, the Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Company, Broadway
“I have always been fascinated by the untold stories of Asian entertainers who overcame difficulties and cultural differences to make their name in Hollywood – e.g. Anna May Wong, Sessue Hayakawa, Johnny Yune, Philip Ahn, etc. Despite the fact the Kim Sisters were the first and the most successful Korean singers to ever perform in the U. S., over the years they have mostly been forgotten by Americans and Koreans alike, and I always wanted to learn more about them. I’m deeply impressed by not only the wonderful storytelling of this book but also the comprehensiveness of the material. Most of the details in the book were unavailable through any other sources I could find in either Korean or English An eye opening read.”

Chuck Pryor, Producer, the Joel Osteen Show
“The best movies… like the best books… and frankly, the best life comes from real, true, stories. These real, true, stories include everything from joy, heartbreak, tension, sadness, exuberance, conflict, impossible odds, defeat, overcoming, and a plethora of ups and down that can only be matched by the worlds most raucous roller coaster ride… it thrills you, it terrifies you, and at times you think it’s going to kill you. That’s real life… that’s Sue Kim’s real life.

I recently had the privilege of meeting her and her family… She is as kind as she is beautiful and I loved meeting her. Her husband gave me a copy of this book and I was captivated. Sarah Gerdes does a masterful job of telling The Sue Kim story, with all the ups, downs, heartache, joy, and everything in between do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It truly is the greatest story NEVER told… until now.”

Lucas’ Foster, Producer, Warp Film
Imagine a 12-year-old having the sense to sing, sell bottles on the black market, and keep her family alive. She was the start of the Korean community in the United States, which but this story is far bigger than that. Sue’s story is an incredible love story, of overcoming adversity against all odds, and one of sacrifice and perseverance. It’s time that the rest of the country learned about her amazing contribution to music and to America and Sarah Gerdes does an excellent job capturing it all.
It truly is the greatest story NEVER told.



Cardinal Richelieu

by Richard Lodge

RICHELIEU, although a bishop and a cardinal, was not a great theologian, nor was he in the narrowest sense a great churchman. Many of his contemporaries, endowed with far less dignity and authority, yet exercised an incomparably more distinct and vital influence on the religious life of his time than he can claim to have done. Still his career is coincident with a very important epoch in the history of the French Church, and both in his actions and in his Memoirs he shows a very keen interest in ecclesiastical matters, and a very vivid sense of their importance to the order and wellbeing of the state. Possibly his interest was rather that of the politician than of the ecclesiastic, but it was none the less real, nor was the influence which he could not fail to possess diminished because he himself was lacking in spiritual insight or because his motives were rather secular than religious. These considerations make it impossible, even in a brief sketch like the present, to dismiss his relations with the Church in a brief and perfunctory paragraph.
 
The sixteenth century had witnessed two of the greatest religious movements in history. The first was the Reformation, by which a number of states, mostly in Northern Europe, threw off all dependence upon Rome, and adopted religious doctrines and organisation more or less at variance with those which had hitherto prevailed throughout Western Christendom. By the second or Counter Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church profited by the lessons it had received, reformed the abuses which had provoked discontent and rebellion, and strengthened its internal organisation in order not only to prevent further defections, but also to recover some of the ground that had been lost. This reforming movement, which was immensely stimulated by the efforts of the Jesuit order, found its final expression in the decrees of the Council of Trent. But although France was represented at Trent, and although the doctrinal definitions of the council were welcomed, yet those decrees which touched the constitution of the Church and restored discipline were never accepted or promulgated in France. There were two primary motives for this repudiation of the chief measures of reform. The crown contended that the conciliar decrees diminished the authority and patronage conferred upon the kings by the Concordat of 1516. The Parliament of Paris complained that they would destroy the liberties of the Gallican Church, which had always been dear to the official classes since their first definition in the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges in 1438…



The Murder of Christine Jessop

by Annie Belshaw

The sweetest girl

Small communities were regarded as safe during the 1980s. Families flocked there from large metropolitan areas in order to live comfortably and away from crime. Queensville was the ideal place for the Jessop family since they had two young children who were still in school. However, one autumn day completely changed their lives. Christine Jessop, a tiny nine-year-old girl vanished from the street while walking back to her home. Unsure of her fate, the community gathered and searched for her, hoping they would find her alive. But as weeks went by, it was clear that something sinister happened to this child. First, they suspected she was kidnapped which provided the family with some hope. However, police were not so certain in that theory.



Witchita Stories

by Troy James Weaver

The short vignette-style tales in Troy James Weaver’s literary debut, Witchita Stories, combine to make an evocative brew of small town melancholy, working class gloom, and coming of age charm. Told through the eyes of a young man who yearns to find excitement, truth, and a deeper family bond in his life, Weaver’s approachable and revealing stories, lists, fragments, and memories delve into the weird, funny, and sometimes unsettling world of a midwest kid finding his own path.

“Thank god you can come across a writer like Troy James Weaver. In the future people will just say these stories are like Troy James Weaver stories and you’ll know exactly what they mean.” –Scott McClanahan

“There are moments, reading Witchita Stories, where everything dropped away, and I was speechless, or at least whatever the equivalent of speechless is when you’re not talking in the first place. There is a deep sadness to these stories, and humor, but most importantly, honesty. This feels real and heavy and it’s just about the best thing I’ve read in a long time.” –J. David Osborne

“I loved Witchita Stories. Teenage boys, first kisses and what girls smell like. Fishing and skateboarding and fights. An alert and dirty little collection of stories with the good kind of stink to them. Troy James Weaver writes ‘this was happening’ after the bottle lands on the girl and she kisses the boy and I found myself thinking that as I read this book. THIS IS HAPPENING-these stories, these moments-THIS HAS HAPPENED, THIS WILL HAPPEN. Absolutely.”–Leesa Cross-Smith, author of Every Kiss A War



Manson’s Boy : Bobby Beausoleil

by Jessi Green

Bobby Beausoleil was an aspiring musician and actor with promise until he joined Charles Manson’s cult. Brainwashed by Manson’s teachings, he became the primary culprit in the murder of music teacher Gary Hinman and was later sentenced to death. But what caused a seemingly normal young man with aspirations in the arts to get involved in the murderous crimes of the Manson family?

This is his story.



She Used Poison: A Collection of True Crime Stories

by Sarah Thomerson

A True Crime anthology centering around women who used poison to kill their victims
Holly McFeeture was sent to prison for slowly poisoning her fiancee by giving him daily doses of antifreeze into his beverages. But did she do it? Wrongful convictions in the United States seem like such a rare occurrence. One might think that if a case has gone to trial, and a jury has made a decision, then the person must be guilty. In a perfect world, the jury would have all the evidence they needed to make a decision beyond a reasonable doubt. However, in 2015, in the United States, a record number of 149 people were exonerated of crimes that they didn’t commit. While the number may seem low in comparison to the number of rightful convictions, it was higher than any other year.
For a phenomenon that people are sure doesn’t happen, it’s a staggeringly high number. That’s just under 150 people whose lives were put on trial and displaced. When it comes to wrongful convictions, any little detail that is misused or misrepresented to the jury could be a factor. While a person may have committed a crime, if they were not granted a fair trial, it could be considered a wrongful conviction, and a new trial should be granted. When someone is convicted on the word of a key witness, the court and jury must be given all the information they can about that witness. And if something were to be amissâ?¦ It changed the entire case.
There’s controversy around women who kill already. But, there’s even more controversy around the idea of a woman who is convicted of murder, but wrongly convicted. Of course, when it comes to things like this, the only people who know the truth are the murderer, and the murdered. We can speculate the details all we want and come up with our own conclusion, but it will be just that: our own conclusion. In the case of Holly McFeeture, there’s just enough suspicion for many people to believe that she should be granted a second chance at defending her freedom.



Relatos Marihuanos (Spanish Edition)

by Niko Chiesa

Edición digital de un libro de culto de la escena latinoamericana a diez años de su publicación.
Niko nos cuenta sus experiencias adquiridas durante sus días porteños, sus noches limeñas y sus travesías transatlánticas en las cuales la hierba fue siempre su seductora compañera.



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