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A Mother's War

by Yvonne Collinson Heath

Yvonne Collinson Heath will never forget the telephone call that changed her life for ever. On 23 March 2002, her eldest son, James - a private with the Royal Logistic Corps - was found dead in mysterious circumstances...


It Could Happen to You

by Helen Newlove

When Helen was 20, she met Garry Newlove at a local disco. They married in 1986 and had three daughters. On 10 August 2007, Garry was brutally beaten by a gang of youths outside the family home in Warrington....


Fernando Wood: A Political Biography

by Jerome Mushkat

Fernando Wood was one of the most controversial figures of nineteenth-century America. His fellow New Yorkers either respected or despised him, depending whether they considered his policies beneficial or harmful...


Betty Friedan and the Making of "The Feminine Mystique": The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism

by Daniel Horowitz

An examination of the social and political climate that influenced Betty Friedan and culminated in her landmark book, The Feminine Mystique. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org)...


Dirty Squatters

by Phill Gee

This is a true story; a factual and historical account of the lives of the countless thousands of people who came to London in the early 1980's to begin new lives in Britain's capital city. 'Dirty Squatters'...


True Tales from the Mad, Mad, Mad World of Opera

by Mark Hernandez, Lotfi Mansouri & Carol Burnett

Everything about opera is larger than life, but the bigger the art form, the bigger the potential for disaster. When things go wrong at the opera house, they really go wrong. No one has a greater or more intimate...


Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished Africian American Women

by Sonnee Weedn

Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women by Sonnee Weedn, Ph.D. Ten years ago, Marin County psychologist, Dr. Sonnee Weedn, was asked to treat a young, urban, African American woman....


The Polio Hole

by Shelley Mickle

As a five-year-old, Shelley Fraser is known for mischief.

On Halloween in l949, she fancies her brother's devil costume and persuades her mother to hem it up for her. But her plan to scare the total baloney out...


Lessons Learned

by Katrina Davis Bias

A key lesson in Katrina Bias's unforgettable memoir, LESSONS LEARNED, is that no stereotype applies to 'growing up black' in the years from Jim Crow to Martin Luther King and beyond - at least not in Katrina's...


Empire of the Sikhs: The Life and Times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

by Jyoti M. Rai & Patwant Singh

Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of India's past by British historians, yet he was one of the most powerful and charismatic figures in Indian history. He unified the warring chiefdoms of...


King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life's Work

by Nicholas Grossman & Dominic Faulder

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is the world’s longest reigning monarch. Indeed, his 65-year reign is one of the longest in world history, an achievement few would have predicted when the Thai king acceded...


Sukarno: A Political Biography

by John D. Legge

Sukarno was one of the great charismatic leaders of the post-war world. To some he was the architect of his nation, to others a flamboyant and extravagant dictator.


Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage

by Jamie James

In the first book devoted to Rimbaud's lost voyage to Asia, novelist and critic Jamie James reviews everything that is known about the episode; from there, he imaginatively spirals into a reconstruction of what...


Idiots in Paris: Diaries of Elizabeth and JG Bennett, 1949

by Elizabeth Bennett & John Godolphin Bennett

In 1949, JG Bennett was engaged in, with Gurdjieff's help, a titanic struggle with his own nature, which he describes in these diaries. However Elizabeth's entries, which make up the bulk of this book, give...


Save Send Delete

by Danusha V. Goska

Save Send Delete is a debate about God between polar opposites: Mira, a poor, Catholic professor and Rand, an atheist author and celebrity. It’s based on a true story. Mira reveals gut-level emotions and her...


Praise of Motherhood

by Phil Jourdan

When Phil Jourdan's mother died suddenly in 2009, she left behind a legacy of kindness and charity — but she also left unanswered some troubling questions. Was she, as she once claimed, a spy? Had she suffered...


Auspicious Good Fortune: One woman's inspirational journey from Western disillusionment to Eastern spiritual fulfilment

by Sumangal Morhall

Has your life ever flashed before you? Sumangali Morhall chased everything Western society taught her to pursue: material wealth, academic success, and even the perfect relationship, only to discover something...


On Juniper Mountain: A Journey in the Himalayas

by Angela Locke

Angela Locke travelled to Nepal in the early 90's to research a new book, and found herself on a journey of discovery which would change her life. She would find herself returning to Nepal, becoming immersed...


Where the Peacocks Sing

by Alison Singh Gee

How far would you travel for love? In her sparkling memoir, journalist Alison Singh Gee learns that love, riches, and a place to call home can be found in the most unexpected places. 

Alison Singh Gee was a...


Shouting Won't Help

by Katherine Bouton

For twenty-two years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day. An editor at The New York Times, at daily editorial meetings she couldn’t hear what her colleagues were saying. She had...