Biography / Memoir

“Yours, Mine and Ours” – Now We Know the Truth

July 12, 2013
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For many years, people asked Tom North what it was really like to grow up in the family he was part of. What they were asking was, was it really like in that movie, “Yours, Mine and Ours”? Tom North is one of the eight North children, who, together with the ten Beardsley children, became the family which was featured first in the 1968 film starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in the…

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Something Spicy to Cleanse Your Palate

June 18, 2013
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Booze, sex, and good times. What more could you ask for, from a memoir? “Letters To Young Chong” by Melanie Moore is much like the pickled ginger on a sushi plate. As a reader, sometimes you need something spicy to cleanse your palate between complex books. That is what you will find here. “Letters To Young Chong” is based on the friendship that developed between Melanie Moore .. and Melissa Moore; no relation at all.…

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One Family’s Holocaust Survival Story

June 12, 2013
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Seventy years after the fact, the Holocaust continues to challenge us. No matter how many books are written, movies produced, or oral histories collected, the sweeping scale and sheer malevolence of the Final Solution elude our grasp. Gene Klein was born in Czechoslovakia in 1928. In 1944, at the age of 16, he and his family were deported to Auschwitz. The Kleins were aboard one of the very first trains of this mass deportation. Shortly…

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Soul Food For Lone Wolves and Wild Women

June 6, 2013
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Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is an award-winning former reporter for both the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star whose articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, Working Mother, Orion and many others. During her Sun Times years, she sat desk to desk with mentor and friend, the late Roger Ebert, and traveled with, interviewed and reviewed rockers like Kiss, Queen, the Who, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. She also interviewed film stars like John Travolta, Kirk Douglas,…

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Keep on Truckin’, Mama

May 14, 2013
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What happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to drive eighteen-wheelers across North America, instead of just dreaming about it? Ask Carolyn Steele. She did it, and wrote about it, in her book “Trucking in English.” From early training, when it becomes apparent that negotiating eighteen wheels and thirteen gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in, this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker.…

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How Our Brain-Stories Can Run Our Lives

April 5, 2013
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Who’s telling the story of your life, you or your brain? Searching for reasons her promising life had crumbled into obsessive thoughts and deep depression, Karen Lawrence uncovered an enigmatic past filled with deception, religious fanaticism and abuse. Now in her book “What My Heart Saw,” Karen merges fragments of childhood memory, current scientific research and insights gleaned from practicing mindfulness.to produce a deeply personal account of how our brain-stories can run our lives without…

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