Biography / Memoir

Her Long Wait for Justice

March 26, 2013
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“Look at me and I’ll kill you!” Those are the words Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf heard as she entered her bedroom on the morning of August 21, 1988. An unknown assailant had climbed onto the balcony and entered a sliding glass door, waitingfor her in the dark. When he grabbed her and pulled something tight around her throat, Jennifer was sure her life was over. Assaulted and raped, Jennifer lived through every woman’s worst nightmare. Having never…

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The Absurd Diary of a Gay Beauty Junkie

March 4, 2013
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For a number of years, Harvey Helms kept a diary – the story of a young gay man who accidentally ends up as one of the very first male beauty advisors selling behind a department store cosmetic counter in the south. Now in his memoir called “blush: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie,” Harvey introduces us to she-dragons, man drama, lipstick, Tammy Faye Baker, Senator Jesse Helms, plus more than a large…

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Veteran Writer Takes on American Culture

February 25, 2013
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For the last four decades or so, Mathias Freese has been jousting with American culture. His essay collection “This Moobius Strip of Ifs” is a mixture of the author’s reminiscences, insights, observations, and criticism, the book examines the use and misuse of psychotherapy, childhood trauma, complicated family relationships, his frustration as a teacher, and the enduring value of tenaciously writing through it all. Freese scathingly describes the conditioning society imposes upon artists and awakened souls,…

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This is Not How Childbirth is Supposed To Go

January 22, 2013
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Premature birth remains the number-one killer of newborns in the United States. In fact, with about one in eight pregnancies resulting in premature birth each year, the U.S. has one of the worst records in the world, and certainly among developed nations. The statistics are not only appalling, but surprising, and many parents are shocked, frightened and confused as they attempt to navigate the world of the neonatal intensive care unit. Now comes a powerful…

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The Mixed Blessing of Being One Soul in Two Bodies

January 7, 2013
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Being born a twin means having a built-in best friend and soulmate. But that unique relationship doesn’t come without obstacles. Mirror-imaged, identical twins Lauren & Allison Knight describe, in their joint memoir Mirror Mirror, their past or current experiences with bullying, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and relationship and career uncertainty. All are struggles that, in some way, connect to their unique closeness.  Although they speak from their perspective as identical twins, the topics Allison and Lauren address…

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An Ireland Full of Sensory Delights

November 15, 2012
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Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you? As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads her trusting French husband Bertrand astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents…

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