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  • Prescriptions for Boredom: Take Two a Day

    Prescriptions for Boredom: Take Two a Day

    In the wildly colorful custom of storytelling from the Midwest, Prescriptions for Boredom brings to life many fanciful, eccentric, and earthy characters, from great-grandma Celie LeFlambeau wearing army fatigues when she died and being buried as an “Unknown Soldier” by those who knew her best in her small town, to Uncle Pud whose wartime wounds took away his face but left him with uncanny ability to inspire those around him.

    Clark conveys a feeling of the oral storytelling tradition, as if the words have been handed down over generations family history right alongside Indian tales that waver at the edge of the unreal at once entertaining and culturally significant.

    Of the thirty-six superbly descriptive stories herein, twenty are historically accurate while only sixteen are fiction. But as Clark says, “Truth is stranger than fiction, and it’s hard to differentiate between the two!”

    Author Bio

    Ruth Ada Clark was educated at the University of Dubuque, Loras College and the University of Iowa. Mrs. Clark has written numerous short stories, an operetta, songs for motion pictures, as well as a memoir published in 2011 entitled Beauty in Bent Grass. She has retired from her teaching position, still lives in Iowa, and is still writing. Prescriptions for Boredom is Clark’s second published book.

  • Proud American: The Migrant, Soldier, and Agent: Revised Edition

    Proud American: The Migrant, Soldier, and Agent: Revised Edition

    The writing was thought-provoking, and I enjoyed the little instances of humor that were thrown in.

    The Hungry Monster Book Review

    During an era of contentious debate about immigration, especially regarding immigrants from Mexico, Tinoco provides a fascinatingly complex perspective as a first-generation American citizen.

    Kirkus Review

    This is a touching, heartfelt story of survival and overcoming struggle.

    Michelle Dwyer, You First Review

    This book is riveting and engaging from the first page to the last. I enjoyed every moment and honestly was sad when it was over.

    Kathryn Bennet, Reader’s Favorite

    A well-told tale, Proud American is one of those stories that succinctly captures what it takes to succeed as a migrant in the United States.

    Arya Fomonyuy, Reader’s Favorite

     

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    Being the only child of a single mother, Sergio was raised by his maternal grandparents in a South Texas region better known as the Rio Grande Valley. This memoir details the upbringing of a poor Migrant worker of Mexican descent having to pick crops for a living since the age of seven. As a way to break from the family cycle of picking crops and depending on government welfare programs, he joined the United States Army and served ten years active duty. He deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina shortly after the Bosnian War only to find and deal with the aftermath of the genocide that took place there and be caught in the middle of several attacks. His experiences in Bosnia ultimately led to experiencing signs and symptoms related to PTSD. After completing ten years of military service, Sergio joined the U.S. Border Patrol. Being of Mexican descent, having family in south Texas, and in Mexico gave way to new issues of having to counter threats against his family and ill-willed opinions of him for arresting and deporting “his own kind”.

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    Bravery, hard work, and perseverance – Sergio Tinoco lived by these qualities to escape the life of a humble migrant laborer in the United States. Follow his journey from a bullied child who struggled with learning English to a man who has lived through war, tragedy, and poverty and came out on top.
    Between the Army and the DHS, he has worked in government service for over twenty years. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management. His wife, also a military veteran, works for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Together, they strive to provide greater opportunities and aspirations to their kids.

    Connect with Sergio Tinoco through his website, www.proudamericanjourney.com

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  • Quoting Matilda

    Quoting Matilda

    Though Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton are well-known historical names, that of Matilda Joslyn Gage usually evokes the response, “Who?” Yet, this amazing woman contributed equally for many years as part of a triumvirate with Anthony and Stanton. Matilda was involved in the women’s movement from 1852 until her death in 1898. She became a noted speaker and writer on woman’s suffrage. She was born in upstate New York to an abolitionist family. Indeed, her childhood home and her later long-time Greek Revival home (now a museum dedicated to her) in Fayetteville, New York, were both stops on the Underground Railroad. She was best known for her feminist and suffragist activities, but she was “written out of history” for many years, because she was considered by her peers to be too radical in all she proposed to accomplish. Inspired by the Haudenosaunee women who were her neighbors and who adopted her into their Mohawk wolf clan, she was determined to gain the rights of property ownership, governance and equality of power for her 19th century sisterhood. She fought for the rights of Native Americans and enslaved persons and anyone else impacted by government control. She had a life-long desire for justice and equality for all and was connected to the ideas of Theosophy and Unitarianism. This moved her to take on the inequality of women in religious institutions, which deemed her in the eyes of her contemporaries as too radical. Along with Stanton, Gage published The Woman’s Bible. Her book, Women, Church and State was deemed as “going too far” by many. She championed women inventors and was the inspiration behind her son-in-law L. Frank Baum’s 14 Oz books. You will find her immensely quotable!

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    That’s a Great Haircut!

    A moving story told by a young man who graduated with honors from U. S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. During his leave at his home in Waterloo, Iowa, he experienced a cerebral aneurysm that required a lengthy surgery during which he had a stroke causing paralysis.

    This story tells of his challenging attempts to bring his life back to what it had been. At the same time haircuts have marked major events in his account. His determination overcame his disability in many ways. This is his story!

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    The Biography of Billy Redcorn To Bill Nixon: Living Wah Kon Tah The Way 1900-1950

    The period from 1900 to 1950 was a unique time in America, It saw the greatest environmental disaster to date, The Dust Bowl, coupled with the financial disaster of the stock market crash of 1929. Life was often lived much closer to the land, This period is often referred to as “The Good Old Days” by those who lived them. Here this time is experienced as seen through the eyes of an Osage Indian Bill Nixon (Redcorn) in his following of Wah Kon Tah (The Way). It is a time capsule of this unique period and the forces that bind families, traditions and the science and technology of our ancestors to the present day, with meaning and reverence.

  • The Chauncey Street Monster: Domestic Violence Is a Worldwide Epidemic That Has to End

    The Chauncey Street Monster: Domestic Violence Is a Worldwide Epidemic That Has to End

    He gave the girls $8.00 and sent them to the corner store to get some chicken. He then took my sister in the house, shot her 3 times in the torso, and as she laid on the floor helpless, he pointed the gun to the back of her head and shot her 3 more times at the back of her head, to ensure she was dead. After this heinous act, he ran into hiding. That monster was on the loose and the hunt was now on to capture THE CHAUNCEY STREET MONSTER.

    About the author:

    Dr. Kirt Gonzales is an ordained minister and conference speaker, who holds doctoral degrees in Theology and Christian Counseling. At his private counseling practice, he specializes in Anger Management, Depression, and Grief, and after the murder of his baby sister, he had to use all of his counseling techniques on himself. Dr. Gonzales has now devoted his life to being an advocate for domestic violence with the hopes of shedding great light to this world wide epidemic.

  • The Knock

    The Knock

    The Crockett family is a soccer family. All three of their sons grew up playing on tournament teams, so naturally when their youngest son, Dusty, scores the winning goal for the state championship game, the Crocketts host a celebration for the teammates and their families. The only downside to the get-together is that their oldest son, Travis, is unable to be there. Travis Crockett is a hero to all of the members of Dusty’s soccer team, especially after he singlehandedly beat all fifteen of them at King of the Mountain last summer. But as a Navy SEAL, he has the respect of most people. His love for family and country is catching, so even though he is currently serving in Afghanistan, the partygoers can’t help but ask the Crocketts how he’s fairing and reminisce about their favorite times with Travis, especially after his wife, Laci, shows up with news from her ultrasound. The Crockett family thought they had planned the perfect day, that is until The Knock. Join new author Marc Hardage in this heartbreaking novel about the impact one man’s life has on those around him.

    “As an enlisted member and a chaplain who has served in this admirable community for thirty-six years, I consider The Knock extraordinary. It is a picture of the countless sacrifices that are continually made by the brave service members who serve in this nation’s military and their families. Less than 1 percent of the population of this nation is willing to serve in that capacity. The Knock reminds the reader that freedom is never free!”

    —Chaplain Ted Wilson, OCFD

    Author Bio

    MARC HARDAGE lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife of thirty-four years, Janet. They have three sons, Seth, Ty, and Colt. Marc is a regional marketing director for 5Star Life Insurance Company and has been in the insurance business for over twentyfive years.

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    The Last of the Pioneer

    This story is unusual but true – as told by those who lived overlapping lives with those who were eyewitnesses. The story is about the lives of four generations of ancestors beginning in old Europe and then coming to America in the 1800’s with a wave of other immigrants. They moved westward, lured by the promise of homesteads. They became the last of the pioneers as they reached the wilderness frontiers of Canada and the far West. They were held back by the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression but escaped to something better in California.

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    THE LONG HARD ROAD: FROM NAZI-OCCUPIED POLAND TO FREEDOM IN AMERICA

    After Father left to catch the last train, I stood there looking in the direction of the train station until it was too dark to see anything. Afterwards, I went to my bed, lay down, and covered my face so my roommates could not see me cry. I was seventeen years old, almost a man, and a grown man didn’t cry even if he felt so terribly alone. Growing up in Poland at the start of World War II, Bogdan Tukiendorf lived through the clash of German, Russian, and Polish armies, the German occupation, the separation of his family, and a difficult immigration to the U.S. The Long, Hard Road details his journey from a farm in Poland to inner-city Chicago. Saddled with a knee injury from an early age, Bogdan limped through childhood and visited makeshift wartime hospitals as his knee worsened. His health prevented him from migrating to the U.S. with his family, so at seventeen he was left alone in a strange German city. The Long, Hard Road shares Bogdan’s experiences from the war, such as his family’s cooperation with the Polish freedom fighters, tenuous friendship with the occupying German commander, the fear of neighbors betraying them, his life in the netherworld while waiting to immigrate, his voyage to a free land, and his struggle to succeed in a new country. This engrossing autobiography will capture your attention as you read firsthand the story of one who survived World War II.

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    The Making of A Llama Family

    THE MAKING OF A LLAMA FAMILY chronicles a couple’s 26-year odyssey with their Llamas, first at their farm in North Carolina and later at their ranch in southwestern Virginia. The story begins in 1976, when the author and her husband met in Fairfax, Virginia, and it traces their adventures from Fairfax to Florida, to the Carolinas and back to their present-day farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The journey relates incidents from the early years of the couple’s marriage, and then evolves into the long partnership with their Llama herd, starting in 1990. The author recounts the tale of moving to their current Virginia property in 1996 and creating a Llama ranch from a blank canvas.

    The couple lived for several weeks in their van while their barn was being built and then, while their house was being constructed, they lived with their Llamas in the barn. Key to the story is how the couple interacted with the Llamas while sharing the barn with them, and how both humans and animals remain today as one family unit. The author details her years of observing Llamas as a family, and provides essential information for their care and happiness.

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