Prison Riot, A True Crime Story of Surviving a Gang War in Prison (Prison Killers) by Glenn Langohr

nother one of Glenn Langohr’s stunning memoirs–a brave, unflinching account of life in prison
B.J, a white inmate serving time on drug charges, gets caught up in a Mexican gang war over gangland tattoos. The prison explodes into chaos as each building erupts in deadly violence. For B.J, the war isn’t over when he and over a hundred inmates get housed in solitary confinement, it’s just beginning. For getting involved, he’s labeled a southern Mexican gangster.
Glenn Langohr’s other books include: Roll Call, Upon Release, Race Riot, Lock Up Diaries, Gladiator and Underdog. Continue reading

Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia: A Diary on How I Acquired my Eating Disorder by Natasha Holme

A true story, set in 1989, written in diary format … nineteen year old Natasha, obsessively in love with her former school teacher Miss Williams, struggles with her infatuations with women. Having sex with boys, she earns the condemnation of gay and straight worlds. Feeling too fat to deserve romantic involvement with another female, Natasha stops eating.

A coming out story and a love story, this book describes in detail Natasha’s clumsy attempts at heterosexuality, the obsessive clinging to unrequited love, her embracing of sexual harassment, and her dysfunctional relationship with body image and food.
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Left Out by Homer Clark

A trying story of self-esteem, battling inner demons, and fighting back from the brink of disaster. This memoir details an experience that has often become commonplace in today’s organized sports and it is for this reason the story needs to be told, to let others out there who feel alone know that they are not. No amount of bullying can do you in unless you allow it to. This is one example of how it almost went too far. Continue reading

The Way of the River: My Journey of Fishing, Forgiveness and Spiritual Recovery by Randy Kadish

The Way of the River is a collection of memoirs and autobiographical stories that reflect Randy Kadish’s long journey of fishing and spiritual recovery. The journey, often difficult, often gratifying, began when he finally admitted to himself that he couldn’t communicate, and that his life had become unmanageable. Then, after he asked for help, he looked back into his life and relived the deep pain and loss that began during his very troubling and violent childhood. To soothe himself, he turned to fishing and the beauty of the outdoors. As he struggled to come to terms with his past, and then with the loss of his parents, he wrote about his journey of recovery, especially of how he was changed by many of the people he met along the way. (Soon his memoirs appeared in many publications including, The FlyFisher, FlyFishing & Tying Journal, and Yale Anglers’ Journal.)

Finally, after an unexpected crisis, he found a surprising way to forgive and to connect to the good in the world.

The fishing in this collection takes place in and near New York City, including the East and Hudson Rivers, the streams of Westchester, and the lakes of Central and Prospect Parks. Continue reading

Race Riot, A Shocking, Inside Look at Prison Life (Prison Killers- Book 1) by Glenn Langohr

Another one of Glenn Langohr’s stunning memoirs–a brave, unflinching account of life in prison
B.J, a White inmate serving time on drug charges, is caught in the cross fire of a gang war in a California maximum security prison. The Black gangsters and Mexican gangsters rage against each other for months until they decide to fight against the White inmates. THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR PRIME MEMBERS.

Glenn Langohr’s other books include: Roll Call, Upon Release, Lock Up Diaries, Gladiator, Underdog and Prison Riot. Continue reading

Surviving an American Gulag by Edward C. Patterson

Welcome to Ft. Gordon, Ga – the Special Training Unit. It’s 1967, the height of the Vietnam War and Private Winslow Gibbs has been drafted. He’s two-hundred and seventy pounds and a bundle of nerves. He also has issues of a different nature, but in these days before the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, these are dealt with in the American Gulag, the Army’s answer to the problem. What they don’t count on are the ones like Private Gibbs, who want to survive it and serve. Based on the author’s own experiences, Surviving an American Gulag is a story that the military would prefer remain a footnote. However, it is a defining moment and should not be lost to posterity. Also included with this work is “A Dime a Dip,” a tale of the author’s grandmother and her considerable efforts on behalf of thousands of migrant worker children.

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The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America by Mike McIntyre

#1 Amazon Travel Bestseller.
As featured on Oprah, The Kindness of Strangers is the story of one man’s continental leap of faith—and the country that caught him.
Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life—and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he’d ever thought possible. The gifts of food and shelter he received along the way were outweighed only by the touching gifts of the heart—the willingness of many he met to welcome a lonely stranger into their homes…and the discovery that sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.
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OLD GENT by Marie J. S. Phillips

Sprouting in an old abandoned field around 1895, Old Gent, a Norway Spruce, grew into a majestic towering specimen of his species, protective of the old home he saw built on his lands as a stout sapling. Human activity amused, startled, frightened and sometimes hurt him, thus he never found trust in the beaverlike species, until the fifth owner in nine decades moved into the old house he sheltered. The woman and her spouse proved reverent, changing his attitudes towards humans. The old tree experienced a new emotions, and gained the name of Old Gent. When terror from the skies threatened the lands, he stood strong, determined to shield the home and owners he now loved, and paid a price. As decades weakened his ancient body with internal decay from injuries, he fought to regrow lost limbs, racing to once again tower into the skies. He spiraled a few seeds against the foundation of the old house, where his offspring sprouted. On his fateful felling day,one stood poised to continue his sire’s legacy. Continue reading

Two Shadows – the inspirational story of one man’s triumph over adversity by Charlie Winger

From the darkness of a six foot by eight foot cell in solitary confinement to the top of the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, this is the captivating story of one man’s struggle to recover from a troubled past.

Charlie is known to his friends as an accomplished mountain climber and entertaining storyteller, retired from a successful career as a software consultant. Few know the story of his childhood, filled with neglect and abuse. Fewer still realize that he spent seven years of his youth in the shadow of juvenile detention and prison.

After relegating those painful memories to a place far from his current life, Charlie is confronted with his past as he tries to enter Canada for an ice climbing vacation with friends.

“Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” the Canadian Border Services Officer inquired. “No,” I responded with a straight face and sweaty palms. “Are you sure you’ve never been convicted of a felony?” he repeated. “Not since 1955,” I admitted, guiltily. So began my journey back in time to a place I thought I had forever left behind.

Charlie faces his past once again, finding strength in his unconquerable spirit, unique sense of humor, and the focus he’s found through his passion for mountaineering. He takes you from the tenements and alleys of pre-World War II Chicago through jails, reformatories, and the hell that was prison. From solitary confinement to the jungles of the Amazon, the heights of the Himalayas, the isolation of the desert Southwest, and many points in between. His story will move you, entertain you, frustrate you, and ultimately inspire you to turn the dark shadows of life into the triumphant shadows cast by the mountains you climb — whatever form they may take. Continue reading