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    Author:  Charles Tillinghast
    Publisher: Outskirts Press
    ISBN 978-1-4327-2924-051095

    This deceptively slim book (under a 100 pages) provides an interesting behind the scenes look at the Beatles’ relationship with their American recording company, Capitol Records and, more significantly, with each other. It briefly chronicles the fortunes of both the Beatles and Capitol Records from their alliance in 1962, through to the band’s break up less than a decade later. As one of the lawyers handling the Beatles’ contracts at Capitol Records, the author had the opportunity to interact with the Beatles, and observe their business relationship with Capitol at close quarters.

    Author: Alice Pung
    Publisher: Plume
    ISBN: 978-0-452-29000-6

    There’s something about the tale of a new immigrant that allows us to see our own world in a new way. In this debut nonfiction memoir by Alice Pung, the stories contained within “Unpolished Gem” reflect the conflicts (both internal and external) of a person straddling two worlds, the ultimate outsider, never comfortable in either.

    Author:June Cross



    Secret Daughter is a memoir that will fill your heart with a mixture of emotions. Sadness for a young mother who is forced by a harsh and unforgiving culture to deny the daughter that she so clearly loves with all her heart. Empathy for the little girl that doesn’t understand the hierarchy of differences that kept her from her mother’s side. And finally, the sorrow of so many lost years of closeness that might have been.

    Author: Muriel P. Engelman, WWII Army Nurse, retired R.N.

    ISBN: 978-0-595-48110-1

    Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.

    Ms. Engelman might not be able to stop the clock from ticking, but she has done a great service in writing a memoir of her eight decades, not only for WWII aficionados, but for anyone interested in a wide variety of human characters, painted in vivid and humorous detail.

    Author:  James J. Laski
    ISBN:   978-1-4343-6279-7
    ISBN:   978-1-4343-6280-3
    Publisher:  Author House

    In My Fall From Grace, City Hall to Prison Walls, James Laski blows the lid off in what he refers to as “nasty Chicago politics” in this comprehensive account of his rise from the second highest elected position as city clerk to his incarceration in the infamous “Hired Truck” program scandal.

    Author: Svetlana Kim
    ISBN: 978-1-4196-5574-6

    From the very first paragraph of Svetlana Kim’s White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refuge, readers experience quite a riveting ride with amazing drama and fascinating history as the author recounts her journey from her Russian homeland to the United States where after ten years becomes a citizen.

    The 282 page memoir rarely lets up as Svetlana imparts her readers with scores of character sketches and various happenings of her ancestors that provide real insights into their spellbinding and difficult lives, particularly that of her grandmother Bya-ok (“White Pearl”) who had a profound influence on Kim’s own life and subsequent survival in the United States.

    Author:Arthur Desmarais



    Me, My God, My Country is a wonderfully well-written and insightful work from this new author, Arthur Desmarais. Easy to read and enjoy, Arthur deftly delves into his own inner passions and subconscious ideals of a life and country that keeps us all in a constant quest for change. Arthur, in his writing, shows himself to be a great talent of intellectual fortitude.

    Authors: Tasha Tudor and Richard Brown

    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    ISBN: 978 -0 -316 -11292-5

    The late Tasha Tudor, was a writer and illustrator of children’s’ books. Her farm in southern Vermont is a physical manifestation of all that was dear to her.This book explores her home, gardens, hobbies, writings and illustrations; all of which reflect the romantic nature of this multifaceted individual.

    Author: Michael Karpin

    ISBN: 978-0-470-17373-2

    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

    It is difficult to conceive just how Tightrope: Six Centuries of a Jewish Dynasty was written. It is just over four hundred pages in size including very extensive footnotes, yet it is huge in its accomplishment. And this is exactly what Israeli television and news reporter Michael Karpin was able to pull off when he wrote about an Ashkenazi family, the Backenroths, dating back to 1350.

    Author: Nancy Henderson-James

    ISBN: 978-0-911051-67-4

    Publisher: Plain View Press


    With At Home Abroad: An American Girl in Africa, Nancy Henderson-James has proven herself to be a masterful talent in crafting a captivating memoir infused with a great deal of vivacity, introspection and even some humor and poetry. It is not a memoir to rapidly gulp down, but one to mull over as the author unfolds her childhood through impressionist morsels.

    Title: Bringing Back The Magic

    Author: Margaret T. Wright

    ISBN: 978-0-9821198-0-8

    Publisher: Tewillager Publishing (A Division of Equatorial Group, Ltd)

    Margaret (Maggie) Wright, author of Bringing Back the Magic: A Transformational Memoir can be described as a rare bird who is particularly well-informed on the African Grey parrot, however, as she points out, she prefers to be called eccentric because her heart opens so much to animals in general.

    Author:  Ray Hickey

    ISBN-10: 0615194834

    ISBN-13: 978-0615194837

    I was very impressed with the candor and honesty with which Ray Hickey told the story of his life in this book.  I have seen men like him on almost every job that I have held in my life:   Good men who are honest and have a strong work ethic.  But you don’t see so many who have gone to the heights that this man has.


    Author: Wendy Kinney-Kendall

    ISBN13: 9781869790431
    Publisher: Random House NZ.

    Barbara Kendell is an extraordinary woman. She has not only won windsurfing medals at three Olympics, she is a mother, an IOC representative, public speaker and mentor. This biography, written by her sister, tells the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman who overcame her personal challenges and remains at the top of her sport after twenty years of competition.

    Author:  Carol Leonard

    ISBN:  978-0-615-19550-6

    Publisher:  Bad Beaver Farm

    Carol Leonard, cofounder of the Midwives Alliance of North America, and midwife of thirty years, helped to make midwives legal and certified in her state of New Hampshire.  Believing that women should have an empowering experience of giving birth, and have the option of a home birth, she felt drawn to helping women after the birth of her son, and started assisting doctors and learning all she could.  This remarkable memoir is the journey of one woman finding her calling as a midwife and finding love on the way.

    Author: Sam Wyly

    ISBN-10: 1557048037

    ISBN-13: 978-1557048035

    Sam Wyly was a pioneer in many ways.  From humble beginnings in Paradise Island, Louisiana, which Sam described as the poorest town in America, he and his brother learned many of life’s lessons together.  Sam tells of how he learned much of what was important in getting on in life from the experience of his family losing it all and having to move from a painted house in town to their unpainted, tin roofed country house where he spent the rest of his youth.

    Author: Howard M. Layton

    ISBN 13: 978-0-9676008-5-7

    Publishers: Three Spires Publishers

    Love and Sand is the exciting memoir of a former flyer for the RAF.  Howard M. Layton  intermingles the stories of his love affairs with his hair raising exploits  as an officer of the RAF in south-Africa and  El Alamein where the Eighth army defeated Rommel.

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