Claretta Street the first novel by Colette Barris is the story of Pacoima, a bustling little town in the sixties located in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. Claretta Street follows the lives of four young African American girls known as the Babies, growing up in the vortex of the turbulent change of the sixties becoming young adults in the decadent and destructive eighties. Today countless discussions on the peril of Black America proliferates the media, academia and social scientists in real time; propelling this continuous Greek tragedy into the main frame of America and the world. However, the incendiary foundation and epoch of this unfolding disaster must be told and the veil of destruction exposed-the eighties. Claretta Street by Colette Barris takes the reader on a ride of unbelievable clarity and cause, as Denise in ancient griot form becomes the voice of the diaspora both prophetic and naive. Stripping down in plain view the causes and emotions of a time of great hope and sadness to preserve through decadence and decline. Claretta Street is the story of hope and change coupled with the unfortunate forces and juxtaposition of man s inhumanity and struggle all the while seeking hope and love. Pacoima provides the foundation for Colette Barris s remarkable journey to author, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Experience the pleasures of Bath alongside Jane Austen and friends, a tale for readers who enjoy stories that allow us to explore the possibilities offered through friendship, shared optimism, and the bond we can share with other people through our love for the treasures found in the past.
(Claudine aka C.A.Pepe)
About the amazing Alan Cook and his worldwide collection of puppets. This volume features North America. Puppeteers on Olvera Street, the WPA, Vaudeville and in moves are included. Many full page photographs and illustrations augment the text. Alan's stories about collecting these treasures is an inspiration to any serious artifacts collector.
The eight related stories begin with "Surfing with Snakes & Dragons", a surfer alone in the open ocean as he faces giant winter waves - and grapples with his internal demons.
"Dawn Patrol" is two brothers navigating overhead surf and the crowded conditions at a popular Southern CA break.
"Prancing Red Stallion" follows two young women hanging for the day with friends in a Central Valley tattoo parlor.
"Spin...Cock...Pull!" is a tattoo artist alone in his darkened shop chatting with the demons of his addiction while idly spinning the cylinders of a gun.
"Incidental Encounter" takes to the streets to follow a homeless man surviving in the land of plenty.
"...Two Feet In" is a young lady interpreting the sub-text of her parent's conversation while sitting in the backseat of their car on the way to an L.A. university interview: “Very presumptuous on my part,” Couture admits. “a la Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
"Baja Flowers" is a surfer in a hospital room prepping for emergency spinal surgery.
And the final story, "Of Love, Lovers and Mistresses," is a young Latina woman on a week-end trip visiting relatives in San Francisco, who unexpectedly ends up at Fort Point, a treacherous surf break under the Golden Gate Bridge.
A story about love, trust, and betrayal, told by Liberty while spending the day on The Thinking Log; where she rationalizes her life with Adam, from the day they met to now. This moment of contemplation has consequences she couldn't possibly imagine. In it’s aftermath, lies are exposed, truths are revealed and we see their relationship in a whole new light.
For 26 years, modern-day disciple Jesus Garcia chose to serve his spiritual master, John-Roger, founder of the worldwide Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. His candid memoir of their inward and outer travels is at once profoundly wise and universally practical, revealing a deep friendship and unconditional love that transcends time.
Some of our most vivid childhood memories are of being huddled around a campfire, the hair on the back of our necks standing upright as we listened to tales of terror...or of staying up late, hiding beneath the covers with a flashlight in hand, reading a ghost story we swiped from our older brother. We all loved these stories that both ignited the imagination and stirred up feelings of dread that kept us up until morning's light broke. However, we've been frustrated in our search to find collections of ghost stories that strike the classic tone of the books from our youth. Stories that are as surprising as they are terrifying. Stories that stick with us. Stories that we can tell the next time we find ourselves around a campfire. GHOST is a collection of 13 original poems and tales written by Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin and illustrated by Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley. The book is hard bound, full color book- filled with more than 100 pages of bone chilling stories and illustrations. With GHOST, we wanted to create new ghost tales for a new generation both written and illustrated in a classic, timeless style.
Bruno is a boxer puppy who spends every day at the boxing gym. As he watches boxers train, Bruno sees their heart, and it instills in him a desire to possess the kind of strength, bravery and courage he sees in them. More than anything, Bruno wants to be a real boxer. This fable takes the reader on a short journey of dreams, challenges, self-discovery and the incredible personal power that emerges when we choose to get in the ring.
Ben, a college senior, promised God and his mee maw that he'd be a Southern Baptist preacher, but he can't pray away the gay. Until stories, which he learns from his Grandpa Charlie about an interracial relationship Charlie had in the 1930s, teach Ben he has to live life by his own rules. The Wisdom of Stones is about living your truth and not allowing another person to rule you. Set in Upstate South Carolina in the early 1990s, The Wisdom of Stones intertwines the stories of Ben Stark and his grandfather, Charlie Phelps. Ben's father deserted him and his mother died right before Ben's 7th birthday, so Ben was raised by his Grandpa and Mee Maw.
Liberate Yourself is about breaking the chain of bad habits, trauma, suffering and dysfunction. No matter where you come from and what your situation is, you can heal yourself mentally, emotionally and physically and live a healthier life.
Liberate Yourself also broadens the reader's understanding of how to restore or maintain good health and well being through the "Plan Pluz," a physical, spiritual, and emotional guide that includes nutrition for both the body and soul in a practical way, to build a healthy and successful life.
This book answers the question that everyone has been asking themselves, “What would you get if you combined the wit of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with a touch of Lord of the Rings, a smidgen of Harry Potter, a hint of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with a soupçon of Monty Python’s Flying Circus?” London Times Best Selling Author, Tim Langdell, brings us a laugh-out-loud romp through a fantastical universe occupied by good devils and bad angels, where nothing is as it seems.
Feeling stuck? This pocketful of heartfelt wisdom will motivate you to take action. Using the letters of the alphabet, this book creates an easy template for self-improvement. Your ABCs have never been this empowering. Learn your alphabet from scratch, but this time, to create a happier, and more joyful life.
Ali is an Iraqi refugee boy who lives with his beekeeper grandfather in Los Angeles. Ali must learn to deal with bullying, assimilation, wartime trauma, and play the strange American game of baseball. His grandfather uses the bees to teach Ali life lessons and inspires him to save the bees.