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Amado & Flea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781943164462
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Published: LolasVoice Publishing - January 1st, 2015

Welcome to the Tales of Amado Adorado! As Amado and his dog, Flea, venture off on their walk to Bark Avenue Park, the streets align with friendly faces, kind exchanges, and smiles all around until an unexpected turn takes place that Amado didn’t see coming. Amado and Flea is the first book in a series of tales of a kind, spirited young boy living in an urban setting on East Village Way. Family, friends, neighbors and a dog named Flea all play a part as these stories come to be. 

Enjoy the audio CD included in every book!


Moral Uncertainty: Inside the Rodney King Juries Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780990466437
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Published: Andalou Books - March 9th, 2017

Twenty-five years after the LA Riots, Moral Uncertainty: Inside the Rodney King Juries, takes readers inside the jury that triggered the uprising, and the second jury that convicted two of the four LAPD officers of civil rights violations. Simi Valley forewoman Dorothy Bailey and federal foreman Bob Almond told their stories to journalist Kathleen Neumeyer in the immediate aftermath. Written 25 years ago but published now for the first time, the issues they grappled with echo the outrage after current cases of police brutality.


Hello, Goodbye, We Meet Again Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780997661637
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Published: Wonderlake Press - January 1st, 2017

Harold lost the love of his life two years ago, but even with the support of his community, he is struggling to fill the gaping hole in his heart. As Madison sits with her grandmother during her final days, memories emerge, and Madison is forced to reckon with questions she never asked, the stories she never knew, and the way that life is often far more than we can grasp in a single moment. 

This is a small-town story of two people whose lives overlap and intersect against the backdrop of friends and family secrets as they each learn what it is to love and lose and live well.


Gathering the Fragments of Myself Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780997555301
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Published: Ivar House Publishing - August 25th, 2016

Inspiring, down-to-earth view of the joys, sorrows and struggles many women of the baby boomer generation experienced. From the traditional, religious, sexist society of the 50's, the author confronts herself honestly, evolving through the personal and relationship transformations of the 60's and 70's, without losing her true self.


Qudeen the Magnificent Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781478780816
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Published: Outskirts Press - October 29th, 2016

The stories in Qudeen the Magnificent, each told in the first person voice, are about unrelated Syrian girls, all between the ages of seven and eighteen, all in conflict with their culture and the world around them. Spanning the decades of the 20th century, their stories begin in the coal and steel regions of Pennsylvania and move to southern California especially Pasadena and Santa Barbara. 


The Day the Zoo Caught the Flu Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780692870181
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Published: Jean Blasiar - March 1st, 2017

The Day the Zoo Caught the Flu, read by parents and grandparents to a sick child, is about what happens to the animals at the zoo when they catch a "bug."


The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781785451041
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Published: Brown Dog Books - June 24th, 2016

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.

Just Jane1813

(Claudine aka C.A.Pepe)


Metamorphosis: The Butterfly Experience Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780991030705
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Published: Sep Publishing - October 26th, 2016

At the age of 4, Alicia Cass found her mother dead. By her 5th birthday she experienced sexual and physical abuse. By 15 she is homeless, a high school dropout, and out of options. Turning to the only family she knows she can trust—after her own family and the foster care system leave her abused and broken—Cass joins a gang on the streets of Los Angeles.

It’s the 1980’s cocaine and gang violence are at an all-time high. Cass soon finds herself in the eye of the storm, struggling for survival. Over time Alicia discovered a fight was required to get out.  


Last Resort Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943402625
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Published: Down & Out Books - March 19th, 2017

LAst Resort, the 10th anthology from the L.A. chapter of the award-winning crime writers’ organization, Sisters in Crime Inc., features sixteen short stories about the misdeeds and downfalls of characters drawn to the cultural panoply that is Los Angeles. 


The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape Cover Image
By Brad Lemack, Isabel Sanford (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780971541054
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Published: Ingenuity Press - September 2010

In an expanded and updated follow up to his popular, first book, The Business of Acting: Learn the Skills You Need to Build the Career You Want, talent manager Brad Lemack offers both young, new-to-the-business and "working" actors a vital perspective on the changing landscape in which they seek to launch and grow their professional careers. The New Business of Acting: Create and Launch an Action Plan for Career Success teaches actors how to be smart, pro-active and strategic throughout their career journeys.


I Love To Go Camping Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781480933125
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Published: Dorrance Publishings - January 23rd, 2017

In I Love To Go Camping, four year old John excitedly shares his love of nature, family time, and friends. On special weekends, John and his family travel to a variety of campsites, where he can fish, hike and ride his quad. Two days fly by, and as the family returns home, they are already looking forward to their next trip.


Prayer for Compassion: My Journey Through Compassion Fatigue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781366475022
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Published: Terry V. Eagan, M.D. - January 1st, 2017

“I have been called by God to share my experience with compassion fatigue. It is important for me to tell you I am a well-credentialed, well regarded psychiatrist. I was at the top of my field when this happened to me. All my smarts, resources, and connections could not keep me from falling all the way down. They were no match for compassion fatigue. In the following pages, I will share with you how I recovered. I have filled the book with beautiful photographs and quotes in the hope you will find them inspirational as you take your own journey through compassion fatigue or other difficult time.”


The Snow Globe Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780997897487
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Published: Atticus Creative, Inc. - March 7th, 2017

In the four years since breaking off her engagement, Maggie Kincaid has fled from city to city, seeking to escape her ex-fiancé Michael’s relentless pursuit. Abandoned by a criminal justice system that cannot seem to protect her despite multiple restraining orders, she is ready to give up. But it isn’t that easy. Maggie’s dead grandmother keeps haunting her dreams, warning her in cryptic phrases of the future. Or is it the past?


Scavenger Hunt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780998688404
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Published: Roberts Street Books - April 7th, 2017

Jessie Jordan’s life turns upside down when she discovers the body of her favorite teacher and organizer of the town’s Scavenger Hunt. She puts her forensic anthropological skills to the test and enlists her team, Gumshoe Squad, to solve clues left behind by the victim. They vow to follow the trail wherever it leads…even if it ends with a murderer.


A Villa Far from Rome Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780997118834
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Published: Hadley Rille Books - August 15th, 2016

"The author details the very human stories, the old wife and the new wife, the moral and practical dilemmas, the costs in physical pain - even death - and emotional turmoil of even the minor chracters, shown in dramatic form. The conclusion has beauty and inevitability, I felt I lived this book.

- Historical Novels Review, Editors' Choice: February, 2017


Get in the Ring: The Tale of Bruno the Boxer: A Fable about Living Your Dreams Cover Image
$11.00
ISBN: 9781546360278
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 26th, 2017

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.


The Wisdom of Stones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780998146713
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Published: Golden Rule Omnimediz - May 17th, 2017

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.


Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780810133884
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Published: Northwestern University Press - October 15th, 2016

Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York offers a fascinating exploration of how the city’s financial crisis shaped theater and performance practices in this turbulent decade and beyond. An essential chronicle of the 1970s and its importance in understanding our present moment. Winner, 2016 ATDS John W. Frick Book Award.


The Last Portrait: A Psalm for Monique Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781539636410
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 26th, 2016

What do you do when the faith that you were brought up in does not hold up against the grief that is thrust upon you?  When you feel abandoned by the very deity you’ve spent a lifetime worshiping? And you can no longer see your way to forgiveness, reconciliation, or even living?

The Last Portrait: A Psalm for Monique is my answer to that question. It is my memoir, a story of life and love, love lost, and a mother’s desperate struggle to fight her way out of the Black Hole of grief and heartache. It is also a memorial to my daughter, Monique.


Sadie's Pearls: Timeless Lessons Worth Living Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780998283043
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Published: Lmg Books - December 5th, 2016

Sadie’s Pearls lets you in on the secrets of a modern woman well ahead of her time through an endearing tale of friendship, admiration and family love. Tina and Anne Marie take you along for a ride that began in the 1940s and carry it beautifully into the 21st Century with poignant life lessons and wonderful storytelling. You’ll be inspired when you discover unique insights of Sadie with curious chapter titles like: ‘Cause You Can’t Bricks, Money Makes the Blind See and Blessings in Disguise.


SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780986076008
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Published: Sea Breeze Publishing LLC - August 15th, 2014

An Amazon Bestseller and winner of over 20 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over Belgium in 1944. Five made it back home and five did not. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable. 


Mommalogues: Tales of Humor Between Generations Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781633632226
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Published: White Bird Publications - April 4th, 2017

Have you ever felt like pulling your hair out when dealing with someone from another generation? This collection of humorous short stories are told in a daughter’s point of view, as she often finds herself a reluctant participant in her Mom’s adventures. Mother-daughter moments are anything but ordinary, and typical outings take a surprising twist when Mom is along.


Journey to Joy: An Inspirational Memoir Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781634917438
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Published: Booklocker.com - November 1st, 2016

In Journey to Joy: An Inspirational Memoir this legally blind Alhambra poet presents a captivating narrative about living with progressive vision loss and raising teenagers as a divorced single parent, while simultaneously battling breast cancer. A ride on her emotional roller coaster will elicit tears as well as laughter.


Will Beg For Dignity Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781544071237
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Published: CreateSpace - March 3rd, 2017

Will Beg for Dignity is a collection of hilarious essays following the author as he drives through rush hour traffic without brakes, is interrogated by Peruvian police, is deported from his home country, walks around the mall in an Easter Bunny costume, is given away as a radio station contest prize, and other embarrassing experiences. He's not asking for much. He just wants a shred of his dignity back. Would it hurt you to help him out?


Wings and Other Recollections of Early Hollywood: Narrated by Richard Arlen to Maxine Koolish and Edited by Judy Watson Cover Image
By Judy Watson, Maxine Koolish (Retold by), Richard Arlen (Memoir by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9781507552384
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Published: Createspace - June 4th, 2015

Richard Arlen starred in the groundbreaking silent movie "Wings", the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

This is Dick Arlen's story including a complete history of the movie as told to Maxine Koolish and supported by photographs, books, letters, manuscripts, tapes and diaries left to her daughter, Judy Watson. This fascinating memoir provides a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood's golden age with stories of Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, Eva Garbor, and more from a man who was center stage for 50 years. 


The Driftwood Shrine: Discovering Zen in American Poetry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781896559285
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Published: Sumeru Press Inc. - August 25th, 2016

Representing a new approach to the West’s evolving understanding of Buddhism, The Driftwood Shrine: Discovering Zen in American Poetry is the first book-length collection of Zen teachings to be based on the poems of great American writers. In reassuring, forthright, and often surprising language, Wolff Sensei explains how poets such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William C. Williams, H.D., Richard Wright, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and others enshrined the gentle light of the Buddha’s teaching in their work. Poetry loves and Zen practitioners alike will find themselves moved toward a penetrating awareness of the realms of spiritual resolve, impermanence, desire, faith, and awakening.