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I-Stretch & Strengthen: The Takeeverywhere Exercise System Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984273222
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 22nd, 2018

I-Stretch & Strengthen grew out of a need to provide my clients with a basic exercise routine as both a part of their rehabilitation and a need for continued development of flexibility and strength. Clients wanted a routine that did not require a gym or equipment, and one that could be used while traveling for business, pleasure and at home. I-Stretch & Strengthen can be used as a guide and a beginning for learning more about your body by engaging physically and focusing on the language of sensory experience. 

Mi Amor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781511475792
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Published: Createspace - September 2nd, 2015

This is local artist and author Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin's first collection of poems and stories.

Berkeley Teacher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781978174405
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 6th, 2018

This is a book about teaching and learning. For parents who read my book, I hope they see real ways to help their children to make success out of school, if they are not yet having that experience. 

To teachers, especially new teachers, find out who you are, what you are capable of, which age and ability levels you feel most comfortable with.

Patriots: Book One of the 2nd Continental Light Cover Image
ISBN: 9781717873262
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Published: Independently Published - August 26th, 2018

Patriots is Benjamin Tallmadge's war story, told through his eyes. A determined officer who would not give up on the cause for American independence. A man besieged by betrayal and heart-breaking loss. A spymaster whose ingenuity for doing the impossible earned him Washington's trust. But this is not only Tallmadge's story to tell. His story is shared with his fellow brothers-in-arms, the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons. Conceived to be mounted infantry in lightning quick attacks, they embodied what it meant to be a dragoon in the American Revolution; fearlessly charging the enemy both mounted, dismounted, and even afloat. This is their story.

I Am More Than My Hair: My Outer Appearance Does Not Define Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692328699
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Published: Independently Published - July 26th, 2018

I Am More Than My Hair, is a two-part project, documentary film and coffee table book that redefines beauty standards in relation to female hairlessness and captures the stories of girls and women who've lost their hair due to medical conditions, as well as those who've cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one.

Shattered Peacock: A Story of Life and Revolution in Iran Cover Image
ISBN: 9781544992952
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 22nd, 2017

Shattered Peacock is a jewel of an historical novel by Lisa Di Vita, who has produced an exciting, well-crafted book ... Set against the towering backdrop of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, the rise of the Ayatollah and the fall of Shah Pahlavi, a young Persian wife grows up and delivers the goods. A well told story, and a page-turner of a read.

- John King, Founder, The Cultural Hero Project, Co-author of "Tribal Leadership.

Trumpism Uncensored Survival Handbook: Tush Cover Image
By Mis Feasance, Marco Paige (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781532383977
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Published: Brain Drain Unlimited - September 12th, 2018

Yes, we woke up on January 20, 2017 to a new reality or a new false reality. We had a new administration, a new sheriff in town and a new need for mental health assistance for lots of Americans. Some turned to the usual forms of getting through challenging times: heavy drugs, guzzling wine, bleating on one's Facebook page, prayer, shopping, yoga, meditation, grand theft auto, binging on videos, eating gallons of ice cream or pursuing all of these activities at once. Since these usually helpful remedies now no longer seem to work, the two authors (formerly incarcerated at a black site) thought they should be of further assistance.

This book provides a range of anecdotes, crazy apps, surveys and other humorous takes on the current political era. It's the perfect antidote for all the bad news, faux news and expos's that Americans face as they wonder, "Will democracy survive another week?"

Folkhlore: Purple Black & Silver ... Folkhlore II - Vol.II (of II) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781718654334
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 9th, 2018

The year is 1669, and a filthy, corrupt, and slave ravaged Monarchy by the sea transforms to a shimmering, powerful, creative, and ever expanding Kingdom beneath the protective shade of a Vampyre King, and his mortal, beloved Queen - together spawning pure vengeance by sea, and overwhelming inherited violence of force upon land invading armies . Haunted, and taunted by Creatures from his past, and the threat of a new beast roaming his physical consciousness, Yorris Folkhe guides his Perfect Creature, his Queen, his new fledglings, and his new Kingdom by the sea beneath their chosen, waving colors of Purple, Black, and Silver

Power in Praying Through: 52 Inspiration Notes, Bible Quotes and Prayers at Your Fingertips - A-Z Cover Image
ISBN: 9781979859936
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 29th, 2017

In a powerful, inspiring conversation with the reader, the author provides very timely and pointed revelations about the necessity and power of praying to God about everything. The dimensions and effectiveness of a prayerful life are unfolded bit by bit, as she gently guides those who have not indulged in prayer, as well as encourages those who might be getting weary. For your spiritual growth, personal and professional development there are 52 prayers, relevant Bible verses and richly inspirational notes, touching life-changing topics, literally from A-Z, and intended to connect the reader with the God of Glory, during times of pain as well as of celebration. The author encourages the reader to be comfortable with coming regularly to the throne of Grace to pray. She emphasizes learning to tell God what is bothering you and what you desire, and to be specific when you do. The text makes it very clear that there is nothing about which you cannot pray because God is available, willing and eager to hear and listen. As you read, you will either determine to be greater, decide to praise God more or raise your heartfelt prayers for your needs and those of others. No type of challenge is left untouched in this text. The social, psychological, emotional, professional and global are all laid out, exciting the reader to think, and get on board with praying. The author emphasizes the amazing accessibility of God to everyone, and in every situation, providing specific Bible Quotes to support this truth, as well as her own personal experience and insights in praying purposefully to God. The supernatural Grace, Mercy, and Love of God are the key offerings laid bare for the reader to digest and enjoy. This is not just for you, the reader, but for your friends and family as well.

Running With Our Eyes Closed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732101517
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Published: Independently Published - July 13th, 2018

Running With Our Eyes Closed is the story of Dallas socialite, Samantha, and her husband Michael. With three children living on their own, she's prepared to leave her life behind. Michael has secrets and his own agenda that may change their lives forever. Nothing is quite what they'd imagined it to be. Over seven days in Italy, they attempt to define their new roles as a couple and as individuals.

Five Slices of Fear: A Connoisseur's Hoagie of Horror Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939197474
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Published: Polyester Press - August 28th, 2018

Lovecraft. Poe. King. All names not found in this collection. But the ghosts of those authors and others (yes, even the ones not yet dead) haunt these fetid pages with wafts of fear from beyond the ethers. Collected here for those hungry for the horrifically hilarious are Five Slices Of Fear: A Connoisseur's Hoagie Of Horror--five new terrifying tales of portentous pathos and sinister satire seasoned with shock and piled high as a funeral pyre.

The Question of Empathy: Searching for the Essence of Humanity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633936690
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Published: Koehler Books - September 15th, 2018

Have you ever wondered about empathy, what it is and why it matters? What makes us human and capable of incredible caring, total savagery, or worse, complete indifference toward each other? Are you looking for ways to better understand yourself, the people around you and across the world? The Question of Empathy entreats you to explore this hard-wired capacity, not through rose colored glasses, but with an honest look at human nature. Philosophy and psychology, neuroscience and art lead the way along a journey of discovery into what makes us who we are and how we connect to others. It isn't always easy, but then neither is real life. The Question of Empathy offers a roadmap.

Amelia Earhart Unrescued Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981896045
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Published: Flat Hammock Press - July 12th, 2018

Aviation pioneers Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan famously disappeared over the Pacific on July 2nd, 1937. Their fate is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest unresolved mysteries. In Amelia Earhart UNRESCUED, author and archaeologist Tom King weaves a story around the history, archaeology, and environment of the remote atoll known as Nikumaroro to visualize what Amelia and Fred may have experienced, offering a solution to the mystery.

Do Your Part with a Big Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781978227255
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Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - October 28th, 2017

A story about taking initiative. It comes down to doing your part with a big heart. Oxy the Octopus struggles with adjusting to his new surroundings after he and his family have to move to a different part of the seas. Things don't look good, but then Oxy meets Sam the Starfish who becomes his new best friend.

The Question Cover Image
By Scott Langteau, Lidat Truong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780615536385
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Published: Shake the Moon Books - November 30th, 2011

After watching the snowstorm of the season blow into his neighborhood, a young boy wakes to find his town literally buried beneath a mountain of snow. Possibly stuck inside his house for the rest of the winter, survival questions of every shape and size race through his mind- including one that tugs at his thoughts to the very end of his adventure. The Question is a wild journey through the mind of a child, with an ending so honestly relatable, you can't help but smile.

Sofa Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615251257
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Published: Shake the Moon Books - November 30th, 2008

A young boy discovers that lounging on his favorite sofa playing videogames around the clock is not all it's cracked up to be. His lack of attention to life's basics such as bathing, good food, fresh air, sunlight, and old fashioned exercise wreaks havoc on his young body, and before long our little lad finds himself a prisoner of his own designing, as well as the fascination of many an onlooker as he becomes literally joined at the hip with his increasingly disgusting environment. Sofa Boy is a humorous and beautifully illustrated lesson-learned about moderation - a lesson that can clearly speak to all ages, and goes down easily with a warm and hearty chuckle.

The Journey to Whispering Gardens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997898415
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Published: Whispering Gardens Publishing Company - November 30th, 0002

Imagine living in a land of gardens, in a place called Whispering Gardens. One day you discover that the myths and legends your grandfather told you are true. Fairies are real. Nature is ruled by magic. And we all possess magical powers that we may discover - if we just learn how to listen to “the Whispers.”

Wherever You Are: A Memoir of Love, Marriage, and Brain Injury Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603817219
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Published: Coffeetown Press - September 1st, 2018

Cynthia Lim thought she had the perfect life: a husband who was a successful attorney, a fulfilling career in education, two teenage sons in private school, and a home in Los Angeles rich in books, music, and art. Then in 2003, her husband Perry suffers a cardiac arrest and brain injury, lingering in a coma for ten days before slowly awakening. A different person emerges, one who has lost his short-term memory and is fully dependent on others. Married for twenty years, she doesn't know how much of his former self will return as she fights for the treatment and care he needs.

From Bounced Checks to Private Jets: The Mastery of Miracles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781722107949
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 23rd, 2018

What Miracles Are You Ready To Master? Follow along on your journey of mastering miracles throughout the book. When you realize everything you want is on the other side of your fear, Hazel has got your back. She gives you the exact steps to take to walk to the other side of fear and Master the Miracles in your life too! After working 17 years as a workers' compensation legal secretary, Hazel experienced a workplace injury. Her doctors told her she could no longer do the same job. After the initial shock and fear, she chose (with a big push from an angel in her life) to continue her education in the field of psychology Today she owns nearly a dozen businesses, including a hot nightclub in Whittier, California, and the designer sensation, Savvy Socks. All of these endeavors are multi-million dollar businesses.

Waging War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781498434140
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Published: Xulon Press - July 23rd, 2016

Ruth-Angela Patten grew up in Northern California as a pastor's kid. Patten's novel Waging War: The Girl and the Great Dragon, is a love story of redemption and strength based on her own life. She attended church quite a lot and became a life-long student of the Bible. She attended a private Christian school across from the church where her parents worked and studied. She went on to earn her bachelors and masters degrees in sacred music and classical music performance. Patten graduated from CSU, East Bay in 2006. She is a professional bassoon player and songwriter, and also enjoys prophetic art.

Helder's Story: A Death with Dignity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732215511
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Published: Brother Mockingbird - July 30th, 2018

Helder’s Story: A Death with Dignity is the loving account of a man's extraordinary battle against cancer and, more importantly, his joy for life.  Helder was one of 111 documented people in California who took aid-in-dying medication the first year the End of Life Option bill passed in 2016.  Stricken by both addiction and cancer, Helder used the lessons he learned in fighting the first, to keep the second at bay for an extraordinary number of active, happy and inspirational years. In this direct chronicle of her husband's life, Carol Pereira pulls back the curtain, revealing the effort required to choose happiness and the difficult choice to take the aid-in-dying medication.

Dasha Saves the Day: At the Park Cover Image
ISBN: 9780993971907
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Published: Marja Perren - March 6th, 2017

An LA Parent Magazine Editor’s Pick

A story about a little girl, who through her love for photography, discovers herself to be a hero.

There's a hero in all of us. 

Welcome to the exciting world of Dasha Flash®, where anything can happen! Today Dasha is having fun at the park with her two best friends. She's taking pictures of everyone and everything. Click. Click. Click. Oh no! There's something wrong. Will this adventurous girl save the day? Find out in this compassionate and endearing story about friends, family, community and discovering the hero within us all.

"This book is changing the narrative of the superhero into one that's more accessible for kids and the people in their everyday lives." - LA Parent Magazine

Enlightenment of Hanna Krusher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781530999095
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 30th, 2016

Hanna Krusher, a sixteen year old girl, starts to have tremors throughout her body. The family physician and Optometrist Dr. Myron Quiggley notice abnormalities in Hanna's MRI scan and seek the expert advice of Neurologist and ESP expert Dr. Cloe Steinbek. Upon inspecting Hanna's scans, Dr. Steinbek becomes suspicious of high level telepathy and requests further testing and a meeting with her. Eventually the truth is revealed; several alien races have been intertwined and living among humans for thousands of years. It is also revealed that many lives on the Planet Earth are in immediate danger and Hanna Krusher is the only person equipped to save the human race.

The Extraordinary Journey of J.J. Pips Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998234311
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Published: J.J. Pips Publishing - July 10th, 2018

J.J. Pips, a young British bulldog, lives with his human family in the Victorian English countryside. One day, without warning, his life is turned upside down when his beloved brother, Arty, is dognapped by a press gang. Armed with nothing more than loyalty and determination, J.J. quickly sets off to rescue Arty on what will become the adventure of a lifetime.

Rodrigo the Hummingbird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692307823
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Published: Independently Published - July 18th, 2015

Rodrigo the Hummingbird is pretty jealous of his baby brother, Michael, who receives all of their mother's attention. When a storm strikes, the siblings lose their mother. Now Rodrigo must learn to take care of his baby brother, grieve his loss, and find joy in the love of his family. Rodrigo the Hummingbird is an important, universal tale of loss, love, and growth, told in both English and Spanish.

Almost Odis: My Preppy Life with My Redneck Dad Cover Image
ISBN: 9781546219934
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Published: Authorhouse - December 22nd, 2017

In a fit of post 40th birthday generosity, displaced Southern Gentleman and Writer, Dusty Thompson, invites his redneck father to live with him in California. Not knowing what to expect as their life-long relationship has been very subdued, if informal, not unlike those of an English Lord and his downstairs staff, Dusty feels sure two adults can be successful roommates. However, when his Dad shows up with the largest La-Z-Boy recliner in America, and a dog named Lulu, in the back of his pick-up, Dusty realizes the only thing they have in common is oddly short legs and the belief he is adopted.