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  • Running Towards Gunfire: Courage and Brotherhood in Ramadi

    by Jason Angell

    In August 2005, a four-man team from the United States Marine Corps’ 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) found themselves smack in the middle of the deadliest city on earth, Ramadi, Iraq. For the next seven months, they fought street by street against an insurgency that only grew more deadly. They would eventually join up with snipers from the US Army’s famed 1-506th to form Task Force Dark Eagle. Casting aside interservice rivalries, road-bound gun trucks, and conventional operations, these Marines and soldiers became the ones hiding in the shadows, hunting insurgents from their own homes. Running Towards Gunfire is a gritty, no-holds-barred first-person account of the realities of modern urban combat, bringing the reader onto the streets of Ramadi and into the minds of combat Marines as they fight for each other and their brothers-in-arms during some of the most savage fighting of the Iraq War.

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  • The Call Me “Sweet Lou” – The Life and Times of a Football Official

    by Lou Hammond and Paul Travers

    Travel with “Sweet Lou” Hammond as he chased football games across the American landscape. Only Lou was not a player; he was an official who maintained law and order on a field of collisions and curses. Beneath the black-and-white stripes, Lou is a blue-collar guy from a blue-collar town whose officiating career was inspired by his childhood heroes, players on the historic Baltimore Colts. More than a sports journal, Lou’s story is a hilarious and heartfelt journey from the hardscrabble playgrounds at Radecke Park in Baltimore to the manicured lawn at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. Lou's whistle stops include officiating games at every level of the sport, including sandlot, high school, college, arena, flag, semi-pro, lingerie, and the vaunted National Football League. Go behind the scenes and learn about the third team that plays every down--the officials. See the game between the white lines and from the press box. Meet the players, owners, and fans who created today’s football juggernaut. Think you know football? Not until you ride along with Sweet Lou as he pursued his dream of officiating in the NFL, a dream that came true for Lou, but at a steep price. As “Sweet Lou” says about officiating, “It’s the best seat in the house, but you have to stand.”

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  • The Problem with Men

    by Dr. Ronald F. Levant

    Why do men commit acts of violence, struggle to talk about their emotions, misuse their power, or take risks with their health? The Problem with Men offers the surprising answer. Dr. Ron Levant, a world-renowned psychologist, has spent his career trying to understand men like his abusive father as well as his own perplexing behavior. Using his lived experience as the backdrop, Levant takes readers on a gripping and, at times, heart-breaking journey of discovery, providing a rare front-seat glimpse at acid tests, threesomes, communes, state psychiatric institutions, jails, encounter groups, therapy sessions, wayward youth programs, fatherhood courses, and men’s groups. With grace, honesty, and insight, Dr. Levant reveals his own struggles to overcome his upbringing and become a better man in his quest to help readers understand the societal forces that shape men for the better—and the worse.

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  • Lifer: My Epic Journey as a US Army Infantry Paratrooper

    by Nathan Aguinaga

    Nathan Aguinaga didn’t enlist in the Army planning to be a career soldier—a “lifer”—but the Army had other plans. He entered the world of light infantry in one of the nation’s top-tier rapid-deployment military units in the early 1990s and would continue for most of the next twenty years as a part of the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Lifer is the comprehensive account of his career journey as a paratrooper, drill sergeant, Army Ranger, and combat veteran. From the high-tempo daily life of the 82nd Airborne Division to a year spent on the Korean DMZ to time spent as a drill sergeant to the daunting task of successfully completing Ranger School to his time spent in Iraq and even to a support deployment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Master Sergeant (Retired) Aguinaga tells his unvarnished story of Army life—the trials and tribulations, the joys and sorrows, and the humor found in even the darkest moments of duty.

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  • Dented Cans and Classic Cars : Reflections On a Retirement Community

    by Dan Krause

    What goes through an older person’s mind when they contemplate selling the house? "Dented Cans and Classic Cars" centers on Dan Krause’s experiences with moving to a retirement community and covers the entire, sometimes difficult, experience, from deciding on a move, picking a place to live, the frustrations of downsizing, and Dan Krause’s personal reactions after they moved into “the home.” "Dented Cans and Classic Cars" is about growing older and the feelings it generates in a person who spent much of his career studying the aging process. The chapters have a series of pithy comments that only a professional sociologist with a finely-honed sense of humor could make. The writing is lighthearted, often humorous, and filled with unique insights into the problems, issues, and unique perspectives that are part of getting older in America. "Dented Cans and Classic Cars" answers some questions people never thought to ask, and the email supplements in each chapter provide fascinating and intensely personal insights into the author’s thoughts.

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  • The Road to Courage

    by Roy Taylor

    Set in the mid-20th century, The Road to Courage is narrated by a young boy as he journeys with his family to new and wild territory on the Alaskan frontier, a land where life’s priority is survival rather than comfort. This memoir sketches a portrait of his complex family—courageous, committed, flawed, and yet resilient—and through a series of terrifying adventures, traces the unbreakable bond between the timid narrator and his fearless, fun-loving brother. The family’s faith remains a central thread as the preschool brothers work beside their minister father to construct a log church in Valdez without power tools. Along the way, the reader is given a rare glimpse into life in Old Valdez, a town destroyed by the 1964 earthquake.

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  • Strong Vincent: A Call to Glory

    by John Hinman

    Many people have heard about Joshua Chamberlain’s famous bayonet charge at Gettysburg; few know about the unsung hero who put him there. The Civil War broke out in 1861, just as Strong Vincent was beginning his career as a Harvard-educated lawyer and was preparing to marry his sweetheart, Elizabeth. Vowing to defend his nation, Vincent volunteered. With no previous military experience, he worked his way from lieutenant to colonel in the Union Army, leading his men through many of the war’s most brutal battles. When a vital part of the defensive line was left unguarded at the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Vincent, strategically recognized Little Round Top as the most valuable ground on the battlefield. He led his brigade, which included Chamberlain’s regiment along with three others, there to defend it despite not having orders to do so—a decision that could have resulted in a court-martial. Outnumbered by more than two to one, Vincent and his brigade put up a historic defense that would change the tide of the battle—and the war itself—including the charge that became the stuff of legend. Strong Vincent: A Call to Glory tells the story of Gettysburg’s unheralded hero, a common man trying to navigate life and romance in the midst of war, who achieved the extraordinary.

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  • Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea

    by Jim Gulledge

    In "Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea", amid the rugged terrain of North Carolina, a small pocket watch bears witness to the loves and losses of three families—the Kellers, Elliotts, and McClures. As the heirloom passes down over a hundred years, questions arise. Can strength and goodness be gifted to one’s heirs? What about corruption and evil? Do the lives of ancestors have any bearing on those who come after them? From Reconstruction to the modern age, this sweeping family saga speaks to what binds families together and tears them apart. Powers of darkness and light fight for the minds and hearts of every individual. In a land of beauty populated by Scots Irish pioneers, cotton farmers, Native Americans, fishermen, and pirates, "Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea" is a chronicle of human failings and the power of redemption—and a probing narrative of which is the stronger force.

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  • Old House and Red Neckties

    by Grace Virtue

    Born into extreme poverty in the village of Old House, Jamaica, 127 years after the end of plantation slavery, Grace Virtue learns about barriers early on. Yet the equal distribution of poverty and the matter-of-fact resolve of the village women leave her unprepared for the classism, sexism, and racism she will encounter as she grows into adulthood and ventures far from home. Armed with the values learned in Old House and a dogged determination to escape poverty, Grace takes the reader through deeply complex spaces as she tries to find her place in the world while remaining true to herself. From her very first experience watching television in rural Jamaica to her time in Washington, DC, Old House and Red Neckties offers biting insights into the dynamics of race and the true barriers to justice in the US and beyond, explaining why radical courage, honesty, and authenticity are essential pillars of genuine liberation.

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  • Karma and Kismet

    by Michael Shandler

    Evoking Paul Theroux’s travel novels in directness, color, and observations, Karma and Kismet catapults the reader into an international and cross-cultural journey, an authentic sixties and seventies quest for meaning and place. Filled with real characters, deep human conflicts, pathos, and passion, this memoir tells a unique yet universal story about overcoming bad karma and the role of kismet, or fate, in shaping life and destiny. A deeply honest, courageous, and inspiring account, Karma and Kismet challenges readers to go beyond their comfort zones, resonating with anyone who has ever questioned their identity or their place in the world and how they might find connection and belonging. With a vivid and immersive style, Shandler effortlessly draws readers into his story, inviting them to reflect on their own life paths. “A beautifully balanced blend of heartfelt storytelling, serene narration, and meaningful dialogues . . . encouragement for self-reflection, and a celebration of acceptance . . . a heartwarming read that leaves readers with a sense of joy and introspection.” ––Literary Titan Five Star Gold Award

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