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Author Bio: 

When asked "what do you do", Leslie answers "travel". These travels however, are funded by work as a psychiatric nurse. She has lived and worked all over the U.S. but the longest, and the best, is in Santa Cruz, CA. She has been able to do all of this, including writing this book, thanks to her husband and two cats.



Drink Drug Divorce: One Woman's Misadventures in Faraway Places Cover Image
By Leslie R. Adams, Suzanne Hogsett (Editor), Cameron Reid (Producer)
ISBN: 9780692391785
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Published: Leslie Travels Publishing - April 1st, 2015

Author Bio: 

Jeanie Gould, the Author, has written her memoir with thirty years of life experience in her most important job of “being a mom,” and secondarily with thirty years of marketing experience. She has volunteered many years for the Special Olympics, for our local residence for handicapped adults, and has helped build new programs and classrooms for special needs children. She has established the support of the National Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance with her book’s goal to increase the awareness of this disease. However, the reach of this book is not limited to this disease.

Mommy...Move the Sun: Beyond Dire Prognosis, Joy Shines Through! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692316115
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Published: Angel Girl Publishing - October 17th, 2014

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From serious works of non-fiction to inspirational books for adults and young readers, the award-winning works of Lisa Begin-Kruysman continue to attract appreciative fans of all ages. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she was formerly employed at Home Box Office in New York City and has won acclaim as a fine-artist. These days she derives inspiration while creating near "the 'cric" in Ocean County, NJ where she resides with her husband, Rich, and Foster-to-Forever dog, Teddy. www.lisabegin-kruysmanauthor.com

Around the World in 1909 - Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939995070
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Published: American History Press - November 5th, 2014

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John Thayer has been a teacher in California, New York, and New Mexico. He has taught in public schools, community colleges and a creative charter school for struggling students. In New Mexico he taught as a bilingual math teacher and learned how to teach math through project-based and experiential models of teaching. He is now living in California with his wife and two sons, and getting ready to teach a new school year.

Confessions of an Anarchist Math Teacher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781483430454
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Published: Lulu Publishing Services - April 28th, 2015

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Pat DuVal was born and raised in the Colored Town section of Fort Pierce, Florida at a time when segregation was harsh, and it looked like blacks and whites would never live in harmony. Pat escaped the ugliness of the Deep South when he went into the Army. When he finished his service at Ft. Ord in California, he became the first black deputy in Monterey County. There he found a much more diverse culture. It was quite startling at first but he was a true pioneer.

From Colored Town to Pebble Beach: The Story of the Singing Sheriff Cover Image
By Pat Duval, Tony Seton (Prepared by)
ISBN: 9781499757507
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 28th, 2014

Author Bio: 

Michelle Stoner is excited to finally publish her debut novel "A Series of Events". She's currently working on a follow-up novel while she explores the West Coast with her longtime partner.

Michelle enjoys cooking just as much as discovering new cuisines. She also writes travel and restaurant reviews.

A Series of Events Cover Image
ISBN: 9781500935252
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 3rd, 2014

Author Bio: 

Mark Lewis Fussell was born a Quaker in Philadelphia, and was educated in Hillside elementary, Westtown School, Shipley School, and Bryn Mawr college before heading to Caltech in Pasadena. He met his wife and life companion the first week of school. After barely surviving the grueling world of Caltech, Mark headed out into the world of work. This journey would include two startups in the LA area and eight in Silicon Valley, two children born in Silicon Valley, and a multi-month business trip to India with a newborn. Mark and his family now live in Palo Alto, California.

The Slums of Palo Alto (Preview): How to Be Ecstatically Happy After Ten Failed Startups Cover Image
ISBN: 9781500328511
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 3rd, 2014

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Leo Brown was raised in Aptos California. He went to Aptos High School, The University of Southern California and San Jose State University. His martial arts training began in 1972 with Kam Yuen, the advisor to the television program "Kung Fu" in Los Angeles. He went on on to achieve Black Belt rankings in Shorin-Ji Ryu with Mr. Richard Kim of The Butokukai in San Francisco and in Shotokan with Mr. Yaguchi of The Japanese Karate Association in Denver.

Bouncer! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781495110276
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Published: Crown Media - June 1st, 2014

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Bunny Stevens grew up in Salinas, California—attending many elementary schools before attending El Sausal Junior High School and then graduating from Salinas High in 1959.  She worked as a legal secretary for Andy Church at Abramson and Bolz, was secretary to the District Manage at Prudential Insurance Company, owned and operated Valley Automotive Car Care, was a columnist for the North County News, worked at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Salinas as the Director of Christian Education and Middle School Ministries and was Personal Lines Manager

Unholy Union: A Memoir of Clergy Sexual Abuse Within the Salvation Army Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991120109
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bunny Stevens - February 14th, 2014

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Santa Cruz pedestrian activist and former editor of The Ventana, the local Sierra Club magazine, won several statewide essay contests when she was in high school in Massachusetts. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Communication from the University of Memphis. Her favorite pastimes include peak climbing and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

In the thrill of the night and other tales from a 50's childhood        Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989925006
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Published: Lost Balloon Press - November 14th, 2013



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