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Author Bio: 

Lois Lawson is a great-grandmother who captures her eighty years of living with a rare frankness mixed with humor. Born in 1934, Lois grew up at a time of innocence, moving about freely in the small central coastal town of Santa Cruz, California. Experience what it was like to be a child during World War II, and later, how it felt to "shoot the pants off" men in pistol matches as a teenager. Move with her from state to state with her first husband, an undercover agent, and their four children, and go from there to a marriage that combined seven children.

Growing Up in Santa Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781364947019
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Published: Blurb - June 19th, 2018

Husbands, Lovers, Etc. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781364929411
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Published: Blurb - April 24th, 2018

Life Sentence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781364929633
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Published: Blurb - April 24th, 2018

Side by Side with Cancer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781364929763
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Published: Blurb - April 24th, 2018

Author Bio: 

My husband and I decided to leave home to live a traveling life; three months later I had a seizure and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My memoir--"CALL IT WONDER: an odyssey of love, sex, spirit, and travel"--tells this story.  I am the author of two novels, a poetry collection, and a book about teaching.

Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996182423
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Published: Coyote Creek Books - June 22nd, 2015

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Janine Faye Johnson Bates, born in 1939 in the small town of Yuba City, California, spent her early years on her family’s cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A graduate of the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, she taught elementary school for over 30 years. Faye and her husband live in Santa Clara, California.

A Favorite Time of Light: Memories of the Diamond J Ranch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692435816
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Published: Self-Published - July 1st, 2015

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

Author Bio: 

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

Author Bio: 

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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