260 pages, 27 of 32 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
Packed with plenty of spicy curry, cows, and comedy, Bindi Girl takes us on one heck of a wild ride across India. From Dharamsala and the Dalai Lama to ashrams, yoga schools, and meditation melodramas, Bindi educates and entertains as she goes. We discover the Hindu deities, the tourist trap mafia, and the beach havens of the hippie trail. From “Guru Disney” to the holy hell of Varanasi, Bindi’s got us clamoring for more masala chai all the way.
When Bindi meets an attractive young stranger who is more than her mental and physical match, her fiery spirit is put to the test. He whisks her off to the furthest reaches of India—the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. There, in an isolated jungle, they attempt to live out a Robinson Crusoe fantasy. Will it be the Garden of Eden or end up a natural disaster? Among the wild beauty and danger of the islands and the kooky madness of “typical India,” Reese takes us deep into the heart of a country and her very self.
Bindi Girl is a gift to the traveler, the spiritual seeker, and the armchair tourist—anyone yearning for honest inspiration and a real kick to get out and truly live!
252 pages, 30 of 32 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
In 1970, Julie Dawn Cole was cast as the unforgettable Veruca Salt in the classic motion picture Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder. Since its release in 1971, this epic musical has endured as a favorite of children from around the world with a fan base that encompasses generations of movie goers. With its unforgettable characters, chocolaty landscapes and everlasting music, this charming fairy-tale mixes these ingredients into what has been become a cinematic classic from literary legend Roald Dahl.
Praised by critics worldwide and often featured in broadcasts with other masterpiece musicals, it remains a timeless treasure. Acclaimed film critic Robert Ebert wrote: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren’t: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.”
Julie Dawn Cole has written an enchanting and richly illustrated memoir that offers a rare look behind the stage curtain to this ageless film. Splendidly illustrated with personal letters, never-seen-before photographs and documents; her mesmerizing story chronicles the entire production experience and tells of the remarkable journey of how she became known worldwide as a really bad egg. Filled with countless funny and touching memories, her story takes readers behind-the-scenes of Willy Wonka and the resulting coming of age journey that brought the cast together again after nearly a quarter century. I Want it Now takes readers beyond the world of pure imagination and behind the scenes to this universally cherished motion picture. A true-to-life Charlie Bucket tale, Julie’s story is unforgettable…
How I Became A Fearless Woman by Pamela Jansen
128 pages, 18 of 19 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
This is my story about overcoming the effects of a traumatic brain injury, caused by a car accident. I’m just the average woman, in other words, I am not placing myself above anyone. I realized that I had been given a choice between, existing or living a full life. I chose the latter.
I wanted to share this with the person who has lost any hope to see that change is possible. I am referring to the change in our outlook on ourselves. We must love ourselves. I believe, that is where inner peace and healing begins.
I knew for a fact that God allowed me to remain here on earth, but there were times when the reasons seemed very cloudy. I also knew that every one of us had struggles of some sort or another, but life had become very challenging for this one. For instance, say that you’ve been striving very hard for something and you are just beginning to see the fruits. Out of the blue, there’s this feeling of insignificance trying to tell you to just give up, that you will never achieve. Don’t listen. All of us have that weak inner self that is so much against our succeeding because it is scared, and until we learn to recognize that voice, it has won. There finally came a time, after 25 years and over 30 surgeries, that I came to realize this is it, and it’s OK to be different. I am enough. My goals in writing this book are not only to share my story with accident victims, but also for the person who has not experienced a physical loss, yet emotionally they are overcome.Ever since the day I began sharing my story with people, it was as if I had been buttered up and frosted like an angel food cake. It seemed as if no one wanted to see me hurt any more than I had been already.
To them, Pam was such an over comer. What had yet to be witnessed though, was the anger inside, pushed down so deep that even I was not about to confront it. I was furious that this happened. Why me? Why not me was the question that I had to accept. I didn’t come to a resolution for years.
71 pages, 14 of 15 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
Getting a yellow card at age eight…snubbing an internationally reknown goalkeeper and having the only bicycle kick he’s ever scored called back are just a few of the many hilarious true stories in this collection of short stories, poems and pictures from a lifetime in soccer by Mark Vincent Lincir. He is also the author of THE GIFT OF STOPPAGE TIME and THE WORLD NEEDS MORE BELLY RUBS.
325 pages, 8 of 8 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
214 pages, 2 of 5 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
What is wrong with today’s leaders?
Why does a massive deficit of trust grip modern America?
And why does partisan divide continue to gridlock and derail the modern American political process?
Lead Without Followers is a compelling personal tale from one Generation-Y perspective and a political diagnosis of the rampant problems with leadership in today’s world — and, how, by redefining leadership on a radical and personal level, we can begin to become part of the solution.
This nonfiction book — the debut work of writer Dave Ursillo — questions the true meaning of leadership: is it possible that today’s static and assumed social definition of leadership has actually caused the very problems gripping today’s world?
Rather than laying blame on one political party or another, Lead Without Followers suggests that the modern definition of leadership — a pervasive but quiet social definition that bases leadership upon follower counts, wealth, social status, job title and fame — is the very cause of today’s leadership problem.
Told from the perspective of one young idealist in a post-September 11th world who had struggled to find his way to make a difference, Lead Without Followers utilizes an engaging storytelling style as a vehicle through which the reader may question the meaning of leadership on a very personal level — and in a world that is so desperate for it.
By reading Lead Without Followers, you’ll begin to understand what’s really wrong with today’s leaders on a political level — and how by beginning o redefine the meaning of leadership with a deep personal focus, you can begin to exercise personal leadership every day and stoke fulfillment, true purpose and passion in your life.
163 pages, no reviews, Lending Enabled
At last, a book that teens want to read! “Being a Happy Teen” shares practical advice for teens on conquering self-doubt, handling bullies, making friends, achieving goals – and dealing with parents! Featuring 80 of Andrew Matthews’ warm and funny cartoons. Over a half a million copies sold.pages, of reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
163 pages, no reviews, Lending Enabled
It was the 4th June 1940 that my father’s regiment, the Royal Signals saw action just forward of Lille-Roubaix in France. Three men were killed, seven wounded and one man went missing during the withdrawal.
Although not documented, my father could well have been that missing soldier for I know that on the 12th June 1940 my father was captured by the Germans at St Valery trying to get to England in a small boat, he and his companions came under fire and my father sustained injuries sufficient to see him admitted to the military hospital in Lille prior to his transportation to the P.O.W. camps at Lamsdorf in Poland.
In May 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary of my fathers capture, I travelled to France and followed the route that the Royal Signals took from Cherbourg via Laval to Lille. In Lille I visited the military hospital where my father recovered from his injuries. I then made my way to modern day Lambinovice in Poland, site of the Lamsdorf P.O.W. camps.
In March 2012, I returned to France to re-visit places from my original journey, and to visit other areas not seen in 2010.
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