Among the Remnants, by Josh Gortler When three-year-old Joshua Gortler and his family were forced from their hometown in Poland during World War II, they scrambled for safety across border after border, finding refuge at last in Europe’s Displaced Persons Camps. Undocumented and unschooled, Gortler spent his adolescence learning how to survive. When his family…

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Parkinson Pete on Living and Dying with Parkinson’s Disease is a direct, honest, and sometimes funny assessment of what it can be like to face a life and a death with a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s. Most of the writers of the books Pete reviewed in Parkinson Pete’s Bookshelves dealt exclusively with the easy early stages of the disease. Then they mumbled…

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Thirty Years a Dresser by Dennis Milam Bensie

Thirty Years a Dresser (216 pages) is a new memoir by Dennis Milam Bensie, sharing essays, anecdotes, and backstage antics from his years as a theatrical dresser. “The author writes in such a way that you feel you are backstage with him experiencing all he is and does. He is honest, funny and sometimes cutting. Thirty Years…

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tars and Flowers: Informative Talks with Celebrities about Plants by Evelyn Klahre Anderson

Stars and Flowers: Informative Talks with Celebrities about Plants (508 pages), by Evelyn Klahre Anderson, is a collection of interviews that took place in the late ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with famous people from many different professions and walks of life. “A great read for any gardener or nature lover.” Read more …. –Sue Scholz,…

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Beyond the Two Rivers by Aida Kouyoumjian

Beyond the Two Rivers: The Continuing Story of Mannig the Heroine of Between the Two Rivers Following the Armenian Genocide (246 pages),  is the sequel to Between the Two Rivers: A Story of the Armenian Genocide, the account of the real-life saga of Ms. Kouyoumjian’s mother Mannig, who as a young girl was one of…

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The Gathering Place by E.G. Sergoyan

The Gathering Place: Stories from the Armenian Social Club in Old Shanghai (216 pages), is a collection of stories compiled from interviews with Armenians who immigrated to Asia during the first half of the twentieth century. A hundred years ago, the small country of Armenia within the Ottoman Empire became the site of continuous border…

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Between the Two Rivers by Aida Kouyoumjian

Between the Two Rivers (302 pages) is the account of the real-life saga of Aida Kouyoumjian’s mother Mannig, who as a young girl was one of a small minority of Armenians who survived the massacre and deportation from the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I. Historians estimate that 1.5 to 2 million Armenians…

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This first edition of Between the Two Rivers has been replaced with a second edition. Learn more by clicking here. Between the Two Rivers (342 pages) is the real-life saga of Aida Kouyoumjian’s mother Mannig, who as a young girl was one of a small minority of Armenians who survived the massacre and deportation from…

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The Addiction of Mary Todd Lincoln by Anne E. Beidler

The Addiction of Mary Todd Lincoln (200 pages), by Anne E. Beidler, is a biography shedding light on Mary Todd Lincoln’s life and her experience living as an addict during a time when addiction was both misunderstood and stigmatized in women. Anne E. Beidler is a former director of Family House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation…

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