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Everything I Never Wanted to Be

Dina Kucera

"Raw and funny." ~Joel Stein, Time Magazine

"Like a maelstrom." ~ForeWord Reviews

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Swimming with Maya

Eleanor Vincent

"Vincent's poignant decision to donate Maya's organs will resonate with even hard-boiled readers." ~Booklist 

"Powerful prose with a meaningful and memorable message." ~Lee Gutkind, Founder, Creative Nonfiction Magazine 

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Betty's Child

Donald R. Dempsey

A Hoffer Award Grand Prize Finalist


"Heartrending and humorous. In scene after vivid scene, Dempsey presents his inspiring true story with accomplished style. Dempsey's discipline as a writer lends the real-life tale the feel of a fictional page-turner." ~Kirkus Reviews 

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Leaving the Hall Light On

Madeline Sharples

"A moving read of tragedy, trying to prevent it, and coping with life after." ~Midwest Book Review 

"Moving, intimate and very inspiring." ~Mark Shelmerdine, CEO, Jeffers Press 

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She's Not Herself

Linda Appleman Shapiro

“An honest and compelling story by a brave and gifted writer.” ~Wally Lamb, She’s Come Undone


“Truthful, carefully crafted, and created with a clear-eyed affection.” ~David Watts, MD, poet, writer, musician, NPR commentator


MFA in a Box

John Rember

"The essential truths about excellent writing." ~The Judges of the Hoffer Awards 

"Witty, audacious, and wise.” ~Robin Metz, Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Award Winner

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Daughters of Absence

Mindy Weisel, Editor

"A powerful, life-affirming read and a strongly recommended addition to Holocaust studies reading lists and reference collections." ~Midwest Book Review 

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Any Road Will Take You There

David W. Berner

Hoffer Award Grand Prize Finalist

Chicago Writers Association "Book of the Year" Award Winner 

"May just inspire you to take a trip of your own." ~Windy City Reviews

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There's a Hamster in the Dashboard

David W. Berner

"Funny, poignant, insightful, and quirky." ~Stanley Coren, The Intelligence of Dogs

"Berner understands that our relationship to our pets and to the world around us defines who we are as humans." ~Robert Louis Henry, Leaf Garden Press 

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Wise Men & Other Stories

Mike O'Mary

Lessons from the Holidays on Santa, God, Heaven, Death & More Fun Stuff from Someone Who Still Has a Lot to Learn


"O'Mary has a gift for simple, frank exposition of life's most poignant moments." ~Stephen Parrish, The Tavernier Stones

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Saying Goodbye

Julie Rember, Editor

"Tender perspectives helping readers with their own goodbyes. If you have ever had to deal with loss, read this book. It will make you feel better."  ~Midwest Book Review 

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Be There Now

Julie Rand, Editor

Travel writing at its most authentic...real people sharing real stories of awe and insight, fear and laughter, humility and humanity as they explore the world around us and seek footholds on their own inner journeys.

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