Author Peter Chiarella has drawn from from his family heritage creating a compelling turn-of-the-century tale wrapped around real life stories from his maternal side of the family. His great aunt Caterina is the primary character in this story surrounded by a cast of other ancestral family members. This is the follow up book to Peter's previous book, told from his paternal side of the family, Calabrian Tales. Brilliantly written - a story for … [Read more...]
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Sanchari was born in Nairobi (with heritage from India) - she lived in several other African countries before relocating with her family to London which is where she now lives. Her travels have taken her to over 60 countries resulting in a book that covers a remarkable amount of information organized into three sections, Part One: Explore the World and Part Two: Explore Food. Most authors writing this style of book would stop at Part Two. … [Read more...]
Fully contains all the required satisfying ingredients of a mob-inspired mystery - intrigue, mystery, romance, valuables and even some tough guys thrown in for good measure. Follow along as readers are initially introduced to John "Blackie" Rinaldi - a man who lives his life at the edge of organized crime. Six years after a 'car accident' ends his life, his son, the main character in the novel receives a mysterious letter from his father … [Read more...]
Author, Natalie Coughlin nurtures several passions, food being one of them. Raising her own vegetables, fruit trees and chickens in her San Francisco Bay Area backyard has given her access, like so many others living in Mediterranean climates access to a diversity of fresh ingredients. She has brought her passion to a number of food focused Television shows including the Food Network's Chopped and was a judge on Food Network's Iron Chef … [Read more...]
It is remarkable what entertaining stories a simple question will unlock. During their travels around the globe, usually tied into oil legal-related work trips for Scott's job - he or his wife Gina would ask locals the following question: "What's the strangest thing you've ever seen or experienced?". During their travels to more then 100 countries they compiled several hundred such stories - which they whittled down to 50 of the best ones. … [Read more...]
For Sarah, a young surgical resident - the decision to go to Tanzania for a year becomes a life changer - both professionally and personally. Working in a small and remote village she discovers, that despite being against the law, a still high rate of female genital mutilation occurring around the country. And learning about the high rate of maternal mortality - she decides to fight both and begins an experimental program providing training to … [Read more...]
Peter Martinez is the Wave Dancer, a surfer in modern day California. He is also a Native American (Noqoto tribe) whose job is to dress up as an "Indian Chief" for his tribe's casino. Not able to conform to the rules of the casino he soon finds himself without a job - fired by his mother. At the core of the story is a battle between environmental protection and an oil company, (appropriately named ENRG) who want to develop part of their … [Read more...]
High powered and very successful business woman, Sue Hollis boasts a list of achievements including running a multi-million dollar company and along the way being voted one of Australia's Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs. Finding her self soulless, feeling empty and enduring physical ailments because of her significant workload - she seeks an escape. Walking away from her old life, she plans an epic road trip on the other side of the world - in North … [Read more...]
Wine Country Women of Napa Valley was written by Michelle Mandro with a forward by Amanda Harlan and the excellent photography contributed by Donna Kopol Bonick - three women who have strong connections to the valley and its lifestyle. A book of this topic could well be many times its thickness - however this book covers select women the author knows and has worked with who are making valuable contributions to Napa Valley. Profiles focus on … [Read more...]
At age 57 Jerry Holl quit his corporate career, trading in a suit and a tie for bicycle apparel and deciding he would bike solo from Anchorage Alaska through British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California to the Mexico border. And this proposed journey of 3,600 miles was by a man who had spent little time on a bicycle and had not trained prior to his ride. Nor did he have any training on basic bike repairs. Jumping into the saddle he … [Read more...]