A Rose for Raymonde

by Wade H. Foy

So begins A Rose for Raymonde, the true story of a young Swiss nurse who immigrated to the United States and found love with a U.S. Navy Reserve officer in 1950s New York. Complete with photographs and personal letters, this book chronicles their lives before their paths crossed and after.

Danger on My Doorstep: The Anita Flora Powitzer Story by Linda Schubert

Berlin had been safe for Anita Powitzer for as long as she could remember. But when Hitler came to power, everything changed. Now policemen harmed instead of helped, and Anita couldn’t even talk to her best friend. Flung from her secure childhood into a fearful world, she and her family had to find a way to flee Berlin before it was too late.

Dinosaurs in the Cornfield: Lessons Unearthed on My Grandfather’s Farm

For young Billy, summer means saying goodbye to city life and traveling seven hundred miles to visit his grandparents on their Tennessee farm. Summer means long, humid days of snapping beans, milking cows, hunting for fossils in rocky fields, and trips into town for ice-cream sodas and comic books at the five-and-dime. It means muggy nights spent on the front porch with family, the boys gathered around the big Philco radio, listening to the Lone Ranger over the low hum of crickets. But most of all, summer means time spent in the long shadow of Grandpa, a massive Welshman, keenly observant, frugal of words and actions, but rich in experience and country wisdom. On this remote patch of farmland, Grandpa’s word is law.

From Rebel Yell to Revolution: My Four Years at UVA 1966–1970

Joel Gardner describes his college years spent at the University of Virginia from 1966 to 1970, and the historic changes that occurred as anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights sentiment and demonstrations swept over the campus, altering the spirit of the school forever.

Honor Held Dear by Alan Eschbach

What motivates people to follow the lead of another person—to sometimes suppress their own fears, desires, and needs and to adopt a leader’s vision as their own? It’s a question that anyone in, or who aspires to, a leadership position should ask. In this uplifting and often humorous account, Captain Alan Eschbach, USN (Ret), reflects back on his life’s experiences, and how he used them to meld his own code of leadership, behavior, and ethics.

Living Happily Ever After—Separately by Lise Stryker Stoessel

If your marriage isn't working and you're contemplating divorce, there might be a gentler, less expensive way to reclaim your life and happiness--and renew your relationship. After twenty-three years of struggle, Lise Stoessel and her husband, Emil, knew they were fighting a losing battle.

My Dance with Grace: Reflections on Death and Life

Late in 2009, Weldon Bradshaw was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, an incurable, autoimmune liver condition. Over the next two and a half years, as the disease progressed slowly and his liver and health deteriorated, his prognosis grew bleak. By November of 2012, his doctor informed him that if he didn’t receive a transplant, he’d be dead within the week.

Slow Dying: The Bosnian War Prison Camp at Visoko by Milenko S. Milanovic

Following the Bosnian War and his immigration to the U.S., Serbian refugee Milenko Milanovic would awaken from horrifying dreams—vestiges of his eight-month imprisonment in the Bosnian war camp at Visoko.

The Braying Donkey: Reflections on a Life by Dr. Timir Banerjee

With his father, one uncle, and maternal grandfather all working as doctors in India, Timir Banerjee knew early in life that he was destined for a career in medicine. It is ironic, therefore, that a major theme of The Braying Donkey, Banerjee’s loosely organized collection of memoirs and inspirational thoughts, is his lifelong quest for identity and self-fulfillment against the unforgiving forces of social convention, discrimination, and the random circumstances of birth.

The Life of “P”: A Memoir of a Mother and a Nurse by Lee Rice

The Life of “P” is the memoir of a mother and a nurse—an unsung hero from a small town in Virginia’s historic Northern Neck whose personal struggles, courage and heroic sacrifice should be remembered.

The Nature of Things: Stories from the Land by Rex Alphin

In these brief, introspective essays about his life as a farmer in Isle of Wight, Virginia, Alphin captures the simple moments of country life with the candor, grace and old-fashioned wit of a master storyteller.

When Soldiers Cried: A True Story About Vietnam

by David Shea

By the summer of 1967, the nation’s Selective Service System was fueling the largest military build-up since World War II. Hundreds of thousands of young men, many too young to legally drink and vote, were inducted to wage an ill-fated war in Vietnam.

Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail by David Coogan

Detailing the formative and transformative memories of ten men, Writing Our Way Out is the creative culmination of a writing class that began in the Richmond City Jail in Virginia, and grew into a journey to re-entry.