Free eBooks Category: Biographies & Memoirs

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I Have Asperger’s

My name is Erin Clemens. I’m 24 years old, and I want to help others understand what my life is like living with Asperger’s Syndrome. My hope is that people can learn from what I have been through, and apply it to what may help someone they know on the spectrum. To me, autism isn’t...
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From Cleopatra to Hugo: History’s Most Legendary Love Affairs (Book 1)

History has many romantic stories to tell of the part which women have played in determining the destinies of nations. Sometimes it is a woman’s beauty that causes the shifting of a province. Again it is another woman’s rich possessions that incite invasion and lead to bloody wars. Many men in private life have lost...
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The Story: Of the Greatest Person that Ever Lived

Kindergarten is in session and the name-less protagonist is assigned to begin a private journal as a class project. After the school year is over, out of habit, the journal entries continue until years later when the main character begins to seriously question why they had continued to write long after the assignment had ended....
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The Slacker Confessions – True Comedic Stories From My Decade of Dumb Jobs

“The Slacker Confessions” is comedian Tommy Campbell’s collection of stories from his hilarious and dangerous “working education” throughout the nineties. He got his first full-time job at fourteen and went on to document the funny experiences he had and the crazy characters he worked with in restaurants, pubs, travel agencies, cubicles, crack houses, courier vans,...
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Coping With Breast Cancer.

In the mid-nineties, my wife was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, which had metastasized to her lymph nodes. The essay “Coping with Breast Cancer” details what happened in the wake of that diagnosis. We decided to release this composition in the hopes of helping other couples confronted with this terrible disease. Here is a brief...
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My Life Among the Indians (Illustrated)

George Catlin was a fascinating figure of the nineteenth century, an artist-explorer who ventured deep into the wilds of the newly discovered Americas to paint the rapidly vanishing indigenous populations, their leaders, warriors, medicine men and scenes from their modes of life. The gifts Catlin received over the years from these remote peoples formed the...
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Behind the Scenes : Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House

Elizabeth Keckley’s Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House is both a riveting slave narrative and a fascinating insider’s look at the First Family during the Lincoln administration. Keckley was the First Lady’s seamstress and confidante and the publication of her memoirs in 1868 caused a storm...
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Stumbling Toward the Buddha: Stories about Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation

How does one embrace the depth of spirituality, when life is messy? In Stumbling Toward the Buddha, Dawn Downey comes to a startling revelation: a difficult childhood was more than just that. There was abuse, covered up over the years. As she finally confronts her past, years of depression and splintered relationships with her siblings...
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To Travel Hopelessly: Five Years of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (The Burnout Trilogy Book 1)

In 1995, after a year of aimless wandering, a broke, parasite-infested backpacker answered an ad in a newspaper in Bangkok and inadvertently became English Teacher X, working, in the next five years, in seven different cities in five different countries. From the neon-and-vomit-laden streets of Seoul to historic beer-soaked Prague, from a tropical island paradise...
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Impossibly Glamorous (2017 Re-release): How a Misfit from Kansas Became an Asian Sensation (Impossibly Glamorous Memoirs)

Charles St. Anthony heard plenty of ‘Wizard of Oz’ jokes growing up in Kansas. After finding himself on some seedy dance floors in Kansas City, his quest for love and glamor — and his penchant for all things Japanese — carried Charles from Dorothy’s homeland to New York to Tokyo. Impossibly Glamorous follows his exploits...
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Brigham’s Destroying Angel: Being the Life, Confession, and Startling Disclosures of the Notorious Bill Hickman, the Danite Chief of Utah

The controversial memoir Brigham’s Destroying Angel caused a huge rift in the Mormon Church upon its release in 1872 and had a powerful effect on the church’s reputation. ‘Wild’ Bill Hickman’s book chronicles his life as a member of the Mormon church and his reputed position as Brigham Young’s hatchet-man. Accused at the time of...
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Life in the Key of Gibson

What do a roadside wedding, a broken flowerpot, and a petrified cat have in common? They are all memorable elements of a newly released story and songbook by Mike Gibson. Inspired by true events, Life in the Key of Gibson is a collection of sixteen short stories and nineteen original songs. Filled with humor, helpful...
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Melania Trump: The Slovenian Side of the Story

This book is a tribute to “good old times” from recent history that shaped everybody that grew up in this territory, including current USA’s first lady. It was written in the same way as my father and many others did build houses around Slovenia and/or ex-yugoslavia to provide shelters for their families. For my English...
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Are Not My People Worthy? The Story of Matthew 25: Ministries

In a world filled with terror, strife and hopelessness, we seek validation that it is possible to change the world for those in need. Through prayer, faith and unremitting effort, Wendell Mettey proves that when ordinary people do extraordinary things, it is possible to change the world. “Are Not My People Worthy” chronicles the growth...
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Racecar: Searching for the Limit in Formula SAE

In 2006, a small unavailing university auto racing team began building a racecar that would challenge the best engineering schools in the world. With fewer people and resources than any of the top competitors, the only way they were going to win was to push the limit, go for broke, and hope for more than...
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Shining Light: Revealing Conversations with Dedicated People

Shining Light is a collection of 22 revealing conversations, including black and white portraits, with people who share amazing stories about their lives. I have often wondered, “What a fascinating story. How come I’ve never heard of this person or their work?” “No one ever asked,” they usually reply, shrugging I think the real answer...
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Circuits of the Wind: A Legend of the Net Age (Volume 1)

An ambitious, sprawling and poetic coming-of-age novel told in three volumes, CIRCUITS OF THE WIND is the story of Ray Valentine, who grows up in the online underground of the ’80s and ’90s, looking for a connection that’s always just a little out of reach, and learning all the lessons that the rest of us...
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Dancing for Your Life: The True Story of Maria de la Torre and Her Secret Life in a Hong Kong Go-Go Bar

Dancing for Your Life is the true story of a beautiful, young Filipina who, in order to help her family financially, leaves her home in the quiet Philippine countryside to work as a dancer in Hong Kong’s red-light district of Wan Chai. This book will hold special appeal for readers interested in gaining a behind-the-scenes...
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Bulger On Trial: Boston’s Most Notorious Gangster And The Pursuit Of Justice

The trial of James “Whitey” Bulger this summer was supposed to bring an end to one of the greatest scandals in the history of the FBI, but it dredged up a toxic swamp instead. Horrific crimes, depraved witnesses and sordid accounts of FBI agents who gave their allegiance to the mob boss emerged from the...
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The Amazing Adventures of a Midwestern Girl

Pulling a man from a burning car. Stealing an alligator’s supper. Getting lost in the Pocono Mountains. These stories and more await the reader in true tales from the life of a Midwestern girl. Yarns that will touch your heart, keep you on the edge of your seat, remind you of home, and keep you...
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James Madison American Prophet

Rather amazingly, James Madison foresaw many of the problems we face in America today. He foresaw our modern obsession with individual rights, the dangers of judicial activism, the problems of a war presidency, and the economic difficulties that can bring a nation to ruin. Most importantly, as America’s preeminent political visionary, he also saw how...
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Sunny Side Up: Life and Times with Backyard Chickens

This fun, quick-read eBook exclusive includes all the beloved tales from “Sunny Side Up”, featured in Natalie Kwong’s book “Natalie’s Notebook”. “Sunny Side Up” is about 13-year-old Natalie growing up in a suburban town with crazy chickens living in her backyard. Short stories range from a desperate chicken escape, a surprise rooster, a poor little...
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Hearts and Scars: 10 Human Stories of Addiction

We lose more than 350 people every day in the United States to addiction. This collection of inspirational stories shows how the deadly disease is a conflicted struggle, not simply of broken people, but one that encompasses the human condition that affects us all. The book consists of two sections. The first is a series...
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Army Life in a Black Regiment

During the Civil War, American abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson served as colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, the first federally authorized African-American regiment, from 1862-1864. His Army Life in a Black Regiment is a fascinating account of his time leading the slave regiment mustered into the service of the United States during the late...
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Edvard Grieg: Little Great Man: The unorthodox life of Norway’s greatest composer

Edvard Grieg: Little Great Man is an eBook discovering the life and music of Norway’s greatest composer. Also available from iTunes: Morning Mood, an album of Grieg’s solo piano music performed by legendary Australian pianist Gerard Willems.
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The Look Book: Spring 2017 Sampler

Navigating the mysteries of the heart, The Look Book offers a road map for every stage of love with the best in fiction and nonfiction from across the Spring 2017 Simon & Schuster Canada list. Travel to Verona, Italy, where one man embarks on a quest to find true love. Learn the practical tips and...