Memoir/Business – Outfoxing the Gaming Club

outfoxing-the-gaming-clubOutfoxing the Gaming Club
By Pascale Batieufaye
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 978-1503586598
ASIN: B013HOYZAQ
Pages: 310
Genre: Memoir, Business

In this debut memoir, a former casino employee discusses how he thinks his former bosses acted on his many suggestions.

Batieufaye tells of working for a Resort Casino, operated by Pequot tribal leaders from 1996 to 2004. He began as a kitchen worker and later moved on to guest services.

In this book, he says that he believes his company acted upon ideas he submitted through the company’s suggestion program without recognizing his contributions. (However, he notes several times that he’s not seeking “reimbursement for any written suggestion that I submitted that made them tons of moneys.”)

Batieufaye focuses primarily on his grievances regarding the casino management, but he also discusses the importance of “putting the accent on alternative natural methods over antidepressant pills. He also weighs in on various sociopolitical issues, from animal cruelty to world leadership.

The author includes an “excerpt” of an unidentified news item that says an FBI probe uncovered corruption among the casino’s tribal leadership. His suggestion submissions, reproduced in the text, expound lengthily on concepts that may have occurred simultaneously to many other people.

His mention of his willingness to donate any proceeds of this book to charitable and civic causes is admirable, though, and he does effectively convey how he’s suffered in life.

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Memoir – A Boy’s Life in the Baby Boom

a-boy-s-life-in-the-baby-boomA Boy’s Life in the Baby Boom
By James Herbert Smith
Publisher: Elm Grove Press
Published: November 2016
ISBN: 978-1940863054
Pages: 146
Genre: Memoir

“A Boy’s Life in the Baby Boom” takes us back to a freedom in childhood unheard of today. As the first boomers turn 70, Smith among them, his tender and poignant story invites the reader onto his bicycle pedaling to Bullhead Pond for swimming with friends, to understand a boy trying to succeed at three sports, to witness first love in bloom. The memoir reminds us of both the travails and the ecstasy of being a kid, a teen-ager, maturing through failure and success.

“A Boy’s Life” is about shooting imaginary Germans in the hayloft of cousin Andy’s barn, not so long after our fathers and uncles came back from fighting real Germans in World War II. It is  about playing football with no grownups around to spoil the fun. This is about breaking into Lincoln Avenue School to play basketball — and getting caught. This is about rafting and spearing mudpuppies in the Erie Canal and throwing snowballs at cars and watching “Mighty Mouse” and “Sky King” on Saturday mornings. This is about growing up in a world where kids roamed free all day long without an adult in sight. This is about Hopalong Cassidy to the Mickey Mouse Club; Davy Crockett to Rawhide; swimming in creeks to baling hay; Little League to the varsity; the Cold War to the Vietnam War; “Earth Angel” to “Yellow Submarine;” the assassinations of JFK and MLK to a man on the moon; from first girlfriend to first wife.

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a-boys-life-in-the-baby-boom-author-james-herbert-smithAbout the Author
James Herbert Smith was born in 1946, the first year of the post-war Baby Boom. He is a retired journalist and a winner of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for his columns on the First Amendment. He is the author of four books.

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Memoir/Family – Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife

wounded-warrior-wounded-wifeWounded Warrior, Wounded Wife
Not Just Surviving But Thriving
By Barbara K. McNally
Publisher: Koehler Books
Published: October 2016
ISBN: 978-1633932876
ASIN: B01LXU8VLK
Pages: 226
Genre: Memoir, Family, Military Families

Imagine sending your spouse to war with a heavy heart, then receiving a life-shattering phone call telling you he’s been badly injured. Your beloved returns to your arms, but changed, broken, angry, conflicted, and in need of around-the-clock care. What do you do?

Meet the women who drew upon their inner resilience and prevailed. Their vivid personal accounts provide inspiration to those who face daunting challenges, and offer a path forward. Each one of these brave, strong military spouses shares her personal tale of reuniting, recovering, and rebuilding with her catastrophically wounded warrior.

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife offers an intimate look into the chaotic and demanding lives of military spouses as they adjust to living with injured combat veterans. These women are thrust into caretaker roles for service members who return home with amputated limbs, brain injuries, burns, and disabilities, with virtually no support or training. Posttraumatic stress tears their families apart, and they must wrestle with huge, imposing questions: Does he still love me? Must I sacrifice my career forever? How will this affect my kids, my sex life, my happiness?

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife reveals the innermost thoughts of women who faced these challenges and prevailed–to not just survive, but thrive.

wounded-warrior-wounded-wife-author-barbara-k-mcnallyAbout the Author:
Barbara McNally is the author of Unbridled: A Memoir, and the much anticipated Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife. She is an active blog contributor to the Huffington Post.

During her experience as a licensed physical therapist, Barbara has helped people from all walks of life, including veterans, recover and regain their strength. This work also connected her with the spouses of wounded warriors and hearing their stories inspired her to launch Barbara McNally foundation, which offers workshops, seminars and scholarships that enhance the lives of women.

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Memoir – Mud Between Your Toes

mud-between-your-toesMud Between Your Toes
A Rhodesian Farm
By Peter Wood
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 978-1518830730
ASIN: B01CFGL15O
Pages: 300
Genre: Memoir

Mud Between Your Toes is a memoir about a white, gay, boy growing up during the 1960s/1970s Rhodesian Bush War. Written with passion and wit, it is a tale of independence, loss and identity.

Peter Wood is an African. He is white, but he also holds a Chinese passport. And he is also gay.

Growing up during the 1970s on his family’s farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Peter was swiftly introduced to a harsh world in which friends and relatives were murdered in ambushes—and the line between blacks and whites was drawn in blood.

As travel bans and UN sanctions caused a deepening chasm between his country and the rest of the world, Peter struggled with his identity as a white Rhodesian and later in life, when living in London, he nurtured his skills as a photographer—and finally found the courage to come out as gay.

Now a twenty-year resident of Hong Kong and an official Chinese national, Peter is arguably the only white, gay, African man in China. But his wildly entertaining anecdotes delve much deeper than that superficial—yet admittedly fascinating—label. These stories, based largely on Peter’s childhood diary entries, offer insight into the universal human experience: from tragedies and triumphs to catastrophes and, perhaps most importantly, joy.

The book is based on the author’s diaries that he wrote and is peppered with anecdotes and stories about the people who influenced him – the good and the notoriously bad.

It traces his life back from modern day Hong Kong and into his past.

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mud-between-your-toes-author-peter-woodAbout the Author:
Peter Wood was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Southern Africa, in 1962. After leaving high school to join the army for a year, he wound up in London, where he began a successful career in photography. This eventually took him to Hong Kong—which he has called home for the past two decades.

Wood’s unique upbringing, as well as his identification as a gay white African, ultimately inspired him to write his memoir, Mud Between Your Toes: A Rhodesian Farm.

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Family Life/Memoir – Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual Family

Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual FamilyTales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual Family
By Katherine Agranovich, Ph.D.
Publisher: KAA Publishing, Inc
ISBN: 978-0991245802
ASIN: B00HHI9J0U
Pages: 184
Genre: Non-Fiction, Family Life, Inspirational, Memoir

When Katherine Agranovich hypnotizes her daughter Jessica to pass a math quiz, the teenager reports seeing two angels who give her sage advice. With that, the gates of consciousness fly open and the realm of spirit bursts through, propelling the Agranovich clan on a rollercoaster ride full of mystical visions, spiritual insights and shocking premonitions.

But are they ready?

This book takes readers inside the large, loud Agranovich household, where otherworldly encounters are accepted like grades and shoe sizes, and homework is often a cosmic lesson. Each day takes the family on a quirky spiritual adventure where “weird, crazy and abnormal” become the norm. Their young son is startled awake by a headless man, their daughter banishes obnoxious ghosts from her grandparents’ home and is whisked into the future to her wedding day.

Even Katherine’s non-psychic husband, Felix, betrayed by his business partner, meets an astral financial advisor who offers sound advice in the midst of an economic crisis.

But in order to embrace their children’s spirituality, Felix and Katherine, atheist Jewish refugees from Soviet Russia, have to undergo profound spiritual transformation themselves. Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual Family offers hope, courage and inspiration to parents committed to raising their children as spiritual beings.

The stories in this book will mystify you, enchant you, and change your view of family dynamics forever.

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Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual Family AuthorAbout the Author:
Born in Minsk, Russia, Katherine Agranovich is a mother of five, Hypnotherapist, speaker, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, and holds a Ph.D. in Natural Health Studies. Denied entry into medical school in Russia because she was Jewish, Katherine became a Registered Nurse, then emigrated with her husband and young son to Southern California. She worked in a variety of medical settings until a sudden, life-threatening illness struck her daughter. When traditional doctors had no answers, Katherine turned to alternative medicine.

Katherine has completed comprehensive programs in Professional Hypnosis, Alchemical Hypnotherapy, Psychology of Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Most recently, she received certification as a Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Level III. In 2004, Katherine established Achieve Health Center, Inc., a holistic health center in Newport Beach, California, helping people with a wide variety of mental, emotional and physical challenges. Katherine is a frequent contributor to: www.chabad.org.

Dr. Agranovich has been a guest expert on many talk shows, including KDKA (CBS Pittsburgh affiliate), KOA (Denver), KOMO (Seattle), WBZ (Boston), America Tonight and Fox on family, and on shows nationally syndicated by Compass Media and the iHeart radio network.

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