Everyone has a story.
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2019 Readers' Favorite Gold Award Winner-Nonfiction Sports
Fight to the End by Eric Hanna
Wake Up, Annie Mather by Mike Dorsey
Despite being a poor widow and mother of four, Annie Mather stayed strong for her family and refused to let the hateful people in her life bring her down. Even when her own mother favored Annie’s twin sister simply because she was rich and had “normal” children, Annie turned the other cheek and showed everyone the love and grace they didn’t always deserve.
On top of it all, Annie remained a pillar of strength for her son Mike, who lives with cerebral palsy and deafness. Life was not often kind to Mike, just as it wasn’t to Annie, so they relied on each other’s love and support to navigate life’s many challenges.
Written with equal parts melancholy and hope, Wake Up, Annie Mather! tells the story of Mike Dorsey’s strong and beautiful mother, who somehow always managed to enjoy life to the fullest.
Grandson of a Slave (Soft Cover) by Samuel Carter
Life is a gift from God …
Every person on this earth has
the right to choose their own destiny,
but we must have the
will and the determination
to fight for what is ours.
Growing up as one of fifteen children to black sharecroppers in the Jim Crow South, Samuel was raised to fight for what he believed in. From an early age, he was taught to speak out against injustice, follow his dreams, trust in God, and never forget his roots. From the Alabama plantation where his grandfather Nute was a slave, to riding the family wagon to church on Sundays, to working his way through the ranks as a factory employee in Niagara Falls, first-time author Samuel Carter shares his life story and family history with honesty and deep poignance. At times heart wrenching, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, Grandson of a Slave teaches readers that while systemic racism is still a global institution, hope, love, and perseverance will always overcome.
Never Missed: Lessons Learned From Forty-Five Years of Running Without Missing a Day by Mark Covert
What started as a hobby quickly became a life’s passion and a legacy for Mark Covert, holder of the second-longest running streak in history. Join Mark as he shares stories from the roads and trails he ran to cover an astonishing 159,000 miles, and the wisdom learned during the 16,436 consecutive days he kept the streak alive. From his first national championship, to competing in the 1972 Olympic trials wearing the first Nike pair of Nike shoes, Mark’s story is one of toughness, perseverance, and unwavering dedication to the sport of running.
How to Remodel a Life by Hope Andersen (soft cover)
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her forties, though having lived with its effects since childhood, Hope Andersen struggled for years to find inner peace. Her journey led her to alcoholism, pills, sexual promiscuity, turbulent and abusive relationships, and the brink of suicide. But it was her husband’s brush with death as they entered their sixties that opened Hope’s eyes, allowing her to begin her life anew. With a fresh lease, she remodeled her life and began seeking its deeper wisdom. Ultimately, what she found was hope.
Tuxedos & Pickup Trucks by Bill Thompson
Tuxedos and pickup trucks, bow ties and beauty queens, sweet tea, fried chicken, and lazy dogs. Bill Thompson knows the South as well as the creases in his old white bucks. Told through the lenses of family, friends, a couple of celebrities, and even a few Presidents, this first memoir from best-selling author and self-proclaimed Southern Gentleman Bill Thompson is an homage to Southern living.
For over forty years, Bill Thompson has traveled throughout North Carolina and the South as a speaker for hundreds of organizations from local civic clubs to trade conferences to international conventions. He has been a master of ceremonies and entertainer, speaking and singing for hundreds of events, and celebrating the things that make communities special––from the Hollering Contest in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina to the Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk; the Grits Festival in St. George, South Carolina to the Chitlin Strut in Sally; and from the grape stompin’ contest in Tennessee to judging a sweet tea contest in Georgia. In the process, Thompson has had a chance to meet a lot of people and to hear their stories.
Helene-True Story of a German Girl's Resilience Growing Up During World War II by Helga Long and Helene Witzmann
95 Days in the NICU by Avie Banks (Hard Cover)
Third Time at Bat: A Memoir of Marriages (soft cover) by Leigh Davis
If marriage is a pot of soup, it seemed we were stirring a lot into it ... or ladling out the bitter herbs. So when we traveled, it was like turning off the burner, putting a lid on it, and leaving the flavors to blend.
Actress and artist Leigh Davis lives a happy-and often humorous-life in the South with her loving husband. But her path wasn't always smooth. Husband number one was an abusive, drugging and drinking hippy with whom she shared nothing in common except for their love of his aunt (Leigh's surrogate mother), a cat, and their children whom she raised largely on her own.
Husband number two was small-town trial attorney and alcoholic ten years Leigh's junior with whom she shared a love of a Victorian mansion ... where she did all the work.
So Much More than My Ostomy by Ellyn Mantell (SOFT COVER)
For those who have recently undergone ostomy procedures, the transition can present new obstacles. From what to expect, to ostomy- and self-care, dressing your new body, intimacy, and new beauty routines, navigating life post ostomy may feel overwhelming and can even challenge your self-esteem.
In So Much More than My Ostomy, Ellyn Mantell––“ostomate,” advocate, and renowned motivational speaker in the ostomy community––provides advice, tips, and encouragement for caring for and embracing your perfectly imperfect body post ostomy. Ellyn, along with several other ostomates, also shares stories from her own journey that led to her ileostomy in March, 2014. The book also contains interviews with several “thrivers” who have survived and thrived through the many health and emotional challenges presented to them.
Spoken with words of kindness, compassion, and support, So Much More than My Ostomy provides encouragement and hope for ostomates and their loved ones, whether new or experienced in the world of ostomy.