Biographies & Memoirs

October 7, 2018

Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed

"Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed" by Tyler McNamer

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube |  Part memoir, part inspirational guide, Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed is a groundbreaking book that offers readers the ability to see life through the eyes of a young man with autism. Written by Tyler McNamer at the age of 17, Tyler not only details his challenges, but he also offers hope and encouragement to others who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Whether you re an educator, a family member of someone with autism, or simply looking for inspiration, you ll appreciate the opportunity to step inside this remarkable young man s mind. As Tyler explains, I've been called a retard, dumb, and disabled. I've been bullied, picked on, and made fun of. They put me in special classes and told me that I should not expect to reach my goals. Yet rather than view his diagnosis negatively, Tyler considers his unique viewpoint a gift. It is with this perspective that he wrote Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed. In this memorable book, Tyler details his experiences with bullying, isolation, and others low expectations of him. But rather than allowing himself to be limited by his autism diagnosis, this courageous and insightful young man rose above his challenges to encourage others to follow their dreams and become leaders in their own lives. The result is this book, an autobiographical recounting of Tyler s journey with diverse essays containing his thoughts about leadership, courage, and adversity. Wise beyond his years, Tyler concludes that despite our differences, we can become a population of one, uniting to serve others. If you want to be uplifted or understand someone with autism better you must read Population of One. This inspirational and engaging book will transform the way you view the world.

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September 18, 2018

Trailer Trash

"Trailer Trash: an '80s Memoir" by Angie Cavallari 

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Trailer Trash: an 80’s Memoir is Angie Cavallari’s debut novel and is a coming-of-age story that takes readers down the path of memory lane and travels through the fog of ozone-destroying hairsprays, cigarettes and the hormonal haze of coming-of-age. Trailer Trash: an '80s Memoir is filled with family dysfunction, odd vignettes, and all the good and bad fashion decisions from that decade.  Reviews: "Wildly entertaining with vivid characters" This book was a great read.....I laughed at so many aspects of the book. It was a trip down memory lane in so many ways. It flashes you back to an era before cell phones, before the internet, when real life was the focus of our interests. The book is viewed through the eyes of a child whose colorful world of of misfits decorated her life. Well written, the author's cynical nature shows through her writing......you will thoroughly enjoy this read.~ Aris Cozy "Love and hate (and family and Palmetto bugs) in the Sunshine State" From the Windy City to the steamy Florida subtropics in a van nicknamed “The Brick” came Angie’s family to seek their fortune in trailer park management. I loved Angie Cavallari’s rollicking tale of her 80s childhood in the Pelican Mobile Home Park. Alternately belly-laughing and wiping away a sympathetic tear, I grew attached to the motley crew of family members and tenants who inhabit Ms. Cavallari’s lovingly crafted pages, hating to see the story end. Like all good authors, she leaves us readers wanting more (and hints that there may indeed be more to come).~ C. Lerner

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July 22, 2018

Cougars, Cash, and Cocaine

"Cougars, Cash, and Cocaine: A Few Good Rides" by Sean Ward

| Facebook | Instagram | Wild and crazy things happen to me more than most people it seems like (having my seat-belt break on impact and my arm ripped off in an accident, stabbed with my own sword, literally, T-boned by a riding lawnmower, robbed and jumped 22 falsely charged felonies, overdosed in an odd manner, kicked out at 16 over a dime bag worth of weed now I smoke in front of him legally,etc and that's just what happened when a beauty with a redhead fetish snagged me out of a bar... we partied, a road trip ensued. This woman had MONEY, but it turned out the entire point of the road-trip is to get together with Dallas, which to me sounded like a cute stripper's name, turned to be a huge crack dealer in the Tampa Bay area. Huge. Not instature, he was frail... but I've never seen nor imagined that crack would be sold like this; so he presented a book of it. yes, a book. how? well an ounce cookie was each 'page' and it was stored actually quite well in a photo album. They ended up both being avid smokers too... I just had to escape.

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July 18, 2018

Read or Die

"Read or Die: A Story of Survival, Hope, and How a Life Was Saved One Book at a Time" by Daphne Russell

"I look forward to the day I see yellow caution tape stretched around my students' neighborhoods, the chalk outline of apathy on the ground, crushed by the weight of a thousand books. Until then I treat each day as if books are EpiPens and every student has a shellfish allergy with a mouth full of shrimp." Most of the students in Daphne Russell's reading class have never read an entire book, and they can’t relate to Harry Potter and his magic wand. Abel is twenty-eight days behind everyone else and he needs enough books inside him to get his lungs to work again, mend his shattered heart, and kick the shit out of apathy.

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