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MY JOB
Real People at Work Around the World

Labor
Author: Suzanne Skees

Paperback: ISBN 0996295100
eBook: ISBN 978-0996295109

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MY JOB: Real People at Work Around the World, is a collection of vivid first-person accounts of real people in unique jobs, in the U.S. and the world. Never before has such a collection of stories been gathered. Building upon the legacy of Studs Terkel’s 1970s bestseller Working, MY JOB goes global and updated, reflecting the daily struggles and successes of working storytellers in their own distinctive voices.

MY JOB explores the dignity, identity, economic viability, and inherent challenges of each occupation. How has the definition and notion of a job shifted in recent years? How does one land in a particular job, and what causes one to flourish or flounder in it? How does our job shape our sense of identity? And how does an identity built around work impact other facets of our lives?

As communications and social media transform our world into a global village, readers are exposed to life and work in other places. Our awareness of countries and cultures far beyond home leads to a natural interest in them. This is a pivotal moment in which geography still greatly impacts employment; yet the experiences of others, even in distant countries, are more accessible today than ever before.

About the Author:
Suzanne Skees works in international development as director of the Skees Family Foundation. She holds masters’ degrees in English literature from Boston College and world religions from Harvard Divinity School. Suzanne Skees has authored a book published by Hyperion and has worked in publishing as a book editor for Houghton Mifflin.


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ALL ROADS LEAD TO JERUSALEM
A Muslim American Woman Looking for Hope and Answers in the West Bank
Memoir/Biography & Autobiography
Author: Jenny Jones

Paperback: ISBN 9780991069958
eBook: ISBN 9780991193806

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When Jenny Jones and her three children move from their Washington home to that of Jenny's in-laws in the West Bank, the village of Safa seems like a haven. Sheltered from much of the area's troubles, Jenny considers the village to be the ideal place for her children to explore a part of their identity they deserved to know more about. In spite of its pastoral charm, Safa is far more complex than Jenny had imagined. On top of dealing with inter-tribal battles, military round-ups, and nighttime raids, Jenny has to deal with her in-laws and day-to-day difficulties caused by her less than eloquent Arabic and frequent cultural misunderstandings. But the Holy Land is famous for its miracles after all-and after coming across a National Geographic article one day bemoaning the jealously guarded off-limits archaeological chambers on Jerusalem's famous Temple Mount, Jenny decides to make a sudden, life changing decision to find a way in herself—despite virtually impossible odds—along the way discovering a kind of self-acceptance and belonging that she never imagined possible. All Roads Lead to Jerusalem depicts a woman's struggle to find a sense of inner peace after realizing that neither the restrictive Islamic culture she has chosen, nor the increasingly hostile North American society she was born into, seem to offer the acceptance she yearns for.

About the Author:
Jennifer Lynn Jones was born and raised in the tiny town of Independence, Oregon. She converted to Islam from Christianity at the age of 14 after reading an English translation of the Qur'an. Today Jenny is active in the North American Islamic community. She lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and their three children.


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Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean
True Crime/Inspiration
Authors: Richard Logan, PhD and Tere Duperrault Fassbender

Hardcover: ISBN 9780982000977
eBook: ISBN 9780982720639

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Terry Jo Duperrault was 11 when her family was murdered at sea aboard a chartered sailboat off the coast of Florida. She jumped overboard just in time to escape. Surviving four days on a cork float in the middle of the ocean, Terry Jo's rescue pictures graced LIFE Magazine soon after she was found. This is the first time Terry Jo, now known as Tere Duperrault Fassbender, has been able to fully tell her story. In September 1988 Oprah Winfrey reunited her with the freighter Captain who saved her, but even then, she was not healed enough to reveal what it took to survive for four days adrift and alone at sea. Co-authored by psychologist and survival expert Richard Logan, readers delve into the details of how a little girl survived the murder of her family; the gradual collapse of the small cork float she used to keep afloat while guarded by a pod of whales; and the aftermath and the reclamation of life. Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean is the ultimate inspirational tale of good.

About the Authors:
Richard Logan, PhD is a nationally recognized expert in the psychology of solitary survival. He has been a guest on A&E and Discovery Channel. Tere Duperrault Fassbender was 11 when she was nearly swallowed by the ocean during four days at sea. Her rescue in 1961 was covered worldwide. She has spent her life guarding the water that threatened her as a child.


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D.C. Unmasked & Undressed
A Memoir
Memoir/Biography & Autobiography
Author: Lillian McEwen

Hardcover: ISBN 9780982000991
eBook: ISBN 9780982720684

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In a riveting, brutal, raw, sexually driven memoir, retired Washington, D.C. Federal Judge Lillian McEwen reveals the obsessions and vulnerabilities that drive us all. She disrobes Washington, D.C. establishment and puts readers in bed with the men and women who make policy for the United States of America. With breathless courage, McEwen draws readers through a punishing childhood and through intoxicating layers of survival and a life lived. With grace and honesty, she reminds us all of the human condition and the reality that we cannot move through this world without being survivors of something.

About the Author:
Lillian McEwen was born, raised and educated in Washington, D.C. Her stellar legal career spans decades in the city as a prosecutor, counsel on Capitol Hill, a criminal defense attorney, a law professor, and finally as a United States Federal Administrative Law Judge. She retired from her judgeship in 2007 and still lives in Washington, D.C. She has one adult daughter.


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The Deadliest Game
A Novel
Thriller/Mystery
Author: Hal Ross

Hardcover: ISBN 9780988860520
eBook: ISBN 9780991069996

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The Deadliest Game weaves a horrifying and unthinkable tale of a terrorist plot against U.S. consumers using a toy company and the owner as the key to the plot's success. Blair Mulligan—divorced and still obsessing about it—is a thirty-five-year-old executive in the toy industry who wants nothing more than to achieve success with a brand new electronic gaming system that has the potential to revolutionize his business. However, a sinister force is at play, a force that threatens to wreak havoc across the United States. Blair's six-year-old daughter is used as a pawn, and he must make the one decision no father should ever have to make; to save his daughter or the lives of several thousand other children.

About the Author:
Hal Ross is an international toy industry tycoon who contributed to the distribution success of products such as Slinky, Etch-A-Sketch and helped launch one of the most successful games of all time, Jenga. The Deadliest Game is his inaugural thriller novel. He is also the author of The Doll Brokers, released in 2014 and is working on his third novel.


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The Doll Brokers
A Novel
Thriller/Mystery
Author: Hal Ross

Hardcover: ISBN 9780991193844
eBook: ISBN 9780991193837

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Fierce competition from rival companies, uncertain financial backing, and an increasingly hard to please consumer market; against it all is one beautiful, perfect doll. In the midst of this is Ann Lesage, who overcame the poverty and uncertainty of her youth through a stroke of luck: the kindness of a stranger, Felicia Morhardt. Now as the newly instated president of Felicia's company, Hart Toy, Ann must battle the suspicion of Felicia's sons. Will Patrick's determination to dethrone Ann bring Hart Toy crashing down? Are Ann's feelings for Jonathan turning from hatred to passion? And who is the mysterious man from Ann's past, bent on exacting revenge? The Doll Brokers is a thrilling novel about competition, jealousy, and the bitter battle for success.

About the Author:
Hal Ross is an international toy industry tycoon who contributed to the distribution success of products such as Slinky, Etch-A-Sketch and helped launch one of the most successful games of all time, Jenga. He is working on his third novel.


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Finding Daddy
A Memoir of a murder, survival, and a 911 operator’s worst nightmare
True Crime/Inspirational
Authors: Sheila Hanna-Wiles with Katie Clark Vecchio

Paperback: ISBN 9780985247836
eBook: ISBN 9780991069989

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On the first day of school, ten-year-old Jeffrey and his six-year-old brother, Tyler, climbed out of the school bus at the foot of their driveway, walking into their home, excited about the first day of school. Instantly, their anticipation for the family back-to-school celebration turned to horror as they found their father murdered, stabbed and shot in a laundry room awash with blood. With a rush of adrenaline and terror, Jeffrey hid his younger brother, huddled behind the couch and called 911 where his mother had worked for years as a dedicated telecommunicator. The boys survived that day and their widowed mother fought to raise her family, but the horror, fear and grief haunted them for years. In Finding Daddy, the boys turned young men, describe their journey from the terrifying moment they found their father, through the 911 call and on to the courageous years that would follow with their mother at the helm, guiding their survival. Told by public-safety telecommunications professional, Sheila Hanna-Wiles, Finding Daddy is the inspiring true story of reconciling grief, overcoming fear and looking within to discover the character necessary to fight and move forward in the memory of a father and a husband taken too soon. In a rare ironic turn, readers will journey with a 911 professional as that daily call becomes her own. The most daunting part of telecommunications is wondering what happened to the people saved in their most critical moments. Finding Daddy brings readers back to the beginning and then to the inspiring ending of a mother and two sons who traversed the impossible to a healed life.

About the Authors:
Sheila Hanna-Wiles is a public-safety professional serving the public for more than 25 years. Sheila currently serves as the Education and Training Administrator for the APCO Institute. APCO is the largest public-safety education organization in the world. She is the mother of Jeffrey and Tyler and resides in South Carolina with her second husband Keith Wiles.
Katie Vecchio is an award-winning ghostwriter.

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