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Born in the Bronx on September 27th, 1947, I spent the first 20 years of my life growing up there. In 1967 I was fortunate enough to journey to San Francisco to experience the “Summer of Love”. When that summer was over I returned to New York to pursue my film career. After only two years in the big city, I decided to return to California with the band we had formed. In 1971 the band broke up and I wound up spending the next four years in Santa Cruz, California. There I met my first wife Jane. Soon we traveled to Hollywood where I spent 40 years in the film business.

Joe and Marian Cover Image
ISBN: 9780876234334
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Published: New River Publishing - January 1st, 2016

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The author, Dianna Hubbard Stein, is enjoying a break from her decades-long career as a court reporter and business owner.  Her unique life experiences about believing in results if you take the first steps, no matter how difficult, are reflected in her book about adoption, parenthood, and death, a raw and brutally honest account of the joys and sorrows of life.

Chapters: A True Story of Life, Loss and Love. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504955362
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Published: Authorhouse - October 22nd, 2015

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Dana Stone was born during the initial phases of World War II, in New York City where he spent his early childhood, punctuated by idyllic summers on Martha's Vineyard.  Subsequently he spent half a year in Mobile, Alabama, before moving to Southern California at age nine.  After receiving a BA in English from Kenyon College, Ohio, he move to Europe, where he lived in Norway and Spain, completing an MA from Middlebury College in Madrid.  During that period, he held odd jobs, including playing guitar in bars on Ibiza, fishing clams in Valencia, and traveling north to Oslo with

The Child Who Rejected God Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998167718
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Published: CreateSpace - September 20th, 2016

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At age 19 Jeanne Bender met and fell in love with air force corporal Arthur Bender, stationed in Great Britain during WW II.

In January 1946 she took the ocean voyage via the Queen Mary on the first American sponsored  trip for G.I brides to the U.S.A Keeping a journal of he   r experiences  and sending it to her parents, she promptly forgot it until many years after her mother died she found the journal. Based on this journal and her writings, her youngest daughter Debbie Rosas surprised her on mother's day  with this published gift. 

Keeping Our Mothers' Stories Alive: A Guided Journal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578180694
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Published: Debbie Rosas Books - April 1st, 2016

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MICHELLE ELAINE KENNEDY is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and MariaShriver.com. A former journalist, Kennedy now teaches multimedia communications in San Francisco. 

She resides in Marin County, CA.

Don't Pee in the Wetsuit: A Worldwide Romp Through Grief, Laughter and Forgiveness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692703953
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Published: Don't Pee in the Wetsuit - July 20th, 2016

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    Ms. Van Buren lives in Santa Cruz where she enjoys biking about town, sailing Monterey Bay, hiking in the redwoods, singing in the Santa Cruz Chorale, and playing a good game of 500 on Sunday nights. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, her daughters-in-law, and her two little grandsons.


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A native Californian, Russell has spent most of his adult life abroad. His career as an independent policy advisor to international organizations and foreign governments spanned 40 years and 40 countries. He performed long-term residential assignments in Central Asia, China, East Africa, India, Laos and Sri Lanka. His specialized expertise included managing international public procurement, private investment and technology transfer, and facilitating democratic transition and post-conflict peace-building. Russell is now happily retired on the Monterey peninsula.

Far& Away: True Tales from an International Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943887194
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Published: Park Place Publications - March 1st, 2016

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This is Mr. McCandless's first book. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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ISBN: 9781523401253
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 3rd, 2016

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Jessica Smith was raised on the Westside of Santa Cruz, California in the surfing community. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors in English in 2005. She experienced a series of traumatic events that inspired her to write Right On Laurel Street: Another Westside Story and record an album of her songs called “Sorrow Songs.”

Right On Laurel Street:  Another Westside Story  Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996862608
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Published: Self-Published - January 26th, 2016

Sorrow Songs Cover Image
ISBN: 9888295340809
Availability: Special Order
Published: Self-Published - January 26th, 2016



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