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Author Bio: 

Thomas Wamsley was privileged to serve as a law enforcement officer with the San Francisco Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department throughout the 1970s as well as the Marine Corps Reserve. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Sociology/ Criminology. After leaving law enforcement, he had a successful career in sales and management. Although retired from the corporate world, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his large family.

Code 33: True California Cop Stories from the 1970s Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780998591001
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Published: Semper Vigilo Publications - November 30th, 0002

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Hoang Chi Truong is the author of TigerFish, a memoir of coming of age in America as a Vietnamese refugee. Before writing full-time, she served as the GIS Division Chief to the California Office of Emergency Services from 2013 to 2016. Her current mission is to advocate and bring awareness to the issues of refugees in America. Learn more about her writing at www.chibeingchi.com

Tigerfish: A Memoir of a South Vietnamese Colonel's Daughter and Her Coming of Age in America Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781544054315
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 2nd, 2017

Author Bio: 

Ralph Alpert was a Sacramento lawyer in beige offices for some years; came to Santa Cruz in 1976; enjoyed reading literature and language at the University; traveled much in France and Spain.

The Long Letters Home: The Color of Morning 1990 Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780692865262
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Published: Rach Mi El Press - December 31st, 2016

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Before turning to memoir, Anne co-wrote the film "Phantom Halo" with her writing partner, Antonia Bogdanovich. "Phantom Halo" was first shown at the 2015 Austin Film Festival and won Best Picture at the 2015 New York International Film Festival. She and Antonia currently have a screenplay, "The Rabbit Will Die" in development.

You Don't Look Adopted Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780692755648
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Published: Running Water Press - July 26th, 2016

Author Bio: 

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
$9.95
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
$14.95
ISBN: 9781504955362
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Published: Authorhouse - October 22nd, 2015

Author Bio: 

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
$18.00
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
$30.00
ISBN: 9780578180694
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Published: Debbie Rosas Books - April 1st, 2016

Author Bio: 

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
$14.95
ISBN: 9780692703953
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Published: Don't Pee in the Wetsuit - July 20th, 2016

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