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Non-Fiction plus Real Life and Learning 

Gripping True-to-Life Stories

Learn more about the real world today. Browse at Taylor and Seale for riveting literary drama and the greatest stories never before told.

ALWAYS THE FIRST

Dr. Lynn Hawkins


From the wretched conditions of Florida's turpentine camps to Eleanor Roosevelt's elegant home, from a background of poverty and prejudice to dinners with the rich and famous, the life of Dr. Annie Mae Walker chronicles both abuse and celebration of growing up black in Daytona Beach and beyond. This tells the story of the struggles of civil rights abuse and triumphs in the United States from the viewpoint of a woman who helped change its history. It is so interesting, it reads like a novel. Very inspiring. $15.95 Click image to order.

Go, Girl, Go! 

Dr Lynn Hawkins  

ISBN: 978-1950613298 $14.95 

     The book GO, GIRL, GO is suitable for any group, from second grade through high school--but it is interesting enough for older audiences as well. The story is a heart-warming presentation of an extraordinary girl who has multiple handicaps but goes through life with an attitude that is awe-inspiring. Shoshana touches the heart of everyone she meets, for she embraces life and people with the joy of living and with caring for others. But there is much more to Shoshana. She sets and meets high goals, whether it is making the honor roll, winning races, working on computers, or doing what seems impossible. She is a winner and an inspiration. This book should be required reading for any student. Professor Mary Custureri, Ed.D.

For The Love of Hawthorne

Diana Rubino 

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s courtship of Sophia Peabody lasted over three years because he insisted on keeping it secret. He had his reasons, none of which Sophia agreed with. But she knew they were destined for each other and he was worth the wait. When they married in 1842 “we became Adam and Eve alone in our Garden of Even” she wrote in her journal. But not all was paradise in their Eden—Nathaniel bore a burden that plagued his family since 1692. His ancestor Judge Hathorne condemned nineteen innocent victims to death during the Salem witch trials. His heinous deeds brought shame and guilt upon the family through the centuries. In her last moments on earth, Sarah Good cursed the judge and his descendants from the hanging tree. Nathaniel’s belief in this curse haunted and tormented him until Sophia made it her quest to save him. A story of love, compassion, and forgiveness, For the Love of Hawthorne portrays the lives of two kindred souls whose legacy endures through the ages.


ISBN: 978-1-943789-88-7     $18.95  Click image to order. 

THE BLACK DUTCHMAN Book One: Coming of Age

Charles Richard Read

$17.95

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How does a young man feel when he finds out the strange circumstances of his father's death? How does he overcome the tragedies in his life to rise above that of his peers? A collection of stories of a family of long ago combines history with a story that inspires as the reader learns about Charles Read's father, a man he could finally appreciate in understanding.  "You will continually move from sensations of shock, laughter, sadness and passion."

THE BLACK DUTCHMAN: REALITIES

Book 2

Charles Richard Read

$17.95

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The grandson of the first character in Book 1 continues the saga of his family and of himself. the book reads like a novel as history brought to life and the author provides anecdotes which focus on realities that leave a lasting experience. The book is true to the era and enables the reader to glimpse the realities and poignancy of memories of an earlier time. 

THE EDITOR'S WASTEBASKET

Mario Fumarola

Fumarola's collection of essays is a compendium of hope and of survival of Italian immigrants who came to America with the idea of working hard to achieve their goals at a time when dreams were bordered by limitations of the circumstances of the depression era and beyond. They brought with them time-honored customs of close family ties, and of respect, love and compassion not only for their immediate families but also their church, their friends and even acquaintances. Fumarola gives us a vivid insight into the hearts and minds of a people who believed in the solidarity of relationships and who exhibited a deep moral consciousness of what is right.  (Re:Italian immigrants.)  $15.95 Click image to order. 

A LIFE WORTH LIVING

Zofia Synos

Born to a life of wealth and status in Poland, Synos’ heroine Alexa experiences suffering and struggles for survival as she is thrust into a world she never expected. With each new threat to her life and loves, this interesting heroine develops an ever-stronger will until she turns defeat into triumph in her marriage, her children and her new country. This uplifting book is a must-read for anyone ever tempted to discouragement or despair. Alexa proves we can all win and attain A Life Worth Living. (Immigration Poland) 

$19.98 Click image to order. 

ODYSSEY OF A PROFESSOR

Sampson Ike Oli

Sampson was ready to graduate from high school in Nigeria when his father, a young Police Chief Inspector, died. After his father's death, his family found it difficult to live well. With a house full of dependent relatives, Sampson faced hardships trying to manage helping others, studying law, fighting in the army, marrying and finally realizing he and his wife wanted more than what life offered them in Nigeria. This book reveals the culture of his early days in Nigeria and is rich in stories. Their hardships in emigrating, adjusting to life in the US, starting over by getting degrees here and working in a totally different life environment is inspiring. Oli, a deeply spiritual man, recounts the life of a person who appreciates the differences in culture, the lessons learned and the good and interesting lifestyle he has chosen. He became a  highly respected  professor in the US.  A refreshing book. (Re: Nigerian immigration)  

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GRAVEN IMAGES: The Tumultuous Life and Times of Augusta Savage, Harlem Renaissance Sculptor 

Gail Tanzer 


ISBN: 978-1-950613-16-8         $20.98

One of fourteen children, Augusta Savage grew up in a small town in the Deep South under oppressive Jim Crow laws, but she was determined to accomplish something special. Even though her father took the switch to her for making “graven images,” she was drawn to a clay pit near her home where she spent hours sculpting ducks and barnyard animals. Against all odds,she eventually became a leading sculptor, educator and champion of equal rights during the Harlem Renaissance.Augusta Savage was happy when sculpting. However, an abundance of dire circumstances led her to make a choice that caused her family and the New York art world to gasp.https://gailtanzer.com

I Will Never Leave You   

Sharon Kruger

ISBN: 978-1950613090     $14.95 

Sharon dreamed of a happy future, of someday being a bride in a beautiful dress, and of finding the kind of love she yearned for. But her environment did not fulfill her dreams—she was abused over and over until she lost all control, all confidence, all her dreams. A vulnerable victim, she became a willing participant embracing naively the wrong kind of relationships until her dreams were shattered over and over again. She searched for an answer and received it only when she gave up her "self" and found a higher power to lead her to unexpected outcomes. This is a book about redemption, and of how God can take a soul and make it into His vision, and purify it if the soul seeks His help. This book is witness to hopes fulfilled. When we ask Him to, He leads us to glory, to victory, to beauty, and to happiness. It is an inspirational book.

Helpful Learning and How-to Books

You don't have to be "in school" to learn. There are many ways you can learn a new skill, brush up on an old skill, or simply explore what is out there to learn.  Below you will find some wonderful authors that are sharing their life experiences with us all.  

 Instructional Strategies: Helping All Students Succeed 

Mary Custureri

ISBN: 978-1558333178         $17.49

This text provides a strategic instructional approach that fosters successful learning for all students. The author provides classroom-proven techniques that assist children with identified learning disabilities who have any difficulty with learning regardless of its' cause. Included is an extensive collection of handouts that have proven successful for students, parents, tutors, and other teachers. Readers are encouraged to use the handouts or modify them as needed. The teaching ideas, techniques, materials, and information presented in this well-organized guide focus on teaching differently, not teaching less. Printed by the publisher NCEA (National Catholic Education Association

Help Yourself Learn in 10 Easy Steps

Mary Custureri (author) and Melina Christopher (editor)

ISBN: 978-1933190198                          $15.95

Have you ever been frustrated because you cannot learn something as fast as you think you should or as fast as your siblings or friends seem to learn? You watch some people, who seem to learn effortlessly, and you would like to be the same; instead, you struggle and sometimes even give up. The reality is that those people are not "smarter" than you. Some may have been born with abilities to learn a specific subject faster than average; some may have been exposed too much of the material before they tried to learn it in class; some may be just better learners who know how to utilize the strengths they have and can adjust what they have to do to learn the material. Whatever it is, by following the instructions in "Help Yourself Learn in Ten Easy Steps" you can break down the barriers which are holding you back. This book is for everyone that wants to improve their learning skills. Originally created as a textbook for a university course, this second edition is easy to read and follow for anyone from high-school to post-graduates.

Sylvia DeAngelo

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POETRY​

“Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley, from A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays.

 “Poetry ... is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.” — Salvatore Quasimodo, from a speech in New York, quoted in The New York Times. 

TRANSCENDENTAL TARGETS

Joseph Cavanaugh


 (hardcover coffee-table book)

With our world in a dark negative funk, Cavanaugh's new book of poems with terrific photos by his wife Shirley is like a splash of sunshine. The book leads one through realms of beauty and thought as the mind and heart travel through the visions of both Joseph and Shirley.  A truly  uplifting book that one can turn to not only for the beauty of the poetry but also for the beauty of the pictures.    $25.95  

 

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THE WAY OF DREAMS

Jesse Sam Owens, Jr., J.D.


(hardcover coffee-table book)

From the elegance of the cover to the elegance of the poetry, this book is a gem to display and use. The poems grip the emotions in a way that only a consummate artist can do. It sparkles with the wit and wisdom of an accomplished singer-songwriter and poet.  the reader can spend hours immersed in its beauty. $29.95.  

RUSTING

Dr. David Axelrod

This ​ is only one of Dr. David Axelrod's poetry books, for he is a prolific, recognized poet in many areas of the world and imparts his learning and largesse to many aspiring poets. Look him up to appreciate the many accolades and styles of poetry to notice his expertise. $15.95 

The Sky Has Windows 

Donna Lee Moore 

ISBN: 978-1943789931   $18.99

Donna Lee Moore is a poet from the Great Dividing Ranges in Australia's New South Wales, an hour south of Sydney. She grew up on a farm and was apprenticed as a poet to the land and its stories and later to one of Nashville's adopted sons, Chris Gantry. Her passion is in education and in the personal revolution. “Donna’s poems are word necklaces adorned with stellar agates, ancient garnets, and breathing unknown colored stones. Celestial wind chimes in the turbulence, lofty forgiving beauty songs at the beginnings and ending of all there is." Chris Gantry, Award-winning Nashville poet and songwriter. 

GYPSY DREAMS

Chris Gantry

Grammy award winner Chris Gantry resonated within one's mind and soul.  His poetry may be lyrical, pensive, inspirational or screaming out at you[-but it grips you.  It can be read aloud, or it can be read in the quiet times when  you meditate on life--but it is there and it beckons.  It forces you to give a response.  It is real, honest, and never fails to affect the reader.  It reveals all aspects of his personality and character.  $16.95

Perspectives

Lynn Kaiser Conrad

100 pages, 8 x 10 $ 19.95

An inspiring, reflective, uplifting celebration of life, the sublime, and nature in all its glory, this collection of original poems and photographs by Lynn Conrad perfectly blends word and image to gently stir the mind and massage the soul.  An incredibly evocative, sublime and profound poetry collection, which makes the stunning photographs spring to life. Conrad's unique vision of the confluence of nature and humanity paints an almost mesmerizing picture in the mind of the reader. 

Everything Is Made To Sing

G. Kyra von Brokoph

ISBN:                                  $24.95

The poetry of Kyra Von Brokoph is stunning! Her lines unlock a secret world of written beauty that flows with a musicality seldom seen. A pleasure to read. (B.J.Alligood, first-place winner of the Blackberry Peach poetry award sponsored by The National Federation of State Poetry Societies)Having published seven books and innumerable articles on German literature, Kyra now turns to poetry to show the depth of her talent and imagination. With her uncanny use of symbolism and metaphors, she touches the reader with the beauty and wisdom that she weaves into her craft, creating nuance that hints at something hidden- something that reveals itself through imagery to touch the mind and touch the heart.