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  1. 0 reviews 0 5 5 5 out of 5 stars 5/5
    4.3 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    What does it mean to really live life? Marc Swift takes us on a tender journey of unexpected twists and turns that ends in a celebration of life, even after the death of his son. This is the awesome true story of Josh, a twenty-two-year-old man who, after two suicide attempts and a traumatic revelation, is restored to the unconditional love of his father and to the happy home he never had. In this powerful narration by the author and father of Josh, The Coolness of Josh comes to life, giving you a front-row seat to his life experience. The actual tape-recorded voice of Josh is heard for a full chapter in the audiobook, revealing his heart in a telephone conversation with his father. Hearing Josh’s voice exponentially increases the power of the story. The song “I Love the Way” is included in its entirety as a bonus track at the end of the audiobook. The music also comes to life in a clever and satisfying overdub that parallels the narration of the chapter. This book represents Marc Swift’s tribute to God’s love, grace, mercy, and healing and reflects his great love for his beloved son, Joshua David Swift.

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    The Coolness of Josh by Marc Swift

    The Coolness of Josh

    By Marc Swift, with writings by Joshua David Swift
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    4.3 hrs • 6/9/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.1 hrs • 9/23/2014 • Unabridged

    Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African American Louisiana town where he grew up—a place where slavery’s legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders’ stories and in the near-constant wash of violence. Blow’s attachment to his mother—a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory, a soon-to-be-ex husband, and a love of newspapers and learning—cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It’s damage that triggers years of anger and searing self-questioning. Finally, Blow escapes to a nearby state university, where he joins a black fraternity after a passage of brutal hazing. He then enters a world of racial and sexual privilege that feels like everything he’s ever needed and wanted, until he himself is called upon to become the one perpetuating the shocking abuse. This powerfully redemptive memoir both fits the tradition of African American storytelling from the South and gives it an indelible new slant.

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    Fire Shut Up In My Bones

    10.1 hrs • 9/23/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.6 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    Cherry Tigris holds nothing back as she narrates her edgy and thought-provoking memoir, Toilet Paper People. Her unwavering attitude and true grit are captured in this jaw-dropping account of child abuse. Building armies of dolls out of toilet paper in order to distract herself from beatings and neglect at the hands of her mentally ill adoptive mother, Cherry Tigris creates a fantasy world of lovers and fighters who will teach her life’s most crucial lessons—and delivers an ending no one saw coming. What could have been a sad story becomes a miraculous story of survival that will touch the hearts of listeners everywhere.

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    Toilet Paper People by Cherry Tigris

    Toilet Paper People

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    4.6 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.6 hrs • 11/5/2013 • Unabridged

    The heartrending true story of foster care abuse and child homelessness In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets—and how she and her savvy crew of siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse. Calcaterra’s emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that, regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

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    Etched in Sand

    8.6 hrs • 11/5/13 • Unabridged
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    11.2 hrs • 7/9/2013 • Unabridged

    Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder and Internet prostitution. One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the twenty-four-year-old: she was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene, of what, no one could be sure. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention, until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan’s. There was Maureen Brainard-Barnes, last seen at Penn Station in Manhattan three years earlier, and Melissa Barthelemy, last seen in the Bronx in 2009. There was Megan Waterman, last seen leaving a hotel in Hauppage, Long Island, just a month after Shannan’s disappearance in 2010, and Amber Lynn Costello, last seen leaving a house in West Babylon a few months later that same year. Like Shannan, all four women were petite and in their twenties, they all came from out of town to work as escorts, and they all advertised on Craigslist and its competitor, Backpage. In a triumph of reporting, and in a riveting narrative, Robert Kolker presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of escorts in the Internet age, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain all too real. He has talked exhaustively with the friends and family of each woman to reveal the three-dimensional truths about their lives, the struggling towns they came from, and the dreams they chased. And he has gained unique access to the Oak Beach neighborhood that has found itself the focus of national media scrutiny, where the police have flailed, the body count has risen, and the neighbors have begun pointing fingers at one another. There, in a remote community, out of sight of the beaches and marinas scattered along the South Shore barrier islands, the women’s stories come together in death and dark mystery. Lost Girls is a portrait not just of five women, but of unsolved murder in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.

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    Lost Girls

    11.2 hrs • 7/9/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 25.6 hrs • 2/5/2013 • Unabridged

    Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors’ extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally. This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features: – Contemporary research on trauma and the brain – An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices – Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences – The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years – The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field – Insights from the authors’ decades of experience Cherished by survivors and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.

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    The Courage to Heal

    25.6 hrs • 2/5/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.5 hrs • 4/17/2012 • Unabridged

    The shocking details chronicling how a beloved coach and esteemed university became enmeshed in one of the worst scandals in US sports history It’s a scandal that began in a place called Happy Valley. But it’s not as happy as it once was, as the child-sex abuse charges against a longtime coach and the conspiracy of silence surrounding the allegations have rocked America and Division One college sports. The shocking stories started to pour out after the November 6, 2011, arrest of Jerry Sandusky, a former coach under the Penn State football legend Joe Paterno. Sandusky had been Paterno’s top lieutenant for thirty-two years. He was also the founder of a charity, The Second Mile, that devoted itself to helping disadvantaged youth. It turns out Paterno was told about an incident involving an underage boy showering with Sandusky in the football locker room, but reported the incident to school officials rather than the police. The numerous boys in Sandusky’s program who have come forward told a grand jury lurid stories of a sexual predator who stalked and abused them, sometimes even in the showers of Penn State’s football complex. In Game Over, journalists Bill Moushey and Bob Dvorchak investigate claims of a startling cover-up within the Penn State hierarchy that attempted to protect its football legacy, quite possibly at the expense of disenfranchised children. Game Over is filled with the shocking details of how a culture built around one deified coach with a glorious vision to have “success with honor” fails to act in the best interests of the most vulnerable. University president Graham Spanier has been consumed in this firestorm along with Joe Paterno himself in what spiraled downward into the worst scandal in the history of college sports.

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    Game Over

    7.5 hrs • 4/17/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.5 hrs • 9/27/2011 • Unabridged

    When you were a child,did your parents tell you you were bad or worthless?Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you?Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems?Were you often frightened of your parents?Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret? Now that you’re an adult,do your parents still treat you as if you were a child?Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents?Do your parents control you with threats or guilt? Do they manipulate you with money?Do you feel that no matter what you do, it’s never good enough for your parents? In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents—and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.

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    Toxic Parents

    By Susan Forward, PhD, with Craig Buck
    10.5 hrs • 9/27/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.5 hrs • 5/29/2007 • Unabridged

    Over forty million Americans have seen Dateline NBC’s ongoing “To Catch a Predator” segment series, with an average of eleven million viewers per episode. So far the Dateline series has led to the arrest of over two hundred men and has shown that child predators can be anyone—even those who are the most trusted in the community, including rabbis and teachers. In To Catch a Predator, Chris Hansen, the on-air correspondent for one of Dateline’s most successful series, looks deeper into the world of child predators. The book expands beyond the Dateline series to include more commentary from psychological and criminal experts about the origins and methods of child predators, and includes substantive advice for both parents and children on how to protect kids who use the Internet from predators. Hansen also looks at the current methods for treating child predators. To Catch a Predator presents a strong analysis of what some feel is a child predator epidemic and a startling look at the shortcomings of our systems and society.

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    To Catch a Predator

    8.5 hrs • 5/29/07 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.2 hrs • 1/11/2005 • Unabridged

    The Pelzer family’s secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer’s inspiring New York Times bestseller, A Child Called “It,” followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave. Here, for the first time, Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood. From tormenting his brother David to becoming himself the focus of his mother’s wrath to his ultimate liberation, here is a horrifying glimpse at what existed behind closed doors in the Pelzer home. Equally important, Richard Pelzer’s touching account is a testament to the strength of the human heart and its capacity to triumph over almost unimaginable trauma.

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    A Brother's Journey

    7.2 hrs • 1/11/05 • Unabridged
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