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  • Laughter Growing

    a Mennonite-Mexican boyhood by

    Hair-raising escapades ranging from the heights of a windmill to utter darkness in a deep well. Staring a deadly snake in the eye and facing the menacing eyes of a snarling wolf. Delight over a sack of oranges at Christmas and the shame of begging ...


  • A Journey back to Europe

    Crossing the Atlantic By Freighter and Exploring Europe in 1960 by

    In 1960, Otto Schmalz and his wife, Gertrud, decided to take a four-month vacation to their native Europe, where they would tour parts of West Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and Italy, visiting family and friends, and seeing as much of the continent ...


  • Over the Rail Fence

    Lessons in Life from the Farm by

    Life on the farm taught Ken MacKenzie many things: integrity, responsibility, generosity, and stewardship. In this compendium of childhood recollections, Ken shares these lessons through another farm tradition: storytelling. Guided by the wisdom ...


  • Broken Kaleidoscope Syndrome

    Daughter of the Soviet Union by

    Two years after Uncle Stalin led the Soviets to victory in the Great Patriotic War, Mama brings Mila home from the delivery ward. Aunt Nastya takes one look at the baby and states her heels are too skinny, a sign she doesn’t belong to this world. ...


  • Mutti and Papa

    A Love Story by

    When Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, Stalin ordered the deportation of Russian citizens of German descent to Siberia. After his father and uncles were sent off to the Gulag, sixteen-year-old Johann Franz volunteered to join the ...


  • Rattlesnakes, Airplanes and Gold

    One family's wilderness journey in search of adventure and fortune by

    This book begins with the story of how one American family found their own way into being part of the national pre-occupation with Soviet aggression during the 1950s. They acquired their own bomb-shelter in the form of a 1500-foot long underground ...


  • Walk With Me, My Son

    You and I Have Some Stories to Tell by

    In 1901, nineteen-year-old Ehmid Alley Awid Amerey moved to London, Ontario, leaving the dissolving Ottoman Empire behind. With conscription on the horizon, he fled in search of safety, adventure, and better economic prospects. So begins Richard ...


  • My Darling Patty

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    After her mother suffered a stroke, Ellen Heenan Reddy hastily packed her mother’s belongings and moved her from Michigan into Ellen’s Wisconsin home. Among those rapidly gathered items was a simple bag from Target found at the back of an ...


  • Caught!

    The Travels and Travails of John W. Kerr, Fisheries Overseer, 1812 -1888 by

    John W. Kerr (1812–1888) was a man way ahead of his time. As Ontario’s first fisheries overseer, a position he held for twenty-four years, he strove not only to enforce the country’s nascent fishing laws but also to protect fish stocks and the ...


  • Exile

    by

    In 1945, at the end of the Second World War, thousands of women and children in West Prussia were forced to flee from their homes, driven into the Unknown by a relentless enemy. As hunger and bitter cold took the lives of their children, mothers ...