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The Life I Built: Memoir of a Home Builder, Husband, & Father
Jerry F. Duggan
Jerry Duggan, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, is a respected businessman whose career has spanned 60 years. In 1954, he started J.F. Duggan Construction Company and went on to build more than 900 homes in the area. He also became a land developer and, in 1974, he started his own real estate company—Duggan Realty.
In The Life I Built, Jerry reflects on how he developed these businesses. He also shares details about his childhood and growing up in Council Bluffs in the 1930s and ‘40s. But, Jerry will tell you the most important thing he built was a family. In this memoir, he shares many heartwarming stories about his wife, Dolores, and their seven children.
Jerry enriches his story by having each of his seven children contribute memories of their lives growing up in the house their dad built.
Untold Stories about Vietnam from an Army Infantryman
A Vietnam memoir with a different twist. Jennifer Branch was just two years old when her father Army Captain Branch was killed in combat in Vietnam. When she grew up, she discovered letters he had written home, and she wanted to know what her father was like from the men in his command. Through reunion groups, she found Charles Gorman, a guidance counselor in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, who had been Branch’s radioman.
It was Jennifer’s request and Gorman’s own sense of urgency to write about his combat tour in Vietnam in 1969 that sparked the writing of this memoir. Gorman dredges up the nightmares of the daytime patrols away from the relatively safe Fire Support Bases and forays into the deadly dangerous booby traps and punji pits in Hobo Woods.
In Saddle Up!, Gorman documents the terrifying nighttime ambushes, calling in “dust offs” to medevac out the dead and wounded to Cu Chi, and the daily indignities of living in monsoons or heat and humidity with mosquitoes, mines, and mortars.
No need to see the movies about Vietnam, this is the real deal about riding the chopper’s skids and dropping into LZs, stepping carefully into the footsteps of the point man to avoid trip wires that could send you home in a body bag, zipping your buddies into those body bags, diving into water-filled rice paddies while under attack, and praying the mortars would fall short and allow you to go home alive or at least in one piece. Purchase here.
Towing the Line for the Lord: My Story
Call H.R. Neff a self-made man and you won’t get an argument from anyone who knows him. To everyone who’s mad his acquaintance, this octogenarian represents the American Dream come true—A Missouri farm boy using his wits to overcome adversity and become the owner of a million-dollar towing business.
Short on formal education, but blessed with brains, personality, and integrity, H.R. attended the school of hard knocks and learned volumes. Those lessons served him well throughout his life, including his thirty-nine years as the owner of Neff Towing in Omaha, Nebraska.
H.R.’s life is the story of Midwestern values in action—hard work, persistence, love of family, and faith in God. If you ask him, H.R. will tell you his real success story is one of faith that triumphs over any challenge, personal or professional, faith that is only strengthened by trials.
If you as H.R. about his life’s journey, he’ll be quick to tell you the Lord has been with him every step of the way.
Packed with powerful stories of one man’s journey through life! Purchase here.
Sides: Conversations with Dad
Sides: Conversations with Dad, by Diane Halperin, is a labor of love—a story that speaks of the lifelong relationship Ms. Halperin had with her father, Yale. Always there for each other, they related from a place of respect, love, humor, and understanding—usually.
Diane’s father passed on April 5, 2003, but the story doesn’t end there. Yale’s daughter began to miss his voice as well as his wisdom and became determined to find a way to connect with him and continue their relationship.
A therapist by profession, Diane had long used the mirror technique with her clients as a way for them to connect with the deeper layers of self and learn to love themselves. She decided to use the magic of the mirror herself, reasoning that if she could connect with her higher self in that way, then perhaps she could reach her dad using the same portal. She was right. Sides is the story and conversations that have come through that “portal.”
Sides: Conversations with Dad is a story of a shared journey on this earth and beyond, highlighting the richness of a loving, evolving, ongoing relationship between a devoted daughter and father. Purchase here.
After pulling himself off a barstool to discover a gorgeous reality-TV star bleeding-out in a back alley, the ex-cop puts himself square in the sights of an internationally feared Colombian street gang, an insanely hot voodoo priestess, and a culture sick with celebrity.