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Congratulations to Craig Buchner
Winner of Best Indie Short Fiction 2022 for His Book Brutal Beasts
Breaking Free: A Saga of Self-Discovery by a Gay Secret Service Agent
by Cory Allen
A deeply personal, yet candid saga of a gay Secret Service Agent in the Obama era; an agent who was struggling with his own identity, marriage, discrimination and balancing the demands that accompany being assigned to protect the most powerful people in the world
Cory Allen delivers an amusing view into his adventurous life, with culture references, twists and turns of his relationships, and an inside look into the life, as a gay Special Agent in the hyper-masculine career field. Through intense self-reflection he recounts the impacts it had on his life and the hardships imposed by a career in the spotlight.
At the pinnacle of his career, he left the Secret Service to restart his life in California and begin the process of finally being his own person. Struggling to break free from social norms, creating his identity apart from his all- consuming profession, and learning to listen to intuition are at the heart of the memoir.
by Moxie Gardnier
At 13, Cosi McCarthy wants what every girl in Buffalo wants in the 1960s—to become a happy wife and loving mother. But that dream collapses when her father dies, ugly family secrets emerge, and her widowed mother is trapped in the double standards of a patriarchal culture and impoverished by the city's failing economy. Swept up in the idealism of youth, Cosi soon learns how hard it is to save the world, and that love is easy to mistake when you have no idea what it looks like.
“From the highly charged opening scene of young Cosi slipping into her dying father’s bedroom to the irreverent humor that classifies a handy crucifix and candles as “An emergency kit, of sorts, for Catholics on their last legs,” Moxie Gardiner asserts her writing chops in this coming-of-age story of a girl growing up in Buffalo, New York. Cosi’s heart-rending experiences spring from her desperate efforts to define herself in a culture that expects certain willing sacrifices. Polished by Gardiner’s love for her hometown, Virgin Snow shines. Keep tissues handy.”
--Ginny Fite, award-winning author of The Physics of Things
We Remain: Race, Racism and the Story of the American Indian
by Keith Burich Phd
The story of American Indians is an arguably sad and tragic tale of the conquest, degradation, oppression and near extermination of the Native peoples of North America, all driven by a virulent and violent racism that courses through U.S. history. From slavery, genocide and removal from their traditional ecologies to incarceration on barren and isolated reservations, cultural annihilation, disease and despair, they have suffered much since the arrival of European colonists. And yet, they have endured and even triumphed, albeit in unexpected and surprising ways.
In We Remain: Race, Racism and the Story of the American Indian, Keith Burich meets Native people where they live, sharing their narrative in a profoundly stirring way. An emeritus professor of history at Canisius College, Burich uses his experiences and observations to trace the poverty, deprivation, discrimination and inequities of the present to the racial hatred and violence that invaded North America in 1500. Having spent 25 years in Indian Country, he has seen the worst of the Indians’ plight. Injustices notwithstanding, he has likewise witnessed firsthand the beauty, resilience, courage and compassion of America’s First People.
We Remain is a must-read for anyone who wants to better comprehend the power of the human spirit and the unique and tumultuous history of the United States.
Saving Buffalo Baseball
The 1956 Buffalo Bisons
by Howard Henry Jr.
BUFFALO WAS LOSING BASEBALL!
It was 1955 and the Detroit Tigers, the major league owners of the Triple A Buffalo Bisons, were pulling out of the city. Would the Bisons go, too? Not if a group of determined local baseball men, a ball club of veteran ballplayers and a city of committed fans had anything to say about it.
“Saving Buffalo Baseball: The 1956 Season” takes the reader into the on-field and off-field struggles of a new phenomenon in the Queen City—community owned professional baseball, following the team on a month by month, game by game saga from September 1955 to the hard-scrabble conclusion of the 1956 baseball year. Experience the doubts and disappointments and day to day heroics of what dedicated men (and some women) could achieve if only they stayed true to the cause. Starting from nothing, within three years’ time the Buffalo Bisons became the top drawing ball club in all of minor league baseball and with a valuation of more than half a million dollars!
Thanks to detailed (and sometimes conflicting) newspaper reporting and to the gracious involvement of several ballplayers from that team who discussed the 1956 season with the author, the reader will find inning by inning accounts of each of the 151 games played, plus the off-field efforts to simply keep nine healthy men on the field, pay their salaries and see the season through to the end. Simple box scores accompany each game. An internet link allows access to the full box score for each contest. In the book are the names of 233 Buffalonians and their families, plus 68 community groups, all of whom supported the club during this critical campaign.
Additionally, 18 local lads, Buffalo area ballplayers who dreamed to be Bisons or who played for other professional ball clubs during 1956 are highlighted. Perhaps your family or someone you knew made the newspapers that year; their name is in this book.
“What Happened to Our Heroes” gives brief descriptions of the post-1956 and post-baseball careers of the front office personnel and players, professional and amateur, all of whom strove valiantly Saving Buffalo Baseball.
A Story of Love and Hope
by Susan J. Eck
Love was the last thing on Lily Kepler’s mind when she entered Vassar College in the fall of 1903. The thrill of living among other brainy women was soon disrupted by her reaction to the beautiful junior, Helen McIntyre, who became Lily’s Greek tutor. Before she had words to describe her emotions, Lily was in love.
Disaster strikes when Lily’s parents decide that she will not return to Vassar the next year. When Lily proposes that they make plans to reunite after Helen’s graduation, Helen loses faith and drives Lily away.
At home in Buffalo, New York, Lily must meet the challenge of fashioning her own future. She is determined to become independent of her family, and longs to be reconciled with Helen.
This is a paean to first love and the courage it takes to follow your heart, no matter where it may lead.
Why: A Memoir of Love and Lymphoma
by John Melithoniotes
There is no test of a couple’s bonds like the revelation that one of them has a life-threatening disease. One of them, a husband, wife, or partner, will become a patient who may need care from the other almost constantly. This is the story of John and Marilyn, whose love of nearly forty years encounters a diagnosis of Marilyn’s Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. John’s memoir describes the complexities of how they navigated their way through a large urban cancer hospital, their daily attempts to manage the side effects of chemotherapy, and their emotional struggle to cope with a worsening crisis. He revisits key scenes from their lives in the hope of understanding their actions and the surprises in store for both of them.
A Song for Kalen: Lessons From the Life and Death of My Son
by T.R. Sherlock
A Song for Kalen captures the vivid and tragic true story, from the point of view of a traumatized and grief-stricken farther, following the shooting of his five-year-old son Kalen Sherlock through the careless actions of his mother and her boyfriend.
On that fateful day, T.R. awoke in New York, unaware of the news to come. By Noon, he was thrust into a living nightmare where soul-crushing experiences would be measured in seconds. He rushed to South Carolina where he encountered a scene no parent should ever witness. T.R. embarked on a series of brutal decisions only to find himself immersed in an emblazoned battle to retrieve and rescue his eight-year-old son Karter from the clutches of foster care in another state.
The book follows he public trial and conviction of the mother and her boyfriend. T.R. shares the exact moment he found forgiveness and the implications his forgiveness had on countless lives. He brings us to the brink of despair, then sets off on the wings of a butterfly, to discover our own humanity through the heart-wrenching talk of father and son.
T.R. serves as a father’s rights advocate. When his young son Kalen died in 2017 from a gunshot wound, T.R. became a fierce advocate for common sense gun safety and the establishment of a National Database of Child Protective Reports. He is a full-time father and prolific writer.
T.R. holds degrees in Psychology, Clinical Psychology and English Literature. He has worked as a diagnostician and therapist in a residential children’s treatment center, a Child Protective Services Investigator, a service coordinator writing plans of actions for adults and children with disabilities, and an addictions counselor and child advocate.
Most recently he partnered with father’s rights attorney Tina C. Bennet, working with clients in the courts and co-founding E-court Coach Consultants and Mediation on Demand.
Be sure to follow T. R. on his various Social Media platforms.
Far From The Twisted Reach: The Last Road Trip Ever
In the summer of 2019, while staring down a deadening depression, Matt Bindig packed up his family for a three-week road trip out West—circling through six national parks—searching for the truth behind Bill Clinton’s words, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” After twenty-one days and 3,700 miles, he returned to his mind-numbingly normal suburban life with a collection of classic family photos and a journal full of scribbled notes. Six months later, COVID arrived and the world changed forever.
“Matt Bindig is the embodiment of Henry David Thoreau in 21st century language and circumstances. Told with understated vulnerability that is both lyrical and engaging. Far From The Twisted Reach, presents a world of disconnection—from personal relationships, community, and nature—and warns that if unchecked, our hectic and unfulfilling lives will destroy both the planet and our souls. But Bindig’s story also gives us faith that there is beauty and goodness in this world if we could only stop to listen, breath, and feel the quiet. Infused with passages of hope, readers wilt turn the last page sure of the belief that our better angels have a chance to tip the scales for good in both small and large ways”
- Richard Robinson, Jr., is the author of the memoir, The Boy
City Hall Secrets
by Dennis M. Adams
The Coterie, an alliance of ‘old school’ cops, finds that one of their own, Willie “Big Will” Williams, has been chosen to be the next Police Commissioner. As one of the few remaining Coterie members not yet retired, he is thrust into a position of balancing politics with justice when a protester is killed in front of City Hall. The incident leaves probationary police officer, Eli Washington, in a perilous predicament– the termination of his career, at best– or charged with murder, at worst. The young rookie finds support from the Police Commissioner, who is seeking fairness as well as justice. As a probationary officer, Eli has no way to defend himself from the accusation and could be terminated for little or no reason at all. Commissioner Williams, forced to take a neutral stand, elicits the aid of the Coterie to derail the political effort to make Eli the patsy. Harry Doyle takes the lead for the eclectic collection of sleuths. Their investigation starts on the steps of City Hall and leads to deep within. Corruption and murder seem to be one of the foundations of the Administration. And it all goes back to the beginning as a cold case unfolds to reveal the darkest of City Hall Secrets.
We All Just Bought A Team: The Biggest What-Ifs in Buffalo Sports History
by Jeff Dahlberg
In We All Just Bought a Team: The Biggest What-Ifs in Buffalo Sports History, readers can learn what could have happened if Terry and Kim Pegula didn’t buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Would the team be the Toronto, Los Angeles or Las Vegas Bills? How would the sports landscape change if Scott Norwood made that 47-yard field goal in Super Bowl XXV or Jim Kelly had refused to sign with Buffalo when the USFL folded? What if the NHL had disallowed Brett Hull’s goal in Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals or the Vancouver Canucks had drafted Gilbert Perrault? What if the Buffalo Sabres had chosen Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel became an Arizona Coyote? Buffalo sports fans can explore those questions and more in these pages.
Each chapter opens with a recap of the actual history, then pivots to the what-ifs. Prominent sportswriters, authors, historians and sports pundits then weigh in with their view of each question. It’s like being at a bar or a party where everybody is talking about sports and everybody has an opinion. Not everyone agrees but everyone has something to say. We All Just Bought a Team: The Biggest What-Ifs in Buffalo Sports History is sure to be a hit among Buffalo sports fans everywhere.