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Autobiography

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Nicholas Tanek

September 26, 2016
The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself

Nicholas Tanek came of age in the early ’90s, a skater kid from New Jersey who listened to East Coast punk bands like The Dead Milkmen, The Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. Tanek’s musical tastes eventually expanded to include groups such as My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses, The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Smiths, and when he was 16, he went to his first illegal rave in New York City. It would prove to be a pivotal moment in his life.

Tanek, a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English, found himself staying in his parents’ basement in the days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged coastal New Jersey in October of 2012. With a generator powering his laptop, he reflected upon his life, analyzing the relationships that had shaped him. And these experiences, set against the backdrop of the rave scene, were the inspiration behind Tanek’s first book, The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself, a tale of love, hedonism and heartbreak that was published in 2013. READ MORE

Authors

Sheila Hageman

September 21, 2016
Sheila Hageman

In her 2012 memoir Stripping Down, author Sheila Hageman invited readers to join her on a confessional examination of her life choices, emotions and insecurities. With remarkable candor, the former stripper and nude model bared her soul and examined the events and decisions that had helped to shape her into the woman she had become.

A graduate of Hunter College, where she was the valedictorian of her class in 2002 and later received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, Hageman has taught Creative Writing, Composition and Literature at the University of Bridgeport, Housatonic Community College, Hunter College, Kaplan University and the College of New Rochelle. In addition, she is a certified and nationally registered yoga teacher through Integral Yoga Institute of New York City and the Yoga Alliance. READ MORE

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Robert Thomas Doran

October 16, 2015
A Prison of Lies

With his 2012 novel A Prison of Lies: A Journey Through Madness, author Robert Thomas Doran crafted a gripping, introspective tale of unrequited love, rejection and mental illness. Told through the eyes of a protagonist named Tom, who spirals from depression into the depths of madness upon losing the woman of his dreams, the book is loosely-based upon Doran’s own experiences and represents a raw, unfiltered retelling of one man’s journey to the darkest corners of human emotion.

Through Tom’s struggle, A Prison of Lies provides a unique examination of topics including human sexuality, violence and suicide, and Doran’s eloquent, confessional style of writing offers a glimpse into what clinical emotional trauma looks like from the inside. Written as an act of faith, the book serves as both a vital, cathartic component of Doran’s recovery as well as a beacon of light for others who are fighting to escape the wilderness of mental ilness. READ MORE

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Nathan Doneen

March 5, 2015
Nathan Doneen

Author Nathan Doneen was born and raised on a wheat farm and studied biology at a state university. But after graduation, he found himself dissatisfied by the direction in which his life was heading and embarked on an epic journey in search of answers. Setting off alone on his mountain bike from the south end of Banff, Alberta, Canada, Doneen battled fatigue, erratic weather and overwhelming solitude as he made his way south along the Great Divide, a 2,700-mile route ending at the Mexican border. The journey forced Doneen out of his comfort zone and caused a dramatic shift in his goals and perspective on life.

In September of 2014, Doneen published The Divide, an inspiring and revealing account of his physical, emotional and spiritual journey. With a keen eye for introspection, Doneen details the challenges he faced on the road and the strength, courage and perserverance necessary to overcome them. READ MORE