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Presidents in the Crosshairs

Presidents in the Crosshairs

by David Ritchey

$18.95 plus s/h
Being President of the United States can be hazardous to on's health and longevity. Of the 44 presidents who have served this country, 4 have been shot and killed while in office - that's one in eleven. By way of comparison, of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in uniform in Vietnam, 47,424 were killed in combat - that's one in 57. These numbers suggest, then, that an individual is approximately five times more likely to be violently killed as President of the United States than as a member of the U.S. military serving in a war zone. Clearly, protection of the President has been a monumental challenge.

About the Author

David Ritchey's vocations have included: naval officer, businessman, fine art photographer, psychotherapist, researcher, and writer. His avocations have included: scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and SCRABBLE.

After being educated in economics at Yale University, he served for five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman, but shortly thereafter followed his true inclinations and became a fine art photographer.

While immersed in the art world, he became fascinated by the psychology/neurology of creativity, and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his 15 years of clinical practice, specializing in hypnotherapy, he became especially interested in the psychodynamics of those clients who reported having had transpersonal ("metaphysical") experiences, and undertook a twelve-year project of researching and writing about such people, who he speaks of as "Anomalously Sensitive Persons."

Later, he became his daughter's business manager at her art gallery on Cape Cod, and spent a few years simultaneously in the worlds of both business and art.

Now "retired," he spends his time writing about those subjects that have been of special interest to him throughout his lifetime. Information about his books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com.

He currently lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his golden retriever, Katherine. He has two grown children, Harper and Mac, and a grandson, Brendan.

I'm the One the Other Isn't

By the Toompas Brothers

144 pages, 6 x 9, hard cover, ISBN 9780938467205 $19.95 plus s/h
The Toompas brothers are identical twins, born in 1958 on April Fool's Day in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Their childhood included many unique circumstances and wonderful memories the twins have adapted into bedtime stories for their children. This book is a collection of those "Stevie-Stanley" stories. Now they want to share them with you. Whether it is running away from storms with their Mom, anticipating Christmas together, or continually shocking each other in their metal house, you will enjoy the adventures. So, hop on a Stingray bicycle and ride back in time with the Toompas twins. You may not be an identical twin yourself, but after reading I'm The One the Other Isn't, you may wish you were!

I'm the One the Other Isn't
Everything I Know

Everything I Know

by Sandy Tritt

$12.95 plus s/h
Versatile author Sandy Tritt announces her latest book, Everything I Know. A collection of practical tips, creative solutions and original recipes, Everything I Know is a handbook for young women as they step out on their own.

Our Place In History: Southwestern Preston County WV

By Connie Loraine Cox

Illustrated, 288 pages, HB, 8.5" x 11", ISBN 0929915364 $34.95 plus s/h
This book attempts to broaden the history of this area. Every community written about in this book has their heroes; those who did not hesitate to help; those who sacrificed their personal time to assist in the compilation of the information needed to preserve our history. As we read over the past years to present day, the reach of this book into documented history gives an eye opening account on how time has changed our towns and communities as well as the people who live in them. Cox's book is a major contribution to West Virginia history and preserves the past for our future generations. �As we look to what our future holds, each of us will always have�Our Place In History.�

Our Place In History: Southwestern Preston County WV
Golden Harvest: 50 Years at the Preston County Buckwheat Festival

Golden Harvest: 50 Years at the Preston County Buckwheat Festival

112 pgs., HB, Hundreds of illustrations, 36 color plates, 8 1/2" X 11" ISBN: 0929915062 Heritage Edition: $25.00 plus s/h
Hundreds of thousands of people from America and overseas gather in the colorful Appalachian Mountains town of Kingwood, West Virginia once a year for a festival at harvest time. This compilation, edited by Bob Teets, features stories, hundreds of illustrations and a feeling of involvement with "the world's largest family reunion."
"--an Appalachian tribute to America's past and future."

Rivers of Fear: The Great California Flood of 1986

compiled by Bob Teets and Shelby Young

128 pgs., PB, Illustrated, 8 1/2" x 11", ISBN: 093846700X $25.99 plus s/h
Book includes countless photos and stories of heroism and bravery as state residents struggle to cope with one of the most devastating floods to hit the west coast in the last 100 years. Material compiled from California newspapers as well as authors interviews with survivors. A stark reminder that, in California, "...nature is sometimes a smiling killer."

Rivers of Fear: The Great California Flood of 1986
The Gentle Giant of the 26th Division

The Gentle Giant of the 26th Division

by Carolyn McKinney -(CLICK HERE TO READ THE FIRST CHAPTER)

256 pgs., HB, 6" x 9", illustrated ISBN: 0929915119 $19.95 plus s/h
Mrs. McKinney begins asking questions about her uncle, killed during the Battle of the Bulge in World War IIafter finding his letters in her mother's attic. He was posthumously awarded the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor.

Alfred Wilson, a medic from the famed 26th Division from the period 1943 to 1944 emerges an unlikely and reluctant hero who elects to serve his country as a battlefield medic, at whom the enemy looks as a prized target.

The Gentle Giant of the 26th Division is an account of a national hero, and of a family that continues his proud legacy.

Treasured Memories Of My Grandma

by Bernice Kepple

112 pgs., HB, illustrated, 7" x 10" ISBN: 0929915143 $12.95 plus s/h
A very special book you will want to treasure as an heirloom in your own personal library. A tender reflection of love and family in a nearly poetic Appalachian style, Treasured Memories touches universal themes sure to warm your heart. Its images and word pictures will caress you like a patchwork quilt on a cold winter's night, inspiring you to read it again and again.