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Sapp Attack: My Story by Warren Sapp and David Fisher

In his no-holds-barred memoir, Sapp Attack!, Warren Sapp, one of the NFL’s most hilarious and candid personalities, reveals a side of football most fans have never before seen.

Big Man. Big Talent. Big Star. Big Mouth. Big Heart. Big Personality. Big Smile. Big Headlines. Warren Sapp, one of pro football’s most dominating defensive players both on and off the field, has a reputation for being bold, brash, knowledgeable, and outspoken. During his All-American career at the University of Miami, 13 seasons as an NFL star, four years on the NFL Network and one very big season on Dancing with the Stars, Sapp has never held back. Now he brings that same fearless attitude to his memoir, a book that will create controversy and headlines; in other words, pure Warren Sapp.

Sapp has won every award possible for a defensive player, but it wasn’t just his extraordinarily athletic ability that made him a star; it was also his ability to understand the subtleties of the game. He writes about working his way up from the high school gridiron to one of the top college football programs in the country, to the NFL, and reveals how the system actually works — the behind-the-scenes plays that fans rarely get to see.

He’ll discuss what it was like to face some of the greatest players in NFL history, including Hall of Famers Steve Young and Jerry Rice, both of whom he put out of the game, and Bret Favre, whom he sacked eleven times during his career.

In this revealing, hilarious, and must-read book, Sapp offers readers a look inside the life of one of football’s biggest stars and shares his often controversial opinions about the state of pro football today and its future.

Sapp Attack: My Story Warren Sapp Thomas Dunne Books August 21, 2012 Hardcover

Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change by John Lewis

How can we go about achieving lasting social and political change? How much war must we visit upon ourselves before we recognize that war does not work?

As the last living leader of the Civil Rights Movement and an American hero to many, Congressman John Lewis continues to work toward building a better world. He was a key player in the struggle to end segregation; a campaigner and friend to presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy until his assassination; a confidant to Martin Luther King Jr., whose vision and efforts Lewis carried on to subsequent generations; one of the thirteen original Freedom Riders; and an eyewitness to many momentous occasions in American history over the last fifty years of working in public service.

Despite being rejected, hated, and jailed-and even after being witness to betrayal, corruption, and conspiracy-Congressman Lewis believes that the people can work together toward lasting social change and asserts that worldwide change can be achieved through nonviolent means. In his inspirational new book, Congressman Lewis shares his life story-the lessons he learned as one who dreamed, worked, and struggled in America’s last revolution-and describes the work he believes is necessary to move this country forward. He declares that to revolutionize society, we must first revolutionize ourselves, and if we want to demand transformation of others, we must first be the change we seek. Social evolution starts from within, Lewis says.

Each chapter of ACROSS THAT BRIDGE discusses one virtue-faith, patience, truth, love, peace, study, and reconciliation-that, when combined with all the others, comprises Lewis’s philosophy of life. By sharing personal stories that focus on political and social events throughout history, Lewis discusses the moments where he came to understand the power of those virtues and reflects on the moments that challenged his commitment to them as well.

ACROSS THAT BRIDGE reflects the values of patience with persistence, progressive faith, and principled behavior that can lead to individual and collective transformation. It is this kind of persistence, faith, and moral authority that can bring about what Lewis calls “creative disruption” and usher in a nonviolent revolution of values bringing about fundamental social change.

“Democracy is not a state; it is an act. It is a series of actions we all must take to help build a Beloved Community.”
-Congressman John Lewis

The Big Fight by Sugar Ray Leonard

In this unflinching and inspiring autobiography, the boxing legend faces his single greatest competitor: himself.

Sugar Ray Leonard‘s brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex man behind the boxer. The Olympic hero, multichampionship winner, and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction, and greed.

Coming from a tumultuous, impoverished household and a dangerous neighborhood on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., in the 1970s, Sugar Ray Leonard rose swiftly and skillfully through the ranks of amateur boxing-and eventually went on to win a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics. With an extremely ill father and no endorsement deals, Leonard decided to go pro.

The Big Fight takes readers behind the scenes of a notoriously corrupt sport and chronicles the evolution of a champion, as Leonard prepares for the greatest fights of his life-against Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Wilfred Benitez. At the same time Leonard fearlessly reveals his own contradictions and compulsions, his infidelity, and alcohol and cocaine abuse.

With honesty, humor, and hard-won perspective, Leonard comes to terms with both triumph and struggle-and presents a gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage, and resilience, both in and out of the ring.

The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring
Sugar Ray Leonard (Author), Michael Arkush (Author)

Viking Adult
Available June 6, 2011 in Hardcover

Semmaster’s Thoughts (Life of A Little Man)

Semmaster’s Thoughts are a series of poems partitioned by the emotional reflections of a man who has finally taken control of his body, mind and soul from the demons within. The Great Master has awakened my senses to the sweet smells, sounds and sights of a literary world full of the essence, verbal expressions and visions that has long been ascending from gut to mouth to paper, the truth as it reflects the path I must trek to enter into the Mansion of The Creator.
my name is Steven Eugene Miller and I have written a book unlike that of any book you have read. This is a little book with a huge message about a little man who has lived an extraordinary life

You can read an excerpt of my book at Amazon.com.

Foxy: My Life in Three Acts by Pam Grier

Foxy: My Life in Three Acts
by Pam Grier, with Andrea Cagan

Springboard Press
Available 04/28/10 in Hardcover

Beautiful, bold, and bad, Pam Grier burst onto the movie scene in the 1970s, setting the screen on fire and forever changing the country’s view of African American actresses. With a killer attitude and body to match, Grier became the ultimate fantasy of men everywhere. But she quickly proved that she was more than just a desirable film goddess. She had the brains, courage, and tenacity to sustain a career that would span more than 30 years. In FOXY, she chronicles the good, bad, and steamy highlights in her life and career. From her early beginnings as a star in Foxy Brown to her Golden-Globe nominated role in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, Grier reveals her hard-won battles against racism and sexism, her victories in Hollywood, and her relationships with Richard Pryor and Kareem Abdul Jabar. Here, we see Pam in all of her incredible roles-from army brat and movie star to cancer survivor and dedicated activist. Revealing, thoroughly candid, and audacious, this is a no-holds-barred look at one of our most enduring screen idols.

Freedom Bird by Donnell B. Jones

Freedom Bird
by Donnell B. Jones

Xlibris Corporation
Available 06/09/09

The military slogan: Never leave a soldier behind.

It was a destructive war fought in the jungles of Vietnam, which did not limit its casualties to the flesh but also deep through the soul. Many veterans were forgotten, but one soldier, through this memoir, chronicles his life overseas to remind us of those who were forgotten. Revisit the Vietnam War era through the eyes of a brave American soldier, Donell Jones.

Freedom Bird is based on a devastatingly true account of Jones, a determined soldier trained to fight, kill, and survive under extreme conditions. Joining the American army at the early age of eighteen, Jones was trained to fight and defend the United States against its enemies. He was sent to fight against Communist Vietnam.

In Vietnam, Jones was not just a fighter, but also a living eyewitness to all the horror, pain, and death on the battlefield. For him, the battlefield was a place for a bloody, on-the-spot extermination; the very place where enemies were mercilessly shot at the instant one lays eyes on them. Both the Vietcong and his colleagues were brutally killed before his very eyes, leaving a painful psychological trauma on his young mind. The depth of his story is not only his trip through Vietnam and Korea, but also the devastation the war left on his life in the States.

Experience how Freedom Bird became more than just the emancipation from a brutal war, but an escape from a battle that no gun or army could fight. Join him recall a dark period of his past as he writes this chronicle of courage and fearlessness, this expression of his love and devotion for his beloved America.

As he weaves together haunting memories of the Vietnam War, Jones shares a bitter life spent in the combat zone, which portrays a true spirit of heroism every soldier must have.

On the Line by Serena Williams

On the Line by Serena Williams

On the Line
by Serena Williams (Author), Daniel Paisner (Contributor)

Available 9/15/09

One of the biggest stars in tennis, Serena Williams has captured every major title. Her 2009 Australia Open championship earned her the #1 world ranking for the third time in her illustrious career – and marked only the latest exclamation point on a life well and purposefully lived. As a young girl, Serena began training with an adult-sized racquet that was almost as big as her. Rather than dropping the racquet, Serena saw it as a challenge to overcome-and she has confronted every obstacle on her path to success with the same unflagging spirit. From growing up in the tough, hardscrabble neighborhood of Compton, California, to being trained by her father on public tennis courts littered with broken glass and drug paraphernalia, to becoming the top women’s player in the world, Serena has proven to be an inspiration to her legions of fans both young and old. Her accomplishments have not been without struggle: being derailed by injury, devastated by the tragic shooting of her older sister, and criticized for her unorthodox approach to tennis. Yet somehow, Serena always manages to prevail. Both on the court and off, she’s applied the strength and determination that helped her to become a champion to successful pursuits in philanthropy, fashion, television and film. In this compelling and poignant memoir, Serena takes an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is still to come.

Never Make the Same Mistake Twice by Nene Leakes

Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way
by Nene Leakes
Nene Leakes (Author), Denene Millner (Contributor)

Touchstone
Available 08/11/09

Outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is, Nene Leakes shares her wild journey from a scandalous past to the pinnacle of reality television stardom. Lauded by her fans for her refreshing honesty, infectiously genuine style, and clever sense of humor, Nene is an empowered, self-made woman who has not forgotten where she came from and knows exactly where she wants to go.

In this straight-talking and provocative memoir, Nene charts her journey from family black sheep to single mother to making good and realizing her dreams. With her charm and bold, self-possessed voice, Nene tackles her painful childhood; the abuse she suffered at the hands of a violent boyfriend; her struggle to support her firstborn son; and her path to true love, self-acceptance, and pride.

In Never Make the Same Mistake Twice, Nene dishes on her cast mates; takes on the rumors about her past; and shares hard-earned and inspiring life lessons in her fierce, no-nonsense, and irreverent style.

Straw: Finding My Way by Darryl Strawberry

Straw: Finding My Way
by Darryl Strawberry

Available 4/28/09

Former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry, whose achievements on the field were often overshadowed by his struggles off the field, recounts the highs, the lows, and the lessons of hope and survival he learned along the way.

The youngest son of Henry and Ruby Strawberry, Darryl grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Los Angeles, where he channeled his energy into baseball and basketball. The New York Mets drafted him in 1980, and he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1983. Strawberry became the first National League player voted to the All-Star Game in each of his first four full seasons. Throughout the eighties and nineties, however, Strawberry faced many personal challenges, including drug use, tax evasion, solicitation, and allegations of domestic violence. His seasons with the Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees were interrupted by suspensions, visits to rehab, and treatment for colon cancer. But in 2006, Strawberry’s life changed course dramatically. With his wife, Tracy, he devoted himself to his church and to his work with children and adults affected by autism and other developmental disorders. For the first time, in his own words, Darryl Strawberry delivers his inspirational narrative — the extraordinary story of his life.

Don’t Let The Lipstick Fool You by Lisa Leslie

Don’t Let The Lipstick Fool You
by Lisa Leslie

Available 03/01/09

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time MVP of the WNBA, and the first woman ever to dunk in a professional basketball game, Lisa Leslie is considered one of the greatest players in the history of women’s basketball. Now in her own words, she points the spotlight onto her remarkable life off the court, where being a confident champion was not always simple.

As a child growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Lisa was timid, awkward, and over six feet tall in the sixth grade. Opponents challenged her, and she struggled to overcome self-imposed fears and limitations. But as her interest in basketball grew, she toughened both her game and her resolve. She also learned she could retain her femininity and throw a few elbows too.

Still there was a nagging notion that girls–even tall girls and especially pretty ones – could not play well. At the same time, Lisa’s home life, though loving, was unstable. Lisa never knew her father. Her mother worked as a traveling truck-driver to support the family, leaving Lisa to shuffle between relatives. Lisa’s beloved older sister seemed only to torment her, harbor hidden jealousies, and would later go on to steal her identity and almost ruin her finances. And as a young woman, it would take two broken engagements before Lisa finally found the love of her life.

Yet overcoming tremendous doubts are what paved the way to Lisa’s greatest achievements–scoring 101 points in the first half of a high school basketball game; signing with Wilhelmina Models and appearing in Vogue magazine; and of course traveling the world and winning championship after championship…after championship.

Today, Lisa is a beautiful, poised, assertive, six-foot-five-inch basketball powerhouse. Her elegance and charm have made her a favorite with fans, the fashion world, and even Hollywood. With hard-won candor and self-assurance, Lisa Leslie shares her empowering story about finding grace under pressure, balancing a life of contradiction without losing yourself, and exceeding expectations–including your own–by playing like a girl.

The Legs Are the Last to Go by Diahann Carroll

The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way
by Diahann Carroll

Available 10/01/08

It’s conventional wisdom that Hollywood has no use for a woman over forty. So it’s a good thing that Diahann Carroll — whose winning, sometimes controversial career breached racial barriers — is anything but conventional. Shonda Rhimes, the creator and executive producer of the hit program Grey’s Anatomy, developed a role just for her, and a recent show that’s touring the United States, The Life and Times of Diahann Carroll, was enthusiastically embraced by the New York Times. And all this since Carroll turned seventy! Here she shares her life story with an admirable candidness of someone who has seen and done it all. With wisdom that only aging gracefully can bestow, she talks frankly about her four marriages as well as the other significant relationships in her life, including her courtship with Sidney Poitier; racial politics in Hollywood and on Broadway; and the personal cost, particularly to her family, of being a pioneer. Whether she’s recalling an audition for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Sunset Boulevard, reflecting on her marriage to Vic Damone, or talking about her experience with breast cancer, Carroll’s storied history, blunt views, and notorious wit will be sure to entertain and inform.

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song
by Ashley Bryan (Illustrator), Bill McGuinness (Photographer)

Available 01/06/09

Ashley’s autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. Even as a boy growing up during the Depression, he painted — finding cast off objects to turn into books and kites and toy and art. Even as a solder in the segregated Army on the beaches of Normandy, he sketched — keeping charcoal crayons and paper in his gasmask to draw with during lulls. Even as a talented, visionary art student who was accepted and then turned away from college upon arrival, the school telling Ashley that to give a scholarship to an African American student would be a waste, he painted — continuing to create art when he could have been discouraged, continuing to polish his talents when his spirit should have been beaten. Ashley went on to become a Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee, a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, and a multiple Coretta Scott King award winner. As you might imagine, his story is powerful, bursting with his creative energy, and a testament to believing in oneself. It’s a book every child in America should have access to and it does what the very best autobiographies do; it inspires!

Body with Soul by Randy Jackson

Body with Soul
Slash Sugar, Cut Cholesterol, and Get a Jump on Your Best Health Ever
by Randy Jackson

Available December 2008

From beloved American Idol judge Randy Jackson, a complete, inspiring wellness plan for taking control of your health.

Mixing memoir, a wellness program, and inspirational advice, Randy Jackson’s book is a work of personal passion. The American Idol judge’s struggles with his health and weight have been well- documented; he’s tried every diet, spent countless hours in gyms, and even had gastric bypass surgery in 2003. Now, he’s taken all that he’s learned throughout these trials and codified their strengths into an easy-to-follow, super-useful maintenance regimen, filled with meal plans (drawn from the accompanying recipes for healthy versions of down-home Southern favorites), exercise routines, and inspiring stories from his unique life as one of the music business greats.

With his New You Plan, Randy Jackson aims to focus on the epidemic of obesity-related disorders like hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes—as a Type II diabetic himself, he knows that this effort is now more crucial than ever. Straight from the “dawg pound” this is Randy at his most passionate and at his most persuasive, all in the effort to make America “a’ight” once again.

The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell

The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir
by Victoria Rowell

Born as a ward of the state of Maine, the child of an unmarried Yankee blueblood mother and an unknown black father, Victoria Rowell beat the odds. The Women Who Raised Me is the remarkable story of her rise out of the foster care system to attain the American Dream—and of the unlikely series of women who lifted, motivated, and inspired her along the way.

From Agatha Armstead—a black Bostonian who was Victoria’s longest-term foster mother and first noticed her spark of creativity and talent—to Esther Brooks, a Paris-trained prima ballerina who would become her first mentor at the Cambridge School of Ballet—The Women Who Raised Me is a loving, vivid portrait of all the women who would help Victoria transition out of foster care and into New York City’s wild worlds of ballet, acting, and adulthood. Though Victoria would go on to become an accomplished television and film star, she still carried the burden of loneliness and anxiety, particularly common to those “orphans of the living” who are never adopted. Vividly recalled and candidly told, her story is transfixing, redemptive, heartbreaking, and, ultimately, inspiring.

About the Author
At age eight, Victoria Rowell won a Ford Foundation grant to study ballet and later went on to train and dance professionally under the auspices of the American Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp Workshop, and the Juilliard School before becoming an actress. She is the founder of the Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan, which provides scholarships in the arts and education to foster youth, and serves as national spokesperson for the Annie E. Casey Foundation/Casey Family Services. Rowell is an award-winning actress and veteran of many acclaimed feature films and several television series, including eight seasons on Diagnosis Murder, and has starred for the past thirteen years as Drucilla Winters on CBS’s #1 daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla


A Cuban Terrorist Training Camp Through The Eyes of a Jamaican

Toronto, ON, September 22, 2008…BookSurge Publishing author Colin Morgan Dennis presents his memoir The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla, which offers a personal and unique perspective of life in a Cuban terrorist training camp. Think Al Qaeda without the religion.

Excerpt from The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla:

I woke up, as if out of a drunken stupor, to the sound of automatic gunfire and for more than a moment I didn’t know where I was. When I had recovered my composure, I was to discover, to my chagrin, I had missed the lesson ‘How to Ambush a Moving Vehicle.’

Originally published 1985 in his native Jamaica in where it was a bestseller, The Road Not Taken has been revised and updated. Morgan Dennis offers a refreshing style –informal and conversational – that belies the strong undercurrents of trauma and emotional tension. This memoir is a must-read.

ISBN 1-4392-0401-2 Format 6X9 paperback SRP: $18.99 ($19.99 CAN)
Genre: Biography & Autobiography/Personal Memoirs

About the Author:

Colin Morgan Dennis was born in Kingston, Jamaica and attended
Manchester High School. He moved to Canada in 1983. In 1991 he
graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a degree in
political science and in 1993 with a degree in journalism. He later
pursued graduate studies in public policy and public administration at
Concordia and was president of the graduate students association for
two years. His work has appeared in local newspapers. He lives in
Ontario, Canada.

The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla is available now through Amazon.com, BookSurge.com, Alibris.com and Abebooks.com.

Contact Information
Off-Kilter Publishing
905-791-4794
dencoli4@aol.com