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Mary Akers's Books

One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others
Jan.01.2010
In the winter of 1939, five-year-old Andrew Bienkowski was banished to Siberia with his family. With virtually nothing to see them through their first winter, his grandfather chose to starve in order to give his family the chance to survive. The years that followed were harrowing and difficult — but warmed by the generosity and quick-wittedness of his mother and grandmother, the...
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Mar.01.2009
Andrew Bienkowski was five years old in 1939 when his family was banished to Siberia from their Polish homeland. With virtually nothing to see them through the long, cold winter, his grandfather chose to starve to death in order to give his family a change of survival. The years that followed were harrowing and difficult, but nevertheless magical. Warmed by the beauty of the...
WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS, Stories by Mary Akers
Mar.01.2009
Bucking preconceived notions of how women should behave, the protagonists in WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS seek to reconcile the price they’ve paid for allowing the roles of wife, mother, daughter, and lover to define them.  But nature abhors a vacuum; in pursuing escape from the restrictive roles of modern womanhood, a host of baser instincts emerge.
Radical Gratitude
Mar.01.2008
Andrew Bienkowski was five when, exiled with his immediate family, he watched his grandfather starve to death so they could survive. Reminiscent of Viktor Frankel’s great classic, Man’s Search for Meaning, this extraordinary book melds the unfolding story of survival against the odds with the practical wisdom 5-year-old Andrew gained while coming to terms with his new home; with...