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Deadly-Gangsta “1”


Deadly-Gangsta “1” is the autobiography of Lorenzo Petty, Sr. Mr. Petty has been proclaimed by law enforcement and the news media as one of the most dangerous gangsters that prowled the streets of St. Louis during the 1970’s. Former local newsman, John Auble, included the Petty brothers in his novel, The History of St. Louis Gangsters.

Lorenzo grew up during a time in St. Louis when poverty, degradation, hate, and crime were woven into the landscape of black ghettos. He decided early in life how he would survive: he would employ the laws of the jungle and demand respect. Lorenzo’s life was not unlike that of the multitude of young black males who were trapped in a bottomless pit, and who resorted to criminal behaviors in order to survive and obtain material possessions.

Deadly-Gangsta “1” characterizes descriptively, how a young black man from St. Louis could grow up and become a ‘menace to society’ on the wrong side of the law. The story is honest, edgy, and captivating” -Judge Greg Mathis.

Homer Garland Phillips – His Life and Fight For a Hospital


Homer Garland Phillips—His Life and Fight for a Hospital is the first biographical book of Homer Garland Phillips, the black pioneer civil rights attorney in St. Louis. His short life saw him battle racial housing segregation, fight for the expansion of voting rights, and ultimately achieve the founding of a hospital on the north side of St. Louis to serve the black community. Many people know him only because of the hospital name, but few know of the audacious man and the sacrifices he made to give the black community access to the most basic of all rights—the right to be medically treated and healed.

Just Lori


You never quite know the direction in which your life will turn. The people you meet, the challenges you face, the successes you achieve, and the extraordinary experiences throughout a lifetime make the everyday ups and downs meaningful. Just Lori is more than a memoir. It’s a diary that includes some inventive strategies for learning patience, understanding loss, living vivaciously, building faith, promoting positivity, and loving people—even when they might not love you in return.

The Fire Within


The Fire Within is an expose of the lives of black firefighters in America that illustrates the trials and tribulations regularly faced in the fire service. Disparity of treatment exists among black and white firefighters in America, and this subtle form of racism is the motivating force that compelled retired Chief William “Spike” Jones to document the treatment of black firefighters in America.

Windblown: The Remarkable Life of Richard S. Buker Jr., MD, A Family Doctor


Windblown is a full-life biography that capsulizes the life and legend of Dr. Richard S. Buker Jr., MD. Buker practiced comprehensive family medicine in the small, relatively isolated town of Chester, Montana, for almost 50 years. His informed and imaginative healthcare delivery services were courageous, remarkably successful, and widely revered. He practiced during an era of tumultuous political, cultural, and healthcare transitions. Many of these transformative times were witnessed and are scrutinized through the work of the pedantic doctor.