Memoir

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What We Leave Behind

Rating: 3
Catherine Eisen’s memoir, WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND, details her family’s history over several generations living in Cicero, Illinois.
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Brainwashed: A True Story of Psychological Domestic Violence

Rating: 4.5
BRAINWASHED: A TRUE STORY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is a one of a kind book meant to help readers to understand the mental and emotional thinking that causes people to stay in abusive relationships.
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Naked: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina

Rating: 2.5
Julie Freed married a hopeless romantic. As a young doctoral student she was ready to weather any challenges that life might throw at her new family. But a husband whose behavior soon grew unrecognizable and the gathering gale forces of Hurricane Katrina combined to upend her life entirely.
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Tales of the Siren: A StarbucksMelody

Rating: 4
TALES OF THE SIREN follows the travails of Overton, who harbors an obsession for all things Starbucks. This is a world in which baristas are likened to green-aproned “superheroes,” time is measured in steaming cups of joe, and seasons noted by rotating coffee releases.
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When the Shoe Fits

Rating: 2.5
Like many other middle-aged women, Wagner endures a failed marriage, years of raising children, injuries from an accident, and a second career that started in her 40s. The essays recount many relatable experiences, such as traveling adventures, mid-life dating, and household struggles with clutter and cooking.
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Tales of a Jailhouse Librarian

Rating: 4.5
A librarian interacts with, attempts to help, and ponders the fate of young men in jail.
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Straight Lines

Rating: 2
Crutching through record amounts of snow and ice with a broken leg would be a last-resort act of survival for most people. For Gregory Sacchet, however, the opening scene of his memoir is quickly revealed as an act of pitiful, misguided desperation.
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Awakening to the Dance

Rating: 3.5
In her intimate memoir, AWAKENING TO THE DANCE, author Georganne Spruce’s journey will resonate deeply with women who are conflicted between their innate need to be independent, and society’s antiquated belief that one cannot have a fulfilling career and a successful family life at the same time.
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Memoirs of a Circus Clown

Rating: 4.5
It is a rare person who has not, at some point in their life, wanted to run off and join the circus. It is a much rarer person who actually does, especially when they are forty years old.
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Breakfast with the Dirt Cult

Rating: 4.5
Tom Walton is a 25 year old team leader at the US Army base in Ft. Drum, New York. He has already been to Bosnia to police the peace-keeping process and soon receives orders to go to Afghanistan to do “real infantry stuff”. Eventually months of combat and the accompanying PTSD stand between them as Tom finally faces his own demons.
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A Kick-Ass Fairy

Rating: 4.5
A woman battles a troubled childhood, early widowhood, and multiple bouts with cancer to find herself still going strong in her fifties.
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Inside/Outside

Rating: 5
INSIDE/OUTSIDE tells the story of intergenerational abuse and loss in the author’s family. Hayworth find inspiration from her grandmother, in a dream, to write her family’s story in order to make sense of her life and family’s history and to try to future abuse.
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Border Crossings

Rating: 4
The wisdom that the countries of east-central Europe lost World War II twice - first by Nazi domination, then by falling into sphere of Soviet influence after the war - applied brutally to Czechoslovakia, as the late author Charles Novacek makes clear in his memoir,
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Heaven's Child

Rating: 5
Nothing can even describe the emotional trauma of a parent who has to bear – and live through – the agony of a child’s death, a vibrant sixteen-year old, to a freak accident. Yet, Flohr has written a sensitive memoir that makes catharsis possible in the quest to understand her loss without turning death into a tear jerker.
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Borrowed Bibles

Rating: 4
BORROWED BIBLES is a memoir about growing up in the United States during and immediately after World War II.
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Young Soldiers, Amazing Warriors

Rating: 4.5
An officer who served with, and finally commanded, a rifle battalion in Vietnam tells the story of his time there and of the bravery and sacrifices of his men.
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Tasting Home

Rating: 4
Judith Newton, feminist scholar and emerita director of the Women and Gender Studies program at UC Davis, has written a memoir-with-recipes tracing her growth from neglected child to academic success.
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Songs To Make The Desert Bear Fruit

Rating: 4
A young man fresh out of high school embarks on a road trip with his mom that turns into a journey of self-discovery.
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The Boy Who Lived with Ghosts

Rating: 5
Author John Mitchell grew up in 1960s England in a run-down and filthy home devastated by poverty, with an alcoholic father who abandoned the family, a mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and a paranoid-schizophrenic sister who physically abused him all of his young life.
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99 Jobs

Rating: 5
99 JOBS: BLOOD, SWEAT AND HOUSES is a collection of essays, ostensibly on construction jobs taken by the author, that manage to cover topics ranging from geology to philosophy, art to politics to family life and love.
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I Will Never Forget

Rating: 5
Elaine Pereira’s parallel memoir of herself and her mother Betty Ward is a sensitive, emotionally-charged journey through the dark landscape of dementia.
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Yin, Yang, Yogini

Rating: 4
Author Kathyrn Livingston worried incessantly, always imagining the worst of all possible scenarios. She dwelled on her fears, lived on the dark side, and drowned herself in negativity. Then Livingston turned fifty, and realized she no longer wanted to drive herself and her family (husband and three sons) crazy.
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Ride The White Horse

Rating: 3
In RIDE THE WHITE HORSE, Dr. Donnally recounts his career as a jockey, including his descent into its underbelly where he ran afoul of the U.S. Government and Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, both, and the potentially crippling injuries that accompany horse racing.
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Drinking To Distraction

Rating: 4
Jenna Hollenstein’s memoir, DRINKING TO DISTRACTION, is a unique memoir of a “high functioning alcoholic”.