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Dec 18, 2014
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Memoir

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You Don’t Get To Wear That

By John Consoli

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author John Consoli’s memoir chronicles his chaotic life under the thrall of his manipulative father.

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Wanderlush

By David Robert

Rating:  star star star star star 

A hypochondriac, thinking he is near death, promises to take his wild, drunken mother on four vacations around the world.

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Paths Less Travelled: of a Scholar Warrior (Spy) Teacher Healer

By Hon K. Lee

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lee tells the rich story of growing up with immigrant parents, navigating the battlefields of Vietnam during the war, and eventually becoming a CIA agent, martial arts studio owner, and later a practitioner of Chinese medicine.

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After Action

By Dan Sheehan

Rating:  star star star star star 

AFTER ACTION is the account of a U.S. Marine’s tours of combat and his consequent PTSD.

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Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House

By Nika C. Beamon

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is is author Nika C. Beamon’s fascinating description of her 17-year long battle to get to the root of a myriad of health problems.

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What We Leave Behind

By Catherine Eisen

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

By Kashonia Carnegie PhD

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

By Julie Freed

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

By Melody Overton

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

By Mary T. Wagner

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

By Marybeth Zeman

Rating:  star star star star star 

A librarian interacts with, attempts to help, and ponders the fate of young men in jail.

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Straight Lines

By Gregory Sachett

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.