Sep 01, 2015
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Memoir

Troupe
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Lively anecdotes about the obscure 1980s comedy troupe abound in: TALES OF THE TROUPE

By Robert Dinsmoor

Rating:  star star star star star 

Comedy writer Rob Dinsmoor lovingly recounts his years as a member of Chucklehead, a dynamic troupe of twenty-somethings who briefly charmed New York’s comedy scene in the 1980s.

Bubbie
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Managing Bubbie

By Russel Lazega

Rating:  star star star star star 

Attorney and author Russel Lazega blends funny stories about his larger-than-life Miami Beach Jewish grandmother with her historical accounts and additional research of her escape from the Nazi regime.

LittleAmerican
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Little American Man

By Lior Lampert

Rating:  star star star star star 

At five years of age, Lior Lampert emigrates from Israel to the United States with his two brothers and his mother. A high school student “with a clear vision for his future,” Lampert candidly shares his immigrant journey to America.

Salvation
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Salvation of a Serial Celebate

By Gregory McAllister

Rating:  star star star star star 

SALVATION OF A SERIAL CELIBATE is a memoir of the faith journey of Greg McAllister. The story begins in the safe cocoon of a Catholic parish in Northern California to the present day where he has come to rest in the scenic mountains of Vermont.

Twisted
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Twisted Broad: Tales From an Internet Dive Bar

By Nicole Jackson Jones

Rating:  star star star star star 

After a quiet (but not Mormon) upbringing in Utah, Nicole Jackson Jones launched herself into a life of debauchery, drinking, storytelling, and YouTube.

Xelie
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Xelie’s Gift

By Michele McGuire

Rating:  star star star star star 

Yes, this is a story about a dog named Xelie. Author Michele McGuire met her Picardy Shepherd on a trip to Austria and enthusiastically brought the dog home to join with the others.

Deceased
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Wife of the Deceased

By Dawn M. Bell

Rating:  star star star star star 

A widow must come to terms with the loss of her husband and learn to go on with her life without him.
Dawn Bell had a wonderful life—a beautiful daughter, a fulfilling job, good friends, and most of all, a loving and much-beloved husband.

Madness
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Madness, Miracles, Millions

By Joseph Semprevivo, Larry Semprevivo

Rating:  star star star star star 

This faith-based memoir highlights how the Semprevivo family overcame obstacles to create, own, and operate a multi-million-dollar, sugar-free cookie company.

Olympics
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The Cancer Olympics

By Robin McGee

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE CANCER OLYMPICS tells the heart-rending story of a middle-aged woman’s battle against colorectal cancer. The story begins with Canadian author Robin McGee, a physically fit psychologist, wife and mother in her 40s.

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Broken Places

By Rachel Thompson

Rating:  star star star star star 

BROKEN PLACES is the heartbreaking memoir of a middle-aged woman who was molested when she was a girl and is a must-read for anyone who’s been the victim of sexual assault.

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Icarus Falling

By Christopher Paul Meyer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Christopher Paul Meyer chronicles his highs and lows as a nightclub bouncer in Los Angeles in the early 2000s in this debut memoir.

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Inside the Founding of Newsweek

By Thomas J.C. Martyn

Rating:  star star star star star 

Granddaughter Anne Alexander has pieced together her grandfather’s drafts and notes on his experiences as the initial founder of Newsweek magazine.

Unknown
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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.

Unknown
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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.

Unknown
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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.

Unknown
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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.

Kindle second try
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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.

Unknown
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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.