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Straight Lines

By Gregory Sachett

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

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

By Georganne Spruce

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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

By David Figlioli

Rating: ★★★★½ 

t 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

By Samuel Finlay

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

By Linda Zercoe

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

By Jenny Hayworth

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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

By Charles Novacek

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By Caroline Flohr

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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

By Jim Good

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

By Robert Sholly

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

By Judith Newton

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By Nathan Gauer

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A young man fresh out of high school embarks on a road trip with his mom that turns into a journey of self-discovery.