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Memory Lake [Kindle Edition]

Nancy S. Kyme
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award winner, Inspirational category.
A MOTHER'S REMEMBRANCE...Summer Camp. These two words have been known to inspire many things in the hearts of young girls and prospective campers - from fear, loneliness and anxiety, to joy, freedom, and lessons learned that will last a lifetime. Relive those moments in this richly told memoir of the author's own transformative experiences at a summer camp on the shores of Lake Michigan.A DAUGHTER'S JOURNEY...Told in flashbacks as Nancy drives to a camp reunion with her own daughter and her two teenage friends, memories unfold, taking the reader on an unforgettable journey back to the idyllic setting of the camp. In these humorous and at times harrowing adventures, Nancy realizes the power of female friendship can last a lifetime--in fact, it can change the form and direction of your entire life. Anyone who ever attended summer camp will relate to these charming vignettes, and for those who have not, as you turn the last, heart-warming page, you'll feel as if you had.

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Editorial Reviews


"It's one of those books that you want to pass on to your mother and girlfriends. Every generation of women can relate.... It really took me back in time while bringing a smile to my face and even some tears to my eyes." -Prince William Living

"Memory Lake is a novel that appeals to teenage girls and older. Mothers and daughters will especially appreciate the friendships formed that exemplify over-coming one's fears, working through grief and celebrating successes and triumphs." -Old Bridge Observer

"Nancy S. Kyme was a summer camp kid. And if there is one article of faith held by a lot of summer campers, it's that us non-campers just don't get it. Kyme solved that problem by writing Memory Lake...." -South Bend Tribune

"Memory Lake is a memoir 'of lost youth and adulthood reclaimed'... The first stroll on its shores was a pleasant return to youth...." -UNO Magazine, Life

"Kyme's nuanced and beautifully written memoir will enthrall you. It's a great read for a cold winter's day while you are waiting for summer to return and a perfect choice for a mother-daughter Book Club read." ~Dr. Irene S. Levine, The Friendship Blog
"Aside from the poetic language, detailed mother/daughter journey and, perhaps familiar camp memories, readers will enjoy Kyme's journey to understanding her own mother and grandmother.
Highly recommend." -Carol Covin,

From the Author

Memory Lake; The Forever Friendships of Summer, was released by Vantage Point Books in July 2011.  This novel-memoir became an Amazon best seller the following month.  In June of 2012, it won first place in the Inspirational category of the "2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards".   Readership continues to grow and a second edition of Memory Lake is scheduled for release August 2013 through Tate Publishing.  The Second Edition's front cover depicts Lake Michigan as seen from the top of Sleeping Bear Dunes; the novel's setting, and an area named "Most Beautiful Place in America" by ABC's Good Morning America.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936467054
  • Publisher: Vantage Point (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VXXJG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than a Summer Camp Read January 2, 2012
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Mother, daughter, military wife, C. P. A. and first-time author Nancy Kyme has penned a luminous literary non-fiction piece about her experiences at a summer camp on the shores of Lake Michigan in the 1970's. This finely measured, clearly remembered and richly imagined work cycles in a complex recursive arc from the adult Nancy taking her daughter and the daughter's friends to Nancy's reunion at the camp back and forth through time by means of a sophisticated intermittent narrative of the teenaged Nancy who spent seven summers at the camp. All the classic camp story elements are there: the bunks, the cabins, the dining hall, the counselors, lessons and activities of all sorts, the smelly and somewhat brutish boy campers, the awards, encounters with nature, pranks, conflicts between girls (although minor and understated) songs, ceremonies, special trips and a sense of Edenic isolation.

And yet, like the lake at the camp's edge, much more lurks beneath the surface. The first half of the story resonates with elements of myth, romance (in the literary sense), tragedy (loss) and a struggle to create meaning and find peace in the aftermath of a heartfelt tragedy. This is no summer beach read or even a notch or two above a summer beach read: it is a full-on resonant example of the coming of age genre told from a point of mature wisdom. I believe it is destined to become a classic if there is any justice in this world.

Memory Lake, while focusing on the difficult straits of the passage into adulthood and coming to terms with the past, lies close in imagination to Never-Never Land, the planets of Star Wars, , the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Narnia, the emerald towers of the City of Oz and the Louisiana of Steel Magnolias.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Delicious I want more! June 23, 2011
So, I am not a writer. I am a reader. I also am a grad student and while in school I try to stick to my school books because if I am intrigued by what I read, I will keep reading. Last Wednesday a friend handed me "Memory Lake." She said, "Great book, you have to read it." I have a lot of "great books" sitting at home waiting to be read, but I took it from her and set it on the the coffee table at home. I have my comprehensive exams for school right now and thought. Heh, reading for pleasure, ya right!

The next day I was having trouble sleeping, I couldn't turn my mind off of my school work. I got up and went into the living room. "Memory Lake" was sitting on the coffee table where I had left it. I decided to pick it up and see what this was all about. My friend said it was fun. I thought I could use some fun right now. I started to read and I was instantly engaged and felt as though my body breathed a sigh of relief. My shoulders dropped and after an hour I forced myself to stop reading and went instantly to sleep. The next day my husband and I were flying to a family wedding. I carefully packed my schoolwork and snuck in "Memory Lake" for a few minutes of respite. On the plane I read nothing but Memory Lake. I could not put the book down. I would stop and study for an hour and then back to reading for two. I finished the book in a few days and even though I should have been studying I gained so much more from this read.

I have never written a review before but I wanted to share my experience with this book. Many times I was brought to joyful tears and moved by the writing. It is a coming of age memoir clearly written from the heart. It captured so many of my own growing experiences and moved me to keep reading even though I knew I should be studying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lake takes me back to my days at Summer Camp! September 7, 2013
Memory Lake by Nancy Kyme is a wonderful read! Loved it! Having attended summer camp as a camper this book brings back so many fond memories for me. As a camp staffer for many summers it reminds me that as staff we hope we had a positive impact on someone. This book is a wonderful memoir of Nancy Kyme's time summer camp but the stories she tells are common to most summer camp experiences. I highly recommend this book it is a lovely look back at a time of fun and innocence. The way Nancy Kyme uses a reunion trip back to the camp she used to attend is a wonderful story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories July 26, 2012
Can any former camper fail to become interested it this book? Having experienced summer camp as a camper, CT and counselor, I did relive many pleaaant experiences. I attended a camp withn a few miles of Nancy"s camp and visited many of the areas she writes about. I could not finish the book, just scanned through, as I became bogged down with excessive narrative. Sorry, I will not share this with my daughter and granddaughter as planned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! June 27, 2011
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I never went to summer camp in my youth nor have I done any camping in my adult life; however, after reading this book, I felt like I have. Nancy Kyme is so descriptive that I felt like I was experiencing camp life with her. I could see, hear, feel & touch everything that Nancy (the author) was - it was so enjoyable! The only disappointment was when the book was finished. I wanted to keep reading more. This book is also about how important friendships are and how they help you grow into the person you become. There are many lessons to be learned here. Memory Lake is beautifully written and I hope the author has another book coming out. I would definitely purchase it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
I kept waiting for something to happen but it just went on and on. The cover and title were the best part. I was the only book club member who even finished it.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
For several weeks my morning "meditation" was to sit at my window, book in hand and read. What a lovely novel. Read more
Published 7 months ago by marketkitchenchef
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lake-a good book about a young person growing up and gaining...
Great book about a young person growing up and gaining spiritual insight. A great summer real for the beach and cottage.
Published 7 months ago by marlin schmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything good you expect from a memoir
What happens when nine friends gather to spend summer camp at Memory Lake?

All the things you remember. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kathryn E. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lake
If you went to summer camp as a child/teenager, this book will bring back fond memories or make you wish you'd gone. Read more
Published 11 months ago by HC
5.0 out of 5 stars Can we really go back?
This is a delightful, fun read. I went to camp, I've never gone back or kept in touch with those summertime friends, but now I just might. Truly a good story that went quickly.
Published 14 months ago by RRR
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched
This touching memoir about summer days at camp is so much more. It is a study in relationships across generations. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Becky Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Deep
Nancy Kyme's memoir of her time at a camp on the shores of Lake Michigan, interwoven with the narrative of a journey with her daughter and her daughter's friends thirty years later... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Harrison Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful summer camp memories!
I attended summer camp in Upper Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior, and Nancy's book brought me back to all those memories I hadn't thought of in years. Read more
Published on October 5, 2011 by Susan L. Bickell
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing memoir
Memory Lake is a refreshing and inspiring memoir both nostalgic and encouraging for the reader. The book is enjoyable for a non-camper and heart warming and evocative for a former... Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by Maryland Reader
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"Memory Lake" is an award winning tribute to the quintessential camp experience, its coming of age influence and foundation of spiritual growth. It is also a then-and-now novel involving mothers, daughters, sisters, lasting female friendships,and enduring faith. Its descriptive passages combine for a rich and gratifying reading experience. This well-polished work is the best of both genres; a biography that reads like fiction.

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