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Posted on Oct 28, 2009 5:32:00 PM PDT
Lisa Kiel says:
Give the independent a try! I was raised in a home of instability, addiction, and violence, this is the story of my fight to navigate a path to normalcy amidst the turmoil of a family held hostage to alcoholism, betrayal, autism, and pain - my mother was and still is an addict, I am a recovered addict

Booze House

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2009 8:30:27 AM PDT
I'm a huge fan of Name All The Animals by Alison Smith.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 7:49:44 PM PST
Alice Rene says:
Becoming Alice: A Memoir

If you liked The Story of Anne Frank, you will like Becoming Alice, A Memoir. It is the beginning of the Holocaust as told through the eyes of a very young girl, her harrowing escape, and struggle to fit into the American lanscape. Her bewilderment, fear, and anxiety is told with both pathos and humor.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2009 8:43:59 AM PST
RUready4disk says:
I love memoirs also especially Robbobell (Scar of a Painful but Wonderful Past) and Rocket Boy.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2009 8:46:23 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 22, 2009 3:41:52 PM PST
Alice Rene says:
I agree with the positive comments about most of the memoirs mentioned above, at least the ones I've read. I would like to say that I also enjoyed reading Mary Karr's, the Liar's Club. It only was tarnished a bit for me when someone told me that it wasn't a true story, that it was actually fiction. Ah well, it even happened to Oprah Winfrey.

If you'd like to try a real honest-a-goodness true story, perhaps you would enjoy reading about a little girl Vienna during the time of Hitler, her harrowing escape, and the years of trying to fit into the American landscape that followed. Told with both pathos and humor, BECOMING ALICE, A MEMOIR is a story of triumph over adversity.Becoming Alice: A Memoir

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 2:46:49 PM PST
R. Thompson says:
Beyond Duty. Unbelievable, moving, and life-changing. Beyond Duty: Life on the Frontline in Iraq
Anything Tim O'Brien endorses can't be bad, and heard the author on NPR and broke my heart.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 7:21:40 AM PST
Eileen S says:
Walking in the Deep End

My favorites are
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Liar's Club
Angela's Ashes

I've recently authored my memoir, Walking in the Deep End. It's available on amazon and so far getting great reviews. I am deeply honored.

Susan

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 7:11:04 PM PST
Lori Newman's memoir, `Here All Along' is an emotion charged journey into the frightening world of abuse.

The story begins when Newman believing she has met her (true love) marries, looking forward to a beautiful life together. Sadly, this is not the case. What follows is a disturbing insight into living your life while being controlled by an abusive, narcissistic husband.

The author doesn't pull her punches as she brilliantly describes how she finds the courage to leave this individual with her young daughter. Her struggles are far from over. We are taken into the often bitter world of court room child custody battles. As a reader I found myself cheering along with Newman as she faces each battle and wins.

Newman meets a new man who said, "I love you" and promised to take care of them both. Believing she had found (true love) they marry. The man soon reveals himself to be another narcissistic! They have a beautiful baby girl together who she adores. Now with two wonderful girls to protect, she musters up the strength and courage to escape the continuous abuse. We are given a window into the survival mechanisms of a young woman's love for her children.

The author faces the court room system for the second time. "Here All Along" is a powerful (true) story that should be read by everyone in need of inspiration to make a change for a better life. By Stuart McCallum

Here All Along: Looking for love everywhere. Finally finding it within...here all along.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 6:33:48 PM PST
J. Chambers says:
One of the best memoirs that I've read recently is by Terry Silver. Her book Nunzilla Was My Mother and My Stepmother Was a Witch is a marvelous true story account of her upbringing in three different orphanages in the 1930s. Two of these were operated by Catholic nuns, and one was a secular orphanage. Reading about her life in the orphanages was very much like reading Dickens, except that the events happened in the US almost a century later.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 4:47:02 AM PST
Whale Tart says:
I am Dancing as Fast as I Can by Barbara Gordon is my all time favourite.
I also loved Angela's Ashes but skipped T'is.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2009 5:43:39 AM PST
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Medic/911 says:
A good book about a paramedic who spent ten years in Saudi Arabia including being on the medical staff of King Abdullah. It was a great adventure and a keen insight into a mysterious islamic country.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 5:46:12 AM PST
Medic/911 says:
I love the book "Paramedic to the Prince" about an american paramedic who spent time on the medical staff of King Abdullah. A keen insight into Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 9:12:13 AM PST
Trisha says:
Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace. That is going to be the most talked about book in 2010. Funny. Witty, and should be read by all.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 3:48:45 PM PST
All three of Mary Karr's books-wonderful!

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 12:25:57 PM PST
abstractionz says:
Tom Sawyer In Hell

99 cents on kindle

All life is a series of stories and Tom Sawyer in Hell is mine. The narrative follows the misadventures of a naive young man who has optimistic expectations about life that rapidly go south as he makes his way through three colleges on two coasts, courts and jails and small town lawyers, strip clubs, a gig as a Park Avenue doorman, hopelessness, psychopharmacology, absurdity, and the struggle to land a corporate job.

Reviews:

"Tom Sawyer in Hell" is a collection of stories and narratives not unlike "On the Road" by Jack Kerouak, although the stories and the characters are perhaps a little more edgy. As the author travels from high school through a series of universities and misadventures he produces a constant stream of observations with engaging detail and texture. Line after line the stories describe the absurd that can be found in the ordinary, and how the absurdity of the ordinary can spiral into calamity. Peter says and does things that many of us would like to say and do but don't have the nerve for fear of not fitting in.

Graduating from high school having met and exceeded all expectations, Peter sets off to into the world. Now on his own, the book become a roller coaster ride through his early years as he seeks to make sense of the illogical behavior of friends, faculty, and authorities. How a person with such a solid core of values and education combined with the self discipline of the martial arts can so quickly become at odds with nearly every situation he engages is one of the questions waiting to be answered as you move through the book.

Ultimately for me the book is about the broken promise our families, teachers and society in general make; that if we do as we are told and work hard and honestly we are assured success, only to find that we are truly on our own in a perilous world where the truly authentic are few and far between.

Tom Sawyer In Hell

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 6:45:23 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2010 2:39:59 AM PDT
Here is another memoir...very moving from an unknown author. I got a pre-release copy from a friend and decided to pre-order another one from Amazon as a gift to a colleague. The name of the book is To Bank or Not To Bank: From Pauper to Millionaire, From Hopeless to Hopeful. Here is my assessment below:

A powerful immigrant story of struggle and inspiration for those of us who are privileged to be born and raised in the United States

What an intriguing and contrasting journey well told from the hardships of the refugee slum in Asia to the privileges of the corner office of a London based global bank, from pimping girls to tourists in Macau while in high school to founding a non-profit organization to champion the cause for under-age prostitutes in the United States and from a self-centered, Godless, money worshipper to a self-sacrificing follower of Jesus Christ. What an extraordinary transformation in the life of a penniless Chinese student to the United States and how the love of God makes the impossible possible. The author's life story is truly an inspiring path to greatness following the example of Jesus Christ - we are here to serve others. I was most impressed by the author's 180 degrees change in his value and attitude from a selfish "fat cat" banker to an activist who volunteers his time and money to champion the cause for exploited women and children. Such change can only be brought about by the Holy Spirit through the grace of God. I visited his website www.SaveExploitedWomen.org and the statistics on exploited women and children are chilling and demand an immediate response from all of us.

To Bank, Or Not To Bank is full of interesting cultural anecdotes, personal experiences of love, faith and hope, and metaphors that take you through the unforgettable journey from the Oregon Coast to feudal China and then back to the modern day America. The author's unique story telling ability allows you to experience vicariously his struggle from within and why the achievement of being a millionaire at the age of forty was not wealthy enough; yet, he mysteriously gave up his lucrative international banking career and 276 acre river front home to launch a non-profit crusade to rehabilitate prostitutes and battered women. Truly an inspiration to challenge all of us to re-think our priorities in life.

This is a great book for Christians and non-Christians for faith-building and personal growth. For the believers, you'll find the author's spiritual journey incredibly powerful especially his on-and-off and intricate relationship with God and how the Lord pulled the author back to the path of Christian fellowship after he drifted away. For the non-believers, you'll gain practical insight on how the author became a millionaire at the age of forty. And for the culturally curious, you'll experience the author's journey across Asia, Australia and Europe, not to mention the good old U.S.A. from an immigrant's point of view. In the final chapter of the book, you'll understand the meaning of the book title, "to bank or not to bank" - an interesting inner-self struggle between God and Satan. Enjoy and be ready to be challenged.

I feel good to have purchased the book. Not only was I entertained for a full week of reading and self-discovery, I was also comforted by the author's generosity that the book royalties will be donated to rehabilitate exploited women and children.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 5:07:21 PM PDT
I recently published a memoir, "It's Not about the Fish." It already has two, five-star reviews on Amazon It's Not about the Fish. I would be honored to have you read my book. You can get more information about the book and the author at www.bryanmcmurry.com.

Thank you,

BMc

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 6:50:43 PM PDT
what? says:
here's one. Unique, real. It's a biography, autobiography, memoir and a remarkably descriptive book of stories. It's called: What "Back Then" Was Like and stories passed on by ancestors. Author is Roger C. Elliott. 50 yr old writer and English instructor. He know what people want to read. A very good gift for elderly readers. Larger print and hard to put down once started. What "Back Then" Was Like: and stories passed on by ancestors

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 7:26:00 PM PDT
"Survivor" I Changed the Rules (Part 1)

Greetings!

For starters I didn't write my life story out of vain or conceit. Nor am I striving to save the world. I just have this gift and ability to write and put words in motion because of my life esxperience. So I decided that all of us in one way or another are survivors. But if we want to be successful. We must at some point take our life in our own hands and determine our own fate based on whatever we want to do throughout this journey here on this earth.
My life has been no walk in the park. I doubt that many could make it through my experiences and be as mentally sound as I am today. But yesterday is yesterday, and today and tomorrow is determined by how we view our experiences. I've turned my adversities into opportunities.
READ MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY SURVIVOR I CHANGED THE RULES PART 1, and I assure you you'll be changed for the better. After all we're all survivors. God Bless!

Therone Shellman the elder of four children who were taken away from their mother when he was four and thrown into the NYC foster care system. In and out of different homes he and his sister went. He was a child thinking about adult issues like survival and having to look out for his younger sister. At the age of fifteen dissatisfied with the dysfunctional parents who adopted them both, and a school system he felt was biased he turned his back on both and sought the streets. From hustling at fifteen, to pulling stick ups at sixteen, Shellman found himself at the age of seventeen being sentenced to four to twelve years in prison.
In an honest and brutal way Shellman tells his life story from a powerless child to a power crazed misdirected youth, survival of the fittest on the streets and life within some of the roughest prisons in New York State. Throughout the story you witness his search for self peace and spiritual growth as he sought to balance his troubled life which would ultimately lead him through life threatening situations where by chance and little wit he would overcome time and time again. And finally some way, some how an awakening rose within him to change his life and write stories which would help others. Survivor I Changed the Rules is not just a memoir or autobiography, it is a testament about how strong the human spirit is and the ability within all of us to rise above the chains that imprison us.

www.thirdeyepublishing.org

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2010 7:37:43 PM PDT
Joie Lake says:
Craig, Define "elderly" readers..........<ahem> I am senior to the author but hardly "elderly"!

;-)

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 7:48:57 PM PDT
N. Binnie says:
David Sedaris!

Me Talk Pretty One Day
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
When You Are Engulfed In Flames

Posted on May 1, 2010 12:36:02 AM PDT
Hi everyone, I have written my first book, a memoir set in the 80's in the suburbs of London.

For a limited time it is 99 cents on Kindle and it's called Invisible Tears

This is the story of Abbie's struggle to survive, the grim details of child abuse of the worst kind all told from the perspective of a little girl. As a teenager Abbie is uncontrollable. A Modette during the 80's revival, she finds a love of scooters, rebellion and gang life on the wild side. Dulling her pain with alcohol, drugs and promiscuity at a very young age she loses control and becomes well known to the local police.

Her family eventually disowns her realizing they are unable to help. Abbie finds herself in the care of the Court until she is abandoned by children's homes and Social Services too. Alone, penniless and pregnant at the age of 16, she is haunted by the secrets of her unspeakable past. Will anyone ever see her invisible tears?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2010 4:26:52 AM PDT
The Thing Inside My head
If you liked Angela's Ashes then you will like this.
This frank family memoir, spanning four countries, centres on the author's daughter, Sybil, who suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder, anorexia, & depression. It recounts events that triggered & then intensified her mental health problems, from her birth amidst the Iranian Revolution to a troubled mother, her idyllic but politically-disrupted childhood in Qatar , to her preventable death in an Essex mental ward. But it also pays tribute to Sybil's brave struggles against her illness, to the many dedicated carers who supported her, to the persevering battles her parents fought on her behalf (as well as the unintentional mistakes they made). It shows how families can affect sufferers & how sufferers impact powerfully on their families. The book incorporates several different points of view-carers, family members, friends, and especially the candid, often searing diary excerpts from Sybil herself, which open a window into the thought processes of a young patient. The book is aimed at those interested in OCD or other mental illnessesand the strengths and weaknesses of various NHS mental facilities and policies.
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