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Initial post: Jun 10, 2010 10:24:08 AM PDT
MEMOIR: How I Read, Write and Use It has just been made available on Kindle by the author of Children of the HolocaustChildren of the Holocaust: Conversations with Sons and Daughters of Survivors; Joe PappJoe Papp: An American Life and Where She Came FromWhere She Came From : A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 3:52:41 PM PDT
"Hard as it is to believe, one of the most significant stories of the post-9/11 age is also one of the least known-life at Gitmo, the detention facility for many of the world's worst terrorists. Few individuals are more qualified to tell this story than Montgomery Granger, a citizen soldier, family man, dedicated educator, and Army Reserve medical officer involved in one of the most intriguing military missions of our time. Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay is about that historic experience, and it relates not only what it was like for Granger to live and work at Gitmo, but about the sacrifices made by him and his fellow Reservists serving around the world." Andrew Carroll, editor of the New York Times bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay, or "Gitmo: The Real Story," is a "good history of medical, security, and intelligence aspects of Gitmo; also, it will be valuable for anyone assigned to a Gitmo-like facility." Jason Wetzel, Field Historian, Office of Army Reserve History U.S. Army Reserve Captain Montgomery Granger found himself the ranking Army Medical Department officer in a joint military operation like no other before it - taking care of terrorists and murderers just months after the horrors of September 11, 2001. Granger and his fellow Reservists end up running the Joint Detainee Operations Group (JDOG) at Guantanamo Bay's infamous Camp X-Ray. In this moving memoir, Granger writes about his feelings of guilt, leaving his family and job back home, while in Guantanamo, he faces a myriad of torturous emotions and self-doubt, at once hating the inmates he is nonetheless duty bound to care for and protect. Through long distance love, and much heartache, Granger finds a way to keep his sanity and dignity. Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay is his story. Montgomery J. Granger is a three-time mobilized U.S. Army Reserve Major (Ret.) who resides in Long Island, New York, with his wife and five children. Granger is the author of Theodore, a personal narrative published in the 2006 Random House wartime anthology, Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front in the words of U.S. Troops and their Families. Publisher's Web site:

Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 4:21:13 PM PDT
abstractionz says:
Tom Sawyer In Hell

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.

You can find the first two chapters for free at

Sample Review:

"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.

Product Links:

Tom Sawyer In Hell Kindle Edition - $0.99

Tom Sawyer in Hell Paperback - $9.89

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 11:13:02 PM PDT
Bobby DeVito says:
BURNED - Living Through the 80s and 90s as a Rock Guitarist

i just released my rock&roll memoir on Kindle last week. it is the story of my life in the music biz, my addiction and recovery, and how i nearly lost everything, including my mind :-)

i would be honored if some of you would read and review it!


bobby d

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 6:56:03 AM PDT
Roger Keen says:
Now available on Kindle The Mad Artist: Psychonautic Adventures in the 1970s covers four years of psychedelically enhanced life in late '70s Britain, written within the trip-lit tradition that includes The Doors of Perception, The Hasheesh Eater, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Naked Lunch.

"`The Mad Artist' is everything a memoir should be for the reader; a glimpse into the emotional, spiritual and social growth of an individual and yet not alienating through whimsy and self-indulgence. Keen uses the psychedelic experience as a beautiful craft through which the elements of his life have been magnified and threaded. It is a textual empathogen, wherein flashes of thought and circumstance entrench you in the text."

-Rob Dickins, The Psychedelic Press UK.

"Vigorously and actively trying to get to grips with what we understand by reality and the world around us through mind-altering drugs, art, literature, philosophy, music, cinema and ultimately, writing, The Mad Artist is a dazzling, intelligent and ambitious quest to cut through conventional ways of looking at the world that ultimately yields impressive and potentially life-changing results. A resounding success on every level."

-Noel Megahey, Digital Fix Reviewer

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 3:00:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2010 3:03:22 PM PDT
Dreamer says:
DATING MY VIBRATOR (and other true fiction)

I call my collection of stories true fiction (but there's more truth than fiction). R-rated at the most--nothing explicit. Stories about dating, divorce, desperation--all that good stuff! Here's a description:

Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own dating experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. CAUTION: if you're contemplating divorce, these stories may convince you to consider marriage counseling. If you're out there dating, chances are you will relate. OMG! Here's a scary thought: maybe you've met some of these guys. Names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Check it out. And then tell me your stories! Here's my blog

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 10:24:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2010 10:28:25 AM PDT
M F says:
Need reviews!!!!

How I Escaped from the USSR
How I Escaped from the USSR: (from the Notes of a Citizen of the Universe) (Volume 1)

Product Description
"Try to imagine someone writing an absurd farce, and performing it on stage as though it were serious. You are required to attend each daily performance, whether you like it or not. Worse, the spectators are applauding..."

This autobiographical novella takes Dimitri Sokolenko from that gloomy farce of life in the USSR, through inane bureaucracy and adventure, into India, Nepal, Pakistan, Italy and finally the US. It passes matter-of-factly through moments of craziness and danger: he pretends to think elephants live in Vietnam, to hide his interest in India - he's whisked back and forth by Americans, never knowing what they intend - he's interrogated by border officials, in all earnestness, about the names of a Star Wars characters found in his pocket. Sokolenko's fury at idiocy or injustice simmers throughout. Occasionally, it flares up in vivid choleric metaphor. But mostly, the simple facts suffice: "'Throw the pencils away!' yelled our commander" and they do, but Sokolenko's pen triumphs.

~~~~All money from sales will be used for translation of Retention: Indefinite- Gulag Memoirs (Russian Edition) (Volume 1). ~~~~

Thank you!!!

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 7:04:14 AM PDT
Johnny Chase says:
Tom Sawyer in Hell

15 reviews, 4.5 stars as of this writing

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.

The novel reflects and comments upon the dissatisfaction of the unconnected 20-30 year olds stuck in the midst of the deflated "American Dream."

Please click the product link to see a 4 star review by Grady Harp, #4 Amazon reviewer

Tom Sawyer in Hell

Only 99 cents on Kindle

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 9:07:58 AM PDT
My Rock & Roll memoir named ROCK MY WORLD is available on kindle books.
It's a first hand account of working as a concert merchandiser for some of the greatest Rock & Roll bands of the Eighties. Bands like The Pretenders, U2, The Police, The Clash, John Mellencamp, Billy Idol, REM, Aerosmith & Motley Crue. The book pulls you into life on the road and all points in between. Check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2010 9:17:13 AM PDT
Dreamer says:
That's great, John. Have you posted this on Kindleboards at the book Bazaar?

By the way, Kipp Speicher just posted an interview with me (mentioning Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction) on his blog. He devotes the blog to reviews and interviews with writers. Check it out:

See you on the boards!


DATING MY VIBRATOR (and other true fiction)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2010 3:59:37 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2010 4:52:48 PM PDT
Gail Harris says:
A Woman's War
A Woman's War: The Professional and Personal Journey of the Navy's First African American Female Intelligence Officer (Security and Professional Intelligence Education Series)

This is my memoir about my time in the Navy. It was fun and lots of men. I always thought of myself if average looking if not ugly and slight over weight if not down right fat. That's why it came as a complete shock when I joined the Navy and discovered I was a sex symbol! Navy guys love women of all shapes, sizes and color. Gail Harris

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 6:47:02 AM PDT
tina Traster says:
Burb Appeal: The Collection is a humorous collection of newspaper columns I've been writing for the last several years based on my move from Manhattan to Nyack. In these, readers have met nutty neighbors, (Rosie's neighbors) bumbling town officials, a plethora of domestic and wild animals and of course my family. The book is now out on Amazon Kindle.

here's the link:

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 6:22:20 PM PDT
Sam says:
Take a look at COURAGE TO WALK by Robert Waxler now on Kindle

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 1:03:44 PM PST
What a wonderful list of memoirs are available on Kindle now! We're happy to be among the Kindle memoir writers. Our little romantic memor It Had to Be Us is the story of how we got back together after being estranged and divorced for almost two decades. It's told in a "He Remembers/She Remembers" style that readers seem to like. Now we know that romantic miracles can happen, even after age 60! We hope you enjoy It Had to Be Us.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 1:51:13 PM PST
"Riveting!", "Gripping", "A Motivational Tour De Force".

A kidnapping, the divorce of her parents, the loss of her father, temporary abandonment and extreme poverty are just some of the issues the author dealt with as a young child.

Her mother finally tells her she must go to college so she can break out of this cycle of poverty and hopelessness. But how can she when she has no money and absolutely no confidence or self esteem?

Read this true story to discover what hope, faith and determination can do to change a life.

Safe From The Past: A Story of Hope, Faith and Determination

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 9:27:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2011 8:24:23 PM PDT
Doug DePew says:
SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat by Doug DePew is currently available on Kindle for $2.99.

It's a memoir of my time in Heilbronn, West Germany as an infantryman providing security for Pershing II nuclear missiles. It covers 1986-1988. It is basically what I saw and did while I was there. With the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Cold War, I'm hoping interest is out there for a book like this. I've never seen another one like it. So far, the people who've read it have liked it. It's a pretty fun, easy read.

It has nine five star reviews now!! I hope you check it out.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 4:24:33 AM PST
A CHILD'S VIEW OF WORLD WAR II is the first of two proposed memoirs. It focuses on my life in a Catholic orphanage from 1942 to 1946 and how the war affected my life and the lives of all the others who were forced to spend the war years there. It is available as a Kindle ebook priced at $2.99.
The following is taken from the Forward of A CHILD'S VIEW.
From December 7, 1941 to September 2, 1945 when the Japanese surrender was signed aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, America was consumed with the war fronts in Europe and the Pacific. But because those years were spent in the relative isolation of an orphanage, this child's view of the war was necessarily limited to a very small portion of the home front. Despite that limitation, the war affected every aspect of my life and the lives of all the children at the orphanage.
Whether child or civilian adult, the war determined the relationships one had, where one lived, what one had to eat and what clothing to wear, and where he or she worked or went to school.
For the civilian population World War II was a time of giving, though we children in the orphanage had nothing to give. It was a time of sharing, but all we shared was a poverty stricken environment with thirty or forty other children. When the war was finally over our celebration was short lived because while the rest of America went on to unheard of prosperity our poverty continued
That poverty, however, was the simplest part of the equation. The complexities came with the memories of the war and how it affected each of us, now as well as then.
A CHILD'S VIEW OF WORLD WAR II is a good read. Enjoy!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 1:43:19 PM PST
Scott says:
The Idi-Odyssey (The Wedding Master)

The Idi-Odyssey (Book One: The Wedding Master)
Hi everyone, the Kindle version has been reduced to $4.99 and the print prices have gone down as well. The Idi-Odyssey details my comedic and random journey through .0000003% of the weddings in the US over the last ten years. Within nearly every one of those "special" occasions, I was, for reasons unknown, called upon, sometimes thrust into, a role outside of the normal everyday guest.

It continues to receive 5 star reviews including:
I can't remember the last time a personal memoir stayed in my head so long after I put it down. Stram unflinchingly recounts the details of his journey from ceremonious "wedding master" to unceremoniously betrothed, all while bringing humor and the occasional tear (from laughing so hard) to his audience. A must-read for anyone in need of a satirical page-turner.

More info, excerpts and reviews available at


Posted on Feb 28, 2011 1:28:55 AM PST
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Posted on Mar 23, 2011 3:50:10 PM PDT
Right Now Is Perfect: A Romance, an Adventure, the Unexpected Thereafter
The book has received rave reviews on Amazon.
This book is for everyone who dreams of finding a soul mate, ditching a job, and sailing off into the sunset-or for those more practical types who'd rather just read about it!
A woman falls in love with a charismatic free spirit. When he invites her to realize a lifelong dream of sailing across the Pacific, she heeds the call of romance, throws caution to the wind and leaves her well-established career behind. The story of an imperfect romance on a crowded sailboat unfolds as the four-person crew sails among the beautiful, isolated islands of the South Pacific.
The Marquesas, Tuamotos, and Society Islands of French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand are the landfalls you'll discover along the way.
But that's not all! The story moves to the west coast of America and Mexico as the two sailors re-adjust to life on land. Will their love affair survive? Just when it seems it might, an unexpected development throws everything into question.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 12:33:51 PM PDT
The Wooden Tongue Speaks Romanians: Contradictions & Realities
Contains stories of living in communist Romania.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 12:42:10 PM PDT
1923: A Memoir $1.19 on Kindle

Editorial Reviews
It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.
--The Bookbag

1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader
Product Description
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family's early history-their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith's story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

See all Editorial Reviews

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 2:07:25 AM PDT
Travelman says:
Check out my Africa themed memoir from the sixties.
The Up-Country Man A personal account of the first one hundred days inside secessionist Biafra.
My other Africa themed books include
The Last Bature
Tribal Gathering

Posted on Apr 10, 2011 2:24:07 AM PDT
In 1985, at any given moment, there was some teenager in America sitting in front of their phonograph self-medicating with Pink Floyd's The Wall. During that decade depression had yet to become a topic of national discussion; Prozac had yet to be widely prescribed-depression had yet to go mainstream. But the issue was being addressed in a genre of punk and new wave, which provided a substitute vocabulary for a generation that yet had to assimilate the language of depression. Bands like The Smiths, Violent Femmes, Tears for Fears, and The Cure spoke to emotional distress in a way that was unique to pop music and hastened the uptake of underground music by the mainstream.
STRANGE AS ANGELS is a memoir of teenage melancholy as well as a fan's notes on a handful of bands in the eighties that were important in a way that record sales did not reflect. The narrative follows a year in the author's life when the vagaries of first love and melancholy blurred into one-when songs had an urgency that seemed both profound and redemptive. STRANGE AS ANGELS is a semi-critical look at the `mope rock' genre, a story of romantic obsession, as well as a defense of self-pity.Strange As Angels: A Tale of Mood and Music
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