Category Archives: Memoir

Review: Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain

Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Random House (August 13, 2013) ISBN-10: 1400068622 Source: Publisher In September of 2001, when the mother of twenty-year-old Justin St. Germain is murdered at the hands of her fifth husband in Tombstone, AZ, it is written off as “A real-life old West murder mystery.”  Despite its famous history, Tombstone is still […]

Audio Book Review: Elsewhere by Richard Russo

Listening Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes Program Type: Audiobook Publisher: Random House Audio Release Date: October 30, 2012 Source: Library Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo follows eight tremendous works of fiction with a truly rewarding memoir of his life in Elsewhere. Fans of his novels will recognize his hometown of Gloversville, NY, a town once […]

Review: Giving Up the Ghost: A Story about Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted by Eric Nuzum

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback (August 7, 2012) ISBN-10: 0385342438 Source: Publisher Eric Nuzum grew up in Canton, OH in the 1980s. As a high school student, he never really fit in, an oddball of sorts. Not helping his situation were his strange dreams of a young girl, dressed in blue. She […]

Review: In My Father’s Country by Saima Wahab

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Crown (April 24, 2012) ISBN-10: 0307884945 Source: Publisher Saima Wahab was just three years old when her father was arrested by the KGB at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan.  This was the last time she would ever see him, this action just the start of Saima’s painful early memories. Caught in […]

Frightful Friday: A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of A Murder by Karen Spears Zacharias

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week’s featured book is actually a memoir, somehow making it even more chilling: A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder by Karen Spears Zacharias.   Hardcover: 325 pages Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing […]

Review: This Life Is In Your Hands by Melissa Coleman

Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 10, 2012) ISBN-10: 0061958336 Source: Publisher In the late 1960s, Melissa Coleman’s parents, Eliot and Sue, gave up their life in regular society to move to a rural rugged coastland in Maine. They purchased 60 acres of land, planning to exist solely on the crops they grew. […]

Review-Girls Like Us: A Memoir by Rachel Lloyd

Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (February 28, 2012) ISBN-10: 0061582069 Source: Publisher Rachel Lloyd, after winding up as a victim of commercial sexual exploitation as a teen, eventually breaks free of this life, striving to help other girls in a similar situation.  She forms GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services), an organization founded to provide […]

Review: Huck by Janet Elder

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Broadway; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011) ISBN-10: 0767931351 Source: Publisher Michael was a preschooler when the pleas for a  dog began.  He went as far as creating a PowerPoint presentation covering the reasons why he needed a dog.  Despite his incessant begging, his parents Rich & Janet stood strong. They simply couldn’t juggle what […]

Review: Cocktail Hour Under The Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

Hardcover:256 pages Publisher:Penguin Press HC, The (August 23, 2011) ISBN-10: 1594202990 Source: Publisher In the sequel to Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, which Fuller’s family refers to as “the Awful Book”, the author once again returns to Africa to detail and describe the childhood of her mother in Africa, her father’s in […]

Review: Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: William Morrow (January 25, 2011) ISBN-10: 0061930059 Source: Publisher For ten years, from 1996-2006, Nepal suffered through a horrendous civil war. Young children were taken from their parents and forced to serve the Maoist rebels.  Child traffickers took advantage of many of these families, promising a safer life for the children […]