Biography & Memoir

Brain Storm

Shelley Kolton (FLR Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

In introducing Brain Storm: A Life in Pieces by Shelley Kolton MD, Robin Morgan states: ''This book will not leave you unchanged... It is a harrowing, hallowing experience—and a triumph of the human spirit.'' There couldn't be a better statement to speak about this memoir of mental illness and the author's incredible journey toward understanding herself and healing. Born in 1950, she recalls having an idyllic childhood, her mother carrying her constantly, while her father would playfully toss her into the air. But she experienced loneliness, to...

Places I Remember: Tales, Truths, Delights from 100 Countries

Lea Lane (The Three Tomatoes Publishing)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

Places I Remember: Tales, Truths, Delights from 100 Countries by Lea Lane is a memoir that follows the author's wonderful experiences traveling across seven continents, starting with her first overseas travel in 1965 for her honeymoon from the US to Europe. Over five decades, she has traveled to 100 countries and in this book, she shares interesting discoveries and memories of unique experiences and places. She has been mugged, she has found love on a cruise ship and watched people remarry, and she has clear memories of Germany using poison gas...

Promised Lands: MOLLIE WALSH, An Irish-American Story

Art Petersen (Klondike Research)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

Promised Lands: MOLLIE WALSH, An Irish-American Story by Art Petersen follows the life of a historical character while exploring the diverse implications of the Klondike Gold Rush. The story goes back to Mollie Walsh's Irish roots and her parent's migration to the United States. This is the story of an incredible woman of grit and character, punctuated by her experiences from Milwaukee to St. Paul, Minnesota, from the gold-laden creeks of the Klondike to the sands of Nome. Readers are introduced to a woman who quickly became the darling of Skag...

Falling Into The Silence

Margaret Seven Wellman (Blurb)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Falling into the Silence by Margaret Seven Wellman features a collection of short stories that meld fiction with elements of autobiography to give readers powerful glimpses into the author’s life. The themes are universal — family, the sense of home, self-discovery, getting hurt, and moving on. Maggie is the youngest child of William A. Wellman, a well-known film director, and Dorothy Coonan, Busby Berkeley dancer and actor. Margaret Seven Wellman's stories offer dazzling images from her childhood, growing up in Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s...

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy

H. Nattanya Andersen (Avia Publishing)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction by Nattanya Andersen is a nonfiction book that follows the author's harrowing experience through mental health treatment. Nattanya Andersen is diagnosed with PTSD after surviving an airplane engine explosion at work. What followed was a grueling journey through treatment from airline-employed psychiatrists and psychologists. The question is: Did she really need mental health treatment and go through the stress she has been through for 10...

My Race for Life: Finding New Strength After Tragedy

Alison Delgado (Cincinnati Book Publishing)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

My Race for Life: Finding New Strength after Tragedy by Alison Bedingfield Delgado is the inspiring story of the author's tragic accident and her journey to healing and wholeness. Alison has grown up as an athlete and an academician, coming first in the Flying Pig Marathon in the women's division at the age of twenty-two. In her second year as a pediatric resident at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Alison is hit by a car while cycling on a suburban road. An emergency helicopter physician at the University Hospital is dispatched to trea...

Pawprints On Our Hearts: How A Few Incredible Dogs Changed One Life Forever

Kerk Murray (Winter Press Publishing)

| Reviewed by Kim Calderon

Pawprints on Our Hearts: How A Few Incredible Dogs Changed One Life Forever by Kerk Murray is a deeply moving memoir that intelligently documents the author's journey from loss and pain to redemption, accompanied by lovely canine companions. It is one of the best books that capture the connection between human beings and dogs. In the letter to readers, the author notes: ''When I recall the defining moments in my life, I can’t help but think of the animals who changed me.'' Kerk Murray didn't start out as a dog lover; he loved animals...

A Fraction Stronger

Mark Berridge (Major Street Publishing)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

A Fraction Stronger by Mark Berridge is an engaging book about the author's journey to recreating his life after a devastating accident that left him severely damaged. Luckily, his helmet prevented severe injury to the brain that might have hindered his ability to think and remember. In this inspiring, well-crafted, and utterly engaging memoir, the author shares his journey towards regaining his life, a story that is emotionally rich and utterly captivating. While Berridge takes readers down through the darkest moments of his life, he also fil...

The Sundown of Life

Sonia Weyers (Eudokima)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

The Sundown of Life by Sonia Weyers is a memoir that beautifully documents the author's journey with her parents as they faced the last days of their lives. The book opens with the shocking news that came through the call from her father: ‘With a calm voice, my dad said, “It’s the end. Generalized cancer.”' Learning that her father had metastases in his liver, in both of his lungs, and in several other places in his body was shocking enough. Her mom broke an ankle, had a declining health situation, and the numerous surgeries her father has had...

Dear Abigail: A Letter to a Little Granddaughter

Richard Rees (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Dear Abigail: A Letter to a Little Granddaughter by Richard H Rees is a wonderful book in which the author — husband, grandfather, and father — shares a journey of love and loss, navigating the currents of grief, and celebrating a family that suffers from a cycle of ovarian cancer. Richard and Rachel have loved each other deeply since their teenage years, getting married at twenty-one. In spite of their painful histories, they are bound by a love that complements the childhood years marked by hardship. After welcoming two lovely kids into the f...

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