Biography & Memoir

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...

Song Over Silence: A Story About Finding My Voice While Healing Child Incest Abuse

Jill Dyann Bittle (FriesenPress )

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

A poignant memoir on overcoming the trauma of sexual abuse and finding light, Song over Silence: A Story about Finding My Voice While Healing Child Incest Abuse by Jill Dyann Bittle follows the author's painful journey towards self-acceptance and healing. In clear prose and a voice that echoes with honesty, Bittle shares her story, taking readers through the harrowing experience of being sexually abused as a child by her paternal grandfather while her parents were away on vacation, an experience that remained buried in her subconsciou...

Char's Gift

Steve Harryman (Elm Hill / HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

The Mayor of Mardi Gras: A Memoir

Gregory L. Fischer (Make It Write Publishing)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

The Mayor of Mardi Gras: A Memoir by Gregory Fischer tells the story of his cousin, McKinley 'Mackie' J. Cantrell, III, whose grandfather was a third-generation float builder. His grandfather had his own company and was captain of his own parade, Krewe of Mardi Gras. After the death of his cousin two days after Christmas in 2021, the author suffered a devastating loss and in this book, he shares memories of Mackie, a cousin who was like a brother to him, exploring his central role in bringing to life the Mardi Gras culture in New Orleans. As re...

The Swing: A Muse's Memoir about Keeping the Artist Alive

Susan Dennis (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

The Swing: A Muse's Memoir about Keeping the Artist Alive by Susan Dennis is a spellbinding memoir that explores the relationship between the author and a sick artist. Susan knows the stakes are high and the odds stacked against her when she falls for the gifted photographer, Charlie, a man whose health deteriorates rapidly. Charlie works feverishly on his art, producing countless stunning works while his body grows weaker and weaker. In this memoir, the author captures her experience with the love of her life with unwonted clarity, a romance t...

Dementia, A Love Story

Stephen Lewis (Mission Point Press)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Dementia: A Love Story by Stephen Lewis is a memoir that the author has penned down in dedication to his late wife who succumbed to early-onset Dementia. Reading through the work, the words feel like they are coming from the heart even you don’t know the fact that it is a recollection of true events. It is a mesmerizing tale of how two people can manage as well as survive the challenges that come with relationships where one person is suffering from a disease that makes them forget details about their life quite frequently. Stephen Lewis has d...

Tales of an American Lesbian - The Best of the Straight & Narrow: 1986 - 1993

Holly Valero (Boilerplate Books, LLC)

| Reviewed by Kim Calderon

Holly Valero grew up on a Pennsylvanian sheep farm and faced adulthood at only 19 when she started working. Her life had been the complete opposite of normal. Paired with the 1986 LGBTQIA+ riots and the political wreck caused by the AIDS epidemic, Valero knew there was more to life than meets the eye. “Lesbians resented gay men for dragging them into a fresh spotlight of national hatred. Gay men resented lesbians for wasting their time with any other issue but the life-or-death issue of AIDS.” In her pursuit to find a voice for herself and for...

The Lifer and the Lawyer: A Story of Punishment, Penitence, and Privilege

George Critchlow with Michael Anderson (Cascade Books)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

Michael Anderson is an African American who grew up poor and neglected in south Chicago.  His circumstances transformed him into a violent and predatory criminal. Anderson was caught in a crime spree in 1978 resulting in multiple felony charges and convictions, which led him to spend the last forty-three years  in prison. Against all odds, Anderson transformed himself spiritually and morally over the course of several decades. He challenged society's perceptions of him as an incorrigible monster and he redeemed him...

Travels Through Aqua, Green, and Blue

Mary E. Gregory (Urban Honesty Press)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

In her memoir, Travels through Aqua, Green, and Blue, Mary E. Gregory takes readers on a rollicking ride through her life, starting with her experience of trauma and going through coming of age moments, a story that is electrifying and emotionally charged. Born with a cleft lip and palate, Mary enjoys her life growing up in Nashville. It is in the 1980s. Everything changes with her father’s coming out and abandonment of the family. Mary’s mother finds it hard to believe the man she married is gay, so in the midst of the crisis, she decides to t...

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