"(del Castillo's) cohesive, intelligent writing style effortlessly weaves personal anecdotes with exhaustively sourced academic conclusions, making this essential reading for anyone who desires a comprehensive backdrop to modern Afghanistan."
“In this dark, sometimes raw novel set in Laramie, Wyoming, a young woman physically and sexually abused by her husband is being held captive by him in their home…This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it carries a powerful message for those interested in the roots and tragedy of victimization.”
"Paguio set out to chronicle a forgotten moment of history. The resulting work seems to have been a personal catharsis for its author. As such, it may not appeal to a wide audience. "
"This volume is full of big stories, but despite the richness of material, it feels like a missed opportunity. The author’s callous tone and lack of detail will likely prevent the narrative from resonating with most readers."
"Salt Lake City author Jeri Parker knows well the vast beauty of the American West, not least the North Fork of the Snake River. Her description of the ruinous Teton Dam Flood of 1976 is spare and harrowing, and she perfectly captures the morning-after shock of the fatal fire."
Ex- Rich Girl Tells is the difficult story of a real person who desperately wants to find her place in the world but doesn’t have any of the tools to get there. Thankfully Kami takes life in stride and was brave enough to share her journey with us. There are plenty of opportunities to see yourself in Kami and to learn from her mistakes.
"Political junkies, especially those leaning right, will appreciate Balzano’s insights into what makes Republican presidents electable."
"Harnisch often writes about alter egos who live with the same mental disorders that he does, including schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome. The author’s authenticity no doubt comes at great personal cost, but his writing is elevated by his personal experience. This story deserves an admiring audience."
"Barinaga’s openness and cheerful outlook keeps readers engaged, as does the narrative’s layering of life events. True, a wartime memoir might have broader appeal, but the big heart on display in Behind A Tiny Story will be attractive to a general audience."
"Eva Hemming’s delightful memoir of life as a budding ballerina in WWII-era Europe is about life during wartime and an artist’s love of her craft in equally satisfying measures...It will surely interest dancers, students of history, and anyone who wonders what it’s like to be wooed by a celebrity."
"A skillfully written, inspiring story of spiritual growth that recalls the writings of Anne Lamott, with its openness about the raw vulnerabilities of motherhood and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love with its honest and searing search for a higher purpose in life."
". Like Rhodesia’s paternalist prime minister, Ian Smith, Selby justifies the defunct country’s defiant white-minority rule on the basis that black Africans were too “inexperienced” to govern themselves without “essential training” by their white overlords."
"Her memoir focuses on the poverty of her rural Arkansas upbringing, it also discusses the emotional poverty she felt as her father’s daughter. Mehl is thorough and forthright about the impact of being poor but doesn’t give equal weight to the effects of feeling unloved."
"This book introduces readers to a man who sacrificed much for the betterment of his country. While the spirit of the story is powerful, the book needs major content and organizational edits to reach a wide audience. Babalola can tell a good story, but this short book is highly disorganized and full of repetitive passages."
"A crazy-quilt collection of self-exploratory essays. The disjointed narrative rehashes the emotional, rocky relationships with her mother and children. This personal history of how one woman discovered her self-worth offers inspiration for readers looking for role models from the first wave of feminism a la Friedan."
"In just a few years before and during WWII, Latvia went from independence to being ruled by Russia and then being occupied by Germany. Later, Russia regained control. Vilnis Bankovics, a young student at the outset of this upheaval, was dragged along during these unsettled times and has written a highly readable memoir of the horrors he endured."
"The Healing of a Broken Spirit has its limitations, but Fayette uses gentle persuasion, inspirational language and personal examples to help others and, in so doing, may increase her reading and listening audience."
"In this heartfelt memoir, Hill shares life events that made her a strong, independent, optimistic educational leader and community servant. The strength of Hill’s memoir is her simple story telling. At times the stories wander, and there are errant typos. But readers will likely forgive these flaws."
This riveting memoir is not just the story of cancer; it’s also the story of falling in love, finding strength, and mustering the courage to listen to your inner voice.