Suitcase Full of Dreams by Hoy Kersh #SegueSaturday #bookreview #memoirs #nonfiction

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I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in July 2010. It is an unforgettable memoir. Enjoy! Ms. Kersh shares her memories, including those of the historical figures who inspired … Continue reading Suitcase Full of Dreams by Hoy Kersh #SegueSaturday #bookreview #memoirs #nonfiction

First Lines Friday – Apr. 26, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book. Here are my first lines: There were all kinds of stories told about the war that made it sound as if it was happening in a faraway and different … Continue reading First Lines Friday – Apr. 26, 2019

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Behind the Mask…No More by Byron Nease (9781419655296)

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in April 2009.  It is an inspiring memoir of the late Byron Nease, who originated the role of Raoul in the Canadian production of … Continue reading #SegueSaturday #BookReview: Behind the Mask…No More by Byron Nease (9781419655296)

Book review: With or Without You by Domenica Ruta (9780679645023) E-book

"I will not become my mother." These were famous last words from Domenica (Nikki) Ruta. It was touch and go for a while. Nikki's mom, Kathi, was a drug addict who wanted her daughter to have more than she did. This book is not only about Nikki's fight to try and find a "normal" life, … Continue reading Book review: With or Without You by Domenica Ruta (9780679645023) E-book

Book review: Hey Kids, Want Some Chocolates?: My Family’s Journey to Freedom by Melitta Strandberg (9781456717933)

"I guess sometimes the search for freedom is enough to keep one alive." Melitta and her family's  experience in Nazi Germany in WWII was something that no one wants to contemplate, but it happened and she has written a short, but stirring memoir about it.  In Weimar, Germany, Melitta was born on September 3, 1944 … Continue reading Book review: Hey Kids, Want Some Chocolates?: My Family’s Journey to Freedom by Melitta Strandberg (9781456717933)

Book review: There Are Worse Things I Could Do by Adrienne Barbeau (9780786716371)

Adrienne Barbeau is not only a gifted actress and singer, but a gifted writer as well. There is early proof in the excerpts from her journals starting in fifth grade and her ninth grade term paper., "To Be Or Not To Be: Acting as a Vocation". She writes with honesty, strength, humility and humor. This … Continue reading Book review: There Are Worse Things I Could Do by Adrienne Barbeau (9780786716371)

Book review – Forgiving Troy: A True Story of Murder, Mental Illness, and Recovery by Thom Bierdz (9781615394852)

Thom Bierdz is an actor, artist, author and loving brother who reaches into his own psyche to tell a heart wrenching and raw account of his life that will leave you breathless. Not only does Thom write about his struggle to understand why his brother murdered his mother, but he writes about his struggles with … Continue reading Book review – Forgiving Troy: A True Story of Murder, Mental Illness, and Recovery by Thom Bierdz (9781615394852)

Book Review: Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg (9781401322472)

“Without really trying, I have become a collector of other families’ secrets.” –Steve Luxenberg. Steve Luxenberg’s memoir reads like a mystery.  In the Spring of 1995, Steve finds out that his mother, Beth, had a sister, Annie, who was mentally and physically disabled.  This and other family secrets unfold in a number of shocking revelations … Continue reading Book Review: Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg (9781401322472)

Book review:The Shipwreck of a Nation. Germany: An Inside View by H. Peter Nennhaus (9781432734039)

H. Peter Nennhaus grew up in Berlin during WWII; a volatile time in German and world history.  The book is different in that he tells the story from a German boy’s point of view who saw things differently at that time in history.  You can see Mr. Nennhaus’s interest in history by reading the historical … Continue reading Book review:The Shipwreck of a Nation. Germany: An Inside View by H. Peter Nennhaus (9781432734039)

Book Review: Who Do You Think You Are? by Alyse Myers (9781416543060)

Alyse Myers’s memoir is very personal, brave and honest. This memoir was mainly about Alyse Myers’ rocky relationship with her mother. The eldest of three girls, Alyse adored her father, but hated her mother. Alyse was her father’s favorite, but her mother’s jealousy and anger at the attention he paid to Alyse was something that … Continue reading Book Review: Who Do You Think You Are? by Alyse Myers (9781416543060)