Biographies & Memoirs

July 18, 2018

Read or Die

"Read or Die: A Story of Survival, Hope, and How a Life Was Saved One Book at a Time" by Daphne Russell

"I look forward to the day I see yellow caution tape stretched around my students' neighborhoods, the chalk outline of apathy on the ground, crushed by the weight of a thousand books. Until then I treat each day as if books are EpiPens and every student has a shellfish allergy with a mouth full of shrimp." Most of the students in Daphne Russell's reading class have never read an entire book, and they can’t relate to Harry Potter and his magic wand. Abel is twenty-eight days behind everyone else and he needs enough books inside him to get his lungs to work again, mend his shattered heart, and kick the shit out of apathy.

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May 20, 2018

UNWIFEABLE

"UNWIFEABLE" by  Mandy Stadtmiller

| Author | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | "Sex and the City" on acid, the author of the iconic series Candace Bushnell calls this outrageously entertaining memoir from popular real-life Carrie Bradshaw Mandy Stadtmiller "hilarious" and it's easy to see why. With unbelievable, tell-all stories about drug-addled, celebrity-filled nights, this is a story where despite doing everything wrong to find love, it's still possible to find Mr. Right. From the popular, “candid and bold, tender and tough” (Cheryl Strayed) dating columnist for New York magazine and the New York Post comes a whirlwind and “gutsy” (Courtney Love) memoir recounting countless failed romances and blackout nights, told with Mandy Stadtmiller’s unflinching candor and brilliant wit.

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April 10, 2018

Papa, Where Are You?

"Papa, Where Are You?" by PJ Easterbrook

| Author | Facebook | Abruptly taken from their family, separated from their father, and abandoned in an orphanage, two young sisters face their future all alone. Set in the 1920's and based on a true story, Betty and Julie live through six terrifying years of their life and seek to understand their ordeal.  It's a story of faith, resilience, and strength of two young girls. Reviews: "Excellent book! Gripping from page 1!" Such a great book about life in the 1920s and 30s. The story was very well written, and you really develop true feelings for these people. Hard to put down because I wanted to know what happened! Easy to read in one night. ~ Kristin B "I so enjoyed this story of two sisters' long journey through difficult ..." I so enjoyed this story of two sisters' long journey through difficult circumstances that drew them closer to one another, and to God. The author paints a beautiful picture of the reality that God is always in control even in circumstances that seem out of control! ~ Rhonda P.

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March 21, 2018

Tilting, A Memoir

"Tilting, A Memoir" by Nicole Harkin

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | We only learned about our father’s girlfriend after he became deathly ill and lay in a coma 120 miles from our home. Overhearing the nurse tell Linda—since I was nine I had called my mom by her first name—about the girlfriend who came in almost every day to visit him when we weren’t there confirmed that the last moment of normal had passed us by without our realizing it. Up to then our family had unhappily coexisted with Dad flying jumbo jets to Asia while we lived in Montana. We finally came together to see Dad through his illness, but he was once again absent from a major family event—unable to join us from his comatose state. This is the moment when our normal existence tilted.

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