Category Archives: Memoirs

I Talk Slower than I Think

By: C. D. Bonner   Format: eBook.   Read: November 2014

This is a collection of stories to remind adults of every age of a simpler, more hands-on era.

I Talk Slower than I Think is a nod to the good old days. Filled with southern expressions, each chapter relays an old family story passed down from previous generations. This book will have readers laughing out loud, as well as a few nodding along as they relate to certain events. Although there are some stories that are more emotional than entertaining, overall this is a feel-good book that both Southerners and Northerners can appreciate.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Sasee Review for August

Hi Everyone,

As you all know, I have had the honor of writing the book reviews for Sasee Magazine. Here is a snippet of the review that I did for month of August.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Who Left Me in Charge?

By: Erin Spatz

This past month, I had the pleasure of reading this new release by local author and new Sasee columnist, Erin Spatz. Erin mixes reality and humor as she shares her journey through Postpartum Panic Disorder. This book is a collection of her journal entries dealing with everyday topics that most Moms face.

Erin Spatz thought that throughout her pregnancy and childbirth that life would be magical once she held her newborn baby. Unfortunately, she developed Postpartum Panic Disorder that worsened after each of her four children were born. Throughout her struggles, she found a form of peace through writing and kept a journal of her chaotic days. Her honest and playful writing style makes it easy for all women to relate to her. Since the chapters are organized by topics, they are short and easy to read. Perfect for busy Moms looking to find something they can connect to, when they don’t have a lot of time to devote to reading.

 

You can read this issue (and the full review) at this link.

 

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The Seventh Angel

By: Alex McKeithen. Format: Hardcover. Read: March 2014.

 

Alex McKeithen decided to study art abroad in the inspiring European landscape. Unfortunately for him, when he arrived in Paris, he suffered a breakdown, running through the streets proclaiming he was the Seventh Angel and that the apocalypse was coming. This book is his story through these events and his recovery back in the states.

Alex McKeithen is brave for spilling his life and thoughts out in this book. He even gives readers more insight into his spinning mind, by adding notes along the side, as though this was his personal journal. The author doesn’t shy away from the harshness of his illness or the realities of treatment inside the facility. However he does try to insert humorous scenes to help break up the monotony.  This is an exceptional book about the inner workings of an overactive mind.

 

Again, I thank you for your patience with these reviews. As I am sure you can imagine, it was quite difficult to not only be living the experiences of caring for someone who struggles daily, but then to read a few back to back books about mental illnesses…well reading is my escape and it is pretty difficult to escape my reality by living someone else’s experiences.  Again I offer my apologies over the delayed reviews, but I am thrilled to announce that we are moving forward through the next books on The List.

 

Do you or someone you know, suffer from bipolar disease? Do you appreciate the value of experiencing someone’s life through their words?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Note:

The PR Representative provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about her, please visit her website.

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A Beautiful Mess

By: Ali Berlinski. Format: Ebook. Read: September 2013.

A Brooklyn elementary school teacher who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere and goes to Spain to find time to write and connect with herself. Ali Berlinski is a unique individual that grew up on both coasts and as an only child-youngest child-oldest child. Not to mention the fact that she is bi-racial too and people assume her step-mom is her actual mom. This is her first book and it is the story of her life.

A Beautiful Mess is an intriguing, yet humorous account of the author’s life. Written as though the author is speaking to her friends, readers will find themselves awkwardly laughing even during the more trying times in Berlinski’s life. The author is very honest in all the emotions she experienced while being part of a large, chaotic family. However, the book did not flow smoothly, and could benefit from rearranging some of the chapters. At the end, in the author bio, it is mentioned that this is her first novel, yet it is clearly a memoir. There are a few grammar errors and the ending will leave readers with a few unanswered questions. On the other hand, this memoir sets up several scenarios that will stimulate the readers’ mind and make them question their own feelings and responses, if they were in a similar situation.

This book was nice and I appreciated how it felt like I was inside the author’s mind, like two friends chatting about their hectic lives over dinner. I also appreciate the fact that the author is giving back to the world, by donating a children’s book to a child in need for every purchased copy of A Beautiful Mess. I enjoyed the uniqueness and craziness of her everyday family life, yet the majority of the drama most everyone, including myself, can relate.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:

The publisher for the author gave me a copy of this book to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #17

When I Married My Mother
By: Jo Maeder

One New Yorker DJ and one elderly, aging woman living in the heart of the Bible-loving south are being reunited thanks to life. Jo decides to leave her home to head south to care for her mother, despite all of her friends and family begging her not to go. Looking back now, Jo would never change those final few years with her mom, since that short time taught her more about life than she had ever learned before.

This is an emotional tale of a woman coming to terms with her broken home past and how it is affecting her present. This is a heart-warming tale with laugh-out-loud moments that provide a break from the serious monotony of caring for an aging parent. Jo Maeder perfectly balances the intricate line of finding laughter during difficult times. This is a must read for everyone woman in the world.

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This review was originally written for My Sister’s Books.

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Taking Flight

By: Sarah Solmonson. Format: Paperback. Read: January 2013.

 

Sarah Solmonson tells her story of growing up as the only human child in the Norton family. Her father, David Norton, was obsessed with airplanes and flying. He spent six years building an airplane from scratch. Unfortunately on July 1, 2000, David’s regular take off took a tragic turn as the wind disappeared, causing his beloved plane to crash. David Norton didn’t survive and this book is the story of how his wife and daughter fought to survive their horrific loss.

 

In her telling memoir, Sarah Solmonson demonstrates an incredible talent for writing. She rotates chapters between a current conversation with her father and the memories she had growing up. This rotation provides the perfect balance between the heart wrenching emotions and the wholesome funny memories of the past. Readers will feel as though Sarah did not use any ink to write this book, but instead used her own blood from her heart. Each sentence, each statement and each memory are written with such honesty and such affection that readers will feel like they are a member of this family. Incredibly powerful and mesmerizing.

 

 

This is the first memoir that I have read in a long time and I can honestly say that it is one that I will never forget. I was left so speechless by this book, that I had a difficult time writing this review. I couldn’t think of what to say. My heart and soul were moved by her courage to write this story, while my heart and mind were grateful for her honesty. Yet, somewhere in all of these feelings, not once did my hands feel that they could write a worthy review. The only thing I could think to say was: Wow, grab a blanket and a box of tissues. Then curl up and read this book! From the very beginning, I had tears in my eyes and then a few pages later, I was smiling and laughing. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

 

~Ariesgrl

 

Note:

The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this book and the author, please visit her website.

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