|August 11, 2010||Posted by Bonnie Stewart under Memoir, Non-fiction|
It’s a truism—an old, tired, well-treaded truism—that writers are jealous. That the great wordsmiths of our culture, instead of reading hungrily to feed their story engines, tend to close in on themselves, shutting out the words of others in order to focus their own muses…
|April 13, 2010||Posted by Christine Gordon Manley under Canadian, History, Memoir, Non-fiction|
I Have My Mother’s Eyes is special for numerous reasons. Not only does it tell the story of Zosia Hoffenberg’s escape out of Poland (and Europe) during World War II, but it does so using three voices: Zosia herself (as told by daughter Barbara), the author (Zosia’s daughter), and Danielle, Barbara’s daughter, who took over the project and ensured its publication after the author died from cancer.
|April 11, 2010||Posted by Christine Gordon Manley under Memoir, Non-fiction, Young Adult|
Ma Yan’s story is remarkable and I am shocked that I never heard of it before now. In 2001, Ma Yan’s mother told the teenager she could no longer continue with her schooling: the family needed her to work. Ma Yan fought hard to remain at school and pursue an education.
|March 19, 2010||Posted by Debbie MacLellan under Memoir, Non-fiction, Young Adult|
This book is a must read for anyone thinking about adopting a child or who cares about children’s welfare issues.
Three Little Words both shocking and uplifting. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The book chronicles Ashley’s life, first as a foster child and then as an adopted daughter. The “help” that she receives at the hands of her many foster parents and by the foster care system is heartbreaking…
|March 16, 2010||Posted by Christine Gordon Manley under Canadian, Memoir, Non-fiction, Short stories|
Women like to talk—that’s no secret. What I have learned over the past year or so especially is that women love to share birth stories. And while most women I know who have given birth will gladly relay the tale to anyone who asks, something special happens when the story is shared with another mother.
|March 11, 2010||Posted by Colleen McKie under Memoir, Non-fiction|
When Michael Greenberg’s 15 year old daughter, Sally, has a metal breakdown and is hospitalized in a mental institute, he isn’t quite sure what to think…Sally’s hospitalization affected everyone close to her as they all struggled to get use to their new reality and the changing relationships that resulted.
|September 29, 2009||Posted by Cheryl Wartman under Memoir, Non-fiction|
Published by HarperCollins Canada, 2009 Norman Ollestad’s Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival is an engrossing memoir of his extraordinary experiences as a child maturing in the 1970s on Topanga Beach, the southernmost cove in Malibu, California. Growing up as “The Boy Wonder,” Norman Ollestad admired his FBI agent father for his daredevil […]
|August 24, 2009||Posted by Christine Gordon Manley under Memoir, Non-fiction|
Published by McClelland & Stewart, 2009 To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness. (Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest) So states the inside jacket describing the one-year time period in which 55-year-old Christopher Buckley sees the death of both his parents, William F. Buckley, described […]
|August 17, 2009||Posted by Christine Gordon Manley under Memoir, Non-fiction|
Published by Scribner, 2009 The Mercy Papers is not an easy read, but it is an important and powerful one. Author Robin Romm invites the reader along for the final three-week journey of her mother’s life: her mother is dying from cancer. Once a powerful human-rights attorney, Jackie struggles with losing all aspects of control, […]
|August 10, 2009||Posted by Colleen McKie under Memoir, Non-fiction, Translation|
Published by Vintage, 2007 Reviewed by Lee Barratt This is a story told by the blink of an eye. This autobiography shares the thoughts and accounts of someone who has locked-in syndrome. As the result of a stroke the author of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Bauby, can only communicate with the outside world […]