I have read several memoirs over the month and thought I’d share them with you all. I’m not a big fan of the non fiction but feel I should read more of them so I’m trying really hard to expand my genre reading into non fiction as well. Here are the ones I’ve read from about last week in September through now.
Body 2.0: Finding My Edge Through Loss and Mastectomy by Krista Hammberbacher Haapala
To honor her mother’s deathbed advice to head off breast cancer to “be there” for her boys, Krista Hammerbacher Haapala chose to trade healthy breasts for longevity and peace of mind. In Body 2.0, Haapala chronicles the personal research, medical process, bodily changes, and the emotional toll involved in the more than two-year odyssey of what she referred to as her “Body 2.0 vision quest.”
My Thoughts: This one was really hard to read, this is a topic no girl wants to think about. It is a scary subject and right now my cousin is going through her own battle with cancer so this one touched me and I couldn’t put down. I remember when some celebrities did the testing and preventative surgeries and people were all mad. I always thought why are you mad I’d do it to if I found out I had the cancer gene. This book is the story of an amazing journey and very courageous woman. I can’t imagine what all her and her family had to go through. Her memoir lets us have a glimpse into the journey and I thank her for that. Body 2.0 is an emotional raw book and one I will not be able to get out of my head.
Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters by Lizbeth Meredith
In 1994, Lizbeth Meredith said good-bye to her four- and six year-old daughters for a visit with their non-custodial father—only to learn days later that they had been kidnapped and taken to their father’s home country of Greece. Twenty-nine and just on the verge of making her dreams of financial independence for her and her daughters come true, Lizbeth now faced a $100,000 problem on a $10 an hour budget. For the next two years—fueled by memories of her own childhood kidnapping—Lizbeth traded in her small life for a life more public, traveling to the White House and Greece, and becoming a local media sensation in order to garner interest in her efforts.
My Thoughts: Every Mothers Worse Nightmare! This book was my nightmare, I read scary fiction but this has to be the scariest thing I’ve read. I remember the movie Not Without My Daughter with Sallie Field this book while it reminded me of that it was very different story. This is Lizbeth’s story about she wasn’t going to give up the fight to have her girls back home. She didn’t go down quietly and with out a fight she took her voice all the way to Washington to be heard. She fought for stricter laws to protect this from happening to other families. I am so honored to have read her journey and so happy it had a happy ending.
Stepmother by Marianne Lile
Stepmother tells the story of Marianne Lile, who met a man, fell in love, got married, and arrived home from the honeymoon with a new label: stepmom. It was a role she initially embraced—but she quickly discovered she was alone in a difficult situation, with no handbook and no mentor. Here, Lile describes the complexities of the stepmom position, in a family and in the community, and shares her experience wearing a tag that is often misunderstood and weighed down by the numerous myths in society.
My Thoughts: Finally something a little light hearted after reading some very heavy books. She lays it out exactly how it really is. It’s not always peaches and roses and all stepmoms are not like the horrible ones Disney always portrays them as. While step parents and blended families will really love this memoir and get a lot out of it you don’t have to be in the situation to enjoy this book. There is insight and humor sprinkled throughout her story. She doesn’t come across as preachy and “I have all the answers”. I really enjoyed this one and the message is spot on for any family. In the end love for family is all that matters no matter how you became family.
Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance by Roni Beth Tower
They first meet in Paris in the spring of 1996. David is a divorced American attorney living on a converted barge moored on the banks of the Seine; Roni Beth is an empty-nested clinical and research psychologist working from her home in Connecticut. Now in their fifties, both have signed off on loving again—until they meet each other. Miracle at Midlife tells the inspiring story of Roni Beth and David’s intense and transformative transatlantic courtship.
My Thoughts: Overall I enjoyed it maybe it wasn’t a favorite but it was good. I’m not a big romance reader so I guess that even goes with non fiction also. I did like how they were able to overcome so much and find love. This book shows you that no matter what your age, background or geographic location love can find you in the most surprising places. Many themes throughout this sweet love story: hope, courage, loss and renewal. I enjoyed their story and happy they found happiness.
Thank you She Writes Press, and BookSpark Magic of a Memoir for sending me all these non fiction books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.