October Non Fiction Wrap up

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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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In the Game: The Highs and Lows of a Trailblazing Trial Lawyer

by Peggy Garrity

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If youre a fan of former O.J. Simpson prosecuting attorney, Marcia Clark, you will love this memoir by Peggy Garrity as Marcia has hailed the book as a riveting memoir. Including compelling courtroom dramas featuring would-be presidential assassin Sara Jane Moore, celebrities Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, and Cheryl Tiegs, and some of Los Angeles’s most notorious murder cases, In the Game is the groundbreaking story of a thrill-seeking solo trial lawyer—and single mother—who beat the odds at a time when working mothers, especially those in male-dominated professions like the law, faced the gauntlet of discrimination.

So this year ( and really every year) I made a resolution to read more Non Fiction and classics. It is now October and I’m just know tackling the Non Fiction part of that reading resolution. I have a good stack of non fictions and I can’t wait to share them with you.  Non Fiction books are usually not my cup of tea but I thought this might be a good one to start off with seeing that I love a good crime drama. In the Game: The Highs and Lows of a Trailblazing Trial Lawyer was just what I needed to really get into this stack of books. Peggy Garrity is a fighter and she isn’t going to back down when she is pushed against a wall. She is a tough women who needed to be in a man’s world job. She was faced with  work place discrimination, chauvinism. I would hope that in today’s world she wouldn’t experience this but who knows. I enjoyed reading her point of view on her high profile cases and many big name celebrity names were dropped. Overall I really enjoyed this behind the scenes look into the legal world.

thank you BookSpark The Magic of a Memoir, Peggy Garrity and She Writes Press for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

Army Wife A Story of Love and Family in the Heart of the Army

by Vicky Cody

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From the last days of the Vietnam War to the present-day war on terrorism, this story is a moving and poignant tribute to love, marriage, family, and the men and women who serve this nation. In describing her thirty-three-year journey as an Army wife, Cody gives an in-depth look at what it takes to keep a marriage strong, raise a family—oftentimes as a single parent—create a home, and face separations and loneliness amid the uncertainty and stresses that are so much a part of Army life. Full of humor and honesty, Army Wife brings the reader into Cody’s private life in a very personal way, and in doing so opens the lens for a broader view of world events.

I grew up a Air Force Brat so I knew this would be interesting. While I know the kid point of view of military life by reading this I kinda got to see what my mom’s life was like as a military wife. Army Wife  is a memoir that all readers would enjoy you don’t have to be from a military background.  If you have ever been curious about or know some one in the military you might really find this one interesting. Some of the aspects of course were very different since we were Air Force. Also some military families live a very different life since the pay is low for enlistees many wives have to work also or just want to work to get out there and meet people since your constantly moving and making new friends. I wish my one Army Wife friend still lived just a few doors down I would have loved to have gotten her thoughts and opinions on this book before I posted the review.

On a side note: I was suppose to receive The Sportscaster’s Daughter by Cindi Michael  but I just got an empty envelope so no review of this book. 

Millions of people watched sportscaster George Michael each week on the Sports Machine, including his daughter Cindi. Cindi Michael appears to live a charmed life: she’s happily married, has a successful career, and is a loving mom to two wonderful children. Yet she longs for a father who hasn’t spoken to her in twenty years, and even secretly watches him on TV when the longing becomes unbearable.
 thank you BookSpark The Magic of a Memoir, Vicky Cody and She Writes Press for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.