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Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

This is an incredible tale, written by a man who was trapped in his body for 10 years, after misdiagnosis during a rare illness. He couldn’t do anything physically, but he was mentally aware. After the horrible fallout, we learn how … Continue reading

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan, a young reporter for the New York Post, goes mad because of a rare virus. She tells her gripping and scary tale after regaining her equilibrium. I didn’t like that this memoir attempts to be too neatly packaged, … Continue reading

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Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

Having read The Glass Castle, I had faith this would be a good, entertaining read. It was. Half Broke Horses tells the story of Jeanette Walls’ grandma, Lily. She was a teacher, rancher, pilot and many other things, and correspondingly … Continue reading

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The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison

Here’s the fascinating tale of two families, each with two daughters. The parents divorce and marry each other, leaving the girls with their moms and brand-new step-dads. And, if that’s not crazy enough, the dads are diplomats so they don’t … Continue reading

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

One reviewer of this book called it “a quirky gem.” It is. It lets you get inside the head of Murakami and you get to see what makes him tick. You learn how his running is so essential to his … Continue reading

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Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

I picked up this book because I like survivor stories. This one is all about Deo – an amazing survivor of the Rwanda/Burundi genocide. Thanks to his incredible story, I learned a lot about that horrific time. The topic is … Continue reading

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The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

This memoir is an act of bravery and a testament to good storytelling. I couldn’t put it down. Gwenamon says: Yes!

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