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Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar

Breaking the SilenceBreaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reviewed by Charlie: As memoir type books go this one is good, if you enjoy reading diary entries. Some of the entries are heart-wrenching while others kinda made me mad. I don’t know how truthful this whole thing is but even so I do know this sort of thing does happen. It’s difficult to carry the burdens associated with family abuse. My best friend never said anything and she certainly didn’t write it down where it could be found. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with cancer that she spoke up, and even then it was just to a few select people. Anyway, if I had this book then I might have given it to her because I think it might have helped her. Perhaps that is what this author is thinking, that by speaking up and sharing that it will help someone else. When you read this keep an open mind and bring the tissues.
An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home by Amber C. Haines

Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way HomeWild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home by Amber C. Haines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not a fan of memoir or memoir type books so I handed this one over to my good friend and fellow book enthusiast to read. She came back to me with the book the next day and placed it in my hands, “You’ve got to read this one.” I placed it aside as I was in the middle of another book. A few hours later the phone rang and it was her, “You’ve got to read that book.” I finally wrapped up the book I was reading and picked up this one just to be able to tell her I read it. Several hours later I’m still reading this book and thinking how nicely Haines has written this. It’s not like a typical memoir, it doesn’t preach down to you or tell you to aim for lofty goals. There’s no begging for sympathy or demands for understanding. It is in fact, a wonderful poignant story told as though Haines is your best friend sharing something very personal and in doing so shows you that it’s ok that you’re not perfect. From Christina and I, this book is well worth the read. Pick it up and clear your mind. We received an ARC through Revell publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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The Tank Man’s Son: A Memoir by Mark Bouman

The Tank Man's Son: A MemoirThe Tank Man’s Son: A Memoir by Mark Bouman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The writing is solid and well done. The story is terrible in that it’s sad and horrific what happened. It’s a memoir that follows the path of “This horrible thing happened to me but God saved me and he can save you too” which I’m not a huge fan of. I didn’t want to finish reading it and gave up several times. Not to say it’s a bad book. It’s just not something I enjoy reading. It may well speak deeply to the right reader so don’t discount the book based solely on my review. I received and ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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The Long Awakening, a memoir by Lindsey O’Connor

In observance of Brain Injury Observance Month I encourage you to read something on this topic. I was lucky to have this book which I would recommend, and will be placing in a giveaway soon.

The Long Awakening, a memoirThe Long Awakening, a memoir by Lindsey O’Connor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I typically avoid memoirs because they are either dreadfully boring to me or poorly written, or just a gloating account of success. This was none of that. The writing was well done and I couldn’t help but feel drawn into the story and feel a full range of emotions as I read it. I would recommend this for anyone to read, and to remember just how fleeting and precious life is. I received an evaluation copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion and review. In no way has this influenced our opinion.

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Breaking Down the Walls: 50 Courageous & Successful Years at the Forefront of the Women’s Movement by Norma Yaeger

Breaking Down the Walls: 50 Courageous & Successful Years at the Forefront of the Women's MovementBreaking Down the Walls: 50 Courageous & Successful Years at the Forefront of the Women’s Movement by Norma Yaeger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What seems to be a story about a great and courageous woman falls short of being factual several times. The writing was uneven and felt more like someone took a sentence they heard her say and with creative liberties expanded on it in order to write this book. With a little research readers would learn of other women who did more than just survive during this time period when all women were treated as lesser beings. While I don’t doubt she had a rough go at working in her selected job field, this book did not impress me. A free copy was provided by a publicist in exchange for an honest unbiased review.