Biography

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316505116
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Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

Stephanie Land is a quiet hero. As a brand new young mother she left her abusive partner to become a homeless single parent. This is her story of dedication to herself and baby, of struggling to meet the demands of social services, how she cared for her daughter, put herself through undergraduate school, and broke away from the shelter system. Most would have quit before trying. Stephanie starved. She cried a lot. She cleaned homes for the middle class, and she wrote this courageous memoir. If you want to truly understand what millions of Americans face every day, and how easily this can happen to many more, this book can help you. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Embracing Nature

Spring has arrived here in the Northeast- the days are getting longer, the sun a little warmer and the precipitation is leaning towards rain instead of snow, and with the shift comes a restlessness to re-emerge into our outdoor world. We may not need to hibernate but it certainly feels as if we do it to a degree. In a climate with a long, cold winter cabin fever is a real state of mind.

The Salt Path: A Memoir by Raynor Winn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143134114
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

When faced with tremendous adversity, Ray and her husband Moth take an unusual path, literally. In a short span of time, they find themselves homeless and dealing with a terminal illness, and the way they deal with it is to walk, and keep walking. They embark on the epic 630 mile South West Coast Path, wild camping and living on less than $50 a week. Their journey is a joy to be taken on, an ode to human resilience, and a reminder of what’s important in life. I loved every minute of it! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Grant by Ron Chernow - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143110637
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2018

Monumental account of a monumental American. Chernow dismantles the sphinx of Grant: he was heroic, honest, humble, yet childishly naive and trusting. His military and political achievements and personal and business failures reveal a man who, willingly, tried to see humanity's essential goodness. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393651645
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 12th, 2019

Everybody knows about lip-syncing. But fake playing? Believe it. In the early 2000's, the author made a living playing violin in front of dead microphones while loud recorded music by "The Composer" for whom she worked enraptured his adoring fans. In addition to being as kooky a true story as I have recently encountered, this is also a moving coming of age memoir. Hindman grew up in rural West Virginia, went to college at Columbia University, and wanted nothing more than to be a journalist in the Middle East. An expressive meditation on identity and authenticity. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812998368
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Published: Random House - May 21st, 2019

Mulish, pugnacious, and racist, President Andrew Johnson foiled civil rights, disdained Reconstruction, and promoted white supremacy. His policies provoked his impeachment, and the country lurched from a horrifying Civil War to an uncharted Constitutional crisis which threatened to spill political, and human blood. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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