Biography

A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears by Bjorn Dihle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781680513097
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Published: Mountaineers Books - March 1st, 2021

Bjorn Dihle grew up in the vicinity of Admiralty Island in Alaska - a place that I will never experience a walk through. A place that I would identify on a map as Grizzly Land. His exceptional memoir portrays many personal encounters with the great brown bears of Alaska. But the book is much more than this. Through his educational narrative - whether as a solo hiker for weeks through some of the wildest lands on earth, as tourist guide, hunter or historian - readers vicariously experience the rich and unique ecosystems that comprise this majestic region and what it would be like to wake in the darkness of your tent to the howl of wolves or the cracking sound of a salmon's skull between a bear's jaw. And what have some of the most experienced woodsmen employed to walk away with their very lives when confronted with an agitated 1500 pound grizzly? Simple, gentle phrases. "I am here." "I am sorry." "I am leaving." "Thank you for not killing me." ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781571311801
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 8th, 2021

Absolutely tremendous! A nature diary by a young man who writes so entirely from the heart, and reminds us of the joy to be found in the everyday awe that nature gifts us. I can't recommend this book enough! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Lieutenant Dangerous: A Vietnam War Memoir by Jeff Danziger - Book Review

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By Jeff Danziger, Jeff Danziger (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781586422738
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Published: Steerforth Press - July 6th, 2021

Revealing his first-hand experiences with sharp insight and dark humor, Danziger depicts a bumbling, bureaucratic, bullying Vietnam-era army that left deep scars on a foreign countryside and on America's military, culture, and history. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593329191
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 8th, 2021

Emezi encapsulates a world of despair, luxury, loss, love, death, courage, and, almost conclusively, resilience. With ennobling honesty, they wind the reader into their innermost thoughts. This book is a journey through a tangle of life connections, spindly webs that threaten to collapse in on themselves as Emezi flirts with mortality. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

This nonfiction graphic novel is an AMAZING story not just telling, but showing the perspective of what it’s like to grow up in the wrong body. This book is not for the easily disturbed, as it shows the horrors that can be gender dysphoria, both internally and externally. Do not let that discourage giving it a try, though. I strongly believe this book should be read by everyone, especially those in the transgender community. I have never related and felt more understood by a book in my life. Educational, emotional, and everything you need to experience to put yourself in the shoes of those who struggle with these situations everyday. Highly recommend. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399588587
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Published: Random House - February 9th, 2021

This memoir blew me away. This is the personal and very intimate story of learning how to live around and through a devastating and protracted illness; learning how to survive the cures. Doctors can treat the body but surviving (and thriving) the trauma of mind, spirit and heart are the crux of existence and this memoir deftly and beautifully examines each aspect of Suleika's (who was diagnosed at 22) journey. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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