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Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal by Brett Ann Stanciu - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781586422691
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Published: Steerforth - September 14th, 2021

This thought-provoking book, part memoir and part sociological tract, was written by a librarian in a small Vermont town who was rightfully concerned when someone was routinely breaking into the library building. Suspicion fell upon a local man who had a history of drug abuse. After his suicide, she is haunted by the feeling that she should have done more to reach out to the troubled man. She embarks upon a personal crusade to better understand the causes of addiction and the treatments that are available to aid those caught in its web. This is a dark look at the Green Mountain State, where the profusion of drugs cast a long, tragic shadow over bucolic settings of pristine snowfalls and bright autumn leaves. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


In Kiltumper: A Year in an Irish Garden by Niall Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635577181
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 31st, 2021

By the author of one of my all time favorite novels, This Is Happiness, and artist-author Christine Breen, his wife.
In this memoir-garden philosophy, the two authors explore every aspect of living in the garden, living within the natural rhythms of flowers, plants and trees who “like or don’t like where they are unhappy or happy." This is a naturalist’s spiritual book of loving the garden and life within it, cherishing and protecting it and the spirit within yourself as outside pressures intrude. I didn’t want this book to end. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


My Name Is Selma: The Remarkable Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter and Ravensbrück Survivor by Selma van de Perre - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982164676
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Published: Scribner - May 11th, 2021

Selma van de Perre was 18 when the Nazi's seized the Netherlands in 1940.
For the entire duration of the war, she resisted in every way she could while hiding her Jewish heritage even from her closest allies. Every holocaust story I've ever read has left me breathless, detailing so many acts of courage, unthinkable miracles, and razor thin life and death moments. Selma's memoir is all of this and more. It kept me reading late into the night marveling at her steel grip on hope against all reason and without which she would never have survived Ravensbruck. My Name is Selma is delivered plainly by an amazing woman in her 90s who has gifted us all a fresh cautionary tale. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


The Wild Silence: A Memoir by Raynor Winn - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143136422
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Published: Penguin Books - April 6th, 2021

This is the perfect sequel for arguably one of my all time favorite memoirs The Salt Path.
What I love about “Wild Silence” is the juxtaposition of the intimate setting of the farm that Raynor & Moth take on to rescue and re-wild and the big “jaunt” across Iceland and how both projects create such a dramatic response physically and emotionally in Raynor, Winn and the reader. I also love that Raynor’s writing is scholarly without being academic, sympathetic without self pity. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

The Glass Castle tells the true story of a deeply dysfunctional family and the trials and tribulations that each of the four children endured at the hands of their parents. This is a memoir about resilience, forgiveness, love, and overcoming adversity when all odds are against you. Jeannette recalls the good, the bad, the dangerous, the ugly, and the occasionally wholesome moments she and her family shared in a way that will make you simultaneously heartstruck and hopeful- A stunning read. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781954118003
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 6th, 2021

Catherine Raven sought isolation in southwestern Montana only to have her solitude disrupted by the regular visits of a bold and curious fox. This exemplary debut raises questions about our relationship to wild creatures and the natural world. An eye-opening and mind-broadening memoir and amazingly assured work of nature literature. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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