Memoir

Surviving Mental Illness by Linda Naomi Katz (Book Review #23)

Linda Katz offers us a very touching, real life story describing how life is for someone who is mentally ill. Linda takes us through her entire life starting from her grandparents and discusses everything in detail (like a diary) from losing her loved ones, struggling with employment, falling in love, heartbreaks, and survival.   ‘Surviving Mental Illness’ addresses the stigma that comes along with mental illness and how today’s society has an adverse judgment or disapproval of a person just because they []

Two Sons Too Many by Aidan McNally (Book Review #22)

  Two sons too many is a 498-page book written in the format of a memoir expressing everything that has happened to the Author in his lifetime so far. This utterly truthful tale of Aidan not only touches the coldest of hearts but also infuriates you to an extent where you just wish to scream.

Reckless Traveler by Walter Rhein (Book Review #242)

This review was kindly requested by Walter Rhein. Reckless Traveler is a travel autobiographical book written about how Walter Rhein recklessly travels through South America, with no set plans. His adventures take him to Venezuela and Chile, with him having visa issues, encountering cockroaches, bribery, murder, being robbed, and more. His words also have a philosophical description and an in-depth view which separates this book from others in its genre. What I particularly enjoyed was the transformation of the character and how []

Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist’s Tale by Charles C. McCormack (Book Review #235)

This review was requested by Charles C. McCormack Hatching Charlie is an autobiography and a quest story. I normally tend to provide a brief summary of the books I review. However, in this case, I believe the author does such a great job that I am going to quote him instead. “It interweaves the life of Charles McCormack with his becoming a psychotherapist. Born into a violent home, Charlie is then abandoned in a French boarding school at age eleven. There he []

Dining and Driving with Cats – Alice Unplugged by Pat Patterson (Book Review #216)

This review was requested by, D.A. Whitaker Dining and Driving with Cats is a beautiful book written about Pat, Alice and their two cats, Munchie and Tuffy. They travel from Mexico to Atlanta, and then Georgia. They try something, which my husband and I did, sample food as much as possible from different food stops. On the way, they meet new people, have an adventure, deal with their two wonderful cats, and altogether share their experience with you.   I found this []

Author Interview – Polio and Me by Ken Dalton

The year is 1943. A five-year-old boy wakes up. He cannot stand or hold an apple in his hand. The boy is rushed to his family doctor, diagnosed with polio, and taken from his mother’s arms to the contagion ward at the county hospital. Thus begins his eleven-year journey of surgeries, rehabilitation, and therapy so that one day, he can walk, unaided, across a stage and receive his high school diploma. While the boy struggles through his childhood, and in spite decades []