A group for folks who have written memoirs or like to read them.
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A review of The Mayor of MacDougal Street: A Memoir by Dave Van Ronk.
A review of This Is How You Say Goodbye: A Daughter's Memoir.
Review: My Mother's Funeral: a Memoir by Adriana Paramo. A 5-star read by a Colombian anthropologist about her family home in Colombia, her mother, and her early years.
Rethinking Survival: Getting to the Positive Paradigm of Change will be available at amazon.com after New Years. Book categories are non-fiction/autobiography and mind-body-spirit. Please see www.RethinkingSurvival.com for book and author information, as well as current posts.
All best for the New Year! Pat West
My dear friend wrote a current, funny and heartfelt memoir, that I want to share with the world! Check out her website if interested, http://www.hipwrecked.com/
I recently review a Memoir-"At the end of the road" by Tim White. So just check it out and post your valuable comments.... It's about the revival story of a drug addict.
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A recent review from a very respected reviewer and bibliographer:
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing, Phantasmagorical Book,
David A. Willson (Maple Valley, WA USA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME)
This review is from: Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat (Paperback)
This is an engrossing, phantasmagorical book. I've read a lot of Marine Corps memoirs, and this is an unusual one, but very readable on every page.It's hard to explain why I find this book so singular. The author gives us some clues on the verso of the title page. "This is not a work of fiction although I have written it more like a novel than a narrative." He goes on to call the book, "true fiction," and he warns the reader the final chapter contains an event that isn't "digestible as literal truth." He is right about that, but the book is filled with such events and is the better for it. Some scholars of literature call this sort of writing, "magical realism." It works well with the material in this Marine Corps memoir.The language of the book is a mytho-poetic style that is often more poetry than prose, and the book is arranged in short, powerful chapters. It is very novelistic as Thompson warns us early on. Many of his phrases were so memorable that I found myself jotting them down. I loved his phrases for the view from a helicopter. "the emerald embrace of the vegetal world." My favorite chapter is The Letter. It packs such a powerful punch in three and one half pages that I recommend buying the book just for that chapter alone. It is worth it.In his chapter, "Mamason" is the best description of what Agent Orange is like on the ground that I have read. "...I was walking through some bush that was black and withered and the only way that I can describe it is that it was slimy, like a million snails had oozed across every leaf of every bush and turned them black and shriveled in their wake and the slime was getting all over me." A bit later he says, "This must be Agent Orange." He goes on to offer a defense of the use of the stuff, as the defoliation aspect of it enabled him to see a landmine before he stepped on it. Agent Orange saved his legs and his life.If you are up for reading another Marine Corps memoir, this is a fine one. It is short and sweet and can be read in one or at most two sittings. I read it in a great rush, eager for what was coming next. You will too.
All the best, Robert Peter Thompson Author of:
Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat – Kindle $3.99
Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat – Print $10.34
A review of One Last Strike: 50 Years in Baseball... & One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa - http://josephsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/i-am-i-said/
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