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I’ve struggled with this book…on many fronts. I struggled with the topic, the story and the writing. At its core, the book is a “near-death-experience” (aka NDE) book that purports to convince the reader of the afterlife.
What makes the story compelling is that its told by a neurosurgeon who, until this event, was an atheist, a cold-blooded scientist who only believed in the power of science. According to his story, there is no scientific reason for him to be alive, let alone well…Continue
Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:28pm
This is a journey memoir in both the literal and metaphorical meanings of the word. Cheryl Strayed, a woman with an unusually traumatic childhood filled with horrible father figures, loses her mother to an early death. Having lost her mother, she loses her way in life giving in to drugs, bad relationships and loser jobs. When she divorces her good husband, for reasons I still don’t understand, she changes her last name to “Strayed” to brand her "lost-ness" in indelible fashion.
Posted on February 22, 2013 at 6:49pm
Rhoda Janzen was a well-educated, competent, east-coast professional living the life – little black dress and all. Then her husband announced that he was gay and leaving her. Shortly afterwards she got into a devastating car wreck which necessitated her moving back in with her Mennonite parents. The ensuing culture clash sparked a wonderfully written, bittersweet memoir that has become a best seller…as well it should. Ms. Janzen is candidly and hilariously honest about her parents, her…Continue
Posted on February 1, 2013 at 5:19pm
This is a book of cartoons about Amy’s bout with cancer. My favorite one is entitled: “WHY COLON CANCER DOESN'T HAVE A GOOD RIBBON.” If you haven’t seen it, or any of Amy’s other cartoons, stop reading this right now and go to her blog: http://cancerissofunny.blogspot.com/
What you’ll find is a great visualization of the cancer emotional spectrum: from fear to anger to confusion to despair to incipient hope to sorrow to sadness to…Continue
Posted on January 26, 2013 at 1:44pm