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Book Review: I Confess I Have Lived by Pablo Neruda

By Ely North, published on May 29, 2013

I confess that I scoffed at the idea that the autobiography of a world-renowned twentieth-century Chilean poet could be very interesting. I was wrong. Neruda emerged from an obscure town in a disregarded corner of the planet to live a fascinating life that uplifted people all around the world. He tells his story masterfully, relating his own experiences and his perceptions of major world events with a poetic flair and a tinge of humor that delight and entertain the reader.

Pablo Neruda was the original Most Interesting Man in the World. Besides being a famous poet, he also... (more)

Tags: humor, poet, memoir, book review, funny, pablo neruda, i confess i have lived, neruda

The Ghost Dance - a father remembered.

By iancochrane, published on Feb 19, 2013

‘I have sent for you and I am glad to see you. I am going to talk to you after awhile about your relatives who are dead and gone.’ – Wovoka, Paiute Indian prophet – Walker Lake, Nevada, USA (1890)

From Pierre I catch the first available flight to Los Angeles, then home to find my father frail and tired beyond his years. He whispers something in a raspy voice. Leaning closer, I can’t make anything out. Tufts of grey hair sprout from his nose. There’s no follow-up sentence, and he drifts off into some morphine-laced dream.

That night I dream of a father I never really knew, and... (more)

Tags: family, death, memoir, father, american indian

Self-Publishing Report: Interview with Linda Kovic-Skow

By boomergirl, published on Jan 31, 2013

...Seattle Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1985. She has been married for 27 years and has two daughters. An enthusiastic traveler, Linda also enjoys boating, gardening and socializing with friends. French Illusions, her debut memoir, is the culmination of a three-year project. You can visit her website at www.lindakovicskow.com.

Thank you for this interview, Linda. You self-published your latest book, French Illusions. Would you please tell us why you chose the self-publishing route?

I chose to... (more)

Tags: self-publishing, memoir, french illusions, linda kovic-skow

Rowan's Memoir Speaks of Healing from Childhood Abuse

By ccmalandrinos, published on May 28, 2011

I’ve known Jane Rowan for a couple of years now. She’s a happy, active, and talented writer and artist. When she asked me to read her memoir, The River of Forgetting: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse, I was pleasantly surprised.

The River of Forgetting covers a particular five-year period in Rowan’s life, from the first memory that surfaced and hinted at childhood abuse to the moment when she decided to write the book. Her world as she knew it turned chaotic as she tried to understand whether her loving, eccentric family was also an abusive family. She also had... (more)

Tags: memoir, author interview, jane rowan, the river of forgetting, healing from sexual abuse

Book Review: Please God, Not Two-This Killer Called Alcohol

By Wrp68, published on Sep 28, 2010

Author Alberta H. Sequeira has seen her share of tragedy caused by alcoholism. Twenty years after transforming her kind, loving husband into an angry, abusive drunk, the alcohol demon would return; this time claiming Sequeira’s youngest daughter, Lori Cahill. The author’s heartfelt memoir Someone Stop this Merry-Go-Round: An Alcoholic Family in Crisis (June 2009) describes a marriage to an alcoholic—an existence filled with sadness and fear. Richard Lopes would ignore his addiction until death from cirrhosis of the liver in 1985. Now this emotional sequel Please God, Not Two: This Killer Called... (more)

Tags: memoir, alcoholism, substance abuse, please god, not two, alberta h. sequeira

Oh The Pirates Are Here!

By Barkha Dhar, published on Sep 26, 2010

It was a few days ago that a metamorphosis broke into my son’s toy chest. In the beginning it seemed like a buccaneer who had invaded a cabinet full of toy cars, coloring books, crayons, a pumpkin basket with some candies, plastic rings, Spiderman stickers and a Batman. In awe, I asked myself, when did the Vikings made it to this private space that my son always seems so thrilled about? Are they trying to rob my little boy’s innocent love for his four wheels? Or are they here to steal his charm for life’s tiny mirth and turn him into a rugged and callous lad?

While I was boggling with... (more)

Tags: pirates, emotions, memoir, toys, change, parent-child

Please Pass the Paxil

By alan handwerger, published on Jul 7, 2010

When your legs aren’t working, and you’re breathing on a ventilator, and cleansing your blood through dialysis, and you have a heart that is prone to sudden and inexplicable stoppages; even the nicest guys – and I count myself amongst them – have a tendency to be grouchy.

By the time I left the hospital to matriculate as an in-patient at the physical rehabilitation clinic, all of these complaints, other than the inability to use my legs, had resolved. A vast improvement; but still, this business of maybe not being able to walk again had me in something of a funk.

“How are you... (more)

Tags: humor, rehabilitation, drugs, short story, memoir

Child Bride and Groom, Newborn Divorcees

By alan handwerger, published on May 14, 2010

Traveler’s Advisory: On the Mediterranean coast of France, just below Marseilles, sits the small fishing village of Cassis, where it is very easy to fall in love. It was here that I met Helen. She was blond, pretty, brilliant, English.

I knew that she reminded me of someone, though it would take me some time to figure out that this someone was Sophia Western, the heroine of Henry Fielding’s eighteenth-century novel, Tom Jones. Not that I knew Sophia all that well.

We met at teatime. By bedtime we were hopelessly in love: she with a boy from New England who she mistook for an American... (more)

Tags: france, humor, marriage, divorce, memoir

Chapter VIII

By alan handwerger, published on Apr 18, 2010

Under Chapter 7 (of the Federal Bankruptcy Code) -- a trustee is appointed to take over your property. Any property of value will be sold or turned into money to pay your creditors. You may be able to keep some personal property items and possibly real estate depending on the law of the State where you live and applicable federal laws.

The Mercantile Trust Bank building in Providence, Rhode Island is comprised of two towers, the North and the South. The North tower, which was built over a century ago, is a stately structure, its interior walls clad in rich mahogany, its tenants... (more)

Tags: real estate, humor, memoir, investing, bankruptcy

So Long, Old Pal?

By alan handwerger, published on Apr 11, 2010

There was no doubt that Sparky had some social problems: attacking pretty much anything that moved unless it had been given my good housekeeping seal of approval leaps to mind. But he was fiercely devoted to the family; and as I was traveling a good deal of the time back then, having a snarling, menacing presence patrolling the driveway round the clock was, in a strange way, a source of comfort – even if it did wreak havoc with my home owner’s insurance. Truth be told, he only ever bit two humans hard enough to trigger legal proceedings. And in both cases he had not only my sanction, but also... (more)

Tags: humor, pets, memoir

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