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Tiny Beautiful Things

In December 2019, I had decided that I would read only memoirs in 2020, which seems quite silly in hindsight. I came across Cheryl Strayed’s Wild when I was preparing a list. As usual, I googled to know more. It was then that I learned about Tiny Beautiful Things.  I added it to my humongous […]

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Becoming

Let me say this at the outset: I like and admire Michelle Obama for being a strong woman and succeeding in whatever she sets out to do. Focusing on just this book and not on the author was difficult, as is usual when you review a memoir of someone so famous and popular. However, I […]

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The Monster Inside

This memoir by Eva Casey Velasquez has everything—secrets, sexual abuse, bullying, domestic violence, alcoholism, suicide—and the kitchen sink in it! It is a frank account of how Eva overcame all odds and became a CEO.  Eva seems to have imbibed her father’s favourite saying ‘Illegitimus Non Carborundum’ (Don’t let the bastards grind you down). She […]

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Real Artists Have Day Jobs

I remember reading Sara Benincasa’s article Real Artists Have Day Jobs. It made an impression on me, which is why when I came across her book of the same name, I added it to my Amazon wish list. Out of all the books on that list, my friend chose to buy it for me as […]

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Stay, Daughter

Yasmin Azad’s Stay, Daughter is a profound account of the lives of Muslim women as they try to find their identity while negotiating the orthodoxy in Islam. Azad tries to convey that customs and beliefs should exist in equilibrium with modernity and individual freedom.I am an Indian from Kerala, which makes much of this book’s […]

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The 50-Year Secret

Synopsis: Julie MacNeil is 6’4”, and although she is neither a WNBA athlete nor a famous model, she has a remarkable story to tell. As an adopted child, she always wondered about the parents who gave her up. After overcoming a challenging childhood and surviving two tumultuous marriages, a chance DNA test revealed an incredibly […]

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In This Together: My Story

Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1998. The doctors did not give her much hope. They told her that although her symptoms—including fatigue, weakness in one leg, and loss of balance—could be treated, fighting MS itself was almost impossible.  However, after meeting Dr. Howard Weiner of the MS Center at Brigham and […]

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Never Stop Dancing: A Memoir

On a day pretty much like any other, John Robinette receives the devastating news that his wife Amy is killed in a senseless accident. His friend Robert Jacoby, a writer, tries to help by interviewing him several times as a means to share John’s grief. The book is a detailed account of those interviews. It […]

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Clemantine Wamariya was forced when she was just six years old to flee her country Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. She was a refugee until she landed in America when she was 12. This book is a chronicle of her experiences in many refugee camps and her new life in America. Although she was adopted […]

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Girl, Woman, Other

Although the twelve main characters in Bernardine Evaristo‘s novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ have their own chapters based on their individual stories, their lives are interconnected because of a few common threads.  While most of them are friends, relatives or lovers, others are just acquaintances who happened to come together to watch a play by one […]