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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 […]

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Bucket showers & Baby Goats

Summary: Bucket Showers & Baby Goats is a non-fiction narrative based on the author Christine Brown’s experiences volunteering in the Volta Region of Ghana. While living in the community, Brown describes the village life quite vividly. Not only are the readers given a glimpse of the lives of the families of Saviefe, but they are […]

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From the Corner of the Oval

Beck Dorey-Stein was a stenographer in the White House for five years during President Obama’s tenure. She had a front-row view of many events of great political significance. This book is her memoir of those times.  Dorey-Stein is initially suspicious and disdainful of politicians and residents of DC, whom she called ‘DC creatures’. She is […]

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In the Dream House

In her late 20s, when she was a student at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Carmen Maria Machado meets an attractive blonde Harvard graduate. Machado thinks that she has met the perfect soulmate. The dream house in this book’s title is a cabin in Bloomington, Indiana, where this unnamed woman lives. Although the woman is in […]

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The Rules Do Not Apply

Ariel Levy’s memoir talks of a harrowing time when she lost her son, her spouse, and her house, all in a short span of time. In it, she scrutinizes the choices that caused these circumstances with great honesty. Levy miscarried on a reporting trip to Mongolia. She was 19 weeks pregnant. Her son was born […]

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This is going to hurt

This book is at the same time sad and happy, and disgusting and endearing. It is a hilarious account of many heart-wrenching incidents in the author Adam Kay‘s life as a doctor.  I know the trouble you go through when you change professions, having done so one too many times. None of those changes were as messy […]