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#Free on #Kindle June 6-11th: “Luna Tree-The Baby Project” by Maya Berger

28324026Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10, free download for your Kindle!

  • Genres: Memoir, Self-help, Non-fiction
  • Published: Dec. 16, 2015

“Maya is kicking up her heels, living the fabulous and mostly carefree life of a twenty-something young woman. However, in the back of her mind continuous longing for a good marriage and family lingered. How do you find the right man, the one who sticks through thick and thin? Will he provide you with the things you find essential in a relationship?

Maya kissed a few frogs before finding her Prince Charming, but what followed was of higher importance.

She started feeling chronic pain in her lower back, the pain that wouldn’t let her neither sit nor stand. Thus Maya began her relentless quest for diagnosis and healing, which she ends after discovering Energy healing. She travels the globe to receive and raise her own stored Energy, the one that changes everything.
Her ultimate desires come true.”

 

About the Author

“I am a 41-year-old woman from Croatia (You know, a small country on the Adriatic in which big productions houses come to shoot Game of Thrones and Star Wars scenes, the home of Nikola Tesla’s roots, and so on). I was born in Zagreb where I live, but studied in Dubrovnik and life was rosy until something stopped me – Ankylosing Spondylitis.

I battled chronic pain for years, and was misdiagnosed for quite some time, so when AS was finally defined, I felt relief. I also found a way to get rid of chronic pain following some alternative medicine options.

But, not to bore you, I wrote a book about it, it’s all in there 😉

As I personally dislike depressing books, I did everything to avoid writing one… regardless of a somewhat heavier topic. Most of the people who read it say it’s an uplifting read. I call it a humorous guide to recovery and healing.

I’m open to all new friendships that come my way… the more, the merrier ;)”

Maya Berger

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Sons of Suicide by Dan Andrews

page00011Review: Reviewing a memoir can sometimes be more difficult as it’s a person’s life, at least from their perspective. By nature and subject matter, memoirs can be intensely personal as you learn their thoughts, history, etc. as well as how they interacted with or observed others. With memoirs, you are not only revealing aspects of yourself but also those of other people, and that’s where I had a problem with Sons of Suicide.

As a person with painful personal history that is in the process of writing my own memoir, but more specifically as a psychological counselor now, I know that the after-effects of traumatic events can be affective one’s whole life. Those can take a number of forms, as coping mechanisms develop: these vary from person to person. Throughout this work I felt a sense of trying to make themselves look good at the expense of or in comparison to their brother. I don’t question revealing some things as facts, or events that happened, but just as that, so the reader can make their own decisions. Not having a judgement presented to them.

Although having an intriguing and sobering opening scene that sets the tone for the terrible tragedy endured and times of enjoyability when reading, the almost adolescently egocentric streak throughout of not thinking of the consequences of basically slamming their brother and pointedly showcasing how good they’ve adapted themselves really spoiled this memoir for me. Also, personally and professionally, I couldn’t help be aware of the possibilities of the manner in which this story was delivered could affect that relationship. A very good description but the memoir didn’t deliver that for me.

Description: At eleven, Dan Andrews was abandoned by his Mother. Fatefully, she made the timeless drive down Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago, parked her car alongside Buckingham Fountain, and, after sitting and smoking a few last cigarettes, drowned herself in Lake Michigan.

His Mother’s grave decision has given Andrews the ability to perceive and contemplate loss in a way not written about in recent history. Shared with brutal vulnerability and skill, sprinkled with humor and sexuality, Sons of Suicide masterfully entertains and enlightens the reader— serving as a catharsis to the feeling of loss, a feeling to which all humans relate.

NOTE: The author, Dan Andrews, has pledged for every copy of Sons of Suicide that is sold, one dollar out of his personal royalty will be donated to The Will To Live Foundation click for more information about this wonderful organization that is spreading awareness and helping with the teen suicide epidemic. Purchase today to help put an end to suicide.

  • Published: Nov. 27, 2012
  • Publisher: Broken Glass Publishing LLC
  • ISBN 0615729118
  • ISBN13: 9780615729114
  • Available: Amazon
  • Website: http://www.sonsofsuicide.com/
  • Source: Author

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Book Trailer for “Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World”

The video description of a biography written in memoir style of a courageous young deaf man, the compilations of notes, journal entries and essays, as well as my observations of a person I felt the personification of beautiful. Of the ability to create light from darkness, joy from pain. For more details, description and an excerpt, please visit its page on GLBT Bookshelf, Silence, and for a great review of the work at The LL Book Review.

I first heard the song “Midnight” by Minako Obata, when it was the end theme of an episode of the anime, “Black Lagoon.” I was riveted in place, and found it unforgettable, just like G.Y.S. The acapella arrangement is lovely, haunting, with a bittersweet sadness that also reminds me of him. He couldn’t have heard it, but he could have felt it.

As  I wrote in more detail in my previous author’s note: “He lived most of his life in or near Berlin in Germany. Whether by train, bus or foot sometimes when I am wandering through the countryside or city, through the many parks or shopping arcades filled with people and I happen to see a tall, slim person with long reddish hair: I have a little pain inside me.

It stops me in place because I think of him. If the person is moving away from me, sometimes I wish it were him somehow, still alive, still touchable in the physical sense. I want to imagine he is alive and loved by someone even if it is not myself, he, my special phantom of the city. It is hard to accept sometimes that so vibrant a soul is now gone from this world, but I believe I will see him again one day.”

This photo used in my video is one I took at Scharmützelsee, where he also used to walk, as I still do as often as possible. Other photo journals I’ve made in Germany can be found in this entry on Songs of the Universal Vagabond.

Lyrics:

“Someday I want to run away
To the world of midnight
Where the darkness fill the air
Where it’s icy cold

Where nobody has a name
Where living is not a game
There, I can hide my broken heart
Dying to survive

There, no one can see me cry
The tears of my lonely soul
I’ll find peace of mind
In the dark and cold world of midnight.”

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Released May 10, 2012: “Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World” Edited by Red Haircrow

From Flying With Red Haircrow:

Description: “This is an imaginative collection of memories and observations written from the perspective of a young man who was orphaned early, who was gay, deaf and Russian. He was simple and complex, light-hearted and serious, whimsical and infinitely strong, and when he loved, he loved with all his heart and soul.

A former sex worker and later a husband, he was an amateur activist and philosopher, a startlingly intelligent, passionate individual able to intensely appreciate even the small wonders of the world and the people for whom he cared.

Part diary, part dialogue, part rhetoric, “Silence Is Multi-colored in My World” is based on actual experiences and is a literary portrait of a man with nothing to hide and everything to reveal. It is a slice into the willing veins of a mental and emotional free bleeder.”

Genre: Creative non-fiction, GLBTIIQ

Published: May 10, 2012

Publisher: Flying With Red Haircrow

ISBN: 9781476164861

Available: Smashwords, OmniLit and other online distributors

Introduction:

“Who am I?

I am G.Y.S., a profoundly deaf man. I have blue eyes and red hair, which I wear long. I am gay and Russian, and was born in 1978 in the Ukraine, but I moved myself to Germany when I was fourteen. You’ll learn how and why later.

My words are a mélange of impressions, memories and observations for I love many things and am distressed by many things. I have wandered to a number of countries and enjoy meeting people and getting to know new ideas and perspectives. I find the world both a fascinating and terrible place.

Photography, Nature, Overcoming Disabilities, Inter-societal Understanding, and Love are some of the topics that interest, concern and keep my attention. In writing about me I wish I could have said something clever, unique or witty, but this is simply me: sometimes I’m silly, sometimes I’m angry, sometimes you may find me annoying or overly sad but I’m always honest and sincere.”

Flash bits about me? I once blew up a vacuum cleaner (not on purpose!). I prefer to sleep during the day but I’m not a vampire. Sometimes I hate being bothered to eat because chewing is usually necessary but can be so very boring.

Other works from Flying With Red Haircrow:

Night Shift

Katrdeshtr’s Redemption

The House of Doom, Dreams and Desire

The Coat: Secrets of a Hatcheck Boy

The Angel of Berlin

Enigma,Enigma Book 1 by Nephylim

Fighting The Man, Enigma Book 2 by Nephylim

Non-fiction:

Songs of the Universal Vagabond

CORE: A Poetry Collection (Coming 6 June!)

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Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages by Boyd Lemon, A Review and Literary Observation

Review: “Digging Deep” by Boyd Lemon is plain in delivery with flourishes of creative phrase that are interesting yet never mask truth from the author’s perspective. There was much hard won wisdom throughout the narrative that could apply across cultures, but I did find some of it more especially related to what I think of as new American and of European descent. So for some, me included, the general life and story wasn’t applicable per se.

There were parts I could understand and empathize with such as not wanting to be different, even though in my case I am literally different, while other choices and behaviors were completely alien and though I’ve comprehended and observed such, it wouldn’t occur to me to do so at any time. I think that’s the nature of memoirs, however, and why some appeal to peers and then others have no interest in ones too different from their own lives or realms of experience. Adult language, situations and explicit descriptions are a part of the whole that are indicative of an adult’s life, so that should be no surprise for mature readers. I believe this memoir would have great appeal to select groups but should be admired by all for its intention.

Observations: I believe most writers have a courage non-writers don’t necessarily understand. Certainly, they may acknowledge the creative process, but the fact is, whether fiction or non-fiction, for many, being published means putting your heart and soul out there for others to judge. This is one reason I review as I do. Not excusing rude reactions, for some is not a matter of being “thin-skinned” or “overly-sensitive” when someone harshly judges their work in a disparaging or unnecessarily nasty way, especially if it is another writer. It is not a learning process to receive such, besides which, in my opinion, it is as if that writer has forgotten what writing really is and means. Not liking something is fine, saying why is fine, insulting or disrespecting the person themselves is unacceptable to me.

Then there is a special class of writers, memoirists, of the factual kind (not the heavily embellished or really not quite true kind we’ve seen in some news revelations). You are laying bare your soul in an entirely different way, for whatever reason you choose to do so, however you choose to do so. It’s not for entertainment purposes. It is not to titillate the reader, unless it is that sort of book. I think it is crucially important to respect the subject matter and tone. Some people question what’s the point, what do they gain from reading a memoir if it isn’t a celebrity or historical figure. Even the memoirist might ask that sometimes, and certainly the literary agents who reject the vast majority of everything do so, and I don’t think it’s a matter of their having delusions of grandeur that causes them to record some of their most personal experiences and thoughts.

Description: Lemon moves from a lifetime in California to live platonically with a 24-year-old female college student. He takes us with him on his journey to uncover his role in the destruction of his three marriages.

With brutal honesty, courage and insight he uncovers and exposes his conduct and attitudes about women and marriage that had been profoundly influenced by his place on the cusp between the moralistic generation of the 1940’s and the next generation that embraced sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll and greater independence and equality for women.

Deeply troubled by his career choice as a corporate lawyer, he nevertheless, used it for years to avoid his marital issues. Lemon’s story will guide you in resolving your own relationship problems.

Paperback, 336 pages, and for Kindle
Published April 26, 2011
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN 1432768468 (ISBN13: 9781432768461)
Source: Author

About the Author:

“I lived most of my life in Southern California. Moved to Boston in March 2007, where I stayed until spring of 2010. I loved it — great city. I write short stories and have finished a memoir about my three marriages. It will be published in 2011.

I’m learning to draw. I love good food, and listening to good music and visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. When in Boston, I walked and walked and walked around that beautiful city. Now I live in Paris. What can I say?

I love that so many of my life dreams have come true: Lived in a home with a stunning 180 degree view of the California coast, Traveled to Africa, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, Costa Rica….

Website:  http://www.booksinsync.com/boydlemon.html

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