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Prison Baby: A Memoir by Deborah Jiang Stein
Prison Baby: A Memoir

librarylapin, March 3, 2014

This book is memoir of mystery enveloped sadness that gets spearheaded by the discovery of a twelve year old girl. Learning that she was born in a prison opens a chasm in her soul. Obviously this story is intriguing. It is well told with wisps of poetry and profound reflection. The author is very honest about her feelings, what she went through, and her ideas at the time she was living them. This doesn't always happen in memoirs since the author is looking to maintain their "goodness" in the eyes of the reader. It did seem at times that there were pieces missing, like the author was hiding pieces of her experience on purpose. This happens in memoir but I could actually see it in this case. I also appreciated the part that speaks about her work and advocacy
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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

librarylapin, January 9, 2013

I read one hundred books this year and this was by far the best. Jeanette Winterson's talent for spinning beautiful literary metaphors into tapestries of rich storytelling is not diminished in any way in her non-fiction.Why be Happy When You Could be Normal is a touching and thoughtful memoir that leads us through the life that created Winterson's unique talent for writing intricately meaningful stories.
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Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster by Kristen Johnston
Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

librarylapin, November 4, 2012

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book. It was one of the best surprises of my year. I love memoirs and I will totally absorb just about any memoir I can find. In addition, I love reading funny women. I have bought so many comedy books this year and have been grateful for the onslaught of comedians penning volumes, but none of them made me laugh out loud the way this book did. I had to finish it in a day. My entire Saturday became dedicated to this marvelous and moving book. You would think something with so much laughter wouldn't be as deeply moving, but it was. With humility and great wit, Johnston talks about the very devastating subject that is addiction. Now when I know a friend a suffering from an addiction I can give her/him this book, knowing it will fill them with hope for what is possible, while making them having a good laugh.
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Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan
Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case

librarylapin, January 5, 2012

I read the original Sybil and was immersed in the story. I rented the movie shortly thereafter. By the time I grew up there was so much talk of MPD that it just seemed like something that shouldn't be questioned. This book has copious notes and an incredible amount research that is used to discredit both the story of "Sybil" and the MPD diagnosis. I had several problems with this book, though. Despite the authors claims of journalistic integrity, this work was very opinionated. She had a very obvious point of view and did not let the facts speak for themselves. I also thought she took a lot of liberty describing the emotions and thoughts of characters in the book that she could not have possibly have known. I found this quite ironic considering that she was was attempting to discredit another book for the same thing. In describing mounting false accusations against parents for abuse, I also think that the author could have spoken about how this phenomenon does occur. Her account seemed to insinuate that abuse does not occur. Regardless of false accusations it is important to recognize real abuse. I enjoyed having the information but was ultimatley left with more questions.
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Cain by Jose Saramago
Cain

librarylapin, January 4, 2012

I really enjoy Saramago's work. This was not his best book but the story was highly entertaining and very creative. It is an innovative way to look at the old testament through the eyes of Cain.
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