kookoo.jpgKookooland by Gloria Norris

If asked to describe this book in one word, it would have to be: “wow!”

Truth is stranger than fiction, as illustrated by this memoir.  Gloria not only survived, she thrived (and I was rooting for her the whole way!).

I’m at a loss for words…  this was an excellent book, but so difficult to get through.  I even had nightmares.

But it was worth it!

Tragic and inspiring at the same time.  Brava, Gloria, brava!

I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.


When Breath Becomes Air

airWhen Breath Becomes Air

Devastatingly beautiful!

Paul searches for the meaning of life through literature and later through neurosurgery and neuroscience, but just when he nears the end of his residency, he receives the tragic diagnosis of lung cancer.

He does not shrink from the specter of Death, but instead faces it head-on and reexamines everything he thought he knew.

This book is his legacy.  He passed before completing it, and family and friends fulfilled his wish of getting it published.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.



nightmare.jpgAnother Nightmare Gig from Hell by Nick Zelinger and Tammy Brackett

If you’ve ever fantasized about putting together a band and touring the open road…this collection of stories might just make you rethink that idea!

Often humorous and sometimes scary, anyone who has gigged can relate to at least one of these tales.

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

Rosalie Lightning

rosalie.jpgRosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart

This is what grief looks like.  In our broken-ness there is still beauty; it’s just harder to find.

This is a memoir of one of the deepest forms of loss a person can suffer, shown to us bare and honest.

You will likely shed a few tears reading this book.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.


So Sad Today

sadSo Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder

I almost quit this book about halfway through it.  It is raw, and it was uncomfortable and almost embarrassing…as if I were reading someone’s private journal and not a published volume of essays.

I am glad I stuck with it to the end.  The final essay is by far the best one, in my opinion.

Note to author: I think most everyone is “not okay,” but some people are better than others at hiding it.  Kudos to you for being brave enough to bare your self, pretty or not.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.