Garage Band

Garage BandGarage Band by Bruce N. Carlson

Thankfully, this poorly written year-in-the-life story of a garage band that existed in New York in 1971-1972 is only 25 pages.

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

It stinks.



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.

While the Locust Slept

locust.jpgWhile the Locust Slept a memoir by Peter Razor

I was honored to meet Mr. Razor at an event on the Fond du Lac Reservation last weekend.  He gifted me with this book and promised me it would bring me nightmares.

He wasn’t joking.

I was in tears as I read the last page just now.  Tears for someone who had gone through such Hell, and came out the other side a decent human being without bitterness.

A quick read and well worth your time!

The Best We Could

best we could.jpgThe Best We Could: A True Story of the Afterlife and Discovering the Light Within

by Julie K. Richmond

What was meant to be an inspiring story of life and loss and one woman’s journey to faith comes off more like a desperate teenager obsessing on a crush.  The crush eventually becomes a best friend until they go their separate ways.  The best friend returns as an angel…

In my opinion, the true angel in this story is her husband for tolerating her obsession.

Perhaps I am too cynical and others may find inspiration where I did not.

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

Boy Meets Depression

boy meets depression

Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live by Kevin Breel

This was a difficult book to get through.  I had to stop and start many times.  Not because it isn’t a great read—it most certainly IS!  The reason it was difficult was the subject matter, and how raw and honest the author is as he takes us along on his journey through the down and dirty slog of depression and near-suicide and through to the other side.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has been through it, who knows someone who has been through it, or are currently going through it, because it provides a tiny speck of light at the end of the tunnel when you think that it’s utterly impossible.

Well done, Mr. Breel.  Well done.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.