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Memoir

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: loss of family, orphaning, war, war crimes, rape, death. Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars Review: This novel has been all over #bookstagram, reading lists, and bookstore recommendations, so when a friend of… Read More ›

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Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: dieting, bullying, emotional trauma. Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars Review: “You can’t listen to audiobooks and call it f*cking reading!” – Fran, Shrill (the TV show) Actually, Fran, yes I can. As… Read More ›

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Books for providing this DRC in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: southernisms. Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars Review: As a southern transplant, when I saw… Read More ›

Out East by John Glynn

Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: LGBTQ, sex, partying, drinking, drugs, depression. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: While perusing… Read More ›

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Trigger Warning: This memoir discusses sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, poverty, mental illness, and alcoholism. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: I had heard about this memoir from a friend who said it was fantastic, so when I found a copy… Read More ›

The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroy by Michael Mewshaw

Thank you so much Counterpoint Press for sending me my very first advance reader hardcopy, The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroy, in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: alcoholism, divorce,… Read More ›

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: sexual relations, profanity. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: It’s been a while since I vicariously traveled through a memoir, so when I saw Newman’s audiobook pop up on a suggested read… Read More ›

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: sexual assault, depression, eating disorders. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: Where do you start with a book as heavy as Hunger? From the very first chapter, Gay describes her auto-biography as “not… Read More ›

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: war crimes, abuse, death. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: As much as it hurts my heart to read about anything that happened in the German concentration camps during World War II, I am… Read More ›

DOUBLE FEATURE: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, AND Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: drug trafficking, criminal behavior, sex, LGBTQ, and abuse. Goodreads Rating: Orange is the New Black: 4 Stars Out of Orange: 3 Stars Review: They may be backlist books, but with the Netflix… Read More ›

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