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True Stories From An Unreliable Witness

Christine Lahti’s memoir True Stories From An Unreliable Witness is hilarious, sobering, and mesmerizing. Christine talks about her life growing up in a house filled with 5 siblings, a perfectly coiffed mother and an aloof father. She is a sensitive and emotional person in a family that has to wear their happy smiles and never take off their masks. Each chapter is an essay about different parts of Christine’s life from childhood, to college, entering the acting world, marriage, motherhood and more. She wanted to break out of the prescribed shell her mother lived in.

This short book packed a punch on so many topics from family dynamics, father and daughter relationships (I can relate), finding your footing professionally, mental illness, motherhood and loving yourself as you are despite what the magazines say. This book had me laughing, tearing up, feeling convicted and more.

I received my free copy of True Stories From An Unreliable Witness by Christine Lahti for free from TLC Book Tours care of Harper Weave in exchange for my review. This memoir was a quick, enjoyable, enriching read. I hope Christine will write more books because she has a talent with the written word. To purchase her book click here. Now off to go watch some of her movies.

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Hurricane Season

I’m not into Christian fiction. It can be campy, cheesy and not well written. Lauren K. Denton proved me wrong in her novel, Hurricane Season. This lovely story is set in Alabama, about two sisters who secretly envy the other sister. Betsy is the eldest. She’s a farmers wife who wishes she had children. Jenna is the wild younger sister whose a single mother of two little girls. When Jenna gets an opportunity to take an in depth photography retreat in FL she can’t believe her luck. Will Betsy and her husband watch their nieces if Jenna agrees to the opportunity?

This book discusses the myriad of difficult choices we make and how going after our dreams can alter our loved one’s lives. It talks about the sensitive subject of infertility and how it can either bring a couple together or threaten to rip their relationship apart. This novel also, provides a great farming 101 lesson through the book. This book is Christian fiction without any preachy, religious tones in the book, so if you aren’t of that faith variety you can read this book without fear of indoctrination.

I received my free copy of Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton from TLC Book Tours care of Thomas Nelson Publishing. I greatly enjoyed this book. Characters haven’t felt this real in a long time. To me that is the sign of a excellent book. To purchase this gorgeous book click here.

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Self-Made Woman

I have read a few trans memoirs. They are always fascinating, intense, inspirational and thought provoking. Self-Made Woman is the memoir of Dennis who discovers his desire to be a woman the day he falls into the lake and almost drowns at his grandparent’s lake cabin. Due to his clothes being wet from falling in the water he is given a dress to wear while his clothes dry. This experience opens the door to him realizing just how wearing a dress makes him feel. At a young age he realizes he doesn’t just merely love being around woman and girls, but wishes he could be one rather than a boy. This memoir is Dennis’ story of becoming Denise.

Her journey is not for the faint of heart. Some of the things she goes through in discovering herself are outside my comfort zone, so parts where a tad hard to stomach. If you are into kinky things you might like this autobiography. I am more of a plain Jane, so this memoir wasn’t my cup of transformational tea.

I received my free copy of Self-Made Woman by Denise Chanterelle Dubois from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest feedback. I do like reading memoirs, so I’m glad I got the opportunity to read Denise’s story. I’m just sad it didn’t connect with me like I thought it would.

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1,001 Ways to Be Creative

The cover has little splotches of different colors. For some reason it makes me think of the colorful spotted character in the children’s book Put Me In The Zoo by Robert Lopshire. 1001 Ways To Be Creative by Barbara Ann Kipfer is a collection of inspiring quotes, themes and ideas for ways we can be creative. Each page has pretty designs on the side and each section is in a different color font. If you love colorful things like books by SARK, then you’ll be attracted to this little tome.

I received 1001 Ways To Be Creative by Barbara Ann Kipfer for free from TLC Book Tours care of National Geographic. If you need ideas to make your life more adventurous and exciting go pick up a copy. This book would make a great gift or coffee table book. See how many things you can try out of the ideas in this book. To purchase a copy click here.

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The Mindful Day

If you desire to be more present in your home, work, play and love (partner, family, friend), then I recommend The Mindful Day by Laurie J. Cameron. Laurie takes each topic and breaks them down into bite size pieces you can understand. At the end of every chapter she has the How To section where she gives practical suggestions in how to live out what the chapter has talked about.

I received my free copy of The Mindful Day by Laurie J. Cameron in exchange for my honest feedback. To purchase a copy click here and to find out more about the author check out her website.

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In Praise Of Difficult Women

What is a difficult woman? It’s a woman who doesn’t let anyone stop her from being herself, especially when it goes against cultural norms. Author, Karen Karbo, showcases 29 ladies who broke cultural norms. A few of the ladies showcased are: Jane Goodall, Shonda Rhimes, Hillary Rodham Clinton, J.K. Rowling, etc. Each chapter is a short essay of that woman’s life and how they may be perceived difficult by the society of their time.

If you a right-winger this book may not be the best fit for you. If you are a leftist then this book might be just right. I’m personally middle of the road, which might be why I wasn’t fond of this book. A few of the ladies chosen I found fascinating: Elizabeth Taylor, Shonda Rhimes, Margaret Cho, Vita Sackville-West. Some of the other ladies picked I’m not sure how their lives could be something I’d want to admire. For instance Carrie Fisher, Janis Joplin to name a few. If you enjoy vignettes and learning about women from different time periods then you might like In Praise Of Difficult Women.

I received my free copy of In Praise Of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo from TLC Book Tours care of National Geographic. I was excited to get this title to review and I am sad I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was thinking I would. Even if this book isn’t my cup of tea, it might be your favorite kind. To go grab a copy click here and to find out more about the author check out her website.

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Love Unleashed

Love Unleashed by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a picture book that showcases different dogs that have been rescued and how they’ve impacted their owners. Each dog’s story is accompanied with photos of the dog and their owners. Every story is unique and inspirational. If you love dogs then this would make a great gift for the dog lovers in your life.

I was given a copy of Love Unleashed for free from TLC Book Tours care of National Geographic in exchange for my review. This book is gorgeous and if you haven’t adopted a dog yet you’ll be clamoring to after the last page is read.