Memoir – The Reluctant Caregiver

The Reluctant CaregiverThe Reluctant Caregiver
Missives from the Family Caregiving Minefields
By Joy Johnston
Publisher: Draft2Digital
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1386197614
ASIN: B075CJ6GWY
Genre: Memoir, Families
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Not everyone is born a natural caregiver.

One moment, digital journalist Joy Johnston is a cynical workaholic with an underwater mortgage. The next moment, she faces the responsibility of caring for her eccentric mother who’s battling colon cancer, just six months after her father’s death from Alzheimer’s. As an only child, she has no choice but to slap on the latex gloves, and get to know more about her mother — and herself — than she ever imagined possible.

The road from reluctance to resilience is bumpy and splattered with bodily fluids, but it also offers unforgettable lessons. Who knew you could learn how to change a colostomy bag on YouTube, or that hospice nurses like telling dirty jokes? Peppered with snarky humor, vivid observations, and poignant honesty, this essay collection will resonate with anyone drafted into a family health crisis.

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Memoir – Corners: Voices on Change

Corners Voices on ChangeCorners: Voices on Change
By Amy Lou Jenkins (editor and contributor)
Publisher: Jack Walker Press
ISBN: 978-1945378034
Published: May 2018
ASIN: B07D3N9RKF
Genre: Memoir, Essay, Creative Non-Fiction
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Every life journey traverses curves and corners. In Corners: Voices on Change, writers find a way through changes. Their literary essays offer honesty, comfort and humor. Tracing their stories helps us to process our own changing lives. Be inspired by thoughtful lives as the writers—

Deal with grief and loss

Reject antiquated patterns of prejudice and selfishness

Get fired

Engage in War

Experience disappointment in God

Find their voice

Say “no”

Navigate the ubiquitous anxiety of loving a recovering addict

Save themselves from disappearing into marriage or parenthood

Discover lynchpins in family and culture

Choose a new religion and choose to love within the backlash

Learn to love a Trump-voting spouse when it seems a betrayal

Recreate a great life when the body, brain, or life circumstance won’t return to the old normal

Accept responsibilities, truths, and realities

Celebrate differences

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Mental Health Memoir – A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew: Stories From an ADHD Dad

A Chicken in the Wind and How He GrewA Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew: Stories From an ADHD Dad
By Frank South
Publisher: Rattlesnake Publishing
Published: January 2018
ISBN: 978-0999487808 (pb)
ISBN: 978-0999487815 (ebook)
ASIN: B078856VRV
Genre: Memoir, Psychology, Mental Health, ADHD
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Frank South wrote these stories during eight unusually tumultuous years his family’s life. There’s not much advice in here, but there is honest testimony from inside the storm.

Think about it. If every day of your life you wake up already engulfed in a roaring flood of urgent but completely confused and unrelated information hitting you non-stop, all at once, all the time, then the crushing cascade of events in a family crisis or any other calamity shouldn’t be overwhelming I it should feel like old home week. If only.

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Memoir – And Then I Am Gone

And Then I Am GoneAnd Then I Am Gone
A Walk with Thoreau
By Mathias B. Freese
Publisher: Wheatmark
Published: September 2017
ISBN: 978-1627875387
ASIN: B075V532GN
Genre: Memoir
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And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau tells the Story of a New York City man who becomes an Alabama man. Despite his radical migration to simpler living and a late-life marriage to a saint of sorts, his persistent pet anxieties and unanswerable questions follow him. Mathias Freese wants his retreat from the societal “it” to be a brave safari for the self rather than cowardly avoidance, so who better to guide him but Henry David Thoreau, the self-aware philosopher who retreated to Walden Pond “to live deliberately” and cease “the hurry and waste of life”? In this memoir, Freese wishes to share how and why he came to Harvest, Alabama (both literally and figuratively), to impart his existential impressions and concerns, and to leave his mark before he is gone.

Book Awards:
• The i Tetralogy: Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award 2007
• Down to a Sunless Sea: National Indie Excellence finalist Book Awards 2007 &
• Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award 2007.
• This Mobius Strip of Ifs: National Indie (Winner) Book Awards, 2012 & Global Ebook Award finalist, 2012.
• I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust: Finalist in the 2012 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest out of 424 submissions, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Winner;
• Readers’ Favorites, Five Stars; Indie Excellence Book Awards, Finalist; Readers’
• Favorite, Book Award Winner – Bronze medal
• Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers: 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival Honorable Mention, Great Northwest Book Festival Winner in Biography/Autobiography
• Category, Runner-up in General Non-Fiction Category in the San Francisco Book Festival, Winner for General Non-Fiction in The Beach Book Festival & Runner-Up in General Non-Fiction in the Paris Book Festival

MATHIAS B. FREESE is a multi-published, award-winning author, writer, teacher and psychotherapist.

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Self-Help – The Breakup Band Aid

The Breakup Band AidThe Breakup Band Aid
A 12-step Program to Kick the Addiction to Your Ex
By Sarah Melland
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1973359036
ASIN: B077P67JFY
Genre: Non-Fiction, Satire, Self-Help, Memoir, Relationships
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The Breakup Band Aid is a 12-step program to help you kick the addiction to you your ex. It is a fun, lighthearted step-by-step guide that will help you laugh, which, let’s face it, we know you haven’t done in weeks.

This how-to satire also includes helpful tips, do’s, don’ts, and activities to do after a breakup. Plus, the best breakup songs, movies, quotes and much more. The Breakup Band Aid has everything you need to get over your ex and under someone new without crying.

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Memoir/Women’s Issues – When I Die, Take My Panties

When I Die, Take My PantiesWhen I Die, Take My Panties
Turning Your Darkest Moments Into Your Greatest Gifts
By Jennifer Coken
Publisher: Persona Publishing
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 978-0983371533
ASIN: B01N2NAFGG
Genre: Memoir, Grief, Women’s Issues
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When I Die, Take My Panties is a wake-up call about the personal transformation that can come from tragedy and what can be learned along the way. Jennifer takes us through her journey of her mother dying from ovarian cancer in 2011. Death forced her to face a harsh reality: So often you want to control life – and the truth is you can’t. To find true peace, you must come to terms with people and situations as they are, not as you wish them to be. When I Die, Take My Panties takes the reader through a journey of discovering the gifts in their own life as they learn how to appreciate what is right in front of them.

“When I Die, Take My Panties” – It’s funny, it’s frank, it’s inspiring. – Jenny Allen, Author of Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas

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