Memoir – UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL

UP-CLOSE & PERSONALUP-CLOSE & PERSONAL
In-Country, Chieu Hoi, Vietnam 1969-1970
By Robert C. Bogison
Published: June 2019
ISBN:  978-1097969142
ASIN: B07VQ87QPT
Genre: Memoir – Military History
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The Vietnam War has tormented American consciousness for more than half a hundred years, and Up-Close & Personal is a signal contribution to understanding that drawn-out conflict from a soldier’s point of view, informed by knowledge gained from being “up-close” at the basic, ground-pounding or river-patrolling combat level. Drugs, sex and blind resistance to authority at home exported its rot to the military in Vietnam as morale collapsed and Army leadership went adrift. 1969-1970, the era covered by this book, was the nadir. That the stalwarts who dubbed themselves “Bushwhackers” were actually Military Police assigned an infantry role — and thus unique in US military history — makes the tale all the more compelling.

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Historical / Military Memoir – War Is Personal: Hell, Luck, and Resilience

War Is PersonalWar Is Personal: Hell, Luck, and Resilience
A WWII Combat Marine’s Accounts of Okinawa and China
By Roy Wilkes, USMC, Compiled by Elaine Wilkes, PhD
Publisher: Golden Ratio Publishing
Published: September 2019
ISBN: 978-0977428779
ASIN: B07SX5H45N
Genre: Historical Memoir, Historical Military/War Fiction, History, WWII
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“One Marine’s deeply personal account of the cold realities of combat.” —John H. Briggs, Major, United States Army, Retired

“I felt informed, moved and, ultimately, encouraged.” — David J. Hogan, editor-in-chief and contributing writer, The Holocaust Chronicle

“We cannot possibly comprehend the battlefield terror that changed their inner being forever. ‘War is Personal’ helps us to better understand” — Lt. Col. Jaime Parent, USAF, author of Moving Past PTSD

The Invasion of Okinawa was one of the bloodiest battles of WWII Pacific. Roy Wilkes, Private, USMC was unfortunate enough to have a front-row seat. True, gripping stories and pictures reveal the mind, heart, and soul of a fighting WWII Marine.

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“The grim reaper missed me. The dumb bastard had a close-up swing at me on six different occasions—and missed.”

“The casualties were monumental. Trucks were coming down the lines with Marines piled like cordwood. They put ponchos over ’em, but you could see all these feet dangling out. It was like a conveyor belt. We were going up and they were coming back. The only difference is we were alive—and they were dead.”

“Continuous rain dampened the soul. The low, thick dark clouds made sure God didn’t see. What happened here was a secret from Him. God was busy someplace else. So this part of His Universe went insane.”

– Semper Fi

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Memoir/Adoption – The Lies That Bind

The Lies That BindThe Lies That Bind
An Adoptee’s Journey Through Rejection, Redirection, DNA, and Discovery
By Laureen Pittman
Published: January 2019
ISBN: 978-1793142979
ASIN: B07KXBGTJP
Genre: Memoir; Adoption; Genealogy
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Born in a California women’s prison in 1963, Laureen Pittman was relinquished for adoption. As a child, Laureen was conditioned to believe that being adopted didn’t matter. So, it didn’t . . . until it did.

Through scraps of information, Laureen stitched together her history – one that started in the psychedelic sixties and ended up in a future where DNA could solve mysteries. She never imagined that spitting into a plastic tube, along with years of painstaking research and the explosion of technology, would reveal the answers to her identity and the rich family history shared with her biological father.

Laureen’s tale is for anyone who has ever questioned who they are, where they came from, or how they fit in. Her journey to find her truth illustrates the strength and power of our universal need for connection, belonging, and healing through knowledge.

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Memoir – Making It Happen

Making It HappenMaking It Happen
A Memoir of Peace Corps and Venezuela in the 1970s
By Mike Kendellen
ISBN: 978-1974606474
ASIN: B07HDB7NQN
Genre: Historical Memoir, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Travel Memoir, Peace Corps Memoir
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“Making It Happen” is the revealing story of life in the Peace Corps in the mid-1970s where life wasn’t at all what he expected. From coaching baseball in a remote town, to working with Special Needs children, the author’s reflective tales evoke a long-ago era when life was different not only in the United States but in Latin America as well. The attitudes of the people he met, the challenges, the annoyances, and yes, the rewards are all treated with humor, blunt realism and honesty. It’s not a sugarcoated view of the world, but it is eye-opening, especially when told from the personal perspective of a young American always trying to determine his next move as he experiences life in another country and learns about the world—and finds his place

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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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