Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs Stars: **** Picador (2003) Memoir 320 pages Summary: Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at… Read More »

Detour From Normal by Ken Dickson

Detour From Normal by Ken Dickson Stars: **** CreateSpace (2013) 320 pages Memoir Summary:  Despite access to the greatest healthcare in the world, U.S citizens are not immune to medical horror stories. Such was the experience of Ken Dickson, a beloved husband and father and respected engineer, with no history of mental illness. What should… Read More »

Garbage Bag Suitcase by Shenandoah Chefalo

Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir by Shenandoah Chefalo Stars: **** Mission Point Press (2016) 194 pages Autobiography/Family/Relationships/Abuse/Memoir Disclosure: This book was received for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links. Summary: Garbage Bag Suitcase is the true story of Shenandoah Chefalo’s wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endured… Read More »

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan Stars: ***** Simon & Schuster (2012) 266 pages I received this book as a gift. This post contains affiliate links. Summary:  When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no… Read More »

Haldol and Hyacinths by Melody Moezzi

Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life by Melody Moezzi Stars: ***1/2 Penguin Group (2013) Memoir 288 pages I purchased this book myself. This post contains affiliate links. Summary: Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised amid a vibrant, loving, and gossipy Iranian diaspora in the American… Read More »

Present: How One Woman Pulled the Plug … by Keri Mae Lamar

Stars: **** Full Title: Present: How One Woman Pulled the Plug on Distraction to Connect with Real Life A Happy Home Media (2015) 151 pages Faith/Memoir ? I purchased this book myself because I saw a review of it on a blog and liked it so much I had to have it. Unfortunately I can’t… Read More »

Waiting to Forget: A Motherhood Lost and Found by Margaret Moorman

Waiting to Forget is a tale of adoption from the birth mother’s point of view. Margaret’s memoir covers two pregnancies, the one when she was sixteen back in the sixties when teenage pregnancy was kept a shameful secret and the other, 25 years later. Although she kept that baby and was filled with happiness, the… Read More »