Blog Post: Featured Friday Recommendations

In my line of work editing and proofing manuscripts and memoirs, people recommend their favorite books to me all the time, asking if I’ve read this or that memoir, this or that biography, and turning me on to some great blogs featuring the same.

Starting today when you recommend your favorite memoir to me, I’ll add your name to a monthly drawing where you might have a chance to win one of my favorites, or a gift card so you can purchase your own.  Send me your picks, and good luck!

Now, a few reads that have been recently suggested to me are:  Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden,  and Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. I’ve read Half-Broke and it’s on my “best books ever” list, as is its predecessor, Glass Castle, another winning memoir by Walls.

I just finished reading Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly.  While predictable, it’s hard to not be inspired by how far she’s come in progress from her brain injury.  Not only did this event hit a chord with so many for a variety of reasons, it hit a little too close to home, literally, for me.  My husband and I used to live on Oracle Road, just right down the street in Tucson from where that shooting occurred.  Unthinkable.  Obviously written mostly by Giffords’ astronaut husband Mark Kelly (with the last one-page chapter in Gabby’s own words), the book recapped much of what was featured in the 60 Minutes interview with Diane Sawyer last year.

Next up for me is Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg.  According to the New York Times Book Review, “It is hard to think of a writer who reminds us more forcefully and wonderfully of what people and families are all about.”  I can’t wait to jump into this one later today.  And, be sure to read All Over But the Shoutin’, to get a taste for Bragg’s unique way of storytelling.  There’s no one like him.

Lastly, because I have a Nook, I’m addicted to the Free Friday downloads.  I download all of them, regardless of topic or title, giving me the opportunity to read some books I might not otherwise pick for myself.  The Free Friday Download for Nook today is:  Though a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen,  a classic historical novel that spent months on the New York Times bestseller list upon its initial publication.


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