Category Archives: Memoir Reviews

Editorial Review – Kim’s Memoir

 

Title: Kim’s Memoir

Author: Young-Koo Kim

Genre: Memoir / Korean History

 

Kim’s Memoir is the passionately told story of a prominent Korean jurist, naval officer, professor, and scholar of international law who spent his life serving South Korea, in particular doing legal work to ensure the security of the country’s Northern Limit Line. Born into a Korea under Japanese occupation, the author is a firsthand witness to some of Korea’s greatest recent upheavals, including World War II, armistice agreements between South and North Korea, and landmark cases in the Korean justice system.

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Editorial Review – Fortune Favors the Bold

 

Title: Fortune Favors the Bold – A Woman’s Odyssey through a Turbulent Century

Author name: Theodore Modis

Genre: Creative Non-fiction / Biography / Memoir

 

This creative nonfiction work looks at the life of Theodosia Modis, lover and wife of Giorgos Modis, the son of a significant martyr in the cultural and political conflict between Greeks and Bulgarians in Macedonia prior to the First World War. Though she was primarily a schoolteacher, mother, and wife, this volume celebrates the story of her achievements and her long and eventful life.

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Editorial Review – Lessons in Poetry: For a Wayward Child of Sad Eyes and Lonely Heart

 

Title: Lessons in Poetry: For a Wayward Child of Sad Eyes and Lonely Heart

Authors: Anita Garman and John Knowlton

Genre: Memoir

 

When her husband of 58 years dies, Anita is inconsolable at having lost her best friend, life companion, and soulmate. She slips in and out of periods of severe depression, struggling against her own grief and her terror that she may not be reunited with her husband in the afterlife.

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Editorial Review – Ollie Ollie in Come Free

 

Book Title: Ollie Ollie In Come Free

Author: Anne Bernard Becker

Genre: Memoir

Ollie Ollie In Come Free is the product of an author’s lifelong struggle to deal with and process the traumatic events of her childhood, and to analyze the repercussions that it inevitably had on her as an adult. This memoir is a moving, emotional, and intimately personal tale of a family who had experienced more than its fair share of death. Specifically, it relates what it was like for Anne to grow up amidst the grief and turmoil, with the ever-present background of a rapidly changing and progressing world.

Straight out of the gate, the readers will know that Anne is not coping very well as an adult. She struggles in her role as a wife and as a mother as a result of never having dealt with the pain of losing first her sister, then her brother a couple of years later when Anne herself was turning six. Anne chooses to deal with this problem head on and subjects herself to psychoanalysis as therapy for her ongoing depression and recurring anxiety episodes.

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Editorial Review – Nowhere Else I Want to Be

 

Title: Nowhere Else I Want to Be

Author: Carol D. Marsh

Genre: Nonfiction memoir

Carol Marsh has no idea what to expect when she founds Miriam’s House, a care home for homeless women living with AIDS in Washington, D.C. Growing up in a stable, loving family, she always felt a passion for helping others less fortunate than herself, and she believed her role as executive director at Miriam’s House would give her the opportunity to serve a group of women often shunned and neglected.

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