Category Archives: Memoir

Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

Hailed an important work upon it’s publication in 1967, Journey into the Whirlwind is Ginzburg’s personal account her years in a Soviet prison during the reign of Josef Stalin. As a teenager I read Solhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, and was stunned at the brutality … Continue reading

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The Mechanic’s Tale by Steve Matchett

The Mechanic’s Tale: Life In The Pit-Lanes Of Formula One The memoir by Steve Matchett tells his story from getting a mechanic’s job at a Ferrari Dealership, then moving to a BMW Dealership and leveraging what he learned there into … Continue reading

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Bat Boy by Matthew McGough

Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming Of Age With The New York Yankees McGough wrote a letter to the Yankees, and after some persistence became a Bat Boy for the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He was only 16, which … Continue reading

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Life At The Limit by Sid Watkins

Life At The Limit: Triumph And Tragedy In Formula One deals with the dangerous world of Formula One racing. Fatalities were so common it seems odd that the ‘sport’ wasn’t just banned. Drivers would die, crew members would die, and … Continue reading

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Batboy by Matthew McGough

In 1991, 16 year old Matthew McGough took a long shot and wrote 15 letters to George Steinbrenner and other members of the New York Yankees management.  It paid off big when the following spring, he was sitting in the … Continue reading

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The Coconut Latitudes by Rita M. Gardner

Sometimes what seems to be Paradise is actually the opposite.  I picked this book up for two reasons.  First, it had the word “coconut” in the title – which helped to meet a book I needed for the Geocache Challenge … Continue reading

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Waking Up In Eden by Lucinda Fleeson

I read this book as part of a Goodreads Challenge which required a book set in Hawaii. I’ve read a few such books, but quite honestly, there aren’t many set in Hawaii which also got great reviews, so I did a … Continue reading

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