Category Archives: Memoir

Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan

A veteran of combat in the Iraqi war, Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan never imagined the toll his military experiences would take.  After he returned home, wounded and suffering from PTSD, Montalvan struggled with the most mundane of chores – going … Continue reading

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite

This is one of those hidden gems that is both educational and entertaining at the same time.  First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria, is Eve Brown-Waite’s personal memoir of her time spent in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, and then … Continue reading

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Holding On To The Air by Suzanne Farrell

George Balanchine’s last great muse was ballerina Suzanne Farrell.  Balanchine was already in his 50’s when he made the teenager a star of the New York City Ballet, making several of his famous ballets on her.  But their relationship was … Continue reading

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Under The Big Black Sun by Tom DeSavia

There was only one good punk back from L.A. in 1980 and that was ‘X’. Unfortunately, this book is not about them. It’s not about any band. Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk is about … Continue reading

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Everything Is Wonderful by Sigrid Rausing

In the early 1990’s, Sigrid Rausing did her anthropological fieldwork in Estonia, studying the Estonians attempts to reconcile post-colonialist privatization with their Soviet, collective farming past.  Everything is Wonderful is a memoir of the time Rausing spent in Estonia. There was … Continue reading

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Inca Kola by Matthew Parris

After reading some “ho hum” travelogues through South America, it was a nice change of pace to find one I really enjoyed.  Inca Kola has Parris and three of his travel buddies making their way through Peru during the late 1980’s.  … Continue reading

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Lost Moon by Jim Lovell

Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13; co-written by Jeffrey Kruger. This book was re-released as “Apollo 13” in 1995 as a tie-in to the movie. By the time Jim Lovell retired from NASA he had more time in … Continue reading

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