I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY, BY ANDREA JARRELL- Fugitives from a man as alluring as he is violent, Andrea Jarrell and her mother develop a powerful, unusual bond. Once grown, Jarrell thinks she’s put that chapter of her life behind her―until a woman she knows is murdered, and she suddenly sees that it’s her mother’s choices she’s been trying to escape all along. Without preaching or prescribing, I’m the One Who Got Away is a life-affirming story of having the courage to become both safe enough and vulnerable enough to love and be loved.
** My review- I found this memoir, very relate-able. To say that I had a hard childhood is an understatement. Like Andrea, I’ve had to rise an overcome a lot. Andrea had to learn to come to terms with her life, past, present, and future. She needed to know that she will be okay, and to let a good healthy love in. This memoir was small, but it packed a punch. Every word was placed perfectly, and for a reader like me, who does not read a lot of memoirs, this was a good one to start with.**
LOST IN THE REFLECTING POOL, BY DIANE POMERANTZ– When Diane, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers―and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, however, Charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism. What Diane previously thought were just Charles’ controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need.
A memoir and a psychological love story that is at times tender and at times horrifying, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a chronicle of one woman’s struggle to survive within―and ultimately break free of―a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself.
**My Review- Another relate-able memoir. I feel like this is going to be the most emotional blog post I’ve ever done. These are very heavy, emotional reads. So I am trying to keep my reviews as light as I can. I have been in an abusive relationship. They are so easy to get in to, and so hard to get out of. It’s hard for someone who’s never been in one, to realize how tough it is to leave. Sometimes, it takes an extreme circumstance to open your eyes and leave. Sometimes, leaving never happens. This book was tough to get through, and tough to stomach at parts, it was like reading flashbacks. Diane had a lot to figure out, a lot of inner strength to find, for multiple reasons she had extreme circumstances to leave. I am going to stop with this review here, Trigger Warnings with those with sensitivities to domestic violence.
BUT MY BRAIN HAD OTHER IDEAS, BY DEB BRANDON- Honorable Mention, 2017 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
When Deb Brandon discovered that cavernous angiomas―tangles of malformed blood vessels in her brain―were behind the terrifying symptoms she’d been experiencing, she underwent one brain surgery. And then another. And then another. And that was just the beginning.
The book also includes an introduction by Connie Lee, founder and president of the Angioma Alliance. Unlike other memoirs that focus on injury crisis and acute recovery, But My Brain Had Other Ideas follows Brandon’s story all the way through to long-term recovery, revealing without sugarcoating or sentimentality Brandon’s struggles―and ultimate triumph.
**My review- This was good, very interesting read for sure. The human brain is fascinating, and reading about what happens to your brain, and your body when something is wrong with it, is something I find very intriguing. This book was blunt, to the point, and really held nothing back. Very neat memoir.
So this is a mass review of the three memoirs I was sent by BookSparks as part of their #FRC2017 Senior year. I received all of this for free, in exchange of an honest review.