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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Troublemaker by Leah Remini

Synopsis: Personal experiences of a TV celebrity’s indoctrination into a secular faith

Writing Style: Passionate.

Pacing: FAST! Extremely fast!!!

Personal Highlights: Oh.My.Goodness!

I don’t know where I want to start, so I guess I’ll start with my opening the book, flipping through and stopping at the photo inserts where the first photo I saw was a baby picture of Leah. That face! Oh, noooo, of all the baby photos she probably could have selected, she chose a photo that had me crying laughing. I laughed even harder reading her mother’s remark “...I love her, but she is ugly...” Gosh, I hollered!

Of course Leah was not, and is not ugly. She is just hilarious, that face being my intro into reading what turned out to be one heck of a memoir. Every page, I mean every.single.page rocked with raw emotion.

To avoid spoiling it for those who have not read the book, since obviously this memoir will most certainly be among my top 10 books read this year, I’ll trim things down to 'a few' highlights.

Blessed Life by Kim Fields

Synopsis: Personal experiences of a child TV Star.

Writing Style: Warm. Comfortable.

Pacing: Fast.

Personal Highlights: Kim, aka Tootie from ‘Facts of Life’ and Regine from ‘Living Single’, popular 80’s/90’s TV sitcoms, writes about her experiences in a way easy to curl up with. I really enjoyed her mom’s style, hauling her into bathrooms for pep talks and doling out the quotes, such as one of my favorites, “you’re walking around like your behind weighs a ton.”

But I also liked Kim’s inner spirit. She’s a good girl... spiritually grounded... Christian... who doesn’t like conflict and by reading her memoir, seems centered, thanks in part to her mother, but as well due to who she is. I, however, did chuckle at Ruby Dee’s comment about that poem she wrote. I think Mrs. Dee (as in Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee) really meant it when she said, “that was too much.”

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, MD

Synopsis: Personal journey of becoming and being a much sought after and loved neurosurgeon.

Writing Style: Straightforward

Pacing: Fairly Fast

Personal Highlights: First of all, it’s very likely, even at this early date, that this memoir will end up being one of my favorite books read this year.

First there was Dr. Carson’s mother. She really stood out, not only making him and his brother read, but teaching them to do their best for themselves as opposed to trying to be better than someone else. These early primers laid on my heart for two reasons. Carson learned ahead of time how reading helped him know, instead of merely memorizing content; knowledge that groomed him to surpass traditional models of excellence.