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The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Ashley Simon

Reading a memoir is a bit like stalking someone on Facebook. You might feel a little guilty but that probably won’t stop you from hungrily searching through the private parts of their life. I’m fascinated by this genre—and even hope to write a memoir someday myself—so I found The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr an incredible read. Not only is it is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in memoir (or writing in general), it’s also funny and easy-to-read. I haven’t actually read any of Karr’s memoirs yet (gasp!) but that didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of this book.

Karr draws on her own experience and the experience of other authors to answer questions like:

  • Where’s the line between truth and untruth?
  • What do you do when your memory conflicts with a family member’s or friend’s?
  • How do I know if I’m ready to write a memoir?

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How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

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How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana. May 16, 2017. Katherine Tegen Books, 304 p. ISBN: 9780062470140.  Int Lvl: YA; Rdg Lvl: YA; Lexile: 790.

In this powerful memoir, Sandra Uwiringyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tells the incredible true story of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.

Sandra Uwiringiyimana was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. The rebels had come at night—wielding weapons, torches, machetes. She watched as her mother and six-year-old sister were gunned down in a refugee camp, far from their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The rebels were killing people who weren’t from the same community, the same tribe. In other words, they were killing people simply for looking different.

“Goodbye, life,” she said to…

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3 Reasons To Support My #InvisibleScars Emotional Abuse Awareness Campaign

Allow me to introduce myself to some and re-introduce myself to others. My name is Lynette Davis and I’m the author of Even Rain Is Just Water, A Memoir of Rejection, Revelation & Redemption. My memoir is about a lonely little girl looking for love and acceptance that shows how childhood trauma transcends into adulthood and continues to affect survivors.

We’re ten days into a 30-day social campaign called #InvisibleScars, which is approximately one-third of the way.  It’s a campaign to raise awareness about emotional abuse. It began on September 7th and ends on October 7th. This is a matter that is close to me because in my subtitle, the word rejection is i.e. for emotional abuse. One of my commitments upon publishing my story is to help bring more awareness to this insidious type of abuse.

Three reasons to support this campaign:

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First, it’s for a very good cause. By supporting this campaign, you will be helping to raise awareness so that more people can be helped. This type of abuse also produces trauma. Emotional abuse is insidious, that is, it’s gradual and done over and over, over a period of time, and therefore is not easily noticed. It’s so insidious that most people who experience emotional abuse don’t even know they are being emotionally abused. That certainly was true, in my case as well. I did not realize it was abuse until one of my beta readers, upon reading my first draft, responded about the “abuse” I had experienced. “Abuse? What abuse?”

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Secondly, Simply by supporting the #InvisibleScars campaign, you can be the voice on October 7th for countless voiceless victims who have been silenced and feel powerless and defeated due to their chronic or long-term exposure to emotional abuse, for which they have no escape. (On October 7th, we’re going to make one loud thunderous clap so their voices, along with ours, can be heard.) And

 

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Thirdly, It won’t cost you one red cent. That’s right. It doesn’t cost you anything to support this campaign, other than five seconds of your time. And, it’s safe and secure. You’re only giving Thunderclap permission to tweet (Twitter) or post (Facebook or Tumbler) one time, at a designated time. That is all.

Please support this campaign by clicking on:

  • this link:  #InvisibleScars
  • one of the red bars labeled “Twitter,” “Facebook,” or “Tumbler”  

That’s it. You don’t have to do anything else. And on October 7th, we’ll “put emotional abuse on blast!”

Much gratitude to the individuals who have already supported this campaign.

Lynette

 

 

 

 

 

37 Top Book Awards for Authors in 2017

The Book Publicist

Book Awards for Authors

Enter Book Award Contests and Become an Award Winning Author in 2017!

By Scott Lorenz

Westwind Communications

“Do book awards matter?”  YES!!

As a book publicist I can assure you they absolutely do matter! One client won several awards and was contacted by two movie producers about her Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Fiction novel.  Another one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the major publishing houses. This author, needless to say, was happy he decided to enter.

You win awards you sell more products.  Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

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Recently a business book client won a major award which caused CNN to reach out to request the book.

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‘The Kids In Need Foundation’ Will Provide School Supplies To Hurricane Harvey Victims

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The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national non-profit dedicated to providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need, announces today an effort to raise funds and in-kind product donations for students and teachers impacted by the tragic events of Hurricane Harvey.

 The Kids In Need Foundation has extensive experience in this type of support. KINF’s efforts after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma led to the creation of the Second Responder® program. The Second Responder® program is dedicated to providing much needed school supplies to students following natural disasters.

“Right now, first responders are in the area providing initial relief with things like food, water, and blankets,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “When the time is right, we will be ready to give students and teachers the basic classroom supplies they need. We hope this will help to restore…

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Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary A. Pérez.
Gut wrenching! Mary Pérez has written a book that I found difficult to put down. Each page is filled with yet another thing that would be the end of most of us, but she continues to persevere. This memoir shows what many children of alcoholic parents must endure while they figure out what is normal for most children.

The book is written in a style that just tells the story like it happened. There is no fluff or attempt to make it more interesting, just raw, painful, events, one after another, like they happened in life. perhaps the book could have been made more “novel like” for our reading pleasure, but I don’t think there is any way to sugar coat a life like Mary endured.

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