Why You Need to Fail [Book Excerpt]

October 8, 2021

Why You Need to Fail by Jake Kneeland

Why You Need to Fail by Jake Kneeland (cover) Image: black and white text over a background of steep mountain peaks

Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Self-help

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Amazon Summary:

“Do you feel like you are coasting through life? Are you struggling to find meaning after countless mistakes and the circumstances they put you in? Do you feel completely lost? Everything changes the moment we discover why we went through the turbulent times. How exactly do we find the answer? Join author Jake Kneeland as he guides you through Why You Need To Fail – a roadmap to rediscovering your purpose, energy, and vibrancy for life. Inside you will find moments of transformation, step by step techniques, and the momentum you’ve unleashed by removing previously held self-limiting beliefs. Are you ready? Grab a journal and pen and begin. A better understanding is at your fingertips. There’s no time to waste!”

***Full disclosure: Jake Kneeland is a member of my extended family. I’m choosing to highlight his self-published book today because I’ve observed his journey and know that this book is an authentic reflection of his personal experience and that he has important insights to share. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Jake!

Excerpts:

(provided by the author)

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Crying in H Mart [Book Review]

October 1, 2021

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (cover) black and white text on a red backbround

Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Korean-American, Grief, Mothers/Daughters, Family Life

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My Summary:

Michelle Zauner shares about her Korean-American family, her childhood and young adult years, bonding over food, her relationship with her mother, and the grief of losing her mother to cancer.

My Thoughts:

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The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 [Book Review] #NeverForget911

September 11, 2021

 The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff

The Only Plane in the Sky by Garret M. Graff

Genre/Categories/Setting: Nonfiction, U.S. History, Terrorism, New York City

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My Summary:

We will always remember…

On September 11, 2001, America experienced a devastating attack that killed almost 3,000 innocent civilians and wounded over 25,000 others and caused at least 10 billion dollars of infrastructure and property damage. Garrett Graff tells the story of that day through the voices of those who lived it. From the early hours of September 11 to day’s end, we hear actual accounts from first responders, Twin Tower workers, family members, children, government officials, survivors, military…..a 360-degree picture of the tragic events. This is truly an “own voices” work.

My Thoughts:

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Things My Son Needs to Know About the World #ThrowBackThursday

June 17, 2021

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
#throwbackthursday

Genre/Categories: Non-Fiction, Essays, Humor, Parent/Child

In 2020, I decided to systematically revisit my older review posts and update them. On Thursdays, I’ll be re-sharing a few of these great reads. Today, I’m re-sharing a review of a poignant and reflective essay collection, Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman. This might make an interesting Father’s Day gift (U.S. Father’s Day this weekend).

I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.

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My Summary:

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is a collection of humorous and poignant essays Fredrik Backman wrote to teach his son about life. Essays range from short and light (how to beat Monkey Island 3) to poignant and deep (why a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tight). Underlying it all are thoughtful themes including those of unconditional love, a desperate desire to not fail at fatherhood, falling in love, and friendship.”

Humorous, insightful, creative, and appropriately poignant…

Continue here for my full review of Things My Son Needs to Know About the World



QOTD:

Have you read Things My Son Needs to Know About the World or is it on your TBR?

Open by Andre Agassi [Book Review]

March 12, 2021

Open by Andre Agassi

Open by Andre Agassi (cover) Image: a head shot of Andre Agassi

Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Autobiography, Sports

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Have you discovered the secret of life?

Have you ever played tennis or watched a professional match?

a tennis racket and two tennis balls lying on the tennis court

My Summary:

Andre Agassi is a celebrated professional tennis player. Andre was groomed and driven into the sport from a young age by his demanding and emotionally abusive father. Andre won his first grand slam at the age of twenty-two and his memoir traces the ups and downs of his sports career as well as his relationships with Barbara Streisand, Brook Shields, and Steffi Graf. From his memoir, we also gain insights into his ultimate pursuit of philanthropy and the creation of the Andre Agassi College Prep Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tennis pro, Andre Agassi holding a racket waiting for a serve

My Thoughts:

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The Answer is … Reflections On My Life [Book Review]

January 22, 2021

The Answer is … Reflections On My Life by Alex Trebek

The Answer is ... Reflections On My Life by Alex Trebek (cover) Image: a head shot of Alex Trebek

Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Biography

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My Summary:

Since 1984, Alex Trebek has been the beloved and respected host of Jeopardy! Last year, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and received an outpouring of support from fans. In response, Trebek felt compelled to write the story of his life and career highlights. As might be expected, each chapter title is in the form of a question.

My Thoughts:

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Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story [Book Review]

December 18, 2020

Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel

Never Broken by Jewel (cover) Image: Barefoot Jewel is dressed in a full skirted orange summery dress and sitting bareback on a black horse

Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Biographical, Music

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Are You Old Enough to be a Jewel Fan?

Summary:

Never Broken meets Educated meets The Glass Castle meets Hillbilly Elegy….

In Never Broken, poet and singer-songwriter Jewel shares her unconventional childhood, her rise to fame, her marriage, and her musical journey. In her younger years, she lived on a homestead in Alaska, learned to yodel at three, and sang with her father in hotels, honky-tonks, and biker bars. Even though the family valued creativity and music, there was also trauma and instability. Jewel left home to live on her own at age 15. The following years took her to a private performing arts school in Michigan (applying for a scholarship and financing her own transportation). By eighteen, she had hitchhiked across the country, was homeless (living in her car), writing poetry, and playing in coffee shops in San Diego to support herself. A local D.J. played one of her songs, and at twenty-one, she had a following and a debut album which went multiplatinum. From there, we hear her story of complicated family, financial difficulties, insecurities, fear, survival, the breakup of her marriage, and deep heartache over the estrangement from her mother. She also shares poetry and the audio version features some singing. There’s more in the story (including Jewel’s own heartfelt advice) that can’t be covered in a brief summary.

My Thoughts:

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Tell Me More [Book Review] #ThrowBackThursday

December 10, 2020

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
#throwbackthursday

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan (cover) black and white text over a multicolored background

Genre/Categories: Memoir, Biographical, Humor, Self Help

This year as part of Blog Audit Challenge 2020 I’m going back to update older review posts. On Thursdays, I’ll be re-sharing a few of these great reads, and today I’m eager to share my review of the compelling Tell Me More: Stories About the Ten Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say.

I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.

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My Summary:

“In these various personal essays, popular author Kelly Corrigan explores the power of words to make a difference in our lives. Throughout the engaging and thoughtful collection of stories, there runs a theme of grief as she learns to accept the loss of her father and best friend. Each chapter includes humorous, insightful, and poignant reflections revolving around the roles she plays as a parent, a spouse, a survivor, a daughter, a sibling, a seeker, and a best friend.”

Friendly, engaging, thought-provoking, reflective…

Continue here for my full review of Tell Me More ….



QOTD:

Have you read Tell Me More or is it on your TBR?
Have you read other books by Kelly Corrigan?

The Choice: Embrace the Possible [Book Review] #NonFicNov

November 27, 2020

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
#NonFicNov

The Choicde by Dr. Edith Eva Eger (cover) Image: black text on white background, a black stemed coral colored flower decorates the left border

Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, WW11, Holocaust, Mental Health, Jewish, Self Help, Psychology

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Summary:

Edith Eger and her family were taken to Auschwitz when Edith was sixteen. Her mother and father were killed shortly after they arrived. Edith and her sister survived. In this memoir, Edith recounts her experiences and her mental health journey. Her practice as a psychologist later in life focuses on PTSD. Edith weaves her own stories together with case studies from her practice to talk about healing, forgiveness, and freedom from the prison of the mind.

My Thoughts:

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#NonficNov 2020: New Titles For My Nonfiction TBR

November 23, 2020

#NonficNov 2020: New Titles For My Nonfiction TBR

Nonfiction Nov 2020

I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, and Shelf-Aware.

During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction 2020

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings 2020

Playing the Expert: Memoirs and Biographies 2020

New to My Nonfiction TBR (today’s post)

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Four New Nonfiction Titles For My TBR

Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations.

I hope that you have enjoyed my focus on #NonFicNov and that you’ve found some new titles for your own TBR!

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Doing Dewey, I have four nonfiction titles that I’m adding to my TBR! These are not all new releases…just new to my TBR.

In Nonfiction November, have you added any nonfiction titles to your TBR?

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M E M O I R

I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird: A Daughter’s Memoir by Susan Cerulean

Thanks to Episode 295 of From the Front Porch (The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA) for the rec!

I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird by Susan Cerulean (I(mage: one large and one small bird looking for food)


I N T R O V E R T S

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Thanks to Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books for reminding me that I have been wanting to read this one!

Quiet by Susan Cain (Cover: red lettering on a soft blue background)


B I O G R A P H Y

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thanks to Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe for reminding me of this book!

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (black lettering on a neutral background)


M E M O I R

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger (cover) Image: black text on a white background and a black stemmed reddish flower is placed on the entire left margin

Thanks to Nicki @ The Secret Library Book Blog for the rec! I couldn’t wait to start this one and I’m almost finished! Look for a review soon.



QOTD

What have you read for Nonfiction November?

Have you added any nonfiction to your TBR?



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