Book Review: Kid on the Go!: Memoir of My Childhood and Youth, by Neill McKee

By Katherine Itacy Genre(s): Memoir Summary (as provided by author): In this new book, McKee takes readers on a journey through his childhood, adolescence, and teenage years from the mid-40s to the mid-60s, in the small, then industrially-polluted town of Elmira, Ontario, Canada—one of the centers of production for Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.  […]

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Book Review: Fierce and Delicate: Essays on Dance and Illness, by Renée K. Nicholson

By Katherine Itacy Genre(s): Memoir; Dancer Autobiography Synopsis: Fierce and Delicate is Renée Nicholson’s love letter to the art of dance. The memoir details the unrelenting and often unrealistic requirements of ballet dancers, the competitiveness and cattiness exhibited by so many in the field, the joy and pride Nicholson so often felt while rehearsing and […]

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Book Review: Razor Wire Wilderness, by Stephanie Dickinson

Genre(s): Memoir, Biography, True Crime Synopsis: Razor Wire Wilderness Author Stephanie Dickinson first corresponded with inmate Krystal Riordan in order to do some background research for an upcoming novel. Yet their correspondence and eventual friendship have continued, long after Ms. Dickinson partially based the fictional character Trinity in Love Highway on the convicted felon and […]

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Book Review: Her Name Was Margaret, by Denise Davy

Genre: Biographies of persons with disabilities; Women’s biographies Synopsis: Her Name Was Margaret tracks the difficult life and devolvement of Margaret Louise Jacobson, a once religiously devoted and musically talented young girl who suffered a psychotic break as a teenager. Following her commitment to a psychiatric hospital and a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Ms. Jacobson spent […]

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Book Review: You Don’t Know What I Have Done, by Sheila McNaughton

Genre: General fiction/Family life fiction Synopsis: A large extended family, mere weeks into grieving the passing of their patriarch, is confronted with evidence that the family matriarch, Maggie, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As Maggie’s children, Lizzie, Ian, and Kevin, along with their spouses, attempt to care for her, Maggie begins to reveal shocking details […]

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