As we leave the busy holiday season, there is no better time than the present to indulge in some literary pleasure. Throughout the year, stories of inspiration have touched our hearts. From compelling real-life accounts of hope and courage to heroic testimonies of bravery, there are women making a difference everywhere. This month we are highlighting six noteworthy memoirs that will lighten your heart. Not to mention, these titles are great to cozy up to on a cold winter's night.
Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro is a must-read selection for the aspiring author in the family. Think of it as a modern-day guide for those pursuing a literary career. Told by someone who has experienced the journey, there is no right or wrong way to become a published author as long as you stay true to yourself. By sticking to your goals and focusing on the end result, you will achieve your goal.
Splitting the Difference: A Heart-Shaped Memoir by Tré Miller Rodriguez is an unforgettable story of love and loss. From a fairytale marriage to widowhood in the blink of an eye, Tré adeptly recounts her lifes ups and downs in a humorous yet emotionally raw exposé of reality. All-consuming and totally addictive, this book is an extension of her highly popular blog, WhiteElephantInThe Room.com.
Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love by Danielle Steel is a departure from the norm for this New York Times best-selling romance author.In this poignant memoir, she shares her personal experiences with the beloved pets that have touched her life in a special way. With heart-warming photographs and personal anecdotes, this feel-good book is a must-read pick for the dog lover in your life.
We Will Survive:True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song by Gloria Gaynor and Sue Carswell will be released in December. Music has a way of touching of lives, and no one knows that better than Gloria Gaynor whose #1 hit I Will Survive went double platinum in 1978. This book is a compilation of forty true-life stories of Glorias fans who have overcome adversity through the inspiration of this song.
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai is a moving story of a sixteen-year-old's plight to stand up for her educational rights in a country engulfed in global terrorism. The youngest nominee ever for a Nobel Peace Prize, this courageous spitfire recounts her personal struggle to fight for her life after being shot point-blank in the head with little hope of surviving.
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett is a compilation of her twenty-two most memorable essays. Sharing her wisdom and insight from her stellar career as an author and journalist, she examines her life, marriage, and career. A true storyteller, her warmth and humor translate into an enjoyable read from a woman who has come to appreciate her blessed life and family.
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