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Get your Signed Copy of Ashley Judd’s New Book

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All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir (Signed) - Ashley Judd

All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir (Signed) - Ashley Judd is available from Brew City Book Lovers for a limited time only.

Now available for a limited time only: Get your signed copy of Ashley Judd’s new memoir, All that is Bitter and Sweet. Signed stock from Brew City Book Lovers is available on a first come, first served basis.

Synopsis provided by book distributor

In this deeply moving and unforgettable memoir, award-winning film and stage actor Ashley Judd describes her odyssey from enjoying a successful career in Hollywood to becoming a fiercely dedicated humanitarian and advocate for those suffering in neglected parts of the world.

After her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, Ashley began writing extraordinary diaries—on which this memoir is based—expanding her capacity to relate to, and to share with a global audience, stories of survival and resilience.

Along the way, Ashley realized that the coping strategies she had developed to deal with her own emotional pain were no longer working. Read more…

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Book Review: The Middle Place

Cover of "The Middle Place"

Cover of The Middle Place

By Mandy Webster

The Middle Place. By Kelly Corrigan. New York. Hyperion, 2008.

O, The Oprah Magazine, calls Kelly Corrigan’s memoir, The Middle Place, “Funny and irresistibly exuberant.” Personally, I had some difficulty discovering exactly what it was that Oprah (or her current staff of book reviewers) found so amusing. The only exuberance came in the form of Corrigan’s salesman-for-life father, who she kept on a pedestal throughout the entire book.

One review I read on The Middle Place said, “Just past the second half of the book, the writer’s tone and the content becomes whiny, self indulgent, leaving the author sounding like a spoiled child who needs to grow up.” I was unable to find humor in this work, given the self-centered, overbearing nature of the main character. There were a few promising passages early on, but Corrigan’s obnoxious, “Pay attention to me!” attitude began to grate just a few chapters in. Read more…

Book Review: The Florist’s Daughter by Patricia Hampl

Canoes at Phalen Lake, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1905.

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By Mandy Webster

The Florist’s Daughter. Patricia Hampl. Harcourt, Inc. 2007.

Patricia Hampl’s memoir, The Florist’s Daughter, is a wordy trip down the historic path of both Hampl’s life and her home town of St. Paul, Minnesota. Hampl practices her lifetime habit of taking notes at the bedside of her dying mother while wending her way through memories of her middle class life in the middle of America.

While holding her mother’s hand, the author shares a plethora of memories of her ‘ordinary’ parents who seem extraordinary to her simply because Read more…