Review: The Chick and The Dead: Life Behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine

Trigger Warnings: Miscarriage. Grief. Cheating. Depression. Detailed descriptions of animal deaths. Autopsies on babies discussed. Detailed descriptions of autopsies.  Death of family members. Discussion of suicide victims and their bodies. Negative work environment that included jokes against weight, disabilities, and emotions.  Carla Valentine is a pathologist who worked for years doing postmortems, but is now … More Review: The Chick and The Dead: Life Behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine

Review: The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle

This book was fascinating! The Secret Lives of Bats is basically an educational memoir about Merlin Tuttle’s life learning and saving bats. His journey started when he was a child exploring caves with his parents and it led him to spend a lifetime educating the public on the good that bats can do.  Like I … More Review: The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle

Review: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

“The history of slavery is the history of the United States. It was not peripheral to our founding; it was central to it. It is not irrelevant to our contemporary society; it created it. This history is in our soil, it is in our policies, and it must, too, be in our memories.” Clint Smith … More Review: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

Review: Migraine: Inside A World of Invisible Pain by Maria Konnikova

“I feel guilty about even thinking about attending to myself. You power through, not because you aren’t in pain, but because it’s the only option. Because you’ll be met with a complete lack of understanding if you don’t.” While this is a very short delve into Migraines, it is very impactful and informative. Maria Konnikova … More Review: Migraine: Inside A World of Invisible Pain by Maria Konnikova

Review: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Trigger Warnings: sexual assault, racism, homophobia, death of a friend, physical violence. This is a series of personal essays about journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson. They explore his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia.  This was a very moving memoir about George’s life. He describes his past trauma and … More Review: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Review: Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark by Cassandra Peterson

Content Warnings: sexual assault, underage sexual attention, abusive mother, drug and alcohol use, domestic abuse, homelessness, murder, suicide, stalking, panic attacks, miscarriages, and friends and family death. “We all have our own scars. Let them be a blessing and not a curse.” Wow, what a life!  Cassandra Peters, aka Elvira, started her life as a … More Review: Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark by Cassandra Peterson

Review: Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo

Trigger Warnings: drug use, cheating, gang violence and murder, criminal acts, abusive childhood, family death Danny Trejo is an actor that I have watched on screen since I was a child. He is an iconic actor with his looks and personality. When I saw that he wrote a memoir, I knew I needed to read … More Review: Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo

Review: The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

Title: The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Author: Christopher Skaife Narrator: Christopher Skaife Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir Pages: 6 hours 39 min Until a few years ago, I didn’t realize that the Tower of London had ravens or that there was a whole rumor that the city would fall if … More Review: The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

Review: The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America by Ann Neumann

Title: The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America Author: Ann Neumann Narrator: Suzanne Toren Genre: Nonfiction Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins In The Good Death, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann examines what it means to die in the United States. She discusses end-of-life care, right to die, medical ethics, starvation deaths, … More Review: The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America by Ann Neumann

Review: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Title: Wishful Drinking Author: Carrie Fisher Narrator: Carrie Fisher Genre: Memoir Length: 3 hrs 6 min Trigger Warnings: Discussion of ECT therapy, depression, suicide, death of friend, drug use, and bipolar disorder.   In her first memoir, Carrie Fisher comes clean about what it is like to grow up as a product of Hollywood, become a … More Review: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher