Walking over Eggshells by Lucinda E. Clarke is both a heartbreaking and a heartwarming autobiography. It describes the lifetime of damage that an emotionally abusive mother can inflict on a daughter. It’s a well-written, honest and at times humorous book that will be of immense value to victims of emotional abuse.
One More Moon is a lovely memoir dealing with the challenges facing a family of German Jews in Naples in the late 1930s. It’s a book of perseverance and persecution. Joy and despair. Relationships built and betrayed. Plans made and destroyed.
Life After America is an excellently written, enthralling account of a young American war resistor in the late 1960s. On the verge of being called up to fight in Vietnam, Joseph Glazner puts his pacifism into practice. He flees to Canada before being drafted. The book relates his experiences over the next two years and wonderfully captures the mood of the 1960s.
The three books making up the delightful Corfu Trilogy are all excellent as stand-alone reads. They are the classic My Family and Other Animals, and the lesser known but equally good Birds, Beasts and Relatives, and The Garden of the Gods. In all three, Durrell shows his skills as a master story-teller and superb naturalist. […]
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had expected it to be well written; after all, Mr. Aitken was a journalist before he became a politician. But what I didn’t expect was his humility. He clearly accepts the faults he made, apologizes for the hurt it caused his family, and writes very movingly about […]