Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Musings: Memoirs


Welcome to my 200th post!!  

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 Sourcebooks is one of the independent publishers that presented many exciting new books in the memoir, fiction, and historical fiction categories during last week's AAP Indie Buzz Books 2013.

Here are the interesting new memoirs of two courageous women working to make a difference in the world, which Sourcebooks highlighted at AAP Indie Book Buzz 2013:

Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard
Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates (April 2013)     

Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.

Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.

  Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace in the Midst of War 
 Zen Under Fire by Marianne Elliott (June 2013)

In the tradition of Dear Zari and Barefoot in Baghdad, Zen Under Fire lays bare the struggles of a war-torn region from a uniquely female perspective. Marianne Elliott must defuse situations before they lead to widespread bloodshed, despite the shattering effect that the high-stress environment has on her and her relationships—redefining the question of what it really means to do good in a country that is under siege from within. Zen Under Fire is an honest, moving, and at times terrifying true story of a woman's experience at peacekeeping in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

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