Margaret's Bookshelf.

Author:Lane, Margaret
Position:What's On My Mind and In My Heart; My Heritage, My Destiny; Wisdom Born of Pain; Fabulous Fanny Defeats the South; Our Chemical Lives; The Channel; God Is Not Like That; Waters Of The Dancing Sky - Book review
 
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What's On My Mind and In My Heart

Donna R. Bannister

AuthorHouse

1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403

9781449022716, $16.99, www.authorhouse.com

A life is a life and all they have to show for it is the memories. "What's On My Mind and In My Heart" is a memoir from Donna R. Bannister reflecting on her life growing up in the baby boomer generation, a generation unique in history for having some of the most rapid social changes in history. Born to impoverished farmers, she tells her life story and provides many insights with many charming photos of her life and times. "What's On My Mind and In My Heart" is a choice pick for personal memoir collections.

My Heritage, My Destiny

Baiba Kreger

iUniverse

1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403

9780595465088, $15.95, www.iuniverse.com

The search for freedom is rarely done in one swift motion. "My Heritage, My Destiny" is the memoir of Baiba Kreger as she flees the struggles of Latvia only to end up in Germany, devastated by the Allies campaign towards Berlin. Living under the threat of bombs, she slowly escapes Germany for America, where she finally makes her mark and lives her life. She also discusses returning to her homeland later in life. "My Heritage, My Destiny" is inspiring and very highly recommended reading for those seeking memoirs of immigrant success stories.

Wisdom Born of Pain

Thelma Smith-Mack

Vantage Press

419 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016

9780533161935, $8.95, www.vantagepress.com

Being the first of many is no easy task. "Wisdom Born of Pain" reflects on Thelma Smith-Mack's high school life, as she attended most of it in the years before desegregation and was the only African American graduate in her class in her all-white high school. A unique story of the shattering racial barrier, "Wisdom Born of Pain" is worth considering for those looking for tales of civil rights.

Fabulous Fanny Defeats the South

Aileen Boules Zollweg

Outskirts Press

10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134

9781432743710, $19.95, www.outskirtspress.com

A pen is more powerful than any lethal weapon. "Fabulous Fanny Defeats the South" is a novel following historic figure Fanny Kemble and her life as a British woman living in the Confederacy, married to a slave owner. Her book is blamed by southerners as one of the reasons for its loss, and Aileen Boules Zollweg creates quite the dramatization of her life. "Fabulous Fanny Defeats the South" is a choice and very highly recommended pick that...

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