House Broken is a beautifully rendered debut. It’s smart, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, and, it’s spiced with just enough wit to offset the seHouse Broken is a beautifully rendered debut. It’s smart, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, and, it’s spiced with just enough wit to offset the serious core of the story. Told through the points of view of three female characters (veterinarian Geneva, her mother Helen, and Geneva’s daughter Ella), this well-paced story bends and twists and peels back layer after layer to reveal a fascinating study of a family’s individual and collective dysfunction, where old wounds are reopened, suppressed memories are jarred, and secrets are revealed. There are many powerful messages within the pages of this book, and Yoerg skillfully reminds us how important it is to muster the courage to face the past in order to move forward, which, sadly, is something many people are unwilling to do.
A surprising bonus within the pages of this story is the juxtaposition of nature, wildlife and animals to the human conditions and idiosyncrasies of the characters, and Yoerg handles these comparisons and observations with an assured hand. Several passages took my breath away, and more than once I was moved to tears. This wonderful novel is destined to be a hit with book clubs. ...more
Thank My Lucky Scars in an inspirational and courageous memoir - a memoir that's both deep and humorous, and always thought-provoking. With an open heThank My Lucky Scars in an inspirational and courageous memoir - a memoir that's both deep and humorous, and always thought-provoking. With an open heart Ward Foley describes the disabilities brought forth from a rare congenital disorder called Arthrogryosis Multiplex Congenita. This is a horrific, complex, and disfiguring disorder that involves much physical suffering and emotional pain.
But there is no pity-party here! Ward tells his wonderfully straightforward story with astounding grace and humor. His unshakable faith (which is never preachy) is the foundation from which he has built a remarkable and giving life. From his commendable work with hospice patients to those who face disabilities, Ward has dedicated himself to helping others, inspiring others, and bringing hope. This is a wonderful memoir that I highly recommend. ...more