Not Really Gone by Blaire Sharpe
I bought this book after it was nominated as Book of the Month at my book club (Rave Reviews Book Club), and I am so glad I did. What a great read. This is a memoir that takes a hard, honest look at a difficult past. It is written with insight, integrity, and-to my mind-bravery. It takes a no-holds barred approach to a troubled life without flinching or dressing it up. I also applaud the writer for the attitude of owning what she did and doing her best to make a good life. So many people in a similar situation would have blamed anybody and everybody but themselves. As this amazing woman has shown, we are only victims if we choose to be. This is a moving tribute to her now-deceased grandma who started out being the rock in the stormy sea of life, and ended up showing the writer how to be a rock for herself and her family. The narrative flows in an easy-to-read style, and while it contains difficult material, it carries a message of hope. Five stars from me.