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The Last Voyage of the Karluk: a gripping tale of Arctic disaster

The Book: The Last Voyage of the Karluk, by William Laird McKinlay

I’ve always had a morbid fascination with tales of Arctic disaster, and this memoir by a Scotsman who survived the Karluk shipwreck fits the bill. 164 more words

Memoir

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

Reading level: 6.1
Lexile: 780
Genre: Memoir
ELL-Friendly: Yes
Library recommendation: Middle school

Red Scarf Girl is a memoir chronicling Ji-Li’s life during Mao’s Cultural Revolution while she was twelve to fourteen years old. 392 more words

YA Books

The pros and cons of anonymous blogging

Last week I wrote about a certain challenging writing affliction I’ve come down with called “self-censorship.” I also vowed to improve the content here at Aaron in Wanderlust through memoir-style writing with a sense of authenticity (being true to oneself). 310 more words

Book Review - Surviving the Angel of Death

I received this book, written by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri, as a Netgalley e-book.  Ironically enough, just this morning I had watched a documentary about Eva Mozes Kor on Netflix and just happened to stumble across her book on Netgalley a few hours later.  134 more words

Books

Celebrating Animals at Easter

This Easter Sunday, daffodils are blooming in the back yard where we buried our golden retriever Lucky in early autumn a few years ago. I planted his grave with daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths, and a couple of years later, we buried our cat Beep beside him. 472 more words

Julie Lomoe

Several Rosaries Later: A Diary--Week 20

Monday afternoon, April 14: There are some digestive complications with our newly born grandniece L3. Life isn’t a bowl of cherries. Well…Heaven’s perfect and life in this world is relatively short. 690 more words

Marriage

Flights and Frights

Today, I booked my flights for Orlando, North Carolina, and then back home. Over the summer, I’ll be gone for about a solid month straight, first while in Orlando, Florida for dance competition nationals, then to North Carolina for a leadership conference, and then back home to Ohio. 156 more words