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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


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


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


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