Barbara McNally Unbridled: a memoirIn addition to her writing, Barbara is the founder of the Mother, Lover, Fighter, Sage Foundation, dedicated to offering workshops, seminars, and scholarships that enhance the lives of women. Proceeds from this book go to the foundation to fund programs and organizations like Project Sarah, Rachel’s Women’s Center, Wounded Warriors, and San Diego Writers, Ink.
What I find is that many yearn to write a memoir, but many fail to entice the reader in. There must be a plot, characterization, setting, theme, and you must LIKE the characters! Many memoirs seem to be a series of vignettes, and they simply don't capture the reader. I've been sent four books for review, lately, and many are self-published, navel gazing books, that fail to capture me. The bottom line for me, though, even if you self-publish you need a fabulous editor.
McNally has written of her journey of self-discovery. I know, a common theme, but it reads well. I picked it up one sunny, spring afternoon, and read to page 111. The journey was amazing. The descriptive language, setting, locale, and the honesty with which she writes of her family issues: divorce, children, issues with adult parents.
She is a hot tamale, attractive wife and mother, and adult child! She wrote honestly, and quite well about her journey. I believe that memoirs help us to deal with our own issues.
It was almost perfectly written, more like a well-crafted novel. It was a wonderful read for a memoir, and I was captured until the end.
I can write this, since I have written a memoir. After one editor read my book, she suggested I should put in the lessons I learned, not just the events. You have to spell it out for readers sometimes. This book was meaningful for women, especially, and those, like me, who married, divorced and then had to figure out who and what she was - away from her ex-husband and adult children.
I would heartily recommend this book!
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