Book List 2017, Genre: Non-Fiction, Reviews

Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

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Title: The Princess Diarist

Author: Carrie Fisher

Genre: Autobiography


The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Warsmovie. 

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager. 

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Genre: Non-Fiction

Band-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damien Brown

Band-Aid for a Broken LegBand-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damien Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is one of those books that you will either put aside because you can’t handle the subject matter or you will delve deeper into it because you desperately need to know more about what is happening.

Damien’s journey is one filled with heartache, happiness, life and death. All of them clash together and intermingled until I wasn’t entirely sure which was which, or if this kind of life, as a volunteer was just that. Nonetheless, the writing was vivid and captivating, and the story was one I will not soon forget. I don’t know how I ever could.

It is simply put, amazing.

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book list: 2013, Genre: Non-Fiction

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from RwandaWe Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know what I expected this book to be, or my own reactions to it. But this book was nothing but informative, and my reactions were severe. I was quite young when the situation in Rwanda arose, so my memory of it and my learning after the fact is limited. It was a friend who recommended I pick up this book, as I do enjoy non-fiction but haven’t read any in a while.

This is written in such a way, by Philip Gourevitch that you can’t help but be involved in the lives of those whose stories are presented. You also can’t help but consider yourself, and your own emotional reactions to things and what type of person you are.

It is informative, it is visceral and violent, but it is truthful. It’s a truth that we all need to hear though, that sometimes, we need to look outside of ourselves at the people around us and see what might be needed outside of our own cushy existences.

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book list: 2013, Genre: Non-Fiction

A Beginners Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi

A Beginner's Guide To Acting EnglishA Beginner’s Guide To Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely brilliantly written and I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it.

While I do love Shappi for her comedic side, this book is a touching, wonderful book which made me cry, laugh and smile all throughout.

The honesty with which it is written is refreshing and I couldn’t put it down.

 Shappi is one of my favourite comediennes and I never could’ve imagined the life she lived before she came to England and even after.

 It was so vivid, and detailed and amusing but there were parts that left me with an inexplicable sadness. Even if you aren’t a Shappi Khorsandi fan read this book, because of its human element.

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