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Memoirs by ordinary people who are quite extraordinary....

Janet Robertson's "It Looked This Way to Me" is one of a growing number of memoirs published by non-celebrities, which is not the same thing as ordinary persons. "Ordinary people do not undertake the arduous work of publishing a book. Additionally, the author may not have become famous, but she is quite extraordinary." I like that.

I believe a quote about this memoir to be true: “I was reminded of the opening line of Anna Karenina: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, many of us assumed ours was the only unhappy family.

They weren't, and Robertson's willingness to share the struggles as well as the joys of her life make for a compelling and a consoling read.

Read the full article here: Mrs. Robertson's memoir spotlights the life of an (extra)ordinary person | National Catholic Reporter (

My book, about my unhappy family, Redeemed, A Memoir of a Stolen Childhood

will be published June 25, 2024.

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