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Title: Cold: Essays on Love, Faith, Family and Other Dangerous PursuitsMy Review:
Author: Victoria Dougherty
Published by: Indie
Release Date: July 21st 2016
Format: Kindle Book
Reading Challenges: CC's Goodreads Reading Challenge
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Victoria Dougherty comes from the ultimate Cold War family – daring escapes, backyard firing squads, communist snitches, bowlfuls of goulash, gargoyles, gray skies and bone-chilling winters. In Cold, Dougherty writes essays with humor and raw soul. About the heart-rending stories she grew up hearing at her dinner table and the two-hanky drama that played on in her home. She ponders how her family’s bad luck - so bad her parents dubbed it a curse - against all reason became a force for good in her life. More on Cold… WordPress, the blogging platform that hosts some 70 million blogs worldwide, has singled out Ms. Dougherty’s blog, also called Cold, as one of their top Recommended Blogs by writers or about writing.
This was an interesting book. It’s waaaay out of my comfort zone. Originally I had started it to go with a reading challenge I was doing at the time. But I gave up on that challenge and just decided to finish it anyway.
It was kinda dark in that there was a lot of references to death. tragedy and war. But I found some of the stories very heartwarming to the point of crying as well. It was like, in order to enjoy the good times, you have to go through the bad times kinda thing. I get that and can relate to it but I didn’t agree with some of the authors perceptions.
She spoke candidly of her parents defection, losing and finding religion and her family’s ‘curse’. The travelling parts were the most interesting to me because I’m a bit of a wanderer myself. Or I aspire to be when I grow up. 😉 At any rate, I’m glad I read this collection of essays if only to say that I have read a collection of essays. It as educational.