Friday, August 26, 2011

The Summer of Ordinary Ways

The Summer of Ordinary Ways: A Memoir

By Nicole Lea Helget

Nicole Lea Helget has written a memoir that will stay with you. Her story is real, heartbreaking and vivid. She writes with incredible ease, in spite of the words and images they invoke.

Admittedly, it is a painful book to read, as the author’s memories are often quite unpleasant, even horrific. But that is the reality of a memoir: it is real life, as the author experienced and recalls it.

She tells of growing up in rural Minnesota, the oldest of several daughters. Her father is an apparently disturbed and cruel man, while her mother is a tired and overwhelmed woman. Nicole, herself, is overwhelmed.

Each chapter is a dated story, in beautifully written prose, in spite of the pain described. While it may not depict the small town and rural life that we want to believe or read about, it depicts the story that Nicole Lea Helget lived. This is a very powerful and emotional memoir.


  1. Hey sweet face enjoyed our visit the other day. Glad you got the photo for the sidebar for our loved ones that have gone to the bridge. You can credit me with the graphic, Goodness Gracie.
    Glad that you changed the comment thingie so I can visit with you. Jan from JFF helped us out on that.

  2. Popped by after your very kind email to visit this lovely blog. I really like reading too and am always keen on finding out about new books and what others think of them. I'm your newest follower now.
    By the way - your cats are superb.

  3. This book sounds good too!
    Have a nice Monday!