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More than a memoir, The Olive Picker is a touching experience brimming with strength and triumph. Facing a horrific attack, a resourceful nurse must summon her wits or lose her life. In this brave and shocking memoir, the author masterfully guides us through the pivotal points of her life, from an abusive upbringing that destroys her self-confidence, to the wreckage of an ill-conceived marriage, and onto a defining moment, full of grace and mercy, which gave her the wings to become the conquering and triumphant phoenix she is today. Kathi's story is a heart-wrenching testament to the endurance of the human spirit. Beautifully portrayed, The Olive Picker will grab you by the soul and hold you captive to the very last page.
"A gripping read, deceptively playful at times, this brave book is a stark reminder that truth is often stranger than fiction." - Vibha Malhotra, author and founder of Literature Studio
"Some books are simply 'unputdownable' and THE OLIVE PICKER is one of them. From the opening paragraph in which author Kathryn Brettell clings to life in an ambulance to the next chapter in her therapist's office to the next, which takes the reader back to her conflicted childhood, this book grabs the reader by the scruff and never lets go. The writing is so simple, clean and powerful that one is barely aware of the very act of reading, immersion into the story becomes so total.
While one might compare the pacing to such titles as THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, this book has an underlying theme far more powerful than any murder mystery. Abuse is a difficult topic that should be handled in such a way so that one avoids appearing like a victim or becomes lost in a morass of the events. This author carefully picks her battles, skillfully inserting them into the story line, building momentum and suspense.
Although readers know the outcome from the beginning, the journey is so convoluted and original they may likely feel compelled to come along for the ride, even if it means reading into the wee hours of the night." ~ Judge, 3rd Annual Writer's Digest Self Published eBook Awards
"The Olive Picker: A Memoir by Kathryn Brettell is a great book that will make you believe in strength and courage. Her story is heartbreaking, but her recovery is inspiring and very, very brave. The way she has written the book makes you understand her personality and how she is a fighter. The book is sometimes sad, sometimes happy, and sometimes hysterical. But when you are reading it, you will never ever feel pity for her, and that is because she never feels pity for herself. She is a strong, resilient woman and it shows in her words. It is written perfectly; you can feel her emotions, feel her fear, and the way she makes up her mind. You can actually imagine her voice reading her words to you. It is very powerful and very dynamic. This is perfection! 5stars!" ~ Rabia Tanveer, Reviewer for Readers' Favorite
Kathi loves to write, and her book THE OLIVE PICKER, is actually her best biography, since it is a true story chronicling her humor, determination and success in dealing with a variety of abusive domestic situations. Kathi has writtten and published the short stories Runners and Solitaire, as well as some posts she's written as a traveller in India, Africa, Europe and Australia.
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Originally published in hardcover by UNM Press in 2004, “The Horse in the Kitchen” won the American Book Award in 2005. Now issued in paperback by 48HrBooks, the reprint adds the autobiographical essay, “A Father’s Tears”, exploring the machismo of the patriarch whose son discovers in his father a tenderness he hadn’t anticipated. Americans considering ramifications… [Read More]
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Based on actual events that took place during the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016, It is told through the eyes of a fictitious English family on holiday In Istanbul at the time. From enjoying a peaceful holiday, they find themselves transferred into a war zone. As a result, although peace appears to… [Read More]
A story of how I became an expat worker and my life while working in fifteen countries spread through the Middle, Far East and North Africa. The book is intended to show that there is much more to life than a boring 9-5 job/ As an expat, I lived a life most only dream.