Sandwiched: A Memoir of Holding On and Letting Go

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Thank you @netgalley and @shewritespress for the advanced copy to read and review.

Sandwiched is Laurie James’s memoir. It revolves around her life experiences, starting when she was a child:  adopted, sexually abused, and treated poorly by her brothers. The story continues on to take the reader through her life: marriage, children, caring for aging parents, family relationships, and finally self-discovery.


I found Sandwiched to be well written and interesting, yet at times I wish I would have known the views of the other family members she writes about. There is more than one side to every story, but this is Laurie’s view as it is her memoir.

My Thoughts

If nothing else, Sandwiched stresses the importance of self-care and seeking help to deal with life’s issues. I am not a monster fan of the type of week-long intensive therapy this couple was involved in. It is hard for me to understand how holding a doll and talking to it, pretending it is yourself as a child, can help an adult. I guess letting out the emotion revolving around childhood trauma can be helpful. I’ve never been one who felt that any of the team-building activities or other such events I had to experience for work were helpful. I haven’t walked in anyone else’s shoes though, so I wouldn’t fully understand the situation and what does or doesn’t help a person. Laurie does a fantastic job of explaining her life and her choices to get to the point she is at today.

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