This tab is home to a cumulative collection of reviews and feedback on my book, Finding My Invincible Summer. The book is available in softcover, hardcover, and eBook format through all online booksellers, including Amazon.com and my publisher’s site, BalboaPress.com.
The first review appeared on amazon.com last December 17. As of this writing, all the reviews have been five stars.
Absolutely riveting! Just finished reading it five minutes ago
By J. Kaplan
In order for a memoir to capture my attention, I must love the voice of the writer and be made to care enough to travel the entire distance with them as they tell their life story. This happens when the writer is exposing their vulnerabilities honestly and the story itself is also utterly compelling. With Finding My Invincible Summer, not only did the author take you into her completely confidence but the story was so intense and relatable that I could not put it down. During a week of reading where there were many other distractions in my life and in the greater world, I kept yearning to return to this quiet, deeply involving and highly personal story, even as difficult and painful as that life was in parts. Ultimately, the reader is given their own sense of possibilities – that there are indeed attainable solutions to even the most difficult of life’s problems. I found this to be one of the best memoirs I have ever read – and I am a tough critic of memoirs. I recommend sitting in front of the fire and taking some quiet time with this book and you will indeed be rewarded.
Absolutely marvelous. Read this memoir!
I bought this memoir by Muriel Vasconcellos (whose work I knew only as a translator) in mid-December and was unable to put it down until I finished reading it, literally pushing my Christmas shopping by a few days. This book grabs you by the soul and doesn’t let you go. The author describes the suffering inflicted by cancer, shares intimate details of the amazing love story with her Brazilian soul mate, and talks of love and loss and her endless attempts at finding physical and emotional balance and peace, which she finally achieves. As a reader, I was in awe of Muriel’s honesty and gained more and more respect for her as the pages progressed. I could sense that digging this deep inside herself must have been agonizing and yet what a liberating experience! You literally see her grow as a human being and you grow along with her. Highly recommended!
A compelling read about love, cancer and alternative therapies
By Emma Goldsmith
Muriel Vasconcellos’ memoir takes the reader on a journey through her life, focusing on how she came to terms with breast cancer, her encounters with conventional treatment in the late 1970s and her search for alternative therapies. She also gives vivid accounts of life-changing events and how she manages to study and work as a translator in seemingly impossible circumstances.
I avidly read “Finding My Invincible Summer” over the course of several evenings, and in the daytime my mind was full of her flashbacks and experiences. It’s definitely worth reading if you’re interested in alternative medicine, translation, medical practice in the 1970s and 80s, or cross-cultural relationships (Brazilian/American in this case).
A must read! Totally captivating story!
A compelling read
By Peggy Dougherty
Vasconcellos takes the reader on her remarkable journey. It’s impressive how she relates numerous events, some of them not only life-changing, but also life-saving, in a seamless, easy to follow manner. Like every good story, this one has many turning points. I found myself always wondering what would happen next, all the way to the uplifting ending. Hers is a thought-provoking story worthy of sharing with readers. I, for one, am grateful that she did so.
Finding My Invincible Summer is a remarkable memoir
By José Neistein
Finding My Invincible Summer is a remarkable memoir. Written in clear, transparent, elegant English, it turns out to be not only a vibrant and candid portrait of the author, but also – and above all – a moving, transcendant personal statement of the very meaning of existence. This is one of the reasons, if not the main one, why this book is appealing to so many readers, coming from all walks of life.
It tells us the basics about the mysteries and the trade of living, of conquering the right to rejoice by overcoming grief, injustice, pain, and frustrations with the help of determination, understanding, discipline, discernment, awareness, and love. Much love. It is a convincing lesson in how circumstances can make us sink into deep despair, but then by standing up for ourselves, by relaxing and letting go when necessary and acquiring the tools to reemerge forever whole.
This fascinating account of the author’s life, fears, loves, passions and ordeals tells us also how she made peace with destiny and herself by dispelling her ghosts, and finally looking into the sun’s eyes. But Muriel Vasconcellos’ book is more than the story of her journey: it is the journey of mankind. I think that her major merit is that she had the courage and generosity of putting them candidly down on paper. We can all identify with her book. More than invincible, her summer is triumphant.
An inspirational story
As a narrator of her life story, Muriel did not get lost in a cathartic tale that some authors seem to fall into. She wrote a compelling book of amazing love, devastating health, overwhelming grief and finding her personal joy. The special events that shaped her life were certainly not ordinary or boring. She draws the reader into her story and never forgets that those reading her words could find comfort in her story – and, believe that miracles can happen.
I will recommend this biography to my book club
By Pat B.
Finding My Invincible Summer is an inspirational memoir by Muriel Vasconcellos. It is a compelling story of enduring love and devastating loss. Muriel overcomes overwhelming challenges with courage and determination. Her persistence and fortitude in facing so many difficult situations eventually leads to great personal growth and self realization. The reader feels involved in the story and ultimately uplifted by Muriel’s triumph over the great obstacles that she has faced.