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Reviewed by Anna Smith for Readers' Favorite
Being Selfish: My Journey from Escort to Monk to Grandmother is Sarah Marshank’s memoir about her spiritual and physical journey to find answers to life’s most burning questions. Who is God? What is religion? Is sex an instrument of love? Should it only be shared between two homogeneous people? Or can it be shared with anyone and everyone for the right price? Marshank looks to her background to find the answers to these questions. But she was raised in a middle class family as a conservative Jew and politically liberal. She didn’t feel that her life prepared her for the answers that she needed to make tough decisions. So she chronicled her journey and shared her touching memoir with others to inspire, educate, and start a conversation about the true purpose of a person’s life.
Being Selfish is an inspirational story that tackles important life questions with clarity, sincerity, and an honesty that is refreshing and appreciated. I loved Marshank’s approach and writing style. It was clear and to the point. She tackled tough subject matter with grace, but never sugar coated anything that she had to say. I absolutely loved this book and think others will really fall in love with its honest and refreshing style. The idea that one woman could overcome so much in her life is inspiring! I felt motivated to look deep into my own life and reflect on where I’ve come from and where I’m heading, which I think is one of the missions that this memoir sets out to accomplish. Fantastic job!