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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Sandwiched: A Memoir of Holding On and Letting Go by Laurie James is an inspiring, moving memoir that will give you hope and light. This book is aptly titled Sandwiched because the author felt sandwiched between various obligations: her parents, teenage daughters, and her rocky marriage. She may remind you of women you know, or even of yourself; women who feel that they can do it all, and need to do it all, but are hiding secrets that can't be shared. Instead, it all stays behind a mask of strength and positivity. But it catches up with our author in her mid-forties, and she's confronted with losing her carefully constructed facade. But she's no quitter and tries everything to save her world, from therapy, to new friendships, and to writing, but it only leaves her dissatisfied. She's the only one that can fix herself and have the life she's always wanted. Can she have it, or will she lose everything in the process?
Author Laurie James delivers a powerful, moving story of the war within the self: who she is versus who she really wants to be. This author is gifted at putting these tug-of-war emotions and scenarios into a book with dialogue that reads as easily a novel. If you've ever given your all and it still isn't enough, you will definitely relate to this woman's journey, and perhaps you can learn from it as well. You'll be surprised but pleased by the frank way she writes about her life experiences. You'll find yourself touched, amused, and worried, right along with her. The way James illustrates her issues of caregiving, parenting, and married life will resonate with many readers and should serve as a tool for readers to seek professional help if they need it. Sandwiched by Laurie James is a valuable self-help resource wrapped in an engaging memoir.