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Publisher's Summary

A continuation of the serendipitous saga commenced in Raving Violet, Valerie Gilbert’s first non-fiction collection of short stories, Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion, picks up the sojourn of this sassy, single mystic, mired in her mind and cloistered above the streets of New York City.
This volume explores Valerie’s intrepid and irreverent search for healing inside and out (both medical and mystical), the quest for peace (and quiet) and, as always, true love.
©2014 Valerie Gilbert (P)2014 Valerie Gilbert
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4 out of 5 stars
By med c on 05-10-16

An Odyssey

Any additional comments?

This was an unusual audiobook with its strong and unique voice concerning the many aspects of being human. Its writing style flowed with a wonderful sense of humour and insight. A free review copy was gifted by the author/narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 05-03-16

Laughter is always best

A memoir, a journaling, an exploration into beliefs and life changes, this book is all of that and more. Related in a snarky, humorous way, Valerie lets us see into her life and how she has managed to come out on top. It is not a bragging recounting of career achievements, but an explorative of reactions, and learning experiences, and the evolution of a personal perspective on certain life events. The best part, for me, is listening to the author, herself, recounting and snarking. She is an excellent writer, and she brings even more depth in her reading.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynanne on 06-28-14

Saucy, wise and encouraging all at the same time!

What did you like most about Memories, Dreams & Deflections?

Valerie is a fantastic storyteller with a fresh and honest perspective. She's examined her life inside and out, and reports on wide ranging trials and tribulations with love, wit, heartbreak and hope. She is refreshingly unsentimental, which is my personal hallmark of excellence.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Valerie encounters so many people on this journey, and brings them to life with her observations of what makes these humans tick. The crying woman on the subway, Mr. Black, Yves Volel her Haitian math teacher, the homeless man on the corner. But most of all, Valerie herself shines as the central character who confronts life head on with unapologetic gusto and humor.

What does Valerie Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Valerie puts the emphasis in all the right spots to make a point while making us laugh. I can hear her sharp humor bristle and crackle. Hearing her narrate is both entertaining and thought provoking, the best of both.

Any additional comments?

It's great to hear so honestly about things many of us aren't able to articulate. After listening to Memories, Dreams & Deflections, I can laugh a little bit more about the state of the world and, more importantly, have some inspiration to do something about it.

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