Review: Xamnesia

July 8, 2015 Memoir, non-fiction, Review 20

Review: XamnesiaTitle: Xamnesia
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

After reading my interview with Lizzie Harwood, my mom jumped at the chance to review her memoir and I’m excited to share her review with you today. Thanks Mom for the great guest post!

Wow! I love reading memoirs and have read quite a few, but none quite like this one!   Xamnesia:  Everything I Forgot in my Search for an Unreal Life   is the story of a young woman who leaves her native New Zealand to work for VIP billionaires in a remote oil-rich oasis.   The perks are extravagant but the cost to the author turned out to be very steep.

The description of her jet-setting life, meeting celebrities, earning and spending enormous amounts of money, exotic locations, food and people was mind-boggling and certainly something I am not personally familiar with.  The author describes how she came to be sucked into this life-style and the toll it took on her self-esteem.   She does not shy away from telling of the mistakes she made along the way.

Harwood’s story is such a wild tale that it was almost guaranteed to be a fun and interesting read.  What makes this novel stand out though is the way she tells it.   I felt like I was sitting across from a friend, just chatting in the intimate way that friends do, as she told me about her life. I found myself rooting for her throughout and cheering when she finally breaks away.   I would love to hear more about how she made the transition to finding herself and fulfilling her vision board (perhaps that is another story?).

What’s the wildest memoir you’ve read? Or the best travel memoir?

20 Responses to “Review: Xamnesia”

  1. Melissa

    My favorite travel memoir is Ghost Rider by Neil Peart. His teenage daughter and wife both die tragically within a year of each other and in order to heal himself he goes on a year-long motorcycle ride across the US and Canada.
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    • DoingDewey

      I was one of the people who really liked Eat, Pray, Love, so I’ll have to check out Peter Mayle too. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Lizzie

      I’ve read both authors and even met Peter Mayle at a book signing at WH Smith in Paris, he knew my friend so wrote a long friendly ‘dedication’ in the book I bought. There are SO many great memoirs out there! I’m on #WLM We Love Memoirs, a friendly facebook group for readers and authors who love… memoirs. Feel free to join!
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  2. Brittany

    I hadn’t heard of this book before, but it sounds interesting. I love memoirs because they feel personal, and the ones that feel like a chat with the writer are even better! I might read this now. Thanks for the great review!

  3. Bree @ The Things We Read

    Adding to my wish list. Travel memoirs are one of my favorites. Two of the funniest ones I’ve read are Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods and more recently Happier than a Billionaire by Nadine Pisani. Freaking hilarious! As well as informative
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