Reviews and Blog Posts: memoir

Orange is the new black : my year in a woman's prison

by Piper Kerman

DPL Rating:
1

Convicted for a bad mistake made a decade before, Piper Kerman heads to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut to serve out a fifteen month prison sentence for drug smuggling and money laundering.  Although the idea is intriguing, an upper-middle class educated white women, being sent to the live with...

Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke

by Rob Sheffield

DPL Rating:
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to...

Hot Fall Nonfiction

Empress Dowager CIXI

Are you the kind of person that likes to settle in to fall with some good nonfiction? History, biography, memoir? Or maybe you're looking for some new recipes or home tips? We've got those too!  Check out these coming soon titles!

Biography, Memoir, and History:

Empress Dowager CIXI: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon

Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson

Do you dream in color? : insights from a girl without sight

by Laurie Rubin

DPL Rating:
4

What's it like growing up, discovering your love of music, and eventually going on to become an opera singer? Mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin shares the story of her life--music competitions, water skiing with Kenny Loggins, working with world renowned singers and composers, and trying to break into the business in...

I promise not to suffer : a fool for love hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

by Gail Donohue Storey

DPL Rating:
5

When Gail Storey's husband, Porter, was faced with a job transition/crisis, he took it as an opportunity to take 6 months to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). While Gail and Porter had completed several long distance bike trips together, their only other attempt at long distance hiking, on...

Fire season : field notes from a wilderness lookout

by Philip Connors

DPL Rating:
4

Excellent mix of humble biography, meditations on nature, and brief history on the forest service and fire suppression (which was particularly interested with the tragic fires we had last summer).

Full body burden : growing up in the nuclear shadow of Rocky Flats

by Kristen Iversen

DPL Rating:
4

Rocky Flats is our nearby neighbor. How much do you know about it? You'll know a lot more if you read this memoir of a local girl whose childhood days were spent horseback riding, playing, and going to school along with many other kids in Arvada right near the boundary...

Stories I only tell my friends : an autobiography

by Rob Lowe

DPL Rating:
4

Rob Lowe's memoir, especially if you listen to the audio read by Rob Lowe himself, is a weird but satisfying mix of the scandalous exploits of youth as told by a reformed, recovering, down-to-earth, happy grown-up. There are times when you can hear the emotion in the reader/author's voice...

Life

by Keith Richards

DPL Rating:
4

Pirate tales of one of the great guitar players of all time, and a ringside seat to the circus that was/is the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards writes technically and passionately about his love and absolute dedication to music and the blues; musicians will appreciate the depth of his descriptions. His...

Authors Series: Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson, Sunday!

Colorado Treasure Tales

The Fresh City Life My Branch Authors Series presents husband and wife authors Laurie Wagner Buyer and W.C. Jameson on Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Buyer & Jameson will talk about their books about the west! Jameson's latest book is the adventure memoir Treasure Hunter: Caches, Curses, and Deadly Confrontations. Buyer is the author of 6 collections of poetry, the novel Side Canyons, and two memoirs, Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles, and When I Came West.

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