Reviews and Blog Posts: memoirs

Personalized Reading Lists: Dive Into Some Great Recent Nonfiction Reads

Our librarians love creating Personalized Reading Lists for DPL customers. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this column, we feature a recently-created reading list to give you a taste of what to expect from the service.

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

DPL Rating:
4

What a fun audiobook. Tina Fey reads her own memoir about breaking into comedy and acting and her experiences as a working mother. A nice, well-written, light read. I've only watched a couple of episodes of her television show 30 Rock, still I found her book engaging and witty....

It's That Time of the Year...

If You Could Be Mine

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria

by Simon Doonan

DPL Rating:
3

Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York shares his insider stories in his new book, The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria.  He delivers his entertaining and edifying real-life essays in his signature witty bon mots style.  It appears he has taken...

Celebrate Reading with Latino Authors

Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda

Every day is a reason to celebrate reading. And there is no better way to do so, than to read new titles by Latino authors. Normally only read fiction? Switch it up and try a memoir. Eschew fiction because real life is stranger? Go ahead, select a new fiction title and prepare to be surprised. Don't put off reading a good book till tomorrow, when you can read one of these great books today!

Mañana Means Heaven by Tim Z. Hernandez shines the light on "Terry" also referred to as "the Mexican Girl," in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Researchers have spent nearly 60 years trying to locate the real woman Kerouac had met, Bea Kozera (Franco), until Hernandez succeeded in 2012. Fortunately for all of us, Hernandez prevailed because Bea died this August at 92 years of age. 

Did You Miss This?

Did you miss this?

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark tucked in a title. Staff periodically flag a book that may have fallen off your reading radar. Who knows? You may discover a new, favorite title. Recent titles sporting the bookmark include a few multicultural novels (and one memoir) you may have missed.

An Apartment Called Freedom by Ghazi A. Algosaibi was originally published in Arabic. The story takes place in Egypt during the 1950s, a time of bitter international conflict over the Suez Canal. Within this political climate, four young men from Bahrain arrive in Cairo to complete their education.

Feeling the Heat? Think About These Fall Books!

Fallen Women

Did you know that the library has many books on order 3-4 months ahead of their publication? Wish that you knew about things earlier so that you don't have to wait so long?

Here are some of the recently ordered October titles. Let us know which one you're the most excited about!

Fiction:

Dirty Love, Andre Dubus

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

Coal to diamonds : a memoir

by Beth Ditto

DPL Rating:
4

I'll admit it--I'd never heard Gossip's music before reading this book. I'd heard of Beth Ditto--it's hard not to when your reading diet contains a healthy dose of GLBTQ focused media--and her memoir sounded intriguing. Ditto details her childhood in rural Arkansas--poor, bouncing between family members, households where physical and...

Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir

by Ellen Forney

DPL Rating:
4

When she was in her late 20s, cartoonist Ellen Forney  was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While she was open to the idea of treatment, she also worried that the drugs--and having her disorder more under control--would impede her creativity, her very livelihood. In this graphic memoir, she explores her treatment...

A Legend, an Owl, a Cup of Coffee, and Some Butterflies

Backstage Past

Meet legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, take a virtual tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, sew an owl, and then go home & brew some coffee & make yourself a treat--start by feeding your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Whatever your interests, you'll want to fit one of our programs in on Saturday, September 22! Your choices include:

10:30 a.m. Strange Brew at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library: Learn to brew your best cup of coffee at home with both traditional and new brew methods. Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

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