Book Genre: Memoir

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Phil Klay
Joe G
5

Redeployment is an intense collection of short war stories by Phil Klay, who served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. It is well-written and humanizing, and gives multiple accounts of the Iraq war as told from the perspective of soldiers in a variety of roles and situations...

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Mindy Kaling
Angelita
4

Mindy Kalling is a comedic genius, I can tell by watching the shows she has participated in. I decided to read her book to see her real thoughts on life. She discusses everything from adolescence to being a writer in Hollywood. Also, what it took for her to become a writer on a hit show. It's...

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A. K. Summers
Becker
3

A unique graphic novel about one person's pregnancy experience. How many pregnant women have to tell their landlord no, I'm not getting fat, I'm having a baby--and then go on to explain that no, they're not adopting? Teek's experiences questioning her own identity, desirability, with various...

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Tina Fey
Kristen M
5

If you are looking for an interesting listen, I suggests the audio book "Bossypants" by Tina Fey. This memoir was written and read by comedian and writer Tina Fey. It is easily one of the best audiobooks I have encountered in some time. The fact that Mrs. Fey does the audio for the audio version...

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Michelle Theall
Becker
4

Colorado author Theall's memoir alternates between her early years in a strict Catholic family in Texas and her dealing with her son's Catholic school's decision to expel children of same sex parents in 2010. Theall's story of isolation, yearning for acceptance by her mother and the church, and...

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Jenny Brown
Tara
4

Alternating stories from her inspirational life and tales about the animals on the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, Jenny Brown's The Lucky Ones is compelling and moving. Not even a little preachy, she shares her views compassionately and with a wealth of facts that can only come from...

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Daniel B. Smith
Brett
2

In this psychological memoir, journalist Daniel Smith tells the story of his ongoing struggle with a nearly crippling anxiety disorder. I didn't much care for the book, not because I was uncomfortable with Smith's cavalier description of the statutory rape that triggered his anxiety (although I...

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Jesmyn Ward
Kristi
4

A poignant and maddening memoir.  The author lost five men from her family and friends over the span of a couple of years due to drugs, murder, accidents and suicide. Including, heartbreakingly, her brother, due to a drunk driver. How could this be happening? The author gives a birds eye...

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Steve Martin
Kristen M
5

"Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" follows the life and career of comedian/magician/actor/singer Steve Martin. I chose to listen to the audio book format as it was read by Steve Martin himself. Steve starts at the very beginning, diving into him home life with his Father whom was always referred...

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Keith Richards
Zac
5

Every artist has a medium. Keith’s is the guitar. But what separates him, as an artist and as one of the most iconic guitarists of all time, is his ability to manipulate that medium. The guitar is so much more than a guitar when wielded by Keef – it’s a story telling machine.  And Life...

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Lucy Knisley
Adelina
5

Graphic Novel meets Cooking Memoir.

Our strongest memories are often linked to our senses. It was delightful to follow Lucy Knisley down memory lane. Her book appeals to three senses: sight, taste and smell. Plus, she tickled my funny bone. I particularly enjoyed the cartoon visual...

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Alice Hoffman
Em
4

This was lovely to listen to. Advice, not just for those facing hardship, but for anyone. It’s a love letter to life and writing. And gleaned throughout is a bit of an autobiography of a wondrous writer who also happens to be a cancer survivor. There has been some talk about the privilege of her...

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Alison Bechdel
Michelle
3

A second graphic memoir by self-archiving cartoonist Alison Bechdel is somewhat challenging to read with many references to Virginia Woolf and Donald Winnicott.

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Frederik Peeters
Lily
3

Blue Pills is a sentimental, honest, and endearing memoir told in the form of a graphic novel. Author Frederik Peeters depicts his experience falling in love with Cati. Cati is HIV positive and so is her three-year-old son. Blue Pills is sweet, but sometimes prone to the mildly...

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Gary Shteyngart
Michelle
3

I expected to enjoy this memoir by novelist, Gary Shteyngart, more than I did based on radio interviews and his other books. Maybe I'm just not a memoir kinda gal.

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Carrie Fisher
Emily
3

Talk about honest and humor! It is amazing that Fisher writes about how crazy she is with the expectation, nay the hope, that you will laugh at her and not with her! This is definitely a roller coaster of a read, there are highs and lows as she explores her bipolar disorder, her relationship...

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Amber Dusick
Emily
3

This funny illustrated memoir-ish book is the product of a blog, so perhaps I should refer to it as a blook (there are a lot of those being published right now). In short it is funny! For the longer version this blook traces the trials and tribulations of a marriage, a couple pregnancies, child...

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Suzanne Collins
Colleen
4

For children of parents serving--or who served--overseas. I love how the colorful, happy pics dissolve into scarier pictures as the main character's anxiety increases over her father's Vietnam deployment. And I see reflections of Hunger Games and Gregor the Overlander in this autobiographical...

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Tina Fey
Jennifer
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...

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Allie Brosh
KateM
5

Allie Brosh was catapulted into internet fame when she started the blog/semi-autobiographical webcomic titled Hyperbole and a Half. You may recognize her work in the beast known as  “Alot” or the meme “____ ALL THE THINGS!”, or more recently, her apt and candid depiction of depression....

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Bill Bryson
KateM
4

I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio version of I’m A...

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Justin Halpern
seanamo
3

While there weren't really any laugh out loud funny moments, like there was in Sh*t My Dad Says, Halpern does share some heartwarming and humorous anecdotes in his second book. I Suck at Girls documents vignettes along his journey from first kiss, through loss of virginity, to marriage proposal...

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Luis J. Rodriguez
Zac
5

Luis Rodriguez is a witness and survivor of the heartbreaking cycle of poverty and violence that is the reality of East Los Angeles.  The language he uses to express himself and his relationship with that reality carries you through his journey from gangster to activist, from punk to poet,...

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Yael Kohen
Mandy M.
5

The exploration of the heated question are women funny is fully and hilariously discussed in We Killed: the rise of women in American comedy. First of all, the chapters are divided into eras of comedy and the corresponding comedians and themes. If anyone is looking for a specific American female...

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Ron Burgundy
Zac
5

Great Odin’s raven! This is the classiest book at the Library, hands-down. I mean, it’s classy. Though at times it got difficult to read because there were so many words…it’s the kind of book that you can pretend to read and still look good doing it.

It turns out that Ron Burgundy, quite...