Book Genre: Memoir

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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...

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Mike Tyson
Zac
5

This is a brawler of a book. It’s unflinching in its honesty and brutal in its depiction of one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time. There is no self pity, no woe is me justifications, just a very candid portrayal of one of sports most compelling and fascinating individuals....

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Billy Collins
Adelina
5

“Aimless Love: A Selection of Poems” by Billy Collins is his first collection of new and selected poems he has published in 12 years. Billy Collins is a humorous and accessible presence in contemporary American poetry. The title poem “Aimless Love” describes the wonderful experience of falling...

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Nora Ephron
Jennifer B.
1

To borrow from Roger Ebert: I hated, hated, hated this book.  Here's why:

  • Norah Ephron reads it herself, in a monotone.  Instead of using any inflection in her voice, she just talks louder at times....
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Jen Kirkman
Jennifer
2

I wanted to read something funny, but this book didn't do much for me. Fans of Chelsea Handler might like it, though. I found Jen to be more than a little self-centered and shallow. Maybe it's just the mom in me that can't relate. Sure, I...

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Susannah Charleson
Jennifer
4

Did you know that a good search and rescue dog can detect cadaver scent emanating (during photosynthesis) from the leaves of a tree that has a body buried under it? Fascinating. Author Susannah Charleson reveals just how grueling search and rescue work can be, not to mention that most...

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Malala Yousafzai
Beckyr
4

Malala is well-known as the schoolgirl victim of a shooting by the Taliban in Pakistan. This memoir brings her to life. She is still a schoolgirl who misses her friends, but she is also an experienced activist who can speak confidently in front of international diplomats. Malala and her family...

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Kristen Iversen
Bobby
3

Moving to Colorado only a decade ago, I knew very little about Rocky Flats before reading this book.  The last of the (accounted for) plutonium had been shipped out and the name was something I would see in headlines regarding the legal suits but I didn’t know the history.  Iverson’s...

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Drew Magary
Charles
3

Someone Could Get Hurt is a memoir about parenting, written by someone who prior to parenthood was clueless about what it was like to actually be a parent.  The author, Drew Magary, paints a vivid, hilarious, hyperbolic picture of what parenting is like when you still haven’t given up your...