I like coming-of-age stories and enjoy them even more when you have clashes of both culture and parental units. Nguyen uses humor to diffuse the pain of growing up Vietnamese in 1970's Michigan.
Book Genre: Nonfiction
Growing up I always looked forward to reading the PARADE section of the paper every Sunday. When I saw that the editor had written a memoir, I grabbed the book. Anderson discovers the family secret and finds out more about himself along the way.
Smith Magazine asked readers of its online magazine if they could tell the stories of their lives in six words. Like the human condition, they are sad, funny, and truthful. One of my favorites: "I forgot my six-word memoir."
Sometimes I think goth, punk, and the retro styles now seen are variations on the flapper rebellion of the 1920s. Zeitz manages to bring scholarship to the topic without making the flapper's story too boring.
Initially I picked this book up because I love cigars. Upon reading, I was surprised it was a collection of personal essays, remembrances, of a very well lived life. I wish Stryon were alive so I could buy him a drink and a cigar…I have so many questions.
If you want to stay blissfully ignorant about Nancy Drew being a real person, put this book down!
You don't have to like knitting to understand that Mori is using words like yarn to tell the true story of her life that has unraveled and how she knits it back together again.
The writer describes her true adventure reuniting the baby whale (Grayson) with his mother in the Pacific ocean. A whale of a story that makes you feel good!
How do you tag a butterfly? Pyle travels from Canada to Mexico with varying points in between following the migration of monarch butterflies. I will never look at a butterfly the same way again!
Separately, the I Ching and DNA are fascinating. A book talking about the similarities, however, is fascinating x 100! The author makes a compelling argument whether you believe in an ordered universe or not.
What?! Why have we not heard more about this? Pictures and everything! If you think you've read everything there is to read on Egyptology, this will be a surprising read.
You can tell immediately which generation you belong to as you work through this fun history of verbal artifacts.
This memoir about Terry's life and her challenges -- deaf (with a little-d) and Queer (with a big-Q) -- will haunt you. *Spoiler alert: Don't read the chapter about her father's death while riding public transportation.*
All things nerdy and wonderful! Nugent combines his own personal history with the exploration of nerdiness. Even if you aren't a nerd, chances are you know someone who is.
In this 1992 National Book Award winner for nonfiction, Monette describes his life growing up gay in America asking "Why do they hate us? Why do they fear us? Why do they want us invisible?"
What would your answer be?
No, not the fluffy sugary peeps you buy once a year but rather the possibly nosey, pervey peep that likes to watch people. If you like reality TV, peeking into windows while on an evening walk, or even stalking on facebook, you MIGHT be a peep.
I don't think I would have picked this title up had a customer not recommended it to me. It is a fasicnating exploration of tolerance, treatments, and the language of madness.
A narrative on the life of an American Hobo, this true story may be a modern day On the Road. At the age of 19, Eddy Joe Cotton left Denver and began riding the rails. Through his honest observations, the reader gets not only his personal experience, but also a compact history of the hobo in...
¿Has visto los elefantes en su nuevo recinto en el Parque Zoológico de Denver? Si quieres saber más sobre los elefantes, este libro es para ti. Puedes aprender dónde viven, cómo se relacionan, qué comen, y mucho más.
The Letter Q includes more than 60 writers, and what they would say to their teen selves if they could. All of these writers grew up to be proudly gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and their consistent message to their younger selves is that life will change, that it will change for the better. There's...
Gideon Lewis-Kraus is funny, insightful and honest about himself and his journeys in this great memoir. It's a fantastic read!
Hahahaa this book is amusing, upsetting, interesting, astonishing and informative. Written with a smirk and a wink this book chronicles the misadventures of American cuisine from the so called "Golden Age of Salt and Starch" these "recipes" are gleaned from ads for food companies wherein...
Smell, Touch, Taste, Vision, Hearing and Synesthesia. Diane Ackerman writes beautifully about these topics making difficult science accesible, full of anecdotes and research one is left wondering how Ackerman could be so fully curious! I love everything this woman writes, pick this up and become...
Because of the book's topic, for some reason, I expected it to read a little like social commentary and a bit of self-help, but much to my delight, this book by a psychotherapist reads like great science writing. He presents research tracing the creation of depression as pathology and exposes...