Book Genre: Memoir

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Elna Baker
Angelita
4

Throughout most of the book, Elna is trying to find a way to balance her life in New York with her life as a Mormon.  It's definitely not easy, especially when it comes to dating.  She deals with a lot of things that most 20-somethings struggle with.  

I was able to...

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Julene Bair
Becker
4

Colorado author Bair recounts a story of the land and her family, the personal and the greater world, in this lovely memoir. She talks of leaving and returning to her family's Kansas farm, falling in love with a rancher there, her family's connection to the land, and the bigger picture of land...

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Moying Li-Marcus
Hope H
4

"Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened one night, in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself. I was twelve years old."

Moying Li's novel-like memoir opens in...

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Chun Yu
Hope H
4

"Some said the old world needed to be destroyed/for the new world to come./That's the idea of the revolution/I was born into."

Chun Yu was born the second child of teachers in the middle of China's Cultural Revolution. For much of her childhood, her father was in the country being "...

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Tom Robbins
Lily
4

Tom Robbins was suspected to be the unabomber, encountered Charles Manson, and kissed Allen Ginsberg. I think I am in love...

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Ruth Reichl
Becker
4

I love food-centric memoirs, so I can't believe how long it finally took me to read this 2001 account of Reichl's early years as a food critic. Funny and heartbreaking, filled with celebrity chefs, personal turmoil (affairs, divorce), globe-trotting, the heartache of an attempted adoption gone...

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Amber Dawn
Becker
3

You'd think one thing if I told you that this was a memoir by a sex worker. You'd think another if I told you this was a memoir about the power of words to get you through life's challenges. How Poetry Saved My Life is both of these things, told in both poetry and prose, powerful and thought-...

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Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth) Coyote
Becker
4

This book will challenge your notions about gender, including the male/female binary and what transgender means to you. Coyote and Spoon created this book out of live performances they did all over Canada and the United States, shows that incorporated music, animation, and stories. Along with...

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Diane Anderson-Minshall
Becker
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and...

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Caroline Paul
Becker
3

This is an amusing illustrated story for any cat/pet lover. Many of us wonder what are pets are doing when we're not around. Author Caroline Paul and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton took this idea and ran with it after their cat Tibia disappeared for five weeks, then returned home. Where had he...

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Boyd Varty
Beckyr
4

I am envious of people who spend time in the African wilderness and often enjoy the memoirs they write about their experiences. Boyd Varty is the 4th generation of his family to spend time on Londolozi, now a wildlife refuge and luxury lodge in South Africa. His unconventional childhood was...

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Chris Hadfield
Becker
4

Part memoir, part self-help, part description of what life is really like as an astronaut, this book was fascinating. Hadfield dreamed of becoming an astronaut from the time he was nine years old. He knew that it was a long shot (at the time, Canada did not even have a space program), but he...

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Esmeralda Santiago
Shanna
4

Esmeralda Santiago grew up in rural Puerto Rico, sharing a modest home with her parents and seven siblings.  Her mother and father's tumultuous relationship and on-again, off-again fighting worried her tremendously, but there was always somewhere to find joy: in the taste of ripe guavas, in...

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Nadia Bolz-Weber
KristenA
5

 Nadia Bolz-Weber looks more like a tall, tough biker than most people's views of a pastor, and hearing much of her life story wouldn't change that guess. She's a sober alcoholic, a former stand-up comic, covered with tattoos, and of course a woman to boot. But in her new book, she takes us...

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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...