Reviews and Blog Posts: memoir

M train

by Patti Smith

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The first sentence of Patti Smith’s follow-up to her award-winning Just Kids frames it nicely: “It’s not so easy writing about nothing.” So begins a meandering piece about dreams, travel, coffee and solitude. If you are looking for a concise, chronological telling of her later years, M Train is certainly...

Find a Way

by Diana Nyad

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Nyad recounts her inspiring life story. Known for swimming around Manhattan at the age of 26 in 1973, she then attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She failed in her first attempt, and went on to a career of broadcast journalism. But the dream of...

"Barbara! Barbara, please! If you need something, ask Carol Ann!" Oh, yeah, we're gonna ask Carol Ann: Meet author Rutanya Alda

Cover of the new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary

Sometimes cult movies happen because the director, cast and crew have set out to make something eccentric and unique. And sometimes cult films happen in spite of, or because of, the passion and certitude that the main players bring to a film production. Mommie Dearest, released in 1981 and almost instantly receiving cult film status, was just such a film -- laced with overwrought performances from Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid.

Music Memoirs and Air Guitars

Lita Ford

So I’ve had this vision. It’s of Bill and Ted, grown older – maybe a little wiser. They have jobs and families, expanding waist lines and thinning hair. But still, when they encounter something that is most excellent, something that rejuvenates them and makes them feel alive, even if for just a moment, they discreetly lean back and play a wicked air guitar. It’s not quite as loud as we all remember; it’s not quite as fast. But it is as necessary as ever – maybe more necessary now than it’s ever been. It’s a reminder that hey hey, my my, rock & roll can never die.   

Getting life : an innocent man's 25-year journey from prison to peace

by Michael Morton

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In 1986, Michael Morton was wrongly imprisoned for nearly 25 years for a crime he did not commit in a Williamson County (TX) courtroom. His life in prison is heartrending in detail. In 2011, Morton got a second chance of life with the help of DNA. Evidence at the scene...

Ice : a memoir of gangster life and redemption--from South Central to Hollywood

by Ice-T (Musician)

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  Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T and Douglas Century captured my attention from start to finish. After losing both parents by the age of 12, Tracy Marrow (Ice-T) was sent to live with relatives in Los Angeles where he steered the...

Mamalita : an adoption memoir

by Jessica O'Dwyer

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Adoption stories are some of my favorite things to read.  I love to hear about how different families are formed, especially those that bridge cultures. The narratives are all similar: we want a family, we fill out lots of paperwork, we wait a long time, we worry, and finally, we...

Cathedral of the wild : an African journey home

by Boyd Varty

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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...

Me In America: Immigrant Stories

Cover art, Vietnamerica

Writers and philosophers have grappled with questions like, "How do you measure the value of a man?" The same question could be asked about a country. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, had a litmus test: "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in...and how many want out."

American classics

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I found this title when searching for currently available eAudiobooks in Denver Public Library’s downloadable emedia website ( I drive to work and needed something currently available  in small segments to keep me entertained during the trip. The short stories themselves are a diverse mixture, everything from Alice Walker’s Everyday...

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