Chanrithy Him quotes the lines from a familiar song "Chivith choun reang, choun pleang, Life sometimes has drought and sometimes has rain." Her story of surviving Cambodian death camps is told with simple, sharp imagery and a heightened sense of the physical world around her from the earth where...
Book Genre: Biography
A good read about a boy from E. St. Louis with a two-handed backhand in tennis, who wanted to open the doors from country club tennis to the streets. Very honest and sincere, even though I thought Jimmy Connors was an arrogant person. This book looks into his personal life on and off...
Blind and unable to walk without aid by the age of 25, James Holman (1786-1857) traveled the world and entered into seemingly unbelievable adventures. His knack for getting into crazy predicaments reminds me of Henry Fielding's fictional character Tom Jones. But unlike Jones, Holman's...
Denver's own Helen Thorpe does a great job of humanizing the issue of immigrants who have entered this country illegally and the long term affect this action has on the lives of their children. She chronicles the personal experiences of four intelligent, ambitious girls from Mexico who...
What's it like growing up, discovering your love of music, and eventually going on to become an opera singer? Mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin shares the story of her life--music competitions, water skiing with Kenny Loggins, working with world renowned singers and composers, and trying to break into...
First of two memoirs, Colette recalls her childhood in Cairo and those she loved while there. When her father dies, Colette lives with her grandparents while her distant mother comes in and out of her life. Colette's story is enhanced with a sampling of recipes from an interwar Cairo. I tried...
This book is written as if we can see and feel JFK up close. Most of us knew where we were at the time of President Kennedy's assassination. This book is based on personal interviews. You will discover his role in the Peace Corps, his stand on civil rights, his push...
Written by Sharon Tate's niece, Restless Souls shifts the focus of the infamous 1969 Manson murders from the notorious Manson Family, to the family of the victims. Riveting and sad, this book provides an insider's view of the murders' aftermath and tells...
Melanie thinks she has a dilemma: how to tell the state of North Dakota she is gay. In reality, Melanie's memoir is more about reconciliation and acceptance. Her journey back to herself is told by the landscape and the people she once called home. No interaction is too small to provide...
The author, Pamela Druckerman, is an American woman who, in a series of unexpected events, ends up moving to France with her boyfriend. There she encounters incredibly different worlds of parenting, food and eating, mindset and a different lifestyle in general. All of it seems to be a complex...
I’ve had a bit of a nerd crush on Kate Bornstein since I met her in 1996(or '97, can’t remember) when she was touring colleges for her book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. I remember she deftly wielded that heartbreaking mix of honest and funny during her talk and after when I...
Michael Shermer is an editor of Skeptic Magazine and has been fighting against non-scientific method based “facts” for many years. His latest book explains how humans have evolved to form beliefs first and then find evidence that supports those beliefs. He looks at how beliefs are...
Diane Ackerman is an astonishing writer, observer and storyteller. This memoir follows her during the time she spent on a cattle ranch in New Mexico. This is her first work of nonfiction and she only gets better!
A gritty look at the experiences of a punk icon from his lonely childhood to life as one of the Ramones. A great backstage look for fans, an interesting story even if you're not.
A tribute filled with awesome photos and excerpts from interviews over the past 30 years. My only complaint is that I wish there had been more text! Definitely worth a look, even just for the photos.
Maggie Gee grew up watching the planes take off at Oakland airport, dreaming of taking to the air herself. In 1941, she got her chance to join the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots, one of only 2 Chinese American women accepted into the rigorous program. Maggie's true story of wanting to...
This book is a wonderful introduction to Emily Dickinson, great American poet, as seen through the eyes of her nephew, Gilbert. The story highlights some well-known aspects about Dickinson, such as her love of nature and her reclusive way of living, as well as a few of her poems. The drawings...
This delightful picture book is an introduction to Gertrude Stein--her writing style (which the author imitates), her whirlwind life of parties with writers and artists in Paris, and her life at home with Alice B. Toklas. The bright pictures will draw in adults and children alike, and the text...
Cheryl went to New York City to try to become a supermodel when she was 14. Everyone said, "Come back when you're older." At 16, Cheryl tried again and was hired by an agency. This is the story of how Cheryl became a model and got to do photo shoots, runway shows, and even New York Fashion Week...
Jacques Cousteau is famous for his undersea movies. This story tells how Cousteau invented equipment to help him breathe underwater and discover the magical world under the sea. Over time, humans began to pollute the sea, so Cousteau set out to show them the beauty they were destroying and how...
Once an ambitious business owner, Lee Stringer's first tryst with a crack pipe threw him down the rabbit hole and out to society's fringe. Summering under the stars in Central Park and seeking shelter from winter's cold under Grand Central Station, Stringer spent many years as a homeless slave...
Paul Farmer, the primary subject of this book, pushes himself, everyone around him, and you, the reader, in this biography/travelogue/public health issues exploration. Farmer, a medical anthropologist in Boston, Haiti, Peru, and Russia among other places, attempts to heal all he comes in contact...
Cathy McClure is a bright child, growing up in a picturesque small town minutes from the thundering splendor of Niagara Falls. Sent to work full-time in her father's drug store by age four as a treatment for hyperactivity, Cathy is a child circulating in an adult world. Day-to-day life with her...
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