Book Genre: Memoir

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Neil Patrick Harris
Laurie.
5

Entertaining and affirming, this book earned every star in my rating. What don't we know about Neil Patrick Harris? This laugh out loud autobiography provides a glimpse behind the wizard's curtain and it's all good. Written in third person and in a tone that harkens back to "This is Your Life",...

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Elie Wiesel
Laurie.
5

Health emergencies can make you fearful, confused and even angry. For Elie Wiesel, survivor of the Nazi death camps and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, emergency heart surgery at age 82 offers another opportunity to revisit his own mortality and ask the big questions he has spent his life...

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Donda West
Laurie.
3

Popular media thrives on highlighting performers' eccentricities and foibles. Kanye West has been criticized about politics, ill-timed public shares, and his personal life. But it always struck me that Kanye was true to himself, no matter the consequences. So how did he become so impervious to...

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Lucy Knisley
Becker
3

A Caribbean cruise sounds like fun...unless you're there to look after your elderly grandparents on their tour, and confronting the realities of their aging bodies and minds. When the author's grandparents signed up for the cruise, all of their children were surprised, and thought it might be...

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Amy Poehler
Angelita
4

I loved Amy Poehler, ever since I watched her on Saturday Night Live. I knew I had to read her book. I really enjoyed her book for many reasons. She talks about the moments that led to her success, while using humor, like obviously name dropping because she could. I listened to the audio book,...

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Terry Mutchler
Becker
3

When Terry Mutchler and Penny Severns fell in love, the fact that one of them was a state senator in Illinois and the other the head of the AP bureau there wasn't the only issue they faced in their too-short 5 year relationship. While the ethics of a journalist dating a senator were definitely...

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Lena Dunham
Angelita
3

I found myself struggling to finish this book. It wasn't what I expected. Although, Lena is being truthful about her experiences, some of them seemed made up or unrealistic. Also, the stories weren't linear by any means, which isn't always a bad thing, but it jumped around so much that it was...

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Cece Bell
Colleen
4

CeCe is moving from her old school to a new one where everyone knows she is different: CeCe can't hear as well as everyone else, but she handles this difference with humor. She also deals with the everyday problems of growing up like losing best friends, and struggling in school. ...

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John Hopkins
Laurie.
3

The summer before his senior year at Princeton, Hopkins and a friend head to South America to explore a business deal. The experience proved life-changing and upon graduation, they commit themselves to seeing the world. At the time, Peru was Hopkins' first love but in 1962 he sets up residence...

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Alan Cumming
Allie
4

I listened to the audio version of Not My Father's Son, and since Alan Cumming himself narrates it in his delightful Scottish lilt, I cannot say enough positive things about this work. It's part memoir, part self-discovery, for Cumming switches back and forth in time, in tale, and...

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Michael Morton
Debbie
4

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 was never investigated....

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Viviana
5

Hoy en este dia de duelo, recordamos a Don Roberto Gomez Bolaños "Chespirito". Mija, tienes a un gran comediante que segurament te hara sonreir. 

Vivi

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Gwen Roland
Porscha
3

Atchafalaya houseboat is the story of a young woman's life path that brought her to live in the Atchafalaya Bayou in the early 1970's. The book is composed of some of her notebook writings while living in the bayou, including the process of building the houseboat with reclaimed...

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Katie Rain Hill
Becker
3

Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school. When she learned the word "transgender" and researched what that meant, she found...

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Leslie Jamison
Lily
5

Jamison’s series of essays examines empathy and emotion through a variety of topics including artificial sweetener, Morgellons condition, and tour buses led through South Central by ex-gang members. The writing is cognizant and meditative and explores empathy from a variety of thoughtful and...

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Lucy Knisley
Becker
4

A coming-of-age graphic travelogue, Age of License both follows the author's month-long trip through Europe and her inner journey trying to figure out where she wants to be going with her life. Invited as a guest at a comics convention in Norway, Knisley extends the trip to include visiting...

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Liz Prince
Becker
3

Do you hate being judged by outward appearances? Liz Prince's memoir reminds us all that identity is not all about the outside, and what it means to find people who truly appreciate you for who you are. Yes, Liz was and is a tomboy. Dresses made her scream as a child--and her mom finally stopped...

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Daisy Hernández
Becker
3

A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out...

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Ice-T (Musician)
CoCo Supreme23
4

  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...

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Judy Melinek
Becker
4

If you are fascinated with TV shows like Bones or books by Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, try out this memoir about the real-life day to day work of a big city medical examiner. Dr. Melinek had intended to become a surgeon, but found the intensity of the training (100+ hour workweeks were...

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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...