Reviews and Blog Posts: autobiography

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."

An invisible thread

by Laura Schroff

DPL Rating:
4

An Invisible Thread is the true story of a New York City businesswoman and an 11-year-old panhandler. The title comes from the Chinese proverb, "An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never...

The world's strongest librarian a memoir of Tourette's, faith, strength, and the power of family

by Joshua Hanagarne

DPL Rating:
3

Josh Hanagarne is a librarian, has Tourette’s syndrome, and can deadlift 600 pounds. In this touching autobiography, Hanagarne shares what it is like to live with Tourette’s and how he was able, after much struggle, to build a full life. If you like stories about real people overcoming adversity then...

Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns)

by Mindy Kaling

DPL Rating:
3

Mindy takes us along on her re-telling of her life and career thus far up (to 2011, the time of the book's publication). Listening to her talk about her childhood, young adulthood and career. I listened to the audio book read by the author. I think it was more satisfying...

Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir

by Ellen Forney

DPL Rating:
4

Just before her 30th birthday, cartoonist Ellen Forney begins seeing a psychiatrist to discuss her mood swings.  She is immediately diagnosed as bipolar, or manic-depressive.  Marbles chronicles her mood swings and treatment plans, as well as Forney's heretofore unknown family history of mental illness and the effect that being bipolar...

Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir

by Ellen Forney

DPL Rating:
4

Graphic artist Ellen Forney creatively offers an intimate and dead honest look at her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her lengthy journey to find the meds that would handle it without side effects that were too debilitating. Forney captures both the manic and the depressive ends of the spectrum in brilliant cartoons...

Songbook

by Nick Hornby

DPL Rating:
4

A mixed tape in book form, this book of essays is a personal account of songs that have affected the life of the author of High Fidelity. It's not just a list of Hornby's favorites, it's also a funny and moving life story told through music.

Eat What You Grow

If you love gardening, and you love eating, nothing is better than growing your own food. Denver Urban Homesteading is an organization that offers classes and agricultural activities for everyone!

Want to know more about backyard chickens? Be sure to read all about it on Gwen's blog!

King-Cat classix : the best of King-Cat comics and stories

by John Porcellino

DPL Rating:
4

An anthology of some of the autobiographical comics that Porcellino has been self-publishing in zine form since 1989. If you aren't a fan of comics, this collection just might change your mind. It's simple and inspiring, almost like snapshots of the happenings (significant or not) that make up life. This...

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