Reviews and Blog Posts: memoir

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

Reviewer Rating:
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...

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

by Ice-T (Musician)

Reviewer Rating:
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...

Mamalita : an adoption memoir

by Jessica O'Dwyer

Reviewer Rating:
2

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

Reviewer Rating:
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...

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

Reviewer Rating:
4

I found this title when searching for currently available eAudiobooks in Denver Public Library’s downloadable emedia website (downloadmedia.denverlibrary.org/). 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...

Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened

by Allie Brosh

Reviewer Rating:
5

Allie Brosh was catapulted into internet fame when she started the blog/semi-autobiographical webcomic titled Hyperbole and a Half. You may recognize her work in the beast known as  “Alot” or the meme “____ ALL THE THINGS!”, or more recently, her apt and candid depiction of depression. Hyperbole and a Half,...

I'm a stranger here myself notes on returning to America after twenty years away

by Bill Bryson

Reviewer Rating:
4

I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio...

I suck at girls

by Justin Halpern

Reviewer Rating:
2

Justin Halpern is more widely known for the Twitter feed and eventual book Sh*t My Dad Says. After his feed brought him fame, a book deal, and a TV show, he published I Suck at Girls, a humorous retrospective on his romantic life. From boyhood to his decision to propose...

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