Reviews and Blog Posts: memoir

I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban

by Malala Yousafzai

DPL Rating:
4

Malala is well-known as the schoolgirl victim of a shooting by the Taliban in Pakistan. This memoir brings her to life. She is still a schoolgirl who misses her friends, but she is also an experienced activist who can speak confidently in front of international diplomats. Malala and her family...

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...

Ask me why I hurt : the kids nobody wants and the doctor who heals them

by Randy Christensen

DPL Rating:
4
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Ask Me Why I Hurt tells the story of Arizona pediatrician Dr. Randy Christensen, who left his position at the Phoenix Children's Hospital in order to convert an ancient Winnebago into a mobile doctor's office.  The Crews'n Healthmobile​ travels around Phoenix, treating homeless teenagers and children.  Dr.

Yes, chef a memoir

by Marcus Samuelsson

DPL Rating:
4

An unpretentious Marcus Samuelsson recounts his journey from BOY to CHEF to MAN in his memoir, Yes, Chef.   His list of accolades is impressive and long, so just a few highlights will be mentioned.  Samuelsson is the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star rating from The New York Times. ...

Grief girl : my true story

by Erin Vincent

DPL Rating:
3

Trigger warnings for Grief Girl include, but are not limited to: death, domestic abuse, disordered eating, self harm, suicidal thoughts, neglect, and sexual harassment.  

This is not a book you read to feel good about humanity.

Call of the white : taking the world to the South Pole : eight women, one unique expedition

by Felicity Aston

DPL Rating:
4

I love both adventure/travel memoirs and stories set in Antarctica, so I'm not sure how I missed this book when it came out several years ago--but I'm glad I found it eventually. Aston's story is unique in that she wanted to put together an international team of "ordinary women" to...

Mastering the art of French eating : lessons in food and love from a year in Paris

by Ann Mah

DPL Rating:
5

The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in...

Local Author Reading at the Sam Gary Branch Library

Join us at the Sam Gary Branch for a discussion and reading with local author, Chris Lemig.

The Narrow Way: A Memoir of Coming Out, Getting Clean, and Finding Buddha is a beautiful and harrowing memoir about a man who lost his mind, only to find it again, halfway across the world.

Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sam Gary Branch Library.

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

DPL Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

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