Reviews and Blog Posts: memoir

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

by Ann Mah

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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...

Headhunters on my doorstep : a true Treasure Island ghost story

by J. Maarten Troost

Reviewer Rating:
4

Not as laugh out loud funny as Troost's previous books (The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Getting Stoned with Savages, Lost on Planet China), this journey around the South Seas is a bit more introspective, and is also interspersed with history.

A funny thing happened on the way to the future : twists and turns and lessons learned

by Michael J. Fox

Reviewer Rating:
4

  By sheer coincidence I saw a tv spot for some new fall show that Mr. Fox is starring in. This little books is aimed at graduating seniors and in it he shares his life experiences although he makes it clear that he does not want to seem preachy. He...

Orange is the new black : my year in a woman's prison

by Piper Kerman

Reviewer Rating:
1

Convicted for a bad mistake made a decade before, Piper Kerman heads to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut to serve out a fifteen month prison sentence for drug smuggling and money laundering.  Although the idea is intriguing, an upper-middle class educated white women, being sent to the live with...

Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke

by Rob Sheffield

Reviewer Rating:
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to...

Hot Fall Nonfiction

Empress Dowager CIXI

Are you the kind of person that likes to settle in to fall with some good nonfiction? History, biography, memoir? Or maybe you're looking for some new recipes or home tips? We've got those too!  Check out these coming soon titles!

Biography, Memoir, and History:

Empress Dowager CIXI: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon

Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson

Do you dream in color? : insights from a girl without sight

by Laurie Rubin

Reviewer Rating:
4

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 the business in...

I promise not to suffer : a fool for love hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

by Gail Donohue Storey

Reviewer Rating:
5

When Gail Storey's husband, Porter, was faced with a job transition/crisis, he took it as an opportunity to take 6 months to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). While Gail and Porter had completed several long distance bike trips together, their only other attempt at long distance hiking, on...

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