Reviews and Blog Posts: memoirs

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

by Ellen Forney

DPL Rating:
4

When she was in her late 20s, cartoonist Ellen Forney  was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While she was open to the idea of treatment, she also worried that the drugs--and having her disorder more under control--would impede her creativity, her very livelihood. In this graphic memoir, she explores her treatment...

A Legend, an Owl, a Cup of Coffee, and Some Butterflies

Backstage Past

Meet legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, take a virtual tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, sew an owl, and then go home & brew some coffee & make yourself a treat--start by feeding your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Whatever your interests, you'll want to fit one of our programs in on Saturday, September 22! Your choices include:

10:30 a.m. Strange Brew at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library: Learn to brew your best cup of coffee at home with both traditional and new brew methods. Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Yes, Chef?

Yes, Chef

One of the summer's hottest memoirs is Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef. If you want another culinary memoir to read while you're waiting for this highly acclaimed book, check out some of these other tales of cooking education & life in the kitchen.

Life, On the Line, Grant Achatz

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School, Kathleen Flinn

Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef's Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood, and the Family Meal, Gillian Clark

Traveling Cheap, Living Cheap, and Living Your Dream

They Only Eat Their Husbands

Whether you want to travel on a shoestring budget, live within your means, or get inspired by a woman who backpacked the world alone, Fresh City Life My Branch has it for you this week!

On Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch, travel through Guatemala by Chicken Bus. Local librarian Anna Winkel spent the fall of 2008-spring of 2009 traveling, studying, and volunteering in Guatemala. This slide show is for you whether you're an armchair travel fan or if you have questions about making the most of your trip to Guatemala! Journey from the old capital of Antigua to the shores of Lago Atitlan to the mountains of Alta Verapaz.

Children and AIDS

Ryan White

The 24th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado is taking place August 13, 2011.  Who will you walk for?

 

Parents all over the world have lost children of all ages to AIDS.  Generations of families have been destroyed in Africa due to this disease.  Newspapers report the statistics but children and those who care for them, are the most articulate about the impact of AIDS on their lives.

Nasdijj says it best when asked why anyone would adopt a child with AIDS in his memoir The Boy and the Dog are Sleeping: "Because one comes to you.  Because you can."

Colorado Authors, Coming Soon!

Fresh City Life My Branch is proud to host 2 Colorado authors in the next 2 weeks! Please join us for these events!

This Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Branch, Sue Frederick will be discussing her book I See Your Dream Job. Ms. Frederick is a career intuitive and will help you tap into your powerful intuition see the mission you came to accomplish, and move forward fearlessly--even when reinvention is required. During her presentation, Ms.

Around the World Trip

What do you do with an around the world plane ticket? Come find out how to plan such a big trip and see photos from the various destinations visited by Kevin Ward and Jennifer Speer on Thursday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Planning your own adventure? Browse your local library's Travel section for all the latest travel guides from Frommer's, Fodor's, Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Eyewitness, Rick Steves and more! Can't afford a trip? Travel the world from your couch with a Travel DVD or memoir!

Around the World Voyage Memoirs:

Lunch Travels: India

Can't afford a trip to a far off land right now? Join us at the newly renovated Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, July 27 at noon, for delectable food of the region and riveting conversation during Lunch Travels: India! Visit Mumbai, Pune and the Arabian coast as your guide shares pictures, travel tips and anecdotes from her recent adventure.

Did you know that there are about 3,000 languages, including dialects, spoken in India? The library's language database, Mango Languages, can help you learn the national language of India, Hindu, or even Urdu!

Travel to India:

Armchair Travel

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There's nothing like a good vacation, and summertime always makes me eager to travel. This summer, however, a complicated schedule and lack of funds are keeping me from exploring the world. Fortunately, I can be consoled with books whose settings and plots take me all kinds of places, even from my Denver living room.

The best writers, in my opinion, create a setting that is so vivid that it almost becomes a character.

Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?

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Jancee Dunn first hit the literary scene with her memoir “But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl’s Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous,” published in 2006. Upon starting that memoir, I realized that
I already “knew” Jancee after all. A regular writer for Rolling Stone, Jancee was also an MTV “VJ” on the MTV2 network, and if there’s one thing I knew about as a teenager, it was MTV. Dunn’s
first book was mostly about her career in the music business and all the hilarity and fame brushing that ensued. This second non-fiction contribution (Dunn also has a novel) is a more personal affair, centering on her family life.

In her first offering, Dunn described getting away from her suburban roots and making a career in the male dominated rock journalism world. But as Dunn gets older, she deals with all of the issues that arise when

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