Book Genre: Memoir

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Amber Dusick
Emily
3

This funny illustrated memoir-ish book is the product of a blog, so perhaps I should refer to it as a blook (there are a lot of those being published right now). In short it is funny! For the longer version this blook traces the trials and tribulations of a marriage, a couple pregnancies, child...

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Suzanne Collins
Colleen
4

For children of parents serving--or who served--overseas. I love how the colorful, happy pics dissolve into scarier pictures as the main character's anxiety increases over her father's Vietnam deployment. And I see reflections of Hunger Games and Gregor the Overlander in this autobiographical...

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Tina Fey
Jennifer
4

What a fun audiobook. Tina Fey reads her own memoir about breaking into comedy and acting and her experiences as a working mother. A nice, well-written, light read. I've only watched a couple of episodes of her television show 30 Rock, still I found her...

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Allie Brosh
KateM
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....

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Bill Bryson
KateM
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 version of I’m A...

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Justin Halpern
seanamo
3

While there weren't really any laugh out loud funny moments, like there was in Sh*t My Dad Says, Halpern does share some heartwarming and humorous anecdotes in his second book. I Suck at Girls documents vignettes along his journey from first kiss, through loss of virginity, to marriage proposal...

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Luis J. Rodriguez
Zac
5

Luis Rodriguez is a witness and survivor of the heartbreaking cycle of poverty and violence that is the reality of East Los Angeles.  The language he uses to express himself and his relationship with that reality carries you through his journey from gangster to activist, from punk to poet,...

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Yael Kohen
Mandy M.
5

The exploration of the heated question are women funny is fully and hilariously discussed in We Killed: the rise of women in American comedy. First of all, the chapters are divided into eras of comedy and the corresponding comedians and themes. If anyone is looking for a specific American female...

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Ron Burgundy
Zac
5

Great Odin’s raven! This is the classiest book at the Library, hands-down. I mean, it’s classy. Though at times it got difficult to read because there were so many words…it’s the kind of book that you can pretend to read and still look good doing it.

It turns out that Ron Burgundy, quite...

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Mike Tyson
Zac
5

This is a brawler of a book. It’s unflinching in its honesty and brutal in its depiction of one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time. There is no self pity, no woe is me justifications, just a very candid portrayal of one of sports most compelling and fascinating individuals....

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Billy Collins
Adelina
5

“Aimless Love: A Selection of Poems” by Billy Collins is his first collection of new and selected poems he has published in 12 years. Billy Collins is a humorous and accessible presence in contemporary American poetry. The title poem “Aimless Love” describes the wonderful experience of falling...

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Nora Ephron
Jennifer B.
1

To borrow from Roger Ebert: I hated, hated, hated this book.  Here's why:

  • Norah Ephron reads it herself, in a monotone.  Instead of using any inflection in her voice, she just talks louder at times....
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Jen Kirkman
Jennifer
2

I wanted to read something funny, but this book didn't do much for me. Fans of Chelsea Handler might like it, though. I found Jen to be more than a little self-centered and shallow. Maybe it's just the mom in me that can't relate. Sure, I...

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Susannah Charleson
Jennifer
4

Did you know that a good search and rescue dog can detect cadaver scent emanating (during photosynthesis) from the leaves of a tree that has a body buried under it? Fascinating. Author Susannah Charleson reveals just how grueling search and rescue work can be, not to mention that most...

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Malala Yousafzai
Beckyr
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...

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Kristen Iversen
Bobby
3

Moving to Colorado only a decade ago, I knew very little about Rocky Flats before reading this book.  The last of the (accounted for) plutonium had been shipped out and the name was something I would see in headlines regarding the legal suits but I didn’t know the history.  Iverson’s...

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Drew Magary
Charles
3

Someone Could Get Hurt is a memoir about parenting, written by someone who prior to parenthood was clueless about what it was like to actually be a parent.  The author, Drew Magary, paints a vivid, hilarious, hyperbolic picture of what parenting is like when you still haven’t given up your...

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David Sedaris
Brett
3

A just-okay collection of autobiographical essays from the author of When You are Engulfed in Flames. The first entry is hilarious: Sedaris relates the story of how his quest to find the perfect stuffed owl resulted in a macabre visit to a London taxidermist. Other essays are...

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David Sedaris
Rebecca
3

As I have previously noted, I have an unfortunate inability to connect with a lot of comedy. I'm not sure why this is, but it's true of most comedy media, whether books or movies or stand up or sitcoms. 

I do, however, like...

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Graham Nash
Janet Q
3

I normally avoid rock n roll biographies, but after I heard Graham Nash interviewed on Terry Gross, I decided to give this one a whirl. Nash is a devotee of what Dunstan Ramsay called "the Plain Style," and you will not find a lot of analysis within this book. However, Nash does...

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Russell Means
IAmGenesis
4

Russell Means writes about his sometimes tumultuous life growing up as a Northern American Indian in a reservation, of his involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM), and of his consistent fight against injustice. This book is written at a leisurely pace and is easily readable. What...

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Jon Katz
Becker
3

A sweet, quick read, Katz recounts how his now wife Maria and her dog Frieda came into his life. Katz and Maria met when they were each married, and neither imagined that those marriages would fall apart, or that their deep connection, fueled by their creativity (Maria is a fiber artist, Katz a...

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Ellen Forney
Thane
4

Ellen Forney is an artist. When she first becomes diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her initial reaction is one of elation. She sees her diagnosis as proof that she is a “crazy artist” equal to Vangogh or Hemingway in passion and creativity. But as she descends from the euphoria of mania into the...

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Richard Phillips
Liz S
4

I actually listened to this as an audiobook, and I recommend this format if you are interested in Richard Phillips' story. I heard an interview with the author on Fresh Air a while ago, and then saw the Tom Hanks, Hollywood movie version of the story, Captain Phillips. It is a...

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Mindy Kaling
Adelina
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 to listen to her telling...