Book Genre: Memoir

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Rebecca Musser
Liz S
4

Written by an ex-member of the fundamentalist church of latter day saints (FLDS), Rebecca Musser was at one point the nineteenth wife of the group's then-prophet (he went on to have over forty wives). She describes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, especially of young girls, some of...

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Tina Fey
Rebecca
3

I have a confession. It's something that distanced me from my peers in middle school, and interfered with my ability to make friends. It's not something that I tell a lot of people.

I don't really like Saturday Night Live. It's possible that I straight up don't like it at...

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Gunnar Hansen
Ken
3

This was a cool little book, it's probably only going to appeal to Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or horror movie fans, but they should find it interesting. The thing I really liked is that it was written by Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the original movie. The first two thirds of the book...

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Ken Ilgunas
Liz S
4

Ken Ilgunas's memoir, Walden on Wheels, presents the all too common experience of the debt-ridden liberal studies college graduate with few prospects for gainful or meaningful employment. At the age of 18, the author unwittingly takes out about $35,000 in loans for his undergraduate...

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Allie Brosh
Becker
4

Alternating between meditations on inner life (depression, self-worth, self-perception), childhood anecdotes (an obsession with eating a whole cake, getting lost in the woods), and dog stories (trying to train a dog who just doesn't get it), this book made me laugh out loud in places. It also...

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Billy Crystal
Michelle
2

Crystal is just much funnier on camera. When interviewed about this book, he cracks me up. When reading this part memoir/part aging commentary, he's just not that humorous. Frankly, it's a bit boring. If you are a serious Crystal fan, by all means, pick this up!

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David J Pelzer
Charlissa
1

I didn’t expect to enjoy a book about child abuse. But I did expect it to be good, moving, touching, heartbreaking, sobering, or inspiring in some way. It was not. This was the worst book I have ever read.

A Child Called “It” was not much more than a list of all...

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Rebecca Musser
Debbie
4

Rebecca Musser shares her experiences with the FLDS, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, an extreme polygamist sect of the Mormon faith.  She became the 19th wife of 85 year old, Prophet Rulon Jeffs.  After years of abuse, she escapes from the culture she truly believed in...

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Marcus Samuelsson
L.F.
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...

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Drew Magary
Bobby
4

I teared up both from Magary's hilarious storytelling and his ability to convey the sincere love and fear that comes with parenting.  Magary captures what it feels like to be a parent of young children with brutal honesty and humility.  His stories about sleep-deprived...

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René Colato Laínez
Ryan
5

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador. 

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Norman Doidge
ShellyB
5

Fascinating!!!!!  Written by a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, this is an intriguing, engrossing look at the history of the discovery (make that discoveries) of the amazing plasticity of the human brain, including several case studies highlighting the brain's flexibility.  The case of...

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Erin Vincent
Hope H
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.

When Erin Vincent is 14...

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Annie Dillard
Jennifer D
5

Nature eats itself alive, explodes into dazzling landscapes, and Annie Dillard watches with a ferocious curiosity and reports back in beautiful prose. Can you tell I loved this book? A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an observation, a meditation, and an exhilarating celebration about Dillard’s time...

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Annick Cojean
Liz S
4

French journalist Annick Cojean writes an important but difficult-to-read account of the extensive system of sexual violence that existed in Libya under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. She uncovered this very secretive world of abuse while investigating women's role in Libya's revolution, a topic...

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Gilbert Hernandez
KristinR
3

Uhm, confession: I am not a reader of graphic novels, aside from Blankets (Thompson), so I have little to compare this to. Therefore, please accept this review as a bit ill-informed. Nonetheless, here goes:

I did like the story. I was glad it was semi-autobiographical, which kept my...

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Amanda Lindhout
Liz S
5

This is one of the best books I've read in 2013. A House in the Sky is a memoir by Canadian Amanda Lindhout, who, along with her  ex-boyfriend/fellow freelance photojournalist was kidnapped in Somalia while documenting the war there. Lindhout spends the first part of the book...

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Simon Doonan
L.F.
3

Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York shares his insider stories in his new book, The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria.  He delivers his entertaining and edifying real-life essays in his signature witty...

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Felicity Aston
Becker
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 ski to the...

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David Harris-Gershon
KristinR
3

This memoir of one man's experience with Israeli-Palestinian terrorism confronts more than one singular experience. David Harris-Gershon includes in his narrative a rich and fair assessment of the conflict that continues to plague the Middle East. His own experience is Jewish, though his...

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Ann Mah
Becker
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 Paris...

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Lucy Knisley
Kristi
4

Do you know what a cheesemonger is? What can you eat in Japan if you are allergic to soy? Is it truly impossible to make the perfect croissant? is fast food evil? The author shares her life experiences that led her to discover the answers to these questions, plus a whole lot more, in this funny...

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Michael Paterniti
Janet Q
3

I chose this book because of the intriguing title, and intriguing is one word I would use to describe it, along with inconsistent and occasionally irritating. Michael Paterniti is an American magazine writer who becomes obsessed with a certain expensive artisanal cheese...

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Matthew C Batt
Manon
5

Sugarhouse​ is a very entertaining memoir about a married couple that decides to buy a house in Utah.  Matthew Batt is getting his PhD in English, and his wife works at a theatre.  When they move to Utah, they feel pressured by their friends and the death of loved ones to...

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Jen Lin-Liu
Becker
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 history are more...