Book Genre: Memoir

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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...

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Ellen Forney
Jennifer B.
4

Just before her 30th birthday, cartoonist Ellen Forney begins seeing a psychiatrist to discuss her mood swings.  She is immediately diagnosed as bipolar, or manic-depressive.  Marbles chronicles her mood swings and treatment plans, as well as Forney's heretofore unknown family history...

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Cheryl Strayed
BeeGeeJay
4

Wild is a memoir of a young woman who hiked alone for 1,100 miles of wilderness for months, extremely ill-prepared, all the while looking to find herself and heal from the death of her mother. All I could say after finishing the audio version was WOW. I was moved by the author’s...

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Kimberly Rae Miller
Georgia
4

Kimberly Rae Miller gives an honest look into her life growing up with a father who was a hoarder and a mother who enabled him. Miller describes the horrific ordeal she goes through as a child while never doubting that her parents were doing the best they could while dealing with her father's...

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Ellen Forney
CarolE
4

Graphic artist Ellen Forney creatively offers an intimate and dead honest look at her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her lengthy journey to find the meds that would handle it without side effects that were too debilitating. Forney captures both the manic and the depressive ends of...

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Stephen Hawking
Laurie.
3

I don't know much about cosmology or black holes, and what I do know, I learned from Hawking's books. He has the ability to make complex ideas more accessible to the non-scientist. In 127 pages, he summarizes his life with just-the-facts narrative; a beginning and a middle with an eye toward the...

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David Lovelace
KristinR
4

With bipolar disorder directly in the limelight, thanks to television shows such as Homeland, I've received increased numbers of requests at the reference desk for material on the disorder.  So, I picked up David Lovelace's memoir on the subject.  Lovelace describes how...

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J. Maarten Troost
Becker
4

Not as laugh out loud funny as Troost's previous books (The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Getting Stoned with Savages,...

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Jay Kopelman
Josh
3

    I am old enough to remember the build up leading up to the war in Iraq and I also remember the nighty tallies of the amount of American soldiers  killed each day there. This book mentions some of the atrocities soldiers experienced early in the Iraq war and details life among...

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Regina Calcaterra
Joan
5

Etched in Sand, is a disturbingly beautiful memoir. Regina Calcaterra recounts her and her siblings horrific childhood made so by her mentally-ill and alcoholic mother. Regina and her four siblings were often subjected to severe verbal and physical abuse as well as neglect. Amazingly, they all...

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Guy Delisle
KristenA
4

In this graphic novel, Guy Delisle chronicles the year he spent in Burma when his wife worked there for Doctors Without Borders. He gives us diverse glimpses of day-to-day life in Southeast Asia under an incredibly repressive regime. His experiences range from the mundane -- taking care of his...

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Piper Kerman
Joan
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...

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Laurie Notaro
Laurie.
3

I like to laugh and a little TMI (too much information) from a writer doesn't bother me. What surprised me is Notaro's ability to totally shift gears and write an essay like "Ready or Not." Not only is Notaro funny, especially in dialogue with her husband, she can also deftly move from Gladys...

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...

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Rob Sheffield
Becker
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 start. Widowed at...

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Chanrithy Him
Laurie.
4

Chanrithy Him quotes the lines from a familiar song "Chivith choun reang, choun pleang, Life sometimes has drought and sometimes has rain." Her story of surviving Cambodian death camps is told with simple, sharp imagery and a heightened sense of the physical world around her from the earth where...

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Justin St. Germain
Janet Q
2

In September of 2011, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Debbie St. Germain was shot seven times by her fifth husband. Eight years later, son Justin tries to make sense of her life and death in this memoir. In bare, windswept prose that echoes the desert landscape where his mother died, he recounts...

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Helen Thorpe
ShellyB
4

Denver's own Helen Thorpe does a great job of humanizing the issue of immigrants who have entered this country illegally and the long term affect this action has on the lives of their children.  She chronicles the personal experiences of four intelligent, ambitious girls from Mexico who...

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Pat Conroy
Steven
4

Novelist Pat Conroy was a talented basketball player in his younger years, but his college team never had that one championship season. In this touching memoir, he takes a wistful look back at his passion for the game, and his ill-fated quest for athletic glory. Even if you don't give a hoot...

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Laurie Rubin
Becker
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...