Book Genre: Memoir

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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...

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Colette Rossant
Laurie.
3

First of two memoirs, Colette recalls her childhood in Cairo and those she loved while there. When her father dies, Colette lives with her grandparents while her distant mother comes in and out of her life. Colette's story is enhanced with a sampling of recipes from an interwar Cairo. I tried...

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Joshua Hanagarne
Lisa
5

If you're going to read just one memoir about a 6'7 Mormon librarian with Tourette Syndrome who can benchpress 350 pounds, then I highly recommend this one.  Josh Hanagarne's delightful and witty account alternates between growing up LDS in...

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Alysia Abbott
Laurie.
5

Steve Abbott was a leading figure in the 1980s poetry scene, creating publications and organizing a community of poets including my personal favorites Judy Grahn and Robert Gluck. His passion for writing, building a community, and search for love meant he was not always present for his daughter...

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Keith Boykin
Laurie.
5

How would you respond to growing suicides in your community? Keith Boykin responded by publishing a call to action through a collection of memoirs by African American and Latino men. Winner of the 2013 Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction, these raw...

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Gail Donohue Storey
Becker
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...

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Lucy Knisley
Becker
5

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
0

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
0

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
0

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

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Melanie M. Hoffert
Laurie.
5

Melanie thinks she has a dilemma: how to tell the state of North Dakota she is gay.  In reality, Melanie's memoir is more about reconciliation and acceptance. Her journey back to herself is told by the landscape and the people she once called home. No interaction is too small to provide...

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Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey
Becker
4

A graphic memoir? A cookbook? Why not be both? Amanda Cohen shares the story of  Dirt Candy, her all vegetable restaurant in New York, along with recipes, technique, and the reality of building a restaurant and working every day to make it the best it can be. The graphic format allows for...

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Philip Connors
Bobby
4

Excellent mix of humble biography, meditations on nature, and brief history on the forest service and fire suppression (which was particularly interested with the tragic fires we had last summer).

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R. Mike Mullane
ShellyB
4

This is a very funny and really interesting look at what it was like to be a NASA space shuttle astronaut.  Told by a man who admittedly suffers from "arrested development" and who happens to be in the first group to include females (Sally Ride was in this group), Mike Mullane recounts his...

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Cristy C Road
Emily
4

This amazing graphic novel is moving and eye-opening. I had no idea Green Day was so awesome, but when seen through Road's eyes their punk, pansexual, glamrock selves are inspiring, powerful and near godlike. Really cool book about the exploration of identity, culture, sexuality and ultimately...