Book Genre: Memoir

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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...

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Beth Ditto
Becker
4

I'll admit it--I'd never heard Gossip's music before reading this book. I'd heard of Beth Ditto--it's hard not to when your reading diet contains a healthy dose of GLBTQ focused media--and her memoir sounded intriguing. Ditto details her childhood in rural Arkansas--poor, bouncing between family...

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Ellen Forney
Becker
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...

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Mikey Walsh
Laurie.
4

Gritty memoir about growing up in a Romany Gypsy family.  If you like heartbreaking memoirs like Angela's Ashes or Running with Scissors, this book is a must read.

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Neil Young
Bobby
4

If you're looking for an encyclopedic account of Neil Young, this is not your book.  If you want rambling stories of past glory days combined with repetitive rants against the sound quality of MP3s, his ongoing work to create an electric powered vintage Lincoln Continental, and digressions...

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Derf
Becker
4

Author Derf Backderf graduated from high school with Jeffrey Dahmer in 1978. While they weren't close, they moved in the same outcast circles, and Backderf has a unique perspective on the early development of the man that would become one of the worst modern serial killers. Combining his...

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Kristen Iversen
Beckyr
4

Rocky Flats is our nearby neighbor. How much do you know about it? You'll know a lot more if you read this memoir of a local girl whose childhood days were spent horseback riding, playing, and going to school along with many other kids in Arvada right near the boundary of Rocky Flats. Kristen...

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Dave Eggers
Michelle
4

Given the topic, a before, during and after personal story of Katrina, this is a very easy read.  And an important read.

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Kate Bornstein
extra medium
4

I’ve had a bit of a nerd crush on Kate Bornstein since I met her in 1996(or '97, can’t remember) when she was touring colleges for her book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. I remember she deftly wielded that heartbreaking mix of honest and funny during her talk and after when I...

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Rob Lowe
Janet
4

Rob Lowe's memoir, especially if you listen to the audio read by Rob Lowe himself, is a weird but satisfying mix of the scandalous exploits of youth as told by a reformed, recovering, down-to-earth, happy grown-up. There are times when you can hear the emotion in the reader/author's voice as he...

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Margaret Powell
Lisa
4

Are you missing Downton Abbey?  To tide you over, check out this simple and charming memoir of a life spent in service from the kitchen maid who inspired the Upstairs Downstairs series.  Feisty Margaret Powell, born in...

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Keith Richards
Robin
4

Pirate tales of one of the great guitar players of all time, and a ringside seat to the circus that was/is the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards writes technically and passionately about his love and absolute dedication to music and the blues; musicians will appreciate the depth of his descriptions...

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Marcus Samuelsson
Becker
5

Marcus Samuelsson chronicles his odyssey from his birth in Ethiopia, being orphaned at age 3, being adopted (along with his sister) by a couple in Sweden, and eventually becoming one of the world's most renowned chefs. His story is well written, emotional, and doesn't gloss over mistakes and...

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A. C. (Allan C.) Weisbecker
Zac
4

Remember that feeling of ditching school in the late spring, just before summer, when the weather was primo and your youthful responsibilities faded away like a bad tattoo under the sun? This is a memoir of a dude that may have skipped a few too many days, his responsibilities no longer youthful...

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Eldridge Cleaver
Zac
4

Soul on Ice is pure expression. It's raw, it's frightening, at times it's repulsive; yet somehow Cleaver was able to lay the groundwork for a piece that is ultimately hopeful and encouraging, a piece that's representative of the time and place from which it grew. By providing a lyrical...

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Colleen Catherine Mondor
Becker
4

Some made mistakes. Some made bad decisions. And some crashed in seemingly sound airplanes on what looked like perfect days. Mondor spent time working as a dispatcher for a small company in Alaska that would fly just about anything--schoolkids, dead bodies, food and medical supplies, and...

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Annie Dillard
Emily
5

For such a short book this one is full of mindblowing prose, inspiring moments and touching truths about the writing life. Read it, then read it again!

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Deborah Madison
Emily
4

I just loved this book, I'm pretty much a sucker for illustrated books for adults (why do kids get to have all the visual fun?!?!) and this one combines many of my favorite things, cooking, eating, memoir, illustrations, recipes! What we eat when we eat alone is a fantastic meditation on food,...

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Diane Ackerman
Emily
4

Diane Ackerman is an astonishing writer, observer and storyteller. This memoir follows her during the time she spent on a cattle ranch in New Mexico. This is her first work of nonfiction and she only gets better!

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Ruth Reichl
Emily
4

This is a follow up to he first book called Tender at the Bone, Reichl writes beautifully about food and about being human. Her observations are prosey yet powerful, she is identifiable and admirable, flawed and motivated. Also she has eaten with some of the best and most famous cooks of our age...

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Barton Lidicé Beneš
Emily
4

This book was sooo fascinating. Benes was a collector, a hoarder, a true packrat. He took these overlooked treasures and elevates them into art. In the style of Joseph Cornell, each item has its place among the confines of shadowboxes and display cases. Benes collected a lot of these things on...