Book Genre: Memoir

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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...

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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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Josh Neufeld
Emily
4

This is a great graphic novel that depicts the lives of five groups of people as they deal with the coming of Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath. This book brought to light so much about the situation in New Orleans that got glossed over in the news. Gritty, terrifying, moving this...

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Alison Bechdel
Laurie.
5

You don't need to be a fan of Bechdel's comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, to appreciate her first graphic novel examining her relationship with her father who committed suicide.  Her graphic art and storytelling had me re-reading this...

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Bich Minh Nguyen
Laurie.
4

I like coming-of-age stories and enjoy them even more when you have clashes of both culture and parental units.  Nguyen uses humor to diffuse the pain of growing up Vietnamese in 1970's Michigan.

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Esmeralda Santiago
Laurie.
4

You will fall in love with Santiago and cheer for her as she challenges her family and herself to fulfill her dreams.
 

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Walter Anderson
Laurie.
3

Growing up I always looked forward to reading the PARADE section of the paper every Sunday.  When I saw that the editor had written a memoir, I grabbed the book.  Anderson discovers the family secret and finds out more about himself along the way.

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various
Laurie.
4

Smith Magazine asked readers of its online magazine if they could tell the stories of their lives in six words.  Like the human condition, they are sad, funny, and truthful.  One of my favorites: "I forgot my six-word memoir."

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Kyoko Mori
Laurie.
3

You don't have to like knitting to understand that Mori is using words like yarn to tell the true story of her life that has unraveled and how she knits it back together again.

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Terry Galloway
Laurie.
4

This memoir about Terry's life and her challenges -- deaf (with a little-d) and Queer (with a big-Q) -- will haunt you.  *Spoiler alert:  Don't read the chapter about her father's death while riding public transportation.*

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Paul Monette
Laurie.
4

In this 1992 National Book Award winner for nonfiction, Monette describes his life growing up gay in America asking "Why do they hate us? Why do they fear us? Why do they want us invisible?" 

What would your answer be?
 

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Eddy Joe Cotton
angela
4

A narrative on the life of an American Hobo, this true story may be a modern day On the Road. At the age of 19, Eddy Joe Cotton left Denver and began riding the rails. Through his honest observations, the reader gets not only his personal experience, but also a compact history of the hobo in...

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Gideon Lewis-Kraus
Stefanie
5

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is funny, insightful and honest about himself and his journeys in this great memoir. It's a fantastic read!

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James Thurber
Emily
5

James Thurber is under appreciated in this day and age. A long time contributor to the New Yorker his strange stories about strange people and the even stranger drawings humored generations. Take him home and read him aloud to a crowd. Don’t be surprised when people begin laughing loudly. These...

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Justin Halpern
seanamo
4

I've been a fan for a while of Justin Halpern's tweets about the outrageously funny random stuff his 73-year-old dad, Sam, says, but this book was so much more than I expected. It's not just a collection of the Twitter log that Justin created a year ago, it's a really heartwarming and funny...

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Raina Telgemeier
Becker
4

The author recounts her middle and high school years in this graphic format memoir that revolves around friendship, self-discovery, and dental work. What made Raina's middle school years even more trying than usual was the fact that she fell and lost her 2 front teeth when she was in 6th grade....