Book Genre: Memoir

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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....

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Mark Obmascik
james
5

Like a night out with the guys, except it involves climbing 14,000 foot mountains instead of poker and beer. An often humorous midlife crisis document of an overweight, stay-at-home dad who's goal was to summit all of Colorado's 14ers in one year. Some climbs involved man-dates with complete...

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Ammon Shea
Michelle
4

This fella read the Oxford English Dictionary cover to cover. I thought I might pick up a few new sophisticated words but alas the only word I remembered at the end was "assy" meaning "asinine." Now why did that word fall out of general use?

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Lee Stringer
Liberty
5

Once an ambitious business owner, Lee Stringer's first tryst with a crack pipe threw him down the rabbit hole and out to society's fringe. Summering under the stars in Central Park and seeking shelter from winter's cold under Grand Central Station, Stringer spent many years as a homeless slave...

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Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Michelle
4

Kalish's memoir reveals the hardship and the joy to be found in family and farm life during the Great Depression. This is a delightful and educational read.

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A. J. Jacobs
Michelle
4

While not nearly as entertaining as The Know-It-All, Jacobs' account of living all the Bible's principles is still quite enjoyable, for the sheer pleasure of discovering biblical absurdities if...

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Edwidge Danticat
Michelle
4

There is something beautiful and horrific in this family account of life in Haiti over the last decades and how it has been impacted by politics, including ours.

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Rodney Rothman
Michelle
3

The author, a comedy writer for Letterman among other things, retires to Florida at age 25 for six months, to try it out. Sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, it may make you want to keep working for a few more years.

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William Alexander
Michelle
4

A delightful summer read and good companion to The Omnivore's Dilemma. If you garden at all, you'll enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations of Bill and his garden. His tomatoes really did come out to about $64 each but he enjoyed every one of them.

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Harvey Pekar
Michelle
4

Pekar's newest graphic novel depicts honestly his challenges from a fretful childhood to failures and fears in his adult life. Dean Haspiel's visuals bring to life a saga of this troubled, genius, and yet oh so ordinary man.

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Gerald Durrell
Michelle
4

Written by the brother of Lawrence Durrell, who is really just too annoying in this autobiographical sketch of the Durrell family's life in Corfu in the 1940s. Gerald is obsessed about nature and animals and this is a delightful account of his memories of a childhood spent roaming the hills of...