Russell Means writes about his sometimes tumultuous life growing up as a Northern American Indian in a reservation, of his involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM), and of his consistent fight against injustice. This book is written at a leisurely pace and is easily readable. What...
Book Genre: Memoir
A sweet, quick read, Katz recounts how his now wife Maria and her dog Frieda came into his life. Katz and Maria met when they were each married, and neither imagined that those marriages would fall apart, or that their deep connection, fueled by their creativity (Maria is a fiber artist, Katz a...
Ellen Forney's memoir is funny, touching, and heartbreaking. It takes full advantage of the graphic novel format to tell the story of her battles with mania and depression in a visually exciting and innovative way.
I actually listened to this as an audiobook, and I recommend this format if you are interested in Richard Phillips' story. I heard an interview with the author on Fresh Air a while ago, and then saw the Tom Hanks, Hollywood movie version of the story, Captain Phillips. It is a...
Mindy takes us along on her re-telling of her life and career thus far up (to 2011, the time of the book's publication). Listening to her talk about her childhood, young adulthood and career. I listened to the audio book read by the author. I think it was more satisfying to listen to her telling...
This book is a collection of StoryCorps stories with the theme of love. "All There Is" groups the stories into love found, love lost and love found at last. StoryCorps is an American oral history project recording the voices and emotions of their storytellers. I listened to this book on audio...
Ask Me Why I Hurt tells the story of Arizona pediatrician Dr. Randy Christensen, who left his position at the Phoenix Children's Hospital in order to convert an ancient Winnebago into a mobile doctor's office. The Crews'n Healthmobile travels around Phoenix,...
This graphic memoir gives a glimpse into post-Mao Chinese society through the eyes of a child. The stories are well told by appealing to a child's sense of curiosity and introduce readers to the cultural climate of the period such as nationalism, mythology, and rural/urban divides . ...
Palestine is a compilation of a comic book series chronicling the author's time spent in Israel and Palestine during the winter of 1991-1992. Sacco does a great job of listening to the many people he meets and relaying their personal stories and experiences, and his art work...
Malala does a wonderful job telling her story of growing up in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, daughter of a very forward thinking and education advocating father. Her mother is quite traditional, yet supports both her husband and Malala in their efforts to speak against those who...
When their Dad is scheduled for a one year (or longer) deployment to Africa and one of the three Smiley boys comments that he will be most missed at the family dinnertime, the Smileys decide to try inviting someone over for dinner once a week to help fill the empty space and distract them from...
I really enjoyed The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry, Kathleen Flinn's previous book, which details her decision to leave behind her office job and move to Paris to attend the Cordon Bleu.
Unfortunately, this book was a big let down. The Kitchen Counter...
Written by an ex-member of the fundamentalist church of latter day saints (FLDS), Rebecca Musser was at one point the nineteenth wife of the group's then-prophet (he went on to have over forty wives). She describes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, especially of young girls, some of...
I have a confession. It's something that distanced me from my peers in middle school, and interfered with my ability to make friends. It's not something that I tell a lot of people.
I don't really like Saturday Night Live. It's possible that I straight up don't like it at...
This was a cool little book, it's probably only going to appeal to Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or horror movie fans, but they should find it interesting. The thing I really liked is that it was written by Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the original movie. The first two thirds of the book...
Ken Ilgunas's memoir, Walden on Wheels, presents the all too common experience of the debt-ridden liberal studies college graduate with few prospects for gainful or meaningful employment. At the age of 18, the author unwittingly takes out about $35,000 in loans for his undergraduate...
Alternating between meditations on inner life (depression, self-worth, self-perception), childhood anecdotes (an obsession with eating a whole cake, getting lost in the woods), and dog stories (trying to train a dog who just doesn't get it), this book made me laugh out loud in places. It also...
Crystal is just much funnier on camera. When interviewed about this book, he cracks me up. When reading this part memoir/part aging commentary, he's just not that humorous. Frankly, it's a bit boring. If you are a serious Crystal fan, by all means, pick this up!
I didn’t expect to enjoy a book about child abuse. But I did expect it to be good, moving, touching, heartbreaking, sobering, or inspiring in some way. It was not. This was the worst book I have ever read.
A Child Called “It” was not much more than a list of all...
Rebecca Musser shares her experiences with the FLDS, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, an extreme polygamist sect of the Mormon faith. She became the 19th wife of 85 year old, Prophet Rulon Jeffs. After years of abuse, she escapes from the culture she truly believed in...
An unpretentious Marcus Samuelsson recounts his journey from BOY to CHEF to MAN in his memoir, Yes, Chef. His list of accolades is impressive and long, so just a few highlights will be mentioned. Samuelsson is the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star rating from...
I teared up both from Magary's hilarious storytelling and his ability to convey the sincere love and fear that comes with parenting. Magary captures what it feels like to be a parent of young children with brutal honesty and humility. His stories about sleep-deprived...
This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador.
Fascinating!!!!! Written by a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, this is an intriguing, engrossing look at the history of the discovery (make that discoveries) of the amazing plasticity of the human brain, including several case studies highlighting the brain's flexibility. The case of...
Trigger warnings for Grief Girl include, but are not limited to: death, domestic abuse, disordered eating, self harm, suicidal thoughts, neglect, and sexual harassment.
This is not a book you read to feel good about humanity.
When Erin Vincent is 14...
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