Book Genre: Memoir

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Alan Cumming
Allie
4

I listened to the audio version of Not My Father's Son, and since Alan Cumming himself narrates it in his delightful Scottish lilt, I cannot say enough positive things about this work. It's part memoir, part self-discovery, for Cumming switches back and forth in time, in tale, and...

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Michael Morton
Debbie
4

In 1986, Michael Morton was wrongly imprisoned for nearly 25 years for a crime he did not commit in a Williamson County (TX) courtroom. His life in prison is heartrending in detail. In 2011, Morton got a second chance of life with the help of DNA. Evidence at the scene was never investigated....

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Viviana
5

Hoy en este dia de duelo, recordamos a Don Roberto Gomez Bolaños "Chespirito". Mija, tienes a un gran comediante que segurament te hara sonreir. 

Vivi

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Gwen Roland
Porscha
3

Atchafalaya houseboat is the story of a young woman's life path that brought her to live in the Atchafalaya Bayou in the early 1970's. The book is composed of some of her notebook writings while living in the bayou, including the process of building the houseboat with reclaimed...

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Katie Rain Hill
Becker
3

Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school. When she learned the word "transgender" and researched what that meant, she found...

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Leslie Jamison
Lily
5

Jamison’s series of essays examines empathy and emotion through a variety of topics including artificial sweetener, Morgellons condition, and tour buses led through South Central by ex-gang members. The writing is cognizant and meditative and explores empathy from a variety of thoughtful and...

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Lucy Knisley
Becker
4

A coming-of-age graphic travelogue, Age of License both follows the author's month-long trip through Europe and her inner journey trying to figure out where she wants to be going with her life. Invited as a guest at a comics convention in Norway, Knisley extends the trip to include visiting...

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Liz Prince
Becker
3

Do you hate being judged by outward appearances? Liz Prince's memoir reminds us all that identity is not all about the outside, and what it means to find people who truly appreciate you for who you are. Yes, Liz was and is a tomboy. Dresses made her scream as a child--and her mom finally stopped...

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Daisy Hernández
Becker
3

A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out...

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Ice-T (Musician)
CoCo Supreme23
4

  Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T and Douglas Century captured my attention from start to finish. After losing both parents by the age of 12, Tracy Marrow (Ice-T) was sent to live with relatives in Los Angeles where he steered the...

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Judy Melinek
Becker
4

If you are fascinated with TV shows like Bones or books by Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, try out this memoir about the real-life day to day work of a big city medical examiner. Dr. Melinek had intended to become a surgeon, but found the intensity of the training (100+ hour workweeks were...

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Elna Baker
Angelita
4

Throughout most of the book, Elna is trying to find a way to balance her life in New York with her life as a Mormon.  It's definitely not easy, especially when it comes to dating.  She deals with a lot of things that most 20-somethings struggle with.  

I was able to...

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Julene Bair
Becker
4

Colorado author Bair recounts a story of the land and her family, the personal and the greater world, in this lovely memoir. She talks of leaving and returning to her family's Kansas farm, falling in love with a rancher there, her family's connection to the land, and the bigger picture of land...

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Moying Li-Marcus
Hope H
4

"Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened one night, in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself. I was twelve years old."

Moying Li's novel-like memoir opens in...

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Chun Yu
Hope H
4

"Some said the old world needed to be destroyed/for the new world to come./That's the idea of the revolution/I was born into."

Chun Yu was born the second child of teachers in the middle of China's Cultural Revolution. For much of her childhood, her father was in the country being "...

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Tom Robbins
Lily
4

Tom Robbins was suspected to be the unabomber, encountered Charles Manson, and kissed Allen Ginsberg. I think I am in love...

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Ruth Reichl
Becker
4

I love food-centric memoirs, so I can't believe how long it finally took me to read this 2001 account of Reichl's early years as a food critic. Funny and heartbreaking, filled with celebrity chefs, personal turmoil (affairs, divorce), globe-trotting, the heartache of an attempted adoption gone...

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Amber Dawn
Becker
3

You'd think one thing if I told you that this was a memoir by a sex worker. You'd think another if I told you this was a memoir about the power of words to get you through life's challenges. How Poetry Saved My Life is both of these things, told in both poetry and prose, powerful and thought-...

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Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth) Coyote
Becker
4

This book will challenge your notions about gender, including the male/female binary and what transgender means to you. Coyote and Spoon created this book out of live performances they did all over Canada and the United States, shows that incorporated music, animation, and stories. Along with...

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Diane Anderson-Minshall
Becker
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and...

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Caroline Paul
Becker
3

This is an amusing illustrated story for any cat/pet lover. Many of us wonder what are pets are doing when we're not around. Author Caroline Paul and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton took this idea and ran with it after their cat Tibia disappeared for five weeks, then returned home. Where had he...

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Boyd Varty
Beckyr
4

I am envious of people who spend time in the African wilderness and often enjoy the memoirs they write about their experiences. Boyd Varty is the 4th generation of his family to spend time on Londolozi, now a wildlife refuge and luxury lodge in South Africa. His unconventional childhood was...

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Chris Hadfield
Becker
4

Part memoir, part self-help, part description of what life is really like as an astronaut, this book was fascinating. Hadfield dreamed of becoming an astronaut from the time he was nine years old. He knew that it was a long shot (at the time, Canada did not even have a space program), but he...

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Esmeralda Santiago
Shanna
4

Esmeralda Santiago grew up in rural Puerto Rico, sharing a modest home with her parents and seven siblings.  Her mother and father's tumultuous relationship and on-again, off-again fighting worried her tremendously, but there was always somewhere to find joy: in the taste of ripe guavas, in...

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Nadia Bolz-Weber
KristenA
5

 Nadia Bolz-Weber looks more like a tall, tough biker than most people's views of a pastor, and hearing much of her life story wouldn't change that guess. She's a sober alcoholic, a former stand-up comic, covered with tattoos, and of course a woman to boot. But in her new book, she takes us...