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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
I loved this memoir of 8th grader Maya using a girls guide to popularity from 1951 as an experiment to increase her own (dismal) popularity. Taking al ...more
Oct 11, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
Brown Girl Dreaming
This is a masterwork from one of our best writers. It's a verse novel of Jacqueline Woodson's childhood (1963-early '70s), growing up in South Carolin ...more
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Another fun entry from Raina Telgemeier, who writes graphic novels that I enjoy reading. This book is a sequel of sorts to Smile, both are autobiograp ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year
This was an interesting, sympathetic portrait of the transition from high school to college. Ramsey goes from a rural Michigan existence of art, sport ...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared
I really enjoyed this delightful, quick-to-read memoir of a girl and her father's reading streak: every night, from the time she was in 4th grade unti ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
I enjoyed this book of intertwined stories taking place in Sudan. The main character (for whom this is almost a memoir) tells of becoming one of the L ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China
I loved the art in this book -- all the different styles (photos, collage, sketches, etc.) -- as well as the story of how Ed Young's father kept their ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
This was very difficult to read, to watch and hear the difficult circumstances of the life David Small endured in his parents' home. The encouraging p ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
Alive in the Killing Fields: The True Story of Nawuth Keat, a Khmer Rouge Survivor
Quite amazing, well-written memoir about a horrifying experience. One of those books that make you look around your own life, with all your everyday p ...more
May 26, 2011
May 25, 2011
Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
This was quite a journey, one I can't imagine choosing because of the conditions and potential perils. I liked the backstory of An's family leaving Sa ...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
This was an informative book. Before I read it, mountain climbing had very little appeal. After reading it, I can't believe that anyone would be willi ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Drawing from Memory
This was a wonderful visit to Allen Say's childhood and youth in Japan in the 1940s and '50s. He was lucky in many ways, as are we to have his books t ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
Little Audrey
This is an odd book -- not really a memoir, because it's told from the point of view of her older sister, but yet based on actual events in her life. ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
My Reading Life
This was a very interesting book, tracing the books and individuals that have influenced Pat Conroy's reading life. It made me want to read some of th ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Brief and beautiful, this is a heart-breaking yet uplifting story of the author, a victim of locked-in syndrome. He communicated the story -- a series ...more
Jul 22, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
The Zookeeper's Wife
An interesting WWII story a bit off the beaten track, about what happened to the Warsaw Zoo and the family of the director through the war years. Quit ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage
I love the way Molly Wizenberg writes, and this story is a very honest portrayal of her experience with her husband opening a restaurant. As usual, ap ...more
May 25, 2014
Nov 27, 2013
Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R.W. Apple, Jr.
I really enjoyed these pieces on food and places all around the world. Some are eating tours of a place, others focus on the history and current state ...more
Jul 10, 2010
May 26, 2010
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka
This was a fun, quick read. I grew up in a household of girls, so I couldn't reminisce about similar incidents, but it did not detract in any way from ...more
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
How I Learned Geography
The power of imagination: As a young boy in exile from Poland during WWII, Uri's father brings home a map of the world (instead of the bread he was su ...more
Nov 03, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Loved this mixture of memoir and wonderful recipes by the creator of the blog, Orangette. Excellent writing, interesting, humorous and sometimes touch ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
The End of Your Life Book Club

I really enjoyed reading about Will and his remarkable mother, Mary Ann Shwalbe, as they read books to share in the last years of her life as she bat
Nov 18, 2012
Oct 03, 2012
Making Toast
Well-written, sad but comforting memoir of a couple who go to live with their 3 grandchildren when their 38-year-old daughter dies of an asymptomatic ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 03, 2011
Truth and Beauty
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
Apr 29, 2013
May 13, 2010
A Year in Provence
Jul 07, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
Jul 11, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Here If You Need Me: A True Story
Dec 20, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Feb 17, 2013
Mar 20, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
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