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Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective
4.41
liked it
This poignant new memoir by Tennessee women's basketball coach, Pat Summitt is good
reading if you are a fan. She is helped by Sally Jenkins since Summ
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Nov 14, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
 
Little Failure
3.63
really liked it
A 2014 memoir by a very good writer, it explores Shteyngart's childhood in
Leningrad as well as his family's move to Queens when he was six years old.
W
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Jul 17, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
 
In Gratitude
3.79
really liked it
This memoir's essays contain bold, raw, provocative and unsentimental
portrayals of the author's past and her present preoccupation with cancer.
The boo
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Aug 15, 2016
Aug 02, 2016
 
The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden
4.52
really liked it
This charming 2005 book was written when the poet was in his late 90's
and is full of vigor and beauty. It is more of a meditation than memoir,
centerin
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Apr 08, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
 
The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between
4.19
really liked it
This 2016 memoir by Matar tells of his growing up in Tripoli,
Libya and the politics since then. Recently he decided to visit his
homeland and revisit h
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Jun 08, 2017
Jun 04, 2017
 
Blue Nights
3.75
really liked it
In 2005, Didion's daughter, Quintana Roo, died of complications from a flu that became pneumonia, then septic shock, coma, brain bleed and months of i ...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
 
Down and Out in Paris and London
4.10
liked it
This classic 1933 autobiography was Orwell's first full-length work.
It portrays the hard times he endured early in his career when he was
indigent. Fir
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Aug 12, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
 
Country Girl
3.42
really liked it
This fascinating memoir was first published in Great Britain in 2012;
then in US in 2013. The author at age 78 and nearly deaf wrote the
book she said t
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Jul 09, 2017
Jul 04, 2017
 
Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir
3.17
liked it
This 2012 memoir follows Swofford's first, Jarhead. It is a machismo tour de force
of his letdown after success and wealth arrivd from his first book.
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Jun 29, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
 
Off to the Side: A Memoir
4.14
really liked it
A 2002 memoir by the author and poet, Jim Harrison. He is also an amateur
naturalist who loves the outside and spends a lot of time walking and
fishing.
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Aug 18, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
 
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
3.63
liked it
A new memoir by Dawkins is mostly a treat. It speaks of his earlier years
in Africa where he was born in Nairobi in 1941. His father was a botanist
ther
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Feb 06, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
 
Crazy Brave
4.07
really liked it
The recently released memoir is beautifully written but very brief. It is not much on
names and details, but instead concerns her spiritual path, dream
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Jul 12, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
3.94
really liked it
This 2011 memoir by Winterson is compelling and raw. She re-examines her
childhood and all the myths she has lived by. The writing is clear and
startlin
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Apr 29, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
 
Son of a Gun: A Memoir
3.55
liked it
A new memoir that is gripping and well-told as the author tries to come
to terms with his mother's murder by her fifth husband. They grew up in
Tombston
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Dec 27, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
 
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
3.59
it was amazing
The author Shadid died in February 2012 from a severe asthma attack in Syria, a month before
the publication of his memoir. It is a fascinating portrai
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Jun 13, 2012
Jun 08, 2012
 
Wave
3.70
really liked it
A Sri Lankan economist who lost her entire family in the 2004 tsunami in her country.
Her family was trying to escape the enormous wave coming ashore w
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Jun 30, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
 
Gypsy Boy
3.80
really liked it
A 2012 memoir of a young man's childhood in his Gypsy caravan in England.
A raw account of his father's violent behavior especially towards him for
not
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Jun 17, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
 
Elsewhere
3.73
really liked it
This new memoir by the talented author, Richard Russo, is an emotionally
compelling read. Mostly he examines and charts his relationship with his
single
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Mar 19, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
 
My Beloved World
4.03
liked it
I enjoyed Sotomayor's personal memoir of her early life. It is
amazing that she learned how to give herself her insulin shot
everyday when her parents w
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Dec 28, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
 
The Book of My Lives
4.09
really liked it
This 2013 memoir is a remarkable achievement. The author was born in Sarajevo and went to
Chicago when the Serbian siege was beginning. His parents lat
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Oct 27, 2013
Oct 23, 2013
 
The Rules Do Not Apply
3.83
really liked it
This 2017 memoir is a fascinating story of Ariel Levy's recent
history with all of its curiosity and grief. She is a staff writer for
The New Yorker and
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Jun 14, 2017
Jun 10, 2017
 
Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language
3.79
liked it
Very well written and dense with details from her parents' trials during WWII. They are Jewish and due to the Anti-Semitism in Poland, they finally em ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
 
Wishful Drinking
3.70
liked it
Because the author died recently, I thought I would honor
her life as a wit, actress, and writer. This short work is a
mostly light-hearted approach to
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Jul 12, 2017
Jul 09, 2017
 
The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books
3.99
liked it
A new book by a retired Oxford professor is quite entertaining
about his schooling and career. It is not pedantic in the least.
Most enjoyable for me we
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Jun 15, 2016
Jun 10, 2016
 
Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter
3.78
it was ok
I applaud the effort of a writer at age 96 writing another memoir.
Kudos. But this short volume is just okay. Mostly a rehash of her
earlier memoirs. Ag
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Oct 20, 2016
Oct 17, 2016
 
Dog Years
3.90
really liked it
This memoir was written in 2007 and is a tender and poignant account
of the author's partner dying of AIDS as well as their two beloved
dogs. Beau and A
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Sep 09, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
 
Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir
3.61
really liked it
This 2012 memoir won the National Book Award for Autobiography and it was
well-deserved. Martinez grew up in a rough barrio in Brownsville, Texas.
A bor
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Aug 20, 2014
Apr 30, 2014
 
Half a Life
3.55
liked it
A 2011 memoir that won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Strauss
has written a strong, clear book. It examines the accident that happened
when he
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May 03, 2012
Sep 30, 2011
 
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
4.00
really liked it
This wild tide through Bourdain's book was published in 2000 and updated
in 2007 with a new afterword. It is very entertaining and one feels as if
the r
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Jun 24, 2014
Sep 30, 2011
 
Just Kids
4.14
really liked it
This 2010 memoir of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe is beautifully written
and is nearly a fairy-tale of devoted love. We get many detailed a
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Jan 15, 2012
Sep 30, 2011
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