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List created by Janelle C. (jscrappy) on Jul 2, 2010
List Votes: 27 Books: 106 Contributors: 30 Watchers: 105 List Type: Open
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The Glass Castle : A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic,...  more

Book Votes: 60
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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood," writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. "Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Welcome, then, to the pinnacle of the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Born in Brooklyn in...  more

Book Votes: 35
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Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the...  more

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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less ...
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Evelyn's winning ways defied the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated views of housewives. To...  more

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
"As far as I was concerned, the French could be cold or even openly hostile. They could burn my flag or pelt me with stones, but if there were taxidermied kittens to be had then I would go and bring them back to this, the greatest country on earth." David Sedaris's new collection, Me Talk...  more

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Jesus Land: A Memoir by Julia Scheeres
Julia Scheeres was raised as a fundamentalist Christian in the Midwest by a brutally violent father and a negligent mother obsessed with religion. Raped by one adopted brother, Scheeres forms a bond with David, her other brother, who is black, and the two manage to survive--barely--a truly...  more

Book Votes: 12
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A Girl Named Zippy : Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel
When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965 in Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes...  more

Book Votes: 12
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My Life in France by Julia Child & Alex Prud'Homme
In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found ‘her true calling.’From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the...  more

Book Votes: 9
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Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bri...
In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St. George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vivid account proved to be the most...  more

Book Votes: 9
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The Color of Water : A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
This is a book that will "make you proud to be a member of the human race," says Mirabella, and countless readers have already discovered its power. Written in remembrance of his Polish-born, Southern-raised Jewish mother, who married a black man and raised twelve children, all of whom...  more

Book Votes: 9
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An Unquiet Mind : A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
As a founder of UCLA's Affective Disorder Clinic and a co-author of a standard medical text, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison may be the foremost authority on manic-depressive illness.??She is also one of its survivors.??And it is this dual perspective -- as healer and healed -- that makes Jamison's...  more

Book Votes: 8
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The Water is Wide: A Memoir by Pat Conroy
The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their...  more

Book Votes: 7
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Wait Till Next Year : A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Wait Till Next Year is the story of a young girl growing up in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, when owning a single-family home on a tree-lined street meant the realization of dreams, when everyone knew everyone else on the block, and the children gathered in the streets to play from sunup...  more

Book Votes: 6
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid : A Memoir by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly...  more

Book Votes: 6
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Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell
There aren't too many teachers who are written about in the New Yorker, People, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, and excerpted in Reader's Digest. But Esmé Raji Codell is no ordinary teacher. An irrepressible spirit, she wears costumes in the classroom, dances with the kids during math...  more

Book Votes: 6
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The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
A triumphant, modern-day Horatio Alger story—based on the life that inspired the major motion picture—The Pursuit of Happyness is a memoir that will have you rooting for the underdog as it stirs you to pursue your own dreams. Abandoned by his own father and left to the vicious rage...  more

Book Votes: 6
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Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and th...
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it. It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana...  more

Book Votes: 6
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The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Hiding Place proves that the light of God's love can penetrate even the darkest recesses of despair, places like the Nazi extermination camp at Ravensbruck. After protecting Dutch Jews in a secret room in their home, Corrie ten Boom, her sister and father were discovered, arrested, and...  more

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Growing Up by Russell Baker
Russell Baker is the 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner for Distinguished Commentary and a columnist for The New York Times. This book traces his youth in the mountains of rural Virginia. When Baker was only five, his father died. His mother, strong-willed and matriarchal, never looked back. After all,...  more

Book Votes: 5
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
In Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller's endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to...  more

Book Votes: 5
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A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak...  more

Book Votes: 5
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The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
With nearly 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, more than three million albums sold, and five Academy Awards, The Sound of Music, based on the lives of Maria, the baron, and their singing children, is as familiar to most of us as our own family history. But much about the real-life...  more

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Private Parts by Howard Stern
The #1 bestseller and fastest selling autobiography of all time, Private Parts, will be released on March 14 as a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures and Rysher Entertainment. This is the event Stern's millions of fans have been waiting for. Yes, The King of All Media is back,...  more

Book Votes: 4
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The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
After spending two extended residences at a Benedictine monastery, Kathleen Norris takes readers through one liturgical year--its rituals, its prayers, its daily activities. Through her accessible prose, a seemingly archaic world becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to people of all...  more

Book Votes: 4
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Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
Born in 1937 in a port city a thousand miles north of Shanghai, Adeline Yen Mah was the youngest child of an affluent Chinese family who enjoyed rare privileges during a time of political and cultural upheaval. But wealth and position could not shield Adeline from a childhood of appalling...  more

Book Votes: 4
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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now. In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes her readers on a warm, moving,...  more

Book Votes: 4
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In My Hands : Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke & Jennifer Arms...
In My Hands began as one non-Jew’s challenge to any who would deny the Holocaust. Much like The Diary of Anne Frank, it has become a profound document of an individual’s heroism in the face of the greatest evil mankind has known. In the fall of 1939 the Nazis invaded Irene...  more

Book Votes: 3
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The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith H. Beer
Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gastapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner....  more

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Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz & Margot Tomes (Illustrator)
Jean Fritz was born in China and lived there until 1927, when she was twelve. Young Jean had spent her entire life in China, but her parents' memories of home and letters from relatives in Pennsylvania made her feel that she was American -- and homesick for a place she'd never...  more

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Lucky Man : A Memoir by Michael J. Fox
"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease -- a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting...  more

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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time by Greg...
The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban?s backyard Anyone who despairs of the individual?s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following...  more

Book Votes: 3
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Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father -- a famous efficiency expert -- who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and...  more

Book Votes: 3
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Miriam's Kitchen: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ehrlich
Like many Jewish Americans, Elizabeth Ehrlich was ambivalent about her background. She identified with Jewish cultural attitudes, but not with the institutions; she had fond memories of her Jewish grandmothers, but she found their religious practices irrelevant to her life. It wasn't until...  more

Book Votes: 2
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The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New Wor...
In vivid and graceful prose, Lucette Lagnado re-creates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Gamal Abdel Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in...  more

Book Votes: 2
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The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography by Esther Williams & Digby Diehl
During Hollywood's heyday, big studios battled over the next box-office attraction. While Gene Kelly danced and Judy Garland sang, Esther Williams swam into the heart of America with her dazzling smile, stunning aquabatics, and whole-some appeal. Hand-picked for stardom by movie mogul Louis B....  more

Book Votes: 2
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On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A. Hunt
Growing up in the beautiful mountains of Berchtesgaden -- just steps from Adolf Hitler's alpine retreat -- Irmgard Hunt had a seemingly happy, simple childhood. In her powerful, illuminating, and sometimes frightening memoir, Hunt recounts a youth lived under an evil but persuasive leader....  more

Book Votes: 2
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Janelle C. (jscrappy)
Used and Rare : Travels in the Book World by Lawrence Goldstone & Nancy Goldstone
Journey into the world of book collecting with the Goldstones-rediscover the joy of reading, laugh, and fall in love with books all over again.The idea that books had stories associated with them that had nothing to do with the stories inside them was new to us. We had always valued the history,...  more

Book Votes: 2
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Janelle C. (jscrappy)
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Amy Tan has touched millions of readers with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a...  more

Book Votes: 2
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A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Rober...
"I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla," writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in remote Africa. An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year...  more

Book Votes: 2
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The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir by Isabel Allende
In this heartfelt memoir, Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of tragic loss—the death of her daughter, Paula. Recalling the past thirteen years from the daily letters the author and her mother, who lives in Chile, wrote to each other, Allende bares...  more

Book Votes: 2
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My Father's Daughter : A Memoir by Tina Sinatra & Jeff Coplon
A startling, compelling, yet affectionate portrait of an American entertainment legend by his youngest daughter, who for the first time writes about the man, his life, the accusations, and about the many people who surrounded him -- wives, friends, lovers, users, and sycophants -- from his...  more

Book Votes: 2
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The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir by John Grogan
Finding your place in the world can be the longest trip home . . . In the highly anticipated follow-up to Marley & Me, John Grogan again works his magic, bringing us the story of what came first. Before there was Marley, there was a gleefully mischievous boy growing up in a devout Catholic...  more

Book Votes: 2
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Medicine Woman by Lynn V. Andrews
Lynn Andrew's search for a Native American marriage basket leads her into a terrifying journey into the wilderness of Manitoba where experiences serve as a foundation for her spiritual journey. A fascinating Castaneda-like spiritual journey where she meets Agnes Whistling Elk, the Native...  more

Book Votes: 2
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Jaguar Woman : And the Wisdom of the Butterfly Tree by Lynn V. Andrews
Andrews enters a strange, shadowy world. She becomes a jaguar spirit, has visions and dreams, is filled with intense energies...The goal is become who you are, and grappling with Native American archetypes and spirits is the path the author treads.

Book Votes: 2
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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza &am...
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the...  more

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told -- Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home. It started out as a simple hike in the Utah canyonlands on a warm Saturday...  more

Book Votes: 2
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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Read The Story of My Life and join the generations of people who have been enlightened and inspired by the extraordinary autobiography of Helen Keller. "It is with a kind of fear that I begin to write the history of my life. I have, as it were, a superstitious hesitation in lifting the...  more

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Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless...  more

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Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg
A Michigan Notable Book for 2010 One of the Washington Post Book World's "Best Books of 2009," Memoir Beth Luxenberg was an only child. Or so everyone thought. Six months after Beth's death, her secret emerged. It had a name: Annie. Praise for Annie's Ghosts "Annie's Ghosts is one of...  more

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When It Was Our War : A Soldier's Wife on the Home Front by Stella Suberman
When Stella Suberman wrote her first memoir, The Jew Store, at the age of seventy-six, she was widely praised for shedding light on a forgotten piece of American history--Jewish life in the rural South. In her new memoir, Suberman reveals yet another overlooked aspect of America's past--the...  more

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Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison Wearing
With an infectious love of travel, Alison Wearing invites us to journey with her to a country that few Westerners have a chance to see. Honeymoon in Purdah is a book of sketches gathered over the course of her journey in Iran. Travelling with a male friend, in the guise of a couple on their...  more

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After Long Silence: A Woman's Search for Her Family's Secret Identity by Helen Fremon...
Helen Fremont was raised Roman Catholic in America, only to discover in adulthood that her parents were Jews who had survived the Holocaust.  Delving into the extraordinary secrets that held her family together in a bond of silence for more than forty years, she recounts with...  more

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My Love Affair with England: A Traveler's Memoir by Susan Allen Toth
Journalist and memoirist Susan Allen Toth brings her special England vivdly to life as she recalls her many trips there over the years, where she explored the countryside, traveled both second-class and in luxury, theatre-hopped, hunted for ghosts, and honeymooned. Humorous, bittersweet, and...  more

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Long Quiet Highway : Waking Up in America by Natalie Goldberg
Goldberg's two previous books, Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life, offered practical advice on how to be a writer and gave a clear description of how the process of writing, approached as a spiritual exercise, can be a means to gaining insight into the order...  more

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Through the Narrow Gate : A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery by Karen Armstrong & Ka...
Through the Narrow Gate is Karen Armstrong's intimate memoir of life inside a Catholic convent. With refreshing honesty and clarity, the book takes readers on a revelatory adventure that begins with Armstrong's decision in the course of her spiritual training offers a fascinating view into a...  more

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Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books by Maureen Corrigan
“It’s not that I don’t like people,” writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading. “It’s just that there always comes a moment when I’m in the company of others -- even my nearest and dearest -- when I’d rather...  more

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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her...  more

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Ake : The Years of Childhood (Vintage International) by Wole Soyinka
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A Rip in Heaven : A Memoir of Murder And Its Aftermath by Jeanine Cummins
When my parents packed my brother, sister and me into the family van and drove us to Missouri for Spring Break, we brought our entirely imagined city-hardness with us. The hard truth that we were about to learn was that, in fact, we weren't tough kids at all. Our life in the city had not...  more

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What Now? by Ann Patchett
Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another. With wit and candor, Patchett...  more

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I'm Down: A Memoir by Mishna Wolff
Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black. “He strutted around with a short perm, a Cosby-esqe sweater, gold chains and a Kangol—telling jokes like Redd Fox, and giving advice like Jesse Jackson. You...  more

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Tales of a Female Nomad : Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
“I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.” —From the PrefaceTales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary...  more

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Hurry Down Sunshine: A Memoir by Michael Greenberg
Hurry Down Sunshine tells the story of the extraordinary summer when, at the age of fifteen, Michael Greenberg?s daughter was struck mad. It begins with Sally?s sudden visionary crack-up on the streets of Greenwich Village, and continues, among other places, in the out-of-time world of a...  more

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Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck
From the moment Martha and her husband, John, accidentally conceived their second child, all hell broke loose. They were a couple obsessed with success. After years of matching IQs and test scores with less driven peers, they had two Harvard degrees apiece and were gunning for more. They’d...  more

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Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side With David Bowie by Angela Bowie & Patric...
Fasten your seat belts -- there has never been a rock-and-roll memoir like this. A scandalous, sexy, uncompromising roller-coaster ride that tells the secrets of a twenty-five-year trip on rock's wild side. One person knows David Bowie better than anyone else, perhaps even better than he does...  more

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If I Perish: Facing Imprisonment, Persecution and Death, a Young Korean Christian Def...
Remarkable story of the savage persecuation of Christian in Korea during World War II, Ahn E. Sook stood alone among thousands of kneeling people. Her bold defiance of the tyrannical demand to bow to pagan Japanese shrines condemned her to a living death in the filth and degradation of a...  more

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Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by Maria Finn
Maria Finn's husband was cheating. First she threw him out. Then she cried. Then she signed up for tango lessons. It turns out that tango has a lot to teach about understanding love and loss, about learning how to follow and how to lead, how to live with style and flair, take risks, and sort out...  more

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Half a Life by Jill Ciment
Jill Ciment weaves an unforgettable tale of survival, compassion, and courage, in this haunting recollection of a child surrounded by confusion and madness, and her struggle to find an identity.  Half a Life  traces Jill Ciment's family from Toronto to the California desert -...  more

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A Piece of Cake : A Memoir by Cupcake Brown
There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness.Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned...  more

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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony...
When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to...  more

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In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
World-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall?s account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe is one of the most enthralling stories of animal behavior ever written. Her adventure began when the famous anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey suggested that a...  more

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Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey, one of the most influential and beloved women in entertainment, brings sharp wit and uncanny observational skill to everything she does, from television to major motion pictures. She's managed to be known as both the thinking man's sex symbol, and every woman's...  more

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. However, it did open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all...  more

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Old Books, Rare Friends : Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion by Madeline B...
Louisa May Alcott once wrote that she had taken her pen for a bridegroom. Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern, friends and business partners for fifty years, have in many ways taken up their pens and passion for literature much in the same way. The "Holmes & Watson" of the rare book business,...  more

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Outwitting History : The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Bo...
Lansky was a 23-year-old graduate student in 1980 when he came up with an idea that would take over his life and change the face of Jewish literary culture: He wanted to save Yiddish books. With few resources save his passion and iron determination, Lansky and his fellow dreamers traveled from...  more

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Openly Bob by Bob Smith
As an openly gay comic, Bob Smith broke barriers with an appearance on "The Tonight Show." Now Smith offers up his own original, whine-free perspective on being grown up and gay.In OPENLY BOB, the acclaimed comedian candidly, and humorously, tackles issues facing grown-up gays as they make their...  more

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Original Story By : A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood by Arthur Laurents
Director, playwright and screenwriter Arthur Laurents -- author of Gypsy, West Side Story, Anastasia, The Turning Point, and other plays and films -- takes us into his life, and into the dazzling world in which he worked, among the artists, directors, actors and personalities who came of age in...  more

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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Voice of Silence: A Life of Love, Healing and Inspiration; The Remarkable Story o...
The Voice of Silence is the autobiography of a remarkable woman who has sought life?s enduring values throughout her extraordinary circumstances, both tragic and wonderful. Crafted in evocative prose, she offers her views on healing, spirituality and love, and shares deeply compelling insight on...  more

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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Born Round: A Story of Family, Food, and a Ferocious Appetite by Frank Bruni
The New York Times restaurant critic's heartbreaking and hilarious account of how he learned to love food just enough after decades of wrestling with his weight Frank Bruni was born round. Round as in stout, chubby, and hungry, always and endlessly hungry. He grew up in a big, loud Italian...  more

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The English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years in the R...
Originally published in 1870, The English Governess at the Siamese Court recounts the story of the five and a half years that Anna Leonowens, a young and adventurous Englishwoman, spent as a governess for the children of King Mongkut of Siam. Leonowens focuses on the fact that she and the King...  more

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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire
When Lt-Gen. Romeo Dallaire was called to serve as force commander of the UN intervention in Rwanda in '93, he thought he was heading off on a straightforward peacekeeping mission. Thirteen months later he flew home from Africa, broken, disillusioned & suicidal, having witnessed the...  more

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Star Woman: We Are Made from Stars and to the Stars We Must Return by Lynn V. Andrews
"We are made of the stars and to the stars we must return". The story of one woman's search for enlightenment as she joins two remarkable American Indian Medicine women. An excellent example of how ancient systems are still relevant in today's modern world.

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Crystal Woman: The Sisters of the Dreamtime by Lynn V. Andrews
Lynn Andrews, bestselling author of Star Woman and Jaguar Woman, continues her "chronicle of the spirit" with an extraordinary journey to th e wilderness of Central Australia, where she discovers the power of crystals.

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Windhorse Woman : A Marriage of Spirit by Lynn Andrews
Outside of Kathmandu where the majestic Himalayas thrust their jagged peaks into Nepal's azure sky, Lynn V. Andrews begins her most momentous journey. Her destination is a remote valley high in the mountains where she is searching for a secret hidden for three millennia. In this...  more

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The Woman of Wyrrd: The Arousal of the Inner Fire by Lynn V. Andrews
More than a million readers have followed Lynn Andrews on her journeys into the sacred mysteries of the Sisterhood of the Shields -- and this may be the most startling episode yet. Guided by Agnes Whistling Elk into a world of power and magic, Lynn Andrews enters the sacred Dreamtime and emerges...  more

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Shakkai: Women of the Sacred Garden by Lynn V. Andrews
The bestselling author of the Medicine Woman series taps into the mystical powers of Japan's sacred captured gardens and offers its secrets to all women who seek its magical wisdom and power.

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Woman at the Edge of Two Worlds by Lynn V. Andrews
This inspiring and intimate guide through the complex emotions of menopause helps to create new ritual and meaning for this significant passage in a woman's life.

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Janelle C. (jscrappy)
The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones
From the legendary editor who helped shape modern cookbook publishing -- one of the food world’s most admired figures -- an evocative and inspiring memoir. Living in Paris after World War II, Judith Jones broke free of the bland American food she had been raised on and reveled in...  more

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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a...
In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little black heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows him ?literally?to the ends of the earth. Eve Brown always thought she would join the Peace Corps someday, although she secretly worried about life...  more

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Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain by J...
A remarkable odyssey that John le Carre calls "inspiring, courageous, sometimes heartbreaking" Josh Sundquist was an energetic and inquisitive nine-year-old when he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a virulent cancer that eventually claimed his left leg. His extraordinary journey takes him...  more

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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Instead of a Letter: A Memoir by Diana Athill
A classic memoir by the author of the New York Times bestseller Somewhere Towards the End. As a young woman, Diana Athill was engaged to an air force pilot?Instead of a Letter tells how he broke off the engagement, married someone else, and, worst of all, died overseas before she could confront...  more

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Trespassers Will Be Baptized: The Unordained Memoir of a Preacher's Daughter by Eliza...
Growing up Southern and Baptist in Eastern Kentucky, Elizabeth Hancock's world revolved around Sunday School, foreign missions projects, revival meetings and of course, the Kentucky Wildcats, who "glorified God through their goal-shattering, soul-shattering play." Hancock chronicles her...  more

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When Hope Prevails: The Personal Triumph of a Holocaust Survivor by Sam Offen
During the Nazi regime, Sam Offen suffered slave labor, ghetto confinement and concentration camp horror. More than 50 members of his immediate and extended family were killed. Despite the pain he has faced, Sam's story of survival is a testimony to triumph of the human spirit. He has shared his...  more

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Measure of the Heart: A Father's Alzheimer's, A Daughter's Return by Mary Ellen Geist
Mary Ellen Geist decided to leave her job as a CBS Radio anchor to return home to Michigan when her father's Alzheimer's got to be too much for her mother to shoulder alone. She chose to live her life by a different set of priorities: to be guided by her heart, not by outside accomplishment and...  more

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This Stubborn Soil: A Frontier Boyhood by William A. Owens
In this masterwork of classic Americana, William Owens eloquently recounts his struggle to overcome the harshest of adversaries - poverty and hunger - to earn an education in the small town of Pin Hook, Texas. He recalls in vivid detail how his mother labored to feed her family and hold it...  more

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My Losing Season (Alex Awards (Awards)) by Pat Conroy
PAT CONROY–AMERICA’S MOST BELOVED STORYTELLER -- IS BACK!“I was born to be a point guard, but not a very good one. . . .There was a time in my life when I walked through the world known to myself and others as an athlete. It was part of my own definition of who I was and...  more

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Knowing Woman: Nurturing the Feminine Soul by Jo Garceau
"You are gifted-but not for yourself. You must help millions of people." Jo Mills Garceau was eight years old when she received this message from her inner soul. Growing up a child of convention, she became a prominent 1970's feminist politician, then found transcendence in spiritual community,...  more

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Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land by Sara Nomberg-Przuytyk & Roslyn Hir...
"From the moment I got to Auschwitz I was completely detached. I disconnected my heart and intellect in an act of self-defense, despair, and hopelessness." With these words Sara Nomberg-Przytyk begins this painful and compelling account of her experiences while imprisoned for two years in the...  more

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A Gift from Brittany: A Memoir of Love and Loss in the French Countryside by Marjorie...
The enchanting memoir of an artist's liberating sojourn in France during the sixties and the friendship that transformed her life While in her late twenties, Marjorie Price leaves the comfort of her Chicago suburb to strike out on her own in Paris and hone her artistic talents. Dazzled by...  more

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C'est La Vie : An American Woman Begins a New Life in Paris and--Voila!--Becomes Almo...
Bestselling writer Suzy Gershman (dubbed "Super Shopper Suzy" by Oprah) is our answer to Peter Mayle in this heartfelt, breezy, and funny story of starting over in Paris. Suzy had always fantasized about moving to Paris with her husband, but when he dies unexpectedly, she decides to fulfill...  more

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Autobiography of a Hunted Priest by John Gerard
Foreword by James V. Schall, S.J. Truth is stranger than fiction. And nowhere in literature is it so apparent as in this classic work, The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest. This autobiography of a Jesuit priest in Elizabethan England is a most remarkable document and John Gerard, its author, a...  more

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Roughing It (The World's Best Reading) by Mark Twain
In his youth Mark Twain drifted through the West. He worked as a civil servant, gold prospector, reporter, lecturer. ROUGHING IT is Twain's record--fact and impression--of those early years. Twain tried his luck at everything. He disputed with vigilantes; crossed Slade the Terrible, whose...  more

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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox
At the turn from our bedroom into the hallway, there is an old full-length mirror in a wooden frame. I can't help but catch a glimpse of myself as I pass. Turning fully toward the glass, I consider what I see. This reflected version of myself, wet, shaking, rumpled, pinched, and slightly...  more

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Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos
"Some families are created in different ways but are still, in every way, a family." Writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos firmly believed she was supposed to be a mom, but Mother Nature and modern medicine had put her in a headlock. So she made a choice...  more

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My Lobotomy: A Memoir by Howard Dully & Charles Fleming
At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody and messy, rambunctious with his brothers, contrary just to prove a point, and perpetually at odds with his parents. Yet somehow, this normal boy became one of the youngest people on whom Dr. Walter Freeman...  more

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I Remember Running: The Year I Got Everything I Ever Wanted - and ALS by Darcy Wakefi...
A little over a year ago, Darcy Wakefield was a single, 33-year-old, athletic, workaholic English professor, a vegetarian who had never had a serious health problem or injury. Then she was diagnosed with ALS, and her world turned upside down. I Remember Running is Darcy's story of change and...  more

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Comment added 1/5/18 by Jay N. (ajdowning):
I found some books on here I need to read. Jane Goodall and The Elephant Whisperer are books I need to read. Some of my favorite memoirs are Joe Peacocks Mentally Incontinent and Winston Churchill Memoirs of the Second World War.

Comment added 5/28/11 by Nancy F.:
Some of the choices seem wonderful and some seem too sappy for me.

Comment added 1/14/11 by Julia F. (Farmerswife):
Great list. I love memoirs!

Comment added 12/5/10 by Mar:
This is a great list.....so many things for me to read now! Thank you!