Memoirs – If you liked The Glass Castle, Try… PAGE-TURNING MEMOIRS

A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout        B LINDHOUT

Documents the author’s backpacking tours through some of the world’s most dangerous and war-ridden regions, describing her work as a fledgling television reporter, her brutal 15-month incarceration in Somalia and her founding of a non-profit organization to promote aid, development and education.


I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist by Betty Halbreich         B HALBREICH

A personal account by the legendary Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper traces her rise from a cosseted young girl to an influential fashion authority, covering such topics as her difficult marriage, her struggles with depression, and her work with Hollywood clients.


A Life Not Withstanding: A Memoir by Chava Willig Levy        B LEVY

A Life Not with Standing chronicles the life adventures of a polio survivor from when she contracted the disease at age three through young adulthood and marriage.  It depicts how calamities can befall innocent people, and how those calamities can evolve into ingredients of and prerequisites for ensuing joy.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed        B STRAYED    PB NF STRAYED

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe–and built her back up again.


Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts    B ROBERTS

The “Good Morning America” anchor shares the journey that has been her life so far and the lessons she learned along the way as she battled breast cancer and a rare blood disorder and dealt with the death of her mother.


Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism by Ron Suskind        B SUSKIND S

Tells the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who, unable to speak for years, memorized dozens of Disney movies and turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship and brotherhood.


Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming        B CUMMING

The acclaimed actor profiles his turbulent relationship with his father, tracing his 2010 appearance in a celebrity genealogy show to solve the disappearance of a WWII hero grandparent, and his discovery of astounding family secrets.


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty     363.75092 D

The blogger behind the popular Web series “Ask a Mortician” describes her experiences working at a crematory.


My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff            B SALINGER R

Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of the century.


Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan        B CORRIGAN

The author of the best-selling The Middle Place presents an account of her perspectives on motherhood, which have been shaped by her job as a nanny for a grieving Australian family and her character-testing experiences with her daughters.


Without You, There is no US : My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite By Suki Kim              B KIM

The award-winning author of The Interpreter traces her experiences as an English teacher to the sons of North Korea’s elite during the last six months of Kim Jong Il’s reign, an effort complicated by oppressive regime enforcers, propaganda and evangelical missionaries.


A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin      B GOLINKIN

A former Jewish refugee recounts his family’s desperate flight from the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and his personal quest to retrace their journey years later to thank the strangers who helped them.


Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt     B MCCOURT

The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies


Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Borroughs    B BURROUGHS

From the New York Times Bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes the story of one man trying to out-drink his memories, outlast his demons, and outrun his past.


This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Pratchett    B PRATCHETT

Inviting readers into her personal life, the New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto shares the stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed.


When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin     B GODWIN

After his father’s heart attack in 1984, Peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the land of his birth, from Manhattan, where he now lives. On these frequent visits to check on his elderly parents, he bore witness to Zimbabwe’s dramatic spiral downwards into the jaws of violent chaos.


Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen    B NGUYEN

A coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family’s Buddhist lifestyle.


Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison by Piper Kerman        365.43 K

Follows the author’s incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.


A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah    B BEAH

A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.


List Created 12/16/14 – Laurie Adler

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