Tag: memoir

Review: Know My Name by Chanel Miller

This is a book I think most of us should read, though it’s definitely not an easy read. In 2015, Chanel Miller went to a party at Stanford.  Two guys found her unconscious on the ground near a dumpster, with a guy on top… Continue Reading “Review: Know My Name by Chanel Miller”

Review: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

It seems fitting to discuss a book about therapy the day after Thanksgiving, a holiday that raises so many complicated family issues — though hopefully yours was lovely!  This book has plenty of buzz already without my review, but I loved it.  It’s unlike… Continue Reading “Review: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb”

Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction

This month is Nonfiction November, a celebration of all things nonfiction.  I’ve read some fantastic nonfiction this year and I’m proud of myself for reading more nonfiction than I used to.  I enjoy this event because I get so many good nonfiction recommendations for next year.  … Continue Reading “Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction”

Memoir Review: Ruth Reichl’s Save Me the Plums

This is my first time reading Reichl, and I found this book fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable.  Reichl describes her background and what led her into cooking and then restaurant critiquing, but most of the book is spent describing her years as the editor of… Continue Reading “Memoir Review: Ruth Reichl’s Save Me the Plums”

Memoir Reviews: Pete Buttigieg’s The Shortest Way Home

A very timely read, Buttigieg has a really nice writing style and an interesting story to tell.  He’s not the most qualified guy on the debate stage, but he’s thoughtful, articulate, and smart.  And he’s kind of adorable.  I can sum up his book… Continue Reading “Memoir Reviews: Pete Buttigieg’s The Shortest Way Home”

Review: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

For those interested in reading memoirs about events in other countries, I recommend this book by a young woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Sandra is from a Congolese tribe called the Banyamulenge that has been a frequent target of ethnic violence.  In… Continue Reading “Review: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana”

Review: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

I really appreciated this memoir by Nicole Chung about her adoption and the search for her birth family. It was particularly interesting to read about her personal struggles as a child being of Korean descent in a white family and a mostly white town.… Continue Reading “Review: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung”

Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

By now you’ve heard raves about Michelle Obama’s memoir, and I can echo those.  Her book was exactly what I was hoping for: well-written and insightful, it’s not just her story but Barack Obama’s as well.  And for those interested in recent history, it’s… Continue Reading “Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama”

Review: Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

I expected a book about Padma Lakshmi to be fascinating, and it was.  She’s interesting to me for a few reasons.  She hosts one of my favorite series, Top Chef, a show that somehow avoids the dumb theatrics and contrived plots of most reality… Continue Reading “Review: Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi”

Review of Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic

This book wasn’t what I expected but I appreciated Stefanovic’s unique perspective.  I especially liked that this book gave me a much better understanding of what happened in Serbia in the 1990’s, with a focus more on the politics of Slobodan Milosevic’s reign.  I’ve… Continue Reading “Review of Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic”

Review of My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

I read this for a book club meeting; it’s not my usual type of read, but I love Greece, and reading a memoir about life on a Greek island definitely appealed to me, especially in the dead of winter. Gerald Durrell was a British… Continue Reading “Review of My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell”

Nonfiction November: books about U.S. politics and current events

This week’s Nonfiction November topic (hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness) is to share 3 or more books on a single topic that we recommend, or books we want to know more about. This year, the topic I’ve read the most about relates to the… Continue Reading “Nonfiction November: books about U.S. politics and current events”

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