Memoirs of 2019

Despite that I had a rather long hiatus toward the end of the year, there have been a lot of good memoirs this year. In case you missed any of them, here are the memoirs reviewed here in 2019: How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery Flat Broke... Continue Reading →

Voyages Through Time and Space: The Life of a Russian Psychic by Liliya Sariecheva, translated Robert Osland

It can be surprisingly complicated to find the memoir of a woman in translation that I can get through. That's not to say that those out there aren't good, but the most time I get to read is usually not reading at all but listening to audiobooks and that's where they get really scarce. I... Continue Reading →

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

The format and style of this memoir is a lot like Jacqueline Woodson"s brown girl dreaming. The particular setting and type of story is a little different but it's also a Civil Rights era memoir written by a WOC entirely in poetry. Given all those descriptors, one would think that they would be similar, but... Continue Reading →

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

The very idea of a story in terms of near death experiences is incredibly interesting. There is so much to it. What do you consider to be a near death experience? How do they impact our lives? What brought us to a place where we even had a near death experience? There are just so... Continue Reading →

Native American Memoir

There are few examples of American hypocrisy quite as good as the celebration of Thanksgiving. It's that time of year that all Americans look back fondly on that time when the people who already lived here took pity on the starving immigrants and fed them. We tell it as sweetly as we tell the story... Continue Reading →

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

Not only is this an intriguing title for a memoir, but I love the idea of reading about the White House experience from a point of view that we rarely hear about. Even better was hearing about the experience from someone who didn't start out especially political. It's one thing to have a dream of... Continue Reading →

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

I first heard of Alison Bechdel in combination with the Bechdel test a few years ago. I picked up her memoir for Read Harder's task 21, a comic by an LGBQIA creator. Bechdel's career started with the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and she later wrote this memoir in comic form. I appreciate... Continue Reading →

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story by Cecile Richards

The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria by Samar Yazbek, translated by Nashwa Gowanlock and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

I didn't really know what to expect with this book. I knew that there was conflict in Syria, that much is hard to miss, but I had no idea how the revolution that had been happening turned into ISIS. I also had no idea that it was exactly that story that would develop while Yazbek... Continue Reading →

Women in Translation Memoirs

WIT Memoir This is my third WIT Month since I've been doing Memoir Monday and it's already getting harder to find memoir to read for this month. Surely they are out there, perhaps I'm not looking in the right places. The year that I began Memoir Monday, I made the mistake of starting it only... Continue Reading →

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