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 →

A House of My Own by Sandra Cisneros

A great collection of essays about the life, work, and inspiration of Sandra Cisneros.

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

An obvious choice that took me far too long to come to for Read Harder this year. Orange is the New Black was a great pick for a book written in prison.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel

Memoir Monday! Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a fun little memoir for your Read Harder Task 19.

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